Prep Baseball Report

Ranking the Talent: First Week of the Playoffs

Prep Baseball Report was able to get to eight playoff games in District 6 and District 7 over the past four days.  There were plenty of talented players and a number of outstanding performances. Following is what PBR viewed as the top talents in the games we viewed and how they performed.

No. 1 Jextin Pugh, Bishop Guilfoyle, Class of 2013, 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, RHP/1B
Jextin and his Bishop Guilfoyle teammates made quick work of Ferndale in a District 6 Class AA quarterfinal game on Friday.  Ferndale intentionally walked Pugh in his first two at bats, but decided to pitch to him in the 4th inning. Pugh made them pay for the decision by stroking a double to right center.  When he came to the plate again in the 5th inning BG had pushed its lead to 8-0.  Pugh ended the game and Ferndale's season with a titanic two run blast to right center field.  The ball landed in the top of the trees beyond the right field wall some 390 feet away.

No. 2 Ian Happ, Class of 2012, Mt. Lebanon, 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, SS
Happ has committed to the University of Cincinnati.  His home run against No. 1 Norwin helped Mt. Lebanon advance to the semi-final round of action in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs.

No. 3 Bryan Haberstroh, Class of 2013, Lancaster Catholic, 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, SS
Haberstroh was impressive in all facets of the game in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game at Clipper Magazine Stadium.  Bryan showcased a plus arm and plus speed.  He showed quick hands and feet, and a strong, accurate arm. His foot speed was on display when he legged out a triple on a ball to the left center field wall.

Bryan Haberstroh

No. 4 J.J. Matejevic, Class of 2014, Norwin, 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, SS/3B
J.J. did not do anything out of the ordinary in his team's 5-2 loss to Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, but his abilities have been well documented during the course of the season. Look for big things over the net two high school season from this young man.

No. 5 Mac McCafferty, Class of 2013, Lancaster Catholic, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, C
This left handed swinging catcher shows promise as a hitter, but what caught our eye was his ability behind the plate.  During the course of the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game, McCafferty  showed a 1.95 pop time on three occasions. He was clocked at 81MPH to second base.

No. 6 Max McDowell, Class of 2012, Norwin, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, C
Max displayed a 2.0 pop time and 78MPH velocity on his throws to second during WPIAL Class AAAA first round action. Max will be taking his catching abilities to UConn next fall.

No. 7 T.D. Conway, Class of 2012, California, 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, RHP
Conway is one of the most impressive athletes we have seen this week.  The California University of Pennsylvania commit struck out 16 batters in his team's opening round playoff game. His plans are to use that strong right arm to throw touchdowns rather than strikes in college however.

T.D. Conway

No. 8 Luke Hagy, Class of 2012, Mt. Lebanon, 6-foot-0, 185-pounds, OF
Hagy is quite a baseball player, but has committed to play football at Cornell. His lead off home run to the opposite field on the second pitch of the game jumped started Mt. Lebanon on their way to the 5-2 upset of previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Norwin.

No. 9 Ian Bentley, Class of 2012, Lebanon Catholic,5-foot-10, 155-pounds, LHP
Bentley suffered the loss in the Lancaster Lebanon League championship game, but his team's defense didn't help matters. Bentley, a New Jersey Institute of Technology commit, sat between 83 and 85 all game. He topped out at 86MPH. He displayed control of three pitches and commanded the strike zone.

No. 10 Rob Hardy, Class of 2012, Riverside, RHP
Hardy went the distance on the mound in Riverside's first round victory.  He struck out eight and also contributed a double and three RBI offensively. Hardy sat 83-85 all day, topping out at 86MPH.

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