Charlie Cerny
Charlie Cerny




Bloomington (HS) • IL
6-5 • 230LBS • L/R


2018 National

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5/15/14 - Ranked No. 46 in the state, No. 202 overall. Prototypical pitchers frame, 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, shows present strength with room to grow, sturdy lower half could carry additional weight. Delivery works directionally, high front side, loads on backside well and works down the hill, slightly across his body, maintains excellent balance and shows the ability to repeat well. Arm action is clean, easy effort, comes out clean and effortlessly, near over the top slot. Fastball has excellent finish, easy arm action gives fastball deceptive life through the zone. Showed the ability to command it to his glove side, showed arm side run at times, worked the bottom of the zone, sat 84-86 mph in the first touching 87 mph, dipped slightly in the stretch, showed flashes of 86 mph throughout the game, again sitting 85-86 in the seventh with moxy. Breaking ball had softer action, ranging from 67-72 mph, 12/6 action with feel, can be more aggressive with it. Throws a firm changeup at 77-80 mph, flashed fading action with excellent arm action, highly deceptive, swing and miss type of pitch. Cerny is a high follow in the Class of 2015, his physical frame and ease at which he pitches makes him highly coveted. Cerny also showed a high level of competitiveness and moxy late in the game striking out the final five of six outs.
2/16/14 Big riser in Illinois’ 2015 class; has made significant advancements since the fall. Athletic 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame, proportional strength with room for continued physical development. Two-way prospect but next-level upside is on mound. Right-handed pitcher, high-3/4 slot, shorter arm action, stays tall, good plane on fastball. Topped at 88 mph, sitting 87 from windup, 85 from stretch, late sinking action, high-volume of strikes. Changeup is promising pitch, thrown between 78-80 mph, with arm-side sink. Also throws curveball (68-71 mph) and cutter (76-80). Curveball shows occasional depth and bite when doesn’t steer it, but has tendency to slow arm action. Positionally is a left-handed hitting third baseman. Offensively has quiet mechanics: athletic, balanced setup, minimal stride, smooth load, maintains solid balance throughout. Shows pull-side power potential with lift in swing; rotational hitter, strong hands, 86 mph exit velocity. Defensively, was clocked at 79 mph across infield and ran a 7.53 60.

9.29.13 High-follow prospect in Illinois’ 2015 class. 6-foot-4, 185-pound two-way player with considerable upside. On the mound, he showed ability to repeat mechanics; delivery shows rhythm hides ball well. Throws from a high ¾ slot, above average arm speed, athletic finish. His fastball shows life, sits 84-86 mph from the windup and 83-85 mph from the stretch. Showed solid feel for his changeup, 75-77 mph, with arm-side sink, occasional running action. Changeup has swing-and-miss potential. Curveball has a 10/4 shape with soft break at 67-69 mph, showed signs of better bite when thrown 70-71 mph. Offensively, hits from an athletic stance with smooth loading action and no stride. Has a strong swing with good lower-half involvement. Bat stays flat through the zone, above-average bat speed, creates natural lift with some backspin carry. Posted an exit velocity of 86 mph off a tee. At third base, he showed feel for the position with clean actions and a strong arm. He throws with a long arm from a high ¾ slot at 76 mph across the diamond. Ran a 7.53 60.

6/5/18 - Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th Round, 203rd Overall.

5/23/18Large frame and build. Delivery is repeatable, medium leg lift into squared landing, front side stays closed. Arm action is clean circle, easy out front, high ¾ slot. Showed swing and miss stuff, also worked efficiently in the zone with weak contact early in counts. Struck out nine in six innings using just 74 pitches, 0BB, 4H, 0R. Fastball plays with arm side run, showed control, mostly works away from RHH, easy finish through the zone, 90-93 mph early on, 88-90 in the fifth. Swing and miss slider on 10/4 plane, hard lateral action, showed depth at times, expanded away for strikeouts, tight action, sat 83-85 mph, touched 87 mph. Flashed a changeup at 77 mph. Consistently works in the zone with above average life through the hitting zone. Recently moved to a starter’s role about a month ago and has gone 3-1 in four starts with 5 walks to 24 strikeouts (all five walks in his one loss).

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