Western Wisconsin Open: Pitcher Analysis



By Matt Huck
Area Scout

The Western Wisconsin Open took place on Monday July 10th at Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Today we continue the analysis with scouting reports on the pitchers. At the end of the week we will roll out the top position players and pitchers from the event.

Scouting Reports (Listed Alphabetically)

Benjamin Anderson, LHP, Lawton Chiles (FL), 2018
6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed pitcher with a lanky frame. Works from a side arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Works in line with home plate with a square landing. Fastball has running action at 80-81 topping out at 82 mph. Slider has sweeping action at 65-70 mph. Maintains fastball arm speed on changeup with running action at 76-78 mph.

Drake Bakkum, RHP/3B, Cochrane-Fountain, 2019
6-ffo, 170-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short am action. Works exclusively out of the stretch. Fastball sat 71-74 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with loose rotation at 62-63 mph. Changeup blends with fastball and has sinking action at 70-72 mph. At the plate hits from a tall, balanced setup wit a leg kick stride and uphill swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.27. Took drills in the infield, threw 69 mph across.

Brady Christianson, RHP, Hayward, 2018
6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher with a lanky, projectable frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Works exclusively out of the stretch. Drop and drive delivery working in line with home plate. Smooth rhythm with easy effort. Fastball sat 84-85 topping out at 86 mph. Slider has 10-4 shape with sharp breaking action at 70-73 mph. Changeup was flat at 78-79 mph.

 

Caden Dupee, 2B/RHP/C, Ladysmith, 2019
5-foot-9, 140-pound right-handed hitting utility player. At the plate hits from a tall, setup, short stride with fair balance. Long swing path. 77 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.18. Defensively in the infield has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm angle. Long exchange and release. Threw 77 mph across the infield. Behind the plate popped 2.54-2.58 and threw 71 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive delivery with an open landing. Fastball sat 74-75 topping out at 77 mph. Threw a curveball and a slider. Both have the same breaking action . Curveball sat 66-67 mph, slider sat 64-67 mph.

Blake Fuchs, RHP/2B, Milton, 2018
5-foot-8, 155-pound right-handed hitting RHP/2B. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with high draw out of the glove. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball worked up in the zone at 74-76 topping out at 78 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with short breaking action at 66-69 mph. Changeup sat 68-71 mph. At the plate hits from a tall, slightly open setup. Fair balance with an uphill path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.31. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

Ethan Kjellberg, RHP, Elk Mound, 2018
6-foot-1, 210-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Slide step delivery from the stretch. Fastball sat 78-79 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball has 10-4 shape with short breaking action at 67-70 mph. Showed feel for changeup with sinking action at 67-70 mph for strikes..

Jace Kressin, LHP, Menomonie, 2019
6-foot-3, 170-pound left-handed pitcher with a thin, lanky frame. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Fastball sat 79-81 topping out at 84 mph. Slider has sweeping action with depth at 67-60 mph for strikes. Changeup has sinking action at 66-71 mph. Projects well on the mound, will continue to improve with additional strength and consistency in mechanics. 2019 arm to follow in Wisconsin

Caleb Lau, LHP, Chippewa Falls, 2018
5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed pitcher. Works form a high ¾ arm angle with a short, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with effort. Square landing, falls to third base side on release. Fastball sat 80-82 topping out at 84 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 60-64 mph. Changeup sat 59-62 mph.

Brad Lilla, RHP, Gale Ettrick Trempealeau, 2018
6-foot-1, 160-pound right-handed pitcher with a lanky frame. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Drop and drive slow paced delivery with a long stride. Fastball sat 72-74 mph. Curveball sat 61-63 mph. Changeup sat 70-71 mph.

Isaac Marley, LHP/OF, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, 2019
5-foot-8, 135-pound left-handed hitting LHP/OF. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Drop and drive delivery with regular effort. Works in line with home plate. Fastball sat 71-72 topping out at 73 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape with loose rotation at 63-65 mph. Changeup blends with slider at 66-71 mph. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a leg lift stride and average balance. Line drive hitter with an uphill swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.40. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball with a long, slow exchange. Threw 71 mph form the outfield.

Hunter Pederson, LHP, Unity, 2018
6-foot-2, 225-pound left-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Fastball sat 76-78 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball has 2-8 shape with depth at 64-67 mph for strikes. Changeup sat 67-69 mph.

David Popelka, LHP, Xavier, 2018
5-foot-9, 180-pound left-handed pitcher. On the mound works form a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short stride working in line with home plate. Fastball sat 76-77 topping out at 78 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 67-70 mph. Changeup sat 70-72 mph.

Carter Ruegsegger, RHP, Pecatonica, 2019
6-foot, 215-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive, slow paced delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball has slight running action at 72-74 topping out at 76 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with loose rotation at 61-65 mph.

Jacob Salonek, 1B/LHP, Eau Claire Regis, 2018
6-foot-3, 215-pound left-handed hitting 1B/LHP. At the plate hits from a tall setup with a leg lift stride and good balance. Pull, power approach with fluid rhythm. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.52. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Showed feel around the bag at first. Threw 71 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Fastball shows cutting and sinking action at 74-76 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape with short breaking action at 65-69 mph.

Zack Thiesse, OF/RHP, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, 2018
6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed hitting OF/RHP. At the plate hits from a tall, narrow setup with a short stride and uphill swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.70. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork. Threw 59 mph from the outfield. On the mound works from a high ¾ slot with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Slide step delivery from the stretch. Fastball sat 70-72 topping out at 73 mph. Curveball has gradual action at 55-59 mph. Changeup has running action at 66-69 mph.

Reese Vold, OF/RHP/SS, Black River Falls, 2018
5-foot-11, 155-pound right-handed hitting utility player. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a leg kick stride and good balance. Long, uphill swing path with fluid rhythm. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.17. Defensively took drills in the outfield and infield. Long, loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball with a long exchange. Threw 78 mph from the outfield and 77 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ slot with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball sat 78 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 65-67 mph. Maintains arm speed on changeup with sinking action at 71-74 mph.

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