04/26/2015 - College PREP - Plymouth Meeting (Philadelphia), PA
Brian has really improved his baseball abilities and now shows the makings of a special type player at the next level. Foot speed has improved has he ran his best 60 time to date. Defensive grade at 1B has improved the most, now showing as an outstanding tool that will play at the next level. Foot work around the bag is outstanding and he is a tremendous receiver at the bag. Hands are soft / sure as he consistently showed the ability to pick balls out of the dirt, saving throws. Range will continue to improve as he continues to increase foot quickness. Arm strength has improved as well with throws displaying life, accuracy, and on line carry into his target as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. At the plate, hitting / power grades have improved as well through an athletic setup. Hands are quick, generating outstanding bat speed to and through a level swing path, creating extension. He has leverage in his swing and works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields and gap to gap power potential. Brian is a special player and will be a welcome addition to any college program.
01/17/2014 - Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament
Brian continues to grow and improve as a ball player. The first baseman squares balls up with his body in the infield, provides clean feeds, and also plays the bunt / slow rollers well with good body control. Brian can work to field the ball more out front rather than deep in his stance and have a lower, more athletic fielding stance to improve defensive grades. At the plate Brian continues to develop as a solid hitter. He tracks the ball well into the strike zone and stays inside the ball. A good hip turn helps his power numbers. To become a better overall hitter, Brian should work to have a smoother load, as it gets a bit jerky at times. Also, shortening his stride will help his head stay level and create more consistent contact at the plate. Brian is a great target at first base and swings a nice stick at the plate, both of which should contribute to him getting looks from coaches at the next level.
02/22/2013 - Yankees Spring Training Experience (Ages 14-18)
Brian continues to show consistent abilities in his game. At the plate is where he really excels through an open setup and good balance. He uses his lower 1/2 well which helps to create pop off of his barrel. Creating more extension through contact will help to increase power. Defensively at 1B, he is sure handed and has the ability to pick balls out of the dirt. He has decent footwork and good bag awareness, especially for being only a freshman right now. Presenting his glove earlier and out in front will help to improve defensive abilities. As only a 2016 graduate, Brian will continue to progress in his game.
07/17/2012 - National Tryout - Trenton, NJ
Feet are active as he moves well laterally and displays proper footwork around the bag. Hands are clean but needs to present more, improve foot speed, and play through balls more to continue to improve defensive grade. Arm strength has improved with throws showing accuracy, but needs to build more carry through a long toss program. At the plate is where Brian shows best through a balanced setup with rhythm. Hands work through a level swing path with hitting grades improving as he learns to keep hands inside the ball to utilize all fields. He has strength in his swing with the baseball exploding off his bat when centered, mainly to the pull side.
12/27/2011 - Vero Beach Christmas Camp and Tournament
Brian is a 2016 graduate who plays first base. In the field he has soft hands and fluid footwork. His fielding position is square and athletic and he fields out front. Needs to start his feet a little sooner to develop a consistent approach, but is aggressive to the baseball. He improved each day and showed his willingness to work around the bag and take charge in the infield. At the plate Brian has an athletic set up. His hands are back with his load and he takes a short stride. His lower half is on time and he has a good rhythm and approach at the plate. He has a lot of potential power with good mechanics at the plate. He made consistent contact and squared the ball in each at bat. With Brian's skills and body type, he will continue to develop his skills. He wants to play and compete at a high level and his mechanics will only get better with more reps. Brian will be a future big bat in the lineup and will like to see progress down the road.
07/19/2011 - Cape Cod Pro Select Training - July 19-23, 2011 (Ages 12-13)
Brian is a 2016 graduate who is tall and has a strong lower half. He plays 1B and throws from a low 3/4 arm slot. His arm action is loose, and his throws are consistent and accurrate. As a fielder, Brian has soft/sure hands and active feet. He shows an athletic/square setup but he does tend to get a little too high in his fielding position. He fields the ball out front, has a good backhand, playable range and efficient pivots. He needs to work on picking the ball, specifically coming through low to high. At the plate, Brian has an athletic setup, he has a load, but he tends to wrap the bat. He has a short/centered stride, strong balance, and his lower half is explosive. His rhythm is fluid, and he makes hard/consistent contact but his bat speed needs to improve. Overall, Brian is a solid player both at 1B and at the plate. He should have a lot of success in the future if he puts the work in.
01/14/2011 - Pirate City Spring Training - 2011
Brian is a young, coachable 1st baseman who showed improvement during Spring Training. Defensively, Brian keeps the ball in front of his body and he looks it into his glove. He makes some routine plays, and throws from a long 3/4 arm slot with okay accuracy to his target. Offensively, Brian has a square set-up, level swing, and good bat speed. He makes consistent contact, hits line drives, and has good barrel accuracy. Brian showed the will to want to get better and he can by doing the following.
1. Field further out in front of his body
2. Quicken feet
3. Use legs more when throwing
1. Square feet in stance
2. Avoid bailing out
3. Improve separation