Commitment Analysis 2016: Bryce Rogers-Black



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

Now that we are getting closer to the second Wednesday of November and the early signing period for the class of 2016, PBR Maryland will begin breaking down player commitments across the state. 

With this edition of the 2016 class we turn to Bryce Rogers-Black, the No. 20 player in the PBR Maryland State Rankings. The outfielder/first baseman at Northern HS is one of the top power hitters in the 2016 Maryland class. Rogers-Black put that ability on display at the Top Prospect Games, knocking multiple balls out of the park during batting practice. Rogers-Black spent his summer playing for the Mid-Atlantic Redsox. He will move on to college playing for Coach Joe Raccuia at Radford University.

Scouting Report

Solid frame at 6-foot-2 215-pounds.  Fluid footwork at first.  Clean exchange and a longer arm action from a high ¾ arm angle. Throws on the turn at first base up to 72 mph. From the outfield clean exchange and played through the ball well. Velocity got up to 83 mph. Hits from a slightly open set up with a short load.  Short, level path to the ball with fast bat speed. Good extension through contact with a gap-to-gap hitting style and power ability. Home to first time was 4.69 and exit velocity got up to 94 mph.

Outlook

Rogers-Black should make an impact for the Highlanders in the batting order. Shows versatility to play either outfield or first base. Think he will end up playing first base in college career and will be a power threat throughout. There is potential to help instantly as a DH in his freshman campaign and should push for time in the field as he develops. Should be a nice player throughout his career and be a threat in the middle of the lineup.  

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