Diamondskills Summer All American Camp: Pitcher Analysis


Jason Burton & Jerry Shank
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The Diamondskills Summer All-American Camp was held on July 16-17 2019 at St. John's College. Over 50 players from around the region performed in front of over 30 colleges and the PBR Scouting Staff.

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Catcher
Middle Infield
Corner Infield
Outfield

Today we continue our player evaluations from the event and break down the outfielders that were in attendance.

Top Performers

Alexander Wojie RHP/OF St. John's College 2020
Athletic frame at 6-foot, 170-pounds. Wojie starts his fluid-rhythmic delivery with a side step rocker, repeatable leg lift, and a down and out stride landing slightly closed. Shoulders are level throughout and he stays under control throughout the effortless delivery. Full arm circle with some visible arm speed from a lower three-quarter arm slot. Fastball exploded out of the hand and flashed some late arm side life sitting at 84-86 mph and touching 87 on occasion. Curveball had 11/5 shape and showed feel for the 66-68 mph breaker. Changeup was 72-74 mph.

Brett Seils SS/RHP Sherwood (MD) 2021
Solid athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. On the mound displayed simple controlled mechanics, engages backside to drive down the mound, and lands slightly closed. Shoulders level, full arm circle, and displayed some arm speed getting through from a low three-quarter arm slot. Pitched with some intent and challenged hitters with a fastball that got up to 85 mph and sat at 82-84. The breaking ball had tight firm spin at 73-74 mph with more of a slider look. Changeup was firm with late hard fade and was thrown with intent. The changeup sat at 75-77 mph and flashed solid secondary pitch potential.

McCormick Buchner LHP St. Mary's (MD) 2020 (Rider)
Projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Delivery starts with side step rocker, lower half closed off at leg lift, and hands break early. Hips and shoulders elevated getting down the mound, lands on line at foot strike, and pitches with low effort but still has some pace to his mechanics. Average arm circle and throws from a low three-quarter arm slot. Fastball showed some solid arm side run to both sides of the plate and Buchner looked comfortable running back over to his glove side. Fastball sat 78-80 and touched 81 a few times. Curveball had 1/7 shape and sat 68-70 mph. Changeup had arm speed and intent at 70-71 mph.

Best of the Rest (In Alphabetical Order)

Hasan Aquil 1B/LHP Banneker 2020
Solid frame standing 5-foot-8, 180-pounds. On the mound starts delivery with small rocker step, higher leg lift, and gets down the mound landing on line. Shoulders are slightly uphill and closed, arm circle is longer, and arm slot is a lower three-quarter slot. Fastball was 66-68 mph and had control of the pitch to the arm side. Curveball was 58-61 mph with 1/7 shape.

Adam Astacio C/RHP St. John's College 2022
Compact athletic frame at 5-foot-7, 142-pounds. On the mound starts with a small rocker step, repeatable leg lift, and a down and out stride landing closed. Low effort delivery that shows some rhythm and flow. Filled the strike zone up with the fastball and curveball. Fastball had some arm side run to it and got some early soft contact in games. Had a solid feel for an 11/5 breaking ball and was consistent around the zone with it. Had a bigger break, but got multiple swings and misses with it. Slightly open athletic stance from the right side. Small toe tap stride landing square, hands make small load back, and is short to the ball. Maintained balance throughout and lower half finished completely. Pull side tendency with the swing and an exit velocity of 75 mph.

Jake Becker SS/2B Sherwood (MD) 2021
Solid compact frame standing 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. Controlled pace on the mound, primarily worked from the stretch, and varied timing on hitters and runners. Worked out of two arm slots both with average effort. Low three-quarter slot where he displayed a fastball that he pounded the strike zone with. It showed some arm side run at times and sat 78-80 mph. The breaking ball from the same slot had a tighter 12/6 break at 65-68 mph. Becker also had feel for a side arm slot with two pitches. The fastball which had similar action as the three-quarter slot and the curveball had more 10/4 slurve action, but got both over from both slots.

Dylan Friebert RHP/3B Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) 2022
Projectable athletic frame at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Starts the delivery with a small side step rocker, athletic and gathered over the rubber with a higher leg lift, and utilizes lower half well getting down the mound. Moves down the mound shoulders slightly uphill and lands on line at foot strike. Shorter arm circle and throws from a three-quarter arm slot. Fastball had some arm side run to it and played well when down in the zone. Breaking ball had tight slider shape with 11/5 action and was a solid secondary pitch when he got it over.

John Gibson 1B St. John's College 2022
Long athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds with plenty of projection left to it. On the mound displayed some flow and rhythm to mechanics that started with a small rocker step, repeatable leg lift, and drives off backside down the mound. Shoulders are slightly elevated, lands on line, and finishes towards the plate. Full arm circle with a loose whippy arm action from the three-quarter arm slot. Fastball was loose and easy out of the hand and worked to both sides of the plate. Breaking ball had 1/7 shape and was firm out of the hand with fastball arm speed and intent.

Michael Hippchen RHP St. John's College 2021
Solid frame at 5-foot-9, 220-pounds. Hippchen starts the delivery with a small rocker step, average leg lift, and gathered over the rubber. Slight drop and drive at times getting down the mound, shoulders fairly level, and lands on line. Arm circle is full and throws from a three-quarter arm slot. Fastball sat 77-80 mph and touched 81 on occasion with some downhill action at times. Curveball showed an 11/5 shape at 70-72 mph. Changeup looked to be a solid secondary pitch especially if there can be a touch more velo taken off of it. It had hard fade, but was pretty firm at 76-77 mph.

Connor Klebrowski RHP/SS Loyola Blakefield (MD) 2022
Long thin projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 150-pounds with plenty of room to add strength. Right handed pitcher whose delivery starts with small rocker step, quick paced leg lift, and engages lower half early getting down the mound. Shoulders level and lands on line at foot strike. Full arm circle and throws from a three-quarter arm slot. Fastball flashed some run at times and worked to both sides of the plate. Breaking ball showed some promise with a 12/6 break and an advanced feel for the pitch. Changeup had solid arm speed and some late fade locating primarily to the arm side.

Brendan Kleiman C/OF/RHP Sherwood (MD) 2021
Projectable athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 150-pounds. Quick paced delivery, pitches with intent, and attacks hitters throughout. Small rocker step, drives down the mound, and lands on line. Short quick arm from a low three-quarter arm slot. Fastball sat 75-77 and topped at 78 mph with some arm side run at times. Breaking ball was tight and firm with 11/5 shape at 62-64 mph.

Blake Loughran RHP/1B Trinity Episcopal 2020
Long projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Delivery had some rhythm and pace, hands set back at leg lift, and strides out going down the mound. Shoulders elevated, lands slightly closed, and pitches with intent. Full arm circle that showed some arm speed and throws from a high three-quarter arm slot. Fastball has some carry through zone and there is more in the tank as he continues to add strength to a projectable frame. Fastball sits at 77-80 mph. Breaking ball was tight and had some arm speed at 66-68 mph with 11/5 shape. Changeup was firm and had some late fade at 70-71 mph with fastball arm speed and intent. At the plate hits from an open upright stance, leg lift to stride forward, and lands slightly open at stride. Hands flow back to load, level path, and a slightly uphill finish. Exit velocity was 84 mph and showed some power potential to the pullside.

Brady MacDonald RHP/3B Frederick (MD) 2021
Solid frame at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds that still has some projection to it. On the mound MacDonald displayed repeatable low effort mechanics throwing out of three-quarter arm slot. Arm action was loose and clean, had a down and out stride to the delivery, and finished slightly closed at foot strike. Showed some control of the fastball, especially to the glove side where he got a punch out looking. Fastball sat 77-78 with some definite arm side run to the glove side. Curveball had a bigger 12/6 break when he got it out front and it sat at 65-67 mph. The changeup had some fade at times and showed solid arm speed getting it out.

Ethan Mishra RHP St. John's College 2021
Strong projectable frame standing 6-foot-3, 200-pounds. On the mound Mishra displayed simple efficient mechanics to a low effort delivery. From the full hips and shoulders are elevated early while gliding down the mound. From the stretch Mishra presets to the backside and sinks a little more than he does from the windup. Lands on line from windup and stretch, loose full arm circle, and throws from a high three-quarter arm slot. Fastball worked downhill at times and appeared comfortable working to the arm side. Breaking ball showed some potential with tight 12/6 action freezing multiple hitters on the day. Projectable low effort arm that should be interesting to watch grow.

Sean Quinn 1B/3B St. John's College 2022
Long thin frame at 6-foot-2, 165-pounds with plenty of room to add strength. On the mound works primarily out of the stretch with a controlled low effort delivery. Repeatable leg lift, down and out stride, and lands closed. Shoulders have slight elevation, long arm action, and throws from a high three-quarter arm slot. On the side work day the fastball finished up and arm side, but settled in on game day and worked it to both sides of the plate and flashed some run at times. Breaking ball had 12/6 action and had a feel around the zone. Had solid control of a changeup that displayed some late fade at times.

Griffin Smallwood OF/LHP St. John's College 2021
Solid athletic frame at 6-foot, 175-pounds. Works primarily out of the stretch with a repeatable leg lift and down and out stride landing closed. Shoulders level, quick short arm action, and works out of a high three-quarter arm slot. Fastball had some arm side run and worked down in the zone. Breaking ball had a bigger break with 12/6 shape.

Charlie Springer RHP/1B Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) 2021
Long projectable frame standing 6-foot-5, 180-pounds. On the mound worked primarily from the stretch, used a higher leg lift, and got down the mound with some pace and intent. Shoulders level, lands in line, and falls off slightly towards first base side. Arm circle is full and has some whippy action getting through at a three-quarter arm slot. Fastball had some late arm side life down in the zone sitting 77-79 and touching 80 on occasion. Changeup flashed some upside and was firm at 71-72 with late hard fade. Curveball looks to still be developing and the pitch sat 62-65 mph.

Vinny Walsh LHP St. John's College 2021
Athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds that has some projection left to it. The left hander starts his controlled low effort delivery with a small rocker step, repeatable leg lift, and drives down the mound. Shoulders closed and slightly elevated before landing on line at foot strike. Arm circle was full and arm stayed loose from a high three-quarter arm slot. Fastball worked to both sides of the plate at 75-77 mph. Curveball flashed bigger 12/6 break and sat 60-63 mph. Projectable left handed arm to keep an eye on as he continues to grow and add strength to the frame.

Brendan Yagesh LHP/1B Urbana (MD)
Long projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. On the mound starts the delivery with a small rocker step, hands have some flow, and gets to a higher balance point gathered over the rubber. Hips and shoulders tilted and elevated moving down the mound, lands on line at foot strike, and tends to fall off slightly to the third base side. Full arm circle and arm has some whip getting through from a high three-quarter arm slot. Fastball was downhill at times with some arm side run and got early contact in game. Breaking ball had 1/7 shape and Yagesh showed the feel to throw it in any count.

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