2018 Western PA Top Prospect Games Analysis: Grey Team


Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

The summer rush of PBR events in Pennsylvania began this week with the 2018 Western PA Top Prospect Games on June 12th and 13th. Sixty prospects gathered for two days of nine inning games and showcase activities at the Seton Hill baseball complex on the campus of Seton Hill University. Today we continue our analysis of the prospects in attendance by taking a look at those that participated as a member of the Grey Team.

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TOP PROSPECTs

Albert ChoiAlbert Choi, 2019, OF, Downingtown East HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitter's game changing foot speed was on display all weekend. Choi ran an event best 6.59 60-yard dash on a relatively slow track. He also ran a laser timed 6.48 indoors at the Preseason All-State Showcase in January. Choi's foot speed also translates well to game play as evidenced by his 4.03 trip down the first base line on an infield single and his stand up triple on a ball hit down the left field line. Currently uncommitted, Choi showcased a line drive approach while barreling the baseball consistently to all fields during game action over two days. Choi was also among the leaders at the event in arm strength (88 mph from the outfield) and bat exit velocity (88 mph).

Gino MarraGino Marra, 2019, LHP, Plum HS (PA)
Don't let Marra's 5-foot-9, 150-pound frame fool you. He can pitch and he is a bulldog on the mound. The uncommitted lefty sat 80-84 out of a high 3/4 arm slot with an up tempo delivery and a quick arm. Marra's four seam fastball showed cutting action at 83-84 while his two seamer had arm-side run at 80-81. Marra also effectively mixes his curveball with 1/7 rotation at 67-70 and his changeup at 75-76 that has late sink. Marra yielded two hits over three innings of work while striking out seven. While additional velocity is possible, significant gains are not. With that said, Marra will be able to compete early in the right college program with three effective pitches and the ability to command all three to both sides of the plate.

Remainder of Roster: (in alphabetical order)

Simon Brown, 2020, RHP, Bulter Area HS (PA)
6-foot-4, 220-pounder sat 82-84 from a high 3/4 arm slot with much more in the tank. Delivery is easy and repeatable. Worked around a walk to the first batter he faced by getting three ground ball outs to end the inning. Allowed two hits over three innings of work while striking out three. Also displayed a curveball with 11/5 rotation at 68-69 and a changeup at 70-71. Additional velocity spikes are likely in the near future.

Jaiden Cioffi, 2018, RHP/SS, St. John Neumann HS (PA)
6-foot-2, 180-pound primary pitcher sat 82-84 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a bit of hip coil to his delivery. Also displayed a curveball with 11/5 rotation at 64-67. Three sport athlete will likely see significant velocity gains when he devotes full time efforts to baseball. Athletic right-handed hitter showcased 92 mph bat exit velocity.

Cameron Colwell, 2021, C/SS, Seton-La Salle Catholic HS (PA)
5-foot-9, 160-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a short, lift-and-replace stride. Displayed a line drive approach in BP with a solid feel for the barrel. Registered an 86 mph bat exit velocity and ran a 7.09 60-yard dash. Flashed 76 mph arm strength from the crouch with pop times of 2.07-2.13.

Parker Curry, 2020, RHP, Faith Christian Academy (PA)
6-foot-1, 175-pound righty sat 76-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot over three innings of work. Delivery is balanced and repeatable. Also displayed a curveball with 11/5 rotation at 64-66. Velocity was down from the 81-82 we saw him at during the Preseason All-State Showcase in January. Allowed three hits and a run while striking out one. 

Skyler Giannetti, 2019, RHP/OF, Carrick HS (PA)
5-foot-10, 165-pound primary pitcher sat 78-79 out of a 3/4 arm slot with natural cut to his fastball. Also commanded a curveball with 11/5 rotation at 68-69. Worked three innings allowing four hits while striking out three. Right-handed hitter showcased an 84 mph bat exit velocity and ran a 7.02 60-yard dash. Displayed athletic actions defensively and 82 mph arm strength from his outfield position.

Michael Huber, 2020, 1B/C, Thomas Jefferson HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 265-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing from a high elbow load with a lift-and-replace stride. Showcased a solid feel for the barrel during his round of BP with a bat exit velocity of 90 mph. Displayed present pop to the pull side including a double off the left field wall in game action. Showed solid footwork and a soft glove hand around the bag at first base.

Zach Keib, 2020, SS/3B, Brentwood HS (PA)
5-foot-7, 140-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a knee-to-knee stride. Displayed a line drive approach and a solid feel for the barrel during BP with a bat exit velocity of 78 mph. Ran a 7.56 60-yard dash and showcased 71 mph arm strength across the diamond defensively. Likely a second baseman a the next level with his current size and short arm circle throwing motion.

Cade Kontny, 2019, RHP/OF, Lakeland Christian HS (FL)
6-foot, 155-pound primary pitcher sat 75-77 from a 3/4 arm slot during two innings of work. Allowed one hit and no runs while striking out two. Also showcased a changeup at 68-70 and a slider at 66-67. Right-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a lift-and-replace stride to initiate his lower half. Displayed a direct, line drive swing path and solid feel for the barrel in BP. 7.26 runner went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in game action on day one. Showcased capable defensive actions with accurate 80 mph arm strength from the outfield.

Drew Morse, 2020, LHP/1B, Downingtown West HS (PA)
6-foot, 185-pound two-way prospect showcased a well-rounded skill set. The lefty sat 77-79 out of a high 3/4 arm slot during two innings of scoreless work on the mound. Also displayed a curveball with 1/7 rotation at 65-67. Left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a short, leg lift stride to initiate his lower half. Clears hips well and allows hands to fire through the zone. Very solid round of batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 87 mph. 7.48 runner showed his present gap-to-gap power with a pair of doubles in game action. Advance defender with solid footwork and a soft glove hand around the bag at first base. Definite two-way prospect to follow moving forward.

Ben Myers, 2019, OF, Cumberland Valley HS (PA)
6-foot-1, 165-pound left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a short, leg-hand stride. Displayed intent and an aggressive hip turn during solid round of BP with the to bat exit velocity at the event at 93 mph. 6.79 runner had an opportunity to showcase his in game speed with a triple in his first in game at bat. Athletic defender with the arm strength (87 mph) and foot speed to play all three outfield positions.

Kyle Rhoads, 2019, SS/OF, Cocalico HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a heel-raise stride. Displayed a direct swing path and a solid feel for the barrel in BP with a bat exit velocity of 84 mph. Fundamentally sound defender displayed the ability to handle all three infield positions with enough arm strength (83 mph) to remain on the left side of the infield. Ran a 7.31 60-yard dash and made several quality defensive plays in game action over the course of two games.

Owen Sabol, 2019, SS/3B, Norwin HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a heel-raise stride. Displayed a short, line drive swing in BP with a bat exit velocity of 84 mph and repeatedly barreled the baseball in game play. 6.97 runner showcased a soft glove hand and a quick release while playing through the baseball defensively. Showed the ability to make throws from multiple arm angles with 78 mph arm strength across the diamond.

Brandon Sicheri, 2019, OF, St. Marys Area HS (PA)
5-foot-8, 135-pound left-handed hitter starts from a wide, square stance and initiates his swing with a short, leg-hang stride. Clears hips well and creates some back spin with some lift to his finish. Registered a bat exit velocity of 85 mph and put together numerous quality at bats in game action. Solid defender showcased 77 mph arm strength from his outfield position and ran a 7.38 60-yard dash.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2018 Eastern PA Top Prospect Games (INVITE ONLY) PA 06/19 Millersville University
Clash of the Titans Tournament Scout Day PA 06/24 War Memorial Field - Ephrata, PA
Northeastern Pennsylvania Summer Review PA 06/26 Misericordia University
Southern West Virginia College Prospect Showcase - 6.27.18 PA 06/27 University of Charleston - Triana Field
2018 Eastern PA College Prospect Showcase PA 07/10 Millersville University
Eastern Panhandle College Prospect Showcase - 7.11.18 PA 07/11 Potomac State College
2018 PBR Future Games (Pennsylvania Invite Only) PA 08/01 Grand Park - Westfield, IN
PBR Junior Future Games (Invite Only) NATIONAL 08/02 Grand Park - Westfield, IN
2018 Fall Kickoff Showcase PA 08/16 Millersville University
Play for Team PBR (Fall Kickoff Tournament) PA 08/17 Millersville University
Northern West Virginia College Prospect Showcase - 8.26.18 PA 08/26 Wheeling Jesuit University

 

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