Mount Si baseball players test their skills in advance of start of season

We have some news from Mount Si High School’s baseball program, as their first practices approach before the end of this month.

Several of their players have participated in skills camps being put on by the folks at Prep Baseball Report, a website that is covering high school baseball here in Washington. Earlier this week, a group of players including expected top returners Cam Ferreri, Jake Smith, Parker Wutherich and Kevin Corder participated in a session at a facility in Puyallup. You can see the results at the PBR website here and here.

We had a look at the results, and it appears to us that everything for the most part graded out well for the Wildcats, with Ferreri, Smith, Corder and Chris Jarocki, who also represented Mount Si in the session, ranking in the top 10 in various skill categories that were assessed by the PBR folks, including such things as infield, catcher and outfield arm strength (how fast are throws by players from those areas to elsewhere in the field), exit velocity (in relation to how fast a batted ball leaves the bat into the field of play) and for pitchers such as Smith, their top speed on their fastball. Smith actually ranked the best in that category at this session, topping out at 85 mph.

This session was not the first session that has seen Mount Si players participate; a couple of weeks ago, the website held a separate scouting camp which attracted two other Mount Si’ers, Blake Miller and Ryan Gerlitz, and both players in that session also graded out well, especially good news for Gerlitz, as he’s expected to compete for a spot this season on the Wildcats a year removed from having battled cancer. Their information is here.

Ferreri, in a Twitter exchange with the SVSJ last night, had this message for players from both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools about the importance of such opportunities. “Take advantage of each opportunity you are given to get your name out there to schools. It could be the difference between whether or not you play at the next level and the more people that know your name, the better chance you have at getting noticed,” the Wildcat junior catcher told us, adding, “And thank your parents of course because this stuff is not cheap.”

Good stuff for sure. PBR’s Dan Jurik has also told us via Twitter they are looking to provide additional coverage of the Wildcat program this season, as they did last spring when they covered the Mount Si-Bothell game at Bannerwood Park early in the season.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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