note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout
performers at this year's 16u WWBA National Championship. The
thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting
Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's fifth day.
Schaller (2016, Lebanon, Ind.) has been on the national scene for
a little bit now, despite being a rising junior, as he has
participated in the last two Junior National Showcases and has
already committed to Vanderbilt University.
a well-built 6-foot-3, 186-pound frame and room to still fill with
added strength, Schaller is only going to get stronger over the next
two years of high school. On the mound Schaller shows a steady
tempo’d delivery and then explodes to the plate, showing a fast arm
with a high three-quarters release. He repeats his mechanics well and
stays online with his lower half, allowing for him to stay consistent
and throw strikes with all his pitches.
his three innings of work, Schaller pitched in the 87-90 mph range
with his fastball, with the ball coming out of his hand clean, and he
showed the ability to locate to his glove side. Though he wraps
around his mid-70s curveball a bit, Schaller is able to create
11-to-5 shape with some depth on the pitch and kept hitters off
balance. The most effective of his three offerings yesterday however
was his slider, which looks like a fastball out of his hand with late
break down in the zone, throwing it in the 81-82 mph range.
Scorpions Prime 2016 team showed the majority of their pitching staff
yesterday, throwing six different pitchers over the course of seven
innings. Mark Potter (2016, Melbourne, Fla.) started the game
and stands at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds and isn’t done growing, as he
has a young face and is only going to get stronger over the next two
years of high school. Working in the mid-80s with his fastball,
Potter topped out at 87 mph and showed nice life to his arm side with
the pitch. He uses his height to create leverage in his delivery and
work downhill, showing a short and quick arm action in the back.
Potter also showed a feel for an 11-to-5 curveball in the upper-60s
with depth and a short breaking slider at 78-79 mph.
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