Prep Baseball Report

2018 Spring Scout Blog (Week 6)

PBR-NY Staff

May 7 - MAY 13


2018 LHP Brandon Neeck (Horace Greeley / Virginia Commit)
Athletic frame with broad shoulders and a tapered lower half; room for gains especially in the legs. Repeats delivery from a ¾ arm slot; Worked effortlessly in the 89-91 MPH range through 5 innings. Was up to 93 in the 1st and popped two 92 MPH FB in the 5th. Slider at times flashed some razor blade action with late tilt at 79-81 MPH. When working beneath the ball the action was more cutter like or backed up on him at 78 MPH.

2018 RHP Lenny Torres (Beacon / St. John’s Commit)
Athletic, elastic athlete with explosive actions. The RHP dialed it up to 94-95 MPH in the first inning before settling in at 92-94 MPH. At times flashed a sharp, 2-plane slider in the 81-83 MPH range but had trouble repeating in game. Mixed several change ups at 86-87 with some sink; almost a “power change” that acts more like a heavy FB. Mechanically can get upright with his finish along with some cross fire from a closed off stride. Command wavered but has been extremely efficient to date.  

2019 OF Nick Lepere (Beacon HS)
Slight, wiry frame for the L/L OF. Hit in the 2-hole for Beacon with a an open stance. Notched 3 doubles in his first 3 at bats. Swing path was much shorter then when at our Winter Open in February. Scrappy player, hard turns out of the box.

2018 RHP Rafael Figuereo (John Jay - East Fishkill / Pace University Commit)
Long and lean RHP who drew the task of matching up vs. Neeck and in front of nearly 30 pro scouts. Sat 81-83 MPH, with a ¾ arm slot, touching 85 MPH early on with a 70-72 MPH CB; action was 11-5 CB with some depth. Works downhill with some arm side run; frame projects with a high ceiling that will be reached at the college level.

2018 1B Steven Schoen (John Jay - East Fishkill / Sacred Heart Commit)
Fully framed L/L 1B with some juice to the pull side; active glove and moves well laterally for size. Tough assignment facing Neeck but showed easy effort at the plate during BP with repeatable swing mechanics.

2019 2B Kyle Cacamisse (John Jay - East Fishkill)
Slick fielding middle infielder who showed some lateral range; turns the double play well with quick exchange. Battled Neeck, slicing a single to LF off a 91 MPH FB.

2019 SS Tommy DiRusso (John Jay-East Fishkill)
Athletic frame; solid glove with accurate arm. Open stance at the plate; knocked a double off of Neeck in his 2nd at-bat. May project better at 2B/3B at the next level but suitable at SS. 

2018 OF Carlos Payano (George Washington / New Mexico JC Commit)
One of the more physical frames we’ve come across this spring. The L/L outfielder swings with aggression but keeps it out of the shoulders; has the ability to shorten up and use the whole field as evidenced in his final AB, stroking a RBI single. Plus arm that not only holds it carry but is accurate; two in-game throws to the plate registered 87 MPH and 90 MPH.

2021 RHP Justine Rodriguez (George Washington)
Lean frame with long arms; highly projectable build. Works from a low ¾ slot, sitting 81-84 MPH with a 10-to-4 CB/slurve in the 64-66 MPH range. Showed a change up at 75 MPH. Huge upside, additional velocity gains on the way.

2018 1B German Sepulveda (George Washington)
Physical build; right-handed hitting 1B showed above bat speed with some lift to his pull side. Strong lower half with power potential to his pull side.

2018 OF Darrell Soto (George Washington)
Strong framed corner OF with above average and accurate arm. At the plate he hits from an even stance with an exaggerated lean over the belt. Swing path was short with some bat speed through the zone.

2020 INF Pedro Garcia (George Washington)
Impressive out of the lead-off spot for GW. Athletic with a short swing path; crushed a triple to left-center in his 1st AB off of an 89 MPH fastball but stayed disciplined, grinding out two walks after that. Currently hitting .480 in PSAL play.

2018 RHP Leury Tejada (Walton Campus/ New Mexico JC Commit)
Long and lean RHP with an easy effort, low ¾ arm slot. Sat 87-89 MPH for the majority of the game, touching a couple 90 MPH and one 91 MPH FB early on. Overthrowing slider early in game but after a lengthy injury delay he settled in with a late breaking, tilting slider at 78-79 MPH. Frame and arm action easily can support additional velocity. Showed some bat speed at the plate; collected a SAC fly and and single.

2018 RHP Juan Vasquez (Walton Campus)
RHP with an athletic build; worked 79-81 MPH with an 11-5 CB at 66-67 MPH. Fastball mostly of the 2-seam/sinker variety; stayed down in the zone. Collected a handful of punchouts against a strong George Washington lineup.

2019 OF Fraini Tejada (Walton Campus)
Exceptional athlete; 2-slot hitter for Walton. Even stance with a balanced approach; put together several quality at-bats without much to show for it. Player to follow up on not only positionally but on the mound.

2018 OF Jean Morillo (Walton Campus)
6-foot-1 range; even setup at the plate; works deep counts. Drew 2 walks and a single while swiping a bag. Another frontline athlete to follow up on.

2019 INF/RHP Luke Gold (Ballston Spa / Boston College Commit)
Sets up with his feet wider than shoulder width and strong  bottom half. Controlled, quick hands with a good bat path. Didn’t have much success at the plate on this day but faced another D1 commit in Brendan Disonell (Stony Brook).  Appeared on the bump in relief and threw a credible 3+ innings, striking out three and showing a tight breaking ball. Next level player with a lot of talent.

2019 RHP Brendan Disonell (Shenendehowa / Stony Brook Commit)
5-foot-11, 155 pound RHP is poised and in command on the mound.  Doesn’t overwhelm you with his fastball (sits 80-82 MPH), but has a wipe-out slider and above average change.  Recorded 13 k’s and a NO HITTER versus Ballston Spa.  Back to back complete games with 26 punchouts in 14 IP.

2018 LHP Jack Mahoney (Shaker/Stony Brook)
Went 3 for 4 at the plate.  Didn’t get to see Mahoney on the hill, but he helped the Bison cause by recording three hits from the middle of the order.

2018 1B Matt Bishop (Shenendehowa)
6-foot-0, 210 pound RHH 1B, Bishop has been a run producer for the Plainsmen.  HR versus Ballston Spa and 2 for 4 versus Shaker. Powerful right handed hitter with balanced approach at the plate. Handles the breaking ball well and shows power to both gaps.

2018 CF Nicolas Stagnitta (Columbia HS)
5-foot-11, 160 pound CF shows very good athleticism.  Went 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI.  Covers a lot of ground in the outfield (6.78 60).

2019 CF/RHP Shawn Chermak (Vestal)
Chermak (R/R) pitched on this day going 6 ⅔ innings scattering 5 hits and 2 ER against a strong Corning Hawks team. He threw 107 pitches, 72 for strikes and had had 6 K, 2 BB, and 2 HB. Chermak used a fastball that ran 79-81 and a curveball that was consistently 66-67.  Chermak effectively varied his delivery timing to keep batters off balanced all game.

2018 LHP Dominic Dirado (Vestal / Binghamton University Commit)
We got our third look of the season at Dirado versus Union Endicott and he did not disappoint.  Dirado pitched 6 innings of scoreless baseball, throwing 107 pitches - 72 for strikes, and yielding 2 hits with 14 K, and 4 BB. He used his fastball, change-up, and slider regularly, with the slider being especially effective.  Only one Tiger batter put the bat on his slider on this day. Velos were 84 to 86 on his FB topping out at 87. His changeup was at 76-77 and slider at 75.

2019 RHP Kyle Taborne (Vestal)
In his last outing of the regular season, Taborne scatter 4 hits through 5 innings with 8s and 2 BBs. He threw 82 pitches with 51 for strikes.  He kept the ball down the entire game with his fastball being his most effective pitch on this day.

2019 OF/P Ryan Kerley (Vestal)
From his leadoff position in the lineup, this week Kerley was 5  for 11, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, and 2 K. Kerley throws right and bats left and has fence clearing power to the pull side as demonstrated with two HRs against Homer, one in his first plate appearance of the game.  He demonstrated power to pull side from center field to extreme right.  A true lefty stick in the leadoff spot.The compact 5-foot-8 170 pound OF played CF and LF in his 3 games for Vestal this week.

2018 OF Devon Brown (Vestal / Hartwick Football Commit)
The 6-foot-one 170 pound Brown (R/R) played RF all 3 games this week.  Over 3 games this week, Brown was 3 for 7, 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, and 1 K hitting from the 9th spot in the lineup.  A speedy runner, Brown will be playing wide receiver for Hartwick College next year.

2018 SS Owen Dando (Vestal)
In 3 games of work at shortstop, Dando (R/R) was 3 for 7, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HP, and 2 SAC flies. Batting in the 3 spot, the 5-foot-11 160 pound Dando accounted for both of Vestal’s RBIs with SAC flies against tough Union Endicott pitching.  

2018 RHP Alex Bardo (Corning / Cortland Commit)
Bardo threw a complete game against Vestal, pitching 6 innings.  He faced 27 batters and yielded 7 hits, 3 ER, 9 K, and 2 BB. Bardo threw 98 pitches with 66 for strikes.  On this night his fastball was 82-84, change up at 77, and curve 68-70. 4 of his strikeouts came with batters watching the curve on the outside corner for a called 3rd strike.

2018 C Trevor Henneman (Corning / Canisius College Commit)
Big physical catcher - 6-foot 225 pounds.  On this night, Henneman (R/R) was 1 for 2, 1 RBI, BB, and HP.  On base 3 times, Henneman stole second base twice showing great speed for his size.  Behind the plate he handled a sweeping curve from Bardo very well.

2019 LHP Dunovan Hogan (Union-Endicott)
Hogan pitched 5 innings of 3 hit 1 run baseball against Vestal.  He faced 20 batters and had 1 ER, 2 K, and 2 BB.

2018 RHP Anthony Van Fossen (Union-Endicott / Oswego Commit)
The 6-foot-2 175 pound senior (R/R) played first base and pitched 3 innings of relief against Vestal.  He faced 12 batters, yielding 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 K, and 1 intentional BB. His fastball was 82-84. His curve was at 66-67.  

2018 OF Marcus Bauzo (Union-Endicott)
Bauzo was the designated hitter and at plate was 0 for 0.  Against Vestal’s pitching, he was on base all 4 times with 3 BB, HP, and 1 R, hitting from the 8th spot in the lineup.  He demonstrated tremendous patience and didn’t chase pitches.

2020 RHP Owen Parliament (LaFargeville)
Showed good command striking out six in 3 innings of work in a game that was called. Featured smooth repeatable mechanics; fastball sat 84 MPH and touched 85 MPH during his 3 innings of work. Mechanics are clean, utilizes his lower body well, and has great body language on the mound. At the plate also features a smooth swing with quick hands through the zone. Has upward barrel lift projecting gap to gap power as he continues to develop. Overall, Parliament has an athletic build with potential to compete at the next level as a dual threat. Continues to get better each outing and will be a threat come sectional time.

2018 OF Mike Sabatine (Fairport/Maine Commit)
5-foot-9, fleet-footed outfielder; combines impressive plate coverage with above average bat speed, keeps bat on level path through the strike, uses counter rotation between upper and lower torso to generate power, makes consistent barrel contact with a repeatable motion, drives the ball to all fields with gap power, repeatable motion, effortless runner who is as technical as he is athletic and aggressive on the base paths, takes aggressive yet intelligent secondary leads; In the outfield Sabatine flashes a sure glove, reads ball well off the bat, takes intelligent lines to the ball, makes aggressive breaks, strong arm.

2018 INF Omar Rosa (Fairport/ Finger Lakes CC Commit)
5-foot-10 infielder who makes plays from both sides of the diamond; at the plate Rosa stays short to the ball with strong hands, keeps bat on level path through the strike zone, uses all fields, able to turn on an inside pitch, uses all fields with gap power. With the glove Rosa is athletic with smooth and agile footwork, sharp movements and quick reads off contact, sure glove, smooth and easy transfer to throwing hand, strong and accurate arm, makes difficult plays look easy, capable of getting to balls that most others can’t.

2019 LHP Josh Van Bramer (Fairport)
6-foot-1 southpaw who pounds the strike zone; herky-jerky arm action, effectively changes eye level of batters commanding 3-4 pitches, uses height out of ¾ slot to get downward plane on fastball, induces weak contact, throws breaking ball with tight spin to both sides of the plate. At the plate Van Bramer makes consistent barrel contact, keeps bat on level path through the strike zone, quick to the ball, can drive ball to all fields

2018 INF Tyler Smith (Fairport)
5-foot-10 middle infielder who stays short to the ball with quick hands and a repeatable motion; keeps bat on level path through the strike zone and drives the ball to all fields, gap power, makes consistent barrel contact. As a defender Smith demonstrattes smooth and agile footwork, above average range, sure glove, smooth and easy transfer with strong arm across the diamond.

2019 C Tyler Holmes (Fairport)
5-foot-10 backstop who displays a wide array of tools; In the box he uses quick, strong hands to drive the ball to all fields, keeps head down and bat on level path through the strike zone, able to go with the pitch. Sets up well behind the plate, advanced blocking skills, sure glove with smooth and easy transfer, impressive accuracy, consistent on throws down to second.

2019 INF Bobby Bradley (Penfield)
5-foot-9 infielder with strong skill set. Advanced plate coverage, able to drive the ball to all fields, disciplined approach with an emphasis on quality at bats, keeps bat on level path through the strike, compact swing, makes consistent barrel contact; Defensively; solid, athletic frame with a sure glove, strong and accurate arm, clean and fundamental footwork, displays above average range, smooth and easy transfer from glove to throwing hand, capable of making out-of-the-ordinary plays look routine.

2020 RHP Danny Stapleton (Penfield)
5-foot-10 right-hander with intriguing potential;On the mound he showed a clean arm action out of a ¾ slot, effectively changes eye level, fastball shows late run, induces weak contact, works both sides of the plate with accuracy, emerging command of secondary pitches. At the plate Stapleton stays short to the ball with repeatable motion and disciplined approach, uses all fields, makes consistent barrel contact.

2021 RHP/3B Gage Ziehl (Penfield)
5-foot-11 right-hander with impressive skill set. Disciplined approach with notable plate plate coverage, strong hands, quick to the ball with head down, keeps bat on level path through the strike zone with slight upper-cut, makes consistent barrel contact, gap-to-gap power, strong hands. On the mound; clean arm action out of a ¾ slot, effortless, gets downward plane on fastball, induces weak contact, compact delivery. Defensively, sure glove with above average arm across the infield, capable of taking away hits down the line with his back hand and delivering accurate throws to first.

2020 INF Brendan Miller (Penfield)
5-foot-9 middle infielder; short to the ball with compact swing, makes consistent barrel contact, learning how to use lower half of body to generate power, can drive the ball to all fields, disciplined plate approach; Defensively, agile footwork with impressive range at shortstop, sure glove capable of taking away hits in hole between third and short, smooth and easy transfer to throwing hand, strong and accurate arm across the diamond.

2018 RHP Jason Rubilotta (CBA-Albany / Bentley Commit)
6-foot, quick arm right-hander with an online delivery. The arm slot is slightly above 3/4 and clean. The glove comes across the hitters face and his major pull to it. The lift is athletic and quick in tempo. The fastball was 85-86 mph, and the spin pitch was 74-76 mph. Showed a feel for the changeup. The spin pitch is the out pitch and is very good at times.

2018 C Adam Zebrowski (CBA-Albany)
Showed above average arm strength from behind the dish and the ability to receive. The glove is soft and he secures the catch well. The arm is long on the backside and all the throws have carry to them. At the plate, the setup is wide in base and the swing is free. The path is long and strong to the ball. Shows pull side power at times.

2018 LHP Alec Ritzenthaler (Niskayuna / Canisius Commit)
6-foot-4 185-pound left-hander; delivery is clean, athletic lift and coil at the top. The feet have good direction to them and the slot is above 3/4. The fastball was 83-84 MPH with arm side action. The breaking ball is big, sharp at times, 70-71 mph. The changeup as fade to it, sat at 74-75, occasional can over throw it.

2019 RHP Isaac Brown (Troy HS / Marist Commit)
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed continues to develop nicely on the mound. The delivery is online with his feet, and the slot is above 3/4. The glove side has pull to it and the back leg sinks a bit as he makes his way into foot strike. Occasionally runs away from his arm. The fastball sat 87-89 mph with arm side action. The slider is trending the right way, 77-80 mph. Showed a changeup in warm ups as well.

2019 C Jackson Trenaman (Port Washington)
Athletic build in a 6-foot-0 170 pound frame. Has some room to grow. Quick feet with above average framing abilities. Quick and smooth transfer with above average arm strength. Slight crouch at the plate, with a great approach. Works the count well as a hitter, where his zone recognition and discipline come into play. Quick hands, opposite field power.

2019 RHP Alex Chang (Port Washington)
Crafty RHP with a slight but strong frame, 6-foot-0 160 pounds. Uses his body as well as he can without much weight behind the ball. Has a solidified 4 pitch mix; most comfortable with his FB, but has a 11-5 CB that he will go to. Missed up with the CB times. His deception and FB control leads to a lot of awkward swings. Loaded up stance at the plate with weight over back leg; stays behind the ball with a short, on-plane stroke.

2020 3B/RHP Sean Meth (Port Washington)
5-foot-1010 160 pound sophomore with a very athletic build for his age; room for physical gains present. Balanced stance at the plate, with good hip rotation The power is already there; easy opposite field power. Choppy feet, but solid hands at 3B. Projects well on the mound. Came into close the game out with an easy fluid motion. High 70’s FB with a good feel of a 10-4 CB.

2019 SS Aaron Klug (Port Washington)
6-foot-0 180 pounds with an average build. Great range at SS; above average hands and showed arm strength. Quick hands at the plate with the ability to hit to all fields. Additional use of  his legs will contribute in the power department.

2020 RHP Sophomore John Strategakos (Baldwin)
5-foot-10 170 pounds with an athletic build. Good demeanor on the mound. Solid feel for 3 pitches. Uneven delivery on the mound with a big drop and dive with his back half. Stride and extension is above average. CB was thrown for strikes but doesn’t have that sharp bite yet. Mid 70s FB with some run.



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