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More Quick Hits From The Mid-Atlantic ProCase

Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Director


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The Mid-Atlantic ProCase was held on Saturday, February 10th at the TSI Training center in Henrico, Virginia. Prospects from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia came out to showcase their talent in front of scouts from around the region. Though it was a majority of 2018 graduates hoping to turn a few heads, there were also a small amount of 2019 and 2020 graduates wanting to get their names out early. Today we are doing the first of a three part series where we give our initial thoughts from the event.


ProCase Quick Hits Pt. 2

Ryan Archibald 3B / RHP / John Carroll, MD / 2018

Archibald has simply formed himself into a high level prospect out of Maryland since he moved here from California just a couple of years ago. Hitting from an athletic set up, Archibald gets a little long in his load, but the bat speed and barrel whip more than makes up for it. Showed a knack to get a lot of barrel on the ball making loud contact and ability to drive the baseball. Versatile athlete capable of playing many positions, third base looks like best fit with his size speed and smooth hands and strong arm across the diamond. Show ability to rack up the extra base hits.

Tyler Casagrande OF / Riverside, VA / 2018

Another Arizona commit that was very impressive was Riverside’s Casagrande. What stuck out the most about Casagrande was his ability to perform at a high level while never over exerting himself. Casa showed nice feel for the barrel at the plate and the ability to spray around the field with his hands and should get his share of deep drives too. You could tell the work he has put in on his swing through the years and the improvement of bat speed and barrel control was present. An explosive first step and showed a knack to get to top speed quickly with his 30-yard sprint. More than capable arm strength with his 90 mph velocity. Casagrande has potential to tune into a special player down the road.

Jack Bulger C / 3B / DeMatha, MD / 2020

First thing that you notice with Bulger is when he swings the bat, that the barrel speed is different. Its aggressive approach, lightning like bat speed, with strength.   The 2020 Vanderbilt commit has all the makings of a special offensive player with his ability to drive the baseball. Explosive quick twitch is apparent in the DeMatha Catholic product. The question lies what position he will play once he gets to college, and he continues to improve behind the plate with his receiving skill. There is still areas of improvement, but no question to his ability to catch and release with a pop consistently in the 1.95 range on the day and accurate. Just excited to know that we still have three full seasons to watch this young man perform.

Chris Chaney RHP / 3B / Saint James, MD / 2019

One of my favorite stories coming out of western Maryland has been the rise of this talented 2019 arm. One common theme from a majority of our pitchers at the ProCase was the aggressive makeup and Chaney was no different. It’s a shorter quick arm action that got up to 91 mph with later life. Chaney showed his plus breaking ball has not changed, showing late life and depth. Change up has developed and is still a work in process. Physically he has continued to developed and is really turning into a young man and will be a fun one to watch out in Hagerstown this spring.

Kyle Horton OF / RHP / Liberty Christian, VA / 2018

Horton has spent most of the winter transforming his swing at the plate, and it has paid off as he has made a noticeable change, freeing up the hands and creating more looseness in the swing. That translated into a lot more line drive and pop coming off the bat and Horton showing a new found power potential coming in. As he continues to add the reps he should continue to get better.  Combine that with his already high tools of arm strength (93mph) and speed make for an intriguing prospect.  

Marty Neal RHP / SS / Gar-Field, VA / 2018

Though a smaller frame, Neal bring a big punch to his game. That was most noticeable on the mound where his quick arm had him sitting 88 on the day. Pitching with regular effort,  Neal showed fast arm speed with his long and loose arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. The breaking ball showed nice 11/5 action on the pitch and he also threw a later action cutter. It’s easy to see that this young man was hitting low 90’s in the fall and as he adds to his frame could be an impressive arm.

Gregory Ryan SS / Benedictine, VA / 2018

Ryan has been one of the steadily improved players each year, continuing to get himself better and improve his stock. That was once again the case this year as the physicality and maturity of the Benedictine product is starting to come through. It looks as if he’s had another growth spurt as well adding some length to his athletic 6-foot-2 frame. It’s a short swing at the plate with fluidity and a nice ability to get the meat of his bat on the ball with his quick hands and barrel control. Defensively it was very smooth with fast hands and extremely quick exchange to release. On top of that was his arm strength at 87 mph. There were times his footwork could be better because he trusts his excellent hands to do the work. Seeing his frame now you know there is room to add on. Ryan continues to be high riser. 

Jacob Steinberg 3B / RHP / St. John's , VA / 2018

One of the bigger questions heading into this spring is how will the St. John’s product be this year now coming back after his arm surgery. Looking at Steinberg this weekend, you almost thought he didn’t miss a beat. Still aggressive on the mound attacking nature. He sat 86-88 on the day, but that should continue to climb as the season progresses. He showed a natural feel for his command attacking the zone. At the plate its strength to the middle of the field with ability to get his hands extended and drive the baseball. Sound actions in the infield with accurate throws. Still uncommitted after not signing due to his injury, some lucky program is going to get a talented prospect who should make some sort of immediate impact.  

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