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FL Preseason All-State: Black Team Analysis


PBR Florida
PBR Florida Staff

The 2021 FL Preseason All-State was held Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, FL. The event featured players from the 2021-2025 classes participating in a pro-style workout and two lives games in front of the PBR Florida Scouting Staff.

Players were broken down into two separate sessions with an Underclass (2023-2025) and Upperclass (2021-2022) session. If you missed the stats from Preseason All-State, they can be found in our Stats Story. We also broke down standouts with quick notes from the event in our Quick Hits article as well as the 6 players who will be invited to the 2021 PBR Future Games.

This week we will start breaking down each team from the FL Preseason All-State with complete scouting reports on each player's tools. Thursday, we broke down the Red Team with complete scouting reports, and continued with the Grey Team and White Team. Today, we wrap up our player evaluations from the FL Preseason All-State with the Black Team.

Black Team Analysis

Jake Bechtel OF / RHP / East Lake, FL / 2023

Position: OF/RHP

Body: 6-foot-4, 195-pound projectable frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a tall stance with a small load, then uses a short stride. Average bat speed. High finish, rotational swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 94 mph exit velocity, average 80.98 mph. 66.76 mph bat speed average. 19.81 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (OF) Consistent hands, athletic footwork, lengthy exchange. Smooth.  Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were average.

Arm: 86 mph outfield velocity. Long arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Pitching: Projectable. Tall-and-fall delivery, high effort. Over-the-top arm angle, quick arm speed, quick arm action. Athletic balance point, in line shoulders, lands open, an athletic finish.

FB: T83. 80-82 mph. (Max spin 2413;  Avg 2214). Up in the zone accuracy, cutting action, tight movement.

CB: 70-73 mph. Low in the zone control, tight action, sharp movement.

McCall Biemiller LHP / OF / Jesuit, FL / 2024

Position: LHP/OF

Body: 6-foot-2, 157-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (Switch) Starts in a tall stance with a quick controlled load, then uses a toe tap. Above average bat speed. High finish, simple swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 91 mph exit velocity, average 70.35 mph. 68.13 mph bat speed average. 21.46 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (OF) Sure hands, athletic footwork, clean exchange. Above average.  Fields the ball to the side, movements laterally were athletic.

Arm: 84 mph outfield velocity. Quick arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.17 (60-yard).

Pitching: Projectable. Drop-and-drive delivery, easy effort. ¾ arm angle, quick arm speed, loose arm action. Athletic balance point, even shoulders, lands closed, a falling off finish.

FB: T81. 77-80 mph. (Max spin 2069;  Avg 1849). In the zone accuracy, running action, tight movement.

CB: 68-69 mph. Consistent command, tight action, sharp movement.

Bradley Bloxsom 1B / OF / Bishop McLaughlin Catholic, FL / 2023

Position: 1B/OF

Body: 6-foot-1, 185-pound solid frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a crouched stance with a quick load, then uses a short stride. Above average bat speed. Good extension on his finish, simple swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 95 mph exit velocity, average 86.26 mph. 67.44 mph bat speed average. 20.54 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Raw hands, choppy footwork, lengthy exchange. Capable. (OF) Raw hands, choppy footwork, lengthy exchange. Raw.  Laterally, movements were average and fielded the ball deep.

Arm: 78 mph infield velocity. 77 mph outfield velocity. Long arm action, high ¾ slot, some accuracy.

Speed: 7.57 (60-yard).

Ryland Bozenhard C / 3B / Dixie Hollins , FL / 2023

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-10, 190-pound solid frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in an athletic stance with a quick load, then used a short stride. Average bat speed. High finish, flat swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 90 mph exit velocity, average 74.81 mph. 60.69 mph bat speed average. 17.89 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.25-2.31 pop times. Sure hands, average footwork, clean lengthy exchange. Projectable. Some flexibility and clean setup.  Laterally, his movements were athletic.

Arm: 72 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.80 (60-yard).

Pitching: Capable. Tall-and-fall delivery, easy effort. ¾ arm angle, good arm speed, long arm action. Athletic balance point, even shoulders, lands open, an athletic finish.

FB: T81. 77-80 mph. (Max spin 2068;  Avg 1958). Consistent accuracy, running action, tight movement.

CB: 69-72 mph. Low in the zone control, tight action, sharp movement.

CH: 70-73 mph. Arm side control, fading action, straight movement.

Connor Bruseski 3B / SS / East Lake , FL / 2023

Position: 3B/SS

Body: 6-foot-1, 175-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Began in a tall stance with a controlled load, then used a short stride. Average bat speed. High finish, upward swing. Line drive approach.

Power: 91 mph exit velocity, average 79.54 mph. 67.61 mph bat speed average. 20.52 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Soft consistent hands, smooth footwork, packing exchange. Solid. (OF) Sure hands, smooth footwork, lengthy exchange. Capable.  Fielded the ball deep with athletic movement laterally.

Arm: 81 mph infield velocity. 84 mph outfield velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 6.94 (60-yard).

Pitching: Athletic. Tall-and-fall delivery, easy effort. Over-the-top arm angle, good arm speed, long arm action. Consistent balance point, falling off shoulders, lands open, a falling off finish.

FB: T81. 78-80 mph. (Max spin 2451;  Avg 2288). Consistent accuracy, running action, sharp movement.

CB: 69-71 mph. Low in the zone control, late action, sharp movement.

CH: 73-74 mph. Consistent control, fading action, straight movement.

Cooper Consiglio LHP / 1B / East Lake, FL / 2023

Position: LHP/1B

Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pound lean frame.

Hit: (LHH) Begins in a balanced stance with a controlled load, then uses a short stride. Average bat speed. High finish, level swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 93 mph exit velocity, average 79.12 mph. 62.15 mph bat speed average. 19.98 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Sure hands, athletic footwork, clean exchange. Solid. (OF) Sure hands, athletic footwork, quick exchange. Athletic.  Fielded the ball out front with athletic movement laterally.

Arm: 85 mph infield velocity. 88 mph outfield velocity. Quick arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.60 (60-yard).

Pitching: Projectable. Drop-and-drive delivery, easy effort. ¾ arm angle, lightning arm speed, loose arm action. Athletic balance point, even shoulders, lands square, an athletic finish.

FB: T84. 82-83 mph. (Max spin 2263;  Avg 2152). Very consistent accuracy, running action, tight movement.

CB: 68-69 mph. Low in the zone command, tight action, sharp movement.

CH: 77-78 mph. Arm side command, fading action, tight movement.

Ty Grover 3B / 1B / Springstead , FL / 2023

Position: 3B/RHP

Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pound sturdy frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a balanced wide stance with a choppy load, then uses a leg kick. Some bat speed. Level finish, long swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 92 mph exit velocity, average 84.41 mph. 70.54 mph bat speed average. 21.54 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Sure hands, choppy footwork, packing exchange. Confident.  Fielded the ball deep with developing movement laterally.

Arm: 77 mph infield velocity. Long arm action, high ¾ slot, decent accuracy.

Speed: 8.00 (60-yard).

James Hankerson 1B / OF / Berkeley Prep, FL / 2023

Position: 1B/OF

Body: 6-foot-3, 240-pound physical frame.

Hit: (Switch) Began in a tall athletic stance with a smooth load, then used a controlled stride. Explosive bat speed. High finish, simple short swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 102 mph exit velocity, average 90.99 mph. 73.30 mph bat speed average. 20.75 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Sure hands, average footwork, clean natural exchange. Raw.  Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were developing.

Arm: 68 mph infield velocity. Quick arm action, ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.80 (60-yard).

Trevor Harrison RHP / C / East Lake, FL / 2023

Position: RHP/C

Body: 6-foot-3, 195-pound solid frame.

Pitching: Capable. Drop-and-drive delivery, decent effort. ¾ arm angle, good arm speed, long arm action. Consistent balance point, even shoulders, lands open, a falling off finish.

FB: T83. 78-81 mph. (Max spin 2197;  Avg 2049). Arm side accuracy, running action, sharp movement.

CB: 63-65 mph. Low in the zone control, late action, tight movement.

Noah Hayse C / 2B / Buchholz, FL / 2024

Position: C/2B

Body: 5-foot-10, 175-pound proportional frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a balanced athletic stance with a controlled slow load, then uses a short stride. Above average bat speed. Good extension on his finish, short level swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 94 mph exit velocity, average 80.64 mph. 63.60 mph bat speed average. 21.09 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.06-2.12 pop times. Next level hands, athletic quick footwork, clean fluid exchange. Above average. Average flexibility and calm setup.  Movements laterally were twitchy.

Arm: 74 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.69 (60-yard).

Branson Mann OF / 2B / Columbia, FL / 2024

Position: OF/2B

Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pound lean frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a balanced athletic stance with a compact load, then uses a controlled stride. Efficient bat speed. Good extension on his finish, level swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 88 mph exit velocity, average 79.34 mph. 57.92 mph bat speed average. 18.39 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (OF) Consistent hands, rhythmic footwork, quick clean exchange. Projectable.  Fielded the ball to the side with developing movement laterally.

Arm: 74 mph outfield velocity. Loose arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.14 (60-yard).

Jackson McKenzie 1B / LHP / Pace, FL / 2023

Position: 1B/LHP

Body: 6-foot-3, 205-pound physical frame.

Hit: (LHH) Started in a balanced wide stance with a compact load, then used a short stride. Explosive bat speed. Good extension on his finish, short level swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 96 mph exit velocity, average 78.07 mph. 74.63 mph bat speed average. 23.07 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Twitchy sure hands, athletic rhythmic footwork, clean exchange. Advanced.  Laterally, movements were twitchy and fielded the ball out front.

Arm: 88 mph infield velocity. Very quick arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.22 (60-yard).

Pitching: Projectable. Drop-and-drive delivery, decent effort. Over-the-top arm angle, quick arm speed, short arm action. Athletic balance point, even shoulders, lands square, an upright finish.

FB: T87. 84-86 mph. (Max spin 2303;  Avg 2122). Very consistent accuracy, running action, heavy movement.

CB: 70-72 mph. In the zone control, tight action, sharp movement.

CH: 75-78 mph. Consistent command, fading action, tight movement.

Zach Merriman OF / SS / Sunlake , FL / 2024

Position: OF/SS

Body: 5-foot-11, 150-pound lean frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in an open stance with a tight load, then uses a small leg kick. Some bat speed. High finish, upward swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 87 mph exit velocity, average 76.44 mph. 60.69 mph bat speed average. 20.35 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Consistent hands, rhythmic footwork, quick exchange. Athletic. (OF) Sure hands, smooth footwork, natural exchange. Athletic.  Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were twitchy.

Arm: 81 mph infield velocity. 83 mph outfield velocity. Compact arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 6.58 (60-yard).

Pitching: Capable. Drop-and-drive delivery, some effort. ¾ arm angle, quick arm speed, short arm action. Athletic balance point, falling off shoulders, lands open, an upright finish.

FB: T80. 75-78 mph. (Max spin 1823;  Avg 1732). Sporadic accuracy, running action, heavy movement.

Robert Nedry SS / 2B / Westminster Academy, FL / 2023

Position: SS/2B

Body: 6-foot-1, 165-pound lean frame.

Hit: (LHH) Begins in a tall stance with a small load, then uses a toe tap. Above average bat speed. Good extension on his finish, level swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 91 mph exit velocity, average 83.76 mph. 67.31 mph bat speed average. 22.74 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Sure hands, choppy rhythmic footwork, packing fluid exchange. Solid.  Laterally, movements were twitchy and fielded the ball out front.

Arm: 78 mph infield velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.30 (60-yard).

Zane Pestalozzi OF / 1B / Jesuit, FL / 2024

Position: OF/1B

Body: 6-foot, 160-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in a balanced stance with a small load, then used a short stride. Efficient bat speed. Good extension on his finish, level swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 95 mph exit velocity, average 79.13 mph. 65.05 mph bat speed average. 20.77 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (OF) Smooth footwork, clean natural exchange. Solid.

Arm: 77 mph outfield velocity. Short arm action, low ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 6.95 (60-yard).

Braden Rapp C / 3B / Vero Beach, FL / 2023

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-10, 180-pound solid frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a tall stance with a small load, then uses a small leg kick. Average bat speed. High finish, level swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 91 mph exit velocity, average 77.08 mph. 61.90 mph bat speed average. 22.91 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.18-2.30 pop times. Consistent hands, athletic footwork, developing exchange. Fluid. Staggered setup with some flexibility.  Laterally, his movements were average.

Arm: 74 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.77 (60-yard).

Drew Reaves SS / 3B / J.M. Tate, FL / 2023

Position: SS/3B

Body: 6-foot-1, 185-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Began in an athletic stance with a quick load, then used a toe tap. Above average bat speed. High finish, rotational swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 96 mph exit velocity, average 83.95 mph. 66.06 mph bat speed average. 23.27 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Soft hands, athletic smooth footwork, quick natural exchange. Projectable.  Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were athletic.

Arm: 81 mph infield velocity. Quick arm action, ¾ slot, decent accuracy.

Speed: 7.25 (60-yard).

Preston Shemansky SS / RHP / First Baptist Academy of Naples , FL / 2023

Position: SS/RHP

Body: 6-foot, 165-pound lean frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a tall stance with a smooth load, then uses a toe tap. Average bat speed. Level finish, flat swing. Base hit approach.

Power: 90 mph exit velocity, average 63.95 mph. 61.31 mph bat speed average. 18.54 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Soft hands, smooth footwork, quick exchange. Capable. (OF) Soft hands, athletic footwork, quick exchange. Smooth.  Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were average.

Arm: 81 mph infield velocity. 85 mph outfield velocity. Quick arm action, ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.45 (60-yard).

Zane Starling SS / RHP / Santa Fe, FL / 2023

Position: SS/RHP

Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Began in an open stance with a controlled load, then used a small leg kick. Average bat speed. High finish, uphill swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 84 mph exit velocity, average 79.39 mph. 58.89 mph bat speed average. 19.48 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Soft hands, smooth footwork, clean exchange. Athletic.  Fields the ball deep, movements laterally were average.

Arm: 81 mph infield velocity. Quick arm action, low ¾ slot, decent accuracy.

Speed: 7.69 (60-yard).

Pitching: Projectable. Drop-and-drive delivery, decent effort. ¾ arm angle, quick arm speed, long arm action. Athletic balance point, even shoulders, lands square, an athletic finish.

FB: T81. 77-80 mph. (Max spin 2266;  Avg 2142). Consistent accuracy, running action, heavy movement.

CH: 70-74 mph. Arm side command, tailing action, sharp movement.

SL: 64-68 mph. Consistent control, swing and miss action, sharp movement.

Adonys Velez SS / 2B / Home School , FL / 2024

Position: SS/2B

Body: 6-foot, 155-pound projectable frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in an athletic stance with a controlled load, then uses a small leg kick. Average bat speed. Good extension on his finish, level swing. Line drive approach.

Power: 81 mph exit velocity, average 64.98 mph. 57.86 mph bat speed average. 17.21 mph hand speed average.

Defense:  (IF) Soft hands, smooth athletic footwork, clean exchange. Above average.  Fielded the ball out front with quick movement laterally.

Arm: 80 mph infield velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.09 (60-yard).



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