Tournaments | Story | 6/25/2019

Pacific Invitational Scout Notes

Connor Spencer        

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Day four of the Pacific Coast Invitational began with the tightly contested 14u semifinals and championship, then saw the 16u battle on through day two of their bracket.

In a very close semifinal game between 3n2 Warriors and Slammers Baseball 14u Armor, Aidan Biaggi (2022, Aurora, Colo.) pitched a gem for Slammers Baseball 14u Armor, throwing a complete game with five strikeouts and he battled through adversity in the fifth. Biaggi has a short arm from a three-quarters to low three-quarters arm slot. His fastball sits 77-80 mph and he touched 82 mph during his outing. The fastball has some hard arm-side run and sink at times, especially when locating to his arm side. He’s mostly a fastball curveball type of a pitcher, and he intently manipulates the shape of his curveball. Down and away to righties, the curveball has a high 10-to-4 slider looking shape, that runs away from right handed bats. When thrown more over the heart of the plate, the pitch possesses more of a high 11-to-5 shape that has solid depth and drops in for strikes. Biaggi has a competitive makeup on the mound, and there’s some deception in his sling it type delivery. Slammers Baseball 14u moved on to face the 14u Rangers in the championship game.

In the 14u championship game Slammers Baseball 14u Armor’s bats stayed hot from the semifinal and exploded for 14 runs off 10 hits in the ball game. Both Elijah Lofton (2023, Lofton, Colo.) and Brooks Rodarte (2023, Castle Rock, Colo.) had multi-hit games with smooth looking strokes and clean barrel actions. Slammers Baseball 14u Armor won the Pacific Coast Invitational 14u division by a score of 14-0.

As the 16u division rolled on catcher Patrick Macy (2022, San Mateo, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a double for Hit Club 16u. His double was a nicely back spun shot to the left center wall. Macy has a conventional upright stance with a simple stride. He has a deep hand load that causes his hands to be late at times. Moreover, Macy almost stands up in his load, as his hands and entire upper half almost come up and work down through the baseball. Simplifying his actions will help his game tremendously and his good hands and solid back hip drive leave promising impressions to scouts.

Connor Hardman (2021, Aurora, Colo.) helped Gameday Angels 16u to win with a two RBI single and he showcased stellar glove work at short. Hardman has a grinders mentality about him that coaches and scouts love to see out of their players. He’s constantly the first man on and off the field and has a quickness to his game that will play at the next level. At short, he has no problem covering either hole, and gets rid of the ball across the diamond in a hurry. At the plate, he has quick hands and a compact swing with good extension through the zone.

Jackson Greenlun (2021, Sartell, Minn.) impressed in the field and at the plate for Acceleration 16u going 2-for-2 with two triples, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Greenlun accounted for half of the team’s eight runs on the board. Behind the plate, Greenlun has a surprisingly strong arm with accuracy that lives around the second base bag. He shows good feel for the game, and frames well for his pitchers. His speed getting down on blocks is still developing. Hitting he has a wide slightly crouched stance with a methodical vertical bat wag. He uses a high leg kick trigger, and his hands go back and up into his load. Grrenlun creates great tension with a steady upper body coil and unleashes some solid whip through the zone when he releases it. Both of his triples were back spun driven baseballs (one was five feet shy of leaving the park). Greenlun shows great projectables and is definitely a high follow moving forward.

Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy 16u’s Anthony Rasmussen (2021, Baldwin Park, Calif.) had an unbelievable full extension catch in centerfield against Bay Area United. Rasmussen has a great ability to cover the gaps in center field and an above average route running tool. At the plate, he has a toe tap trigger with simple hands that launch direct to the baseball.

Hoover Chase (2022, Santa Barbara, Calif.) had a spectacularly dominant performance on the mound striking out 13 hitters through five innings pitched. Chase has a slow and methodical motion with a longer arm action from an over the top slot. He gets a long stride down the mound and tends to miss up in the zone at times. His fastball sits 78-to-80 mph and he touched 81 mph. There’s some downward angle thanks to his slot and he locates the fastball well. His breaking ball is a very large shaped, Barry Zito like curveball that he likes to drop in for strikes. The pitch lacks the spin rate and bite to truly be effective as a kill pitch, but he locates it well and mixes it effectively with his fastball.

Another sweet swinging catcher is CBA Utah 2022’s Sam Lindsey (2023, Santa Clara, Utah.) Lindsey went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double and showcased his great hands that constantly work to stay inside the baseball. He has a middle of the field to oppo approach, and he displayed plus pop to his oppo side with a drive over the right fielder’s head. He uses a narrow upright stance and stays balanced throughout. There isn’t much hand coil as he takes his hands directly to the baseball, but his strong hands definitely play at the next level.

The night cap of the 16u division brought the best pitching matchup up to this point in the tournament between Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy 16u’s Brandon Delgado (2021, Moreno Valley, Calif.) and CBA Utah’s Jaden Harris (2021, Millville, Utah.).

Delgado highly improved upon his Sunshine West Showcase outing where he topped out at 83 mph on the mound. Against CBA Utah he sat mid- to high-80s and topped out at 88 mph. Delgado begins his motion with a deep breath in and out, then brings his hands down to his waist and then back up again into separation. He has a long arm from an over the top slot and his long and lengthy frame forces some downward angle on his fastball. At times his fastball possesses hard two-seam run and sink and he speeds up his motion near the window giving it a bit of sneakiness to the hitter. His breaking ball is a sharp 12-to-6 curveball that is inconsistent in its quality, yet, flashed ability to be a plus plus kill pitch. Throughout his outing, he spotted up to all four quadrants, and changed hitters eye levels with intent. He went four full innings with 10 strikeouts and only two hits allowed. Delgado is uncommitted at this time, but if he continues to pitch like he did in this outing, that won’t be the case for much longer.

Harris went 4 1/3 innings while fanning nine and only allowing three hits. He has a mid-high leg lift and raises his front arm high when he separates, then pushes hard down the mound. He has a longer arm action as he reaches down and back, then whips it up into an over the top slot. His arm was also electric sitting mid-80s while topping out at 87 mph. He works straight down the rubber and his fastball finds running and cutting action depending on which side of the plate he locates to. His curveball has an 11-to-5 shape with great depth and solid bite down and away especially when thrown to the left side of the plate. His curveball shape is a bit larger than Delgado’s, however, the spin rate is still high, and the pitch still possesses the bite to punch out hitters. His large frame feels intimidating on the mound and like Delgado, will not be uncommitted for long if he continues to pitch this way.

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