Prep Baseball Report

PBR Draft 100 Spotlight: Shane Baz

By Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

Last summer, RHP Shane Baz (Concordia Lutheran HS, TX) took the hill at the Tournament of Stars while a familiar opponent watched. Glenn Cecchini, the manager of the 18U National Team, is the head coach at Barbe HS, LA, and faced Baz in the spring. Cecchini knew about the fastball, but Baz had added a cutter/slider that helped him dominate batters that day. Baz went on to make Team USA and win a gold medal. He put himself on the map as one of the top righties in the country with a 91-94 mph fastball and only further established himself this spring. With an easy, athletic delivery and boring action to the fastball, he induces weak contact while mixing in sharp secondary offerings in a curveball and slider. The risky history of high school right-handers may push him down the draft board come June, but he’s a bona fide first-round talent with frontline stuff and the top righty in the country not named Hunter Greene. If he were to make it to Texas Christian, which is unlikely, he could contribute as a two-way player with his right-handed power as well.

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Scouting Report

2/23/17 - First official start of the year, had a 60-pitch limit and logged four innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Fastball ranged from 91-94 mph, touching 95. He surrendered a leadoff double in the first inning, a groundball down the third base line, but got around it with three consecutive strikeouts, all on his fastball.

9/2016 - Made USA 18U National Team.

8/8/16 - Allowed five runs in 2.2 innings on two hits and five walks while striking out three. His fastball sat in the low 90s, though he really went to his secondary offerings a lot.

7/23/16 - Efficient, breezing through three hitters, striking out one. He was consistently around 93 and added in a slider/cutter at 82-85.

6/22/16 - Long, lean frame at 6-foot-2, 184 pounds and pitches with regular effort. His fastball sat 91-94 with heavy, riding action.

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