The 2014 NWAC Baseball Showcase was recently held under clear skies at Courter Field on the Bellevue College campus in front of 62 scouts and recruiters. The group included 23 professional baseball scouts and 39 four-year college coaches, including 16 from the NCAA division I ranks. The heavily attended showcase featured one of the deepest pools of talent in years, particularly in the pitching area. Eight pitchers had fast balls clocked over 90 mph with another 16 throwing in the 88-90 mph range. The group was led by a trio of arms throwing in the 92-93 mph range in Linn-Benton’s Austin Kelly, a transfer from the University of Portland, Lane’s Jackson Bertsch, and Zander Clouse of Bellevue.
Big Bend’s Reign Letkeman was one of the top two-way players, garnering several hits in the scrimmage portion of the game while throwing 89 mph as a pitcher and defended well at shortstop. Other infielders who displayed promising tools were Lane Lacrone of Treasure Valley, who ran the fastest 60 yard dash time of all infielders (7.1 seconds on grass), and third baseman Dylan Lavelle of Everett, who had the top arm strength of all NWAC infielders, with a throwing velocity of 89 mph.
Kyle Beamof Lane had the top throwing velocity of the catchers at 85 mph and recorded a throwdown time of 1.95 seconds; second to Bellevue’s Sam Finfer, who had 1.89 throwdown time. Finfer and a second Bellevue catcher, Alex Galgano, were the only position players to register home runs during the batting practice segment as well.
A trio of outfielders displayed the top tools in the entire showcase field. Shoreline’s Jacob Zanon had the top arm strength of all 102 players in the event with a registered throwing velocity of 93 mph from right field. Zanon also had the second fasted 60 yard dash time in the showcase at 6.83 seconds. He was bested by another north region outfielder; Douglas College’s Jovan Ewusie, who had the fastest time in the event at 6.78 seconds and also registered arm strength at 89 mph. Chemeketa’s Gerhett Moser was not far behind Zanon and Ewusie, running a 6.94 60 yard dash and threw 88 mph from the outfield.
Paul Nevue and Rusty Trudeau, representatives of NWAC sponsors MMT and Baden Sports respectively were also on hand to witness one of the top NWAC baseball showcases in years. The NWAC baseball committee would like to thank our NWAC sponsors and all four-year college coaches and professional baseball scouts who attended.