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SoCal Preseason All-State: Outfielders Analysis


Russ Morgan
SoCal Area Scout

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - This week we take a look at some standout performers from the SoCal Preseason All-State that was held at JSerra High School on Saturday, January 5th. Earlier we posted a Quick Hits story with multiple early standouts. We also released our catchers analysis piece earlier. 

Today we bring you the outfielders analysis. Players are listed in no particular order. Position listed is the primary position players have listed in their profiles. Be sure to click on the player profile for full video from this event and more notes from other viewings. 

 

Darian Choi

Class of 2022 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Sunny Hills
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: GBG Renegades
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: S/R

Statistics

Pitching
81
Max FB
(10/10/20)
78 - 80
FB
(10/10/20)
67 - 72
CB
(10/10/20)
71 - 74
CH
(10/10/20)
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
78 - 80
CB
67 - 72
CH
71 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
75
FB
73 - 75
CB
67 - 69
CH
66 - 67
Pitching
Max FB
75
FB
73 - 74
CB
63 - 65
CH
68 - 69
Position
7.24
60-yard
(10/10/20)
80
INF Velo
(10/10/20)
75
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
90
Exit Velo
(10/10/20)
4.74
H-1st
(08/17/19)
Position
60-yard
7.24
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
7.67
OF Velo
75
Exit Velo
74
Trackman - Fastball
81.5
Velocity (max)
(10/10/20)
77.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(10/10/20)
1957
Spin Rate (max)
(10/10/20)
1918
Spin Rate (avg)
(10/10/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
81.5
Velo Range
78.5 - 80.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.2
Spin Rate (max)
1957
Spin Rate (avg)
1918
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
73.7
Velocity (max)
(10/10/20)
66.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(10/10/20)
2180
Spin Rate (max)
(10/10/20)
1835
Spin Rate (avg)
(10/10/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.7
Velo Range
67.3 - 72.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.3
Spin Rate (max)
2180
Spin Rate (avg)
1835
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
74.0
Velocity (max)
(10/10/20)
69.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(10/10/20)
1397
Spin Rate (max)
(10/10/20)
1342
Spin Rate (avg)
(10/10/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
74
Velo Range
71.2 - 74
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.5
Spin Rate (max)
1397
Spin Rate (avg)
1342
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
89.8
Exit Velocity (max)
(10/10/20)
77.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
(10/10/20)
165
Distance (avg)
(10/10/20)
311
Distance (max)
(10/10/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
89.8
Exit Velocity (avg)
77.9
Distance (avg)
165
Distance (max)
311
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
25.5
Hand Speed (max)
(10/10/20)
23.7
Hand Speed (avg)
(10/10/20)
69.9
Bat Speed (max)
(10/10/20)
65.8
Bat Speed (avg)
(10/10/20)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
25.5
Hand Speed (avg)
23.7
Bat Speed (max)
69.9
Bat Speed (avg)
65.8
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State (outfield) - 5-foot-11, 146-pounds. Has a lean frame, is young and athletic, will add size with maturity. Started the day running a 7.67 60-yard dash. At the plate he operates from a open stance, with a glide keeping weight on back leg. Is a pull hitter, does drop at times, but also has a smooth left-handed swing. From the outfield hit 75 mph on the gun for outfield velo. Has a longer motion, ¾ arm angle, makes accurate throws with carry on the ball. Shows average hands, fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Stays behind the ball nicely and shows good athleticism.

Alejandro Espinoza

Class of 2021 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: El Toro
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Trombly Baseball
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
84
Max FB
(01/05/20)
82 - 83
FB
(01/05/20)
66 - 68
CB
(01/05/20)
75 - 78
CH
(01/05/20)
62 - 64
SL
(01/05/19)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
82 - 83
CB
66 - 68
CH
75 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
78
FB
75 - 77
CH
67 - 69
SL
62 - 64
Position
7.65
60-yard
(01/05/20)
85
OF Velo
(01/05/20)
83
Exit Velo
(01/05/20)
Position
60-yard
7.97
OF Velo
75
Exit Velo
80

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State (outfield) - 5-foot-9, 165-pounds. Has a medium frame, young body. Started the day off running a 7.97 60-yard dash. At the plate operates from an open set-up, with a high leg kick taller at the plate. Has a longer stride, uses a leg kick for timing. From the outfield had a velo of 75 MPH. Has a longer motion with a ¾ arm angle, makes accurate throws and has carry. Good athleticism, average hands, fluid footwork, clean exchanges, and plays through balls with athletic actions. Does a nice job of getting his body behind the ball, and use his lower-half on his throws.

Nolan Kutcher

Class of 2019 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Saugus
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Storm Elite
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Position
6.94
60-yard
81
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo
Position
60-yard
7.03
OF Velo
81
Exit Velo
81

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Has a medium frame that is strong and athletic. He started the day by running a 7.03 60-yard dash. At the plate operates from an open stance deep in the box, hands are by the back shoulder active and very loose. Slight leg kick with a good bat path, simple load, nice smooth compact left-handed swing, turns on pitches nicely, present line drive hitter with some power projection. From the outfield had a velo of 81 mph. He has a longer over-the-top arm slot, makes accurate throws with a strong arm. He shows average hands, quick and fluid footwork, clean exchanges, and he plays through the ball getting his body behind his throws.

Jakob Schardt

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Camarillo
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: SoCal Giants & 3DGold
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 167lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Position
7.33
60-yard
(01/05/19)
75
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
85
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.33
OF Velo
75
Exit Velo
85

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Six-foot-1, 167-pounds. Has a medium/larger, tall, lean wiry strong frame, young body that should continue to add strength. He started the day off with a 7.37 60-yard dash. At the plate he operates from a slightly closed stance, has a high leg kick for balance, and a longer stride. Does a nice job keep weight on back foot, a lot of movement, at times drops shoulder causing a dip. From The outfield he registered a velo of 75 mph. Has a longer motion, throwing from a ¾ arm angle. He makes accurate throws, does have some carry on the ball. Has average hands, average footwork, clean exchanges and plays through the ball.

Lou Lucci

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Beckman
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: OC Premier
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
(07/23/19)
83 - 85
FB
(07/23/19)
73 - 76
CB
(01/05/19)
74 - 77
CH
(01/05/19)
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 85
CB
73 - 74
CH
72 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
79 - 81
CB
73 - 76
CH
74 - 77
Position
6.75
60-yard
(01/05/19)
83
OF Velo
(07/23/19)
82
Exit Velo
(07/23/19)
4.41
H-1st
(07/23/19)
Position
60-yard
6.96
OF Velo
77
Exit Velo
76
Position
60-yard
6.93
OF Velo
83
H-1st
4.41
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
6.75
OF Velo
75
Exit Velo
80

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State (outfield) - Five-Foot 11, 165-pounds. Has a medium frame, young body. Started the day by testing in the top tier running a 6.75 60-yard dash. Giving him the 2nd best 60 of the day. Has quick feet and a medium stride, with natural speed. From the plate has a slightly open stance that is crouched, shows good use of lower-half. At times dips his back shoulder resulting flyballs. From the outfield has a shorter motion, with a ¾ arm angle. Registering an outfield velo (75) mph. Makes accurate throws average hands, good athletic footwork, and does a nice job getting behind the ball.

Kyle Kirk

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Esperanza
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: GBG OC 2020
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Position
7.11
60-yard
(01/05/19)
74
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
85
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.11
OF Velo
74
Exit Velo
85

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Five-foot-11, 165-pounds. Has a medium frame with some strength in the upper half; athletic body. Started the day off running a 7.11 60-yard dash. Operates from a slightly open stance, with a simple stride. Has a load to keep weight on back leg with a simple stride. From the outfield has a longer over-the-top throwing motion, registering a 74 mph velocity. He does make accurate throws as his ball has carry, does nice job playing thru. Has average hands, athletic footwork, and an average exchange.

Ryan Zimmerman

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Corona Del Mar
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: CBA
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.02
60-yard
(01/05/19)
73
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
86
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.02
OF Velo
73
Exit Velo
86

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Six-foot-1, 180-pounds. Has a large frame, young and athletic body. Started the day off running a 7.02 60-yard dash. Operates from a slightly open stance, with a simple stride. Has a level and compact swing. In the outfield he registered a velo of 73 mph. Has a longer throwing motion ¾ arm angle, makes accurate throws and has carry on the ball. Has average hands, fluid footwork, with a clean exchange, and plays thru. Does a nice job with his crow hop and using his lower half.

Jonathan Shupe

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: La Mirada
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: CBA
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.37
60-yard
(01/05/19)
74
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
83
Exit Velo
(09/28/19)
Position
60-yard
7.61
OF Velo
72
Exit Velo
83
Position
60-yard
7.74
OF Velo
71
Exit Velo
78
Position
60-yard
7.37
OF Velo
74
Exit Velo
81
Position
60-yard
7.46
Exit Velo
79

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Six-foot, 178-pounds. Has a medium/larger frame, younger body that should continued to add strength with physical maturation. He started the day registering a 7.37 60-yard dash. From the plate he operates from a straight away stance, hands are by back shoulder with a wider base and a shorter stride. From the outfield Shupe registered a velo of a 74 mph. He throws from a shorter motion and a ¾ arm angle. He makes accurate throws and has carry on the ball. Has average hands, fluid footwork, and consistent, clean exchanges. He plays thru getting body behind the ball, and shows good athleticism.

Steven Hernandez

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: El Camino Real
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: SoCal Cubs
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Position
7.80
60-yard
(01/05/19)
71
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
83
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.8
OF Velo
71
Exit Velo
83

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Six-Foot 1, 190-pounds. Has a larger frame, strong, young body. He registered a 7.8 60-yard dash. At the plate he operates from an open stance, with a leg kick trigger. Does a good job using his lower-half, as he has a consistent bat path to the ball with extension through it driving the ball to all fields on a line. From the outfield his velo was 71 mph. Has a longer throwing motion, with a ¾ arm angle. He does make accurate throws, with average arm strength. Has average hands, average footwork, and a longer exchange.

Jacob Garcia

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
  • High School: Fountain Valley
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: GBG Renegades
  • Height: 5-7
    Weight: 145lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.37
60-yard
(01/05/19)
68
OF Velo
(01/05/19)
77
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.37
OF Velo
68
Exit Velo
77

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Five-foot-7, 145-pounds. Has a lean frame, with an athletic young body. Started the day off running a 7.37 60-yard dash. From the plate operates from a slightly open set-up, with a toe-tap trigger. Very active at the plate with a nice, compact swing. From the outfield has a longer throwing motion from a ¾ arm angle. Has average arm strength, making accurate throws. Shows good footwork, with average hands and clean exchanges. Shows good athleticism, and does a nice job getting body behind the ball through to release.

Nathan Blocher

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Orange Lutheran
    State: CA
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 155lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.89
60-yard
(09/28/19)
83
OF Velo
(09/28/19)
84
Exit Velo
(09/28/19)
Position
60-yard
6.89
OF Velo
83
Exit Velo
84
Position
60-yard
6.97
OF Velo
75
Exit Velo
78

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Five-foot-10, 145-pounds. Has a medium frame that is young but athletic. He started the day off running a 6.97 60-yard dash, that was good enough for the 8th best time of the day. From the plate operates from an open set-up with a leg kick trigger. Blocher is very tall at the plate, with very active hands. From the outfield has a ¾ angle arm motion. Registering an outfield velo of 75 MPH. He makes accurate throws, and showed carry on ball. Shows average hands, average footwork and plays through the ball. Showed good athleticism in the outfield taking the proper first step and funnels balls out front.

Kian Nicoletti

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
  • High School: Orange Lutheran
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: California Blues
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 160lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.87
60-yard
(01/04/20)
83
OF Velo
(01/04/20)
92
Exit Velo
(09/13/20)
4.82
H-1st
(06/01/19)
Position
60-yard
7.3
OF Velo
83
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
7.41
OF Velo
80
H-1st
4.82
Exit Velo
81
Position
60-yard
7.26
OF Velo
78
Exit Velo
76
Trackman - Hitting
92.2
Exit Velocity (max)
(09/13/20)
82.8
Exit Velocity (avg)
(09/13/20)
249
Distance (avg)
(09/13/20)
324
Distance (max)
(09/13/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
82.8
Distance (avg)
249
Distance (max)
324
Hard Hit %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
25.1
Hand Speed (max)
(09/13/20)
23.5
Hand Speed (avg)
(09/13/20)
72.6
Bat Speed (max)
(09/13/20)
70.8
Bat Speed (avg)
(09/13/20)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
25.1
Hand Speed (avg)
23.5
Bat Speed (max)
72.6
Bat Speed (avg)
70.8
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal Preseason All State - Five-foot-8, 140-pounds. Has a lean, athletic frame, will add size and muscle with maturity. Started the day off running a 7.26 60-yard dash. From the plate he operates from an open set-up using a toe tap trigger. Good use of the lower half that helps him drive the ball on a line. Did drop hands at times resulting in a uppercut. From the outfield he throws from a ¾ arm slot. He registered an outfield velo of 78 MPH. He showed average arm strength with average hands. Plays through the ball showing good athleticism showing average arm strength, throws did have some carry on the ball.

Will O'Neil

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Newport Harbor
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Saddleback Cowboys
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
88
Max FB
(08/23/20)
85 - 87
FB
(08/23/20)
73 - 74
CB
(08/23/20)
74 - 75
CH
(08/23/20)
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
85 - 87
CB
73 - 74
CH
74 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
77 - 80
CB
65 - 67
CH
70 - 72
Position
7.09
60-yard
(07/31/19)
79
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
82
OF Velo
(07/31/19)
84
Exit Velo
5.08
H-1st
Position
60-yard
7.09
OF Velo
82
Exit Velo
84
Position
60-yard
7.38
INF Velo
79
OF Velo
79
Exit Velo
80

Scouting Report

1/5/2019 - SoCal preseason All State (outfield) - Five-foot-10, 160-pounds. Medium size frame, is strong and athletic with room to add muscle and mass to his long lean frame. Started the day off running a 7.38 60-yard dash. From the plate operate from an open setup, with a smooth load and a leg kick, and a medium/longer stride. Uses his lower half well; explodes through the ball. Showed quick hands in BP, good present contact hitter with some power projection. At times did drop hands resulting in a slight uppercut. From the outfield throws from a longer motion registering a 79 mph OF velo. Throwing from an over- the-top arm-slot, has a strong and accurate arm, consistently making throws that were accurate. Shows athleticism in the outfield with longer strides. Has soft hands, quick footwork making clean exchanges, and does a nice job getting behind the ball to use his whole body.

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