Blue Chips Workout: Pitcher Analysis



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By Jerry Shank and Mike Trott
PBR Maryland

Today we finish the positional breakdown of the Blue Chips Showcase organization from their team workout. With over 40 players in attendance the PBR MD staff had the opportunity to see talent from the 2017 class all the way down to the 2020 class.  

Over the course of the next week we will be releasing the positional analysis articles with detailed scouting reports on each player in attendance. We shall also identify top performers in each positional category along with a younger talent (2018 and younger) as a Future Watch if applicable.

We finish up with the pitchers that participated in the event.

Top Performers

Brennan Maher LHP Calvert Hall 2017 
Brennan Maher has a lanky 5-foot-11 150lb frame that has room to fill. Throws from a ¾ arm slot. Delivery showed quick rhythm with some effort. Compact arm action with good arm speed. Pitches 80-81mph with some arm side run. Threw breaking ball 63-65mph. Breaking ball has 2/7 shape with tight rotation and sharp break. Pitch showed potential to be an out pitch. Threw changeup 69-70mph with sink and fade to it. Interesting 2017 LHP to follow going forward.

Alan Hansel RHP Dover 2018
Alan Hansel has a 5-foot-10 170lb athletic frame. Throws from a high ¾ arm slot. Showed quick arm speed at release. Balanced delivery with some effort. Pitches Pitches 75-77mph with fastball with limited movement. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with tight rotation and late break. Shows signs of potential power pitch in the future. Threw breaking ball 66-68mph. Throws changeup at 64-66mph with some sink and run to it with fastball arm action. Interesting follow on the mound the next two years.

Adam Overcash LHP Cumberland Valley 2017
Has a athletic 5-foot-11 170lb frame. Throws from a high ¾ arm slot. Pitches with good rhythm and some effort. Pitches 75-77mph with a compact arm action with good arm speed at release. Breaking ball has 2/7 shape with tight rotation and late break. Threw breaking ball.62-64mph. Threw changeup 65-66mph that had some sink at times.

Future Watch

Bobby Duffy RHP North Harford 2020
Bobby Duffy has a athletic frame at 5-foot-9 145lbs with room to fill as he gets older. Throws from a high ¾ arm slot and pitches with regular effort. Balanced delivery with a regular compact arm swing on hand break. Pitches 71-74 and topped out at 75mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with average spin and gradual break. Threw breaking ball 60-62mph. Throws changeup at 66-69mph with slight fade action. Arm strength and pitch movement should improve moving forward.

Best of the Rest (In Alphabetical Order)

Sean Eppig RHP CM Wright 2017
Sean Eppig has a lanky 5-foot-9 145lb frame. Thows from a over the top arm slot with balance and rhythm in his delivery. Arm action is smooth and easy. Pitches 68-70mph with a fastball with slight cut action at times. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with average rotation and sweeping break. Threw breaking ball 58-59mph. Throws changeup at 64-66mph with fast ball arm speed with slight run to it. Arm strength should increase as he gets stronger.

Justin Johnson RHP Kenwood 2018
Justin Johnson has a strong and athletic 6-foot-0 162lb frame. Throws from a high ¾ arm slot with some effort. Pitched 68-70mph today, has shown more arm strength in the past. Opportunity to use lower half more in delivery. Arm action is short and compact. Threw breaking ball 59-61mph. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape with average rotation and gradual break. Threw changeup 65-66mph with average arm speed with some slight fade.

Colton Knoble RHP Archbishop Curley 2019
Colton Knoble has a strong 6-foot-1 170lb frame. Throws from a high ¾ arm slot with low effort. Delivery showed good rhythm and balance throughout. Compact arm action with average arm speed. Pitched 72-73mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with average rotation and gradual break to it. Threw breaking ball 62-63mph. Threw changeup 65-66mph with slight run to it.

Hunter Maguire RHP Cumberland Valley 2017
Hunter Maguire has a strong projectable 6-foot-2 175lb frame. Throws from an almost over the top arm slot. Pitched with low effort and a balanced delivery. Long easy arm action with average arm speed. Pitched 75-77mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with average rotation and gradual break to it. Threw breaking ball 64-65mph. Threw splitter 68-69mph with some sink to it.

Robert McHugh RHP McDonogh 2018
Robert McHugh has a lanky and projectable 6-foot-1 155lb frame. With room to fill. Throws from a ¾ arm slot. Delivery showed rhythm and some effort. Compact arm action and average arm speed. Pitches at 70-71mph. Threw breaking ball 59-61mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with average rotation and gradual break to it.

Sean Meekins RHP Archbishop Curley 2017
Sean Meekins has a strong 6-foot-1 170lb frame. Throws out of the stretch from a low ¾ arm slot and down to sidearm at times. Pitched 70-72mph with a short arm action and some effort. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape with average rotation and gradual break. Threw breaking ball 60-62mph. Threw changeup 60-62mph with sink and arm side run at times. 

Ben Pika RHP John Carroll 2019
Throws from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action with minimal effort. Balanced and smooth delivery. Strong glove side position going into release. Stable landing with good front leg extension into ball release. Fastball was up to 71 mph with slight run to it. Threw breaking ball 66-68 mph with 11/5 action showing a gradual break. Throws change up with fastball arm speed at 65-67 mph showing some run and sink to it.

Cory Poulsen RHP CM Wright 2018
Throws from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action showing some effort. Balanced and on line delivery. Pitched 71-73 mph with slight run at times. Arm strength will increase with more hip rotation into front foot strike. Threw breaking ball 56-58 mph with 10/4 action showing loose rotation and gradual break. Rotation on pitch will improve as he increases arm speed on pitch. Throws change up 67-69 mph with slight cut action.

Zach Reed LHP John Carroll 2018
Throws from a high ¾ arm angle with a compact arm action and some arm speed. Delivery shows some deception with picking up the ball. Pitched 73-75 mph with slight arm side run. With increased separation of bottom half and upper body down the mound front leg stabilization will improve. Threw breaking ball 59-61 mph with 1/7 action showing gradual break. Throws change up 64-66 mph with near fastball arm speed showing some sink to it.

Tyler Schimming RHP Bel Air 2019
Throws from a ¾ arm angle with a loose and long arm action. Smooth delivery. Lands slightly closed at times. Glove side can get low and outside body. Pitched 71-72 mph with fastball. Threw breaking ball 61-62 mph with 2/8 action with gradual break to it. Gets around pitch at times. Throws change up 62-64 mph with slight sink and fade.

Jake Schouten RHP Loyola-Blakefield 2018
Throws from a high ¾ arm angle with a compact arm action with average effort in delivery. Lands closed to the plate. Pitched at 71-73 mph with fastball. With a more stable landing leg at foot strike arm strength will improve. Threw breaking ball 58-60 mph with 11/5 action showing some downward movement to it. Throws change up 64-66 mph with some slight cut action on pitch.

Braden Soos RHP/SS Patterson Mill 2019
Throws from a over the top arm angle with a short arm action. Controlled delivery with some effort. Pitched 67-70 mph with fastball. Uses back leg drive well with an opportunity to increase front leg stabilization at foot strike. Threw breaking ball 53-55 mph with 12/6 action and gradual break. Throws change up with near fastball arm speed at 63-65 mph with slight sink to it.

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