01/14/2022 - 2022 Baseball Factory Pre-Season Prospects Tournament (HS)
Axel is an OF/LHP who will graduate in 2023. Medium frame lean build with strength present and plenty of room to develop. In the OF, good reads off bat and efficient footwork enables him to take good routes to balls. Square fielding position as he fields ball out front with ability to make routine plays. Throws from a over the top arm slot with an arm velocity of 78mph into infield. On the mound, this left-handed pitcher works with good tempo. Good direction towards plate and ability to throw strikes. Attacks hitters with a FB that was up to 74mph, a breaking ball 12/6 shape, and a changeup he throws with FB arm speed. In 5 inning of work, Axel induced weak contact and 7 strikeouts. A left-handed hitter, starts with an athletic and open stance. Quiet head/eyes enable him to track pitches well. Showed good awareness of the strike zone. Simple and balanced swing with ability to hit balls to all fields with a recorded bat exit velocity of 84mph. As he continues to develop and mature, we see him having a bright future on the baseball field.
12/27/2021 - Baseball Factory Recruiting Classic
Axel is a 2023 OF/LHP prospect who showcased his skills at the Baseball Factory Recruiting Classic. In the OF, starts in an athletic position, with quick/active feet, and works behind/through the baseball. Good 1st step reads enable him to take aggressive routes to the baseball and flip his hips and run down balls in all directions. Fields from an athletic/low fielding position, with hands out front, and has a loose/short arm action. Throws are accurate and has good carry into the infield with an arm velocity up to 81mph. A left-handed pitcher, he starts with a small rocker step and has good poise on the mound. He gathers over the rubber and keeps his shoulder in-line to target. Attacks hitters with a FB that sat 70-74mph with some movement, a 1/7 shaped breaking ball, and a developing changeup. During the games, he worked 3 innings and induced soft contact while throwing 60% of his pitches for strikes. At the plate, he begins with an athletic and square stance with comfortable hands. Activates his hands, with good hip rotation, and showed a fast bat through hitting zone. Hit hard line drives into both gaps with a bat exit velocity up to 85mph. In live game action, he had 2 doubles and 4 singles with 2 RBI's. With another year of development, we foresee Axel making huge strides on the baseball field.
11/14/2021 - All-In Membership - San Jose, CA
Axel is an athletic OF/LHP who has a promising future on the diamond. In the OF, defensive abilities are well above average as he displays smooth / fluid actions. He takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. Feet are active as he works to get behind balls and plays with momentum to his target. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throw are accurate with carry (80 mph velocity) to his target. At the plate, he shows outstanding hitting / power potential through a squared setup. Hands are quick (86 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap to gap pop. Lower half works well through the swing and shows a feel for the barrel. On the mound, he gathers over the rubber and separates his hands on time. He works with a loose arm and extends through on his release, staying inline towards the plate. He shows a three pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 75 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 1/7 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with arm side run. Off speed stuff show potential as being quality pitches. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. He can improve as a pitcher by long tossing to build up his arm strength. With 2 years to further develop, Axel has a lot of potential and will get looks from the collegiate coaches as he continues to progress his game.