Prep Baseball Report

MSI Discovery Showcase Series MLK Pro Day Notes

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

On a frigid Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a throng of scouts gathered inside the MapleZone Sports Institute in suburban Philadelphia for MSI's Discovery Showcase Series MLK Pro Day, an all-day affair that included a number of the top prospects from the Mid-Atlantic region. Of the roughly 50 prospects in attendance, six of the seniors currently reside in PBR National Supervisor Nathan Rode's 2016 Draft 100, while there is no doubt that a number of the underclassmen will find themselves there when their draft year rolls around.

On Wednesday, Rode detailed his standouts from the group representing nine different states. Today, we will focus in particular on some of the noteable performances by Pennsylvania prospects, plus one West Virginia resident who is also part of our territory.

Plum 1B/OF Alex Kirilloff was one of the main attractions and he didn't disappoint. The left-handed hitter has a mature frame that still has room for additional strength, especially above the waist. During his BP rounds, he showcased an easy swing with good rhythm and the ball jumped off his bat. He was comfortable letting the ball travel into the zone and hitting to all fields, while exhibiting a large contact zone. The Liberty commit also ran two 60-yard dashes in the 6.7-range with audible arm speed when throwing across the diamond from first base. While he only showcased defensively at first base, he expects to play outfield during the high school season, where his foot speed and arm strength will translate well.

Two 6-foot-3 right-handed pitchers -- Max Kranick (Valley Vilew) and A.J. Alexy (Twin Valley) -- boosted their stock as much as anyone in attendance. As of mid-October, Kranick reported having added nearly twenty pounds to his frame, and the gains were evident in his physique and a delivery with reduced effort from what he has utilized in the past. During his bullpen session, Kranick showed a short, quick arm action and life on a low-90s fastball that touched 93 a handful of times. The Virginia signee also exhibited a really good feel for a low-80s change-up with sink.

Alexy pitched in the mid-80s for a good chunk of last summer and was a bit under the radar coming into the event, but his long levers coupled with a fairly easy delivery that produced a fastball up to 91 multiple times surely got everyone's attention. The Radford commit also showed a solid curveball with 11/5 action and feel for a change-up despite slowing his arm to throw it.

Other class of 2016 notables:
+ Shortstop Logan Goodnight (The Linsly School, WV), a Penn State signee, showed a solid across the board skill set, including athletic defensive actions, a simple, balanced offensive approach with bat speed, and good foot speed (60-yard dash in the 6.8-6.9 range).
+ Right-handed pitcher Dan Hammer (Father Judge), a Pittsburgh recruit, touched 90 with his fastball and showed very good feel for his upper-70s change-up.
+ Outfielder Braxton Giavedoni (Punxsutawney Area) ran the 60-yard dash in the 6.6-6.7 range, while the Penn State commit took solid rounds of BP with a short path to the ball. Outfielder Nick Rowland (Springside Chestnut Hill), a Campbell signee, bested Giavedoni on the turf, posting 60-times in the 6.4-6.5 range.

Non-senior class standouts included:
+ Junior C/RHP Shane Muntz (Malvern Prep) sports a massive frame that produces significant raw power. Behind the plate, he posted pop times of 1.97-2.03 with above average arm strength and an easy arm action that has a bit of length to it. Verbally committed to Virginia Tech, he did not throw a bullpen on this day, but was up to 91 in a game we saw last spring.
+ Sophomore OF/LHP Michael Siani (Penn Charter) is a tremendous athlete who ran the 60-yard dash in the 6.7-range and showcased 96-mph arm strength during the defensive workout. During batting practice, the left-handed hitter exhibited a simple, easy stroke and barreled just about everything. The Virginia commit did not toe the rubber at the event, but, like Muntz, is a high-level prospect there as well.
+ 1B/LHP Dillon Marsh (Lancaster Catholic) is another sophomore two-way player on whom to keep tabs. The left-handed hitter looks more comfortable at the plate than previously seen, showing good balance and an easy stroke that produced lots of barrel contact. The Wake Forest commit ran the 60-yard dash in the 6.9-7.0 range. On the mound, the word easy again comes to mind, as he ran his fastball up to 86 and showed good feel for his mid-70s change-up.
+ Freshman left-handed pitcher Kellan Tulio (Emmaus) would fit in physically on a college roster right now with his 6-foot-2, 200-pound build. He featured a low-80s fastball that peaked at 83, coupled with a mid-60s curveball.

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