Prep Baseball Report

Elite Prospect Showcase Analysis: Pitchers (Part One)

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The 2014 Elite Prospect Showcase took place Saturday, November 1st at Keystone State Baseball Academy in Manheim, PA with 56 prospects from three states displaying their skills. The following is a look at half of the 23 pitchers that participated in the event and threw their bullpens on mound number one. The remaining pitchers threw on mound number two. For an analysis of the pitchers that threw on mound two CLICK HERE.

Mound No. 1 Pitchers (In Alphabetical Order)

Andrew Corso
, 2B/RHP, Hempfield HS, PA (2016)

Corso is an interesting two-way prospect that sat comfortably at 75-76 from a 3/4 arm slot. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righty gets some arm-side run to his fastball and has a frame that suggests significant velocity gains are possible. Corso's mechanics are repeatable and effortless and his 70 mph changeup shows some natural sink from the lower arm slot. Corso's best pitch is a 67 mph breaking ball that has slider action. The junior could be slotted to make the move to a full time pitcher if his frame continues to fill out and velocity spikes occur over the next two years.

Brady Devereux, RHP/OF, Malvern Prep, PA (2018)

Devereux flashed some of what makes him a highly coveted prospect prior to playing his first inning of high school baseball. For more on Devereux take a look at our recap of the day's top performances.

Colin Garraway, 3B/RHP, Kingsway Regional HS, NJ (2017)

Garraway is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore that sat 67-69 from a high 3/4 arm slot. The righty also showcased a 60 mph slurve and a 61 mph changeup that he tends to telegraph.

Ryan Giovenco, RHP, Parkland HS, PA (2017)

Giovenco sat 77-79 from a high 3/4 arm slot commanding both a 4-seam and a 2-seam fastball at identical velocities. The sophomore's 2-seamer showed some cut action and his 69 mph changeup was thrown at near fastball arm speed. Giovenco slows his arm speed considerably in delivering his 64 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound righty showed good balance and repeatable mechanics while commanding the strike zone with all three pitches.

Greg Grandelli, 2B/RHP, Roman Catholic HS, PA (2016)

Grandelli sat 80-81 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a high knee delivery with some effort. The junior commanded an 11/5 breaking curveball with tight 11/5 rotation and down action with some wrist cock. Grandelli's 73 mph changeup is thrown at near fastball arm speed. The 6-foot, 185-pound righty has an athletic frame and could see added velocity by working to stay more fluid while eliminating some head snap that tends to pull him off line at times.

Joseph Iengo, RHP/1B, Iona Prep, NY (2017)

There is a lot to like in Iengo's 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. The sophomore sat 76-79 with a hip coil delivery from a long, loose high 3/4 arm slot. The righty also showcased a 69 mph curveball with slider action and a circle change at 72 mph that shows some sink. Iengo showed a repeatable delivery and good balance. As his frame continues to develop he should see added velocity gains and additional movement from his long-arm delivery.

Briar Lauer, RHP, Red Lion Area HS, PA (2016)

Lauer has a solid 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame and showcased a very solid three pitch mix with repeatable mechanics. The junior sat 81-83 from a high 3/4 arm slot and flashed a tight breaking curveball with 11/5 rotation at 74 mph. Lauer's changeup was delivered at fastball arm speed with cutting action and some late sink. The righty has a hip coil to his delivery and throws downhill indicating additional velocity spikes moving forward.

Matthew McGillan, RHP, Ephrata HS, PA (2016)

McGillan sat 75-77 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a high knee delivery and some stiffness to his arm action. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righty displayed an 11/5 breaking curveball that sat 68-70 with much better break from the stretch. McGillan also commanded a 75 mph changeup thrown at near fastball arm speed. The junior showed good tempo and repeatable mechanics while commanding all three offerings.

James Meals III, RHP/1B, Downingtown West, PA (2017)

Meals impressed sitting 80-83 working solely from the stretch with arm-side run to his fastball. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righty appears to be far from physical maturity and controls his delivery well. Meals also displayed a 71 mph slider that he frequently gets underneath. When on top of the pitch it showed solid biting action. Meals' changeup sat 68-70 and was thrown at near fastball arm speed.

Anthony Rini, RHP, Knoch HS, PA (2017)

Rini is a physical 6-foot-5, 185-pound sophomore that sat 74-75 from a high 3/4 arm slot. The sophomore displayed a 68 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and a 66 mph change up at near fastball arm speed. Rini showed good balance to his delivery and a feel for all three pitches. Additional velocity is likely to come as the long limbed prospect catches up to his body and learns to incorporate his lower half more.

Nick Stoner, SS/RHP, Elizabethtown HS, PA (2017)

Stoner impressed with an athletic 6-foot, 155-pound frame and an ease to everything he does. Read more on Stoner in our recap of the day's top performances.

Noah Weiner, 1B/RHP, Franklin Regional HS, PA (2017)

Weiner continues to develop and add to his projectable 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame. The righty sat 76-78 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a high knee delivery and what appears to be much more velocity to come. Weiner also commanded a 70 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and a 73 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed. The changeup is a work in progress and the sophomore still lacks a true feel for the pitch.

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