Zach Barden
Zach Barden
Zach Barden
Zach Barden




Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids Prairie (HS) • IA
6-2 • 185LBS • R/R


2020 National

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Position Profile: OF/RHP
Body: Lean athletic frame that should continue to add size and strength.
Run: 4.27 H-1B
Hit: Square tall stance, knee to knee trigger, slight arm bar in load, flat line drive swing plane, works gap to gap, consistently squares baseball.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity.
OF Defense: Solid athleticism in field, long arm action, pie arm slot, works through ball. Solid accuracy with carry to target.
OF Arm: 90 mph arm strength.

Delivery: Stretch only, athletic into tuck and turn balance point, lands on stiffer legs, some extension out front.
Arm Action: Short arm path, compact through body, finishes across body.
FB: 86-87 mph. Riding life on fastball with late action arm-side.
CB: 73-75 mph. Sharper break on 11/5 breaking ball with small shape; above avg. depth.
CH: 77-78 mph. Firm CH with running action into RHH.


6-foot-2, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.44 home-to-first time. Lean athletic frame, leg kick trigger, hands drift down in load, line drive swing plane, some lift through contact, shows some pop in bat to pull side of field, 87 mph exit velocity. Solid/avg. actions in field, decent athlete, pie arm arm, has carry and accuracy to target, 83 mph arm strength from outfield. On mound; stretch only, athletic tuck and turn at balance point, short arm action, pie arm slot, with solid extension out front. Fastball showed occasional life, elevated in zone, at 78-80 mph. Breaking ball has tighter 11/5 spin, small shape, but was inconsistent around zone. Changeup was firm with flat action to plate.

3/4/18- 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.41 home-to-first time. Narrow open stance, strides into contact, flat bat path, flashes of solid line drive pop, mid/pull approach, 86 mph exit velocity. Avg. actions in field, tends to sit back on ground balls, pie arm action, elevated throws to target, 78 mph arm from outfield. On mound; stretch only, athletic tuck and turn with high balance point, short arm action, lands inline to catcher, slightly upright on release. Fastball was straight for strikes at 78-79 mph. Above avg. breaking ball with late sharp break. Shows fade with late sinking action on changeup; working bottom of zone well.

8/1/16- 6-foot, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.28 runner. Square stance, long stride to contact, out front, flat bat path, gap to gap approach, ground ball contact, 79 mph exit velocity. Good direction with feet, fields cleanly, stops after release, minimal use of lower half and momentum to throw, low arm slot, elevated throws, avg. accuracy to target, 70 mph arm strength from outfield. On mound; uptempo actions, swings front leg down mound, short arm action, with upright posture at release. Fastball was straight at 74-76 mph. Changeup, thrown with stiff wrist, was 65-68 mph.

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