Fall Scout Notebook: Top Committed 2017 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 players we have seen at each position. Be sure to visit our site daily for content and follow us on twitter @PBR_Texas. Here are the top committed 2017 pitchers from this fall.

Bryce Bonnin, SS/RHP, Barbers Hill HS, 2017
Arkansas commit. 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. Lean build with long limbs, wiry strong. The right-hander works from a ¾ slot with long arm action and a smooth, up-tempo delivery. Bonnin showed excellent command of both his fastball and slider only allowing one walk in 3 innings of work. His fastball exploded on hitters in the first inning 90-92 mph, eventually settling into the 89-91 mph range. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch that has good tilt and late life at 80-82 mph.

Ryan Stuempfig, RHP, Flower Mound HS, 2017
Wichita State commit. 6-foot-4, 200-pound projectable frame. Works form a ¾ slot with long arm action, some funk, but gets his hand back out front. His fastball jumps out of the hand with great life at 87-90 mph. His slider has cutter type action and was a swing-and-miss pitch at 81 mph. He also mixes in a curveball with more depth at 74 mph.

Devin Fontenot, RHP/OF, The Woodlands HS, 2017
Louisiana State commit. 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame. Works from a ¾ slot with whippy arm action and a smooth delivery. His fastball has arm-side run at 87-89 mph, topping out at 90 mph. His slider has sweepy lateral action at 75-76 mph. Fontenot also came in relief in the last game of the weekend to close out a 6-4 win. From the stretch, he starts with a closed angle set-up showing his back to the batter, athletic delivery and quick arm back to front. His velo was 87-89 mph with arm-side run, while the slider was 73-76 mph.

John Kodros, LHP, Coppell HS, 2017
Louisiana State commit. 6-foot-5, 175-pound wiry frame. The projectable left-hander works from a ¾ arm slot, whippy arm-action with a high leg kick in the delivery, creates some deception. Four-seam fastball ranged from 84-86 mph, while his two-seam fastball has great arm-side run at 81-82 mph. Kodros used his slider this day as his out pitch, it had 2-8 shape with big, slurvey break at 75-76 mph.

Russell Smith, LHP, Midlothian HS, 2017
TCU commit. 6-foot-9, 235-pound frame. Very projectable frame combined with a high-¾ slot creates a lot of angle. His fastball ranges from 86-89 mph with good arm-side run. His changeup was his best pitch that ranged from 78-80 with very good depth and arm-side fade.

Rylan Kaufman, LHP, Friendswood HS, 2017
San Jacinto JC commit. 6-foot-3, 190-pound projectable frame. Has a high-¾ clean arm swing with a smooth, repeatable delivery. He pitched off his fastball ranging from 86-88 mph. He threw one changeup at 79 mph and although he was on the side of his curveball at times, it showed good shape at 67-72 mph.

Chandler Jozwiak, LHP, Brenham HS, 2017
San Jacinto JC commit. 6-foot, 155-pound, came on in relief working 4 scoreless innings eventually recording the win. Works from a ¾ slot with long, loose arm action. He located his fastball on both sides of the plate at 84-86 mph. He shows great command of his offspeed stuff, spinning his slider 72-73 mph with the ability to put it on the back foot of right-handed hitters. His changeup is also a plus pitch at 75-77 mph.

Maddux Miller, RHP, Arlington Martin HS, 2017
Baylor commit. 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame with long arms. Works from ¾ arm slot with a small reach at hand break. His fastball ranged from 87-90 mph with heavy sink. Slider ranged from 71-72 mph while his changeup was 76-77 mph.

Alex Gregory Ayala, LHP, Moody HS, 2017
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound, Texas A&M Corpus Christi recruit, works from a ¾ slot with long arm-action and athletic delivery. The left-hander works both sides of the plate with his fastball ranging between 83-85 mph. The fastball has some cut to his glove side when throwing inside to right-handed hitters, and arm-side run when going away. His curveball has 2-8 shape that he commands well at 74-76 mph.

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