Bucknam, Ochoa Perform Well At Super 60


Bruce Hefflinger and Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Canada Senior Writer and Editor in Chief

Follow on Twitter- @PBR_Ontario
Follow on Twitter- @PBR_Alberta

Follow on Twitter- @PrepBaseballBC
Follow on Twitter- @PBR_Qubec

Bucknam, Ochoa Perform Well At Super 60

MCCOOK, Ill. - Micah Bucknam impressed on the mound while Nathaniel Ochoa dazzled in the field and with the bat during the Prep Baseball Report Super 60 Pro Showcase.

The performances by the two representatives from Canada in front of approximately 100 pro scouts drew raves.

“Micah Bucknam continues to make strides,” noted Shooter Hunt, vice president of scouting for PBR. “The biggest one that I noticed at the Super 60 was in the breaking ball. There is some depth, but the later bite is what might help him in developing more of an out pitch.”

Ochoa also grabbed a lot of attention.

“Ochoa's broad-shouldered, physical frame is imposing almost as much as how easily he moves around in it,” Hunt explained. “He’s comfortable at shortstop with graceful actions and a confident glove. I think it is going to be very easy to envision Ochoa gaining some helium throughout the spring/summer.

“That bat continues to trend up from a power standpoint, and with more live action, he could make significant strides forward in the future.”

George Halim, PBR Canada Scouting Director, was excited with what he saw out of the two top-rated players at their position in British Columbia and Ontario, respectively.

“The fastball is cutty, the breaking ball shows early shape and the changeup shows good downward action,” Halim pointed out about Bucknam, who sat 87-90 while topping at 91. “There's a lot of effort in the delivery, but it was a good early look at the LSU commit before he gets to the Draft League this summer.”

Ochoa, who ran a 6.77 time in the 60 and had 100 exit velocity along with 92 infield velo, is also slated to play in the PBR league in a few months.

“If you know Ochoa, you know his money-maker is going to be the bat, but it's also going to be the last thing to come,” Halim said. “At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he looks the part. He ran a 6.77, showed easy arm strength across the diamond, and a reliable glove in the infield. Down the road he has a chance to hit for power, but he's got time before he sets his sights on the PBR Draft League this summer.”

The Alabama commit enjoyed his time at the 20th annual event.

“The Super 60 was the smoothest showcase event that I have ever been a part of,” the Notre Dame Catholic High School senior related. “It is an amazing opportunity that PBR is able to provide, especially getting as many scouts to the event as there was. Very impressive.

“The highlight for me was my fielding. I went out to shortstop feeling very confident and it paid off. I made all my plays and all my throws, had a personal best across diamond velo and looked athletic doing it all.”

But it was also a learning process for the 57th-rated 2022 shortstop in North America.

“I think to help me in the future, something that I can take away from my performance at the event is just to stay loose and not get nervous,” Ochoa said. “It’s easy to tense up and get flustered in front of that many scouts, but at the Super 60 I made sure to take a deep breath and remember that I’ve been doing this for half of my lifetime. When I did that, it became normal and I performed well.”

Bucknam, the 63rd-ranked senior right-handed pitcher in North America, also appreciated the chance to show what he could do.

“I really enjoyed the event,” the M.E.I. (Mennonite Educational Institute) senior said. “It was a great opportunity to get out and throw in front of scouts. It’s a good preseason event, but sometimes hard for pitchers to get ready for. But overall it was a great event to participate in for the exposure we were given.

“The highlight for me was being able to see the technology after the event to help me in my development,” added the 6-2 205-pounder. “ProPlayAI was a great help to me in seeing how I can get better in my throwing mechanics. ProPlayAI and the Trackman data were very helpful in seeing some of the results of what I have been working on this off-season.”

Admittedly, performing with so many eyes on you from pro scouts was a bit daunting according to Bucknam.

“It was pretty nerve-wracking throwing in front of that many guys,” the top-rated 2022 in British Columbia said. “I enjoyed it though because it was just another opportunity to showcase my skills at a high level.”

Ochoa felt the same way.

“Performing in front of that many scouts can be nerve-wracking at times for sure, but the opportunities that it provides players is top tier,” Ochoa said. “The ability for a showcase event to have the amount of scouts it did is honestly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I think anyone who has the chance to go, should take it and make the best of it.”

Each drew attention from scouts at the Super 60.

“I had a few pro scouts reach out to me afterward telling me they thought I threw well etc,” Bucknam related. “All in all it was good to hear feedback after the event.”

Ochoa concurred with the thoughts of Bucknam.

“I did have a couple pro scouts approach me at the event, just for the most part introducing themselves to me and briefly chatting,” Ochoa said. “It really means a lot to me. It’s definitely an exciting feeling having pro scouts approach.”

And another step on the road to a bright future in the game, as Bucknam concluded.

“PBR has been a great help to me in my baseball career up to this point and I can’t wait to continue to go to their events and to play in the PBR MLB draft league this summer.”

Who Attended?

Name Position Class High School
Commitment
Micah Bucknam
RHP 2022 M.E.I LSU
Nathaniel Ochoa
SS
2022
Notre Dame Catholic
Alabama

A Closer Look At The Prospects

Micah Bucknam


Micah Bucknam

Class of 2022 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: M.E.I
    State: BC
  • Summer Team: Fraser Valley Cardinals
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
94
Max FB
(05/30/21)
90 - 94
FB
(05/30/21)
81 - 83
CB
(02/06/22)
85 - 87
CH
(05/01/20)
77 - 79
SL
(05/30/21)
Pitching
Max FB
91
FB
90 - 91
CB
81 - 83
CH
86 - 87
Pitching
Max FB
94
FB
90 - 94
CH
85 - 87
SL
77 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
93
FB
89 - 92
CH
85 - 87
SL
76 - 78
Trackman - Fastball
91.6
Velocity (max)
(05/30/21)
88.3 - 91.6
Velo Range
(05/30/21)
93.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(05/30/21)
2544
Spin Rate (max)
(05/30/21)
2490
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/06/22)
16.2
IVB (max)
(05/30/21)
15.4
IVB (avg)
(05/30/21)
8.6
HM (max)
(05/30/21)
7.6
HM (avg)
(05/30/21)
8.2
Extension (avg)
(05/30/21)
5.6
Release Ht (avg)
(05/30/21)
28
Spin Score (max)
(02/06/22)
50
Zone %
(02/06/22)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
90.7
Velo Range
89.8 - 90.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
88.8
Spin Rate (max)
2543
Spin Rate (avg)
2490
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
91.6
Velo Range
88.3 - 91.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
93.6
Spin Rate (max)
2544
Spin Rate (avg)
2383
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
83.1
Velocity (max)
(02/06/22)
81.2 - 82.7
Velo Range
(02/06/22)
79.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/06/22)
2210
Spin Rate (max)
(02/06/22)
2100
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/06/22)
-7.3
IVB (max)
(02/06/22)
-5.1
IVB (avg)
(02/06/22)
-5.7
HM (max)
(02/06/22)
-3.8
HM (avg)
(02/06/22)
7.7
Extension (avg)
(05/30/21)
5.5
Release Ht (avg)
(05/30/21)
27
Spin Score (max)
(02/06/22)
100
Zone %
(05/30/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
83.1
Velo Range
81.2 - 82.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.8
Spin Rate (max)
2210
Spin Rate (avg)
2100
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
78.2
Velo Range
75.7 - 78.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.2
Spin Rate (max)
1802
Spin Rate (avg)
1713
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
79.2
Velocity (max)
(05/30/21)
76.7 - 79.2
Velo Range
(05/30/21)
79.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(05/30/21)
1909
Spin Rate (max)
(05/30/21)
1842
Spin Rate (avg)
(05/30/21)
-1.8
IVB (max)
(05/30/21)
IVB (avg)
(05/30/21)
-6.9
HM (max)
(05/30/21)
-6.0
HM (avg)
(05/30/21)
7.1
Extension (avg)
(05/30/21)
5.5
Release Ht (avg)
(05/30/21)
24
Spin Score (max)
(05/30/21)
50
Zone %
(05/30/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
79.2
Velo Range
76.7 - 79.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.3
Spin Rate (max)
1909
Spin Rate (avg)
1842
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
87.5
Velocity (max)
(02/06/22)
86.2 - 87.3
Velo Range
(02/06/22)
86.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
(05/30/21)
1764
Spin Rate (max)
(02/06/22)
1680
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/06/22)
12.4
IVB (max)
(02/06/22)
8.5
IVB (avg)
(02/06/22)
14.1
HM (max)
(05/30/21)
13.0
HM (avg)
(05/30/21)
7.9
Extension (avg)
(05/30/21)
5.4
Release Ht (avg)
(05/30/21)
20
Spin Score (max)
(02/06/22)
25
Zone %
(05/30/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
87.5
Velo Range
86.2 - 87.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.7
Spin Rate (max)
1764
Spin Rate (avg)
1680
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
85.8
Velo Range
83.2 - 85.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
86.7
Spin Rate (max)
1631
Spin Rate (avg)
1614
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
99
Hop+
(02/06/22)
63
Rise+
(02/06/22)
94
Sink+
(02/06/22)
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
83
Hammer+
(02/06/22)
78
Sweep+
(02/06/22)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

Swift

Swift
2.62
RSi (max)
(02/06/22)
1.25
RSi (avg)
(02/06/22)
2219
Jump Power (max)
(02/06/22)
31.7
Jump Height (max)
(02/06/22)
31.3
Jump Height (avg)
(02/06/22)
Swift
RSi (max)
2.62
RSi (avg)
1.25
Jump Power (max)
2219
Jump Height (max)
31.7
Jump Height (avg)
31.3

Super 60 Performance



Nathaniel Ochoa


Nathaniel Ochoa

Class of 2022 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Notre Dame Catholic
    State: ON
  • Summer Team: Fieldhouse Pirates
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
84
Max FB
(09/17/21)
82 - 84
FB
(09/17/21)
62 - 64
CB
(04/07/19)
72 - 73
CH
(04/07/19)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
82 - 84
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
78 - 80
CB
62 - 64
CH
72 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
71
FB
70 - 71
CB
56 - 57
CH
62 - 64
Position
6.71
60-yard
92
INF Velo
(02/06/22)
89
OF Velo
(02/17/20)
100
Exit Velo
(02/06/22)
Position
60-yard
6.77
INF Velo
92
Exit Velo
100
Position
60-yard
7.15
INF Velo
83
OF Velo
89
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
7.25
INF Velo
78
Exit Velo
88
Position
INF Velo
85
OF Velo
88
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
7.52
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
81
Position
60-yard
7.45
INF Velo
84
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo
81
Position
60-yard
7.68
INF Velo
78
OF Velo
79
Exit Velo
75
Position
60-yard
7.86
INF Velo
74
Exit Velo
76
Trackman - Hitting
99.5
Exit Velocity (max)
(02/06/22)
93.0
Exit Velocity (avg)
(02/06/22)
267
Distance (avg)
(02/06/22)
373
Distance (max)
(02/06/22)
82
Hard Hit %
(02/06/22)
64
Sweet Spot %
(02/06/22)
45
Line Drive %
(02/06/22)
42.9
Fly Ball %
(03/24/21)
18
Ground Ball %
(02/06/22)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
99.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
93
Distance (avg)
267
Distance (max)
373
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96
Exit Velocity (avg)
75.5
Distance (avg)
237
Distance (max)
309
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
26.4
Hand Speed (max)
(02/06/22)
24.2
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/06/22)
79.6
Bat Speed (max)
(02/06/22)
75.4
Bat Speed (avg)
(02/06/22)
25.3
Rot. Acc (max)
(02/06/22)
19.1
Rot. Acc (avg)
(02/06/22)
72
On Plane Eff (avg)
(02/06/22)
84
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(02/06/22)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
26.4
Hand Speed (avg)
24.2
Bat Speed (max)
79.6
Bat Speed (avg)
75.4
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Vizual_Edge

Visual Skills
64.66
Edge Score
(02/06/22)
Visual Skills
Edge Score
64.66

Swift

Swift
1.69
10-yd
(02/06/22)
3.82
30-yd
(02/06/22)
6.75
60-yd
(02/06/22)
21.0
Run speed (max)
(02/06/22)
8.9
Run Speed (avg)
(02/06/22)
1.79
RSi (max)
(02/06/22)
0.88
RSi (avg)
(02/06/22)
2027
Jump Power (max)
(02/06/22)
27.7
Jump Height (max)
(02/06/22)
27.3
Jump Height (avg)
(02/06/22)
Swift
10-yd
1.69
30-yd
3.82
60-yd
6.75
Run speed (max)
21
Run Speed (avg)
8.9
RSi (max)
1.79
RSi (avg)
0.88
Jump Power (max)
2027
Jump Height (max)
27.7
Jump Height (avg)
27.3

Super 60 Performance


Videos

(2/6/22)

Player News


Recent Articles

Premium Content Area

This article is only available to PBRPlus Subscribers. If you wish to continue reading this article:

CLICK HERE to login
OR
CLICK HERE to purchase a PBRPlus Subscription