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SoCal Upperclass ID Camp - Green I


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

Jay Schulze, Huntington Beach (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-4, 125-pounds. Infielders build, room to grow.
Defense: Aced his slow roller showing, low center of gravity when fielding, clean double-play exchanges, backhand needs work.
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph.  Able to make on target throws thanks to a consistent release. Arm velo increase is needed to make the next step.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, hands shoulder height, shoulder dips, high contact swing.  Blast Motion connection score of 60 highlights his metrics, showing that his swing has some consistency and puts himself in a good position to hit.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Matsukawa, Mira Costa (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds.
Defense: Displayed good infield fundamentals and knowledge of position. Lacks elite lateral quickness and arm strength for the left side.
Arm: INF - 78 mph. OF - 69 mph. Arm worked the best and looked the best from the infield. Natural release and feel profiles his arm for second base at the next level.
Hit: RHH. Staggered setup, level swing, consistent feel, shoulders dip, two hand finish.  Swing is average across the board with Blast Motion scores of 53/59/52; showing that his swing has no glaring weakness and projects relatively well.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60.

Ryder Edwards, Paraclete (CA), 2022 

Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 145-pounds.
Defense: Slow to receive, choppy feet, clean exchange, 5/5 on throws to home.
Arm: OF - 83 mph. Quality outfield arm, pitchers release point.
Hit: RHH. Stays low, shows swing projectability, needs to add strength to tap full potential.  Blast Motion scores of 60/49/48. Plane score of 60 shows his bat stays on the swing plane above-average and will allow for a high probability to make contact.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity.
Run: 8.01 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Looked the part, quality mechanics, control artist.
Arm Action: Consistent release point, could have more in the follow through.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Located the fastball extremely well side-to-side.
CB: 66-68 mph. Sharp curveball with good action, consistent break and command in his 5 showings of the pitch.

Luke Rhee, Saint Augustine (CA), 2022 

Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Defense: Good first step, quick to the ball, smooth exchange.
Arm: OF - 78 mph. Slightly below-average outfield arm, quick release, throws on target.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, compact swing, showed a one and two hand finish.  Blast Motion scores of 26/54/32. Connection score of 54 shows that his best part of his swing is his ability to get in a good position to hit.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. 

Devin Fernandez, La Serna (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds.
Defense: Choppy feet at the approach, glove stayed out in front, quality follow through.
Arm: OF - 83 mph. Kept his throws down helping play up his 83 mph outfield velocity, long hop approach.
Hit: RHH. Standard setup, some inside out to the swing enabling opposite field approach, swung a War Stick. Blast Motion scores of 52/52/36. Plane and Connection scores of 52 shows that his swing gets in a good position to hit and the bat stays on a level swing plane at an average clip.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Showed some feel for pitching, consistent command, balanced overall.
Arm Action: Balanced and consistent release point allows for clean arm action and ability to locate the fastball down in the zone.
FB: T84, 79-83 mph. Highlighted his fastball showing with command down in the zone and to both sides of the plate.
CB: 68-72 mph. Commanded the curveball down in the zone as well, solid high school complementary pitch.

Jacob Lara, Riverside Poly (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Defense: 2.0-2.08 pop times. Showed versatility with his ability to play catcher and infield at the high school level. Quality utility player.
Arm: C - 73 mph. INF - 78 mph.  Arm lacks plus ability but his quick release and arm swing play up his velocity readings.
Hit: RHH. Quiet setup, slightly open, hands rest at shoulder height, one-handed finish. Blast Motion scores of 50/56/48. Connection score of 56 shows that his best part of his swing is his ability to get in a consistent position to hit.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60. 

Scotty Pieper, Valencia (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 152-pounds. Twitchy actions, energy on the field, works hard.
Defense: Solid overall, quick to the ball, smooth transfer, throws on target. Potential in all three outfield spots.
Arm: OF - 77 mph. Left-handed over-the-top release point, needs to build arm strength, long hop engaged.
Hit: LHH. Left-handed open hitting setup, whippy bat, one-handed finish. Blast Motion scores of 55/53/41. Average scores across the board. Swing lacks glaring weakness and provides good projection.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Lucky Ramanathan, Woodbridge (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Long arms and legs. Whippy actions on the mound. 

Delivery: Funky right-handed pitcher with deception and overall uniqueness that stands out. Able to stay rather consistent with a lot of moving parts.
Arm Action: Whippy arm action that projects well down the line. Fastball looked harder than it read. Definitely room in there for more.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Fastball comes at you quickly despite the low velocity. Located the pitch down in the zone with movement.
CB: 64-65 mph. Sharp action, breaks well and especially tough on right-handed hitters because of the deceptive release point.
CH: 69-71 mph. Nice complementary pitch to his fastball and curveball. Ideal speed differential from his fastball, the pitch will grow well with his fastball.

Tyler Brodrick, Archbishop Mitty (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds.
Defense: Average approach, good transfer, should try pitching.
Arm: OF - 82 mph. Long arm swing, looked like a pitchers release point, on target throws.
Hit: LHH. Sets up on the dish, balanced overall, smooth left-handed finish.  Blast Motion scores of 55/53/41. Average scores overall with his ability to keep the bat in the zone and on a nice swing plane his best hitting tool. 

 Power: 83 mph exit velocity. 

Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Johnathan Shell, Summit (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Baseball build, projectable, fast.
Defense: Showed outfield fielding ability but whiffed on one. Stays low and attacks the ball quickly.
Arm: OF - 82 mph. Solid arm along with his speed suit him well in centerfield.
Hit: RHH. Slappy and quick, some inside out to the swing, throws hands, limited pop. Blast Motion scores of 43/60/72. Rotation score of 72 is above-average and shows that he is able to go 0-60 with the bat at an elite level.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.61 runner in the 60. 

Seth Wrightstone, Bonita (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds. 

Delivery: Control issues caused by inability to keep his weight back and get his arm in sync with his lower half. Relatively easy fix with balance and confidence training.
Arm Action: Arm showed a consistent release point.
FB: T78, 75-77 mph. Missed arm side with run.
CB: 62-66 mph. Slow change of speeds breaking-ball.
CH: 70-74 mph. Change showed fade and sink. Able to display some command as the pitch demands ability to get out in front. Good pitch to focus on for mechanics.

Aaron Clark, El Dorado (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-10, 162-pounds.
Defense: Solid infield actions, quick transfer, excelled on slow roller.
Arm: INF - 69 mph. Able to make throws from multiple arm angles.
Hit: RHH. Simple and relaxed setup, keeps his hands inside the ball well, smooth finish.  Blast Motion scores of 64/59/41. Plane score of 64 shows above-average ability to keep his bat through the zone at a high rate, enabling more contact ability.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.79 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Guadian, Colony (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP Effective left-handed pitcher that will give you innings.
Body: 5-7, 163-pounds. 

Delivery: Good actions on the mound, showed feel mechanically, ability to throw three pitches for strikes.
Arm Action: Arm worked well for size and strength, repeatable action, tunnels pitches well.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. Fastball showed some deception helping play up the low velocity.
CB: 67-69 mph. Sharp break, tough on left-handed hitters, showed ability to locate the pitch to both sides of the plate.
CH: 71-72 mph. Change up worked well off the fastball, similar approach but possesses late movement, nice complementary pitch. 

Jeremy Giesegh, Upland (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds.
Defense: Fielded nicely, on target throws highlighted his showing, smooth release and feel.
Arm: OF - 80 mph. Quality outfield arm, underclass gives him a chance for more.
Hit: RHH. Compact setup, short swing, smooth finish. Blast Motion scores of 68/36/67. Above-average plane and rotation scores show he is able to get on plane fast and stay in the zone longer at a high rate.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.74 runner in the 60. 

Arm Action: Showed ability to pitch with three pitches for strikes.
FB: T79, 77-78 mph.
CB: 65-66 mph.
CH: 70-71 mph. 

Jacob Mitchell, Martin Luther King (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Defense: Fundamentals on display, nice first step, fielded out in front, natural ability.
Arm: INF - 74 mph. Arm worked from shortstop but lacked arm strength needed at the next level. Made some nice backhanded throws and got rid of it quickly on the slow roller.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall, stepping into his load, creates some torque and power.  Blast Motion scores of 43/53/35. Connection score of 53 highlights his best hitting tool, showing the ability to consistently position himself in a good place to hit.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Showed feel and repeatability on the mound. Stands tall, stays balanced and repeats well.
Arm Action: Gets the most out of his arm, quick in the front, speed the same on all his pitches.
FB: T83, 82-83 mph. Commanded the fastball and located well arm-side, some late movement.
CB: 67-69 mph. Knuckle-curve with good feel and swing and miss ability.
CH: 74-77 mph. Change up showed well with fastball but speed is too close to the fastball. Developmental pitch that has a chance to be a quality third pitch.

Joaquin Sandoval, San Marcos (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 168-pounds.
Defense: 1.96-2.09 pop times. Quick laterally, gets out of the crouch well, blocked and received at an average clip.
Arm: C - 70 mph. Below average arm from the catching position, quick release plays up the low velocity, velocity increase would extremely benefit.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, high hands with some quickness, swing looked at its best when going the opposite way.  Blast Motion scores of 41/39/46. Average plane and rotation scores show some projection thanks to his current ability to make contact and get to contact.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Sawyer Spivey, Irvine (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-4, 168-pounds.
Defense: Size and ability to field out in front give him a chance at third.
Arm: INF - 77 mph. Whippy arm, slings it across the diamond, backhand and slow roller throws looked nice.
Hit: RHH. Uses his size well, projectable pop in his bat, lower half strength gains will help tremendously.  Blast Motion scores of 68/44/67. Above-average plane and rotation scores show he is able to get on plane fast and stay in the zone longer at a high rate.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Lanky and whippy actions on the mound, balance and consistency needs work, some projection here.
Arm Action: Arm shows some whippy action, playing up the fastball and giving it life.
FB: T83, 82-83 mph. Velocity stayed consistent, showed good feel for pitch from a funky release, chance for more.
CB: 73-74 mph. Curveball lacked swing and miss bite, arm action could be better suited for cutter or slider.
CH: 71-74 mph. Best secondary option, ideal velocity range from fastball, arm side run and parachute fade.

Casey(CJ) Best, Saugus (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Solid baseball build with room for more.
Defense: Fielded well for size, footwork good around the ball, exchange could be cleaner.
Arm: OF - 80 mph. Average arm that currently has more in it, more arm than lower half engagement.
Hit: RHH. Looks comfortable at the plate, approached batting practice with confidence, hands worked with his lower half. Blast Motion scores of 63/59/44. Two average and one above-average score shows he has good feel for hitting, projectable at the plate and has no glaring weakness.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Nicholas Dumesnil, Huntington Beach (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds.
Defense: Very good showing, efficient throws across the diamond, fielded and transitioned well.
Arm:  INF - 77 mph. OF - 87 mph. Very good outfield arm, one of the highest velocity readings, quick path and follow through.
Hit: RHH. Swing passed the eye test, good contact, high exit velocity, nice finish.  Blast Motion scores of 31/41/36. Average connection score shows he gets in a decent position to hit but the below average plane and rotation scores shows he has work to do.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.78 runner in the 60. 

Cal Euper, University (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP Consistent left-handed pitcher with a good feel for pitching and has the current ability to give quality high school innings.
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds. 

Delivery: Consistent mechanics, balances well, repeatable.
Arm Action: Hides the ball very well thanks to short clean arm swing in the back. Follow through is clean but lacks snap in the front.
FB: T79, 78-79 mph. Locates his fastball very well, pitch shows good arm side run, best pitch.
CB: 67-70 mph. Arm speed slower on the curveball, inconsistent at times but has projection.
CH: 63-67 mph. Quality speed differential, change up shows similar arm side fade as the fastball, speed up the arm for more bite. 

Aiden Taurek, Foothill (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF Located very well and shows ability to be a quality two-way player.
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds.
Defense: Quick to the ball, followed through well, throws have some juice behind them.
Arm: OF - 88 mph. Kept his throws low, good arm control, high velocity reading was evident.
Hit: RHH. Athletic setup, hands shoulder height, simple toe-tap load and finish. Blast Motion scores of 43/61/56. Connection scored the highest, showing his ability to to get in a good position to hit with consistency.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.88 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Consistent mechanics, overall stiffness, good direction.
Arm Action: Stays on top of the ball well which helps him locate his pitches, creating more fluidity in his lower half would greatly benefit.
FB: T86, 85-86 mph. Fastball worked side-to-side and up-and-down with some velocity, good pitch overall.
CB: 69-70 mph. Best offspeed offerings, one of the better breaking balls at the event, swing and miss action.
SL: 75-76 mph. Counters his curveball with more tilt. Swing and miss potential.
CH: 77-79 mph. Show me change, developmental pitch, can locate but needs to show greater speed differential to garner easy outs. 

Isaiah Alvarado, Hart (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Defense: Went 5/5 on throws and didn't hold back, slow approach but kept the glove out in front nicely and fired towards home with power.
Arm: OF - 88 mph. Above-average high school outfield arm, uses his lower half well and follows through to get the most out of his throws.
Hit: RHH. Setup is compact and ready to engage, swing shows some length through the zone, smooth one-handed finish. Blast Motion scores of 58/68/64. Above-average connection and rotation scores give him a high ceiling with power potential.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.