Tournaments | Story | 9/20/2020

Fall National Champ. Scout Notes: Day 2

Connor Spencer         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Zach Wadas (Perfect Game)
Fall National Champ. Scout Notes: Day 1

Slammers Ascinar fell in a close ballgame at Surprise stadium to start day two, but uncommitted catcher Camden Ross (2022, Broomfield, Colo.) has looked solid so far this tournament. The second ranked overall catcher in Colorado for the class of 2022 doubled in his first at bat and went 1-for-2 at the plate on day one. Unfortunately, later in the ball game on day two he came up with the bases loaded and the chance to turn the tide in the ball game, but he grounded out to third base. Regardless, his handsy overall foundation will play at the next level. Ross uses a wider stance with neutral hands, and he starts backloaded as he gets his front foot down very early. He does have a tendency to start and stop his swing momentum because of this early timing mechanism, however, it helps him to be on time more often than not. His hands work well down through the zone and there’s present bat speed through the zone. Behind the dish, Ross keeps things simple with a conventional crouch and present quickness out of it. His arm strength is solid and will only continue to improve. As the three-hole hitter for Slammers, he’ll be a key to their tournament run.

NorCal baseball Red ended their game early with a run-rule in the fifth inning moving them to 2-0 on the tournament. UC Santa Barbara commit Sam Tookoian (2022, Fresno, Calif.) was a monster on the mound in the first two innings of the ball game, putting together two hitless frames with four strikeouts. Tookoian is every bit of his listed 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and truly feels more like 235 or 240 on the hill. With a short arm action from an over the top slot, Tookoian has plenty of length and strength to blow his fastball by hitters. His fastball sits 87-90 mph while touching 91 and he possesses a true four pitch mix. There’s some good downward angle to his fastball thanks to his higher overall slot and present length to his frame. He’ll mix in two separate breaking balls, both a curve and a slider, with the latter being the better of the two. The slider has a low 11-to-5 shape and actually still has somewhat of a curveball feel to it. There’s no doubt that his slider has the potential to turn into a wipe out pitch at the next level with the right guidance. His curveball has a high 11-to-5 to 12-to-6 shape and it backed up on him on multiple occasions. If he’s able to mix it in as a get-me- over, or to complement his slider early on in counts, it also has the potential to become an asset at the next level. Tookoian also threw what looked like a 78 mph off-speed pitch but it could have been a slider that he didn’t catch out in front. Nonetheless, it was effective as he pounded an elevated 90 mph fastball by the hitter with his next pitch. The Gauchos are getting something special with Tookoian and he’ll have a chance to make an immediate impact in the Big West with his developing stuff.

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