Shore Conference 2022 MLB Project Profile Hopeful
Noah Dean, LHRP, Old Dominion
High School Graduation Year): Pinelands (2019)
2022 stats: 26 IP, 3-2, 7 Save, 4.15 ERA, 13 H, 16 BB, 46 K.
HS Senior Year Statistics: 34 IP, 3-2, 2.68 ERA, 19 H, 22 BB, 60 K
High school resume
Dean was a novice for four years in the Pinelands and a selection for all divisions in the Shore Conference Class B South in each of his last three seasons with the Wildcats. With 60 strikes in 34 innings during his senior campaign, Dean finished first in the Shore Conference with 12.35 strikes per seven runs, topping the others in the 2022 and 2023 draft Trey Dombroski (Monmouth University/Wall High School), Pat Riley (Vanderbilt)/Christian Brothers Academy) William Simon (Notre Dame/Freehold Twp.), as well as current Kansas City Royals farmer Shane Panzini (Red Bank Catholic).
After high school
Dean settled and thrived in a bowling alley in the Old Dominion. The left-hander set big strike numbers in both 2021 and 2022, with 44 in 21 1/3 innings in 2021 before hitting 46 in 26 innings this spring. Dean finished his high school career touching the ’90s with his own fastball and after filling and growing in his 6-foot-2 frame, his pace skyrocketed and he became one of the toughest left-handed throwers in college baseball.
Why do you like the difference
This one’s easy: it’s left-handed and hard-cast. Dean touched 100 mph in 2021 and sat in the mid-1990s with a fastball last season, which opened eyes to the possibilities as a left-sided flame thrower coming out of the Football League. Dean has always been comfortable spotting his own fastball at the top of the area and has worked to throw a stronger break ball to compliment the dominant fastball.
Why might the difference be hesitant
Most MLB clubs will be waiting on bowlers they consider to be lighters in the future, especially when those bowlers have already settled into a relief role in college. On top of that, Dean had problems walking on every level, and for teams to be satisfied with using a pick in their first 10 rounds on it, they would have to feel confident in their ability – and Dean’s abilities – to make it better.
On the bright side, Dean has always shown clean mechanics and he’s not the type of bowler who necessarily looks “unruly” when he walks, which suggests there is room for improvement in terms of gait. How teams feel about his ability to polish his broken ball will likely play a bigger role in his stockpile of walking numbers in the Old Dominion and Pinelands.
Dean is a sexy arm so he should go to the early side to get a dump. Unless a team sees a start potential—not out of the question, consider it—expect it to be late on day two of the draft, perhaps as early as day three.
Another 2022 MLB draft hopes from the beach
Trey Dombrowski, Monmouth (Wall)
Liam Simon, Notre Dame (Freehold Twp.)
Zach Crutchfeldt, Jackson Memorial
Andrew Fisher, wal
Alex Yadisirnia, Elon (Jackson Memorial)
Cam liter, medium
David Glancey, St. John’s (Red Bank Catholic)
Chris Sparber, Lewisburg College (Red Bank Catholic)
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