College Prospects Showcase - Session Two Position Players Analysis



By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Session Two of the Preseason College Prospects Showcases took place Saturday, January 17th at Keystone State Baseball Academy in Manheim, PA. Over the next three days we will take a look at all prospects in attendance. Today we begin by analyzing the position players in attendance.

Top Prospects

Devon GarnerDevon Garner, OF, Daniel Boone HS (PA), Class of 2017

Garner flashed an 88 mph bat exit velocity and good extension to his swing from the right side of the plate. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore starts from a slightly open stance and uses a lift and replace stride to generate barrel whip with a quiet lower half. Garner gets to the hitting zone well and has plenty of lift to his finish, but will need to continue to work on staying in the hitting zone for a longer period of time. Garner showed athletic actions defensively with a 79 mph outfield arm that includes a bit of wrist wrap to his throwing motion. He completed his well-rounded day by running a 7.25 60-yard dash.

Ryan GuckinRyan Guckin, C, Avon Grove HS (PA), Class of 2016
Guckin showcased a new hitting approach that he has been working on for the past month. The right-handed hitter now starts from a square, wide base and uses a knee bend load to initiate his lower half with no stride. He displayed the ability to barrel the baseball middle and away with authority, but struggled with balls on the inner half. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior still flashed an 88 mph bat exit velocity and showed improved foot speed with a 7.15 60-yard dash. Guckin registered consistent pop times of 2.07-2.13 on throws of 73 mph from the crouch.

position players (in alphabetical order)


Joseph Dodrill, OF, Bridgeport HS (WV), Class of 2016

Doddrill ran a 7.08 60-yard dash and showcased the ability to play through the baseball from his outfield position. The 5-foot-10, 140-pound junior displayed an accurate 80 mph arm with straight line carry to his throws. Dodrill starts his right-handed swing from a slightly open stance and incorporates a long, flat swing path that generates a bat exit velocity of 82 mph. He barreled the baseball routinely during batting practice and demonstrated the ability to use all fields.

Luke McNamara, C, Central Dauphin HS (PA), Class of 2017
McNamara is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound sophomore that starts from a square stance with a lift and replace stride. The right-handed hitter barreled the baseball frequently during batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 83 mph. McNamara flashed a very accurate arm defensively with pop times of 2.06-2.13 on throws of 72 mph from the crouch. He completed his day by running a 7.24 60-yard dash.

Dante Salerno, SS, Marian Catholic HS (PA), Class of 2016
Salerno displayed an accurate 75 mph arm across the diamond and solid range. The 5-foot-10, 145-pound junior is likely a second baseman at the next level, but could potentially make the move to the outfield. Salerno registered the top 60-yard dash at the event (6.92). The right-handed hitter begins from an open stance and strides closed. Salerno utilizes a short, direct swing path and stays inside the baseball well. He displayed a 75 mph bat exit velocity and the ability to barrel the baseball routinely to all fields.

Robert Schreck, 3B, Hershey HS (PA), Class of 2017
Schreck hits from the right side and incorporates a big leg lift from a narrow stance in attacking the baseball. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound sophomore registered a 77 mph bat exit velocity and barreled the baseball when he was able to get his foot down on time. Schreck showcased an accurate 76 mph arm across the diamond and a capable glove hand. He finished his day by running a 7.86 60-yard dash.

Matt Taylor, C, Eastern York HS (PA), Class of 2016
Taylor showcased a live arm and pop times of 2.07-2.17 on throws of 74 mph from the crouch. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior has a projectable backstop's frame and appears to have a thirst for getting better. Taylor hits from an open right-handed stance. He incorporates a large stride to the closed position and his eyes tend to travel as a result. He has a flat swing path and gets to extension routinely with a bat exit velocity of 85 mph.

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