Preseason All-State Top Performer: 2018 LHP Andrew Vail (Gloucester Catholic HS, NJ)

By TJ Hunt
Director of Scouting, New Jersey

Top Performer Spotlights will be highlighted leading up to the complete Preseason All-State Showcase Top Performer List. Here is one of the Top Performers from the event:

The Vail File

: Andrew Vail
Position: LHP
Grad Year: 2018
School: Gloucester Catholic
Travel Team: MSI

Max FB: 85
FB: 84-85
CB: 68-70
CH: 77-78

Scouting Report
Vail is 5-foot-11 150-pounds with long, wiry limbs and skinny shoulders. Has the build of a pitcher that still has room to fill out. One of the Top Performers of the entire event. Fastball sat 84-85 with late life and run. Breaking ball backed up on him slightly at 68-70, looked like he was pulling front side too much. Changeup had some armside fade at 77-78 mph. Loose, whippy arm action, very little effort in delivery. True 3/4 slot from left side projects to be a sinker-slider type pitcher at the next level. Finish is under control over lead leg, lands square to home plate. Finish is upright with a slight recoil. In balance position he raises front knee straight up, then visually drives lead hip toward the plate. Sinks balance leg. Front side is tucked in toward chest as he rides down the mound. Shows elasticity in back and shoulder upon load and release. Methodical, yet explosive on release. Fastball and changeup were located down in the zone, curveball missed high armside.