Underclass Games Analysis: White Team



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The White Team sported the youngest roster of four teams to participate during the PA Underclass Games July 29 & 30 at Misericordia University.  Following is an analysis of the prospects that participated as members of the White Team.

RHP/OF John Bowman, Canton HS, Class of 2015

Bowman is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect with a lot of potential. Bowman is raw at this point, but shows the makings of a power arm sitting 85-87 with an effective 75 mph changeup thrown at near fastball arm speed. Bowman's frame and strong lower half indicate that he has the potential to see 90 mph in the near future.

2B/OF Andrew Collins, Central Bucks East HS, Class of 2016

Collins utilized a high hands approach with a lift and replace stride foot to create a bat exit velocity of 74 mph. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitter barreled the baseball consistently and showed the ability to use all fields. Collins displayed the ability to consistently put the ball in play during game action and should continue to develop as his frame fills out.

C/OF Ryan Ernst, Central Bucks East HS, Class of 2015

Ernst is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound prospect that showcased pop times of 2.09-2.16 on throws of 71 mph out of the crouch. He displayed a square stance and a flat bat path that produced consistent line drives in batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 83 mph. Ernst went 2-for-6 in game action over the course of the two day event.

C Steve Furman, Bonner-Prendergast HS, Class of 2016

Furman is a solidly built 5-foot-8, 150-pound prospect with fundamentally sound actions behind the plate. He showcased pop times of 2.25-2.28 on throws of 69 mph out of the crouch. Furman has a very compact swing, hitting from a square stance with a toe tap trigger. He displayed the ability to consistently barrel the baseball with a bat exit velocity of 80 mph. Furman went 1-for-6 in game action over two days and squared the baseball regularly.

3B/OF Maxx Harpalani, Pine Richland HS, Class of 2017

Harpalani showed a good deal of promise in the outfield with athletic actions and solid straight line carry on throws of 80 mph. The right-handed hitter barreled the baseball consistently in batting practice, showcasing a square stance, good extension to his swing and a bat exit velocity of 78 mph. Harpalani went 2-for-6 in game action over the course of the two day event, including a double and two RBI.

SS/RHP Colton Hower, Moon Area HS, Class of 2015

Hower showed soft hands, good feet and a clean exchange from SS with throws of 78 mph across the diamond. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound right-handed hitter barreled the baseball repeatedly with a short stroke and good extension in batting practice. Hower utilized his 77 mph bat exit velocity to go 2-for-6 with a triple and two runs scored in game action. He sat 83-85 with some arm side run to his fastball out of a high 3/4 arm slot in game action. Hower also showcased a 68 mph changeup and an 11/5 breaking 71 mph curveball.

Corbin KesslerSS Corbin Kessler, Seneca Valley HS, Class of 2016

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound middle infielder showcased fluid actions and a clean transition with throws of 75 mph across the diamond. The sweet swinging sophomore went 4-for-6 at the plate in game action, including a double and a triple. Kessler displayed an 83 mph bat exit velocity and took home MVP honors for the White Team.

2B/SS Bryan Reagle, Easton Area HS, Class of 2016

Reagle showcased good pop and an 86 mph bat exit velocity. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitter utilizes a slight crouch and a solid lower half to barrel the baseball consistently to all fields. Reagle went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in game action on day two of the event. He should continue to develop as his frame fills out and will be a prospect to watch in this class.

OF/2B Brandon Reis, La Salle HS, Class of 2017

Reis showcased a square stance with a short swing path and good extension in barreling the baseball to all fields during batting practice. The 5-foot-8, 145-pound right-handed hitter utilized a 74 mph bat exit velocity to go 1-for-3 in game action on day two of the event. Reis will continue to develop as his frame fills out.

RHP J.J. Spehrley, Pottsville HS, Class of 2016

Spehrley is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound RHP that sat 77-79 out of a high 3/4 arm slot during his three innings of work. The righty also showed command of a 68 mph 11/5 breaking curveball. Spehrley yielded four hits and an unearned run, while striking out one. His athletic frame should continue to mature leading to additional velocity in years to come.

OF/RHP Corey Thomas, Carlisle HS, Class of 2016

Thomas displayed athletic actions in the outfield with straight line carry on throws of 84 mph. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound righty sat 78-79 out of a high 3/4 arm slot on the mound with a 73 mph changeup thrown at near fastball arm speed. Thomas showcased the ability to use all fields and a bat exit velocity of 79 mph in a solid round of batting practice. He went on to go 1-for-3 in game action on day two of the event.

LHP/1B Nate Baxter, Cocalico HS, Class of 2015

Baxter is an interesting prospect with a projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 180-pounds. The lefty moves well around the 1B bag and barrels the baseball consistently at the plate. Baxter went 1-for-3 in game action on day two of the event. He utilizes a flat bat path and a rhythmic swing to produce a 76 mph bat exit velocity. It is on the mound that Baxter shows the most promise. He sat 75-76 with arm side run from a high 3/4 arm slot without effort. Thomas also showed the makings of a quality changeup that has late sink at 73 mph. With improvements to mechanics and time to grow into his frame it is conceivable that Baxter will see a significant velocity increase.

1B/RHP Jake Haberle, Gateway HS, Class of 2016

Haberle is an impressive looking athlete for his class at 6-foot-2, 240-pounds. The right-handed hitter has a polished swing creates a 92 mph bat exit velocity with a very strong lower half. Haberle went 2-for-3 in game action on day one of the event. He also sat 79-80 on the mound out of a high 3/4 arm slot and showcased a 73 mph 11/5 breaking curveball in his time on the mound. While his bat is what makes Haberle stand out, some mechanical work to his delivery will make Haberle a viable two-way prospect as well moving forward.

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