Prep Baseball Report

On the Hunt: Power and Speed, Position Players

By Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

This week, On the Hunt, takes a look at some of the athletic position players that have popped up throughout the country at PBR events. Some have continued to cement themselves as national prospects, and others have opened eyes as potential high-level players. Included in the list are five athletic outfields with a combination of speed and potential power as well as long, loose shortstop, and a strong, power-hitting first baseman. Represented in the group of seven are players from IL, IN, MI, NJ, OK, PA.

Arbert Cipion, OF, Passaic County Tech HS, NJ, 2018
Cipion exploded onto the scene at PBR New Jersey’s Preseason All-State Showcase with exciting athleticism and a quick stroke. Starting the day off by running a 6.64 60-yard dash, Cipion showed off his speed before producing a strong, 93 mph exit velocity off the tee. At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds Cipion’s body shows wiry strength, and has a chance to fill out even more in the next few years. At the plate, Cipion sets up open in a slight crouch, and closes off with a medium-sized stride while his hands move slightly back before ripping through the zone. Cipion’s hand speed stands out along with quick hips that allow him to work line drives from gap to gap, and his speed makes him a threat on the basepaths. In the field, Cipion grazes around with ease, and should be a centerfielder at the next level. He shows off a strong, 89 mph arm from the outfield with whip and carry. Overall, Cipion is an exciting player who has a chance to be a game changer at the next level with his excellent toolset.

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