Prep Baseball Report

PA Travel Baseball State Championships Team Preview: Team PBR PA Red

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. 14 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 each of the three days of the event. In advance of the onset of the 36-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...

Team PBR Pennsylvania Red

Whitehall 2018 RHP/IF Matt Ziminsky led the Zephyrs in innings as a sophomore (37 IP, 40 H, 17 BB, 43 K). The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder repeats his delivery and exhibits good arm speed out of a three-quarter slot with solid command of a four-pitch mix that includes a fastball at 82-84 with late life, as of February. The right-handed hitter also has solid actions defensively and was a full-time position player starter for the Zephyrs as well.

A developed, muscular 5-foot-9, 185-pound build helps Oley Valley 2017 infielder Pete Vaccaro generate good bat speed and gap power. The left-handed hitter's calling card is his bat, as he routinely shows the ability to barrel the baseball to all parts of the field. He hit .419 with eight extra base hits as a junior, with eight walks against only two strikeouts.

Parkland 2017 right-handed pitcher Ryan Giovenco sports a solid 6-foot, 180-pound build and, as of last November, a fastball at 81-84 out of a three-quarter slot. As one of two primary starters for an always strong Trojans club, he posted a junior year line of 51 IP, 44 H, 21 BB, 41 K.

Central Bucks East 2017 right-handed pitcher Ari Silverstein has a projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame, has shown a fastball up to 86 mph over the past month and a half, and has upside if he can harness his command.

Other Team PBR PA Red Notes
Northern York 2017 RHP/IF Alex Lilja has a quick arm and worked with a mid-80s fastball at a recent PBR Maryland/Delaware event. ... Speaking of MD/DE, Mount Pleasant (DE) 2018 OF/LHP Carson Fowler has a repeatable left-handed swing with good bat speed and feel for the barrel. ... 2017 OF/RHP Jordan Art (.406 AVG, 11 XBH) led Lakeland offensively this spring, while also serving as the #2 starter (40.1 IP, 30 H, 21 BB, 47 K). ... West Chester Henderson 2018 RHP/OF Brady Bash showed a quick arm and fastball at 81-83 in a January bullpen session, while also posting solid measureables as a position player. ... Left-handed hitting 2017 infielder Danny Williams hit .375 with 10 doubles for Slippery Rock Area as a junior.

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