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OK Winter Showcase: 2019 Pitchers Analysis

Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma hosted the OK Winter Showcase at the state of the art World Baseball Outreach indoor facility in Tulsa, OK. This invite only event featured 40 of the top players from every class in Oklahoma. Each player participated in a pro style showcase to get all the measurables where the PBR staff and multiple colleges and pro scouts had the chance to watch them live.    

Today we look at the junior pitchers from the event. Though many of them are skilled two-way players, they will be covered here as pitchers only, with other positional analysis to come later. 

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Caleb Burchfield RHP / SS / Catoosa, OK / 2019

A lean 6-foot, 170-pound frame with some length. On the mound, works from a simple, average tempo delivery, with rhythm that he repeats well. Arm action is long an fluid, coming through an over-the-top slot with looseness. Fastball sits 78-80 mph, four seam keeps its plane while the two seam has consistent sink and arm side run, sprayed around the zone. Curveball shows gradual break with 11/5-12/6 sharp, 64-66 mph. Slider is still developing, sharp at times, spins out occasionally, 72-73 mph. Changeup shows plus fade, 73-74 mph, for strikes.

Caleb Case LHP / 1B / Stillwater, OK / 2019

A physically advanced 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame with some strength throughout. On the mound, works from an average tempo delivery with rhythm, rocks his hands over his head and uses a high leg kick before striking down the mound with excellent leg drive. Arm action is long of of the break then gets high and short in the back before coming through a high-¾ slot. Fastball sits 85-86 mph and touched 87, with the two seam showing consistent and late arm side run and the four seam keeping it plane. At 73-77 mph the slider, already above average, has a chance to be a plus pitch in the future, thrown with full arm speed and late 2/8 depth, hangs at times, thrown as a chase pitch and for strikes. Changeup is also thrown with full arm speed with fade, 73-76 some strikes. 

Bryce Crawford RHP / OF / Dale, OK / 2019

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound lean frame with some strength throughout. On the mound, works from a simple and average tempo delivery, strides short and open. Arm action is short in the back and come through a high-¾ slot with arm speed and quickness. Fastball ranges 82-87 mph with downhill tilt and occasional late sink and arm side run. Slider has 11/5 shape with tight spin and some depth, spins out at times, 74-74. Changeup is thrown with full arm speed and shows some fade, 76-78 mph. Crawford’s electric arm will make him a player to watch has he polishes his mechanics and continues to put on size. 

Tyler French RHP / OF / Owasso , OK / 2019

A 6-foot, 180-pound proportional frame. On the mound, works from a very controlled and deliberate delivery. Arm action is moderate, smooth and controlled until he brings it through a high-¾ slot. Fastball keeps it plane at 73-74 mph, some strikes. Curveball shows 11/5 shape with gradual break, 58-60 mph. Changeup has some fade 66-68 mph.  

Colt Gniech RHP / Union, OK / 2019

A very lean and projectable 6-foot-1, 145-pound frame. On the mound, works from a smooth average tempo delivery with a moderate leg kick. Arm action is extremely short, similar to  a catchers, and comes through a high-¾ slot. Fastball flashes some cut at 77-78 mph, mostly strikes. Curveball sits 63-65 mph with 11/5 shape and  gradual break, occasionally spinning out. Changeup is still developing, 69-71 mph with slight fade, sprayed.

Diego Ramirez 3B / RHP / Bethany , OK / 2019

A 5-foot-11, 200-pound durable frame. On the mound, works from an uptempo and abbreviated wind-up with a high leg kick and good drive down the mound. Arm action is long in the back with a quick and whippy change of direction before coming through a ¾ slot. Fastball keeps its plane at 74-75 mph, some strikes. Curveball has 11/5 shape with gradual break, 58-61 mph. Changeup shows some fade, 67-68 mph. 

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