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Monday, May 07, 2018

High School Notebook: May 7

Steve Fiorindo         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Cole Winn (Perfect Game)

The high school notebook is designed to share notes and video on players that stand out during the high school season and new features will be released regularly. This will include in-game looks, reports, analysis and video from Perfect Game's scouting staff. If you have news on a player in your area that is performing at a high level that we should have eyes on please reach out to Vinnie Cervino at vincent@perfectgame.org. Also feel free to share your video highlights on Twitter @vcervinopg.

High School Notebook: May 4


Quinn Matthews, LHP, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)



Lefthander Quinn Matthews is an interesting junior prospect out of Aliso Niguel HS and has a loose, lean frame with some lankiness that projects extremely well. The Stanford commit put on an impressive display against Trabuco Hills where he struck out twelve batters and showed three usable pitches for strikes. The fastball worked in the mid-80s mostly while touching 87 mph during the early portion of the game. Matthews attacks the zone well and all of his pitches have good life which aids in garnering swing-and-miss while also generating weak contact off the bat. The breaking ball worked in the low-70s while the changeup worked up to 78 mph. Matthews turned in a very strong performance and is an intriguing name to follow ahead of his junior summer. 


Ethan Hoopingarner, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)



Hoopingarner turned in a brief one inning look and notched two strikeouts. The righthander worked 86-90 mph with the fastball and the pitch had good, late life to the arm side. Flashed a curveball at 70 mph but the projection is the main play here. There's some effort and head whack to the delivery but the arm works very well as he utilizes his strong lower half properly to gather and drive down the mound off the backside. Hoopingarner finishes well over his front side and there's good depth to the breaking ball as the junior showed an intriguing two-pitch mix with plenty of physical projection on the mound. 


Evan Fitterer, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)

During this look, Fitterer didn't turn in his sharpest performance in terms of command, however the athletic and easy delivery coupled with the stuff make him a very interesting underclass prospect. The delivery works very well with looseness and athleticism, and the mechanics all project nicely. The fastball worked in the 87-89 mph range in an abbreviated look but with lots of natural cutting life to the pitch. The breaking ball flashed some sharpness and depth in the 71-75 mph range as well. 


Ethan Reed, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)

A touted draft prospect in the Southern California area, Reed is a two-sport athlete who spent time earlier this spring playing basketball at a high level. In this look, Reed worked up to 91 mph while mostly sitting in the 87-89 mph range that generated a good amount of strikes. The curveball is a legitimate out pitch and a swing-and-miss offering in the 73-78 mph range. Reed showed good hand speed and feel for the changeup up to 82 mph and has a strong arsenal that projects as a starter going forward. The delivery is very athletic and sound with a high leg kick, long stride down the mound, and a high-waisted, projectable frame. The arm works well and there have been reports of Reed getting closer to the velocity range he showed over the summer, which would create some helium as we get closer to the draft. 


Omar De La Herran, OF, Rancho Cucamonga HS (Calif.)



De La Herran is an interesting under the radar prospect, as he has been off the scene for the past two years due to a car accident. De La Herran is back and healthy now with a strong-looking 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame and flashes tools across the board. He can both run and throw well and shows the ability to be athletic in the outfield as he is the starting centerfielder for his high school team. There is lots of strength in the swing as he flashes some pull side pop during BP and in-game. There's an element of rawness to the profile but the tools certainly stand out, and De La Herran could be a sleeper in the area by the time the draft arrives. 


Carson Lambert, RHP, Newbury Park HS (Calif.)

Lambert turned in a very strong performance during this look as he went the distance for a complete game shutout as he scattered five hits and struck out five batters. The frame is large and loose with a strong lower half that allows him to drive well down the mound. Lambert's delivery is pretty sound, though the arm will come through a bit late at times. When on time, the Southern California commit shows late life and leverages well to the bottom of the strike zone. Lambert utilizes a four pitch mix with the fastball in the 87-90 mph range, the slider in the 78-82 mph range, the curveball in the 70-72 mph range, and a changeup in the 83-84 mph range. 


Tyson Heaton, RHP, Yucaipa HS (Calif.)



Heaton has a strong, sturdy frame with size and athleticism to boot. The Brigham Young commit turned in a brief, one inning look where he struck out the side. The fastball worked in the 87-90 mph range with life and has a big breaking curveball in the 71-74 mph range while also flashing a changeup at 78 mph for a strikeout. Heaton certainly looks the part of one of the better 2019 prospects n the 2019 Southern California class. 


Michael Carpentier, C, Yucaipa HS (Calif.)

Lefthanded catcher Michael Carpentier Jr. is one of the standout catchers for the class of 2019 in Southern California, and the Texas Christian commit has a very loud offensive profile. Carpentier didn't catch during this game but he still showed an all fields approach at the plate. There is some pop to both gaps and the power plays to the best when he is looking to pull the ball. 


Cole Winn, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)

Pitching his way to the top of the draft class, righthander Cole Winn has a chance to be the top prep righthander selected come June's draft. The Mississippi State commit has filled out nicely from the summer adding tons of well-proportioned strength to his frame on the mound. Winn has a very good delivery that is clean, balanced, and online with the requisite transfer off his backside. The arm works well and he commanded the fastball all over the strike zone while sitting 93-95 mph and touching 96 mph. He maintained the velocity well throughout the start before a slight velo dip in the sixth inning. The slider is a true weapon in the 83-86 mph range as he commanded the pitch to both sides. The 79-80 mph curveball is a nice third offering as he didn't mix in a changeup in this look. The fastball command separates him from most other high school arms and makes him look the part of a top of the first round type of draft pick. 


Jake Reed, RHP, JSerra HS (Calif.)

San Diego commit Jake Reed is an intriguing senior prospect for JSerra high school, and could really develop and become a high ceiling arm after some time in college. The fastball worked 87-89 mph with a good curveball in the 73-76 mph range. Reed has a very good feel for pitching and being on the mound in general as he battles every at-bat and always attacks hitters. Reed has a lean, loose frame with plenty of room to fill and will be an arm to keep an eye on as he continues to develop as a pitcher. 

– Steve Fiorindo


Christian Franklin, OF, Rockhurst HS (Kan.)

Arkansas signee Christian Franklin ranks in the top 200 players for the 2018 class and appears to be one of, if not the, top players selected from the Kansas City area selected in the draft. Franklin has a short, line drive stroke with present gap-to-gap strength and creates consistent hard contact as his approach allows him to wait on pitches to handle before driving the ball with authority. Franklin flashed a plus-plus run time at 4.1 seconds to first from the right side while also showing enough athleticism, instincts, and range to stick at centerfield at the next level. The arm strength is about average on the Major League scale, but Franklin offers the intriguing profile of being a plus runner and defender with requisite barrel skills from the right side. 


Marcus Smith, OF, Pembroke Hill HS (Kan.)

Michigan commit Marcus Smith showed well during this look, especially so with his running as he registered a 4.0 run time from the left side, good enough for a 70 on the Major League scale. Smith has great instincts on the base paths and utilizes that, in conjunction with his speed, to be an aggressive base stealer while producing runs with his legs. Smith shows good range in center field and there's lots of torque and bat speed to the swing. Smith looks to be one of the better 2019 prospects in the area and should be fun to monitor during the summer. 


Isaiah Cohens, SS, Goddard HS (Kan.)

Shortstop Isaiah Cohens is a very intriguing 2019 prospect with a short swing and a gap-to-gap approach offensively. There's good plate discipline and that allows him to be selective, he works best when he's working to the pull side gap. Cohens is a switch hitter that shows more power from the right side and Cohens projects for more power thanks to the frame and build. Cohens has fluid instincts and a quick first step and speed, all of which allow him to be an impressive defender at shortstop and he can throw from multiple angles as well. 


Casey Mayes, OF, Andover HS (Kan.)

Casey Mayes is a Michigan State signee that provides a loud offensive presence with some power from a centerfield profile. Mayes is athletic and slender with lots of room to fill out and add strength. Mayes has a quick, explosive swing with some hard contact off the barrel as the ball jumps off the barrel. He drives the ball well to all fields and has good speed, turning in above average run times. Mayes is an alert defender in centerfield with a quick first step and range in all directions; he should be a very strong piece in East Lansing should he get to campus

– JA Cordts



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