Prep Baseball Report

Fall Kickoff Showcase: Class of 2020 / 2021 Analysis

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

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The Fall Kickoff Showcase began four consecutive days of activity at Cooper Park on the campus of Millersville University last week.  35 prospects from four states showcased their abilities in advance of the beginning of the Fall Kickoff Showcase Tournament.

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Josh MerrillJosh Merrill, 2020, OF, Conestoga HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing from a high-hands load position.  Utilizes a lift-and-replace stride to trigger his lower half.  Bottom hand dominated swing with some arm-bar action leads to some length to the swing with a bat exit velocity of 77 mph.  Moves around the outfield well and showcased straight line carry on throws of 76 mph to home plate.  Ran a 7.38 60-yard dash.

Ryan RamettaRyan Rametta, 2020, RHP/SS, Kiski Area HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 155-pound primary pitcher sat 73-75 with repeatable mechanics and a feel for throwing strikes.  Curveball showed 11/5 rotation with more spin than break at this point in its development. Also displayed a 70 mph slider with slight cut and a changeup thrown at 67-69 with near fastball arm speed.  The right-handed hitter starts from a wide, square stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and replace stride.  Starts from a high-elbow load and showcased strong wrists leading to a bat exit velocity of 80 mph.  Demonstrated raw actions defensively with developing 69 mph arm strength across the diamond.

Carter RiebenCarter Rieben, 2020, SS/RHP, Downingtown West HS (PA)
5-foot-11, 140-pound right-handed hitter starts from an open stance and strides to square.  Shows balance throughout swing with loose hands and a feel for the barrel.  Registered a 74 mph bat exit velocity.  Ran a 7.46 60-yard dash and moved well around the infield.  Displayed a soft glove hand with accurate 73 mph arm strength across the diamond.  Sat 76-78 from a high 3/4 arm slot with some arm side run to his fastball during game action.  Also showcased a curveball at 66-68 with 11/5 action while working two scoreless innings with one strikeout and one hit allowed.

Cooper WebbCooper Webb, 2020, RHP, Spring-Ford HS (PA)
6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander worked solely out of the stretch sitting 82-84 from a low 3/4 arm slot with a quick arm and above average command of his fastball.  Also showcased a 70 mph changeup with similar arm speed and a cutter at 72-73 with short, late movement.  Curveball at 67-68 displayed flat break through the zone from the low arm slot and is likely a pitch that will need to be changed to a slider in the future. Physical frame with repeatable delivery makes Webb a righty to follow in this class.


Jack GinsburgJack Ginsburg, 2021, RHP/1B, Downingtown West HS (PA)
6-foot-2, 180-pound primary pitcher sat 77-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot with solid command of his fastball.  Curveball displayed tight 11/5 rotation at 67-69.  Also commanded a changeup with arm side fade at 68-70 at near fastball arm speed.  The right-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a leg-hang stride to initiate his lower half.  Showcased the potential for some future power with an 85 mph bat exit velocity.  Displayed capable actions around the first base bag with accurate 69 mph arm strength across the diamond and ran a 7.56 60-yard dash.

Michael KilkerMichael Kilker, 2021, RHP/SS, Hazleton Area HS (PA)
6-foot, 160-pound primary pitcher sat 78-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot.  Initiates balanced delivery with a side rocker step and stays balanced throughout.  Changeup is currently best secondary offering at 73-74 with some arm side run.  Curveball displayed 11/5 rotation with limited break at this stage in its development.  Right-handed hitter battled through a finger injury to take a solid round of batting practice.  Starts from a slightly open stance and initiates his lower half with a leg-hang stride.  An upper half dominated swing produced a bat exit velocity of 75 mph.  Showcased a quick release from a 3/4 arm slot defensively with 73 mph arm strength across the diamond and ran a 7.30 60-yard dash.