Wed August 15, 2012
The Western PA Top Prospect Showcase attracted a solid group of players with a number of players who shined in several areas. Walking away with the top prospect of the day tag was Adam Bleday (Titusville), who is the No. 6 ranked player in the Class of 2013. Bleday, who recently committed to the University of Virginia was at the top or near the top of the list of results in every measureable category evaluated at the event.
Bleday topped out at 87mph on the mound to lead a promising group of 15 pitchers who toed the rubber at the event. His 76mph curveball and 80mph change up were equally as impressive. Blaise McCarty (Riverside), the No. 55 ranked player in the Class of 2013, topped out at 85mph in his bullpen session. McCarty added a 74mph change up and a 70mph curveball to his arsenal. Matt Rafferty (Seneca Valley), Class of 2014, displayed an array of impressive pitches including an 81mph fastball, a 68mph change up and a 74mph cutter that was one of the nastiest pitches of the day. Nathan Neiderhiser (Bishop McCort), Class of 2014, showed a great deal of polish for a pitcher of his age. Niederhiser topped out at 81mph with a 70mph change up and a 69mph curveball from the left side. Lastly, Matthew Yough (Karns City), Class of 2015, displayed a great deal of promise. The young right hander displayed solid mechanics and a deceptive delivery.
Adam Bleday topped all runners on the day as he turned in a 6.94 60-yard dash. Others showing good foot speed were Matt Rafferty at 7.00 and Austin Logan (Beaver), Class of 2013, at 7.17.
Troy Glendenning (Kiski Area), Class of 2013, turned in the top bat exit speed velocity of the day at 90mph. Others who displayed top speeds in this area were William Morris Jr. (Ringgold), Class of 2013, at 87mph and Spencer Patterson (Woodland Hills), Class of 2013, at 85mph.
Brian Bohman (McDowell), ranked No. 54 in the Class of 2013, showed promise behind the plate with a top pop time of 2.05 and 80mph on his throws to second base. Nearly as impressive was Jake Kleindl (Shady Side Academy), ranked No. 38 in the Class of 2014, with a pop time of 2.06 and 77mph to second base.
Collin Fantaskey (Warren), ranked No. 33 in the Class of 2014, took displayed the top outfield arm at 85mph. Close behind were Nathan Neiderhiser and Adam Bleday, both at 84mph.
Fantaskey also topped all infielders at 82mph across the diamond. Close behind were Spencer Patterson, Ty Zimmerman (Punxsutawney), Class of 2013 and Ted Williams (Meadville), ranked No. 40 in the Class of 2014, all at 80mph.
The top offensive performances from member of the Class of 2013 were turned in by Troy Glendenning, Austin Logan, Ty Zimmerman and Adam Bleday. Class of 2014 prospects who turned in the top rounds of batting practice were Jake Kleindl, Nathan Neiderhiser, Ted Williams, Tanner Cook (Huntingdon) and Justin Abbs (North Allegheny), ranked No. 42 in the class of 2014. Vince D'Orazio (Mt. Lebanon) and John Bondi (Franklin Regional), led the offensive performers in the Class of 2015.
One of the defensive standouts of the day was Trent Sipes (Hollidaysburg), Class of 2014, who showed the ability to pick it in the middle infield. Sipes displayed good range, quick feet and soft hands to go along with a top velocity of 72mph across the diamond.
In the coming days we will take an in depth look at prospects by position and class. We will also have complete results posted on all measurables from the event.