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High-Speed Scouting - Nate Richards (Seattle Prep 2013)

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Published on Mar 24, 2012

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This is LHP Nate Richards, Class of 2013 at Seattle Prep. Game footage taken from 3-23-2012 game @ O'Dea.

Pitches:
-FB 74-77, two at 79 - lots of arm-side run, great command of this pitch
-SL/CB (slurve) 66-69 - inconsistent, most likely better off learning a slider/cutter and sticking to it given his arm angle
-CU - n/a, didn't see any

Fastball has a lot of run for his age and velocity. Very good control and command of this pitch. His breaking ball is inconsistent and was occasionally a curveball and occasionally a slider, often blurring the two. Nate would be best off learning how to throw a true slider/cutter since he's a low 3/4 arm slot guy.

Mechanics Overview:
Nate has an outstanding top portion of the arm action with no pauses. He smoothly transitions from the bottom to the top as his arm enters external rotation (arm cocking phase). However, Nate's a bit of a long-armer at hand break, and better intent out of the glove would make a huge difference.

Nate's lower body is consistent and synchronized reasonably well, but lacks a lot of rotational force. You can see his stride leg doesn't complete rotation before the upper torso starts to rotate, and this is inhibiting his velocity.

Body:
Nate is about 6'1, 6'2 and very lean. Like most HS pitchers, he could stand to put on another 20-30 pounds easily.

Projection:
If Nate gains weight and gets on a serious velocity training program, he could easily be throwing in the mid-upper 80's by mid-2013. If he does, and his fastball continues to have that great run and he develops a secondary pitch, he'll get plenty of college looks.

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