IA Underclass Prospect Games: Middle Infield Analysis



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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

The Prep Baseball Report Iowa's Underclass Prospect Games took place on August 4th, 2015 at Duane Banks Field on the campus of the University of Iowa. The showcase featured prospects from the 2017 and 2018 class who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff, college coaches, and professional scouts.

Today we take a look at the middle infielders that were at the event. When we create this list we evaluate the overall package of abilities along with future projection at the college level.

The top middle infield prospect at this year's IA Underclass Prospect Games is

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Top middle infield Prospects

1. Oliver Martin, 2B, Iowa City West, 2017
6-foot-1, 195-pound right-handed hitting player. 6.56 runner. Pull approach. Upper echelon bat speed. Hit multiple balls out during B.P. Somewhat raw in actions at plate and defensively. Premium 3-sport athlete. With additional consistent reps; jumps towards the top of the 2017 class in ability. Receiving D1 interest in multiple sports. High ceiling athlete with great tools. 83 mph arm strength. 94 mph exit velocity. 4.1 home to first time from right-hand batters box.

2. Brayden Frazier, SS, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 2018
5-foot-9, 175-pound right-handed hitting infielder. Athletic set-up in box. Quiet head with repeatable swing. Line drive swing plane. Shows pop in bat with gap to gap approach. Flashes extension through baseball occasionally. 85 mph exit velocity. Shows solid feet and hands. Tends to funnel baseball into body. Short arm action. Occasional low slot creates tailing action on throws. Works around baseball well. Fast arm. 82 mph arm strength with average accuracy to bag.

High Follow (Listed Alphabetically)

Brady Bunten, 2B, Cedar Rapids Washington, 2018
5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 6.97 runner. Crouched stance. Front heel turn trigger. Balance in swing. Quiet head and hands. Solid contact with line drive plane. Middle of field approach. 85 mph exit velocity. Plays with energy. Lateral quickness. Ok hands. Accurate arm across with carry. 78 mph arm strength.

Trevor Burkhart, SS/RHP, Davenport West, 2018
5-foot-9, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 6.65 runner. Deep load. Uphill swing plane. Stuck on backside at contact. Uses whole field. 82 mph exit velocity off tee. Above average hands and feet. Long release. Athletic at position. Raw ability. Above average arm with accuracy to bag. 84 mph arm strength.

Patrick Canby, SS, Mount Pleasant, 2017
6-foot, 200-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 6.78 runner. Physical player. Strength in swing. Square stance with small leg kick trigger. Pulls off occasionally at contact. Mid-pull approach with flashes of power. 91 mph exit velocity. Third base actions and body. Soft glove. Fields better on the move. Short arm action. Average accuracy across. 78 mph arm strength.

Ben Fitzgerald, SS, Mason City Newman, 2017
5-foot-11, 155-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.31 runner. Tall athletic stance. Quick hands to baseball. Balanced. Solid hand-eye coordination with hard contact to mid-pull side of field. 84 mph exit velocity off tee. Fields out front with soft hands. Average feet at shortstop. Throws show carry and are very accurate across from short arm action. 76 mph arm strength across. Strong follow in 2017 class.

Jensen Gates, SS, Ankeny Centennial, 2018
5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 6.72 runner. Square stance with in-line stride. Slight shoulder load. Short to contact with line drive swing plane. Gap to gap approach and uses whole field. Average pop in bat. 79 mph exit velocity. Flashes athleticism in field. Solid actions. Will benefit from following throws across diamond and using feet more. Clean arm action with accuracy to bag. 80 mph arm strength.

Fischer Henderson, SS, Waukee, 2017
5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.00 runner. Progressively adding strength to swing. Solid pop to pull side of field. Consistent line-drives. Inconsistent timing with load at this event. Short finish through contact. 76 mph exit velocity off tee. Shows good hands and feet in field. Consistently shows ability to make routine play. Arm was accurate across infield with good carry. 78 mph arm strength.

Sam Olson, SS, Dowling Catholic, 2017
6-foot-1, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.53 runner at this event. Above avg. defender in middle of field. Fields out front with plus hands and good feet. Actions are solid. Short repeatable arm action and arm should continue to improve. Consistently on bag at 77 mph. Athletic set-up in box. Inconsistent timing with stride. Solid contact with gap to gap approach. Ability to drive ball to opposite side of field. 78 mph exit velocity off tee. Strong follow in 2017 class.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Tyler Beard, 2B, Albia, 2017
5-foot-8, 130-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.78 runner. Tall stance with in-line stride. Simple swing. Short to contact. Stiff lower half. Mid-pull approach. 69 mph exit velocity. Fields deep in stance and funnels ball into body. Low arm slot with tailing action on throws. Lacks quickness. 66 mph arm strength across.

Nathan Chasey, SS/RHP, Gilbert, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.4 runner. Square stance with in-line stride. Good balance. Level to uphill swing plane with lift. Quiet head. Consistent solid contact with line drives. Uses whole field. 75 mph exit velocity. Solid feet and hands. Average quickness. Funnels baseballs into body at times. Long arm action with accuracy across diamond. 76 mph arm strength.

Owen Durham, RHP/SS, Carlisle, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.12 runner. High hand set-up. Creates back spin on baseball. Mid-pull approach with solid contact. 78 mph exit velocity. Above average hands and feet. Shows lateral quickness and range. Quick release. Above average accuracy across diamond at 70 mph.

Noah Gyldenvand, 2B, Dowling Catholic, 2017
5-foot-8, 148-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.18 runner. Athletic set-up with balance. Deep load with arm bar creating length to contact. Mid-pull approach. Some stiffness in lower half. Solid contact. 83 mph exit velocity. Sure hands. Avg.-ok feet. Shows feel for position. Clean short arm action with avg. strength and above avg. accuracy to bag. 78 mph arm strength.

Brayden Hoops, SS, Storm Lake, 2018
6-foot, 175-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.16 runner. Pre-set hands. No load. Stuck on backside at contact. Short to contact. Solid contact to mid-pull side of field. 71 mph exit velocity. Quick feet with range to both sides. Glove is usable. Average actions in field. Flashes athleticism. Accurate arm across at 72 mph.

Trey Jacobson, SS/RHP, Estherville, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.03 runner. Square stance with long stride. Drops hands heavily before swing. Lunge to contact. Middle of field approach. 76 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete in field. Raw fielding mechanics. Glove is solid. Arm plays well with quick release and above avg. accuracy 75 mph arm strength.

Mitchell Lawson, SS, Davenport Central, 2017
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.31 runner. Athletic set-up. Solid hitting mechanics. Barrel leaves hitting zone early. Line drive swing plane with gap to gap approach. 75 mph exit velocity. Average glove and feet. Ability to make routine. Stiff arm action. Solid accuracy. 70 mph arm strength.

Cade Lisk, RHP/SS, Fairfield, 2018
5-foot-11, 155-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.38 runner. Closed wide base. Pull approach with solid pop to pull side. Barrel is out and around at contact. 77 mph exit velocity. Ok feet with usable glove. Average action defensively. ¾ arm slot with tail on throws. 74 mph arm strength across.

Cavin Malloy, SS, Williamsburg, 2018
5-foot-9, 155-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.81 runner. Square stance with short stride. Short to contact. Out and over front leg at contact. Line drive swing plane. Underneath at contact. 72 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid glove. Fields deep in stance. Average actions in field. Accurate arm across at 69 mph.

Noah McCreary, 2B/RHP, Davenport West, 2018
5-foot-10, 150-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.56 runner. Open stance to start. Strides across occasionally locking off lower half. Shows solid contact to pull side of field. 83 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid quickness in field with avg./ok feet. Glove is solid as well. Stop and go fielding mechanics at times. Avg. carry across the diamond with above avg. accuracy to bag at 77 mph.

Zach Parson, SS, Northeast Goose Lake, 2017
5-foot-8, 140-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.25 runner. Tall square stance in box. Front heel turn trigger. Stays on ball well through contact. Gap to gap approach with consistent solid contact. 74 mph exit velocity off tee. Plays low to ground with clean exchanges and quick release. Glove and feet are solid. Throws occasionally have sinking action to target at 71 mph.

Parker Ridge, SS, Marion, 2017
5-foot-10, 140-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 8.03 runner. Tall athletic set-up with loose hands. Load is deep creating length to contact. Quiet head and makes consistent solid contact. Uses whole field. 74 mph exit velocity off tee. Shows above avg. feet and hands in field. Good actions. Above avg. accuracy to bag. Solid body control plays. 71 mph arm strength.

Caleb Sass, SS, Iowa City, 2017
5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.34 runner. Athletic set-up. Good bat speed. Slight loop to contact causing contact underneath baseball. Gap to gap approach. 83 mph exit velocity off tee. Shows average feet with above avg. glove to left. Solid actions with body control. Short arm action. Throws are online with carry. Accurate to bag at 75 mph.

Dillon Sears, SS, Harlan, 2017
5-foot-10, 160-pound left-handed hitting shortstop. 7.13 runner. Uphill set-up. Lift in swing. Pull approach. Solid pull contact. 73 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid infielder. Above avg. range to left and right. Able to show athleticism on the run. Solid feet and hands. Throws have avg. carry with above avg. accuracy to bag. 77 mph arm strength.

TJ Stephenson, 2B/RHP, Saydel, 2018
5-foot-9, 145-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.12 runner. Active load. Arm bar. Length to contact. Middle of field approach. Line drive swing plane. 79 mph exit velocity off tee. Fields low to ground and out front with soft hands. Average feet and actions. Solid accuracy to bag from ¾ slot at 75 mph.

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