Flashback - History of Cincinnati Preseason Underclass Showcase

On February 7th, PBR Ohio will host the third annual Cincinnati Preseason Underclass Showcase. To request an invitation, please click here.

Quotes from Previous Participants

"PBR gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills in front of a lot of D1 colleges. It let me know where I stood in this great game ... The feedback I receive back from the events, help me know what I need to improve on to get to a D1 level!" - Brock Mathis, C, Fairfield HS/Louisville recruit, 2017

"PBR was incredible! The ability to showcase your abilities in front of so many great programs is truly incredible. I definitely wouldn't have had the opportunities for many top college baseball programs without the help of PBR." - Cameron Junker, RHP, Moeller HS/Notre Dame recruit, 2016

"The exposure I got going to the PBR events was unbelievable. Having the opportunity to earn and invite to the Top Prospect Games was absolutely amazing. Without these showcases, I may not have had the same success I had with being recruited." - Jacob Bolton, IF/RHP, Bishop Watterson HS/Morehead State recruit, 2015

"PBR helped by getting my name out there and putting me in front of college coaches. Their connections after also helped a lot!" - Evan White, 1B, Gahanna Lincoln HS/Kentucky recruit, 2014

“It helped me get looked at by college and pro scouts. I got to meet so many nice people and I got tons of exposure." - Caleb Ferguson, LHP, West Jefferson HS/WVU recruit/Los Angeles Dodgers, 2014

"After one successful showcase with PBR I kept going back and getting more exposure. I'm where I am today with the help of PBR." - Kyle Davis, UTL, CHCA/West Virginia recruit, 2014

"PBR played a big role in my recruitment. I learned a lot at their showcases and I always got to prove what I could do on the field in front of a big group of scouts every showcase I went to ... I highly recommend kids doing PBR show cases if they are serious about baseball." - Justin Mott, C, Amherst HS/BG Recruit, 2014

the history 

The 2014 event roster featured an abundance of talent as 32 players have already committed to a college program.

  • In the months following, we saw a trio of underclassmen commit to ACC programs, including Moeller 2016 RHP Cameron Junker (Notre Dame), Beavercreek 2016 LHP Jackson Tedder (Virginia), and Fairfield 2017 catcher Brock Mathis (Louisville). 
  • Meanwhile, Bishop Watterson 2015 IF/RHP Jacob Bolton's stand out performance carried over to the summer as he eventually committed to Morehead State. 
  • To view the complete results, please click here.

The 2013 event roster featured 34 players that later committed to a college program.

  • West Jefferson 2014 LHP Caleb Ferguson put together a stand out performance sitting 86-88 mph. Soon after, he collected offers from several Division I programs before committing to West Virginia. However, he elected to forego college as he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. 
  • Other notable commitments from the Class of 2014 include Hilliard Darby RHP/1B Nate Green (Oakland recruit), and CHCA UTL Kyle Davis (West Virginia recruit). 
  • The Class of 2015 was well represented with Gahanna Lincoln RHP Mason Daniels (Elon recruit), Licking Valley LHP Drew Morrison (UNC Charlotte), Mt. Vernon OF JD Orr (Wright State), and a handful of other Division I recruits. 
  • To view the complete results, please click here.

The 2012 event roster started off the tradition with a bang and the results were impressive. 50 participants from the event went on to commit to a college program. The list of participants is impressive with players committed to the SEC, BIG10, BIG12, MAC, and a handful of other conferences or levels of play.

  • Defiance 2013 RHP Rob Zeigler (Kentucky recruit) showed off a high-80s fastball that lead to several Division I offers. 
  • St. Ignatius 2015 OF Nicholas Longo (Miami recruit) was impressive in all facets of his game.
  • Gahanna Lincoln 2014 1B Evan White showcased the talents that eventually landed him in the SEC at the University of Kentucky. 
  • Over two years later, a pair of participants, Amherst 2015 catcher Justin Mott and Bishop Ready 2015 C/OF Hunter Clanin, would find themselves both committed to Bowling Green.


To read about the top performers from last year’s event, please click here. For now, we take you back to a few of our scouting notes from last year's event ...

+ 2015 3B/RHP Jacob Bolton (Bishop Watterson/Morehead State Recruit) stole the show. At this point, he projects as a third baseman. He shows good athleticism in his feet, softness in his hands, and the ability to throw from different angles. He reached a top velocity of 83 mph across the infield. At the plate, the right-handed hitter shows good balance throughout his swing. The ball jumps off his bat as he uses a short, quick path to the ball. At present, he is a gap-to-gap guy with pull power in his swing. Lastly, he started out 83-86 on the mound with some arm side sink to his fastball. He still needs a consistent out pitch. His changeup shows similar movement to his fastball at 76-78 and his cutter shows some late bite. But, his breaking ball lacks depth at 70-72 mph.

+ 2016 RHP Cameron Junker (Moeller HS/Notre Dame Recruit) looks the part at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. He possess a long, lanky frame with plenty of room to fill out. Good mound presence and demeanor. Throws downhill through high-¾ arm slot with long arm action. Delivery doesn’t require much effort. Uses a heavy 82-83 mph fastball that will only continue to jump. Struggle with command of off-speed pitches, but may have been nerves and tightness. Breaking ball shows tight rotation with 11/5 action, but wasn’t consistently in the zone on this occasion. Changeup sat at 76-77 mph. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him off the board before the start of his junior year.

+ 2016 LHP Jackson Tedder (Beavercreek HS/Virginia Recruit) shows projectability in his 6-foot, 170-pound. Uses a clean delivery with some quickness to his long arm action. Throws through a ¾ slot with a fastball that shows slight run at 77-79 mph. Relies on a 65-67 mph slider with 10/4 action. Demonstrates good command of the pitch. Also displayed a 67-69 mph changeup with good fade as its thrown near fastball arm speed.

+ 2017 Catcher Brock Mathis (Fairfield HS/Louisville Recruit) may have been one of the youngest catchers at the event, but he clearly possessed the best catch and receive skills of those present. During bullpen sessions, he was a work-horse showcasing some softness in his hands and sound blocking technique. Uses short arm action with quick hands in his transfer. Pop times ranged between 2.11-2.24 while he reached a top velocity of 69 mph from the crouch. Both will surely improve with time making him one of the better catchers in his class. At the plate, he is a tad raw. There are several moving parts to his swing. When he learns to simplify, everything should come together. His hands work (84 mph exit velocity off the tee) and he does a good job of using his lower half. Showed some pull power.

event records

Top Fastball

+ 89 mph - RHP, Robert Zeigler, Defiance HS, 2013

Top Pop Time

+ 1.87 – C, Drew Nankivell, Grove City HS, 2014

Top Catcher Velocity

+ 78 mph – C, Drew Nankivell, Grove City HS, 2014

Top INF Velocity

+ 83 mph - 3B, Sam Stewart, Granville HS/Morehead State Recruit, 2016

+ 83 mph - 3B, Jacob Bolton, Bishop Watterson HS, 2015

+ 83 mph – 3B, Andrew Zellner, Valley View HS/Cincinnati Recruit, 2013

Top OF Velocity

+ 89 mph – OF, Nicholas Longo, St. Ignatius/Miami Recruit, 2015

Top Exit Velocity

+ 94 mph – RHP/OF, Joe Vranesic, Moeller HS/Kent State Recruit, 2015

Top H to 1B Time

+ 3.87 seconds – OF, JD Orr, Mt. Vernon HS/Wright State Recruit, 2015

college commitments from event

Name School Class Pos Commitment
Addison Rospert Port Clinton 2013 SS Bowling Green
Alec Turner Carlisle 2014 3B Sinclair CC
Alex Lam Springboro 2015 3B Thiel
Andrew Almquist Lakota East 2015 RHP Miami
Andrew Zellner Valley View 2013 RHP University of Cincinnati
Austin Cline Ben Logan 2015 RHP Dayton
Blake Swanger CHCA 2014 RHP Denison
Bobby Paola CHCA 2013 2B/MIF Ohio Dominican
Brad Croy Ottawa Glandorf 2015 2B/MIF Bowling Green
Braydon Focht Northmont 2014 SS Ohio Northern
Brian Bullock Loveland 2014 RHP Lake Erie College
Brock Mathis Fairfield 2017 C Louisville
Caleb Ferguson West Jefferson 2014 LHP West Virginia
Cameron Harris Sycamore 2013 1B Wabash Valley
Casey Gose Genoa 2014 2B/MIF Owens CC
Chris Sackett Loveland 2015 C Ohio Dominican
Christian Steele Lebanon 2015 1B Cincinnati
Craig Prince Licking Valley 2014 1B Otterbein
Dalton Stambaugh Sparta Highland 2015 LHP Akron
Derek Baker Lakota East 2013 LHP Ashland
Derek Burns Fairfield 2015 SS Bellarmine
Derek Varner Turpin 2014 3B Marietta
Drew Morrison Licking Valley 2015 LHP UNC Charlotte
Evan McDonald Logan Elm 2015 C Fairleigh Dickinson
Evan White Gahanna Lincoln 2014 1B Kentucky
Greg Suber Delaware Hayes 2014 C Macalester College
Hunter Ackerman Madison 2015 OF Grace
Hunter Clanin Bishop Ready 2014 C Bowling Green
Isaiah Haley Cincinnati Christian 2014 C Ohio Christian
Jack Goodwin Rock Hill 2014 3B Muskingum
Jackson Tedder Beavercreek 2016 LHP Virginia
Jacob Bolton Bishop Watterson 2015 3B Morehead State
Jacob McJilton Homeschool 2014 SS Cedarville
Jake Trejo Wauseon 2013 C South Carolina - Sumter
Jarrett Peters Bloom Carroll 2014 C Seton Hill
Jason Johnson Dublin Jerome 2013 RHP Dayton
JD Orr Mount Vernon 2015 OF Wright State
Joe Vranesic Moeller 2015 RHP Kent State
Jordan Elam Bethel 2014 OF Ashland
Jordan Huggins Springfield Shawnee 2013 OF Sinclair CC
Jordan Ramey Moeller 2015 OF Cincinnati
Joseph Swisher Westerville Central 2013 SS Capital
Josh Mack Cuyahoga Falls 2014 2B/MIF Sinclair CC
Justin Childers Pickerington North 2014 SS Northern Kentucky
Justin Mott Amherst 2014 C Bowling Green
Kyle Bowling Reading 2015 2B/MIF Mount Vernon Nazerene
Kyle Casserly Pickerington Central 2014 OF West Virginia
Kyle Davis CHCA 2014 3B West Virginia
Kyle Lento Dublin Jerome 2013 SS Tiffin
Kyle Lepper Lakota East 2014 OF Miami Hamilton
Marcus Gunter Keystone 2014 RHP Mercyhurt North East
Masashi Sakamoto Dublin Jerome 2013 RHP Akron
Mason Daniels Gahanna Lincoln 2015 RHP Elon
Matt Smith Olentangy Orange 2014 OF Baldwin Wallace
Max Gunn Olentangy Liberty 2013 1B Thiel
Mitch Schoenman Hudson 2013 C Washington and Jefferson
Nate Green Hilliard Darby 2014 RHP Oakland
Nicholas Longo St. Ignatius 2014 OF Miami
Nick Bertram Centerville 2013 LHP Miami
Nick Conner Dublin Scioto 2015 OF OSU (Football)
Nick Ernst La Salle 2015 RHP Miami
Nigel Williams La Salle 2015 2B/MIF Lake Erie
Paul Collins Goshen 2015 3B Sinclair CC
Peyton Burdick Glen Este 2015 OF Wright State
Roger Danison Bloom Carroll 2015 OF Xavier
Ryan Fitzgerald Mount Vernon 2015 OF Oakland
Ryan Kennedy Hamilton 2014 OF Tiffin
Sean Clayton Sycamore 2014 1B Shawnee State
Sean Kennedy Springboro 2013 3B Ball State
Seth Bryant Sandusky Perkins 2013 C Tiffin
Shawn Reid Amherst Steele 2013 RHP Lake Erie
Steven Easterling Ironton 2013 2B/MIF Shawnee State
Tavin Howard Briggs 2014 OF McHenry County (IL)
Thaddeus Ferguson Mars Hill Academy 2014 2B/MIF Cedarville
Todd Goldberg Beachwood  2013 LHP Wabash Valley
Tommy Crowl Summit Country Day 2013 LHP Marietta
Tommy Parsons New Albany 2014 RHP Adrian
Trent Kaltenbach Jonathan Alder 2014 C Baldwin Wallace
Troy Black Waynesville 2015 3B Ohio
Ty Suntken Wauseon 2014 SS Ohio
Tyler Gullett Keystone 2014 3B Toledo
Wes Birchmeier Miamisburg 2014 SS Lake Erie
Weston Rivers Defiance High School 2013 LHP Lincoln Trail
Yanni Patten Medina Highland 2015 1B Mount Vernon Nazerene
Zac Morris Heath 2015 3B Rio Grande
Zachary Kendall Troy High School 2014 RHP Bowling Green
Zane Harris Madison 2016 1B Wright State