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Uncommitted 2021 Sr. Showcase - Outfielder Analysis


Steve Doherty
Area Scout


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FULLERTON, CALIF. - The second annual SoCal Uncommitted Senior Games took place at Amerige Park home of the Hope International Royals. Over 50 players descended on the downtown Fullerton ballpark to participate in the event that was live streamed to over 100 coaches across the country with many Division II and Division III coaches in attendance since restrictions on their recruiting were lifted on September 1st. 

Players were put through a traditional pro-style workout before playing in a live scout-ball style game in which pitchers faced 5-6 hitters apiece. For several players this was their first opportunity at live baseball action in some time which you would have never known based on their performances. 

In this edition we'll take a look at the uncommitted outfielders for the 2021 class. Click on the player name and it will take you to their full profile.

Kian Nicoletti, Orange Lutheran (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Proportional, sturdy base with some present strength visible.
Defense:  Smooth actions in the outfield, fielded balls in rhythm and had clean transfers.
Arm: RH.  OF - 83 mph. Throws were accurate and online.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open start, quick leg lift and hand hitch. Hands begin low and slot into position. Bat stays through the zone for a long time.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Showed some pull side power with the ability to drive the ball to all fields.
Run: 7.3 runner in the 60.

Dominick Rhodes, El Camino Real (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 145-pounds. Proportional, good base, room to fill out
Defense: Moved around well in the outfield, fielded balls to both sides and showed the ability to get behind the ball to set up a throw
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Longer arm stroke, gets up on time.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, quiet head and hands Rotates to-and-through the ball well.
Power: Showed some gap to gap power, and will increase as he adds mass. Max exit velocity of 84 MPH via Trackman.
Run: 7.74 runner in the 60.

Victor Pico, Hart  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B/OF
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Proportional frame with room to fill out.
Defense:  Showed well during defensive workout, moved around fielding balls quickly with relative ease.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph. OF - 81 mph. Short arm action that gets up and out on time. Comes out clean.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open start with low hanging hands. Small leg kick and hand hitch helps store energy to be released during the swing.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Power potential is there when the body is sequenced right.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60.

Michael Pollard, Mission Viejo (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Proportional, good base, room to fill out.
Defense:  Smooth actions in the outfield. Fielded balls cleanly and in rhythm to make a throw.
Arm: RH. OF - 90 mph. Will need to refine accuracy but raw arm strength is there.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open start with compact hands and a narrow base. Coils into the back hip with load and keeps the bat through the zone for a long time.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Drove the ball to all fields and showed power to the pull side. More to come with added mass.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60.

Logan Fusco, Orange Lutheran (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Sturdy Base, some present strength, proportional.
Defense:  Showed quality footwork in the outfield as well as transfer skills. Moved with a sense of urgency and had rhythm.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long out of the glove but gets up on time. Had accurate throws during his workout.
Hit: RHH. Open stance with a leg kick and hand hitch to initiate launch. Barrel stays level through the zone.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Showed power to all fields during his round consistently driving the ball.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60.

Ryan Moreno, Ayala (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Solid base, proportional, athletic.
Defense:  Plus actions in the outfield. Fielded balls in rhythm with clean footwork and transfer skills.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Short, quick arm action. Had accurate throws and seemed to have more velocity in the tank.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance to begin with a quiet load and weight shift. Level barrel path through the zone allowed for consistent hard contact.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power that plays when he is driving the ball on a line.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60.

Jackson Gifford, Harbor (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Strong athletic build with present strength
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with bat rested on his shoulder at stance.  Smaller leg raise trigger. Compact handsy stroke that is direct to the ball. Turns tight as hands stay connected to the body throughout the swing. Flat swing path.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity. Present wall ball power. Coils well. Bat speed average of 72.1 mph and Rotational Acceleration average of 18.2 g's are above average for his level and show a high power ceiling. Homerun in BP.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. OF - 77 mph. Short and compact arm action from both INF/OF. Higher release. Accurate throws from both positions and flashed some carry.
Defense: Athletic movements at both positions. Comes through the ball well in the OF using momentum. Clean exchanges.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Tommy Italia, St. Francis (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-1, 195-pounds. Large frame with present strength and athleticism.
Hit: LHH. Sets up with wide legs and is slightly open. Active hands. Small leg raise trigger. Hands get good separation with front leg. Smooth stroke that has some barrel lift for an uphill path. Used the whole field in BP.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity. Present gap to gap power. Rotational acceleration average of 17.1 g's shows more power potential with bat speed gains.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. OF - 81 mph. Arm played well at both OF/INF. Throws flashed life and were accurate at both spots. Was quick to release in the INF.
Defense: Moved well in both the INF and OF. Played through the ball in the outfield and took good angles. Looked sharp in the INF. Had clean quick feet and got to good positions to field the GBs. Smooth glove exchanges on GBs.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Cameron MacDonald, Brentwood School (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds. Medium well-proportioned build. Present strength in upper body.
Hit: RHH. Basic stance with legs slightly bent and lined up straight.  Starts movements early. Mild leg lift trigger. Rocks into the back hip. A longer but smooth swing that is on an upward path. Good feel for barrel. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 98 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power and can run into one. Power to all fields as he put one off the right-field wall in BP. Tied for highest bat speed average at the event at 73.9 mph which is well above average for level.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Quick compact arm with good arm speed. Throws flashed life and carry. Mostly accurate throws.
Defense: Took good angles and worked through the ball to set up strong throws.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Zack McAlister, Beckman  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Strong athletic build with long arms.
Hit: LHH. Sets up tall and upright with an even base in stance.  Longer but smooth stroke. Gets his hands away from his body. The barrel is lifted through the zone for a more uphill path. Is extended through the ball at finish. Pull side tendencies.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Filled the RC gap with LD's in BP. Rotational acceleration average of 15.9 g's shows the potential for more power in the future.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action out of the over the top slot. Threw the ball on a more upward angle and they flashed carry. Mostly accurate throws.
Defense: Comfortable actions in the OF fielding to both sides. Fielded the balls in rhythm and with momentum towards the target.
Run: 7.63 runner in the 60. 

Kai Moran, Cleveland (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Large athletic frame with present strength
Hit: LHH. Slightly open with a wide even base at stance.  Slowly gathers into the back hip and uses a simple forward stride. Compact handsy swing that is direct to the ball for a steeper path. Good feel for the barrel. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Some pull side power is there. Hit a triple off the right-field wall in game action. 68.3 mph average bat speed throughout his BP round.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Longer arm action. Accurate one-hops to the bag. Some arm-side tail on throws.
Defense: Clean defensive actions. Attacks the ball and takes aggressive angles. Stays low to the ball. Comes through the ball and uses momentum for his throws.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 


UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Norcal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 09/26 Islanders Field
Norcal Underclass ID Showcase CA 10/10 Islanders Field - Lathrop
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park


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