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CCBC Essex vs. Harford CC Scout Blog

Jamie Naill Jr
Maryland Scouting Director

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The Fall season is officially underway across the Maryland JUCO landscape, and a matchup between CCBC Essex and Harford Community College featured a ton of intrigue. Both programs are highly talented and consistently produce high octane playmakers looking to take that next step in their respective college career. This year is no different, as PBR Maryland Scouting Director, Jamie Naill was on site to catch the action on Friday evening.

Below, Naill provides scout notes and video from players that made an impact on the night.  


CCBC Essex


Mekhi Mancuso, RHP, FR
The most impressive outing in my eyes on the bump, the 6-foot, 175 pound righty filled up the zone with an impressive and efficient three pitch mix. It's a smooth operation down the bump, working solely out of the stretch with light effort. Shorter arm action, coupled with a slight inward turn provides some deception, getting over the front side well and attacking hitters from the start. The fastball worked all quadrants of the zone on the night with the ability to consistently change eye levels in the low 90's, topping 92 mph in his first inning of work. The slider was devastating, inducing whiffs and weak contact in/out of the zone in the high 70's/low 80's with the ability to manipulate shapes. Showed tight, sharp break on the pitch up to 2730 rpm, painting the outside black on right-handed hitters throughout his two innings of work. Also featured a sinking changeup at the knees up to 82 mph that looks to be a developing pitch that could really play well off the exploding fastball. An athletic makeup with explosive actions on the bump has the makings to be one of the top JUCO arms in the state, especially if the strike percentage stays as consistent as it was on Friday night. 


Deuce Dalton, 3B, Soph.
A really nice mix of athleticism and strength, the 6-foot-3, 200 pound two-way shows a ton of intrigue on both sides of the ball. A three pitch mix on the bump, the fastball works in the low 80's with occasional feel for the curveball/change, showcasing the ability to mix in any count. The at-bats stood out the most in my eyes, working a gap-to-gap approach with the ability to spray line drives to the middle. It's an aggressive operation, creating plenty of whip with uphill tendencies through contact. 



Harford Community College


Robbie Shelton, OF/3B, FR
The night started with a bang, as the physical right-handed stick ambushed a fastball and sent a two-run homerun to dead-center field. Coach Houser and the Fighting Owls have seen plenty of raw power make their way to and through the program, and Shelton adds himself to that deep and talented list. It's a balanced, quiet setup, creating some separation in the hands with an explosive uphill path through contact that allows the power to be shown. Quick hands and whip in the barrel, with solid bat-to-ball skills should allow for a nice mix of high contact and power. An athletic, high octane bat that has the makeup to be a real power for Harford in the coming years. 


Kevin Chinnia, RHP, Soph.
Pure athleticism, high octane and electric arm speed are just a few things that sum up what the lean righty showcased from the bump. The fastball explodes out of the hand and showcases the ability to work it to both sides of the plate, living in the low 90's and grabbing a 92 in his first inning. I really liked the ability to work in/out to left-handed hitters, differentiating locations with some sink and late life. The breaking ball is still developing feel, working it in the mid 70's with some late bite, however struggled to land for strikes consistently in the outing. If the breaker can be thrown for strikes, at least somewhat consistently, this is an electric arm with a high ceiling when you factor in body type and arm action. 


Noah Mrotek, RHP, RS Soph.
A University of Maryland transfer, the physical righty brings experience and moxie to an already loaded Fighting Owls program, and the makeup and pitchability is certainly easy to dream on. It's an imposing frame, showcasing a quick arm with shorter, clean actions. The fastball bores with ride through the zone in the upper 80's/low 90's and induced plenty of whiffs in the zone. Featured a hard low to mid 80's changeup as well that plays well off the fastball, especially when down and in to right-handed hitters. Not featured on the night was Mrotek's plus breaking ball that just adds to his disposal on the bump. This is an arm that will be on a plethora of Division 1 coaches radars come Spring.