Team Pennsylvania Future Games Spotlight: Left-handed Pitchers

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.

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Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: Brendan cellucci, lhp

Brendan CellucciName: Brendan Cellucci
Position: LHP
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 7
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 190-pounds
High School: William Penn Charter
Summer Team(s): Philly Bandits

Pitching Rotation: Game #3 (7/31) - Innings 4-6

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance:
Date: 6/17/15

Scouting Report: Projectable frame (6-foot-4, 190-pounds) with long limbs. Pitched out of an over-the-top slot from an athletic delivery with some head snap. Fastball at 85-87 showed late action at the front of the plate. Slow, big-breaking curveball with 11/5 action at 62-64 serves as a borderline eephus pitch given its nearly 25-mph difference from his fastball. Four-pitch mix also included a slider at 68-69 and straight change-up at 74-76.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: Brandon knarr, lhp

Brandon KnarrName: Brandon Knarr
Position: LHP
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 10
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 200-pounds
High School: Eastern York
Summer Team(s): Evoshield Canes

Pitching Rotation: Game #9 (7/31) - Innings 1-3

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance:
Date: 5/8/15

Scouting Report: Knarr was dominant registering 19 strikeouts in a 1st round playoff game. Knarr sat 84-86 into the 7th inning touching 87 and 88 multiple times during the course of his evening. Knarr showed an occasional changeup at 72-74 but relied heavily on a sharp breaking 1/7 curveball that has solid down action at 69-71. Knarr starts with a simple side rocker step and repeats his delivery routinely with a high 3/4 arm slot.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: Curtis robison, lhp/OF

Curtis RobisonName: Curtis Robison
Position: LHP/OF
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 9
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds
High School: Northern York
Summer Team(s): Harrisburg Jr. Senators

Pitching Rotation: Game #9 (7/31) - Innings 4-6

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance:
Date: 6/17/15

Scouting Report: Medium frame (6-foot-1, 195-pounds) with room to add additional strength. Pitched from an over-the-top slot with abbreviated arm action and some front arm swim. Fastball sat 80-82 and touched 84. Curveball at 68-69 had a tendency to back up on him this day, but had solid 1/7 break when it did what he wanted. Also utilized a change-up at 71-72 with some fade. Left-handed hitter starts from an open stance, loads hands in close to his body, and strides to square. Swing is athletic and he showed a definite feel for the barrel in BP, while he cuts off his finish at times. Smoked an opposite field single off an 87-mph fastball in his first at-bat, then hooked over a number of ground balls against lower velocity as the event wore on. Moved well defensively and showcased 83-mph arm strength in workout the day after topping at 84-mph on the mound.

Team Pennsylvania Spotlight: Zach Kokoska, lhp/OF

Zach KokoskaName: Zach Kokoska
Position: LHP/OF
Class: 2017
State Ranking: 12
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 185-pounds
High School: Greater Latrobe
Summer Team(s): US Elite

Pitching Rotation: Game #1 (8/1) - Innings 1-3

Most Recent Showcase/In-Game Performance:
Date: 6/30/15

Scouting Report: 6-foot-1, 185-pound two-way prospect sat 83-85 while topping at 87 mph multiple times from a 3/4 arm slot with hard cut to his fastball. Displayed an up-tempo athletic delivery with a quick arm (91 mph from the outfield). 77 mph slider showed tight, late break although command was an issue at times. Kokoska also showcased an 80 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed. Projectable frame and above average athleticism projects for additional velocity gains moving forward. Left-handed hitter was top two-way prospect in attendance. Starts from a square stance and initiates swing with a leg lift stride. Fluid, balanced swing with a feel for the barrel leads to a 91 mph bat exit velocity. Showcased athletic actions defensively with a 6.87 60-yard dash and a 91 mph arm with above average straight line carry.

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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