Prep Baseball Report

2018 Rankings Update Preview: Top 18 in '18 (#7-12)

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

Our preview of the soon-to-be updated 2018 rankings continues today with a sneak peek at the prospects ranked 7th through 12th, as we work our way toward revealing the Top 18 in '18 and the entire list of 75 prospects tomorrow.

[Note: these rankings will not be reflected on player pages or in the overall list until the final update is input tomorrow]

SpiegelBurchett7. Tyler Burchett, RHP, Red Lion Area (Kentucky) ==> (left)
8. Nick O'Day, RHP/OF, Bishop Shanahan (Texas Christian)
9. Sean Guilbe, IF/C, Berks Catholic (St. John's)
10. Phillip Dull, IF/RHP, Chestnut Ridge (West Virginia)
11. Jake Kelchner, OF/LHP, Spring-Ford (St. John's)
12. Josh Spiegel, C, Penn-Trafford (Oklahoma State) ==> (right)

Burchett sports a prototype 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame with good arm arm speed that produces a lively fastball and promising slider. Big upside if he can harness his command. Undersized at 6-foot, 185-pounds, O'Day has nonetheless shown 90+ mph velocity in the past, prior to being bit by the injury bug for a good portion of the past year.

Guilbe's carrying tools are his bat and power potential, which should play at whatever position he lands. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has defensive versatilty, playing shortstop in high school, while projecting for third base, a corner outfield spot, or possibly even behind the plate, at the next level. Spiegel is a toolsy right-handed hitter with advanced catch-and-throw skills, above average wheels that would translate to the outfield, and the ability to drive the baseball.

Dull is an athletic, two-way guy armed with a mid- to upper-80s fastball that has reached into the low-90s for short stints and the ability to spin his breaking ball. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitter has a feel for the barrel and is an above average runner. He also contributes in all three phases on the gridiron as a receiver, returner, and defensive back. Kelchner also projects to contribute both ways at the collegiate level, as reports have his arm strength returning this fall after he was unable to pitch during the high school season, while the 6-foot-2, 180-pound left-handed hitter also wields a powerful bat.

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