St. Louis Gamers Scout Day: Outfield Analysis

Diego Solares and Andy Urban
PBR Missouri Staff

On Monday, Feb. 17, PBR Missouri held the St. Louis Gamers Scout Day at the All-Star Performance facility in St. Louis. Roughly 60 prospects were in attendance, representing every high school level and we also saw a handful of 2024 graduates showcase their skills in front of our staff. 

Soon after the event’s conclusion we released an instant analysis, highlighting some of the top statistical performances of the day. We kicked off our position-by-position breakdown yesterday by highlighting the catchers and today we’ll continue our analysis, diving into the outfielders of this group. 

Arguably the top overall performer of this event, regardless of position, was Southern University commit Markell Dixon (2021; McCleur North). He’s a wiry athlete with premium arm strength both in the field and on the mound, while also showing some serious pop at the plate. Dixon is a true two-way talent at the next level and is one of the top overall players in Missouri’s junior class. 

Cameron Loyd (2021; Hallsville) and Sam Juenger (2021; St. Louis Priory) are two 2021 outfielders that impressed our staff with their respective performances. Both remain uncommitted and are ranked prospects in Missouri’s junior class. Loyd has a smooth, line-drive oriented swing at the plate while Juenger has big-time raw power and the ball screams off his bat when he finds the barrel. Both are intriguing follows as we prepare for the summer season. 

One of the biggest takeaways from this event was the emergence of Dane Bjorn (2023; Lindburgh) as a name-to-know in Missouri’s 2023 class. Bjorn took an impressive round of batting practice, showing off an easy ability to find the barrel, and also played with advanced defensive actions in the outfield for his age. He looks the part of a true two-way talent, as he put together a rather impressive bullpen towards the end of the event. Bjorn is a high-follow prospect on both sides of the ball in Missouri’s 2023 class. 

Read up on the rest of these outfield prospects below. 

Listed Alphabetically

Dane Bjorn, Lindbergh (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF High follow arm in his class; a name to know.
Body: 5-foot-11, 152-pounds. Lean and still developing with some wiry strength. Lots of room to add size and strength.
Defense: Above average actions in the field coming through the ball with clean and confident actions.
Arm: Left-Handed   OF - 86 mph. Clean, loose, and fluid arm action. Coming through with advanced arm speed and some whippyness. Above average arm strength.
Hit: Left-Handed Open, back-leg heavy and quiet stance. Short leg kick and slight arm bar in the load.  Elevated swing path and a high finish.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity in BP. Found nearly all barrels in BP.
Run: 4.75 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Works exclusively out of the stretch, drop/drive type delivery, impressive ability to incorporate lower half, strong front side, works on line with target, lands square, smooth rhythm throughout, confident on the mound, easy effort.
Arm Action: Left-Handed
FB: T84, 80-84 mph. Four-seam type, flashed slight arm-side run, strikes on both sides of the plate, more velocity to come.
CB: 68-70 mph. 1/7 shape, late break, advanced actions, potential swing-and-miss offering. 
CH: 72-73 mph. Near fastball arm speed, advanced actions, feel for pitch.

Ramone Boyd II, Parkway North (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 150-pounds. Tall, lanky frame. Plenty of room to add size and strength.
Defense:  Aggressive and developing actions.
Arm: OF - 77 mph. Long, fluid arm action that will continue to get stronger. Over the top release.
Hit: Bats from a quiet and back leg heavy set-up. Uses a reverse toe-tap load with a long stride before launching his hands on a flat path to contact with a high one handed finish.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity in BP. Line drives and fly balls, some barrels.
Run: 4.64 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Works with an average tempo and moderate leg kick before striding down the mound and finishing balanced.
Arm Action:  Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T72, 71-72 mph. Four-seam type, straight movement.
CB: 62-63 mph. 11/5 shape, gradual action, showed some feel to spin. 
CH: 66-67 mph. Near fastball arm speed, showed slight arm-side run.

Trenton cookerly, Grandview (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 145-pounds. Slim athletic build with room to add strength.
Defense: Natural actions in the outfield.
Arm: Right-Handed. OF - 84 mph. Long, smooth action coming through . Advanced arm strength for his age.
Hit: Right-Handed Athletic, back-leg heavy stance. Gathers weight on back leg. Small leg lift. Gets hand back into the hitting position. Very level swing
Power: 74 mph exit velocity in BP. Showed ability to hit all line drives in BP
Run: 4.87 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Works exclusively out of the stretch, starts crouched, athletic leg kick initiates drop/drive type delivery, level shoulders, front side tucks, creates extension downhill, works on line with target, lands square, sound mechanics.
Arm Action: Right-Handed. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81, 80-81 mph. Some jump into the zone, flashed arm-side run, strikes.
CB: 67-68 mph. Decelerated arm action, minimal break.
CH: 73-74 mph. Slightly decelerated arm action, showed arm-side run.

Markell Dixon, McCleur North (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF A must-follow on both sides of the ball in Missouri. Possibly the top overall performer at the event.
Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Wiry, athletic build. Plenty of room to continue developing strength and size.
Defense: Natural hands and footwork in the outfield. Makes it look easy. Aggressive fielder
Arm: Right-Handed.  OF - 95 mph. Explosive. Advanced arm strength. Long, full throttle arm action. Huge whip. Over the top release.
Hit: Right-Handed Very narrow, open stance. Hands high, moderate leg kick, slight arm bar in the load. Big, aggressive swing. Uphill swing. Swings off the back leg. Pull side approach with doubles lift. Huge one handed finish.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity in BP. Huge pop. Home run potential with 94 exit velo.
Run: 4.20 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Solely works out of the stretch, feet start staggered/closed off, quick leg lift initiates athletic drop/drive type delivery, works closed off from target creating deception, lands square, certain confidence on the mound that makes him stand out.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot. Advanced raw arm strength.
FB: T87, 81-86 mph. Firm, plays up in the zone, plenty of velocity to come as he matures and gets stronger.
CB: 72-75 mph. Tight, 12/6 shape, strong vertical break, real feel to spin, strikes.
SL: 73-74 mph. Tight shape, showed one from an unconventional sidearm slot, strikes.
CUTR: 73-74 mph.

Joey Funk, Vianney (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 6-foot-0, 165-pounds. Wiry. Athletic. A lot of room to add size
Defense: Moves well in the outfield. Reads hops. Above average footwork to and through the ball.
Arm: Left-Handed. OF - 76 mph. Long, smooth arm action. 3/4 slot. Developing arm strength with more to come.
Hit: Left-Handed Wide, stiff stance. Hands back. Slight leg up, arm bar load. Level to uphill path
Power: 78 mph exit velocity in BP. Fly ball hitter, some barrels in BP.
Run: 4.59 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Worked solely out of the stretch, tall/fall type delivery, front side stays strong, front toe closed when lead leg lands, upright finish through release.
Arm Action: Left-Handed Short arm action, compact draw, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T73, 70-73 mph. Plays with arm-side run, strikes.
CB: 63-66 mph. 1/7 shape, breaks late.
CH: 62-64 mph. Arm-side action, flashed fade.

Benjamin Hug, Althoff Catholic (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 180-pounds. Stocky build.
Defense: Raw with some athleticism.
Arm: Right-Handed   OF - 77 mph. Average arm strength.
Hit: Right-Handed Very narrow stance. Uses a reverse toe tap load with an aggressive and moderate stride with a quick hands load before launching them on a short and flat path through extension.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity in BP. Ball jumps off the barrel at times.
Run: 4.82 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Threw exclusively out of the stretch, feet start closed off, tall/fall type delivery, hunched at balance point, short stride, works on line with target.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Short, compact arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T74, 72-74 mph. Plays straight, flashed slight arm-side run, around the zone.
CB: 64-66 mph. 11/5 shape, gradual action.
CH: 65-71 mph. Plays with clear arm-side run.

Connor Jenkins, Hillsboro (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Developed, athletic frame with current strength.
Defense: Raw and aggressive actions in the field with aggressive feet and developing hands.
Arm: Right-Handed.  OF - 85 mph. Above average arm strength. Moderate length in the back before coming through a ¾ slot with some stiffness.
Hit: Right-Handed. Athletic stance with bend in the knees. Controlled and smooth load and moderate stride Lands in a great, powerful position to hit. Rhythm throughout the load and swing. Uphill switch path with advanced bat speed and some leverage. High two handed finish.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity in BP. Ball jumps off the bat. Fly ball hitter. Home run ability. Found mostly barrels in BP.
Run: 4.68 runner home-to-first. 

Sam Juenger, St. Louis Priory (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Athletic frame, developing strength and more size
Defense: Fielded at the event, but did not throw. Feet and hands work well together.
Arm: Right-Handed  Did not throw at the event.
Hit: Right-Handed Narrow, upright stance. Uses a high and quick leg kick with an aggressive and moderate stride along with a big arm-bar load before launching his hands on long and slightly uphill path to contact with bat speed and elite barrel strength. Gets the ball out front. Quick, short, two handed finish.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity in BP. Huge pop. Ball flies off the barrel. Mostly barrels during BP.
Run: 4.77 runner home-to-first.

Cameron Loyd, Hallsville (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 177-pounds. Athletic build. Developing strength.
Defense: Aggressive actions. Choppy footwork.
Arm: Right-Handed. OF - 90 mph. Advanced arm strength with a long  action in the back coming through an over the top slot.
Hit: Right-Handed. Hits from a slightly open stance with slight bend in the knees. Quick leg lift, long aggressive stride before a big hand load and launching his barrel on a flat path through extension with quick hands. One handed finish.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity in BP. Showed consistent line drive ability.
Run: 4.73 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Feet start balanced towards middle of rubber, quick side step initiates tall/fall type delivery, athletic balance point, strong front side, front toe lands closed at times, upright finish, works quick on the mound.
Arm Action: Right-Handed. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Four-seam type, riding action, pounds the bottom of zone.
CB: 68-72 mph. Tight, 11/5 shape, late break, flashed swing-and-miss potential.
CH: 75-76 mph. Some fade, mostly strikes.

Johnny McArthur, St. Louis University (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-3, 170-pounds. Tall, athletic, lanky frame with lots of room to add size and strength.
Defense: Quick, choppy feet. Aggressive actions to and through the baseball.
Arm: Right-Handed. OF - 84 mph. Above average arm strength with carry. Long, loose arm action.
Hit: Right-Handed. Wide, athletic, balanced stance with bend in the knees. Puts the foot down early. Back leg heavy and uphill swing with some length and long extension.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity in BP. Chance to develop power with the big frame. Mostly line drives in BP.
Run: 4.89 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Feet start staggered towards third base side of rubber, slight side step initiates slight drop/drive delivery, level shoulders, athletic balance point, showed a side-step out of the stretch, works on line with target, athletic finish, smooth rhythm throughout.
Arm Action: Right-Handed Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 76-80 mph. Plays straight, primarily works up in the zone.
CB: 65-66 mph.
CH: 71-74 mph. Maintains fastball arm speed, showed some cutting action, potential.

Isaac Meadows, Marquette (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-foot-0, 153-pounds. Developing frame with room to fill out.
Defense: Aggressively comes through the baseball
Arm: Right-Handed.  OF - 82 mph. Average arm strength. Full tilt thrower. Straight over the top release.
Hit: Right-Handed. Balanced and closed stance. Slight leg kick. Shows some length to the ball with a downhill attack angel and a high finish hitting off of his front side.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity in BP. Scattered line drives in BP.
Run: 4.76 runner home-to-first. 

Delivery: Primarily worked out of the stretch, steady drop/drive type delivery, works closed from target, falls towards first base side.
Arm Action: Right-Handed. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. Four-seam type, strikes.
CB: 67-68 mph. 11/5 shape, breaks early.
CH: 68-70 mph. Near fastball arm speed, plays straight, works up in the zone.

Maddox Meier, Saint Charles (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 145-pounds. Developing frame with sneaky strength at the dish.
Defense: Aggressive footwork through the ball with developing actions.
Arm: Right-Handed. OF - 77 mph. Developing arm strength. Long outfield like arm with a high-¾ release. Uses the body to make throws, peeling off hard to the glove side.
HitRight-Handed Very open stance. Bend in the knees. Slight, quick leg kick. Minimal hand movement. Level swing. Quick hands to the ball.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity in BP. Above average pop. Flashes gap-to-gap power. Consistently hit line drives in BP.
Run: 4.51 runner home-to-first.

Garrison Scott, East Prairie (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 155-pounds. Tall, lanky frame. Developing strength.
Defense: Shows deliberate and controlled action coming through the ball.
Arm: Right-Handed.  OF - 75 mph. Developing arm strength. Short arm action coming through a high-¾ slot.
Hit: Right-Handed. Balanced, squared stance. Hands at the ear with some rhythm in the hands. Quick load and stride forward. Very level path to contact. Quick hands. Short to the ball with great extension. One handed finish.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity in BP. Developing power. Consistent line drive ability.
Run: 4.48 runner home-to-first.