Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Prospect Games: Catcher/First Base Evals


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By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director

Top Performers

Jake Manderson C Ballston Spa 2019
Athletic, 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame. Hits from an athletic, slightly open set up. Short simple load with slight knee turn and stride. Gets lower half involvement. Level path at plate with bat speed and extension. Hands drag behind at times, think there is room for more pop for an already consistent hitter. Exit velocity of 86 mph. Nice rhythm at the plate. High motor player that hustles all over the field. Sound receiving skills, presented nice target to pitchers, works hard to keep everything in front of him. Nice hip control moving laterally on low balls. Quick feet and hands on transfer to throws to second. Short arm action with life on throws and accurate on the bag. Catcher velo of 77 mphwith pop as low as 2.02. Ran a 4.84 home to first.

Nick Newnam 1B St. Michaels 2019
Projectable lanky frame at 6-foot-2, 160-pounds. Hits from an athletic open set up at the plate. Smooth load back as he squares up with lower half. Free hands at the plate with quick hands and nice extension through contact. Nice rhythm at the plate with lower half usage and balance. Gap to gap type hitter that should fill the gaps. Exit velo of 78 mph. Should get better as he gets stronger. Sound footwork at first base with clean exchange and sound hands. Throws from a lower slot with a position velocity of 70 mph. Like to see more strength as he adds to his frame as should be a player to follow.

Best of the rest

Howard Fishman C Whitman 2020
5-foot-8, 155-pound frame. Switch Hitter hits from a taller set up with high hands. Short leg kick to hitting position. Uphill swing path with average bat speed. Shows some rhythm and balance, but inconsistent at times. Falls into backside at times in swing. Shows potential for more as he gets stronger. Mirrors swing from both sides. A bit shorter path from right side with better flexibility from left side. Sticks ball well from behind the plate. Sound footwork with clean exchange and a short arm action from a high three quarter slot. Pop times in consistent high 2.1-2.2 range.

Jackson Horton C Colgan 2020
Projectable frame with room to grow at 5-foot-8, 155-pounds. Hits from a square, balanced set up at the plate. Short rock back load to hitting position, keeps it simple. level swing path with average bat speed and uphill finish with some extension through contact. Looking stronger at the plate and solid foundation. Clean exchange with quick release throwing from behind the plate. Pop time as low at a 2.20. Solid foundation with room to grow and a player to keep an eye on.

Tyler Leach C CM Wright 2020
Projectable 6-foot, 180-pound frame. Hits from a wider a slightly open set up. Rock back load to strong hitting position. Has a level bat path path with average bat speed at plate and uphill finish. Gets on back heel in finish at times. Like to free hands up in swing to see more extension through contact and stay behind baseball. Quick feet behind the dish with shorter arm action throwing from a three quarter slot. sound footwork. Throws were accurate around bag.

Hunter Parish C Old Mill 2019
Projectable athletic frame at 6-foot, 180-pounds. Hits from an open set up at the plate. Squares up with short load to hitting position with high hands. Shorter, direct swing path at the plate with some extension thru contact. Gets around the ball at times. Shows some rhythm at plate with balance. Some rawness at the plate with room for more. Exit velocity of 85. Quick feet behind plate with clean exchange and short arm aciton throwing from a over the top slot. Throws have average carry on them at 71 mph. Pop time as low as 2.09.

Cameron Tyson C St. Mary's 2020
5-foot-9, 170-pound athletic frame. Hits from a square set up at the plate with hands at chest height. Short load to hitting position. Short path to the ball keeping hands inside with some extension. Average balance throughout swing, lower half is inconsistent at times but should get better with continued reps. Some rhythm at the plate, middle approach. Exit velo of 80 mph. In the infield has sound footwork, clean, doesn't waste much movement to release. Three quarter slot, 71 across the diamond. Quick feet and clean transfer behind the dish. accurate throws from behind with a short arm action at an almost over the top slot. Showed nice footwork out of the box with nice footwork on the drop step. Has time to get stronger with his throws, which should get better as he does add strength to improve up upon his 2.25 pop. Interesting one to monitor development.