FALL SCOUT NOTEBOOK: TOP 2018 COMMITTED PITCHERS
Derrick Cherry, SS/RHP, Goose Creek Memorial HS, 2018
Houston commit. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound, two-way player has a live arm. The young 2018 right-hander utilized a short, quick arm with a fastball that sat 87-91 with late life, and a hard 75-78 slider with tight spin and big break. Cherry got through his slider very well with a short stroke and high ¾ slot. The two-way player shows athletic, fast- twitch actions on defense. Threw very well from the outfield with a solid transfer and very good arm speed with carry on the ball. Showed the ability to handle off speed and takes good swings against velocity.
Ty Abraham, 3B/RHP, George Ranch HS, 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-2, 182-pound strong frame. The right-hander works from a high slot with long arm swing and aggressive delivery. He filled up the zone with his fastball at 88-91 mph. His curveball has good downward action at 76 mph. He threw one changeup at 77 mph. The two-way player also shows strong, advanced offensive skills. The right-handed hitter starts with a slow, early load, shows good leverage at contact with real power to the middle of the field. He hammered ball to center field during batting practice. During the game he smoked a line-drive to right field.
Michael Fitzpatrick, RHP/SS, LaPorte HS, 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-1, 170-pound athletic frame. Works from a ¾ slot with a long loose arm action. His fastball ranged from 86-88 mph, slider was 70-72 with good depth. He will drop down to a side-arm slot and throw his fastball 82-84 mph and a slider with slurvey action at 67 mph. Shows great feel for the strike zone with both arm slots.
Carlos Flores, RHP, Churchill HS 2018
Houston commit. 6-foot-3, 195-pound, strong frame with long limbs. Works from an over-the-top slot. His fastball ranged from 86-88 mph, hitting 88 multiple times. He spins his curveball 73-75 mph early in the count for strikes, and has a slider he flashed at 77 mph with good depth at times. He threw one changeup at 76 mph. Although he doesn’t repeat his delivery consistently, he could make jumps because of his strong frame and arm speed.