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Freshman Free Showcase: Outfield Analysis


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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33 players from across the Old Line State, Pennsylvania, DC, and Virginia participated in this year's  Freshman Free Showcase at the Metrix Baseball Training Facility in New Windsor, MD. Players went through in a pro-style workout, took BP and threw bullpens in front of our PBR Maryland staff.

Today we release our evaluations of the six outfielders from the event.

 

The Outfielders

 

Liam Bowen RHP / OF / Walt Whitman, MD / 2023

Body: 6’0’’, 156 pounds. Lanky, athletic, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, square stance with bat resting on back shoulder. Short, toe-tap load with minimal stride. Short to the ball with a slightly uphill swing path. Stays behind the ball flashing quick hands and fast bat speed through the zone. Balanced, high, one-handed finish.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee. Gap-to-gap power.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Long arm action throwing from over the top. Throws showed carry.
Defense: Plays through the ball in the outfield with clean exchanges. Carries momentum through the throw.
Run: 4.47 home-to-first time.

Alex Craig OF / RHP / Indian Creek , MD / 2023

Body: 5’10’’, 150 pounds. Athletic, lanky, projectable frame. 
Hit: RHH. Square stance with weight slightly loaded on the back side. Small leg kick load replacing front foot with no stride. Barrel flattens out in load. Stays short to the ball with a level swing path. Showed quick hands and bat speed through the zone. Quick, compact swing. Cuts finish short. Gap-to-gap line drive approach.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Occasional pop.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Longer arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot.
Defense: Plays through the ball in the outfield fielding it out in front. Carries momentum through the throw.
Run: 4.21 home-to-first time.

Tyler Little OF / 2B / Tuscarora, MD / 2023

Body: 5’7’’, 140 pounds. Athletic
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic, slightly closed stance. Slight back load with short stride. Short to the ball with a level swing path. Creates some bat speed through the hitting zone. Cuts finish short with limited rotation. Nice middle of the field line drive approach.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Throws with long arm action from a low to mid three-quarter slot.
Defense: Plays through the ball with fundamental footwork. Fields the ball out in front.
Run: 5.18 home-to-first time.

Massimo Liuzzo OF / 1B / Walt Whitman , MD / 2023

Body: 6’1’’, 174 pounds. Long, athletic, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Hits from a balanced, slightly closed wider base. Toe-tap load and creates good hand separation. Short to the ball with quick hands and fast bat speed through the zone. Level swing path, stays behind the ball well and gets good extension through contact. Strong two-handed finish. Worked mostly middle to the pull-side gap.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Gap power present, more projected.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Throws with long arm action from a high three-quarter slot. Ball showed carry.
Defense: Fields the ball out in front and works through it. Feet are active and carries momentum towards the target. Clean exchanges.
Run: 4.41 home-to-first time.

Cole Petraska OF / Archbishop Spalding , MD / 2023

Body: 5’5’’, 146 pounds. Athletic
Hit: RHH. Balanced, square stance. Top-tap load with some hand separation. Short to the ball with a level swing path. Showed quick hands and bat speed through the zone. Stays behind the ball well. Limited lower half rotation. Worked gap-to-gap during BP.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Showed some pop with potential for more.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Throws with shorter arm action from a high three-quarter slot.
Defense: Plays through the ball fielding it out in front on glove hand side. Controlled approach to the ball, clean exchange.
Run: 4.06 home-to-first time.

Elijah Shafer SS / OF / Mt. St. Joseph, MD / 2023

Body: 5’7’’, 135 pounds. Athletic
Hit: RHH. Square stance with a wide base. Loads weight on back side with a medium sized leg kick. Slightly long and level swing path. Showed quick hands with some bat speed through the zone. Cuts finish short with limited rotation at times. Gap-to-gap line drive type hitter.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee. Occasional pop.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action throwing from a high three-quarter slot.
Defense: Plays through the ball with slight hesitation. Fields it out in front on glove hand side and gets quickly into crow-hop.
Run: 4.47 home-to-first time.

 

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