Eastern Pennsylvania college baseball scouting schedule


Moravian pitcher Brendan Close has fringe average velocity, but plus command. He's worth a look if you're in the Lehigh Valley. (MoravianSports.com)

It’s nearly that time of year: baseball time. Opening day is April 4, with minor-league games starting shortly thereafter. That means you’re still nearly two months away from meaningful ball. Luckily, you have me to clue you in on some watchable stuff in the meantime. What I have here is a schedule of all the notable college prospects within reasonable driving distance of Eastern Pennsylvania. It’s a small geographical area and this post isn’t likely to net me hundreds of page views, but I made this schedule for myself as I look to get better at evaluating amateur prospects (vastly different than looking at minor leaguers) and figured it was worth sharing for anyone looking to do something similar. Here’s stuff you should know about this schedule:

  • Be sure to check out the college’s athletics webpage a few days prior to attending these games. Game times change all the time due to weather or any number of external factors. You don’t want to drive for two hours and learn the game you planned on seeing is already half over because they moved the start time up to avoid a potential rain shower.
  • The “DH” after the time denotes a double header.
  • The number preceding the player’s name indicates his ranking as a prospect in his conference, according to Baseball America. So, Kyle Hansen is the #3 prospect in the Big East.
  • If you’re trying to look at a pitcher, make sure you’re checking box scores to see what day of the week he’s pitching. The team’s best pitcher is likely to throw on Friday nights, but team’s with weird schedules and multiple pitching prospects might have an anomalous rotation.
  • Moravian pitcher Brendan Close belongs on this schedule, but I live so close to campus that I can scoot over there any time I want. I don’t have a set date to see him for that reason. I’ll get to him when I have time. The same can be said for Joe Wendle.
  • If you really feel like driving, Stony Brook outfielder Travis Jankowski is worth a look. He might go in the top 10. I’m open to suggestions as to how to easily get to Manhattan from Allentown. I really don’t want to drive there.
DateGameTimePlayers
1-MarWest Chester at Chestnut Hill3:00pmJoe Wendle, 2b, West Chester
9-MarIona at St. Joe’s3:00pm4. Chris Burke, 3b, Iona
10-MarIona at Villanova1:00pm4. Chris Burke, 3b, Iona
11-MarIona at Temple12:00pm4. Chris Burke, 3b, Iona
17-MarIona at Lehigh12:00pm DH4. Chris Burke, 3b, Iona
18-MarIona at Lehigh12:00pm DH4. Chris Burke, 3b, Iona
23-MarSt. John’s at Villanova3:00pm3. Kyle Hansen, rhp, St. John’s
2. Jeremy Baltz, of, St. John’s
11. Matt Wessinger, ss/2b, St. John’s
24-MarBucknell at St. Joe’s12:00pm DH2. Taylor Runge, rhp, Bucknell
St. John’s at Villanova1:00pm4. Matt Carasiti, rhp, St. John’s
11. Matt Wessinger, ss/2b, St. John’s
25-MarBucknell at St. Joe’s1:00pm5. Ryan Ebner, lhp, Bucknell
St. John’s at Villanova12:00pm2. Jeremy Baltz, of, St. John’s
11. Matt Wessinger, ss/2b, St. John’s
30-MarRhode Island at St. Joe’s3:00pm2. Mike LeBel, ss/rhp, Rhode Island
Richmond at LaSalle3:00pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
Monmouth at Temple12:00pm1. Pat Light, rhp, Monmouth
5. Dan Smith, lhp, Monmouth
31-MarRhode Island at St. Joe’s1:00pm2. Mike LeBel, ss/rhp, Rhode Island
Richmond at LaSalle1:00pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
1-AprRhode Island at St. Joe’s12:00pm3. Chris Pickering, lhp, Rhode Island
Richmond at LaSalle1:30pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
Harvard at Princeton12:00pm DH1. Matt Bowman, ss/rhp, Princeton
2. Sam Mulroy, c/of, Princeton
3. Brent Suter, lhp, Harvard
4. Michael Fagan, lhp, Princeton (2013)
5-AprNotre Dame at Seton Hall1:00pm8. Ryan Harvey, rhp, Seton Hall
6-AprNotre Dame at Seton Hall4:00pm13. Trey Mancini, 1b, Notre Dame (2013)
7-AprNotre Dame at Seton Hall1:00pm13. Trey Mancini, 1b, Notre Dame (2013)
13-AprCharlotte at Temple3:00pm1. Tyler Barnette, rhp, Charlotte (2013)
Georgetown at VillanovaTBA10. Rand Ravnaas, of, Georgetown
14-AprCharlotte at Temple3:00pm5. Andrew Smith, rhp, Charlotte
Georgetown at VillanovaTBA10. Rand Ravnaas, of, Georgetown
15-AprCharlotte at Temple1:00pm5. Andrew Smith, rhp, Charlotte
Georgetown at Villanova12:00pm10. Rand Ravnaas, of, Georgetown
20-AprRichmond at Temple3:00pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
21-AprRichmond at Temple1:00pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
Holy Cross at Lehigh12:00pm DH1. Mike Ahmed, 3b/rhp, Holy Cross (2013)
Navy at Lafayette12:00pm DH3. Alex Azor, of, Navy
22-AprRichmond at Temple1:00pm4. Adam McConnell, ss/3b, Richmond
Holy Cross at Lehigh12:00pm DH1. Mike Ahmed, 3b/rhp, Holy Cross (2013)
Navy at Lafayette12:00pm DH4. Ben Nelson, rhp, Navy
27-AprColombia at Penn12:00pm DH5. Pat Lowery, rhp, Columbia
28-AprBucknell at Lafayette12:00pm DH2. Taylor Runge, rhp, Bucknell
29-AprBucknell at Lafayette12:00pm DH5. Ryan Ebner, lhp, Bucknell
8-MayMonmouth at Seton Hall3:00pm8. Ryan Harvey, rhp, Seton Hall
1. Pat Light, rhp, Monmouth
5. Dan Smith, lhp, Monmouth
17-MayRhode Island at Temple2:00pm2. Mike LeBel, ss/rhp, Rhode Island
18-MayRhode Island at Temple2:00pm2. Mike LeBel, ss/rhp, Rhode Island
19-MayRhode Island at Temple1:00pm3. Chris Pickering, lhp, Rhode Island

 

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