Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina
Jace Avina

CLASS OF 2021

OF
SS

Jace
Avina

Nevada
Spanish Springs (HS) • NV
6-1 • 192LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Northern Nevada Baseball Club

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2021 National

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2021 DRAFT MIL ROUND 14

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1/30/21

2021 OF Jace Avina (Spanish Springs, NV)- 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Nevada recruit, Large frame, lean athletic build, defined lower half, present athleticism. Sets up in a spread out base with a neutral stance. Simple repeatable swing, using a small pickup with short forward move. Slight load at shoulder height. Downward entry into zone, working up through the ball. Showed off some power to LCF, working up to 96.4mph at 371 feet with advanced bat speed. Showed off some serious arm strength using a step behind approach, throwing a ball at 98mph over the catcher's head, worked mostly in the low 90s with more accuracy, higher effort. Athletic footwork while creating angles, showing some body awareness, ran a 6.82 60-yard dash, and stayed behind the ball.

10/25/20

Nevada recruit. With many of the players having already made an impact on the national circuit, Avina was a “less famous” name heading into the event, but quickly made himself known. An athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pounder with lean strength throughout a projectable frame, Avina began the day with a 6.72 60-yard dash time before turning in one of the better batting practice performances. Setting up square with the weight evenly distributed, the right-handed hitter utilizes a short stride and minor hand separation before working short to the ball and long through the zone with a more pronounced finish and quality use of the lower-half. He produced exit velocities as high as 101+ mph, and the ball seemed to jump off his barrel with each swing. The intent to do damage carried over into live action as Avina got off some quality, aggressive swings including a two-strike back side single. While some of the other prospects had a bit more twitch, Avina was clearly a “sleeper favorite” of many in attendance.

6/28/20

PBR California ProCase

Body: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Lean, sinewy, streamlined, built like a WR. Given his present tools, as he gains musculature and physical maturity those tools could really explode.

Hit: RH - Quiet & clean mechanics, separates well through contact, worked all fields in BP rounds & showed the same approach in game ABs, including a LD single through the middle. Slight knee lift, lands w/stability on stride leg, maintains body control throughout the swing. Showed swing adjustability. His bat speed registered as high as 77.4 mph w/peak hand speed of 23 mph (courtesy of Blast Motion).

Power: Given the 100 EV during the BP rounds (courtesy of TrackMan) while using wood, clearly there is power potential. His hot zone was the lower quadrant in the middle of the plate with an AVG EV of 96.05 and launch angle of 18.31. As he gains man-muscle there will be HR power, grading out in the future as above average.

Field: Chance to develop into an above average/plus defender, with the speed and arm strength and natural athleticism to not only take away hits w/above average range, but also a powerful and accurate arm.

Arm: Long-ish, pitcher-type AA, overhand delivery, patterns his feet and release quite well and many throws were either accurate and easy to handle one-hops or on-a-line darts. Arm will play as a plus attribute at the college level and beyond.

Run: 6.65 - on a quick turf surface he took advantage and posted the lowest time at the event.

Summary: Chance to develop into a 5-tool talent, with the run, power, field, throw tools all grading out as future plus (at the least, above average. The one tool that separates all players, particularly high school hitters is the hit tool. From what we saw of the swing mechanics and lively body, I'd feel comfortable putting a future 50 grade on his hit tool. There will be viewings of him in the spring season as we are talking about a future CF w/a chance to hit. Having seen A.J. Pollock in high school, that comp seems apt for Avina.
11/10/19

6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, lean, athletic build, long limbs, wiry strong. Avina improved on his 60-time lowing it from 7.03 to 6.89 as well as improving his outfield velo from 86 to 87 mph. Defensively, quick first step, aggressive routes, quick exchange at midsection. Loose, quick arm action, high ¾ slot, accurate and carry; 87 mph OF velocity. At the plate, starts in an athletic, narrow stance. Slight bat wrap load, simple, short stride. Efficient, level bat path, high one-handed finish, good extension. Gap to gap approach drives ball to the big part of the yard, flashes of pop to the pull side; 82 mph exit velocity. A young prospect to keep an eye out for as he continues to progress in his all-around game. Infield, starts in a wide, athletic set up, active feet, showed comfort fielding to both side, quick exchange, ability to throw from multiple arm angles, accurate with carry; 80 mph IF velo. At the plate, starts in an athletic, narrow stance. Slight bat wrap load, simple, short stride. Efficient, level bat path, high one-handed finish, good extension. Gap to gap approach drives ball to the big part of the yard, flashes of pop to the pull side; 82 mph exit velocity. A young prospect to keep an eye out for as he continues to progress in his all-around game.

Fall '18 - 6-foot, 155, Avina has a high wasted athletic build on present lean and lanky frame. From an athletic background will certainly add mass and strength.  Solid actions at SS with projectable arm strength and good carry.  Displayed multiple arm angle throws and feel for touch throws as well on double play feeds. Ran well underway on double to LCF.  On the hill, low 80’s strike thrower with feel for a changeup.  Remember this name he has a chance to be special. 

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