note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout
performers at this year's 17u WWBA National Championship. The
thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting
Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's sixth day.
Fellows (2016, Plainfield, Ill.) is right near the top of the
list of what is shaping up to be an impressive crop of 2016 pitchers.
Standing at 6-foot-5, 190-pound, the Vanderbilt commit projects
extremely well as he continues to add strength and given the ease of
which he throws.
starting a game earlier in the tournament, Fellows was schedule to
throw two innings and did just that, cruising through his outing
while pounding the strike zone. Despite showing a long arm action in
the back, Fellows is able to hide the ball well behind his tall frame
and given his hip turn at the top of his delivery. Throwing from an
extended arm slot, Fellows didn’t throw a fastball under 90 mph,
sitting 90-92, topping out at 93 mph on a couple of pitches. He
showed the ability to work his fastball to both sides of the plate
with intent and life to his arm side, coming out of his hand cleanly
and with ease.
also showed a sharp curveball with late break in the 81-82 mph range
and showed the ability to have it break low to his glove side.
Although it was a short look, it’s easy to envision Fellows showing
more velocity in a short amount of time.
Pint (2016, Lenexa, Kan.) took the mound for his encore
performance to his first Perfect Game event and again did not
disappoint. He showed similar velocity to his first start, working
93-96 mph in the first inning with life down in the zone. His ability
to generate that kind of velocity with such little effort is special,
but not what truly sets him apart.
separating factor for Pint is his knuckle curveball that he was
throwing as hard as 86 mph with plus late and vicious life and filled
up the strike zone with the pitch. Mixing in his breaking ball and
fastball doesn’t give many hitters a fair fight, and when the ball
was put in play it was usually weak ground ball contact.
a runner did get on though it was due to minor command issues which
can be quickly fixed by Pint staying over the rubber just a little
longer and not rushing through his delivery. This would allow him to
stay in sync with both halves and keep his front side closed just a
little bit longer.
repertoire was as sharp in the seventh inning as it was in the first,
still working in the low- to mid-90s and rarely dropping below 90 mph
with his fastball. In fact, on his 112th and 113th pitches of the game – the last two of the game – Pint clocked in
at 94 and 93 mph. His two-seam fastball worked in the upper-80s to
low-90s with life to his arm side, and he also flashed a changeup
throughout the outing that was up to 85 mph.
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