College | Recruiting | 9/25/2020

Uncommitted Notebook: Sept. 25

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Marcus Franco (Perfect Game)
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With the changing of the recruiting landscape that was presented in 2020, Perfect Game wants to continue our efforts to provide a spotlight and platform for uncommitted players to showcase their talents. Every week we will highlight players who our scouts saw and were impressed by, showing their talents that will certainly translate to the next level.

As October nears, so to do the WWBA Underclass World Championship as well the WWBA World Championships which boasts rosters loaded with uncommitted talent and as always you can follow @PG_Uncommitted on Twitter for updated looks at prospects from all PG events. 

If a college program is looking for an impact bat for the middle of their lineup, look no further than first baseman Marcus Franco (2021, Miramar, Fla.). Throughout his Perfect Game career Franco has shown the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field and did just that at the PG National, exhibiting a simple approach and big time power both in batting practice and live action against some impressive arms. He’s good around the first base bag as well and shows big arm strength across the diamond. 

Jalen Fulwood (2021, Johns Creek, Ga.) can do a bit of everything on the diamond, most of which revolves around his advanced speed which clocked in at a 6.51 in the 60-yard at the PG National Showcase. His swing is balanced and rather short through the zone, allowing for barrel control and though he still physically projects at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Fulwood shows present strength to the gaps which allows him to unlock that aforementioned foot speed. He can go get it in center field as well, adding another element to his profile with excellent closing speed and range to the gaps. 

Garrett Williams (2021, College Station, Texas) jumped onto the national scene during the Main Event Showcase last December, his first Perfect Game event in which he quickly made noise. A long and ultra-projectable 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, Williams shows a quick and whip-like arm action through the back which has helped generate a fastball in the upper-80s with which he can fill the zone and miss bats. His slider has swing-and-miss potential as it works into the low-80s with tight spin and late bite. 

Ashtin Webb’s (2021, Mesa, Ariz.) numbers speaks for themselves as he hit .439 on the summer circuit and impressed in both of his showcase performances, the Sunshine West and the PG National Showcase. A primary catcher with solid athleticism (6.68 60-yard speed) and the tools to stick behind the plate, Webb shows the versatility to play an outfielder corner at the next level as well with a strong throwing arm. His hands are fast in the righthanded batter’s box as he swings with intent and creates lift to his swing path, showing intriguing carry off the barrel to all fields.

Aaron Saltsman (2021, Rockledge, Fla.) has a collection of tools colleges should be monitoring as he’s full of quick-twitch muscle running a 6.7 in the 60-yard and he’s performed with the bat as well, hitting .333 during the 17u WWBA with three triples for the Orlando Scorpions. His swing is both short and direct through the zone, showing quickness to his hands with refined, repeatable mechanics in the box. It’s an approach that yields solid contact and as he continues to add strength, the power component should come along nicely as well. 

A Massachusetts native who relocated to Floirda, Raul Diaz Jr. (2021, Palm Beach Garden, Fla.) is the younger brother of Miami Marlins infielder Isan Diaz, though he’s a prospect in his own right with tools for the next level. Diaz Jr., a primary catcher, makes the biggest statement with his righthanded swing as he showed during his first PG Showcase where he finished out his BP round with four consecutive long balls. He’s strongly built at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and with loose wrists he’s able to generate easy bat speed through the zone with natural lift to his swing path. 

The younger son of College of Charleston Head Coach Chad Holbrook, Cooper Holbrook (2022, Mount Pleasant, S.C.) put on an impressive display of power during his round of BP at the Jr. National Showcase to open up the summer season. His long 6-foot-3 frame allows the younger Holbrook to generate natural leverage to his swing path, back spinning balls with easy to his pull side though he’s more than just a BP hitter. Playing up this summer, the uncommitted first baseman hit .308 with a bomb in the 17u WWBA Championship. He also ran a 6.79 60-yard dash. 

Mason White (2022, Tucson, Ariz.) and his lefthanded swing have been on display for a couple of years now,, first showing his sweet stroke at the 14u South Showcase in 2018 and he’s continue to add strength every viewing since. His hands are loose and he shows excellent hand-eye coordination with plenty of barreled contact, staying fluid and balanced with his actions in the box. A primary middle infielder, White moves well on his feet and exudes confidence in his actions with a clean gather behind the ball and strong, accurate throws across the diamond. 

Ivan Arias (2022, Boston, Mass.) is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Northeast for the 2022 class, showing talent on both sides of the ball. A primary shortstop, Arias is a loose and agile defender with soft hands and an advanced clock on defender, showing repeatable actions and a big time arm across the diamond. There’s both looseness and bat speed in his righthanded swing as he looks to lift and drive the ball at the point of contact, particularly to the middle of the field. He’s currently ranked No. 337 in the class of 2022 and is rostered with the Ohio Warhawks for the WWBA World Championship in Fort Myers early next month. 

We most recently saw Nicholas Alonso (2022, Tampa, Fla.) during the PG Underclass All American Games at the end of August where he put his loudest tool on display -his foot speed- with a blistering 6.44 in the 60-yard dash. A long and projectable 6-foot-1, 150 pound outfielder, the strength will enhance his tools at the plate though he already shows loose hands and a shorter, linear stroke through the zone as he showed during the Jr. National Showcase. Alonso’s speed plays well on defense as well with sound, repeatable actions to the ball and nice present carry on his throws. 
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