PDP League Scout Notebook: Cam Brown Shows Off Standout 3-Pitch Mix
BRADENTON, Fla. — Two games scheduled for Saturday’s PDP League action were moved up to 10 a.m. to avoid afternoon rain, giving scouts a chance to bounce back and forth between IMG Academy's stadium field and a back field.
This setup meant that pitchers were easier to bear down on, and fortunately there were a number of impressive arms that toed the rubber and pitched well. While the state of Texas will struggle to equal the talent of the 2019 draft class in 2020, one Lone Star State pitcher really turned heads and showed exciting stuff.
He leads off our final scout notebook from the inaugural PDP League. If you missed our other notebooks from the event, check those out below:
Cam Brown, RHP, Flower Mound (Texas) HS
Committed: Texas Christian
Brown was the most impressive pitcher of the day, and perhaps the most impressive pitcher of the week. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander, Brown is an athletic pitcher who showed off a terrific three-pitch mix including a fastball that touched 95-96 mph and a wipeout slider.
Brown struck out five batters and walked three over three innings. He throws a heavy fastball that ranged in the 93-95 mph range in the first inning, though at least one non-BA radar gun got him up to 96 mph in the same frame. After that, Brown’s velocity ticked down to the 90-93 mph range in his final two frames. The slider—a 79-83 mph breaker with late bite and plenty of horizontal movement—was the best breaking ball of the day and already looks like an above-average or plus offering.
Brown used the pitch to finish both of his strikeouts in his first inning, and he routinely spotted it and used it for swings and misses inside and outside of the zone. Additionally, Brown showed a firm changeup around 87 mph that looks like a solid third pitch. Brown’s slider, athleticism, frame and fastball should make him one of the top prep arms of the class.
He’ll need to refine his control, as Brown walked three straight batters in his third inning of work, but the arm talent is obvious and will be exciting to watch over the course of the year.
Dax Fulton, LHP, Mustang (Okla.) HS
Where Brown has now stuff, Fulton is an immensely projectable lefthander with a lean, 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and a clean, three-quarter arm action. In this outing, Fulton threw just two innings with one strikeout and two walks, but he’s an easy arm to dream on.
Fulton pitched in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball and showed some decent spin with a three-quarter breaking curveball in the 78-80 mph range. His length and arm slot create tough angles for lefthanded batters, and Fulton does a good job staying balanced within his delivery and keeping the ball down in the strike zone, although he did miss below the zone frequently in his second inning.
There are some moving parts to his delivery, and he’s worked on syncing everything up and shown progress in that department to this point according to evaluators who have more history with him, but he’ll need to continue improving his timing on the mound with extra long limbs.
A Vanderbilt commit, there are some similarities with 2019 lefthander Spencer Jones, though Fulton’s feel for spin wasn’t at that level on Saturday.
Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
Another talented lefthander, Harrison took the ball for Team Howard and struck out five batters while walking just one batter over three innings. Harrison has a solid, 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, but his release point is lowered with significant drop and drive in his delivery and a three-quarter arm slot.
Harrison showed a solid trio of offerings in this outing, with a 90-92 mph fastball that showed some arm-side running life, a 75-77 mph curveball with solid spin and some late breaking life that was effective against both righties and lefties and a low-80s changeup.
Harrison threw a particularly nice breaking ball to righthanded-hitting shortstop Yohandy Morales for a strikeout, and he seems to have a good feel for using the pitch as a back-foot breaking ball against righties.
Blake Money, RHP, Summit HS, Spring Hill, Tenn.
Committed: Louisiana State
A strong, physical righthander, Money is listed at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds. The LSU commit threw a fastball in the low 90s in this outing, with some slight arm-side run as well as a slider and a changeup.
Money’s changeup was his better secondary in this outing, a pitch in the 82-84 mph range with solid drop that generated whiffs and ground balls. His slider was in the mid-80s and got a swing and miss as well, but the pitch lacked significant bite in this start.
Money struck out just one batter in three innings, scattering a pair of hits and not allowing a run or walking a batter. There’s some wrist wrap in the back of his arm stroke, and he lands significantly open on the mound. His arm will trail at times, but if he syncs everything up and gets more in-line with the plate could take another step forward.
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Other Players To Note
Nate Wohlgemuth, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) HS — Wohlgemuth has been famous in scouting circles since he was a sophomore, as he developed velocity quicker than many pitchers in his class. On Saturday, he threw three shutout innings without allowing a hit, striking out two batters and walking one. A short righthander listed at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Wohlgemuth threw a fastball in the 89-92 mph range, touching 93 mph with a low-80s changeup that had fading life and generated whiffs down in the zone, as well as a 70-72 mph curveball that had solid shape but lacked its typical power. He also struggled to get completely on top of the pitch at times. Wohlgemuth is committed to Arkansas.
Dylan Crews, OF, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS — Crews is the highest-ranked player at the PDP League, and he looked the part throughout the entire week. He consistently shows advanced pitch and strike zone recognition and has a selective approach at the plate. On Saturday, Crews went 2-for-3 with a home run, walk and a strikeout. On his homer, Crews saw a fastball, curveball and changeup for the first three pitches of the plate appearance, before jumping on a 91 mph fastball that was left up in the zone and ran back over the heart of the plate for a no-doubt shot to left field. You can see his blast in the video below. Crews is committed to Louisiana State.
Ethan Long, 3B/RHP, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix — Listed as a two-way player and third baseman first, Long showed real arm strength in one inning of relief for Team Larkin, although he just so happened to be the pitcher who allowed Crews’ homer. Long is more of a thrower than a pitcher at the moment, with a fastball that was in the 91-94 mph range. He showed a 12-to-6 curveball that has good depth and spin in the mid-70s, but he casts the offering and will need to improve the power, but his 83-85 mph changeup showed some good fading life. Long drifts to the first base side in the middle of his delivery, and he could likely get into the mid- or upper 90s if he developed better direction to the plate. Long is an Arkansas commit.
Robert Moore, SS, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) East HS — A 5-foot-9, 165-pound shortstop, Moore has average tools across the board, but it’s his IQ and baseball instincts that seem to separate him. He plays the game fast and impacts the game with his smarts on both sides of the ball. While playing second base, a soft blooper was hit to him with a runner on first and instead of making the easy catch, Moore let the ball drop in front of him and then made the force out at second base to leave the slower baserunner. Later in the game, Moore stole second base with a delayed steal and wound up on third base after the throw to second came without the shortstop or second baseman reacting to the delayed steal. Moore is committed to Arkansas.
Nolan McLean, 3B/RHP, Garner (N.C.) Magnet HS — McLean, like Long, is a two-way player with big power in the bat and a power arm. He threw two innings of relief Saturday and sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball, while mixing in a low-80s changeup and a sweepy, 73-75 mph slider. Currently uncommitted, McLean is also a three-star football player and talented high school quarterback.