Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III
Russell Lucas III

CLASS OF 2022

SS
RHP

Russell
Lucas III

Shawnee Mission Northwest (HS) • KS
5-9 • 185LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Mac-N-Seitz
2022 National

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10/17/21

Body: 5-9, 185-pounds. Stocky build with strength in the lower half
Hit: RHH. Starts with a neutral stance and narrow base with upright posture.  Hands get set tight to the body at shoulder height with a vertical bat angle.  Short weight shift into a firm front leg.  Leg lift stride with linear direction with the lower half.  Level bat path and a line drive approach.  Hands work short and quick to the ball.  Utilizes the whole field.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 69.16 mph. 88’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 82 mph.  3/4 arm slot with a short and clean arm action.
Defense:  pop times. Attacks the ball with a feel for routes working around the ball and good rhythm.  Fields the ball with smooth feet and a feel for glove action and soft hands.  Clean exchanges out of the glove.
Run: 8.02 runner in the 60.

10/17/21

Body: 5-9, 185-pounds. Stocky build with strength in the lower half
Delivery: Short and simple footwork around the rubber working to a high balance point and slightly crouched posture.  Coiled hips and shoulders at the top of the delivery.  Strong weight stack onto the back leg with short push off the rubber.  Works from the far first base side of the rubber and strides directionally slightly open down the slope.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 arm slot with a clean arm action.
FB: T82.51, 78.53-81.40 mph. Heavy arm side run and sinking action. T2169, 1962 average rpm.
SL: 72.07-74.05 mph. Short and early break with some east/west action. T2132, 1931 average rpm.

6/22/21

Positional Profile: MIF/RHP

Body: 5-foot-9, 185-pound stocky build with present strength especially in the lower half.  

Hit: RHH.  At the plate starts with a neutral stance and narrow base with an upright posture.  Short leg kick stride with weight stacked onto a tall back leg.  Slight drift into a firm front leg maintaining upright posture and narrow base throughout the swing.  Rhythmic swing with some strength at contact.  Rotational bat path and plays the ball out in front of the plate to a pull side approach.

Power: 85 mph exit velocity off the tee and 91 mph exit velocity in BP.

Arm: RH.  INF-82 MPH.  ¾ arm slot with a short and clean arm action.

Defense: In the infield attacks the ball with shorter steps and smooth rhythm.  Shows a feel for glove action out in front of the body and fields with a soft glove.  Fields the ball with a high waist bend.  Solid slow roller technique with clean exchanges out of the glove.

Run: 8.10 runner in the 60.

Delivery: On the mound uses short and simple footwork around the rubber working to a mid height balance point.  Slow and methodical rhythm and repeats the delivery well.  Hands break from the glove down around the belt.  Slight coil with the hips and shoulders at the top of the balance point.  Lands to a slight bent plant leg with heavy rotation off the plant foot.  

Arm Action: High ¾ arm slot with a short arm action.

FB: 77-80 mph, sinking action with some arm side run.

SL: 71-74 mph, short cutting action with developing spin and shows the ability to land it in the zone.

CB: 70-72 mph, a little more depth than the slider with tighter spin.


2/14/21

Positional Profile: SS/RHP

Body: 5-foot-9, 185 pound stocky frame with thick lower half. 

Hit: RHH. At the plate starts with an upright stance and rhythmic set up with the hands at shoulder height.  Short two tap stride with narrow stride length.  Slightly arm barred and pull side approach.  Sits and rotates hard off the back leg.  Likes the ball out in front of the plate and works hands around the outside of the ball.   

Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. 

Arm: RH. INF-74 mph.  High ¾ arm slot with good hand speed and long release.

Defense:  In the infield shows short/choppy steps to work around the ball.  Slow and controlled actions.  Sure-handed with the glove and glove action is still developing.  Throws had good trajectory across.

Run: 4.95 runner from home to first.

 

Delivery: Smooth tempo delivery.  Coils hips and shoulders at balance point.  Hand break is low on the chest and repeats it well.  Rotates off the back leg and lands directionally down the mound towards the plate.

Arm Action: High ¾ arm slot with loose arm action.

FB: 79-81 mph, good arm side run and life at the top of the zone. 

SL: 68-71 mph, short 9/3 shape with cutting action. 

CH: 73 mph,  Gets good fade with downward action.


6/23/20

Positional Profile: SS / RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Stock build with some strength, wide shoulders.
Defense: INF – 81 mph. Athletic, range to both forehand and backhand, quick arm
Arm: Right-handed. Short arm action, throws with some carry. Arm plays up.
Hit: Right-handed. Starts tall and upright, simple load, in line stride, some looseness to his hands, feel for the barrel, flat bat path, primarily pull side contact during round, exit velocity of 78 mph.
Run: 7.92 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple delivery, fluid, controlled leg lift, works in direction with target, gains momentum down the mound, clean arm action, strong lower half, occasional recoil with finish, throws with regular effort.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Arm works, long action, three-quarter release.
FB: 77-78 mph. Strike thrower, occasional arm side run.
CB: 69-79 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape, around the zone.
CH: 71 mph. Near fastball arm speed.

2/29/20

Russell Lucas III, Shawnee Mission Northwest (KS), 2022
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Strong, wide-shouldered build; defined lower half.
Defense: Active feet, steady hands, long to release.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall in the box, front foot starts slightly closed, slight bat tip, smooth load, toe-tap trigger, short stride.  Present bat speed, short, uphill path through the zone, gap-to-gap approach at the plate, some rhythm throughout.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 7.96 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Only worked out of the stretch, quick drop/drive type delivery, level shoulders, works in line with his target, smooth rhythm throughout, easy effort.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T77, 72-75 mph. Plays straight, plays down in the zone, plenty of strikes.
CB: 66-69 mph. Tight 11/5 shape, thrown for strikes.
CH: 68-73 mph. Thrown with near fastball arm speed, slight arm-side run.

7/16/19

Lucas is a 5-foot-9 155-pound right-handed hitting shortstop and right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2022 class.  He ran a 7.95 60 and a 4.30 home to first.  He had an 82 mph exit velocity.  At the plate, tall set up short toe tap with short in line stride, hands manage the barrel, good barrel awareness, gap to gap line drives, stays balanced.  On the infield, short high three quarters arm slot, fluid footwork, creates momentum to throw after exchange, works behind the ball, plays through the catch, mostly accurate throws, 83 mph positional velocity. On the mound, Lucas has a simple and compact delivery, aggressive lower half, controlled leg lift, shows some aggressiveness and athleticism as he works down the mound, directional with stride, shorter back swing with arm, clean arm action, three-quarter release. Fastball sat 74-78 mph at the event, occasional run, thrown for a high percentage of strikes, curveball is thrown aggressively at 67-69 mph, sharp bite at times, changeup is 73-75 mph, near fastball arm speed.

2/23/19

Lucas is a 5-foot-9 155-pound right-handed hitting shortstop in Kansas' 2022 class.  He ran a 4.27 home to first and has a 75 mph exit velocity.  At the plate, tall set up, toe tap to load, quiet hands, short in line stride, hands control the barrel, level through the zone, middle of the field approach.  On the infield, high three quarters arm slot, fluid actions with clean transfer and throw, mostly accurate throws, 76 mph positional velocity.

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