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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16u WWBA Day 5 notes

Jheremy Brown        
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Editor's note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout performers at this year's 16u WWBA National Championship. The thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's fifth day.

Reid Schaller
(2016, Lebanon, Ind.) has been on the national scene for a little bit now, despite being a rising junior, as he has participated in the last two Junior National Showcases and has already committed to Vanderbilt University.

With a well-built 6-foot-3, 186-pound frame and room to still fill with added strength, Schaller is only going to get stronger over the next two years of high school. On the mound Schaller shows a steady tempo’d delivery and then explodes to the plate, showing a fast arm with a high three-quarters release. He repeats his mechanics well and stays online with his lower half, allowing for him to stay consistent and throw strikes with all his pitches.

Throughout his three innings of work, Schaller pitched in the 87-90 mph range with his fastball, with the ball coming out of his hand clean, and he showed the ability to locate to his glove side. Though he wraps around his mid-70s curveball a bit, Schaller is able to create 11-to-5 shape with some depth on the pitch and kept hitters off balance. The most effective of his three offerings yesterday however was his slider, which looks like a fastball out of his hand with late break down in the zone, throwing it in the 81-82 mph range.




The Scorpions Prime 2016 team showed the majority of their pitching staff yesterday, throwing six different pitchers over the course of seven innings. Mark Potter (2016, Melbourne, Fla.) started the game and stands at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds and isn’t done growing, as he has a young face and is only going to get stronger over the next two years of high school. Working in the mid-80s with his fastball, Potter topped out at 87 mph and showed nice life to his arm side with the pitch. He uses his height to create leverage in his delivery and work downhill, showing a short and quick arm action in the back. Potter also showed a feel for an 11-to-5 curveball in the upper-60s with depth and a short breaking slider at 78-79 mph.


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