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Friday, January 4, 2019

Finest in the Field: 2022 Class

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Termarr Johnson (Perfect Game)

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2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Finest in the Field, Class of 2022

Pitcher: Dylan Lesko (Buford HS, Buford, Ga.)
The athleticism is evident for Lesko as the young righthander has long suited up behind the plate and in the infield dirt before refining his craft on the mound this past summer. Armed with one of the top fastballs in the class (up to 89 mph), Lesko has enjoyed a slew of success on the mound already, taking home the 14u National Pitcher of the Year award. That said, the numbers Lesko posted at the 14u National in regard to his pop time (1.84) and both his catching and infield velocities (80 and 86 mph) are among the best in the country, proving his athleticism plays anywhere on the diamond.

Catcher: Luke Davis (Cypress HS, Garden Grove, Calif.)
A loose and projectable backstop from California, Davis is gifted in regard to his arm strength, which also produces a fastball in the upper-80s to go along with the ample carry he shows to second base. Davis is versatile enough to play anywhere on the field, starting both behind the plate as well as at shortstop while playing up an age group this summer. However, it’s his catch-and-throw skills behind the plate and overall flexibility that help project the USC Trojan commit to keep the gear on at the next level.

First Base: Ryan Clifford (Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, N.C.)
The top-ranked player in the 2022 class, Clifford has already made a lasting impression on the national scene and college recruiters have certainly taken note. Clifford quickly passes the eye test with his physical yet still ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, and despite his age/size combo, he moves well both around the bag and in the outfield where he can cover plenty of ground. Clifford’s athleticism shines whether at first base or patrolling the outfield with soft hands and solid hand-eye coordination at first and a quick, compact arm stroke with plenty of strength and carry on his throws.

Middle Infield: Termarr Johnson (Mays HS, Atlanta, Ga.)
There aren’t many who play with the type of energy and emotion that Johnson brings to the diamond every game, and while that helps locate him quickly on the field, his talent with the glove is an even louder asset. Young for even the 2022 class, Johnson shows the requisite quick-twitch athleticism and footwork to work to and through the ball with ample range to either his left or right. His ability with the glove is among the best in the 2022 class as he showed throughout the summer circuit, making both the flashy plays and routine plays with ease on way to earning the 14u Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Middle Infield: Cole Young (North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa.)
A recent commit to Duke University, Young has the overall feel and instincts for the game that you don’t always find at this age level, while it’s with his defensive play up the middle or his innate feel for finding the barrel with his lefthanded swing. A candidate for the utility position due to his instincts and internal clock that allow him to play anywhere in the dirt, Young has more than once surprised onlookers by getting to balls most players his age wouldn’t. Along with his present ability, Young only projects to grow stronger and quicker as he continues to develop physically.

Third Base: Sal Stewart (Westminster Christian, Miami, Fla.)
The 14u Player of the Year, Stewart was tabbed with the honor mostly on the strength of his righthanded bat and consistent offensive production throughout the summer circuit. He plays alongside Young in the summer for US Elite, creating a formidable duo on the left side with limited ground balls getting through. Listed at a strong 6-foot-2, 195-pounds and still projecting for additional strength, Stewart moves well on his feet to either side with soft hands and a clean funnel. He also has one of the stronger arms across the diamond in the entire 2022 class as he threw 86 mph at the 14u National Showcase.

Outfield: Druw Jones (Wesleyan HS, Atlanta, Ga.)
The son of former MLB outfielder Andruw Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, Druw Jones shows all the makings of becoming an elite defender of his own. A loose and rangy 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete, Jones takes long and fluid strides when it comes to tracking down fly balls in center field and his ability to cover a vast amount of ground in a short span of time are attributes that help make him arguably the top defensive outfielder in the 2022 class. His present skill and physical projection allow for Jones to call center field his long-term home and there will be plenty of highlight plays along the way.

Outfield: Elijah Green (TNXL Academy, Windermere, Fla.)
Simply put, there aren’t many players at the 14u level who look like Elijah Green physically, nor can many match his fast-twitch athleticism at this current juncture. Despite a muscular 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame, Green already shows next-level speed as he posted a 6.65 60-yard dash at the 14u National and it’s that speed that helps place him on this team. Starting in center field throughout the summer and hitting near the top of the lineup (he had 50 stolen bags in 2018), Green can go and get it with the best of them, covering ample ground in either gap with quick and fluid actions.

Outfield: Calvert Clark (Charlotte Christian, Charlotte, N.C.)
Clark is one of the more projectable players in the 2022 class with a long and loose 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, though you don’t have to look into the future to see his present abilities. Already a sub-7 runner in the 60-yard dash, which will only quicken as he physically matures, Clark utilizes long, fluid strides in the outfield to cover ground and looks natural in his movements while ranging to either side and getting under the ball. He’s a two-way talent and has already been up to 86 mph on the mound, which makes it easy to project upon in arm strength in the outfield as another strong tool in his arsenal.

Utility: Nathan Fink (Western Albemarle HS, Charlottesville, Va.)
It made sense when Fink committed to Virginia as he resides not far from campus as the Cavaliers were able to lock up one of the top two-way players in the 2022 class. A lean and wiry yet strong 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, Fink is already up to 87 mph on the mound but his impact with the bat and in the outfield may be too strong to keep him from being a primary position player long-term. His athleticism plays in the outfield as he gets good reads off the bat and remains balanced with his footwork, covering ground while showing the type of arm strength and carry to make an impact.



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