Prep Baseball Report

Fall 2017 Rankings Update: Class of 2020

Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Following a busy fall of PBR events and the WWBA fall champinonships in Florida it is time to roll out our final update of the 2017 calendar year to our Class of 2020 rankings.  This update includes the addition of 25 prospects with the list growing to a total of 55. The next update will not come until early February following the completion of the winter PBR schedule in Pennsylvania that culminates with the Preseason All-State Showcase.

Of the 55 players ranked in this update, 13 have already made their college commitments, including seven of the top 10, and ten of the top 15 on the list. All 13 commitments to date have been made to Division I programs. 

CLICK HERE to view the complete list.

top 10

1 Austin Hendrick PA West Allegheny 2020 OF Mississippi State
2 Luke Wagner PA Red Land 2020 LHP Georgia
3 Kevin Karstetter PA State College 2020 3B  
4 Rece Ritchey PA Huntingdon Area 2020 LHP Virginia 
5 Jeff Extor PA The Shipley School 2020 LHP West Virginia
6 Tyler Wiederstein PA Hempfield Area 2020 RHP Michigan
7 Mark Black PA Serra Catholic 2020 C St. John's
8 Cooper Webb PA Spring-Ford 2020 RHP  
9 Grant Umberger PA Downingtown East 2020 LHP  
10 Tyler Joseph
PA Moravian Academy 2020 3B Army

Biggest mover

Cooper WebbThe biggest mover in this update is Spring-Ford High School RHP/OF Cooper Webb, who excelled at the recent Elite Prospect Showcase. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound primary pitcher has a mature frame. Webb has made a significant jump in velocity since we last saw him in August at the Fall Kickoff Showcase. On that date Webb sat 82-84. Two months later, Webb sat 86-88 while bumping 89 mph. While the fastball is relatively straight he does create some angles with a bit of crossfire action from a high 3/4 arm slot. Curveball at 68-69 showed tight, 12/6 rotation. Also commanded a cutter at 72-74 and a changeup at 73-76 in his four-pitch mix. The two-way prospect ran a 7.27 60-yard dash and flashed 88 mph arm strength from the outfield. The left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a lift-and-replace stride to initiate his swing. Stays inside the baseball well and showed an above average feel for the barrel with a bat exit velocity of 84 mph. Webb has since been added to the Team Pennsylvania roster as a right-handed pitcher for the 2018 PBR Future Games.

upcoming pbr schedule

Northwestern Pennsylvania Thanksgiving Review PA 11/19 Gannon University Recreation & Wellness Center - Erie, PA
PBR Evaluation & Measurables Showcase PA 12/30 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA
Northeastern Pennsylvania Winter Review PA 01/06 ProProspects Training Center - White Mills, PA
2018 Preseason Preview PA 01/13 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA
2018 Preseason All-State Showcase Day One (INVITE ONLY) PA 01/27 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA
2018 Preseason All-State Showcase Day Two (INVITE ONLY) PA 01/28 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA

recent pa news