National Program Invitational: Scout Blog, Day Two


By Shooter Hunt, Nathan Rode, Phil Kerber, Cayden Hatcher, Justin Goetz & PBR Staff

Our staff is on the ground at LakePoint for the 2022 National Program Invitational, featuring many of the top prospects spanning prep classes 2023 through 2025. A loaded second day of action in Emerson made for this jam-packed notebook with notes and highlights from NPI, Day Two.

CLASS OF 2022

Dylan Reid, RHP, North Springs HS (GA), 2022
Brown commit. Solid, proportionate frame at 5-11 185lbs. Relaxed delivery with easy effort. Short AA with an over-the-top slot. Executed pitches well. Found most success locating his FB glove side, pitch sat 86-89 and touched 90, didn’t need to use too often as he found outs and whiffs with breaker. CB was best pitch, generated tons of s/m. Pitch sat 74-77 with 12/6 shape and 2600-2800 RPM. Big break often froze LHH and tunneled well with his FB before falling off the table for s/m vs RHH. Hitters had a VERY difficult time picking it up. Also flashed a CH. A disciplined ballplayer. 

CLASS OF 2023

LHP Hunter Dietz, Calvary Christian HS, FL
Dietz, the 44th ranked player in the 2023 class, came in for a short stint in a Top Tier Roos victory. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound southpaw struck out five in two quick innings walking just one, and a highly questionable one at that. Effortlessly finding a high ¾ slot to create a steeper plane, Dietz delivered fastballs at 90-93. There is likely more velo in the tank although Dietz hardly needs it thanks to the swing-and-miss attributes that the pitch already produces. Beyond the easy arm strength, the South Florida recruit also ripped off some sharp, 78-80 sliders that tunneled the slider with later separation including the ability to bury at the back foot of right-handers. Coming off a stellar spring season, Dietz’s initial performance at the NPI was a great way to kick off what could be a coming out party as an elite 2023 MLB Draft prospect.
 

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