Nevada ProCase Preview: Reed Schaefer


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

After a successful summer that was highlighted by his commitment to Arizona, #1 Ranked LHP and #12 Overall, Reed Schaefer was one of the highest risers in the recent 2021 PBR Player Rankings update. The Desert Oasis Valedictorian solidified himself as one of the top arms in the 2021 class after his dominant performance at the Nevada Top Prospect and the 6-foot-4 southpaw still has plenty of upside remaining with his secondary pitches flashes potential plus action. The biggest knock on Schaefer has been his ability to consistently live in the zone, but that issue seems to have been resolved with some recent mechanical adjustments to clean up his delivery to make it more repeatable. The improvement in his delivery has translated into an increase in his fastball velocity topping out at 91 mph with downward tilt and some arm side action. This is a prospect that is coming into own as he heads into the PBR Nevada ProCase and should continue it into his senior campaign at Desert Oasis.

Reed Schaefer

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Desert Oasis
    State: NV
  • Summer Team: LVR
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Scouting Report

8/29/20

Profile: 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. Developed, proportionate build. Understands how to use his long lever well in his delivery. Confidence and solidified mechanics have allowed him to seen velocity jumps as well as consistency improvements in his strike throwing ability. Committed to Arizona the night before his appearance on the mound, he was able to have a free and easy outing where he set a new velocity PR.

Delivery:  Starts tall and narrow on the far right side of the rubber. Rhythmic, toe tap motion into a chest high peaking leg kick. Sinks into a drop and drive delivery type with an on line stride. Good extension after follow through with some fall off towards the third base line. 
Arm Action: Short, quick arm action. High 3/4 arm slot. When his arm is on time, he has the ability to dominate. Some inconsistencies with his timing cause him to be around the zone, but is much improved over the past few months to simplify and find as consistent rhythm.

FB: Max 91 mph. Sat 88-90 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1910 RPM. Natural downhill action. Some arm side action. Located well down in the zone.

CB:  67-70 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1953 RPM. Quality shape. Flashes some late action as he releases it farther out front. Does tend to short arm. Could be a potential above average pitch down the road.

 CH: 70-72 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1829 RPM. Some slower arm action. Natural sink and fade. Located well down in the zone. Still a developing pitch.

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