Top Prospect Games: Team Black Pitcher Analysis

By Chris Fuller
Director of Operations

The PBR Tennessee Top Prospect Games took place June 9-10 with a position player showcase at Maryville College and game play at the University of Tennessee. The following is an in depth look at the pitchers from Team Black.  This is pitcher analysis only.  Those players who also played a position for Team Black had their position player evaluation featured in a previous article.

Tyler Thompson, RHP, Hardin Valley HS, 2016
6-foot-5, 190-pound RHP uses long arm action through a high-3/4 to over the top arm slot, two-seam fastball shows some arm-side run and sinking action, fastball sat 85-87 mph touching 88 on one occasion, works the bottom part of the zone well with the fastball and will elevate it as a strikeout pitch, breaking ball showed mostly 12/6 action at 74-76 mph located down in the zone, threw one changeup at 80 mph with good arm action, allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three in his two innings of work, frame projects well at the next level and is one of the top uncommitted arms in Tennessee’s 2016 class.

Peyton Wiggington, LHP, Page HS, 2017
6-foot-3, 170-pound lefty uses shorter/quick arm action, showed an 81-85 mph fastball that topped at 86 on one occasion. The velocity from the left side quickly opened some eyes, but what was even more interesting was Wiggington’s ability to throw strikes from multiple arm slots. He routinely varied his slots between low-3/4 and high-3/4, and the movement on his fastball varied from cutting action to arm-side run.  Wiggington also showed good feel for his 67-69 mph curveball, striking out a right-handed hitter looking on a back door curveball in his second inning of work, allowed three hits (an infield 1B and bloop 1B) and struck out two in his two inning outing, big upside for this 2017 lefty.

Chandler Schultz, RHP/SS, Ensworth HS, 2017
5-foot-11, 160-pound RHP has a quick arm that works through a ¾ to high ¾ slot, works across body at times, pounded the strike zone with a two-pitch mix in his two-inning outing, fastball sat 81-84 mph touching 85 on one occasion, fastball shows some occasional arm-side run, showed a harder breaking ball than at previous event at 73-74 mph with slider-type action, good command and attacks hitters working both sides of the plate, allowed two hits and one run in his two innings of work.

Noah Absher, 3B/RHP, Sullivan Central HS, 2016
6-foot, 170-pound  RHP uses shorter arm action through a high-3/4 slot, has an up tempo delivery and works quickly, shows ability to consistently throw strikes, fastball is straight and sat 78-80 mph but touched 83 on one occasion, showed a 68 mph curveball with short 11/5 action, threw one changeup at 75 mph for a strike, pitched a perfect inning in recording two infield pop-ups and a fly ball to the outfield.

Brandon Jackson, RHP, Knoxville Central HS, 2016
6-foot-2, 185-pound RHP with good pitcher’s frame, uses long arm action and arm slot has dropped slightly to a ¾ slot which creates some arm-side run to his fastball, fastball sat 75-76 mph touching 78 on one occasion, shows good feel for his 63-65 mph curveball that has good depth and 11/5 action, can locate fastball more consistently down in the zone to be more effective, allowed six hits and four runs with one strikeout in his two innings of work.

Joe Faulkner, OF/RHP, Cumberland Gap HS, 2016
6-foot-1, 190-pound RHP uses long arm action through a high-3/4 slot, smooth delivery with average arm speed and regular effort, lands square to the plate, throws strikes with all pitches, fastball sat 76-78 mph, 66-68 mph curveball shows 11/5 action and some depth, 68 mph changeup shows some late fading action, allowed two hits and struck out one in two scoreless innings of work.

Kevin Marth, RHP, Hardin Valley HS, 2016
RHP with big 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame, long arm action and wraps some on the backside, minimal effort in delivery, works through a low-3/4 to ¾ slot producing some arm-side run to 74-76 mph fastball, throws strikes and action on fastball produces ground ball outs when located down in the zone, showed a 68-69 mph changeup from the same arm slot with some deception, allowed two hits and one run in his two innings of work.