Kent State Makes In-Roads in Pennsylvania

By Greg Williams - PA Director of Scouting

The Kent State baseball program had a banner year in 2012. Bolstered by their College World Series appearance, the Golden Flashes have had a great deal of success recruiting in Pennsylvania this summer and have landed commitments from four players ranked in the Top 75 in the Class of 2013. Always known for strong pitching, Kent State was able to land three arms from Pennsylvania that should do nothing to damage that reputation.

Right-handed pitchers Andy Ravel from Wilson HS and Zach Spangler from Seneca Valley HS are similar pitchers. Both have power arms and sit in the upper 80’s to low 90’s. Ravel is 6-foot-2, 170-pounds while Spangler is a bit bigger at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds.

                     Ravel  Spangler
                                         Ravel                                      Spangler                             

LHP/OF Jared Skolnicki from Keystone Oaks is the lone lefty in the group. Skolnicki is a gifted athlete who switch-hits and plays the outfield when not pitching. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder sits 85-87mph and may get an opportunity to play some outfield as well.

Outfielder Keyshawn D’Orso from Allderdice HS is the lone position player in the group. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitter runs well, throws well and has some pop in his bat.

                     Skolnicki  Keyshawn
                                     Skolnicki                                      D'Orso

According to PBR Director of Scouting Chris Valentine, the Golden Flashes landed the top overall prospect and the top infield prospect in Ohio as well. (PBR OHIO NOTES)

PBR Pennsylvania Player Rankings:

No. 15 Andy Ravel
No. 20 Zach Spangler
No. 36 Jared Skolnicki
No. 71 Keyshawn D’Orso