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15u, 17u West: Day 2 Scout Notes

Andrew Jenkins         Connor Spencer        
Photo: Jonathan Vaughns (Perfect Game)
2019 WWBA 15u, 17u West National Championship: Day 1 Scout Notes


San Diego State commit Cole Carrigg (2020, Turlock, Calif.) is a switch-hitting catcher for NorCal Baseball Prime. Standing at 6-foot-2, he has a lean, athletic frame. Carrigg stood out defensively behind the plate, showed a very quick catch and release with online throws and present arm strength. He moved well behind the plate and showed good blocking ability and was able to keep the ball in front on dirt balls. He went 1-for-3 at the dish and stayed back on a curveball which he drove deep for an RBI double to the opposite-field gap. He had an aggressive approach with leverage in his swing, had good bat speed and was a plus runner on the bases. Carrigg projects to be a good fit once he arrives on campus at San Diego State.

Cal Poly commit Jake Buxton (2020, Mill Valley, Calif.) pitched for NorCal Baseball Prime allowing no hits and four walks, striking out five batters in 3 2/3 innings. Buxton worked his fastball from 86-88 mph, which at times, he tended to miss arm side due to a slight delay in his hand break. He also worked a 68-72 mph curveball that he started behind righthanded hitters causing them to bail out of the box due to its big breaking action. Buxton threw from a high three-quarters arm slot, was able to get downhill and had a head jerk upon release. With small fixes to his mechanics, Buxton should be a good addition to the Cal Poly pitching staff.

UC Santa Barbara commit Cole Tremain (2020, Folsom, Calif.), who is listed as a primary shortstop, came in to relief for NorCal Baseball Prime. Tremain threw 1 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked two. He worked consistently in the 86-88 mph range with his fastball and used a 72-74 mph slider to keep hitters honest with 11-to-5 break. His mechanics were raw on the mound but had the arm speed and athletic ability to get outs. He threw from a high three-quarters arm slot, had a leg kick above the belt that he took up with his hands. Tremain was able to follow the slope of the mound and finished slightly open upon release with a long, loose arm action.

Nathan Hansen (2020, El Dorado, Calif.) is another San Diego State commit who earned the win for NorCal Baseball Prime in their second game at Peoria Sports Complex. Hansen allowed one hit and one walk, struck out four in three innings of work. Hansen had a quick arm with good extension and repeated his delivery well. His fastball sat 86-89 mph and topped out at 89 mph. He flashed a solid curveball and slider mix in the low- to mid-70s. He was able to locate his fastball to both sides, dropped in a 12-to-6 curveball and created swings and misses with his slider. He threw from a high three-quarters arm slot with a long arm circle and hide the ball well until release. He had some effort in his delivery, stayed online and was able to miss bats at the right time.

Uncommitted righthanded pitcher Jackson Blue (2020, The Woodlands, Texas) started for Hunter Pence 17U-Calhoun and allowed no hits and two walks, struck out three in 3 1/2 innings. Blue attacked hitters with his 86-88 mph and showed a good feel for a 11-to-5 curveball at 72 mph. He had some funk in his delivery, a quick arm and created angle from his 6-foot-4 frame and high three-quarters arm slot. Blue worked the knees with his fastball that had arm-side run, threw a lot of strikes and generated weak groundball contact. When out of the stretch, his velocity dropped a bit but was still consistent with his delivery. Blue is a very intriguing uncommitted arm and will be a good fit to many programs around country.

Louisiana-Lafayette commit Clayton Dean (2020, Tomball, Texas) led the way for the Hunter Pence 17U-Calhoun offense going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, three runs and two RBI. Dean tripled in his second at-bat on a fastball, doubled to center field in his third at-bat on another fastball and again, doubled in his fourth plate appearance. He displayed good bat speed with a middle-of-the-field approach, transferred his weight well and made loud contact with lift in his swing. Dean is hitting .500 through two games. He has room to add strength to his frame and projects for more power when he becomes a Ragin’ Cajun.

Uncommitted outfielder Noah Lane (2020, Chula Vista, Calif.) went 1-to-2 with one double and two runs scored. Lane is hitting .750 through two games and continued to impress at the plate for CBA Wave. Lane is an athletic-framed righthanded hitter who has an upright, even stance and a leg kick trigger. His hands stay back during his load and whip though quickly. He had barrel control and met the ball out front with hard contact and a linear swing path. Lane has lift in his swing and has a gap-to-gap approach. He worked soundly inside the ball and kept his bat in the zone for a long time. Defensively, Lane started at second base and showed semi-soft hands, above-average footwork and a strong arm. He projects as an outfielder at the next level and should keep impressing college coaches with strong hitting performances.


Uncommitted Trevor Fox (2022, San Diego, Calif.) is the No. 1 ranked first baseman in California. Fox stands at 6-foot-7, 200 pounds and can really swing the stick. Hitting from the left side, Fox has a crouched stance, used a small leg kick trigger and gained ground upon contact. He had a fluid and easy swing and could eventually turn into a be a big-time power hitter at the next level. Through two days, the big lefthander has five hits including a home run, one double and three RBI along with three stolen bases. At first base, his skills are still raw, but he showed the athletic ability to make plays and pick it when needed.

No. 4 ranked third baseman in California David Horn (2022, Murrieta, Calif.) was very impressive at the plate for San Diego Show. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound uncommitted prospect has a lot of room to add strength to his already projectable frame. In his second at-bat, Horn barreled up a fastball to left field for an RBI single and did the same in his third plate appearance. Horn does a great job of handling fastballs and can get the head of the bat out front quickly with a line drive swing plane. Through two days, he has five hits, three RBI and a stolen base. Horn should develop into a high-end prospect that will have the opportunity at next level immediately.

Righthanded pitcher Nicolas Yard (2022, Erie, Colorado) has a lot to offer on the mound. Yard had a quick arm and was able to locate two pitches for strikes. His fastball sat was 82-85 mph with sink and tunneled his curveball at 72 mph that was a swing and miss pitch. Yard struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. He located his fastball to both sides of the plate and kept his curveball below the belt keeping hitters fooled. Yard is a prospect to keep on eye on as he matures over his high school career.

Marcus Delgado (2022, Tucson, Ariz.) struck out nine in four innings for Tucson Champs. Delgado worked consistently in the 82-84 mph range and flashed a 69-71 mph curveball that had 11-to-5 break. He threw from a three-quarters arm slot, primarily worked his fastball and throw his curveball for strikes when needed. This young prospect should gain more velocity and add strength to his 6-foot-1 frame over the next three years at Canyon Del Oro High School.

Luke Anderson (2022, Santa Clara, Utah) despite not having the outcome on the mound that he wanted, Anderson was 84-86 mph topping out at 88 mph with sink and showed a 12-to-6 curveball with good depth. He possessed a very quick arm, stayed online and got downhill during his delivery. He repeated his mechanics and could command his fastball north and south for strikes. Anderson had an electric arm for his size and could be a good back-end pitcher at the next level.

-Andrew Jenkins

As if day one didn’t have enough quality arms throughout both the Peoria and Surprise complexes, Day 2 was riddled with even more polished pitchers than day one with some solid prospect arms making appearances.

It was standing room only for MLB scouts to catch Colorado Recruits 17U against Mariners Midwest Scout team. On the bump for Colorado was Santa Clara commit Case Williams (2020, Castle Rock, Colo.) and he impressed with his power fastball and flashy plus-plus curveball. Williams has a large frame with a longer arm action that releases from a high three-quarter arm slot. His hands come up with his mid--to-high leg lift and he drives straight down the mound while falling off to the first base line in his finish. His fastball sat 86-88 and he touched 90 mph in his outing. The fastball possesses some downward angle to the plate and at times some arm side run. He locates well and stays calm and composed when running into trouble. His breaking ball is very good, has a large high 11-to-5 shape, and has a very high spin rate out of the hand. It has a slight hump out of the hand and then disappears down and out of the strike zone. However, later in his outing he started to hang the pitch, and that’s where he ran to trouble. Huge ceiling for the No. 1 ranked 2020 righthander out of the state of Colorado.

Just as impressive, if not more, was Williams’ opponent on the bump, Tulane commit Blake Mahmood (2020, Eden Prairie, Minn.). Mahmood begins with his hands high and uses a high leg lift that sweeps out and far down the hill. He has a long arm action from an over-the-top to high three-quarters arm slot. What makes Mahmood special is the two-seam run and sink he gets on his fastball. At times the action can be minor, but occasionally the action is severe and leaves hitters swinging through a fastball that simple isn’t there. He was comfortably sitting 88-90 in his outing with the fastball, but touched 93 mph and definitely has that type of power velocity in the tank. His 11-to-5 shaped curveball is good and has solid depth but can definitely improve to miss bats. When he really caught it out in front, the pitch had sharp late bite, but he was unable to get that same action over the plate. Mahmood likes to pitch with the fastball, and justifiably so with how many barrels he’s able to miss with it. Tulane may be lucky to get Mahmood on campus next fall as today he threw a complete game two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts.

PFA Cavs’ Gabe Nutter (2020, Kansas City, Mo.) threw 5 2/3 quality innings against a potent Royals Scout Team 17U. The uncommitted righthander has a strong arm that sat 85-87 and he touched 88 mph a few times. As he works down the mound his front side opens slightly and leans back to get his arm to its low over the top slot. The slot is a bit deceptive and his release feels almost delayed in the window to hitter, making his mid-80s feel quicker than it actually is. Unfortunately, his fastball is very flat with not much side-to-side action nor downward plane, so if hitters are able to time him up then there isn’t much room for error with the pitch. His 12-to-6 curve has good depth and is a solid out pitch for him. He threw nine strikeouts in his outing and has a lot of potential with his strong arm and competitiveness.

Royals Scout Team 17U continued to throw plus arms on their second day of the tournament, starting with Virginia commit Avery Mabe (2020, Wytheville, Va.). Mabe has a large frame with athleticism off the mound and finds good extension out in front. Mabe fluctuated throughout his outing from 85-86 to 87-88 mph with his fastball and he touched 89. It felt like he turned it up when he needed to, otherwise he freely spotted up. He throws a cutter that has great late action and he has the ability to run his cutter up as high as his normal four-seam, around 88 mph. Mabe also throws a slider that sits around 79 mph, but what makes it deadly is the fact that the initial action out of his hand mimics the cutter. Hitters have a terrible time reading out of the hand whether they’re about to get 88 and slight cut or 79 and hard break. Mabe knows this, and intelligently likes to back the pitches up with each other, complementing one another that much more. As the arm continues to get stronger and as his ingenuity with those pitches matures, he’ll be in line to vie for a rotation spot with the Cavaliers.

In their second game of the day they threw second-ranked 2020 righthander out of the state of Missouri, and Missouri State commit Caden Wilson (2020, Kansas City, Mo.). Wilson also has projectable size with his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. As he reaches the top of his leg lift, he points his upper half  front side slightly up, then changes directions quickly down the hill. He has a tendency to let his front side open early which causes his arm to lag behind him and miss high arm side. He looked comfortable locating to all four quadrants in his outing and was getting some arm-side run on his fastball at times. His breaking ball sits around 81 mph and is a low 11-to-4 shaped slider. The offspeed sits around 79 mph and it has hard running action away from lefthanded bats. He mixes his pitches well and uses his understands how to use his arsenal. He gave up two runs through six innings with seven strikeouts, thus, helping his team to their second win of the day.

Oregon commit Rio Britton (2020, Ione, Calif.) looked dominant at the start of his outing, touching 90 mph from the left side and mixing his pitches effectively. It’s not a very fun time for lefthanded hitters when facing Britton as he throws from a three-quarters arm slot and gets almost a full quarter turn closed with his front shoulder at his leg lift. He then whips it open and throws across the body of a lefthanded hitter with his long, whippy arm action. Moreover, Britton’s lengthy 6-foot-2 build really makes his window feel behind the lefthanded batter’s box and his fastball gets some arm side run to it when locating to his arm side making it that much worse for a lefty. His low 11-to-4 shaped breaking ball is effective as it obviously moves the opposite direction that the fastball does, but still has room to improve. As Britton continues to develop his craft, he should focus on getting the slot of his breaking ball to be as close as he can to his slider, and the better he can get at that skill, the more of a headache he’ll be on the mound.

Eric Reyzelman (2019, San Ramon, Calif.) continued to prepare himself for fall ball at USF with a solid stuff for Bercovich 24-Allen. His 88-92 mph fastball continues to improve as 92 is a new PG best for the future Don. His 10-to-4 shaped slider flashes plus ability as he used it effectively as an out pitch on a few occasions during his outing. The slider seems to float across the plate with heavy side-to-side action, however, if he leaves this deceptive breaking ball too up and over the plate, hitters really tend to tee off on the pitch. He needs to become more consistent when locating his secondary stuff and that in turn will help his fastball as well. Royals Scout Team 17U capitalized off his tough day trying to spot up scoring four runs off of four hits and four walks.

To cap off an unbelievable day of top tier pitching, the afternoon time slot saw some PG National and PG All American Classic talent. Fresh off his performance at PG National at Chase Field, two-way athlete Jonathan Vaughns (2020, Glendora, Calif.) may have had the best breaking ball on the day, which is really saying something for how impressive the day’s pitching was. He has a pretty short arm action from an over-the-top slot, and he stays tall through his motion down the bump. When he finishes, he falls hard towards the first base side. He has a strong arm that sat 90-92 mph while touching 93 and at times found some slight arm-side run to the pitch. He’s still developing his offspeed, and the more he gets to play with the pitch, the better it will get. However, the slider was absolutely lights out today, disappearing from the strike zone when thrown down with conviction. There were a few breaking balls that Vaughns threw that are MLB ready right now. Even when he was missing up and over the plate with it, hitters still were having troubles squaring it up. As Vaughns continues on, either to college or to the draft, he may have a legitimate shot to be a true two-way player.

Oklahoma State commit Robert Bavon (2022, Little Rock, Ark.) struggled early in his outing for Sticks Baseball Academy but his stuff is still next level ready sitting 88-89 mph while touching 90. Unfortunately for Bavon, his day came down to command, and his front side was releasing early down the hill making him consistently miss arm side and up. He walked seven batters through 1 1/3 innings of work. Still, when working on line down the mound, his fastball has some late life and some downward angle to it. His long and lengthy frame only helps the deception of his fastball to hitters as well. Bavon’s breaking ball is a solid low 11-to-5 to high 10-to-4 shaped slider that when thrown with conviction across body has good late bite down. Bavon does an excellent job of staying balanced throughout his motion and the potential of a high ceiling is there for the young right hander, thanks to a solid mechanical foundation and strong arm.

To end the day, 2019 PG All American Classic invitee and ASU commit Ronan Kopp (2020, Scottsdale, Ariz.) got banged around early, but settled down, showed composure, and showcased his plus stuff to the MLB scouts in attendance. In his outing for GBG NW Marucci, he threw five full innings, fanning seven while allowing three runs which all were scored in his first two innings of work. Ronan has an already mature 6-foot-6, 205-pound frame with length that whips down the mound. He has a lengthy arm action that he sweeps straight back that then comes up into a true three-quarters arm slot that makes it near impossible for lefties to comfortably turn on the baseball. His velocity was down in day two’s outing as he normally sits low-90s with the capability of touching 93, while today he was more high-80s, topping out at 91 mph. Nonetheless, he was still having no problem getting in onto the hands of lefthanded bats. He also has two different breaking balls that he’s able to manipulate the shape of with intent. The first is a very large shaped 1-to-7 curveball that can be dropped in for a strike to righties or be used as an out pitch to lefties. The next is a harder low 2-to-8 shaped slider that works great down and away to lefties or as a kill pitch to the back foot of righthanded hitters. Kopp did not have the best outing, especially by his standards, but his stuff is still electric, and he’ll be fun to watch at the PG All American Classic.

-Connor Spencer
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