Prep Baseball Report

On Deck Preview: Southwest Session 2 (Edition #2)

Ted Williams
VP Scouting/Content

As we get closer to kicking off our Preseason ID tour across the keystone state, we'll highlight players who have a chance to make some noise.

Event: Preseason ID: Southwest Session 2 (PA)

Date: February 18, 2023

Location: All American Field House; Monroeville, PA

Status: Sold Out


On deck preview

Joe Safar OF / North Catholic, PA / 2025

What to Expect: Long and powerful levers that get extended on the ball for a violent pull-side approach. Starts upright and sinks into the legs at footstrike, creating a compact, whippy barrel action into the zone. Upper-90's exit velocities with backspin.

What We'd Like to See: Improved pace defensively will help him find the corner role he's looking for down the road. A soft glove hand and repeatable 80 mph arm-strength allow for easy projection.

Video: 10/1/22, PA Interstate Games 

Greg Schmidt RHP / RHP / North Allegheny, PA / 2024

What to Expect: it's a balanced and clean delivery at 6-foot-3, 194lbs from a strong H 3/4 slot with proper front-side block. Above-average strike rates on all offerings with ability to land and expand. Holds mid-80's with more in the tank, mixing an 11/5 breaker and fading CH.

What We'd Like to See: The feel to pitch is already there with a big ceiling. If FB velocity can bump up into more of the 86-88 mph range, we're looking at a top 'pen at the event.

Video: 6/12/22, PA State Games

Owen Beatrice 2B / RHP / North Catholic, PA / 2026

What to Expect: Plus athleticism at 6-foot, 155lbs. Still wiry in the movements, but tooled up across the board for a low-90s exit and sub-7.00 60-yard dash. Very confident offensively with hand-speed to inner-half and ability to turn it up a notch during gameplay.

What We'd Like to See: Added muscle to the frame along with some extra focus on the defensive side. Was one of the best hitters on Jr. Future Games Team PA who will take off once the arm ticks upwards.

Video: 7/27/22, JR Future Games 


alumni accolades

Tyler Pitzer RHP / OF / South Fayette, PA / 2023

Date Attended: 2/7/21, Preseason All-State Southwest (11AM Session)

Performance: The explosive right-handed pitcher sat in the upper-80's with high spin and feel to spin two separate curveballs, also reaching 90 mph from the OF. Delivered a simple round of BP from the left side, generating short-to-long, efficient contact to the RCF gap.

Recent: Pitzer sits at 3rd overall in the PA 2023 class and has committed to South Carolina. Finishing his senior year up at South Fayette, looking for a state championship.



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