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SoCal Upperclass ID Camp - Royal I


PBR CA Scouting Staff

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Irvine, CA - The Prep Baseball Report - California ID event provided a platform for SoCal players to showcase their skills after a summer of training. Despite the restrictions throughout the state the showing was a successful one. From batting practice home runs to curve balls for strikes, many of the players have not missed a beat. There is always work to do on the baseball field and the players showed that they are continuing to work hard. 

Baseball technology in the form of Trackman and Blast Motion continues to be a wonderful tool to evaluate players. Blast Motion provides three scores in the form of Plane, Connection and Rotation on a 20-80 scale. This helps paint a clear picture of what Blast Motion is tracking and what the player excels and does not excel at. With this score players are provided explanation and tips for improvement. As always, pen to paper scouting notes and eye tests from the scouting staff are hard at work. The combination of technology and in person scouting continue to strengthen reporting. 

SCOUTING REPORTS

Austin Overn, Foothill (CA), 2022 
Positional Profile: OF/2B Natural hitter with a good feel for the game. 
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. 
Defense Moves well forward-back and side-to-side, quick first step, next level CF potential. 
Arm: OF - 84 mph. Average arm with potential for more, simple arm mechanics that could translate in infield.
Hit: SH. Recently converted to switch hitting. Showed well and even from both sides of the plate and has the potential to do both at the next level.  Blast Motion scores of 49/62/57. Scored as a PAC-12 commit is expected to. Above-average connection score highlights his natural hitting ability from both sides of the plate.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity. 
Run: 6.48 runner in the 60. 

Sam DeCarlo, Millikan (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds.
Defense: Smooth infield actions, good first step, looked the part.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Crisp action, able to make throws from multiple angles, plus arm at second.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands shoulder height, step load, one-hand finish.  Blast Motion scores 35/57/41. Connection score shows that he gets in a good position to hit on average along with his ability to get to that point at an average rotation score.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.87 runner in the 60. 

Jesse Lopez, La Habra (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-5, 130-pounds.
Defense: Looked good fielding forehand, accurate throws, backhand ability is key to staying on the left side.
Arm: RH.  INF - 75 mph.  Short arm swing, quick release, no wasted movement.
Hit: RHH. Compact stance and swing, short to the ball, long one-hand finish. Blast Motion scores 48/56/39. Plane and connection scores show that he gets in an average consistent hitting position and the bat stays on the swing plane allowing for average contact rates.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. 

Joshua Chavez, Chino Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds.
Defense: Highlighted the infield group with backhand fielding and throwing.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph.  Average arm, follows through nicely, able to make throws from multiple arm angles.
Hit: RHH. Confident in the box, swing stays on plane, quick to contact, smooth one-hand finish. Rotational acceleration scores at a professional level. Showing that his ability to make later decisions, harness bat speed quickly and his power efficiency are present and projectable.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Grab and go feel, balanced and consistent, strike thrower.
Arm Action: RH. Consistent arm speed, medium swing in the back, follow through has room for more.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. Fastball showed cutting action, located glove side well, two-seam would be a good addition.
CB: 61-64 mph. Slow breaking curve, 12/6 action, hang and bang potential.
CH: 64-66 mph. Quality pitch, drastically slower than fastball but with same arm action, swing and miss potential. 

Harrison Altschul, Harvard Westlake (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds.
Defense: Well coached, charged the ball, quick release, consistent overall.
Arm: RH.   OF - 79 mph. Average arm, accurate throws, understands outfield throwing mechanics.
Hit: RHH. Power swing, max effort, heavy pull. Blast Motion scores 67/43/55. Plane score shows that the bat stays in the zone for a long time allowing for more contact at an above-average rate.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Avian Figueroa, Lakewood (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/3B
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds.
Defense Quality prep-step, quick double-play turns, fielded slow roller nicely.
Arm: RH.  INF - 64 mph.  Showed a quick release, ability to make throws from different angles, arm lacking strength needed for left side at the next level.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed in the box, level swing, consistent swings, oppo emphasis.  Blast Motion scores of 43/44/54. Average scores across the board show a good understanding of swing mechanics and project well moving forward.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity.
Run: 8.22 runner in the 60. 

Luc Slater, El Camino Real Charter (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds.
Defense: Limited laterally, showed best on backhand, corner projection.
Arm: RH.  INF - 72 mph.  Able to make all the throws, stiffness in arm swing, long on the slow roller.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall in the box, leg kick and step, one-handed finish. Blast Motion scores of 49/58/61. Above-average rotation score gives his swing a high ceiling and power efficiency.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Some projection throughout, commanded the zone, stiff back leg.
Arm Action: RH. Arm lacking the whip and velocity needed at the next level.
FB: T72, 70-72 mph. Commanded the fastball well throughout the zone.
SL: 61-68 mph. Slider tunnelled well off the fastball, out pitch.
CH: 67-69 mph. Velocity and arm speed similar to fastball, loosen and lengthen the grip.

Austin Connell, Heritage (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 165-pounds. 

Delivery: Pitchers feel, balanced throughout, flys open at times, sound finish, projectable build.
Arm Action: Consistent arm action, some stiffness, let it ride.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. High school fastball, side-to-side location, stay closed in front when gearing up.
SL: 71-75 mph. Developing consistent fell, chance to garner swing and miss, follow through is key.
CH: 73-74 mph. Change up plays off the fastball well, chance to be an effective out pitch.

Aidan Cremarosa, John Burroughs (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-3, 165-pounds.
Defense Size projects at third, puts himself in a good position to make the throw.
Arm: RH.  INF - 85 mph.  Arm has some juice in it, let it rip, backhand max velocity.
Hit: RHH. Low hands, rockback and toe tap load, big swing, timing is everything.  Blast motion scores of 29/37/38.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Funky windup creates timing issues for batter, hides the ball well, controls moving parts.
Arm Action: RH. Arm shows life, short arm path in the back very beneficial to his mechanics, projectable.
FB: T87, 82-85 mph. Ability to hide the ball and funky mechanics plays up his velocity. Showed ability to locate the ball well to his arm side.
CB: 65-70 mph. Tight breaking ball, swing and miss potential, good feel.
CH: 75-76 mph. Developmental change, loosen the grip, heavy run.

Jet Crews, Sage Creek (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Defense: Good first step, showed some athleticism, consistent feel.
Arm: RH.   OF - 77 mph. Arm plays at the high school level, projection down the line, accurate throws 5/5.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, short approach, two-hand finish. Blast Motion scores of 33/50/36. Connection score highlights his swing as it shows his average ability to get aligned and in a good position to hit.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Athletic pitcher, simple and repeatable mechanics, balanced throughout.
Arm Action: RH. Repeatable arm action, tunnelled pitches, room for immediate arm gains with snap finish.
FB: T76, 74-76 mph. Commanded the fastball well throughout the zone.
CB: 64-67 mph. Curve showed potential, commanded the pitch, good against left-handed hitters.
SL: 68-72 mph. Worked well off the slider, better tilt, tougher on right-handed hitters.
CH: 68-70 mph. Best offspeed offering, located down in the zone and to both sides of the plate, will get outs. 

Nathan Estrada, Yorba Linda (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS. Elite plane and rotation scores show projection in the bat.
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds.
Defense: Rushed, keep glove out in front and on the ground, one pitch at a time.
Arm: RH.  INF - 67 mph.  Quick release, inconsistent slot, let it rip.
Hit: RHH. No batting gloves, low hands, elbows tucked, showed oppo field ability, big swing.  Blast Motion scores of 70/44/70. Elite Plane and Rotation scores stand out. Showing that the bat stays through the zone for a long time and he gets to that point quickly, giving this swing lots of potential now and down the line.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60. 

Cain Lusic, San Pedro (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/RHP Solid player with speed and eye test passibility.
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Defense: Quick feet, moves well laterally, stay low.
Arm: RH.  INF - 82 mph.  Solid arm, can stay on the left side, can pitch too.
Hit: RHH. Ball sounds good off the bat, jumps towards contact, bat speed 70 mph. Blast Motion scores 48/45/33. Scores at an average plane/connection clip when it comes to getting in a good position to hit and keep the bat on the swing plane.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.89 runner in the 60.

Connor Chapman, J.W. North (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 5-10, 135-pounds. 

Delivery: Multiple arm angles and ability to throw strikes from those angles.
Arm Action: Arm lacks quick twitch, gumby arm action, smooth follow through.
FB: T74, 67-74 mph. Multiple fastball tilt variations can work throughout the zone.
CB: 60-62 mph. Whiffle ball action, swing and miss ability.
CH: 69-71 mph. Inline with various fastball tilt and movement variations. Nice complementary pitch.

Andrew Mckeown, Dana Hills (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Defense: 1.95-1.99 pop times. Average catching ability, blocked well in bullpens, accurate throws.
Arm: . C - 75 mph. INF - 79 mph.  Short arm action, quick release to second, arm plays better behind the plate.
Hit: RHH. Compact swing, contact and plane approach, high finish. Blast Motion scores of 51/48/50. Solid across the board, showing that his swing has the potential to play at this level and next.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. 

 

Ivan Niebla, Citrus (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-1, 168-pounds.
Defense Showed some feel around the bag.
Arm: INF - 80 mph.  Strong armed first baseman, 4/4 on throws.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall, big step load, heavy pull showing, swing works at contact. Blast Motion scores of 48/60/42. Solid across the board, above-average ability when it comes to his ability to get in a good position to hit.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Smooth actions, consistent release height and side, good extension.
Arm Action: Arm works freely, clean follow through, college arm.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Showed side to side ability with arm-side-run.
CB: 69-71 mph. Workable curve, command key, corner emphasis.
CH: 69-71 mph. Good changeup, works off similar tunnel as fastball, swing and miss.

Damien Delgadillo, Ayala (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Defense: Baseball actions, fielded backhand well, can stay in the middle.
Arm: RH.  INF - 78 mph.  Throwing feel, some pause in motion, accuarte throws.
Hit: RHH. Low hands, bat speed 73 mph, coil, one-hand finish. Blast Motion scores of 36/48/51. Personal best score for rotation, giving his swing next level ability.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Norgaard, San Juan Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds.
Defense Prep step, fielded with confidence, accurate on throws 5/5.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph.  Arm works well, would play up at 2B.
Hit: LHH. Staggered open stance, quick turn at contact, projectable swing. Blast Motion scores of 55/58/55. Solid across the board giving his swing a solid base to continue developing and improving.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Bennett Price, Oak Park (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds.
Defense: 2.01-2.09 pop times. Quick release, puts himself in a good position for throwdowns.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph.   Below average-arm velocity, quick release and good mechanics put himself in position to make an on target throw.
Hit: RHH. Power coil, takes a hack, high one-handed finish. Blast Motion scores of 39/52/41. Scores show that he gets in a pretty good position to hit and has some potential rotating to that point but the swing plane is below average.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60.


Isaac Sandoval, Foothill (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds.
Defense: Fielded fast, good actions, fundamentals on display.
Arm: RH.    Smooth throwing actions, accurate throws 5/5.
Hit: RHH. Athletic base, simple toe tap timing, swing on plane, good on-plane efficiency.  Blast Motion scores of 58/53/52. Average across the board show his hitting ability and potential to develop his swing at the next level.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60.

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