SoCal ProCase Spotlight: SS Ian Halverson


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San Juan Capistrano, CALIF - In the state of California, it doesn’t get much better than Ian Halverson when talking uncommitted SS’s. Prior to the ProCase, I had seen Halverson at two PBR events, our 2020 State Games and San Diego Open. At both events, Halverson arguably had the best performances out of everyone. At the State Games, he hit for the cycle in two games, and at the San Diego Open he was crushing balls out left and right in BP. This SoCal Procase was no different for Halverson as he showed he belonged with some of the best-committed players in the state. He is a quiet kid that simply gets after it on the baseball field. It’s also of note that he boasts a 4.0+ GPA. 

The Report: 

Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Looks more defined and mature after each event. Lean strength and athleticism are present throughout. Higher waisted body for size.

Hit: RHH - At setup, he gets into his legs with higher set hands. Uses a smaller leg lift trigger that is quick up and down. At footstrike, his hands work down getting into a good launch position. Barrel works back as he gets into his swing and enters the zone on a more upward path (58.8 Fly Ball %). He stays connected well keeping his hands close to his body and turning tight. Ian effectively maintains his body tilt throughout his swing as he turns. Used the whole field in BP with impressive feel for the RC gap. In total, it’s a high contact compact swing where he is able to manipulate his barrel angle however he pleases which should translate well to the next level. 

Power: Noticeable metrics included a max bat speed of 73.3 mph and rotational acceleration max of 28.3 gs which are above average for his level and show a decent power ceiling. There are noticeable flashes of pulllside power as his only HR in BP was over the LF fence and majority of HRs this junior season were to LF, but current total power is gap to gap. 

Field: Ian’s glove is solid in all facets. Gets to his spots with good feet. Lateral quickness is there. Present glove skills with clean funnels and quickness out the glove. Clean DP feeds especially moving to his backhand side. 

Arm: 79 mph from SS. Arm strength isn’t stand out as we have had him as high as 85 mph in past events, but the arm utility is there as he quickly gets off his throws and is able to operate from different angles whenever he pleases with accuracy. All throws in his defensive workout were accurate. 

Run: 7.14 laser timed 60. High-effort runner. Chest up with decent length strides. Lots of head movement. 

Summary: I am quite dumbfounded by how he is still uncommitted. Every time I see Ian he flat-out hits. In ⅔ Procase ABs, he put good swings on elite pitchers for two hard putouts. Then last Friday against two more elite SD HS pitchers at the San Diego HS All-Star Game at Petco Park he got himself two hits. All Ian has done in HS is perform. He has been on Varsity since his Freshman year and every single year he has hit at least 400. This past season his season rate stats were .495/.600/1.466 which included 6HR, 29RBI, 14 doubles and 2 triples. With all that the hit tool isn’t the question, it’s a matter of if he has the ability to stay at SS and from my multiple looks I think he does but moving over to second wouldn’t be a bad move either. All I know for sure is that whatever program picks him up is getting a heck of a steal.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Top Prospects ID CA 07/07 Hart Park
Rising Stars Games ID CA 07/13 Hart Park
Rising Stars Games ID - NorCal CA 07/14 Islanders Field
California State Games (INVITE ONLY) CA 07/16 Islanders Field
2021 PBR Future Games (California Invite) CA 07/28 LakePoint Sports
PBR Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/28 LakePoint Sports
PBR West Coast Games (California Invite) CA 08/13 UNLV & College of Southern Nevada
Northern California Academic Games CA 10/09 Islanders Field


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