Summer Clash Scout Blog: 16u Pt. 1



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By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director

Bigbie's BlackSox

2019 OF Austin Horney has a level path at the plate with pull type approach. Like to see free hands up more at the plate, show’s bat speed.

2019 RHP/3B Connor Quade - shorter swing path at the plate. Gets out of balance at times. Shows some bat speed. Pull type swing, shows gap ability when he frees his hands up.  On the mound, has sidestep delivery gathering into leg kick with slight corkscrew to high balance. Sound arm action throwing from a high three-quarter slot. Hides ball well. Does get some lower half involvement with average backside drive. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball is straight up to 76 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break with 11/5 shape up to 66 mph.

2018 RHP/C Josh Tull has a deliberate, build up style delivery on the mound. High leg kick into his lower half that gets slight drop n drive style as he glides downhill. Long, free arm action with upper body torque. Lands square to the plate. Shows some whip through release with his fastball up to 80 mph. Fastball has slight run on the pitch and throws a two seam with more two plane and fade around 75.

2018 SS Jarod Pezzano has a compact, athletic frame. Short path and quick hands at the plate. Nice extension through contact. Middle approach, keeps hands inside ball well. Drove ball to gaps well. Moves well in the infield. Confident first step. Funnel type fielding, yet does work thru ball well.

2018 P/IF Aaron Rovenolt has a quick paced delivery with tempo. Sidestep to lift, slight over rotation in lift, which gets slightly closed off upon foot landing. Gets some lower half involvement, and has room for more backside drive to hip explosion.  Average arm speed pitching with regular effort. Fastball had slight run on the pitch up to 79 on the day. Showed good command of the breaking ball with 11/5 shape and some depth up to 66 mph.

Catonsville

2020 IF/RHP Jeffrey Snider (Loyola Blakefield) – Short load hitting from a square set up. Level path with nice balance and some bat speed. Sound actions in the field. Confident first step. On the mound has a longer arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Fastball was straight up to 81 mph but showed more sink to the pitch at 78mph. 2020 to keep an eye on.

2018 RHP LJ Barkley has a short quick arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot,  filling up the strike zone.  Up to 83 with the fastball mainly 78-82 with his two seam that showed later life. Controlled, compact delivery that is tall to leg lift. Quiet finish. Showed good command of his fastball pounding the zone. Nice later life on his breaking ball. Dominating performance on the mound, utilizing his fastball on the day with nice sink and run on the pitch. 

2018 OF Mathew Bark (Franklin HS) - Square set up at the plate from the left side. Shorter swing path with free hands and average bat speed. Showed some nice balance, would like to see get stronger to build off of solid foundation.

2019 Evan Hertzberg (McDonogh School) - Shows some bat speed at the plate. Hands worked at the plate, spread ball around field. Needs to add some strength. Quick hands behind the dish, throws were accurate with average carry. In game pops as low as 2.2

2019 Tim Fair (Archbishop Curley) – square set up at the plate. Short load sinks into lower half. Average bat speed with slightly uphill path. --- On the mound, has a compact delivery with shorter arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Fastball shows slight run on the pitch up to 76  mph.

2018 1B Trevor Mavromihalis (Archbishop Curley) - Lot of movement in load with bit of hand flick. Crouched stance, sinks into lower half. Out of balance at times with a level, longer bat path with average bat speed. Should continue to get stronger.  

2018 LHP Joe Sachs (Archbishop Curley)  – Slower deliberate delivery into leg lift. Falls slightly forward as he works to the plate, could get better hip load to a down to out with lead leg. Lands slightly closed off. Short quick arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 74. Breaking ball has gradual action with 1/7 shape

2018 RHP Kyle Ryan (Catonsville HS) – Long lanky projectable frame. Slower deliberate build up delivery. Corkscrew through leg lift and hip load. Lands slightly closed off with a free arm action throwing from a three quarter slot. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 79.

2018 RHP Joe Tartaglia (McDonogh School)  – Strong athletic frame. Short arm action from ¾ slot. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch. Breaking ball at 65 mph has gradual break with 12/6 shape. Fastball topped out at 73 mph.

2018 C Joe Fellona (Marriotts Ridge HS)  – Hits from an athletic, slightly open set up. Shorter swing path with quick hands through the zone.  Solid foundation as a player, needs to add strength. 2.26 pop between innings.

Delmarva

2019 OF/SS Shawn Taylor – Athletic body and frame hits from an athletic set up at the plate. Hands are quick but does get out of balance at times. Showed hand speed and some pop at the plate with a ground rule double to left center. Projectable. Moves well in the outfield, looks like continued repetitions will make more comfortable. Gets to ball in the outfield. Showed ability to play in the infield with some athleticism. Showed flashes of high level potential.  Interesting and one to keep an eye on.

2019 LHP Gene Williams - Long arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Pitches regular effort. Average arm speed. Fastball was up to 73 mph Compact delivery. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball has fade. Smaller frame.

2019 IF Taylor Cross – square set up at the plate. Short path, average bat speed. Loose arm action throwing from a low three quarter slot. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 73 mph.

2019 IF/RHP Ethan Ward – Quick hands with a shorter swing path with average bat speed. Pull type hitter that handles middle in ball well.  --- Nice presence on the mound. High leg kick and sinks into back side to drive to plate. Stays behind ball leveling out pitch, could work more over front side through release to create more tilt on pitches that should create two plane movement. Sound arm action as goes back out of glove. Fastball showed slight arm side run on the pitch up to 75 mph. Slight finish toward the first base side.

2019 OF Jack Rosenberg -- Slightly open set up. Short load to hitting position. Low hands in set up with arm bar in load. Got off balance at times at the plate. Level swing path with average bat speed and uphill finish. Pull type approach, could free up hands more to let them work. ---- On the mound, Nice hip load into lift. With some backside involvement. Gets uphill shoulders with a longer free arm action. Gets to nice position at release. Fastball has slight run to the pitch, up to 77 mph.

2019 P/1B Linden Carey  – shorter direct swing path at the plate. Average bat speed. Could get more lower half involvement. Projectable frame that can add strength. Square set up with leg kick in load. Gets around the ball at times.  Nice presence on the mound. Shorter, sound arm action going down to up with some elbow lift and baseball close to head. Nice pace in delivery with slight corkscrew in lift. Gets some lower half involvement, lands straight and falls toward first base side. Almost over the top slot. Ball comes out well and looks like should have more in the tank as he develops. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball was 76-78 touching 79. Breaking ball was 66-68 and threw it harder up to 72.

2019 SS/RHP JJ Killen – short path, pulls hands inside ball. Hits from a taller set up at the plate. Good body with room to add strength. Showed strength with a deep drive to right field on Saturday. Shorter arm action with average carry on throws across the diamond. Projects more as a corner infielder down road right now. ---- On the mound sets up angled with short step into lift. Compact delivery. Sound arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Gets lower half to work with but could get more from backside. Good hips clearing front side. Pitches with regular effort and shows some arm speed. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 81 mph. sitting 78-80. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with some depth and potential 70 mph. Slowed on the pitch later to 63-66.

2019 C Christian Pierson - Clean exchange and release from behind the plate. Hits from a square set up short path with some extension with average bat speed. Solid foundation, has room to add strength. One to keep an eye on as he gets stronger.

MD Legends

2018 C Mason Blethen - hits from a square set up. Short load at the plate. Stays slightly open, pull type hitter with average bat speed. Shows some strength. Gets out of balance at times on front foot. Quick catch and release, throws show some carry. 2.18 between inning pop.

2019 Kenny Dollenger -  hits from a slightly open set up  with high hands and weight stacked slightly back. Level path with uphill finish. Showed some pop at the plate with a triple to right, short hopping the fence.

2019 Alex Gresock – Hits from a taller square set up. Quick hands through zone, average bat speed.

2020 Tyler Brown  – Square set up. Long swing path with pull approach. Shows some strength at the plate.

2019 Jesse Fenner – Hits from slightly open set up. Stays open, longer swing path, average bat speed. Moved well for size.

2020 Chris Walton – Athletic set up at plate. Sinks into load to hitting position. Shorter swing path with uphill finish. Needs to add strength with solid foundation.

2020 OF/1B  Jonathan Blanks – Taller, slightly open set up at the plate. Shows some bat speed with pull approach. Longer swing path. Showed pull side pop with a deep drive to right off the top of the wall.  

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