Tournaments | Story | 10/5/2020

18u Fall Northeast Champ. Scout Notes: Day 2

John McAdams        
Photo: Ryan Weingartner (Perfect Game)
18u Fall Northeast Championship Scout Notes: Day 1

In what became an action-packed day for Baseball Performance Center, a few hitters stood out in their deep playoff run on Sunday.

Recent Bryant University commit Kyle Neri (2022, Williamstown, NJ) went 4-for-4 in their quarter-finals matchup with MA Show 18U National. The quick twitch primary outfielder has been a fairly consistent performer over the summer, producing at a .343 (23 for 67) clip with multiple extra base hits and twenty runs-batted-in. Neri incorporates simple, repeatable swing mechanics with minimal wasted movements and quickness to his hands. The New Jersey native impacts the game on the base paths as well, using high level instincts to put himself and his team in scoring position quite often. The progression over the years for Neri is something we should have expected as he has turned into a well-rounded prospect that will make an immediate impact once he gets on campus at Bryant.

Another BPC hitter that has a long track record of success in Perfect Game events is Rutgers University commit Xavier Massey (2022, Audubon, NJ). The strong, compactly built outfielder has smooth, fluid actions in the grass with advanced ball tracking skills and plenty of arm strength to impact the game when needed. Massey incorporates a lofted stroke to produce consistent line drives and juice to the gaps and able to extend out in front. The New Jersey native is hitting a .345 (10 for 29) clip thus far in the truncated 2020 season and will surely be a name to continue following over the next two years.

Lastly for BPC is Purdue University commit Ryan Weingartner (2022, Berlin, NJ). The two-way prospect continues to show immense progression over the course of the past two years that have allowed him to ascend into the Top 500 of our 2022 Grad Year rankings. The quick-twitch middle infielder has a versatile skill set in which he can impact the game in multiple ways.

Whether it is at his customary shortstop position making plays to prevent runs or at the plate setting the table for his teammates behind, Weingartner is the type of player every team wants. The ways in which he affects the game is not always something you see in a box score but the high- level baseball IQ and instincts are something that cannot be measured by sheer stats. That’s not to say the stats are not there as the New Jersey native is hitting at a .333 (18 for 54) clip for the 2020 season and has a fastball that has been up to 88 mph in previous looks.

Our second look in recent weeks at uncommitted right-hander Tommy Molsky (2021, Dillsburg, Penn.) was just as impressive as the first as he fired a complete game two-hitter, allowing just one run and punching out thirteen hitters along the way. The more impressive thing from the long, lean Molsky was his ability to hold his velocity inning after inning while even turning it up a notch with runners in scoring position. The fastball worked its way up to 92 mph in this look with late arm-side life to it from his loose three-quarters arm slot. There is some effort to the delivery with some recoil through release and Molsky throws plenty of strikes to be successful. The slider is the true separator for the young right-hander as he tunnels it well off his fastball while showing the ability to manipulate its shape for both strikes and swings-and-misses. The Dillsburg, Pennsylvania native is an arm to monitor moving forward for both next year’s MLB Draft and where he ultimately ends up committing to. We may be able to get a further look as Molsky is rostered for this week’s upcoming WWBA World Championship with Team Elite/Atlanta Braves Scout Team.

A pair of arms stood out for Scanzano COMBAT 18U/2021s on Sunday that ultimately ended in them hoisting the championship trophy of the 18u Northeast Fall Championship.

Goldey-Beacom commit and eventual MV-Pitcher Wyatt Atkinson (2021, Moorestown, NJ) was extremely efficient in his 86 pitch perfect game in quarterfinal action for Combat. The strong, durable built right-hander maneuvered his way through the Bucks County Generals lineup with relative ease, throwing 76 % of his pitches for strikes, using pinpoint command of his full arsenal of pitches to strike fifteen hitters along the way. Atkinson works from a fairly simple delivery with good usage of his lower half to drive the slope and garner good extension and finish to his pitches. The fastball worked in the mid-80s for the most part with the aforementioned pinpoint command while showing riding life through the zone to produce tons of empty swings. The true separator in his outstanding performance was simply his ability to sequence and tunnel his curveball from the same over-the-top arm slot he unleashes his fastball from. The New Jersey native replicates his arm speed well with the pitch while extending out in front to power the pitch down in the zone. If the performance is any indication of what Atkinson can bring to the table, Goldey-Beacom is getting a workhorse type arm that will make an immediate impact upon arrival.

Finishing off the day for Scanzano COMBAT 18U/2021s in their championship game matchup with a talented BPC squad was an intriguing uncommitted arm in Zach Coluccio (2021, Sicklerville, NJ). The big-bodied right-hander worked four full innings while allowing just one hit in what became a shortened run-rule game. Working from a compact three-quarters arm slot, Coluccio navigated through some command issues to keep the BPC lineup off the scoreboard. The fastball worked mostly in the low-to-mid 80s with some arm-side life to it and topped out at 86 mph in this look. The secondary offering is still a work in progress as he sometimes get out of sync, leaving his arm behind but there is potential there with good spin traits to the pitch. The South Jersey native will be an interesting arm to monitor as there is surely present components that could help a college pitching staff in the future.
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