PA Underclass Games: Analyzing the Corner Infielders

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The summer rush of PBR events in Pennsylvania and West Virginia kicked into high gear over the past 10 days with the PA Top Prospect Games (June 17-18), Shenandoah Valley College Prospect Showcase (June 23) and the PA Underclass Games (June 24-25) offering college coaches a glimpse at some 175 prospects in a short period of time.

Over the course of the coming week we will analyze the prospects that performed by position. Today we take a look at the corner infielders that participated in the PA Underclass Games.


Corner infielders:
PA Underclass Games

Top Prospect

Charlie Varriano3B Charlie Varriano (Hempfield Area), 2017

Varriano showcased advanced offensive abilities from the right side of the plate going 3-for-6 with a double and a triple in game play during the course of the two day event. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound 3B/OF displayed loose hands and a direct path to the baseball out of a square stance with a bat exit velocity of 86 mph. Varriano flashed some gap power with both extra base hits traveling to the wall in left center field.

The sophomore ran a 7.51 60-yard dash and displayed a soft glove hand at 3B with developing arm strength. Varriano showcased the ability to make all plays with throws of 78 mph across the diamond. As he continues to develop physically Varriano will be a high follow among corner infielders in the PA Class of 2017.

Best of the Rest (alphabetical)

3B Drew Baughman (Cumberland Valley), 2018

Baughman took one of the top rounds of batting practice at the event barreling the baseball to both gaps with a quiet load and a very strong lower half. The physical 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-handed hitting freshman registered an 88 mph bat exit velocity and although he struggled a bit against older pitchers in game play he did show his power potential with a double to the right center field gap on day two. Baughman is still developing physically and could be destined for a move across the diamond to 1B. He displayed capable actions at 3B with a 73 mph arm across the diamond.

1B Matt Brubaker (Garden Spot), 2015

Brubaker is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound 1B/OF that demonstrated a solid feel around the bag at 1B with a soft glove hand. He displayed good feet (7.18 60-yard dash) and a 72 mph arm across the diamond. The left-handed hitter barreled the baseball routinely to all fields from a square stance with a high hands load during batting practice. He registered a 76 mph bat exit velocity and went sprayed the ball around the diamond during game action.

3B/1B Chase Elmquist (Eisenhower), 2017

Elmquist is a 5-foot-8, 150-pound right-handed hitter that utilized a lift and replace stride foot from a square stance during his round of batting practice. The sophomore barreled the baseball frequently with a tendency to pull the bat head through the zone. His 69 mph bat exit velocity should see marked improvement as his frame continues to fill out. Elmquist is a 3B/1B that displayed a 68 mph arm across the diamond from 1B in defensive workouts.

1B/3B Tom Roginsky (Bethlehem Catholic), 2016

Roginsky is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound corner infielder with a projectable frame and developing power. The junior right-handed hitter registered an 82 mph bat exit velocity from a square stance with looseness to his swing that causes the ball to jump off his bat. Roginsky barreled the baseball in two of three at bats in game action on day one of the event.

3B Josh Shultz (New Oxford), 2016

Shultz displayed two-way abilities with an 80 mph arm across the infield from 3B and a fastball topping at 76 mph from the mound. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior had a solid two days at the plate. Shultz registered an 81 mph bat exit velocity from a square stance with a lift and replace stride foot. He displayed a strong lower half in routinely barreling the baseball during batting practice. Shultz went on to go 3-for-7 in game play over the course of the event.

3B Zeb Stough (Red Land), 2018

Stough is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound freshman that displayed legitimate two-way potential. The right-handed hitter barreled the baseball frequently from a wide square stance with a bat exit velocity of 86 mph during batting practice. Stough exhibited a strong 81 mph arm from 3B and capable actions with the glove. The righty sat 79-81 in three innings of work on the mound from a high 3/4 arm slot with an overhead rocker delivery. Stough also showed command of a 66 mph curveball and a 75 mph changeup that is in the developmental stage.

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