Preseason All-State Showcase: Class of 2016

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

and Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Of the close to 100 prospects to showcase their abilities over two days of the 2016 Preseason All-State Showcase, just four were uncommitted seniors. Today we begin our analysis of the prospects in attendance by taking a look at the Class of 2016.

Class of 2016

Will Findley, SS, Caravel Academy (DE)
5-foot-11, 160-pound right-handed hitter. Ran a 6.98 60-yard dash and posted an 86-mph exit velocity. Starts from a slightly open stance and incorporates a toe-tap to square stride. Stayed on top of the ball and worked through contact, primarily using the middle of the field. Gets into his front side early and could get more out of his lower half and top hand if he wouldn't overcommit so soon. Defensively, he showed playable actions, a one-shuffle release, and an ability to complete the slow roller play. Arm strength (79-mph) currently profiles best at second base at the next level.

Jacob Kinsell, RHP, Carmichaels Area
No prospect at the event made a bigger leap from the last time we saw him than this 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. Following a summer of sitting in the upper-70s and topping out at 81-mph, Kinsell ran his fastball into the 85-87 range during his bullpen. He pitched with good tempo in his wind-up, while featuring a compact delivery and throwing from a high three-quarter slot. Didn't have a great feel for his curveball on this day, but flashed a solid one in the mid-60s. His mid-70s change-up was fairly straight with occasional fade, while it showed some dive at the lower end of the velocity spectrum.

Joseph Singley, C, Archmere Academy (DE)
Polished defender who showcased a soft glove hand when receiving and a soft blocking wall. Efficient footwork, exchange, and release, coupled with 77-mph arm strength from the crouch, led to pop times in the 1.81-1.97 range. The right-handed hitter sports a solid 5-foot-10, 175-pound frame with strength in his forearms. Starts from a slightly open stance and takes a controlled, waist-high leg lift to square. Front hip floats forward some with stride, but he stays behind his front side and can drive a gap (90-mph exit velocity).

Aaron Zechman, RHP, Selinsgrove Area
6-foot, 180-pound righty pounded the zone from a 3/4 arm slot with a long arm motion. Tends to land open leading to some slight fade on his fastball that sat 78-80. Zechman's curveball showed 11/5 rotation at 64-67. Of the three pitches in his arsenal, Zechman's splitter is his calling card. On this date it sat 68-70 with near fastball arm speed and late tumbling action. Zechman displayed solid command of the pitch and the ability to throw it in both plus and minus counts.

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