Prep Baseball Report

PA Top Prospect Games Analysis: Class of 2017

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The Class of 2017 was small in number but big in ability when breaking down the 93 prospects that participated in the PA Top Prospect Games on June 17 and 18. Of the total, just seven were 2017 grads but several sophomores to be made a name for themselves. Following is a breakdown of the Class of 2017 prospects in attendance.

Top Prospects

Joe LancellottiOF/RHP Joe Lancellotti (Archbishop Wood)

Lancellotti has a solid 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame and is athletic in everything he does on the field. At the plate the right-handed hitter showed fluid rhythm to his swing and a 95 mph bat exit velocity. Lancellotti was named the MVP of the White Team. He went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBI. Lancellotti flashed his two-way abilities by moving to the mound for an inning on Day Two where he sat 86-88 out of a high 3/4 arm slot while topping at 89 mph. With a 7.01 60-yard dash and an 88 mph arm from the outfield, Lancellotti could play all three OF spots at the next level.

Shane MuntzC/3B/RHP Shane Muntz (Malvern Prep)

There are those who have a projectable frame and then there is Shane Muntz. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder looks the part of a college upperclassmen but has three years of high school baseball remaining. He has some work to do to harness his power potential offensively, but his 97 mph bat exit velocity and compact swing give every indication that real power is on the way. Muntz went 2-for-5 with a double over the course of two games and flashed indications of his future power with a home run during his batting practice round. Muntz displayed pop times of 2.03-2.08 on throws of 80 mph from the crouch. His physical size, and athleticism at that size, project him as a 1B or RHP moving forward however. Muntz worked one inning from a high 3/4 arm slot sitting 86-88. He also flashed the makings of a solid breaking ball at 76 mph.

Christian FedkoSS Christian Fedko (Vincentian Academy)

Fedko gets every ounce out of his 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame. He has a high-energy approach to the game and has worked hard to improve arm strength in the past years' time. Fedko's 7.52 60-yard dash time probably will relegate him to a corner infield position, but his leg-lift approach at the plate and his attacking approach in everything he does on the field stand out. Fedko squared everything up in BP with an 84 mph bat exit velocity. He went on to go 2-for-5 in game play, beating out two infield singles as a result of getting out of the box hard and getting down the line with a purpose. Fedko showcased an 81 mph arm across the diamond, much improved in the past year, and strong enough to stay on that side of the infield at the next level. He has a tendency to play the baseball deep leading to stiffness in his glove hand, but was able to make plays on the move in evaluations and during game play.

Best of the Rest (in alphabetical order)

OF/RHP Jordan Art (Lakeland)

Art is a 5-foot-11, 145-pound right-handed hitter that swings from a slightly open stance. He showed good rhythm to his swing and the ability to barrel the baseball routinely during BP with a bat exit velocity of 78 mph. Art worked two effective innings on the mound sitting in the low 70s from a 3/4 arm slot while also commanding a 70 mph curveball. Art displayed good feet with a 7.28 60-yard dash and solid mechanics defensively in the outfield with a 75 mph throwing arm.

SS/RHP Matt Gibson (New Castle)

Gibson led off his team's game on Day Two with a double. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitter demonstrated a flat bat path from a square stance over the course of two days going 1-for-6 with the double and a walk in game play. He utilized a strong lower half to consistently barrel the baseball during BP with a bat exit velocity of 84 mph. Gibson showcased a 76 mph arm across the diamond and sat 76-78 off the mound for two innings in game action. His 6.81 60-yard dash will give him some options positionally moving forward if he does not remain in the middle infield.

OF/RHP Maxx Harpalani (Pine-Richland)

Harpalani went 1-for-3 in game play on Day Two of the event with a double. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed hitter barreled the baseball routinely out of a slightly open stance during batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 82 mph. Harpalani ran a 7.53 60, flashed an 82 mph arm from the outfield and worked an inning on the mound sitting 74-76. The sophomore to be has an athletic frame and has continued to show forward progress in all his skills since we first saw him two years ago.

LHP Ryan Shirley (Blairsville)

Shirley is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound lefty that worked three innings for the Gold Team on Day One. He sat 68-70 out of a 3/4 arm slot with some arm-side run to his fastball while also occasionally flashing some cut action to the same pitch. Shirley also displayed a 79 mph bat exit velocity and ran a 7.44 60-yard dash during his time at the event.


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