Fall Underclass: Infield


Brett Thorney
State Scouting Director

The Arizona Fall Underclass Showcase was an open event that featured 35+ prospects ranging from the 2023-2024 classes. The event consisted of a Pro-Style workout that used industry leading technology to analyze and assess each position player at the event. This event took place at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, AZ and was attended by prospects from all across the state of Arizona.

In the past, we took a look at some of our first impressions of the event in our Quick Hits segment. We also took a deep dive into the stats from the even in our Statistical Analysis. Trackman & Blast metrics have also been a big addition to PBR events since the beginning of the summer. We broke down some of these data analytics in our Trackman & Blast Leaderboards. 

Today, we. take a look back at the infielders that attended this open event: 

Infield

Kyler Anderson, Casteel (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-6, 120-pounds. Young athletic frame, still maturing, long legs, looks bigger than what hes listed at.
Defense: Fields ball low with flat back on right side of body. Funnels between legs with sure hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 69 mph. Short arm, throwing from a lower slot. Little momentum to the bag with developing arm strength.
Hit: RHH. Spread out base, slightly open stance. Uses a knee turn trigger with small pick up, landing square. Loads hands back with some rhythm.  Level swing with an efficient path. Hit balls all over the field with mostly mid/ oppo approach. Weight stays centered with average strength at this time, high finish.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Blake Curry, Verrado (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds. Large lengthy frame, sloped shoulders, some strength, average athleticism.
Defense: Fields ball with rounded back & eyes down with narrow feet. Tall choppy footwork. Average athleticism around the bag.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 78 mph. Short arm with developing arm strength.
Hit: RHH. Starts in a relaxed upright base, using a leg kick while reaching into front foot strike at times. Loads hands back with some firmness.  Flat swing with low finish. Makes contact out in front with a pull approach. Rotates with some quickness.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity via Trackman
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Uptempo drop & drive delivery, lands slightly closed with athletic finish. Early rotation off the rubber.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Short arm from 3/4 arm slot, drops slightly on off speed. Average extension.
FB: T76, 73-76 mph. Above average HB, sink/ run.
CB: 66-69 mph. Slutter action.

Brock DeBattista, Estrella Foothills (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Medium compact frame, young body, still maturing.
Defense: Natural low center of gravity, good timing of the feet & adjustability. Soft hands, fielded the ball out in front.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 75 mph. Short arm, getting to a solid throwing position. Accuracy to the bag with arm strength that should get better with maturity.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed tall base, knee to knee trigger, lands slightly closed in consistent launch position. Choppy load with bat deep in palms.  Short scoopy swing. Downward start working up from below the baseball. Middle of the field approach, consistent hard LD contact, top spin at times.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Len Elarionoff, Kamehameha (HI), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-0, 215-pounds. XL build, broad shoulders, strong bodied.
Defense: Choppy feet with average athleticism, big target. Fields the ball deep with usable hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 76 mph. Some carry across the diamond, upper body dominant throws, little momentum.
Hit: SH. Narrow, slightly open stance. Quiet pre-pitch movements. Uses a gathered leg kick, showing some body control.  Flat swing with some steepness at times, lower attack angles. Strength through contact. Good pop for age, power potential to LF. Used the whole field with varied contact.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.94 runner in the 60. Heavy strides.

Delivery: Drop & drive delivery, landing square with some lateral trunk tilt to 1B side.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Long arm action from a 3/4 arm slot. Ball shows some carry. Average extension on FB. Release height drops a bit with little extension on offspeed.
FB: T78, 75-78 mph. Threw a couple with above average IVB, cutting action.
SL: 63-66 mph. Missed up in the zone with developing feel.
CH: 63-64 mph. 

Camden Interdonato, Horizon (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-7, 155-pounds. Medium build, young maturing body, compact frame.
Defense:  Good timing with his pre-pitch movement. Athletic footwork with short steps. Fields ball underneath body at times. Soft quiet hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 77 mph. Slightly above average arm strength for age with short arm. Quick clean exchanges with accuracy to the bag.
Hit: RHH. Athletic relaxed base, upright posture, slightly open stance. Barrel waggle load, connected early. Uses leg lift, landing square/closed. Short uppercut swing, line drives with some top spin contact. Middle pull approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitches out of the stretch in upright closed off position. Athletic repeatable delivery, lands square with chest open, balanced finish.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Long arm action from a 3/4 arm slot, low release, little extension. Consistent slot on 3-pitch mix.
FB: T81, 77-78 mph. Above average run.
SL: 67-68 mph. Gyrospin, downer.
CH: 69-71 mph. Average.

Christian Koklys, Cactus Shadows (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 178-pounds. Large frame, long legs, average body.
Defense: Fields the ball deep with flat feet, funneling to mid section.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 69 mph. Short arm with developing arm strength.
Hit: RHH. Square spread out stance with some weight on back leg. Hands start high, loading to the back part of the shoulder. Uses a modified toe tap/ leg lift, landing hard at footstrike. Flat swing with upright posture. Works from underneath the ball, high attack angles. Gets out of zone quickly.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity via Trackman. Pull-approach with varying contact.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Raw repeatable delivery with high balance point & short stride, uptempo at times. Lands square with open pelvis.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Short direct arm action, lower release from a slight 3/4 arm slot, little extension.
FB: T75, 72-73 mph. Above average IVB with some ride/run. In on a RHH.
SL: 60-63 mph. Slutter action.
CH: 63-67 mph. Above average, 1340rpm.

Jack Meissner, Horizon (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-11, 140-pounds. Thin projectable body, high waist with long limbs, plenty of room to add weight.
Defense: Some quickness in the feet with choppy footwork. Fields ball in a staggered stance with upright torso. Some twitch in usable hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 77 mph. Short arm with quick exchanges, slightly above average arm strength.
Hit: LHH. Spread out base, squared stance, weight on back leg. Starts with a flat barrel resting on shoulder, loads hands back. Uses a small leg kick, landing slightly closed with a small Short level swing with some quickness in the hands, middle approach.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity via Trackman. Should add significantly more pop with strength.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitches predominantly out of the stretch. Feet shoulder width apart with bent knees. Slow tempo, controlled balance point. Some intent in linear move with a slightly shorter stride.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Short arm swing, throwing from a lower 3/4 arm slot with consistent release point. Some quickness outfront with average extension.
FB: T76, 75-76 mph. Run/sink
SL: 59-61 mph. Good glove side break, could be a plus offering down the road.
CH: 66-68 mph. Sink

Austin Mittelstedt, Horizon (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Large frame, average body, some twitch in lower half.
Defense: Choppy feet, cleared himself to create angles to the bag. Usable glove, fielding the ball with two hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 85 mph. Showed above average arm strength with some effort.
Hit: RHH. Squared base, knee to knee into toe tap trigger, some extra movement.  Downward swing with some rawness. Hips work well, accelerates on plane quickly with twitchy hands, low finish.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 1B side of the rubber, repeatable leg kick, upward tilt in linear phase
Arm Action: Right-handed. Long arm swing with some quickness, slightly higher release from OT slot, little extension.
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. downhill, above average IVB, some cutting action.
CB: 66-68 mph. Above average, 11/5 shape, thrown down in zone.
CH: 73-74 mph. Plus potential, arm side.

Hayden Rasmussen, Skyline (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-2, 210-pounds. XL frame, long body, durable lower half with rounded shoulders.
Defense: Flat footwork, heavier feet, usable glove.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 69 mph. Long arm action across the diamond with limited momentum, tall thrower.
Hit: RHH. Wide slightly open stance, knee to knee trigger, reaches into front foot strike. Loads deep into an arm bar with tight elbows.  Long flat swing, used the whole field with varied contact, late at times. Some quickness in the hands.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 8.53 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Upright delivery with high leg kick, upper body dominant in linear move.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from OT slot with higher release, long arm swing.
FB: T75, 72-75 mph. Some cutting action.
CB: 60-62 mph. Gradual slurvy.
CH: 56-59 mph. Low spin, straight, natural drop.
SPLT: 65-67 mph. 

Derek Schaefer, Cactus Shadows (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 6-2, 160-pounds. Long wiry athletic frame, ultra projectable body with room to add strength.
Defense: Clean footwork, average quickness, glove out in front, begins to pop up a bit.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 81 mph. Above average arm strength, easy effort. Gets tall in throwing position at times, accuracy to the bag.
Hit: RHH. Squared athletic base, upright torso, rocks into backside with leg lift. Relaxed hands with some separation, varied landing. Short level swing, average bat speed, high finish.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Athletic loose, drop & drive delivery, seen better direction from him, can pull off to 1B side.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from a H3/4 slot with average release height, loose arm action. Solid 3-pitch mix. Release point changes from pitch to pitch.
FB: T87, 84-87 mph. Ride through the zone.
CB: 67-69 mph. Shows some depth,11/5 shape.
CH: 74-76 mph. AA potential, some sink/fade.

Collin Senior, Horizon (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Large build, balanced frame with some present athleticism. Should be able to add some more strength in future.
Defense: Quick athletic footwork, above average body awareness, plays with energy. Fields the ball with sure hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 83 mph. Above average arm strength with little effort. Gets upright in power throwing position at times.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, some bend in back knee, front leg locked out a bit, upright posture. Sways into the backside with leg lift. Some tightness in the hips. Lands slightly closed. Short handsy swing, mid/pull approach, looked to drive the baseball with mostly consistent LD contact.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitches out of stretch from 3B side of rubber, tall upright delivery, relaxed approach. Consistent balance point with easy effort.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from OT slot with some looseness to natural arm swing.
FB: T85, 82-83 mph. Average run.
SL: 70-72 mph. Tight slurvy.
CH: 74-75 mph. Straight.

Gavin Short, SunnySlope (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Large frame, mature for age, long legs, above average strength.
Defense: Short choppy steps, can get flat footed. Fields ball with two hands, wide base & flat back. Still developing rhythm.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 80 mph. Above average arm strength, long arm swing, some length to release.
Hit: RHH. Narrow upright base, weight in back heel, glides intro front footstrike, lands square with flat barrel. Flat swing, aggressive pull-approach, some barrel drag, good bat speed for age, accelerating on plane quickly.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Fluid delivery, high leg kick, extended back leg, uses drop & drive approach, maintains some backfoot connection. Athletic finish.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Long stab, throws from H3/4 arm slot, some arm speed.
FB: T79, 75-79 mph. Some cutting action.
SL: 63-66 mph. Above average potential.
CH: 73-74 mph. Straight, little separation from FB.

Miles VandenHeuvel, Chaparral (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Large projectable frame, continues to mature, wiry athletic.
Defense: High energy fielder, quick active feet, fields the ball underneath the body with sure hands.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 82 mph. Throws out of a lower slot with above average arm strength.
Hit: RHH. Athletic slightly open stance, knee to knee into leg kick trigger, active load.  Tight turn, mid pull approach, slightly uphill swing plane.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60.

John Witt, Sunnyslope  (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B Higher potential on the mound.
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds. XL frame, average body, long limbs, some strength.
Defense: Slow tempo feet, longer strides, wide base, fields ball in center of body with two hands. Projects as first basemen.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 74 mph. Limited momentum to the bag, upper body dominant throws.
Hit: RHH. Squared stance, knees forced inside feet, leg lift trigger, reaches at times. Loads into vertical barrel, high finish. Slots barrel, starting swing, quick out of the zone, mostly pull approach with varied contact.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 8.43 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Worked from 3B side, classic windup with hands over head, sits in backside before driving forward. Front side opens a bit.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from a low 3/4 slot with short arm action.
FB: T80, 77-80 mph. Slight sink.
SL: 68-70 mph. Spins well, averaging 2448rpm, some sweep.

Aidan Yancy, Casteel (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-9, 145-pounds. Medium build, young body, long arms, still maturing.
Defense: Flat footed, plays on heels, usable glove, gets to solid throwing position.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 73 mph. Short quick arm with above average arm strength for age.
Hit: SH. Spread out base, sways to backside with toe tap trigger, starts with bat on shoulder, small load with relaxed hands. Short swing, pull-approach, connected at impact, developing bat speed.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Easy slow tempo delivery from 3B side of the rubber, lands square with recoil finish. Uses glove tap to create rhythm. Two-pitch mix.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot with slightly lower release, some arm speed, changes release point on SL.
FB: T78, 74-75 mph. Slight sink with average run.
SL: 63-65 mph. Slight above average, can be thrown with more intent.

Xavier Zagerman, Hamilton (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-6, 115-pounds. Small frame, young slim body, still maturing.
Defense: Soft hands, has some feel, solid pre-pitch routine, agile footwork & fielding position.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 73 mph. Throws from different slots, comes out clean, arm strength will improve with maturity.
Hit: RHH. Spread upright base, slightly open, rocks back, pre-loading early into front foot strike. Middle approach, bat speed will come with strength, consistent line drive contact.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60.

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