Eastern PA Top Prospect Games Analysis: White Team


Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

The schedule of PBR events in Pennsylvania moved to the eastern half of the state with the 2019 Eastern PA Top Prospect Games on June 18th and 19th. Prospects gathered for two days of games and showcase activities at the Keystone State Baseball Academy in Manheim. Today we conclude our analysis of the prospects in attendance by taking a look at those that participated as a member of the White Team.

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white TEAM

Top Prospects

Danny CiottiEric GentherGabriel Mallo

Danny Ciotti, 2021, OF/RHP, Pennsbury HS (PA)
5-foot-9, 160-pound two-way prospect impressed in all facets of the game over two days. The right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a toe-tap stride. Showcased balance throughout with a feel for the barrel. Registered a bat exit velocity of 80 mph and ran a 6.63 60-yard dash. Showed athletic actions defensively with advanced 88 mph arm strength from the outfield. The righty flashed a quick, live arm sitting 82-84 out of a high 3/4 arm slot off the mound with some hip swivel to his delivery. Also commanded a slider at 71-76 with late, short break.

Eric Genther, 2021, C/OF, The Haverford School (PA)
6-foot-1, 165-pound left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a controlled lift-and-replace stride. Displayed balance throughout with a feel for the barrel and an ability to create backspin. Registered a bat exit velocity of 90 mph and ran a 7.06 60-yard dash. Solid defender behind the dish flashed pop times of 2.08-2.14 on throws of 75 mph from the crouch.

Gabriel Mallo, 2020, RHP, Perkiomen Valley HS (PA)
5-foot-8, 160-pound primary pitcher came into the event uncommitted. The righty sat 85-88 with some arm side run to his fastball with a quick arm swing and solid lower half action to his delivery. Also pounded the zone with a tight breaking slider at 74-77. Mallo committed to Millersville on Tuesday evening after his outing.

Nick Matson, 2022, OFLHP/, Nanticoke Area HS (PA)
5-foot-10, 145-pound two-way prospect has grown two inches and added 25 pound to his frame in the past year and the results are noticeable. The right-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and initiates his swing with a quiet, lift-and-replace stride. Showcased above average balance and feel for the barrel. Registered a bat exit velocity of 86 mph and ran a 6.97 60-yard dash. Displayed athletic, fluid actions defensively with accurate 84 mph arm strength from the outfield. The lefty sat 80-82 from a high 3/4 arm slot with an easy, repeatable delivery. Also showed feel for a curveball with 1/7 rotation at 69-71 and a changeup at 74-76.

Chase Swain, 2021, SS/3B, Woodstown HS (NJ)
Easily one of the most impressive prospects at the event. The right-handed hitter has an advance hit tool that starts with a square stance. Lets his barrel fly with a leg-hang stride and an aggressive hip turn. Showed feel for the barrel and the ball jumps of his bat. Registered a bat exit velocity of 92 mph and ran a 6.88 60-yard dash. Also has above average defensive abilities with a soft glove hand, quick feet and an ability to make throws on the move from multiple arm angles. Showed easy 80 mph arm strength across the diamond with much more in the tank.

Corey Zientek, 2021, OF/2B, Hazleton Area HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitter has all the tools to be a quality player at the next level. The right-handed hitter has excellent balance and loose hands at the plate. He consistently barreled baseballs during the course of the two day event. Registered a bat exit velocity of 82 mph and ran a 6.72 60-yard dash. The long strider is perfectly suited for center field with fluid actions and solid 85 mph arm strength.

Nathan Polo, 2021, OF/RHP, State College Area HS (PA)
6-foot-3, 195-pound left-handed hitter stood out at the Preseason All-State Showcase largely because of his hit tool. The recent Pennsylvnania commit once again impressed turning in an event best 95 mph bat exit velocity. He starts from a slightly open stance and gets to the hitting zone on plane, staying in the zone for an extended period of time. Creates backspin with regularity and has the ability to drive both gaps. Ran a 6.98 60-yard dash and showed 85 mph arm strength from his outfield position. The two-way prospect also topped at 83 mph on the mound.

Nick MatsonChase SwainCorey ZientekNathan Polo

* Remainder of the Roster in Alphabetical Order

Greg Adams, 2020, RHP, Garnet Valley HS (PA)
6-foot-2, 155-pound primary pitcher sat 77-79 with some natural cut to his fastball out of a high 3/4 arm slot with some hip swivel to his delivery. Repeats his delivery very well and has an above average feel for how to pitch and change speeds. Also commanded a curveball with 11/5 rotation at 67-69 and a changeup at 67-68 with good sell. Had hitters uncomfortable in the box over the course of his three innings of work.

Jason Batista, 2021, 1B/3B, Bethlehem Catholic HS (PA)
5-foot-10, 172-pound left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Showcased balance and a feel for the barrel in a pull oriented swing. Registered a bat exit velocity of 84 mph and ran a 7.66 60-yard dash. Showcased a soft glove hand defensively with 69 mph arm strength across the diamond.

Drew Druckenmiller, 2020, RHP/SS, Conrad Weiser HS (PA)
6-foot-1, 155-pound primary pitcher sat 75-78 from a high 3/4 arm slot. Also showcased a curveball at 66-68 with 11/5 rotation and feel for his changeup with sink at 71-72. The right-handed hitter starts from a slightly crouched, square stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Registered a bat exit velocity of 80 mph and ran a 7.65 60-yard dash. Showcased capable actions defensively while routinely playing through the baseball.

Benjamin Haines, 2022, C/1B, Council Rock South HS (PA)
6-foot, 180-pound switch-hitter showcased similar swings from both sides of the plate, but only swung from the right side in game action. Begins from a square stance and uses a toe-tap stride to initiate his swing. Displayed a line drive approach with a feel for the barrel. Registered a bat exit velocity of 81 mph and flashed above average defensive abilities behind the plate for an underclassman. Turned in pop times of 2.02-2.14 on throws of 73 mph from the crouch.

Ian Hubbard, 2021, C/3B, Jim Thorpe Area HS (PA)
6-foot-1, 165-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and uses a short leg-hang stride to begin. Displayed a direct swing path with an ability to create some backspin. Registered a bat exit velocity of 80 mph and ran a 7.36 60-yard dash. Showed above average abilities behind the plate with pop times of 2.08-2.16 on throws of 73 mph from the crouch with a quick release.

Ryan Weingartner, 2022, SS/2B, St. Augustine Prep HS (NJ)
5-foot-9, 145-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and utilizes a toe-tap stride to begin. Stays behind the baseball well with a feel for the barrel and a middle of the field approach. Registered a bat exit velocity of 83 mph and ran a 7.14 60-yard dash. Showcased a soft glove hand and active feet while playing through the baseball routinely defensively. Throws of 83 mph across the diamond have solid carry.

Chase Renner, 2021, RHP, Brandywine Heights HS (PA)
6-foot-3, 180-pound primary pitcher sat 83-85 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a short takeaway. Repeats delivery well and stays linear to the plate. Curveball at 63-66 showed 11/5 rotation and changeup at 66-69 is thrown with good arm speed giving Renner a trio of solid pitches to work with. Projectable frame has a chance to fill out considerably and combined with the lengthening of his arm action could lead to additional velocity spike in the coming years.



UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2019 Eastern PA College Prospect Showcase PA 07/09 Millersville University
2019 Western PA College Prospect Showcase PA 07/23 Historic Pullman Park (Butler, PA)
Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/30 LakePoint
2019 PBR Future Games (Pennsylvania Invite Only) PA 07/31 LakePoint
2019 Fall Kickoff Showcase PA 08/15 Millersville University
Play for Team PBR 17U (Fall Kickoff Showcase Tournament) PA 08/17 Millersville University
2019 Fall Scout Day (Various Travel Organizations) PA 09/07 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Future Prospects Showcase PA 10/19 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Elite Prospect Showcase PA 10/26 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Fall Measurables & Evaluation Showcase PA 11/02 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Holiday Showcase PA 12/28 Keystone State Baseball Academy


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