SAN DIEGO—The Perfect Game All-American Classic saw an abundance of velocity, as each pitcher came in for no more than a one-inning stint, allowing them to rear back for their top velocities.
Pitching stood out in a game that saw the first shutout in PG All-American Classic history, and each pitcher warranted recognition. Below you will find each pitcher’s box score line to show how he performed and his peak velocity, followed by a description of his stuff.
|Ashe Russell, rhp, Cathedral Catholic, Indianapolis||1||1||0||0||0||3||95|
The long, rangy 6-foot-4, 201-pound Russell showed a quick, whip-like arm from an arm slot below three-quarters, creating glove-side run to his fastball that sat 92-94, touching 95. He worked mostly to his glove side with his fastball.
Russell produced five swinging strikes, two with his fastball and three with his 78-80 mph breaking ball that varied shape, showing at least average potential and flashing better with three-quarters tilt and depth. He did not use a changeup.
|Mike Nikorak, rhp, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS||1||0||0||0||0||0||95|
Nikorak retired the side in order on nine pitches. Using a full windup, Nikorak, who showed athleticism and some ease to his delivery, sat 91-93 mph while touching 95, showing his best velocity since earlier in the summer.
The Alabama commit got downhill plane from a high three-quarters arm slot that produced arm-side run as well as sink at the bottom of the zone. Nikorak did not throw either of his 75-77 mph breaking balls for strikes and did not use a changeup.
|Tristin English, rhp, Pike County HS, Williamson, Ga.||1||0||0||0||0||0||93|
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound English sat 91-93 mph with his fastball that he hid well from a high three-quarters arm slot and got sink at the bottom of the zone. He showed the ability to drive the ball downhill into the lower half of the zone, attacking with his fastball, though he missed up when he missed. English threw one curveball at 76 that flashed average potential with 11-5 tilt and threw two 85 mph sliders.
|Austin Smith, rhp, Park Vista Community HS, Boynton Beach, Fla.||1||0||0||0||0||0||95|
Smith, a big, strong-bodied righthander at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds, showed feel for spotting up his fastball that improved over the course of his outing, sitting 90-93 in his first two hitters before finishing with two 94s and a 95 to his third hitter. His arm action has length in the back from an easy delivery and long stride, generating plane from a high three-quarters arm slot that produced arm-side run to that side of the plate and tailing life to his glove side. His 78 mph breaking ball shows average potential and he bounced his only changeup in a 2-2 count.
|Triston McKenzie, rhp, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS||1||0||0||0||0||2||93|
One of the most projectable pitchers in the class, McKenzie has a long, lean and slender build at 6-foot-4, 158 pounds with very long extremities. Working from the far third base side of the rubber, McKenzie has an easy delivery and demonstrated strike-throwing ability. He has some of the best fastball extension in the class and the ball jumps out of his hand with riding life through the zone. McKenzie struck out two of the three hitters he faced on five swinging strikes, sitting 90-92. His high-70s breaking ball shows average potential, and he demonstrates feel for changeup with fade.
|Hogan Harris, lhp, St. Thomas Moore, Lafayette, La.||0.2||2||5||1||2||2||94|
Harris, who has shown much better at national events such as East Coast Pro and PG National, struggled in his outing, though he still offers intriguing potential and is one of the more talented prep lefthanders in the class. The first pitch out of his hand was 94 mph, but he walked two and hit another batter, before his velocity fell into the high-80s for most of his outing, finishing at 91-93 mph in his second to last hitter. He offers a big-breaking curveball with two-plane break that has a high spin rate and depth, flashing above-average potential. Harris struck out two on five swinging strikes, giving up five unearned runs. His fastball was flat when up in the zone with a severe cross-body delivery.
|Juan Hillman, lhp, Olympia HS, Orlando||1.1||1||0||0||0||3||91|
Hillman relieved Harris with two outs and got a groundout on his first pitch to end the frame. The athletic Hillman struck out three in his next frame, getting five swinging strikes while mixing his fastball-curveball combo. He spotted up his fastball that sat 88-90 mph with plane that he hid well from hitters. His 73-74 mph curveball has big depth and the shape to become a plus offering with additional power.
|Austin Riley, rhp, DeSoto Central, Hernando, Miss.||1||2||2||1||0||1||91|
The big, burly 6-foot-2, 255-pound Riley established his fastball early before working in his secondary stuff. Riley has an easy delivery from a three-quarters arm slot and his fastball sat 88-90 mph, touching 91 with some arm-side when run when down. He was up to 93 earlier this summer at the 17U WWBA. His breaking ball showed at least average potential.
|Justin Hooper, lhp, De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||1||0||0||0||0||1||97|
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Hooper came out with premium velocity—the best velocity of any pitcher in the game at 94-96—touching 97. The ball explodes from his hand from a deceptive arm slot below three-quarters that creates above-average fastball life, primarily arm-side run and sink. His control and breaking ball weren’t at their best, and both showed better at the Area Code Games. He did not land either of his two 74-76 mph curveballs for strikes. He flashed an above-average changeup with deceptive arm speed and big tumble that had cutting action to his glove side. Hooper is unique as a lefthander who is the hardest thrower in the prep class.
|Kolby Allard, lhp, San Clemente (Calif.) HS||1||0||0||0||0||3||95|
The wiry, lanky and athletic 6-foot-1, 175-pound Allard was the MVP of the event and turned in arguably the most impressive outing in many scouts’ eyes, striking out the East’s 4-5-6 hitters in the lineup on 12 pitches and four swinging strikes. His velocity has largely sat 90-92, touching 93 this summer but his fastball sat 92-94, touching 95. The UCLA commit has an easy delivery and spotted up very well to both sides of the plate, offering some sink and arm-side run. His curveball was at least a plus offering, flashing better with tight rotation and depth. The youngest player in the game turned 17 on Wednesday and has emerged as one of the top prep pitchers in the class.
|Beau Burrows, rhp, Weatherford (Texas) HS||1||0||0||0||0||2||96|
Burrows continued the big velocity for the West squad, sitting 94-95 and touching 96 with riding life through the zone of his high spin fastball, per TrackMan. The Texas A&M commit located well to both sides and down in the zone.
He landed two of his three 78-81 mph breaking balls for strikes, flashing at least average potential with downer action and 11-5 tilt. The lean, athletic and broad-shouldered Burrows threw strikes on 77 percent of his pitches.
|Joe DeMers, rhp, College Park HS, Pleasant Hill, Calif.||1||1||0||0||0||0||96|
The strongly built DeMers sat 92-94 with his fastball and touched 96 with life and sink from an open-stride delivery with effort. DeMers has a four-pitch mix and all three secondary offerings show at least average potential. The Washington commits curveball shows three-quarters tilt to compliment a changeup with fade.
|Kyle Molnar, rhp, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif.||1||0||0||0||0||1||94|
Molnar was not up to his usual standards at the Area Code Games but showed feel for a true three-pitch mix, sitting 92-93 mph with his fastball that he used mostly to his glove side with riding life. His changeup showed above-average potential and he threw one with significant tumble on the inner half to righthanded hitter Brandt Stallings, registering a swinging strike.
His curveball was mostly as a chase offering off the plate away but showed depth and tilt to go with an above-average spin rate.
|Drew Finley, rhp, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego||1||0||0||0||0||1||92|
Finley had a quick, efficient outing that produced two groundouts and one strikeout on eight pitches. His fastball sat 91-92 and he hides the ball very well from his high three-quarters arm slot that produces an above-average fastball spin rate and above-average extension out front, allowing his fastball to play above its pure velocity readings. His mid-70s curveball showed above-average potential.
|Cole McKay, rhp, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas||1||0||0||0||0||0||94|
McKay had a quick, 11-pitch outing that produced a groundout, flyout and popup. His fastball sat 91-93, touching 94 with riding life from a quick arm, although he missed his spots a few times. He only threw one changeup and one breaking ball, which he used as a chase pitch on 0-2. Both pitches have shown at least above-average potential earlier this summer.
|Luken Baker, rhp, Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||95|
A big, physical and powerful Texan, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Baker came out of the gate fired up. He worked heavily off his fastball that sat 91-93, touching 94 and missing his spots early from a quick arm. He only threw one breaking ball at 81 that did not go for a strike. Scouts say his breaking ball has shown above-average potential this summer. He got one strikeout on two swinging strikes.
|Patrick Sandoval, lhp, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||91|
Sandoval had a quick outing, getting the final out of the eighth inning on six pitches (a strikeout) and the first out of the ninth inning on one pitch (a groundout). His fastball from a high three-quarters arm slot sat 90-91 from a more pronounced stab in the back. Sandoval’s 79-81 mph breaking ball showed plus potential with considerable depth.
|Christifer Andritsos, rhp, The Woodlands (Texas) HS||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||94|
Andritsos came on for the final two outs of the West’s victory, getting a strikeout and groundout on nine pitches. His 91-93 mph fastball that touched 94 from a fast arm showed glove-side run and late giddyup. The strong, physical Oklahoma commit threw one breaking ball at 77 mph that bounced in front of the plate on a 2-2 count.