Brownlee Lookouts 17U (Jones)May 1, 2018
–Top Position Players:
CF Dom Pilolli: Dom had a fantastic offseason truly developing all facets of his game. His arm is much improved, as we have had it up to 92 on a true outfield throw (on video), EVs as high as 94, and consistently running in the 6.6-6.7 range. The LHH also has fantastic grades and should score well on standardized tests.
OF Bryce Zuppe: Bryce is a super athletic utility outfielder. He has enough arm to play all 3 positions (consistently mid 80s as good as 88 before), and can really swing it in game. EVs up to 91 from the left side, but the pure hit tool for him is even better than the bat speed. The actions aren't super refined in any aspect of his game, but the performance is one of the best we have. During basketball he has been running in the 6.8-6.9 range, but we have had 6.75 last summer when he was in season. High upside guy who will hit more than well enough to warrant D1 attention!
OF Regan Schleicher: Regan is a strong, athletic outfielder with a good feel for the stick. Prolific hitter in high school baseball, starting off the season hitting above .500. 6.8 runner, and natural leader. He plays QB for his high school, and should be staple in our outfield this summer. Due to his ability to hit, run, and compete, he should be a scholarship guy for someone (D1, 2, JC). Good sized kid with some physical projection remaining, and flat out produces!
OF/RHP Nick Friedl: Nick has some crazy loud tools and is finally scratching the surface of his true potential. Protypical RF type. 97 EV, up to 93 from the OF. Real power. Hit 5 wood bat home runs last summer, and has put on 10-15 pounds since. What is really crazy is that he has these loud of tools, and he only weighs 185lbs at 6'2. Could legitimately put on 35 pounds in the next 2-3 years. Recently, Nick has really started devoting himself to pitching as well and he has made a ton of progress. Over the past 4 months, Nick has seen his velo climb as high as 85-87 now with an absolute hammer on the mound. With how we structure our throwing programs, theres no reason he won't be touching 90 this summer, as last winter he was only up to 80 on the mound, and last summer only up to 84.
OF/LHP Sam Seeker: Sam is a primary OF with OF Velos up to 90. He is more athletic than his 7.0 60 time would indicate. He has a 6'2 190lb frame, with plenty of room to fill out. Where Sammy sets himself apart is with his ability to drive the baseball. Last summer, Sam had more extra base its than singles 2/3 of the way through the season, including 4 home runs. He played CF for us last summer, but projects best as an offensive corner OF with a big arm. Sam can also get up on the bump. As a LHP, Sam was 81-84 this past summer, but is definitely throwing harder now. Due to him being a 3 sport athlete, we have not had him on the mound yet, but he is consistently throwing pulldowns at 92 during basketball. Click on the following to find the best tickets at the basketball arena in Nashville.
Util/RHP Kwauve Booker: Interesting toolsy hitter, who is a little further along on the mound right now. Ton of FB movement, up to 87 last summer. Really heavy ball which flashes a ton of boring sink and run at times. Spins a solid breaking ball in the low to mid 70s, and change up is a serviceable offering as well. Ton of athleticism in his delivery with a ton of arm speed too. Very obvious he is going to throw hard. At the dish he has a ton of power with EVs regularly in the mid 90s. Strong position player arm. Best fits defensively either at 3B, RF or offensive 2B. Bigtime potential on either side of the ball.
RHP/1B Clayton Black: If you are looking for loud tools, Black is the best left on the board in the state. 6'5 255, Legitimate EVs as high as 105. He has light tower power; It is legitimately scary to throw BP to him at times in closer quarters in our indoor facility. His swing is far from polished, but the power is absolutely real, and he puts on quite a show in BP. On the hill, he has a live arm up to 88. His arm really works and his fastball features nice run from his true 3/4 slot. Doesn't totally command his arsenal yet, but the arm works, he has solid secondary stuff, and a ton of upside. 90 guy by summer and legit power threat on any swing.
IF/OF Brenten Baker: Brenten can hit it with the best of them. He has a very polished swing, with EVs up to 92 from the left side. A D1 bat all the way. He has enough arm to play anywhere on the field, 86 across the infield and 88 from the outfield 6.9 runner and a solid defender at any spot. Has a lot of tools, but the bat rivals anyone left on the board in the state of Ohio.
C Emma Lopez: Emma has real hitting tools. EVs have been as high as 99, and the ball simply looks different coming off his bat. The power is there and he will no doubt hit early at the college level. While he definitely does need to get more athletic (Currently 6'1.5 230), he does a very good job behind the plate. Emma lived in PR for most of his life, and you can definitely tell he has had a lot of experience catching power arms with how well he received the ball and truly commands the zone. Pop times are regularly in the mid 1.9s to 2.00, with an arm as high as 78 behind the plate. Arguably the best power bat left on the board in the state.
C Quinton Morris: Quinton is one of our more toolsy prospects that we have. The 6'2 200lb athlete runs a legit 6.8 60 and has been up to 102EV. He has a great swing, and can drive the ball to all fields. The bat has really come on this offseason, however last summer he was a defense first guy. His catch and throw skills were fantastic with velos as high as 79 behind the plate and in game pops in the mid 1.9s. He has enough arm to definitely play any OF position or 3B as well, as we have had him up to 91 on run and guns. If anyone would like updated hitting film, I can send it your way.
LHP Christian Lothes: One could argue he is one of the top 2 LHP in the state. May have the best stuff from the left side in Ohio. Sits 86-88 touched 89 multiple times this offseason while beat up during basketball season. Spins the ball really well, with breaking balls up to 79, usually in the 75-77 or 75-78 range. Change will sit in the 79-81 range with nice run. The 6'2 195lb prospect is the best prospect left on the board in Ohio regardless of position, and may be the best remaining prospect in the midwest. Get on him while you can.
RHP Paul Troyer: Paul has a very live arm, and the stuff to be a high end closer at the next level. His fastball has been sitting 87-90 this winter in bullpens, and we hope to see some 91s or 92s in game this summer. What sets Paul apart is his offspeed stuff. His high slot allows him to throw a 12/6 curve with authority. He has really good feel for the pitch. It is a 2 plane, no doubt hammer at 76-77. In addition, Paul has also shown flashes of having a wipeout slider. At PBR he spun true sliders up to 85, consistently at 83-85 with sharp bite. As he continues to feel out the pitch and get used to it, theres no doubt it will be a weapon for him. No doubt about it D1 closer.
RHP Trey Nordmann: Trey was a new addition to the program this offseason. Although he lives 5 hours away in Michigan and is unable to get work in with us on a consistent basis, it is clear Trey is doing his part to get better. Sending constant updates and videos of his lifting and throwing. Trey finished the summer in the future games sitting in the mid 80s touching 87. Recently after a great offseason, Trey hit 88 in a flat ground, and showed 90 in bullpen at PBR. We are hoping he can be an 87-90 guy for us this summer. He has the frame to be a starter at the next level with a live arm and swing and miss stuff.
RHP AJ Blubaugh: AJ is one of our biggest improvers this offseason. He projects as a reliever at the next level due to his ability to throw from any of 3 arm slots at any time. Due to a very heavy basketball schedule, his velocity has been a little inconsistent this winter (6'1 150 so gets beat up at practice and in games a little!). When he is at least somewhat fresh, he has shown the ability to run it up to 86 sitting 84-85. On the days where he isn't as fresh, he is more of an 80-84 guy this winter. We hope that this summer he can be our closer pitching at 85-86 touching some 7s and 8s. He has a 6'6 wingspan with a ton of room to fill out, so he has endless potential to only gain more velocity. Commands a solid breaking ball and a has a really good feel for a knuckleball, which only adds to his deception on the mound. GAMER!
See above as all position players and pitchers above are currently uncommitted.
— Committed Players:
SS Andy Miller: Malone University Commit, Andy commands the infield, playing SS almost every inning last summer. He has a strong arm at 85 across the infield, and has a lot of athleticism with his 6.8 60 time. Andy has sneaky power at the dish, crushing 2 tape measure bombs last summer to big parts of the park at college fields. He can swing it with the best of them, which is why he started as both a freshman and a sophomore on state teams in HS ball. Great overall player.
RHP Brody Ware: Liberty University Commit, 85-88/89, and can spin the ball better than anyone else in the state. 4 pitches for strikes and should pitch early in his career out of the pen, with a future as a starter due to pitchability, competitiveness, and consistency.
RHP Alec Sayre: Missouri Commit, 87-90 with a wipeout slider. Some of the best secondary stuff. Live arm, profiles as either a starter or backend guy, due to swing and miss stuff and velocity. Future mid 90s guy.
RHP Dylan Keller (2018) Dayton Commit: Mid to upper 80s with pitchability. Will compete for mid week starter spot as a freshman due to his secondary stuff and makeup.
RHP Andrew Russell: Ohio University commit, mid to upper 80s with good command of fastball. Secondary stuff is improving, but pitches primarily with the fastball. Can throw breaking ball for strikes and pitch in and out, competitor.
With the core of the team returning from last years very successful campaign and the addition of some very talented players to fill out this years roster we have stepped up the level of competition for the 2018 summer by entering in some of the most competitive events in the Midwest. As the flagship team for our program, we expect to compete at a high level and raise the bar even further for our program for future Lookouts.