Prep Baseball Report

Freshmen Free Showcase: Top Prospects

Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

The Freshmen Free Showcase took place on December 10 at Sunrise Mountain HS in Peoria. This week we wrap up our coverage of the event with our top overall prospects list. As always contact [email protected] or direct message @PBRArizona on Twitter with any questions and/or information.

Brock Selvidge LHP / OF / Hamilton, AZ / 2021

Athletic 6-foot-2 170-pound frame. Already rated as the top 2021 prospect in Arizona, Selvidge established himself as one of the top prospects in the country with his showing at the Freshmen Free Showcase. Posting the top 60-yard dash (7.08), outfield velo (85) and fastball veto (87), Selvidge was easily the top player in attendance and is already an elite-level national prospect. Using a leg-lift trigger and deep hand load, he showcased the same bat speed during BP that we have previously seen from him in a live game setting. When he learns to stay behind the baseball more consistently his swing will develop more consistent loft. That combined with a continued increase in physical strength will allow his elite bat speed to produce more power. In our first live look on the mound, he may have been even better. Touching 87 with his fastball while showing elite arm speed and the ability to sink it, Selvidge is a definite two-way prospect. He also mixed in a slurvy 72-74 mph breaking ball an showed feel for a 77-79 mph change, throwing all three pitches for strikes. His development will be exciting to watch over the next four years.


Max Zdimal LHP / OF / Notre Dame Preparatory, AZ / 2021

 5-foot-9, 155-pound frame. Looks bigger than listed size. Two-way prospect impressed as a hitter and on the mound establishing himself as one of the top 2021 follows in Arizona. Offensively, showed off excellent bat speed with some loft, despite a somewhat crude swing, Zdimal posted the second highest exit velocity at the event (85 mph). With a slight arm bar and deep hand load, Zdimal keeps the barrel in the zone for a long time and made lots of loud contact to the pull side. On the mound the young lefty reached 83 mph with some effort, also showing off a solid mid-70’s changeup. He shows a high ¾ arm slot and on-line delivery with some head movement through release but generally pounded the zone during his bullpen.


Beau Ankeney 1B / 3B / Desert Vista, AZ / 2021

Shows high-end raw power, but what stands out even more is the bat speed he shows for a prospect of his size. Ankeney posted the top exit velocity at the event at 89 mph as well as the top infield velo (80 mph). Standing 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, he has all the makings of a big time power bat as he continues to develop. 


Tyler Kearney SS / 2B / Mountain Pointe, AZ / 2021

With solid tools across the board, including a 7.25 60-yard dash, 75 mph infield velocity and 81 mph exit velocity, Kearney is an advanced all around prospect. Showing good defensive footwork and some softness in his hands, Kearney has a chance to stay up the middle where his offensive ability will stand out. His combination of solid bat speed and an extremely advanced feel for the barrel make him a very strong prospect to follow. 

Zach Kress C / 2B / Corona Del Sol, AZ / 2021

Easily the top defender on the day at catcher, with a very quick transfer and elite accuracy on his throws to 2B. Kress posted a top pop time of 2.01 with 70 mph velocity and also excelled as a receiver, showing quiet hands and good flexibility. 


Chase Valentine SS / RHP / Sandra Day O'Connor , AZ / 2021

5-foot-8, 125-pound frame. Valentine is a baseball player. He showed off very advanced defensive actions with good footwork, the ability to throw from multiple angles and solid carry on his throws (77 mph infield velocity). Made lots of hard contact during his round of BP with a simple swing and advanced feel for the barrel. Gathers himself with early knee-knock trigger, creating good separation. Shows enough bat speed to produce gap power as he gets bigger and continues to develop physically; 76 mph exit velocity. He also hopped on the mound and pounded the zone with three pitches, topping out at 79 mph with his mostly straight fastball. Working exclusively from the stretch, Valentine uses some effort to deliver the ball from a ¾ arm slot. 66-68 mph curveball has 11-5 shape and tight, consistent rotation. Also flashed 68-71 mph straight change in the strike zone. Valentine should be an elite high school player with a chance to develop into a very nice college prospect depending on how his tools develop.


Steven Stewart C / 3B / Centennial, AZ / 2021

Very projectable 6-foot, 135-pound frame with a high waist and long limbs. At first glance he looks more like a SS or CF, but is very comfortable behind the plate and has a loose swing with loft that projects for at least gap power as his body fills out. 2.13 best pop time. 

Treyton Tarver LHP / OF / Shadow Ridge , AZ / 2021

Thin 6-foot-1, 143-pound frame. Projects to make significant gains in all areas as his body develops and adds strength/mass. On the mound Tarver used a full wind-up and ¾ arm slot, working 73-75, T76 with his fastball that showed some movement to the arm side. Best secondary pitch was a 63-65 mph changeup with big fading action. Also mixed in a developing 59-62 mph breaking ball that tended to pop up out of his hand. Offensively Tarver looked like a guy that would hit in the future as he gets stronger. Using a leg-lift trigger, he did a good job creating separation with his load and was generally on the barrel. Shows good running form and will improve on 7.88 60-yard dash with physical development.


Maguire Peterson SS / 3B / Notre Dame, AZ / 2021

6-foot, 130-pound frame with plenty of room to fill out and add strength/mass. Long torso. Uses toe-tap trigger with deep hand load to create flat bat path. Made line drive contact in his round of BP; 76 mph exit velocity. Lower half mechanics are inconsistent, mostly due to lack of present strength. Showed well on the infield, playing low, working through the baseball with some softness in his hands and 73 mph infield velocity. 7.89 60-yard dash. 

Nicholas Lustig SS / RHP / Sunrise Mountain, AZ / 2021

Young 5-foot-8, 130-pound frame. Bat speed stands out on offense, especially considering his current level of physical strength; 76 mph exit velocity. Creates good separation and has advanced rhythm in the box, using a slight leg lift trigger. Made lots of hard contact to the pull side during his round. Moves well on the infield defensively and showed strong carry on his throws with 75 mph velocity. Did show a tendency to play a bit high at times on defense. Also pitched, working 75-76, T77 with a slower tempo delivery, short stride and some effort. Sweeping 61-63 mph breaking ball showed consistent rotation and was generally around the zone. 65-67 mph changeup showed slight fading action at times. Interesting young prospect to follow as his body matures.