Prep Baseball Report

Arizona Summer Review: Quick Hits

Brett Thorney
State Scouting Director

Over the last couple months, PBR Arizona has had a chance to hold several events including our Top Prospect Games at the 2021, 2022, & 2023 grad classes as well as our Future Games. Our scouting staff also spent many hours covering outside game & tournament action. We have had the chance to see many quality prospects during this time with many players starting to jump on scene. On Sunday, we had a chance to wrap up our Summer showcase schedule with our Arizona Summer Review. This is an annual event that gives prospects the chance to show what improvements they have made from their summer seasons. Once again, we were able see many new faces up close as well as get updates on players that we have seen in the past. There were several players will solid performances on the day that one should pay attention to moving forward.

The Arizona Summer Review took place on Sunday, August 16th at Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise, AZ. This event featured over 50 prospects from the 2021-2024 grad classes from all across the state of Arizona. We had players in attendance from Phoenix, Prescott, Yuma, Tucson, Nogales and even from New Mexico & California. This event has become a popular event as summer seasons wrap up going into fall baseball. 

We began our post event coverage yesterday by taking a look at the top five performers at each statistical category in our Statistical Analysis. Today, we will be highlight our first impressions from the event in our Quick Hits segment. Be sure to stay tuned over the next few weeks for more post-event coverage. 

Quick Hits

+ 2022 3B/RHP Austin Balmes (Corona Del Sol)- 6-foot 160-pounds, large frame, athletic body, some strength & twitch present. Solid all around day, showing as high upside player with well rounded tools.  Hit with a balanced setup with small leg kick. Middle approach with some hard line drive contact, 90mph exit velocity. Athletic footwork defensively, ran a 7.15 60-yard dash. Above average arm across the diamond with quick release. Worked up to 84mph on the mound, which was to top of the day.  


+ 2022 OF Prince DeBoskie (Hamilton)- 5-foot-11 180-pounds, lean body, ultra athleticism, arguably had the best all around day. Started the day out running an easy 6.45 & 6.55 60-yard dash. Moved into BP, putting on the best display of the day. Hit a handful of balls out over the fence while working up to 100mph exit velocity. Hit one ball 380 feet. Short quick swing with pull approach. Accelerates his barrel on plane quick & efficiently. Relaxed footwork in the OF with average arm strength & 84mph. DeBoskie should be followed closely in near future. 


+ 2023 OF/RHP Matthew Hart (Canyon View)- 6-foot 175-pounds, long projectable body, strong frame. MLB bloodline, going to make a name for himself in the future. Two-way player that showed high potential on both sides. Relaxed athletic base with slightly open stance. Uses a leg lift, riding the leg into front foot strike. Shows above average feel and body control at the plate. One of the more consistent gap to gap approaches at event with hard line drive contact. Hit several ball in the mid 90's in BP, topping out at 97mph. Athletic delivery on the mound with easy effort. Threw from a L 3/4 slot with long arm action. FB worked 76-78mph. Development should be followed closely. 


+ 2021 OF Ryan Proctor (The Thacher School, CA)- Proctor truly is a real physical Specimen. However, he had several other attributes stand out on the day besides his 6-foot-5 215-pound frame. Outside his body, his bat speed was elite, averaging 85mph. The ball exploded off his bat with ease at 100mph with 6.66kW power. All numbers over the MLB average. He also showed some above average athleticism from his frame, running a 7.10 60-yard dash. The combination of his size, athleticism  and upside at the plate should be followed closely in near future. 


+ 2023 C/1B Landon Springmeyer (Corona Del Sol)- Springmeyer's work ethic stood out above the rest on this hot summer day. He stuck it out until the very end in the heat. Worked with pitchers in bullpens very well with confident actions. Showed above average receiving skills, working from the ground up. Glove worked around the ball & stuck pitches with soft hands. Stays down in his stance firing out towards his target. Arm strength is still developing from an OT slot. Turned in 2.08-2.22 pop times. Offensively, he showed some ability to drive the ball with consistent contact at 88mph which should improve as he fine tunes his approach and adds strength. He gets his barrel on plane quickly with an efficient path to the baseball. 

2024 OF Hustyn Wheeler (Sandra Day O'Connor)- 5-foot-11 165-pounds, lean athletic body, long legs. While Wheeler is only a 2024 grad, he showed one of the more mature approaches to hitting at the entire event. Left-handed hitter with middle LD approach, found the barrel consistently with 92mph exit velocity. Quick level swing, gets on plane quickly. Fast feet in the OF, running a 7.19 60-yard dash. Soft hands with clean footwork. Above average arm for age at 82mph. Going to be a player to follow over next several years.

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