Souderton's Freed excels at ASBA's Lancaster D2 Prospect Camp

LANCASTER – It all started with the Lancaster Ironsides in 1884, continued with the Red Roses for nearly four decades and is still alive today with the Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League

Professional baseball has a rich and storied history in this quaint, south-central PA city, including a state-of-the-art 6,000-seat ballpark (Clipper Magazine Stadium) with all the amenities and trappings of a big-league yard.

Last week, 90-plus scholastic players with dreams of making their own baseball history showed up at CMS to showcase their skills before a large cast of college coaches at the All-Star Baseball Academy Division II Prospect Camp.

“It’s a nice ballpark and that makes it more fun,” said Sam Barletta, a rising senior catcher at Spring-Ford who fared well on all fronts – hitting (3-6, 2 doubles), running (7.00 in 60-dash) and defense (2.07 pop time to second base). “I like the way the coaches come up and meet you and (provide) a written evaluation that gives you something to build on.”

College programs in attendance at Lancaster included Alvernia, Arcadia, Bloomsburg, Cabrini, California (PA), Chestnut Hill, DeSales, East Stroudsburg, Eastern, Gannon, Indiana (PA), Juniata, Kutztown, LaRoche College, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Mercyhurst, Messiah, Millersville, Misericordia, Moravian, Nyack College, Penn State-Harrisburg, Philadelphia University, Rowan, Seton Hill, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, University of the Sciences, West Chester and Widener.

 What they’re saying

Sam Barletta (Spring-Ford, 2017) C/CF – “(ASBA) does an awesome job with these showcases – they’re run smoothly.  I like the way the coaches come up and meet you and (provide) a written evaluation that gives you something to build on. Chestnut Hill College and Ursinus are two of the schools I’m looking at right now. I’m happy the way I’ve performed so far. There have been a lot of good things to come out of this.”

Nolan Benke (Oxford Area, 2017)) OF – “I’m looking to play baseball in college and major in exercise science. I have only been to All-Star showcases, and they are all pretty straightforward, making it easy to showcase your skills. All-Star keeps things moving, and I like the 9-inning games. I’m coming off a hamstring injury, which limited my participation in the running drills, but I think I’m getting better.”

Nick Wheeler (Methacton, 2017) – 3B – “I’m here to try and get recruited, and almost every one of the PSAC schools seem interested. The evaluation process is good. It shows where you’re at. I’m strong in hitting, fielding and throwing. The only thing I need to improve is my speed.”

Derek Freed (Souderton, 2017) – SS/P – “(All-Star Baseball Academy) does a pretty good job helping the kids get exposure with these camps. I thought I did pretty well and think I’m showing improvement. My goal on the baseball field is to make all the other players better.”



Top pitching prospects
Nathan Cavic (2018) 6-1 RHP (Cedar Crest) Lebanon, PA – 84 mph
Trey France (2017) 5-11 RHP (Wissahickon) Blue Bell, PA – 83 mph
Zach Gettys (2017) 5-9 LHP (West York) York, PA – 83 mph
Luke Heffner (2017) 6-0 RHP (Daniel Boone) Douglassville, PA  - 83 mph
Miles Minnick (2017) 6-1 RHP (Souderton) Souderton, PA – 83 mph
Jack Houser (2017) 6-2 RHP (Archbishop Carroll) Norristown, PA – 82 mph
Tyler Ritsick (2017) 6-1 RHP (Souderton) Harleysville, PA – 81 mph
Derek Freed (2017) 6-3 RHP (Souderton) Souderton, PA – 81 mph
Brandon Schaeffer (2018) 6-1 LHP (Schuylkill Haven) Auburn, PA – 80 mph
Trevor High (2017) 6-1 RHP (Conestoga) Lancaster, PA – 80 mph
Connor Dewees (2018) 5-10 RHP (Red Lion) Red Lion, PA – 80 mph
Hitting standouts
Tyler Watson -2B/3B  (2017) Warrington, PA (CB South) 5-7, 2B, 3B
James Wrabel – SS/2B (2017) Harrisburg, PA (Bishop McDevitt-Harrisburg) 4-7, HR, 2B
Jonathan Lewis – P/LF (2017) Richboro, PA (Penn Charter) 4-7, 2B
Derek Freed – SS/P (2017) Souderton, PA (Souderton) 4-7, 4-4 on Day 2
Sam Barletta – C/CF (2017) Royersford, PA (Spring-Ford) 3-6, 2 2Bs
Nathan Cavic – P/3B (2018) Lebanon, PA (Cedar Crest) 3-6, 2B
Edmund Parry – 1B/3B (2017) Levittown, PA (Neshaminy) 3-6, 2B
Spencer Pelligrino – OF/P (2017) Kennett Square, PA (Unionville) 3-6
Colin Pollard 2B/SS (2017) Lumberton, N.J. (Rancocas Valley) 3-7, 3B
Eric Jester SS/2B (2017) Horsham, PA (Hatboro-Horsham) 2-6, 2B, 3B
Catchers (Pop Times to 2B)
Dan Visnov (2017) Lansdale, PA (Methacton) 1.92
Ryan Kolimaga (2017) Ivyland, PA (Council Rock South) – 1.99
Jalen Bowen (2017) Ellicott City, MD (Mt. Hebron) – 2.03
Eric Gale (2017) Levittown, PA (Neshaminy) – 2.03
Sam Barletta (2017) Royersford, PA (Spring-Ford) – 2.07
Tyler Arnold (2020) Willow Grove, PA (William Tennent) – 2.08
60-yard dash
Casey Sloms – OF (2017) Jamison, PA (CB South) 6.67
Spencer Pellegrino – OF/P (2017) Kennett Square, PA (Unionville) 6.97
Sam Barletta – C/CF (2017) Royersford, PA (Spring-Ford) 7.00
Tyler Watson – CF/C (2017) Warrington, PA (CB South) 7.00
Michael McCarty – SS/2B (2017) Butler, PA (Knoch) 7.03
Anthony Rapposelli – CF (2017) Levittown, PA (Neshaminy) 7.05
Denny Snyder  - IF/OF (2018) Camp  Hill, PA (Cedar Cliff) 7.10
Colin Pollard – 2B/SS (2017) Lumberton, NJ (Rancocas Valley) 7.12
Zach Gettys – OF/P (2017) York, PA (West York) 7.12
Jalen Bowen – CF/RF (2017) Ellicott City, MD (Mt. Hebron) 7.12
Derek Freed – SS/P (2017) Souderton, PA (Souderton) 7.18
Anthony Kahley – C/1B (2018) York, PA (West York) 7.18