Profile of the Day: Cherokee 2018 RHP Matthew Stil

TJ Hunt
Scouting Director, New Jersey 

Name: Matthew Stil
School: Cherokee
Grad Year: 2018
Position: RHP

NJ Games Participant for the Southwest Team

scouting report

Winter Trials South (January 30, 2016)

Matthew is a lean yet athletic 6-foot-0 165 pound RHP/OF. He ran a 4.27 home-to-1B and put up some impressive measurables for a 2018 grad. Offensively- Matt starts in a slightly open stance with his feet just outside his shoulders and a hand position up and off his shoulder with his bat angle at 40 degrees. Creates separation with a controlled load back and slight stride forward that keeps him closed into contact. Aggressive with back foot/hip rotation with an occasional collapse on back side producing swing length. Has a lean back finish with hands high. Line drive/fly ball results with some pop to his pull side. Exit velocity was an impressive 91 MPH. Defensively- Matthew is a bit raw in the outfield but has the athleticism to make adjustments. He fields the ball properly out in front but uses a stutter skip into his crow-hop that disrupts the timing of breaking his hands, rushing him through his arm action. Arm strength is there at 86 MPH, simply needs to get untangled with his movements. Pitching- On the mound Matt was impressive and showed polish for a underclassmen. Features a long and loose arm action with a fastball that rides in the 83-84 MPH range. Starts on the arm side of the rubber with a slight rocker step that slides him back into the middle. Hands stay at he belt line with a knee drive to the mid chest. Stays long with his throwing arm, working through a 3/4 arm slot. Lands closed on his front side with some slight cross fire action. Curveball showed some sweeping action at 66-67 MPH, almost too slow but yet effective. Change up checked in at 76-77 MPH with a let up in arm speed a times. Overall foundation and feel for three pitches is there.