Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State 2016 Committed Participants

By John Cackowski
Director of Scouting

The Prep Baseball Report’s Preseason All-State event will take place this Sunday February 22nd at the Slammers South Facility Englewood, Colorado. This will be the first year of the already packed event, with over 80 players already registered. Prospects from the 2015 and 2016classes will come together in a pro-style workout to strut their stuff in front of the PBR scouting staff.

Colorado is becoming a hot bed for out of state colleges looking to recruit the always underrated talent in our state. In this preview, we look at five 2016 players participating in the Preseason All-State who have already committed to high profile division 1 baseball programs.

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2016 Preseason All-State Participants Who Have Committed

Maverick Handley (Stanford)
No. 2 2016 (No. 51 Overall), 5-foot-10, 190 pound catcher/2B out of Mullen High School. Throws and bats right. Handley has a balanced athletic stance that creates explosive bat speed with a slight uphill swing with good extension through the zone. Ball explodes off the bat. In game we watched had a grand slam, and almost another home run. Good looking prospect and very good student with a  plus 4.0 GPA and a 32 ACT score. Handley also played for Slammers 16U team the summer of 2014. .

Jake Eissler (Texas Christian)
No. 3 2016, (No. 67 Overall), 6-foot-2, 210 pound RHP/3B out of ThunderRidge High School. Strong, thick, body with more room to fill out.  Pounds the strike zone with 87-90 mph fastballs from ¾ arm slot,  Works at a fast pace, and throws off a solid two-foot base and is very square to the plate. Change-up sits at 77-78 mph and Curve ball is 73. Throws all three for strikes. Shows strong arm from outfield and infield. Bats right-handed. Has good plate discipline and gap-to-gap power. Good Student. Eissler also played for Slammers 16U the summer of 2014.

Paul Tillotson (Nebraska)
No. 4 2016, (No 69 Overall) 6-foot-2, 195 pounds RHP/OF out of Lewis Palmer. In game we watched pitch only threw to 7 batters because game got out of hand and it was looking as if they might be saving him for next day. One of the top pitchers in the state in the 2016 class. A power pitcher with a live arm that produces a heavy 86-87 mph fastball. Hit 88 on one pitch. Thick athletic build with strong lower leg drive to the plate.  Effortless motion with 3/4 arm slot. At the plate has an athletic balanced stance with smooth load back, producing a level swing with gap to gap power and good extension with good bat-speed. Does not get beat very often. Tillotson also played for Slammers 16U the summer of 2014.

Preston Snaveley (Wichita State)
No. 6 2016 (No. 175 Overall), 6-foot-5 190 pound right handed pitcher from Fort Collins had a nice showing when we saw him in the Slammers Labor Day Tournament. Snavely threw 4 innings in game two of the tournament and displayed a fastball that jumped from his hand between 84-86 mph.  Snavely complemented his fast ball with a 72 mph change and a 74-76 mph curve with sharp 11-5 break.  Snavely who has grown quickly is getting more comfortable pitching with his 6-foot-5 frame.  He has a smooth delivery and throws with an straight over the top arm motion.  This helped him change pitches to keep hitters off balance. Snaveley played for the Atlanta Braves Scout team this past fall.

Tommy Gillman (Texas AM)
No. 12 2016, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, switch hitting MIF/C from Columbine. Produces a level path with good extension creating line drive power generating a 82 mph exit velocity off the tee from the left side, and 79 mph exit velocity from the right side. Threw 84 mph across the diamond from short at Top Prospect Game event last August, has good arm action with accuracy, playing through the baseball with quick, clean middle infield actions.  From the catching position had a 2.03 pop-time. Gillman also ran a 6.80 60 yard dash. Has all the tools. Gillman played for Slammers 16U team the summer of 2014.

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