Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Games: Top Pitching Prospect & Two-Way Players from 2020 Class

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

PLANO, TX - Players from the 2020 and 2021 classes met at Prestonwood Christian Academy on Saturday, October 21 in Prep Baseball Report Texas’ Fall Underclass Games. The event was loaded with talented sophomores and freshman from around the state. Today we bring you the Top Pitching prospects and two-way players from the 2020 class.





RHP / 3B / KELLER, TX / 2020

Marshall, who committed to Oklahoma recently, has an athletic, lean-muscular frame at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. The sophomore opened eyes when he jumped on the mound and pumped 87-89 mph with heavy arm side life on his fastball. He works predominantly from the stretch with a high-¾ slot and quick arm stroke from back to front. Showed excellent command of both his fastball and slider, mowing through hitters in one inning of work. Fastball dropped to 85-86 only a couple of times, but sat mostly 87-88 for the duration of his outing. His slider is a swing and miss pitch with tight rotation, late break and 11/5 shape at 74-77. Marshall can throw the pitch for a strike early in the count, as well as put hitters away by expanding the zone. With the movement Marshall has on both his fastball and slider, he will be a fun arm to follow for years to come. A two-way player and right-handed hitter, Marshall starts from a balanced, slightly open stance. Quick load back, hands are back as he lands with a short stride, flat path through the zone, line drive approach with hard contact and an exit velocity of 84 mph. Ran a 7.44 60-yard dash.

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3B / RHP / LAKE TRAVIS, TX / 2020

Hierholzer has a high ceiling and a ton of upside with his projectable, long-limbed, sturdy frame at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. The right-hander works from an over the top slot with a long, clean arm swing and good hip turn down the mound with an athletic finish. Fastball jumped out of his hand at 86-88 mph with good angle, dropping a couple of times to 85 mph. Has good feel for three pitches, with a plus changeup that he throws with fastball arm speed and depth at 75-78 mph. Also shows the ability to spin a 12/6 curveball with good rotation and depth at 70-74 mph. A two-way player and right-handed hitter, Hierholzer showed good leverage and bat speed (90 mph exit velocity) during batting practice as he drove the ball deep to both gaps. He starts from a tall, balanced stance, simple-smooth load to get started as he triggers his hands back and lands into a short stride. Does a nice job of dropping the barrel on plane, creating lift with a high finish, and maintains balance throughout his swing. On the infield, Hierholzer moves with smooth rhythm and fundamental footwork, soft hands work well out front and has good feel for playing third base, creating good angles on balls to his back-hand side. Accurate thrower with a long arm swing across the infield at 87 mph.


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