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ProCase 2019 - A Look Back at 1B Michael Brown


PBR Northern CA Scouting Staff

    

PODCAST: Northern CA ProCase

The 2019 Northern CA ProCase was held last June 9th at Delta College in Stockton and it featured all but one of the local talents who are in the mix for the upper rounds of the 2020 draft. Of course MLB hasn't announced a draft date yet and we don't know the number of rounds, which could be five at a minimum.

We've begun to build the roster for the 2020 ProCase, where the players will again be put through a pro-style workout with various stats/data recorded during the workouts which can be found HERE from 2019, as well as competitive at-bats/game-type action. 

If the event cannot be held at Folsom Lake College due to Covid-19 precautions we have a contingency plan to hold it at Islanders Field in Lathrop. We have NOT adjusted the date at this time and are constantly surveying potential necessary changes. We do have alternative future dates/location set.

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A LOOK BACK AT...

1B Michael Brown (Vacaville) - report from 6/9/19

2020 1B Michael Brown is a big and physical young man (listed 6-foot-4, 240-pounds then; now listed 6-foot-6, 245-pounds) and has done a nice job shaping his body with more room for growth as he continues to mature. Don't let the size fool you, Brown loves to play the game and that showed up at the NorCal ProCase where he played loose with a giant smile on his face. It's the type of build and swing that allows you to dream on with plus raw power and a smooth glove able to make the plays at 1st base. 

Brown showed off the raw power during BP hitting towering home runs over the trees from CF to RF showing loose wrists and a quick bat. Standing tall and relaxed,  Brown creates tension between the upper and lower halves with his hands loading deep into the shoulder allowing his explosive hips to drive through and start the swing before finishing with authority showing full turns and a high finish. The swing has an upwards arc with strength showing up controlling the barrel through the zone; it's the type of swing that has a lot of leverage and torque on the baseball having his feet dance around a bit during the swing. The ball flies off the bat with authority as he regularly made hard contact (95 EV). That power he displayed showed up in the modified scout ball type game when he took a 91 MPH FB down at his knees and unloaded sending the ball deep and high over the RCF fence; bat crack was LOUD and the ball got out in a hurry. 

His defensive actions at first base were solid as he is able to utilize his long frame to help infielders with throws stretching every way and grabbing balls out of the air. Browns glove also showed the ability to stay low and pick balls with a soft wrist scooping balls off the turf and finding the hops he could grab. He's athletic and able to move around at first base showing decent range and an arm that can make the throws necessary. He made a diving play during the scout-ball game showing he's got the reactions before picking a couple balls out of the dirt completing a great look at his defensive and offensive profile. You can see his enjoyment for the game with the way he carried himself laughing and smiling and ending the day giving huge handshakes to everyone that was on the field. As the top uncommitted 2020 in Northern California (since signed at U of Washington), Brown has a lot of options and should be a household name come MLB Draft time next season.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Of course given the Covid-19 pandemic, future event dates/locations could change. If they do, we will alert all registered players and make adjustments to our calendar.
SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Norcal Underclass Games (INVITE-ONLY) CA 06/06 Islanders Field - Lathrop
Northern California ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/13 Folsom Lake College or Islanders Field
SoCal Underclass Games (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/13 Hart Park
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/14 Hart Park
California State Games CA 07/25 Southern California


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