Prep Baseball Report

PA/WV Summer Superlatives: Top Pitching Performances at a PBR Event

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania / West Virginia Director of Scouting

With the completion of the Pennsylvania Travel Baseball Championships the summer schedule of events in Pennsylvania and West Virginia have drawn to a close. In preparation for the start of the fall schedule of events that begin in September we now look back on some of the top performances of the summer.

Today we begin by taking a look at the top pitching performances of the summer at a PBR event in Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

#1  Nick Stoner, 2017, RHP, (Elizabethtown HS, PA)

Stoner impressed at the Eastern PA Top Prospect Games in June. The 6-foot, 170-pound Bloomsburg commit continues his upward trajectory. Super-athletic delivery with long, loose arm action. Collects himself over the rubber well and maintains direction to home plate. Fastball sat 88-91 with occasional biting armside run and he pitched to the bottom of the zone well. An upper-70s curveball acted more like a hard slider as he tended to get around the pitch on this day. Didn't feature his upper-70s change-up much, but it too has a chance to be a quality pitch for him.

#2  Scott Leitholf, 2017, RHP, (Northern York HS, PA)

Leitholf shined on the bump at the Eastern PA Top Prospect Games in June and later announced his commitment to Lock Haven University. The 2015 PBR Future Games participant has a lean 6-foot-6, 175-pound frame and attacked the zone while showing good command of a three-pitch mix. Repeatable delivery with minimal moving parts to get out of sync includes a slight back shoulder dip over the rubber. Arm action has some wrist wrap with soft stab, but gets good extension out front. Fastball sat 85-88 with some armside run and finish. Showed a good feel for a curveball with some depth at 68-70 and also featured a change-up at 70-71.

#3  Sam Servello, 2019, RHP, (Hollidaysburg HS, PA)

5-foot-10, 175-pounder with a live arm jumped onto everyone's radar at the Eastern PA Top Prospect Games. Separates slow out of glove, but arm is loose and arm speed picks up out front. Drifts through balance point, pitches out of a high three-quarter slot, and has a tendency to spin toward the first base dugout with some recoil. Ran fastball up to 89 mph early in his outing, settling in the mid-80s out of the stretch and in his second inning of work. Curveball at 69-73 was inconsistent, but, when right, spun well with big 11/5 shape and depth. Servello announced his commitment to West Virginia University in July.

#4  Adam Grintz, 2019, RHP, (Downingtown West HS, PA)

Miller impressed at the PBR Future Games in August. The 6-foot, 165-pound primary pitcher with long limbs appears to have significant additional growth in his frame. Long takeaway from a side-step rocker out of a high 3/4 arm slot. Quick, fluid arm action with late life to a fastball that topped at 86 mph. Also showed good bite on mid-70s curveball out of the same arm slot. Worked three one inning stints over two days facing just one batter over the minimum while striking out four and not allowing a hit.

#5  Tyler Burchett, 2018, RHP, (Red Lion Area HS ,PA) 

Burchett showed big upside at the Eastern PA Top Game. He sports a 6-foot-4, 190-pound build with room to add more strength. Pitches out of an over-the-top slot with arm speed out front and shows some ability to get downhill. Kicks heel toward plate and leads with stiff front leg. Lively fastball sat 86-89 in his first inning before settling in the mid-80s after that. Mid-70s slider again showed promise, while he also mixed in the occasional change-up at 78-79 and curveball at 69-70 that would benefit from being thrown with fastball arm speed. Command was spotty, but there's big upside here.