Notes From The Yard (10-23-17)
I saw him on the mound at the Junior Fall Classic for the first time in a while. Fastball velo was 81-83 from a long arm action . He gets significant downhill plane when he locates in the lower part of the strike zone. Best secondary pitch is a 76 MPH changeup with good tumbling action and armside movement. I’m convinced there is much more velocity to come in the future.
At the plate Mason sets up in a square to slightly closed position and uses a very short toe tap stride. He stays inside the ball well and has the ability to drive the baseball to the opposite field.
Joe Riley- 2019 Pinnacle HS OF: Joe also plays with the First Pitch Gamers an is an athletic OF that plays with good energy. He hits from a wide stance with a no stride balance shift approach. He’s quiet in the box and has some bat speed. He played CF and got consistently good reads and has a playable arm.
Shane Murphy- 2019 LHP Hamilton HS: This is the first time I had seen Shane since early in the summer. He suffered a foot injury in the spring and it took awhile for him to get back to mound shape. He looked very good last weekend when I saw him. Velocity was up from 79-81 in spring to 83-856 with the fastball. The arm was quick and loose. He also spun some mid 70s breaking balls that showed promise. He’s a big bodied LHP and certainly a strong follow heading into his junior year.
Danny Sotelo- 2019 LHP Corona del Sol HS: I’ve probably seen Danny as much or more than any pitcher in the class. On this night the velo made a jump to 83-86. He’s always had the ability to spin the breaking ball. It’s a 2 planer with some decent tilt in the 73 MPH range. Most importantly he’s always show a ton of mound presence and feel for the strike zone.
Mason Skaugrud- 2019 CIF/C- Sandra Day O’Connor HS: Mason’s younger sibling Barrett is getting a lot of love as one of the top 2021 prospects in the state, but let’s not forget the big brother. At 6-4 170 this guy oozes projection and is certainly on my short list of top corner infield prospects in the 2019 class. Playing for the AZ Athletics, the Junior Classic program listed him as a left handed hitter, but he’s actually a switch. He hit lefty when I saw him this weekend, and the left handed swing has whip and produces loft. He smoked a ball to the right center gap to show off some juice. The body is going to add a ton of strength over the next couple of years and when it does watch out.
Max Kendall- 2019 RHP/1B- Pinnacle HS: One of the highlights of my weekend was seeing Max on the mound for the first time on Friday night with the Cave Creek Bombers. He’s a 6-4 225 pound specimen with a quick arm. He comes at hitters from a short ¾ arm slot that produces hard boring action into right handed hitters. He consistently jammed opposing hitters. It’s very difficult to pick the ball up from behind his right ear as well. The fastball was 85-87 with a ton of run. He snapped off several 1-7 curveballs at 69-71 that had very tight spin and late action. That pitch will become a plus offering with added firmness. Hitters were very uncomfortable facing him.
Kyle Roop- 2019 RHP/1B- Pinnacle HS: The Bombers also rolled out 6-3 150 pound RHP Kyle Roop from Liberty HS. He showed off a loose arm that produced 78-82 MPH velocity, and a slider shaped breaking ball at 68. He’s another interesting guy with his lean body that will no doubt fill out in the next few years.
Peter Waters- 2019 RHP/OF Pinnacle HS: I didn’t get to see Peter on the mound, but he’s reportedly another wid 80s guy. I did see him play the outfield and run for the Bombers though, and he can scoot. He has an athletic 6-2 165 pound frame that is super projectable.
Trey Newman- 2019 Catcher Pinnacle HS: Playing for Canyon Thunder in the Jr. Fall Classic, Trey attracted a lot of college eyes. He has incredible presence behind the dish with natural leadership intangibles. I love how he receives and he showed off some hockey goalie type moves several times with balls in the dirt. He also has a hose and isn’t afraid to throw the baseball, back picking 2 guys in games I saw. If you haven’t figured out the pattern yet….Pinnacle is going to be pretty good this spring.
Nolan Brooks- 2019 MIF Pinnacle HS: Well what do you know..another Pioneer. Nolan played both middle spots for the Thunder and while I think 2B is where he profiles best , he could play short at some level. He found the barrel on several occasions and he goes first to third very well. He’s an elite academic performer as well.
Joey Cammaratta- 2019 RHP Chaparral HS: I had a chance t see Joey again on Friday evening on the bump with Sandlot. The fastball velo was down a couple ticks from the upper 80s he showed at the AZDR Showcase, but there’s a lot to like here. He reminds me of former Chap and U of A pitcher Tyger Talley in his build and arm slot, and Joey flashes signs of the same wipe out slider that Tyger had when he came out of Chap.
Mason Dillow- 2019 RHP Chaparral HS: This was the first time I had seen Mason on the bump and I liked what I saw. He’s a solidly built 6-1 185 and comes at hitters from a ¾ arm slot. The arm is loose and quick and he’s directionally online to the plate. The FB velocity was 83-85 and there’s a lot more in there. He features a slider shaped breaking ball in the low to mid 70s that needs consistency but shows flashes of it being a plus pitch. He also stepped to the plate and melted a ball to the right center field gap to drive in a run. He will most definitely help a college program.