01/30/2021 - Winter Pro Training Experience - Nor Cal (HS - Jan)
Michael showed at 3B for the first time at the event and continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. At 3B, defensive abilities are solid as he displays clean / smooth actions. Feet are active as he displays proper footwork as he works to square ground balls up. Glove action is clean and presents well out front. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. Throws are accurate with carry (81 mph velocity) across the diamond. At the plate, power potential is now outstanding through an open setup. Hands are quick (84 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude, works hard, and is very coachable.
10/14/2020 - Arizona Freshman Fall Classic
Michael is a coachable 1B/RHP prospect who showed well during the Arizona Fall Classic. In the field, Michael fields the ball out in front of his body and has a smooth exchange. He gets rid of the ball quickly and makes accurate throws with carry through his target. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance and takes a centered stride. He is on time getting his hands activated in his load and is explosive driving his lower half through. He takes a smooth stroke with plus bat speed, leading to loud contact and strong line drives. On the mound, Michael gathers over the rubber and works with a loose arm, staying inline toward the plate. He operates with a two pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 75mph with cutting action. Breaking ball sits at 59mph with 10-4 break. Overall, Michael is a talented prospect who has the time and potential to further build up on his skills on the field.
07/20/2020 - Official College Recruiting Membership - Stockton (Sacramento), CA
Michael is a R/R 1B who graduates in 2024. With the bat, this RHH shows an open stance with rhythm to load. He takes a hack with + bat speed, swings against a firm front side and creates good extension through contact showing some pop to his pull-side. At 1B, he hustles into a square fielding position behind the GB. He tracks the ball into his mitt, makes the plays and gathers well. He has good bag awareness and can adjust to throws up and down the line. Only a 2024 grad - Riordan has skills with upside and a lot of time to progress.
01/26/2020 - Interactive Video Program - San Jose, CA
Michael is a young, 2-way player who plays 3rd base and RHP. Defensively, Michael has active feet, agile range, and he fields athletically. He makes plays, his exchange is clean, and he can throw from multiple arm slots with accuracy across the diamond. On the mound, Michael has good balance, a clean arm circle, and a controlled landing toward home; competing in the zone. Offensively, this RHH has an open stance, good balance, and he swings in good rhythm. He has explosive bat speed, he makes hard/level contact, and he can hit to all fields. Solid skills can get even better with work on the following.
1. Pre-pitch actions
2. Lighten feet
1. Lower body
2. Weight transfer