Recruiting News from Around Pennsylvania

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

With the early signing period roughly a month away, recruiting in Pennsylvania has really heated up in the past few weeks. The fall season is winding to a close and college coaches are making a final push to complete their 2013 recruiting class. Below are the Pennsylvania players who have recently come off the board.

The biggest announcement in the past few weeks was RHP Colton Hock, Class of 2014, committing to Stanford. Hock is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound RHP from Bloomsburg HS. With a fastball that sits in the upper 80's and command of three complimentary pitches, Hock has a very bright future. Hock, ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2014, is the first Class of 2014 prospect to commit in Pennsylvania. In a recent interview Hock stated, "The coaching staff has explained to me that they want me to be a first-year starter. I have goals of becoming a first-year Friday starter. Stanford graduates their baseball players by their junior year so they are ready for the draft that same year. I would like to make an impact as soon as I get there."

Hock had a busy summer that culminated with his selection to the Area Code Nationals where he participated for the New York Yankees Area Code Team. He was one of only two prospects from the Class of 2014 to participate for the Yankees.

It was during his time in California for the Area Code Games that Hock had an opportunity to make an unofficial visit to the Stanford campus to participate in a camp. Hock commented, "Before I threw at the camp my dad and I had the pleasure of taking a tour of campus with Head Coach, Mark Marquess. The coaches all did a great job of making my short stay a great experience and made me feel at home".

Hock will now go about attaining new goals he has set for himself. "I want to be 220-pounds by the start of this spring high school baseball season and 230-pounds by the time the draft rolls around in 2014. By next spring I feel it is realistic to consistently sit in the 90’s for a complete game and that is what I will be striving for this fall and winter", Hock said.

Hock is a tireless worker who has been ranked in the Top 10 in the Class of 2014 since its inception in April of 2012. According to Hock, "Prep Baseball Report helped put me into the spotlight at the beginning of the summer when they ranked me No. 5 in the Class of 2014. This gave me a good scale as to where I would rank among other players in the state. It gave me a new set of goals and east coast colleges and specifically Pennsylvania schools used Prep Baseball Report as a recruiting tool while they were recruiting me."


Isaac Stern, 2B/OF, Class of 2013, Northern Bedford County
Stern is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound middle infielder from Northern Bedford County HS. He hit .457 with a .506 OBP in 2012. Stern, is ranked No. 95 in the Class of 2013 and recently committed to Shippensburg University.

Colin Gibbons-Fly, SS/3B, Class of 2013, Mercersburg Academy
Gibbons-Fly is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound SS/3B who is attending Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2012 from DeMatha Catholic in Baltimore, MD, and is completing a post-graduate year during the 2012-2013 school year. Gibbons-Fly ran an event best 6.88 60-yard dash, and showcased a solid 82mph bat exit speed at the PA Top Prospect Games in early October. He is an athletic shortstop with good range and a strong arm (86mph). Shortly after the Top Prospect Games, the No. 32 ranked player in the Class of 2013 committed to George Washington University.

Carson Kessler, 3B/MIF, Class of 2013, Seneca Valley HS
Kessler is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound 3B/2B who has the ability to play multiple positions. He is ranked No. 93 in the Class of 2013 and has committed to Slippery Rock University.

Andy Grace, C/RHP, Class of 2013, Moon HS
Grace is a 6-0, 180-pound C/RHP from Moon HS who hit .338 as a junior in 2012. The No. 73 ranked player in the Class of 2013 has committed to California University of PA.

Matt Eperisi, C, Class of 2013, Mars Area HS
Eperisi is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound catcher from Mars HS who has shown consistent pop times under 2.0. He is ranked No. 72 in the Class of 2013 and has committed to Indiana University of PA.

Alex Barr, LHP/1B, Class of 2013, Haverford HS
Barr is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound LHP from Haverford HS who tops out at 83mph with command of his complimentary pitches. He is ranked No. 103 in the Class of 2013 and has committed to Millersville University.

Jacob Wloczewski, C/RHP, Class of 2013, Whitehall HS
Wloczewski is a 6-foot, 160-pound RHP from Whitehall HS. He is a talented athlete who is capable of playing almost anywhere on the field. Wloczewski had a strong junior year batting .323 with 34RBI. Wloczewski, ranked No. 109 in the Class of 2013, recently committed to Binghamton University.

Mac McCafferty, C, Class of 2013, Lancaster Catholic HS
McCafferty is a left handed swinging catcher who excels defensively and shows promise as a hitter. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect has shown consistent 1.95 pop times on throws of 81MPH from the crouch. McCafferty is ranked No. 28 in the Class of 2013 and has committed to Longwood University.

Bryan Haberstroh, SS/RHP, Class of 2013, Lancaster Catholic HS
Haberstroh is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound SS/RHP who has a strong arm (86mph across the infield) and good speed (6.80 60-yard dash). The No. 26 ranked player in the Class of 2013 committed to New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Brandon Garrett, RHP, Class of 2013, Pennsbury HS
Garrett is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound RHP from Pennsbury HS. He emerged as the top starter at Pennsbury HS in 2012. Garrett is ranked No. 101 in the Class of 2013 and has committed to the University of Rhode Island.

PBR Pennsylvania will be showcasing uncommitted seniors on November 11 at the In the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra. This will be a final opportunity for Unsigned Seniors to be seen this fall.

Send all Pennsylvania recruiting information to PA Director of Scouting - Greg Williams.