Five Tool Scouting Staff Notes (March 14-22)

Over the course of the 2022 high school baseball season, Five Tool will have scouts to go alongside video coverage at select games throughout our regional areas. The Five Tool Scouting Staff Notes this week include Arizona, Southern California and Texas. Our staff has been tasked to look at all sorts of players who perform at a high level as well as players who have 2022 MLB Draft potential.

There will be a wide variety of players in these notes from uncommitted players to Division 1 commits to Division 3 commits and to junior college commits. Some games may have a few players noted while others may have a plethora, all dependent upon performances during the games.

Listed below is the Five Tool Scouting Staff Notes.

California

Del Campo vs. Vista Del Lago (March 14)

’23 Matt Moses hits out of the leadoff spot for Del Campo (CA) and finished the game 2-for-4. Although the RHH centerfielder had an off day at the plate, he hustled out of the box was able to leg out a couple of infield singles. Moses tracked down a missile to center and almost made a spectacular diving catch in the contest. A guy who plays the game hard as it showed in his performance. Someone to keep your eye on moving forward.

’22 Jacob Cullen of Vista Del Lago (CA) is tall, lean catcher with a short swing path to the baseball at the plate. Has a line drive approach and finished the game 2-for-4 with a double. Did a nice job receiving and framing. Solid both offensively and defensively, he’s a ballplayer whose game will advance as he fills out his frame.

-Adam Yacek, Five Tool NorCal

CK McClatchy vs. Monterey Trail (March 16)

’22 Malcolm Moore showcased exactly why pro scouts are following him closely this spring in preparation for the 2022 MLB Draft. The powerful bat out of CK McClatchy (CA) finished his night 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run. Although he was not facing high-level pitching, Moore remained patient at the plate and hammered balls when in the strike zone. I did not get a chance to see the Stanford signee behind the dish as he played third base for McClatchy in this contest, but he showed some athleticism and looked comfortable in the field. This dude is a flat-out hitter and his bat should be able to carry him a long way.

Recent Academy of Art commit Gabe Henderson had a solid game at short with a couple of nice plays. The RHH ’22 picked up two extra base hits as well both to the opposite field. Henderson, the CK McClatchy (CA) product, has a polished swing with a slow and smooth load, is a table-setter type who looks for contact, and sprays line drives to pitch location.

-Adam Yacek, Five Tool NorCal

Vanden vs. Vacaville (March 22)

Jack Brooks, the recent 2022 Oregon commit, is a hard-nosed ballplayer who sets the tone perfectly out of the leadoff spot. He plays hard and fast. In my first game watching Vanden (CA), the LHH finished 3-4 with two triples and a double while making a pair of great defensive plays in the field at SS. In this week’s matchup, he only collected one hit, but it was an inside-the-park home run to LCF. There’s plenty to like about Brooks and he’s a fun player to watch.

Darryl Dilworth, 2022 Cal commit, is a lean, athletic center fielder who bats two-hole for Vanden (CA). Has some pop and consistently makes loud contact. A very aggressive hitter who looks to do damage early in counts. Dilworth collected four hits in the two games I watched with a home run and triple to go along with two singles. Quality RHH who will continue to progress and hit for more power as he puts some weight on his frame.

Isaac Zaldivar, 2022 Saint Mary’s University signee, flashed plenty of quality stuff in Vanden’s (CA) 3-2 victory over Vacaville. His control was a little off in the first couple of innings, but once he settled in, he showcased a sharp breaking ball which helped keep Vacaville hitters off-balance all afternoon. The RHP finished with 6IP, 8K, 1 ER. Fastball was 84-87 MPH with a curveball at 73-75 MPH and change up at 76-78 MPH.

Cameron Malone, an uncommitted 2022 third baseman, was one of the few hitters who barreled up Zaldivar in multiple at-bats for Vacaville (CA). Malone is a corner infield profile who showed athleticism in the field. He has a patient approach with a short and compact swing. Malone finished his day with one single and a line-out to deep CF. A guy that will play at the next level.

Aidan Russell, ’22 San Diego State University signee, had a quality start in this one as he faced a tough Vanden lineup. The RHP finished his outing going 6.1 IP with nine strikeouts. Russell, out of Vacaville (CA), works quick and primarily pitches off his fastball and curveball with loose arm action at a 3/4 slot. Fastball was 83-86, 87 MPH with a curveball at 72-74 MPH.

-Adam Yacek, Five Tool NorCal

Texas

J.J. Pearce vs. Jesuit (March 15)

It was Stefan Stahl night in Richardson as the LHP tossed a complete game shutout striking out 14. The uncommitted ’22 was 85-87 MPH topping 88 MPH in the outing. Maintained velocity throughout this one with a curveball at 68-71 MPH and change up at 74-76 MPH that he threw at all times. Worked all three pitches inside and out to hitters. Seemed to be quite a bit of deception working from a 3/4 arm slot. Easy action leads me to believe that some more velo could be in the future.

Jesuit (TX) ’25 shortstop Jake Fults had the only two hits in the contest for his squad. Confident ballplayer with good actions. Tough to tell he’s a freshman on varsity on the offensive side. Seems to be comfortable that the plate and a true hitter from the right side. Looking forward to seeing how he progresses over the next few years.

-Jeffrey Kahn, Five Tool Texas

San Marcos vs. Smithson Valley (March 18)

I got to the game early and was able to see ’24 San Marcos (TX) IF Kutter Gage-Webb take ground balls and I already knew he was a special player. The shortstop’s dad is the head coach who he indicated a commitment was on the way. Definitely some excitement around which school would get the smooth, hard working, raw baseball player. The very next day, Gage-Webb announced his commitment locally to Texas State. Gage-Webb wasn’t flashy with all the gear, didn’t even wear batting gloves which there’s a lot to like in that (gritty kind of dude). He just does his work the right way and you can tell he just loves being on the field.

This was my second time seeing ’24 Zach Gingrich pitch. The RHP will be even more fun to watch in a year or two. There’s definitely a chance the Smithson Valley (TX) product will have more velocity in his later years and end up as a top of the rotation guy. Gingrich has pretty good deception/tunnel with his fastball and curveball already and probably doesn’t even know it. Sat 82-84 MPH and the curveball was 71-73 MPH. Has strong legs and a very fast/whippy arm. Seems like the sophomore has great stamina as both times I’ve seen him his velocity has pretty much stayed the same over 4+ innings.

-Tracy Warren, Five Tool South Texas

St. John’s XXIII vs. St. Pius (March 22)

’22 Trent Caram was much better after the first inning of work. The St. Pius X (TX) product settled in and started getting the swings and misses with the slider. Showed some athleticism off the mound. Good shape to the slider at 73-75 MPH. Fastball sat 84-86 topping 86 MPH. Flashed a changeup at 79 MPH. Committed to Lamar University two days after the game.

Switch-pitching Jon Shields tossed the first four innings left handed and then pitched .2 of the 5th right handed. Out of St. John’s XXIII (TX), the University of Texas commit struggled a bit in the last part of his outing, but velocity was a little better as an RHP. Fastball sat 80-82 MPH from the left side topping 84 MPH. Curveball was 66-68 MPH. On the right, Shields was 83-86 MPH with the curveball at 81 MPH.

’22 Sam Houston State signee Kyle Winkler worked quick. The LHP for St. Pius X (TX) struck out two with good bite on the breaking ball. Fastball was 82-85 MPH and curveball was 70-72 MPH. Has a quick arm and pitches takes charge on the mound. Plays with a lot of passion.

Garrett Regan pitched 2.1 innings of no-hit baseball. The recent ’22 Frank Phillips College commit for St. John’s XXIII (TX) worked out of the 5th with two on and two out getting the strikeout and then retired the side in the 6th. Picked up the save in the 3-0 victory. Goes after batters with his best stuff and has some fire on the bump.

’24 Cooper Schmidt of St. John’s XXIII (TX) contributed in big ways. Had two singles in the game and reached base safely in all three at-bats. Some quick bat speed here from the left-handed hitting catcher who plays well beyond his stature. Held it down behind the dish and had a back-pick. Strong arm and will definitely fill out.

-Nick Thames, Five Tool Texas

Cedar Park vs. Liberty Hill (March 22)

Cedar Park (TX) ’22 Julian Swift brought the bat to the game going 4-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Barreled up all four hits in his night. The uncommitted senior looked very comfortable at the plate, had great discipline and rhythm to his swing with good hand eye coordination. On defense, the shortstop had two ground balls, one up the middle to his glove side that he made look easy and a slow roller that he charged very well. Made accurate throws to first on both. There was some definite smoothness to his play.

Kade Davis, ’24 out of Cedar Park (TX) went five innings striking out five with one hit and no runs allowed. The sophomore LHP was quite fun to watch on the mound — composed and missed barrels, worked at his pace and didn’t waste a lot of pitches. Davis didn’t miss wildly and only had three at-bats where he wasn’t ahead after the first pitch — only went to a three-ball count twice. Davis had a no-hitter until the fifth inning of the 5-inning run rule. Also plays outfield, which of course he didn’t on this night, but he did collect hits from the left side. Has a great approach, great eye at the plate and knows what he wants to do in the box.

’23 Louis Alonzo of Cedar Park (TX) was aggressive at the plate. The 6-foot-1 junior and had two line drive hits (RBI single and RBI triple). Alonzo used the middle of the field, had quick hands and above average bat speed.

-Tracy Warren, Five Tool South Texas

Prestonwood Christian vs. John Paul II (March 22)

Uncommitted 2024 LHP Louis Bussard was dominant after his first inning on the bump. It wasn’t really that rocky of a first with some good at-bats, but after that Bussard was in control. The southpaw for Prestonwood Christian (TX) struck out nine in five innings with his fastball sitting 82-84 MPH and a curveball at 71-72 MPH. Arm works quick with a big stride and a great lower half for being 5-9, 150 lbs. I think that’s pretty telling for where he’s going to grow over the next few years. Good late run movement on his fastball with a clean delivery, Bussard is one to immediately add to the watch list.

*Small mistake on the tweet below. There were plenty of 84’s, just a typo on our end there. True 82-84 MPH.

Consider me a big fan of Prestonwood Christian’s (TX) ’24 Vanderbilt commit AJ DePaolo. The RHH catcher is high intensity all the time. Although he did not have anyone steal on him (not many base runners this game), DePaolo had a legitimate 1.82s-1.87s POP time in between innings. With strikeouts to end the innings, DePaolo would fire over to ’22 OSU signee Trenton Shaw at first showing off the cannon, but more so keeping his team sharp throughout the game showing he was focused in between the white lines. In the 4th, DePaolo blasted one to left for a solo home run leading off the inning. For a sophomore, he has some serious actions that if he can continue to fine tune, his game will grow in all facets.

Out of the 9-hole, Prestonwood Christian (TX) ’23 shortstop Will Johnson picked up three hits with four runs batted in. It was two singles to left and a triple to deep right center. The RHH looks comfortable at the plate with some hand/bat movement for rhythm. Uses a leg kick for timing which keeps his weight back. Showed his ability to react to change of speeds and go opposite field on the aforementioned triple. Thought that was very impressive where he showed composure at the plate in attack mode. Made one play at short showing a some range to his glove side. Was a quick scoop and quick gather to throw to first from a side arm angle. Certainly looked the part and has some athleticism. Lots of bounce (pep) in the step with fluid actions.

Tarris Murray started the night leading off with a first-pitch bomb to left field in the bottom of the first. It immediately tied the game and his Prestonwood Christian (TX) squad did not let up in the convincing win. The ’23 University of Oklahoma commit is still raw, but the athleticism is all there. Has a high stance with the hands up top, but gets into a good hitting position before the pitch is delivered with his weight back. Not too much weight transfer, but excellent bat speed which tells me there’s still some growth from the RHH. Clear power making loud contact and was a double short of the cycle. A little front-foot heavy on the swing, Murray still shows the ability to go where the ball is pitched and put together very quality at-bats.

Dylan Brown jumped all over pitches in his night for Prestonwood Christian (TX). The ’22 third base SAU-Tech signee picked up a double off the wall in right center and blasted a ball out to left for a home run. Gets great extension at the plate and hits the ball where it’s pitched. Contact was loud and sounded different than the usual metal bat because where he caught the ball on the barrel. Really gets his hands inside the baseball which helps the ball travel upon contact. Some good power here and someone who could be an immediate starter when he gets to his spot at the next level.

’22 Sam Betz was one of the lone bright spots for John Paul II (TX). The uncommitted senior shortstop picked up a first inning hard hit single to center. Laid down a sacrifice bunt where he was 3.81s from home to first showing plus speed. Shows the range at short with average arm strong. Makes accurate throws and knows when to ramp it up. Seems to be a high-IQ player on the diamond. Good senior shortstop for those in need.

-Jeffrey Kahn, Five Tool Texas

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