MD Travel Championship Scout Blog: Pt. 1



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By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director

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Jeremy Zabarsky LHP/OF Georgetown Prep 2019 - Athletic frame with room to grow. Shorter arm action throwing from a side arm angle. Simple delivery working downhill. Could get better usage of lower half throughout. Fastball has slight sink and cut to the pitch up to 71. Breaking ball has short 10/4 action on the pitch at 59 mph.

Ben Ruth OF/RHP Einstein 2020 - Lanky athletic projectable frame. Clean loose arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Smooth delivery pitching with regular effort. Fastball showed slight run on the pitch topping out at 73 mph on the day. Breaking ball had some depth with a bigger 11/5 shape. Gradual break at 66 mph.

Nick Mallus 1B/RHP Quince Orchard 2018 - Long lanky frame with room to add strength. Hits from an open set up with hands at shoulder height and some wiggle. Leg kick load to hitting position, shorter swing path with quick hands and some bat speed. Could free up hands some more to get more extension through baseball as tends to want to go pull side. On the mound. Has an athletic arm action with average bat speed throwing from an over the top slot. Gets head tilt working downhill to create over the top slot. Slight sink on fastball with occasional cut. Breaking ball has short 11/5 action with later break. Fastball up to 77 mph, breaking ball at 67 mph.

Kevin Finn C Watkins Mill 2018 - quick exchange with fluid actions and quick release. Throws were accurate on the bag consistent 2.05-2.25. Strong frame. Moves well behind the plate. Quick, clean exchange to release to second. Throws were accurate. Hits from a square set up at the plate. Level path at the plate with some bat speed. Pull type hitter.

Luke Cheng IF Sherwood 2020 – Athletic frame. Moved well at third base with confident first step and lateral range. Clean exchange with a shorter arm action throwing from a lower slot. Nice pace on the mound in a controlled delivery. Quick tempo Loose arm action throwing from a high three quarter slot. Pitches with regular effort and not extra movements. Has room to fill out frame. Shows arm speed pitching up to 80 mph with arm side run on the pitch. Change up has run to the pitch at 70 mph. Slows down on the breaking ball with gradual break at 61 mph.

Seif Ingram SS/2B Avalon 2019 – Athletic frame with room to grow. Smooth actions in the field. Quick exchange and release with ability to throw from multiple slots. Showed confident first step and ability to run down ball Accurate throws with quick release. Athletic set up at the plate, short swing path with quick wrists and shows bat speed. Some extra movement late in load.

Garrett Walker RHP/2B Glenelg 2019 – Smaller, compact frame. Stretch only with a slight drop n drive with his lower half in delivery. Throws from a high three quarter slot. Fastball showed slight run at 70 mph.

Joey Merrill SS/OF Montgomery Blair 2018 – Versatile player able to fill a number of positions. Shorter swing path at the plate with ability to get hands in and out of the zone. Barrells ball well.

Damascus Post 171 Legion

Connor Manion SS/RHP Damascus 2018 – Quick first step from the shortstop position. Quick release with clean exchange. Nice range in the field with smooth actions. At the plate hits from an athletic set up. Displays nice rhythm throughout. Showed ability to consistently get barrel on ball this weekend. Short swing path at the plate with some extension. Showed quick hands working inside baseball. Barreled ball well on weekend. Sneaky pop to pull side.

Jalen Toombs IF/OF Seneca Valley 2019 – Hits from a balanced taller set up. Short load with small leg kick and lowers hands. Shorter, level path at the plate in and out of the zone with average bat speed.

Tyler Retherford 1B Damascus 2018 – Hits from an athletic set up. Opens up in load slightly to hitting position. Level swing path with some bat speed. Strong at the plate. Shows pop to pull side.

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Kevin Gamber SS/RHP Elizabethtown Area (PA) 2018 – Projectable athletic frame. Sound arm action with pause after hand break. Pitches with regular effort from a high three-quarter slot. Hides ball well while working downhill. Quiet lower half, could get more involvement and backside drive. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch up to 80 mph. Shows arm speed on mound and has more in the tank. Hits from an athletic set up at the plate. Level swing path with short load to hitting position. Shows some bat speed, keeps hands inside ball to spray the entire field. Shows some extension through contact.

Tyler Long IF Annville-Cleona (PA) 2020 – Shorter swing path at the plate. Keeps hands inside ball well. Works middle of the field with approach. Aggressive on the bases, moves well.

Anthony Funk OF Elizabethtown Area (PA) 2018 – Compact delivery with smooth build up. Shorter quick arm action throwing from an over the top slot. Head tilts to create arm angle. Glide downhill with some lower half involvement. Fastball sneaks up on hitters with some sink to the pitch up to 81 mph. Breaking ball up to 65 mph. Hits from a square set up. Level path with uphill finish and average bat speed. Gets out of balance over front side at times.

Justin Fleig OF Central Dauphin 2020 – Hits from a taller, square set up with hands set at shoulder. Short swing path at the plate keeps hands inside ball well. Projectable frame

Cole Patrick RHP Elizabethtown 2019 - Lanky projectable frame with room to add more. Has a loose quick arm action throwing from a three quarter slot. Gets good backside through his release. Could get more intent while working down the hill. Fastball showed later cut and sink at times touching 84 mph. Pitches with light effort and with more in the tank.

Brodey Neveker 3B New Oxford 2018 – Shorter quick arm action throwing from an almost over the top slot. Sinks into lower half when working downhill. Fastball has slight run on the pitch up to 78 mph. Change up has fade and sink to the pitch at 70. Breaking ball has 11/acition with gradual break. Hits from a

Christian Friedel RHP Palmyra 2019 – Smaller frame with some length Sound arm action throwing from a high three-quarter slot. Glides downhill to the plate pitching with light effort. Fastball has slight movement on the pitch up to 71 mph.

AJ Cielinski C/RHP New Oxford 2018 – Projectable frame. Sound arm action throwing from a low three-quarter slot. Fastball has some run and sink to it up to 77 mph. Shows some arm speed. Breaking ball has shorter action up to 68 mph.