Top Prospect - Quick Hits: 2021 Pitchers


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

Las Vegas, NV - The Nevada Top Prospect event saw some of the top talent in the state take the field at Las Vegas Ballpark to showcase their abilities in front of the PBR Staff as well as the 2,000+ viewers that tuned in via Live Stream. This group featured prospects ranging from the 2021-2023 classes and were tracked, analyzed and assess by the leading technology in the sport in TrackMan and Blast Motion.

Day 1, the athletes took part in the Pro-Style workout where they ran a Laser Timed 60 Yard Dash, took a TrackMan + Blast analyzed batting practice session, Catcher Velocity/Pop Times, Outfield Evaluation/Velocity and Infield Evaluation/Velocity. Day 2 featured Live Evaluations where pitchers threw controlled live sessions against hitters in a simulation live format. Both days were filled by standout performances and new personal bests that will be highlight over the coming days with Quick Hits, Statistical Leaderboards and Players You Need to Know About.

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Reed Schaefer - LHP / Desert Oasis / Arizona

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

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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Jesus Gonzalez - RHP / Basic / Uncommitted

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Basic Academy
    State: NV
  • Summer Team: SN Tribe
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Profile: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. Strong, athletic build with some room to add strength. One of the most underrated arms in the 2021 class, A raw are with a high ceiling. He possesses the present arm strength, but continued polish to his game would allow him to add a consistent, quality pair of secondary pitches to his arsenal. 

Delivery:  Works out of the stretch. Comes set tall and slightly closed. Slow, belt high leg kick into a drop and drive delivery. Stride lands slightly closed with a balanced finish over his front side. 
Arm Action: RH. Quick, loose arm action. 3/4 to high 3/4 arm slot. Repeated slot on both of his pitches. 

FB: Max 90 mph. Sat 88-90 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2122 RPM. Lives around the zone. Has the ability to spot up. 

CB: 70-73 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2211 RPM. 11/4 shape with flashes of back up action. Better action when he releases it farther out front. 

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Jaden Harris - RHP / ridgeline (UT) / uncommitted

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Roy/Ridgeline
    State: UT
  • Summer Team: CBA
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 220lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Profile: 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Developed build with a strong lower half. One of the few Utahns to make their presence known at the Nevada Top Prospect with a quality performance on the mound from an above average arm that may have more in the tank with continued polish of his delivery. 

 Delivery:  Starts tall and narrow to the far left side of the rubber. Compact delivery with little wasted movement. Drop and drive type. Chest high peaking leg kick, hands raise up to head high followed by an on line stride. Throws over a high front side creating some downhill action on his pitches. Finishes balanced after extension.

Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action. High 3/4 arm slot. Gets extended well. Repeated slot on both his FB and CB. 

FB: Max 90 mph. Sat 88-90 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1944 RPM. Some downhill action. Jumps out his hand. 

SL: 75-78 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2367 RPM. Tight, late sweeping action. Comes out on same plane as FB. Flashes some back up action. Strikeout pitch. Tends to slow arm down.

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Cole Roberts - rhp / desert oasis / uncommitted

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Desert Oasis
    State: NV
  • Summer Team: Las Vegas Aces
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Profile: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds. Stocky, strong build. Uses his lower half extremely well. An arm that has seen significant improvement, a +8 mph jump since January. Roberts is a competitor on the mound with a two pitch mix that he has the confidence to throw either pitch in any count. 

Delivery: Stretch only. Comes set in a squatted, athletic position. Loads into his back leg, raising up into a chest high leg kick then sinking into a drop and drive delivery. Lands slightly across his body. Falls towards 1B side in his follow through. 
Arm Action: RH. Loose, quick arm. 3/4 arm slot. Repeats well on each of his pitch. 

FB: Max 89. Sat 87-89 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2146 RPM. Ball jumps out of his hand. Some arm side action. Effectively wild around the zone. 

CB: 71-73 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2179 RPM. Late action. Varies between 11/5 and 10/4 shape. Can use in any count.

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Bryan Green - lhp / Spanish Springs / Uncommitted

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Spanish Springs
    State: NV
  • Summer Team: CBA
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Profile: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. The thick built lefty has a developed frame with proportionate strength throughout. Added physicality has had a positive impact on his velocity. A high ceiling prospect that projects to add more velocity down the road with some polish on his delivery.

Delivery: Tall, narrow set up in center of the rubber. Simple, repeatable delivery, tall/tilt type with high peaking leg kick. Stays mostly upright throughout his motion helping him create some downhill action on each of his pitches. Lands slightly closed with a mostly balanced finish with tendency to fall towards the 3B line.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action. Mostly over the top arm slot with flashes of high 3/4. 

FB: Max 88 mph. Sat 86-88 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2121 RPM. Downhill action with some natural arm side run. 

CB: 74-75 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1996 RPM. Good shape with some back up action.

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