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High School  | General  | 11/20/2023

Regional Superlatives: Texas & Deep South

Troy Sutherland      Jason Phillips      Isaiah Burrows     
Most Likely to Make a Huge Jump in 2024 

Braylen Montgomery (‘26 LA) 

Although Montgomery is newer to me than most that I feel confident to tag with a “superlative,” I cannot express enough how high the ceiling is with this 6-foot plus centerfielder. He runs well and plays fast in game both defensively and on the bases. At the plate, he is already showing signs of real juice and certainly will grow into more as he adds muscle to the lean frame. He has all the physical attributes to be a future blue-chip type of prospect if everything goes as planned.  -Troy Sutherland

Logan Buckley (‘26 MS) 

The big durable frame of this southpaw moves down the hill much better than most with this type of stature at the age. The stuff on the mound is already exceptionally good and going to get much better as he adds velocity and refines the command of his off-speed pitches. Currently ranked at #159 nationally but has a chance to be much higher if he maintains his trajectory.  -TS



Jake Evans, 2025 RHP, Oak Ridge HS

Evans is currently a Top-400 ranked talent but has a lot more in store and I believe he takes another huge jump. The recent Aggies commit is a whippy low slot righty with a potent mix. The fastball has heavy sinking action that topped 89 mph this year and lived there. The slider is a wipeout offering with easy sweep and tunnel upwards of 2500 spin. He has ample projection left and he makes for a difficult at-bat. Keep an eye on his climb. -Isaiah Burrows

Jackson Marshall, 2026 OF, Lake Creek HS

Marshall is currently a High Follow but he’s a name with an upwards arrow for next year. He swung it well all summer and has some real good bat-to-ball skills with loose wrists that adjust well. He was on the barrel consistently in looks and is a well-rounded athlete with clean routes out in center field or handling all three. He’s a spark plug atop an order and is well on the rise. -IB


Most Likely to Hit .500 in 2024 PG events 

Gray Eubanks (‘25 TN) 

The most recent Southern Mississippi commit is my favorite pure hitter in the region and obviously a very tough out every time he digs in. The swing is short and quick to impact with high level bat to ball skills. Eubanks has used every blade of grass at his disposal to hurt the opposition and I expect him to continue that in 2024. He batted .453 in 2023 PG events so it may not be too far of reach to say .500 is in the cards.  -TS

Ryan Mitchell (‘25 TN) 

This may be a bold proclamation after seeing the final totals in 2023 but this is the year for the Georgia Tech commit to show it all off and I expect the numbers to be silly. The left-handed stroke stays in the zone forever with advanced barrel accuracy. Mitchell is tabbed as a top 20 player nationally and Tennessee’s best heading into 2024. He’s primed for a big offensive year in what will be a very important one should he get selected high enough to forego school.  -TS

Ty Powell, 2025 OF/3B, Fulshear HS

Powell established himself all summer long playing up a year in grade and is simply impressive. He hit .423 in 2023 and sprayed it to all fields seemingly at every look. It’s real hitterish in the box with loose hand speed and rhythm. The Texas State commit has a knack for the opposite field but can turn and burn at any moment too. There’s a good bit of power projection in the frame, as well. I’m confident Powell can not only repeat, but find even more ways to impress with the stick in 2024. -IB

Kayson Cunningham, 2025 SS/2B, Johnson HS

I will go with more chalk here as Cunningham is arguably the best bat in the 2025 class. He put it on display once again, hitting .444 on the year. The Texas Tech commit has all the makings of a high end polished prep hit tool with innate timing and bat-to-bat skills. He whips the barrel hard to all fields and is poised to do damage every time in the box, and that should continue heading into next year. -IB

Most Likely to Make Big Velo Jump (Mid-90s) 

Grayson Burleson (‘25 TN) 

The big 6-foot-5 right-hander is almost certain to get into the mid-90's at some point in his prep career and has a better than not chance of reaching the goal in 2024. The arm is live with loads of strength in the big durable frame. Expect him to get there but still an incredibly talented and projectable arm that has lots of success in the low-90s. -TS 

Landon Harmon (‘25 MS) 

The Mississippi State committed right-hander has been a fun one to watch develop over the last couple of years and is on the verge of unlocking much more. The loose athletic delivery creates big jump and carry out of the hand. Has touched 93 in the past but could make the next stride into the “sits 93-95" type guy if he stays on pace. Already has a plus slider in his back pocket and that certainly will play even further up off increased fastball velocity.  -TS


Talon Haley (2025) Lewisburg High School (Miss.)

The Vanderbilt commit consistently sits in the low-90s on his fastball and couple that with his high-70s curveball and you have a left-handed pitcher with power stuff. Haley works from a high ¾ arm slot and works straight down the hill creating steep angle to hitters. His velocity has made consistent jumps over the past year and with his repeatable delivery there is more in the tank as he matures. -Jason Phillips

Connor Udland, 2025 RHP, Katy HS

Going to bet on Udland’s upside here as the Houston commit topped 91 mph in PG events this year, but plays pitch and catch in the high-80s with the way it jumps out of the hand. It’s easy arm speed and physicality on the mound, credit to a well defined 6-foot-4 frame. He has a heavy fastball with more in the tank. Udland was a big time riser this 2023, and he’s a good bet to be a mid-90s type in 2024. -IB

Mason Murphy, 2025 RHP, Ridge Point HS

Murphy is an ultra physical right-hander with some of the best fastball quality you can find in the class. It lives 87-89 mph and can get up to low-90s with tons of heavy bore and sink upwards of 2700 spin. The Oklahoma commit has an explosive fastball and all the traits to take another jump up as he hones in on his ability. There’s some true physical arm talent left to tap into. -IB

Trevyn Turner, 2026 RHP, Summer Creek HS

It may be a year early, but taking a chance with the fastball that Turner possesses. It’s one of the best fastballs in the state for his class and it just explodes out of the hand. He touched 90 mph to begin the 2023 slate, but there’s a good bit more left in store. It’s loose and a full whippy slot with vicious arm speed from a lean 6-foot-2 frame. It may be a stretch for 2024, but if there’s a 2026 arm that can do it it’s Turner. -IB


Most Likely to Backup a Breakout in 2024 

Ari Bethea (‘25 TN) 

From a year and a half ago to now Bethea growth as a player has been spectacular. He has established himself as one of the premier arms in the area and shows no signs of slowing down. The fastball is well into the upper 80’s touching 90’s occasionally and has a chance for much more. The breaking ball is solid and can miss bats but is also probably where I anticipate seeing the most improvement out of Bethea in 2024. -TS  

Chandler Day (‘25 TN) 

Not a true breakout for Day but he definitely put himself squarely on the map in 2023. The delivery is athletic with command of the upper 80’s fastball and a premium 12-6 breaking ball that he can execute at will. He is still spinning the football well into mid-November now as he leads his high school team towards some hardware, yet the anticipation is mounting to see him on the hill come springtime. -TS 

Lucas Franco, 2025 SS/3B, Cinco Ranch HS

Franco made his presence felt with one of the loudest springs to start 2023 and it followed into the summer. Now, he’s one of the top national talents in the 2025 class. With the amount of upside left in the stick, the TCU commit can easily put together a better 2024 following his breakout. It’s one of the most enticing bats in the class with big hit/power projection across the board. Franco rose to a Top 40 talent in the country this year and can be well on the way for more. -IB

Jason Flores, 2024 RHP, Naaman Forest HS

Flores broke out in a huge way this year and will be garnering plenty of draft buzz. He ran it up to 96 with heavy sink and a power top/bottom breaking ball. The changeup took some big strides in looks this summer, and Flores has the starter traits that rose him to No. 57 in the country. The Texas commit can put together a big spring a cement a huge breakout summer. -IB


Most Likely to Lead the Region in Home Runs 

Konnor Griffin (‘24 MS) 

Two easy picks out of the Deep South in terms of pure power. Griffin, as everyone knows at this point has special 5-tool ability including his immense power offensively. He is going to square a lot of balls up in the spring and quite a few of which will not be returning to the premises. Word to the wise, do not park your car in the outfield of Jackson Prep or any field where Konnor Griffin may be playing. Big year ahead for the potential the number 1 overall selection in next year’s draft. -TS

Samuel Richardson (‘24 MS) 

The Texas Longhorns commit will be punishing baseballs all across the North half of Mississippi in the upcoming 2024 high school campaign. A year in which Richardson will be closely monitored by professional scouts as a potential top half of the first-round selection. The bat speed may be the best I’ve ever seen in my early scouting career and most definitely translates to extremely hard contact. Left the yard a half dozen times in 2023 but go ahead and lock me in for a dozen plus in 2024. -TS

Caleb Barnett (2025) Mountain Brook High School (Ala.)

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound third baseman has posted some of the highest exit velocities during tournament action in 2023. The Alabama commit uses his tall frame to leverage balls through the middle of the field with an advanced approach in the box. Barnett has the barrel control and strength to lead the state of Alabama in home runs as a junior. -JP


Jacob Parker (2025) Purvis High School (Miss.)

The Mississippi State commit has showcased some of the easiest pop in the entire class. The 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter gets to extension out front and pulls the ball with authority. After a year in which he hit .483 in high school and .462 in PG events, Parker will look to add on to his 14 home runs that he hit a sophomore. -JP

Matthew Scott II, 2024 OF, Klein Oak HS

Scott II has done nothing but leave the yard at a rapid rate the past two high school seasons. The Texas commit generates plenty of leverage out font and when he squares one up, it’s leaves the yard in a hurry. He has big athletic tools and serious juice that has shown up for Klein Oak High School in a big way. Expect him to add to his career home run total quite a bit in 2024. -IB

Sawyer Strosnider, 2024 OF, Brock HS

Strosnider has huge left-handed power and can easily lead the region in homers next year. It’s plus raw juice that plays to the deepest parts of the yard. With a loose, tension free stroke and ample athletic tools, the TCU commit has all the makings to put on a major power display for Brock in 2024. -IB

Cade Arrambide, 2024 C, Tomball HS

Going with another fun chalk pick here as Arrambide has some of the loudest power in the entire class.The LSU has massive strength that is simply fun to watch at points. It sounds different off the bat and the power plays to fall fields. With what he possesses as an overall package, Arrambide is a good pick to leave the yard at a high rate for Tomball next season. -IB