College | Recruiting | 11/30/2020

Recruiting Notebook: November 30

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Tyler Ball, RHP, Class of 2023
Commitment: Stanford

Utah isn’t typically a state that comes to the forefront when talking about baseball hotbeds, but it has continued to put some young, high end talent under the national limelight as of late. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds it’s easy to project upon the right-handed Ball though he’s already begun growing into that projection, even if it was only a one outing look this summer at PG events. In less than one year’s time Ball saw his peak fastball jump from 80 mph to 90 mph at the 15u West Select Championship where he threw five innings and punched out nine while surrendering just two base hits. The delivery is rather simple and he does a nice job of staying online down the mound, allowing for plenty of strikes while eliciting some uncomfortable swings and steady ground ball contact. Along with the jump on his fastball, the breaking ball has also made noticeable strides, working into the upper-70s while throwing the late biting pitch with confidence. Keep close tabs on Ball as he’ll only continue to gain physically and given the simplicity of his operation on the mound, you can expect another jump out of the Utah native.

Outlook for the Class: With the commitment of Ball, the Cardinals now have eight players locked up in their 2023 class, giving them a very strong foundation of talent moving forward. What stands out as much as the talent is the coaching staff’s willingness and ability to spread out their recruiting efforts coast-to-coast with six different states represented, from Griffin Mills in New Jersey to Sebastian David up in Washington and a few states in between, including Ball’s home state of Utah. Joining fellow right-hander Joey Volchko, Ball, alongside left-hander Christian Lim, provide the group with three primary arms. 

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