Best Tools: Uncommitted 2016 Outfielders

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

With the fall season coming to a close and the NCAA Signing Period just two weeks away, we are highlighting the top uncommitted prospects in the senior class this week.  We continue today with outfielders.

Best Hitting Prospect: Langston Livingston, La Salle

At multiple events over the past year, most recently the 2015 Top Prospect Games, the left-handed hitter demonstrated a relaxed approach with good rhythm and easy stroke. At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, he has the potential to generate some leverage and drive the baseball (most recent exit velocity recorded was 89-mph), while also being an above average runner (6.79 60-yard dash).

Best Power Prospect: Lane Palmer, Seneca Valley

Nearly nine months ago at the 2015 Preseason All-State Showcase, Palmer checked in at a solid 6-foot, 195-pounds and, when he was on-time with his front foot, the ball came screaming off his bat. His right-handed swing was raw and physical, and his above average bat speed produced a peak exit velocity of 90-mph (with seemingly more to come). Defensively, he profiles for a corner position, but does run well (6.93 60-yard dash).

Best Defensive Prospect: Brian Verratti, Neumann-Goretti

While he doesn't possess blazing speed (7.04 60-yard dash), Verratti gets good reads and takes good routes, possesses solid arm strength (88-mph), has consistently shown the ability to lay out for catches, and, at some point during the remainder of his career, will probably break his face trying to run through the outfield fence to make a grab. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound right-handed hitter, who was a member of Team PA at the 2014 PBR Future Games, batted .313 with a .403 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases as a junior for the PIAA Class AA runner-up Saints.

Best Footspeed: Connor Gurt, Hershey

It has been awhile since we've seen him, but we haven't lost track of Gurt, who ran a 6.68 60-yard dash at the 2014 Eastern PA Open ID Showcase. The right-handed hitter had some wiry strength in his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, and showed gap power potential plus capable defensive actions.


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