Noah Proffitt, RHP, Ventura College (CA)
- Full Name: Noah Proffitt
- Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
- Height, Weight: 6’0”, 180 lbs.
- Bats/Throws: Right/Right
- JuCo: Ventura College (CA)
- Grad Year: 2019
- Hometown: Corona, Calif.
- High School: Centennial HS
- OFP: 4 (Div I Contributor)
Scouting Notes & Game Video
November 19-21, 2018 intrasquad scrimmages
Four-seam fastball 88-91 … Two-seam fastball 86-89 … Changeup 81-83 … Slider 79-81 … 1.21 – 1.29 to the plate with a runner on first … Lean frame with some room to add weight/strength; moderate upside with athletic build, will grow into it. Mid three-quarters release point with quick, simple arm action through to release; repeatable delivery, good athlete, relatively consistent look mechanically. Strike thrower; will pound the zone, particularly with fastball/slider, wants to challenge hitters early and will throw inside (arm-side) to RHH with some feel to dot it there … Good arm-side run with some sink to fastball, both four-seam and (more pronounced) two-seam; control ahead of command, both above-average for this level based on my look here. Fastball bores in on RHH, makes trouble when down; runs hard, occasional sharp sink. Some feel to manipulate the pitch to his needs, change look in sequencing … Flashed tighter, smaller slider; flat early in my look, lacked break, but feel got much better later in outing — late break, more consistent depth. At its best, solid tilt with depth, some feel to get hitters off balance; not a huge/wipeout breaking ball, but will get off barrels, works as a nice change of pace, particularly valuable against RHH complementing hard-running fastball … Competitive kid, good competitive fire in him on the mound; holds runners well, first move to plate pretty good; overall good athlete, aids profile and ceiling.
Overall Future Potential: 4 OFP — Division I Contributor. Noah Proffitt had a pretty strong season at Ventura College in 2018, and all indications are that he and fellow rotation arm Jackson Hickert should make a formidable one-two punch for the Pirates in 2019. I’m on record about Hickert’s upside and eventual ceiling, but don’t sleep on Proffitt; he’s got the arm strength, mechanics, and command to work as a rotation arm beyond Ventura, and his feel for stuff and ability to get hitters out will only improve from here as he gets more innings under his belt. Furthermore, Proffitt’s grades are reportedly back on track this fall, pointing him towards a Division I ceiling beyond VC; expect him to be a well-sought-after commodity come spring as bigger four-year programs seek quality arms that can plug into a rotation and eat innings.