Top NJ Uncommitted 2017s

By TJ Hunt
New Jersey Scouting Director

Ryan McLinskey, RHP, Don Bosco Prep HS NJ, 2017
McLinskey is an athletic 6-foot-1 180-pound RHP/MIF that projects more as a pitcher at the next level. McLinskey's stuff is electric when it's on - sitting 87-88 mph and touching 89. Very quick arm for his age. Shows good handspeed on his breaking ball at 70 mph - looks like a fastball out of hand. Throws from 3/4 to high-3/4 slot. Shows good temp and downward action on fastball - consistently pounds the lower half of the zone. Projectable athlete with more in the tank.

Kyle Angel, RHP, St. Joseph's Metuchen HS NJ, 2017
Angel is extremely strong for his age, and built like a linebacker at 6-foot-3 230-pounds with broad shoulders. Fastball velocity clocks in at 86-87 mph and shows some arm side run. Throws a very heavy ball, gets tons of ground balls and weak contact because of it. Showcases a two-seam fastball that ties right handed batters up. Throws from a 3/4 to low-3/4 slot. Curveball has fastball arm speed at 72-73 and very sharp downward movement. Slight recoil in his delivery. 

Jamil Vanheyningen, RHP, Seton Hall Prep HS NJ, 2017
Jamil is an imposing 6-foot-6 230-pound right hander with a lanky torso and wiry long limbs. Shows the ability to get on top of the baseball and hit the bottom half of the strike zone. Fastball ranges anywhere from 83-87 mph, with a slider/cutter type breaking ball at 72-74 from a true 3/4 angle.

Jake Barbiere, 3B/SS, Randolph HS NJ, 2017
Barbiere is 5-foot-10 165-pounds with some power for his size and age. Gap to gap right handed hitter, Barbiere bats in the middle of both his high school and travel team lineups. Finalist for NJAC Infielder of the Year. Strong lower half for his age, uses hip torque to get the barrel through the zone. Starts neutral with his feet shoulder width apart and hands just below the ear. Uses a small leg lift to start swing, produces a small hand load to an explosive swing.

Alex Pansini, RHP, Westfield HS NJ, 2017
Pansini is 6-foot-1 165-pounds and has some length to his frame. Arguably the best uncommitted prospect at the event, Pansini has a loose, quick arm and a fastball that has run that sat 85-87 and touched 88. Curveball is a true 11-to-5 breaker with plus depth for his age at 69-71. Also showcased a very good changeup with armside fade at 78 MPH for strikes. Will be a big pick up for any college this summer.  

Matt Ryan, RHP, Montgomery HS NJ, 2017
Ryan is solidly built at 6-foot-2 185-pounds. Lean, athletic frame, Montgomery throws from a high-3/4 arm slot with a long arm action. Shows little effort in producing velocity, Ryan's fastball sat between 82-84 MPH. Featured an 11-to-5 curveball with late break at 67-69 MPH. A drop-and-drive type pitcher, Ryan uses his lower half well while going down the mound. 

Cameron Miller, LHP, Gill St. Bernards HS NJ, 2017
Miller a tall, wiry lefty with an athletic frame at 6-foot-2 185-pounds. Miller showcased some funk in his arm action, and throws from a low-3/4 arm slot that can be deceiving to hitters. Has short almost stabbing-like arm that adds to his deception, especially from the left side. Worked one of the quickest innings of the night, a 1-2-3 inning that seemed to last no longer than five minutes. Fills up the strike zone with late arm side run at 76-78 MPH. Touched 79 once. 1-to-7 breaking ball with near fastball hand speed at 68 MPH. Will be interesting to see where Miller ends up - can certainly get batters out at any level, especially with his funk and run on his fastball. 

Makhi Booker, RHP, Montclair HS NJ, 2017
Booker is 5-foot-11 170-pounds and has a very athletic build. Clocked at 84-86 but has some deception in his arm action. Throws from a 3/4 slot, but has a short but quick arm swing. Has heavy sink and armside run because of slot and arm action. Low glove side but is still able to stay in control and drive down the mound. Sound mechanics, lands square and athletic after each pitch.

+ James Steindl, LHP, Old Tappan HS NJ, 2017
Plays for Jim Wladyka and Wladyka Baseball in the summer, sits 81-84 from a 3/4 angle. Finalist for North Jersey Pitcher of the Year. Tough to hit, especially on lefties. Slow, rocking motion that features a high leg kick and a high glove side at first landing. Shows 1/7 depth on curveball. Strike thrower. 

James Dolaghan, C/1B, Rutherford HS NJ, 2017
Another Wladyka player, Dolaghan was up for North Jersey Player of the Year. Lefty swinger, hits for gap to gap power. Projectable middle of the order player at the next level. Shows plus bat speed, can also play first base.