Team Pennsylvania Future Games Spotilght: Infielders





By Greg Williams

Pennsylvania Director of Scouting 

On July 30th through August 1st, PBR Pennsylvania will take a select team of players in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 to represent Pennsylvania at the PBR Future Games in Indianapolis at Grand Park.

Players receive exposure unlike any other event for underclassmen. Last year, 100+ colleges from all over the country were in attendance, including coaches from every Division I power conference in the country. Only players who have a legitimate shot at being a Division I recruit and who have an interest in the possibility of making a verbal commitment during their sophomore or junior seasons have been considered.

To view the History of Team Pennsylvania at the PBR Future Games, click here.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: liam bendo, ss/2B

Liam BendoName: Liam Bendo
Position: SS/2B
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 11
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds
High School: Garnet Valley
Summer Team(s): Philly Bandits

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance: 
Date: 7/20/14

Scouting Report: 
Bendo shined in game play showing the skill set that has him ranked No. 5 in the initial PA Class of 2017 rankings. The left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and uses a toe tap load with a strong lower half to create barrel whip. Bendo went 4-for-11 in game play while hitting a number of other balls on the nose. The sophomore ran a 7.22 60-yard dash flashed an above average 82 mph arm across the infield. Bendo showed good feet defensively while consistently playing through the baseball.

Team Pennsylvania Future Games Spotlight: bryce cunningham, IF/RHP

Bryce CunninghamName: Bryce Cunningham
Position: IF/RHP
Class: 2018
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds
High School: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Summer Team(s): Tri-State Arsenal

Pitching Rotation: Game #1 (8/1) - Inning 7

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance: 
Date: 2/5/15

Scouting Report: 
Cunningham appears more physically mature than his 5-foot-11, 170-pound listing suggests. At the plate, the right-handed hitter starts with a open stance and strides to square. He hangs in the air with his stride, occasionally causing him to be late getting his foot down. However, when he's on time and his hands don't leak forward, his bat speed (92-mph exit velo) and strength have the ball jumping off his barrel. While his physical development will likely determine whether or not he outgrows shortstop and has to make the move over to the hot corner, Cunningham moves well and shows good hands in the field, while already having enough arm (85-mph) to play on the left side. He also ran a 7.26 60-yard dash.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: kris kremer, ss/of

Kris KremerName: Kris Kremer
Position: SS/OF
Class: 2018
State Ranking: 27
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds
High School: Hershey
Summer Team(s): Harrisburg Jr. Senators

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance: 
Date:
 6/7/15

Scouting Report: 
5-foot-9, 140-pound right-handed hitter. Started from slightly open stance and took a knee-to-knee stride to square. Attacked ball, kept head still, hands worked, flashed some bat speed. Posted in-game 4.25 and 4.30 home-to-1B times. Is wiry strong already and offensive game could take off with additional strength. Showcased 88-mph exit velocity and 86-mph arm strength during workout. Best defensive skillset among the cohort at this event. Athletic actions with loose, whippy, quick arm and trusts his glovehand.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: Peter Vaccaro, ss/2B

Pete VaccaroName: Pete Vaccaro
Position: SS/2B
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 25
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 175-pounds
High School: Oley Valley
Summer Team(s): Grand Slam Bluerocks

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance: 
Date:
 6/25/14

Scouting Report:
Vaccaro ran a 7.35 60-yard dash and registered an impressive 87 mph bat exit velocity from the left side of the plate. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound sophomore stays behind the baseball well with an explosive lower half. He went 1-for-3 with a double to the opposite field on day one in game action. Vaccaro displayed athletic actions and a soft glove hand defensively with a 77 mph arm across the diamond.

Additional infield prospects

A total of three members of Team Pennsylvania will see time in the infield as a secondary position. 2017 LHP/OF Zach Kokoska and 2017 C Dylan Everly will flash some leather at first base. 2017 RHP/IF Kyle Virbitsky will display his two-way skills as an infielder around the diamond. All three prospects were featured in previous previews highlighting prospects at their primary positions.

2015 PBR Future Games: Team pennsylvania

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Liam Bendo PA Garnet Valley 2017 SS
Brendan Cellucci PA William Penn Charter 2017 LHP
Bryce Cunningham PA Springside Chestnut Hill 2018 SS
Dylan Everly PA Episcopal Academy 2017 C
Michael Geesaman PA Lower Dauphin 2017 OF
Brandon Knarr PA Eastern York 2017 LHP
Zach Kokoska PA Greater Latrobe 2017 LHP
Kris Kremer PA Hershey 2017 SS
Scott Leitholf PA Northern York 2017 RHP
Cade Negley PA Butler Area 2017 RHP
Jack Pogyor PA La Salle 2017 C
Curtis Robison PA Northern York 2017 LHP
Pete Vaccaro PA Oley Valley 2017 SS
Charlie Varriano PA Hempfield Area 2017 3B
Kyle Virbitsky PA Episcopal Academy 2017 RHP

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