New Faces to the 2018 Rankings
August 23, 2017
By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director
New Faces To The 2018 Rankings
The Maryland 2018 Rankings were released on Tuesday, August 15. This update to the rankings increased our player total to the top 185 from 150. It is important to note, the rankings are a direct result of our boots-on-the-ground approach to scouting. Our rankings consist of players that one of our staff has had the opportunity to see perform.
Today we give analysis on the seven new faces that have entered the Top 60 of the rankings.
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Ned Ruffin RHP Boys' Latin
Rank - 27
Ruffin creates an imposing frame when toeing the rubber. Ruffin has a controlled delivery throwing from a high three quarter slot. Has a long, free arm action creating fast arm speed. Pitches with regular effort. Near fastball arm speed on a short action breaking ball with 12/6 shape and later break. Has more in the tank as he adds strength to his durable pitcher frame. Fastball has been up to 88 mph. Ruffin committed to William & Mary this earlier this summer playing with the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox.
Daniel O'Conner RHP Calvert Hall
Rank - 36
O'Conner has been one of the biggest risers of the summer after limited time on the hill at Calvert Hall this spring. With a 6-foot athletic frame, the righty has taken advantage of this summer showing a projectable frame with an upper 80's fastball pitching up to 87 and has reportedly been higher. O'Conner is currently one of the top uncommitted 2018 still on the board.
Nolan Matsko IF Dulaney
Rank - 41
Matsko is an athletic infield prospect for Dulaney HS and with the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox this summer. He has lean athletic frame with room to grow. Hitting froma slgihtly open set up to arm bar load. Has a llevel swing path with nice rhythm throughout and a barrel that stays in the zone. Can pepper the gaps. Moves well in the infield with some athleticism and active feet. Clean exchange with a shorter quick arm. Matsko is a recent Georgetown commit.
Ryan Haddaway 3B Poolesville
Rank - 56
Haddaway is a physical corner infield prospect for the defending 3A state champions. He shows a power presence at the plate with pull side pop with a level swing path and uphill finish. Haddaway looks capable of playing either corner infield position and shows some arm strength across the diamond. Haddaway is a recent commit to Mount St. Mary's.
Christian Policelli C Walkersville
Rank - 58
Policelli is an athletic catching prospect from Walkersville high school and for the Mid Atlantic Red Sox. He hits from an athletic set up at the plate with a level swing path and some bat speed. Moves well behind the plate with quick hands and clean exchange with a short arm action on throws to second. throws have carry and are accurate to the bag. Policelli is a recent commit to the Naval Academy.
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