Denver Metro Prospect ID: Pitcher Analysis

By Jeff Markle
Assistant State Director

The Prep Baseball Report’s Denver Metro Prospect ID took place Tuesday June 23rd at Grandview High School. 25 prospects completed a pro-style workout for the PBR Colorado's Scouting Staff, several of whom are new to the staff.

Over the course of this week we will break down the performances of the prospects by position.  We conclude our look at this event with the pitching positions.

Pitcher Analysis:

Nick Morris, 2016, Grandview High School, RHP
The 6-foot-6, 180-pound prospect continues to impress each time we see him.  Morris throws from a high ¾ arm slot and showed good late run on his fastball.  His fastball was 86 mph with good command of both sides of the plate.  He showcased a 70-71 mph curve with sharp 12/6 break and a 72-73 mph change with late sink.  His height allows him to create good down angle to the plate and he lands in-line for his delivery.  His delivery is smooth and consistent on all pitches.  Each event he shows growth from the previous time we saw him. Morris ran a 7.6 60-yard dash.

Ben Buell, 2019, Grandview High School, RHP/2B
The 5-foot-8, 140-pound freshmen turned a few heads at this event with his 78 mph fastball.  He works down in the zone and has good command of all three pitches.  Time and growth will help him continue to develop his arm.  His curve sat at 57-58 mph with goo 11/5 break late in the zone.  He rounds out his pitches with a 66 mph change that showed some sink.  At the plate he stands upright with a soft load.  Good weight transfer at contact produced a 73 mph exit velocity.  In the field he shows good feet and soft hands, he gets the ball into the throwing window quickly and has a 74 mph arm velocity.  He ran an 8.22 60-yard dash.

Andres Garcia, 2016, Roosevelt High School, LHP/OF
Garcia is a 5-foot-10, 135-pound senior who ran a 7.22 60-yard dash, the 4th best time at this event.  At the plate he hits from a balanced stance with a soft load for timing.  He shows good leg drive through the ball and turns well on the inside pitch.  He showcased a 72 mph exit velocity.  On the mound the lefty drops down to the side and throws a 75 mph fastball with great run into left handed hitters.  He uses a 62-64 mph change and a 66-67 mph slider to round out his pitches.  He showed good command of both sides of the plate and look descriptively quick from the side arm angle.

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