Top Prospect Preview: Underclass Pitchers


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 simulated 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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Payton Riske - 2022, Bishop Gorman, Uncommitted

Riske made huge impression on the PBR Staff at the 2020 Future Games where he ran it up to 87 mph, a personal best. Along with is fastball, he possesses two potential plus secondary pitches that include a changeup that has sink and a breaking ball that he has the confidence to throw in any count. A son of 11 year Big Leaguer, Dave Riske, he has a polished delivery that lets him remain consistent in his arm slot, allowing his secondary pitches to work off the fastball plane. At 5-foot-10, only 140 pounds, he still has a ton of upside as he continues to develop physically with his velocity expected to parallel that physical progression.

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Karl Ralamb - 2022, Faith Lutheran, Uncommitted

Ralamb was standout on the mound at the Faith Lutheran Scout Day earlier this year. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound righty topped out at 83 mph on a brisk night in January and is expected to increase those numbers this weekend. He uses a slow, low effort delivery with a long, loose arm, staying mostly upright through his delivery helping him create some downhill action on each of his pitches finishes slightly towards the first base side. A successful Top Prospect event should help propel Ralamb up the 2022 rankings that will be coming out shortly after the event.

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Perry could be the most interesting Underclass at the Top Prospect with significant jumps made over the past few months in the velocity department. Still possessing some raw features with his secondary pitches, he has the actions on the mound that make him an exciting follow, standing at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds with long limbs and a live arm. Perry has had a successful summer playing throughout the East Coast, including an event at the LakePoint Facility where he topped out at at 87 mph and seemingly had more in the tank. Currently ranked #4 in the 2023 Class, he is going to do everything he can to make his case to move up in the 2023 PBR Player Rankings.

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