Western PA Fall Review Analysis: Middle Infielders



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

La Roche College was the host for the Western PA Fall Review. A total of 38 participants from two states dotted the roster for the days proceedings that included two nine-inning games with a showcase in between.  Over the next five days we will review each player in attendance by position. Today we continue our review by taking a look at the middle infielders in attendance.

Devin Fairman, 2017, West Shamokin (PA)
5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a slightly open stance and utilizes a short stride to contact. Displayed a bat exit velocity of 81 mph with a line drive approach. Registered a 7.57 60-yard dash and flashed a solid glove hand with a quick release defensively. 74 mph arm strength should continue to improve with a concentration on playing through the baseball.

Isaac Herron, 2016, Brooke (WV)
5-foot-11, 185-pound uncommitted senior. Starts his right-handed swing from a square stance with a high hands load. Displayed a feel for the barrel and the ability to use all fields with a bat exit velocity of 78 mph. Showcased confidence in his glove hand and an relaxed throwing motion defensively. 72 mph arm strength would be greatly improved if he were to play through the baseball. Physical size and 7.57 foot speed will likely lead to a move to 3B at the next level.

Alex Huff, 2016, Franklin Area (PA)
5-foot-9, 140-pound uncommitted senior. Left-handed hitter starts from a square  stance and initiates his swing with a short lift-and-replace stride. Direct swing path with a line drive approach led to a bat exit velocity of 78 mph. Displayed the ability to use all fields and a feel for the barrel in batting practice. Ran an 7.62 60-yard dash and showcased  a solid glove hand with an accurate 76 mph arm across the diamond.

Jarrod Jones, 2018, Wheeling Park (WV)
5-foot-10, 150-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a slightly open stance and initiates swing with a short lift-and-replace stride. Gets to full extension regularly with a bat exit velocity of 75 mph. Ran a 7.57 60-yard dash and displayed the arm strength (79 mph) to remain on the left side of the infield at the next level.

Brandon Kowalski, 2017, Knoch (PA)
5-foot-9, 160-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a wide, square stance and utilizes a lift-and-replace stride to initiate his swing. Displayed a feel for the barrel with a bat exit velocity of 77 mph. Ran a 7.69 60-yard dash and displayed the ability to play through the baseball defensively with an accurate 78 mph arm across the diamond.

Nick Leonard, 2018, Brooke (WV)
5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a square, wide stance and utilizes a leg-lift stride to initiate his swing from a high hands load. A strong lower half and direct swing path leads to a bat exit velocity of 82 mph. Went 2-for-3 with a double in game one while barreling the ball in all but one at bat on the day. Displayed athletic actions defensively with the ability to make throws from multiple arm angles. Solid frame and 7.51 foot speed projects him best at 3B at the next level.

Mike McCarty, 2017, Knoch (PA)
6-foot-1, 155-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a slightly open stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Displays a short swing path with the ability to stay inside the baseball. Solid defender capable of playing multiple infield positions with a quick release and solid feet (7.18 60-yard dash).

Anthony Michalski, 2018, Mars Area (PA)
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Showed good tempo and a feel for the barrel with a bat exit velocity of 79 mph bat exit velocity. Feet work well defensively and showcased the ability to play through the baseball with accurate 78 mph arm strength. Ran a 7.63 60-yard dash and displayed the ability to play multiple infield positions.

Joshua Revak, 2017, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA)
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a slightly open stance and initiates his swing with a short, lift-and-replace stride. Some arm bar action leads to some barrel drag and a bat exit velocity of 74 mph. Ran a 7.40 60-yard dash and showed the ability to play through the baseball defensively with an accurate 70 mph arm across the diamond. Showed solid body control and the ability to make throws from multiple arm angles.

Nicolas Ruggeri, 2018, Mt. Pleasant Area (PA)
5-foot-8, 145-pound right-handed hitter. Starts from a wide, square stance and initiates his swing with a heel-raise stride. Displayed a line drive approach with a feel for the barrel and a bat exit velocity of 76 mph. Showcased sound defensive fundamentals and an accurate 67 mph arm across the diamond while running a 7.71 60-yard dash. Will benefit from physical maturation and strength gains in the coming years.

Anthony Ruggieri, 2017, North Hills (PA)
6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitter. Starts from a narrow, square stance with a high hands load and initiates his swing with a leg-lift stride. Displayed a solid feel for the barrel and much improved bat speed (87 mph). Ran a 7.21 60-yard dash and showcased 80 mph arm strength across the diamond. Showed capable glove action and above average footwork while gaining ground defensively.