Baseball players to watch

Malvern Prep righthander Gardner Nutter. (Lou Rabito/Staff)

Baseball Players to WatchListed alphabetically. Statistics are from last season.

John Aiello, Jr., Germantown Academy. The Wake Forest recruit, a shortstop and pitcher, batted .386 with 21 runs and 12 extra-base hits.

Andrew Bechtold, Sr., Garnet Valley. A smooth-fielding shortstop, the Maryland recruit hit .433 with 24 runs and 16 RBIs.

James Bleming, Sr., Pope John Paul II. A strong-armed shortstop bound for Lehigh, Bleming batted .566 with 17 RBIs and 16 runs.

Tim Brennan, Jr., Holy Ghost Prep. The poised righthander went 6-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 51 strikeouts. He doubles as a second baseman.

Brian Brown, Sr., Coatesville. The lefthander, who is bound for North Carolina State, went 9-0 with a 0.31 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 681/3 innings.

Dom Cuoci, Sr., La Salle. Cuoci, a righthander, went 10-3 with a 2.29 ERA and 57 Ks in 67 innings. Also a shortstop, he has committed to St. Joseph's.

Dylan Evert, Sr., Bristol. The third baseman, catcher, and pitcher will continue his career at Maryland-Baltimore County.

Charlie Hooker, Sr., Upper Moreland. An outfielder and pitcher, he hit .527 with 27 RBIs and 24 runs. He will play at Alderson Broaddus.

Zach Jancarski, Sr., Springside Chestnut Hill. The outfielder, bound for Maryland, batted .377 with 15 runs.

Jawan McAllister, Sr., St. Joseph's Prep. The Pittsburgh recruit, a leadoff man and centerfielder, hit .390 with 27 runs and 11 RBIs.

Kevin McGowan, Jr., Haverford School. In earning first-team all-Inter-Ac League honors, the second baseman batted .438 with 41 runs and 30 RBIs.

Jared Melone, Jr., North Penn. In helping lead the Knights to the Class AAAA state title, the third baseman batted .415.

Kevin Mohollen, Sr., Strath Haven. A catcher and Delaware recruit, he batted .424 with 29 runs and 18 RBIs.

Gardner Nutter, Sr., Malvern Prep. A righthanded hurler, he went 8-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 51 innings.

Josh Ockimey, Sr., Neumann-Goretti. The hard-slugging first baseman, who hit .372 with 16 runs and 13 RBIs, will continue his career at Indiana.

Bobby Romano, Sr., Archbishop Ryan. Romano, a shortstop bound for Fairleigh Dickinson, batted .475 with 26 RBIs and 23 runs.

Zach Schellenger, Sr., Devon Prep. The 6-foot-6 righthander might be an early pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

David Yanni, Jr., Central Bucks East. The shortstop and Pittsburgh recruit was a first-team all-Suburban One Continental pick.

- Rick O'Brien