Baseball Recruiting and Commitment Thread

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According to Perfect Game, 2022 catcher Levi Mcallister is the #1 player in NH!! Plays for St. Marks in Mass. Listed at 5’9” 185
I believe this is the first reported commitment from a high school player UConn baseball has gotten since the start of the pandemic.
 
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With Levi Mcallister’s commitment, I believe that brings our number of 2022 commits to 3...

Niko Brini (OF)
Gavin Gregor (OF/1B/LHP)
Levi Mcallister (C/3B)
 
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I've been away for a couple days taking a turn at taking care of my Dad in Pennsylvania, but while down there I found this in the Levi McAllister profile under the comments section of PrepBaseballReport.com:

>2/09/20
New England Procase
5-foot-9, 190-pound, thick, durable athletic frame. A right-handed hitting catcher, behind the plate, setup is wide based, hands are strong on the catch, secures the pitch. The arm action is short, whippy working from a higher slot, clocked at 75 mph, showing good carry down to second base. The pop time was 2.12- 2.16, all throws were on the bag and showed the ability to throw from knees, a weapon on back picking. At the plate, even feet, slightly wider than shoulder width, higher hand set, with a flat bat. The swing is short to contact, level to up path, finishing with two-hands at shoulder height. The approach was more line drive from field to field. Recorded a tee exit velocity of 87 mph and ran a 7.58 sixty-yard dash. Solid catch and throw guy, conditioning is a must.
Tee Exit Velocity: 87 mph
Arm Velocity: 75 mph
Sixty-Yard Dash: 7.58<

 
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Seems like a great player with still a good amount of time to develop before college!! The pop time and tee exit velo sticks out to me as great!! @dbmill I hope all is well with your father
 
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Both PerfectGame.org and PrepBaseballReport.com are reporting another UConn commitment.

Brady Afthim, RHP/catcher, High School Class of 2021 from Windham High School in Maine.


Here is an almost two year old comment from his profile on PrepBaseballReport.com:

>9/16/18

5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting catcher and pitcher. Ran a 7.7 sixty at the event. Behind the plate he showed well, pop time of 2.1 and threw 78 mph down to second base. The transfer and feet can continue to improve behind the dish as he matures. The receiving is trending upward and he shows the ability to handle the glove. The bat has a tee exit velocity of 80 mph. The setup is even in base, the front foot takes a small step to the ball. The path is long, however, the hands work freely. The frame needs additional strength added to it to aid the development of the bat. On the mound, the the fastball sat 81-83 mph, minimal arm side run to the pitch. The spin pitch is 65-68 mph, good shape to it. The changeup is a developing pitch. The delivery is online with his feet, above ¾ in slot. The glove comes across the hitters face, adding deception. The lift is repeated, small head lean as the arm comes through. The arm is really quick and he showed very well at a young age.

Tee Exit Velocity- 80 mph
Catching Velocity- 78 mph
Pop Time- 2.1
60 Time- 7.7<



Normally I would look for confirmation elsewhere as well since both these websites get these commitments wrong on occasion. Since both websites are reporting on this commitment, we'll take it.
 
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Good pick up, plays 2 way in HS but projects as a RHP at the D1 level. His brother Bryce plays D3 at USM.
 

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So the Huskies will have players from Mansfield, MA and Windham, ME coming to campus in the fall of 2021. Ironic.
 
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Both PerfectGame.org and PrepBaseballReport.com are reporting another UConn commitment.

Brady Afthim, RHP/catcher, High School Class of 2021 from Windham High School in Maine.


Here is an almost two year old comment from his profile on PrepBaseballReport.com:

>9/16/18

5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting catcher and pitcher. Ran a 7.7 sixty at the event. Behind the plate he showed well, pop time of 2.1 and threw 78 mph down to second base. The transfer and feet can continue to improve behind the dish as he matures. The receiving is trending upward and he shows the ability to handle the glove. The bat has a tee exit velocity of 80 mph. The setup is even in base, the front foot takes a small step to the ball. The path is long, however, the hands work freely. The frame needs additional strength added to it to aid the development of the bat. On the mound, the the fastball sat 81-83 mph, minimal arm side run to the pitch. The spin pitch is 65-68 mph, good shape to it. The changeup is a developing pitch. The delivery is online with his feet, above ¾ in slot. The glove comes across the hitters face, adding deception. The lift is repeated, small head lean as the arm comes through. The arm is really quick and he showed very well at a young age.

Tee Exit Velocity- 80 mph
Catching Velocity- 78 mph
Pop Time- 2.1
60 Time- 7.7<



Normally I would look for confirmation elsewhere as well since both these websites get these commitments wrong on occasion. Since both websites are reporting on this commitment, we'll take it.
Windham High School is about 15 minutes from me. I'll have to check out this future Husky when and if there's a 2021 season. There is some talk about flipping the seasons, moving low contact sports (e.g. baseball) to the fall, and high contact sports (e.g., football) to the spring.
 
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PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits sometimes become visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. Here are their rankings for various UConn recruits that the website list for next season. Calvin Ziegler had been rated at 492 the last time these rankings were visible:

346 - Adrian Siravo - RHP
350 - Calvin Ziegler - RHP

Top 500, which seems to work out more to the 500 to 999 range:

Hector Alejandro - RHP
Phoenix Billings - 3B
Bobby McBride - RHP
Brendan O'Donnell - LHP
Bryan Padilla - SS
Leo Socci - RHP
Joe Wozny - RHP

Top 1000 - which seems to be over 1000:

Mitchell Pascarella - RHP

 

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There is some talk about flipping the seasons, moving low contact sports (e.g. baseball) to the fall, and high contact sports (e.g., football) to the spring.
Makes sense. Surprised I hadn't heard this here too.
 

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