The Six Most Promising Shortstops in Pennsylvania



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Quality shortstops that will make an impact at the next level are coveted commodities and are in limited supply. Today the PBR Pennsylvania "12 Days of Christmas" series will focus on the most promising high school shortstops in Pennsylvania.

  1. SabinoLiam Sabino, Class of 2014, Blair Academy

    Sabino is a 6-foot, 175-pound shortstop who has committed to Vanderbilt. He runs a 6.9 60-yard dash and has an 87 mph arm across the infield. His glove work and range at shortstop are exceptional. Sabino is from East Stroudsburg, PA, just across the New Jersey state line and Blair Academy. Sabino has made a steady climb through the Class of 2014 rankings as a result of his impressive showings at some big national events over the past 12 months. He is one of the most talented defensive shortstops in the country and his offense is showing signs of catching up. He ranked No. 3 in PA and No.19 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2014.

  2. Kyle Datres, Class of 2015, Loyalsock Township HS

    Datres is a 6-foot, 175-pound SS/RHP who is a gifted three-sport athlete. As a freshman in 2011-2012, he was an All-Conference quarterback in football, a member of a district championship basketball team and the starting shortstop on the Lancers baseball team. Datres won nine games on the mound and was named All-State as an infielder. He has touched 89 mph from the mound this summer and has already drawn interest from many Division I baseball programs. Datres is ranked No. 2 in PA and No. 11 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2015.

  3. Johnny Aiello, Class of 2015, Germantown Academy

    Aiello was an everyday starter for Germantown Academy as a freshman in 2012. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound SS/RHP recently made the USA Baseball U-15 National Team after representing the U-14 Team last summer in the Pan Am Games in Venezuela. Aiello is an accomplished shortstop who also tops out in the mid-80's on the mound. He is ranked No. 4 in PA and No. 22 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2015.

  4. Shaun Corso, Class of 2013, Hempfield HS

    Corso is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect with an 85 mph arm across the infield. He has the ability to drive in runs and hit for power at the next level. The University of West Virginia recruit will be participating in the PBR Super 60 Showcase in February. Corso is ranked No. 7 in PA and No. 62 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2013.

  5. Dan Hrbek, Class of 2013, Pleasant Valley HS

    Hrbek might be the most polished shortstop in his class. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound left-handed hitter has been clocked at 88 mph across the infield. He is ranked No. 8 in PA and No. 81 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2013.

  6. Tommy Richter, Class of 2014, Conestoga HS

    Richter is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound SS/2B from Conestoga HS. He was an honorable mention All-League selection as a starter for AAAA Conestoga as a freshman in 2011. Richter is a quality defender and a solid top of the order left-handed hitter. The Penn State commit is ranked No. 11 in the PA Class of 2014.

    Other Shortstops of Note:

    • Stephen Sada, Class of 2013, Saegertown HS

      Sada is a prototypical lead-off hitter. He has gap power with triples speed.  He has run a 6.6 60-yard dash and has been clocked at 80 mph across the infield.  The Miami of Ohio recruit is ranked No. 17 in PA and No. 140 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2013.

    • Travis Blankenhorn, Class of 2015, Pottsville HS

      Blankenhorn is a talented defensive player with an 86 mph arm across the infield. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitter also shows promise as a pitcher topping at 83 mph. He is ranked No. 8 in PA and No. 58 in the PBR combined rankings in the Class of 2015.         

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