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Tournaments | Story | 10/25/2021

WWBA 13u, 14u Prospect Standouts

Colton Olinger      Jheremy Brown      Tyler Russo     
Photo: Alex Harrington (Perfect Game)
WWBA 14u Scout Notes: Day 1-2 | 3-5

Christian Doty, SS, BPA
Doty picked up a line drive single the other way in BPA’s first game of the tournament and that proved to set the tone of things to come as he finished the weekend hitting .545 while recording at least one knock in each of their four games. Stronger than his listed 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, Doty does an excellent job of staying short and direct to the ball, impacting it well to all parts of the field with serious intent while accelerating very well station to station. His actions are smooth up the middle and there’s enough arm strength for the left side as we also saw the Mississippi native jump on the mound and run his heater up to 81 mph. 

Ezekiel Lara 3B/OF, BPA
We knew about Lara heading into the tournament as he was one of several standouts at the 13u National Showcase and he continued to swing it at a high level in back-to-back showings down in West Palm Beach. After putting up a .667 average at the WWBA Freshmen World Championship, Lara replicated his results during the 14u, again with BPA, as his innate ability for finding the barrel was on full display with a quick stroke through the zone while letting his physical strength play at the point of contact with 3 extra-base hits.  

Kruz Schoolcraft, LHP, USA Prime
Schoolcraft made the cross-country venture from Oregon to Florida and he made some of the loudest impressions on the PG staff over the course of his two outings on the mound, eventually netting the MVPitcher award at the tournament’s conclusion. While he may not light up the radar guns just yet, the long limbed 6-foot-2 southpaw showed the best overall feel and pitchability in the tournament, repeating his delivery extremely well while pounding the strike zone with a complete three pitch mix. He did run his fastball up to 81 mph but it certainly played up given his comfort and ability to throw his curveball or changeup in any given count. 

Jesiah Andrade, C, USA Prime
Andrade has already proven to be one of the more consistent players in a tournament setting after the summer he put together and it was more of the same in West Palm as he opened the tournament going 8-for-11 over USA Prime’s pool play games. The eventual MVP of the tournament, Andrade exudes comfort in the box and his right-handed swing produced plenty of loud barreled contact as he collected 5 singles and a pair of both doubles and triples while driving in 5 runs. He proved just as valuable on the other side of the ball, continuing to show comfort throwing the ball on the back pick as he did this summer while taking charge of the field from behind the plate. 

Brayden Harris, RHP, Burn Atlantic 14u Navy
Harris got the start for the East team in the 13u Select Festival and he was handed the ball under the lights in the stadium for the Burn Atlantic’s Mfirst game of the tournament and he certainly didn’t disappoint. One of the more consistent arms throughout the summer in terms of stuff and performance, Harris once again did his thing in West Palm Beach over the course of his two starts as he racked up 11 strikeouts over 8 innings pitched, walking just 3 while living comfortably in the low-80s (peaked 84 mph). The breaking ball is a true difference maker however for Harris as he throws it with conviction and confidence, generating late biting life from a similar slot to elicit empty swings and weak contact. 

Ethan Wheeler, RHP, Burn Atlantic 14u Navy
Wheeler is no stranger to Perfect Game events as he made the full tour this past summer but it’s pretty clear that the version we saw this summer will be far different from the one we see in 2022. I say that because the young Floridian is already starting to make gains in the velocity department, though that’ll continue to happen as he fills out his long 6-foot-3 frame, as he routinely bumped 84 mph over his time on the mound. The arm action is plenty quick and like his teammate Brayden Harris, he has a refined feel for his secondaries, landing both his breaker and straight changeup for strikes from a similar slot. 

Aiden Arnett, OF, Burn Atlantic 14u Navy
There’s no mistaking the athleticism Arnett brings to the diamond as he was a catalyst atop the Burn line in West Palm just as he was throughout their several runs this past summer. The Wisconsin native is loaded with quick-twitch muscle which was on display once again, as was his keen eye and refined bat-to-ball skills. Over the weekend he picked up at least one hit in four of the Burn’s five games (good for a .462 average) including four hits during the opening rounds of the playoffs, leading off a game with a double to his pull side before collecting a three-hit game. His swing is as quick as it is compact and he showed the ability to not only recognize spin out of the pitcher’s hand but make the necessary adjustment mid-swing to get the barrel to the babll and pick up another knock. 

Randy Ruiz, OF, 5 Star National 2026
Ruiz and his tools have already made a name for themselves on the national circuit and he continued to perform at a high level while in West Palm. Finshining the tournament with a .429 average, Ruiz was able to generate some of the better bat speed in attendance thanks to how quick his hands are and his ability to fully incorporate his physical strength into every pass through the zone. The life off of the barrel is evident after a single squared up baseball and he won’t willingly expand the zone, taking his walks before swiping some bags. The young Floridan outfielder also made arguably the defensive catch of the weekend as he took away easy extra bases with a full sprint, fully extended diving catch into the right-center field gap. 

Bryan Ravelo, SS/OF, Clutch Elite
Ravelo may not have filled up the stat sheet like some of the bats listed here, but he’s also the youngest as a 2027 grad and is still just 13.6 years old. Don’t let his age fool you however as he looks the part of an impact prospect at a long and extremely projectable 6-foot-1, 145 pounds and has the skill to back it up. The quickness of his hands and barrel stood out in my first look as he squared up a single the other way and moved very well on his feet with long, gliding strides on the bases. While we didn’t see him throw in this event, he has been up to 80 mph on the mound and will be a must-see during next summer’s circuit. 

Grady Emerson, SS, USA Prime
The class of 2026 may only be entering their 8th grade year of school but Emerson has already carved out a reputation as having one of the more pure swings in the class, something that’s consistently on display whether a WWBA tournament or the 13u Select Festival where he connected for an inside-the-park home run. Each time we see him the power in his left-handed swing continues to tick up and the WWBA 14u was no different as he connected for a pair of well struck triples through the tournament, still showing the same loose and fluid swing we’ve come to know. 

Carson Bolemon, LHP, Canes National
We didn’t see Bolemon until the playoffs, but it’s safe to say he made the most of his opportunity when his number was called as he went 6 innings of shutout baseball, striking out 10 in the process. A physical left-hander, Bolemon came out and immediately attacked the strike zone from a higher slot, generating some real riding life to his heater up in the zone while topping out at 81 mph, living comfortably in the upper-70s throughout. His curveball proved to be a difference maker as a swing-and-miss offering in the upper-60s with tight spin and downer shape from a similar release point. 

Brady Murrietta, C, Canes National
As I wrote in the scouting recap following the conclusion of the tournament, Murrietta came into the event with as much 14u experience as anybody on a roster as that’s the level where he spent most of his summer and it showed throughout his at-bats in West Palm. Throughout the Canes’ championship run Murrietta proved to be one of the most consistent bats in the lineup, finishing the tournament with a .600 average while drawing 5 walks, scoring 5 runs and driving in 7 of his own. While the numbers jump out, it was Murrietta’s ability to fully unlock all fields and work with where the pitch was thrown that was equally impressive before showing off his foot speed base-to-base (4 stolen bases as well). 

Alex Harrington, SS, Canes National
There’s plenty of athleticism and bounce to everything Harrington does on the diamond, whether up the middle, in the batter’s box or even on the mound where we saw him close out a playoff victory for the Canes and topped out at 81 mph. No stranger to the national circuit with plenty of big game experience already, Harrington hit .467 on the tournament showing a noticeable uptick in bat speed from this summer with a long and whippy path through the zone. The 14th ranked player in the country is just as smooth in the dirt, showing lateral range and comfort with his footwork, especially going up the middle, while possessing big arm strength across the diamond as well. 

Rhett Britt, RHP, Dirtbags 14u DeMarini
Britt is listed as a primary outfielder on his Perfect Game profile, but you can’t help but be intrigued with what he could develop into on the mound with additional reps and physical strength added to his long 6-foot frame. His operation on the mound is fairly simple which allowed for more than enough strikes while the arm quickness helped generate a fastball that peaked at 81 mph with an upper-60s breaking ball which featured depth when on top of the ball. Britt squared off against a tough 5 Star National 2026 lineup and held them in check over the course of his 3 1/3 innings as he scattered just three hits while striking out a pair. 

Gabriel Milano, 2B, Canes National
In a talented and deep lineup like the Canes, Milano certainly ranks amongst the most physical and set the pace of the offense from atop the lineup despite his middle of the order-type strength. Listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, the strength Milano possesses already in his forearms helped the young left-handed stick drive the ball with authority, twice doubling deep to the right-center field gap on the weekend while hitting .300 throughout the tournament. There’s no denying the combination of bat speed and physical strength Milano has at his disposal, both of which ranked amongst the best of those in attendance in West Palm. 

Emmanuel "Manny" Lantigua, SS/RHP, USA Prime
Last week I touched upon the pitching prowess of Lantigua in our WWBA Freshman Breakdown and while he jumped on the mound to close out a Prime victory with a fastball up to 86 mph and the same advanced slider, the bat was more prominent during the 14u iteration. He announced his presence immediately under the lights inside the stadium with a booming triple out to his pull side, getting fully extended while generating leverage through the point of contact with plenty of bat speed from the moment of launch. The arm strength across the diamond he showed is more than enough for the left side at the next level and he’ll undoubtedly be a “must see” throughout next summer’s circuit. 

Yodelkis Quevedo, 3B & Justin Munoz, C/OF, Clutch Elite
I’m pairing Quevedo and Munoz together here as both are amongst the most physical players in attendance and both find themselves situated in the middle of the Clutch Elite lineup. Still not turning 14 for another month, Quevedo has become a known name on the scene thanks to incredibly advanced strength with the bat, impacting the ball with authority to all parts of the field. Munoz isn’t as well-known of a prospect but he certainly has the tools to make a lasting impression just as he did in West Palm, first by throwing a strike from right field before showing off big bat speed of his own and finishing the weekend with a .417 average. Munoz then put the gear and continued to impress behind the plate, especially so with his arm strength which was frequently on display. 

AJ Cruz, 2B/SS, Smartense
Cruz made the rounds this summer like many of the other players listed, but there was definitely an added physicality component to his game in our most recent look, looking stronger than he had throughout the circuit. The stroke looked more fluid for Cruz as he was generating more present bat speed and showed the makings of strength off of the barrel, connecting for a couple of doubles on the weekend, including one to his pull side gap was he was able to generate lift at the point of contact. He finished with a .400 average on the weekend and will certainly be one to follow, especially as he continues to keep adding strength. 

-Jheremy Brown

William Radford, C, Dirtbags 14u Demarini
Radford has been as good as any offensively this year hitting comfortably over .500 through 170 plate appearances and he turned in another .500 performance with seven hits down in West Palm. An athletic backstop, the swing is a good one as he combines good length to control the zone with tons of bat speed, a good combination to project on moving forward.

Carson Crider, RHP, Team Elite 14u
Crider showed well more than once in the event as he worked just over eight innings and struck out 13 against no walks and just three hits. It’s a really athletic delivery and the arm speed stands out as he’ll work in the upper-70s with late cutting life and some feel to spin a hard downer breaking ball, all of which project well alongside the 5-foot-11, 150-pound frame.

Jordan Rich, OF, TBT Ballers AS4
It would be hard to find a better runner underway than Rich at this event and that speed is something he is able to impact the game with. He patrols center field well with range to the gaps while at the dish he can beat out a bunt with ease and use solid bat to ball skills to find a way to get the ball in play and turn singles into doubles or triples with a couple stolen bags.

Cayman Sanchez, RHP, Team Elite 14u
Sanchez got short work in both of his outings but showed plenty of projection to be intrigued about in the long-term as he punched out seven in four combined innings. It’s a clean upper-70s fastball and he should climb the velocity ladder in time but the feel to spin is what stands out now as he has some hammer components to a vertical breaking ball that impressed.

Will Holden, C, Dirtbags 14u Demarini
Holden certainly looks the part in the box at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds and the handle offensively stood out in a similar way as he seemed to be on the barrel all weekend long. It’s real barrel control paired with some bat speed and impact strength making the bat-first catcher profile a good one for college recruiters to be aware of in the next couple years.

Braeden "Brady" Harris, OF, Burn Atlantic 14u Navy
Harris is among a number of talented players on this Burn Atlantic team and like many, the upside of the profile stands out. He’s a solid athlete with athleticism that projects while the swing is clean and well-connected, the bat speed is good and he projects to hit for a good bit of pop above some of the impact strength he already he flashes.

Andrew Costello, C, Canes National 14u
Costello is ranked among the top-10 in the class already and the tools he has certainly warrant that comfortably. It’s real bat speed and strength on the offensive end as he’s shown time and time again the ability to drive the ball a long way while the arm is truly a weapon behind the dish pairing good receiving with real catch and throw and huge arm strength for the age.

Karter Bossman, LHP, Canes National 14u
Bossman was excellent in the lone start he made as he went five strong, scattering a single hit and couple walks while striking out 10. With some polish mechanically, he repeats and holds his stuff well, working up to 81 mph from the left side already and showing true hammer potential on the breaking ball with the depth and downer bite to miss bats.

Jack Brooks, RHP, Ostingers Baseball Academy 2025
Brooks may have struggled from a results standpoint as he went up against the talented Canes National lineup, but there’s some pieces to be intrigued about as he’s still 14u eligible. It’s a long yet sturdy frame with plenty of length to hold big strength long-term while the fastball already comes out clean in the 81-83 mph range while showing some shape to the breaker.

Aaron Hernandez, LHP, Clutch Elite
Hernandez showed out for what the upside may look like, but it was huge results already as he struck out 12 in over five innings of work, missing bats with the full mix. It’s a really long and projectable frame that should hold strength while the arm is very quick already, the fastball has great life in the upper-70s already, the slider has late and hard bite to it tunneled off the fastball and he’s got feel for a diving changeup; it’s a truly high upside starter’s profile.

Brody Kraft, OF, ZT Elite Florida 14u
Kraft hit out of the leadoff spot for his club and did so well as he combined good bat to ball skills with some speed down the line to rack up a variety of hits. The swing is a good one from the left side with simplicity and good direction while his ability to get up to speed quickly and maintain it down the line only enhances the top-of-order type profile he has.

Dylan Dubovik, OF/RHP, TBT Ballers AS4
Dubovik looks the part of a talented prospect and he’s got a number of tools, that paired with the physical projection, make the end-product intriguing. He’s athletic, swings the bat with a whole ton of bat speed and strength already, has some defensive versatility and will run it into the mid-80s on the mound with life to the arm and body.

Rouselle "Rookie" Shepard, SS, USA Prime National
Shepard is already lauded as one of the top players in the country at this age and his 4-for-4 performance in the championship was no surprise. It’s well-advanced bat speed paired with feel to hit and some impact strength already while he moves around the infield dirt with confidence and plays with a leader mentality you hope to see in a high-end prospect like him.

Kingston Kela, 3B/RHP, USA Prime National
Kela made three different appearances on the mound, including getting the championship game start, and was solid in each as he scattered three hits and some walks while striking out 10. It’s a clean delivery with lots of sinking life to the fastball to get to the bottom of the zone while the feel to spin a short slider that he manipulates well is something that projects a ton.

Lorenzo Laurel, OF, TBT Ballers AS4
Laurel looks the part in the box and should be a fun prospect to follow long-term. He’s physical yet athletic and they both translate well as he’s able to generate good bat speed and strength off the barrel without selling out and the consistency in which he’s able to adjust and still find the barrel gives him the makings of a high-end offensive prospect at this juncture.

Tanner Uderitz, SS, TBT Ballers
Uderitz reclassed down to the 2027 class and he undoubtedly stands out in it as he stands tall and confident in the box and produces great bat speed and impact strength already from a compact stroke. He turned in a big effort in the final game going 4-for-4 with three doubles to wrap up a .600 effort for the entire event.

Kyle Krause, RHP, Canes National 14u
Krause also racked up double digit strikeouts across multiple appearances and he’s got a good bit of projection to be intrigued about. He’ll work in the low-80s from a true over the top slot with excellent arm speed and the ability to get downhill well while showing some projectable feel to spin with shape and intent on the breaking ball.

RJ Cope, LHP, USA Prime National
Cope stands at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds already and his presence fits on the mound where he was successful in throwing a few relief innings at the back end of the championship. It’s a clean delivery, especially for the size, and he’s got feel for three pitches; the fastball ticked up in the 80-83 mph range in this look while the changeup is the go-to with tons of dive off the fastball.

Codey Gauff, C, USA Prime National
Gauff has shown to date that he shines in game action and we saw more of that down in West Palm as he hit .600 and caught a number of innings for the champions of the event. He’s got equal feel to hit from both sides of the plate showing a quick and compact stroke which allows him to be on the barrel often while controlling the game especially well from behind the dish.

-Tyler Russo

WWBA 13u World Championship Standouts

Event Scout Notes

Chase Fuller, SS/RHP, Padres Scout Team
Fuller has started out his Perfect Game career as one of the most talked about names in his class with his performances at big youth events, including the 12U Select Festival. Fuller has put his name toward the top of the list as far as top two-way standouts at this point with loud tools on both sides of the ball. At the plate he has shown big time juice with a total of 13 home runs in the 2021 season. It will be interesting to see how this power translates to the big fields as he makes the transition next summer playing 13U competition full time. On the mound, he already proved what it looks like when he brings his low-80s fastball to the bump, with four strikeouts in five innings with only one earned run. It really is the whole package that draws the interest when talking about Fuller, as his entire game shows polish for his age with more to come as he continues to mature.

Jared Grindlinger, OF, Team Elite
Coming in at No. 3 on the final top performer list, Grindlinger racked up eight hits, including three extra-base hits, on the weekend as he proved time and time again why his bat is at the top of the lineup with his ability to control the barrel and find his way on base. When comparing his game to that of his older brother and Long Beach State commit Trent, there isn’t a whole lot to draw on at this point. The potential for that kind of projection though is what makes Jared’s game that much more interesting. With his display of barrel control, the development of more power like his older brother will really round out a well-balanced hitter with multiple offensive tools.
Andrew Bennett, OF/RHP, USA Prime
Is it the power at the plate or the power in the arm that stands out more for Bennett? In this look it was definitely the talent in the right arm that stood out more, as he ended up striking out seven of the nine outs he recorded on the mound. He was able to maintain his fastball velocity throughout the appearance while mixing in the firm breaking ball in the low-70s. To put some context to the breaking ball, he is capable of throwing it 10 mph harder than the average fastball for his class while still getting significant horizontal break on the pitch. While it didn’t stand out as much in this look, Bennett’s bat has also shown flashes of some of that same power that shows up on the mound with an extra-base hit on over 33% of his hits.
Cullen Weller, UTL, USA Prime
Weller can truly play all over the field. With the big shift on the size of the field it can be tough to tell where the speed is at for most of these kids as they get used to 90-foot bases. This is not the case for Weller, who displayed his athleticism and twitch in multiple facets of his game. With the stick he was able to use the middle of the field to get on base, driving the ball back up the middle more often than not. With the glove he really stood out behind the dish, moving well side-to-side and showing off his abilities as a willing blocker as he smothered balls to keep them close. He is also able to step out and fill some spots on different parts of the field, giving his club some versatility as they look to navigate through long weekends. His ability to fill multiple roles and continue to develop his athleticism will be key for his game moving forward.
William McIntire, C, USA Prime
If you are looking for probably the strongest catch-and-throw arm in the class, look no further then McIntire. The Texas native can absolutely sling the ball behind the dish. With the bases making the drastic 20-foot jump back from 70 feet to 90 feet, the throw to second jumps back 30 feet further. After watching McIntire throw on the big boy diamond, you can only imagine how few people tried to take bases on his last year with the shorter bases. It is not just arm strength though for the young catcher, as he has solid mechanics behind the dish, receiving the ball with firm hands that are able to beat the ball to the spot despite catching some of the higher velocity in the event. This ability behind the plate will be a fun one to follow as he shows so much promise at a young age with so much room to continue to grow and develop as a player.

-Colt Olinger
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