Saturday, June 14, 2014

Junior baseball players impress at WBCA Showcase

The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association's All-Star Game events last weekend and a few local players had impressive performances in the Junior Showcase. College coaches from 22 Division I programs were in attendance, as well as scouts for three MLB teams (Pirates, Royals & Orioles).

At the showcase, scouts and coaches measured speed in the 60-yard dash to simulate the base paths and clocked miles per hour on throws from the outfield to home plate, as well as measuring accuracy, to simulate a solid outfield arm.

Canon-McMillan junior right fielder Jared Beach had a big day in the running and outfield throws. Beach's time in the 60-yard dash was 7.13 and his throw of 88 miles per hour from the outfield was the third best of the day.

I spoke to Big Macs head coach Frank Zebrasky on Friday and he raved about the throw, which was a perfect laser to home plate. Beach, a left-handed hitter, had a .485 batting average this season with eight triples, four home runs and a team-high 31 RBI.

He is going to attract major interest and will likely join teammate Teagan Piechnick, who is headed to Rider University to play baseball, as a Division I prospect.

Piechnick will likely compete for a starting job at Rider as a freshman. The Broncs return four outfielders, but the group batted less than .200 last season.

  • Washington's Jonathan Spina ran an impressive 6.70 in the 60-yard dash and finished in the top-five, while California's Aaron Previsky had the best time in the drill (6.50). Peters Township's Frank Jezioro finished fourth in the 60 with a time of 6.57 and his outfield throw of 86 miles per hour tied for fourth.

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