Top Performer Spotlight: C/OF 2023 Danny Witters (Walter Panas)


Tim Hunter
VP of Operations

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Danny Witters

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
  • High School: Walter Panas
    State: NY
  • Summer Team: Bronx Bombers
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.30
60-yard
(09/27/22)
1.87 - 1.95
Pop Time
(06/08/22)
81
OF Velo
(07/06/20)
79
C Velo
(09/27/22)
93
Exit Velo
(03/07/21)
4.31
H-1st
(02/21/20)
Position
60-yard
7.3
C Velo
79
Position
60-yard
7.33
Pop Time
1.87 - 1.95
C Velo
78
Position
60-yard
7.61
Pop Time
1.98 - 2.06
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.97
Pop Time
2.02 - 2.06
OF Velo
81
C Velo
69
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
7.6
Pop Time
2.02 - 2.08
OF Velo
77
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
86
H-1st
4.31
Position
60-yard
7.89
Pop Time
2.13 - 2.23
OF Velo
71
C Velo
70
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.85
OF Velo
76
C Velo
71
Trackman - Hitting
97.0
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/08/22)
84.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/08/22)
225
Distance (avg)
(06/08/22)
352
Distance (max)
(06/08/22)
25
Hard Hit %
(06/08/22)
67
Sweet Spot %
(03/07/21)
42
Line Drive %
(07/06/20)
50.0
Fly Ball %
(06/08/22)
33
Ground Ball %
(03/07/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
97
Exit Velocity (avg)
84.4
Distance (avg)
225
Distance (max)
352
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
93.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
69.7
Distance (avg)
165
Distance (max)
298
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
89.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
83.9
Distance (avg)
221
Distance (max)
316
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
20.4
Hand Speed (max)
(07/06/20)
18.6
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/06/20)
71.8
Bat Speed (max)
(06/08/22)
67.3
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/07/21)
8.9
Rot. Acc (max)
(07/06/20)
6.6
Rot. Acc (avg)
(06/08/22)
43
On Plane Eff (avg)
(03/07/21)
46
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(06/08/22)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
19.9
Hand Speed (avg)
18.1
Bat Speed (max)
71.8
Bat Speed (avg)
67
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
20.3
Hand Speed (avg)
17.8
Bat Speed (max)
70.8
Bat Speed (avg)
67.3
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
20.4
Hand Speed (avg)
18.6
Bat Speed (max)
69.1
Bat Speed (avg)
65.7
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)

Swift

Swift
7.33
60-yd
(06/08/22)
16.7
Run speed (max)
(06/08/22)
8.1
Run Speed (avg)
(06/08/22)
Swift
60-yd
7.33
Run speed (max)
16.7
Run Speed (avg)
8.1

Scouting Report

Physical: 5-foot-9, 160-pounds. Tall athletic frame. 7.6 runner in the 60; 4.31 home-to-1B.
Offensively: RHH. Tall upright stance, feet shoulders width apart, bent at the knees, slightly open, high hands, long large leg kick into simple load action Upward bat path, hands get through the zone, long swing but gets barrel to the ball. Contact up the middle, line drives pull side. 86 MPH raw exit velocity.
Defensively: 2.02-2.08 pop times. OF: Starts low with a wide base, fields the ball inside his glove foot, gets a running start to release C: Low stance, feet off center with left foot in front, strong stick, quick footwork gaining ground on throws down to the bag. Long arm swing with a 3/4 arm slot C: Short arm swing, Low 3/4 arm slot. C - 74 MPH.  OF - 77 MPH.

 

Standout Skill
To me, Witters catching ability would be his strong point and what stood out most. He has put up some impressive numbers at some events during catcher workouts. He does tend to have an angled set up when making throw downs, just want to watch how much your turning your body because you chest is the target for the pitcher and angling make blocking that much harder. Quick left-right replace with his feet, smooth transfers, and low throws that are all consistently around the bag.
Player Projection
Witters looks to have the athletic ability to play both OF and C, but I think the speed factor will slow him down trying to cover some ground in the OF to other players. His quick transfer behind the dish with a good firm glove are reason i think he's suited best for catcher. Witters also has a strong bat with some pop for a young player, definitely keep an eye out as he develops more.

Quick Hit
"Athletic frame, solid and athletic frame. Narrow stance to a big leg kick, hands stay high with a long finish. Shows some pop, tendency to work middle of the field to slightly pull-side gap. Waits back on the ball during OF workout and fields it inside glove side foot. Shuffle step to gain momentum into the throw, consistent low throws to target."


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