Underclass Games: Top Outfielders


TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

With the fall season finally wrapped up it is time to highlight some of the top performers from each of the showcases by position. This fall's talent was outstanding, led by numerous top performers at each position and from different grade levels. A mixture of both committed and uncommitted players, the series of Underclassmen and Upperclassmen event performers made this fall stand out from others.

Take a look at the top Outfield Statistics from the event:

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Kyle Neri NJ St. Augustine Prep 2022 OF 83
2 Robert Klawans NJ Lodi 2021 OF 82
3 Daniel Roman NJ Cliffside Park 2021 OF 78
4 Nicholas Czarnecki NJ Hunterdon Central 2021 OF 75
^ Jason Graham NJ New Providence 2021 RHP 75
5 Brandon Valles NJ Toms River North 2021 LHP 74

 

Daniel Roman OF / OF / Cliffside Park, NJ / 2021

Roman has a lean, athletic build at 5-foot-10 170-pounds. Ran the 60 yard dash in 6.90-seconds, which was the top time of the event. Muscular, broad shouldered frame with strong lower half. Exit velocity topped at 83 MPH. At the plate, Roman starts in a balanced, athletic stance with a slight bend to his knees. His hands a stationed above his back shoulder. Short, smooth hand load that goes straight back and a small stride to start his swing. Short, quick stroke to the baseball and uses extension in hands to create line drive pop. In the outfield, throws topped at 78 MPH. Short, quick arm action from an over-the-top  slot. Throws were on target with carry. Roman was one of the top overall prospects to come out of this event and will be one of the top ranked 2021s.

 

 

Nicholas Czarnecki OF / LHP / Hunterdon Central, NJ / 2021

Czarnecki has an athletic build at 5-foot-11 150-pounds. Ran the 60 yard dash in 7.37-seconds and exit velocity topped at 80 MPH. At the plate, LHH Czarnecki starts with a slight knee bend and hands even with his back shoulder with the bat tilted slightly behind his head. As pitch arrives, Czarnecki uses a big foot stride that starts with his front leg moving backward to his back leg, then forward to its landing position. Hands load down and back. When front foot lands, Czarnecki’s hips turn while hands are still locked back, creating some elasticity and torque in his swing. Short, quick and balanced in his finish, Czarnecki routinely found the barrel in BP and in gameplay. From the OF, throws topped at 75 MPH. Short, quick arm action from a high-¾ slot.

 

 

Ryan Dacey OF / RHP / Don Bosco Prep, NJ / 2021

Dacey has an athletic frame at 5-foot-10 175-pounds. Ran the 60 yard dash in 7.54-seconds and exit velocity topped at 84 MPH. At the plate, Dacey starts in a taller stance with hands above back shoulder. Uses a small leg lift and stride to start swing. Hand load is minimal. Explosive hips and hands through the zone create some line drive pop with gap-to-gap potential as he continues to get stronger. From the OF, throws topped at 73 MPH with some carry. Offensively, Dacey stood out as a top performer and routinely made loud contact in the game and in BP. On the mound, fastball topped at 78 MPH and sat mostly 76-77. Showed a curveball with 11/5 break at 66-68, too. Long, loose arm action from a high-¾ slot. Uphill shoulders as he descends down the mound and drop and drive with back leg. Finishes over a firm, strong landing leg with extension on release.

 

 

Kyle Neri OF / St Augustine Prep, NJ / 2022

Neri has a broad shouldered, athletic frame at 5-foot-11 180-pounds. Ran the 60 yard dash in 7.40-seconds and exit velocity topped at 81 MPH. At the plate, Neri starts in a wide, athletic stance with hands above his back shoulder from the right side. As pitch comes in, he uses a foot lift and stride to start his swing as hands load back slightly. Explosive hips and hands through the zone, finishes uphill. From the OF, throws topped at 83 MPH. Long arm action from an over-the-top slot, Neri’s throws were on target with backspin.

 

 

Jason Graham RHP / OF / New Providence, NJ / 2021

Graham has an athletic build at 5-foot-8 150-pounds. Ran the 60 yard dash in 7.86-seconds and recorded an exit velocity of 77 MPH. At the plate, starts in a neutral stance with hands above back shoulder and weight on back leg. Slight bend to knees. Uses a small toe tap to start swing. Handa load back slightly. Creates line drive pop with gap to gap potential as he continues to get stronger. Creates barrel extension and finishes uphill with some balance. From the OF, throws topped at 75 MPH. Shorter arm action, throws from a high-¾ slot. On the mound, fastball topped at 75 MPH and sat mostly 72-74. Flashed some feel for a breaking ball at 62-64 with command for strikes and 11/5 bite. Graham has the foundation set to be a prospect to watch throughout his high school career.