Andrew Wait
Andrew Wait
Andrew Wait

CLASS OF 2017

2B
RHP

Andrew
Wait

Marquette (HS) • MO
5-9 • 130LBS • R/R

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2017 National

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7/6/16
5-foot-9, 130-pound athletic build. On the mound he shows good rhythm in his delivery that requires some effort. Throws with a loose and free back arm action into a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 82-84 mph while topping at 86 mph. Sharp breaking ball at 69-73 mph with 10/4 tilt.

2/16/15 - Wait is a 5-foot-9 130-pound outfielder/RHP in the 2017 class.  Offensively, balanced set up, loads hands, level path, gap-to-gap approach, 78 mph exit velo, runs 4.50 home-to-first. Defensively, gets behind ball, over-the-top release, long arm swing, loose arm action, clean exchange, quick release, 78 mph positional velo. On the mound, Wait has a side-arm release, shows good athleticism on the mound, quick arm speed, loose action, throws with regular effort, fastball at 78-79 mph, throw for strike, 10-to-4 shape “slurve”, shape action, throws for strike, change-up at 71 mph.  Wait throws with quick side-arm release with athleticism and deception.
10/25/14 – Wait is a wiry 5-foot-9, 130-pound right-handed pitcher. Low ¾ arm slot with "slinging" release, throws with regular effort, smooth rhythm, and loose arm action, fastball velocity range of 75-77 mph with run, curveball was at 63-67 mph with 10/4 shape with late action, change-up at 68-71 mph with near fastball arm speed and good sink, worked in the zone consistently.  Posted a home-to-first time of 4.97 and a 60 time of 7.65. On the infield, low ¾ arm slot and loose arm action, throws with more accuracy on infield than outfield, position velo was 81 mph from the outfield and 76 mph on the infield. At the plate, Wait had a balanced open setup, line drive approach to middle of the field, signs of power to pull gap, exit velo of 78 mph.
Wait is an undersized player, with the talent and ability to be a consistent player as he matures physically.  Being a player of his size, he uses his tools to be best of his ability and shows that there is upside as he grows.
 
In the field, Andrew is aggressive to the ball, showing confidence in his fielding abilities.  He has a smooth glove to hand transfer and gets the ball out of his hand quickly.  His throws across the diamond were 56-58 mph, and the velocity will continue to improve. Short term, with using his legs a bit more on his throws, he should see a slight spike in velocity. The thing that Andrew needs to work on the most is fielding the ball out in front of him, instead of underneath his body. With fielding the ball underneath, instead of out in front, he limits his ability to play through the ball and having to restart his momentum on his throws. This can be accomplished with a basic drill of starting with his glove out in front and having the ball rolled to him, fielding the ball out in front, and bringing his glove to his throwing shoulder, all while getting his feet in the proper throwing position.
 
At the plate, Andrew has a balanced set up and a good level swing.  He uses his lower half very well, with a hard pivot, turn of the hips, and hands to the ball. Projecting out, he should be a good hitter for average with his mechanics.  He also is very selective, which is imperative for a player at this age, and will continue to carry over into high school ball.  The thing Andrew needs to work on is not lunging at the ball, and keeping his weight more on his back side. That will keep him from getting out in front and rolling his wrists at the point of contact.
 
On the mound, Andrew comes from a low ¾ arm slot with a long, loose arm. His fastball was 58-61 mph and was consistently thrown for a strike.  He also threw a breaking ball (50-53 mph) that had very little break, but was kept low in the zone and thrown for a strike. The breaking ball had more movement out of the wind up than out of the stretch. With a little better extension at his release point, there should be more movement on the pitch.
 
Overall, his size is the biggest weakness of Andrew’s game. He is mechanically sound at the plate, and has good rhythm on the mound.  Looking at his father, there is projectability in him and he has tools to keep progressing as he moves forward.
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