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Impact Spotlight: Three Uncommitted 3B from the 2019 Rankings


Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting


The Impact Spotlight continues to highlight uncommitted players that may make an impact at the next level.  Each player spotlighted has attended a PBR event, securing a full PBR profile with an evaluation, statistics, and a video.  Players attending PBR events are able to connect with over 800+ college coaches and pro scouts that subscribe to PBR.  Inside the Impact Spotlight, each player will have evaluations and video available.

This week we will concentrate on three uncommitted third-basemen from the most recently updated 2019 rankingsCaleb Fluno (Home School) and Alex Sniffen (New Hanover) each have raw power that can translate into game situations.  Dominick D’Ercole (Middle Creek) is a potential dual guy, with athleticism in a frame that has strength.

Caleb Fluno has a lanky 6-foot-4, 182-pound frame that can continue to add strength.  Having attended the Preseason All-State event last January and the PBR Future Games in Indianapolis this past August, there has been continued improvement, even while battling a wrist injury that cost him much of the summer circuit.  The power potential is evident and should become more consistent as the swing path becomes more direct. 

An average athlete, where strength plays a bigger factor than quickness, Fluno has the ability to play either corner infield position and may be able to play a corner outfield position.  A 7.56 sixty should improve as he carries his top end speed longer, he shows an ability to take a positive first step when tracking the baseball. 

Alex Sniffen played in the 4A State Championship series this past spring for New Hanover and has carried that experience into his summer and fall workouts.  Sniffen jumped on the scene with a physical build at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds at last year’s Preseason All-State event in January.  The exit velocity off the barrel has peaked at 95 mph and the BP at the PBR Top Prospect Games and the PBR Top Underclass Games turned heads. 

At times, the feet can get heavy around 3B, but this may clean up as he continues to work in the large frame.  Sniffen plays with athleticism around 1B and may be able to shift to a corner outfield spot if the 60 time works its way closer to average.

On the mound, Sniffen profiles as a potential relief arm, up to 84.  Working from the stretch only, there is late bite to a 12/6 breaking ball that also allows the fastball to work elevated in the zone. 

Dominick D’Ercole is listed at 6-foot, 165 pounds.  The measurables are all at least average and trending up as he continues to add strength and quickness to the frame.  A line drive approach from the right side of the box, there is an advanced feel for the barrel.  Defensively, the body works clean and easy to a high-3/4 release point, showing accuracy and carry.

From the mound, D’Ercole pounds the zone, working 80-83.  The slider has the potential to become a “go-to” pitch, sitting 72-74 with short, tight action.  He repeats an athletic delivery that works on-line with good temp.

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