Top Prospect Games: Pitcher Analysis Part 1



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By John Nolan
Virginia Assistant Director and Content Manager

Today we continue our analysis by position of the players who participated in the Virginia/DC Top Prospect Games on June 27. Hosted by Liberty University, over 50 players from across the state performed in front of the PBR scouting staff as well as colleges from around the region. Over the last few weeks we have broken down the position players from the event. Today, we take a look at the first half of the pitchers who took part in the event.

Later this week we will wrap up our analysis with the second half of the pitchers.

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Willem Bouma RHP 2018 Woodrow Wilson
Bouma is 6-5 with a lanky frame, throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Long arm action, stabs down, free with normal effort. Shoulders slightly closed and level, lands square with an athletic finish. Fastball was 78-80 and has downward plane and a bit of run. Straight change-up was 70-72 with some armspeed. Curveball was 65-67 with hard 11/5 action.

Will Bowles RHP 2019 Hanover
Bowles is 5-11 and has an athletic frame, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, shorter loose arm action with normal effort. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands square with a fall off finish. Fastball was 81-82 with sinking action to it. Curveball had some armspeed and gradual 10/4 break at 70-71.

Luke Burner LHP 2019 Highland School
Burner is 5-10 with an athletic frame, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, normal effort. Shoulders closed, lands on line with an athletic finish and a bit of a fall off. Fastball was 72-74, touching 75, with some sink to it. Change-up was 67-68 with some armspeed and fading action. Slider was 64-67 with gradual 2/8 break.

Nicholas Davis RHP 2019 Highland
Davis is 6-1 and has a lanky frame, has a drop and drive delivery and throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, long arm action stabbing down, loose, quick arm stroke, some effort to delivery. Shoulders are level and closed, lands square and recoils during his athletic finish. Fastball was 81-84 with downward plane and some late life. Curveball had late gradual 10/4 break, running 67-68, threw it with some armspeed. Change-up had some armspeed and late run, sitting 72-73.

Nick DeMoss LHP 2018 Landstown
DeMoss is 5-8 with a lankier athletic frame, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a drop and drive delivery. Short free arm action, normal effort to his delivery. Shoulders level and closed, lands closed with a fall off finish. Fastball was 72-74, touching 75, pitch had downward plane and a bit of late run. Curveball was 65-67 with gradual 1/7 break and good armspeed. Change-up was 67-68 with run and good armspeed.

Jacob Dodson LHP 2018 Warren County
Dodson is 5-7 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action and some effort. Shoulders are uphill and on line, lands closed with a fall off finish. Fastball was 74-76 touching 77 with some run to it. Change-up had sinking action and some armspeed. Curveball was 62-65 with sharp 12/6 break and some armspeed.

Braden Gilbert RHP 2018 Norfolk Christian
Gilbert is 5-11 and has an athletic frame with a strong lower half, he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a drop and drive delivery. Long arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Shoulders are level and on line, lands closed with a fall off finish and recoil. Fastball was 78-80 with heavy run and some sink to it. Change-up was 68-70 with heavy sinking action and some armspeed. Curveball was 66-67 with 10/4 break to it.

Hunter Hoopes RHP 2018 W.T. Woodson (UNC Asheville)
Hoopes is 6-1 with a lanky projectable frame, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a smooth delivery. Long, loose arm action that is lightning quick, generates velocity with normal effort. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands slightly closed with an athletic finish. Fastball sat 85-88, touching 89 with late run and good downward angle. Curveball had hard, sharp 11/5 break and some armspeed, running 64-67. Change-up had sink and some armspeed at 74.

Kyle Horton RHP 2018 Liberty Christian (South Carolina)
Horton is 6-0 with a lankier projectable frame that he can add to, throws from a higher three-quarters arm slot with a short, quick arm and some effort. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands square with a falloff finish. Fastball sat 85-88 with plane and a bit of run to it. Curveball was 69-72 with some armspeed and sharp, hard 11/5 break.

Matt Howat LHP 2019 James Madison
Howat is 6-0 with a lanky frame, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. Short, loose arm action that is quick, easier effort to his delivery. Shoulders are closed and downhill, lands slightly closed with an athletic finish, classic lefty crossfire. Fastball sat 80-83 with good angle and late sink to it. Very good curveball with late, sharp 2/8 break at 72-73 and good armspeed. Showed change-up in warmups with some armspeed and a bit of fade to it. 

 

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