Upperclass Games: Pitching Analysis



Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

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PLANO, TX - On Saturday, October 7, some of the top talent from the 2018 and 2019 classes met at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. Here is the pitching analysis from that event.

PITCHERS

+ Grant Georges, LHP, Flower Mound HS, 2018
Uncommitted. Georges stands 6-foot-2, 185-pounds with a projectable pitcher’s frame and plenty of room to add strength as he continues to develop. He works from a ¾ slot smooth, repeatable delivery. Fastball comes out clean at 83-85 mph with arm side run and sink, but the best pitch in his arsenal is what Georges calls a cutter, at 77-82 mph. The pitch has two different types of action, at 79-82 mph it will dart in hard to RHH’s, other times the pitch will have more depth and 2/8 shape at 77-79 mph. For good measure, Georges mixes in a changeup at 77 mph and a true curveball with 1/7 shape at 69-73 mph.

+ Duke Jordan, LHP/OF, Hudson HS, 2018
Uncommitted. Jordan has a strong, projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. The left-hander works from a high slot with a short, quick arm stroke. Jordan’s fastball has good angle at 84-87 mph. Big breaking curveball at 66-68 mph with 12/6 shape. Changeup comes in at 74-76 mph. With his quick arm and strong frame, look for big things in the future.  

+ Clayton Price, RHP, J.J. Pearce HS, 2018
Uncommitted. Price has a ton of upside with an athletic, high-waisted frame at 6-foot-1, 178-pounds. The right-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long, whippy arm stroke and an athletic lower half. His fastball has late arm side life at 84-85 mph, topping out at 86 mph. He throws a firm slider at 76-79 mph with developing shape that should continue to progress the more that he throws it. He was extremely tough on right-handed hitters, jamming them with his fastball early in the count to get weak contact.  

+ Drew Kennedy, OF/RHP, Flower Mound HS, 2018
Uncommitted. On the the mound, the right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a long arm stroke and all three pitches coming from the same window. Quick hand from back to front, his fastball ranged from 81-84 mph. Good feel for off-speed with a sharp cutter that has more 11/5 shape at 75-76 mph. Also has a good changeup that he throws with fastball arm speed at 67-70 mph.

+ Trennor O’Donnell, RHP/1B, Faith Christian Academy, 2019
O’Donnell has a projectable, long-limbed pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-6, 205-pounds. His arm works well from back to front from a high-¾ slot and good rhythm in his drop-and-drive delivery. His fastball sat 79-81 mph with slight arm side run. Threw his curveball for a strike with 11/5 shape at 68-70 mph. Throws his changeup with fastball arm speed and arm side fade at 74 mph.

+ Ryan Hallstrom, LHP/1B, McKinney HS, 2019
5-foot-11, 155-pound, long-limbed frame. The left-hander works from a high slot with a loose arm swing and tall-and-fall delivery. Hallstrom had outstanding command of his fastball at 76-79 mph. Was able to get swings and misses with a sharp curveball that had good depth and 1/7 shape at 65-68 mph. Good arm side fade on his changeup at 69-70 mph.

+ Thomas Cain, OF/RHP, Flower Mound HS, 2018
Cain has an athletic frame at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a short arm stroke. More aggressive lower half with an athletic finish with a hitter in the box, filled up the strike zone. His fastball ranged from 75-79 mph, topping out at 80 mph with arm side run and sink. He mixes in a cutter at 73-74 mph with lateral shape. His curveball came in at 67-69 mph with 11/5 shape.

+ Hayden Archer, LHP/1B, Liberty HS, 2019
Archer has a sturdy frame at 6-feet, 180-pounds, with broad shoulders and long arms. The left-hander works from a high slot with a short arm stroke and a drop-and-drive delivery. Archer gets inside of his fastball producing good arm side run and fade at 73-75 mph. Spun a 61-63 mph curveball with 1/7 shape and good depth. Pumped strikes and struck out three of the handful of batters he faced.

+ Bradlee Evans, OF/RHP, Bryan HS, 2018
McMurry University recruit. 5-foot-7, 168-pounds. Evans did a great job of pitching to contact, creating good movement on all five of his pitches and being efficient with a low pitch count. The right-hander works from a ¾ slot with a long arm swing. He throws a heavy fastball at 72-76 mph with good arm side run. Kept hitters off balance with an 11/5 curveball with good depth. Mixed in a slider that had more lateral 10/4 shape at 66-67 mph. Throws his changeup with fastball arm speed, creating good depth at 68-69 mph. For good measure, he mixes in a split-finger fastball at 67 mph that dives out of the strike zone late.

+ Caden Walton, 3B/RHP, Vista Ridge HS, 2019
5-foot-10, 165-pound frame. The right-hander works from high-¾ slot with a short, clean arm stroke that works well from back to front. Tall-and-fall delivery with a short stride. His fastball sat 78-80 mph with slight arm side run. His curveball has 10/4 shape at 69 mph. Maintains arm speed and has good feel for his changeup at 73 mph.

+ Jordan Rozenblum, 3B/RHP, J.J. Pearce HS, 2019
5-foot-10, 190-pound frame. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a short arm stroke. Rozenblum filled up the strike zone and was able to keep hitters off balance with his ability to pitch backwards. His fastball sat 74-76 mph. His curveball came in at 64-69 with 10/4 shape. Threw his changeup with fastball arm speed at 67-69 mph and good depth.  

+ Adam Davis, RHP/1B, Melissa HS, 2018
At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, Davis has a strong lower half and a projectable frame with a young face. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a short arm stroke. His fastball sat 77-80 mph with some arm side run. Throws both his curveball and changeup with fastball arm speed. His curveball has 11/5 shape at 66-69 mph. His changeup flashes arm side fade at 73 mph.  

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