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Tournaments  | Story  | 9/28/2022

Underclass Uncommitted Gems: Part 3

John McAdams      Cameron McElwaney      Craig Cozart      Tyler Russo      Brian Sakowski     
Photo: Joseph Zorc (Perfect Game)
Underclass Uncommitted Gems: Part 1 | Part 2

Although the WWBA Underclass World Championship unfortunately had to be canceled due to weather conditions in Fort Myers, the Perfect Game scouts have put together a list of uncommitted prospects who were set to attend the event. The weather may prevent these prospects from performing this week, but their talent and work up to this point still deserve to be highlighted.

Part 3 of the Underclass Uncommitted Gems features prospects from the Northeast, Four Corners, Midwest, and Coastal Regions, as well as Texas.

Logan Harelson, LHP, Hempfield, Pa.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Artillery 2024 Scout Team

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound left-hander has immense physical projection with present stuff, as he checks off numerous boxes for recruiters. It’s a starter's assortment of pitches with feel for spin and the ability to turn over the changeup effectively. He has ticked up into the upper-80s as of late and should only continue to see steady velocity gains as he adds strength. The battle-tested lefty should only continue to open eyes, as the upside is pretty vast.

Nick Hernandez, OF/MIF, Asbury, N.J.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: High Follow
Diamond Jacks Super 17’s 2024s

Hernandez is a twitchy primary outfielder with enticing tools, in-game production and plenty of physical projection remaining. He covers plenty of ground in the grass, can navigate all three of the outfield positions, and has enough arm strength to thwart any extra bases. At the plate, it is a simple and repeatable swing with a high contact rate and feel for the barrel. He affects the game in multiple ways, seemingly is always in the right spot and has a high baseball IQ.

Ethan Hahn, RHP, Mullica Hill, N.J.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: High Follow
MA Show 17U National

Hahn has been a steady performer throughout 2022 on the mound, as the 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander has compiled a .70 ERA in almost 30 innings this year. He navigates all four quadrants of the strike zone effectively with his fastball, has feel for spin and the ability to manipulate the shape of it dependent on the count. He has incorporated a faded changeup more as of late, adding another option to complete his three-pitch arsenal. The velocity won’t blow you away, but the pitchability and projection can surely help a recruiting class looking to bolster its pitching staff.

Brady Belfus, 1B/3B, Deptford, N.J.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: High Follow
MA Show 17U National

Without mincing too many words, Belfus just simply hits and then hits some more. The physical right-handed corner infielder has been a consistent performer in PG tournaments throughout his career, but he has simply been an extra-base hitting machine in 2022. He finds the barrel often, has the clutch gene and has shown immense power potential along the way. The 2024 New Jersey native comes into the event hitting .329 (23-for-70) with 13 of them going for extra bases, including five homers. The operation is fairly simple with minimal waisted movements, good usage of his strong lower half and an innate feel for the barrel. It is easy juice from gap-to-gap and he has the ability to adjust well regardless of pitch type, speed or location. In the field, he is an able defender with some agility and range at both corner spots. The bat is certainly the carrying tool and a very loud one at that, as Belfus should be able to continue hitting at the next level pretty easily.

Joseph Zorc, INF, Sterling, Va.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 425
Canes American

Zorc is a twitchy primary infielder with the ability to play multiple positions within the dirt and even the athleticism to man an outfield spot should he be needed. At the plate, he has been a steady performer with a simple line drive stroke and some burgeoning power potential.

-John McAdams

Eddison Esquivel, OF/1B, Englewood, Colo.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Cherry Creek 17u

Esquivel has only played in one PG event thus far and put on a show in it, hitting .400 with three doubles in just 15 at-bats. He’s an athletic outfielder with still some room to add strength onto the frame. Just has a knack for finding the barrel at the plate with some gap-to-gap strength. 

Ryan Falke, 3B/RHP, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Class of 2025| PG Rank: NR
Cherry Creek 17u

Falke has performed well in his few PG events both on the mound and at the plate. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound two-way player has a physical frame with good juice from the right side at the plate. On the mound, he has already been clocked up to 82 mph with tons more in the tank.

Cole Jenkins, SS/2B, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Follow
MMW Colorado Braves Victus

Jenkins, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound middle infielder, has been a consistent performer in PG events. He has a short, compact swing with feel for the barrel and a knack for getting on base. Up the middle, he has quick feet and a solid arm with accuracy to the bag.

Luke Rose, RHP/2B, Parker, Colo.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: High Follow
Slammers Zavaras

Rose is a young, athletic player with upside on the mound. He has a loose, clean arm stroke and has gotten the fastball up to 84 mph with feel to spin a slider in the low-70s and a bigger shaped curveball in the upper-60s.

Matteo Momo, RHP/3B, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: High Follow
Slammers Zavaras

Momo is a right-hander that sits in the low-80s with the fastball. The fastball has gotten up to 84 mph within the past year. He has some room for growth in the frame, standing at 6-foot, 180 pounds. The arm actions is clean and loose with solid feel for a breaking ball.

-Cameron McElwaney

James Nesta, RHP, Huntersville, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 101
South Charlotte Panthers 2024

Nesta has been well known for over a year now and has taken his game to a different level in the last couple months. By lowering his arm angle, he has shown much better command and developed hard boring action to the arm side on his low-90s fastball. This adjustment has also allowed him to make drastic improvements to his off-speed pitches. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he is a gifted athlete and an elite football player as well. He is being recruited to play both sports at several Power 5 programs so it will be interesting to see where he ultimately lands.

Mitch Wilson, C, Pauline, S.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 200
East Cobb Astros 16u

If you were going to build your prototypical, durable catcher then he would physically look like Wilson at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. The skill set is complete as he is refined behind the plate with game changing glove work and the type of arm strength that can eliminate the running game. The bat has played virtually his whole career with plenty of power and collecting hits at every level of competition. He also plays an excellent first base when he takes a break from behind the plate. Wilson won’t be on this list for long.

Jaden Knight, OF, Winston Salem, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 234
Palm Beach Select 2024

A good mover and the type of athlete that seems to do things with ease on the field, Knight has put together an excellent 2022. He is sturdy and strong at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds with 6.70-foot speed and high-end arm strength that also serves him well on the mound where he is averaging more than a K per inning pitched. His primary position is outfield and can handle all three spots with proficiency. Quick hands and a short path to the ball allows him to stay on the barrel with the stick and impact the ball with authority. He is consistent and will land at a good program very soon.

Langston Rupert, OF, Charlotte, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 347
SBA Scout Team 2024

Rupert has an ease about the way he plays the game and seems to have a flare for making things happen on the diamond. He is a long, loose athlete with well above average foot speed that serves him well in the outfield and has a cannon for an arm reaching 92 mph on throws from the grass. The bat is a bit inconsistent at times, but he has natural loft and real power to the pull side. There is looseness to his hands, and he creates good whip at impact. The tools are there, and he should garner plenty of attention this fall.

Mason Middleton, RHP, King, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 39
Dirtbags National

Built like most power RHPs at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Middleton presents a tough look for opposing hitters with his low three-quarter arm angle. His arm is lively and has registered velocity up to 88 mph and he shows the natural ability to spin the ball and eliminate contact. Don’t sleep on his stick either, he can lean on the ball and creates easy loft to the pull side. There is little doubt his future lies on the mound and as he refines his body you will see the velocity continue to climb.
Joseph Zorc, IF, Sterling, Va.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 425
Canes American 17u

Premium middle infielders are always in demand and it’s rare to find a player with Zorc’s ability that is uncommitted in this class. He plays low with the glove and organizes his body well on slow roller and range plays. The arm is a plus tool up to 85 mph across the diamond and he is a solid runner in the 6.80 range in the 60-yard dash. Bat to ball skills are present as well as he gets really good turn from the lower-half, and he has that look of a middle-of-the-order stick long term.

Cameron Turner, 1B, Richlands, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 453
South Charlotte Panthers 2024

Turner has put up tremendous numbers with the stick so far this year and is producing power without compromising bat to ball performance. He has twice as many walks as he does strikeouts and is posting an OPS of 1.306 in PG competition in the calendar year. Very physical at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds he profiles as a corner power guy long term and moves well around the bag. He also displays a strong, accurate arm and lists his secondary position as RHP with a low-80s fastball that allows him to get outs at a high level. He is a sneaky good athlete with a power-oriented game.

Dawson Shelton, IF, Winston Salem, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 500
Dirtbags 17u All Blacks

Shelton can just about do it all on the ball field and is the type of player coaches love to put in the lineup because of his consistent play. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound infielder already has dense muscularity, good feet to go with clean glove work and plenty of arm as he has been up to 87 mph off the mound. His bat profiles long term as he has advanced bat to ball skills and the type of strength at contact that lets you know he will hit for power at the next level. He can also hop on the bump and get plenty of outs whenever called upon. Expect this athlete to make a lot of noise this fall.

Will Brooks, C, Marshville, N.C.
Class of 2024 / PG Rank: 500
Dirtbags National

The No. 1 ranked catcher in his class in North Carolina, Brooks is blessed with a sturdy frame and the complete skill set you look for in a premium backstop. He has excellent feel for the glove, puts the ball on the bag consistently with pop times under 2.0 seconds and performs with the stick. He shows quick hands and takes a compact direct path to contact which serves him well at this point of his career. However, as he continues to grow and mature, he has the look of a power hitting catch-and-throw guy. Catchers are always in demand and Brooks is one of the best uncommitted.

-Craig Cozart

Ridge Morgan, RHP, Austin, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 176
Dirtbags National

A 14u Select Festival player in 2020, Morgan’s one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and for good reason. It’s a good body and good delivery with loads of projection but the stuff is already pretty real, peaking in the low-90s this summer with a legit low-80s slider and a changeup to boot. He turned in a double-digit strikeout performance at the 16u WWBA and it’ll be exciting to see what he brings to the fall.

Andrew Ramos, RHP, Amarillo, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 297
FTB Phillies 2024

Ramos is a physical 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-hander with real arm talent and he jumped onto the scene at the National Underclass Main Event a year ago. He’s been up to 91, showing that he’ll work in the upper-80s in longer looks, and although there are some real strike concerns at times, it’s hard to not like the arm talent and the fact that he’s got a good upper-70s breaking ball too.

Kade Irons, LHP, Ponder, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
3n2 Sticks Baseball 17U Brewster

It was a mixed results summer for Irons but there’s no doubting the quality of the stuff and he should certainly draw some recruiting interest this fall if he hasn’t already. He’s an athletic left-hander and does it all pretty easy, working in the 85-87 range for the most part and showing that he can spin two distinct breaking balls, both of which have the spin profiles to project on.

Ray Rose III, 3B, Tomball, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Banditos Black

Rose is quite simply massive and has truly huge juice as a result. He’s 6-foot-4, 260 pounds with the overall simplicity in the right-handed swing to get to it consistently and while there were some swing-and-miss concerns at times on the circuit, he still hit a real strong .340 with three home runs through the summer and is a plenty serviceable defender at the hot corner at his size.

Ethan Mann, RHP, Tomball, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Banditos Black

Mann has pitched a lot this summer and he’s been a steady arm in the Banditos org combining both pitchability and solid stuff to make him a fun uncommitted name. He’s been up to 87 and holds his velocity well in the mid-80s, given the athleticism of the operation and profile as a whole, while the slider is the separator, spinning it with real conviction in the upper-70s and getting a healthy amount of swing-and-miss with just that.

Brandon Bell, OF, Belton, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
PNT Scout Team

It was certainly a good summer for Bell as he hit really well across many signature events on the circuit, which brought him to hitting .372 on the year in PG events. It’s a physical, yet athletic profile at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds and there’s all kinds of quickness in a compact stroke, showing the innate bat to ball that entices college recruiters and the overall quickness and strength to generate enough impact that brought him to 11 extra-base hits, including two home runs this summer.

Gerardo "Jerry" Medina, RHP, Laredo, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
STX Banditos Black

Medina may not look the part on the mound, but he was impressive early this fall, bringing an electric arm and rather intriguing stuff. He’s only 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, but he has tons of twitch and athleticism, the arm is fast and he was up to 90 with the fastball showing a whole ton of hard diving to life to it while being able to spin, and land, a good breaking ball well too.

John Langehennig, RHP, Midland, Texas
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Phenom 17U-Platinum

Langehennig is another that has thrown a good bit in our events this year and he’s been solid, striking out 44 in just 28 innings with nice stuff. He’s been up to 89 and will pitch right around the mid to upper-80s with the fastball, and there’s both athleticism and arm speed which bodes well for more velocity long-term. Add in a sharp breaking ball with healthy shape and bite and you have a couple projectable pitches with components to keep trending up.

Joshua Hunter, RHP, Magnolia, Texas
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Banditos Houston

It’s been a steady climb in stuff over the last year for Hunter and he’s starting to really mold into a prospect with real arm talent and intriguing upside. He was up to 88 early on this fall, showing the sinking life that he was successful with on the summer circuit, and he’s got real feel for a sharp breaking ball that he can miss bats with, which paired with the very real arm speed and overall physical projection remaining, you’ve got a talented young right-hander if he can really start to throw more strikes.

Ryan Benavides, SS, Friendswood, Texas
Class of 2026 | PG Rank: High Follow
Banditos Texas

Benavides is the youngest from Texas mentioned in this spotlight, but he certainly plays older than he is as a whole. He’s a good athlete with real feel on the dirt, showing the range and athleticism to play the middle while it’s also a good swing with lots of good components in terms of bat speed, overall handle and consistency of the barrel and the comfort in-game against the likes of arms much older than him in the looks we’ve had at him of late.

Edward Rothlander III, RHP, Conroe, Texas
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Banditos Houston

There’s a handful of things to like with Rothlander III in terms of all the boxes he checks as just a sophomore, and the ceiling is certainly there. He’s 6-foot-3, 180 pounds with clear projection in the body and we’ve seen him up to 87 now early in the fall using his length to extend well and let the velocity play up a bit. He’s also got a good bit of feel to spin, throwing it in the low-70s while all the signs point toward a healthy continued climb in velocity with it likely not being surprising if it happens in a pretty big way over the next year.

-Tyler Russo

Davis Campbell, 3B/SS, Liberty Township, Ohio
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Cincy Flames

Campbell is someone who has impressed us out of the Ohio Valley for over a year now, with consistently strong performances in PG events to go along with a well-rounded toolset. He’s an athletic mover with some twitch to his game, and has above-average bat speed from the right side of the plate with good power projection as well as the ability to stay on the left side of the infield long term. He has a career .317/.444/.466 slash line in PG events over the course of over 150 PA’s, and his .964 OPS in 2022 is a career best.

Bryan McAnally, OF, Newark, Ohio
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Cincy Flames

McAnally absolutely raked at the 16U WWBA National Championship this past summer, to the tune of a .538/.600/.846 line over the course of 6 games, and perhaps most notably did not strike out. He’s a solidly-built right-handed hitter with bat speed and power in the stick, and he can really drive the ball into the gaps at present with some projection remaining on his frame. He’s a good athlete with solid arm strength too, and fits the mold of a potential power-hitting corner outfielder long term.

Joe Glander, RHP, Noblesville, Ind.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 500
Indiana Bulls

Glander is a player we’ve only really gotten one look at, but it was a doozy of a look as he punched out 12 in 6 innings at the 15U WWBA back in July. He has a good frame with lots of room to fill, and presently works into the upper-80s with his fastball with the arm speed and frame necessary to project more on the way. As he continues to fill out his frame, his in-zone command will improve, and he has the makings of a no-doubt D-I type of player.

Parker Brzustewicz, 3B/RHP, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 403
Florida Burn 2024 Scout Team

Brzustewicz is a member of the National Champion Orchard Lake St. Mary high school program and has a winning pedigree, with consistent performance over the years and consistently-evolving tools. A right-handed hitter, Brzustewicz does not strike out and makes hard, liner contact to all fields on pitches all over the strike zone while playing a solid corner infield. He’s also a talented right-handed arm, filling up the strike zone with a full three-pitch mix, with his fastball sitting mid-80s and a sharp slider.

Aiden Reynolds, SS/3B, Noblesville, Ind.
Class of 2026 | PG Rank: 206
Indiana Bulls

When asking coaches around the region about Reynolds, they all point directly to his ability to hit as one of his key traits, and the numbers as well as our looks certainly back that up. Reynolds has hit .462 in PG events in 2022 across over 40 plate appearances, with advanced barrel skills that allow him to make hard contact to all fields. His frame projects to add power as well as continued gains in twitch/athleticism, making him a coveted prospect in the ’26 class in the Ohio Valley region.

Casey Joppie, C, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Follow
Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team

Joppie is a bit of an unknown when it comes to PG events, but word around the state of Michigan is that he’s someone worth taking a look at. He’s a left-handed stick with good bat speed and some power to his pull-side, and stands out defensively behind the dish with good footwork and a solid arm. We’re excited to continue to add to the scouting book on Joppie.

Caiden White, RHP, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 470
Exposure Underclass Prime Church

White is rostered with eXposure and will head to Underclass with full health, ready to throw for coaches after recovering from an injury during the summer. He’s an athletically-built right-hander with a very fast arm and room to fill on his frame, capable of reaching upwards of 90 mph with his fastball at times and pairing with it a solid breaker. With full health and a big platform from which to work, he’s poised to blow up with continued recruiting interest.

Justin Wood, RHP, Winnetka, Ill.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Cangelosi Sparks North 2024

Wood has a long, lean build and is already very adept at throwing strikes, really standing out with his performance at the Kernels Foundation Championship a few weeks ago in Iowa. He fills up the zone with a full mix, with his fastball in the mid-80’s at times and good complementary off-speed stuff. With as much room to fill as his lanky frame has, it’s easy to envision Wood continuing to gain velocity as he moves forward, and the strike-throwing ability will do nothing but help him as he continues climbing the ladder.

Nolan Decker, LHP, Noblesville, Ind.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Florida Burn 2024 Scout Team

Decker has great feel on the mound, as well as solid overall athleticism and projection on his frame. He sits in the low-80s from the left side but really moves it around well, and his arm works well with looseness and ease of operation. He assaults the strike zone and simply does not walk batters, and is very adept at generating weak early contact by way of pitching backwards and advanced fastball command. He’s poised to take a velocity jump in the near future, and the traits laid out already will do nothing but help him long term.

-Brian Sakowski