Western PA Fall Scout Day Underclass Analysis


Dan Williams
Western PA Director of Scouting

Astro Falcons Scout Day

The 2018 Western PA Fall Scout Day took place on September 30th at Allegheny College. Prospects gathered to put themselves on the recruiting radar by participating in a showcase workout. Today we analyze the underclass participants in attendance.

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Top Prospects

Brett Beith, 2020, Lakeview, OF/LHP

Brett Beith

Defensively, as outfielder gets behind, catches at it's height and works through the ball in the air. Movements are fluid and athletic. Shows proper technique and confident glove hand in attacking ball on the ground. Flashed developing, accurate 83 mph arm.

Offensively, 6-foot-2, 175 pound, left-handed hitter initiates swing with aggressive knee to knee leg kick and stride to neutral, Early hnd leak reduces separation. There is intermittent front knee softness following heel plant. Hands are loose and quick achieving solid whip. There is balance, rhythm and obvious athleticism. A bat exit velocity of 84 mph was registered.

On the mound, the left-hander works out of a mid 3/4 arm slot with low effort, repeatable delivery. Solid balance and rhythm are present. Fastball sat 77-79 mph and was cut to glove side. Curveball at 64-67 mph flashed sharp, late break with 1/7 shape. Change up at 65-68 remains work in progress with slowing of arm evident.

Aaron Posey, 2022, North Allegheny, C/3B

Aaron Posey

Defensively, as catcher flashes soft, confident glove hand in receiving and framing. Presents soft, square wall in blocking with excellent range and athleticism for size and age. Feet are in sync with clean quick, transfer and arm action in recording pop time of 2.21 on throw of 70 mph out of the crouch.

Defensively, at third base funnels bottom up and out front with soft, quick glove hand. Feet are active to and through the baseball while follow throw of 68 mph across the diamond. 

Offensively, 6-foot, 180 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from slightly open set up with short stride to neutral. Separation is solid. Weight shift and hip turn are aggressive. Bat is swung with intent and path allows it to spend extended time in the zone. Posey turned in a solid round of bp flashing ability to use all fields. A bat exit velocity of 86 mph was registered. Overall, Posey reconfirmed his previous evaluation as a follow in the class of 2022.

Nick Dolan, 2020, Baldwin, SS/2B

Nick Dolan

Defensively, as middle infielder feet are active to and through the ball. Transfer and arm action are clean and quick. Range is solid with movements demonstrating obvious athleticism. Hands are above average in funneling bottom up and out front. Arm strength of 77 mph was registered on throws across the diamond. Quick twitch skills were evident in running of event best 6.99-second 60-yard dash.

Offensively, 6-foot-2, 170 pound right-handed hitter initiates swing from slightly open set up with lift and replace stride staying open. Separation is sold, hands are loose and quick in achieving substantial barrel whip. Back elbow has subtle tendency to lose connection creating some drag. Bat path is flat with excellent barrel feel present. A bat exit velocity of 86 mph was registered. Overall, versatile skill set and athleticism make for interesting follow in class of 2020.

Jon McCullough, 2020, Seneca Valley, RHP/3B

Jon McCullough

Defensively, at third base hands are soft, quiet and confident while demonstrating solid fundamentals. Transfer and arm action are clean. Flashed above average arm strength on event best 85 mph throw across the diamond.

Offensively, 6-foot-3, 180 pound, right-hander works out of over-the-top arm slot. Arm action is long and loose. Marked leaning back just prior to and following stride foot landing combined with early front hip opening creates drag. Fastball sat 79-81 mph with arm side run. Curveball at 66-68 mph flashed 11/5 shape and moderate depth. Change up sat 70-72 mph while being thrown at fastball arm speed and showing consistent arm side fade/sink. Long levers, athleticism and arm strength lend to considerable upside with mechanical adjustments.

REMAINDER OF THE ROSTER (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Sam Crowley, 2021, McDowell, SS/RHP

Defensively, young player, shows solid footwork to and through the ball. Plays low flashing solid area quickness and soft, confident hands. Transfer is clean while throwing motion has some length. Arm strength of 77 mph was registered on throws across the diamond. 

Offensively, 5-foot-11, 170 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from with knee to knee movement, leg hang and stride to slightly open. Separation is reduced by early hand leak. There is subtle, intermittent top half drift. Swing is short with hands working directly to the baseball. Bat path is flat. A bat exit velocity of 79 mph was registered.

Nate Hayes, 2021, McDowell, 1B

Defensively, at first base hands are adequate and feet work well around the bag. Long frame plays well at the position. Arm strength of 71 mph was recorded on throws across the diamond. 

Offensively, 6-foot-3, 165 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from slightly open set up with heel  raise and short stride staying open. Separation is intermittently reduced by early hand leak. There is some arm bar creating length. Showed good barrel feel in squaring multiple balls during round of BP. A bat exit velocity of 77 mph was registered.

Trent Milliren, 2020, Lakeview, RHP/1B

Defensively at first base athleticism is above average for position. Hands are soft and confident with feet working well to ball and around the bag. Registered 76 mph arm strength on throws across the diamond.

Offensively, 6-foot, 185 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from neutral set up with short stride staying neutral. Separation is adequate. There is subtle front side softness following heel plant. Stays behind ball achieving solid leverage. Registered a bat exit velocity of 80 mph.

On the mound, the right-hander works out of a mid 3/4 arm slot with moderate effort, repeatable delivery. Milliren steps closed creating crossfire action. Fastball sat 75-79 mph and was commanded with subtle arm side run. Curveball at 59-62 mph had 11/5 shape and rolling action on this day. Change up sat 64-66 mph and was thrown with good sell demonstrating consistent arm side fade/sink.

Domenic Pearson, 2020, Thomas Jefferson, 3B/RHP

Defensively, at third base and shortstop feet are quiet to the baseball but active in gaining ground and following throws. Hands are soft and work bottom up. Transfer and arm action are clean on throws of 76 mph across the diamond.

Offensively, 5-foot-11, 175 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from neutral set up with short, controlled stride staying neutral. Separation is adequate. Weight shift and hip turn are controlled but aggressive. There is balance and rhythm. Bat is on plane early and late in hitting zone. Hands are loose and quick. A bat exit velocity of 81 mph was registered. 

On the mound, the right-hander works out of a mid 3/4 arm slot. Delivery is moderate effort and repeatable. Stride foot lands open creating first base fall. Fastball sat 74-78 mph with subtle arm side run/sink. Curveball showed 11/5 shape and rolling action. Change up at 66-69 was thrown with adequate sell and intermittent arm side fade.

Ryan Tomczak, 20121, 1B/RHP, Cathedral Prep

Defensively, at first base there is tendency to work top down and play the ball deep. Hands and feet are adequate. Tomczak showed accurate arm on throws of 61 mph across the diamond.

Offensively, 6-foot-2, 230 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from open set up with controlled stride to neutral. Separation is reduced by passive weight shift and hip turn. There is front knee softness following heel plant. Bat plane is flat and barrel feel was shown in consistent squaring of ball during round of BP. A bat exit velocity of 82 mph was registered.

On the mound, the right-hander works out of a high 3/4 arm slot with moderate effort repeatable delivery. Fastball sat 62-65 mph and was true. Curveball at 51-52 moh demonstrated 11/5 shape and rolling action. Change up at 58-59 was thrown with adequate sell while being pulled to the glove side.

Kolby VanWhy, 2020, Coudersport, SS/1B

Defensively, as middle infielder attacks and works through the ball creating optimal hops and angles. Funnels bottom up with confident hands. Showed 72 mph, accurate arm on throws across the diamond.

Offensively, 6-foot-1, 185 pound, left-handed hitter initiates swing from neutral set up with lift and replace stride. Weight shift and hip turn are aggressive. Stays behind ball and rotates into a firm front side achieving solid leverage. Bat path is slightly uphill. A bat exit velocity of 83 mph was registered. 

Brandon Boehm, 2021, McDowell, C/3B

Defensively, behind the plate shows confident, quiet glove hand in receiving and framing. Blocking technique is excellent with soft, square wall and solid trunk angle present. Feet are quick while transfer and arm stroke have length in recording 2.35 pop time on throw of 71 mph out of the crouch.

Offensively, 5-foot-7, 180 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from open set up with knee to knee leg kick and stride to neutral. Separation and weight shift are solid. Hip turn is intermittently passive. Swing is short with hands being quick and direct to the baseball. Bat path is flat in registering a bat exit velocity of 83 mph.

Jared Katz, 2020, Vincentian Academy, OF/1B

Defensively, as outfielder catches ball at it's height and works through the ball on the ground with proper technique. Katz would benefit from being more decisive in reads while consistently working to get behind and play through ball in the air.

Offensively, 6-foot-4, 175 pound, right-handed hitter initiates swing from open set up with knee to knee movement and stride to neutral. Weight shift is passive and there is reaching with stride leg. Katz stays behind ball and works into firm front side achieving solid leverage. Bat path is slightly uphill. A bat exit velocity of 76 mph was registered. 

Jed Goodlin, 2020, Jamestown, RHP/OF

On the mound, works out of low 34 arm slot. Delivery is moderate effort. Arm action is long and loose. Goodlin shows ability to repeat his delivery. Fastball sat 80-81 mph and was commanded with with consistent arm side run and sink. Curveball at 62-63 mph showed 11/5 shape and rolling action. Change up at 55-56 mph remains work in progress consistently being left up in the zone. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
PBR Evaluation & Measurables Showcase
PA 10/07 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA
Astro Falcons Scout Day PA 10/14 Bob Cene Park - Struthers OH
2018 Elite Prospect Showcase (Invite Only) PA 10/27 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA
PBR Mid-Atlantic ProCase (Invite Only) PA 10/28 Keystone State Baseball Academy - Manheim, PA


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