Upperclass Top Prospect Games: Infield Analysis


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

The Upperclass Top Prospect Games featured some of the top prospects in the 2022 and 2023 classes with a majority of them still Uncommitted. The event consisted of a Pro-Style Workout that included a Laser Timed 60 Yard Dash, Batting Practice tracked by Blast Motion and Trackman, Catcher Evaluations, Outfield Evaluations, Infield Evaluations with the Pitcher Evaluations taking place during the Simulated Game on Day 2 of the event with the help of TrackMan. The event was designed highlighted each players abilities using the most advanced technology in the game with complete player reports coming from all the information collected in the Driveline Player Report. Following a Prep Baseball Report event, players received unrivaled access to their advanced ball-tracking and swing metrics through the TrackMan and Blast Connect apps as well as the players metrics snapshot uploaded directly to their PBR Player Profiles.

Today, we dive into the Infield Analysis with Scouting Reports unique to each player who attended the Upperclass Top Prospect Games.

Infield Analysis

Quentin Anguay SS / 2B / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-10, 155 pounds
Defense: IF. Easy, fluid actions. Feet work well to help him receive quality hops. Ranges well laterally with feel for the backhand play. Should be able to stay on the left side of the IF at the next level.
Arm: RH. 79 mph. Short, quick arm cycle. Accurate. Changes arm angle maintain fluidity.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, spread set up. Simple rhythm in lower half. Pick up, put down stride. Efficient into the zone with level bat path. Line drive type swing. Flashes some power potential to pull side with double to LCF wall in the Simulate Game.
Power: 93.17 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan. 
Run: 7.49 Laser Timed 60

Derek Bain C / SS / The Meadows, NV / 2024

Body: 5-foot-7, 165 pounds. 
Defense: C. Physical backstop with present strength allowing him to handle velo, balls in the bottom of the zone. Presents quality target with improved receiving. 1.96 Pop Time. IF. Corner IF type. Quality first step. Tends to field the ball deep. Flashed some range. Relies on athleticism through fielding process.
Arm: RH. IF - 76 mph. C - 72 mph. Short arm cycle. Accurate.
Hit: LH. Tall, open set up. High, knee to knee leg kick. Weight shifts to front side with some heaviness at foot strike. Works when he gets down on time. Produced an electric BP round, left the yard multiple times to RF and RCF.
Power: 92.89 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.45 Laser Timed 60

Brady Ballinger LHP / 1B / Green Valley , NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Competent actions off the bag. Footwork is improving. Tends to field the ball deep with elevated backside. Easy transition into throws.
Arm: LH. 71 mph. Loose, high ¾ slot.
Hit: LH. Spread, squatted set up. Subtle hand rhythm into a compact load. Level bath path. Line drive producer when stay through the ball. Tends to get rotational on inside pitch. Power potential to the middle/pull side.
Power: 96.60 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.75 Laser Timed 60

Kody Bialas 3B / RHP / Palo Verde , NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-0, 175 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Athletic enough to hold down MIF position, but showed comfort at 3B. Feet work well through the ball. Ranges laterally. Comfort in the backhand play. Gets the ball out with urgency. One of the events top IF prospects.
Arm: RH. 88 mph. Quick, ball to shoulder arm action. Carry with accuracy.
Hit: RH. Squared, athletic set up. Simple push load. Short to the ball with consistent barrels. Worked mostly gap to gap with flashes of power especially to pull side. Repeats well. Line drive producer.
Power: 96.39 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.33 Laser Timed 60

Lucas Boesen RHP / 3B / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-0, 200 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Simple, clean actions. Showed ability to range to both sides. Present glove well. Efficient exchanges. Corner IF type.
Arm: RH. 73 mph. Short arm cycle. Accurate.
Hit: RH. Open set up. Weight shifted mostly towards back side. Strides back to square. Coiled load. Stays on plane well. Line drive type swing. Some lift though extension. Flashes pull side power potential.
Power: 95.06 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.56 Laser Timed 60

Michael Brown SS / 2B / Shadow Ridge , NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-7, 125 pounds. 
Defense: MIF. Advanced IF actions. Fluid, easy through fielding process. Quality range to both sides and is expected to improve as foot speed increases. Excellent glove presentation. Can hold down SS, but projects transition to 2B at next level.
Arm: RH. 80 mph. Quick, loose arm. Accurate with carry. Can change slots to maintain fluidity.
Hit: SH. LH. Seemingly his natural side. Athletic, open set up. Low hovering leg kick. Gets down on time. Efficient to the ball. Sprays to all fields. Balanced finish. Excellent approach with a mature round during BP session. RH. Similar features to LH swing. More rhythm in lower half. Swing tends to have a bit more uphill action through the zone. Works more middle/pull. Earned two hits during Sim Game, one from each side of the plate.
Power: 87.69 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.20 Laser Timed 60

Theodore Chartier C / 3B / Legacy, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-10, 190 pounds. 
Defense: C. Improved strength parallels improved receiving. Athletic set up with some quickness in his catch and throw. 1.98 Pop Time. IF. Corner IF type. Competent, simple actions. Foot speed limits lateral range. Presents glove well with feel for backhand play.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. IF - 76 mph.
Hit: RH. Square, athletic set up. Loads with medium, hanging leg kick. Some heaviness in foot strike. Some uphill in his bat path through the zone. Line drive producer with some power potential to the pull side.
Power: 90.50 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.48 Laser Timed 60

Traivon Dyson SS / RHP / Sierra Vista, NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-3, 160 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Raw, athletic actions. Has rhythm through fielding process. Flashed lateral range. Presents glove well. Easy transition through midsection. Should be able to stay up the middle.
Arm: RH. 80 mph. Long, loose arm.
Hit: RH. Tall, open set up. Toe taps to square with lengthened stride. Down through the zone bat path. Levels at at point of contact. Line drive type swing. Worked mostly middle/pull.
Power: 91.77 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.26 Laser Timed 60

Stephen Bryce Ferrer-Leo LHP / 1B / Palo Verde, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-2, 165 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Works off the bag well. Easy actions through fielding process. Feet stay underneath him.  OF. Natural actions. Confident through the ball. Active feet to get him on line to his target. Simple, chest high exchange. Gets the ball out quickly.
Arm: LH. OF - 76 mph. IF - 78 mph. Quick, loose arm. Understands how to counter ASR.
Hit: LH. Squared, spread set up. Coiled load with simple pick up, put down stride. Short to the ball with some length through extension. Balanced finish. Line drive producer. Lived gap to gap.
Power: 92.68 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.07 Laser Timed 60

Nicky Garritano SS / 2B / Green Valley, NV / 2022

Body: 5-foot-10,  165 pounds. 
Defense: IF. High IQ, sure handed defender. Fundamentally sound actions. Ranges well for foot speed. Excellent glove work with the feet to match. Showed ability to handle the play deep in the 6 hole. Can hold down SS at next level, but may transition back to his natural 2B.
Arm: RH. 80 mph. Short, accurate arm.
Hit: RH. Tall, open set up. Low hoving leg kick that gets down on time. Hands start head high, drop into slight arm bar load. Level bat path through the zone with some lift through extension. Line drive producer to both gaps. Power potential to the pull side. Ability at the plate has paralleled his recent physical growth.
Power: 88.08 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.42 Laser Timed 60

Nicolo Guevara RHP / 1B / Faith Lutheran , NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Competent actions. Tends to sit back on his heels. Fields the ball deep. Relies on athleticism through fielding process.
Arm: RH. 79 mph. Accurate feeds.
Hit: RH. Wide base. Rhythm in his lower half. Small leg kick that get down on time. Some uphill in his swing path. Stays in his legs well. Fly ball producer. Worked mostly middle/pull
Power: 86.38 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.60 Laser Timed 60

Brant Hannon 2B / RHP / Rancho , NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-2, 165 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Feet work well to get him in position. Tends to field the ball deep. Showed his ability to range to both sides. Could potentially move to 3B if he fills out his frame.
Arm: RH. 75 mph. Drops down to low ¾ on each of his throws.
Hit: RH. Balanced, athletic set up. Subtle hand rhythm. Simple stride for separation. Hands tend to drop and create some loop in the swing. Line drive producer when he is on plane.
Power: 88.83 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.38 Laser Timed 60

Luke Hughes SS / OF / Southeast Career Technical Academy, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-10, 155 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Clean defensive actions. Quality glove work. Feet work to get him in position. Showed his ability to range to both sides. Feel for the backhand play. Actions can play at SS, but arm strength may move him to 2B at the next level.
Arm: RH. 69 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Hit: RH. Narrow, open set up. Medium leg kick that gets down on time. Compact swing. Level through the zone. Worked mostly middle/pull. Flashed some power potential.
Power: 85.00 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.43 Laser Timed 60

Justin Kania 2B / OF / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Active feet. Hops into his set up. Developing glove work. Showed an ability to range laterally. Comfort around the bag at 1B. Quality receiver, present a good target. Corner IF type.
Arm: RH. 82 mph.
Hit: RH. Spread, slightly opened set up. Rhythm in his lower half. Hands are short to the ball. Level through the zone with some lift through extension. High 2 hand finish. Line drive/fly ball producer.
Power: 85.91 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.23 Laser Timed 60

Brett Matson 2B / OF / Liberty , NV / 2022

Body: 5-foot-11, 160 pounds. 
Defense: OF. Athletic, aggressive actions through the ball. Feet work to get him on line. Works into a quick shuffle to throw. Can hold down a premium position in CF. IF. Clean, advanced actions. Plays with bounce. Smoothness in the footwork to get through the ball. Presents glove well. Footspeed allows for plus range to both sides. Comfort in the backhand play. Should be able to stay on the left side of the IF at the next level.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. IF - 90 mph. Quick, short arm cycle. Accurate with AA carry.
Hit: SH. LH - Easy rhythm and flow, medium leg kick that gets down on time. Compact stroke. Some uphill through the zone. Flashes power potential, especially to the pull side. RH - Athletic set up. Simple rock back into his load, pick up/put down stride. Short to the ball with some lift through the zone. Flashes of rotational type swing. Line drive producer when he stays through the ball. Top of the order type.
Power: 98.28 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 6.75 Laser Timed 60

Nicholas Morrison SS / OF / Coronado, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-11, 150 pounds.
Defense: IF. Developing defensive actions. Some fluidity through the ball. Ranges well laterally. Tends to field the ball deep. MIF type, may land at 2B at the next level.
Arm: RH. 78 mph. Accurate.
Hit: RH. Squared, spread set up. Simple hand rhythm timing. Rocks into load. Some downhill bat path through the zone, levels off at contact point. Two handed, balanced finish.
Power: 87.22 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan. 
Run: 7.03 Laser Timed 60

Jacob Morrison 3B / OF / Coronado, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Hops into his set up. Simple, clean actions. Showed some lateral range. Feel for the ball outside his feet. Presents his glove well. Corner IF type.
Arm: RH. 81 mph. Short arm cycle. Some carry.
Hit: RH. Athletic, squared set up. Stride and go type swing. Bat starts on shoulder, lifts into load. Short the ball with lift through extension. Line drive / fly ball producer. Flashes some power potential, especially to the pull side.
Power: 97.73 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.31 Laser Timed 60

Tai Nguyen 1B / OF / Bishop Gorman , NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Improving actions around the bag. Relies on athleticism through fielding process. Understands how to go get and retreat on balls to receive quality hop.
Arm: RH. 76 mph. Short arm cycle. Some carry.
Hit: RH. Balanced, spread set up. Hands start head high into arm bar type load. Pick up / put down stride. Excellent hand speed. Short to the ball. Bat path down through the zone. Line drive producer with impressive, present power to the big part of the yard. One of the top power bats in Nevada’s 2022 Class.
Power: 102.30 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 6.72 Laser Timed 60

Tyler Ray RHP / 1B / Rancho, NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Simple, clean IF actions. Improving footwork to get himself squared to ball. Range expected to parallel improvements in his foot speed. Presents glove well. Corner IF type.
Arm: RH. 78 mph. Quick, clean arm action. Accurate.
Hit: RH. Spread, square set up. Slow hand load with pick up/put down stride. Bat stays on plane through the zone. Line drive producer. Flashes his ability to drive the to LF/LCF. Middle of the order type bat.
Power: 87.77 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 78.81 Laser Timed 60

Alex Rhynes OF / SS / Centennial, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-10, 160 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Plays with bounce. Feet work well to get him through the ball. AA range to both sides with feel for the backhand play. Projects to stay at SS at the next level. OF - Aggressive, confident routes. Clean exchange through midsection into shuffle/throw. Athleticism shines through defensively with the ability to play and excel at any spot.
Arm: RH. IF - 79 mph. OF - 80 mph. Short, quick arm action. Some carry.
Hit: RH. Athletic, closed set up. Low hovering leg kick with slight coil load. Drives the ball with authority when on time. Bat starts and stays on plane. Some natural lift through extension. Produced a line drive filled round. Showed power potential to the big part of the yard, especially to the pull side.
Power: 97.19 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 6.80 Laser Timed  60

Jackson Sadler 1B / RHP / Reno, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Developing infield actions. Tends to stay upright as the ball approaches. Understands his positioning with comfort coming off the bag. Receives the ball well.
Arm: RH. 76 mph. Short arm cycle, accurate
Hit: RH. Squared, athletic set up. High, knee to knee leg kick. Arm bar type load. Some loop in the swing, but works when he is on time. Worked gap to gap throughout his round.
Power: 92.00 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.80 Laser Timed 60

Billy Scaldeferri SS / 2B / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-0, 180 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Clean, confident actions through the ball. Feet work to get him positioned to receive a quality hop. Easy range to both sides with ability to stay fluid throughout. MIF type with his actions and arm projecting him to stay on the left side of the infield.
Arm: RH. 78 mph. Loose, quick arm. Accurate with some carry.
Hit: RH. Athletic, square set up. Low, hovering leg kick that gets down on time. Simple, efficient stroke. Lived in the big part of the yard. Repeats well. Understands his swing and stays within. Power potential with much more coming as he continues to develop physically.
Power: 93.87 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.27 Laser Timed 60

Easton Shelton 3B / 1B / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Athletic actions, moves well for a player his size. Showed his ability to range laterally with clean footwork. Feel for the backhand play. Current 3B and could stay there with expected additional size projects to move him to 1B. 
Arm: RH. 71 mph. Clean arm cycle. High ¾. Can change slots to stay fluid.
Hit: RH. Open, tall set up. Medium leg kick back to square. Subtle hand rhythm for timing. Efficient to the ball with strength through the zone. Present power to both gaps. One of the top power bats in Nevada’s 2023 Class. 
Power: 100.18 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan. 
Run: 7.29 Laser Timed 60

Payton Smith SS / 2B / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-11, 160 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Hops into his set up. AA Easy, fluid actions through the fielding process. Feel for the hop and timing to maintain smooth actions. Presents his glove well, funneling into his midsection. Ranges well to both sides with comfort in the backhand play. One of the top defensive performance in the 2023 Class.
Arm: RH. IF - 78. Loose, quick arm. Can change slots to maintain fluidity.
Hit: RH. Spread, squared set up. Early stride. Compact stroke. Level through the zone. Some uphill through extension. Produced a line drive filled round. Stayed within his approach throughout his BP Session.
Power: 90.89 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.47 Laser Timed 60

Logan Smith 1B / RHP / Centennial , NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Competent actions through the ball. Improving footwork around and coming off the bag. Presents a good target and receives the ball well.
Arm: RH. 79 mph.
Hit: RH. Tall, open set up. Simple rock back into his load. Pick up/put down stride. Slight arm bar hand load with some loop in the swing. Works up through the ball. Drove the ball throughout his round. Middle of the order type bat.
Power: 95.64mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.99 Laser Timed 60

Benjamin Smith 1B / LHP / Basic Academy, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Smooth defensive action. Moves well for his size. Uses length to get the ball out front. Catches each ball as he receives it. Transfers through midsection.
Arm: LH. 83 mph. Long, loose arm. Understands how to counter natural ASR.
Hit: LH. Tall, narrow set up. Medium leg kick. Downhill swing path through the zone. Fly ball producer. Flashes some power potential to the pull side.
Power: 94.51 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.72 Laser Timed 60

James Starkus 1B / 3B / Southwest Career & Technical Academy, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Improving footwork off and around the bag. Simple, clean IF actions. Feet work to square him up to the ball.
Arm: RH. 73 mph.
Hit: RH. Open, athletic set up. Low hovering stride back to square. Utilizes upperbody strength through the zone. Level bat path. Much more power to come as he continues to incorporate his lower half. Impressive power to the pull side.
Power: 100.27 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.34 Laser Timed 60

Jackson Tanko 2B / SS / Palo Verde, NV / 2022

Body: 5-foot-8, 155 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Clean, simple IF actions. Controlled through the fielding process. Present his glove well. Some lateral range. Feel for the ball outside his feet. Quick transfer to get the ball out.
Arm: RH. 70 mph. Short, quick arm. Some carry.
Hit: RH. Square, balanced set up. Simple rock back load with pick up/put down stride. Hands are efficient to the ball. Level swing path. Show his ability to spray the ball to all fields. Flashed some power potential to the pull side.
Power: 86.84 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 7.13 Laser Timed 60

Eddie Tierney SS / RHP / Damonte Ranch, NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-3, 171 pounds. 
Defense: IF. Clean, confident actions through the ball. Works to cut down distance on the ball. Feet work to get him a quality hop. Moves well laterally for his size with excellent glove work on both the forehand and backhand play. Advanced feel for the SS position should keep him there at the next level.
Arm: RH. 86 mph. Low ¾ slot.
Hit: RH. Open, athletic set up. Showed a simple, toe tap stride as well as a medium leg kick. Both get down on time. Inside out type swing. Excellent barrel awareness. Worked mostly middle other way with flashes of power potential to the pull side. Top of the order type bat. Showed excellent understanding of the zone during the Simulated Game.
Power: 94.68 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 6.97 Laser Timed 60

Noah Tschopp 1B / RHP / Rancho , NV / 2022

Body: 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. 
Defense: 1B. Athletic, fluid actions for his size. Feet and hands work well to get him positioned for quality hops. Flashed some range to both sides. Corner IF type with present athleticism to hold down 3B, but projects to make the move to 1B at the next level.
Arm: RH. 85 mph. Long, loose arm. Accurate with carry.
Hit: RH. Tall, square set up. Short of the ball. Works down through the zone, leveling off at contact. Compact, two-handed finish. Line drive type.
Power: 93.13 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan.
Run: 8.16 Laser Timed 60

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
PBR Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/28 LakePoint Sports
2021 PBR Future Games (Nevada Invite) NV 07/28 LakePoint Sports
PBR West Coast Games (Nevada Invite) NV 08/13 UNLV & College of Southern Nevada
Northern Nevada Prospect Open NV 08/21 Bishop Manogue

 

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