Rankings Insider: Top 2021 NJ LHPs


TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

With our latest rankings release for the 2021 class we decided to dive in deeper with a breakdown of the top 10 in each position. Next up: the top LHPs in NJ's 2021 class.

Class of 2021 Rankings Release

Top RHPs



Anthony Solometo

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
  • High School: Bishop Eustace
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Zoom Baseball Academy
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
95
Max FB
(05/01/21)
93 - 95
FB
(05/01/21)
75 - 76
CB
(08/14/20)
86 - 87
CH
(07/04/20)
80 - 83
SL
(05/01/21)
Pitching
Max FB
95
FB
93 - 95
SL
80 - 83
Pitching
Max FB
93
FB
92 - 93
SL
81 - 82
Pitching
Max FB
94
FB
90 - 92
CB
75 - 76
SL
80 - 81
Pitching
Max FB
93
FB
91 - 93
Pitching
Max FB
92
FB
89 - 92
CH
86 - 87
SL
80 - 82
Pitching
Max FB
92
FB
90 - 92
CH
84 - 86
SL
79 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 88
SL
77 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
87 - 88
SL
78 - 81

Scouting Report

Quick Hit: Lanky, athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. Long, loose arm action with some funk to delivery. Deceptive on hitters. 90-92 this winter, hard late 1/7 slider at 79-80; swing and miss pitch.
First Glimpse: Gloucester Catholic vs. St. Augustine April 2019 Coaches vs. Cancer at Mainland HS. Was 86-88.
Breakout Performance: Area Code Games, summer 2019.
The Future: North Carolina recruit has a starter profile at the next level. Heavy fastball with late life in the upper 80s and low-90s with a true out-pitch slider and a late-fading changeup to boot. Expect Solometo to be a high school name to watch for the draft come this time next year.

 

 





Pierce Coppola

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
  • High School: Verona
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Wladyka
  • Height: 6-8
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
95
Max FB
(04/19/21)
91 - 93
FB
(04/19/21)
80 - 81
CB
(08/10/20)
80 - 83
SL
(04/19/21)
73 - 75
SPL
(03/03/20)
Pitching
Max FB
95
FB
91 - 93
SL
80 - 83
Pitching
Max FB
92
FB
88 - 92
CB
80 - 81
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
86 - 89
CB
71 - 72
SPL
73 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
85 - 87
CB
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
83 - 84
CB
67 - 70

Scouting Report

Quick Hit: Wiry frame at 6-foot-7 200-pounds. Up to 90 this winter with more in the tank as he continues to fill out frame. Sharp curveball with 1/7 tilt at 70-72 and a split-changeup with late tumbling action
First Glimpse: Winter, 2017
Breakout Performance: Wladyka Pitcher Showcase, 2020.
The Future: Coppola's stock has risen in the last calendar year with a velocity jump and big time performances on big stages at various events in the summer. A dark horse draft guy for 2021, Coppola possesses an innate ability to control his long, wiry limbs consistently in his delivery - which is rare for a guy of his size and body type. 

 





Oren Abbott

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Millburn
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Team Elite Prime
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 207lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
83 - 85
FB
69 - 70
CB
69 - 71
CH

Scouting Report

Quick Hit: Broad shouldered, physical frame at 6-foot-2 214-pounds. 86-88 with late armside run on fastball from a high-3/4 slot. 
First Glimpse: Spring 2019
Breakout Performance: April 2019 vs. Middlesex HS. After dealing with an injury, Abbott came out of the gate ready to go in his start. 86-88 and flashed a big 1/7 breaker for strikes as well.
The Future: The Duke recruit is one of the top arms in the class - Abbott can benefit even more from a successful spring (hopefully) and summer campaign. Reminds me of former St. Augustine standout and Duke pitcher Bill Chillari (2016) - with an upper 80s fastball and command of offspeed.

 





Matt Nunan

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Ocean City
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Baseball Performance Center
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
(04/23/21)
86 - 89
FB
(04/23/21)
72 - 76
CB
(04/23/21)
75 - 77
CH
(02/18/19)
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
86 - 89
CB
72 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
84 - 87
CB
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
82 - 84
CB
68 - 70
CH
75 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 81
CB
69 - 71
CH
72 - 74

Scouting Report

 

Quick Hit: Athletic frame at 6-foot-3 180-pounds. 84-87 touching 89 with 1/7 curveball at 71-72. 
First Glimpse: BPC showcase, November 2018
Breakout Performance: Garden State Underclass Games, June 2019
The Future: Nunan, a Boston College commit, has the makings of a front-line guy. The bigger range on his fastball compared to his max  bodes well for more velocity gains sooner than later. The feel for spin is there, too.

 





Jack Findlay

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
  • High School: Roxbury
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Morris County Cubs
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
(07/02/20)
88 - 90
FB
(07/02/20)
76 - 79
CB
(07/02/20)
82 - 85
CH
(07/02/20)
80 - 82
SL
(07/02/20)
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
88 - 90
CB
76 - 79
CH
82 - 85
SL
80 - 82
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
84 - 86
CB
70 - 73
SL
73 - 76
Trackman - Fastball
90.35
Velocity (max)
(07/02/20)
88.64
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/02/20)
2429
Spin Rate (max)
(07/02/20)
2225
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/02/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
90.35
Velo Range
87.8 - 90.33
Eff Velocity (avg)
88.64
Spin Rate (max)
2429
Spin Rate (avg)
2225
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
78.96
Velocity (max)
(07/02/20)
75.90
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/02/20)
2269
Spin Rate (max)
(07/02/20)
2196
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/02/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
78.96
Velo Range
75.12 - 78.96
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.9
Spin Rate (max)
2269
Spin Rate (avg)
2196
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
82.15
Velocity (max)
(07/02/20)
80.06
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/02/20)
2335
Spin Rate (max)
(07/02/20)
2334
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/02/20)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
82.15
Velo Range
80.84 - 82.09
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.06
Spin Rate (max)
2335
Spin Rate (avg)
2334
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
83.51
Velocity (max)
(07/02/20)
82.20
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/02/20)
1566
Spin Rate (max)
(07/02/20)
1480
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/02/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
83.51
Velo Range
82.34 - 83.51
Eff Velocity (avg)
82.2
Spin Rate (max)
1566
Spin Rate (avg)
1480
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Scouting Report

 

Quick Hit: Athletic frame with clean arm and high-3/4 slot. Pitchability at 84-86 with breaker that is swing and miss. Lulls hitters to sleep, ball jumps out.
First Glimpse: Spring, 2018 vs. Ramapo HS at Roxbury.
Breakout Performance: Garden State Underclass Games, 2019
The Future: The Notre Dame commit certainly has some projection left and has some craft to his stuff. 84-86 consistently, touching 88 at the Garden State Underclass Games - Findlay possesses feel for a smaller, harder slider and a more top-to-bottom breaker at 70-73. With a couple notches on velocity, Findlay will continue to rise in the state and national rankings.