IA Underclass Prospect Games: Outfield Analysis

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

The Prep Baseball Report Iowa's Underclass Prospect Games took place on August 4th, 2015 at Duane Banks Field on the campus of the University of Iowa. The showcase featured prospects from the 2017 and 2018 class who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff, college coaches, and professional scouts.

Today we take a look at the outfielders that were at the event. When we create this list we evaluate the overall package of abilities along with future projection at the college level.

The top outfield prospect at this year's IA Underclass Prospect Games is........

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Top outfield Prospects

1. Levi Usher, OF, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Athletic build. 6.85 runner. Open stance. Strides across. Good hands in swing. Ability to drive ball to oppo gap. Some lift in swing. Will improve more with better use of lower half in swing. 82 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in outfield. 2 hand fielder effects momentum and balance on throws. Very good arm. Above avg. carry with plus accuracy to target. Clean arm action producing 88 mph throws. High Follow in 2018 class.

2. Robbie McCargar, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2017
6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Physical build. 7.4 runner at this event. Slight uphill setup in box. Long stride with balance. Above avg. bat speed with lift in swing. Shows power to pull side of field. 93 mph exit velocity off tee. Aggressive routes to ball. Works to exchange/release quickly. Does good job of fielding low to ground. Avg. arm action and carry. Solid accuracy. 76 mph arm strength. High follow with offensive ability.

3. Anthony Alepra, OF/RHP, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 2017
6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 6.69 runner. Square stance. Leg kick trigger to swing. Flat bat plane through zone. Mid-away approach with solid contact. 84 mph exit velocity. Solid across the board in the outfield feet and glove. Throws are accurate to target with 88 mph arm strength.

4. Joshua Stivers, OF, Pleasant Valley, 2017
6-foot-1, 210-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.25 runner. Hands out over plate in set-up. Aggressive swinger. Some length to contact. Uses whole field. Pulls off occasionally but makes solid-hard contact. 91 mph exit velocity off tee. Avg. actions in outfield. Makes routine plays. Fields with 2 hands effecting balance and momentum. 79 mph arm strength with solid accuracy to target.

5. Justus Burke, OF, Davenport Assumption, 2017
5-foot-11, 180-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Strong athletic build. 6.78 runner. Solid set-up in box. Leg kick trigger to stride. Off-time at this event. Shows strength in swing with mid/pull approach. 88 mph exit velocity. Good feet and hands in outfield. Appropriate routes. Average arm action from ¾ slot. Arm is fast out front with accuracy to target. 80 mph arm strength from outfield.

6. Peyton Scott, OF, Mason City Newman, 2017
5-foot-9, 170-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.22 runner. Open-narrow stance. Strides to square. Low hand set. Uses hands well in swing. Mid/pull approach. 81 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in outfield with appropriate routes to ball and good glove. Clean exchanges and release. Clean arm action. Throws are online and accurate to target. 82 mph arm strength.


Ben Beutel, LHP/OF, Davenport North, 2017
5-foot-10. 150-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.75 runner. Uphill set-up. Slight crouch. Pull approach. Barrel is out and around at times. Solid pull pop in bat. 62 mph exit velocity. Lean body. Athletic actions in OF. Long arm action. Aggressive routes to ball. Avg./ok accuracy to target. 81 mph arm strength.

Drew Boffeli, LHP/OF, North Scott, 2017
6-foot-2, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.44 runner. Athletic build. Crouched stance. Square feet with inline stride. Pull approach with solid contact. Uphill/lift swing plane with 81 mph exit velocity off tee. Good feet and glove in outfield. Moves well. Stabbing short arm action. Elevated throws to plate. 74 mph arm strength.

Brady Donohue, RHP/OF, Marion, 2017
6-foot-3, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Lean build. 7.41 runner. Crouched stance. Strides slightly across body locking hips occasionally. Flat swing plane through zone. Uses whole field. 77 mph exit velocity. Solid routes and actions to ball. Wants to field with 2 hands occasionally. Minimal momentum on throws with legs. Solid accuracy to target at 77 mph.

Jake Huff, OF, Pekin, 2017
6-foot-3, 170-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. 7.1 runner. Wide spread stance. Double tap stride to swing. Heavy collapse at contact. Mid/away approach. Underneath at contact. With avg. pop in bat. 75 mph exit velocity off tee. Loose athletic actions defensively. Strides open to target. Minimal carry on throws. Short arm action from ¾ slot. 78 mph arm strength.

Dakota Kron, OF, Washington, 2017
5-foot-11, 205-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Strong build. Inconsistent stride. Front heel turn trigger. Heavy uphill swing plane. Restricted finish after contact. Pull approach. 84 mph exit velocity off tee. Avg./ok actions in field. Long arm action. Elevated throws to plate. Avg. carry. Solid accuracy to target. 78 mph arm strength.

Braeden Nielsen, OF, Mid Prairie, 2017
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.35 runner. Small leg kick. Strides slightly across. Level head to contact. Lacks strength currently. Line drive swing plane and uses whole field. 70 mph exit velocity. Solid fielder with good routes to ball. Funky arm action. Below avg. carry to target. 67 mph arm strength.

Jeff Riesenberg, OF, West Bend-Mallard, 2017
5-foot-10, 180-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 6.87 runner. Lunges at contact. Lands on heel. Underneath at contact. Uses whole field. Avg. contact. 70 mph exit velocity. Adequate routes to ball. Fields with 2 hands effecting balance and momentum. Short arm action. Minimal use of front side on throws. 75 mph arm strength.

Luke Roudabush, OF, Grinnell, 2017
5-foot-8, 135-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. 6.72 runner. Very closed stance. Out and around at contact. Pull approach. 66 mph exit velocity. Fields tall and deep in stance. Low arm slot effecting accuracy and carry. Short arm action. 63 mph arm strength from outfield.

Bryan Verdon, RHP/OF, Davenport North, 2019
5-foot-8, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.32 runner. Open stance. Avg. balance in swing. Pull approach. Solid contact to pull side of field. Good strength for age. 82 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid actions in outfield. Long arm action with restricted finish on release with limited lower half momentum. Solid accuracy to target. 77 mph arm strength.

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