Tournaments | Story | 11/23/2021

Org. Report: Team Georgia

Alexis Gonzalez     
Photo: Team Georgia 17u National (Perfect Game)
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
College Commitments: 521
Drafted Players: 44
MLB Debuted Players: 5
PG Top Finishes: 40

Owner: Chris McRaney
Website: tgbabaseball.com
Twitter: @teamgabaseball and @velobaseball
Instagram: teamgabaseball and velobaseballclub

2023 Top Ranked Players
1. Mikhai Grant, No. 119
2. Brett Denby, No. 139
3. Griffin Graves, No. 171
4. Cooper Milford, No. 175

Top Historical Perfect Game Moments
· 2019 WWBA 18U National Championship: 1st Place
· 2018 WWBA 17U National Championship: 1st Place
· 2017 16U Perfect Game World Series: 1st Place
· 2012 WWBA 16U National Championship: 1st Place
· 2006 WWBA 15U National Championship: 1st Place
· 5-0 in PG WWBA National Championship games

· One of only two organizations in the history of Perfect Game to win WWBA 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18U National Championships

· 38 Games without losing a game between summer/fall of 2018

· 2021 marked 9 straight years that a Team GA team in the 15U-17U age groups was ranked in the top-20 of the final PG rankings

· Numerous other regional championships and top-5 finishes, including 12 top-5 finishes in PG WWBA and PG World Series events since 2006. The top-5 finishes are ONLY for PG National Events

Scouting Highlight
Anytime you go to watch Team Georgia take the fields, there's a good chance you're watching at least a handful of next-level prospects at any given moment as Chris McRaney has done an excellent job over the years of assembling and developing talent, as the impressive resume below speaks to. Despite this moment happening more than 4 years ago now, it's one that I still remember vividly as top-ranked Jerrion Ealy came to the plate with the game on the line in the Round of 64 during the 2017 16U WWBA World Championship. Already established as a double plus runner with game changing tools, from that foot speed to his strength and overall bat speed, the opposition had no choice but to pitch to Ealy given the extra-inning tie break rules in which the bases are loaded with one out. Following a leadoff walk and the game tied, the now Ole Miss running back did what you expect big-time players to do and that was send his team off with a victory onto the next round, barreling a pitch back up the middle which registered 103 mph off of the barrel. While we could continue to mention highlights from over the years, this is one that immediately jumped as it was an elite level talent doing what you'd expect him to do when his team needed him the most. -Jheremy Brown

Program History

"The program started in 2005 out of Chastain Park in Atlanta as the Chastain Bulls. That team ended up being ranked No. 3 in the country and won 4 out of 5 games that season against the 14U East Cobb Astros, including a walk-off grand slam in the first game in program history off future 2009 1st round and No. 3 overall pick, Donovan Tate. The owner of DP 643, Danny Pralgo, was the head coach of that East Cobb Astros team (As a side note, I have a lot of respect for Coach Pralgo, as he has and his team at 643 have done it the right way). I only say that as we started a tradition of winning at a high level right out of the gates." -Chris McRaney

Team GA later evolved to multiple teams by 2008 with baseball, and then in 2012 TGSA - Team GA Softball Academy - was formed. Currently, Team GA has a total of 35 teams. This includes Team GA Baseball Academy, Team GA Softball Academy and VELO Baseball Club based out of Southaven, Miss., which was formed 2020.

The mission of Team GA is that through the teachings of the game of baseball, a commitment to discipline, honesty and integrity, TGBA is committed to enhancing the overall character development of our athletes in the most important game - “The Game of Life” - while also providing our players a positive environment and opportunity to develop into high-level athletes

Every year since 2005, program owner Chris McRaney has coached a team in the 15U-17U age groups. In PG WWBA events, his teams have given up double-digit runs only 3 times from 2005-2021, over 800 games played during that time. Our organization from Day 1 has been defined by pitching and defense as you will see below.

Logan Tanner (Mississippi State) and Cade Smith (Mississippi State) are the only players in Perfect Game history to win all three of these prestigious PG events: PG 16U World Series, PG 17U WWBA and PG 18U WWBA

All-Time Lineup

1. Jerrion Ealy, CF
2. CJ Abrams, SS
3. Logan Tanner, C
4. Shedric Long, XH
5. Kyle McCann, DH
6. Danny Edgeworth, 3B
7. Dale Carey, RF
8. Jack Thompson, (Holds record for most HR in 16U PG WWBA) 1B
9. CJ Smith, LF
10. Michael Trautwein, EH
11. Jack Dunn, 2B

SP: Casey Mize, RHP
Closer: Drew Steckenrider

Hitting Reserves
Gene Wood, Kamren James, Reagan Burford, Danny Bermudez, Reed Trimble, Tucker Maxwell, Cam Hill, Trey Logan, Tommy Butler, Brock Maxwell, Clint Hardy, Trevor Kieboom, Kevin Herlihy (Best defensive 1B in program history), Drew Steckenrider (Hit 18 home runs as a 16U player), Kyle Pelhank (MVP 15U PG WWBA 2006)

Pitching Reserves
Brad Keller, Drew Steckenrider, Reggie McClain, Matt Campbelll, Matthew Gorst, Dustin Beggs, Parker Caracci, Mitch Stallings, Jonathan Cannon, Brandon Smith, Brandon Gold, CJ Smith, Dakota Chalmers, Sean McGlaughlin, Nick Blount, Michael Polk, Bryce Melear, Jason Richman, Bryce Conley, Jake Eddington, Patrick Stone (MVP Pitcher 16U PG WWBA 2012), Davis Rokose (MV-Pitcher 16U PG World Series 2017), Lane Watkins (MV-Pitcher 17U WWBA 2018), Cade Smith (MV-Pitcher 18U PG WWBA 2019)

Perfect Game All-Americans
Jerrion Ealy, 2019
Logan Tanner, 2019
CJ Abrams, 2019

Best College Resumes
· Casey Mize: AUBURN / Two-time Consensus All American, All-SEC, Finalist Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Trophy, Collegiate USA team, no-hitter in 2018, 1st overall pick in MLB Draft to the Detroit Tigers (2018)
· Logan Tanner: MISS STATE / 2021 College World Series Champion, 15 home runs, Buster Posey Award semifinalist, Collegiate USA team
· Andrew Harrington: LOUISVILLE / 2016 1st-Team All-America, ACC Pitcher of Year and ALL-ACC 1st-Team, 80th overall pick in 2016 MLB Draft
· Matt Campbell CLEMSON / Career 2.73 ERA, 134 Ks in 101 innings, second in Clemson history in hits per 9 innings and strikeouts per 9 innings, 9th round pick to the LA Dodgers
· Parker Caracci: OLE MISS / 2018 All-American 2nd-Team, USA team, 2019 SEC Tournament record for saves, 21st round pick to the Toronto Blue Jays
· Michael Trautwein: NORTHWESTERN / 2019 Big Ten All-Freshman team, three-year starter, drafted 13th round to the Cincinnati Reds
· Danny Edgeworth: MERCER / 2017 All-Southern Conference 1st-Team, 23rd round pick to the Colorado Rockies
· Jack Dunn: NORTHWESTERN / 1st-Team All-Big Ten in 2019, Started over 200 games in 4-year career, 20th round pick of Washington Nationals in 2019
· Brady Ballstadt: PIEDMONT COLLEGE / USA South Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019, Started 166 games in three years, hitting .396 (2019) and .397 (2018)
· Kamren James: MISS STATE / 2021 College World Series Champion, 12 home runs/61 RBI
· Jerrion Ealy: OLE MISS / Football: Currently over 2,000 yards rushing in 3-year career, Preseason All-American, ran PG record 6.12 in 60-yard dash (2018), Drafted 31st round to the Arizona Diamondbacks (2019)
· Reggie McClain: MISSOURI / 2015 SEC Pitcher of Week 3 times, over 200 innings pitched in two years, only 9 walks in 101 innings pitched (2016), 13th round pick to the Seattle Mariners (2016)
· Dustin Beggs: KENTUCKY / Career 16-6 record with a 3.32 ERA, 32nd round pick to the Miami Marlins
· Reed Trimble: SOUTHERN MISS / 2021 2nd-Team All-American, hitting .345 with 17 home runs and leading D-I baseball in RBI with 72, drafted 65th overall in 2021 by the Baltimore Orioles
· Dale Carey: MIAMI / 2014 All-ACC 2nd-Team and All-Tournament team, 7th round pick to the Washington Nationals in 2014
· Kyle McCann: GEORGIA TECH / Hit 47 home runs in 3-year career, including 23 in 2019 season, All-ACC in 2019, Drafted in the 4th round by the Oakland A’s

Best Pro Resume

· Casey Mize: DETROIT / No. 1 overall pick in 2018 MLB Draft to the Detroit Tigers
· Drew Steckenrider: MIAMI, SEATTLE / In 4 years has a 10-9 record with career 3.08 ERA in 181 innings pitched as a reliever)
· Brad Keller: KANSAS CITY / 4-year career where he has won 29 games in roughly 500 innings pitched
· Shedric Long: SEATTLE / Has 380 at-bats in 3-year career
· Reggie McClain: SEATTLE, PHILADELPHIA / 2 years of service time and has appeared in 19 games
· CJ Abrams: SAN DIEGO ORGANIZATION / No. 6 overall pick in 2019 draft to the San Diego Padres
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