Signing Classes Recap: University of Central Arkansas

Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

We are reviewing signing classes from all in-state colleges, and highlighting players who committed to play college baseball outside the Natural State.

Last week we worked through, the Arkansas, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas State and players who signed out of state to play for Power 5 institutions, check out those stories below.

Today we review the University of Central Arkansas signing class. The bears landed 6 high school players to add depth to their roster. They also signed RHP Gavin Heltemes, a Prairie Grove native. Let us take a look at this class.

In State

Tyler Cleveland

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Sheridan
    State: AR
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 145lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

Cleveland is a 6-foot-1 150-pound right-hander with an athletic frame and a thin build. He shows advanced pitch-ability locating 3 pitches for a strike on a consistent basis. His fastball works 83-86 mph with late sink. He throws a slider with Frisbee action 74-76 mph with late action. His changeup is throw 71-73 mph with arm side run and is thrown with fastball arm speed. He uses a quick loose arm action from a low ¾ arm slot. He uses a simple delivery which is repeated consistently. Overall he is an advanced athlete with a feel to pitch and is an elite competitor. 


Out of State

State Rank Pos Rank Name Pos High School Hometown
15 3 Brady Walker LHP Olathe Northwest HS Olathe, KS
27 3 Jonah Watt Shawnee Mission East Fairway, KS
198 31 Kolby Johnson OF Lutheran South Academy Houston, TX
NA NA Noah Cameron LHP St. Joseph Central HS St. Joseph, MO
NA NA Drew Pollum C Timber Creek HS Keller, TX

Junior College

Gavin Heltemes

Class of 2016 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2016
    Commitment: Coffeyville
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Prairie Grove
    State: AR
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
82 - 85
69 - 72
INF Velo
OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

Heltemes is a 5-foot-10 170-pound outfielder with a medium frame and an athletic build. He stood out in the event with his overall arm strength throwing the ball 94 mph from the outfield. Besides a big arm he played through the baseball with fluid footwork and a smooth exchange. Offensively He starts from an open stance, as he strides he gets online and attacks the baseball with fast bat speed. He produced exit velocity of 86 mph with a line drive swing. He ran a 6.91 in the 60.Overall Heltemes is a good athlete with a big arm, and a raw offensive game.






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