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PG Showdown Days 3-4 Notes

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Rhett Daniel (2018, Carrollton, Ga.) is a tall righthanded pitcher with long limbs and some upside. Daniel tossed a very impressive six innings Sunday. He struck out eight batters over those six innings allowing just two hits. The righthander from west Georgia sat in the 86-88 mph range for the duration of the outing, but did lose a couple of ticks while pitching from the stretch. He throws a heavy fastball with good extension out in front. Daniel’s arm action is long and there are quick twitch muscles throughout his build and it shows in the delivery.  The uncommitted pitcher also mixed a curveball in the mid-70s that showed potential. He also flashed a developing straight changeup that was also in the mid-70s. With his 6-foot-5, 178-pound frame and upper-80s velocity, Daniel will be an interesting add to someone’s 2018 recruiting class.

Daniel’s counterpart was uncommitted righthander Cameron Johnson (2018, Copperas Cove, Texas). Johnson has never pitched in a Perfect Game event before and he debuted with upper-80s velocity that touched as high as 89 mph in his first inning. Johnson worked exclusively out of the stretch with short arm action. His arm is really quick through the arm circle with a limited lower half. In his first inning, he threw all fastballs and one curveball that registered at 74 mph with slight bite and 11-to-5 shape. Johnson is not overly physical at 6-foot, 175-pounds, and more than likely smaller than listed, but he does show potential on the mound.

Jacob Wilk (2018, Harker Heights, Texas) is one of the more physical shortstops you are going to see. Listed at 6-foot-4, 203-pounds and more than likely a corner infielder at the next level, Wilk can really swing the bat. Wilk has a patient approach and the ability to hit line drives to both gaps. His swing shows a slight lift, but for the most part the contact is of the line drive variety. In his first at-bat he squared up a pitch for a single up the middle and showed big power potential and strength in the swing. Wilk went on to work the count in a crucial part of the game for Express and ended up drawing a walk and then going on to score the tying run with heads-up baserunning.

Garrett Glover (2018, Buford, Ga.) came in in relief for Team Elite Nation and did an excellent job of limiting damage. Early in his relief appearance, Glover sat in the 86-88 mph range with armside life. Glover has a distinct, crossfire and slightly deceptive delivery coming from a three-quarters arm angle. Glover’s arm action is long and loose. Glover works very quickly with good tempo and intent. He did flash a slider in the mid-70s that showed good potential. Glover is uncommitted from Buford High School and an interesting follow.

Miles Garrett (2020, Stone Mountain, Ga.) is like Johnson in that he is not overly physical, but has the ability to pound the zone with strikes and run his fastball up to 88 mph. Garrett sat in the 86-87 mph range in his first inning with good plane. The rising sophomore has a really fast arm coming from a clean and loose arm action. Garrett does not exert too much effort in his delivery either. The young righthander mixed in an array of pitches as well mixes speeds well. The four-pitch mix included a good changeup, solid slider as well as a developing curveball. The changeup showed deception and sink with maintained arm speed in the upper-70s. The slider was short breaking in the upper-70s and the curveball showed 12-to-6 shape in the upper-60s.

Vince Smith (2020, Charleston, S.C.) has some of the more impressive bat speed that I have seen in this event. Smith is a primary shortstop who showed tools both with the bat and defensively. At the plate, Smith showed excellent bat speed, as mentioned, from a unique batting stance that’s very spread out and crouched with slightly knotted knees. Smith’s approach is aggressive, but he seems to make hard contact no matter what part of the strike zone the ball is thrown to. He looks to drive the ball to pull side with the ability to do so. The LSU commit also showed excellent plate coverage. He stands at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds with lots of room to fill and plenty of time to do so. In the field at shortstop, Smith showed really good actions with good footwork, range and soft, sure hands.

Chance Huff (2018, Niceville, Fla.) got the ball for Team Elite 17u Prime Sunday evening and pitched well in his 4 1/3 innings of work. Huff throws with an over the top arm angle and very clean delivery. His frame is exceptional at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds with an online delivery that he repeats well. Huff sat 90-92 mph with his fastball touching 93 mph once in the first inning. His fastball is mostly straight with solid extension. Huff also mixed two different breaking balls into his repertoire. His slider was in the 79-80 mph range and showed good late break when thrown effectively. The curveball he threw was much slower and had 12-to-6 shape and occasional 11-to-5 shape in the low-70s. The Vanderbilt commit did fill up the strike zone, but did miss up in the zone with the fastball when he did miss.

Two other players for Team Elite 17u Prime showed why they are D-I bound athletes. Parker Meadows (2018, Grayson, Ga.) started the game off with a deep fly ball to center field that bounced over the fence for a ground rule double just to the left of the batter’s eye. The ball left his barrel at 92 mph. Meadows has long legs and good speed around the bases. The Perfect Game All-American had a nice showing in Saturday night’s 8-0 win and a lot to look forward to in the future Clemson Tiger.

Tim Borden (2018, Sellersburg, Ind.) showed good infield actions as well as the ability to make consistent hard contact with the bat. Borden ripped a line drive single to right field in his first at-bat that left his barrel at 90 mph. He also made multiple plays at third base with a strong arm and fluid actions.

Luke Bartnicki (2018, Marietta, Ga.) tossed two more scoreless innings for the East Cobb Colt 45’s Monday. Bartnicki tossed, perhaps, the best two innings I have seen him throw to date. Bartnicki showed his lively fastball early in counts that ran up to 93 mph. Bartnicki seemed to have more life on his fastball than in previous viewings and more sharpness and bite to his slider that sat in the 79-81 mph range. The Georgia Tech commit also seemed to throw much easier than usual as well showing effortless arm action to the point of release. Bartnicki struck out the first two batters that he faced and did not allow a hit or a walk to the six batters that he faced.

Gavin Collyer (2019, Buford, Ga.) is a skinny righthander with lots of upside and a clean delivery. The recent Clemson commit showed excellent command to go along with an upper-80s fastball that reached 89 mph. Collyer also showed good feel for a short-breaking slider in the mid- to upper-70s. Collyer also flashed a changeup that showed a potential at 77 mph. This is the second time I have seen the Mountain View High School product and he impressed me much more after a second viewing. Collyer repeats his mechanics well with a quick arm and little effort, which calls for a velocity increase in my eyes especially with his 6-foot 140-pound frame that has plenty of room to fill with added strength. Collyer has fluid and loose arm action and his arm works really well. I really like how well Collyer is put together and his ability to throw consistent strikes to all parts of the strike zone with a solid three-pitch mix.

Andrew Tillery (2018, Midland, Ga.) is not going to overpower hitters with outstanding velocity, but Tillery can get guys out consistently with a very sharp curveball that shows late bite and 12-to-6 shape. Tillery sat in the 85-86 mph range touching 87 with his fastball that showed riding life to his arm side. The uncommitted righthander works downhill with good plane from a three-quarters arm slot. Tillery struggled with command to the first hitter of the game and allowed his lone walk, but after that he settled in nicely striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings on the bump.

Makenzie Stills (2018, Fayetteville, Ga.) had an outstanding start on the mound in the first round of playoffs for Team Elite 17u Prime going seven complete innings with nine strikeouts and only four hits allowed. Stills’ command was very good throughout the contest pounding strikes to both sides of the plate and getting ahead in seemingly every count. He showed consistent armside life on his fastball that was best when thrown inside to righties and tailing away from lefties. His fastball sat 89-91 mph for the duration of the seven innings and did touch 92 mph to the last hitter he faced in the game.

Stills has very long arm action that comes through the arm circle at a three-quarters, sometimes low three-quarters, arm slot. Stills is mostly online with his delivery, but does show slight crossfire at the point of release. The Vanderbilt commit also showed a relatively tight slider in the low-80s that he showed feel for.

Stills’s battery mate, Will Banfield (2018, Lawrenceville, Ga.), had a huge day at the plate and showed big tools behind the plate as well. The top-ranked catcher in the 2018 class is a special player both with the bat and with the tools behind the plate. Banfield showed on multiple occasions that he could throw sub 2.00-second pop times from his knees in warmups. In his first at-bat Banfield squared up a pitch to pull side that left his bat at 94 mph and left the field for a home run that traveled 343 feet. Banfield is extremely quick behind the plate with all the tools that scouts look for in a catcher. He will be fun to watch behind the plate for the East in this year’s Perfect Game All-American Classic.

One of the more outstanding catches of the event came from Banfield’s teammate Anthony Angelety (2018, Atlanta, Ga.). The outfielder was playing left field in Monday night’s contest and broke back on a ball that immediately thought was over his head. Angelety sprinted back with a good first step and leaped/dove backwards for an impressive diving catch to take away extra bases.

Waiting around for the 7:15 p.m. game that eventually started around 10:15 p.m. was well worth the wait to see Ryan Pettys (2019, Panama City Beach, Fla.) on the mound for the North West Florida Aces. Pettys struck out five of the first six batters he faced in the game and 11 total batters in his six innings of work. Each time I have seen Pettys he has been outstanding striking out 10-plus hitters in each start. His fastball sat 82-88 mph with occasional sinking action. The lefthander has a slow delivery with good command to both sides of the plate. Pettys also mixed a big breaking ball that sat in the low-70s with lots of depth. He also flashed a changeup that showed the same type of occasional sink that his fastball did in the upper-70s. Pettys is uncommitted, but with his command, mid- to upper-80s fastball from the lefthanded side, and knowledge of how to pitch, that uncommitted label may not last for too much longer.

– Gregory Gerard

JanMikell Bastardo (2019, Fort Myers, Fla.) is a talented outfielder, listed at 6-foot-3, 198-pounds, and has a tall, athletic frame. He swings the bat with a crouched stance, knees bent and hands over the plate. He has a hard, level swing with great bat speed. He likes to get his long arms extended and get around the ball to drive it to the left field gap. He scorched a double to the fence early in the game with an exit velo of 98 mph. Bastardo is a solid player with a good frame who will have many college coaches interested in him after his performance in this week’s Showdown tournament.

Matt Odom (2020, Glendale, Calif.) is a high-energy player who showed a great ability to easily hit the ball the other way with hard contact. Odom played up this tournament and showed he can rise to the occasion. He has quick hands and a simple approach at the plate with a good ability to consistently barrel the baseball. Odom is a second basemen, with a small and athletic frame and is currently uncommitted.

Nathan Mapstone (2018, Douglasville, Ga.) is a tall left lefty pitcher with a good arm and solid mechanics that he did a good job of repeating. Mapstone arm is in sync with his body and has good command as he only walked one batter in his Sunday afternoon outing. He throws with an over-the-top arm angle and long arm action that produces a quality fastball with arm-side run that sits in the mid-80s, and reached as high as 88. He uses his long lower half to get good extension to home plate. He pairs his fastball with an above average curve that has fast 12-to-6 break and good depth. I look forward to see where this talented pitcher goes for school this upcoming year.

Charlie Ludwick (2018, Decatur, Ga.) is a large corner infielder, with a strong and physical frame. He is a switch hitter with good bat speed and a hard, powerful uppercut swing from both sides of the plate. Ludwick is able to drive the baseball with strength through the point of contact and can run as he laced a triple, with an exit velocity of 92 mph, in his Monday morning game en route to his team’s 10-4 victory. Ludwick will be heading to Eastern Kentucky in 2018.

Chad Knight (2019, Westport, Conn.) is a talented two-way player who can get it done on the mound and at the plate. Knight threw six shutout innings and gave up just one hit and walked one while striking out six. He has a mature frame, with great upper body strength. On the mound, he has a smooth, balanced delivery and solid, long arm action that produces a fastball up to 90, but mostly works in the mid 80s. He throws a curveball that sits from 66-68 and has hard, 11-5 break and produces a lot of swings and misses with a big velo difference with his fastball. At the plate, he takes large, powerful swings and hits with a big leg kick trigger and does a great job of repeating his swing and motions at the plate. Knight is a very impressive player and will be headed to Duke University in 2019.

Elijah Hilton (2019, Atlanta, Ga.) is athletic infielder with a strong and athletic frame who possesses quick hands and good bat speed from the right side of the plate. Hilton went 2-for-2 in Team Elite 16u Nation’s win in their Monday morning game. He hits with a solid line drive swing and a solid finish that is able to produce extra pop and carry on the baseball after his barrel makes contact with the ball. He hits with an upright stance, knees slightly bent and wiggles the bat back and forth to get his hands going. He has some top schools currently interested in him and should be an impact for whichever school decides to make him an offer.

Ryan Miller (2018, Atlanta, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound Georgia Tech commit with a solid frame and possesses a good athletic swing. He has excellent bat speed and has a nice, easy fluid stroke and gets the bat through the zone easily and very quickly. Miller also has excellent plate coverage, with the ability to fight and foul off tough pitches to continue an at bat. His bat helped advance 643 to the playoffs and second round as he totaled three RBI on the day.

Zack Hunsicker (2018, Wentzville, Mo.) is a big righthander with a big arm and mature frame. Hunsicker throws with an over-the-top arm slot and solid, long arm action with a great ability to throw downhill. His fastball has great arm-side run and runs into righties causing weak groundball contact and pop ups. Hunsicker fastball sits in the upper-80s, reaching up to 90 and he pairs that with two quality off speed pitches in his curveball, that has hard, 11-to-5 break and sits in the upper-70s and a his changeup that runs in the low-80s with hard fade and arm-side run.

Will Shirah (2018, Blue Ridge, Ga) was electric on the mound Monday as he threw five scoreless innings and gave up zero hits and struck out eight. Shirah does an excellent job of driving the baseball hard on his front side to home and really opening up his hips to produce a quality fastball in the upper-80s with great life as It approaches the plate. His arm works very well and he also able to throw an above average, sharp breaking 1-to-7 curve that has the ability to freeze batters with its shape. Shirah likes to change eye levels and works the upper and lower part of the zone. He will be a great addition to the Yellow Jackets as he will be attending Georgia Tech next year.

Zach McManus (2018, Canton, Ga.) is a talented righthanded pitcher with an electric arm and has many colleges interested in him. He threw for the East Cobb Colt .45s 16u team and was up to 90 on the mound. McManus has a solid frame, with room to still grow and become stronger. He does a good job of maintaining a consistent arm action on all three of his pitches and shows great command of his curveball that he will throw in any count. His change up flashes potential with solid fade and can produce swings and misses. With development McManus can become a star in a college rotation for a top university.

Ryder Green (2018, Knoxville, Tenn.) is a mature and physically built two-way player for Team Elite’s 16u team with a big arm that produces a very hard fastball. Green was up to 89 and does a great job of hiding the baseball. His curve ball has good 11-to-5 shape and has sharp break as it approaches the strike zone. He came in and received the save to send Team Elite Prime 16u to the next round of the playoffs.

– Brandon Lowe

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