On Deck Preview: Northwest (3 of 3)


Zach Guth
Assistant Scouting Director, NY/PA

As the staff at PBR-PA is ready to embark on 2022, let's take a look at players that are ready to make that next jump during this year's Preseason All-State Tour.

Percentage Full: 70%
Registration Deadline: February 9th
Current Roster


preseason all-state - northwest

Ben Sowa OF / LHP / Warren Area, PA / 2023

What to expect: Fundamental actions on both sides of the ball. At the plate, good bat to ball skills through a repeatable swing from the left and right sides of the plate. Solid defensive actions with a workable arm that delivers accurate throws to the target. 

What we’d like to see: Increase in quick twitch efforts in the box and in the field. If Sowa can make good use of his strong, compact frame, he could reap the benefits and post bigger exit velo and outfield arm strength numbers

  

VideoPAS - Northwest (2021)

 

Carson Phillips RHP / OF / Cathedral Prep, PA / 2024

What to expect: Funky actions down the mound with a stabbing arm action out of the glove. Phillips is repeatable in his mechanics and finds comfort in the strike zone. Throws a tall, up and down breaking ball that shows promising break on it. 

What we’d like to see: More efficient use of the lower half and arm action to match the strong frame he has. An increase in FB velo paired with his above average horizontal break could make it very hard for RHH.

VideoNY State Games (2021)

Carter Swanson 2B / OF / McDowell , PA / 2024

What to expect: Long, uphill swings that induce a high fly ball %. Movements with intent to do damage in the box. High bat speed numbers per Blast. Fundamental actions from SS with a soft glove and steady feet. 

What we’d like to see: Gaining more stability in the swing that would help him translate the high bat speed numbers into high exit velocity numbers. More looseness and athleticism in the infield to stay light on his feet and constantly moving while fielding and throwing. 

   

VideoPAS - Northwest (2021)

JD Costanzo LHP / OF / North Allegheny, PA / 2024

What to expect: Long, lanky actions down the mound with repeatability and some aggressiveness in the upper body and arm. Workable CB and CH pitches that could be polished into exceptional swing and miss pitches. Exceptional athleticism as he is a 6.74 runner, expect the twitch to translate to the lower half on the mound as well.

What we’d like to see: More strength added, making his FB velocity jump into hopefully the mid-80's. A diving changeup that he throws with confidence and a breaking ball that can be used as a get-me-over and a punchout pitch. With added velo and a strike throwing ability, Costanzo could see himself emerging into the 2024 rankings as a prominent left handed arm. 

 

VideoPAS - SW/Central (2020)

Brian Charles OF / Burgettstown, PA / 2025

What to expect: Lean frame with strength in the legs. At the plate, youll see a direct swing path with loads of line drives and hard hits to all parts of the field. Good movements to the ball in the OF with natural routes and solid momentum. 

What we’d like to see: A filled in frame with the ability to go gap to gap with power at the plate. The swing mechanics are clean, so increased upper and lower half strength could take him to the power potential he is capable of. A jump in arm strength numbers would help his case to be a power, corner outfielder in his class. 

 

VideoJr PA State Games (2021)

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/06 The MAX - McCook, Ill.
2022 Preseason All-State - Southwest (Afternoon Session) - SOLD OUT PA 02/12 All American Field House
2022 Preseason All-State - Southwest (Evening Session) - SOLD OUT PA 02/12 All American Field House
2022 Preseason All-State - Southwest (Morning Session) - SOLD OUT PA 02/12 All American Field House
2022 Preseason All-State - Northwest - 70% Full PA 02/13 Pennbriar Athletic Club
2022 Preseason All-State - Central (AM Session) - 45% Full PA 02/19 Liberty Sports Arena
2022 Preseason All-State - Central (PM Session) - 50% Full PA 02/19 Liberty Sports Arena
2022 Northeast ProCase - SOLD OUT PA 02/20 Liberty Sports Arena
2022 Preseason All-State - East - SOLD OUT PA 02/27 In The Net
2022 Northeast Rising Stars - 85% Full PA 03/12 Liberty Sports Arena

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