Unsigned Senior Spotlight: Jake Bever

By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

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Jake Bever is a senior catcher at Camdem Fairview High School.  He is one of the top unsigned players in the state. The 6-foot 200 pound catcher, has a solid frame and is has a strong upper body. He is an average athlete running a 7.38 in the 60. Bever is a strong armed catcher. He threw pop times ranging from 2.07-2.38. His arm is accurate with carry. His pop times will improve if he will clean up his foot work. He stands up instead of gaining ground toward second on his exchange. He received the ball deep and worked hard to block balls. He struggled to stay around balls that he attempted to block on the first base side. Offensively he starts from an athletic stance, from there he goes into a short stride with a short line drive swing. Bever maintains balance through his swing. Overall he has good bat speed registering 87 mph on our exit velocity testing. He stayed to the pull side during batting practice, attacking every pitch. I personally would like to see him use his lower half more and implement some sort of hand load. At this point his power comes from physical strength. A few mechanically fixes and Bever will be a solid doubles threat on a consistent basis.

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