PA Travel Baseball State Championships Team Preview: Keystone State Bombers

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

The inaugural Pennsylvania Travel Baseball State Championships are scheduled for August 19-21 at the Iron Horse Sports Complex in Windber. 10 teams from Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, along with two teams organized by PBR, will participate. Two games will be played concurrently on neighboring fields in six time slots on the first two days of the event, with an abbreviated schedule on the final day. In advance of the onset of the 27-game soiree, we are running previews on each of the teams in attendance (with tidbits on a select group of players), continuing today with the...

Keystone State Bombers

At last month's Eastern PA Top Prospect Games, Lower Dauphin 2017 catcher Matt Kephart continued to show solid defensive skills that include an accurate arm and pop times in the 2.0-2.1 range. Left-handed hitter exhibits a repeatable swing with a short path to the ball and emerging gap power.

The tool set of Wilson 2017 catcher Chase Zurawski stood out at June's Eastern PA College Prospect Showcase. The right-handed hitter has good bat speed and power potential, and runs well for the position. He also has a soft glove hand when receiving, plus a strong, accurate arm that produced pop times of 2.0-2.1, with room for improvement after minor mechanical clean-up.

Roman Catholic 2017 RHP Santino Nave' is a consistent performer whose low-80s fastball with armside sink will touch the mid-80s early in his outings. His delivery is repeatable and he also features a solid mid-70s slider.

This team also features three players who have made college commitments: Elizabethtown Area 2017 RHP Nick Stoner (FB up to 91) to Bloomsburg, Hershey 2017 Kris Kremer (one of the top all-around infielders in the state) to Penn State, and Northern York 2017 RHP Scott Leitholf  (6-foot-6, FB up to 88) to Lock Haven.

Other Bombers Notes
Lancaster Catholic 2017 catcher Tyler Peters has run a 6.63 60-yard dash, recorded a 95 mph exit velocity, and shown 84 mph arm strength from the crouch. ...Cedar Cliff 2017 first baseman Tommy Savastio is a physical 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed hitter who has good power potential (91 mph exit velocity). ...Donegal 2018 infielder Dale Houser is a plus runner (6.79 60-yard dash) with some strength in his 5-foot-10, 160-pound frame.

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