Tournaments | Story | 10/21/2020

PG S25 17u Central Fall Qualifier Scout Notes

John McAdams        
Photo: Jack O'Connor (Perfect Game)
As the leaves start to turn, travel organizations across the Northeast region are winding down their fall seasons with a few more weekends of events scheduled. With the late start due to the ongoing global pandemic, plenty of talented prospects have continued to garner missed repetitions as most did not get their full allotment in high school and summer ball.

A contingent of Mid-Atlantic region teams descended on Palmyra, Pennsylvania looking to continue what they have built upon this summer and fall as they head into the offseason. Stars Baseball out of Virginia brought two talent laden rosters, ultimately meeting each in the championship in which Stars Baseball Sisk won on a walk-off single by Quincy Via. During the event there was several standouts among all the rosters that participated in the PG Super 25 Qualifier.

University of Virginia commit Jack O'Connor (2022, Arlington, VA) continued to show the high-level two-way ability we have become accustomed to seeing at PG events over the years. The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder is well-proportioned throughout his frame with loads of present strength and quick-twitch athleticism. Despite being a primary right-handed pitcher, O’Connor shows plenty of ability at the plate with a keen eye for the strike zone and the propensity to find the barrel quite often. O’Connor hit .400(4 for 10) on the weekend with multiple extra base hits and an absolute no-doubt home run to deep left field at the In The Net complex. The aforementioned two-way ability was on full display as he drew the start for his Stars Baseball Wrighte squad in their semifinal battle with a talented Flood City Elite-2022’s. The big righty displayed similar arm speed to what we have seen in the past, running his fastball up to 91 mph, holding in well during his six innings. Working from a simple delivery with minimal effort, the Virginia commit uses his lower half extremely well to drive down the slope of the mound to pound the zone from a loose three-quarters arm slot. The young 2022 grad flashed two different breaking balls in this outing, both a 11-5 shaped curveball that flashed better when executed with conviction and out in front and a harder slider that flashed more horizontal tilt than depth the few times he did throw it. O’Connor is surely a name we will continue to follow on next year’s circuit and will be a name to follow for the 2022 MLB Draft.

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