Prep Baseball Report

Super 60 Spotlight: Brayden Lybarger

By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Sunday, Feb. 7, Prep Baseball Report will host the 19th edition of its prestigious, flagship event: the Super 60 Pro Showcase. Since the event’s inception in 2003, more than 300 players have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 22 first-round picks and 25 second-rounders.

We started our our march toward the Super 60 earlier this year, by highlighting the prospects set to join us, shining a light on their impressive player profiles that they've groomed through their high school years and beyond.

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Scouting Report


Michigan Commit. One of the top arms to follow this spring. Fluid and efficient mechanics especially with the lower half. Ball jumps out of the hand through a ¾ slot very loose arm and a repeatable delivery. Hardest bullpen we have seen him throw to date. Fastball: Mixes two fastballs with two completely different movement patterns. Four-seam tends to cut the plate in half while his two-seam has heavy arm side movement. Fastball Spin Rate: 2222-2280 Slider: Potential wipeout pitch. Offering would play at most D1 levels today. Consistency will be key moving forward. Would like to see the pitch in the zone with more consistency. Slider Spin Rate: 2280-2386 Changeup: Solid third offering. Thrown with similar arm speed and has the potential to be a plus pitch if tunneled well.


Body Type: 6-foot-5 178-pound tall thin frame.
Mechanical/Delivery Notes: Explosive lower half. Tight arm action. Slightly falls off glove side.
Fastball: 84-88mph. Average spin rate 1,900-2,000rpm’s. 2 seam moves 9.5-12 inches to the arm side. Fastball more resembled a left-handed slider on times, running over half the plate.
Curveball: 72-74mph. 11/5 movement.  Slider 76-78mph. 
 Needs to be in the zone more consistently.
Additional Comments: 
High potential. Guy to follow that has a chance to be one of the top arms in the Midwest.


Body Type: 6-foot-5, 178 pound thin, projectable frame.
Mechanical/Delivery Notes: Throws with good intent from a tall back leg. Short, compact arm action with high ¾ arm slot.
Fastball: 84-87 mph. In and out of zone with lots of life. Showed plenty of arm side run.
Curveball: 63-67 mph. Tight, 11-5 spin. Breaks late. Swing and miss potential.
Changeup: 68-69 mph. Thrown with good arm speed. Commanded the pitch with arm side run.
Pitchability: Fastball showed great life and plenty of arm side run. Secondary pitches show the potential to be above average. Needs to fill the zone up more consistently.
Additional Comments: Velocity should continue to increase as it has done over the last two years as he continues to fill out and gets stronger. Increased command and secondary development will make him one of the most sought after RHP’s in the region.


6-foot-5 178-pound projectable right-handed pitcher. The lanky Lybarger works at a slow tempo through a compact and efficient delivery. Works down the mound in good direction with level shoulders while finishing slightly closed at foot contact. Fastball sat 83-86 mph during his session. Creates a lot of downward angle coming out of a ¾ slot. Flashed some late arm side run at times. Slider was thrown at 73-74 mph with tight rotation sweeping across the zone. Has potential to be a plus pitch in the future. Also offered a curveball, at 66-68 mph the pitch has a slurvy 11/5 action. Lybarger rounded out his repertoire with a 77-78 mph changeup. The pitch was mostly straight but offers deceptive arm action. Lybarger is one to keep an eye on over the next couple of years, there’s plenty off room to add strength and he is a good candidate for a velocity jump this spring/summer.

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