College | Recruiting | 12/6/2021

2023 Uncommitted Gems: Georgia

Jason Phillips     
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Jeffrey Heuer (2023, Greensboro, Ga.) is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-handed pitcher who is just tapping into his potential on the bump. The big righty has gained 6 mph on his fastball velocity in a year’s time as he matures into his frame with a high of 94 mph over the summer. Heuer uses a high front side, getting down the slope to drive the fastball toward the plate from a high slot. He recorded 12 strikeouts over five innings pitched in the WWBA World Championship and WWBA Underclass World Championship. He was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Underclass and came back less than a week later and dominated at the World Championship. Heuer is moving up the national rankings as a top-tier right-handed pitcher that won’t be uncommitted for long. 

Colin Houck (2023, Lilburn, Ga.) is a talented two-sport athlete who has talent as a shortstop and at quarterback on the gridiron. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Houck has power at the plate and sure hands in the field on the baseball field, with a strong arm as the starting quarterback for Parkview High School. Selected to the All-Tournament Team at the last two PG events for the Georgia Bombers 17U Marucci, Houck has been behind center during the fall for the Panthers. One of many two-sport stars from the state of Georgia with upside in both sports and uncommitted status for the time being, which also includes Dylan Lonergan (2023, RHP, QB, Duluth, Ga.) and Justice Haynes (2023, OF, RB, Buford, Ga.). 

Mikhai Grant (2023, Stockbridge, Ga.), a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed pitcher, has been hitting his stride on the mound and opening college recruiter’s eyes since the summer circuit began. Fastball velocity is trending upwards to go along with his overall mound presence. He finished off the summer with two scoreless innings at the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter with a couple strikeouts and one hit allowed against the San Diego Padres Scout Team. The uncommitted junior looks to carry the momentum from the summer into the 2022 season as a pitcher and outfielder for Dutchtown High School. 

Drew Burress (2023, Perry, Ga.), a 5-foot-9, 175-pound baseball player, can play anywhere on the diamond with sure hands in the infield and the speed for the outfield as a 6.64 runner. Burress can move around the diamond to help get his bat in the lineup as the strong-framed junior is a threat any time he steps in the box. He uses the whole field with barrel awareness at the plate and pull-side pop when a mistake is made to him. Solid baseball player anywhere on the field that can swing it in the box. 

Isaiah Drake (2023, Atlanta, Ga.), a 5-foot-10, 185-pound right-handed outfielder, has plus tools as a 6.55 runner and arm strength up to 86 mph on throws. He has the ability to play all three spots in the outfield with his primary spot being in center field. A left-handed hitter in the box, Drake uses his strong lower half to generate bat speed and impact through the zone at the plate. Drake has shown the ability to impact a game on both sides of the ball with athletic actions and barrel awareness.   

Bo Rhudy (2023, Chickamauga, Ga.), a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, made the All-Tournament Team at the WWBA 2023 Grads or 16U National Championship with 15 strikeouts over two appearances and 10 innings pitched. His 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio displayed his ability to command the zone with a fastball up to 92 mph and sitting in the mid- to upper-80s. His control of his secondary breaking ball around 70 mph showed his ability to attack the strike zone and execute pitches. 

Sherman Johnson II (2023, Loganville, Ga.), a 6-foot-1, 175-pound shortstop, has been selected to the All-Tournament Team in the last four PG events he has participated in. His streak of four consecutive started at the 2021 WWBA 2023 Grads or 16U National Championship with a .474 average and eight runs batted in. Johnson II can swing the bat with barrel awareness in the box and the ability to use the whole field. He uses his leverage out front to impact the baseball to the pull side without wavering from his middle-of-the-field approach. 

Luke Orfi (2023, Cumming, Ga.), a 6-foot, 182-pound shortstop, can really run with a 6.45 60-time and arm strength up to 88 mph across the diamond. Orfi loves to play the game and competed every weekend over the summer for the ECB Texas Orange 18U. He is a solid defender up the middle with range and soft hands and ability to make all the throws from the left side. Projectable frame with room to fill and good baseball instincts from the uncommitted junior. 

Kaleb Cost (2023, Fayetteville, Ga.), a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the WWBA 2023 Grads or 16U National Championship with a .400 average over 23 plate appearances. The power is coming together in the box with a home run and a triple, as Cost is driving the ball through the middle of the field. A 6.95 runner with the ability to play shortstop and do damage in the box as he also made the All-Tournament Team at the WWBA 2022 Grads or 17U National Championship the week before with another home run and a .450 average. 

Under the Radar Gems to follow: 

Hayden Blair (2023, Senoia, Ga.) is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound left-handed hitting catcher with power to all fields in the box. A patient hitter who rarely leaves the zone with barrel awareness is a hot commodity in the catching world. Blair is a hard worker who could really pop up the rankings during the 2022 season. 

Zach Wieder (2023, Powder Springs, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 155-pound switch-hitting shortstop with good actions on both sides of the ball. An All-Tournament Team selection at the 2021 Upperclass/ 2022’s PG Southeast Fall Showdown for Nelson Baseball School 17U, Wieder displayed solid athletic actions on defense and finished with an even .500 average. A late bloomer with physical projection remaining, Wieder is another young gem to follow moving forward at Hillgrove High School. 
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