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SoCal ID Camp Underclass Red - Infielders


PBR CA 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. 

SCOUTING REPORTS

 

Carter Chi, Cerritos High (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Athletic frame with long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Upright upper body with relaxed hands. Utilizes a leg kick trigger that starts his move forward as hands stay back.  Lifts the barrel through the zone when on time but was steep when late. Extended through at finish. Even with the larger leg kick he finishes well balanced.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Some present pull side power. Uses the lower half well to maximize power in frame.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. OF - 75 mph. In the OF longer arm action that comes out of a higher slot. In the OF he gets good air under his throws for mostly accurate one hops. Similar arm action from the INF but comes out a little faster. All accurate throws in the INF. 
Defense: In the OF he stays low to the ball and comes through it with a big crow hop. In the INF he showed clean defensive actions and light feet. Soft hands going to both the forehand and backhand side.
Run: 7.79 runner in the 60. 

Nathan Christman, Oak Hills  (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Athletic frame with some length.
Hit: RHH. Sets up with a wide base and hands over the plate. Hands stay neutral throughout his load. Uses a simple forward stride and gets his foot down early.  Compact stroke that works on a level plane. Good feel for the barrel and pounded several line drives up the middle.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity. Maxed out at 71.1 mph bat speed in bp. Can see some gap to gap power if he can sit at that speed.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short and quick arm action. Slower in getting to release.
Defense: Fields everything out in front. Gathers everything back to his body. Better to his backhand side.
Run: 8.01 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Real simple delivery with no wasted movement or energy. Uses a mild knee tuck. Goes straight down the mound while keeping his pelvis in line throughout. Finishes squared with home with a firm front leg and in a good fielding position.
Arm Action: RH. Shorter arm action with a mild arm stab in the back. Comes out of the true 3/4 slot. Arm speed differences on off speed pitches. Good extension on FB/CH.
FB: T78, 75-78 mph. Showed decent ride by averaging 21 inches of VB.
CB: 57-59 mph. Slowed down arm speed on the CB. Some present HB so moves like a slurve.
CH: 67-69 mph. Showed an ability to throw it for strikes. Decent arm side run.

Julien Cojulun, Redondo Union  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Well proportioned athletic build with a medium frame.
Hit: RHH. Wider even set up with loose hands. Uses a mild leg kick trigger where hands pullback into a higher elbow.  Smooth stroke that works on a flat-uphill path that produced very few GBs. Utilizes lower half well. Gets extended through at finish. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. At times filled the gaps with LDs. Strength gains should give him some gap to gap power.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Short and quick arm action. Throws flashed good carry and were mostly accurate.
Defense: Light on his feet and showed good feel moving to his glove side. Fields everything centered and out in front. Slower to release.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

Bryce Dean, Corona (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-2, 160-pounds. Long lean build with a projectable frame
Hit: RHH. Sets up with an athletic wide base. Gets his foot down early and lets his hands work.  Smooth stroke that worked on a flatter path. Swing produced a lot of pullside LDs in BP. Simple repeatable swing mechanics allow for adjustability on different pitches.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity. Decent feel for the pullside but a better utilization of lower half and bat speed gains will get him more power.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Mixed up arm action, longer on routine balls but showed ability to shorten it up and have a quicker arm action when on the move. Throws flashed good life across the diamond.  5/6 accurate throws.
Defense: Was light on his feet and took good angles which helped his range. Was good on the move and could make throws on the run.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Jack Gold, Palos Verdes Peninsula (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-6, 150-pounds. Athletic build that is well proportioned
Hit: LHH. Slightly open with relaxed hands in stance. Two part swing using a toe tap trigger. Compact stroke with a flat swing path that produced tons of LDs up in the middle and to the RC gap. High contact swing shown with 76% on plane efficiency. 
Power: 87 mph exit velocity. Rotational acceleration range was 14-19gs which shows a decent power ceiling with some bat speed gains.
Arm: RH. INF - 70 mph. Quick and short arm action that is quick to release. Showed ability to throw from different angles. 5/6 accurate throws.
Defense: Decent defensive actions. Showed good feet. Got low to the ball and fielded out in front. Clean glove exchanges.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60. 

Grant Gray, Norco (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-3, 165-pounds. Long and lengthy frame with some present athleticism.
Hit: RHH. Is upright and slightly open in stance. Utilizes a leg kick that gets into his back hip. Hands pop back when the front foot lands.  Compact level stroke. Good bat to ball skills. Peppered the LC gap with LDs.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Good power potential is there with 71 mph average bat speed and 17.8 gs average rotational acceleration which are both above average for his age. Average 90mph exit velo and was consistent with that for all pitch locations.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short whippy arm action that flashed good life and carry. Mostly accurate. Showed ability to throw from different angles. Quick to release.
Defense: Moves well laterally especially to the backhand side. Doesn't take unnecessary steps. Light on his feet with clean actions.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

Brandon Luu, Northwood (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-2, 195-pounds. Large sturdy frame with strength throughout
Hit: LHH. Tall and upright with feet slightly open in stance. Uses a simple forward stride that is slow and gradual. Powerful compact stroke that works on a flat-uphill plane. Coil well with some good internal rotation. Hands stay back as the body starts to move forward creating good separation.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity. Over the fence power potential is there as he pounded some balls to the wall in BP. Blast metrics tell the same story as he averaged 74mph bat speed and 22gs rotational acceleration which are both above average for his level.
Arm: LH. INF - 78 mph. Quick snappy arm action especially on DPs. Showed nice life across the diamond on first-third throws. All throws were accurate.
Defense: Showed good light feet for his size. Fields everything out in front. Clean glove exchanges and was quick to release
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Clean delivery as he sidesteps into a knee tuck. Doesn't drop into the back leg just uses momentum to fall down the mound. Stays closed as long as possible with the front side and once his lower half lands pulls hard with his glove side. Finishes online with home with a firm and straight front leg.
Arm Action: LH. Clean and smooth arm circle in the back that comes out of the H 3/4 slot. Plus arm speed that accelerates at release. Consistent arm speed and slot on all pitch types.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. Showed decent ride with 22-inch average VB.
SL: 69-70 mph. Showed flashes of really good HB movement even fooling the catcher at times
CH: 72-74 mph. Good arm side fade that was deceptive because of the same arm speed. 

Connor Meidroth, Mira Costa  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Medium lean build with room to fill out
Hit: RHH. Narrow and tall with a vertical bat in stance. Utilizes a toe tap trigger.  Smooth compact stroke that showed good feel for the barrel. Rhythmic hands help with his timing. Pull side approach.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity. Shows a nice feel for the pullside but strength and bat speed gains are needed for gap to gap power.
Arm: RH.INF - 84 mph. Arm action is compact and quick and flashed good carry across the diamond. Was fast out the glove and to release.
Defense: Quick feet and takes good angles. Better up the middle than to the backhand side. Quick glove exchanges.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Kai Nagashima, Peninsula  (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/C
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Lean athletic build with room to fill out.
Hit: S. Similar setup from both sides. Open stance with a slight lean into his backside. Starts load early and stays connected to his backside.  Swing itself are also both similar. Both smooth strokes that work on a flatter path with maybe a little more lift from the right side. Worked the whole field and showed a nice ability to stay inside the baseball.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity. Not much power currently but clean mechanics and with plenty of room to fill out show power will come.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. INF - 74 mph. At C, the arm action was quick and snappy. Throwdowns were mostly one hops to the bag. Quick to release. At SS arm action was quick and fluid, in rhythm with feet. 5/6 accurate throws.
Defense: At C, showed quick feet and clean exchanges. At SS showed good feet and range. Took good angles, softer hands and clean transitions.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. 

Jaden Onaca, Oaks Christian (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds. Long athletic build with room for strength gains
Hit: RHH. Even base. Utilizes a toe tap trigger. Steeper bat path with a deeper point of contact which results in him having to get his hands inside the ball. Inconsistent barrel contact.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Power is there when he gets out in front. 69mph bat speed average shows a decent power floor.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Short whippy arm action. Can change up arm angle when needed. 4/5 accurate throws in defensive workout.
Defense: Stays low to the ground and keeps his feet moving throughout his actions. Gets his feet under him quickly to get off strong throws.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall and fall type of delivery. Uses a knee lift that is straight up and down. Uses gravity to gain momentum down the mound. Online with home and firms up front leg at landing.
Arm Action: RH. Very whippy arm action that comes out of the 3/4 slot. Gets a little inverted in the back along with a higher elbow which is a little worrisome. Plus arm speed that accelerates late. Arm speed is consistent on all pitch types.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. Showed good ride averaging 23 inch VB and maxing out at 27 inch.
SL: 64-70 mph. Showed good command and bite when he released out in front with good extension
CH: 75-77 mph. Straight change that dies downward late

Truman Polich, Mira costa  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds. Athletic build with a long and lengthy frame
Hit: RHH. Athletic stance that is slightly open. Utilizes a toe tap trigger  Smooth stroke that works on a flatter bat path. Gets his hands back loading into his scalp. Swing at times was long and was disconnected from the body but had consistent barrels.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power is almost there. 69mph bat speed average shows a decent power floor
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. In the OF the arm action is short and whippy and throws were accurate and flashed good carry. At 1B arm action was even shorter and more wristy especially on DPs.
Defense: In the OF showed solid defensive movements. Sets up feet quickly after receiving to get to release as fast as possible. At 1B showed heavier feet. Fielding out in front with average exchanges. Slower in getting to release.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

Brodie Purcell, Jserra (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Larger frame with longer limbs and present athleticism.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and leans into his back side. Hands are loose and hanging over the plate. Slow gather while using a leg kick.  Smooth stroke that works on a flat-uphill path. At times gets a little long but has a good feel for the barrel. Definite pull-side approach.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Uses his lower half well and has smooth/clean mechanics. Power will come with strength gains.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Clean and quick arm action. Quick to release and had good life on both DPs and across the diamond.
Defense: Clean defensive actions especially on DPs. Soft hands and clean exchanges.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Clean repeatable delivery. Uses a high knee lift and as it comes down he sinks into the rubber and falls down the mound. Delays upper body well to create good separation. Violent yet firm at landing.
Arm Action: RH. Throws out of the H 3/4 slot. Clean arm spiral. Plus arm speed for level. Arm speed and slots are the same on all pitch types. Plus extension on FB/CH.
FB: T83, 82-83 mph. Decent spin at around 2100 rpm. Gets good extension on the FB which gives it some deceptive life.
CB: 70-72 mph. Moves a little more like a slider. Showed ability to throw it for strikes.
CH: 76-77 mph. Had some decent downward armside run. Same armspeed as fastball. 

Jason Roah, Palos Verdes  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Well proportioned athletic build
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and upright in stance with some loose hanging hands. Uses a simple forward stride where the bat gets into a slight barrel tip.  Smooth yet longer stroke. Lifts barrel through the zone for a more uphill path. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity. Peppered the middle of the field with LDs in BP. Gap to gap power will come with strength gains.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Whippy quick arm that flashed life across the diamond.
Defense: Showed good range especially to his forehand side. Light feet and good glove skills.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Very balanced delivery. Side steps into a medium knee tuck. Stays closed with his upper body. Gets good extension. Steps slightly into the 3B side of the rubber. Firm at landing.
Arm Action: RH. Medium arm circle that comes out of the H 3/4 slot. Above average arm speed that is consistent on all pitch types.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Showed a tendency to leave it up and to the armside.
SL: 68-69 mph. Plays like a true slider with very minimal vertical break.
CH: 70-74 mph. Located it well down in the zone with some present fade.

Jarrett Segura, Bishop Alemany (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/C
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Large well proportioned frame with present athleticism and room for strength gains.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with relaxed hands in stance. As he gets into his load his hands get active but stay neutral behind the ear. Uses a slow gather and simple forward stride.  Compact swing that works on a flat level path. BP produced no GBs. Well balanced throughout the swing. Good feel for the barrel. Used the whole field in BP round.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Present gap to gap power. Rotational acceleration average of 21.38gs show plus power ceiling as that's well above average for his level.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Shorter arm action that comes out with a lower elbow. Quick to release. Mostly accurate throws.
Defense: Good feet and clean exchanges. Glove skills can improve
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60. 

Dominic Smaldino, JSerra (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-3, 185-pounds. Long and lean frame with some present strength and room to fill out
Hit: RHH. Straight up feet with a narrow even base in stance. Uses a simple forward stride. Compact stroke that works on a flatter path that produced many LDs. Good feel for the barrel. Used the whole field in BP.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Present doubles power. Bat speed gains are needed to further increase power (Average 67mph)
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. OF - 80 mph. In the OF showed longer arm swing but whippy arm action. Kept his throws down for accurate long hops. In the INF arm action was similar but showed the ability to lower the arm slot when needed especially when on the move. Flashed good life across the diamond and 5/6 throws were on target.
Defense: In the OF showed an average approach to the ball. Gains good momentum coming through. Exchanges were clean. In the INF, took good first steps and was quick to getting to his spots. Solid range to both sides. Soft hands and quick exchanges.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Small, Oceanside (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Larger athletic frame with present strength
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with an even base and lower hand position. Simple and quick forward stride as hands get into a good launch position.  Handsy swing that is steep and direct to the ball. Good feel for the barrel especially when he catches the ball more out in front. Showed a middle-oppo approach.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity. See quick potential for some gap to gap power with some swing adjustments but the frame and size shows great power projectability.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short whippy arm action. Made 6/6 accurate throws. Can lower slot when needed.
Defense: Showed decent range and glove skills. Good moving to his forehand side and can make throws on the run.
Run: 8.15 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple delivery as he side steps into medium knee lift. Falls down the mound but doesn't get too extended with the lead leg. Lower body never fully stops so that energy can be transferred up the chain. Opens up front side a little early. Finishes online with home
Arm Action: RH. Clean compact arm circle that comes out the 3/4 slot. Plus arm speed for his level. Consistent arm speed on all pitch types. Slots CB at a lower angle.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Decent ride up in the zone shown with some decent VB numbers
CB: 65-66 mph. Some present horizontal spin so it moves more like a slurve. Located mostly in the lower half of the zone.
CH: 73-75 mph. Flashed some fading movement at times. 

Sully Spivey, Irvine High (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-6, 113-pounds. Smaller lean frame with plenty of room to fill out
Hit: RHH. Straight up with feet in stance with loose hands. Utilized a toe tap trigger along with a higher elbow hand pullback.  Steeper stroke with a late point of contact. Most contact was with hands getting inside the baseball to find the barrel. Very handsy swing with minimal lower body work.
Power: 70 mph exit velocity. Power will come with strength and weight gains.
Arm: RH. C - 63 mph. INF - 65 mph. At SS showed a longer arm action that is slower to release. Same release on all throws. Made accurate throws. At C that arm action is also a little long and slow to release. Was 4/5 on accurate throws on throwdowns.
Defense: At SS, showed choppy feet but decent actions to the forehand side. Gloves it with two hands. At C, showed clean footwork but feet and exchanges were slow.
Run: 8.44 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Stull, Chino Hills (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Long and lean frame with some present strength,
Hit: RHH. Straight up with an even base in stance. Uses a smaller leg raise trigger that starts his move forward. Strong compact stroke that works on an uphill path. Gets hands into a good launch position to work up towards the ball. Gets foot down early and lets the hands work. Showed ability to use the whole field.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Current gap to gap power, Bat speed average of 72mph and rotational acceleration average of 18gs show a good projectable power ceiling.
Arm: INF - 70 mph. Shorter arm action where he sort of flicks it with a lower elbow release which hurts velo. 5/6 accurate throws. At times showed an ability to get throws off on the run.
Defense: Fielded everything centered and out in front. Light on his feet. Took good angles and showed decent range.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Kevin Takeuchi, Rancho Bernardo (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. A medium build that is filling out with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Is slightly closed with hands close to ear at stance. Uses a simple and quick forward stride where hands pop back and barrel works up.  Simple compact stroke that works on an uphill path. Turns tight as hands stay close to his body as back elbow works under. All hits in BP were to the pullside.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity. Pull-side power is there. Plus bat speed of 73mph which is above average for his level give him a good power floor.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Quick and short fluid arm action. Quick to release and made all accurate throws.
Defense: One of the better fielders at the event. Soft hands and light feet. Clean exchanges and is good on the move.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. 


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