Tournaments | Story | 9/22/2020

Fall National Champ. Scout Notes: Day 4

Connor Spencer        
Photo: Oliver Santos (Perfect Game)
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Day four marked championship Monday, starting with the quarterfinals in the morning slot, so teams making it to the championship game would need to grind through a triple header to be victorious.

BPA moved on to the semifinal round behind a complete game gem from Duke commit and No. 65 overall player in the class of 2022 Oliver Santos (2022, Newport Coast, Calif.). Santos K’d eight in the ball game and allowed just one run off four hits. This summer he’s been up to 89 mph but he sat in the 84-87 mph range while topping out at 88 mph in the ball game. His length and physicality on the mound makes him a very tough look for left-handed hitters. When he’s able to locate to all four quadrants with intent and mix in his breaking ball for both a called strike and an out pitch like he did today, he has the potential to be lights out. Santos’ breaking ball is a true 1-to-7 shaped curveball with good velocity to the plate at 78 mph. It has a smaller shape and will most likely turn into a slider someday with good depth and some strong late vertical bite to the plate. The 6-foot-3 southpaw truly isn’t even scratching the surface of his velocity ceiling yet, therefore, there’s a ton for Duke to dream on with his projectability.

NorCal Baseball Blue moved on in a tight 2-0 ballgame against Southern California Bombers 2022 behind a fantastic start by Stanford commit Robby Snelling (2022, Reno, Nev.). Snelling threw five full innings while allowing just two hits and striking out 10. You can find Snelling’s full scout notes for the tournament in the PG Fall National Championship Day 1 notes.

Southern California Bombers 2022 threw a very interesting uncommitted arm in Anthony Eyanson (2022, Lakewood, Calif.) who pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs off five hits and striking out five. Eyanson has a very projectable slender lengthy build that will surely fill out as he continues to develop and strengthen. His arm action is a short and whippy stroke that fires through to a three-quarters to high three-quarters slot. It’s a pretty conventional motion down the hill overall, with a mid-leg lift and a slight turn closed at the top of the lift. His fastball sat 84-86 mph while touching 87 throughout his outing, and the whip to his arm action makes it feel heavier than it actually is. Eyanson mixes in a large shaped 12-to-6 curveball with good late bite to the plate. The breaking ball turns into more of a high 11-to-5 shape when located across body as he’s able to catch it out in front more and add some horizontal actions to the pitch. He also throws a 75 mph off-speed pitch that shows some slight fade to the plate; however, he does slow his arm action down on the pitch at times which tips off good hitters. As he continues to mature and trust his arsenal on the hill more, he’ll be able to execute the off-speed with more conviction. Currently still uncommitted, Eyanson is someone to keep an eye on as there are multiple programs that could use an arm like his.

Arizona commit Nicolas Bronzini (2022, San Ramon, Calif.) gave NorCal Baseball Blue four more quality innings in his start, fanning seven and giving up just one (See Bronzini’s full scout notes for the tournament in the PG Fall National Championship Day 1 notes). Despite the strong start, GamePrep Baseball Academy 2022/23 battled through a ten-inning marathon and came out with the win, advancing to the Championship game thanks to a bases clearing double by ten-hole hitter Tanner Van Why (2022, Belmont, Calif.). Van Why came into the semi-final game with just one hit in the tournament but came up huge when it counted in the tenth inning. When on time and in rhythm with the pitcher, his hands work well down through the zone and he has some solid feel for the barrel.

In the championship game, BPA’s offense took over and scored 12 runs off 12 hits to win the PG Fall National Championship. Primary pitcher Ethan Coley (2022, Olive Branch, Miss.) was the brightest star at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s. As someone who’s listed as a primary pitcher, he’s got great barrel control with good quickness through the zone. The top rated outfielder in the state of Arizona and Oregon State commit Gavin Turley (2022, Mesa, Ariz.) went 2-for-3 with a two doubles of his own. With an upright and narrow stance that utilizes a toe tap to high leg lift trigger, Turley is able to create good leverage in his swing, especially for his developing build. That leverage helps him to generate plus bat speed through the zone, and he’s able to do some serious damage when he gets his hands extended. As he continues to fill out his slender 6-foot-2 frame, his tools at the plate and in the field will only mature.
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