Tournaments | Story | 9/19/2020

Fall National Champ. Scout Notes: Day 1

Connor Spencer         Perfect Game Staff        
After an exciting first weekend filled with talent in both the 17u and 15u age groups, the PG Fall National Championships powered by G-Form kicked off its second week of play with the 16u division in Surprise Arizona.

Trosky American 2023 started their tournament with a solid 9-4 win. California native Luca Dickinson (2023, Pacifica, Calif.) got it done on both sides of the ball going three full innings on the hill, allowing just one run off three hits as well as driving in two at the plate with a double. Dickinson has a simple delivery with a longer arm action from a high three-quarters slot. He works with good direction down the hill and produces a ton of strikes. Throughout his outing, he lived the bottom half of the zone and was able to generate consistent weak contact. At the plate, he uses a conventional stance with a lower handset and a high back elbow. His front side does open up quite a bit in his swing, yet, when he’s able to stay over the plate, there’s enough juice in his bat to drive balls into his pull side gap. The young right-hander is currently not ranked but is someone to follow moving forward.

Jason Reitz (2022, San Jose, Calif.) came on in relief for Trosky American 2022 and there is a ton to dream on with his very long frame and developing arm strength. Although he struggled early giving up three runs, there was flashes of plus stuff and there’s no question that his stuff has the chance to develop into something elite at the next level. At 6-foot-7, 165 pounds, Reitz towers on the mound and has so much room to fill into as he continues to progress. Already his fastball is up to 87 mph while sitting 83-85 throughout his outing. His fastball velocity actually improved as his outing went on, and he started to change hitter’s eye levels with intent. His shorter arm action from a high three-quarters slot generates good downward angle to the plate, and there’s some slight arm side run to his fastball when he locates to his arm side. Reitz mixes in a true 11-to-5 shaped curveball that is just begging to be a wipeout slider someday as his arm continues to strengthen. It was a brief 1 2/3 innings look at Reitz but there’s a lot to like and there’s a lot for college coaches to imagine as he heads into his junior year.

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