Prep Baseball Report

Rising Stars Games ID Scouting Reports: Pitchers

PBR CA Scouting Staff

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ORANGE, CALIF. - The Rising Stars Games ID showcase came through SoCal with a stop at spacious and scenic Hart Park in Orange, home of the 2019 DIII National Champion Chapman Panthers and Orange Lutheran baseball teams. For many players it was an introduction to what PBR California is all about, which of course is baseball. With the 2025 class about to start their first year of high school, it was a great introduction to modern baseball with TrackMan and Blast Motion technology on hand. 



Jack Kelly, Cathedral Catholic (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-9, 135-pounds. Some size and athleticism for class and position.
Delivery: Conventional delivery, slow overall, some inconsistencies, potential down the line.
Arm Action: RH. Natural arm speed, quicker arm swing out of the glove and a consistent slap in the front will help.
FB: T71, 67-69 mph. Average fastball with good running action, popped a 71 mph raising his ceiling, command throughout the zone important.
SL: 57-60 mph. Slurvey break, speed differential will help miss bats, quality pitch.
CH: 59-61 mph. Worked well of fastball, good speed and spin differentiation from fastball, fading action. 


Daniel Morge, Thousand Oaks (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Long, lean frame with room to add mass.
Delivery: All pitches from the stretch. Simplifies all movements. Simply leg kick and then drops into his rear glute and creates great torque with his hips and torso.
Arm Action: LH. Whippy, cross-body arm action. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Repeatable arm slot on all pitches.
FB: T76, 73-76 mph. Above average fastball with some arm side run. Well above average Induced Vertical Break makes it a swing and miss pitch especially when he elevates it. 
CB: 59-62 mph. Slow sweeping curveball that got up to 16.6 inches of horizontal movement. Swing and miss pitch. Release point is a bit inconsistent on CB causing inconsistent accuracy as well.  
CH: 66-69 mph. Similar movement to fas ball with some arm side run but good speed differential. Shows ability to be a good strikeout pitch getting up to 16.7 inches of Induced Vertical Break. Falls off the table near home plate.


Joseph Norris, Notre Dame (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds. Sturdy frame with a semi-high waist. Strong lower half with some present strength there.
Delivery: Simple under control delivery.  Worked exclusively from the stretch with a medium high leg lift that he maintains control of. Small sit into lower half down the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Fast, whippy arm stroke with no interruptions. Gets up clean and on time.
FB: T87, 82-84 mph. Above average Induced  Vertical Movement should get on hitters and allow for whiffs and soft contact up in the zone. 
SL: 69-71 mph. Slower breaking ball dominated by sweep that works in more of an east-west fashion. 
CH: 73-75 mph. Average movement and velocity separation from the FB should allow for this to be a viable secondary offering. 


Jacob Parnell, Frontier (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Medium build with proportional limbs and room for further development.
Delivery: Quiet, under control delivery. Slower tempo from the wind up with a semi high leg kick. Small sit into lower half with minimal effort.
Arm Action: RH. Arm path is clean with some length in the back. Gets up nicely and on time, but can get passive at times.
FB: T70 68-70   mph. Average fastball metrics, showed the ability to locate well during his bullpen. 
SL: 64-66 mph. Slow breaking ball that featured a peak of 5 inches of horizontal movement. Average spin of 1685 RPM. 
CH: 65-66 mph. Similar movement profile to FB, average spin of 1411 RPM with an average extension of 6.73 feet. 


Jake Sakurauchi, Scripps Ranch (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-5, 110-pounds. Small build, plenty of time and room for college infield build.
Delivery: Simple delivery, no wasted movement, quick leg lift, balanced overall.
Arm Action: RH. Repeatable arm action, medium arm swing, filled up the zone.
FB: T68, 65-68 mph. Filled up the zone, worked side-to-side, consistent velocity and spin numbers.
CB:  Developing curveball, effective when thrown for a strike, spin rate max 2039 shows potential.
SL: 59-61 mph. Slurvey action, lower spin and higher velocity than curveball, developing pitch.
CH: 61-63 mph. Mirrored the fastball, spin and speed to close to fastball, BP fastball type look and feel. 


Owen Smyth, Cathedral Catholic (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Medium build with a sturdy base and proportional limbs.
Delivery: Simple delivery with medium tempo from the windup. Works up down and out as he moves down the mound. Ends up in a good position. Can get quad-dominant at times.
Arm Action: LH. Short arm path that is quick out of the glove. Late at times contributing to high arm and arm side misses. Little waisted movement.
FB: T76, 73-76 mph. Above average Induced Vertical Break on the fastball. Could potentially garner flyballs and whiffs when effectively utilized up  in the zone. 
CB: 59-62 mph. Slow, sweeping breaking ball dominated by horizontal movement. Averaged nearly 8 inches on this pitch during the session.   
CH: 66-69 mph. Quality velocity difference with minimal movement separation when compared to the 


Jacob Talbott, Yorba Linda (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Lean, athletic build with room to add healthy mass.
Delivery: Quicker tempo wind up, medium high leg lift with body control at the peak. Sits into rear glute well down the mound and keeps rotation tight to his body.
Arm Action: RH. Tight and efficient arm path with no wasted movement. Neutral hand out of the glove and everything gets up on time.
FB: T84, 80-82 mph. Fastball featured above average Induced Vertical Movement and therefore should play well up in the zone. Will get on hitters as well compared to the average FB. 
CB: 72-74 mph. Sweepy curveball dominated by horizontal movement. Averaged nearly 8 inches of horizontal movement during his bullpen.
SL: 74-78 mph. Slider was firmer and featured more Induced vertical break than the CB. Quality movement difference that creates two distinct weapons. 
CH: 75-77 mph. Average velocity and movement separation from the FB. Will benefit from killing vertical break to increase movement separation. 


Cameron Birmingham, Aquinas (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds. Sturdy frame. Strong lower half. Room to fill out in shoulders.
Delivery: Quick simple delivery. Small sit into rear glute, and generates good rotation with his hips.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, throws from the ear. Real repeatable action,and consistant release point on all pitches.
FB: T73, 68-71 mph. Fastball has some ride arm side run and elevates well with it. Should miss barrels due to an above average Induced Vertical Break. 
CB: 61-64 mph. Slow sweeping curveball dominated by horizontal movement getting up to 11.9 inches of break.  
CH: 65-66 mph. Good speed differential. Arm speed is the same as FB. Similar movement as the fastball as well.  


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