Inter-Ac Scout Day Preview


Ted Williams
Director of Scouting, PA

Looking ahead to the 3rd annual Inter-Ac Scout Day on Wednesday, September 14 in Aston, PA, the depth of talent (40 players) is reminiscent of past years, which has produced a host of Power-5 commits.

PAST STANDOUTS

Tague Davis (Malvern Prep / Louisville), Tucker DeLisle (Springside Chestnut Hill / West Virginia), Sean Finn (Springside Chestnut Hill / UCONN), Jonathan Holt (Malvern Prep / Notre Dame), and Aidan Zakarewicz (Germantown Academy / Xavier) were among the 2021 standouts, while Joseph Cava (Germantown Academy / Wagner), Scott Doran (William Penn Charter / Pittsburgh), Jack Hurda (Episcopal Academy / Maryland), Charlie Oschell (Malvern Prep, Virginia), and Colby McNeely (Haverford School / Rider) were among the standouts in the inaugural (2020) rendition.

In this quick-hit article, we’ll touch on 20+ uncommitted prospects who should draw attention with scouting notes and video attached. Some new attendees break into consideration along with expected improvements from familiar faces.

To view the full roster for the 2022 Inter-Ac Scout Day, CLICK HERE.

Outfielders

A two-sport athlete with plenty of ceiling, ‘24 OF Tyler Beaulieu (Episcopal Academy) has pushed bat-speed into the upper-70’s (T78 mph) and takes clean angles to the ball in the middle of the field. There’s top of the order ability from the right side, as refinement continues at each stop.

Speaking of upside picks, ‘24 OF Tripp Capers (Germantown Academy) offers plus footspeed and has made big strides offensively with rotational burst from an active lower half. Muscular, twitchy profile in the 5-foot-11, 180lb range, which shows signs of more to come.

If this summer was any indication, ‘24 OF Bobby Filler (Springside Chestnut Hill) will be a must-watch batting practice session, driving balls on the barrel at the PA State Games at T98 mph exit velocity. Also went sub-7.00 and was 80 mph positionally from a corner spot. The tools are there and the approach is starting to deliver results.

DO NOT SLEEP ON ‘24 OF Cole Kirschner (Malvern Prep), who commands intriguing offensive measurables with loose hands and a well-sequenced attack. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder flashed a 100% sweet spot rate at the PA State Games and painted the leaderboards with a T95 mph exit velocity (90 mph AVG). Trending upwards fast and the raw strength is something to note.

‘24 OF Nathan Rickards (Malvern Prep) slots the hands with minimal extra movement pre-swing, able to generate some gap-to-gap power at 6-foot, 170lbs. The lanky, projectable right-handed hitter posted sneaky acceleration numbers and hand-speed in 2021’s Inter-Ac Scout Day, which carried over to 84 mph arm-strength defensively.

Infielders

Fresh off of a Future Games appearance for Team PA, ‘24 SS/RHP Rory Finn (Springside Chestnut Hill) utilizes a thick upper-half to create burst on both sides of the ball. A primary middle infielder, the two-way prospect has been up to 90 mph in rhythm from short and 86 mph off the bump, setting the floor for additional success as a middle of the order bat.

It’s only a matter of time before ‘25 SS Owen Hammond (Malvern Prep) finds his way to becoming a contributor at the high school level. Standing 5-foot-11, 160lbs at the moment with wiry athleticism, he started his June with a personal best 7.12 60-yard dash. Controls an adjustable barrel to multiple zones and spins the double play in the middle with fast hands (R/R). 

'24 SS Jaime Neris, Jr. (Springside Chestnut Hill) has elite makeup off the field and pairs hard-working, high-character traits with natural athleticism around the field. The right-handed hitter made some waves at our Summer Open: East in Philly with a T95 mph bat-exit velocity and ability to throw accurately on the run.

‘26 SS Owen Peiffer (Episcopal Academy) was a Junior Future Gamer in ‘21, getting long arms activated towards the front of the plate with leverage. Still somewhat green in the frame at 5-foot-9, 145lbs, the mechanics are there, as strength gains will continue driving the stock north.

Our staff liked ‘24 SS Connor Scanlan (Haverford School) in our first view a couple months ago, flashing lower-effort success as a right-handed hitter. At 6-foot-1, 180lbs and equipped with a short swing, the barrel path works, and should only keep moving into the low-90’s exit range.

Few hold the future stock that ‘25 SS Ryan Stoddard (Haverford School) does at 6-foot-2, 176lbs, a quality competitor against the older crowd at the PA State Games. Stayed behind the ball well on the first move and lifted at the finish, producing backspin to the biggest part of the yard. Was 88 mph exit velocity, 312 distance back in June, but figures to improve on both marks.

Battery Mates

One of our sleeper arms to walk away a winner, ‘24 RHP/SS Will Vieira (William Penn Charter) recently posted a video on social media with documented jumps into the low-to-mid 80’s. That coupled with a projectable 6-foot-2, 165lb frame bodes well for future output, leveraging the breaking ball on an 11/5 tilt for strikes.

In a much anticipated re-emergence onto the PBR scene, ‘25 C Peter Bozzone (Malvern Prep) landed at #15 in our class rankings drop earlier this month. The physical backstop tripled and threw out a runner in the 15U National Championships at Lakepoint in July, carrying a true switch-hitting skill set into the box.

If you like southpaws, ‘25 LHP Logan Correll (Episcopal Academy) should be an impactful follow with a lightning quick arm and ability to close the gap in a lean 5-foot-9, 145lb frame. The FB tops out at 81 mph currently, but swift movements down the slope will prove effective in the long-term with feel to spin.

Just one look at teammate and ‘26 RHP Timmy Dennis (Episcopal Academy) should leave scouts wanting more, one of the taller prospects in attendance at 6-foot-7, 180lbs. The right-handed pitcher works downhill over the front shoulder into the upper-70’s with similar release height on a mid-60’s fading CH; buying stock now.

‘26 LHP Jacob Horwitz (Haverford School) absolutely dealt vs. 10 hitters at the Junior PA State Games, cutting an 80-81 mph FB to either corner and gaining swing/miss on a 69-71 mph CB (2463 rpms). Smooth, relatively easy thrower with more on the way.

It's not hard to see the starting pitcher upside in ‘24 RHP Frederick Jordan (Haverford School), riding a hip-hinge nicely into footstrike with a feel for both offspeed pitches in the back pocket. Velocity was holding mid-80’s a year ago at 2300+, pounding the zone confidently with some upper-half whip at release.

‘25 C Garrett Mathias (William Penn Charter) fills out a uniform with a durable 5-foot-11, 195lb build for his age. The hit tool is simply loud, present and future, keeping shoulders even through the finish for a line-drive approach. Went T90 mph exit velocity from the left side and 86 mph AVG (91% sweet spot rate) this winter in Williamsport.

It’s rare to see a youngster produce in-game as consistently as ‘25 C Kyle McKernan (William Penn Charter), battling through important varsity at-bats as a true Freshman in one of the state’s top leagues. An advanced defender as well (L/R), the catcher boasts a pure release from OTT and phases into a blocked off front side. There’s plenty of time left for the body to mature with next-level adjustability and barrel awareness at the plate.

‘24 RHP Cooper Paule (Germantown Academy) was among a handful of risers from the 16U National Championships in Georgia, touching an 84 mph with an aggressive FB under the hands of right-handed hitters. The frame generates clean power from the ground up, utilizing a loose arm and longer wingspan to spin a 71-73 mph breaker around 2300+.

Similarly to Paule, ‘24 LHP DJ Peterson (Malvern Prep) saw a big jump to the FB recently, hammering home an 85 mph best (81-85 mph average) while dropping in a loopy 68-72 mph CB with change of pace intentions.  At 6-foot, 212lbs, you have to imagine there’s some more available in the upper-half.