Underclass Preview Analysis: Class of 2018 Two-Way Prospects



By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania / West Virginia Director of Scouting

The 2017 Underclass Preview brought together 32 prospects from across the state on January 14th at Keystone State Baseball Academy. Today we conclude our analysis with a look at players in the Class of 2018 that participated as as two-way prospects.

FINAL MEASURABLES for all prospects in attendance

Class of 2018 two-way prospects

Nate YoungNate Young, 1B/LHP, Ephrata HS
6-foot-1, 160-pound left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and utilizes a heel raise stride to initiate his swing. Displayed a feel for the barrel with a bat exit velocity of 75 mph. Solid defender with a soft glove hand showcased 72 mph arm strength across the diamond. Lefty sat 75-77 off the bump from a high 3/4 arm slot with and easy, repeatable delivery. 61 mph curveball showed hard, biting 12/6 rotation. Also displayed a 65 mph changeup thrown at fastball arm speed. Athletic, projectable body. Should see velocity spike over next two years.

Nicolaus MorrettNicholaus Morrett, OF/RHP, Dover HS
Projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. Right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a leg-lift stride. Displayed some present power with the ability to create backspin and a bat exit velocity of 82 mph. Ran a 6.88 60-yard dash and showcased 88 mph arm strength from his outfield position. Righty began pitching in the past year. Sat 81-83 from a high 3/4 arm slot with some arm side run. Additional velocity is likely as he continues to work on the craft. 68 mph slider showed cutter action with 10/4 rotation while his 70 mph changeup is thrown with near fastball arm speed.

Roger RoettgerRoger Roettger, 3B/RHP, Moon Area HS
6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a heel raise stride. A deep load leads to length in his swing with some barrel drag. Registered a bat exit velocity of 84 mph and ran a 7.27 60-yard dash. Displayed a developing skill set defensively with accurate 72 mph arm strength across the diamond. Righty sat 74-75 while touching 77 mph out of a 3/4 arm slot with some cut action. Showed good command of a 65 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and a 70 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed. Held velocity well out of the stretch.

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