Far North Preseason ID Catchers


Blaine Clemmens
Northern CA Director of Scouting


CHICO, CA - We made a trip up to California's Far North region on 2/1/20, one of our January stops on the road to the California State Games. The event had a roster of nearly 40 players in attendance. As per usual, the players were put through a pro-style workout that included the 60-yard sprint, a round of batting practice, defensive workouts at respective positions, and concluded with bullpen sessions for pitchers.

Most of the players were attending their first ever PBR California event, giving us a first look at these players in a showcase setting. Some we had seen in previous game action and a couple we had seen in other PBR events, as well at the Area Code tryouts last summer.

We've previously posted our Quick Hits and Stats piece and today we look at the catchers (listed alphabetically and those not listed in Quick Hits). Click on the player's name for access to his full profile, including all reports and videos we have for that player.

CATCHERS

Reed Alexander

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Corning
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Chico Aces Red
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
77
Max FB
(10/27/18)
73 - 77
FB
(10/27/18)
Pitching
Max FB
77
FB
73 - 77
Position
7.78
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.01 - 2.12
Pop Time
(07/10/20)
78
INF Velo
(07/09/21)
78
C Velo
(07/09/21)
96
Exit Velo
(07/09/21)
Position
60-yard
7.81
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.07
INF Velo
78
C Velo
78
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
7.89
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.12
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
7.78
Pop Time
2.13 - 2.19
INF Velo
75
C Velo
73
Exit Velo
86
Position
Pop Time
2.25 - 0
Trackman - Hitting
96.39
Exit Speed (max)
(07/09/21)
82.38
Exit Speed (avg)
(07/09/21)
112
Distance (avg)
(07/09/21)
248
Distance (max)
(07/09/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
96.39
Exit Speed (avg)
82.38
Distance (avg)
112
Distance (max)
248
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
18.20
Hand Speed (max)
(07/09/21)
17.54
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/09/21)
70.70
Bat Speed (max)
(07/09/21)
68.49
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/09/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
18.2
Hand Speed (avg)
17.54
Bat Speed (max)
70.7
Bat Speed (avg)
68.49
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

Body: 5-foot-11, 195-pounds. Full bodied & stout
Hit: RHH. Tall set-up, minimal to no leg lift, no stride, quiet hand load, quiet head. Short bat path, swings easy, accelerates through contact, quick bat speed, oppo approach. Strength shows up.
Power: 86 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 73; 1B - 75 - On line throws, inconsistent carry
Defense: 2.13-2.19 Pop-times - Quiet feet in exchange, clean transfer, fairly efficient mechanics behind plate, can improve timing of hands/feet. Calm actions at 1B, soft hands w/glove skills
Run: 7.78 60-yard

 

Fletcher Bottke

Class of 2021 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Red Bluff
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Chico Thunder
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.69
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.25 - 2.31
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
71
INF Velo
(02/01/20)
69
C Velo
(02/01/20)
71
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)
Position
60-yard
7.69
Pop Time
2.25 - 2.31
INF Velo
71
C Velo
69
Exit Velo
71

Scouting Report

Body: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Muscular & well-proportioned
Hit: RHH. Athletic set-up, wide feet w/slight pinch of knees, slight knee lift, sizable stride w/some give of the stride knee. Slight hitch, handsy swing w/some loft, fair balance w/some moving parts, avg bat speed w/hints of pull-side power
Power: 71 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 69; 1B - 71 - Accurate on line throws lack carry but were on the bag
Defense: 2.25-2.31 Pop-times - Calm footwork that was consistent on pops, can be more efficient w/exchange, somewhat tall set-up as receiver w/somewhat narrow feet, drops left knee upon receiving, soft glove as 1B while working below the ball
Run: 7.69 60-yard


Zane Denton

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Las Plumas
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Chico Aces / Alpha Power 2023
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 177lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.48
60-yard
(02/06/21)
2.00 - 2.09
Pop Time
(06/06/20)
80
C Velo
(02/06/21)
91
Exit Velo
(02/06/21)
Position
60-yard
7.48
Pop Time
2 - 2.04
C Velo
80
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
7.8
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.1
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
7.8
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.11
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
7.89
Pop Time
2 - 2.09
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
87
Position
60-yard
7.65
Pop Time
2.12 - 2.19
C Velo
72
Exit Velo
75
Trackman - Hitting
91.01
Exit Speed (max)
(02/06/21)
80.31
Exit Speed (avg)
(02/06/21)
249
Distance (avg)
(02/06/21)
333
Distance (max)
(02/06/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
91.01
Exit Speed (avg)
80.31
Distance (avg)
249
Distance (max)
333
Ground Ball %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
90.27
Exit Speed (avg)
75.44
Distance (avg)
130
Distance (max)
242
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
88.81
Exit Speed (avg)
79.61
Distance (avg)
162
Distance (max)
316
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Blast - Hitting
24.00
Hand Speed (max)
(08/01/20)
22.32
Hand Speed (avg)
(08/01/20)
71.40
Bat Speed (max)
(02/06/21)
69.09
Bat Speed (avg)
(08/01/20)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.3
Hand Speed (avg)
21.33
Bat Speed (max)
71.4
Bat Speed (avg)
67.93
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
24
Hand Speed (avg)
22.32
Bat Speed (max)
71.1
Bat Speed (avg)
69.09
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.1
Hand Speed (avg)
21.32
Bat Speed (max)
69.4
Bat Speed (avg)
66.86
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Lean, average athletic build
Hit: RHH. Balanced athletic set-up w/slight crouch, slight knee lift prior to short stride, upper body rotational swing w/strong top hand finish, loose swing w/bat speed, pull-side approach
Power: 75 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 72 - Inconsistent accuracy w/glimpses of carry & arm potential
Defense: 2.12-2.19 Pop-times - Calm footwork w/not much explosion out of crouch, narrow wet-up w/knees slightly outside the feet, sits a bit deep w/hunch & fairly angled thighs, showed good receiving hands
Run: 7.65 60-yard


Nathaniel Hurley

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Rio Linda
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Nor Cal Ballers
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 133lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.47
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.24 - 2.29
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
68
C Velo
(02/01/20)
67
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)
Position
60-yard
7.47
Pop Time
2.24 - 2.29
C Velo
68
Exit Velo
67

Scouting Report

Body: 5-foot-10, 133-pounds. Young body w/lanky proportions, high waist, long arms
Hit: RHH. Tall relaxed set-up, starts slightly open, rhythmic small stride w/minimal leg lift, stride foot rollover, deep load w/some arm bar, loose hands, slashing swing, pull approach, somewhat in/out of zone
Power: 67 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 68 - Lacked carry to the bag on most throws
Defense2.24-2.29 Pop-times - Stable base in set-up, stood tall out of crouch which sapped ability to drive the ball, a bit high in set-up in C/T drill, calm/relaxed receiver, soft hands, easy L/R shift
Run: 7.47 60-yard

 

Nolan LaRiviere

Class of 2021 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Scotts Valley High School
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Hardtke Baseball Aces
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.62
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.00 - 2.05
Pop Time
(02/25/20)
76
C Velo
(02/01/20)
86
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)

Scouting Report

Body: 6-foot-0, 175-pounds. Size and muscle projectable type body
Hit: RHH. Tall set-up, starts w/high hands, knee lift with controlled longer stride, some tip of upper body w/full shoulder rotation, full finish through contact, average bat speed w/some strength
Power: 86 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 76 - Occasional tail/sink on throws, exits hand well w/somewhat slingy arm slot
Defense2.07-2.15 Pop-times - Flashed on-the-bag throwing ability, relaxed set-up, avg bounce out of crouch, sits in the squat, soft hands, willing blocker, good subtle framing technique
Run: 7.62 60-yard

 

Asa Martinez

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Del Oro
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: NorCal
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.47
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.19 - 2.24
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
71
C Velo
(02/01/20)
84
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)
Position
60-yard
7.47
Pop Time
2.19 - 2.24
C Velo
71
Exit Velo
84

Scouting Report

Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Compact athletic build w/some upper body strength
Hit: RHH. Tall athletic set-up, creates lots of rhythm, long stride w/hips traveling forward, aggressive swing w/some loft & hints of future power, arm bar creates some length, good bat speed, lots barrel in BP round which was better than what EV station showed
Power: 84 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 71 - Fairly loose/quick arm, throws high or carried to bag, should gain more velo
Defense2.19-2.24 Pop-times - High set-up for C/T & receive, narrow knees, fairly light & athletic feet, gains ground w/feet on pops which slows down the pop time a bit
Run: 7.47 60-yard


Justin Matsui

Class of 2021 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Sutter Union
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Chico Aces
  • Height: 5-7
    Weight: 150lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.37
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.22 - 2.29
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
69
INF Velo
(02/01/20)
69
C Velo
(02/01/20)
75
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)
Position
60-yard
7.37
Pop Time
2.22 - 2.29
INF Velo
69
C Velo
69
Exit Velo
75

Scouting Report

Body: 5-foot-7, 150-pounds. Lean athletic & proportionate build
Hit: RHH. Athletic crouch set-up, high hand set, good set-up, toe tap stride, creates rhythm & good timing, clean hand path, works inside ball, balanced throughout the swing, sees it early
Power: 75 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 69; INF - 69 - Accurate throws to 2nd, some carry, clean arm stroke
Defense2.22-2.29 Pop-times - High set-up for C/T w/cocked feet, gains ground to get throw off though has light feet, at times sits deep as receiver & other times much more athletic, willing blocker with soft hands, light bouncy INF feet, sure hands, good to backhand, solid 2B type
Run: 7.37 60-yard


J-P Smith II

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Granite Bay
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Admirals
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.77
60-yard
(07/16/21)
1.91 - 2.02
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
85
INF Velo
(07/16/21)
79
C Velo
(07/16/21)
96
Exit Velo
(07/16/21)
Position
60-yard
7.77
Pop Time
1.95 - 2.09
INF Velo
85
C Velo
79
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
7.78
Pop Time
1.91 - 2.02
INF Velo
79
C Velo
73
Exit Velo
84
Trackman - Hitting
96.17
Exit Speed (max)
(07/16/21)
89.12
Exit Speed (avg)
(07/16/21)
252
Distance (avg)
(07/16/21)
378
Distance (max)
(07/16/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
96.17
Exit Speed (avg)
89.12
Distance (avg)
252
Distance (max)
378
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
21.90
Hand Speed (max)
(07/16/21)
19.08
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/16/21)
75.30
Bat Speed (max)
(07/16/21)
69.70
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/16/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
21.9
Hand Speed (avg)
19.08
Bat Speed (max)
75.3
Bat Speed (avg)
69.7
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

Body: 6-foot-0, 190-pounds. Thick body type w/some present strength, broad shouldered
Hit: RHH. Tall relaxed set-up, slightly open, easy soft stride w/some hip drift, stayed balanced, high hand/elbow set w/slight barrel tilt, short to the ball w/powerful extension through contact, chance for real power
Power: 84 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 71; 3B - 79 - Showed what C arm can be when at 3B, quick arm stroke, it's in there
Defense1.91-2.02 Pop-times - Sets up to throw w/left foot significantly forward which helped lower the pops, fairly light and agile feet, soft & strong receiving hands (big hands), strong stable base though sets up high, to and through ball well at 3B, athletic young big man at 3rd base
Run: 7.78 60-yard


Taylor Wake

Class of 2021 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Rocklin
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Rocklin High School
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 160lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
72
Max FB
(02/01/20)
70 - 72
FB
(02/01/20)
61 - 62
CB
(02/01/20)
65 - 67
CH
(02/01/20)
Pitching
Max FB
72
FB
70 - 72
CB
61 - 62
CH
65 - 67
Position
6.88
60-yard
(02/01/20)
2.16 - 2.22
Pop Time
(02/01/20)
71
C Velo
(02/01/20)
76
Exit Velo
(02/01/20)
Position
60-yard
6.88
Pop Time
2.16 - 2.22
C Velo
71
Exit Velo
76

Scouting Report

Body: 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. Lean and lithe w/streamlined athletic body type
Hit: RHH. Athletic crouch, good timing w/feet, small stride slightly closes off, good hip rotation, quick bat, flat stroke, stays behind ball, line drive hitter w/ability to spray around
Power: 76 mph EV off tee
Arm: RH. C - 71 - Quick arm w/accurate throws, slight tail at the bag
Defense: 2.16-2.22 Pop-times - Quick out of the crouch w/light feet, good footwork keeping on-line stride, sets up w/deep backside & steep thigh angle, has and uses athleticism behind plate, willing & agile blocker, soft hands, occasionally lets ball carry the glove
Run: 6.88 60-yard


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