SoCal ID Camp Underclass Black - Catchers

PBR California Scouting Staff

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Irvine, CA - The Prep Baseball Report - California ID event provided a platform for SoCal players to showcase their skills after a summer of training. Despite the restrictions throughout the state the showing was a successful one. From batting practice home runs to curve balls for strikes, many of the players have not missed a beat. There is always work to do on the baseball field and the players showed that they are continuing to work hard. 

Baseball technology in the form of Trackman and Blast Motion continues to be a wonderful tool to evaluate players. Blast Motion provides three scores in the form of Plane, Connection and Rotation on a 20-80 scale. This helps paint a clear picture of what Blast Motion is tracking and what the player excels and does not excel at. With this score players are provided explanation and tips for improvement. As always, pen to paper scouting notes and eye tests from the scouting staff are hard at work. The combination of technology and in person scouting continue to strengthen reporting. 


Ryan Barbosa, Bishop Amat (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-11, 173-pounds. Well proportioned athletic build that is starting to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with low hanging hands in stance. Simple forward stride while hands rock back into a better launch position.  Simple swing as the back elbow works under which allows the bat to work on a slight upward plane. Produced only 1 GB all round. Hands worked inside the ball several times which allowed him to spray some balls to the opposite field.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity. Current singles hitter.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action out of a lower elbow slot. Slower to release. Leaked front side and didn't get extended on throws so there was present tail. 5/6 accurate throwdowns.
Defense: 2.25-2.31 pop times. Decent receiving skills. Mixed up different crouches depending on pitch type. Correct footwork on throwdowns but just average speed. Clean exchanges.
Run: 8.20 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Quick and easy delivery. Side steps into a straight up and down knee lift. Dips slightly into the back leg. Forward momentum lets him fall towards the plate. Online with shoulders and with front leg at finish.
Arm Action: RH. Short and compact in the back and comes out of the H 3/4 slot. Consistent slot and arm speed on all pitches.
FB: T74, 72-74 mph. Gets good extension on FB which gives it some deceptive life.
SL: 65-67 mph. Not much HB but showed the ability to throw it for strikes.
CH: 69-71 mph. Lower spin circle change that at times flashed some armside fade.

Nick Cangas, Crean Lutheran  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Well proportioned frame with present athleticism.
Hit: RHH. Slight bend in the knees with an even straight up base in stance. Simple leg lift while hands pull back slightly into the scalp.  Simple and flat stroke that works in the zone early and stays in the zone (75% on plane efficiency). Handsy swing with no much utilization of the lower half. One handed finish. Gets inside the ball well. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity. Singles hitter with potential for more with better utilization of lower half and bat speed gains
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action out of a higher 3/4 slot. Not much wasted movement. Threw at an upward angle so throwdowns had air under them and came back down to the bag. 4/5 accurate throws.
Defense: 2.22-2.31 pop times. Decent footwork and glove exchanges behind the dish. Mixed up different crouches during bullpens. Showed decent pitch frame ability.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Tanner Gerosa, Edison (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Medium athletic build with some present strength in frame.
Hit: RHH. Narrow and upright in stance with low hanging hands. Slow but simple forward stride as hands work gradually back.  Steeper compact stroke that is direct to the ball. Good feel for the barrel. Quiet head. Used the whole field throughout his round.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Bat speed is present at around 68 mph. When he catches the ball out in front, gap to gap power is present.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Arm is quick and snappy behind the dish. Throws were straight to the bag and 4/5 were accurate. In the OF, arm action was a little longer and over the top. Slower to release. All throws were long hops and most were accurate.
Defense: 2.13-2.21 pop times. Clean footwork and average quickness on exchanges behind the dish. In the OF he let the ball get to him instead of playing through it. Looked more comfortable at C.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60.

Treson Israel-Arita, Servite (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-5, 160-pounds. Smaller sturdy frame with some present strength
Hit: RHH. Stands upright and straight up in stance with bat rested on his shoulder. Uses a mild leg lift gather as hands move into a launch position.  Smooth easy stroke that worked on a flatter path. No GB's during the round. Higher hand finish. Is extended through after point of contact. Middle of the field approach. 
Power: 85 mph exit velocity. Has feel for the LC gap for some pullside gap power.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. 4/5 accurate throwdowns. Quick arm action. Some present armside tail. Throws were high arcing and fell downwards toward target.
Defense: 2.19-2.26 pop times. Decent footwork and average quickness on exchanges. Sets up in a narrow but higher crouch. Mixed up crouches which helped with framing. Comfortable blocking BIDs.
Run: 8.69 runner in the 60.

Garrett Strenger, Trabuco Hills  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds. Smaller athletic frame with room for strength gains.
Hit: RH. Stands upright and slightly open with tight set hands at the ear. Uses a mild leg kick as hands move back. Doesn't get too extended with front foot.  Flatter smooth stroke that entered the zone early and stayed in the zone (82% on plane efficiency). Gets hands inside the baseball and used the whole field throughout his round.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity. Current singles hitter but rotational acceleration average of 19 gs show good potential power ceiling.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. 4/5 accurate throws to the bag. Short quick arm action. Average velo for level. Throws were straight with no tail.
Defense: 2.01-2.18 pop times. Clean footwork and exchanges on throwdowns. Average receiving skills. Mixed up different crouches throughout the bullpens.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60.

Richard Tejeda III, Orange Lutheran  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Well proportioned frame with strength throughout especially in his lower half. Projectable catcher's build.
Hit: RH. Stands upright and slightly open in stance. Simple forward stride but gets good internal rotation.  Smooth compact stroke that worked on a flat path. Explosive hands that are direct to the ball. Good use of the lower half. Great feel for the barrel. Catches the ball out in front for a more pullside approach.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity. Pullside power is present averaging around 300ft of distance throughout his round and 350ft max. 69 mph bat speed average is also above average for his level.
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Clean and short arm action that was quick to release. All throws were to the bag and flashed good carry with no tail.
Defense: 2.01-2.08 pop times. Quick athletic footwork and clean glove exchanges. Also showed good receiving and pitch framing skills during bullpens, mixing up different crouches. Also showed comfortability on BIDs as he blocked several balls throughout the bullpens as well.
Run: 7.77 runner in the 60.

Andrew Torres, Ayala (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Smaller lean build with some present athleticism .
Hit: RH. Wider base with feet straight up and bat rested on his shoulder. Uses a toe tap trigger. Slight internal rotation. Hands drop into a lower launch position.  Lift barrel through the zone for a more upward path. Stays extended through after contact. Turns fast and tight . Point of contact is out in front. Pullside approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Some present pullside gap power. 70mph bat speed average and 15gs rotational acceleration average give him a good base to start to develop more power.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. OF - 82 mph. At both C/OF, his arm action is short and quick. 4/5 accurate throws on throwdowns. Quick to release from the OF and made accurate long hops to the bag.
Defense: 2.07-2.19 pop times. At C, showed clean footwork and average glove exchanges. Flashed decent receiving/glove skills during bullpens. In the OF, showed average defensive actions. Got around and through the ball but slowed down feet noticeably at times. Clean and fluid exchanges.
Run: 7.27 runner in the 60.