Fall Invite: Catcher and Corner Infield Analyis


John Nolan
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Fall Invite: Catcher and Corner Infield Analysis

In November, PBR VA/DC hosted a combined Fall Event at Virginia Sportsplex. Originally, we were set to host an Underclass Fall Invite at Old Dominion and an Unsigned Senior Showcase at Virginia Sportsplex, but inclement weather forced us to cancel the event at ODU and combine the two events into our Fall Invite, which featured players from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 and represented all corners of the Commonwealth.

Today, we begin our detailed analysis of the event by looking at the catchers and corner infielders who participated in the event. Look for breakdowns of the middle infielders, outfielders, and pitchers in the coming weeks.

John Barrie C Paul VI Catholic 2019
Barrie is 5-11 with an athletic frame, he hits from the right side from a slightly open athletic stance. Leg kick stride on line, smooth load back to a bar, hips rotate completely with some balance to his swing. Takes barrel straight to ball, slightly uphill path with pull preference, exit velocity was 79. Behind the plate, reached for ball, otherwise clean transfer gains ground during exchange. Short loose arm action from a high three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 70. Pop times were 2.27-2.35. Good deep stance receiving, good flexibility with sway, works up to ball and presents good strike. Ran a 7.44 60 yard dash.

Bailey Burke 1B/RHP Kettle Run 2018
Burke is 5-11 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half, he hits from the left side from an open athletic stance. Short stride, toe stays in place, short smooth load back, some rhythm to his swing. Some hip rotation and some balance to swing. Takes barrel straight to ball, level to slightly uphill swing path, line drive swing, slight pull preference, some quickness to swing. Gap power to pull side with exit velocity of 84. At first, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through the ball, throws from three-quarters arm slot, infield velocity was 77.

Jonathan Compton C/OF Gate City 2020
Athletic physical frame at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Ran a 6.69 60-yard dash on damp track. Hits from an open set up with high hands above the shoulder. Short load with leg lift squaring up to baseball. Gets into backside and gets nice hip explosion through contact. Hands are short, simple, and quick to the ball that free up as they extend through contact. Did get long at times during BP, getting around the ball, but showed fast bat speed and power potential at the plate. Exit velo of 94 mph. Solid footwork and clean exchange from behind the plate. Smooth throughout, though could quicken his feet on pops. Pop time as low as 2.02. Sound receiving skills sticking ball well, though can get stiff at times. Average sway side to side, does have some room for improvement, his natural athleticism should help that continue to improve. 

Nick Famiglietti 3B/RHP Briar Woods 2020
Famiglietti is 5-11 with a lanky frame, he hits from the right side from an open athletic stance. Short stride, smooth load back with slight wrap, some rhythm to his swing. Explosive lower half and some balance to swing. Short to ball with some bat speed, level line drive swing, good approach worked gap to gap, exit velocity was 82. At third, good feet, rounds ball well and fields it with a wide base and above average hands. Plays through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 80.

Walid Muhammad C Battlefield 2019
Muhammad is 5-10 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half, he hits from the right side from an athletic stance. Toe tap stride, short smooth load back, some rhythm to his swing. Some hip rotation, good balance to swing. Very short to ball, level line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 84. Behind the plate, gains ground on exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, catcher velocity was 71, pop times were 2.31-2.45.

Christopher Polymeropoulos C James Madison 2020
Polymeropoulos is 5-7 with an athletic frame, he hits from the right side from an athletic stance. Leg kick stride on line, smooth load back, some rhythm to his swing. Explosive lower half with some balance to swing. Short to ball, uphill swing path with extension through the ball, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 82. Behind the plate, quick exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action that is quick, catcher velocity was 73. Good wide base receiving, shows ability to sway behind pitches, gets into block quickly and can move laterally. Ran a 7.21 60 yard dash.

Zach Stanko 3B Walsingham Academy 2019
Stanko is 6-2 with an athletic frame, hits from the right side from an open athletic stance. Short stride on line, smooth load back, rhythm to swing. Explosive lower half with some balance to swing. Short and quick to the ball with extension through it, showed good approach working middle of field, exit velocity was 91. Line drive swing with gap power and potential for more. At third, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with wide base and soft hands. Works through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short loose arm action, infield velocity was 81. Ran a 7.20 60 yard dash.

Michael Warley C/3B Hanover 2018 (Maryland Eastern Shore)
Warley is 5-9 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half, hits from the right side from an open athletic stance. Leg kick stride on line, loads down and back with a slight bar, rhythm to his swing. Explosive lower half and some balance to swing. Quick to ball, level line drive swing gets uphill a bit to pull side, exit velocity was 88. At third, gets body behind ball and fields with average hands, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 79. Behind the plate, quick clean exchange, gains ground during exchange, throws form a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action that is loose, ball has some carry. Catcher velocity was 78 and pop times were 2.03-2.10. 

 

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