Prep Baseball Report

Class of 2018 Rankings: Preseason Update

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

With the conclusion of the Preseason All-State Showcase and high school baseball practices ready to kick into high gear we begin the process of updating the current player rankings in each of three classes. Today we conclude by taking a look at the Pennsylvania Class of 2018. The rankings for this year's sophomore class will be updated next following the completion of the state playoffs in June.

Top Ten

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Michael Siani PA William Penn Charter
2017 OF Virginia
2 Dillon Marsh PA Lancaster Catholic
2017 LHP Wake Forest
3 Nick O'Day PA Bishop Shanahan
2017 RHP Texas Christian
4 Brady Devereux PA Malvern Prep
2017 RHP Wake Forest
5 Drew Baughman PA Cumberland Valley
2017 3B Liberty
6 Connor Ollio PA Butler Area
2017 SS
7 Jake Kelchner PA Spring-Ford 2017 LHP
8 Thomas Caufield PA West Chester Henderson
2017 SS
9 Andrew Cossetti PA La Salle
2017 C St. Joseph's
10 Billy Corcoran PA Malvern Prep
2017 RHP Pittsburgh

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Of Note

>> OF/LHP Michael Siani (William Penn Charter) makes the move to No. 1 in this update following a strong fall and winter. The Virginia commit is a tremendous athlete who ran the 60-yard dash in the 6.7-range and showcased 96-mph arm strength during the defensive portion of a recent workout. During batting practice, the left-handed hitter exhibited a simple, easy stroke and barreled just about everything. Although he did not toe the rubber at the event, Siani is a high-level prospect there as well capable of running his fastball up to 90 mph.

>> Drew Baughman jumps into the top ten spots in this update largely based on his present power. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound corner infielder jumps from No. 18 to No. 5. The Liberty commit registered a 97-mph exit velocity from the left side and 100-mph from the right (the first time triple digits has been recorded at a PBR PA event) earlier this month while swinging wood.

>> A trio of standouts at winter events made sizable leaps in this update. All three will also suit up in a Team Pennsylvania uniform at this summer's PBR Future Games. RHP/OF Adam Schwartz (Ephrata) jumped 13 spots to No. 12, 3B/OF Justin Williams jumped 18 spots to No. 16 and catcher Cole Chesnet (Coatesville) enters the rankings at No. 22.

>> A trio of right-handed pitchers have also made their first appearance in the rankings. Aaron Feld (Octorara, No. 29), Matt Benda (New Hope-Solebury, No. 30) and James Balogh (Pocono Mountain East, No. 40) have all shown mid-80s velocity with a feel for their secondary offerings.

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