Christopher Downes
Christopher Downes
Christopher Downes
Christopher Downes
Christopher Downes

CLASS OF 2022

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Christopher
Downes

Bethpage (HS) • NY
6-0 • 175LBS • R/R
Travel Team: LI Dodgers Nation

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8/10/21

Physical: Even proportioned, projectable 6-foot, 175lb frame in a long build. 7.50 runner in the 60-yard dash.

Offensively: RHH - Balanced, even stance from a wide attack as the hands showed flat above the shoulder with circular rhythm. Utilized a short lift and replace stride to initiate a slightly uphill path into the hitting zone, working towards a higher finish. Recorded a 46% line drive rate (via Trackman) with ability to hit behind the ball, controlling the barrel with tight, deep turns over the backside hip. Good rotational athlete that could start and stop quickly, producing good connection in both lower/upper halves. Recorded a T93 mph bat-exit velocity up to around a 330 foot distance with an even split of fly balls and line drives (pull-side feel). 

Defensively: The primary backstop featured a wide, traditional base in the crouch with feel for the pocket when receiving. Pop times ranged from 1.94-2.03 with replaceable feet showing up-tempo actions. Worked right left, and released from a moderate H ¾ slot (73 mph arm). Could slide a longer frame around blocks with downward trajectory to deaden the ball. 


6/28/21

Physical: Projectable, lengthy 6-foot, 175lb frame with athleticism found in the actions. 7.76 runner in the 60-yard dash. 

Offensively: RHH - Wide, balanced attack as the hands showed rhythm at the shoulder to start; utilized a short lift and replace stride to initiate his swing through a flat, direct path into the hitting zone. Was able to lift the baseball after impact on occasion, working towards a high finish on the backside, posting a 50% line drive rate (via Trackman) during his BP round. Stayed over the rear hip and turned with minimal extra pieces to the swing, allowing for good consistency (50% hard hit rate) and doubles power to the pull-side gap (322 foot batted ball distance). Mature hitter that carried momentum into game action where he proceeded to add to the barrel column with multiple good at-bats. 

Defensively: The primary backstop featured a calm, left knee down receive as the glove hand operated smoothly at the catch. Pop times ranged from 1.98-2.05 using great flexibility and lower half strength to stay under the pitch and drive laterally at a low posture out towards the target, getting the back foot in the ground. Quick in the catch throw phase with a strong arm form H ¾ (79 mph, carry to the target) shutting down the run-game at times.


2/19/21

Physical: Strong, athletic build at 6-foot, 175 lbs.

Offensively: Balanced stance with feet even and a bend in the knees, hands start back and in to the shoulder; simple timing getting the foot up and down with a slight turn in of the front shoulder; strong effort from a balanced lower half, feel for the barrel getting on plane early with a slight up hill path through the zone; solid contact with natural back spin and pop to the pull side. 87 MPH peak exit velo.

Defensively: Low one knee set up in primary; feet slightly off set in secondary; fundamental straight line foot work, glove is soft with clean transfers; short arm action to a natural 3/4 release on throws that carry. C: 74 MPH

2/20/20

Physical: 5-11, 165-pounds. Lean frame, ability to add weight. 7.45 runner in the 60; 4.71 home-to-1B.
Offensively: RHH. Tall upright stance, feet are wide apart, bat shoulder high with hands ready to explode, simple load action Hands are quick through the zone, upward swing path but makes consistent solid contact. Line drives pull side/up the middle. 78 MPH raw exit velocity.
Defensively: 1.97-2.08 pop times. One knee setup for receiving, working up through the ball. Quick transfer with footwork gaining ground into release, high 3/4 arm slot. C - 78 MPH.  Athletic actions behind the plate.

2/22/19

A lean 5-foot-10, 160 pounds frame. Ran an 8.05 in the 60 yard dash. Offensively- the right handed hitter stands in the box with a tall narrow stance. Simple load, quick direct path to the baseball. Fast twitch actions. Hard consistent contact during the hitting portion. Stays balanced throughout the swing. Top exit velocity was 76 MPH. Defensively-as a catcher, sits back in a low stance. Displayed active footwork on throws to 2B. Quick release on throws to 2B. The front side opens up slightly. Throws from a ¾ arm slot. Top throwing velocity was 72 MPH. Pop time range was 2.40-2.45.


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