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PG March Mayhem Scout Notes

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Dylan Cupp (Perfect Game)

PG March Mayhem: 10u | 11u | 12u | 13u 54/80 | 13u 60/90 | 14u

Grant Garrett (2023, Stone Mountain, Ga.) is the younger brother of Vanderbilt commit Miles Garrett with a similar skill-set. Garrett is a quick-twitch outfielder who can really track the baseball down in the outfield. His swing is short and quick as well with plenty of barrel control and a line drive swing plane. Garrett had a strong weekend at the plate barreling baseballs very well when given a pitch to hit.

Colin Houck (2023, Lilburn, Ga.) hits in the middle of the order for the Meridian Panthers and swings a strong and loose stroke that’s downhill and on time meeting the baseball. His physicality is truly advanced beyond his age and his ability to work the ball to the pull side gap with present jump is impressive. Houck swung a hot bat during the March Mayhem event that included consistently loud contact and five doubles.

John Cooper Williams (2023, Woodstock, Ga.) got the start on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs and his velocity really stood out and overpowered the opposing hitters. Williams sat in the upper-70s with his fastball and topped out at 80 mph. His arm action is onine while throwing with intent and plenty of lower half drive down the mound. Williams projects for plenty more moving forward as he his plenty of time to continue to grow and fill out physically.

Cooper Milford (2023, Cumming, Ga.) is the leadoff hitting outfielder for Team Georgia and brings with him a solid all-around skill set. His high energy is noticeable and his approach at the plate is confident. Milford has loose and quick hands that work well to the baseball. He creates plenty of advanced bat speed with an ability to read spin from opposing pitchers. Milford connected on a hard ground ball single on Sunday afternoon putting together a nice at-bat sitting back on a breaking ball with two strikes and ripping it to his pull side.

Cason Engert (2023, Cumming, Ga.) of the Georgia Jackets came into the game in a relief role in the early time slot on Sunday. Engert topped out at 82 mph with his fastball showing a quick arm and intent with each pitch. He works downhill to the plate with an online delivery while creating plane from his 6-foot-1, 167-pound frame. He ended his day with a really nice outing going seven innings of relief with no runs allowed and striking out 6 batters.

Dylan Cupp (2023, Cedartown, Ga.) is a very talented player who has been highlighted thus far this spring at various PG events. Cupp was a top prospect from the 14u East Showcase after showing similar tools that he showcased during this weekend’s event. His righthanded stroke produces plenty of juice with bat speed that resulted in six hits including a home run to his pull side in the championship game. His skillset is all-around special playing a clean shortstop position with the glove and a high motor.

Tyler Minnick (2023, Marietta, Ga.) played both third base and behind the plate for the East Cobb Astros in Sunday’s playoff games. Minnick is a physically advanced righthanded hitter with intent present in his stroke. Minnick loads on his back side torqueing his hips nicely and providing pop off the barrel. His hand path stays inside the baseball and he hits the baseball out in front with jump.

Jake Hembree (2023, Hiram, Ga.) was a standout on the mound at the PG 14u Main Event showcase in December. Sunday was no different as he showed some of the best command of the tournament combined with ultra-projectable stuff. His fastball ranged from 78-81 mph mostly while touching 82 mph as well. The arm action is clean and online working only from the stretch. His breaking ball is extremely advanced with a feel to spin it and locate it for strikes as well as get hitters to swing through it. The delivery is well-balanced and online while projecting for plenty more velocity in due time.

Preston Murphy (2022, Miramar Beach, Fla.) put his name out there as one of the oldest players in the event but that did not stop him from having a big weekend with the bat including a no-doubter home run to left field on Sunday afternoon. Murphy is a physical righthanded hitter who saw time at third base and behind the plate over the weekend. The swing has a present lift to it and is compact as he utilizes his loose hands to provide power through contact.

Jackson McKenzie (2023, Fairhope, Ala.) was the starter for the East Cobb Astros in the championship game and showed some of the best velocity of the entire event. Up to 82 mph from the left side, McKenzie features an over the top arm slot and a 12-to-6 breaking ball that really projects. McKenzie pitched the Astros to a championship game run-rule victory going five innings with six punchouts.

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