Underclass Games: Statistical Analysis


Brett Thorney
State Scouting Director

On Wednesday, June 16th PBR Arizona had a chance to hold its Underclass Games. This event is held at the beginning of the summer each year and gives us an opportunity to start to get a feel for some of the younger prospects that our state has to offer. This event features some of the top prospects in the 2024-2025 grad class from all around the state of Arizona. This has become a popular event as players start to get their names out there and start their HS baseball careers.

The event at Cactus Shadows included 35 + players including 13 pitchers that participated in a pro-style workout followed by simulated game play. As always, we gathered loads of valuable information on players that will live in player profiles that include Trackman & Blast data as well as 60-yard dash, positional velocities and more. Surly progress will be made in these statistics while players get older and mature physically but players were able to get a baseline of data to help understand their starting points. Scouts will use this information along with video to start to separate players more in the future.

Today, we will be highlighting some of the top statistical performers from the event:

To view the full event stats click here.

Max Fastball Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 85 mph
2 Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 84 mph
^ Brody Matcuk AZ Chandler 2024 OF 84 mph
3 Gavin Short AZ SunnySlope 2024 3B 82 mph
4 Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 RHP 81 mph
5 Christopher Humphreys AZ Canyon del Oro 2024 SS 80 mph
^ Aidan Yancy AZ Casteel 2024 3B 80 mph
6 Gavin Mesa AZ Chaparral 2025 SS 79 mph
^ David Sheppard AZ Millennium 2025 LHP 79 mph
7 Wyatt Schottel AZ Cactus Shadows 2024 OF 77 mph
^ Zack Garrard AZ Hamilton 2025 LHP 77 mph
8 Andrew Earle AZ Gilbert Christian 2024 LHP 74 mph

Top 60-yd Dash Times

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Brody Matcuk AZ Chandler 2024 OF 6.60
2 Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 6.80
3 Jake Sanko AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2024 SS 6.85
4 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 6.99
5 Ford Puplava AZ Chaparral 2024 OF 7.09
6 Liam Wilson AZ Hamilton 2024 C 7.12
7 Erick Thompson AZ Desert Ridge 2024 3B 7.24
8 Ian Haines AZ Millennium 2024 C 7.26
9 Shane Miller AZ Higley 2024 SS 7.29
10 Karsten Peglowski AZ Cactus Shadows 2025 C 7.31

Top Exit Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 99
2 Brody Matcuk AZ Chandler 2024 OF 98
3 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 97
4 Gavin Short AZ SunnySlope 2024 3B 96
5 Ford Puplava AZ Chaparral 2024 OF 95
6 Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 94
^ Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 RHP 94
^ Erick Thompson AZ Desert Ridge 2024 3B 94
7 Liam Wilson AZ Hamilton 2024 C 93
^ Ian Haines AZ Millennium 2024 C 93
8 Nathan Huie AZ Sahuarita 2024 1B 92
^ Gavin Mesa AZ Chaparral 2025 SS 92
^ Jake Sanko AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2024 SS 92
9 Oscar Rocha AZ Salpointe Catholic 2024 3B 91
10 Christopher Humphreys AZ Canyon del Oro 2024 SS 90
^ Tyler Russell AZ Casteel 2024 OF 90

Top IF Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 81
2 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 80
3 Aidan Yancy AZ Casteel 2024 3B 79
4 Erick Thompson AZ Desert Ridge 2024 3B 78
^ Ian Haines AZ Millennium 2024 C 78
^ Brock DeBattista AZ Estrella Foothills 2024 SS 78
^ Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 78
5 Sebastian Estorga AZ Chapparral 2025 SS 75
^ Shane Miller AZ Higley 2024 SS 75
^ Jake Sanko AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2024 SS 75

Top OF Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 83
2 Kaden Major AZ Desert Ridge 2024 OF 80
^ Brody Matcuk AZ Chandler 2024 OF 80
3 Wyatt Schottel AZ Cactus Shadows 2024 OF 77
4 Tito Adelakun AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2025 OF 73
5 Tyler Russell AZ Casteel 2024 OF 70

Top C Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 78
2 Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 RHP 75
^ Liam Wilson AZ Hamilton 2024 C 75
^ Ian Haines AZ Millennium 2024 C 75
3 Evan Lunceford AZ Horizon 2024 C 66

Pop Times

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Liam Wilson AZ Hamilton 2024 C 1.96-2.03
2 Chris Newstrom AZ Chaparral 2024 SS 1.96-2.07
3 Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 RHP 1.97-2.08
4 Ian Haines AZ Millennium 2024 C 2.00-2.26
5 Evan Lunceford AZ Horizon 2024 C 2.23-2.36

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