Underclass Prospect Games: Pitching Analysis

Wed September 13, 2017

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By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director

Top Performers

John Carter RHP Smithsburg 2020
Projectable pitcher frame at 6-foot-4, 180-pounds. Quick compact delivery with average leg kick. Glides downhill with little backside drive and lower half involvement tell ing for more in the tank. Loose arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Quick arm speed with more in the tank. Fastball is straight and jumps up to 83 mph. Change up has dive to the pitch at 69. Slows down slightly on the pitch. Interesting pitching prospect that continues to develop well and could turn into a nice power arm in the 2020 class.

Chris Chaney RHP Saint James 2019
Athletic frame at 6-foot, 170-pounds. Controlled, compact build up delivery with higher leg kick to down and out working downhill. Nice lower half involvement with explosive front leg to clear hips. Falls off at times off to first base side. Short arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Creates explosive arm speed pitching with effort on the hill. Repeated delivery well and looks to have some more left in the tank as he continues to add strength. Fastball jumped on hitters at 87-89 mph, topping out at 90 mph. Breaking ball is a plus pitch that bottoms out with sharp break and swing and miss ability up to 75 mph. Change up is a work in process, deep grip with some tension. shows some dive on the the pitch at 78 mph.

Jamison Covey RHP James M. Bennett 2019
A projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. Covey has a controlled delivery throwing from a high three quarter slot. Gets high leg kick into hip load while working downhill. Sound, athletic arm action creating fast arm speed while pitching with light effort. Does show lower half involvement through his release. Repeats his delivery well and more in the tank as he adds strength. Fastball up to 88 on the day pitching 85-87. Breaking ball has 11/5 almost 12/6 action with late, sharp action at 75 mph. Change up has fade to the pitch at 79 mph. High ceiling pitcher with more in the tank and an exciting prospect to follow.

Jake Gelof RHP Cape Henlopen (DE) 2020
Athletic and projectable 6-foot, 172-pound frame. Stretch only pitching. High leg kick into exaggerated hip load working down and out downhill. Loose, clean arm action throwing from a high three-quarter slot. Nice lower half involvement and gets backside drive through. Spins slightly at times to the first base side on finish. Fastball has slight cut action at times on the pitch gets some sinking action moreso with a velocity up to 84 mph. Breaking ball is a short action, later break pitch with 11/5 shape, goes more 10/4 when tighter. Change up shows fade to the pitch. Interesting prospect in the 2020 class.

Aaron Groller LHP Souderton Area (PA) 2019
Compact controlled delivery that is fluid throughout. High leg kick with high hands gliding downhill. Clean athletic arm action throwing from a three quarter slot with easy effort. Ball comes out well and is hidden. Fastball had slight run to the pitch up to 83 mph on the day. Breaking ball shows a shorter 1/7 action and later break with swing and miss potential. Change up has near fastball arm speed and late life up to 78 mph. Projectable body and very interesting pitching prospect in the 2019 class.

Colton Knoble RHP Archbishop Curley 2019
Solid durable frame with room to add strength at 6-3, 195-pounds. On the mound, has a compact delivery building up momentum. Sound arm action throwing from an almost over the top slot. Creates fast arm speed through release. slight finish to the first base side. Like to see better hand discipline through release to create better downward tilt on baseball; gets behind ball at times creating one plane movement. Gets some lower half involvement, like to see better hip load in stretch to not force arm to work so much there. Lively arm and more in tank as he gets stronger. Fastball has run to the pitch up to 86 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break and 11/5 shape at 69 mph. Change up shows fade at 74 mph.

Marcus Lee Sang LHP Northern 2019
Athletic and projectable frame at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. On the mound, pitched stretch only. Average leg kick with hip load getting into backside with some drive through. room for better lower half involvement as clears hips more consistently. Loose arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot with cross body action. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 84 mph. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape with depth at 64-66 mph. Interesting projectable prospect.

Josh O'Neil RHP Nutley (NJ) 2019
Athletic durable pitchers frame at 5-11, 190-pounds. Nice lower half involvement with some backside drive and good hip clearance at beginning. Controlled build up style delivery with average leg kick. Sound, clean arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Creates fast arm speed pitching with regular effort. Fastball has some later run and sink to the pitch up to 89 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break with big 12/6 shape up to 74 mph. Showed nice feel for chanegup with fade at 80 mph. Durable framed high level pitching prospect with feel for arsenal and command.

Jack Povey RHP Red Bank Regional (NJ) 2019
Projectable lanky frame at 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Controlled, deliberate build up delivery with slight corkscrew in lift to average leg kick and slight cross body action. Smooth lower half with some back side drive and slight finish to first base side. Longer, sound arm action throwing from an almost over the top slot. Creates fast arm speed with regular effort. Repeats well and shows comman of the zone. Fastball has slgiht run to the pitch with occasional two-plane up to 87 on the day. Shows curveball and and slider, tho both have similar 12/6 shape, but slider is a later breaking shorter action on the pitch with swing and miss potential and curveball has more depth with 12/6 shape. Slider has more bottoming out action. Nice feel around the plate and room to add on to his frame. Interesting prospect in the 2019 class.

James Springer LHP Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2019
Long projectable frame with room to add on at at 6-foot-4, 195-pounds. Compact, quick, controlled delivery with with nice leg kick and body control. Long, free arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Works down to out with good backside involvement and good lower half usage. Creates fast arm speed through release. Square finished with occasional fall to third base side. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball has slight run and sink to the pitch up to 83. Good breaking ball with 1/7 shape, shorter, late action and swing and miss potential. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 77 mph. Very intriguing prospect once he fills out his frame. One to follow.

Dominic Velazquez RHP Dover (DE) 2020
Athletic solid frame at 5-foot-10, 156-pounds. Controlled, compact delivery building up momentum. High leg kick as he works downhill to a slight cross body finish. Could get lower half more involved in delivery as well as backside drive, which could be a quick velo jump. Long loose arm action throwing from an almost over the top angle. Repeats delivery well and nice command of the zone. Fastball gets some sink and occasional cut to the pitch up to 84. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape on the pitch with depth and nice shape at 65 mph. Change has sink to the pitch at 74 mph.

Best of the Rest

Harrison Cance RHP Wootton 2019
Still growing into his big frame at 6-2, 195On the mound has a deliberate, compact delivery with build up. Works downhill with some arm speed and sound arm action. Once he gets more lower half and hip involvement into back half of delivery, should get more velocity. Fastball has slight run to the pitch at 77 mph.

Joseph Davis RHP Appoquinimink 2019
Projectable athletic frame with room to add on at 5-foot-11, 150-pounds. Controlled, build up style delivery. A bit too mechanical, slows his momentum. Could gather better momentum throughout. Works down to out, not much lower half and back side. Could easily gain velo with more involvement to translate the arm strength from the outfield. Loose athletic arm action throwing from an almost over the top slot. Square posture and finish. Fastball has slight run on the pitch up to 83 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break to the pitch with shorter action and 11/ shape. Slows arm slightly on the changeup with natural fade to the pitch.

Mason Gelwicks RHP Williamsport 2019
Compact frame at 5-foot-5, 140-pounds. Deliberate delivery building up momentum. Shorter arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Average lower half and backside drive through release. Fastball had slight run on the pitch up to 72 mph. Breaking ball had 10/4 action with short and gradual break on the pitch.

Ryan Mariani RHP Wootton 2019
Athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. On the mound has a controlled compact delivery with high leg kick. Shorter stride downhill, gets some lower half involvement, nice posture with shorter athletic arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot.Shows average arm speed through release. Repeatable delivery with athletic finish. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 79 mph. Breaking ball has some depth to the pitch with 12/6 shape at 66 mph.

Nick Marley RHP Good Counsel 2020
Sidestep delivery with some pace. Average leg kick gathering in lift with down to out. Shorter stride, but gets nice lower half implimentation. Like to see more intent in the drive in terms of lengthening the stride. Has an athletic quick arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot, almost over the top. Creates average arm speed. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 76 mph. Breaking ball is a spike curve that has a bottoming out action to the pitch and gradual break. Potential on the pitch as he continues to develop. Knuckle ball has near fastball arm speed and pitch has fade action up to 62 mph.

Nicholas Newnam LHP St. Michael's 2019
Projectable lanky frame at 6-foot-2, 160-pounds. On the mound has a dleiberate, build up delivery with a shorter, sound arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Slight recoil in finish with lower half and gets some lower half involvement in delivery. Fastball has slight run on the pitch up to 75 mph. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape with shorter action and gradual break at 59 mph. Change up shows fade with near fastball arm speed at 60 mph.

Cameron Snyder RHP Northern 2020
Projectable frame with some length at 6-foot1, 155-pounds.On the mound, has a tall, controlled delivery with high leg kick and smooth down to out lower half. Loose arm action with some whip and creates some arm speed. Gets hips loaded, would like to see more backside involvement through finish. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 77 mph. Breaking ball is bigger with 11/5 shape at 62 mph. Slows down slightly.

John Torroella RHP Mount St. Joseph 2019
Projectable frame with some length at 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. Compact delivery with some temp and a higher leg kick work down to out gliding downhill. Longer, free arm aciton throwing from an almost over the top slot. creates quick arm speed pitching with light effort. Fastball has slight sink and run to the pitch up to 81 mph. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape o the pitch with later break and swing and miss potential at 68 mph. Change up shows fade at 73 mph. Interesting arm in the 2020 class and one to keep an eye on with more in the tank.

Xander Waddell RHP Old Mill 2019
Compact athletic frame at 5-9, 160-pounds. Controlled delivery with temp and slight corkscrew into his lift. Average lower half involvement and backside drive. Shorter, athletic arm action with arm speed throwing from a high three quarter slot. Fastball is straight with slight run up to 82 mph. Breaking ball has shorter, 10/4 shape to the pitch up to 70 mph.

Champ Wert RHP St. Mary's 2020
Compact, quick, build up style delivery with a sound arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Creates some arm speed while getting average lower half involvement. Like to see more intent with lower half. Finishes toward the first base side after release. Fastball has some run to the pitch up to 80 mph. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape to the pitch with gradual break at 64 mph. Changeup has fade up to 68 mph.

Dylan Wyandt RHP Mount St. Joseph 2020
Room to add to his 5-foot-8, 145-pound frame. On the mound, has a controlled side step delivery with nice tempo. Average leg kick with down to out lower half and gets some nice lower half involvement, could get backside to work through release to combine with his hips to get full lower half. Has a longer, loose arm action throwing from a three quarter slot and creates quick arm speed. Slight recoil with a square finish. Hides ball well which gives his fastball a darting appearance coming at the hitter with a slight run to the pitch up to 74 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape and shorter later action to the pitch at 65 mph. Change up has some fade to the pitch with near fastball arm speed. Room for growth with more in the tank as he develops.