Prep Baseball Report

Western PA College Prospect Showcase Analysis: West Virginia Prospects

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

The first indoor event of the winter in Pennsylvania served as an opportunity for a trio of West Virginia prospects to travel north of the state borders to showcase their talents. Following is a look at how each performed yesterday at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Tristan LucasOF Tristan Lucas (University HS), Class of 2015

Lucas showed raw athleticism and room for continued maturation. He began the day by turning in the top home-to-1B time of the day at 4.00 from the right side of the plate. The 6-foot, 165-pound junior displayed athletic actions in the outfield and solid straight line carry on throws of 77 mph. At the plate, Lucas used a square stance and a high hands load to produce a bat exit velocity of 81 mph. Lucas has some mechanical issues with his swing that are minor, but that could allow for added barrel whip. His athleticism is evident in all that he does and makes him an interesting follow in the Class of 2015.

Travis RennerC/2B Travis Renner (University HS), Class of 2014

Renner showed the top pop times among catchers at the event at 2.03-2.10 on throws of 72 mph from the crouch. He displayed a quick transition and little wasted movement on throws to 2B. Renner is a 6-foot, 185-pound unsigned senior who is most impressive at the plate. He displayed the ability to consistently barrel the baseball and some pop in his bat with a bat exit velocity of 88 mph.

Kelaen WelchOF Kelaen Welch (Brooke HS), Class of 2014

Welch is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound unsigned senior that showed well in all facets of the game. He showcased athletic actions in the outfield with an accurate 77 mph arm and ran a 4.34 home-to-1B time during offensive workouts. The right-handed hitter utilized a square stance and short swing path to consistently barrel the baseball during batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 81 mph.


Additional PA NEws:

WV Top Prospect Games 2014