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PG Select Baseball Festival  | General  | 9/1/2022

14u PG Select Festival Roster Preview: East

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Deion Cole (Perfect Game)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The 2022 14u Perfect Game Select Festival will be played on Sunday, September 4 at 5 pm ET at JetBlue Park, the Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox. The game will be broadcasted live on CBS Sports, and will feature 48 of the top 14-year-old baseball players from across the United States, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Below is a roster preview of the East squad, with the West preview set to be published Friday, September 2.

Wilson Andersen, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, Tampa, Fla.

National powerhouse Tampa Jesuit is no stranger to having high-end talent and given what Andersen is already showing on the diamond, he appears to be the next big name in a program with a rich tradition. Nowhere close to hitting his physical ceiling, Andersen already possesses one of the biggest fastballs in the class as he’s clocked as high as 91 mph and put an exclamation point on a big summer with a dominant outing at the 14u National Showcase. Andersen checks all the boxes for a young pitching prospect, from the whip-like arm action to the standout arm speed and the overall ease of which he does it, scary thoughts given how much is still left in the tank. Though a dominant arm on the bump, Andersen’s athleticism allows him to stand out in the dirt as well as with the bat, hitting .345 on the summer.

Quincy Bright, LHP, Class of 2026
L-L, Hamden, Conn. | College Commitment: Mississippi State

Arms out of the Northeast don't typically pop this early in the process, but then again, Bright isn't your typical 14u arm, regardless of location. Just the second-ever Select Festival player chosen from the state of Connecticut, Bright has long drawn onlooking eyes though being left-handed and bumping upwards of 90 mph will certainly do that. The future Mississippi State Bulldog possesses the type of arm speed you simply don't see at this age, whipping through the backside and though he'll continue to learn how to harness his high-octane stuff, it's too hard to ignore the near limitless upside. Though the velocity is the calling card, Bright also shows feel for spinning a curveball, generating solid spin on the pitch with solid depth through the zone.

Kevin Bruno, SS, Free Agent
R-R, Santo Domingo, D.R.

Bruno arrived at last year's 13u National Showcase and demanded everybody's attention with this defensive play, a common them for the young Dominican shortstop as he did just that again this summer, only at the 14u National. Not overly physical just yet, though he has added noticeable strength since last summer, Bruno and his actions up the middle are just different from his peers as he plays with all sorts of fluidity and range, making the difficult play look routine on a regular basis. Though it's the defense that stands out as his calling card – he's the reigning Defensive Player of the Year from last year's 13u Select Festival – Bruno has shown big jumps in his tools across the board as he brought his 60-yard down all the way to a 6.86 and hit .328 on the summer while earning a few All-Tournament Teams along the way.

Mills Carrillo, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Nearly every time he took to the mound last year and into this circuit, the young right-hander out of Florida seemed to take his fastball to the next level, showing a low-80s fastball that steadily crept into the mid-80s and sure enough into the upper-80s, bumping 90 mph this summer season. The progression on the mound has been steady for Carrillo and his outing at the 14u National Showcase was the exclamation point of the year as he was dominant from the first pitch he threw to his last, maintaining a very consistent 87-89 mph on the fastball. That type of velocity for sure stands out, but when you factor in the amount of running life to the arm side he creates along with a very real feel for both a cutter and slider, it's pretty easy see why he's so highly regarded on the bump.

Deion Cole, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/185, Acworth, Ga.

Cole is no stranger to the limelight as he currently checks in as the No. 2 prospect in the country, but he now calls center field home as opposed to shortstop where he spent most of last summer. A now strongly-built 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, the right-handed hitting Cole still produces top of the class-type bat speed whenever he whips the barrel through the zone and when he put the barrel on it out front, the ball is going to jump with some serious authority. The bat speed certainly put Cole on the map last summer and his athleticism has allowed for a rather seamless transition to the outfield where he's able to cover ground to either gap and continues to improve his arm as he was up to 87 mph at the 14u National Showcase.

Justice de Jong, 3B/RHP, Class of 2025
R-R, 6-3/205, New York, N.Y. | College Commitment: Duke

Time will tell where de Jong ultimately ends up on the diamond, whether it's as a power hitting third baseman or a power arm on the bump. Wherever he calls home at the next level, you can be assured the now three-time Select Festival member will make an impact in any given game. A strong 6-foot-3, 2005 pounds, de Jong is listed as a primary third baseman where he plays the position with athleticism and plenty of arm strength, but it's with the bat where he truly makes his presence known. de Jong uses both his length and strength to generate some of the best bat speed you'll find at the 14u level and with that, some very real strength at the point of contact. On the bump the future Blue Devil utilizes a clean operation and low effort release to produce an upper-80s heater while also spinning a tight 11-5 shaped breaker.

John Dolan, C, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/185, Huffman, Texas

If you're looking for a catcher who can make an impact on the defensive side of the ball, look no further as Dolan proved to be just that throughout the summer circuit. The starting catcher for the 14u WWBA Champions Wow Factor, Dolan received his fair share of high-end arms and more than held his own in terms of receiving and presenting the ball, keeping dirt balls in front and showing some of the better catch-and-throw skills in the class. Dolan may stand out for his defense in live action, but he also swung the bat well throughout the summer and put some of his best swings on display during the 14u National, showing no issues squaring up upper-80s heat. Another element of Dolan's game is what he brings to the mound where he's a bulldog of a competitor, living in the mid-80s while pumping the zone with 89 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched.

Dylan Dubovik, OF/RHP, Class of 2025
R-R, 6-3/180, Coral Spring, Fla. | College Commitment: Miami

Similar to his teammate Justice de Jong, depending on the day you see Dubovik you might lean either pitcher or hitter long term as it's very real two-way potential throughout his prep career. Dubovik announced his commitment to nearby Miami towards the end of the summer circuit and the Canes are getting an impact-type player on both sides of the ball. During the 14u World Series the 6-foot-3 Dubovik put some of the more impressive swings of the tournament on display, using his length to leverage baseballs with real strength just as he showed at the National with some no-doubters in BP. On the flip side, when he's locked in on the mound opposing hitters are in for a rude awakening as the future Cane will pound the zone with an upper-80s fastball which he compliments with a late biting, two-plane slider in the low-70s as an out pitch.

Codey Gauff, C, Class of 2026
S-R, 5-7/160, Boynton Beach, Fla.

The switch-hitting Gauff is another player we saw at last year's 13u Select Festival and it's easy to see the work he put in from then to now as he came out stronger and more refined in his overall game. On the summer he hit .358 and performed at a variety of high-level events, showing a similar mechanical operation from both sides of the plate with loose hands and solid bat-to-ball skills, allowing for the ball to be put in play more often than not. Along with those physical strength gains came more juice off of the barrel for Gauff and that's one area of his game where he's still just scratching the surface. He showed well throughout the summer behind the plate, calling his own games which highlights his IQ back there while receiving some of the top arms in the class with relative ease and comfort.

Brady Harris, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/155, St. Augustine, Fla. | College Commitment: Florida

It's a scary thought for opposing pitchers that Harris is only going to continue to up his game in the coming years as he starts to fill out physically just how consistent of a performer he's proven to be. No stranger to Perfect Game events with 200 plate appearances throughout 2022, Harris still hit .374 with 13 doubles and it's only a matter of time before some of those two base knocks start clearing the outfield fence. The future Gator’s swing is a simple, yet explosive, one as he limits the moving parts but still shows off some seriously fast hands with which he whips the barrel through the zone. The peripheral tools are just as intriguing as he's already running a sub-7.00 and shows clean outfield actions which project to stay in center field where he also shows plenty of arm strength already as well.

Brayden Harris, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/180, Orange Park, Fla. College Commitment: Florida State

Harris got the start for the East club in last year's 13u Select Festival and hasn't let his foot off of the pedal, delivering big performance after big performance this summer circuit while proving to be as consistent as they come. Not one to back down and always in attack mode, Harris logged 65.1 innings on the year, a span in which he struck out 111 batters and walked just 23 while allowing just 10 earned runs. It's easy to point to the upper-80s fastball with heavy life as a key factor in the eye-popping strikeout number, but the future Seminole also possesses arguably the best curveball in the class. A true hammer thrown in the mid-70s with 12-6 shape and plenty of bite, Harris also implemented a slider that bumped 80 mph and bite hard through the zone to give him yet another weapon.

Will Holden, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-2/185, Advance, N.C.

One of the top players out of the state of North Carolina in the 2026 class, Holden had quite the 14u WWBA as he blasted two homers and picked up a knock in each of his team's 6 games to finish the tournament hitting an impressive .500. While his setup at the plate is unique given the height of his hands at the start of his swing, Holden does a nice job of keeping the barrel in the zone for a while, showing very real bat speed and leverage out front, impacting the ball to all parts of the field with authority. He'll undoubtably tap into more juice moving forward but between what he already shows offensively, his actions in the outfield, and strength in his arm, Holden is a name to know moving forward.

Keon Johnson, SS/3B, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-2/178, Macon, Ga.

There’s a very good chance that if you walk up and see any given Keon Johnson at-bat, regardless of who he is facing, you’ll watch him find a hard barrel. While his mechanics in the box are unique, so too are his bat-to-ball skills which are on a near permanent display as he truly utilizes an all-fields approach, showing a power tool which is coming on in rapid fashion. Johnson walked nearly twice the amount he struck out while hitting an impressive .407 over 178 plate appearances and took home MVP honors from the 14u WWBA after slashing .469/.564/1.283 with 15 hits, 5 of the extra-base variety. From the hand-eye coordination to the barrel whip and just how well his hands work in the swing, Johnson possesses some of the top offensive tools in the class which only enhances the defensive value he brings to the left side of the infield.

Lorenzo Laurel, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/175, Coral Springs, Fla.

Take a look at Laurel's profile and there's a big number (95 mph) that jumps off the page immediately as he set the 14u National Showcase outfield velocity and never slowed up while down in West Palm. Strongly built at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Laurel has a variety of tools with which he can capture and maintain your attention, most notably when he has a bat in his hands. The right-handed hitting Floridian garnered All-Tournament honors in back-to-back major events (14u World Series and BCS) where he put an intriguing bat speed/power combo on display, already showing signs of over the fence-type pop. Jump back to the National and Laurel never stopped swinging the stick, showing some of the best power in attendance with huge juice to the pull side and big extension through the ball, showing well both in BP and throughout his live at-bats.

Jacob Lombard, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/170, Pinecrest, Fla.

All-American Games are a family affair this year in the Lombard household as Jacob's older brother George was recently named to this year's PG All-American Classic. While not on the national scene as much as others in the Festival, Lombard took advantage of his opportunities with two All-Tournament performances in his three appearances, including one in the 14u WWBA which he rode the momentum of (two triples and a home run) into the 14u National Showcase. Already standing at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Lombard’s athleticism is evident from the 6.86 he ran in the 60-yard to the loose, coordinated actions in the infield with range to either side and an easy arm across the diamond. His right-handed swing is as compact as is it fast through the zone, already showing comfort in lifting and driving the ball to all parts of the field with some real jump coming off of the barrel.

Julian Pitts, RHP, Class of 2025
R-R, 6-0/170, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Pitts utilized every opportunity he had on the mound to make a name for himself this summer and he did just that, showcasing one of the best arms at the 14u level while creating a buzz behind the backstop whenever he toed the rubber. Already long and athletically built, Pitts burst onto the national scene during the UBC East where he announced himself, running his fastball up to 91 mph after showing mid-80s just a month or so prior. There’s plenty to like about what he brings to the mound aside from just the velocity as his arm acts like a whip coming through the backside, showing some serious arm speed out to an extended, lower slot which in turns creates some violent running life to his arm side on the heater. The changeup is rapidly developing into a go-to secondary pitch as well, showing comfort in mixing the mid-70s offering.

Matt Ponatoski, SS, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-0/165, Hamilton, Ohio | College Commitment: Missouri

Ponatoski is no stranger to Perfect Game events and given the length of his resume prior to the start of the summer, the strength gains and overall jump he made in his game were pretty evident in the first look or two in 2022. That strength and physical growth certainly aided in his left-handed stroke this summer as he hit .372 on the year, but the jump in overall bat speed, coupled with his already solid hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skill, resulted in loud barrels in any given look. Willing to take his walks as evidenced by his collection of 30 while rarely expanding the zone (only 10 strikeouts in 145 plate appearances), Ponatoski offers a short, crisp stroke with plenty of quickness in his hands and a surprising bit of juice as well. He also moves around well in the dirt, showing off his athleticism and plenty of arm strength across the diamond.

Christian Sheffield, 3B, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/160, Tampa, Fla.

Already having experience in the Select Festival after a strong showing in last year’s 13u game, Christian follows in older brother Noah’s footsteps in making it back-to-back years with a Sheffield in the 14u iteration of the Festival. Having grown 2 inches and added 20 pounds in the last year, Sheffield looks to build off of a performance in which he nearly went deep last year in Oklahoma (double off the wall), though given the gains, expect the ball to be jumping off of his bat. The overall looseness and bat speed in his right-handed swing stand out as he does a nice job of getting the barrel out front while living to the middle of the field, though he’s not afraid to turn one around either. He moves well in the dirt as well, showing lateral range and clean glove skills to either side with a well-timed, accurate release across.

Jayden Stroman, SS, Class of 2025
S-R, 6-0/190, Medford, N.Y. | College Commitment: Duke

Of all the returnees from last year’s 13u Select Festival, no single player has transformed both his overall physicality and skill set quite like Stroman, a now three-time Festival participant. Despite shooting up in height and adding noticeable strength Stroman maintains his fast-twitch athleticism, clocking as low as a 6.69 in the 60-yard while showing fluid footwork in the infield which allow for proper angles the ball, soft and snatchy hands, and plenty of arm (88 mph) across. If those tools aren’t enough to capture your attention the newly minted Blue Devil commit is also a legitimate switch-hitter with real impact strength and barrel whip from either side of the plate. While there’s real juice from the right side, Stroman is capable of putting on a show left-handed with lightning-fast hands and a lofted path, back spinning balls with authority to the pull side.

Ty Tillery, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-2/165, Madison, Ga. | College Commitment: Georgia

Standing at a long-limbed and higher-waisted 6-foot-2, the physical projection for Tillery is near endless, especially when factoring in his athleticism, though you don't have to look too far down the road to already come away impressed with the future UGA Bulldog. Once on the rubber the aforementioned athleticism comes out for Tillery as he does a nice job repeating his delivery which in turn leads to a plethora of strikes, commanding the zone with intent to either side of the plate. The fastball routinely worked in the mid-80s throughout the summer, bumping upwards of 87 mph, with plenty of quickness to his arm while spinning a tight slider with late sharpness through the zone in the low-70s. On the year Tillery has punched out 47 to just 12 walks in 32 1/3 innings, again highlighting his pitchability and athleticism on the rubber.

Ethan Wheeler, RHP, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-4/185, Middleburg, Fla. | College Commitment: Florida

Between the long-term projection and present pitchability, it’s easy to see why the Gators already locked up the 6-foot-4 Wheeler, not to mention he’s already proven himself in several big outings over the last two seasons. Whenever he’s on the mound it’s full attack mode for the young right-hander, working with an up-tempo pace and going right after hitters with a fastball that routinely sits in the mid-80s and has been up to 87 mph already, though that’s just a starting point for what he brings to the table. A knowledgeable arm who formulates out to set up and sequence his pitches in any given at-bat, Wheeler shows both a curveball and slider, the latter of which he really rips through the zone in the upper-70s with hard, late bite tilt and serves as a true out pitch while the curveball shows some downer action to the bottom of the zone.

Jaxson Wood, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-9/140, Hoover, Ala. | College Commitment: Tennessee

Wood was a proven spark plug atop the order throughout the summer circuit season, bringing advanced bat-to-ball skills and fast-twitch athleticism with him while making an impact on both sides of the ball. While he’s not overly physical at 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, the future Tennessee Vol makes his presence felt all over the field, turning around topflight pitching while utilizing plenty quick hands and an all-fields approach to get on base and put his 6.7 speed to work. On the summer Wood hit .433 over 122 plate appearances, a span in which he struck out only 7 times and finished with a .541 on-base percentage and 31 stolen bases, again highlighting his overall athleticism. He shines in the dirt, playing with a bounce to his step and remaining fluid in everything he does with controlled actions, only adding to the long-term upside.