Prep Baseball Report

Tucson ID: Outfielders

Brett Thorney
State Scouting Director

The Tucson ID was an open event that featured 50+ prospects ranging from the 2021-2024 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 Kino Sports Complex and was attended by prospects from all over Southern Arizona as well as players from the Phoenix area and a couple of players from California. 

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: 

Blake Abeyta, Catalina Foothills (AZ), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Large build, average body, high waisted, some room to add strength.
Defense: Light on his feet with some quickness, showing above average feel for the position. Rounds the ball to create direction on side shuffle.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 80 mph. Clean arm action with some arm strength, carry & accuracy to the plate.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a quiet balanced base, uses leg lift with some forward movement, open knee. Loads elbows back. Low finish.  Middle/ pull approach using a downward swing plane, average LD/FB contact.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity via trackman. Pop should improve as he gains strength.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitches out of the stretch, Starts pre-loaded, using a simple procedure with slow tempo. Some shoulder/hip separation.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Short arm action from OT slot, easy effort. Significant separation between pitches FB & CV.
FB: T77, 75-77 mph. Downhill, some cutting action.
CB: 63-66 mph. Downer, 12/6 shape.
CH: 67-69 mph. Slight arms side movement.

Pablo Araujo, Nogales (AZ), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Athletic proportionate frame with some strength & maturity.
Defense: Clean footwork with average slower tempo actions, relaxed first step.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 79 mph. Average arm strength, showing some carry and accuracy to the bag. Some length to the transfer, higher release.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed upright base, uses a toe tap turning knee inward. Small load, early barrel release. Accelerates on plane quickly & efficiently with level swing plane. Average bat & hand speed. Pull-approach with GB/LF contact.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity via trackman. Shows some hard contact with easy effort.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Sam Clark, Catalina Foothills (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 135-pounds. Medium build, average athlete currently, still maturing, limited strength.
Defense: Fields the ball deep with firm hands. Average actions with heavier steps.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 73 mph. Accurate arm with developing arm strength. Natural transfer with a small glove tap.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, uses small leg lift to land square. Relaxed hands, loading straight back into an arm bar at times. Slow-tempo swing.  Opposite field approach with soft line drive contact. Little transfer of energy at this time.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

Steven Costa, Basha (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-11, 200-pounds. Large frame, broad shoulders, big limbs.
Defense: Fields the ball deep between his legs with two-hands in the OF, choppy footwork.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 75 mph. Average arm strength, some accuracy to the plate. Natural transfer with some effort.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed upright base, slightly open. Uses a gathered pickup, letting his body work naturally into front foot strike.  Pull-approach, making contact out in front of the plate. Creates some natural leverage.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Low effort delivery, ability to repeat. Early forced hand separation. Lands square with recoil finish.
Arm Action: Right-handed. Short stab with pushy arm action, throwing from a 3/4 slot.
FB: T75, 70-73 mph. Movement varied.
CB: 58-60 mph. Side spin.
CH: 55-59 mph.

Anthony Diaz, Catalina Foothills (AZ), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B High upside LHH OF prospect with continued development.
Body: 6-2, 155-pounds. Large projectable frame, long athletic body, some present athleticism and room to get stronger.
Defense: Athletic footwork with confident first step, creates angles by rounding the baseball. Keeps momentum going with some speed.
Arm: Left-handed. OF - 80 mph. Projectable arm strength, showed some carry. Quick clean transfers & release.
Hit: LHH. Sets up in an athletic base with an open stance. Mixed between small toe tap/leg lift. Loads barrel vertically, slotting as he starts his swing.  Showed some ability to drive the baseball with an inverted path. Consistent hard LD/FB contact with mid/pull approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity via trackman. Future power potential as he keeps getting stronger.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60. 

Tanner Holland, Hamilton (AZ), 2022
Positional Profile: OF High ceiling prospect that has athleticism to stick in CF with some refinement.
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Lean ultra athletic build, present strength in balanced frame.
Defense: Raw actions that can be refined with plus athleticism. Fields the ball deep, choppy direct footwork, speed you can't teach. Firm hands.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 75 mph. Accuracy to the target with an average arm. Some length to transfer with low release.
Hit: RHH. Sets up in an athletic open stance with hands shoulder height. Uses a leg kick, landing open at times. Hands work slightly back with vertical barrel, some extra movement.  Turns barrel early with an upward plane, creating a pull approach. Consistent hard contact, upside. Showed bat speed with quickness in the hands.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 6.38 runner in the 60. Fastest player we have seen at an AZ event in 2020. 

Konnor Hopton, Salpointe Catholic (AZ), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-10, 169-pounds. Large frame, lean body, long legs,  some defined strength.
Defense: Choppy direct footwork, quick first step. Fields the ball in the center of his body with average glove.
Arm: Left-handed. OF - 74 mph. Average arm, minimal weight transfer & momentum into throws. Short quick release.
Hit: LHH. Starts in a neutral athletic base, slightly open stance. Uses leg kick trigger. Loads barrel from vertical to flat, getting connected early.  Upper body dominant swing with downward path, varied contact.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 6.93 runner in the 60.

Justin Nichols, Sabino (AZ), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Medium athletic frame, thin proportionate body with limited strength.
Defense: Rounds the baseball, fields the ball deep on the side of his body. Choppy footwork with confident first step.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, some accuracy to the bag, developing arm strength. Natural transfer with longer release.
Hit: RHH. Sets up in a spread out, crouched stance. Starts with weight forward, shifting weight into back leg with heel turn. Hands load back with some rawness, some extra pre-pitch movement. Middle approach with level swing.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity via trackman. Pop should get better with strength & body control.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. Easy runner that could shave a little off. 

Milo Rushford, Walden Grove (AZ), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Large build, lean body with above average athleticism, projectable strength.
Defense: Relaxed confident footwork. Usable glove, fielding the ball out in front.
Arm: Left-handed. OF - 88 mph. Good arm strength with some carry, throwing from OT slot. Took some time to get rid of it.
Hit: LHH. Athletic setup with neutral base, shows some rhythm in his feet & load. Uses a small step back into a small forward move. Flat barrel entry in the zone, loading into a slight arm bar at times.  Accelerates on plane quickly with quick hands. Pull approach with some hard LD contact. Hits ball down in the zone well.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 6.76 runner in the 60. Wide base coming out of the gate.

Delivery: Pitches out of the stretch. Uptempo delivery with quick coiled leg kick, some stiffness & effort. Lands closed in a tall finish.
Arm Action: Left-handed. Throws from an OT slot with some quickness.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Some downhill, cutting action.
CB: 62-64 mph. Varied in shape.
CH: 63-66 mph. Downward movement. 

Joshua Tobara, Cholla (AZ), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-7, 140-pounds. Medium balanced frame, average build & athleticism.
DefenseFields that ball on the side of his body with a firm glove. Choppy footwork with heavy steps.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 72 mph. Accurate arm with developing arm strength. Quick clean transfers with average body awareness.
Hit: RHH. Starts in a squared base, uses a small knee turn pick up with little transfer of energy & forward movement. Minimal load.  Longer swing with developing bat speed. Opposite field approach with soft LD contact.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

Patrick (PK) Walsh, Junipero Serra (CA) (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B Toolsy player with higher upside.
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Large athletic frame, projectable body, good combo of strength & athleticism.
Defense: Moves fast with choppy footwork., out of control at times. Quick confident jumps. Firm hands.
Arm: Right-handed. OF - 85 mph. Strong arm with carry to the target. Fast transfer with quick release. Threw with short arm action from H3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Athletic upright base with in-line stance. Uses a leg lift trigger with some forward movement. Lands slightly closed. Works slightly back in load with relaxed hands.  Short quick swing with advanced bat speed. Mid/ pull approach with power potential. Consistently barreled up the baseball.
Power: 101 mph exit velocity via trackman.
Run: 6.68 runner in the 60. 

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