Bay Area World Series - Officially Scouted by PBR

Blaine Clemmens & Ryan Ozella
Northern California Scouting

From June 1-3 we were on hand in Stockton (CA) to see 148 players at Bay Area World Series 2018, at Klein Family Field on the campus of the University of the Pacific. The event featured 70 2019 grads, 55 2020 grads, and 23 2021 grads. Let's dive in and take a look at some of the standout 2019 grads at BAWS 2018. We will highlight top underclassmen tomorrow. Click on the player's name for his full profile, including video for those that have it within their profile.

2019 Grads 

Dalton Bowling – Kennedy HS (Fremont), 3B/1B/C/P, 2019; 6-4, 220, R/R
Physical player, with multiple standout tools. Possesses above average raw power, plus arm strength, multiple position ability (recently started working again as a catcher), as well as having the stuff and repertoire to be considered a pitcher only, if he were, but he's not. Pro scouts will be checking in on him in the spring of 2019 and time will tell what position he settles into.

Brian Gregersen – Las Lomas HS (Walnut Creek), 3B, 2019; 6-2, 185, R/R
Repeatedly barreled the ball all weekend. Strong hands, displayed hitting tools that will certainly hold up post-high school. Easy and loose hands/wrists. Projectable body type and should continue to add size and strength, while maintaining solid defensive ability and footspeed, and ultimately, continuing to develop what has a chance to be well above average hitting tools.

Jackson Forbes – Vanden HS (Fairfield), 2B, 2019; 5-9, 180, L/R
Gifted batsman with bat speed to get to above average velocity. Handled the bat well no matter if facing a right-handed or left-handed pitcher. Short and quick with little wasted movement. Well-above average runner with a chance to develop plus speed. Defensive range is quite good to left and right and into the outfield. Arm strength will limit him to 2nd base, where his offense is a plus.

Joe Yorke – Archbishop Mitty HS (San Jose), 1B, 2019; 6-2, 240, L/R
Full bodied player but maintains high level baseball talent, tools and skill. Looks the part of a left-handed slugger but he’s more than that. Good feel for the bat and a full-field approach, with the ability to do damage when hunting in his hot spots. Heady defender with a good arm and feel for playing the defensive side. Leadership type of player as well, high level communication skills with teammates. He and his brother Nick Yorke earned the Top Teammate Award at the showcase.

Nate Freeman – Benicia HS, RHP, 2019; 5-11, 200, R/R
Verbal commitment to UC Davis, named Most Outstanding Pitcher at BAWS 2018. Presently strong and sturdy body/build, should be able to hold up and eat innings while maintaining stuff. Fastball reached up to 88 mph and showed off good late life and movement deep into the zone. Breaking ball was 72-75 mph with more slider action but good tilt, worked as a good scissor type complement to the movement on the fastball.

Marek Palladino – Serra HS (San Mateo), SS/2B, 2019; 5-11, 170, R/R
Tools do not jump off the page in the sense of explosiveness but displayed some of the best hitting tools and ability to consistently make barrel contact. Short stroke, works inside the ball quite well and has enough to get into the gaps and on occasion, down the road, more power than that. Hit-getter and a tough out. Sure-handed infielder capable of playing all over the infield and a solid runner with good baserunning skills.

Devereaux Harrison – Vacaville HS, OF/RHP, 2019; 6-0, 160, R/R
Recently gave verbal commitment to Long Beach State as a pitcher. However, he’s more than just a pitcher. Bat speed does and will/would play beyond high school, aggressive hitter with developing power. Wiry strong with a big time motor to play. Arm strength from outfield shows up on mound, up to 89 mph and recently touched 90 mph. Slider has makings of out-pitch, 77-79 mph. High baseball IQ type pitcher.

Eddie Burns – Acalanes HS (Lafayette), RHP, 2019; 6-2, 170, R/R
Lean and wiry body type, may not have a ton of big time physical projectability but the arm works and he’s got sneaky stuff, along with an idea of how to use it. Overhand delivery with a fastball that got up to 88 mph and sat comfortably in the 84-86 range. Best secondary pitch is a slider that is 73-75 mph. Works well to use his fastball to set up the slider. Feel of the slider is good as his overall pitchability.

Vaughn Mauterer – Marin Catholic HS (Kentfield), C/P, 2019; 5-11, 170, R/R
One of the more talented, if not the most talented, two-way player at the showcase. As a catcher he showed high level tools to catch/throw (low pop of 1.91) and receive. Good footwork and athleticism and quite polished. Offensively he drove the ball well to all fields. On the mound he was up to 88 mph, also effectively used change-up and curveball with small shape but good downer bite. Talented kid.

Brayden Spears – Liberty HS (Brentwood), RHP, 2019; 6-5, 195, R/R
Recently gave verbal commitment to Boise State. Body type and arm action all look the part and certainly aid in calling him a projection right-hander. Spears flashes the present day stuff, up to 87 mph at BAWS to believe the upper-80s/low-90s is in his future. Curveball is a bit more lateral vs one with depth, sort of a slurve hybrid, but he has feel. Slight cross-body stride can create deception so long as he separates on time.

Joe Hollerbach – Miramonte HS (Orinda), 3B/OF, 2019; 6-3, 195, R/R
Good all-around ballplayer, seems to have good feel for the game in the field and at the plate. Tools will continue to show up bigger as he gets more physically mature, though he plays with feel and doesn’t rely on just raw tools to perform well. Disciplined hitting approach and chance to develop usable power at the college level. Steady fielder with good range and athleticism shows well as he’s underway on the bases.

Omar Barraza – Serra HS (San Mateo), C, 2019; 6-0, 190, R/R
Catcher with defensive tools and emerging offensive game to suggest that he may be just scratching the surface of the player he can be. Body type is good for the position and he puts in the effort to do the dirty work. Arm is a plus attribute and he receives the ball well. Good agility to block as well. Offensively is where he has made strides, showing present day gap power to all fields and the ability to find the barrel repeatedly.

Nick Wilson – Irvington HS (Fremont), SS/2B, 2019; 6-0, 165, R/R
Talented middle infielder showed enough glimpses of offensive game to suggest he’s more than just a gloveman beyond the high school level. Defensively he does show high level glove skills, with good footwork up the middle, with an easy arm and ability to throw from different angles. Offensively he flashed some pullside pop and the ball got off his bat well, with the ability to spray line drives. Seems to like to play.

Brody Eglite – Alhambra HS (Martinez), RHP, 2019; 6-1, 180, R/R
Lean and strong, may not be as physically projectable as some of his peers but has the arm strength and stuff to make a name for himself. Fastball was up to 88 mph and comes from a fluid arm action that works easily with good arm speed. Occasionally late life through the zone. Breaking ball is a work in progress, between cutter and slider and is still developing feel for the change. However, his raw stuff can be developed.

Jack Snook – Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton), RHP, 2019; 6-3, 185, R/R
Long and lanky body type, good pitcher build and the stuff certainly looks like it has a chance to come along as he physically matures. Presently up to 86 mph with a quick loose arm, certainly more in the tank. Slider has makings of an above average pitch beyond high school, up to 79 mph and good action off his fastball.