Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand
Matthew Strand

CLASS OF 2021

C
3B

Matthew
Strand

Samford
North Gwinnett (HS) • GA
6-0 • 205LBS • R/R
Travel Team: East Cobb Astros

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6/02/20

6-foot, 200-pound right-handed hitting catcher and third baseman, athletically built with a strong lower half, displayed smooth actions in everything he did, ran a 6.81 laser-timed 60. High level defender behind the dish, short, quick arm, throws are true and accurate, 79 from the crouch. Quick and clean on transfers and footwork, works on line out of the chute, event best 1.91-1.95 pop times. On the infield, arm works short and loose with quick arm speed, 82 across the infield. Fluid footwork and soft glove, good body control. Defensively is capable to handle either catcher or third base. Offensively, wide setup with weight displaced on back-side, short stride, hands load back smoothly, good balance through finish. Gap-to-gap type hitter, drives the ball with force, mostly level barrel path, 97 exit velocity off a tee.

7/26/19

Uncommitted 2021 C Matthew Strand (North Gwinnett) made tons of hard contact today.  Strong bodied, athletic prospect, with bat-speed and feel for the bathead. Good looking prospect.

6/18/19

5 foot 11, 185-pound average build.  Hits from the right side with a tall, relaxed setup using wood during his batting practice rounds.  Short stride during his load with his hands working slightly back, creating some bat angle. Fluid swing with his barrel working short to the ball.  Worked mostly middle to his pull side with some feel for his barrel. Gets his barrel through the zone with better than average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 91 mph.  Quick, fluid feet with a quick exchange and carry to his throws to second base from a high ¾ slot. Pop times ranged from 1.98-2.07. Positional velocity topped at 78 mph from a crouch position.  Plays with some rhythm on the infield with fluid feet and above average hands. Funnels to the midsection after catch, using different slots on his throws to first base. Some accuracy across the diamond with his arm topping at 83 mph.  Recorded a 7.35 in the 60.


11/04/17

5-foot-9, 150 pound prospect sets up with low hips and receives with one hand. Shows soft hands while receiving the ball and an accurate throwing arm. Positions his body well behind the plate to block the ball. Kept each throw in front. In the field moves on the balls of his feet fielding out front, takes a step and throws from a high 3/4 arm angle. At the plate uses a balanced stance keeping his hands back. Toe tap load and compact swing with his hands inside the ball. Makes solid contact, top of the order kind of hitter.

60 time: 7.40
Exit velo: 83 mph
Inf velo: 72 mph
C velo: 72 mph
Pop time: 1.96-2.02

8/08/17

5-foot-9, 145 pound prospect. At the plate hits out of a slightly open stance using a big leg left to come square as he loads. Kept his barrell in the zone hitting line drives to all fields. Exit velocity was 82 MPH. Behind the plate stays wide while blocking keeping his chest over the ball. Receives the ball with one hand showing good fundamental footwork when throwing down to second base. Pop times were 2.15-2.22. On the infield fields the ball up into his body taking a quick hop step before throwing across the infield from a high 3/4 arm slot. Position velocity was 68 MPH.

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