Uncommitted Spotlight - 2021 prospects (pt.3)

Dan Jurik
Scouting Director - Pacific Northwest

Bellevue, WA - Throughout July, we had the opportunity to see over 100 players across multiple events at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. 

Summer events events such as this provide players with the opportunity to build their profile with the most up-to-date information and video footage. All players in attendance receive an online profile with their verified statistics, player report, picture and video. Additionally, all subsequent stories written about a prospect will be linked to the player’s profile, ultimately creating a one-stop shop for recruiters.

Showcases help identify which prospects have asserted themselves towards the top of their class as well as who might be one of the next youngsters to emerge onto the scene. They also serve as potential identifiers for invite-only events such as our Future Games and Junior Future Games

For a full statistical release of the events, check out the following links. 

Session 1 - HERE

Session 2 - HERE

Here are player notes on 6 prospects in the 2021 class who remain uncommitted as we prepare for next season

uncommitted spotlight

2021 prospects

Maximiliano Alvarado C / OF / O'Dea, WA / 2021

5-foot-10, 180 pounds with a strong build throughout his frame and added physicality from his previous event in 2019. Offensively, uses a tall, narrow set up with upper half slightly rotated inward. Takes a low, short stride to create his forward move. Hands stay loaded at back shoulder with subtle movement to sync up with lower half. Keeps barrel inside of the ball and attacks zone with a tight, compact swing. Stays in lower half thru contact and sinks into back-side as he gets hip rotation. Gap to gap power with some lift to his pull-side. Behind the plate, does a solid job keeping hips low and receiving with a soft glove hand. Shows a slight hinge in waist to create some trunk tilt and present a more compact target. Staggers his lower half before getting into throwing motion. Clean, consistent exchange at chest height. Keeps short, bent arm action with a high ¾ release. Ball showed true carry out of hand with consistent accuracy

Alex Charoenkul C / 3B / Issaquah, WA / 2021

5-foot-8, 170 pounds with an equal build between upper and lower half. Pound for pound strength throughout frame. Sets up with feet just outside shoulder width and direct alignment towards pitcher. Hands start from a deep, stretched back position. Took a lengthy forward stride into a toe-tap load. Active lower half helps create tension in core. Attack the ball with controlled intent & a rotational swing path. Level finish thru contact. Worked middle of the field throughout BP. Posts up against strong front side as he finishes swing. Defensively, presented a low, quiet target at C while using a one-knee-down stance. Solid job keeping flexion in glove hand as he received the ball. Consistent actions getting out of crouch and exchanging into throwing motion. Keeps ball high on takeaway and into over the top release. Ball flight stayed true to the bag on all of his opportunities

Owen Deem OF / LHP / Roosevelt, WA / 2021

Lean, compact build at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds with an athletic frame. Quiet, relaxed set-up in the box with tall, straight posture. Lower half stars slightly open. Weight stays centered into leg kick and he lands in a balanced hitting position. Hands stay below shoulder line with a short, push-back load to create separation. Spray approach in BP. Works inside of the ball & showed feel for working oppo/middle consistently. Quick barrel action with a loose finish thru contact. Defensively, posted solid run time & showed straight line speed that should play well in the OF. Easy, smooth strides and consistent actions when tracking down the ball. Uses a step-behind shuffle during exchange to get direction towards target. Long, clean arm action with high ¾ release. On the mound, worked from both the wind up & stretch. Displaying consistent body control and mechanically sound actions. Gathers weight back with a waist high leg lift. Slight flexion on back leg at hand break. Shoulders stay level during stride. Keeps bend in arm action with a short, clean arm stroke. Sequences lower half well to create tension in his core & has the strength to stay balanced out front thru release. Aggressive finish while eyes stay on target throughout. 

Mason Greene RHP / OF / Bellevue Christian, WA / 2021

6-foot-4, 250 pounds with a big, durable build and workhorse type frame. Moves well for a big bodied arm. Slow, methodical delivery with simple actions. Slight flexion in back leg as he gets into high leg lift. Keeps bend on rear leg as shoulders stay level during stride phase. Subtle cross action in landing. Lower half lands soft and opens up early. Full extension with throwing arm  after hand break and a continuous path into ¾ release. Aggressive finish out over front side with considerable extension and forward trunk tilt. Strong lower half helps him create leverage and supports his balance as backside comes thru after release. Consistently stayed behind the ball on all of his offerings. Showing body control after his finish and repeatable control around the zone

Nicholas Johnson SS / Running Start, WA / 2021

5-foot-9, 165 pounds with a proportional frame and average build. Offensively, hits from an athletic stance with lower half narrowly open and some flexion in his posture. Shows slight movement/rhythm with barrel as hands start relaxed. Uses a tight hand load that syncs up with controlled leg lift. Stays under control as he drifts into forward move. Short, direct path to the ball. Accelerates barrel easily and showed consistent bat speed. Worked mostly pull-side throughout BP. Defensively, starts tall and upright with his pre-pitch actions. Keeps feet underneath him as he works around the ball and gets into a wider base while funneling in. Receives ball deep into his stance with slight hip hinge in his upper half. Uses a glove tap exchange as he gathers momentum with his footwork. High takeaway with a short, bent arm path and ¾ release.

Nick Laman SS / 3B / Kamiak , WA / 2021

Lean, wiry frame at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. Sets up in the box with a balanced, relaxed set up. Starts tight to the plate with front foot narrowly open. Short, quick forward stride with minimal weight shift. Hands start at shoulder height then work down and back during forward move. Barrel gets on plane early & covers plenty of zone. Simple, contact approach with mostly line-drive contact throughout BP. Hits against a firm front side & showed a level finish. At SS, starts tall with a small pre-pitch move forward as he prepares for contact. Adjusts stance to get behind the ball then works thru while funneling ball in just inside of left leg. Exchanges at waist height and gets ball out early. Keeps a tight, compact arm path while taking momentum towards his target. Quick release with a side shuffle from his lower half. High ¾ slot on throwing motion