Unsigned Senior Showcase Spotlight: Matthew Yough

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Uncommitted seniors often begin to get a little uneasy at this point in the early fall. With the early signing period looming in November a general attitude of unrest tends to settle in if the right school has not come calling for them.

Following the completion of the Fall College Prospect Program this group will have its opportunity to stand out on a day set aside for uncommitted seniors to display their talent in front of those schools that are still looking to fill their recruiting needs for the fall of 2015.

The 2014 Unsigned Senior Showcase will take place on October 18 at the Keystone State Baseball Academy (formerly B2B Baseball Academy) in Manheim, PA. This event continues to grow in popularity and in its ability to help match available seniors with college programs that have needs. Over the past two years 26 of 38 prospects have gone on to make college commitments with several others attempting to walk on and make college rosters this fall.

As the roster begins to fill for this year's event we will spotlight each of the prospects scheduled to participate in advance of October 18.

1B/RHP Matthew Yough (Karns City)

Matthew YoughYough is a 6-foot, 165-pound prospect that has shown continual progress. The right-handed hitter has a high hands approach and utilizes his lower half well to create a bat exit velocity of 76 mph. Yough barreled the baseball routinely in batting practice and went 1-for-5 with a walk in game action a year ago in the inaugural Fall College Prospect Program. He displayed the ability to play through the baseball and improving arm strength with throws of 72 mph across the diamond. Yough topped at 75 mph out of a high 3/4 arm slot on the mound. He also showcased a 67 mph 11/5 breaking curveball and a 70 mph changeup during his inning of work. Yough yielded one hit and an unearned run while coaxing three ground balls.

The uncommitted senior comes off a solid junior season at Karns City High School. Yough carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of his team's PIAA AA first-round state tournament game last June.