Perfect Game, one of the most respected recruiting and scouting services for baseball, has rated Tucson High School left-hander Mario Bejarano as the top left-hander in Arizona for the Class of 2022.
Bejarano, 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, recently led the Tucson Champs to the WWBA 15U West national championship. In 5 2/3 innings, he struck out 15 batters, walked one and allowed only one hit against a San Diego team.
“Bejarano commanded to pitches very well to all parts of the plate and got a fair amount of swings and misses with both,” Perfect Game analyzed. “His fastball was 83-86 mph and topped out at 87 mph with riding life.
“He threw a very tight, late-breaking slider in the mid-70’s that was extremely tough on left-handed hitters and a pitch that he was able to locate back-foot versus righties.”
Being only a sophomore, Bejarano has not received scholarship offers but he is drawing plenty of interest from Division I programs. By the end of his senior season, pro scouts will undoubtedly be heavily involved as well.
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