Prep Baseball Report

Class of 2016 Top RHP Fastball Velocity

By Jeff Markle
Assistant 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 the 2017 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. Here are the top RHP fastball velocities for the 2016 class.

Paul Tillotson, RHP/OF, Lewis Palmer
FB Velocity: 91MPH
Commitment: Nebraska
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 200-pound, right-handed pitcher had the top FB velocity of 91 MPH at the Preseason All-State event.Displays a smooth tall and fall motion with level shoulders and square athletic landing throwing off two feet and repeats delivery time after time. Arm is long and loose, lightning quick from an over the top slot. Easy effort produced fastball from 88-91 MPH with hard run late in the zone.Command was excellent in the bottom half of the zone. A 68-72 MPH curve showed 11/5 action and sharp late movement down in the zone. Split Change was 74-75 MPH with good sink down in the zone.

Jake Greenwalt, RHP/SS, Windsor
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Colorado Mesa
Scouting Report: 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. Bats and throws right. Lanky build and very projectable. One of the best arms at the tryout. Starts slightly closed in stance and throws from a 3/4 arm slot from an uphill delivery. Lands square to plate, throws off two-feet, and falls off towards first base. Hides ball well, tough to pick up. Fastball was 87-88 mph with one 90. Curveball has good tight spin with late 11/5 tilt at 67 mph. Change up has some sink at 74 mph. Both pitches same arm speed as fastball. At the plate loads back and is short to the ball with uphill swing through zone. Some pull tendencies. Uses leg kick and short stride. Exit velo was 84 mph off the tee. At SS throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Shows good action, closes down and gains ground on throws to first base. Threw 79 mph to first. Ran a 7.21 60 time.

Preston Snavley, RHP/1B, Fort Collins
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Wichita State
Scouting Report: 6-foot-5, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher. Snavely is more impressive each time we see him. A Very projectable right-handed pitcher for the class of 2016. Smooth easy effort delivery keeps him square to the plate with a long and loose arm. Delivered pitches from both an over the top slot as well as a high slot. Fastball was 87-88 with one at 90. Snavely's ball has run and good down angle. A 70-72 MPH curve had 12/6 rotation with gradual break. Curveball was thrown consistently for strikes. Changeup was thrown at 76-78 MPH change, and was thrown more at same arm speed as fastball since the last time we saw him. Snavely is very projectable, and looks effortless when he throws.

Nate Sweeney, RHP/SS, Cherry Creek
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Arizona
Scouting Report: 6-foot-3, 180-pound, right-handed pitcher with a very live arm. Delivery is square and smooth with strong effort to the plate throwing off two feet. Did fall off to the 1B side a couple of times. Arm is long and loose and lightning quick. Throws from an over the top arm slot and produced an 87-90 MPH fastball with late run. Pitch could be located in/out and up/down. Curve ball was 68-71 MPH and showed tight rotation with late 11/5 break. Change needs better location was 78-79 MPH and left up in the zone. A 70-71 MPH slider with good late break to a right hand hitter rounds out his pitches. At his size shows a ton of projectability.

Jake Eissler, RHP/3B, ThunderRidge
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Texas Christian
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. Strong, solid prospect that registered a 7.21 60 time. At the plate, the right-handed hitter produces solid contact. He uses a smooth load, short stride, and explosive lower half. 90 MPH exit velocity, top 3 at the tryout. Shows good pull power and good control to the opposite field gap. Not much movement in swing. Lets hands do the work. Did not pitch at the tryout. From third moves towards ball well, fields out in front. Had highest position velocity at the tryout at 93 mph which could be one of the top corner velos in the country.

Bailey Hansen, RHP/OF, Air Academy
FB Velocity: 88 MPH
Commitment: Pacific
Scouting Report: 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, was the top pitcher at this year’s USG. He impressed with an 88 MPH fastball and good command of the zone. Throwing from a motion with good balance and drive to the plate, his tall body allows him to deliver a pitcher that gets on you in a hurry. He has an over the top motion and good arm speed on all pitches. His curve was 67-69 with 11/5 break and most of the time it started in the middle of the plate and worked off the outside corner. He added a 76 MPH change that had good down movement.

Dalton Lind, RHP, Eaton
FB Velocity: 88 MPH
Commitment: Iowa Western CC
Scouting Report: 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. Lind was nasty at the tryout. A right-handed pitcher, displayed a smooth delivery with level shoulders lands in line off two feet, then falls off to first. Arm was loose from a high slot with quick actions. Fastball seemed to be on you in the zone consistently at 87 to 88 mph. Up from 83-85 from last time we saw him in early March. Could get event more extension. Has room to add more weight. Projects as a lower 90's kid. Knuckle Curve was an eliminating pitch at 74-76 with 10/4 late break. Lind’s third pitch was a slider at 76-77 MPH.

Austin Wood, RHP/3B, Silver Creek
FB Velocity: 88 MPH
Commitment: Furman
Scouting Report: 6-foot-5, 200-pound, right-handed pitcher, displayed smooth motion, shoulders are slightly uphill then comes through with good arm whip. Athletic landing throwing off two feet and good extension towards the plate. Arm action is long and loose with quick action through delivery. An over the top slot produced an 86-88 MPH fastball that struggled to find the zone at times. Wood’s two other pitches, a 67-70 MPH curve with 12/6 gradual break and a 75-78 MPH change thrown with near FB arm speed found the bottom half of the strike zone routinely. Wood has some rawness, and still is adjusting coming out of football. Will be throwing in low 90's by summer time. Highly projectable with size and athletic frame.


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