|Report Date:||April 16th, 2018|
As one of the bigger names at the Prep Baseball Report Midwest Select in Indianapolis over the weekend, Schnell showcased an impressive collection of tools. Over the course of three games, the Louisville commit went 5-for-9 with a double and a pair of triples in front of more than a dozen regional and national evaluators.
At 6’2” and 180 pounds, Schnell has a lean, well-proportioned frame, with athleticism that translates well onto the diamond. A centerfielder, Schnell reads the ball well off the bat, and has closing speed to run down balls in either gap. His arm is a plus tool, with carry and accuracy to each base, and he showed it off in a pitching stint during the tournament where he sat 90-to-93 mph early, and topped out at 94. A left-handed hitter, Schnell shows feel for barrel, routinely driving balls into the left-center field gap. While there appeared to be a comfort level in the opposite field approach, Schnell also showed the ability to turn on pitches on the inner half. When putting the ball in play, Schnell displayed plus run times to first base and a long fluid stride on the base paths.
One National League scout has compared Schnell’s profile to that of Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich. Ranked 70th on our Mid-Season MLB Draft list, the strong performance a high visibility event could have pushed Schnell into day one territory.