Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Board: Mercyhurst University

Max Schrantz
Director of Strategic Initiatives, NY/PA

Prep Baseball Report (NY/PA) is excited to bring weekly "Recruiting Board" spotlights showing in state success for programs around New York and Pennsylvania. Postings will highlight current program commits, as well as PBR NY/PA Alumni who are expected to be impact players in the 2021 season.

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In-State Commits

Jacob Bazala RHP / 1B / Norwin, PA / 2021

RHP with projection. The 6-foot-1 Bazala maintains control well during a powerful drive towards the plate. Clean and fluid arm action. FB up to 87 along with a 11/5 CB and CH. With some polishing has potential to have starter stuff.

Carter Beneigh RHP / Seneca Valley, PA / 2021

5-foot-11 Right Handed Pitcher. Beneigh features a high 3/4 slot with a mid to upper 80's FB. The 4-seam FB works well with a 12/6 CB. Works in a straight line towards the plate. Tight glove side. Simple mechanics. 

Ben Berdine RHP / 1B / Warren Area, PA / 2021

The 6-foot-3 Right Handed Pitcher shows a solid presence on the mound. Compact delivery with whippy arm action. Repeatable mechanics. FB has been seen running up to 86 with arm side run.

Landon DiBeradin C / 1B / Norwin, PA / 2021

Demonstrates a simple right handed swing with a level barrel path. Solid base leads to a balanced, connected swing. Works the middle of the field well. Behind the plate, shows quality hip mobility. Has the ability to move around well behind the plate. Quick exchange times on throws.

Aidan Kelly RHP / 3B / Harbor Creek, PA / 2021

The 90MPH FB with plus spin rate jumps off the page. The Harbor Creek native is a physical right handed pitcher. Athletic, broad shouldered, and a solid 6-foot, 200LBS. A relatively low effort delivery with simple mechanics. With some polishing has potential to be a power arm. A lot to be excited about.

Chris Juchno OF / McDowell, PA / 2021

Athletic Left Handed Hitting OF who is also signed on the play QB for the football program. Muscular, strong build. 6-foot-2, 210LBS. 6.6 runner. Great measurables all around. The slightly open and uphill bat path generates some pop to his pull side. Barrel whip. Projects as a corner OF. Will be an exciting follow as he progresses. 

Jack Malec 1B / RHP / Cathedral Prep , PA / 2021

The big bopper from Cathedral Prep stands 6-foot-5 and weights 205LBS. The swing currently features a long stride and violent movements. Definite power potential. At the plate has the ability to produce high exit speeds, which will only rise and become more frequent as the swing is polished. Defensively he moves well around the bag and has shown soft hands.

Joe Manesiotis OF / North Allegheny, PA / 2021

Manesiotis features an upright stance with narrow feet in the batters box. Very comfortable at the plate and has plus pitch recognition ability. Smooth left handed swing. Primary OF and 6.8 runner.

Tim Quinn 1B / 3B / Franklin Regional, PA / 2021

Big and Physical 6-foot-4 1B. Very projectable frame. At the plate is looking to drive the baseball. Gets into his backside well and uses a slightly uphill bat path. Hits into a stiff front side. Currently shows the ability to drive the ball out of the yard to his pull side. Power potential.

Peter Tadic RHP / 3B / Pittsburgh Central Catholic, PA / 2021

6-foot-1 Right Handed Pitcher who runs his FB into the high 80's. Up tempo delivery with a violent move towards the plate. Generates momentum with a strong lower half drive. Couples the FB with a sweeping SL. Throws from a high 3/4 release point.

Jayden Walker LHP / 1B / Norwin, PA / 2021

Left Handed Pitcher standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 230LBS. Muscular, thick build. Expect to see velocity jumps as he develops. Current FB is low - mid 80' with more in the tank.

Hayden Zaffino RHP / Mercyhurst Prep, PA / 2021

6-foot-6 Right Handed Pitcher who has been seen running the FB into the mid 80's. Projectable, thick build at 235LBS.

Hard throwing RHP out of Grove City, PA. Measuring 6-foot-4, 185LBS. Very projectable frame. FB running into the low 90's. Tons of raw talent with room for growth.

Impact PBR Alumni

Adam Jeannette RHP / 1B / Riverside , PA / 2017

Tall, wiry, hard throwing Right Handed Pitcher. 6-foot-5, 210LBS. FB has some arm side run. Repeats delivery well. A go to arm out of the bullpen but has the stuff to be a quality starter. Has potential to be another high strikeout guy for the Lakers.

Michael McDonough LHP / OF / Crestview Local, OH / 2016

Left handed pitcher measuring in at 6-foot, 195LBS. McDonough attended Sinclair CC out of High School, and is a Cincinnati transfer. Made three starts in 2020. High pitch-ability, with the ability to work to both sides of the plate.

Josh Surowiec 1B / LHP / Williamsville North , NY / 2017

6-foot-2, 220LBS. Leading hitter in the shortened 2020 season, hitting .452 while tying for team lead in hits. Has been a staple in the lineup over recent years. The left handed hitting 1B will hit in the middle of the order and be expected to drive in runs for the Lakers.

Jack Goonan RHP / Ayersville, OH / 2016

Redshirt Senior Right Handed Pitcher. Power arm who has been seen running the FB up to 97MPH. Thick build at 6-foot-4, 265LBS. Sinclair CC product and Virginia Tech transfer. Stays tall as he drives towards the plate. FB with high spin rate is coupled well with 12/6 CB.



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