Top Prospect Preview: 2021 LHP & Two-Ways


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

With the Top Prospect Games quickly approaching, we will be taking a look at a number of players to watch in the Prospect Preview leading into Nevada's largest event of the summer hosted Las Vegas Ballpark. This event will features some of the top players from the 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 classes who will be analyzed and assess with the help of the most advanced technology in baseball, TrackMan and Blast Motion. Day 1 will feature a Pro-Style workout where players will be running a Laser Timed 60, Batting Practice session using Blast Motion to analyze In-Swing Data and TrackMan to assess Post Contact Metrics, Outfield Evaluations, Infield Evaluations and Catcher Evaluations. Day 2 will include Live-Streamed game play that will allow some of the top arms in the state to showcase their abilities against some of the best bats Nevada has to offer. 

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Schaefer comes into the Top Prospect event as the only southpaw for the 2021 class, and the valedictorian candidate has continued to impress over the summer. His fastball velocity has continued to trend positively reaching up to 88 mph in multiple starts with his command following that same positive progression. The 6-foot-4, 185 pound prospect still has tremendous upside as he continues polishing his delivery into a repeatable motion each time he takes the mound. His secondary pitches also show promise as already possesses a breaking ball that has quality shape and flashes of an above average change up with arm side sink and fade. This may be one of the most sought after arms at the biggest event of the summer.

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Molto-Herrera is another 2021 who has made the most of the layoff by dedicating himself to honing his craft both at the plate and especially on the mound. He has steadily seen his velocity climb over the past few months with a new personal best being the 89 mph he hit just a month ago in Arizona. He still has limited innings on the mound since the February shutdown, but prior to the Covid break he was set to have his breakout junior year at Bishop Gorman with stellar preseason performances on the mound as the team’s top closer with multiple scoreless appearances against some of the top teams in Southern California. Along with his fastball he has a go-to split change that has late downward action after coming out of the same plane as his fastball and also possesses a slider that he uses well against righties. Still a relative unknown that should make some noise this weekend.

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Kieffer has continued to make a name for himself this summer and mostly recently at the SoCal ProCase where he topped out at 86-87 mph facing some of the top talent Southern California has to offer. He is another Desert Oasis arm that has seen significant progress over the past few month improving his velocity up into the low 90’s via Pocket Radar video provided by Desert Oasis. Kieffer will be showcasing his two-way abilities this weekend at the Top Prospect event, but his future will most likely be on the mound with the upside that remains at the position. 

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