Prep Baseball Report

Early Look at Pennsylvania's Class of 2020

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

On a yearly basis our initial player rankings for those in their freshman year of high school is released following the completion of the high school baseball season. While most freshman spend their first year in a high school uniform as members of their school's freshmen or JV rosters, some get the privilege of dawning a varsity uniform. An even smaller percentage actually have the opportunity to affect the outcome of varsity games in their initial year of high school.

Following we take a look at a handful of freshmen statewide that are likely to make a name for themselves this spring.

Hendrick Tops PBR Overall Rankings

Austin HendrickWhile he has yet to play a high school game, West Allegheny OF/LHP Austin Hendrick has garnered more than his fair share of attention on the national stage through travel baseball. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound left-handed hitter has showcased significant bat speed and present power with very athletic actions in the outfield. Although he will likely see time on the mound during his high school career the current two-way prospect is likely to be a position player at the next level. Hendrick's hit tool has him currently positioned as the top Class of 2020 prospect in the PBR overall rankings.

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Austin Hendrick PA West Allegheny 2020 OF
2 Yanluis Ortiz TX Southlake 2020 3B Miami
3 Nate Wohlgemuth OK Owasso 2020 RHP
4 Liam Norris NC Green Hope 2020 LHP
5 Aaron Nixon TX McCallen 2020 SS Texas
6 Jackson Miller FL JW Mitchell 2020 C
7 Jared Kelley TX Refugio 2020 RHP Texas Christian
8 Victor Mederos FL Coral Reef Senior 2020 RHP Miami
9 Dalton Porter TX Rouse 2020 LHP Texas
10 Jordan Carrion FL Somerset Academy 2020 SS Florida


Team Pennsylvania

The PBR Future Games is the top event in the country for uncommitted rising juniors every summer. While it is not uncommon for a few rising sophomores to dot the rosters representing the various PBR states at the event, it is not the norm. This year's Team Pennsylvania roster is nearly complete and already includes seven prospects from the Class of 2020.

  • C/1B Bryce Behmer (Lancaster Catholic): 6-foot, 180-pounder with advanced catch and throw abilities and above average pop in his right-hand bat.
  • C Mark Black (Serra Catholic): 5-foot-10, 175-pound right-handed hitter swings with intent. Hard nosed player with a big work ethic and drive to continue to improve.
  • LHP Jeff Extor (The Shipley School): 5-foot-10, 170-pound lefty impressed at the Preseason All-State Showcase with a very quick arm. Sat 85-86 with a hard slider in the upper 70s.
  • C Cole Houser (Hempfield): 5-foot-9, 155-pounder with advanced defensive abilities has shown consistent pop times below 2.00 with above average arm strength and 78 mph arm strength.
  • 3B Kevin Karstetter (State College Area): 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-handed hitter with good blood lines. Brother is a sophomore at the State College of Florida.
  • SS Connor Offshack (Malvern Prep): 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitter. Has a chance to play early for highly respected program.
  • LHP/OF Luke Wagner (Red Land): 5-foot-11, 155-pound two-way prospect shined at the Preseason All-State Showcase. Displayed well rounded skill set and will be a highly recruited left-handed pitcher in this class.

Gray Impresses at Preseason All-State Showcase

The Preseason All-State Showcase also helped to elevate the status of Archbishop Carroll RHP/SS Kamal Gray. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder turned heads with a solid two-way skill set and the potential to really blossom on the mound. PBR National Crosschecker Shooter Hunt's notes on Gray's performance on the bump included adjectives such as crisp, fluent, effortless and efficient.