Central Massachusetts Open ID: 2015 Player Evaluations


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Central Massachusetts Open ID

By Dennis Healy and Dylan Hefflinger

PBR MA Director of Scouting and Editor in Chief

Sunday marked the second event for PBR in Massachusetts. The Central Massachusetts Open ID had a good turn out as there was a great deal of talent present. There were numerous 2015 graduates, who recently signed their NLI’s and are on their way to the next level in attendance as well as a number of talented uncommitted prospects in the 2015, '16, and '17 class. We would like to thank all who participated in the event.

In the coming weeks, we will be adding and updating profiles for each of the players in attendance, including complete analysis and video.

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For now, please take a look at the full statistical results from the event by clicking here.

Central Massachusetts Open ID: 2015 Player Evaluations

Top Position Prospect

Top Pitching Prospect

Individual Player Evlauations

Bobby McNiff, RHP, Braintree

At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Bobby is an outstanding looking right-handed pitching prospect. Arm works clean and his frame can fill out easily. Shows a deliberate and repeatable delivery. Touched 85 but was level pitching as he just let his arm work but has more if he wants it. Spins the ball at 72 mph while showing an above average changeup with serious depth and action to it. Fastball has plus life to it while showcasing the ability to use both sides of the plate. Worked quickly out of the stretch while retaining all the velocity and movement. Showed a hand pump in the windup and that set up his timing at lift, nice delivery tempo.

Carlos Gonzalez, SS, Putnam Votech

Carlos showed very well for himself, with his separator certainly being his ability to defend. Shows flash with the glove, a strong arm and the ability to get rid of the ball quickly. Gets off the ball and can stay at shortstop at the next level. Ran a 7.30 60-yard dash but with work can improve that. At the plate, showed quick twitch actions and a flat path with the bat. Hits from a high elbow approach, with a pull tendencies. Touched 80 mph exit velocity off the tee. Has a ton of value with the ability to be able to play all three infield positions with ease.

Joe Mercadante, OF/LHP, Agawam

Joe is an athletic 6-foot, two-way prospect with very good tools. Ran a 7.12 60-yard dash and showed a hard nosed approach to the game. Showed a way above average arm from the outfield, touching 89 on the radar gun. ¾ arm slot with a short path on the backside. Offensively, he swings the bat right-handed with quick and loose hands and the ability to handle the bat head. Could flatten out his swing a bit but you can tell he spends time on his game. Tries to stay inside the ball and use the field with an exit velocity of 86 off the tee.  

Kevin Donati, SS, Pittsfield

At 5-foot-11, 165-pounds he can add some muscle and make himself into a very good pro prospect down the line. High level athlete, running a 6.85. Threw 81 across the diamond and showed an above average glove and transfer. Short arm path which will aid the pivot. Can move very well so his range will not be an issue. Has looseness to his swing from a even based set up. With physical strength, he should be able to drive the ball in the gaps, adding that to his short game which could be dangerous. Showed good hand speed, touching 88 exit velocity of the tee.

Kyle Skidmore, LHP, Franklin

6-foot -3,  200-pound left-hander with a clean and easy delivery. Pitched in the upper-70s and showed the ability to spin the ball. Pitches out of a high-¾ slot. The fastball has arm-side action to it while the spin is slurvy. Changeup is at 70 mph with fade to it. Lanky and long armed. His arm works fine and is long on the backside. Front side is closed off and he has deception to his delivery because of it. Has a little shoulder tilt but nothing that cant be cleaned up. Should make a jump in velocity as he matures in the next year.

RC Goodman, OF, Wilbraham and Monson

5-foot-10, 180-pounds physically put together athlete that looks the part. RC had a good showing for himself, as he is recovering from labrum surgery so he didn't throw for the outfield. Ran a 6.69 60-yard dash with ease and has a better run in him. Showed us an 82 exit velocity off the tee. Has buggy whip to the bat head but needs to flatten the path and keep the barrel in the strike zone longer. Feet need to calm a little so his hands can do the work, certainly has the tools to hit.

Seamus Curran, 1B, Agawam

6-foot-6, 235-pounds and a left-handed hitting masher. Ran a 7.20 60-yard dash and threw 77 across the diamond. Glove plays fine at first and his feet work well. Long throwing motion with carry to the ball. Hit 96 off the tee and showed a direct swing with serious power potential. Simple set up and his hands work the barrel through the zone. He can add strength to his frame through the weight room and could be a difference maker offensively immediately at the next level. He is big and left-handed, a recruiters dream prospect.

Sean Sullivan, 2B, The Rivers

5-foot-10, 175-pound left-handed hitting second baseman. Shows a good feel for defending, with a solid glove and a strong arm to go with it. Could spell at shortstop if need be but you can see he feels more comfortable at second. Ran a 7.15 60-yard dash and moves well in the field. Offensively has a nice, loose left-handed swing with the ability to throw his hands very well. Wraps the bat a bit but is direct to the ball and shows good pull side pop. Exit velocity was 75 off the tee.

Steve Passatempo, OF, Salisbury

5-foot-11, 205-pounds with a striking physical presence without an ounce of fat. Big and muscular while also being a good athlete. Ran a 7.20 60-yard dash and showed an 82 mph arm in the outfield. Can really handle the bat. Has serious hand speed and displayed that with a 91 mph exit velocity. Has a simple even setup, gets his foot down and uses his hands to explode to the ball. The ball sounds different coming off his bat and he could be a serious power guy at the next level.

Thomas Lane, RHP, Philips Andover

6-foot-5, 245-pound big, physical right-hander. Pitches from a ¾ slot with a fast arm. Repeats his delivery and uses his body appropriately in the delivery. Touched 88 with good run with sink to the ball, which could easily see him getting a ton of ground balls. Spun a nice frisbee style slider at 77 mph and a nice changeup at 76. Needs to go a ¼ kick in the stretch at the next level but he pounded the zone throughout his bullpen. Used both sides of the plate and showed a good feel for his body. Should garner some pro attention.

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