Western PA Open ID Showcase Player Analysis: Class of 2014



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The Western PA/ Eastern OH Open ID Showcase took place on June 18 at La Roche College. Over 50 prospects from Western PA and Eastern OH were on hand to showcase their abilities. Following is a breakdown of the prospects who participated from Western PA in the Class of 2014.

Class of 2014 

top prospect - C Tyler Walters, Saegertown HS

Tyler WaltersWalters is widely regarded as one of the top hitting catchers in the PA Class of 2014. The 6-1, 195-pound right-handed hitter uses a leg lift trigger and creates tremendous barrel whip with a strong hip turn. His round of batting practice was sub-par by Walters' standards, but he did show a bat exit velocity of 89 mph. Walters impressed with vastly improved arm strength and pop times over just 12 months ago. While he still has some work to do on the transfer portion of his throws, Walters led all catchers at the event in arm strength on throws of 79 mph from the crouch and in pop times at 1.94-2.00. The senior to be served notice that his defense is on the fast track to catching up with his advanced hitting abilities.

SS Hyte Eurich, Knoch HS, Class of 2014

Eurich ran a solid 7.12 60-yard dash and showed the ability to play through the baseball with accurate throws of 72 mph across the infield. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitter utilizes a high hands approach with a short swing path and solid hip turn at the plate. Eurich turned in a bat exit velocity of 77 mph and demonstrated the ability to square the baseball frequently during his round of batting practice.

SS/OF Collin Fantaskey, Warren HS, Class of 2014

Fantaskey is an athletically built 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect that has above average arm strength, good foot speed and some pop in his bat. He ran a 6.85 60-yard dash and displayed accurate throws with good straight line carry of 85 mph from the outfield. Fantaskey also displayed the ability to make all the plays in the middle infield with solid throws of 83 mph across the diamond. The right-handed hitter sits on his back side and uses a strong hip turn to create a bat exit speed of 87 mph. Fantaskey squared the baseball consistently and showed some gap power during a solid round of batting practice.

SS Chase Gallo, Conneaut Area HS, Class of 2014

Gallo is a solidly built 5-foot-11, 175-pound middle infielder that ran a 7.59 60-yard dash. The right-handed hitter turned in a solid 87 mph bat exit velocity hitting from a slightly closed stance with a very short swing path. Gallo displayed the ability to barrel the baseball consistently, hitting line drives to all fields. He showcased a 76 mph arm and accurate throws across the diamond from the middle infield.

OF Adam Kraskey, Upper St. Clair HS, Class of 2014

Kraskey turned in one of the top performances of the day. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound OF ran an event best 6.84 60-yard dash and showcased a strong, accurate arm with good carry at 83 mph. Kraskey hits out of a slightly open stance with good balance throughout his swing. The right-handed hitter displayed a bat exit velocity of 89 mph and squared the baseball consistently during a solid round of batting practice.

RHP/OF Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek HS, Class of 2014

Mattson is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect that ran a 7.84 60-yard dash and threw 80 mph from the outfield. Mattson showcased a flat bat path through the zone and a weight shift approach to hitting during his round of batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 82 mph. Mattson showed promise during his bullpen session sitting 81-84 out of a high 3/4 arm slot with some arm side run to his fastball. The long limbed righty also displayed a 67 mph 11/5 breaking curveball and a 75 mph changeup.

LHP/OF Nick Reamer, Butler Area HS, Class of 2014

Reamer showcased a 7.17 60-yard dash time and athletic actions in the outfield on throws of 82 mph. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left-handed hitter used a toe tap trigger and displayed good extension in creating a bat exit velocity of 87 mph. Reamer barreled the baseball consistently during a solid round of batting practice. The lefty sat 75-76 out of a 3/4 arm slot with some arm side run to his fastball. Reamer also showcased a 1/7 breaking 67 mph spiked curveball and a 70 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed that showed some arm side run.

2B/SS Vinny Ribar, Kiski Area HS, Class of 2014

Ribar showcased a 7.12 60-yard dash time and athletic actions in the infield. He showed athletic actions in the infield and the ability to play through the baseball on throws of 74 mph across the diamond. Ribar has a bit of a short arm action that could be rectified to improve his arm strength. The left-handed hitter utilizes a square stance and a short swing path that allowed him to create a bat exit velocity of 73 mph. Ribar displayed the ability to barrel the baseball consistently to all fields during a solid round of batting practice.

LHP/1B Matt Thompson, Saegertown HS, Class of 2014

Thompson showcased a 60-yard dash time of 7.26 and solid glove work around the 1B bag with throws of 75 mph across the diamond. The 6-foot, 165-pound LHP sat 77-78 out of a 3/4 arm slot with natural cut action to his fastball. He also showed a 69 mph 1/7 breaking curveball that has late bite towards a right-handed hitter's back leg and a 72 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed. Thompson barreled the baseball consistently during a solid round of batting practice with a bat exit velocity of 87 mph.

1B/OF Caleb Thorn, Knoch HS, Class of 2014

Thorn is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect that turned in a 7.53 60-yard dash time and showcased a 70 mph arm across the diamond from 1B. He utilizes a square stance and a leg lift trigger to create a bat exit velocity of 88 mph. Thorn showcased a flat bat path through the hitting zone allowing him to stay on plane to and through contact. He barreled the baseball consistently, spraying line drive to all fields.

C Nathan Weckerly, Karns City HS, Class of 2014

Weckerly is a 5-foot-9, 150-pound catcher with solid receiving and blocking skills. He showcased pop times of 2.20-2.25 on throws of 72 mph out of the crouch. The right-handed hitter uses a lift and replace approach to hitting with his front foot to create a bat exit velocity of 81 mph. Weckerly displayed a short stroke and the ability to square the baseball repeatedly to all fields during batting practice. The athletic catcher ran a 7.34 60-yard dash.

SS Cory Wheeler, Butler Area HS, Class of 2014

Wheeler is an athletic middle infielder with soft hands, good feet and a quick transfer that showcased throws of 75 mph across the diamond. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound middle infielder showed his foot speed with a 6.97 60-yard dash. Wheeler hits out of a square stance and stays behind the baseball well creating a bat exit velocity of 86 mph. He demonstrated the ability to use all fields in a solid round of batting practice that saw him barrel the baseball with regularity.

RHP/OF Jesse Savisky, Butler Area HS, Class of 2014

Savisky is a 6-foot, 150-pound prospect that showed a live arm and athletic actions in the outfield on throws of 85 mph with good online carry. The right-handed hitter barreled the baseball regularly during his round of batting practice. Savisky strides to the baseball out of a square stance creating a bat exit velocity of 80 mph. The RHP sat 79-80 out of a high 3/4 arm slot during his bullpen session. He also displayed a 69 mph changeup with some arm side run at near fastball arm speed and a 69 mph slider.

RHP Tyler Booher, Shenango HS, Class of 2014

Booher is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect that worked out only as a pitcher. He showcased a fastball that sat 78-79 out of a high 3/4 arm slot. Booher also displayed a 66 mph 11/5 breaking curveball that showed good down action and a 71 mph changeup at near fastball arm speed. Booher has a projectable power pitcher's body and sound, repeatable mechanics that should lead to increased velocity moving forward.

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