VA/DC Scout Blog: #25 Bishop O'Connell

Jason Burton
Scouting Director PBR Virginia/DC

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We take a look at some video and notes on six players from the Bishop O'Connell Knights.

Bishop O'Connell

Noah Haught SS / 2B / Bishop O'Connell, VA / 2025

Thin, athletic 5-foot-10 frame with room to fill. Got a chance to see Haught in the fall at a Primetime Aces Scout Day and the defense really stood out. Solid hit tool, contact bat, and flashed some doubles power on Saturday. Average run tool and rolled a 4.4 home to first on a bunt in his second game. Had back to back big hits for the Knights in their first game on Saturday and flashed the leather in their second game, making a couple nice plays at second base. Needs to continue to add strength. Will be a 2025 to watch going forward. 




Peyton Kijek OF / RHP / Bishop O'Connell , VA / 2024

We got to see Kijek this past summer at Top Prospect Games and this is a guy that is solid all around. On Saturday I just saw him at the plate and it seemed like he produced a barrel in every at bat. It is a slight crouch in the stance, which is a change from the summer where he was more upright. Flatter path and the swing gets a bit disconnected on the backside. Works the middle to backside of the field in virtually every at bat. The swing has a different look to it, but he showed a really good feel for the barrel and did not do a lot of swinging and missing. Solid hit tool for this outfielder and although I did not get a chance to see him on the mound, from what we saw this summer, he is an intriguing two-way potential guy in the 2024 class. 



AJ Murray RHP / 1B / Bishop O'Connell, VA / 2024

Murray is a Yale commit. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Longer arm swing and repeats delivery down the mound. Showed a three pitch mix, with solid feel for the curveball and slider for strikes. The curveball had a bigger shape to it at 70-71 mph and had depth. The slider sat around 73 and had some slurvy shape. The fastball sat 83-86 on a cool, dreary morning. Competed in the zone, spun for strikes, and allowed his defense to work, while making some big pitches at times with runners on base. Complete game win versus St. Chris. 




Michael Powell SS / RHP / Bishop O'Connell, VA / 2024

One of my favorite players I have seen this spring. Long rangy frame, high end defender, and the ball just always seems to find him in big spots. Hands work, rhythm and feel for timing in the field, accurate arm, and enough to stay on left side. The run tool would be my only question mark as to whether he stays at short at the next level, but outside of that, there is no doubt he has the capability to stay on the left side. I like the swing path, it has some length in the zone and should allow for some adjustability. Had a few hard hit balls on the day, but had some bad luck as they were right at people. The bat speed is average and could use a tick up in that department but the path is solid and will allow him to show his ability to find the barrel and use all fields. 




Jack Rampy RHP / 2B / Bishop O'Connell , VA / 2024

The uncommitted junior was 82-84 mph on Saturday and touched a couple of 85's. Moved it in and out well and got some swings and misses in the zone. The breaking ball sat 69-71 mph and was a bit slurvy with 11/5 shape. The changeup may have been the most effective secondary. Sat 76-77 mph and has some nice arm side fade getting some left handers off balance and out front. 




Jack Woda C / SS / Bishop O'Connell , VA / 2026

For his class, Woda has a strong set of defensive skills. Solid receiver, clean exchange, and extremely accurate arm. The arm strength is average, but should get better as he matures and adds strength, but there is no denying the ability to get it out and put it on the bag. Made a really nice play in the video below, picking a short fastball, gathering, staying in rhythm, and throwing a strike to the bag. One to follow going forward.