Colorado Underclass Invitational: Corners Analysis


John Cackowski
Director of Scouting

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The 5th Annual Underclass Invitational brought together a collection of some of the top talent in the 2021 & 2022 classes. Over 90 players participated in the event. With the spring season quickly approaching, the players were able to impress with the advancements made throughout the off-season.

 

Best of the Best: Corners

Devon Nowells 3B / RHP / Longmont High, CO / 2021

Uncommitted. 6-foot-3, 162 pounds. Bats and throws left. Athletic player (also plays basketball). At the plate uses a narrow stance with slight crouch. Slow leg kick stride that's down on time. Minimal load. Line drive hitter up the middle with level swing through zone. Good extension through hitting zone.  Consistent hard contact in live round. Produced a 83 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively was fluid with actions, good lateral movement and range to both sides. Arm velo was 77 across the diamond with accuracy. Ran a simulated 4.45 home to first. Arm is short on the backside, and quick towards the plate. Sometimes he feels he has to rush, and that could be corrected if balance point gets to 90 degrees, but still is on time towards the plate. Does not need a lot of effort to generate velo. Creates deception by landing slightly closed towards plate. Fastball lived 81-82 consistently with more there. Curveball is 70-71 mph with 12-6 shape, and changeup is thrown at same arm speed as fastball at 73-74. Another projectable 2021 pitcher who has a lot of room to add velocity with current body frame. 

 

 

Wyatt Hough 3B / RHP / Legend , CO / 2021

Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Hough hits from a balanced stance with a slight crouch. Load is short and down which creates an uphill swing through hitting zone, short to contact with hand and with good extension through the baseball. A lot of strength in swing, and power potential. During live hitting round showed ability to barrel every pitch with solid contact with pull side tendencies.. Registered a 90 mph Exit velo off the tee. Strong upper half and build. You can see the power potential moving forward. Showcased a strong arm from over the top arm slot with accuracy at 79 mph. Lateral movement to both sides was good with soft hands. Ran a simulated 4.15 home to first time hitting off a tee. 

 

 

Luke Byler 3B / RHP / Lutheran HS, CO / 2022

Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. Bats and throws right. Lanky, projectable frame. At the plate has a balanced stance. Load is soft back. Generates most power from upper body with pull side tendencies. Bat path is short to ball, level through the zone with high finish. Hard contact during live round. Produced a 85 mph exit velocity off the tee. In the field showcased good actions, quick lateral movement to both sides, soft hands and good glove to hand exchange with quick release from 3/4 arm slot. Arm velo across the diamond was 74 mph. Rand a simulated 4.45 home to first time off a tee. On the mound has some raw abilities which could project into an upper 80 fastball. Arm is over the top on mound, lands inline with good reach, and strong legs. Fastball lived 77-79 mph with a change that sat 72 mph at same arm speed. 

 

TJ Rheem 3B / 1B / Chaparral, CO / 2021

Uncommitted. 6-foot, 160 pounds. Bats and throws right. At the plate has a balanced stance with short stride. Loads down which creates uphill bat path. Good extension through the baseball with gap to gap approach. Hard contact during live round. Produced a 79 mph exit velocity off a tee, but in live round bat speed played faster. Has lower half strength. Showed above average range at 3rd with quick feet. Gets in good position and has good lateral movement to both sides. Over the top arm slot at 75 mph. Ran a simulated 4.45 home to first with dry swing. 

 

 

Max Morris 1B / 3B / Heritage, CO / 2021

Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. Bats and throws right. Large frame and big body. Strong player. At the plate has slight crouch. Loads straight back, leg kick down on time. Some raw power and strength in swing. Pull side tendencies. Solid contact during live round, and produced a 87 mph exit velocity off a tee. Good feet at first. Plays the position with confidence and moves well around the bag. Good glove to hand exchange with soft hands. Arm velo was 63 mph to 2B on turn. Has chance to develop into a real power hitter. Ran a 4.9 simulated home to first. 

 

 

Best of the Rest: Listed Alphabetically

Jake Burney 3B / RHP / Home Schooled, CO / 2022

Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 160 pounds. Bats and throws right. At the plate has a wide, open stance. Short stride, and slow load back. Strong lower half. Hands are short to contact, good extension through ball. Solid contact with pull side tendencies during live round. Exit velocity off tee was 80 mph. Projects to have power. Soft hands at 3B, and throws from high 3/4 arm slot. Good glove to hand exchange. Arm velocity across diamond was 70 mph. On the mound has wide base, short on back side, hides ball well. Over the top  arm slot. Lands inline, then falls to 1B side. Fastball lived 68-70 mph. Secondary pitches thrown at same arm speed as fastball. Curve was 11/5 shape at 56-58 mph. Change was 61-64 mph. 

 

 

Charles Coors 3B / 1B / Golden, CO / 2022

Uncommitted. 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. Bats and throws right. Big frame. At plate has wide stance with toe-tap stride. Short load back, swing path is down to ball with uphill finish. Pull side tendencies. Exit velocity of the tee was 72 mph. At 3B preps up well to ball, fields out in front. Comes from high 3/4 arm slot, and was 61 mph across diamond with accuracy. Ran a 5.35 simulated home to first. 

 

 

Dllon Hebel 3B / C / Dakota Ridge, CO / 2022

Uncommitted. 5-foot-6, 180 pounds. Bats and throws right. At the plate has a balanced stance with short stride. Power comes from upper half with bottom hand swing that is level through the zone. Pull side tendencies. Line drive hitter. Produced a 70 mph exit velocity off a tee. Behind the dish comes from an over the top arm slot that was 63 mph down to second. Pop-times were 2.31-2.40. 

 

Maxwell Randis 1B / RHP / Lewis-Palmer, CO / 2022

Uncommitted. 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. Bats and throws right. Medium framed body with room to fill out. At the plate has wide, balanced stance, knees inside feet, short stride. No load. Level swing through zone with bat speed generated from bottom hand. Has good extension through zone for potential gap to gap power. Produced a 82 mph exit velocity off a tee. At 1B field ball close to body. Arm slot is short on backside and comes from high 3/4 arm slot. Was 66 mph on turn two. Ran a 4.75 simulated home to first. On the mound has a simple delivery that does not exert much effort. Comes to good balance point, arm is straight back and then comes from high 3/4 arm slot. Separates on time and lands inline to the plate with good extension. Fastball lived 74-75 which is 3 mph faster since last September. Curve has 11/5 shape with gradual break thrown at 59-61 mph at similar arm speed as fastball. Change is faster then traditional speed at 69-71 mph. 

Lucas Scott 1B / 3B / Skyline, CO / 2021

Uncommitted. 6-foo-1, 185 pounds. Athletic build. At plate has wide stance, short stride. Loads down, and dives towards baseball at contact. Swing path is slightly uphill. Opposite field approach. Produced a 83 mph exit velocity off a tee. At 1B fields ball out in front with soft hands, and throws from low short arm slot. Arm velocity was 61 mph across diamond. Ran a 4.98 simulated home to first.