College | Recruiting | 9/30/2020

Uncommitted Notebook: Sept. 30

Drew Wesolowski         Tyler Russo        
Uncommitted Notebook: September 23 | September 25 | September 28

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. 

Steele Jackson (2021 Hamilton, Ind.) jumped onto the scene this year in a big way as he is starting to show big upside in the box. He projects as a power type bat as he tallied 8 extra-base hits this summer while hitting a smooth .389 against top tier pitching. Jackson also plays a more than serviceable corner outfield with a strong arm to go with it. He’s an easy insert into the middle of any line-up and is one of the top uncommitted bats from the ’21 class.

William Mosley (2022 Acworth, Ga.) has been in grind mode since the start of the season. The right-handed bat shows big time pop as he is very well-rounded in the box. He’s hit a staggering .346 with an OPS of 1.178 just this summer. He’s also one of the top catchers in the state as he is fundamental behind the dish with soft hands. The athleticism speaks volumes and it shows in every aspect of his game. Keep an eye on him down in Fort Myers at WWBA World Championship as he will look to carry his East Cobb Yankees team offensively while also handling the pitching rotation behind the dish.

Coby Wilkerson (2021 Monroe, Ga.) is a solid looking corner infielder who will get it done in the box. He stands at a physical 6-foot-3 and utilizes that frame to its fullest potential. In the box, the right-handed hitter has been on fire the last few weeks as it seems he’s found barrels with every cut. In 260 at-bats over a 4-year stretch, he’s racked up 20 extra-base hits and 49 singles. Wilkerson can also play both third & first base but make no mistake, the hit tool is advanced, and he projects as a power type bat.

Hunter Sloop (2022 Concord, N.C.) is a pitching coaches dream as he stands at a lean 6-foot-8 and looks even bigger on the hill. The right-handed pitcher shows young mechanics, but he has all the makings to be a dominant type force on the mound. He’s already been up to 91 mph this summer and projects even more velocity down the road with some tidying up. The breaking ball is also showing as plus with tight spin and he proved he could get batters to swing and miss. It will be interesting to see how he does down in Fort Myers with 5 Star Carolina, which could be a big tipping point for his recruiting trail thus far.

Logan Rushing (2021Brighton, Tenn.) did not throw much this summer but has recently been getting starts and they have been dominant. The left-handed pitcher was recently up to 90 mph while showing a quick arm. He threw just 1.2 innings late this summer, but the hype is there. He struck out five and gave up no hits in his short looks. Rushing is going to a be a great add to whichever rotation he ultimately lands and has the tools to be an impact type arm.

Brantley Bamberg (2022 Murfreesboro, Tenn.) has done nothing but hit at every stop on the summer circuit this year. Bamberg was solid in Hoover at the Junior National Showcase and carried that momentum well into the late summer. He hit .346 this summer while tallying up six extra-base hits that included four doubles and a homerun. The pop in the bat is what is most exciting about Bamberg and will be a name to watch down in Fort Myers for the Underclass World Championship as he takes the field for the Knights 17u Platinum.

Dekel Williams (2021 Newnan, Ga.) shows fast twitch in all aspects of his game as he plays a very rangy centerfield and is a table setter on offense. Williams ran a quick 6.58 sixty-yard dash and when he combines that with great reads, it can be hard to get anything past him in the outfield. The bat has never left his side either as he has hit over .300 in the last four seasons playing in PG events. He knocked in 14 runs this summer and also had an OBP of almost .500. Once on base, it turns it into a double as he steals bags with ease. Look for him atop the Home Plate Chili Dogs line-up this upcoming week down in Fort Myers to be a spark for them on offense.

Kameron Douglas (2022 Woodstock, Ga.) is one of the most premier uncommitted two-way prospects left in his class. Douglas utilizes a physical 6-foot-3 frame and is as athletic as you can be. In the box, the righty swings it with authority as he proves to have feel for the bat head. He hit .388 this summer while knocking in 40 runs and tallied up 14 extra-base hits. The hit tool is far advanced, and he already has big time power in the bat. On the mound, he shows a reliever type arm but make no mistake, the arsenal already consists of next level stuff. He ran the fastball up to 90 mph this year and mixes in a curveball showing depth, as well as, a tumbling changeup. Douglas will be on full display down in Fort Myers this week as he will be a key offensive ingredient for 643 DP Cougars 16u Pedraza and will be electric on the bump as well.

Barry Manning (2022 Stone Mountain, Ga.) is already showing a physical type build and projects plenty more strength as he is still young in the face. Manning swings it with authority in the box as he seems to havea  knack for finding the barrel. He hit .296 this summer and knocked in 15 runs while stealing 21 bags. He also projects big time pop in the bat as he will be a power threat here sooner rather than later. He also impressed on the mound this summer as he has little pitching experience but shows big upside. He ran the fastball up to 88 mph and mixed in a slurvy breaking ball as well. His background is also intriguing in that both his mother and father were collegiate athletic standouts.

Jayden Talik (2022 Lilburn, Ga.) has been an absolute force at the plate this summer while proving he can compete with some of the best pitching in his prep class. The lefty sports a free and easy type swing as he knows how to leverage the baseball and drive it deep into the gaps. He hit .337 on the summer with 25 singles in 95 at-bats. He also proved to be advanced in his outfield play while staying efficient with his routes to the baseball and a strong arm to go with it. Talik looks to display his talents this week down in Fort Myers for the BigStix Baseball ’22 squad and carry them to a deep playoff run.

Joey Frey (2022 Los Angeles, Calif.) is another young, talented left-handed pitcher that we got a quick glimpse of at the end of the summer. The arm action is smooth while being simple in his overall operation. Frey is extremely efficient in his work as he pounds the zone with an advanced feel for a three-pitch mix. Ran the fastball up to 85 mph and mixed in a late fading changeup that he tunneled well off the fastball. Nasty slider that he dropped on right-handed hitters back foot and had lefties knees buckling. In his 4.0 innings of work, he struck out four batters and only walked one. The pitchability is what intrigues the most and will be a name to keep a very close eye on out west.

-Drew Wesolowski

Brian Holiday (2021, Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) might be the most impressive uncommitted senior arm in the country from a statistical standpoint over the last few weeks as he has now turned in stellar outings in his only two Perfect Game appearances, allowing only one hit over 12 innings of work to 15 strikeouts, including a seven-inning playoff no-hitter against a very talented Scorpions Franchise Team at the Florida Qualifier. Working consistently in the mid to upper-80s, Holiday pounds the zone with great life and tremendous command to virtually wherever he wants while showing comfortability in dropping in a quality high-spin breaking ball in any count. Just how high the ceiling is has yet to be determined with this righthander and this type of competitor would be a great addition to a number of programs. He’ll have a chance to round out a successful fall at the World Championship next week with the Hit Factory Pro club.

Traton Staheli (2021, Washington, Utah) is another prospect with limited experience on the Perfect Game circuit but has made the most of it in showing some of the most electric stuff of any still uncommitted senior. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound righthander has quite obvious physical upside given that it makes for a lean build on a frame of that stature. In terms of now stuff, he would be plenty capable of getting outs at the next level working at 88-92 mph on the fastball in his most recent look while getting great extension over his front side. Off the fastball, he shows a breaking ball with all the pieces to project as a swing-and-miss pitch in terms of the quality of the spin, tightness to the pitch at times and the late two-plane break. He’s rostered to play with the talented Ohio Warhawks team in the upcoming WWBA World Championship where he could even land on some draft radars while going in without a college commitment.

Jorge De Cardenas (2021, Jupiter, Fla.) made good strides into this summer and showed it at the BCS National Championship where he was 86-88 on the fastball with good sinking life that created some uncomfortable at-bats for righthanded hitters in a short look. He works with a great tempo and plenty of confidence filling up the zone, generating a good bit of weak contact when staying in the bottom part. The breaking ball was used sparingly but has all the right makings of an out-pitch for the next level with good depth, late bite and slight turn to the glove side. The athleticism and arm speed paired with a lean 6-foot, 175 pound frame makes for intriguing upside as he ticks up, which he could show at the World Championship with North East Baseball National in Fort Myers next week.

Christian Hamilton (2021, Tampa, Fla.) is another highly projectable arm who has done nothing but fill the zone in his outings this summer/fall and plays for two talented programs in Hit Factory Pro for travel ball and Tampa Jesuit for high school. The 6-foot, 150 pound righthander has worked consistently in the 85-88 range over his last four outings, showing good late life to the fastball generated by the quickness to the arm. There is still some rawness to how he operates, but he generates plenty of drive off the backside and extension through release which helps the fastball play up and will be helpful as he surely climbs in velocity. The breaking ball shows as a slider with tightness and short depth down in the zone, serving as a good secondary he uses often for weak contact and the occasional swing-and-miss.

Nico Stanley (2021, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) showed well out west a couple weeks ago when he came out working some of the easier 86-89 mph we’ve seen and showed a pair of secondary pitches for strikes. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound right-hander is a picture of projection with long limbs that he controls especially well with athleticism to how he gets down the mound. The high slot he works from creates some slight downhill action at times, but mostly generates short life to the arm side while also mixing in both off-speed pitches from a similar release. The slider is the go-to pitch at present with short depth and tightness turning to the glove side, while the changeup is a workable third pitch for a potential starter’s makeup at the highest level.

Tanner Boccabello (2021, Tampa, Fla.) is a big, physical righthander at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds who showed a number of things to like in a few events this summer. Working in the upper-80s for a couple of them and running it up to 93 mph in Jacksonville, he stays compact from start to release, maintaining a good line to the plate and getting over his front side well. There is good feel to spin a quality breaker with good depth and downer action that plays well off the fastball and should be a workable out-pitch as he continues to throw it down in the zone. He’ll have a chance to impress once more in 2020 at the World Championship with the Georgia Bombers.

Clay Westbrook (2021, Spring, Texas) impressed early summer at the Sunshine South showcase and once again at the Top Prospect Games. At a very long and athletic 6-foot, 170 pounds there is a good bit of physical projection from just a look at the right-hander, but the stuff will project just as well. Holding in the upper-80s, and up to 89 mph, Westbrook used a four-pitch mix for success that included two distinct breaking balls and a changeup, with a hard downer curveball as the most advanced of the three. The athleticism he uses to drive down the mound and the arm speed to release both stand out and should help in the overall projection of a good mix of now stuff and overall upside.

Solomon Skalnik (2022, Owasso, Okla.) is a strong right-handed hitting outfielder who has shown well on a couple of the biggest stages this summer at both the WWBA and the PG Underclass All-American Games. Clocked into the mid-80s from the outfield with athleticism and ease to his actions, the profile serves to carry to either corner spot, but it is the bat that should be the carrying tool to the next level. He uses quick hands to get the barrel head out regularly while leveraging his hands and generating strong contact to either gap that projects as he continues to add to a very projectable 6-foot-3, 200 pound frame. We’ll see him with the talented USA Prime National 2022 team this weekend at the Underclass World Championship.

Dakota Stone (2022, Jacksonville, Fla.) is another North East Baseball arm who impressed this summer and will be at both the Underclass World and World Championship in the coming weeks, looking to show strides that have been rumored of late. Working comfortably in the upper-80s, the workhorse-type left-hander generates great life through zone with late jump to the arm side while tunneling a swing-and-miss changeup off it and landing a curveball with the makings of a successful long-term pitch. There is a surprising level of athleticism in how he works down the mound given the listed 5-foot-10, 210 pound frame and it helps in how the stuff plays to hitters. The upside here is good given the pitchability and effectiveness of the now stuff, and it is very much a package that would be a good addition to a number of programs, especially if he shows the low-90s velocity that has been rumored to be there now.

Marek Houston (2022, Nokomis, Fla.) has been very impressive in events of late, showing he can swing it against the best of arms time and time again. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound shortstop has a great deal of projection from a purely physical standpoint, but it is the in-game capabilities that project in the biggest way. Defensively, he has shown he is more than capable of holding at the primary position long-term as I have seen him make great rangy plays to either side with enough quickness to the release and arm strength to cut down runners on those tough plays. Offensively, he has found the barrel in both big spots and against a variety of high-level arms including a pair of very well-struck hits against a low-to-mid-90s right-hander. The natural feel to flat out find the barrel when it comes to game time projects more than any numbers can state.

Evan Griffis (2022, Longwood, Fla.) has impressed a number of our scouts now as he showed well from the start of the summer at Junior National through events like the BCS and World Series and finished with a good performance at the Underclass All-American Games. The long and athletic outfielder at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds is another prospect who is a picture of projection with plenty of now tools that will project with the added strength. He has plenty of athleticism and arm strength that translates well to the outfield in game action while showing a fluid swing that is on plane early with good loft that will produce loud results with more strength behind it.

Sam Garewal (2022, San Diego, Calif.) is a new name to us with his first event coming just a couple weeks out at the Fall National Championship in Arizona, but it was a more than impressive one that should surely put him on a radar of names to follow closely into next year. At a listed 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, the projection is off the charts, but he has some now stuff that could get outs at the next level already. Working up to 89 mph, and settling in the 85-88 range, he creates great sinking life to the fastball with extreme ease to the delivery and release that allows him to repeat well and stay in the zone when everything is synced. The secondary pitches are still developing a bit based on their results in this single look, but with the makings of both a quality breaking ball and a changeup out of the same slot, the upside is on the higher end for this uncommitted lefthander.

-Tyler Russo
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