Cotto Shines Bright on the Big Stage

Eddie Tisdale
Scouting Director - South Carolina

The Super 60 Pro Showcase has risen to prominence as the premier professional scouting event for 60 of the top high school draft prospects across the PBR coverage area. The event annually draws well over 100 professional scouts with teams sending area scouts, cross checkers, and directors to the event. The roster is virtually a who's who of top tier talent from across the US & Canada. Super 60 participants participate in a prostyle workout under the watchful eye of the professional scouting contingent as well as the boots on the ground scouting force of PBR. This years event saw players receive Adidas hats, jerseys, & pants in addition to fully customized Mizuno Gloves. In addition to the swagger handed out on site, Driveline, Trackman, Blast, K-Motion, & Visual Edge were on hand assessing and collecting data on all of the athletes.  


South Carolina has a handful of players that will temp scouts to attend games this spring, but after the effort of one of the states top arms at this years event the spotlight may shine a little brighter on our state this season.

 Magdiel Cotto (LHP, Nation Ford, 2020) represented South Carolina at this years event and made one of the biggest splashes in Super 60 history. The uber projectable LHP preps at Nation Ford HS in Fort Mill, SC and has signed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina. A relative unknown on the national scale this could be considered Cotto's coming out party of sorts. That said, it may be tough to get a seat behind home plate when the big lefty toes the rubber for Nation Ford this spring.

" The Super 60 was a great event that provided me with all the exposure to scouts any player could ask for and overall was just an awesome experience." - Magdiel Cotto on his Super 60 experience. 


Magdiel Cotto LHP / 1B / Nation Ford, SC / 2020

While many players stood out at the Super 60, including ones beyond this list, there is no arguing that the day belonged to Cotto. The South Carolina recruit has always shown a solid three-pitch mix and the ability to command it, but he probably gave a lot of evaluators whiplash when he averaged 93.3 mph with his fastball. He operates with a clean arm action and fluid tempo in his delivery, pounding the zone with all three of his offerings. The breaking ball was 80-81 with sharp break and the potential to be a wipeout pitch. He was already on follow lists for area scouts, but he’s now a must see for crosscheckers and directors this spring. - "Super 60 - 9 to Know"

 “The most impressive arm in attendance. Quiet head, simple delivery with intent but functionally clean and easy arm action. Ball jumped out of the hand at 94-95 mph and showed an advanced feel for an above average slider and changeup.”
-Doug Freeman (PBR Florida)

“Aside from the velo and low effort level, the most impressive thing about Cotto was the amount of quality strikes he threw with the premium stuff he had. All done with more than 100 pro guys sitting about 20 feet from him all around.”
-Phil Haig (PBR Texas)





"That was the most impressive performance of the day. The large frame has definite upside. The arm action and tempo in the delivery were fluid and clean, he should be able to eat innings at the next level. He pounded the zone with multiple pitches, I don't know if he threw a ball during his entire bullpen. It's not easy to step onto the mound in that setting, with over 100 scouts bearing down on you, and deliver a performance that is that clean." - Eddie Tisdale (PBR South Carolina)




As shown on the Trackman analysis, Cotto's pitches were all coming from similar arm slots.


Cotto also created an impressive movement profile based on Induced Vertical Break (defined below). 

InducedVerticalBreak — Distance, measured in inches, between where the pitch actually crosses the front of home plate height-wise, and where it would have crossed home plate height-wise if had it traveled in a perfectly straight line from release, but affected by gravity. 

Note: If this number is positive, the ball broke “upwards”, or in reality dropped less than it would have due to gravity alone – it does not necessarily mean that the ball actually rose



- This year marked the second year the state of South Carolina has been represented at the event with current UNC Tar Heel and 37th round pick of the Marlins, Tyler Causey representing SC in 2019.