Fall Underclass: Outfield


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 outfielders that attended this open event: 

Outfield

Antonio Gianni, Cactus Shadows (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/C Upside, should be followed.
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Large balanced frame, athletic body, projectable strength.
Defense: Confident actions, quick athletic footwork, sure hands with clean transfers, fields the ball out in front.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 78 mph. OF - 78 mph. Short arm with quick release, higher effort. Created momentum to target with crow hop.
Hit: RHH. Wide athletic base, balanced setup, loads into back leg with knee to knee triggers. Barrel starts flat, tight turn.  Looked to drive the baseball, short swing, consistent hard LD contact with pull side approach.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity via Trackman. Showed feel for the barrel.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60.

Matthew Niezgodzki, Brophy (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Large slim body, limited strength, still maturing, room to hold more weight.
Defense: Light on his feet, fields the ball out in front. Uses step behind to create direction to target.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 77 mph. Showed some carry & accuracy to the bag, clean transfers.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed upright base, slightly open. Uses a small pick up with slight forward move, lands square. Loads with barrel tilt.  Short flat swing, mid/pull approach, reaches at times. Line drive contact. More in legs.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity via Trackman
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitched out of the stretch, starting slightly closed off. Athletic delivery with easy effort. Rotates off rubber, balanced finish.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Throws from a H3/4 arm slot with short arm.
FB: T75, 74-75 mph. Cutting action.
CB: 61-62 mph. 11/5 shape, some tightness, 2169rpm.
CH: 67-69 mph. Straight, gradual.

Dillon Roberts, Cactus Shadows (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP Has some obvious tools & strength/power, excessive actions at certain times. Strong follow.
Body: 6-1, 200-pounds. Wide bodied frame, good strength, broad shoulders, durable lower half.
Defense: Athletic choppy footwork. Created momentum in OF on direct line. Usable hands at 3B, fielding underneath body with two hands. 
Arm: Left-handed. INF - 82 mph. OF - 89 mph. Plus arm, some accuracy to the target, some extra steps & build up.
Hit: LHH. Wide base, slightly open. Shifts weight into back leg with leg lift. Lands square with hands back. Starts swing with vertical barrel entry.  Short swing with quick hands, some trouble slotting the barrel. Pull heavy approach, top spin to RF. Lacked some discipline.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 7.88 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Athletic delivery, builds up energy, stays closed until late before foot strike. Athletic finish, falls off to 1B side at times.
Arm Action: Left-handed. Quick arm, higher slot, short arm action, higher effort.
FB: T87, 82-86 mph. Average cutting action.
SL: 69-73 mph. Best were down in the zone, showed above average potential with tight spin.

Bronson Sluiter, Higley (AZ), 2023 
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Medium athletic frame, average body for age, some projectability. 
Defense: Some quickness to the feet with sure actions.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 77 mph. Short quick arm with some carry to target. Uses side shuffle.
Hit: RHH. Wide spread out base, neutral weight distribution. Rocks into back leg with heel lift. Hands work down & back. Gets over the front leg.  Flat swing with downward start. Line drive middle approach with varied contact. Slow to accelerate.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60.

Delivery: Pitched out of the stretch, simple repeatable delivery with slow tempo, easy balance point, stays tall, athletic finish.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Comes out relatively clean from a 3/4 slot, low at times. Short arm swing, showing a bit of quickness.
FB: T82, 79-82 mph. Average HS fastball, varied movement.
CB: 67-68 mph. 10/4-11/5 shape, some feel, thrown for strikes.
CH: 70-72 mph. Sinking action at times, showed some potential.

Grant Smith, Pinnacle (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF Shows high upside on both sides of the ball.
Body: 6-4, 200-pounds. Long XL frame, ultra projectable body, good strength & athleticism
Defense: Athletic footwork, created angles. Created direction to target with step behind.
Arm: Right-handed. INF - 78 mph. OF - 84 mph. Strong arm with long arm swing, some accuracy.
Hit: RHH. Narrow upright base, open stance. Leg kick trigger, lands soft & square. Choppy load of the barrel.  Efficient path with plus bat speed & pop, barrel consistency. Mid/ pull approach.
Power: 100 mph exit velocity via Trackman. Created plenty of leverage without alot of effort.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall athletic delivery, neutral leg kick. Opens up early coming down the mound. Athletic finish. Showed adjustability.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Long arm action with some rawness, 3/4 arm slot, above average quickness.
FB: T91, 86-90 mph. Sink/ run, he's not quite sure how his stuff moves quite yet.
SL: 73-76 mph. Slutter action.
CH: 78-81 mph. Sinking action.

Matthew Storck, Hamilton (AZ), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/OF Shows upside on the mound.
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Large frame, has gained over 20-pounds in the last year while growing 2in. Some strength & athleticism, durable lower half.
Defense: Relaxed, slow-tempo footwork, stays tall, slows down a bit to field ball on the side. Usable glove.
Arm: Left-handed. OF - 75 mph. Accurate arm with easy effort, above average arm strength for age. Steps behind to create direction.
Hit: LHH. Wide solid base with open stance, knee turn pick up. Transfers weight to the front side early. Loads hands back with a tight turn.  Downward/ flat swing, limited extension. Line drive approach, used the whole field with some feel for the barrel.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 8.21 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Athletic clean delivery, showing some presence, . Lands slightly closed with some shoulder/ hip separation, athletic finish.
Arm Action: Left-handed. Throws from a H3/4 arm slot with in between arm swing, little extension.
FB: T77, 74-77 mph. Cutting action.
SL: 67-70 mph. Above average pitch, some sweeping action.
CH: 70-74 mph. Some arm side.

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