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Little, 20, stands 6-2 and is a power pitcher who showed flashes in high school and originally signed with North Carolina. He pitched little there and wound up transferring after a breakout summer in the Cape Cod League. His velocity reached the mid-90s with a good breaking ball.
The hard-throwing lefty sports a plus to double-plus fastball that consistently works in the mid- to upper-90s velo band, and pairs with it a hard low-80s power curve with sharp bite and impressive depth. There’s some effort in Little’s arm and his control can come and go, but the lefty produces good angle on his offerings and has the stuff to get out big league hitters right now out of the bullpen.
The big question surrounding the hard-throwing JuCo standout is whether or not he can stick as a starter, long term. He can struggle to execute consistently over longer stretches, and his changeup will need further refinement in order to play at the highest level. Still, Little shows athleticism and good feel on the bump, and enough teams view him as a potential starter that he should be in play during the first round and a lock to go on Day One. Should he land with a playoff competitor on draft day, he could find himself contributing out of a big league pen later this summer before returning to the minors to finish his development as a starter the following year.
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!!! Huge thanks to all the volunteers, coaches, parents and players who helped make last night’s Home Run Derby and BBQ such a fun time.
Overall – Luke Borger
Senior – Luke Turner
Junior – Jacob Marcus
Sophomore – Will Mauro
Freshman – Jack Hughes
Four Conestoga players were named to the All-Central League team. Congratulations to Ben Tatsouka, 2nd Team Outfield, Luke Turner, 2nd Team Designated Hitter, Max Anastasio, Honorable Mention 1st Base, and Ryan Buck, Honorable Mention Pitcher.
Conestoga Freshman held on to beat Garnet Valley 9 to 7 after getting off to an early 4 run lead. Jody Durante (pictured) had a single, an RBI and 2 runs scored. He also came in to close the game on the mound. Blaise Rantanen went 3 for 4 with a double, two singles and 2 RBIs.
SP DeShetler 4.2IP, 3K, 4BB, 4H, 1ER (win)
RP Jack Hughes 1.2IP, 1K, 7BB, 1H, 4ER
RP Durante .2IP, 0K, 0BB, 1H, 0ER
Rantanen 3 for 4, 2B, 2RBI
Wynn 2 for 3
James Hughes 1 for 2, 2B, 2RBI
The Freshman combined for 12 hits in their 5 to 2 victory over Ridley. Bobby Wynn and Josh Merrill contributed 3 hits each. Blaise Rantanen pitched a complete game, striking out 6 and allowing no earned runs, to earn the win.
SP Rantanen 7IP, 6K, 2BB, 3H, 0ER (win)
Wynn 3 for 3, 2 2B, 3RBI, 1 run
Merrill 3 for 3, 2 2B, 2 runs
Durante 2 for 3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run