09/13/2015 - College PREP - Oak Creek (Milwaukee), WI
Levi showed only on the mound at the event with tall, athletic frame that is well suited for the bump. Fastball showed in the upper 70's with late tailing action. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape and shows potential as being a quality pitch when he stays on top. Shows a feel for his changeup but throws too hard with velocity too close to fastball. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength and works to throw more strikes. He has time and room to continue to develop and grow.
07/29/2015 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 1
Levi showed very well on the hill at his most recent outing with Baseball Factory. The tall RHP threw his cut FB from 78-80, and spun a 10/4 SL with good depth from 70-73. He works to keep the ball down in the zone getting GB outs. He had loose/free arm whip that allowed him to repeat his delivery, and he worked quickly with his tempo pitch to pitch. The two pitch combo seemed to work nicely as he got outs consistently. Defensively at 1B, he provided a large target for other infielders and worked to receive with a sure glove. He made the routine plays and stayed directional to throw. Offensively, he showed strength at contact, and worked to add more balance for greater repeatability and barrel accuracy. In all - Levi is a 2017 with the still time to polish his tools on the mound.
08/17/2014 - National Tryout - Champaign, IL
Levi continues to progress on the mound. He gets good glove side lead and pushes off the mound with his lower 1/2 well. FB cracks the mitt at 81 mph as he shows plus command working it to both sides of the plate. Slider shows 11/5 shape while changeup is thrown with FB arm speed. He pounds the zone and throws strikes with all of his pitches. He uses his tall/lanky frame to reach back and fire. With the bat, Levi displays patience as he lets the ball travel into the zone. He gets back into a loaded position, swings on a level path and uses the opposite field. Only a 2017 grad - Gerlach will throw strikes and give his defense a chance.
12/01/2013 - National Tryout - McCook (Chicago), IL
Levi continues to show as a RHP/1B and has improved his baseball abilities, showing potential at both positions. At the plate is where he has improved the most through an athletic setup and tracks the ball well. Hands work through a level path and makes consistent contact, mainly to the pull side. For hitting grades to continue to improve, he needs to work to keep hands inside the ball to utilize all fields. Power numbers will continue to improve as he learns to use his lower half more. At 1B, he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver showing clean hands. For defensive grades to continue to improve, he needs to attack balls more and present hands more out front. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 74-75 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing arm side run and displays potential as being a quality pitch. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock to the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength.
07/26/2013 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City
Levi did a very nice job at the Pirate City event, especially on the mound. He displayed sound mechanics, good arm action, control and delivery. Also he has a very good curveball and splitter which he throws for strikes. Levi needs to lengthen the stride to get more drive to the target and finish with extension out front. As a first baseman he presents a big target and he makes plays but he needs to work on his fielding position, lateral movement/quickness and footwork around the bag. At the plate, Levi has raw ability but his mechanics need work. More specifically he needs to develop a smooth stride/load, get the lower half involved and keep balance centered.
12/27/2012 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Vero Beach
Levi is a strong young player that shows good length. His body his built like a pitcher, on the mound he shows good rhythm and separation landing in line with his target. He gets good extension on his fastball while reaching a strong balance point. He can continue to work on getting better drive out of his lower half while finishing his pitches towards the plate. Lengthening his stride will help him stay inline with his finish. At first, Levi presents a big target with firm hands and active feet. He will need to improve his footwork through agility drills to help with range and lateral movements. Offensively, Levi has a short stride and load with good control of his barrel. Gaining more ground with his stride and getting his back further will help with power in his swing. Overall, Levi is a very coachable player with a lot of potential on the mound. Continue to focus on the areas above moving into high school next year.