Prep Baseball Report

PBR Evaluation & Measurables Showcase Analysis: Class of 2019

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania / West Virginia Director of Scouting

The fall/winter schedule of PBR events made the move indoors on October 8th with the PBR Evaluation and Measurables Showcase beginning a series of seven events that will be held over the next five months at Keystone State Baseball Academy in Manheim. Today we continue our analysis of the prospects from three states that participated by looking at the Class of 2019.

FINAL MEASURABLES for all prospects in attendance

Class of 2019

Sam Lesher, SS/RHP, Kennett
Sam Lesher5-foot-11, 160-pound two-way prospect flashed active feet, the ability to make plays on the move and a quick release during his defensive workout. The sophomore displayed accurate 77 mph arm strength and a fluid actions in handling the slow roller play. The left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a leg-lift stride to initiate his swing. Showcased a solid feel for the barrel with the ability to use all fields while getting to extension routinely with a bat exit velocity of 83 mph. The righty sat 72-75 off the mound from a 3/4 arm slot. Use a short, middle-infield arm action and commands the zone well with four pitches. Also flashed a 71 mph changeup with similar arm speed, a 67 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and a 69 mph slider with late break.

Chic DeGaetano, RHP/3B, Hazleton Area
Chic DeGaetanoPhysical 6-foot-2, 190-pounder impressed with a solid all-around skill set and two-way abilities. The primary pitcher sat 80-84 off the mound from a high 3/4 arm slot with late run on his fastball. His 76 mph changeup is still a work in progress but his 73 mph curveball is an advanced secondary offering that will get plenty of outs. The 12/6 breaker sat 72-73 with hard-biting down action and was continually thrown for strikes. The sophomore ran a 7.45 60-yard dash and showcased capable defensive actions at both corner infield positions with 86 mph arm strength across the diamond. The right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and uses a short leg-lift stride to initiate his swing. Some barrel wrap creates length in his swing, but the ball routinely jumps of his barrel with a bat exit velocity of 90 mph.

Hunter Curley, RHP/OF, Spring-Ford
Hunter Curley6-foot-1, 180-pound two-way prospect displayed a well-rounded skill set. The primary pitcher showcased command of a 4-pitch mix out of a high 3/4 arm slot. He displayed some hip coil in his delivery and good rhythm that should lead to velocity gains moving forward. Four-seam fastball sat 79-81 with more in the tank, while two-seam fastball shows significant arm-side run at 78 mph. A 73 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and a 71 mph changeup with good arm speed gives Curley four solid pitches to work with moving forward. Displayed athletic actions defensively with 81 mph arm strength from the outfield. The right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and uses a leg-lift stride and a strong lower half to initiate his swing. Showcased some present power and the ability to create backspin with a bat exit velocity of 85 mph.

Jake Pothering, RHP, Schuylkill Haven
Jake PotheringProjectable 6-foot-3, 210-pound primary pitcher sat 83-86 from a high 3/4 arm slot. Showed long arm motion in the back with the ability to get over his front leg with regularity. Commanded fastball down in the zone with some sink. His two-seam fastball sat 81-82 with cut action and his 66 mph curveball displayed 11/5 rotation. A tendency to get around the curveball leads to some sweeping action. The sophomore displayed an advanced feel for his changeup that sat 70-72 with late fade. A combination of his current size and a feel for four pitches makes Pothering a high follow among right-handed pitchers in this class.