Missouri Valley Preview: Pitching Analysis

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By Brian Feekin
Prep Baseball Report Nebraska

The Missouri Valley Preview was an opportunity for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 prospects from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota to showcase themselves and see where they were at before the spring season begins. Prep Baseball Report's Missouri Valley Preview event took place on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Ultimate Baseball Academy in Omaha, NE.

There were breakout performances, opportunities to see new players, and gave PBR Nebraska the opportunity to create an extensive follow list of prospects to see over the course of the spring and summer. Many individuals, as well, placed themselves into the fray for our 2017 and 2018 state-wide player rankings which will be released in the future.

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pitching Prospects- Listed Alphabetically

Hayden Bahl, RHP, Papillion LaVista, 2019  
6-foot-6, 165-pound right-handed pitcher threw from a high 3/4 delivery. Leverages his length to put ball on downhill plane towards the plate. Showed the ability to repeat his mechanics and should be more fluid in delivery as he progresses physically. Has tendency to shorten arm on breaking ball but spun it well for a 2019 graduate. Breaking ball showed good spin with 11/5 tilt. Also showed fading sink on change up. Stayed down in the zone throughout. Has potential to develop into a top 2019 prospect.

Riley Beck, SS/RHP, Cedar Rapids Xavier, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound two-way player. Ran a 5.25 40-yard sprint. Showed an exit velocity of 80 mph off a tee. Simple easy load and stride, repeatable line drive swing. Long finish and follow through. Shows ability to make solid contact. Defensively, shows good feet and hands. Works down and up through the baseball towards target. 79 mph velocity across the infield. Throws from high 3/4 from the mound. Arm flashes quickness with easy effort. Slider showed good spin with late break. Also showed good feel for firm 73-75 mph change up with arm side run.

Caiden Hill, SS/RHP, Papillion LaVista, 2018
5-foot-9, 165-pound two way player ran a 5.34 40-yard sprint. Squared stance. Toe raise triggers stride. Had a tendency to not get weight shifted through contact. 76 mph exit velocity. Above average actions in field. Good tempo with hands and feet, above avg. carry and accuracy. 80 mph across the infield. Basic, repeatable mechanics on the mound. Shows online delivery with aggressive finish. Hand breaks cleanly from glove and flashed fastballs from 77-80 mph, topped out at 81 mph. Shows quality spin 10/4 breaking ball and feel for change-up.

Trey Kissack, RHP, Grand Island, 2016
6-foot, 186-pound right hand pitcher. Good balance and tempo in max effort delivery. Arm gets out of glove cleanly, short on the backside but finishes long and out front. Incorporates lower half well in mechanics creating drive and power. Stays closed. Fastball is downhill at 86-88 mph with solid command of zone. Tendency to slow arm on breaking ball. Good feel for 75-78 mph changeup. Committed to University of North Dakota.

Dan Leise, RHP, Elkhorn South, 2017
6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed pitcher that showed a short high 3/4 arm action with long follow through. Fastball sat between 75-77 mph on a downward plane. Leverages body through finish. Breaking ball tends to loop out of his hand early at times. When breaking ball came out of hand cleanly, good 11/7 break with late action. Show good arm action and heavy downward action on change up.

Billy Mount, RPH/1B, Vermillion (SD), 2017  
6-foot-1, 220-pound two-way player. Ran a 5.57 40-yard sprint. Physical build. Produces good bat speed- 82 mph exit velocity of tee. Long barrel through the zone with uphill swing plane. Showed good hands and ability to make routine plays easily. Feet work well and threw 76 mph across the infield. Showed athleticism on mound with repeatable mechanics. Short balance point with good direction to plate and lands closed. Arm action is clean and sat 83-84 mph, topping out at 85 mph. No change-up. Showed good feel and spin on both curveball and slider.

Garrett Olson, SS/RHP, Lincoln Southeast, 2018
5-foot-10, 155-pound two-way player that ran a 5.06 40-yard sprint. Consistently squared up balls during batting practice round. Quiet stance. Slight toe tap triggers stride. Slight uphill swing plane with long follow through. 76 mph exit velocity off the tee. Good feet in the field. Quick ball transfer with accuracy on throws. 76 mph velocity across the infield from low 3/4 arm slot. On the mound, simple quite mechanics. Throws from a short 3/4 arm slot with stiffness in body at finish. Small hop on backside adds some deception. Hands come out cleanly from glove. Showed the ability to throw strikes with changeup and breaking ball.

Dylan Phillips, LHP/1B/OF, Creighton Prep, 2018
5-foot-10, 180-pound two-way player ran a 5.22 40-yard sprint. Quiet body at the plate. Gap to gap approach with line drive swing plane. 78 mph exit velocity off a tee. Shows ability to make routine plays in both infield and outfield. Accuracy with throws with good carry. On the mound, loose athletic action. Stays compact and closed as hands break. Fastball is downhill with good arm side run. Consistent strike thrower with solid command. 11/5 breaking ball projects as above average. Solid fade on firm changeup with run and sink.

Jonathan Reyes, RHP, Papillion LaVista South, 2016
6-foot-1, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. Balanced delivery. Some front shoulder tilt when hands break. Front side stays closed. Short 1-piece arm action. Some funk and deception added to delivery producing 80-82 mph fastballs with slight run and sink. Curveball has tight spin and 11/5 shape with average break at 68-72 mph. Change up was 70-73 with slight fading action.  Committed to Southeast CC.

Tyler Schatz, SS/RHP, Elkhorn South, 2018  
5-foot-11, 150-pound two-way player ran a 5.25 40-yard sprint. Crouched stance. Short stride triggers swing. Short compact swing with long follow through. 74 mph exit velocity off a tee. Average feet in the infield. Has a tendency to funnel ball into his body. 76 mph across the infield. On the mound, throws from a low 3/4 arm slot. 76-77 mph fastball generates some sink. Has a tendency to fly open on his front side. Low feel for a loose spinning breaking ball at this point. Good feel for changeup that had similar sink to fastball.

Chase Stebbing, RHP, Wahoo, 2018
Long and lean 6-foot-3, 160-pound right-handed pitcher. His fastball was 74-76 mph with good extension to the plate. Cleaned repeatable mechanics and showed above average ability to throw strikes. Arm is loose and clean from ¾ slot. Flashes tight rotation at times with sweeping breaking ball at 67-70-mph. Good feel for change up. Interesting prospect to follow as he develops physically.

Mark Timmins, RHP, Omaha Central, 2017
6-foot-1, 180 pound right handed pitcher showed a projectable body and arm. Simple controlled delivery on mound. Stays connected with effortless 79-81 mph velocity. Long arm action creates downhill life showing late run for strikes. Fastball comes out of hand easy with little effort. Changeup is thrown near fastball arm speed with sink. Shows ability to throw 3 pitches for strikes. Breaking ball had tight spin with late breaking action along two planes.

Colin Weis, RHP/C, Omaha Gross, 2016
An athletic 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-way player. Ran a 5.03 40-yard sprint. Hands will drift down into swing causing uphill swing plane. Quality job of staying inside ball at contact. 78 mph exit velocity off a tee. Top catcher velocity at the event with 76 mph. Ok receiving actions. Chicken wings to release. Athletic when blocking. Smooth mechanics on the mound. Hand breaks cleanly into long 3/4 arm actions. Showed above average command of 79-80 mph fastball. Fastball topped out at 82 mph. Arm tends to slow down on curve ball. Showed good feel and ability to throw curveball and changeup for strikes.

Nate Whitehill, LHP/1B, Papillion LaVista, 2019  
Physical 6-foot-1, 185-pound two-way 2019 graduate that ran a 5.53 40-yard sprint. Tall stance with solid rhythm in swing. Stiff finish after contact. Flashes pop in bat to gaps when extended through contact. 76 mph exit velocity off tee. Above avg. glove at first base. Soft hands. Moves well around bag. Short arm action with accuracy to target. 75 mph arm strength. On the mound, clean arm action. Solid tempo in delivery. Has a tendency to leak early from balance point. Fastball has slight arm-side sink with flashes of life at 77-78 mph. Tends to slow arm on breaking ball. 10/4 shape with solid shape for strikes. Changeup has gradual run and fade to plate.

Connor Woods, LHP, Creighton Prep, 2019  
6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed pitcher. Showed the ability to throw strikes with his 77-78 mph fastball. Solid balance point. Slight hitch on backside of arm circle with long clean arm action. Lands slightly open in delivery. Did not have feel for breaking ball at this point. Changeup has heavy with split action. Definite follow as he enters high school and continues to mature.


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