Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State Showcase: Class of 2018 Pitchers

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

and Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Of the close to 100 prospects to showcase their abilities over two days of the 2016 Preseason All-State Showcase six were Class of 2018 primary pitchers (five of whom also showcased well as position players). Today we conclude our analysis of the prospects in attendance with this sextet. (Note: each player has been listed during the course of this series of articles at their primary position. An evaluation of a secondary position has been included if the player attended as a two-way prospect).

Dillon Marsh, 2018, LHP/1B/OF, Lancaster Catholic
6-foot-2, 205-pound two-way prospect sat 86-87 from an high 3/4 arm slot. Displayed up-paced tempo and repeatable delivery with easy, clean arm action. Commanded fastball down in the zone with late life and some arm-side run. 76 mph change up continues to be a quality second offering at fastball arm speed. Curveball development will come. 1/7 breaker was better on this day sitting 68-71, especially when thrown with quicker arm action.

Wake Forest commit has a legitimate chance to contribute with the bat for the Demon Deacons as well. Ran a 6.91 60-yard dash and posted 97-mph exit velocity. Left-handed hitter starts with weight on his front side and unleashes an easy stroke with good bat speed when he gets it loaded back prior to launch. Hands work well and he did a nice job of getting the barrel to pitches on the inner part of the plate and still keeping the ball fair during his BP round. Moves well defensively in both the infield and outfield, where he showed 91-mph arm strength.

Ryan Miller, 2018, RHP/3B, Fleetwood Area
6-foot-1, 185-pounder whose delivery features a high lead arm and wrist-wrap with split-second hesitation at the bottom of his armstroke. Pitched out of an over-the-top slot with an upright finish and some arm recoil. Fairly easy delivery generated a fastball at 80-81 that touched 82-mph. Also showed a mid-70s straight change-up, while his best pitch was a solid 12/6 curveball at 67-70.

Right-handed hitter who starts from an upright, slightly open stance. Uphill swing path has some stiffness and he would benefit from keeping his barrel in the hitting zone longer, while he did flash some bat speed. Ran a 7.40 60-yard dash and posted 85-mph exit velocity. He exhibited playable defensive actions and a long arm action into an over-the-top slot that generated throws of 84-mph with good carry.

Nick Parker, 2018, RHP/SS, Dallastown Area
6-foot, 160-pound righty continues to show development on the mound. Sat 83-84 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a deliberate delivery and loose, clean arm action. Parker should continue to add velocity as his athletic frame matures. The sophomore also showed a solid feel for a 68 mph curveball with 11/5 shape, a 77 mph slider and a 76 mph changeup with good arm speed and some late sink. The curveball is two-plane with late bite and will continue to get better as it is thrown harder.

Right-handed hitter with simple, repeatable swing whose hands work and stay inside the baseball. Ran a 7.11 60-yard dash and posted 89-mph exit velocity. Defensively, he exhibits good body control, plays through the catch well with his feet, and has arm speed that generated throws of 87-mph across the diamond.

Ryan Rudrow, 2018, RHP, Cumberland Valley
Lean 6-foot-1, 150-pound frame. Very deliberate wind-up with short arm action into an over-the-top slot. Would likely benefit from increased tempo in his delivery and pace of his routine in between pitches. Delivery takes him toward the left-handed batter's box, but nonetheless got downhill fairly well with a fastball that sat 75-76 and touched 77-mph. Best secondary pitch was a solid, mid-60s curveball with 11/5 action. A mid-60s slider will need to be tightened, as it tended to just spin on him, while he will need to work on maintaining fastball armspeed and extension on his change-up at 69-72 that tended to float up and armside.

Adam Schwartz, 2018, RHP/OF, Ephrata Area
Developed 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame. Explodes off the rubber with a quick arm out of an up-tempo delivery that incorporates an overhead rocker. Struggled to find a consistent release point, as he was spinning off hard with significant head whack that caused his hat to fall off routinely. Even though the delivery is raw and will require some clean-up, there's no ignoring his fastball that checked in at 87-89. A low-70s curveball tended to back up on him due to his release point issues, although the best pitch he threw the entire bullpen was a solid 11/5 CB out of the stretch when he stayed more under control and on-line to the plate. Will need to maintain better arm speed on his change-up.

Physical right-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a heel raise stride. Displayed a very short swing path, with quick hands and an explosive lower half leading to a bat exit velocity of 96 mph. Schwartz' hands work well through contact and finish high creating some backspin and present power. The sophomore ran a 7.09 60-yard dash and flashed advanced arm strength (92 mph) from his outfield position.

Matt Ziminsky, 2018, RHP/SS, Whitehall
5-foot-10, 170-pound righty sat 82-84 from a 3/4 arm slot with a quick arm. Ziminsky's fastball showed late life and arm-side run from a controlled, repeatable delivery. The sophomore displayed a solid feel for a 68-70 mph curveball with 11/5 rotation and two-plane break as well as a slider at 70-71. Ziminsky's 70 mph changeup is thrown at fastball arm speed with some sink giving him command of an above average four-pitch mix.

Right-handed hitter who starts from a slightly open stance and strides to square. Ran a 7.48 60-yard dash and posted 77-mph exit velocity. Has some length in his path (which could be shortened by reducing the impact of a high back elbow), but consistently barreled the baseball during his BP round. Defensively, he exhibited very good body control, fielded the ball out front well, and showed a strong, accurate arm.

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