Prep Baseball Report

NJ State Games: Stats Posted

By TJ Hunt
Scouting Director, New Jersey

The PBR New Jersey State Games ran from July 23-25 at Red Bank Catholic's home field in Red Bank, NJ. The invite only event saw over 70 of the top prospects from the 207, 2018, and 2019 classes.

2017 RHP Kyle Angel (St. Joseph's Metuchen HS, NJ) showed very well on the mound. Touching up to 89, Angel sat 86-88 and showcased a plus 11/5 breaking ball at 71 that was a true strike out pitch.

2018 OF Anthony Galason (Colts Neck HS, NJ) was very impressive offensively throughout the weekend. The physically built outfielder had three extra base hits, and showcased strong gap to gap power with a short, explosive swing.

2017 RHP/OF Tavian Gibson (Paul VI HS, NJ) was one of the top two all around athletes at the entire event. Not only did Gibson run a 6.76 laser timed 60 yard dash, the right hander also sat 85-86 on the mound, with a devastatingly sharp strikeout slider that topped at 79. Gibson can easily be a two-way prospect at the next level.

2019s C/RHP/INF Ryan O'Hara (Red Bank Catholic HS, NJ) and Liam Meyer (Keansburg HS, NJ) showed their versatility and athleticism throughout the event. O'Hara did it all, topped at 80 mph on the mound, but showcased outstanding footwork, quick release, and a durable target behind the dish. Meyer ran one of the fastest 60 times of the whole event and showed great instincts and baseball movements in the outfield.

2019 RHP Sam Favieri (Ridgewood HS, NJ) continued to dazzle on the mound, coming off his success in June's Futures Preview Showcase. The athletic righty was consistently 83-85 with a curveball that ranged between 66-71 mph.

2018 OF Brian Kelly (Seton Hall Prep HS, NJ) is a top prospect to watch for. Athletic and explosive from the left side at the plate, Kelly showed very well in batting practice and followed up with multiple multi-hit games in the weekend.

2017 C Brian Sheehy (Red Bank Catholic) is a tall athletic catcher with soft hands and plus receiving skills for his age. Showed some pop in batting practice and in the games. Projectable frame with room for muscle, expect Sheehy's power to continue to develop.

2017 3B Justin Provost (Pope John XXIII HS, NJ) was another top uncommitted prospect at the event. Already talked about throughout the summer for his raw power (Provost homered at the Garden State Underclass Games at Diamond Nation in June), he also showed the ability to man third base with exceptionally soft hands and range.

2017 LHP Jake Rappaport (Highland Regional HS, NJ) showcased a fastball that sat 81-83 but was up to 86 and 88 during his outing. The southpaw showed plus feel and spin on his breaking ball, and was able to command it well.

2019s RHPs Dante Ciaramella (Monmouth Regional HS, NJ) and Jack Povey (Red Bank Regional HS, NJ) showed that their ceilings are very high as well. Both pitchers touched 83 but showed the ability to throw all of their pitches for strikes. Ciaramella has more of a slurvy breaking ball, while Povey's is a legit 12/6 curveball with plus hand speed.

Over the course of the upcoming weeks, scouting comments, video highlights, and player spotlights from the event will be posted. Here are the top statistical results from the event: 

Top 60 Times
6.73 - Chris Symington, SS, Ridgewood HS NJ, 2017
6.76 - Tavian Gibson, RHP/OF, Paul VI HS NJ, 2017
6.90 - Brandon Magnotta, OF, Jefferson HS NJ, 2017
6.97 - Liam Meyer, OF, Keansburg HS NJ, 2019
6.97 - Nick Schooley, INF, Cherokee HS NJ, 2017

Top Fastball Velocity
89 - Kyle Angel, RHP, St. Joseph's Metuchen HS NJ, 2017
89 - Anthony Sasso, RHP, Toms River North HS NJ, 2018
88 - Jake Rappaport, LHP, Highland Regional HS NJ, 2017
86 - Tavian Gibson, RHP, Paul VI HS NJ, 2017
86 - Ian Murphy, RHP, Gloucester Catholic HS NJ, 2018
86 - Jared Vega, RHP, Sterling HS NJ, 2017
85 - Sam Favieri, RHP, Ridgewood HS NJ, 2019
85 - Sean Roberts, RHP, Pope John XXIII HS NJ, 2017

Top Exit Velocities
93 - Matt Stil, RHP/OF, Cherokee HS NJ, 2018
91 - Anthony Galason, OF, Colts Neck HS NJ, 2018
91 - Justin Provost, 3B, Pope John XXIII HS NJ, 2017
89 - Luke Gutos, INF, Moorestown HS NJ, 2018
88 - Daiven Sanchez, 1B/3B, Pope John XXIII HS NJ, 2017

Top Positional Velocities
88 - Will Shaffer, OF, St. Augustine Prep HS NJ, 2017
86 - Tavian Gibson, OF, Paul VI HS NJ, 2017
86 - Gabe Mejias, OF, St. Joseph's Metuchen HS NJ, 2017
84 - Finn Hodgins, 1B, St. Peter's Prep HS NJ, 2017
84 - Greg Dahl, OF, St. Mary's Rutherford HS NJ, 2017
84 - Nick Carnevale, INF, Lyndhurst HS NJ, 2017

Top Pop Times
1.97 - Logan Kellerman, C, St. Joseph's Prep HS (PA), 2018
2.00 - Jesse Gerdes, C, Montgomery HS NJ, 2017
2.03 - Ryan O'Hara, C, Red Bank Catholic HS NJ, 2019
2.04 - Edwin Mendez, C, Paterson-Eastside HS NJ, 2018

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