Zach Elam
Zach Elam
Zach Elam
Zach Elam
Zach Elam
Zach Elam

CLASS OF 2019

RHP
3B

Zach
Elam

Lakota East (HS) • OH
5-10 • 205LBS • R/R
Travel Team: CBC (Black)

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8/12/18
A righty swinger that starts in a tall, open stance. Fluid load into a balanced launch. Slightly downhill path to swing with more present strength than speed to hands. Solid feel for contact, squaring the ball up to both sides. Third baseman with smooth actions. Mechanically sound feet that maintain momentum and create angles. Hands are soft and ball skills are above average for class. Two-way prospect. On the mound the right-hander works with a smooth tempo to a delivery that requires some effort. Tall and fall type guy with good direction down the hill. Arm works through a high-¾ slot showing long loose action. Strike thrower with feel for all his arsenal. Did a nice job keeping the fastball low in the zone, sitting 73-75 mph. Will drop arm slot at times giving him a sidearm look. Maintains most of his velo from that slot. Spins a big breaking curveball that works on an 11/5 plane at 61-63 mph.
Infield Velocity: 69
Exit Velocity: 82
H-1st: 5.38


7/17/18
Two-prospect. 5-foot-10, 195-pound sturdy frame. On the bump the right-hander has fluid tempo to a delivery he can repeat. Works through a high-¾ slot with compact arm action. Filled up the zone with the heater that sat 74-77 mph. Spins an 11/5 shaped breaking ball that has gradual action at 62-64 mph. A strike thrower that can mix offerings and work backwards.  A right-handed hitter that starts in a balanced setup. Load is efficient with well timed movements, Balanced launch with a level path to contact. Physical bat with some bat speed in there. Nice, compact stoke. Middle of the lineup frame and skill set. More of a line drive threat now that should grow into gap abilities as bat speed catches up to strength. At third base he plays under control prior fielding. Feet are fluid, quiet too and through. Hands are soft with above average ball skill. Speeds up tempo after fielding showing and urgent transfer. Arm plays on the left side with the strength for position.
Home to 1st: 5.06
Infield Velocity: 74
Exit Velocity: 80

 

5/29/18
A right-handed bat that starts in a balanced setup. A middle of the lineup type bat with obvious strength to swing. Path is uphill, causing some inconsistencies in ball flight and would be aided by leveling out path to generate more regular backspin. Ball really comes off well when he squares the ball up. At third base he plays low, showing fluid actions throughout fielding. Ball skills are above average and he can make plays on the move. Solid defender. Two-way prospect. On the bump the right-hander uses a slower paced tempo to delivery that doesn’t require a ton of effort. Flows through his chest high leg lift into a drop/drive load. Arm moves through a high-¾ slot with longer arm action. Fastball was mostly true through the zone at 75-77 mph. Compliments fastball with an 11/5 shaped breaking ball that offers big break at 62-65 mph.
Home to 1st: 5.57
Infield Velocity: 74
Exit Velocity: 82

1/22/17
 
On the mound the right-hander had a slower tempo to a delivery that requires some effort. Works through a near over the top slot with average arm speed. Displayed a three pitch mix with his fastball sitting 67-71 mph. Breaking ball came in on a 10/4 plane at 58-62 mph. The pitch showed signs of being sharp and was at it’s best when he started it in the middle of the plate and broke it off. Also flashed a changeup near fastball arm speed at 64-65 mph. In the outfield he uses calm footwork while reading the hops. Fields through the ball with two hands and gets adequate use out of his crow hop. At the plate he showed a fluid load, incorporating a knee pinch. Hands move back prior to taking an uphill path to the baseball. Path allows him to work well to his opposite field gap. Adequate bat speed at the stage. Will need to flatten out path to work to pull side. Showed mechanically sound footwork in the infield. Transfer has some quickness to it. Tends to field the ball deep into his body at times.
 

60-yard dash: 8.29
Exit Velocity: 74
Outfield Velocity: 72
Infield Velocity: 70

 

6/21/16
5-foot-9, 150-pound thin build. Uses a slower tempo to his low effort delivery. Working through a high-¾ slot his fastball sits 67-72 mph with slight run. Needs to work on staying down in the zone. His go to offspeed pitch is his 58-60 mph curveball that has an 11/5 shape with gradual break. At the plate the righty was able to consistently find the barrel during batting practice. His bat tip load with his upper half gives him natural whip through the zone. Top exit velocity was 74 mph. In the infield he showed some quickness to his footwork with average glove skills at this stage. Would like to see him field the ball out in front of his body more consistently. Threw across the infield with 67 mph arm strength.
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