Steven Merkel
Steven Merkel
Steven Merkel
Steven Merkel
Steven Merkel

CLASS OF 2022

1B
3B

Steven
Merkel

Niagara County CC
NorthStar Christian (HS) • NY
6-0 • 220LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Canes northeast

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Hitting
25.3
Hand Speed (max)
9/17/22
82
Bat Speed (max)
9/17/22
26.8
Rot. Acc (max)
9/17/22
-
Hard Hit %
Power
98.7
Exit Velocity (max)
9/17/22
93.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
9/17/22
359
Distance (max)
9/17/22
73
Sweet Spot %
9/17/22
Run
7.5
60-yard
10/14/19
-
30-yd
-
10-yd
16.2
Run speed (max)
9/17/22
Defense
83
INF Velo
9/17/22
-
OF Velo
72
C Velo
7/21/20
2.03 - 2.13
Pop Time
10/14/19

Positional Tools

2022
2020
2019
Infield Velocity
83.0
60 Yard Dash
7.68
Home to First
4.5
Pop Time
2.07 - 2.19
Catcher Velocity
72.0
Infield Velocity
79.0
Power / Speed Score
12.2
60 Yard Dash
7.50
Pop Time
2.03 - 2.13
Catcher Velocity
71.0
Power / Speed Score
11.6
NY Summer Prospect Games (Session 2)
Jul 21, 2020
Position
7.68
60-yard
2.07 - 2.19
Pop Time
79
INF Velo
72
C Velo
94
Exit Velo
2020 Preseason All-State - CNY
Feb 18, 2020
Position
7.71
60-yard
2.08 - 2.15
Pop Time
70
C Velo
91
Exit Velo
4.50
H-1st
2019 Last Chance Preview - WNY
Oct 14, 2019
Position
7.50
60-yard
2.03 - 2.13
Pop Time
71
C Velo
87
Exit Velo

Hitting

2022
Exit Velocity Max
98.7
Exit Velocity Avg
93.5
Distance Max
359
Distance Avg
258
Launch Angle Avg
20.4
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
2022 Niagara CCC Scout Day
Sep 17, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
98.7
Exit Velocity (max)
93.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
258
Distance (avg)
359
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Hitting

2022
Hand Speed Max
25.3
Hand Speed Avg
23.0
Bat Speed Max
82.0
Bat Speed Avg
74.2
Rotational Acceleration Max
Rotational Acceleration Avg
On-Plane Efficiency Max
On-Plane Efficiency Avg
2022 Niagara CCC Scout Day
Sep 17, 2022
Blast - Hitting
25.3
Hand Speed (max)
23.0
Hand Speed (avg)
82.0
Bat Speed (max)
74.2
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Pitching

Pitch Scores

Pitching Velos

Game Performance

2022
60 Yard Dash
7.59
Top Speed (MPH)
2022 Niagara CCC Scout Day
Sep 17, 2022
Swift
7.59
60-yd
16.2
Run speed (max)
7.9
Run Speed (avg)

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Comments

7/22/20

Physical: Large and sturdy 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame with plenty of physicality found throughout the actions. 7.68 runner in the 60-yard dash. 

Offensively: RHH. Crouched, even stance utilizing a balanced setup as the hands showed comfortability with slight rhythm high at the head. Showed a lift-and-replace stride to initiate slightly uphill barrel path into the hitting zone with present juice to all fields. Sprayed the ball around during a standout batting practice round hitting balls off of both the RCF and LCF fences. Consistent, short stroke while on time at the front of the plate creatine leverage with strong wrists. Got violent swings off in game action as well while recording a top bat-exit velocity of 94 mph according to Trackman Baseball. 

Defensively: The primary backstop featured a soft glove hand while receiving with adequate feel for beating the ball to the spot. Pop times ranged from 2.07-2.19 showcasing short and quick straight line footwork with intent out of the crouch coupled with a quick trigger out of a high ¾ slot with a small arm circle. The catch and throw skills are solid at present with the ability to command the running game. Worked hard to beat the ball to the spot while blocking, deadening the ball over the plate. C - 72 mph …. The third baseman displayed average footwork while arriving to the ball on time to the fielding window, fielded the ball in the middle of his body with adequate momentum towards the target. Accurate, high ¾ slot using a short arm circle with a hitch in it. INF - 79 mph


2/18/20

Physical: 5-foot-11, 199-pounds. Compact, projectable frame. 7.71 runner in the 60; 4.5 home-to-1B. Offensively: RHH. Balanced slightly open stance, small leg kick, simple load action Flatt barrel path, hands get through the zone strongly, mix of level one- and two-handed finishes. Strong contact across the field. 91 MPH raw exit velocity.Defensively: 2.08-2.15 pop times. Upright balanced stance, strong glove work with smooth ball transition, throws accurately around the bag. Long arm swing, mid 3/4 arm slot. C - 70 MPH.  

10/14/19

At the plate, the right handed hitter stands in the box in a open tall stance. Takes a short stride towards the pitcher before attacking the hitting zone. The 2022 graduate sprayed the ball all over the field at the Last Chance event. Impressive bat speed and a lot more in the tank. Defensively, the catcher sets up in an upright position before receiving the baseball. The catcher displayed active footwork behind the plate and quick release from a mid 3/4 arm slot. Pop time range was 2.03-2.13.

2/25/18

Merkel has a compact, but solid body type at 5-foot-7, 160-pounds.  He ran a 5.00 home to 1B. Offensively Merkel starts with an open stance and has a front foot tap to start his load.  The front foot finishes slightly closed. His hands start high with the bat resting on his shoulder.  Merkel keeps his hands still and is quick and direct to the hitting zone. He has good extension of his arms and follow through.  His exit velocity is 66 MPH with results that play better than that. Defensively Creates positive angles; works through the ball with momentum, arm strength at 64 MPH.

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