College | Recruiting | 12/7/2021

2023 Uncommitted Gems: West Coast

Isaiah Burrows     
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2023 Uncommitted Gems: Georgia

Blake Sehorn (2023, Hillsboro, Ore.) is one of the top uncommitted talents from the state of Oregon, and for good reason. The physical 5-foot-10, 180-pound backstop comes with good amounts of strength and pull-side drive. His dedication to the weight room is evident, and it translates with a powerful, yet balanced right-handed swing. He doesn’t cheat himself at the plate with good leverage and strength out front for loud contact to all fields. He’s fundamentally sound behind the dish and has solid receiving skills with good arm strength from a quick transfer. Projects to fill out more at the next level with tools on both sides.

Erik Hoffberg (2023, West Linn, Ore.) brings a lot to like on the mound from a profile standpoint, starting with a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and live arm. The right-hander works quick, showing good feel for a mid-80s fastball and tight low-70s curveball in the process. He’s also able to spin his breaker in any count and continues to develop more feel for it. Hoffberg is in store for a big summer and has plenty of untapped potential with his arm talent.

Kory Chu (2023, Kaneohe, Hawaii) has enticing ability at the plate and on the mound with his well-rounded skill set. Produces quality bat speed with quick hands and barrel control through the zone for a sound up-the-middle approach. Shows some power to the pull side when squared. He moves well defensively with swift lateral movements and smooth exchanges on the dirt. His athleticism translates to the mound with a fastball up to 84 mph and a developing breaking ball from a lower three-quarter slot. He’s a consistent performer at PG tournaments with solid upside.

Levi Maddela (2023, Wailuku, Hawaii) is a physical first baseman and brings some pop to the plate each time up. It’s a smooth, simple left-handed swing with loft and strength out front. The bat projects well down the line with the strength and size he possesses. He swung it well over the summer and is someone to keep a close eye on.

Dylan Strom (2023, Ferndale, Wash.) is a projectable 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander with some untapped potential on the bump. He sports a promising three-pitch mix. Fastball reaches the mid-to-high-80s with late, downward life. Shows some feel for a mid-60s curveball and mid-70s changeup for whiffs. Good arm speed from a mid three-quarter delivery and sequences his arsenal well. Intriguing profile with plenty of room left to fill out.

Nico Newhan (2023, Vista, Calif.) was a loud performer in this year’s Underclass All-American Games and has seen his stock rise immensely. His impressive rounds of batting practice translates in game, generating plenty of whip to the barrel with intent in the path. The hand speed and loft immediately stands out with easy pull-side power. Defensively, Newhan works well behind the ball and has the tools to stick on the dirt. His offensive upside is up near the top of the class with his ability at the plate.

Jackson Kemmerer (2023, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) has a combination of speed and power that is amongst the best of the uncommitted West Coast crop. He capped off a successful summer with an impressive performance at the 2021 Underclass World Championship. The ball jumps off the barrel to the pull side with good loft and carry from an elevated swing plane. His speed and quickness on the basepaths and in the outfield fits a top-of-the-order profile that can make an immediate contribution to a program.

Michael Ryan (2023, Gridley, Calif.) is an intriguing product with loud tools on both sides. Shows good amounts of power to all fields with a quick bat through contact; gets deep in his lower half and creates plenty of bat speed and separation. Strung together multiple barrels throughout the summer circuit with some drive in the hips. Has noticeable speed and twitchiness that translates. Covers plenty of ground in the outfield with a quick first step and awareness. Simply put, Ryan plays the game in all facets and will help a program in the long run.

Alex Wallace (2023, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) is another enticing package on the hill. The right-hander is up to 91 mph with arm-side run in on righties. Changeup is his primary off-speed in the mid-70s with good life and shape low in the zone. Developing more feel for a low-70s curveball with 11-5 shape and depth. Has plenty to fill out in his lanky 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame and uses his long levers to get downhill and create good momentum and extension in his delivery. Repeats it well along with the size to project at the next level.

Grant Yzermans (2023, Murrieta, Calif.) possesses athletic traits and speed that show up in game. At the plate, Yzermans employs a compact right-handed swing with quick hands to all fields and takes it where it’s given. The swing stays on an even path and projects for some added pop as he develops physically. A sub-6.60 runner, his speed and first-step quickness stretches for extra bags consistently. He charges well in the outfield with the arm strength and accuracy to match.

Brandon Gutierrez (2023, Alta Loma, Calif.) oozes athleticism on the mound. The right-hander shows swing-and-miss ability with a potent two-pitch mix. Runs the fastball up to 86 mph with slight arm-side run. Flashes a slider in the mid-70s with good tilt and 8-4 bite low in the zone. Gutierrez has upside on both sides, but his arm talent continues to impress with each outing. There is some projection left in his frame along with his skill set. He’s an uncommitted talent that has performed very well to this point.

Richard Tejeda III (2023 Riverside, Calif.) is a sturdy 6-foot, 200-pound catcher with good amounts of athleticism and pop. The skills behind the plate are tough to find for an uncommitted catcher. He shows soft hands and great receiving skills, able to back pick runners and time his throws with ease. The ball comes out of the hand cleanly with good arm strength and carry. His physicality at the plate has present power to both gaps, able to get extended and keep the barrel steady through contact. Tejada III has the skills to stick behind the dish and feel for the right-handed stick.

Michael Castaneda (2023, San Jose, Calif.) brings a physical two-way element to his game. His strength and power are present in the swing with some easy pull-side drive. The arm talent can play on the mound or stick at a corner spot. He works downhill and up tempo, showcasing a lively fastball up to 87 mph and a 12-6 curveball that projects well as he continues to fill out. He has the size and strength to contribute in a multitude of ways.

Braden Clancy (2023, Folsom, Calif.) is a promising 5-foot-9, 170-pound middle infielder hailing from California. Clancy knows his way in the box with good plate discipline and feel for adjusting to spin out of the hand. His simple right-handed swing is quick through the zone and flashes some pull-side juice when squared. The hands work well and stay controlled through contact. Clancy has crisp lateral movements that stand out defensively. He stays balanced and fundamental on the dirt and makes a fair amount of plays.
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