2017 Western PA Top Prospect Games Spotlight: 2018 3B/1B Jacob Keene

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

The 2017 Western PA Top Prospect Games are just two weeks away and limited roster spots remain to be filled.  Leading up to the July 18 & 19 event hosted at the Iron Horse Sports Complex in Windber, PA we will be spotlighting players scheduled to participate.  CLICK HERE to view the finalized roster, pitching rotations and schedule.

Today we take a look at Jacob Keene an uncommitted 2018 3B/1B from Butler Area HS

Jacob Keene

Class of 2018 / 3B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: 3B
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Butler Area
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: Team All*American
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


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Scouting Report

5/1/17 5-foot-11, 215-pound right-handed hitting third baseman reached base four times on this day with a hard hit single through left side and three walks. Keene demonstrates significant bat speed with pull side power. At times there is some top half drift compromising ability to stay short and get through ball on inner half.  Arm strength plays on left side of infield.

10/29/16 Physical, 5-foot-11, 215-pound right-handed hitter. Hits from a square stance and holds bat at a good launch angle. 91 mph exit velocity indicates power potential, and there is likely more in there. Currently swings mostly with his top half, as he gets his weight into his front side early, limiting his ability to incorporate his back side into his swing. Showed solid footwork defensively and threw out of an over-the-top arm slot with 79 mph arm strength that has some carry. He ran a 7.65 60-yard dash.

9/11/16 5-foot-11, 215-pound right-handed hitter looked more comfortable and showcased improved across-the-board measurables on this date. Showcased a 91 mph bat exit velocity and present power to the pull side with strong lower half action to a repeatable swing. Moved well laterally during defensive evaluations and displayed solid carry on throws of 79 mph across the diamond from third base.

9/10/16 Physical 5-foot-11, 215-pound right-handed hitter went 1-for-4 with a walk during game action. Starts from a square stance and utilizes a short, lift-and-replace stride to initiate his swing from a high hands load. Displayed solid feel for the barrel with a strong lower half and a bat exit velocity of 85 mph. Corner infielder displayed capable defensive actions at both positions with good carry on throws of 79 mph from third base.

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