Preseason All-State: Pitcher Analysis


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director



PBR Georgia hosted its second annual Preseason All-State event at LakePoint Sports this Saturday, January 9th. The event brought together just over 30 of the top prospects in the state's class of 2021 and 2022. Despite frigid temps, with the real feel temperature hovering around 28-30 degree, prospects competed in a pro-style workout.

We began the event analysis with our initial thoughts and a statistical analysis. Today, we will dive into the pitcher reports.

This group is led by the powerful Georgia commit RHP DJ Radtke (Blessed Trinity, 2021). Radtke has a strong, projectable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and the stuff to go along with it. Despite the temperatures, he sat 87-90 with a heavy fastball and a power sinker. Ratke’s out-pitch is a swing and miss slider that has sharp action and late dive.

Coming in behind Radtke is Georgia State commit RHP Jeremiah Newman (Mays, 2021). Newman zipped his fastball in up to 89 mph, showing some riding life. He showed good feel for a four pitch arsenal, including a tight cutter and a swing and miss breaking ball. Uncommitted RHP Nathan Dvorsky (Lambert, 2022) rounds out the top-3. Dvorsky has quickly been on the rise over the recent months and continues to trend upwards with his near 2500 rpm curveball and 90 mph fastball.

Keep reading to see who else made the top-5, plus reports on the rest of the arms in attendance listed in alphabetical order.

Top Pitcher Prospects

DJ Radtke, Blessed Trinity (GA), 2021 Georgia
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-4, 200-pounds. Strong, projectable frame, athletic build.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, gets into lower half well and rides down the mound with force, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works clean on the back-side with quick, whippy arm action out to a high 3/4 slot, repeats well.
FB: T90, 87-90 mph. Fastballs jump out of hand, heavy four seam and a power sinker. Four seam plays mostly straight, sinker has life low in the zone.
SL: 77-78 mph. Sharp downer action, swing and miss pitch, dives out of zone.
CH: 80-81 mph. Sinking action when low in the zone, fade when thrown armside.

Jeremiah Newman, Mays (GA), 2021 Georgia State
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds. Medium sized frame, strong lower half, athletic.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, clean actions, some explosiveness in hips, works on-line, lands square, finishes square to home.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works short and clean on the back-side, methodical, accelerates with quick arm speed and looseness to a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T89, 86-88 mph. Mostly straight, some armside run, good feel out of the stretch, used to both sides of the plate.
CB: 73-79 mph. 11/5 shape, depth, flashed sharp action out of stretch, located glove-side.
CH: 76-81 mph. Fade action, located armside with.
CUT: 84-87 mph. Short, lateral movement.

Nathan Dvorsky, Lambert  (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Strong, durable frame, projectable build.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, high balance point, accelerates delivery on hand break, works on-line, lands toe-closed, finishes walking down the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works long and loose, reaching back, accelerates with whippy arm speed to an over-the-top slot.
FB: T88, 85-87 mph. Mostly straight, located up in the zone.
CB: 71-75 mph. 12/6 shape, depth, flashed sharp action when he got on top and out front, potential swing and miss pitch.
CH: 76-80 mph. Mostly straight, maintains arm slot and speed, creates deception.

Kameron Douglas, Woodstock (GA), 2022 Georgia State
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-3, 185-pounds. Long, projectable frame, athletic build.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, gets onto his back-side well at balance point, works on-line, lands square, finishes square, easy effort, repeatable.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works continuous in a full arm swing on the back-side, accelerates quickly out front to a 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 81-83 mph. Running action, located to both sides of the plate, more in the tank.
CB: 64-67 mph. 11/5 shape, some sharpness to, still developing feel.
CH: 72-76 mph. Fade and sink action, pulls the string on, located low and in to right-handers effectively.

Tristan Nguyen, Johnson (GA), 2022 Georgia State
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 230-pounds. Strong, sturdy frame.
Delivery: Sets up on the third base side of the rubber, drop and drive delivery, rides lower half down mound, works on-line, lands square and twists open on follow through, finishes crossing over.
Arm Action: LH. Arm works long and clean on the back-side to a high 3/4 slot, has shortened up and eliminated pie action since we last saw him.
FB: T83, 79-82 mph. Mostly straight, good tilt at-times.
CB: 68-75 mph. 12/6 shape, depth, good feel, effective low in the zone, potential swing and miss pitch.
CH: 72-77 mph. Fade and sink, located armside, good feel.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Alex Bestermann, Peachtree Ridge (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. Proportional build, lean strength throughout.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, methodical, works on-line, lands open, back leg drags through finish, crossing over.
Arm Action: RH. Arm action works long with a slight stab on the back-side, over-the-top slot.
FB: T77, 74-76 mph. Mostly straight.
CB: 56-61 mph. 12/6 shape, gradual, big break, located low in the zone, can get backed up at-times.
CH: 68-71 mph. Sinking action.

Zach Lear, River Ridge (GA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Lean, lanky frame, plenty of room to fill out.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, stays on back-side, works on-line, lands square, finishes square to home.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works short and quick to a 3/4 slot, loose arm action.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Mostly straight, some armside run.
SL: 69-73 mph. 11/5 shape, depth, good feel for, flashed swing and miss.
CH: 74-77 mph. Sinking action, located low and in to RHH. 

Parker Mirick, Brookwood School (GA), 2021 Andrew JC
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds. Proportional build, room to add.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery, works on-line at-times front-side leaks out, lands toe-closed, finishes square to home.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works long and quick on the back-side, loose, whippy arm action, low 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 83-84 mph. Hard running action, lively.
CB: 69-72 mph. 10/4 shape, slurve-like, sharp action, swing and miss pitch, 2500+ rpm.
CH: 72-75 mph. Fade and sink, good feel, maintains slot and arm speed. 

Anthonie Rodriguez, Marietta (GA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Lean, lanky frame, room to fill out.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery, lots of moving parts create deception, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over.
Arm Action: RH. Short, circular arm action, quick arm speed, some looseness, works out of a 3/4 slot, cross-body action.
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. Mostly straight, flashed armside run.
SL: 68-71 mph. 11/5 shape, depth,
CH: 73-77 mph. Sinking action, effective low in the zone. 


Ryan Taylor, River Ridge (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery, gets to high balance point quickly, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over and with recoil.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works clean and continuous on the back-side, some looseness, accelerates through a 3/4 slot, repeats.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. Armside run, controlled zone with, used to both sides, good feel.
SL: 67-71 mph. 10/4 shape, tight sweep.
CH: 73-77 mph. Fade action, late movement.

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