Prep Baseball Report

Impressive Lineup of Pitchers Set for Preseason All-State Showcase

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

AdamThe depth of quality pitchers scheduled to display their abilities at the Preseason All-State Showcase on February 23 is impressive. All told, 47 prospects will toe the rubber at the B2B Baseball Academy in Manheim. The roster includes quality arms in every class. Today we preview a small sampling of the top-flight pitchers who will compete for top pitching prospect honors at the event.

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Class of 2013:

  • RHP Mike Owens, Pope John Paul II HS (Roanoke College recruit)
    Owens is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound RHP with a big upside. He has shown yearly gains in velocity and has an athletic frame that suggest more velocity is on the way. Owens is a Roanoke College recruit who will show velocity in the upper 80's.
  • RHP/2B Brian Goodling, Carlisle HS (VCU recruit)
    Goodling is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound RHP from Carlisle HS. He has been the MVP of his high school team the past two years and tops out at 87mph from the mound. The two-way player is a VCU commit and was represented Pennsylvania in the Inaugural Big 26 Series last summer

Class of 2014:

  • RHP Adam Seibert, Episcopal Academy
    Seibert is an athletic 6-foot-6, 205-pound RHP with a big upside. He runs a 6.8 60-yard dash and has a long, loose arm. Seibert threw four innings at the PA Underclass Games in September, giving up two unearned runs and topping out at 86 mph. Seibert has excellent mechanics and a frame that suggests a significant increase in velocity is a real possibility. He is currently ranked No. 14 in the PA Class of 2014 and No. 83 in the PBR combined rankings.
  • RHP/OF Mitchell Machi, North Allegheny HS
    Machi is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect who threw a no-hitter and led his team to the WPIAL playoffs with a 1.46 era as a sophomore. He has shown a mid-80's fastball and the potential to be a two-way player at the next level. Machi is currently ranked No. 20 in the PA Class of 2014 and No. 135 in the PBR combined rankings.
  • LHP LaRon Mitchell, Susquehanna HS
    Mitchell is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound LHP  with very projectable size. He has solid mechanics and is effortless with a fastball that sits 84-86 while topping out at 87mph. Mitchell throws a 74 mph curveball that has tight rotation, a 76 mph slider that shows good late bite and a 75 mph changeup that has some arm-side run. He is currently ranked No. 21 in the PA Class of 2014 rankings.

Class of 2015:

  • LHP Connor Higgins, Parkland HS
    Higgins is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athletic lefty who sat 83-86, touching 87 mph several times with a heavy four seam fastball at a recent event. Higgins has a sound, repeatable high 3/4 arm slot delivery that will allow for significant increases in velocity in the coming years. He also commanded the strike zone with a 72 mph 1/7 breaking curveball and an 81 mph changeup. Higgins has a power pitchers frame and gets out over his front side very well to create a downward plane to the plate. He is currently ranked No. 18 in the PA Class of 2015.
  • LHP Dylan Cyphert, Cranberry HS
    Cyphert is a 6-foot, 160-pound lefty who went 5-2, with a 2.45 ERA and one save as a freshman in 2012. Cyphert recorded 67 strikeouts in 48.1 innings of work over 10 appearances. He was selected to 1st-Team All-Conference for his work. Cyphert sat 83-85 while touching 87 mph on three occasions with his fastball at a recent event. He also commanded a 68 mph curveball and a 78 mph changeup. Cyphert is currently ranked No. 19 in the PA Class of 2015.
  • RHP/3B Ben Dum, West Perry HS
    Dum had an outstanding freshman season for his West Perry HS team leading them to a 20 win season. Dum tossed a no hitter and the bulk of his team's innings on the mound. The 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander has an athletic frame and a clean arm action. Dum is currently ranked No. 22 in the PA Class of 2015.

Class of 2016:

  • C/RHP Jake Jessell, Woodland Hills HS
    Jessell is a 6-0, 220-pound C/RHP who was selected to the WWBA 14U Nationals All-Tournament Team in 2012. Jessell topped at 85 mph during his bullpen session at a recent event while also commanding a 71 mph curveball, a 72 mph slider and 75 mph changeup with good arm side run. He will be a member of Team Pennsylvania at the 2013 Midwest Future Games in August.

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