Classes of 2017 and 2018 Top RHP Fastball Velocities

By John Cackowski
State Director

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to recap some of the best statistics we have on record at our events since our launch in April of 2014. We have covered the top 60 times in the 2017 and 2018 classes, and the 2016 Class. We have covered top OF Velos for the 2017 and 2018 classes and the 2016 Class, top INF Velos for the2017 and 2018 classes and top INF Velos for the 2016 class. Top catchers pop-times for the 2016 class and 2017-2018 classes. Top exit velocities for the 2016 class. Top RHP fastball velocities for the 2016 class and here are the top RHP fastball velocities for the 2017 and 2018 classes.

Caleb Sloan, RHP/1B, Regis Jesuit 2017 
FB Velocity: 90
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: Athletic frame, strong limbs, 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, has a highly projectable frame. Square delivery, athletic rhythm and balance, easy effort, closed landing, repeats well. Arm action is clean, long arm action, high ¾ slot. Can get even more out of lower half which could add a few more mph. Fastball has slight run, controlled the zone well, 88-89 mph, Showed improved velocity from the winter camps we saw him at (86-87 mph). Curveball has 11/5 plane, slurve action, landed for strikes, good control, 73-74 mph. Changeup has sink, good control and feel for the pitch, 75-76 mph. Weiss showed excellent three pitch feel, high ceiling projects well at the next level, can pound the zone with multiple pitches and change speeds. As a hitter Sloan has legitmate raw gap to gap power backed up with an 88 mph exit velo off the tee. Sloan is a little tight in his load, but swing is level through the zone with good extension through ball. A little bit off balance at times in lower half, and like pitching has more untapped potential with legs. Projects as a solid clean-up or 3-hole hitter as he continues to polish himself up. Also was the fastest runner at the event with a 4.19 home to first time from the right side.

Tanner O'Tremba, RHP/OF Cherry Creek 2018 
FB Velocity: 88
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot, 210 pounds. Bats and throws right. O'tremba is a very explosive player. Looks like a full back and plays the game extremely hard. O'tremba uses a slightly open stance and has an explosive swing. He can keeps his hands back, and also turn on a fastball. Has a big load, and uses leg kick to start a swing that is explosive on contact that generated an impressive 97 mph exit velocity off a tee. Has gap to gap power. In the outfield has a lot of speed for his size, and proved it with a 6.87 60 time. Strong arm at 84 mph. On the mound was consistently 85-86 mph with a high of 88, and he just chose to blow his fastball by the hitters this weekend. In games in the spring we have seen curve ball with 11/5 shape at 67 mph. Hides the ball well, and is square to the plate then falls off towards first base side after landing with strong leg drive. Very high player to follow.

James Notary, RHP, Broomfield, 2017 
FB Velocity: 86
Commitment: Texas Christian University
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. Bats and throws right. Notary was the most dominating pitcher at the event. Was voted best 2017 prospect at the event. Notary has good mechanics with a square, in-line over the top delivery that brings a 85-86 mph fastball to the plate. That was up from 82 mph last January.  Good led drive towards home that produces  good down angle and extension. Curveball was 12-6 shape with good tight spin at 71 mph. Change had some fade at 72. We did notice at times will slow down arm motion to throw both of those pitches. Projects to be a 90 mph thrower, and high prospect to watch.

Dalton Chandler, RHP/OF, Lamar 2018 
FB Velocity: 85
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. Bats and throws right. Chandler is a big projectable body with a lot of potential. Chandler comes at you with a fast, herky, jerkey motion. He can throw even harder if he gets more out of his lower half. Arm wraps back behind back, but is very loose and works well with body at a high 3/4 arm slot.  Chandler throws a heavy fastball that sat at 84-85 mph and a lot of movement into right handers. Falls off to first after delivery. Curveball had 11/5 shape sitting at 70-72 mph with good tilt. We love Chandler's upside and has the frame to develop a fastball that sits in the low 90's.

Jordan Medina, RHP/C, Highlands Ranch 2018 
FB Velocity: 85
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: A 6-foot-0, 180-pound, right-hand hitting three-way player who showed well in all aspects of the showcase.  Medina has a live arm that produced an 85 MPH arm velocity with accuracy and pop-times of 2.13-2.15.  On the mound he uses a tall motion with good drive to the plate.  He throws from a high ¾ arm slot and featured an 85 MPH fastball with a 63-64 MPH curve.  Location on all pitches needs to improve.  In the field he is fluid and ranges well, he gets rid of the ball quickly and shows good accuracy across the diamond.  At the plate he hits from an semi-open stance with a high leg kick that loads his weight on his back side.  Quick hands bring the bat through the zone for an 84 MPH exit velocity.  He shows good weight transfer and has excellent power to left field.


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