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14u PG Select roster preview

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#17 Andre Arthur, OF, 2022
6-4/180, R-R, Nassau, Bahamas
Travel Team: Elite Squad

The first ever Bahamas-born player to participate in the Festival, Arthur immediately catches your attention with his long-limbed, 6-foot-4 frame and will only continue to captivate onlookers on the diamond. Arthur played for Elite Squad this summer where he showed off an already plus run tool despite his size along with the ability to impact the baseball, only adding further intrigue for when he turns 16 and is eligible to sign.

#4 Calvert Clark, OF, 2022
6-4/180, R-R, Charlotte Christian HS (Charlotte, N.C.)
Travel Team: SBA Canes

Clark already shows a well-rounded skill-set which he put on display at the 14u National Showcase, and it’s one that will undoubtedly continue to progress as he grows into his 6-foot-4 frame. He’s a primary outfielder who already shows the ability to impact the baseball over the fence from the right side and possesses a strong throwing arm, an asset that could lead to two-way potential at the next level.

#27 Ryan Clifford, OF, 2022
6-2/195, L-L, Leesville Road HS (Raleigh, N.C.)
Travel Team: Canes National 15u

Clifford has been on the national scene as long as anybody in the 2018 Select Festival as he has always played against older competition where he easily stood out, even at the WWBA Sophomore World Championship last fall as a rising eighth grader. His lefthanded swing is already on the radar of most major collegiate programs as he shows big-time bat speed and strength, as well as one of the more refined approaches in the box.

#3 Justin Colon, SS/RHP, 2021
6-2/175, R-R, Colegio Bautista de Carolina (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
Travel Team: Elite Squad | College Commitment: Florida International

Colon certainly looks the part standing in a uniform with a high-waisted, long-limbed and ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Already committed to FIU, Colon shows advanced defensive actions up the middle with fluid footwork and soft hands, as well as one of the stronger arms across the diamond. And if his acumen at shortstop isn’t enough, he can also run his fastball up to 90 mph with big-time plane.

#16 Armando Cruz, SS, 2022
5-11/170, R-R, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Travel Team: DDLASPORT

Having attended the first two 14u National Showcases Cruz has developed right in front of the PG scouts over the last calendar year, though there was never any doubting his abilities at shortstop even when he was 13 years old. His actions up the middle are well beyond his years with silky smooth hands and a strong throwing arm, though his righthanded bat is also a tool that continues to improve, impacting the ball well to his pull side.

#34 Aeden Finateri, RHP, 2021
6-0/205, R-R, Avon Old Farms (Watertown, Conn.)
Travel Team: Clubhouse Baseball | College Commitment: Boston College

Finateri certainly made a loud impression in Georgia this summer as he racked up the strikeouts at the 16u WWBA National Championship, recording 18 of them in just 9 2/3 innings of work for The Clubhouse Elite. Strongly built and plenty durable on the mound, Finateri not only ran his fastball up to 90 mph but does extremely well in carrying his velocity over the course of the start while pounding the strike zone and mixing in a power breaking ball in the upper-70s.

#19 Nathan Fink, OF, 2022
6-2/170, R-R, Western Albemarle HS (Charlottesville, Va.)
Travel Team: Canes National 14u | College Commitment: Virginia

Anytime a player makes his college commitment prior to entering high school you know there’s talent and that’s certainly the case with Fink. While he was up to 87 mph on the mound this summer, it’s his bat that served as his loudest tool with a loose, fluid stroke which helped lead to a .455 batting average with three home runs at the 14u WWBA National Championship, which led to event MVP honors.

#7 Brady House, SS/RHP, 2021
6-3/200, R-R, Winder-Barrow HS (Winder, Ga.)
Travel Team: Team Elite | College Commitment: Tennessee

House is one of the more physically imposing players to suit up in the 2018 Select Festival with a broad shouldered and very strong 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. That strength suits the future Tennessee Vol well in his two-way potential as he packs plenty of strength into his swing, which helped hit five home runs this summer, as well as one the mound, where he has been clocked as high as 91 mph with an advanced changeup.

#42 Termarr Johnson, SS, 2022
5-8/140, L-R, Drew Charter HS (Atlanta, Ga.)
Travel Team: MGBA Heat

Johnson is one of the youngest players in attendance this year in Fort Myers, and while he was able to play at the 13u level this summer, he excelled at four different age groups including the 15u level (he hit .500 at the WWBA National Championship) and 16u level (.308). He plays with a high level of energy which he shows both in his lefthanded stroke as well as in his actions up the middle with bouncy footwork and soft, snatchy hands.

#25 Andruw Jones, OF, 2022
6-1/160, R-R, Wesleyan HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
Travel Team: 643 Cougars 14u

The son of the long-time big leaguer of the same name, Andruw Jones shows immense upside of his own on the diamond and seems to get better every time he takes the field. His high-waisted and long-levered frame make it easy to dream on the projection, though he can already impact the baseball to all parts of the field with a quick, linear stroke that leads to a lot of barreled baseballs while showing plenty of range and athleticism in center field.

#10 Jared Jones, C, 2022
6-3/220, R-R, Walton HS (Marietta, Ga.)
Travel Team: East Cobb Astros

Don’t let Jones’ advanced physicality and strength on his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame mistake his level of athleticism, and the fact that he’s still growing into his body is a scary thought for opposing pitchers. Hitting from the middle of the order all summer, Jones showed his strength as he repeatedly drove the ball to the deeper parts of the park while showing looseness and athleticism to his actions behind the plate.

#23 Lamar King, C, 2022
6-2/190, R-R, Calvert Hall College (Rosedale, Md.)
Travel Team: Canes National 14u

Playing for the Canes National team this summer allowed King to catch a bevy of high-level arms, all of whom he handled better than most at the 14u level given the big velocity and movement on pitches. He shows plenty of flexibility through his lower half and soft hands receiving and sticking pitches on top of showing big power potential from the right side that he’s just beginning to tap into.

#40 Christian Little, RHP, 2021
6-2/195, R-R, Christian Brothers Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Travel Team: Team Elite | College Commitment: Vanderbilt

The starter of last year’s PG Select Festival on the bump for the West, Little returns with a much stronger frame as he’s grown into his 6-foot-2 frame and subsequently has seen an uptick in his arsenal. While Little’s pitchability and command of the zone have been well documented, add into the equation that he’s living in the upper-80s with a pair of solid secondaries and it’s clear to see why he’s regarded as one of the top ’21 arms.

#13 Charlie Saum, C, 2021
5-10/165, R-R, St. Bonaventure HS (Ventura, Calif.)
Travel Team: Garciaparra Baseball Group

Saum has already established himself as one of the top receivers in the country with a combination of athleticism and refined receiving skill you don’t find at this age level, nor do you typically see the type of arm strength Saum puts on display with each throw. It may sound like the defensive abilities are far ahead of what he can do at the plate, but the young California native shows a loose righthanded swing and utilizes an all-fields approach.

#37 Loreto Siniscalchi, RHP, 2021
6-2/190, L-R, Ecole Alpha HS (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Travel Team: Langley Blaze

Sinicalchi’s selection marks the first time in the Select Festival’s history that Canada will be represented in the game, and while he put together an impressive performance at the 14u National Showcase, there’s plenty of reason to think he is just scratching the surface of his potential. His hard 12-to-6 curveball is a real put-away pitch, and among the top secondary pitches of those in attendance, while already showing a quick right arm and lots of plane on his heater.

#14 Ashton Smith, LHP, 2022
6-2/202, L-L, Boiling Springs HS (Chesnee, S.C.)
Travel Team: SBA Canes

From his broad-shouldered 6-foot-2 frame to the compact and quick arm stroke, Ashton Smith is plenty intriguing on the mound and will only continue to develop moving forward. He was limited this summer to how much he could pitch but has all the components to make another jump or two before next spring, already showing a quick and compact arm action as well as a feel for his breaking ball.

#12 Tristan Smith, LHP, 2022
6-1/180, R-L, Boiling Springs HS (Chesnee, S.C.)
Travel Team: SBA Canes

Smith threw in both the 14u and 16u WWBA National Championships and both times stood out with his performances, running his fastball up to 89 mph with a long, loose and whippy arm stroke. The velocity obviously stands out at the 14u level but the ease in which the young lefthander generates it is just as noteworthy, as is his ability to fill the zone while spinning a tight mid-70s slider.

#15 Riley Stanford, RHP, 2022
6-3/170, R-R, Buford HS (Gainesville, Ga.)
Travel Team: Georgia Bombers

Stanford makes for an intimidating and uncomfortable at-bat as he stands on the rubber at 6-foot-3 and seemingly hands the ball to the catcher while creating deception throughout his delivery with some moving parts. A regular this summer at Perfect Game events, Stanford logged 41 innings in tournament play and punched out 41, running his fastball up to 91 mph while generating hard cut to induce weak contact off the bat.

#9 Tucker Toman, 3B, 2022
6-0/165, B-R, Hammond HS (Columbia, S.C.)
Travel Team: Dirtbags 2022 Camo

The fact that Toman is the son of an established college coach (Jim Toman, Middle Tennessee) doesn’t come as much of a surprise given his overall feel for the game and his abilities between the lines, both with the bat and in the infield. Over 61 at-bats this past summer Toman hit .541 with five triples and sports one of the looser swings that will be in Fort Myers, handling the barrel well while utilizing an all-fields approach.

#24 Lucas Torres, OF, 2021
5-10/155, R-R, East Bay (Cayey, Puerto Rico)
Travel Team: SBO Florida

Torres came to the 14u National Showcase in August and vaulted his game to the next level, excelling in all aspects while ranking among the leaderboard in most categories. There’s no lack of arm strength with Torres as he was up to 93 mph from the outfield and 81 mph from behind the dish. On top of the arm he ran an impressive 6.82-second 60-yard dash and possesses a big bat speed/power combo in the box.

#32 Ryan Ward, 3B, 2022
6-1/165, L-R, Coronado HS (Coronado, Calif.)
Travel Team: San Diego Stars

PG’s first look at Ward came at the 14u West Showcase where he showed the same loose and compact lefthanded stroke he displayed the rest of the summer, spraying line drive contact off the barrel with some surprising jump. His 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame offers ample physical projection which will only take his game to the next level, though he’s already an agile defender both at third and in the outfield.

#21 Jeffery Waters, OF/RHP, 2021
5-11/185, R-R, South Cobb HS (Mableton, Ga.)
Travel Team: Team Elite | College Commitment: Maryland

Another player who is a repeat selection, Waters played in last year’s game as a 13-year-old and stood out from a talent standpoint as the upside was, and still is, obvious. Waters has since committed to Maryland and continues to add strength to his frame while showing the same loose, easy and impactful swing and high-end athleticism in the outfield, as well as a near effortless upper-80s fastball that has peaked at 91 mph.

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#8 Ethan Anderson, C, 2022
6-2/205, B-R, Frank W. Cox HS (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Travel Team: Tidewater Orioles | College commitment: Virginia

The very first player to commit in the class of 2022, Anderson’s strength and overall abilities have stood out on the national scene for some time now as he played with and against players who were three years older last fall in Fort Myers. Anderson shows legitimate strength to all fields from either side of the plate as he stays short and quick with both swings, incorporating his physical strength very well at the point of impact.

#1 Manuel Beltre, SS, 2022
5-10/155, R-R, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Travel Team: FTB Resmondo

Beltre is another well-rounded middle infielder prospect out of the Dominican Republic in this year’s game who has shown big tools on both sides of the ball already, despite being one of the younger players in attendance. His overall footwork and glove skills are extremely advanced which will suit him well in years to come, as will his natural feel for the barrel with a full and loose swing path from the right side.

#99 Lorenzo Carrier, OF/RHP, 2021
6-4/175, R-R, Appoquinimink HS (Baer, Del.)
Travel Team: Keystone War Eagles

Delaware is represented for the first time ever thanks to Carrier’s abilities on the diamond, a true two-way prospect who will be coveted by major collegiate programs until he makes his final decision. While you can dream on his long and athletic 6-foot-4 frame, there’s no need to dream on his tools as he already shows a righthanded swing that can drive the ball to all parts of the yard and a fastball that has climbed as high as 90 mph this summer.

#3 Daniel Corona, SS/RHP, 2021
6-2/175, L-R, Baylor School (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Travel Team: Canes National 15u | College Commitment: Wake Forest

In terms of infield actions, Corona ranks right there with the best of them in the 2018 Festival with ultra-smooth glove-work and a strong throwing arm that allows the future Demon Deacon to make some throws others can’t. His abilities with the bat also continue to develop rapidly, showing a full and fluid stroke, which isn’t too dissimilar from his arm path on the mound, producing a fastball that has already topped out at 92 mph.

#6 Luke Davis, C, 2022
5-11/160, B-R, Cypress HS (Garden Grove, Calif.)
Travel Team: CBA | College Commitment: Southern California

Davis made the trip out with CBA during the Perfect Game World Series in Georgia, and though he was the lone 2022 graduate on the roster, he was pivotal in his team’s success. A true switch-hitter with a loose swing from both sides of the plate, Davis offers plenty of versatility as a twitchy defender both behind the plate and up the middle who possesses a strong arm and was also up to 87 mph on the bump this summer.

#17 Samuel Dutton, RHP, 2021
5-11/175, L-R, Westbrook Christian (Rainbow City, Ala.)
Travel Team: Louisiana Knights | College Commitment: Louisiana State

Dutton made his commitment to Louisiana State following a dominant freshman season of high school which he rolled into an impressive summer campaign. The velocity has been on a steady climb for the young righthander, peaking upwards of 90 mph at the 16u WWBA National Championship, though he’s not just about the radar gun. Dutton shows comfort mixing both a sharp curveball and changeup for strikes, keeping hitters off balance in the box.

#21 Logan Forsythe, RHP, 2022
6-0/160, R-R, D’Iberville HS (D’Iberville, Miss.)
Travel Team: Elite Squad

The velocity has always been advanced for Forsythe and it has continued to climb every time he has attended a PG event, from last fall into this summer. Much like his loose and athletic frame, Forsythe exhibits a rather simple delivery on the mound with a low effort release. While it may be low effort the young Mississippi native has already been up to 91 mph with his fastball while mixing in a tight curveball in the upper-70s.

#24 Rene Galvan, OF, 2022
5-9/145, L-L, Sinton HS (Sinton, Texas)
Travel Team: Citius Hernandez

Perfect Game first saw Galvan at the 14u South Showcase in March and his skills certainly took a step forward at the 14u National Showcase in early August, though he’s still just scratching the surface. While there’s still ample physical projection for the lefthanded hitting Galvan, he already shows a loose and fluid swing, lining the ball to all parts of the field while displaying clean and repeatable defensive actions in the outfield.

#5 Rylan Galvan, C, 2022
5-10/160, R-R, Sinton HS (Sinton, Texas)
Travel Team: Citius Hernandez

Of the things Galvan can do on the diamond, his abilities behind the plate may be the most impressive. A loose and twitch defender, Galvan shows soft hands and strong receiving skills with plenty of flexibility and lots of present arm strength. He shows skills at the dish as well with quick hands and a natural feel for the barrel as he showed during the 14u WWBA National Championship, finishing with a .474 average. Rylan is the twin brother of Rene Galvan.

#51 Renzo Gonzalez, OF/LHP, 2021
5-10/170, L-L, Alonso HS (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
Travel Team: Top Tier Roos

Gonzalez is a true two-way prospect at the next level and the rising sophomore showed big tools both during the 14u World Series and the 14u National Showcase. During the World Series Gonzalez put his loose, lefthanded stroke on display as he hit .545 and topped out at 87 mph on the mound, just as he did in Fort Myers. He also ran a 6.95 60-yard dash and threw 89 mph from the outfield, the second best velocity of the showcase.

#2 Elijah Green, OF, 2022
6-1/185, R-R, TNXL Academy (Windermere, Fla.)
Travel Team: FTB Select 2022

Elijah Green has the type of athleticism and impact skill that you don’t often see at this level, with elite running speed as evidenced by his 6.65-second 60-yard dash time and his 48 stolen bases during the 2018 season. He’s not just about the speed however as Green possesses big-time bat speed and can impact the ball to all parts of the yard while playing lock-down defense in center field.

#11 Blaise Grove, LHP, 2022
6-5/225, R-L, McDonough HS (Summit Point, W.Va.)
Travel Team: Canes National 15u | College Commitment: South Carolina

You don’t often find 14 year olds who stand 6-foot-5, 225-pounds like you do with Grove, who hails from West Virginia and has a left arm produces a fastball even more impressive than his physicality. With one of the best heaters in this year’s Festival, having already bumped 91 mph this summer, Grove is nowhere near reaching his max potential, a scary thought given his present arm speed and body coordination.

#9 Grant Hussey, 1B, 2021
6-3/220, L-R, Parkersburg South HS (Washington, W.Va.)
Travel Team: Kentucky Baseball Club | College Commitment: West Virginia

It only takes an at-bat or two from Hussey to see why the West Virginia coaching staff wanted to lock up the young lefthanded hitter. Power is the name of the game for Hussey as he generates some of the easier pop you’ll find at the 14u level, showing plenty of natural leverage and loft at the point of contact. From the 15u WWBA National Championship to the 14u National Showcase, Hussey’s raw power was at the forefront of his exciting tool-set.

#12 Jace LaViolette, OF, 2022
6-3/185, L-L, Obra R. Tompkins HS (Katy, Texas)
Travel Team: Twelve Silver

LaViolette burst onto the scene in a big way at the PGBA 14u North Texas Regionals and he immediately grabs your attention with his 6-foot-3 frame that’s nowhere near physical maturation. He already has the size but he also has big skill in the lefthanded batter’s box, showing a simple yet powerful swing that allows him to impact the baseball to all parts of the field, as he showed with three home runs during the two-day event.

#26 Dylan Lesko, RHP, 2022
6-2/170, R-R, Buford HS (Buford, Ga.)
Travel Team: East Cobb Astros

Lesko was a model of consistency on the mound this summer, one of his many spots on the diamond where his athleticism shines. With a steady upward trajectory on his fastball that now tops at 88 mph and is nowhere near its peak, Lesko shows some of the better command of the arms in attendance. He also brought out a sharp slider during the 14u National Showcase where he excelled as a position prospect as well.

#22 Jacob Miller, RHP, 2022
6-0/145, R-R, Liberty Union HS (Baltimore, Ohio)
Travel Team: Ohio Elite | College Commitment: Louisville

Miller may not have the physicality of some of the other pitchers in the event but that doesn’t mean he’s not coming out in full attack mode, and he does so while showing one of the better fastball/curveball combos in the Festival. The young Louisville commit shows ample arm speed through the back, running his fastball into the upper-80s with a low effort release and mixes in a sharp 12-to-6 shaped curveball with late downward life.

#7 Hayden Murphy, SS/RHP, 2022
6-2/165, R-R, Tiftarea Academy (Chula, Ga.)
Travel Team: Team Elite

Like others in the Festival, Murphy’s future could very well be of the two-way variety as he’s a primary shortstop but also offers immense upside on the mound. Despite the length of his frame Murphy moves well in the dirt with lateral range and flexibility while offering a quick stroke with jump off the barrel. His fastball lives comfortably in the mid-80s with big arm speed and tough angle and he mixes in a hard, mid-70s slider.

#34 Matthew Porchas, RHP, 2022
6-3/181, R-R, Santa Margarita Catholic (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Travel Team: Saddleback Cowboys

The moment Porchas steps onto the mound everybody quickly takes notices with his 6-foot-3, 181-pound frame which will only continue to strengthen moving forward. The MVP of the Super25 California Super Qualifier, Porchas already sports one of the best fastballs in the 2022 class, producing an easy upper-80s heater with a fast right arm while already exhibiting a feel for his slider and changeup.

#32 Mikey Romero, SS, 2022
5-9/140, L-R, Vista Murrieta HS (Menifee, Calif.)
Travel Team: San Diego Show | College Commitment: Arizona

Talent on the diamond runs deep through the Romero family and the future Arizona Wildcat is the latest in line thanks to a skill-set and knowledge of the game that most at this level don’t possess. He offers a fluid stroke from the left side with an innate ability for finding the barrel, utilizing an all-fields approach which he complements with advanced defensive instincts up the middle, all of which will only continue to improve.

#16 Trenton Shaw, LHP, 2022
6-4/210, L-L, Desoto HS (Desoto, Texas)
Travel Team: Dallas Tigers

Trenton Shaw delivered one of the most electrifying performances of the summer working out of the bullpen for the Dallas Tigers, bringing a big fastball and high intensity on the mound. He ran his fastball up to 88 mph in his appearance at the 14u WWBA National Championship while creating hard angle with his long 6-foot-4 frame. Shaw also hit .414 on the tournament helping to propel his team deep into the playoffs.

#10 Sal Stewart, 3B, 2022
6-2/195, R-R, Westminster Christina (Miami, Fla.)
Travel Team: US Elite

You’d be hard pressed to find an event this summer where Stewart’s righthanded swing wasn’t among the best, as he hit .604, earning multiple All-Tournament teams along the way, highlighted by his MVP performance at the PG 14u Southeast Championship in early June. His swing is simple, compact and plenty powerful, all of which are made playable thanks to his natural feel for barreling up the baseball to all parts of the yard.

#23 Cole Young, SS, 2022
5-10/155, L-R, North Allegheny HS (Wexford, Pa.)
Travel Team: US Elite

The thought that Young is only going to get better as he physically develops will be problematic for opposing teams as he can already impact a game with his skill-set and overall abilities. As a lefthanded hitting shortstop Young’s profile will certainly attract high-level schools across the country, as will his ability to use them with top-of-the-order offensive skills and smooth defensive actions at a premium position.

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