Pennsylvania's Five Most Promising Second Basemen

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The qualities that indicate a prospect has the makings of a quality second baseman at the next level vary depending on who you ask. Some coaches will tell you that they are looking for shortstops that hit well but lack a plus arm to slide to the other side of the infield in college. With the institution of the BBCOR bat rules other coaches prioritize a standout defender who can turn the double play. Today's "12 Days of Christmas" article focuses on the most promising second basemen in Pennsylvania.

  1. GantzCory Gantz, Class of 2013, Hempfield HS

    Gantz is a 6-foot, 170-pound UNC-Wilmington recruit who has good hands and an 85 mph arm across the infield. The left-handed hitter is also a quality pitcher who sits in the mid-80's with a solid slider and changeup. He has been recruited to pitch for the Seahawks, but may have the opportunity to be a two-way player. Gantz is ranked No. 40 in the PA Class of 2013.

  2. Sam Fragale, Class of 2013, Seneca Valley HS

    Fragale is a 5-foot-9, 195-pound Virginia Tech recruit who plays baseball like a middle linebacker. He has a bulldog mentality on the diamond and runs a 7.0 60-yard dash. The four year high school starter has good pop in his bat and an 80 mph arm across the diamond. Fragale is ranked No. 45 in the PA Class of 2013.

  3. Nick Stotler, Class of 2014, Plum HS

    Stotler is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect from Plum HS. He is a talented athlete who runs a 6.97 60-yard dash and throws 82 mph across the infield. With an 87 mph arm from the outfield Stotler is a potential shortstop or outfielder at the next level. He is ranked No. 32 in the PA Class of 2014.

  4. P.J. DeMeo, Class of 2013, Central Catholic HS

    Demeo is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound switch-hitter who has shown some pop from both sides of the plate. The University of Pittsburgh recruit runs a 7.10 60-yard dash and has a strong arm across the infield at 82 mph. DeMeo is ranked No. 117 in the PA Class of 2013.

  5. Ted Williams, Class of 2014, Meadville HS

    Williams is a 5-foot-8, 140-pound left-handed hitter who runs a 7.16 60-yard dash. The Midwest Future Games participant has an 81 mph arm and very fluid defensive actions. Williams hit .417 as a freshman in 2011 and was an All-Conference selection in 2012. He is ranked No. 65 in the PA Class of 2014.

    Other Second Basemen of Note:

    Brady Lloyd, Class of 2015, Mifflinburg HS

    Lloyd is a 5-foot-9, 135-pound right handed hitter that runs a 7.25 60-yard dash and shows promise as a hitter. He is ranked No. 25 in the PA Class of 2015.

    Vince D'Orazio, Class of 2015, Mt. Lebanon HS

    D'Orazio is a 5-foot-7, 150-pound right handed hitter with a 73 mph arm. He runs a 7.28 60-yard dash and has shown the ability to be a quality hitter at the next level. D’Orazio is ranked No. 26 in the PA Class of 2015.

    John Bondi, Class of 2015, Franklin Regional HS

    Bondi is a 5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed hitter that runs a 7.41 60-yard dash. He has soft hands and has shown the potential to be a quality hitter at the next level. Bondi is ranked No. 38 in the PA Class of 2015.

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