PBR Evaluation & Measurables Showcase: Breakout Performances

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania / West Virginia Director of Scouting

The PBR Evaluation & Measurables Showcase took place Satuday at the Keystone State Baseball Academy in Manheim, PA. A total of 45 prospects from across two states showcased their talents with prospects representing the classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Following is a few takeaways from the day on players that stood out. We will be breaking down all prospects in attendance in articles over the course of the coming week. CLICK HERE for complete results for all prospects in attendance.

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Breakout Performances

+ 2019 OF/RHP Nick Embleton (East Pennsboro) showcased 91 mph arm strength from the outfield, a 92 mph bat exit velocity and ran a 6.83 60-yard dash two weeks ago at the Underclass Preview. On Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound two-way prospect also flashed plenty to like on the mound topping at 87 mph while showing solid command of his 71 mph curveball and a feel for a 75 mph changeup.

+ 2020 SS/RHP Kamal Gray (Archbishop Carroll) flashed a developing skill set with raw athleticism in all that he does. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound two-way prospect was especially impressive on the mound where he sat 80-82 with significant cut action to his fastball with plenty more in the tank.

+  2019 right-handed hitting 1B Justin Resto (Cedar Cliff) - 92 mph bat exit velocity and 2020 left-handed hitting OF/1B Noah Wijnen-Riems (New Brighton) - 89 mph bat exit velocity, both showcased present power and the potential to be highly recruited hitters in their respective classes.

+ 2019 OF/RHP Brendan O'Donnell (Great Valley) put up the most impressive across the board measurables of the day. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound two-way prospect ran a 7.13 60-yard dash, flashed 88 mph arm strength from the outfield, registered a 91 mph bat exit velocity and sat 83-85 off the bump.

+ 2018 C Cole Kiddy (Robert C. Byrd, WV) displayed present power in his right-handed swing. The 6-foot, 200-pounder showcased an 89 mph bat exit velocity and the ability to drive both gaps. The physical backstop also flashed pop times of 2.06-2.19 on throws of 74 mph from the crouch.

+ 2018 OF/RHP Tim Beimel (St. Mary's Area) did not step on the mound on this date, but will in two weeks time at the Preseason All-State Showcase. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitter displayed a sound, repeatable swing with a solid feel for the barrel with an 82 mph bat exit velocity. Beimel also showcased athletic actions in the outfield with 7.15 foot speed.