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VA/DC Scout Blog: Pro 5 Virginia

Jason Burton
Scouting Director PBR Virginia/DC

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Our first scout blog of the year features the new Pro 5 Virginia Baseball Academy. I took in three games versus Combine Academy (NC) and was able to see plenty of at bats on the Pro 5 hitters and plenty of innings from their arms. 

Take a look below to see some breakdowns on eight players from the game action.

Pro 5 Baseball Academy 

Trent Adelman 3B / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2023

One thing is for sure, Adelman is going to have a chance to hit at VCU. Strength to all fields, loud contact, and a better in game runner than watch runner. Think he will be 1B/Corner Outfield defensive profile long term, but regardless of the position, at some point he should be able to impact the Rams lineup. 




Marcus Bradshaw SS / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2023

Long rangy athletic infielder that really looks the part. Bradshaw has been switch hitting for just a handful of years now, and the left handed swing has come a long ways. Hands show a little more rhythm from the left side, as well as showing some explosive hand strength from that side. The right hand swing is a little quieter, but during BP especially, the barrels were a little more consistent, he just did not show the raw power that he did from the left side. Has shown the ability to go down and get pitches from the left side and still produce some power. Had a triple on Tuesday night in a two strike count that displayed his hand and wrist strength whipping the barrel through the zone. Easy mover out of the box and in the infield with long strides. 




Matthew Graham C / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2025

Solid 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. Square stance at the plate, hands relaxed, and a lift and hover to stride. Gets the foot down on line with a slight hand load before firing a level path swing through the zone. Showed the ability to use the whole field in a few at bats. C/1B/Corner Outfield profile with some strength in the swing. 




Cameron Nelson OF / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2023

The Wake Forest commit has some undeniable tools, most notably the run tool. Nelson turned out a 3.68 bunt on Tuesday night and followed that up with a few 4.0-4.05 home to first times on groundballs. During BP he showed some carry in the pull side gap, as well as the ability to use the whole field in game. Really solid plate discipline and zone awareness to go along with the contact bat. He is a constant threat on the bases, swiping multiple bags during this three game set. 

On the mound, Nelson is a high intent, high effort reliever. In his short work he sat 90-92 and touched 93. There is crossfire to the delivery and shows the ability to get the fastball to the glove side and in to right handers. The slider is a legitimate out pitch. Sweeping shape in the upper 70's with well above average spin, ranging in the 2700-2800 range. Tended to wait until deeper in counts to use the slider, but the pitch has the makeup to get chases early in counts. 




Ryan Perkins RHP / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2024

The 6-foot-4 right hander has long been an intriguing player, but the velo has tended to fluctuate. On this day, it was solid. Sat in the 86-89 range and bumped 90 twice. He held the velo well through three innings, dropping slightly to 84-87 in the fourth. Perkins got plenty of swing and miss on the fastball, as well as racking up nine punchouts on that pitch. He showed what appeared to be a slider/changeup mix for his secondary. They are both still developing, but he did show solid arm speed for the 76-79 mph straight change. Definitely an intriguing uncommitted arm to get out and see. 




Jacob Seek LHP / PRO 5 VA, VA / 2024

The Maryland commit has a lot of effort and intent in the delivery. Full arm swing and works from a lower three-quarter slot. The fastball sat mid to upper 80's and touched 90 once. The 71-73 mph breaking ball has loose shape and is still a work in progress. The changeup is the more ready of the two offspeed offerings. Sitting 81-83 mph and getting a swing and miss, as well as a strikeout. Control over command right now and attacks hitters. 




Evan Smith LHP / Pro5 Baseball Academy , VA / 2023

After getting in some trouble early in the first, the Maryland recruit settled in nicely and worked pretty quickly and efficiently the remainder of his outing. He was effective in the zone and held his composure throughout his outing. It is control over command and showed the ability to land multiple pitches for strikes. The fastball sat in the mid-upper 80's early in his outing, while he spun a slider in the 75-77 range. 



Tyler Wood RHP / Pro 5 Academy VA, VA / 2023

The uncommitted post grad right-hander from the west coast showed solid solid stuff during his outing. The fastball was 86-89 mph and touched 90 once. He got a few whiffs on the pitch, as well as tallied three punchouts on the fastball. Wood also showed two secondary pitches, a slider and a changeup. The changeup was the better of the two on the day, sitting 80-82 and getting about 60% swings and misses on the few times that he used it. The slider was 76-80 mph with more gradual shape and appeared to be the third best pitch on the day. There is some effort to the delivery and uses a longer arm swing before throwing from a low three-quarter arm slot. Overall there were some really good flashes during the outing and the changeup has a chance to be a legitimate secondary pitch at the next level.