Nathan Mentzel
Nathan Mentzel
Nathan Mentzel
Nathan Mentzel
Nathan Mentzel




West Clermont (HS) • OH
5-9 • 145LBS • R/R
Travel Team: 17U Cincinnati Patriots
2021 National

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5-foot-9, 145-pound proportional frame. In the 60-yard dash, he clocked a time of 7.36. Begins in a wide stance with a small load, then uses a small leg kick just before his swing. Bat speed was average, and used simple swing plane. Through the round he found some barrels. Line drive approach. the right-handed hitters best exit velocity was 79 mph. In the infield, recorded a position velocity of 80 mph; showed a quick exchange and soft hands. Movements laterally were athletic and he fields the ball out front. Showed a high ¾ slot and a compact arm action with consistent accuracy to the base. On the mound, showed a consistent arm action and an over-the-top arm angle. Slow-tempo type pitcher and shows some effort. Sat with his fastball at 78-79 mph and topped out at 80 mph; has a control low in the zone that shows straight movement. Throws a 11/5 curveball (66-67) that has consistent command. Has a straight changeup (68-69) that shows some command.


1/25/20 Position Player
Hit: In the box he swings it from the right side, using a small leg lift for timing during back load to hands. Path has natural loft without sacrificing bat speed, allowing him to backspin it to all fields. Made loud contact in BP, showing of above average natural tools. Impressive feel for the barrel.
Power: Gap abilities.
Offensive Projection: Multiple Roles.
Top Rapsodo BP Exit Velocity: 83.1.
Top Rapsodo BP Distance: 280.
Field: Solid showing in the infield. Feet are quick but never looks rushed. Plays with good rhythm throughout and ball skills are above average. Also worked out in the outfield. Moves well and has the arm/ball skills to play multiple spots. Solid, versatile defender.
Throw: Clean arm with some jump out of the hand. 
Defensive Projection: UTL.

1/25/20 Pitching
Delivery Notes: Athletic actions on the mound with a fast arm. A guy you could easily see being up a few ticks this spring. Good mover.
Fastball: Moved the pitch around the zone well. Appears hotter than velo would suggest to the naked eye.
Fastball Spin Rate: 1800-2000.
Curveball: One of the better breakers we saw from the Patriots. Spins it well giving it late, hard dive through the zone on an 11/5 plane.
Curveball Spin Rate: 1300-1500.
Changeup: 68-69 mph, playable third offering.
Pitchability: Strike thrower for the most part.


5-foot-9, 145-pound lean frame. In
the box, the right-handed hitter clocked an exit velocity of 78 mph. Started in a balanced
wide stance, had a quick load and used a short stride before his swing. Exhibits a level
swing plane and high finish. In the outfield, his best throws to the infield topped out at 80
mph; had smooth footwork, a clean exchange and soft hands. In the infield, his position
velocity was registered at 78 mph. Showed a short arm action with an-over-the-top slot. Solid defender with ability to play multiple positions.


Body Type: Younger prospect with small, athletic frame at 5-foot-8, 140-pounds. 
Mechanical/Delivery Notes:  Overall, athletic, repeatable delivery. Shows quick tempo from rocker step into his leg kick. Good use of lower half. Has some quickness to his arm speed. Short arm action out of high 3/4 slot. 
Fastball:  Mostly 76-77 mph with occasional arm side run. Showed command and attacks the zone.
Curveball:  Tended to be up in the zone at 59-61 mph.
Changeup:  Showed as his best off-speech pitch at 64-66 mph. Effective cutting action.
Summary: On the smaller side, but athletic and gets most out of his body. Pounds the zone with his fastball. Changeup has good cutting action. Will be aided by developing better feel for his breaking ball.



Body Type: 5-foot-8 140-pound prospect.

Swing Mechanics: Starts in a medium, balanced set up. Is short to the ball with his hands with a flat bat path.

Hit: Shows good barrel control.

Power: 78 mph exit velocity.
Offensive Projection:
Has a simple set up and approach at the plate conducive to line drives to all fields. Predominately a singles hitter.

Field: In the infield he shows good footwork and hands with decent angles through the ball. Also showed a quick arm on his throws.

Throw: 75 mph across the diamond.

Run: 4.98 home to first.

Defensive Projection: Present arm strength would make him a better fit at 2B than SS at the next level. 

A middle infielder with quiet, easy actions. Plays low through the baseball with soft hands. Feet work well throughout sequence. Middle skill set with a reliable glove. Solid defender for class. At the plate he starts in a balanced setup from the right side. Hands stay quiet during leg kick load and controlled stride, Nice level path through the zone. Swing shows a bit more speed than strength presently. Line drive swinger with added thump to pull side.
Home to 1st: 4.84
Infield Velocity: 72
Exit Velocity: 74

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