Ben Vitas
Ben Vitas

CLASS OF 2020

SS
RHP

Ben
Vitas

Central Michigan
Providence Catholic (HS) • IL
6-0 • 165LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Cangelosi Sparks

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8/16/19

Verbally committed to Central Michigan.

7/25/19

Uncommitted. 6-foot, 165-pound highly athletic right-hander. Works ultra quick in between pitches, gets it and goes. Short rock into deliberate high leg lift, level and square to home. Quick and loose arm action from a ¾ slot. Fastball, 83-85 mph, generated huge/hard arm-side movement; frequently fooled righties on the backdoor. His breaking ball greatly complemented the fastball; sharp/late 10/4 break, 73-75 mph. The big range of movement earned him some ugly swings and misses when batters guessed wrong.

4.23.18 - 5-foot-11, 165-pound shortstop, athletic shape. Advanced defender at shortstop, hands are soft, cushions the baseball, easy actions, plus when on the move, plus body control. Arm carries and plays accurate, athletic arm action will play from multiple slots, easy release when on move and off balance - arm strength still plays. Hits nine-hole and played SS. Right-handed hitter, quiet setup, short path to the ball, steep at times. Comps to Jack Blomgren (Janesville Craig, WI, 2017, Michigan)

10.22.17 - 6-foot, 160-pound, athletically built, well-proportioned, two-way prospect. Right-handed hitter, athletic, slightly open setup, short on time stride. Separate hands from lower half and creates easy bat speed. Excellent hand eye, showed feel for the barrel, line drive middle of the field approach. Defensively moves easy and athletic, showed body control and range to both sides, soft hands and feet work together through the baseball. Arm action is easy, short high ¾ slot, carries well, 87 mph across the diamond. Ran a 7.31 60, laser-timed. On the mound, advanced pitchability, feel for three and works fast. Tall and fall delivery, works with rhythm and easy effort throughout. Arm works long, loose and quick out of a ¾ window. Fastball showed feel for the zone, arm-side-run, sat 80-82 mph, touched 83; looks to have plenty more in the tank. Curveball, thrown for strikes,11/5 shape, depth, tight spin, ranged between 62-67 mph. Changeup, maintains arm speed, gets late run at times, feel for the bottom of the zone, 72-73 mph. High-follow 2020 prospect.

9.9.17 - 5-foot-10, 150-pound right-handed pitcher with an athletic frame. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Works fast. Fastball sat 78-82 mph for strikes. Changeup has fading action at 71-72 mph. Slider is best secondary offering. Lateral shape with short, tight rotation at 68-70 mph. Gap to gap hitter at the plate. Shows strength and leverage thru contact. Stayed back on a curveball and drove it to the gap in left centerfield for a double.

1.15.17 - 5-foot-10, 150-pound, lanky, athletically built two-way prospect. On the mound, projectable right-handed pitcher with feel for a three-pitch mix. Clean, loose arm action from a ¾ to high ¾ slot. Tall and fall, repeatable delivery with rhythm, lands closed, stays online and easy effort throughout. Fastball thrown for strikes, arm-side-run and sat 77-78 mph, touching 79. Curveball, 11/5 shape, slurvy action and sat 62-64 mph. Changeup, feel, sinking action, sat 68-69 mph. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balance, wide setup, short stride and path works uphill occasionally; registered an 82 mph exit velocity. Defensively, hands are soft and receptive, plays under control and flashed a quick transfer. Arm works short and showed the ability to throw from multiple angles on the infield. Throws were accurate and clocked at 76 mph across the diamond. 7.47 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

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