Fall Underclass Invitational: Pitcher Analysis



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

The Fall Underclass Invitational took place on November 5th 2016 on the campus of Harford Community College. Over 40 athletes were in attendance in front of the PBR Maryland scouting staff as well as colleges from around the region. Our coverage continues  with evaluations from the corner infielders that attended the event.

Colby Buckheit 3B Chesapeake 2019
Solid frame with room to grow at 5-foot-10, 184-pounds. Short, compact delivery. Longer, quick arm action throwing from a high threequarter slot. Glides down mound with nice balance throughout. FB topped out at 78 mph with slight run to the pitch and occasional sink. Breaking ball ranged from 69-70 mph with tight rotation and later action. Potential to be a power pitch. Change ranged from 70-71. Good sink action on the pitch with near fastball arm speed.

Justin Caesar RHP Archbishop Spalding 2019
Compact frame at 5-foot-3, 136-pounds. Controlled delivery with a long arm action. Creates fast arm speed pitching with some intent. Gets some lower half involvement. Lands square to the plate and athletic. FB up to 84 mph and comes out quick. Breaking ball ranged from 66-69 mph with short tight 10/4 action on the pitch. Change ranged from 72-74 mph and has later fade on the pitch.

Brandon Cook RHP St. Mary's 2018
Athletic, lanky frame at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. Controlled delivery with deliberate tempo. Aggressive through finish.Lands square to the plate. Could keep posture to increase lower half involvement. Pitches with regular effort and fast arm speed through release. FB up to 85 mph with slight sink on the pitch. Breaking ball ranged from 66-69 mph with bigger 11/5 shape on the pitch. Got under the pitch on the day, when had proper hand positioning, showed good swing and miss potential. Split change was 73-75 mph with some fade and sink on the pitch.

Colton Knoble RHP Archbishop Curley 2019
Projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Tall controlled delivery. Slight drift in lift, but does get some hip load. Pitchers with regular effort and creates quick arm speed through release. Has a shorter arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. FB up to 83 mph with slight run on the pitch. Breaking ball ranged from 65-67 mph with 11/5 shape and nearfastball arm speed. Change ranged from 71-73 mph with harder fade on the pitch and near fastball arm speed. Frame projects to have more in the tank as he develops. Should make a nice increase in velo as he matures.

Cameron Kutchey RHP Smithsburg 2018
Strong projectable frame at 6-foot, 190-pounds. Compact, quick, build up delivery. Breaks down into shorter quick arm action throwing from three quarter slot. Quiet lower half pitching with light effort. Arm is quick through the zone. Nice backside drive through finish. FB up to 82 mph with slight run on the pitch occasional sink. Breaking ball ranged from 65-68 mph has almost 12/6 action and tight rotation with later break.. Change ranged from 70-71 mph with good arm speed on the pitch with div on the pitch at end. .

Josh Mann RHP River Hill 2018
Solid frame at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Short quick delivery. Sound, quick arm action with some arm speed throwing from a high three quarter slot. Slight finish toward the first base side. Pitches with some effort and could get more lower half involvement. FB up to 78 mph with later run on the pitch Breaking ball ranged from 66-69 mph with 11/5 action on the pitch with bigger break.. Change ranged from 70-73 mph with dive and cuts at times. More in tank.

Nicholas Newnam 1B St. Michael's 2019
Projectable lanky frame at 6-foot-1, 155-pounds. Stretch only. Nice temp with medium leg kick. Sound arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. FAlls toward third base side at finish. Gets some lower half involvement. FB up to 71 mph with action on pitch, mainly run. Breaking ball ranged from 55-57 mph with 12/6 action and gradual break. Change ranged from 58-60 mph with gradual fade and good arm speed on the pitch.

Jarod Pezzano RHP Kent Island 2018
Compact frame at 5-foot-9, 165-pounds. Controlled, build up delery with a controlled tempo. Slight glove pat to high balance. Nice lower half usage almost a drop n drive style. Longer arm action throwing from almost over the top angle. Quick arm speed through release. Fastball up to 79 mph with run on the pitch. Changeup ranged from 68-70 mph with run on the pitch.

Joe Seidler RHP Chesapeake 2018
Lanky, projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Stretch only. High leg kick into slight drop n drive style lower half. Sound arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Whippy arm speed. Projectable body with more in the tank. Athletic finish with nice lower half. Fastball up to 85 mph with run on the pitch. Hides ball well with low slot release. Breaking ball ranged from 70-72 mph tight rotation and later break on the pitch, showed swing and miss potential and also a bigger breaking get-me-over style. Change was 71-73 mph with late sink on the pitch. Good arsenal and projectable body that should make a jump as he adds to his athletic frame.

Colin Taeschner RHP St. Mary's 2018
Strong durable frame at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. Controlled delivery. Long, free arm action working downhill on the ball. Clean lower half and some backside drive. Maintains posture throughout finish. Fast arm speed at finish from a high three quarter slot. Fastball up to 88 mph with later run and dart like action. Breaking ball was 67-70 mph with bigger 12/6 action on the pitch. Slows down slightly on the pitch and shows potential. Change was 77-79 mph with fade and near fastball arm speed. Showed good command and feel for the pitch. Good frame and looks like still has more room for more velo.

Dominic Velazquez RHP Dover 2020
Athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Quiet, controlled delivery. Shorter sound arm action throwing from almost over the top. Gets cross-body in delivery and cuts off lower half. Once gets lower half involved, could make jump in velo. Quiet finish and quick arm speed. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball up to 81 mph with slight sink on the pitch. Breaking ball was 61-65 mph with 12/6 action and tighter rotation and later break. Change was 70-71 mph with fade on the pitch and near fastball arm speed. More in tank as he matures.

Austin Warrington LHP St. Mark's (DE) 2018
Athletic, stronger frame at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Compact delivery with body control. Longer free arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. High leg kick and pitches with regular effort. Shows some arm speed and finishes slightly on the third base side. Fastball up to 76 mph with nice command of the pitch. Breaking ball ranged from 62-63 mph with 1/7 action on the pitch and gradual break. Change up ranged from 66-69 mph with run on the pitch.

Dylan Young RHP Chesapeake 2019
Room to add to his 5-foot-8, 130-pound frame.Controlled delivery building up momentum. Long, quick, whippy arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Quick arm speed. Some lower half involvement could get more backside drive to extension at release. Fastball up to 74 mph with run and sink on the pitch. Breaking ball ranged from 63-65 mph with gradual bigger break and 11/5 shape. . Change ranged from 66-69 mph with nice fade on the pitch.

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