North Texas Underclass Games: Pitching Analysis



Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

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FT. WORTH, TX - Some of the top talent in Texas converged on TCU’s campus to compete in the North Texas Underclass Games on July 22, here is the pitching analysis from that event.


PITCHing analysis

+ Wyatt Rohmer, SS/RHP, Byron Nelson HS, 2019
5-foot-11, 180-pound, muscular, athletic frame. On the mound, the right-hander has an aggressive demeanor, working from a high-¾ slot, up-tempo delivery with some effort and hides the ball well. During the game his fastball was mostly 84-86 mph but he did flash an 87 and 88 during warm ups on the scoreboard radar gun. He throws his slider aggressively, flashing late, sharp 11-5 depth at 75-76 mph. At shortstop, Rohmer showed good range with fluid footwork and made several plays with high-end athleticism and the ability to play on the run. Offensively, the right-handed hitter shows strength at contact, driving the ball from gap-to-gap with a short, efficient path and loose extension through contact. An all around athlete with upside, Rohmer ran a 6.93-second 60-yard dash and had an exit velocity of 89 mph off the tee.

+ Matt Santos, LHP, Cypress Creek HS, 2019
Santos carved up hitters at the North Texas Prospect Games in late July. He stands 6-foot, 185-pound, with a strong, barrel chested frame with broad shoulders. Works from a high-¾ slot with a clean arm stroke. Pounded the zone with his fastball at 83-85 mph with arm side life. Fastball comes out clean with some downward angle, he was able to beat hitters multiple times with quality fastballs at the knees on both edges of the plate. Real presence and confidence on the mound. Aggressive delivery, lands open, creates angle on fastball, falls off to glove side on finish. Curveball has good depth and tight rotation at 71-74 with 1-7 shape. Changeup is a good pitch at 78 mph with arm side fade and depth, and fastball arm speed.

+ Jack Hattrup, LHP/1B, Plano West HS, 2019
Hattrup is a long-limbed, projectable left-hander with lots of upside at 6-foot-4, 180-pounds. He works from an over the top slot with a long arm stroke and shoulder tilt as he separates his hands, creating deception and throws three pitches for strikes. He threw a straight fastball for strikes, sitting mostly 80-83 mph, topping out at 84 mph. Good downer curveball ranging from 71-73 mph with depth and average spin. He throws his changeup with fastball arm speed, creating depth and fade at 68-69 mph.

+ Ryan Bogusz, RHP/OF, Lonestar HS, 2019
Bogusz has a lean-athletic, projectable, 6-foot-2, 160-pound, long-limbed frame. Bogusz is a projectable arm with upside, and likely more velocity to come in the future. On the mound, the right-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long, loose arm stroke and easy effort. Slight cross-fire delivery creates some deception, lands open and in-line with an athletic finish. His fastball sat mostly 83-84 mph, showing some arm side run, dipping down a couple of times to 81 mph. He threw his slider for strikes at 74-75 mph with 10-4 shape.

+ Tyler Morgan, RHP, Marcus HS, 2019
Morgan has a young face with a sturdy, still-developing frame at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. The rising junior doesn’t waste any time going about his business on the mound. He works from a high-¾ slot with a quick arm stroke from back to front. Up tempo delivery with an athletic lower half and aggressive energy down the mound. His fastball sat mostly right at 84 mph, only dipping down a couple times to 82 and 83, and topping out once at 85 mph. He is able to create angle on the pitch to his glove side, which should prove beneficial as he continues to mature. His change has some depth and arm-side fade as he does a nice job of maintaining arm speed and releasing out front. His curveball is inconsistent right now at 67 mph, but shows decent 11-5 shape and some downward bite.

+ Brady Mandrell, RHP/OF, Lubbock Cooper HS, 2019
Mandrell is the sleeper pick from this event because of his arm action and projectable, long-limbed frame at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, with plenty of room to add strength as he continues to develop. He works from a ¾ slot with a long, quick arm stroke from back to front, lands closed with a slight, cross body delivery with some effort and an athletic lower half. The arm works efficiently and it is not too hard to dream that combined with his frame and athleticism, there is more velocity coming in the future. Fastball has late arm side action at 78-81 mph, topping out at 82. His curveball lacks consistency right now, but shows shows signs of becoming a good pitch. It has more slurve action with 10/4 shape at 68-72 mph. Ran a 7.04 60-yard dash.

+ Joseph Wolf, LHP, Liberty Christian HS, 2019
6-foot-2, 215-pound, sturdy frame. Wolf is a confident, strike throwing machine with an excellent feel for his three pitch repertoire of FB/CB/CH. The left-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long arm stroke. Coils his hips into balance point, then continues down the mound with an athletic, repeatable delivery. His fastball has late arm-side run, sitting mostly 78-81 mph. His curveball is a solid pitch that sits mostly 66-68 mph with 1/7 shape and sharp bite, though he did throw one with more lateral break. Turns his changeup over at release, creating late, sinking action at 70 mph.

+ Nicolas Hernandez, LHP, Bishop HS, 2019
5-foot-7, 145-pounds. The left-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long, loose arm stroke. Athletic delivery with good energy as he gets down the mound with hip turn and leg drive. He showed good feel for his fastball at 80-83 mph with arm side run, topping out once at 84 mph. Commands his fastball well and locates to both sides of the plate. The pitch has more run when he goes to his arm side. His curveball has a chance to be a very good pitch with 2-8 shape at 72-73 mph with sweeping, sharp break. Changeup was inconsistent as he tends to slow down his arm at 71 mph.

+ Patrick Shearer, RHP/3B, Highland Park HS, 2019
6-foot, 175-pound, athletic frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with a medium arm circle and fairly quick arm stroke. Up-tempo, drop-and-drive delivery, unorthodox reach of the front leg but repeats his delivery well. Lands in-line, fairly athletic lower half finish, upper body recoils. Attacks the zone with a straight fastball sitting mostly 81-84 mph, did flash one at 85 and another at 86 mph. Works mostly to his glove side with his fastball cutting into LHH’s. Fastball flattens out to the same side of the plate to RHH’s. Curveball has short break and 11/5 shape, flashed tight spin in warmups at 70-74 mph, but he missed high arm side during the game. Maintains fastball arm speed on changeup at 74-76 mph with depth.

+ Nick Voyles, RHP, Pleasant Grove HS, 2019
Voyles has a projectable, strong frame at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. The North Texas Underclass Games was his second trip to a PBR Event in less than a week and the right-hander continued to impress. He works from a high-¾ slot with a long arm stroke. Good balance in his delivery, with some rhythm and effort, lands square with an athletic lower half finish, occasionally falling off to the first base side. His fastball was 79-82 mph, topping out once at 83 mph. Voyles tends to turn the fastball over on release and the pitch will have heavy action at the bottom of the zone. His curveball has 12/6 shape with gradual break at 69-71 mph. His changeup comes in at 68 mph with some fade to his arm side. Voyles predominantly threw strikes with fastball and was able to get ahead of hitters, look for his velocity to increase as he continues to grow into his already projectable frame.



Best of the rest (Alphabetical Order)

+ Josh Bartolacci, SS/RHP, Coppell HS, 2019
5-foot-11, 163-pound, lean, athletic frame. A two-way player and right-handed pitcher, Bartolacci has smooth rhythm and tempo in a balanced, drop-and-drive delivery, lands square with an athletic finish. Works from a high-¾ slot with a loose arm stroke from back to front. Fastball for strikes at 80-84 mph, flashes sink to arm side. Curveball has 11/5 shape with gradual depth at 68-72 mph. Throws his changeup with fastball arm speed at 73 mph.

+ Braedon Bland, RHP/OF, West Brook HS, 2019
6-foot, 150-pound, wiry, athletic, long-limbed frame with a high-waist. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a long, loose, elbow dominant arm stroke. Repeatable, smooth, effortless delivery with an athletic lower half, level shoulders. His fastball was only 76-79 mph, topping out at 80 mph, but it is easy to see there could be more velocity to come in the near future. His breaking ball flashes tight spin at 70-71 mph with an easy release, but it has inconsistent shape. His changeup was 70 mph with some sink. With Bland’s frame, current athleticism, and easy arm stroke, look for jumps in velocity as he continues to develop and add strength.

+ Hunter Cramer, SS/RHP, Oak Ridge HS, 2020
6-foot-1, 160-pound, wiry, athletic, fast-twitch frame. Cramer is a confident, aggressive player with good presence. A two-way player and right-handed pitcher, Cramer threw at the end of the day, working from a ¾ slot with a short, quick arm stroke. Rushed rhythm in a tall-and-fall delivery with limited leg drive, recoil on finish as he tends to fall off to his glove side. He threw his fastball for strikes with slight arm-side run at 73-77 mph. Throws his changeup with fastball arm speed at 68 mph with good fade. His curveball has decent 10/4 shape at 66-67 mph, but he tended to leave the pitch up in the zone.

+ Ryan Davenport, 2B/RHP, Dripping Springs HS, 2019
5-foot-10, 145-pound, lean, high-waisted, frame. The right-hander work from a high-¾ slot with a long arm stroke and a slight reach in the back. Level shoulders, directional, in-line delivery with some effort, short strider, lands square, upright finish. Threw a straight fastball that ranged from 73-75 mph. His breaking ball was 65-67 mph with gradual depth and 10-4 shape. Maintains good arm speed on his changeup with arm side fade at 68 mph.

+ Connor Gill, 1B/RHP, Byron Nelson HS, 2020
5-foot-11, 150-pound, still developing frame with long limbs. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a long arm stroke, tall-and-fall delivery with effort and tilted shoulders as he lands open. His fastball was mostly straight, coming in at 66-70 mph. His curveball had mostly 11/5 shape with gradual break at 58-61 mph, while his changeup was 60 mph.

+ Will Greenwood, OF/RHP, Aledo HS, 2019
6-foot-1, 195-pound frame. A two-way player and right-handed hitter, Greenwood has a tall, balanced stance. Simple load back as he lifts his front leg and drops his hands down and back. Level path through the zone, average bat speed, front arm bar, high finish, and a gap-to-gap approach. In the outfield, he plays through the ball with average footwork and hands. Clean exchange into a high-¾ slot with 79 mph velocity with average accuracy. On the mound, Greenwood works from a high slot with a short arm stroke and a tilt-and-topple delivery. His fastball was mostly straight at 75-78 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with gradual break at 64-66 mph. Throws his changeup with near fastball arm speed at 66-68 mph.

+ Tyler Justice, 1B/RHP, Lexington HS, 2020
6-foot-1, 215-pound, strong, thick frame. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a quick arm stroke. Smooth tempo and rhythm with a drop and drive delivery and an athletic finish. Fastball comes out clean with straight action at 79-83 mph, with more velocity to come. Curveball has 11/5 shape at 67-69 mph. Good feel for his changeup that he threw for strikes with sink and fade at 69-71 mph.

+ Tyler Kelly, 3B/RHP, Hutto HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 170-pounds, sturdy frame with broad shoulders and strong lower half. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a medium arm stroke. Tall-and-fall delivery, in-line direction, medium effort, lands open. Throws his fastball for strikes at 77-80 mph, topping out at 81 mph with slight arm-side run. Curveball has gradual break and 10/4 shape at 67-68 mph. Maintains good arm speed on his changeup at 74 mph.

Trennor O’Donnell, RHP/1B, Southlake Carroll HS, 2019
O’Donnell has a high ceiling and projectable frame at 6-foot-6, 207-pounds with long-limbs and a high-waist. On the mound, the right-hander works from high-¾ slot with a long arm stroke. Smooth rhythm, drop-and-drive, directional delivery, lands closed with an athletic finish. Slight reach out of the glove, arm works well from back to front, fastball was mostly straight at 78-81 mph. Missed arm side with his curveball at 68-69 mph with 11/5 shape. Changeup has sink and fade at 67-68 mph.

+ Caden Queck, OF/RHP, The Woodlands Christian Academy, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound frame. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot, short, quick arm stroke out front. Tall-and-fall delivery with medium effort, level shoulders, lands closed, athletic lower half, upright finish. His fastball flashed sink at times, ranging from 78-80 mph. Decent feel for spin with his curveball having 11/5 shape ranging from 62-64 mph with gradual break. While his slider comes in at 67-69 mph with tighter rotation and similar shape. Throws his changeup with fastball arm speed at 73 mph.

+ Zach Reynolds, 3B/RHP, Houston Memorial, 2019
6-foot-1, 185-pound, sturdy frame. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a tilt-and-topple, in-line delivery with level shoulders and limited leg drive. He threw his fastball for strikes at 77-80 mph with mostly straight action, topping out at 81 mph. Curveball has good 11/5 shape with downward action at 67-68 mph. Changeup came in at 68-72 mph.

+ Dylan Russo, 1B/RHP, Keller HS, 2020
6-foot-3, 220-pounds, thick frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with a short stroke, smooth rhythm in his drop-and-drive delivery, lands open with effort and slight head tilt. Throws three pitches for a strike with his FB/CB/CH. Commanded his fastball at 74-76 mph. Curveball had good downward 12/6 action at 65-68 mph. Slows his arm down on a straight changeup at 66-67 mph.

+ Creed Willems, C/RHP, Aledo HS, 2021
5-foot-10, 195-pound, strong frame for his class. On the mound, the right-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long arm stroke and reach out of the glove. Tall-and-fall delivery with a shorter stride and upright finish. His fastball ranged from 77-79 mph, flashing arm-side run. His curveball has good 11/5 shape with a shorter break when he gets on top at 64-66 mph. Showed feel for his changeup during warm ups.

 

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