Underclass Games: Team Gold Analysis



By Chris Fuller
Kentucky Scouting Director

The PBR Kentucky Underclass Games was held at Madison Central HS and Eastern Kentucky University on August 24 and 25.  The talent on Team Gold did not disappoint as several players showed well.

A few performances to note:

Brandon Calia (2015 RHP, Lafayette HS), showed a fastball that touched 83 mph, but what was more impressive was his confidence in his secondary stuff that included a 66-70 mph curveball and one of the best changeups of the day which he would throw on any count.

Aaron McGeorge (2015 RHP/SS, Henry Clay HS) impressed on the mound with a fastball that topped at 81 mph (have seen up to 83 at previous event).  McGeorge throws from a 3/4 slot that produces significant run on his fastball and compliments that with solid secondary pitches.  He also shows good infield actions and arm strength.

Jacob Lewis (2015 C, South Warren HS) proved to be a solid catching prospect with good skills behind the plate and the top pop time of the event at 1.96 with 75 mph arm strength from the crouch.

Spencer Hackworth (2015 3B, Bishop Brossart HS) showed an increase in every measurable and shows good strength and bat speed at the plate.

The following is a complete look at Team Gold from the event.

Corey Zylinski, R/R, 2B, Thomas Nelson HS, 2015
5-foot-6, 140-pound prospect, showed some lateral movement, room for improved hands and arm strength, 72 mph arm across the infield.  At the plate, hits from an open setup with a short stride, needs to incorporate better use of lower half, long path to the ball, swing should see improvement from added physical strength, ran 7.64, registered 67 mph tee exit velocity, went 1-for-4 in game play with an infield single.

Carson Coleman, R/R, SS, Lexington Catholic HS, 2016
6-foot-1, 155-pound prospect with lanky build, projectable athlete, showed a +2 mph increase in arm strength from July event at 80 mph with less accurate throws across the infield.  At the plate, hits from narrow/open setup, long stride, uses lower half well to generate bat speed, line drive type hitter with occasional pop, registered 86 mph tee exit velocity (+6 from previous event).

Austin Madry, R/R, SS, Lexington Catholic HS, 2016
6-foot, 150-pound prospect, shows good lateral movement, accurate arm at 75 mph across the infield, made nice sliding play up the middle and started solid 6-4-3 double play in game action.  Offensively, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, good balance in swing, generates some bat speed through the zone, line drive type hitter, ran 7.59, registered 86 mph tee exit velocity.

Spencer Hackworth, R/R, 3B/OF, Bishop Brossart HS, 2015
6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect, good corner actions, shows ability to throw accurately on the move, accurate arm across the infield at 78 mph (+2 from previous event), also plays outfield, attacks the ball and plays through, accurate arm at 81 mph (+3 mph from previous event).  At the plate, hits from open stance, good rhythm in swing, short stride, good use of lower half to generate barrel whip through the zone, consistently barreled up the baseball, shows some pull power, ran 7.83, 86 mph tee exit velocity (+3 from previous event), went 1-for-3 with a single to left in game action.

Jacob Lewis, R/R, C/3B, South Warren HS, 2015
6-foot-1, 160-pound prospect, lanky build with projectable frame, sets up well behind the plate, good lateral blocking skills, will throw behind runners , 75 mph arm from the crouch with pop times ranging from 1.96-2.06.  As infielder, room for improved feet and hands, strong and accurate arm across the infield at 82 mph.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, shows some pull power, flashed bat speed with 88 mph tee exit velocity, ran 7.68, went 1-for-3 with a single to left in game action, solid catching prospect.

Tanner Bell, L/L, OF, Wayne County HS, 2015
6-foot-1, 165-pound prospect, plays through the ball, show improved arm strength from previous event at 78 mph with accurate throws.  At the plate, hits from open setup with a short stride, gap to gap approach, low hand set, showed improved bat speed with 78 mph tee exit velocity (+5), ran slightly better than previous event with 7.16.

TJ Satterly, R/R, RHP/3B, Male HS, 2015
6-foot-2, 155-pound prospect with lanky build and projectable frame, showed improved lateral movement and hands from previous event, accurate arm at 80 mph across the infield.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup, short stride, line drive type hitter with average bat speed, had infield single in game play, ran improved 60 at 7.57, 79 mph tee exit velocity.  On the mound, uses short arm action through a high ¾ arm slot, quick arm, fastball showed occasional arm-side run at 78-80 mph, curveball shows 11/5 action at 69-72 mph, throws a solid changeup and stayed behind it better than previous event allowing for some run and sink at 72-74 mph, had rough first inning but settled in to throw 2 scoreless innings after the first.

Isaac Taylor, L/L, LHP/OF, Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 150-pound prospect, plays through the ball well, 74 mph arm from the outfield.  At the plate, hits from a balanced set up with a leg kick trigger, foot gets down late at times, opposite field approach, went 1-for-3 in game play with a double to left-center, ran 7.37, registered 76 mph tee exit velocity.  On the mound, uses long arm action through an over the top arm slot, fastball is straight at 72-74 mph, showed fairly good command of 64-66 mph curveball with 1/7 action.

Brandon Calia, RHP, Lafayette HS, 2015
6-foot, 185-pound prospect, strong build, uses long arm action through a high ¾ arm slot, shows very good pitchability, fastball sat 80-81 and touched 83, 2-seamer shows very good arm-side action, also showed a 78 mph cutter with late action, curveball has tight spin and sharp 11/5 action at 66-70 mph, shows complete confidence in his changeup which sat 73-75 mph with good run and sink, will throw the changeup on any count, pounds the zone with all pitches.

Parker Yeary, R/R, 1B/3B, Tates Creek HS, 2015
6-foot-, 175-pound prospect with athletic build, shows some athleticism and good lateral movement at the corners, showed soft hands routinely picking balls out of the dirt at first base, 76 mph arm strength across the infield.  At the plate, hits from an open setup, toe tap trigger, gets some lower half involved in swing, showed a pull approach in game play going 0-for-3 with three ground balls to the left side, ran 7.47, showed some bat speed with 86 mph tee exit velocity.

Grant Noble, L/R, 2B, South Warren HS, 2015
5-foot-11, 160-pound prospect, shows soft hands and good lateral movement, ability to throw accurately from different arm angles, 78 mph arm across the infield, accurate arm.  At the plate the left-handed hitter starts with an open setup, squares front side with a short stride, line drive type hitter, went 0-for-3 in game play with 2 strikeouts, registered 72 mph tee exit velocity, ran 7.46 60.

Aaron McGeorge, R/R, RHP/SS/OF, Henry Clay HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 150-pound prospect, athletic frame with room to fill, loose arm through a ¾ arm slot, fastball shows very good arm-side run at 80-81 mph, good command of curveball with sharp 11/5 action at 69-72 mph, solid changeup at 70-71 mph with arm-side run and sink, also showed a 66 mph knuckleball with late movement.  As position player, shows soft hands and plays through the ball well, 81 mph arm strength across the infield, ability to throw accurately from different arm angles.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup, short stride, showed better bat speed from previous event, made consistent hard contact in his round, line drive type hitter, went 1-for-3 in game action, registered 84 mph tee exit velocity (+3 mph from previous event), ran 7.13 60.