Prep Baseball Report

Corpus Christi Open: Top Prospects

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - We had a fantastic trip down to south Texas for the first event in Corpus Christi. Roughly thirty players attended. Here are the ten top prospects with video.



RHP / C / KING, TX / 2020

Saenz has a durable frame with a strong lower half at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds. The right-hander works from a high slot with fast arm swing. Drop-and-drive delivery, he gets down the mound with good hip turn, landing in line with an athletic finish. His fastball topped out at 89 mph, sitting mostly 86-87 mph with tilt. His curveball was 75-78 from the windup with early break and 12/6 shape, but he did throw a sharper one from the stretch at 74 mph. His changeup was 78-80 mph with arm side fade. Saenz comes from good bloodlines as his older brother pitching in college, with his current arm speed, athletic delivery, and the ability to flash spin, he is an arm that college coaches will want to follow up with this fall and into the early high school season.

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C / 3B / MCALLEN, TX / 2021

The University of Pittsburgh commit stands 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, with a sturdy, strong frame. Bernal posted some of the top pop times of day (1.93-2.08), ultra-fast exchange, quick footwork, and an elbow dominant arm stroke with a top velocity from the crouch of 73 mph. Athletic defender, Bernal has good awareness and presence behind the plate during bullpens. Soft hands with the ability to stick pitches and block with relative ease. The right-handed hitter has an aggressive hack with loose hands and rhythm. Starting from a tall, narrow stance, he has a linear load as he lifts his front leg, then strides forward. Hands trigger down, then slide back as he lands balanced with separation. Explosive bat speed and lower half transfer with fast hands, Bernal he posted an exit velocity of 94 mph.

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RHP / SS / WESTLAKE, TX / 2020

6-foot-1, 160-pound, lean, athletic frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with long arm swing, high leg lift, drop-and-drive delivery, and quick hand out front as he clears his front side. His fastball has late giddy up at 85-86. His curveball has tight rotation and drops off the table with 12/6 rotation at 71-72. Threw his changeup with with fastball arm speed at 72-76 mph. Also worth mentioning, he ran a 7.12 60-yard dash and threw 90 mph across the infield.

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