This morning, Perfect Game, the world’s largest baseball scouting organization, updated their class rankings, slotting T. J. Wachter as the top first baseman among all New Yorkers in the Class of 2021. He also garnered the following rankings among 2021 grads:
- #10 overall in New York
- #13 first baseman in the U.S.
- #387 overall in the U.S.
The 6′ 7″ junior helped lead the Bears to an undefeated PSAA Championship last spring, hitting five home runs while batting .484. Here is Wachter’s full scouting report from Perfect Game:
T.J. Wachter is a 2021 RHP/1B with a 6-7, 225 lb. frame from Shoreham, NY who attends The Stony Brook School. Extra large build with strength in his hips and legs. Easy well-paced delivery, stays on line well, long arm action coming to an extended 3/4’s arm slot. Fastball topped out at 87 mph, gets good angle on his fastball with consistent run and sink. Short slider works opposite of his sinker effectively. Tunneled his change up well with his fastball with similar life and good arm speed. Threw well, filled up the strike zone, and struck out four hitters. Durable sinker/slider type with three solid present pitches and a good chance to keep improving.
Right-handed hitter, hits with tight hands and an inside swing path, mostly opposite field contact, has the size and strength to open up his swing and show some power.
Good student, verbal commitment to Fordham.
This week Wachter was also featured in an Axcess Baseball article about a resurgence in quality hitters on Long Island that may buck a recent trend that has seen 14 of the last 15 major league products from the island make it to the big leagues with their arms. Here is what Vinny Messana had to say about the big right-hander:
T. J. reclassified so he is now a 2021 at The Stony Brook School after transferring from Shoreham-Wading River. He has imposing size. He’s about 6′ 5″, 220 lbs and has prodigious power. Throwing him BP, I found myself flinching due to the force of his bat speed. With two more years of high school still, he should put up some ridiculous numbers. I haven’t seen him in a game, but his power is off the charts in the cage.