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CLASS OF 2015

RHP
1B

Sam
Bordner

Louisville
Bloom Carroll (HS) • OH
6-6 • 240LBS • R/R

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2015 National

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2018
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8/16/14
6-foot-6, 220-pound projectable solid build. The righty has an easy delivery with good direction and good tempo. Throws from a high ¾ slot with plus command of his fastball sitting 86-90 mph touching 91 mph. He slows his arm down on his breaking ball at 71-73 mph with 11-to-5 break. Changeup has good arm speed and fade at 80-81 mph. Right-handed hitter that starts open and gets to even. He has power but occasionally doesn't get his foot down in time and get the barrel out. Good bat speed and registered exit velocity of 91 mph and 5.0 home to first.

6/4/13
6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect with tall, solid build. Projects as a pitcher at the next level. Throws with above average arm speed through high ¾ arm slot. Fastball sat 83-86 mph with good arm side run. Breaking ball was 69-72 mph with 11/5 break. Showed the ability to consistently locate the pitch for strikes. Also used a 77-78 mph changeup, but has tendency to slow down arm action. After transferring high schools, Bordner wasn’t allowed to play this spring. Still, he stands out as one of Ohio’s top arms in the Class of 2015. As he improves the use of his lower half, he will continue to add more velocity. At the plate, the right-handed hitter starts with a slightly open stance and uses a short stride. Uses quick bat speed (90 mph exit velocity off the tee) and shows pull power in his swing.

8/1/12
6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect with big athletic body with physical projection. Two way player who presently projects best as a hurler. Has downward plane with quick arm speed through 3/4 slot. Gets arm extensions with finish. Could enhance balance in delivery as tends to fall off in finish. Fastball velocity ranges 84-86 mph with some late life and more to come. Shows feel for downward plane curveball (68-72 mph). Change is basically straight for now (82 mph). Corner infield type with good range and hands. Ran 7.5 60-yard dash. Uses open stance. Swing is long with some lower body torque. Has power potential but needs to improve swing finish and keep backside load back more consistently.

1/28/12
Tall, lanky body with lots of physical projection. Possible corner infield guy (3B). Shows good range and accepts ball well with sound arm, but needs to enhance his balance. Hits with open stance while showing good power potential with bat speed. Loads good and has controlled upper cut. Needs to work on consistently squaring his front side to the pitcher; has current leakage. On the mound, the big right-hander uses a loose arm with good arm speed through 3/4 slot. Delivery is good. Fastball shows some late life in zone (80-81 mph). Shows late bite on cut/slider (78-80 mph) & some spin on slow curve(68 mph). Good arm action on change, shows arm side run (68-71 mph). Potential two-way player at D1 level. Currently everything he does has projection.
12/18/11
Bordner is a tall, lanky prospect. In the field, he uses a high 3/4 arm slot and long arm action while generating a top velocity of 74 mph across the infield. He is growing into his body and needs to improve the fluidity of his actions. At the plate, he uses a wide, open stance with a short stride. His swing has a tendency to get long. In time, he should add power as his frame fills out.

3/14/18 - 6’6/240, Junior. Tall, strong bodied reliever with a clean, downhill delivery. Drifts a bit with hips, but his compact arm circle allows his hand/arm to get up and in good throwing position at foot strike. Good extension out front. Consistently repeats his delivery. Earned saves in both Friday and Saturday’s games. Challenged hitters and threw strikes. Sat 90-92 mph with his fastball in both outings. A few had sink, but overall I did not see the late, under the bat action he is known for. His fastball played below average as the hitters had no trouble squaring it up with some long flyouts that the park barely held. On a warmer day, it wouldn’t have. Showed an average changeup at 82-83 mph and a slider at the same speed. Slowed down his arm with the changeup on occasion, but kept the ball down in the zone. Overall, based on my two game look this weekend, his pure stuff profiles him for selection around the seventh to 10th round, however I did not see the “invisiball” he is known to throw. Obviously, a fastball with plus plus life is much more valuable than one with below average movement. Also, his career statistics are elite (1.49 ERA, 72.1 IP, 34 H, 21 BB, 69 SO). A team who highly values analytics could select him closer to the fifth round.

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