2018 Rankings Update Preview: Top 18 in '18 (#1-6)

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

Our preview of the updated 2018 rankings concludes today with a sneak peek at our top six prospects as well as the anticipated unveiling of the updated top 75 prospects in the class. All previous 2018 Rankings Update Preview articles are listed below under Recent PA News.

CLICK HERE for the complete list of 75 ranked prospect in the Pennsylvania Class of 2018.

[Note: these rankings are now reflected on player profile pages. An update to the PBR overall rankings in this class is scheduled to be released in the near future.]

6. Brock Helverson, RHP, Perkiomen Valley (West Virginia)
A last-minute addition to Team New York/New Jersey at the 2016 PBR Future Games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder showed the ability to throw a heavy, sinking mid- to upper-80s fastball out of multiple low slots. Change-up has similar sink as the fastball, while he has a feel for throwing his breaking ball for strikes as well. He committed to the Mountaineers in between his two outings at the event.

5. Andrew Cossetti, C, La Salle (St. Joseph's)
Physical 6-foot, 205-pound build with the ability to stay behind the plate defensively. Receives well and has legit catch-and-throw skills, including arm strength and accuracy. Right-handed hitter flashes plus bat speed, has juice in his barrel, and has shown good plate discipline. But, c'mon, he's going to an Atlantic-10 school! The Hawks haven't missed on a catcher under their current skipper: returning starter was a Cape Cod League all-star who led his team in home runs over the summer, while his predecessor was a seventh round pick and split this past season between the St. Louis Cardinals' two class-A affiliates. Cossetti's skill-set is on par with that duo.

4. Connor Ollio, IF/RHP, Butler Area (North Carolina)
Ollio is a bit antithetical to the rest of this list, not necessarily standing out for having plus tools, but simply for his ability to play the game and routinely have success against high-level competition. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitter makes consistent hard to all parts of the field and is a strong infield defender. On the mound, he has a feel for sinking his mid-80s fastball and spinning a solid slider.

Marsh3. Dillon Marsh, LHP/1B, Lancaster Catholic (Kentucky)
A member of Team PA at the 2016 PBR Future Games, Marsh has two-way abilities that project to translate to the collegiate level. He exhibits good athleticism on the mound and a feel for throwing strikes with his quality fastball/change-up combo, while his breaking ball has added considerable depth over the past year-plus. The 6-foot, 220-pound left-handed hitter brings big raw power to the plate, while he is an advanced defender at first base with the athleticism to handle a corner outfield spot as well.

Caufield2. Thomas Caufield, IF, West Chester Henderson (North Carolina)
Caufield joined Marsh on Team PA this summer, standing out with his quick-twitch actions, smooth left-handed stroke, and fluid defensive movement. He is a sub-6.8 runner in the 60-yard dash and routinely posts sub-4.3 home-to-1B times. Consistently exhibits advanced barrel control and gap power that could develop beyond as he adds strength to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame.

1. Mike Siani, OF/LHP, William Penn Charter (Virginia)
One of the top athletes in the country, Siani participated this fall for the USA Baseball 18U National Team that won the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. The 6.6-runner can really go get it in the outfield, generates consistent hard contact from the left side of the plate, and has run his fastball into the low-90s off the mound.

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