Fall Scout Notebook: Top 2018 Committed Pitchers



By Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report Texas is working to become your #1 source for high school and travel baseball news and notes. The short fall season has given us the ability to see some excellent baseball. This week we will list the top juniors we have seen at each position. Be sure to visit our site daily for content and follow us on twitter @PBR_Texas. Here is a list of the top committed pitchers in the 2018 class.

top 2018 committed pitchers

Grayson Rodriguez, RHP/1B, Nacogdoches Central HS, 2018
Texas A&M commit. 6-foot-5, 220-pound strong frame. Works from a ¾ slot with a power fastball ranging from 92-94 mph with some arm-side life. His slider had good depth from 78-79 mph and he spun one curveball at 73 mph. The left-handed hitter put on a display with light-tower power in batting practice launching four home runs. The junior added three hits during the game, two of the hits were to left field and smashing a double that one-hopped the wall in center field.

Derrick Cherry, SS/RHP, Goose Creek Memorial HS, 2018
Houston commit. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound, two-way player has a live arm. The young 2018 right-hander utilized a short, quick arm with a fastball that sat 87-91 with late life, and a hard 75-78 slider with tight spin and big break. Cherry got through his slider very well with a short stroke and high ¾ slot. The two-way player shows athletic, fast- twitch actions on defense. Threw very well from the outfield with a solid transfer and very good arm speed with carry on the ball. Showed the ability to handle off speed and takes good swings against velocity.

Bo Blessie RHP, Midland Lee HS
Nebraska commit. 6-foot-3,155-pound lean, athletic frame with long limbs and plenty of room for continued physical development. Works from a high-¾ slot with long loose arm action. His fastball was 88-90 mph in the 1st inning with good life. He threw his slider 74-76 mph showing good feel and repeatability.

Ty Madden, RHP, Cy Ranch HS, 2018
Rice commit. flashed premium present velocity with, it seams, more to dream on as he begins to fill into his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. Madden came in relief for Indians Scout Team, working from a high-¾ arm slot with short arm action, the projectable right-hander was bumping 90-92 mph on his fastball. His curveball had sharp, late, downward action at 82-83 mph.

Adam Kloffenstein, RHP, Magnolia HS, 2018
TCU commit. 6-foot-5, 200-pounds with a strong frame, working up-tempo between pitches. He throws from a high-¾ arm slot with a smooth, quick arm swing, clean, aggressive delivery allowing him to get down the mound. His fastball ranged from 87-90 mph with life. He threw one cutter at 83 mph and his slider had very good 11-5 shape from 77-79 mph.

Marcelo Perez, RHP, Laredo Alexander HS, 2018
TCU commit. 5-foot-11, 158-pound, frame. Works from a ¾ slot with quick, slinger-type arm action with an athletic delivery. Perez had great life on his fastball sitting 88-90 mph in the first inning. Has great feel for his slider keeping his hand on top and showing good 10-4 action at 75-77 mph.

Luke Trahan, RHP/3B, College Park HS
Dallas Baptist commit. 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, Trahan has all-around athletic strength with broad shoulders. He works from a high-¾ slot with long arm action. Fastball ranged from 87-90 mph in two innings and showed some heavy action at the bottom of the zone. His slider is a plus pitch with sharp, late life at 83-84 mph. The two-way player also shows strong offensive tools. A right-handed hitter, Trahan has a simple set-up, good rhythm, relaxed hand path and loose finish. He has shown the ability to square up balls with strength in the barrel.

Ty Abraham, 3B/RHP, George Ranch HS, 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-2, 182-pound strong frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with long arm swing and aggressive delivery. He filled up the zone with his fastball at 88-91 mph. His curveball has good downward action at 76 mph. He threw one changeup at 77 mph. The two-way player also shows strong, advanced offensive skills. The right-handed hitter starts with a slow, early load, shows good leverage at contact with real power to the middle of the field. He hammered ball to center field during batting practice. During the game he smoked a line-drive to right field.

Ryan Segner, RHP, Fredericksburg HS, 2018
The Baylor commit stands 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, working from a high-¾ arm slot with a fast, long, whippy arm action that gets good extension out front on release. The first three fastballs out of his hand were 88 mph, while his curveball sat 73-74 mph.

Michael Fitzpatrick, RHP/SS, LaPorte HS, 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-1, 170-pound athletic frame. Works from a ¾ slot with a long loose arm action. His fastball ranged from 86-88 mph, slider was 70-72 with good depth. He will drop down to a side-arm slot and throw his fastball 82-84 mph and a slider with slurvey action at 67 mph. Shows great feel for the strike zone with both arm slots.

Jack Neely, RHP, Churchill HS, 2018
Texas commit. 6-foot-8, 210-pound, lean, wiry, projectable frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with long arm action and an up-tempo delivery wasting no time between pitches. With the projectable frame and high slot he creates good angle on his fastball at 84-86 mph. He threw his curveball from 75-77 mph.

Kaden Krowka, LHP, Rockwall Heath HS, 2018
Oklahoma State recruit. 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame with strong, lean build. Throws from ¾ slot. His fastball is 83-84 mph with good arm- side run. He threw his slider 70-73 mph with slurvey action. Showed ability to move fastball around zone with command. Pitched on both sides of the plate and was able to locate slider at bottom of the zone.

Carlos Flores, RHP, Churchill HS 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-3, 195-pound, strong frame with long limbs. Works from an over-the-top slot. His fastball ranged from 86-88 mph, hitting 88 multiple times. He spins his curveball 73-75 mph early in the count for strikes, and has a slider he flashed at 77 mph with good depth at times. He threw one changeup at 76 mph. Although he doesn't repeat his delivery consistently, he could make jumps because of his strong frame and arm speed.

Owen Meaney, RHP, St. Thomas HS, 2018
Louisiana State commit. 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, broad shoulders and long arms. Works from a high-¾ slot scattering his fastball around the zone 84-88 mph with some depth on his arm side. His curveball was 69-73 mph with loose spin.

Chase Van Dyk, LHP, Reedy HS, 2018
Oklahoma commit. 6-foot, 150-pound wiry frame. The left-hander works from a high-¾ slot, smooth delivery and whippy arm action. He scattered his fastball around the zone in the first inning 83-84 mph.

UP NEXT:
+ Top 2018 Committed IF's

+ Top 2018 Committed OF's
+ Top 2018 Committed C's
+ Top 2018 Uncommitted Pitchers
+ Top 2018 Uncommitted Hitters

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