Quick Hits: Uncommitted Upperclass

Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

With an eventful weekend of baseball at Las Vegas Ballpark in the books, we now take a look back at the standouts from the Fall Underclass Showcase. This showcase included a Pro-Style Workout where players ran a Laser Timed 60 Yard Dash, took a TrackMan and Blast Motion analyzed Batting Practice, Catcher Pop Times/Velocity, Outfield Evaluations/Velocity and Infield Evaluation/Velocity concluding with pitches bullpens. Along with the standout performers highlight in the Quick Hits, we will also be diving into the Statistical Analysis of each metric recorded at the event.


Jordan Metzger - RHP / Desert Oasis

The two-way prospect out of Desert Oasis caught the attention of PBR National Crosschecker on the mound with his three pitch mix from the side arm/submarine arm slot. He pounded the zone with his fastball that sat in the high 70’s up to 78.2 mph according to TrackMan with heavy arm side action. He paired his fastball with a sweeping breaking ball that starts well behind a right-handed hitter and is pitch that could be used effectively off his fastball as the two pitches have opposite four seam tilt. 


Joel Lindahl III - 3B/OF / Las Vegas

Lindahl is a Las Vegas High School product that produced the one of the most impressive rounds of batting practice during the Uncommitted Upperclass event with over half of his swings registering an Exit Velocity of 94+ mph via TrackMan. His showcased his ability to consistently drive the ball to the big part of the yard with some present pull side power using a compact swing path to the ball with excellent extension. Defensively, he showed clean actions through the ball with that would allow the corner infielder to potentially hold down a middle infield spot. He possesses the ability to range laterally with feel for the backhand working smoothly into his high ¾ arm slot. His event was rounded out by his event best 6.79 Laser Timed 60. This a top of the order type bat with the athleticism to be serviceable at any position on the field. 


Ian Graf - C / Rancho

The thick built, barrel chested prospect with present strength throughout his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame is the Top Uncommitted Catcher in the 2021 Class. His ability at and behind the plate makes him an intriguing prospect that in a regular year would most likely have been locked up with a commitment at this point. At the plate, he pounded the ball to centerfield as he lived mostly gap to gap throughout his round achieving a 99.3 mph Max Exit Velocity via TrackMan. His ability behind the plate was also put on display with improved receiving skills and a Pop Time range of 1.85 – 1.98 with an 80 mph Catcher Velocity. This is a prospect who may not be on the board much longer with these kinds of tools that should transition very well to the next level. 


Reed Pippin - OF / Coronado

Reed Pippin came into the Uncommitted Upperclass event as the Top Uncommitted Outfielder in the 2021 class with present tools in centerfield. The Coronado product has routinely made plays that are far from routine throughout his high school career with excellent defensive instincts with PBR Verified 6.78 60 Time. At the plate, he possesses a max bat speed of 72.9 mph while averaging 69.55 mph and uses his quick hands to spray the ball to all fields, putting pressure on the defense with his speed. Pippin is a leadoff hitter type with a scrap approach to the game, consistently producing tough at bats while holding down a premium position with the athleticism to be place at any position on the field.