Prep Baseball Report

Future Games Q&A - '22 LHP Hunter Hyatt (Bellevue)

Dan Jurik
Scouting Director - Pacific Northwest

A huge riser in the 2022 class for Washington, '22 LHP Hunter Hyatt (Bellevue) made the most out of a difficult summer in 2020 and landed a D1 commitment to Tulane. 

Hyatt was a name we knew about as we anticipated the start of the 2020 HS season. But covid19 changed everything and baseball had to take a backseat for a while. Then in early July, Hyatt made an appearance at our Summer Kickoff event at Bannerwood Park and firmly cemented himself as a high-end prospect on the mound. 

With a long, lean and projectable frame, Hyatt looks the part as soon as he toes the rubber. At 6'2 and about 180 pounds, there's plenty of size to work with and his frame still offers significant projection for down the road. The mechanics are simple and repeatable. There are very few moving parts to his delivery and he maintains a consistent tempo throughout. The arm action really stands out for its loose, whippy action and clean path into release. As he continues to mature and get stronger, the velocity should steadily climb and added strength in his delivery will help refine has secondary offerings.  

Future Games Q&A

2022 lHP Hunter HYatt (Bellevue)

PBR: What was your initial reaction when you got down to Lake Point and the Future Games began?
HH: When I received the initial invitation to the PBR Future Games, I was extremely excited. Arriving in Georgia I was a little nervous in all honesty because I knew the competition was going to be exceptionally good.  

PBR: You made your commitment to Tulane shortly after the Future Games? Can you talk about your recruitment timeline and how that process went for you?
HH: My recruitment really picked up in July 2020.  I contacted coaches of college programs I was really interested in and coordinated discussions with universities through my travel team coach. Meanwhile, Tulane saw me play via a video feed at another tournament.  I then communicated to the universities I was speaking with that I had been selected to participate in the Future Games.  After the Futures Games the process really sped up and by the end of August I had committed to Tulane. 

PBR: What has your baseball schedule been like once you committed?
HH: It has been slightly different from previous years.  I am travelling more to play with tournament teams, as baseball in Washington is limited by weather and the pandemic. 

PBR: Is there anything specific you are looking to improve or develop this off-season?
HH: Getting stronger to improve my velocity and I am also working on my accuracy, to limit walks. 

PBR: What aspect of your game are you most proud of and why?
HH: I am proud that I have good movement on all my pitches. I have worked extremely hard to develop my pitches and I have great confidence in them all.

PBR: Who is the toughest hitter from Washington you have ever faced?
HH: I have faced a few hitters who were Division 1 commits who ended up getting drafted out of high school last year that were all tough 

PBR: Favorite MLB baseball player and why?
HH: Clayton Kershaw. He is a great lefty to look up to. Also, I was born in Los Angeles and have always been a Dodgers fan

PBR: What advice would you give to young players who may be uncommitted right now?
HH: Just keep working, do something to get better every single day. Lastly, find some coaches who really know what they are talking about and they can help you reach your potential.