Prep Baseball Report

St. Louis Gamers Scout Day: Top Prospect Analysis

Andy Urban & Diego Solares
Missouri Staff

On Monday, Feb. 17, PBR Missouri held the St. Louis Gamers Scout Day at the All-Star Performance facility in St. Louis. Roughly 60 prospects were in attendance, representing every high school level and we also saw a handful of 2024 graduates showcase their skills in front of our staff. 

Soon after the event’s conclusion we released an instant analysis, highlighting some of the top statistical performances of the day.

Throughout the week, we’ve been rolling out position-by-position analysis of the event, starting with the catchers and finishing up with the infielders, outfielders, and pitchers. We wrap up our event coverage today by ranking the top 10 prospects from the event. 

Continue reading below for reports and the top overall prospects. 

Eric Podgorny, MICDS (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP An absolute must follow name, soon-to-be a nationally ranked prospect in his class.
Body: 6-foot-2, 171-pounds. Wiry, athletic, high-waisted, wide-shouldered frame.
Delivery: Worked solely out of the stretch, quick drop/drive delivery, explosive lower half, level shoulders, works on line with target, lands square, smooth rhythm throughout, high-end athlete on the mound.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot. Premium arm strength for age, comes out clean.
FB: T91, 88-90 mph. Hard, heavy action, strikes to both sides of the plate, swing-and-miss pitch.
CB: 73-75 mph. True 12/6 shape, late break, bite, swing-and-miss pitch.
SL: 77-80 mph.
CH: 84-85 mph. Firm. 

Cole Koonce, Eureka (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP A high-follow lively arm in his class.
Body: 6-foot-0, 210-pounds. Strong, wide-shouldered frame.
Delivery: Feet start together towards third base side of rubber, side step initiates quick drop/drive type delivery, works on line with target, lands square, athletic lower half, throws with some effort.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long, lively arm action, high 3/4 slot. Clear arm strength.
FB: T93, 88-90 mph. Two-seam type, clean out the hand, showed arm-side run, jumps into the zone, some strikes.
CB: 66-67 mph. Slightly decelerated arm action, 11/5 shape, gradual action.
SL: 76-80 mph. Tight, vertical break, power pitch, tunnels well with fastball.
CH: 77-78 mph. 

Dane Bjorn, Lindbergh (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF High follow arm in his class; a name to know.
Body: 5-foot-11, 152-pounds. Lean and still developing with some wiry strength. Lots of room to add size and strength.
Defense: Above average actions in the field coming through the ball with clean and confident actions.
Arm: Left-Handed   OF - 86 mph. Clean, loose, and fluid arm action. Coming through with advanced arm speed and some whippyness. Above average arm strength.
Hit: Left-Handed Open, back-leg heavy and quiet stance. Short leg kick and slight arm bar in the load.  Elevated swing path and a high finish.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity in BP. Found nearly all barrels in BP.
Run: 4.75 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Works exclusively out of the stretch, drop/drive type delivery, impressive ability to incorporate lower half, strong front side, works on line with target, lands square, smooth rhythm throughout, confident on the mound, easy effort.
Arm Action: Left-Handed
FB: T84, 80-84 mph. Four-seam type, flashed slight arm-side run, strikes on both sides of the plate, more velocity to come.
CB: 68-70 mph. 1/7 shape, late break, advanced actions, potential swing-and-miss offering. 
CH: 72-73 mph. Near fastball arm speed, advanced actions, feel for pitch. 

Markell Dixon, McCleur North (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF A must-follow on both sides of the ball in Missouri. Possibly the top overall performer at the event.
Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Wiry, athletic build. Plenty of room to continue developing strength and size.
Defense: Natural hands and footwork in the outfield. Makes it look easy. Aggressive fielder
Arm: Right-Handed.  OF - 95 mph. Explosive. Advanced arm strength. Long, full throttle arm action. Huge whip. Over the top release.
Hit: Right-Handed Very narrow, open stance. Hands high, moderate leg kick, slight arm bar in the load. Big, aggressive swing. Uphill swing. Swings off the back leg. Pull side approach with doubles lift. Huge one handed finish
Power: 94 mph exit velocity in BP. Huge pop. Home run potential with 94 exit velo.
Run: 4.20 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Solely works out of the stretch, feet start staggered/closed off, quick leg lift initiates athletic drop/drive type delivery, works closed off from target creating deception, lands square, certain confidence on the mound that makes him stand out.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot. Advanced raw arm strength.
FB: T87, 81-86 mph. Firm, plays up in the zone, plenty of velocity to come as he matures and gets stronger.
CB: 72-75 mph. Tight, 12/6 shape, strong vertical break, real feel to spin, strikes.
SL: 73-74 mph. Tight shape, showed one from an unconventional sidearm slot, strikes.
CUTR: 73-74 mph. 

Aaron Moss, Lindbergh (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: C/RHP. Top uncommitted catcher in the state.
Body: 5-foot-10, 150-pounds. Athletic build with a lot of room to fill out.
Defense: Advanced and aggressive actions and footwork behind the plate. Quick transfers with elite arm strength. Recorded pop times of 1.92-2.05.  Athletic actions in the infield, works well getting around the baseball.
Arm: Right-Handed. C - 83 mph. INF - 94 mph.  Elite arm strength topping out at 94mph across the diamond. 83 mph behind the plate.
Hit: Right-Handed Pronounced leg kick back, hangs foot, rhythm and control in the load, flicks the hands into the hitting position. Slightly elevated bat path, quick hands to and through the zone with bat speed, nearly all barrels in BP.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity in BP. Shows some current pop with more to come with addition of strength.
Run: 4.51 runner home-to-first.

Delivery: Feet start balanced towards middle of rubber, quick side step initiates drop/drive type delivery, athletic balance point, on line with target, falls towards first base side, throws with effort, showed premium athleticism on the mound.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long, loose arm action, over-the-top slot.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. Four-seam type, hard action, flashed arm-side run, plays up in the zone.
CB: 70-71 mph. 11/5 shape, late break, tunnels well with fastball.

Aidan Haynes, Metro (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP Intriguing sophomore follow with plenty of room to mature.
Body: 6-foot-4, 150-pounds. Lanky, long-levered, high-waisted frame. Highly projectable. Delivery: Worked solely out of the stretch, athletic high leg kick initiates tall/fall type delivery, level shoulders, consistent glove tuck, extension downhill makes him an uncomfortable at-bat, works on line with target, athletic finish.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 80-84 mph. Four-seam type, jumps into the zone, difficult to recognize allowing it to play up, pounds lower half of zone.
CB: 70-72 mph. Tight 11/5 shape, late break into the zone. 
CH: 70-71 mph. Maintains fastball arm speed, arm-side run with occasional fading action. 

Trevor Quick, Seckman (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-foot-0, 165-pounds. Athletic build. Muscular lower half. Room to fill out in the upper half
Defense: Advanced defender with clean, confident, and efficient actions. Gets around the ball well. Hands and feet work in unison.
Arm: Right-Handed  INF - 87 mph. Big arm. Short, quick arm action through a high-¾ slot. Ball explodes out of the hand.
Hit: Right-Handed Narrow, squared stance. Slow, controlled, toe tap load with quiet hands before launching them on an uphill path with quickness.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity in BP. Easy, above average pop. Showed the ability to find all barrels in BP. Gap to gap power.
Run: 4.94 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Feet start staggered towards third base side of rubber, drop/drive type delivery, strong balance point, works on line with target, lands square, extremely athletic on the mound.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Short arm action, high 3/4 slot; quick arm.
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. Flashed arm-side run, lively action.
CB: 69-71 mph. 11/5 shape, late break, above-average offering.
CH: 62-66 mph. Near fastball arm speed, down in the zone. 

Tyler Macon, Kirkwood (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds. Very athletic frame that will continue to develop.
Defense: Outstanding actions in the infield. Great footwork. Smooth, fluid, quick hands.
Arm: Right-Handed  INF - 83 mph. Average to above average arm strength. Quick, explosive infielder like arm action.
Hit: Switch hitter. Hits from a wide athletic stance. Stretches the front foot out, lands early. Rhythm and wiggle in the hands. Advanced hands. Uphill path. Big one handed finish
Power: 85 mph exit velocity in BP. Gap to gap power. Potential home run. Ball jumps off the bat. Line drives. Found some barrels in BP.
Run: 4.57 runner home-to-first. 

TJ Racherbaumer, Hermann (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-9, 195-pounds. Stocky build with advanced strength. Big lower half.
Defense: 1.99-2.03 pop times. Receives from a low and balanced crouch providing a big and sturdy target. Consistently gets his thumb under the ball working up. Advanced quick feet and clean footwork. Throws consistently on the bag. Above average blocking.
Arm: Right-Handed C - 76 mph. Short, quick arm action. Over the top release.
Hit: Left-Handed. Open, back leg heavy and open stance. High hands with bat rested on the shoulder before pushing them straight back and launching them on an uphill swing with advanced bat speed. Mostly barrels in BP with consistent lift, flashing some big pop.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity in BP. Ball jumps off the bat. Big time pop with 92 exit velo.
Run: 4.66 runner home-to-first. 

Joe Siervo, Parkway Central (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-foot-0, 170-pounds. Lean frame with broad shoulders and room to fill out physically.
Defense: Advanced infielder with athletic actions with fluid feet.
Arm: Right-Handed  INF - 81 mph. OF - 83 mph. Long arm action coming through
Hit: Right-Handed Very narrow, open stance. Hands held high. Toe tap load. Lowers the hands with rhythm and sync to the lower half. Quick hands and swing. Level swing straight to the ball. Extension through it. One handed finish
Power: 89 mph exit velocity in BP. Ball jumps off the bat. Consistent barrels in BP. Natural hitter
Run: 4.42 runner home-to-first.