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High School | General | 3/22/2019

High School Notebook: March 22

Vincent Cervino         Jerry Miller         Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Matt Allan (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 Notebooks: March 1 | March 5 | March 15

 


Hunter Barco, LHP, Bolles (Fla.)
One of the top prep lefties in the country is Florida signee Hunter Barco, and he toed the rubber in an impressive performance that saw him go six shutout innings with only two hits allowed while striking out eight batters. Barco has been one of the more famous underclass prospects in recent years and the lanky lefty has a loose, projectable frame with some present athleticism and sky-high physical projection. Barco attacked hitters early and often with all three pitches and it provided a good look as his status as an overall draft prospect. 

The question of Barco's pitchability has never really been up for debate, and it certainly wasn't during this look as he mixed and matched while working his pitches to both sides of the plate with exceptional command. The delivery is a bit unorthodox, but athletic, with a very extended arm slot that will dip lower, though it's a change from this summer when Barco was almost sidearmed. The slot helps to create angle on the fastball and the life on the fastball is pretty good too, though his ability to maintain a similar arm slot consistently will be a question moving forward. 

Barco worked almost exclusively in the 90-91 mph range, holding a handful of 92s and 93s in his back pocket whenever he needed them, and really did a nice job at maintaining that velocity throughout the outing. Barco was still running his fastball up to 92 mph in the sixth inning of his start and his ability to maintain that velocity and life on his fastball bodes well for him moving forward. The southpaw's best pitch is his split-change which showed some Bugs Bunny-type life and graded out as a, mostly, consistent above average pitch with plus potential. He throws it to hitters regardless of handedness and though he didn't get the normal foolish looking swings on the pitch he could land it and buckle knees while doing so. Barco's slider is more of a fringy pitch at present but he tunnels it well and it looks like both of his other pitches out of the hand, even if he dips the slot lower upon release. 

Barco is certainly in Day 1 consideration at this point for the draft given his advanced secondary pitch, athleticism, and improvements he's made from last summer in terms of his ability to stay as a starter. He is off to a strong start on the season and will be monitored closely heading into the rest of the season. 




Jackson Baumeister, RHP, Bolles (Fla.)
Talented sophomore Jackson Baumeister followed Barco on the mound and ended up with the victory in an extra-inning affair and really did an excellent job at missing bats with his fastball. The Florida State commit is a Top 25 player for the class of 2021 and Baumeister struck out four batters in two innings while not allowing a baserunner, besides the one that started the eighth inning due to international tie breaker rules. 

Baumeister has a very projectable frame physically, and though he's a primary catcher, he splits time between right field and being one of Bolles' defacto bullpen aces on the bump. Baumeister has a deceptive delivery as though the arm stroke is deeper through the back he hides it well and the late life on the fastball generates a good amount of swing-and-miss. He worked 86-89 mph during this look with a couple of 90s and one 91 mph bullet registered on the gun. The quality of the fastball, as aforementioned, was very good and flashed some riding life when up and in on righthanded hitters. He also showed a curveball with good spin and sharp break in the mid-70s. Baumeister was nails during the game and came right after hitters with his fastball, he only threw two curveballs during the outing, and will be counted on to help win big games for the nationall-ranked Bolles squad as they head into the second half of the season. 




Matthew Allan, RHP, Seminole HS (Fla.)
Establishing himself as one of the premier arms in the draft this year has been Seminole HS star righthander Matt Allan and the righthander was simply dominant in his most recent start this week. Allan, a PG All-American, was superb over the course of five no-hit innings as he struck out thirteen batters over that time and recorded an obscene twenty-one swings-and-misses during the affair. 

A strong, durable prospect with prototypical size, Allan's allure as a prospect doesn't stop there as the velocity certainly matches the eye test. There have been reports of Allan up to 98 mph this spring but he touched 96 mph a handful of times during this start and lived in the 91-95 mph range with the fastball. The pitch is explosive out of the hand, flashing above-average life and getting on hitters in a hurry. The majority of his whiffs came on the fastball, above fifteen at least by this scouts count, and he simply overwhelmed an offense that wasn't prepared for a first-round talent. 

Allan's arm stroke is longer through the back, albeit with plus arm speed, and whips through the zone quickly coming from a fairly good delivery with good rear leg loading and explosion along with correct direction toward the plate. Allan checks a lot of boxes when scouts are projecting future starting pitchers and if there's one knock on him presently it's his ability to consistently work the zone with the fastball. This wasn't a big issue on Tuesday night, he only had two three ball counts over the five scoreless, but a good amount of his whiffs came on fastballs out of the strike zone. It seems like a nitpicky issue but it's something that scouts will be paying attention to as the season progresses. 

The Florida signee's curveball was very good during this start, projecting to be a plus pitch or better at the next level. Allan's breaking ball is more of a traditional 12/6 hammer curve with very good power, bite, and command of the pitch. The velocity of the pitch worked in the 76-79 mph range but he could both land it for strikes and induce some ugly chases out of the strike zone; he didn't show a changeup during this start but normally shows a firm one in the upper-80s that could become an average pitch later down the line. 

Allan was one of the most consistent performers over the course of last summer and he looks to have maintained that through the start of this spring. At this point he's one of the handful of pitchers who could be the first prep righthander off the board as he has the frame, starter probability, stuff, and performance to be one of the most sought after arms in the country by the time the draft rolls around. 

– Vincent Cervino



Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Texas)
Texas A&M commit Josh Wolf, of Houston’s St. Thomas High School, continued his impressive run this spring with a two-hit, seven-inning complete game shutout Tuesday evening against rival Kelly HS out of Beaumont. The six-foot-two, 170-pound righthander has realized a big jump in velocity this year as evidenced by his latest two outings. Last Thursday, in a two-inning tune up for his scheduled district start this week, he lit the radar up with pitches that consistently reached 96-97 mph.

This week Wolf’s velocity, command, and control were again noteworthy.  The long and lean righty was dominant for the entire game as he struck out 13 and only allowed one walk, in addition to the two aforementioned base knocks. His first inning velocity sat between 92 and 94 mph. From the second inning on, Wolf was consistently 94-95 mph and touched 97. He pitches to both sides of the plate and to all four quadrants with his heater and is certainly not afraid to pitch inside. He complements his well-commanded and overpowering fastball with a late breaking, sweeper of a breaking pitch that is not as over the top as a traditional curveball and not as 11-to-5 as a true slider. His breaking ball velocity, 80-82 mph with its late sharp action, make for a tough at-bat for opponents. He does show a change-up, which sat at 82 mph, that has outstanding tumble at the plate, but he only threw it one time, as he just needed his plus two-pitch mix to work through this contest. Wolf’s presence and poise, along with his clean and loose arm action, make him a definite early round prospect and someone who is garnering a lot of attention from scouts who see a bright professional future for the tall Texan.

Brody Logsdon, OF, St. Thomas HS (Texas)
Six-foot-seven Sam Houston State commit Brody Logsdon cuts an imposing figure. The former quarterback has turned his full attention to baseball and has made a marked jump in his entire game. The 210-pound, athletically gifted Logsdon, hits lead-off for his St. Thomas HS team and plays centerfield. He is a plus runner and that tool was on full display on Tuesday evening. He stole three bases easily, with one of those being third base, standing up. He is a ball hawk in centerfield and his long loping strides, chew up ground. He is an easy 6.4-6.5, 60-yard dash runner. Logsdon has made a major improvement with his approach at the plate. He appears to truly understand the zone and has gone from a swinger without a plan to a more mature hitter. He has more a flat path to the ball and has a refined, quiet approach. He is middle-of-the-field oriented and only has a slight lift at contact. Where he has made the greatest improvement in and with his swing is the incorporation of his lower half into every pass. The ball sounds positively different coming off his bat. As he continues to get more reps, look for this truly gifted athlete to make even bigger gains with his overall game.

– Jerry Miller





Cody Freeman, SS, Etiwanda HS (Calif.)
One of the most complete players in the 2019 class is Etiwanda shortstop Cody Freeman, brother of Indians 2017 2nd round pick Tyler, and the Baylor signee does everything extraordinarily well on a diamond. Cody has a similar skillset to his brother as both have been praised for their work ethic, make up, instincts and leaderships skills that have continue to set the bar high for a strong Etiwanda program. At the plate, Cody is a spark plug and table setter for the offense, looking to attack balls early in the count but maintains his zone and discipline willing to take a walk. In this look he lead off the game with a good at-bat, resulting in a hit-by-pitch where he went on to steal 2nd and 3rd and scored their only run. Not a burner, generally 4.3-4.4 down the line, his foot speed plays up on the bases with keen instincts. He wasn’t tested much defensively but he’s shown good range both ways with the ability to make throws from several arm angles.




Wyatt Duncan, IF, Los Osos HS (Calif.)
Duncan, a Wagner University signee and senior presence of the Los Osos team, is a big physical righthanded hitter of not only performing but impacting the baseball at a high level. Duncan likely projects to be a corner outfielder at the next level with the requisite athleticism to handle such a position at the next level. He performed very well during this look with three hits on the day including showing off the raw power by crushing a long home run to straight-away center field. 




Troy Taylor, IF, Los Osos HS (Calif.)
Taylor is another one of the impact seniors for the Los Osos team, and one of their captains, as the Biola University signee is aggressive presence in the batter's box and offers a strong lefthanded swing that he looks to do damage with. Taylor pounced on a first pitch changeup to crush a home run and got the same result on a later at-bat as he pounced on a first pitch cut fastball. Taylor closes up with a bit of a toe tap and shows a short, powerful swing with lefthanded bat speed and good strength and carry off the barrel. 




Tucker Juline, RHP, Upland HS (Calif.)
Uncommitted junior Tucker Juline turned in a stellar performance as he struck out ten batters on the opposite side en route to a victory. Juline is a big, physical righthanded pitcher with a very good mound presence and looks to have the frame and stature for a velocity jump in the future. During this look he worked primarily in the mis-80s with his fastball and attacks the strike zone. He has excellent pitchability and often features a big breaking curveball with very good depth that he can double up on as well as add and subtract with. Juline also mixed in a changeup with some sinking action and put forth a very strong performance for a still-uncommitted prospect. 

– Steve Fiordino


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