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Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (HS) • NY
6' 5" • 210LBS
L/R • 24yr 2mo
Travel Team: Syracuse Sportszone
2018 National

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NY All-Star Games (September 17, 2016)
Roden stands in at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds with a powerful frame. Ran a 7.6 – 60. Offensively- Lefty sets up with his feet shoulder width apart square to the pitcher. Upright body with his hands held high above his back shoulder showing some pre-pitch bat movement. On pitch his trigger is a quiet step forward with his hands moving back slightly into a good hitting position. Quick hands to the hitting zone with good bat path throughout to a high two handed finish. Good lower body rotation getting whole body into the swing while keeping his head and eyes quiet. Fluid smooth swing; line drive results with power potential. Recorded an exit velocity of 80 mph. Defensively- Good approach and footwork getting to the baseball. Moves very well for a taller player. Good fielding technique with good transition from glove to throwing position. Fields the ball well coming off the bag at first base. Recorded a positional velocity of 72 mph. Solid player with a high ceiling; verbal commit to UMASS-Lowell.

7-3-2018: Roden turned 18 years old in April and is spending the Summer in the NYCBL before heading to UMass Lowell for his freshman year. Proportional build at 6’5/215 pounds with the frame and width in his upper body to add more strength in the future. Average athlete. Moves well on the diamond and demonstrates good body control with his actions. Seeing time in the outfield right now but likely he will end up at 1B. Footwork is smooth around the bag during I/O with enough arm strength to make the necessary throws. Uses a narrow, upright stance at the plate. Lines up square to the pitcher with feet just outside of the shoulders and slight knee bend. Stays tall on his backside while getting into his low leg lift. Hands start high and stay tight to the body as the barrel flattens out in the zone. Quick, level swing with a high finish. Good extension after contact. Head is quiet and centered throughout. Low effort power and natural lift in the swing to his pull-side. Showed the ability to let the ball travel and shoot line drives to LF when behind in the count. Advanced hitting approach and strike zone discipline for his age. Power should expand to more parts of the field as he gets stronger. Doing more than enough to hold his own against older and more experienced competition. Currently an average defender with a solid hit tool. Whether or not the power develops in-game will be crucial for how Roden projects at the next level. (Dan Jurik)

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