2017 Pre-Season All-PBR 3rd Team

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By John Nolan
Virginia Assistant Director and Content Manager

Last week, we kicked off our preview analysis of the upcoming high school season by revealing our Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year and Pre-Season Player of the Year candidates. This week, we are taking a look at our 2017 Pre-Season All-PBR VA/DC Teams, beginning with the Underclassmen team yesterday. Today we begin the process of unveiling our Pre-Season All-PBR VA/DC Team with the third team.

The Pre-Season All-PBR VA/DC Underclassmen team features members of the Classes of 2017 and 2018. We will revisit this list throughout the season as there will undoubtedly be players who will have spectacular seasons that are not on this list and will earn the right to be recognized with the players below.

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*Note* - Utillity (UTL) players are players that will we predict will contribute for their  team both on the mound and at another position.

Players are listed alphabetically by position:


Name Position School Class Commitment
Ty Hanchey C Granby 2018  
John Keane C Lafayette 2017 Old Dominion 
Hunter Vay C Thomas Dale 2017 Virginia Commonwealth
Matt Ballance IF Cape Henry 2018 Virginia Tech
Daniel Brooks IF Spotsylvania 2017 George Mason
Thomas Francisco IF Abingdon 2018 East Carolina
Cade Hungate IF Abingdon  2018 Florida State
Nic Kent IF St. Anne's-Belfield 2018 Virginia
Will Wagner IF Miller School 2018 Liberty
Don Goodes OF Greenbrier Christian 2018  Virginia Military Institute
Nathan Loyd OF Amherst County 2017 Virginia Military Institute
Ronald Payne OF William Monroe 2017 Randolph-Macon
Callaway Sigler OF Benedictine 2018 James Madison
Sam Ewald RHP  Kettle Run 2017 Virginia Military Institute
Graham Firoved RHP  First Colonial 2018  Radford 
Zeke Gongola RHP St. John's College 2018 Maryland
Lliam Grubbs RHP Louisa County 2018 James Madison
Ethan Murray RHP Miller School 2018  Duke
Daniel Ouderkirk RHP  Spotswood 2018   
Dawson Sims RHP North Stafford 2017 Virginia Commonwealth
Nick Stewart RHP  Rock Ridge 2017  James Madison
Derek Domecq UTL  Western Albemarle 2018   
Brad Hanner UTL  Orange County 2017 Patrick Henry CC
Rojo Prarie UTL Lake Braddock 2018 William & Mary


Hanchey has a left-handed bat and a pop time that gets below 2, shutting down opposing running games...Keane is an Old Dominion commit with consistent sub-2 pop times and a strong arm to go with a line drive swing and easy doubles power...Vay is a VCU commit and has been a consistent power presence in Thomas Dale’s lineup since his sophomore year.

is a Virginia Tech recruit and has a short, simple swing that consistently barrels the ball. He has smooth actions in the field and a loose arm action…Brooks is an athletic defender and dangerous switch hitter who can also contribute on the mound if needed, he is a VCU commit…Francisco is an East Carolina recruit and provides a powerful lefthanded bat to the Abingdon lineup…His teammate Hungate is a Florida State commit and another impact bat in the Abingdon lineup. Hungate can also pitch if needed…Kent is a Virginia recruit with a projectable frame and quick hands…Wagner is a Liberty commit who has some bat speed and easy gap power. He is smooth in the field and his arm has some potential.

Goodes is a VMI recruit and transferred to Greenbrier Christian last summer. He has a strong outfield arm and good left-handed bat with power potential…Loyd is a quick outfielder who has a short swing and some real power to his pull side. He is also a VMI recruit and can hit in any part of Amherst County’s order…Payne will contribute for William Monroe again this spring as the centerpiece of their lineup and their top arm on the mound. He helped carry Monroe to 3A State Championship game last year and could easily do it again, he is a Randolph-Macon commit…Sigler is another transfer from last summer, moving to Benedictine and reclassifying. He has a strong arm and a bat with a ton of upside and could be a big part of what on paper will be a very good Benedictine team this spring.

didn’t contribute much on the mound last year as Kettle Run marched to the 4A State Tournament, look for the VMI commit to have an increased role there this spring and continue to hit in the middle of the Cougar order…Firoved is a Radford commit with a fastball that has been as high as 89 and a frame that he can still fill out…Gongola is a projectable Maryland recruit with a big arm and draft potential who has been up to 88 with plenty of room to add velocity…Grubbs is a lanky James Madison commit with a quick arm that got up to 88 last summer. He has plenty of room to add to his frame…Murray is a Duke recruit who has a big arm with a ton of upside and should be a big part of what is shaping up to be an outstanding Miller School team…Ouderkirk towers over hitters on the mound and has a lanky frame that he can add to, his fastball got up to 87 last fall…Sims has a projectable frame and is a VCU commit. He has been in the Wolverine lineup since early in his career but has seen his usage on the mound increase…Stewart is a James Madison commit and is one of the best competitors on the mound in Virginia. He has feel for three pitchers and is capable of shutting down any offense in the Commonwealth.

Domecq has been one of Western Albemarle’s top arms since he was a freshman and he is poised to be their ace again this spring. His lefthanded bat also has middle of the lineup potential…Hanner is a Patrick Henry commit and will return as Orange County’s ace this spring as well as an important piece to their lineup…Prarie has a big arm in the outfield and a bat with a lot of upside, but the William & Mary commit should also see significant time on the mound for a young and very talented Lake Braddock team.

Check back later this week as we continue to unveil our 2017 Pre-Season All-PBR VA/DC Team.