01/16/2009 - Under Armour Preseason All America - 2009
Hamman continues to show steady improvement in his baseball abilities. Hitting abilities have improved the most, now showing solid average abilities. He shows a balanced approach and loads well, getting his body into a strong position. He does have some mechanical flaws that are hindering him from reaching his full potential. Hitting grades and power will continue to improve with instruction and adjustments at the plate. On the mound, breaking ball shows potential of being a quality pitch at the next level displaying an 11/5 shape, tight spin and 2 plane break. He went right at hitters and was able to throw all his pitches for strikes. Matthew has abilities with a lot of room to continue to develop.
07/26/2008 - ACR-E - Maryland - 6
Matt improved his fielding, delivery, and control grades at this event. On the mound, had a compact delivery with loose arm action and could keep the same arm speed on all 3 pitches which made for good deception. Kept eyes on target and utilized his lower half well. Was not afraid to attack the strike zone. Had no glove side lead and CB was inconsistent because he flew open and dragged his arm which made for inconsistent release point. At 1B, had loose actions with carry on ball and accuracy. Moved decent laterally and had proper footwork around the bag. He didn't follow thru with lower half and fielded ball little deep. Work on ability to pick ball. Long toss will help improve arm strength and velo. At the plate, had good set-up with square stance and head stayed on the ball. His swing started open and stayed open which made him come around ball. Would like to see him take a hack because bat speed was dragging thru the hitting zone. Improving overall strength will increase bat speed and gain some pop.
06/19/2008 - Omaha Pro Select Training and Tournament - 2008
Matt shows good work habits which showed with improved velocity and 60-time. At the plate, shows decent bat speed with pull-side pop. Showed power when feet and hands work together and is on-time to hitting zone. Has an inconsistent trigger which makes swing inconsistent. Learning to use all fields will improve overall hitting ability. In the INF, has a good frame and plus arm for 1B. Needs to work on footwork around the bag. Would like to see him play low to ground and field ball out in front. On the mound, he is aggressive with his FB and has good command. Has lots of potential on the mound because arm works well and very easy arm action. Will get more velocity when he utilizes his lower half better.
02/10/2008 - College PREP - Houston, TX
Matthew is a tall thin athletic player and although he can play 1B with good footwork and a nice low glove, he might be more suited for the mound at this point. Needs to stay down throughout fielding process to stay more athletic and increase accuracy and fielding ability. On the mound, shows a loose arm that is directional with good separation. Needs to work on keeping front shoulder going towards target to increase velocity potential as well as accuracy. It will also help with finishing the pitch. Swing is quiet and level with a good eye for the strike zone. Gets out and around ball. Needs to keep front elbow flexed and bent in order to create a shorter bat path to ball.