Most Viewed Profiles of 2016: No. 1 Joe Rizzo



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

After drilling down into our google analytics we have compiled a list of the ten most visited Virginia profiles on the Prep Baseball Report website in 2016.  During the month of December we will count down to the end of the year with a look at those profiles that were most viewed.

no. 1 Joe rizzo 3b oakton 2016

aPBR Notes

3.7.16:  Rizzo is an athletic infielder with a strong frame. He hits from an athletic stance and has a leg kick stride with a slight load back and good rhythm. He is very quick to the ball and gets good extension through it. He has an electric lower half and explosive hands, generating elite bat speed and power with minimal effort. He maintains balance throughout his swing and shows a good approach, hitting the ball where it is thrown and using the entire field. Defensively, Rizzo played shortstop and showed soft hands and a good first step. He has a clean transfer and quick release with a strong, accurate arm. He also showed a good feel of how much arm he needed and how quickly the ball had to come out during the scrimmage. Rizzo has average speed, getting down the line in 4.41 and 4.43 from the left side, but he has very good quickness. In his at bat against Lee, he did a good job taking a fastball that was a bit up the other way for a base hit.

Rizzo finished his high school career as the top ranked player in the Virginia 2016 rankings as well as No. 13 in the Overall rankings. Rizzo also was highlighted on the PBR Draft 100, which features the top 100 high school players across the country by PBR National Scouting Director Nathan Rode. A South Carolina commit, Rizzo was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd Round of the MLB draft and signed. He made his professional debut on June 20th and spent his first season in Rookie ball, playing in 39 games and hitting .291 in 150 at-bats.

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