Bryce Navarre is ready to put the finishing touches on a big summer.
Already ranked within the Top 100 in FSS Plus analyst Joe Doyle’s most recent top prospects list for the upcoming 2024 MLB Draft, the six-foot-one, 190-pound southpaw is primed for a big showing when he takes the ball as the Game 2 starter for the White Team at Fenway Park in the upcoming New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series Main Event.
A Texas A&M commit, Navarre was first seen back with Knights Knation when he was 14 years old, with FSS CEO and president Jeremy Booth himself making sure to see watch his outing after a call from Knights founder and former big-leaguer Jack Cressend. After a strong showing at this year’s Houston Regional Combine, Navarre quickly earned his way to the National Combine in Nashville, where he wowed the scouting staff with a mostly curveball-fastball mix, with the latter crossing the plate up to 91 miles per hour. He threw with good pace and confidence, and worked in the zone often, getting through his outing with relative ease to make his way on to the next step.
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“My experience with Future Stars has been wonderful,” Navarre said. “I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from all my mentors through this program. Being able to play and meet some of the most talented kids around is eye-opening. I love the feedback from the scouting reports, it gives me constructive feedback on my game.”
Navarre was working on his changeup when we last saw him at Shelby Park on what was dubbed the “highlighter” team thanks to their bright uniforms, something that’s still in development as he gets ready for his outing this weeken.
“Since my last appearance with Future Stars in Nashville, I have been working to create a consistent arm slot when throwing my changeup,” he said. “I also learned that getting velocity up could help be a separator, (and) that creating tempo and not rushing down the mound could help me improve my game.”
The Lake Charles, Louisiana native, who has since moved to Texas, says he’s excited to set foot on the same Fenway Park mound that so many legends have before him, and is anxious to show his continued to development to the long list of big-league scouts and execs set to attend.
“I’m looking to show the scouts my growth and presence on the mound,” Navarre said. “I have been working on my pitch shapes and swing and miss changeups. I’m also looking forward to showing success and projection with my pitching arsenal.”
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