Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State Showcase: Quick Hits

By TJ Hunt
Director of Scouting, New Jersey

The first annual Preseason All-State Showcase is in the books with talent seeping through the walls of The Arena in Paramus, N.J. From athletes to arms, we saw over 90 participants from the 2018 class through the 2020 class from across the state in one place, looking to prove themselves to be the best of the best. Over the course of the next few days and weeks, we will be highlighting the top measurable stats in each category, as well as listing the top overall prospects from the event. But first, here are some brief scouting notes on players that stood out:


  • There were several head-turners and high-risers from the event, including 2018 RHP Joseph Sprake (Middletown South HS, NJ) and 2018 RHP Marcus Eusebio (Passaic County Tech HS, NJ). Sprake touched 88 with his fastball, sitting consistently 86-87 with life. Showed some feel for an 11/5 slider at 74 and flashed a plus changeup. Eusebio was much of the same from a high-3/4 slot at 86-87 with some effort, flashed a 77 mph changeup as well.

  • 2018 LHP Andrew Vail (Gloucester Catholic HS, NJ) stole the show, however. Vail, who was injured most of last year, came out of the gate hot with a fastball that sat 84-85 from a lower 3/4 slot. Quick, loose arm, Vail still has room to fill out his frame. Showcased a breaking all with late 1/7 break at 70 mph.

  • Spectators and scouts flocked over to the mound area to see Alabama commit No. 5 ranked 2018 RHP/OF Tyler Ras (Middletown North HS, NJ) throw, and he did not disappoint. The tall, lanky right hander touched 91 with his fastball, sitting consistently 88-90 and showcasing a tumbling changeup that has over 20 mph difference off his fastball at 67.

  • 2018 RHPs Eric Cartafalsa (Washington Township HS, NJ) and Ryan Bush (Barnegat HS, NJ) were similarly effective in their bullpens. Bush's fastball sat 82-84 with late arm side run while Cartafalsa showcased much of the same - with a sharp 11/5 breaking ball with near fastball arm action.

  • Penn State recruit, 2019 RHP Ron Cole (Neptune HS, NJ) sat 83-84 touching 85 once. Long arm action from an over-the-top slot - shows some funk in his delivery.

  • 2019 RHP Dante Ciaramella (Monmouth Regional HS, NJ) and 2019 RHP Jack Povey (Red Bank Regional HS, NJ) both showed life on their fastballs, but impressed with their offspeed. Povey's breaking ball is a sharp 12/6 from an over-the-top slot while Ciaramella has more of a sharp slider.

  • 2018 LHP Anthony DiMartino (Timber Creek HS, NJ) filled the strike zone in his bullpen with a fastball that sat 80-81. The Underclass Games participant showed a curveball with smallish break at 73 for strikes. Long arm action from an over-the-top slot.

  • 2018 RHP Nick Estes (St. Joseph's Metuchen HS, NJ) commanded his fastball down in the strikezone at 81-82 and also made strides with his breaking ball for strikes. His fastball has some life to it and his frame speaks projectability.


  • Left handed hitting is always a premium for college coaches - especially for catchers. 2018 C Raul Ortega (St. Joseph's Montvale HS, NJ) showed very well in batting practice, and is the best of both worlds - a switch hitting catcher. Ortega has a strong build at 6-feet 210-pounds, and drove the ball to all fields. Recorded an exit velocity of 91 from the right side and 92 from the left, showing versatility.

  • 2018 OF Arbert Cipion (Passaic County Tech HS, NJ) turned heads with his incredible athleticism and quickness. Had the top 60 yard dash time at 6.64. Recorded an exit velocity of 93 mph and hit mostly hard line drives with back spin in batting practice.

  • 2019 OF David Glancy had one of the best batting practice showings of the entire event. Glancy has a strong, athletic build at 5-foot-10 170-pounds with room to fill out his frame even more. Athleticism is evident with a 7.01 60 yard dash to go along with a strong arm that recorded throws from the outfield at 87 mph.

  • 2020 C/INF Kyle Teel (Mahwah HS, NJ) continued to solidify himself at the top of the 2020 prospects in NJ and the country with his showing this weekend. The left handed hitting Teel is already athletically gifted, which is evidenced by his 7.00 60 yard dash. Teel has a balanced stance at the plate, with his hands above his shoulder and bat rested parallel to the ground. Sets up in a crouch with a small leg kick. Hands work fluidly through the zone. Recorded an exit velocity of 89 mph and showed off his arm strength in the infield with throws that topped at 87 mph.

  • Georgia Tech commit, 3B Drew Compton (Governor Livingston HS, NJ) impressed with his wiry strong size and quick hands at the plate. The switch hitter has gap to gap power from both sides of the plate, solidifying him as a legitimate ACC prospect already.

  • 6-foot-6 1B Brandon Drapeau (Clearview Regional HS, NJ) continued to establish himself as one of the up and coming hitters in NJ. Drapeau uses his body well at the plate, with a big leg kick and quick hands through the zone, which will develop into a legitimate power hitting prospect at the next level.

  • 2019 OF Mike Guzzardo (Bishop Eustace HS, NJ) has a stocky build at 6-feet 190-pounds and has a smooth left handed swing. Guzzardo shows line drive power with the potential for gap to gap as he continues to get stronger.

  • 2018s RHP/OF Matthew Stil (Cherokee HS, NJ) and C Matthew Rivera (Holy Spirit HS, NJ) returned to showcase their talents as yet again some of the top prospects at a PBR event. Stil's versatility both offensively and on the mound (where he sat 84-86) were both a big reason why he committed to Charleston Southern last fall. Rivera's seems to have put on some muscle since the Future Games in August, and continued to show his power at the plate - registering one of the top exit velocities at 100 mph.

  • 2018 OF Conner MacNeill (Haddonfield HS, NJ) rose his stock significantly at the event. MacNeill has a tall, strong build at 6-foot-5 200-pounds. Recorded an exit velocity of 101 mph with a wood bat - and had an impressive showing in batting practice, driving the ball off the back wall of the facility.

  • 2018 C Lane Painter (Don Bosco Prep HS, NJ) showed his athleticism with a 7.07 60 yard dash and a 90 mph exit velocity. Pop times were recorded between 1.88-1.97 with carry and backspin. Painter also boasts a 4.15 GPA.

  • 2018 3B Jake Field (Deptford HS, NJ) showed that he is one of the most under-the-radar pure hitters in the state with his showing on Saturday. Field has a stocky-strong build at 6-feet 180-pounds with a quick, compact swing.  Over the summer. Field shined at multiple tournaments for All Out Baseball with gap to gap power, and certainly did not disappoint at the event.


  • 2019 RHP/INF David Ring (Ramapo HS, NJ) impressed with a shortened arm action both on the mound and in the infield. On the mound, Ring topped at 80 mph but his fastball showed some life. Ring has a lanky build at 5-foot-11 155-pounds with room to fill out and get stronger.

  • 2019s OF Alex Iadisernia (Jackson Memorial HS, NJ) and OF Ryan McKenna (Montgomery HS, NJ) showed some strength at the plate. Iadisernia is another one who has gained some muscle since we last saw him at the Underclass Games at Rutgers University.

  • 2019 RHP John-Biagio Modugno (Don Bosco Prep HS, NJ) has tons of projectability on the mound. The 6-foot-6 175-pound righty has room to fill out his frame, and already has sound mechanics and a feel for his movements on the mound. His fastball topped at 78 mph, but it was his offspeed that impressed once again. His breaking ball has big 11/5 break at 66-67 mph for strikes. He throws effortlessly from a high-3/4 slot.

  • 2019 LHP Devin Sharkey (Mainland Regional HS, NJ) is another prospect to keep an eye on this spring and summer. Sharkey topped at 80 mph and located his offspeed pitches well with a short, simple delivery.