Kenneth Haus Scouting Report, El Camino College — January, 2018

el camino college baseball kenneth haus scouting report
Full Name: Kenneth Haus
DOB: N/A
Birthplace: Palos Verdes, CA
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula HS
Year: Sophomore
Height, Weight: 5’10”, 175 lbs.
Position: RHP, INF
Bats/Throws: R/R
Dates Observed: 2018 — January 26
Affiliate(s): El Camino College (CCCAA, South Coast Conference, South Division)
Previous Coverage: None


Tool (PV/FV)
Notes & Comments
Fastball (45/60)
Touched 91 twice; consistently sat 88-90 through first three innings, faded back to 85-88 later in the game. Ball sneaks up on hitters some with natural, boring action to arm-side. Considering his height, surprisingly good sink on the pitch at times with manipulation when he gets out on top. Long arm action makes it tough to sync up release point, and he’ll leave fastball far to arm-side out of zone too often, but able to corral ample life at times and tunnel it side-to-side. Strong arm with exceptional arm speed and max effort look; plenty of room to grow into his body and legitimate shot to work in the low- to mid-90s with good life in a few years’ development time. Velocity: 88-91.

Changeup (45/55)
Flashed above-average on January 26; looks like a circle or pitchfork coming out of his hand with good speed differential and, at times, exceptional tumble with arm-side fade. Great arm action on the pitch; shows propensity to use it as a swing-and-miss pitch, which is rare for this level, and I think it could become an above-average offering and a legitimate strikeout pitch, particularly against LHH. Tendency to leave arm behind body here as with fastball, and leave changeup far out to arm-side when mechanics don’t line up, but his good changeups were very, very good and this pitch has a shot to play at the pro level with development. Velocity: 79-82.

Slider (30/40)
Least impressive of his three pitches in my look on January 26; does show consistent downward movement, but he lacks feel with it and is a bull in a china shop trying to force it to spots. Lacks true hump or consistent break pattern, but typically 11-to-5 with very sharp, short break at best. Struggles to find happy medium between get-over pitch lacking bite, and spiked pitch that goes 58 feet; not nearly as much feel or nuance here as with fastball and changeup. That said, he does get on top of it and has a feel for manipulating it straight down, so that’s a good starting point upon which to build a more consistent breaking ball that can hit spots side to side. Velocity: 76-79.

Command (35/45)
Variable fastball feel to targets; control well ahead of command at this point; will fill up the strike zone and challenge hitters with a commendable bulldog mentality, but struggles to corral excessive pitch life, particularly arm-side on fastball and changeup, and tends to miss spots fading that way with both. Further command issues brought about by mechanical inconsistencies that leave his arm lagging behind from long backswing and rushed front side. That said, there’s good here: lively arsenal with downward life gives him considerable margin of error at this level; as he fills out and adds natural strength, more velocity and late life will continue to provide margin of error .

Mechanics
No-nonsense worker with quick pace and good athleticism. Works from first base side of the rubber — likely to try to counteract some of his arm-side run — and turns his back to hitters at balance point. Three-quarters release point with exceptional arm speed through release; max effort mechanics even as a starter, but repeatable delivery with some ease in execution there. Long arm swing with long arm action in the back; LHH will pick up early. Arm can lag behind body and come through to release late, leaving balls running hard away arm-side. Stays honest there against RHH but will leak out and overthrow versus LHH, and leave pitches off the plate in RHH batter’s box without a hitter there keeping him honest. Lands somewhat closed to plate and ends up throwing across his body, no doubt helping to account for some of his fastball life. Stays tall through release and follow through; shows modest recoil as he falls off back to first base side. Long term, natural high energy/max effort feel to his delivery makes him a likely bullpen arm in pro ball.

Notes
Physically undersized; lacks height and downward plane, and needs to grow into his body over the next few years. Considerable room to add weight and should put on 15-30 pounds over next couple years before reaching final physical form; likely to see moderate to significant velocity bump because of it, so some projection left. Listed as an infielder, as well; very few college at-bats to date, but another sign he’s a pretty good athlete on the mound despite being traditionally undersized to pitch. Bulldog mentality; works quickly and loves to fill it up and challenge hitters, particularly fastball/changeup. Struggled second and third time through the lineup, and particularly when bringing out slider; combined with stature, arsenal, etc., all suggests he may profile best in pro ball as a reliever.

MLB Draft
Undersized and likely under the radar for an ideal MLB Draft projection, Kenneth Haus is nevertheless an MLB Draft option, if not this summer then after his four-year destination. Even with size issues there’s ample arm strength here with room to grow into more velocity combined with considerable natural pitch life and the use of three pitches (two trending well). His pro career will come in relief, and MLB Draft (or free agent) opportunities will reflect that; reminds me a bit of fellow CCCAA product (Oxnard College) and current Cleveland Indians prospect Luke Eubank (scouting report here).

OFP (45 FV)
Projection play here even without ideal height/stature, but velocity will increase in next few years along with improvements to changeup/slider as pitches to miss bats. At ceiling, likely low set-up role in relief with potential for mid-90s fastball with some life. Durability will be tested, even with some added weight, but athleticism, feel for strike zone, and willingness to challenge hitters aid him greatly. Late-round MLB Draft option in 2018 or eventual draft/free agent signee after four-year destination; near certainty to become reliever in pro ball. MLB ETA: 2022.

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