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14u PG Select roster preview

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East Roster

#1, Hank Bearden, RHP, 2020
5-11/156, L-R, Northwest Whitfield County HS (Rocky Face, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Jackets

Like all the players in the PG Select Baseball Festival, there’s a lot to like with the righthanded Bearden when he takes the bump, and his Perfect Game profile agrees with four All-Tournament selections this summer alone. Up to 87 mph in each of his last three tournament appearances it’s easy to envision Bearden continuously adding to his heater as his arm action is extremely loose and easy through the back and his frame is plenty young in terms of physicality.

#2, Michael Brooks, MIF, 2020
5-10/145, R-R, Park Vista Community HS (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Travel Team: Orlando Scorpions

There are players who understand the game of baseball and there are players who can play the game, and then there are players like Brooks who do both. A primary middle infielder, Brooks played “up” throughout the summer, and even at the higher age level the game appeared to unfold in slow motion, or maybe his feel for the game is just that advanced. His swing is rather short and simple, and similar to his defensive actions, he oozes confidence with the skill to match.

#32, Johnny Castagnozzi, MIF, 2020
5-11/163, R-R, Massapequa HS (Massapequa Park, N.Y.)
Travel Team: Long Island Titans

Making his way down from New York, Castagnozzi has attended PG Series events over each of the last two years and his development has been rightfully noted. With a long and lean build it’s very easy to project upon Castagnozzi, though he already shows plenty of tools, including a 3.89 30-yard which ranks in the 95th percentile of the class. He can also impact a game with the bat as he shows solid strength off the barrel and comfort driving the ball to all parts of the field.

#18, Estanli Castillo, OF, 2018
6-4/200, R-R, Dominican Republic
Travel Team: FTB

Nothing about Estanli Castillo suggests his age as he’s perhaps the most physically gifted player in attendance and possesses some of the biggest and loudest offensive tools. He put on a display during his round of batting practice at the Junior National Showcase in mid-June, launching balls where balls simply shouldn’t be hit by a 14-year-old swinging wood and simultaneously put his name towards the top of his international signing class come 2018.

#13, Starlyn Castillo, RHP, 2019
6-0/180, R-R, Celebration HS (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Travel Team: FTB

Still not even 14 years old according to his Perfect Game profile, Castillo is the youngest player in the event but don’t let that fool you as his stuff on the mound will match up to anybody in the Festival. A loose 6-foot, 180-pound righthander, Castillo shows a live arm that has produced a top fastball of 89 mph this summer at the PG 14u Florida State Championship, though just as impressive is the feel for both his breaking ball and changeup.

#6, Lucas Costello, MIF, 2020
6-0/160, R-R, Gulliver Schools (Miami, Fla.)
Travel Team: Florida Legends

Lucas Costello can be quickly summed up as a baseball player, the type who understands the fundamentals of the game and consistently performs regardless of the level of competition. A participant in both the 14u PG World Series as well as the 14u PG Series Classic, Costello shows sound tools across the board with the defensive acumen that projects to stay on the left side of the infield and a smooth stroke that helped produce a .444 average at the World Series.

#25, Dylan Crews, C, 2020
5-10/155, R-R, Lake Mary HS (Longwood, Fla.)
Travel Team: Orlando Scorpions

Crews is a name that college coaches have already circled in their programs after a strong summer circuit throughout Perfect Game tournaments. The athleticism possessed by Crews is evident as he could easily be recruited for the next level as either a center fielder or catcher, though his righthanded bat may be his biggest tool with loose wrists and solid strength which help backspin balls to all parts of the field.

#14, Liam Deegan, 3B/OF, 2019
6-3/190, R-R, Godwin HS (Richmond, Va.)
Travel Team: EvoShield Seminoles

Deegan looks more like a rising sophomore in college rather than one entering his second year of high school and that’s something that might not bode well for opposing pitchers. Not only is he physical, Deegan knows how to incorporate that strength into his swing just as he did throughout the 14u WWBA National Championship, showing plenty of natural loft off the barrel and big-time jump for the next level.

#10, Alex Freeland, MIF, 2020
5-9/160, B-R, Mariner HS (Hoschton, Ga.)
Travel Team: Team Elite

Even at early ages you can see when a player has “it” defensively and at the current juncture it appears Freeland falls into that category. The starting shortstop for Team Elite throughout the summer season Freeland showed exceptionally quick feet with strong lateral range and balance moving to either side. He’s a switch-hitter who already shows a natural feel for the barrel from both sides, a trait that helped garner several All-Tournament teams this summer.

#17, Colby Halter, RHP, 2020
6-1/165, L-R, Bishop Kenny HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Travel Team: Chain Baseball

A North Florida native, Halter certainly looks the part when he toes the rubber with a long 6-foot-1 frame and he has the stuff to back it up. Showing a simple delivery on the mound, which makes it easy to repeat, Halter can get his fastball into the mid-80s with regularity and topped out at 86 mph this summer while generating sinking life down in the zone. He was excellent this summer averaging more than a strikeout per inning and made three All-Tournament teams.

#7, Travis Hamrick, RHP, 2020
6-1/220, R-R, Watauga HS (Banner Elk, N.C.)
Travel Team: Georgia Jackets

Hamrick is a strongly built young righthanded pitcher and he’s always been at the forefront of his class in terms of velocity as he was up to 83 mph in 13u events last summer before routinely hitting 87’s this summer while topping out at 88. His arm action remains short, coming through the back, and on top of the velocity Hamrick is able to generate nice running life to his heater while mixing in both a breaking ball and a changeup for strikes.

#9, Patrick Hollomon, LHP, 2020
6-0/165, L-L, Ola HS (McDonough, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Roadrunners

It was a successful 2016 summer for the lefthanded Holloman as he made the All-Tournament team in each of his seven event appearances, including the MV-Pitcher award for the 14u WWBA National Championships. And while his stats were impressive on both sides of the ball, Holloman is much more than that as he already shows a fastball up to 84 mph with solid life and a clean arm action, as well as the makings for a nice breaking ball.

#27, Tim McHugh, OF, 2019
6-3/200, R-R, Cammack HS (Cammack, N.Y.)
Travel Team: MVP Beast

Take a quick look at McHugh and his physical stature and you’ll say something along the lines of “yup, that’s what they are supposed to look like.” With broad, angular shoulders and a long, projectable frame, McHugh shows the makings of a handful of tools, several of which already play in game. He moves well down the line for his size and age, shows arm strength and has been up to 82 mph, and offers a short, crisp swing from the right side with plenty of lift and strength.

#52, Victor Mederos, RHP, 2020
6-1/175, R-R, Coral Reef Senior HS (Miami, Fla.)
Travel Team: MVP Banditos

Mederos has the look of a young, future power arm given the fact that he’s already topped out at 88 mph at Perfect Game events, with reports of higher elsewhere. And while he’s already physical and throws hard, there’s plenty more to come as he’s able to produce the delivery with ease and shows the ability to replicate his delivery pitch-to-pitch with the same clean arm action through the back.

#24, Jackson Miller, C, 2020
5-11/160, L-R, J.W. Mitchell HS (Trinity, Fla.)
Travel Team: Kangaroo Court

It’s far too early to peg a player as a top bat or glove, or anything that isn’t quantifiable for that matter, but among the top bats in the 2020 class is where you’ll find Miller’s name. A strongly built lefthanded hitting catcher who can also play short and work in the low-80s on the mound, Miller has already made a name for himself with the bat as he shows extreme balance and a fluid stroke, as well as the making of solid power potential.

#34, Liam Norris, LHP, 2020
6-3/180, L-L, Green Hope HS (Cary, N.C.)
Travel Team: K-Zone Academy

In almost one year’s time Norris saw his fastball jump from 75 mph to 87 mph and there’s plenty of reason to believe the lefthander has more room to grow. Standing at a long and lean 6-foot-3, Norris stays short and quick through the back side, working to a high release point which he maintains when spinning a nice curveball in the low-70s. He also shows an interesting swing from the left side with whip to the barrel and hard jump coming off.

#5, Dalton Pearson, OF, 2020
5-10/160, R-R, North Gwinnett HS (Duluth, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Roadrunners

Like summer teammate Patrick Holloman, Pearson took home some hardware at the conclusion of the 14u WWBA National Championship, claiming the MVP award. Full of fast-twitch muscle Pearson can impact a game solely with his speed both down the line and on the bases where he can quickly turn a single into a triple with a few pitches. He puts the ball in play at an alarming rate and shows a sound contact oriented approach in the box.

#00, Jackson Phipps, LHP, 2020
6-2/170, L-L, East Paulding HS (Dallas, Ga.)
Travel Team: 643 DP Cougars

Not only does Phipps have the size college recruiters are looking for in a young prospect he also possesses a fastball that’s already been up to 87 mph, and when you take into account that he’s lefthanded, there isn’t really much more you can ask for at this stage. He’s able to overpower hitters with his fastball at present and shows a handle for the barrel as well, making several All-Tournament teams with his offensive performances.

#3, Hudson Sapp, LHP/OF, 2020
5-10/170, L-L, Dawson County HS (Dawsonville, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Jackets

Throughout the summer Sapp showed true two-way potential with both his lefthanded swing and on the bump, though he may eventually end up as a pitcher at the next level. It’s there that Sapp shows a full and quick arm action and works from a lower three-quarters slot, producing a fastball that’s been up to 87 mph with running life while also throwing a curveball and changeup to round out the arsenal.

#22, Josh Shuler, 1B/OF, 2020
6-2/180, L-R, North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Jackets

Shuler can leave college recruiters drooling purely on how he looks in the batter’s box and again when they see his full collection of tools. He glides in the outfield with plenty of quick-twitch athleticism and shows advanced arm strength for a player his age. His lefthanded swing is full of intent as he looks to impact the baseball with each and every swing, staying short and quick to the ball with big jump coming off the barrel to all parts of the field.

Gary White, East Head Coach
Estero High School, Estero, Florida

After finishing his baseball career in 1996, White entered into coaching as the Minnesota Twins GCL pitching coach in 1997, a pitching staff that featured three future big leaguers: Grant Balfour, Juan Rincon and Peter Moylan. Following that stint White moved onto coaching and teaching in Lee County for two years at Fort Myers High School. In 2000 White moved to Fairfax, Virginia and spent a year as the pitching coach for George Mason University. Seizing on an opportunity to come home to his Alma Mater, White has settled in at Estero High School where he served as an assistant for 12 years before becoming the head coach in 2014. While serving at Estero the Wildcats have amassed 11 district titles, a regional title, and state runner-ups in 2013.  Estero has had a number of players drafted over the course of White’s time at Estero, most notably PG All-American infielder John Tolisano in 2007 (Blue Jays, 2nd round), 2012 righthander Matt Pearce (Cardinals, 11), 2012 righthander Kyle Miller (Cubs, 19), and 2015 righthander Josh Winckowski (Blue Jays, 15).

Troy Beall, East Assistant Coach
Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral, Florida

Beall grew up in Kissimmee, Florida and graduated from Poinciana High School in 2001. After high school he went to  Seminole Community College, where he was a righthanded pitcher on the baseball team.  Beall went on to pitch for Florida Gulf Coast University for three seasons, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.  He became a math, business, and drivers education teacher at Estero High School in 2006, where he coached baseball and golf for eight years.  While at Estero High School Beall was an assistant coach on seven district title teams, three regional final teams, and one state runner-up team. In 2014, Beall became the Assistant Principal at Cape Coral High School where he is entering his third year.

West Roster

#13, Mick Abel, RHP, 2020
6-3/160, R-R, Jesuit HS (Portland, Ore.)
Travel Team: The Bat Company

Listed at a very believable 6-foot-3, 160-pounds, Abel has a prototypical pitcher’s build. Along with the body, Abel is able to captivate college coaches as he has already run his fastball up to 87 mph with a long and fluid arm action, producing the velocity with ease, as well as a short tilting slider in the low-70s with tight rotation out of the hand.

#55, Jaden Agassi, 3B, 2020
6-1/160, R-R, The Meadows HS (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Travel Team: LVR

He may just be entering his freshman year of high school but Agassi already excels on the diamond and shows plenty of two-way talent for the next level. He’s been named to All-Tournament teams for both his hitting and pitching, and even took home MVP honors at the WWBA West Memorial Day Classic. Agassi is strongly built and incorporates that into his skills on the diamond, showing a fastball that’s already up to 84 mph as well as a clean stroke from the right side.

#2, Jordan Andrade, MIF, 2020
5-9/150, R-R, Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, Calif.)
Travel Team: GBG Inland Empire

Andrade holds the distinction of being the first player of the 2020 class to commit, as he was a very early pledge to the University of Washington. A slick defender with glove skills to stick up the middle at the next level, Andrade shows plenty of athleticism as well as a handle for the head of the barrel as evidenced by his .500 batting average at his most recent tournament, which included four doubles and a triple.

#22, Shane Craig, MIF, 2020
5-11/160, R-R, Ravenwood HS (Nolensville, Tenn.)
Travel Team: Nashville Knights Platinum

Craig made his Perfect Game debut this summer at the 14u WWBA National Championship and he certainly didn’t disappoint as his performance resulted in an All-Tournament selection. Still easy to project upon at 5-foot-11, 160-pounds, Craig already shows a feel for the barrel as he hit to the tune of .333 and helped set the tone of the offense, coming around to score eight runs while swiping five bases. He shows the same kind of speed and athleticism with his actions up the middle on defense.

#6, Jovan Gill, RHP, 2020
6-1/171, L-R, Liberty HS (Kansas City, Mo.)
Travel Team: Texas Bombers Elite

The velocity continues to climb for Gill and did so throughout the summer as he saw his fastball rise from 80-83 mph in May all the way up to 86 mph in July, and there’s plenty of reason to believe there are another few jumps in there with the quickness of his arm action. One of several talented arms for the South Texas Bombers, Gill struck out 21 batters in 14 2/3 innings this summer while walking just four.

#7, Jacob Gonzalez, MIF, 2020
6-0/150, L-R, Glendora HS (Glendora, Calif.)
Travel Team: SGV Hustle

Not to be confused with the Jacob Gonzalez who just participated in the 2016 PG All-American Classic, the younger Gonzalez shows equally as impressive skills and is a player coaches will certainly be monitoring. An athletic defender who starts at shortstop for the SGV Hustle, Gonzalez shows the actions for the premium position and also swings it well from the left side with present bat speed, loose wrists and nice extension.

#18, Maurice Hampton, Jr., OF, 2019
6-1/185, R-R, Memphis University HS (Arlington, Tenn.)
Travel Team: MVP Banditos

Good luck trying to find a player in the 2019 class who’s more athletic than Hampton, a physical specimen at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Hampton has already committed to Louisiana State to play both football and baseball. On the diamond he’s an advanced runner who can patrol center field but has the arm strength for right field and shows big-time strength at the plate with advanced raw power.

#33, Calvin Harris, C, 2020
5-11/165, L-R, Western Dubuque HS (Peosta, Iowa)
Travel Team: Iowa Select

Harris is already a well-known name on the baseball circuit and rightfully so as he shows plenty of skill on the field. He’s an athletic defender who bounces well on his feet and shows plenty of athleticism in receiving the ball as well as a strong throwing arm. Add to the fact that he’s a lefthanded hitter with present bat speed and you have the making of a high-end prospect for the next level.

#19, Robert Hassell, OF, 2020
6-2/170, L/L, Independence HS (Franklin, Tenn.)
Travel Team: TN Outlaws

Wherever Hassell ends up on the field for his future defensive home his lefthanded bat is certain to play in a big way. Physically impressive at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, Hassell is able to generate both solid bat speed and strength with present over-the-fence type power while also showing an all-fields approach and hard line drive contact. In his most recent tournament, the 16u PG EvoShield Classic, Hassell slashed .600/.692/1.100 with two doubles and a long ball.

#11, Albert Hernandez, RHP/3B, 2020
6-1/175, R-R, Archbishop McCarthy HS (Davie, Fla.)
Travel Team: MVP Banditos

There isn’t much on the baseball field that Hernandez, a University of Miami commit, can’t do. Whether it’s in the field or on the mound – where he shows an upper-80s fastball – Hernandez will have a decision to make in a few years as he also swings a potent bat with big power and easy bat speed. The arm strength plays all over the diamond and does so especially well on the bump where he also shows a low-70s curveball with nice depth.

#34, Ethan Long, OF/RHP, 2020
6-1/183, R-R, Corono Del Sol HS (Gilbert Ariz.)
Travel Team: All9Baseball

Another player who has already made his collegiate decision, Long has committed to play at Arizona and shows skills well beyond his years. Already armed with a fastball that works in the upper-80s and bumps 90 mph, Long has plenty of looseness to his delivery with parts that are similar to righthander Carson Fulmer while showing an advanced feel for a low-70s curveball.

#25, Ryan Lynch, OF/LHP, 2020
6-1/185, R-L, Penn HS (Granger, Ind.)
Travel Team: Indiana Outlaws

Lynch, the lone representative from Indiana, is another impressive two-way talent and college coaches are certain to look at the bat as well as the arm when evaluating this young talent. A righthanded hitter, Lynch shows comfort finding the barrel and does so in a loud way with quick hands and a simple stroke. Keep in mind though he’s also a lefthanded pitcher who can already run his fastball into the mid-80s with a loose and clean arm action.

#1, Robert Moore, MIF, 2020
5-8/150, B-R, Shawnee Mission East HS (Leawood, Kan.)
Travel Team: Kangaroo Court

After watching Moore – the son of Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore – take ground balls it’s easy to see he grew up around the highest levels of baseball. His instincts and overall actions are advanced, which when coupled with extremely soft hands and sound footwork make it easy to envision him sticking up the middle. He’s also a switch-hitter who shows a natural feel from either side of the plate with a short, repeatable stroke.

#4, Aaron Nixon, MIF/RHP, 2020
5-11/175, R-R, McAllen HS (Mission, Texas)
Travel Team: Houston Banditos

The most recent player to make his college commitment, Nixon decided to stay in-state with the University of Texas and their new coaching staff. Playing for the Houston Banditos during the last couple of summers Nixon has become a known commodity thanks to his simple delivery, quick arm and overpowering fastball that regularly works in the mid- to upper-80s with command and hard running life.

#44, Yanluis Ortiz, 3B/RHP, 2020
6-1/179, R-R, Southlake Carroll HS (Southlake, Texas)
Travel Team: Texas Bombers Elite

The second University of Miami commit, Yanluis Ortiz is among the more physically imposing players on either roster and he has the type of strength to instill fear the moment he steps into the batter’s box. His numbers from the 14u BCS Finals speak for themselves as he connected for two home runs as well as two triples while slashing .333/.438/.741 and working in the 88-90 mph range on the mound.

#17, Logan Paustian, C, 2020
5-11/150, B-R, La Grande HS (La Grande, Ore.)
Travel Team: The Bat Company

Paustian’s defensive skill-set is rather advanced for a player his age as there is plenty of bounce and flexibility behind the plate to go along with a strong, accurate throwing arm. And though it’s his defense that stands out, he’s also a switch-hitter, another asset that college coaches are certain to take notice of.

#9, Cullen Pharris, RHP, 2019
6-4/210, R-R, DeQuincy HS (DeQuincy, La.)
Travel Team: Beaumont Gladiators

Already suited with an ideal athletic stature at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, Pharris is relatively young for the 2019 class even though he would blend in with most upperclassmen. In his lone Perfect Game event of the summer, the 14u WWBA National Championship, Pharris impressed as he showed a live right arm that produced a fastball upwards of 87 mph, which he used to record six strikeouts over just four innings of work.

#24, Parker Welch, MIF, 2020
5-11/155, L-R, Martin Luther King HS (Riverside, Calif.)
Travel Team: MVP

Having just turned 14 years old just over a month ago, Welch is one of the younger players in attendance but that doesn’t appear to impact his game. A lefthanded hitting middle infielder, Welch shows soft hands that play well at the ball as well as a quick transfer and sound footwork. At the plate his hands are just as quick as they show defensively with plenty of quickness and leverage out front which helps create backspin on the baseball.

#14, Ben Wiegman, RHP, 2020
6-2/185, R-R, Carmel Catholic HS (Antioch, Ill.)
Travel Team: Florida Pokers

Ben and brother Andrew (class of 2019) committed to Louisville at the same time, and with their commitments the Cardinals gain a very interesting arm as their first piece from the class of 2020. Relatively compact with his arm action through the back, Wiegman shows a lightening quick arm, which when paired with his strong 6-foot-2 frame, allows him to produce a fastball that has already touched 88 mph to go along with a full array of secondaries.

#29, Nate Wohlgemuth, RHP, 2020
5-11/195, R-R, Owasso HS (Owasso, Okla.)
Travel Team: Team Elite

Last summer, leading into his eighth grade year, the uncommitted Wohlgemuth was already bumping 90 mph with his fastball, a near impossible feat for a player his age. He is strongly built and is showing even more velocity as he works into the low-90s with an improved, rather easy delivery while also showing a nice refinement of his off-speed offerings, making him a true high-end talent.

Tom Woodley, West Head Coach
Mariner High School, Cape Coral, Florida

Woodley is entering his 14th year of teaching/coaching at Mariner High School. While at Mariner he has served as a teacher of Social Studies as well as a baseball and football coach. He spent nine years as an assistant baseball coach and the last four as the head baseball coach. The Tritons have competed in the state playoffs 11 out of the last 14 years with a final four berth in 2005. Before coming to Mariner High School he served as an assistant baseball coach from 1998-2003 at King College in Bristol, Tenn., where he served as recruiting coordinator, outfield coach and hitting coach. He also spent two summers (2001-02) working as a field assistant with the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. Woodley’s prep career was played at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, where he graduated in 1991. He also played at Edison Community College (1992-93), and King College (1994-95) and received his degree from the University of Central Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1996 .

A.J. Reyes, West Assistant Coach
Mariner High School, Cape Coral, Florida

A.J. Reyes graduated from Mariner High School where he was teammates with current Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino and current Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Casey Coleman. He went on to pitch two years at Polk State College and two more at Chicago State University (Division I), where he was a starter.  For the past four years, Reyes has been the pitching coach at Mariner High School where he led them to two district runner-up finishes and a district championship in his first three seasons.  His pitching staff also set a school record for team ERA (1.50) as well as individual record for ERA. Reyes was also the head coach of the Palm Beach Blazers of the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League during the 2015 season and has been a scout and coach with Perfect Game for the past five years.

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