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Maryland Freshmen Free Showcase: Middle Infield Analysis


Kyle Campbell & Jamie Naill Jr.
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Over 40 players from across the Old Line State, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and D.C., participated in this year's Freshman Free Showcase at the Maryland Sportsplex. Players were put through a pro-style workout and threw bullpens in front of our PBR Maryland staff with TrackMan and Blast on hand to capture additional data throughout the event. Below are evaluations on the eight middle infielders at the event. 

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

(Listed Alphabetically)

Damon Breland SS / 1B / South Hagerstown , MD / 2024

Body: 5’11”, 135 pounds. Athletic, wiry frame. 
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, tall, square stance at the plate. Smooth back load with a bigger leg kick and elongated stride. Stays behind the ball well with fluid actions and some bat speed through the zone. Shows some barrel control with solid extension past contact and some lower half involvement. Strong middle to pull side line drive approach and a two-handed finish. 
Power: 72 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. INF - 64 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a high three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Plays through the ball with quick, active feet. Fields the ball out in front with fluid actions and soft hands, funneling to the belt with a slight glove tap in exchange. Smooth transfers and creates solid momentum towards the target. Showed solid range side to side with the ability to throw from various arm slots. 
Run: 8.46 60-Yard Time.


Mike Brogno Jr. SS / RHP / Mt Hebron, MD / 2024

Body: 5’9”, 145 pounds. Athletic body type.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a slightly crouched square stance at the plate. An exaggerated back load with a bigger leg kick load. Attacks the ball with intent and some bat speed through contact. Foot gets down in time with an uphill swing path. Some lower half involvement with solid extension through and past contact. Strong middle to pull side line drive approach with a one handed finish. 
Power: 85 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Present pop to the pull side with more projectable as he continues to fill out the body. 
Arm: RH. INF - 67 mph. Throws with longer arm action from a high three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Plays through the ball with active feet, fielding it in closer to the body. Slight glove-tap in exchange with quick, clean transfers. Showed some range side to side. 
Run: 7.59 60-Yard Time.


Samuel Canady SS / RHP / St. Mary's Ryken, MD / 2024

Body: 5’9”, 135  pounds. Athletic body type.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, open stance at the plate. Slight toe-tap into a smooth back load and really nice weight transfer to the back side. More level swing path with some bat sped through contact. Stays behind the ball well and gets solid extension past contact. Middle of the field approach with a one handed finish. 
Power: 81 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Throws with short arm action from a low three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Attacks the ball and plays through it with active feet. Fields the ball out in front, funneling to the belt with clean exchanges. Showed some range side to side. 
Run: 7.43 60-Yard Time.


Fredy Diaz Jr SS / 2B / Middletown, MD / 2024

Body: 5’7”, 130 pounds. Athletic body type.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, tall, slightly open stance at the plate. Quick knee-to-knee load and average stride length. Some hand separation with a more level swing path and some bat speed through contact. Maintains solid balance throughout and stays behind the ball well. Strong middle of the field line drive approach and a two-handed finish.  
Power: 81 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Some pull side pop present with ore developing as his body continues to fill out. 
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a mid to high three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Attacks the ball with quick, active feet. Fields it out in front from a solid base with soft hands and quick, fluid actions with clean exchanges. Shows solid range side to side with clean transfers. 
Run: 7.67 60-Yard Time.


Tyler Kroop SS / 2B / James Hubert Blake, MD / 2024

Body: 5’9”, 140 pounds. Athletic body type. 
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, slightly crouched, square stance at the plate. Hits with spoke hand rhythm and a quick back load and shorter stride. Creates some bat speed through the zone with a more level swing path. Keeps his hands inside the ball well and stays behind it with a middle to pull side line drive approach. 
Power: 72 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. INF - 66 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a low three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Plays through the ball well with active feet, fielding it from an athletic base closer to the body. Funnels to the belt with quick, clean exchanges. Showed some range side to side. 
Run: 7.99 60-Yard Time.


Austin Sealing SS / RHP / Archbishop Curley, MD / 2024

Body: 5’11”, 140 pounds. Athletic body type.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, square stance at the plate. Quick knee-to-knee load and an elongated stride. Some hand separation with a slightly uphill swing path and some bat speed through contact. Solid weight transfer to the back side and stays behind the ball well with a solid middle to pull side line drive approach.   
Power: 79 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Throws with shooter arm action from a high three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Plays through the ball well with quick, active feet. Fields the ball out in front with soft hands and clean, fluid actions. Showed really nice range side to side. 
Run: 7.69 60-Yard Time.


Evan Smith SS / RHP / Huntingtown, MD / 2024

Body: 6’1”, 180 pounds. Big, physical frame. 
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, slightly open stance at the plate. Quick leg kick with a smooth back load and some hand separation. Hands stay inside the ball well with a more level swing path and some bat speed through contact. Quick recoil after contact with a middle to pull side line drive approach and a two-handed finish. 
Power: 85 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Present pull side pop 
Arm: RH. INF - 70 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a low to mid three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Plays through the ball with active feet. Fields the ball in closer to the body, funneling to the chest with quick, clean transfers. Showed some range side to side. 
Run: 7.64 60-Yard Time.


Michael Young SS / 3B / Georgetown Prep, MD / 2024

Body: 5’10”, 160 pounds. Strong, athletic frame
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, square stance at the plate. Smooth back load with a slight toe-tap and solid hand separation. Hands stay inside the ball well with some bat speed hand speed through contact. More level swing path with a middle to pull side line drive approach and a two handed finish. 
Power: 84 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a low to mid three-quarter slot. 
Defense: Attacks the ball with quick feet. Fields the ball in closer to the body with soft hands, funneling it to the belt with a slight glove tap in exchange. Clean transfers and showed solid range side to side. 
Run: 8.04 60-Yard Time.

 

 

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