Prep Baseball Report

PA Travel Baseball State Championships Team Preview: Pittsburgh Spikes

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

The inaugural Pennsylvania Travel Baseball State Championships are scheduled for August 19-21 at the Iron Horse Sports Complex in Windber. 13 teams from Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, along with two teams organized by PBR, will participate. Two games will be played concurrently on neighboring fields in six time slots on the first two days of the event, with a slightly abbreviated schedule on the final day. In advance of the onset of the 32-game soiree, we are  running previews on each of the teams in attendance (with tidbits on a select group of players), continuing today with the...

Pittsburgh Spikes

A 6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed hitter, Franklin Regional 2017 C/RHP Michael Haley has shown upper-80s exit velocities and a feel for the barrel over the past six months. Pop times have improved from the 2.2s to the 2.1s over the past year-plus. Last summer he also featured a low-80s fastball with a clean arm action.

Chartiers Valley 2018 outfielder Konnor Corchado impressed at the 2015 Western PA College Prospect Showcase. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitter ran a 7.03 60-yard dash, posted 85 mph exit velocity, and showed 84 mph arm strength.

North Hills 2018 IF/RHP Steven Miller emerged as an athletic, two-way performer at the 2016 Western PA Top Prospect Games. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitter ran a 6.84 60-yard dash and posted 83 mph arm strength across the diamond. That arm strength showed up on the mound as well, where his fastball sat 82-84 with a low-70s curveball in a one-inning appearance.

Other Spikes Notes
North Hills 2017 infielder Anthony Ruggieri's solid set of tools includes a 6.94 60-yard dash, 87 mph exit velocity, and 81 mph arm strength across the diamond. ...At the 2015 Elite Prospect Showcase, Penn-Trafford 2018 OF/RHP Ben Mongelluzzo recorded an 87 mph exit velocity, ran a 6.95 60-yard dash, and topped out a 81 mph on the mound with a solid change-up. ...The Spikes also have a group of low-80s right-handed pitchers that includes Avonworth 2017 Nathan Slenska, Moon Area 2017 Ryan Osman, Pine-Richland 2018 Bryce Grenet, and Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2017 Drew Cebulak.

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