PBR Mid-Atlantic Border Battle: Middle Infield Analysis
July 24, 2014
By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting
The summer rush of PBR events in Pennsylvania and West Virginia kicked into high gear in June with the PA Top Prospect Games (June 17-18), Shenandoah Valley College Prospect Showcase (June 23) and the PA Underclass Games (June 24-25) all offering college coaches a glimpse at some 175 prospects in a short period of time.
The month of July has also been a busy one with the Western PA Open ID Showcase (July 8) and the Eastern PA Open ID Showcase (July 9) offering an additional 75 prospects the ability to showcase their talents.
Prospects from six states recently assembled at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland for the PBR Mid-Atlantic Border Battle to complete the July schedule of events. Over the course of the next week we will be analyzing the prospects by position that made the trek to Maryland. Today we take a look at the middle infielders in attendance.
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middle infield analysis
2017 SS/2B Liam Bendo (Garnet Valley HS)
Bendo shined in game play showing the skill set that has him ranked No. 5 in the initial PA Class of 2017 rankings. The left-handed hitter starts from a slightly open stance and uses a toe tap load with a strong lower half to create barrel whip. Bendo went 4-for-11 in game play while hitting a number of other balls on the nose. The sophomore ran a 7.22 60-yard dash flashed an above average 82 mph arm across the infield. Bendo showed good feet defensively while consistently playing through the baseball.
2016 SS/2B Jimmy Farrow (Avon Grove HS)
Farrow went 5-for-11 in game play over four games. The right handed-hitter showed good rhythm to his swing from a slightly open stance. Farrow barreled the baseball consistently in batting practice and showed an aggressive approach during game play. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound middle infielder displayed an 80 mph arm across the diamond and registered an 84 mph bat exit velocity. Farrow ran a 7.14 60-yard dash and made all the plays in game action. He will need to continue to work on his fluidity to remain on the left side of the infield.
2015 SS/2B Tristan Kevitch (Harriton HS)
Kevitch is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound uncommitted senior that continues to grow physically. The 6.78 runner went 2-for-10 in game play while displaying a short swing path from a square stance. Kevitch uses the middle of the field well and registered and 83 mph bat exit velocity. He showed the ability to play the baseball on the move and a big enough arm at 84 mph to remain on the left side of the infield. Kevitch should see further physical development as his athletic frame fills out.
2015 2B/RHP Michael Kuypers (Central Bucks South)
The jury is still out on whether Kuypers is a pitcher first, position player second or the other way around. What is not difficult to determine is that he can do both well. Kuypers sat 84-86 with solid 72 mph breaking curveball out of a high 3/4 arm slot. Kuypers registered six strikeouts in three innings of work on day one, showing an easy tempo to his delivery and the potential for added velocity. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound uncommitted senior 3-for-10 at the plate in game play and registered an 86 mph bat exit velocity. Kuypers has a soft glove hand and the arm strength (83 mph) to potentially make the move to 3B.
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2016 SS/2B Jesse Alba (Downingtown East HS)
Alba had a solid showing in all facets of the game in spite of missing a portion of the event to other commitments. The 5-foot-9, 140-pound right-handed hitter went 2-for-6 in game action and displayed a line drive approach at the plate in batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 81 mph. Alba is athletic and displayed the foot speed (6.99) to be a force on the base paths.
2016 2B/SS Andrew Collins (Central Bucks East HS)
Collins impressed with his continued steady all-around play going 5-for-11 with a double during game play. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitter barreled the baseball routinely in batting practice hitting from a square stance with a high hands load while registering a 78 mph bat exit velocity. Collins is steady defensively and continues to show improved arm strength. The junior displayed the ability to play the baseball on the move with an 80 mph arm across the diamond.
2015 2B/OF Ryan Fowler (Mt. Vernon HS, VA)
Fowler displayed a line drive approach from a slightly open stance with a high hands load. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound right-handed registered a 76 mph bat exit velocity and ran a 7.27 60-yard dash. The uncommitted senior demonstrated a soft glove hand and the ability to make plays on the move with an 81 mph arm across the diamond. Fowler flashed the ability to make throws from several arm angles and the strength to get a runner following a back handed sliding stop in the hole at shortstop.
2015 SS/RHP Jacob Meyers (Whitehall HS)
Meyers is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound uncommitted senior with two-way abilities. The right-handed hitter barreled the baseball routinely from a slightly open stance with a high hands load in batting practice. Meyers registered an 83 mph bat exit velocity and went 3-for-9 with a double in game play, while squaring several balls for outs. He showed a soft glove hand and good feet while playing through the baseball. Meyers showcased an 80 mph arm across the diamond and the potential to play multiple infield positions. On the mound the righty sat 81-83 from a high 3/4 arm slot while commanding a 70 mph curveball and a 75 mph changeup with arm side run and late sink.
2017 SS/RHP Kyle Virbitsky (Episcopal Academy)
Virbitsky flashed the skill set that has him currently ranked No. 17 in the PA Class of 2017. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed hitter displayed the ability to barrel the baseball consistently from a square stance with a high hands load during batting practice. The right-handed hitter went 3-for-9 with two doubles in game play while registering an 85 mph bat exit velocity. Virbitsky showcased an 82 mph arm across the diamond and a bit of a long arm throwing motion. While his size may force a move from shortstop his development on the mound will be interesting to watch. Virbitsky sat 77-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot during two scoreless innings of work. He commanded a 69 mph curveball thrown with good arm speed and showed a 72 mph changeup that also has potential.
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