Tournaments | Story | 5/26/2019

SE Memorial Day: Days 1-2 Notes

Greg Gerard         Drew Wesolowski         Colton Olinger         Jacob Jordan         Jacob Martin         Matthew Arietta         Brian Treadway        
Photo: William Mosley (Perfect Game)

Zachary Murray (2020, Buford, Ga.) got the start for the East Cobb Astros as they began their 2019 summer. He certainly got them off to a hot start as he pitched them to a run-rule victory. The righthander committed to LSU was really dominant firing in 88-90 mph fastballs. He worked north-south with the pitch and displayed a loose arm action in doing so. His overpowering stuff was on full display as he showed the ability to throw all three pitches for strikes and was comfortable pitching them in any count. His curveball is sharp and changeup is straight as he uses the breaking ball to produce swings and misses to righthanded hitters and the changeup for swings and misses to lefties. The three-pitch mix allowed the verbal commit to LSU to tally up five strikeouts in his four innings on the bump while also showcasing great command by not walking a batter.

There may not be a more projectable frame in the 2020 class on the mound than what Will Sanders (2020 Atlanta, Ga.) brings to the mound. Standing at a believable 6-foot-6, 195-pounds, Sanders is able to create such a steep plane to the plate that it is hard for hitters to pick up the location of where his fastball is going to end up even before the additional life that comes with it. Sanders sat 87-89 mph with his fastball pretty consistently while touching 90 mph once as well. Sanders has an effortless delivery and a clean arm action that projects for more as well. The fastball has plenty of life out of his hand while he also featured a curveball with swing and miss potential to it and a tumbling changeup as well. The South Carolina commit has a projectable body and three pitch mix that allows him to work well and vary speeds. The effectiveness in which he throws is pretty special as well with an already great feel for the strike zone. Highlighted by his top 50 rank in the 2020 class, Sanders is certainly a name to follow closely moving into the 2020 MLB Draft class.

Missouri commit Paul Winland Jr (2020, Beaufort, S.C.) made a really nice first impression to start the season for Foundation Sports. The lefthanded hitting third baseman has a really loose swing that stays compact to the baseball. His line drive swing plane and quick hands allowed him to turn on an 89 mph fastball and rip it to his pull side for a single in Friday night’s contest at Woodstock High School. The hand-eye shows promise as well as he did a nice job all game long reading spin and staying balanced at the plate. Winland can get out of the batter’s box quickly with short and fast steps to and around first base.

Jeremy Gay (2020, Millen, Ga.) is an interesting uncommitted righthanded pitcher. Sitting 85-89 mph with his fastball, Gay allows his allows for his projectable 6-foot-2 frame and long arm action to produce good velocity and nice life at times to his fastball. Gay pitched well in relief against a loaded East Cobb Astros team striking out a batter in 1 1/3 innings pitched. He also flashed a curveball that appears to still be a developing pitch as he only threw it once during his time on the mound. His delivery is loose and easy as he uses his lower half and gets plenty of jump on his fastball out of his hand. Gay is certainly a name to follow closely as this small velocity jump could be a sign of big things to come this summer.

Carson Swilling (2020, Smith Station, Ala.) came in out of the bullpen showcasing electric stuff with a fastball that sat in the low-90s touching 93 mph once. Swilling is a primary outfielder who is still relatively new to pitching and the righthander certainly has traits to like on the mound including a big-time fastball already as well as a mostly clean delivery and arm action. The 2020 Auburn throws with relative ease mixing in a fastball and curveball that buckled plenty of knees during his relief appearance. He showed more of a feel for the breaking ball than the fastball commanding it to the lower third of the strike zone. It sits in the 73-77 mph range with plenty of depth and sharp bite. Swilling is an interesting righthander with plenty of arm strength and some projection still remaining in his frame. The righthander will also be at PG National in Phoenix, Arizona.

Connor Bradley (2021, Hayesville, N.C.) put a ball out of the park to right field in an impressive part of field 1 at East Cobb especially for a player at his age. The 2021 lefthanded hitting primary outfielder started the game at third base for the Astros. His second at-bat resulted in a deep homerun to his pull side that went into the trees in right field. Bradley produced a 95 mph exit velocity at his most recent showcase in Fort Myers, Florida displaying the jump that he can produce with the ball off of the barrel. His swing has plenty of strength combined with bat speed that is going to result in power numbers as it did on this day. His deep hand load and ability to hit the ball out in front on time create leverage that allows for him to drive the ball with plenty of carry. Bradly sent the ball deep into the trees at East Cobb helping lead his team to a 11-0 run rule victory.

William Mosley (2022, Acworth, Ga.) showed a strong swing at the plate driving the ball the other way for a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first inning on Saturday night for the East Cobb Astros 15U. That strong swing was showcased a half inning after displaying a strong arm behind the plate. While staying online to his target, Mosley gunned down a runner for a caught stealing with a 2.07 second pop time. The transfer on the throw was the most impressive tool as it was so quick getting from his mitt to his hand and then out on its ride to second base. Mosley is a durable and sturdy-framed righthanded hitting catcher listed at a believable 5-foot-11, 185-pounds.

– Gregory Gerard

Connor Crisp (2023, Locust Grove, Ga.) proved to be a true utility guy while dealing on the mound and getting it done at the plate as well. Crisp entered from the bullpen during Friday’s action and quickly inserted his dominance, striking out five hitters in 2 1/3 innings. He worked from a three-quarters arm slot while staying on plane, pounding the zone with a mature feel for it. He sat low- to mid-80s with a nasty slider to back it up and added an RBI to his name as well at the plate on offense.

Drew Burress (2023, Perry, Ga.) continued his reign to become one of the top outfielders in the state. The young, rising ninth grader showed a mature build with an advanced skill-set. He took a free and easy approach as the leadoff guy for Five Star National and proved to be a tough out. Burress flashed quick hands with a fast-twitch skill-set. There was some loud contact off the barrel in addition to making every play in center field.

Nicholas Allen (2023, Milton, Ga.) burst onto the scene this weekend with an extremely projectable build already starting to fill out. The three-sport athlete showed off his athleticism, stealing multiple bases, and flashed some serious range in the outfield. He proved to be a threat at the plate as well with some loud contact and using his speed to create runs. He took a gap-to-gap approach to the plate with a line drive swing plane.

Jayden Reid (2023, Atlanta, Ga.) tossed four great innings during his Saturday appearance, as the righthanded pitcher struck out four while only giving up one hit. He flashed a longer arm action while gaining ground and working downhill. He mixed pitches very well and showed confidence with each pitch. His fastball sat in the mid-70s while topping out at 78 and his fastball showed to be deceptive. His curveball showed some slurvy actions and proved to be his strikeout pitch. The easy throwing righty showed great mound presence and projects well with his fluid actions.

Jayce Blalock (2022, Grantville, Ga.) continued to provide a wow factor from an athletic standpoint. With him being mature beyond his years build-wise, his athleticism stood out on the field. The big righthanded hitter flashed serious power while creating some leverage and long extension through the zone. He showed great bat speed as well, with clean mechanics at the plate. He also tossed two scoreless innings late in Saturday’s action striking out three hitters.

Brady Sengkhounmany (2021, Murfreesboro, Tenn.) showed out early Saturday morning starting for 5 Star 15u Midsouth on the mound as part of the 15u age division. With a large frame and projectable build he pounded the strike and worked both sides of the plate. He flashed a longer arm action and worked from an over-the-top delivery with mature mechanics already in place. He sat mid- to upper-70s with a late-breaking changeup and a sweeping slider in the mid- to upper-60s as his strikeout pitch. He recorded five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings pitched, only giving up five hits while taking home the win.

Jalen Fulwood (2021, Johns Creek, Ga.) flashed some serious athleticism with a very projectable build. The switch hitter took a line drive swing plane to the plate with loose hands. He barreled up multiple balls in Friday’s action, racking up three RBI for a stout Georgia Bombers 16u squad. He sprayed the baseball to all fields while showing his speed in the outfield as well, making play after play.

Ashton Crowther (2022, New Port Richey, Fla.) proved to be a force on the mound in Saturday’s action. The young 2022 lefthanded pitcher showed a projectable build with plenty of room to fill out. He overwhelmed hitters while working from a three-quarters arm slot hiding the baseball well. Crowther filled it up, striking out five batters in 2 2/3 innings before being pulled to make sure he would be available for bracket play. He sat in the low- to mid-80s topping out at 84 with a sweeping slider in the upper-70s to complement the heater.

Blaydon Plain (2022, Greenville, Fla.) showed to be a serious power threat at the plate. The free-swinging lefthanded hitter has a balanced stance while sitting into his legs. He created some serious bat lag and kept the barrel long through the zone. He blasted a two-run home run late in the game during Saturday’s action. He continues to prove why he is a top-ranked first baseman in the state of Florida and in the country.

Caswell Smith (2019, Ball Ground, Ga.) showed to be lights out this weekend on the mound. The righthanded pitcher, committed to College of Charleston, showcased a lanky build with a strong lower half and a projectable build. He flashed a fast arm working from a three-quarters arm slot, pounding the zone while working in and out throwing three strong pitches. With great mound presence, Smith picked up the win striking out seven batters in four innings pitched. He sat in the low-90s while topping out at 93. His off-speed stuff proved to be dominant as well with a sweeping slider sitting in the upper-70s and nasty changeup looking like a fastball out of hand in the low-80s with late sink.

Thomas Ross (2019, Watkinsville, Ga.) stepped in to relieve Caswell Smith for eXposure 18u Prime to close the door Friday afternoon. The righthanded pitcher, who is committed to Western Kentucky, showed a tall frame with a mature build. Ross flashed a fluid delivery while staying on plane pounding the zone from an over-the-top delivery. He worked down in the zone with his fastball sitting in the upper-80s to low-90s topping at 91. He also flashed a nasty two-seamer in the mid-80s with some serious runs striking out two batters in two innings pitched.

Ben Abernathy (2020, Warrior, Ala.) showcased why he’s one of the top shortstops from Alabama as the West Virginia commit proved to be tough out. He flashed a narrower stance at the plate with high hands. Abernathy created some separation and drove thru the baseball with a line drive swing path. He also proved to have some power in the tank with some loud contact. His strength in the field proved to be an asset as well, with a great diving play at shortstop late in the game to save a run. He tallied an RBI and went 2-for-3 during his Saturday afternoon performance.

– Drew Wesolowski

AJ Garcia (2023, Monroe, N.J.) used his quick and compact lefthanded swing to hit the ball hard this weekend. He showed an ability to find pitches in his hitting zone early and made contact with the barrel of the bat nearly every swing, resulting in a 3-for-3 (three doubles) performance through two games. The 5-foot-11 center fielder took efficient routes and read the ball well off the bat. He moved well to his right and left, making harder-than-average plays look easy.

Dylan Cupp (2023, Cedartown, Ga.) showed his defensive prowess this weekend manning his usual shortstop position. The 6-foot middle infielder moved really well to and through the ball with an above average and accurate arm to match. Cupp is a fast-twitch player with a projectable build and room to grow. Beyond his physical ability, he communicated incredibly well with his teammates before every pitch and proved to be the leader of the infield. Cupp employs a line-drive hitting approach with an ability to spray the ball to all fields. He is batting .500 (3-for-6) through the first two games.

Riley Jackson (2023, Melbourne, Fla.) is a presence at the plate and swings the bat with a purpose. Using a selectively-aggressive approach, Jackson only offers up at pitches he can handle. But when he swings, he swings with the intention to do damage. This damage was on full display Friday as he launched a home run over the left field wall. As a 5-foot-11, 175-pound catcher, Jackson possesses a projectable build to acquire further amounts of power.

Nick Martinez (2023, Nanuet, N.Y.) used his quick hands and compact swings to display some impressive power at the dish this weekend. His upward extension through his back swing creates lift and carry on the ball. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound corner infielder has been noted in the past to hit with high exit velocities. He maintained those hard-hitting tendencies while scorching a double off the left-center field fence. Martinez has already shown an ability to hit with above-average power and that trend should continue in the future.

Darius Hatchette-Dunn (2020, Grovetown, Ga.) had a pretty good feel at shortstop this weekend. The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder has a good frame that could fill out. Hatchette-Dunn showed above average ability with his quickness, arm and instincts while roaming the middle infield. He quickly took authority over popups in the infield, employing some leadership skills. Hatchette-Dunn is ready to swing when he steps into the batter’s box but he is not overly-aggressive. His contact bat plays well due to his above average speed. On Saturday, he stretched a base hit into a double.

Kareh Valentin (2021, Douglasville, Ga.) played a smooth and fluid shortstop in his one game of the weekend. The switch-hitting Valentin made solid contact off the bat and made a huge impact on the bases. After reaching base on a perfect drag bunt, he stole second base standing up on Friday. His speed also plays a factor on defense giving him above average range. Additionally, he owns a big arm to make throws deep in the hole.

– Jake Martin

Garrett Spikes (2020,Lawerenceville, Ga.) had a solid day Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double. The UGA commit’s 6-foot-3, 180-poundframe is highly protectable and gives him plenty of room to fill out. Spikes started at shortstop and finished the day in left field. At short, Spikes showcased sound fundamentals and a strong fluid arm action while throwing to first. All throws were accurate and on a line. At the plate, the righthanded hitter used a slightly open stance and small hand load to drive a base hit it to center field and a shallow fly ball down the third base line for astand-updouble.

Jordan Walker (2020, Stone Mountain, Ga.) showed off his athleticism Friday with a strong showing at third base and a 2-for-3 day at the plate. The Duke commit’s 6-foot-5, 212-poundframe is complemented with a lean athletic build and strong lower half. At third, Walker was extremely comfortable and under control as he made every ball look routine. Walker put his athleticism on display while charging at a shallow chopper to third. He fielded the ball cleanly and made a strong accurate throw while on the run. At the dish, the righthanded hitter pulled a hard ground ball through the 6-holefor a base hit and drove a line drive to the opposite field for his second base hit. With a slightly closed athletic stance and a small leg lift, Walker’s hit tool and power project well as he continues to grow stronger.

Jackson Musrock (2021, Knoxville, Tenn.) is an uncommitted 6-foot-1, 170-pound shortstop foreXposure16u North Prime. On Saturday, Musrock went 1-for-3 with an RBI and had an impressive showing at short. At the dish Musrock has a narrow open stance and does a nice job of getting his front leg down and using his lower half to drive the ball. The swing is simple but effective. Musrock keeps the barrel down through the zone and makes solid contact. In the field, Musrock flashed present arm strength and fluidity throughout when fielding the ball. Musrock projects extremely well and will only get stronger.

Luke Burrows (2020, Benton, Tenn.) went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a double and four RBIs. The third baseman bats from the left side and throws righthanded, and with a projectable 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame, Burrows is already filling out and has present strength. A strong lower half and broad shoulders are just two of the physical attributes Burrows possesses. Burrows middle-away approach worked well as he hit ahard line drive to the opposite field for a double, and a hard base hit up the middle. The uncommitted17-year old keeps the bat through the zone with clean mechanics. At third, Burrows flashed a fluid arm action and accurate throws with good foot work.

Tripp Williams (2022, Demorest, Ga.), a 15-year old uncommitted righthanded pitcher, had an unbelievable outing Saturday. Williams pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief, posting five strikeouts and allowing no hits and one walk during the appearance. Williams’ fastball sat in the 79-81 mph range but was up to 83 several times. Williams also flashed a sweeping slider at 70 mph. Williams pounded the strike zone and showed excellent command. Williams’ 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame along with a lean athletic body makes him highly projectable. Williams’ quick delivery, short stride and fast pace on the mound, paired with a high three-quarters arm slot, set Williams apart.

Walker Strange (2022, Knoxville, Tenn.) had an impressive showing Saturday going 1-for-2 with a walk. At the plate,Strange’sswing projects well for sustained success. Strange stands tall in the box with his knees slightly bent and his feet at shoulders width and an open stance. He does a great job getting full extension through the zone and keeping his head down and on the ball. A small leg lift helps with timing. With a 6-foot, 210-pound frame, Strange shows present strength in his lower half. On a day where ground balls were scarce at third, Strange flashed sound defense at third with accurate throws and a fluid and easy arm action.

Jquann Smith (2021, Statesboro, Ga.) turned heads Saturday with alights-out performance as an extra hitter for GBSA Rays 16u. The uncommitted lefty showcased above average speed and power at the plate. He went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. In his first at-bat, Smith hit a hard a ground ball up the middle for a base hit. Shortly after he stole second base, showing off excellent speed and acceleration while getting a great jump. In his second at-bat, Smith came to the plate with runners on first and third. He hit ahard linedrive to the right field wall for a triple and then advanced home on the throw to the plate. The triple flashed Smith’s pull-side power and ability to round the bases quickly and efficiently. Smith’s 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame leaves him plenty of room to grow and add muscle. He uses his long legs effectively in his swing, using his lower half to generate his power. A toe tap, open stance with a wide base and hand load are all staples in Smith’s swing.

– Jacob Jordan

Haden Dow (2019, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) looked dominant throughout the entirety of the afternoon astheuncommitted lefthander continued to attack hitters with a variety of pitches but mainly his fastball. Dow pitched between the low- to mid-80s throughout the game, but as the innings wore on he began to gain new life as he maxed out at 85. Dow battled through theeighthits he gave up by only allowed two runs and striking out seven through six innings. The 6-foot southpaw looked stoic on the mound and exercised confidence in each of his pitches, helping his team to a draw with a final score of 2-2.

Gehrig Ebel (2020, Ooltewah, Tenn.) started at third base for Team eXposure and was able toshow off his range early. Ebel made a tough backhanded play and was able to throw it across the diamond with great accuracy and strength. TheVirginia Tech commit showed his aggressiveness on the basepaths, taking the extra base whenever he could. He also made good contact with the baseball, going 1-for-2 but participated in a successful hit-and-run, drilling the ball through the gap created by the runner on thebasepaths.

Davis Mortland (2020, Cumming, Ga.) looked dominant  all morning as the opponent looked overmatched for a majority of the game. The 6-foot-8 righthander was able to show command of his fastball and generate swings and misses with his first start for Team eXposure. The Western Carolina commit pitched for the first time in a couple weeks, which showed with a small drop in velocity but it climbed as the innings wore on, reaching 78 mph as his max. He had an effortless windup as he finished a complete game giving up no earned runs and striking out eight.

Braxton Johnson (2022, Bainbridge, Ga.) took the mound for the Game On Stealth 15u team and immediately began to blow his fastball past hitters. The southpaw showed why he is the second-ranked lefthander in Georgia as he consistently hit 82 mph. Along with his heater, his curveball was just as effective, fooling hitters who stood and watched it drop in for strikes. He finished the day with two innings pitched and two strikeouts with only 36 pitches. On offense, Johnson showed his speed on the basepaths, scoring a run and bringing in a run in the winning effort.

Jack Reynolds (2022, Columbia, S.C.) came into the game touted as the best shortstop in South Carolina and continued to show why he has earned that ranking. With his 5-foot-10 build, and more room for growth, he consistently made dazzling plays, especially as he teamed up with his catcher toget outrunners attempting to steal second base. He showed an ability to make great picks from throws in the dirt and lay down the tag and maintain it to get the runner. He also showed his arm, making tough throws to first with accuracy and strength, either trying to gun down a runner that strayed past first or to finish up a double play. At the plate,the lefthanded batter showed his opposite field power and contact as helacedasingle the opposite way and presented plate discipline by drawing a walk later in the game. On the basepaths, he displayed how high his baseball IQ is as he was aggressive yet in control, taking the extra base when it was available, making it easier for his team to bring him home.

Blake Knight (2021, Gilbert, S.C.) exhibited exemplary arm strength behind the plate as he kept runners from stealing second base. With a 6-foot-2 build, the uncommitted 16-year-old threw out two runners in three attempts. What was most impressive was the amount of time he had as each throw beat the runner by a few steps. At the plate he was just as impressive as he demonstrated his pull power. Standing with an open stance, he ripped a single into left field with no shot anyone in the infield would get it. He also showed a great job helping the pitchers through tough stretches, framing pitches effectively and blocking balls in the dirt.

– Brian Treadway

Derek McCarley (2021, Seymour, Tenn.) got off  to a quick start throwing five shutout innings with eight strikeouts. McCarley showed command to both sides of the plate with his fastball that sat in the low-80s and topped out at 83 mph with good arm-side run. He was able to keep batters off balance witha changeup that sat 74-76 mph with a nice fading action. Late in his outing  McCarley was able to mix in a curveball with a sharp 2-to-8 action on it. McCarley’s simple easy to repeat mechanics allowed him to fill up the zone and stay ahead of batters.

Elijah Galyon  (2021, Seymour, Tenn.) showed an advanced approach at the plate with the ability to work counts into his favor. From there he uses his balanced open lefthanded stance to showcase his ability to drive the ball the other way with a double down the left field line. His smooth bat path allows him to stay on pitches through the zone andbe a middle-of-the-order type of bat.

James Sells (2021, Winchester, Tenn.) came out with a low-80s fastball that topped out at 84 mph. Sells paired that with his low-70s slider to keep hitters off balance throughout his seven inning shutout. His ability to throw both pitches for strikes in any count enabled him to give up only two hits on his way to striking out three.His 6-foot, 170-pound frame projects well for some added growing room as he continues to mature.

Gabe Hunt (2021, Buford, Ga.) showcased a plus hit tool in game one of the tournament with a two RBI double to left field. Hunt’s slightly open stance and quite toe allow him to get his weight loaded on his backside. His quick compact bat path produces a lot of line drives. On the bases Hunt was able to use his speed and baseball smarts to steal a bag and get himself in scoring position.

Cade Beal (2020, Cumming, Ga.) is an athletic, fast-twitch lefthanded hitting middle infielder who creates good separation at the plate witha leg kick and high load. The smooth lefthanded swing creates evident pull-side power. Beal showed the ability to get himself into good hitters counts and attack pitches in the zone by getting the barrel out front. On the bases Beal uses his fast twitch to take the extra base.

– Colt Olinger

Lawson Brown (2021, Rome, Ga.) is a tall and very lean righthanded pitcher with room to fill on his young 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame. He is currently a rising junior at Darlington HS in Rome, Ga. The righthander got the ball Friday night and showcased predominately a two-pitch mix with a mid-70s fastball and a mid-60s curveball. His fastball showed some life and angle especially while he filled the bottom of the zone. Brown displayed good tempo on the mound and average control of his fastball, consistently filling the zone through his two innings of work. He relied on his fastball primarily to get ahead of most hitters he faced. Brown showcased a quick move to first and used it to his advantage to control the running game during his outing. Although he appeared in a rather quick outing, he earned the win for his 643 club in the tournament opener at Aviation Friday night. Excellent student.

Owen Powell (2020, Augusta, Ga.)was  the starter for Complete Game in Friday’s night cap at Aviation. Standing at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Powell used his size and strength to muscle through his opponent during his two innings of work. The 17-year-old displayed a repertoire of a mid-80s fastball and a mid-70s curveball. His fastball showed keen arm-side run and occasional cut while his curve displayed 11-to-5 action with some depth creating some swing-and-miss. He showed the ability to control his offerings for strikes as well. Powell’s ability to successfully mix both his offerings aided to his overall effectiveness on the night as well as kept hitter’s off balance during his outing.

Jackson Phipps (2020, Dallas, Ga.),  a 6-foot-5, 210-pound lefthander, is currently ranked as the No. 1 rated lefthander in the state of Georgia and third nationally and he lived up to the hype Friday night. Phipps is a bulldog on the mound, and has presence, poise and maturity, which you notice right out of the gate. The South Carolina commit went four strong innings in relief while striking out six. Phipps showcased a four-pitch mix that consisted of a low-90s sinker with angle and life especially when it’s down in the zone. His curveball is in the low-70s with 12-to-6 break with correct shape and depth. He also showcased a high-70s slider with good tilt and a changeup in the mid-80s. He was able to throw all his pitches for strikes, while mixing as he went. Phipps remained under control and worked with a quick tempo. He filled the zone with average control and command of his arsenal and is a very high upside athlete with a bright future ahead.

Tyler Triche (2022, Cumming, Ga.) has a 6-foot, 165-pound projectable frame with room to fill. He currently attends North Forsyth High School and will be an incoming sophomore in the fall. Triche showcased tools all over the field on Saturday while getting the start for the 15u Jackets as well as leading off for his squad. On the bump, Triche displayed a two-pitch mix of a low-80s heater and a low-70s curveball. His fastball showed angle and life which led to a collection of swings and misses, as well as his 11-to-5 curveball which he showed confidence in and threw in all counts, occasionally working backwards on hitters as he went along. Triche is a solid athlete and showed ability to get in a good fielding position after his delivery which helped aid in a couple putouts as well. He seemed to be in control on the mound throughout his start and exuded confidence which was fun to watch.

His dominance not only stopped on the mound but also carried into his at-bats throughout the game. Triche showcased power to the gaps with keen hand-eye coordination and barrel control. He stayed consistent with a short, quick bat path, which led to a multi-hit day. He’s aggressive on the bases, a green-light guy with definite basestealing potential. He’s smart and made things happen with his feet, showing ability to go from first to third with ease. It’s an exciting future ahead for Triche, currently the fourth-ranked shortstop in the state of Georgia for his age group.

Drewbie Pinkston (2021, Smyrna, Ga.) is a 5-foot-9, 157-pound outfielder/middle infielder from Smyrna, Ga., who currently attends The Lovett School. The lefthanded hitter showcased a quick, line drive stroke with gap-to-gap power. He displayed keen hand-eye coordination as well as he connected each time he stepped to the plate during the morning game at Aviation. Aside from his advanced hit tool, he showed above average speed on the bases as well as out of the box. His speed translated to the field as well as he showcased range in the outfield, making a couple putouts on the day. With an average to above average glove as well, Pinkston is a very high-upside athlete with plus athleticism and instincts, a high baseball IQ guy who is fun to watch play the game.

Dwight Banks (2020, Powder Springs, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 156-pound middle infielder with room to fill to his thin, wiry frame. He’s a very athletic player and will be a senior in the fall at McEachern High School in his hometown of Powder Springs, Ga. The first thing that stands out about Banks is his ability to hit the baseball and hit with consistency. Banks showed to be a reliable bat in the middle of the 16u Sterling lineup throughout the day. Banks is a run producer with quick wrists and feel for the barrel. Sprayed the ball into the gaps and displayed solid rhythm and timing on both fastballs and off-speed offerings. He looked in control at the plate and appeared confident. He trusts his ability and it showed, and his speed translated well on both the bases and in the middle of the diamond while showing the keen ability to take the extra base as well as swipe multiple bags making his presence known to the defense. A natural shortstop, Banks played in center field during the game yet displayed range and solid jumps on ball struck to the gap, making many plays look routine. He’s a good all-around ballplayer that is currently uncommitted yet definitely has the tools and abilities to produce at the next level.

Wyatt Castoe (2020, Fairmount, Ga.) is a rising senior at Sonoraville High School in Calhoun, Ga., and currently is committed to the College of Charleston, which he chose over a number of high-level Division I schools. This kid is a baseball player, plain and simple, listed at 6-foot, 175-pounds, with a strong, athletic frame. The straw that stirs the drink in a talented 643 lineup, Castoe continually used his keen hit-ability Friday night to set the tone for his lineup. He wants to hit, and it showed, displaying good balance in the box with solid rhythm and timing all night. He starts in the box with his hands by his ear, and an open stance which he steps to square with a large leg kick. He showed ability to get on time in each at-bat and trusted his quick hands to whip his bat through the zone for multiple hits through the infield to the pull side. There’s more gap-to-gap power right now, yet as he matures he’s likely to see more power develop. A very good runner on the bases and in the outfield, Castoe has range and displayed a quick first step which help aid his ability to cover a lot of ground. He has an average hit tool, glove, run and arm currently and he knows the game and it shows. He’s currently listed as the fifth-ranked shortstop in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game, as well as an inside the top 200 shortstop for his age group nationally.

Adam Love (2020, Roswell, Ga.) stands at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and has a very athletic, solid build. A rising senior at Lassiter High School, he is currently ranked inside the top 20 for outfielders in the state of Georgia and inside the top 80 overall in the state as well. This kid can flat out play the game which is evident in his numerous All-Tournament Team selections dating back to 2015 at PG events. At the plate, he has a square setup with high hands. A toe tap starts his swing and he does a great job keeping his hands still and back a long time through hip fire. With very good hand-eye coordination he showed the ability to continually get on plane and as a result sprayed the ball all over the field both Friday night and Saturday morning. With gap-to-gap pop currently, his size and strength indicate that more power is to come with continual strength gain and further development. He showcases excellent acceleration as a big, strong guy who can run and who can make things happen on the basepaths. Love is a green-light guy and shows instincts to steal bases as well as being a solid defender in right field which is where he profiles best. He has a plus, plus arm with accuracy as most throws are on the money. He will only get better as he continues to polish his skill-set with a very high upside.

Ty Floyd (2020, Rockmart, Ga) is a very athletic righthanded pitcher who appeared out of the bullpen Saturday morning during the 11:30 a.m. start at Aviation. The hard-throwing righty stands at 6-2, 180-pounds and is very strong throughout, certainly looking the part. Currently ranked as the fourth righthander in the state of Georgia, as well as 12th overall and inside the top 150 nationally for his age group, Floyd is committed to Louisiana State. He showed tremendous pitchability Saturday as he was able to face the minimum through two innings in relief, striking out four over that span. Floyd attacked hitters with his three-pitch mix of a mid- to upper-80s heater, a mid-70s changeup and a mid-60s hook. Floyd showed confidence in his repertoire by mixing in all counts and doubling up with his off-speed often when ahead, which was the majority of the time. His fastball had life and sink when down and his off-speed followed suit, with his curve displaying tight rotation and depth and a change with good feel and fade. A few showed late dive in the zone as well. Flloyd is very confident in his abilities and it showed with a bulldog mentality on the mound.

– Matt Arietta

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