Prep Baseball Report

Super 60 Spotlight: Max Soliz Jr.

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 month, 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

9/6/20 - After making the move from Texas earlier this Spring, Soliz, Jr. made a huge splash onto the scene in Alabama. Got a great look at the Arkansas commit at a workout where we get some TrackMan and Blast numbers. Listed at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Soliz, Jr. is one of the more physically imposing figures in the state. Some elite power from the right side of the plate. Generates some electric bat speed using a controlled-aggressive approach at the dish. Stood out with the bat all summer with 3N2 AR Sticks National. Above average tools behind the plate that projects to be a definite middle of the order bat in the SEC for the Razorbacks. Jumped up to #4 in this update.

6/13/18 - Home-1st: 5.06, Pop Time: 2.04-2.15, Position Velocity:  C-72, Exit Velocity: 85

Arkansas commit.  6-foot-3, 200-pound, SHH shows serious power potential w/ a lot of frame development.  Tall, athletic frame w/ some present strength, super projectable.  Projects to be a monster in 4 years.  Offensively, hits w/ a straight on, narrow, very slightly crouched stance w/ hand rhythm into crouch, big stride and low hand load.  Generates premium bat speed through the zone w/ natural loft.  Scary bat speed when frame matures.  Learning to control body in swing but shows advanced control of his long-limbed frame through the zone.  Present power w/ projectable all fields power.  Chance to be a really special bat.  Projectable below average runner.  Defensively, takes some time to get into position and ends up setting up with his body right down the middle.  Can present a target for his pitchers to throw to, ideally just under the knee of hitters.  Shows tools to receive w/ strong hands, some ideas of how to pitch frame.  Learning how to box the baseball and keep his chest up to keep it in front of him.  As a thrower, shows solid release w/ projectable carry to target arm strength.  Developing footwork, but tools to be an average catcher.

01.13.18 Soliz has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. The right-handed hitter starts from a neutral stance with his hands set back into a front arm bar. Lowers himself into his legs as he triggers his hands down before striding forward. Simple, balanced weight transfer, uphill path with natural, raw strength in his hands. Hits the ball with leverage and makes strong contact to the pull side with an exit velocity of 85 mph. Behind the plate he uses directional footwork, soft hands, and a quick exchange to post pop times of 2.05-2.19 with a velocity from the crouch of 76 mph.

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