Pitcher Showcase Reports and Stats


Tim Kay
PBR Tennessee Director of Scouting

PBR Tennessee held a pitcher showcase on Sunday, November 5th at Next Level Baseball Academy.  To see the stats for the event, click HERE.

Below, find write-ups on all players sorted by max FB velocity:

Tyler Sills RHP / 2B / Battle Ground Academy, TN / 2018

Max FB: 85, FB: 81-82, CB: 68-69, CH: 68-70
6-foot-0, 145-pound, RHP w/ projectable frame, present velocity, feel for 3 pitches.  Medium, long and lanky, athletic frame w/ little present strength, lot of projection.  Pitches from full wind-up w/ short rocker step into first base side of the rubber.  Leg kick w/ hand rhythm into drop and drive delivery and over the top release.  Glove finishes in correct spot, but relies on hitting it off of his front knee to get it there.  Throws slightly across body w/ quick arm and some head violence.  High effort throw.  Straight FB w/ occasional downhill plane.  CB is medium downer w/ proper shape/rotation.  CH w/ arm-speed, fade and sink.  Around the zone, projects to control the baseball.  

Josh Descher RHP / 2B / Brentwood Academy, TN / 2018

Max FB: 85, FB: 82-84, CB: 72-74, SF: 72-75
6-foot-0, 190-pound, RHP shows quick arm w/ projectable off-speed stuff.  Medium, athletic frame w/ some present strength, projection.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ short rocker step into third base side of the rubber.  Leg kick into hip drive and H ¾ release.  High glove coming through adds deception, needs to work on finishing with it closer to the chest.  Finishes upright w/ little back bend.  Quick arm.  Uses legs well in delivery.  Straight FB shows occasional arm side run.  Medium downer CB w/ proper shape/rotation/depth.  SF flashes dive, better to his arm-side than glove-side.  Strike thrower has been the same guy in 3 separate looks, almost all a month apart w/ velocity ticking up.  

James Hermes RHP / 1B / Knoxville Catholic, TN / 2018

Max FB: 83, FB: 81-83, CB: 65-69, CH: 70-71
6-foot-5, 220-pound, RHP just scratching the surface of what he can be, flashing two above average off-speed pitches w/ projectable arm speed.  Prototypical pitcher size w/ broad shoulders, some lower half strength.  Projects to be a bull-dog, lot of projection remaining.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ short rocker step into the first base side of the rubber.  Leg kick w/ hand rhythm into hip drive and H ¾ release w/ proper finish.  Glove is just along for the ride, can work on bringing it to his chest to improve direction.  Can incorporate back legs more, front-leg driven w/ occasionally drifting down the slope, which affects consistency of off-speed stuff.  CB flashed above average w/ tight rotation, proper shape when stayed on top.  CH w/ arm-speed, fade and sink flashed above average.  Around the zone, projects to command as back leg, timing and direction gain consistency.

Caleb Warta RHP / Homeschool, TN / 2021

Max FB: 83, FB: 81-82, CB: 73-77, CH: 76-77
5-foot-10, 150-pound, RHP shows lightning quick arm w/ lot of projection.  Medium, athletic frame w/ little present strength oozes projection.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ pre-set back foot on first base side of rubber.  Short rocker step into leg kick and hip drive w/ some rhythm into over the top release and proper finish w/ fall off to the first base side.  Max effort throw w/ super quick arm.  Waiting on body development to see arm speed match velocity.  Straight FB w/ occasional ride through the zone.  Short downer CB flashes proper rotation, can be a spinner right now, learning to stay on top and finish the pitch out in front.  Firm straight CH w/ arm-speed.  Feel for throwing strikes w/ FB, projects to control the baseball.

Ryan Tressler RHP / OF / Davidson Academy , TN / 2020

Max FB: 82, FB: 80-82, CB: 70-72, CH: 74-75
6-foot-1, 165-pound, RHP showed better shape to his CB w/ ability to fill up the zone.  Medium, athletic frame w/ some present strength, lot of projection.  High waisted w/ sloped shoulders.  Rocker step into first base side of the rubber.  Neck high leg kick w/ good hand rhythm into hip drive and over the top release.  Glove can get in a little better position to help direction towards the plate.  Throws across his body.  Uses legs well, just waiting for body development to catch up to arm speed and mechanics.  Straight FB shows occasional arm side run.  Medium downer CB w/ proper shape and rotation.  Flashed late break, profiles as potential swing and miss offering.  Straight CH w/ arm-speed.  Filled the zone on this day, projects to command.

Alex Hall LHP / Buckhorn, AL / 2019

Max FB: 82, FB: 79-81, CH: 71-75, SL: 71-75
6-foot-3, 180-pound, LHP showed an added SL w/ a couple extra ticks of velo since last month.  Prototypical pitcher frame w/ high waist, long limbs, some present strength, lot of projection.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ short rocker step into 3rd base side of rubber.  Leg kick into hip drive and H ¾ release.  Quick arm w/ some head violence.  Occasionally drifts down the rubber instead of driving w/ his back leg.  Long arm action in back, but consistently on time.  FB shows occasional arm-side run, mostly straight.  SL shows ¾ tilt w/ late bite.  Projects as a swing and miss pitch w/ more reps.  CH w/ arm-speed, a little sink.  Occasionally too firm.  Much better at 71-72 then 75.  Developing consistent feel for the strike zone, projects to fill the zone.

Matthew Jenkinson RHP / 3B / Wilson Central, TN / 2019

Max FB: 81, FB: 79-81, CB: 72-74, CH: 74-75, SL: 75-76
6-foot-0, 184-pound, RHP shows quick arm w/ some present velo.  Medium, stocky frame w/ some physicality in the lower half, some projection.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ rocker step into first base side of the rubber.  Leg kick w/ hip drive into H ¾ release and proper finish w/ flat back.  Can work on bringing glove to his chest instead of letting it fall to his hip.  Low effort throw, lacks deception.  FB flashes arm side run, occasionally straight.  CB is medium downer w/ average depth, rotation.  ¾ tilt SL flashes shape w/ proper rotation.  Spinner too much on this day.  Firm CH w/ some sink.  Projects to command w/ easy, repeatable delivery.

Alex Disney RHP / Franklin, TN / 2018

Max FB: 80, FB: 77-79, CB: 67-69, CH: 72-74, SL: 68-69
5-foot-8, 145-pound, RHP fills the zone w/ 4 pitches, showing ability to command the baseball.  Short, athletic profile w/ some present strength, some projection.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ rocker step into first base side of rubber.  Leg kick into hip drive and H ¾ release.  Jumps at hitters w/ some effort in throw.  FB shows occasional arm side run and sink.  CB and SL blend together w/ similar movement.  Medium downer CB w/ average depth, proper rotation.  SL is closer to slurve w/ same break.  CH w/ arm-speed, fade and sink. Fills the zone w/ intent to what he is doing.  Projects to command.

John Gammer RHP / OF / Page, TN / 2018

Max FB: 80, FB: 77-79, SL: 69-70, CH: 72-73
6-foot-0, 190-pound, RHP fills the zone.  Medium, close to mature frame w/ physical lower half.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ rocker step into middle of the rubber.  Leg kick into hip drive and low ¾ release just above side-arm.  Uses legs well in delivery.  Repeats.  Can finish his pitches better.  FB shows some arm side run and sink.  Short ¾ tilt SL breaks early w/ some depth.  CH shows occasional fade, little firm right now.  Strike-thrower projects to command.

Joey Mitchell LHP / OF / Riverdale , TN / 2020

Max FB: 79, FB: 77-79, SL: 69-70, CH: 75, KN: 67-69
5-foot-9, 130-pound, LHP shows quick arm w/ ability to fill the strike zone.  Short, athletic frame w/ some lower half strength, lot of projectability.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ back foot preset on the third base side of rubber.  Short rocker step into slight reset w/ the back foot.  Leg kick into hip drive and ¾ release point.  Quick arm w/ repeatable mechanics.  Throws slightly across body.  FB shows occasional arm side run to arm-side, straightens out glove-side.  ¾ tilt SL w/ average depth, proper rotation.  Flashes late break.  Straight CH is firm.  Mixes in occasional KN that spun a bit too much on this day.  Strike thrower fills the zone, projects to command as gets more reps on the mound.

Will Graham RHP / SS / Hillsboro, TN / 2018

Max FB: 77, FB: 75-77, CB: 61-63, SF: 71-72, SL: 66-68
5-foot-7, 150-pound, RHP shows feel for spin.  Short, athletic frame w/ some projection, some present strength in lower half.  Pitches from a full wind-up w/ back foot preset on first base side of the rubber.  Short rocker step into quick reset of back foot into balance point w/ some hand rhythm.  Hip drive into low ¾ release and throwing across his body.  Quick arm stroke in back.  Repeats.  FB shows occasional arm side run w/ release point deception.  Big CB shows proper rotation w/ above average depth.  Good pitch to steal a strike.  Short ¾ tilt SL w/ average depth.  Uses SF as CH, straight w/ occasional fade.  Projects to control the baseball.