Tournaments | Story | 5/28/2019

SE Memorial Day: Days 3-4 Notes

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

2019 PG Southeast Memorial Day: Days 1-2 Notes

Dylan Lesko (2022, Buford, Ga.) turned in an absolutely overpowering four inning start for the East Cobb Astros on Monday morning. Filling up the strike zone with 87-90 mph fastballs and a pair of advanced secondary offerings, Lesko tossed four no-hit innings while striking out seven batters. His fastball shows plenty of life down in the zone and his curveball flashed really tight spin that helped him get batters to swing and miss. The changeup showed the most feel in this contest, sitting in the 78-81 mph range while showing similar armside life as the fastball did. His delivery is so smooth with easy effort and a clean arm action. The No. 1 righthander in the class projects for plenty more velocity moving forward and if this outing was any indication, he is in for a huge year on the summer circuit.

It was not an overly dominating outing for the No. 9 ranked player in the 2022 class, but a projectable one overall. Blaise Grove (2022, Summit Point, W.Va.) and his extremely advanced 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame started the game for the Team Elite 15U Scout Team and sat 84-87 mph while touching 88 mph once as well. The South Carolina commit had a hard time repeating his mechanics, causing him to run into some command issues, but the arm strength and the fact that he is a 6-foot-6 lefthander already at 15 years old are worth noting. Grove pitches from a long arm action and an extended three-quarters slot but will vary the slot for additional deception to hitters. The lower half displays drop and drive actions, but the considerable amount of his velocity comes from his arm strength. He did also flash a curveball that has lots of potential to it in the mid-70s. This start may not have been his best overall performance, but the sheer projection is certainly worth following for the young lefty.

James Tibbs III (2021, Marietta, Ga.) had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a line drive single as well. Tibbs is a Florida State commit with a smooth lefthanded stroke who displays quick hands moving into the baseball. His approach at the plate is very confident with plenty of balance to his lower half as the pitch is coming to the plate. He reads the pitches well with good hand-eye and has a knack for getting the barrel to the baseball. He also displayed good instincts on the base paths with a stolen base, as well as a strong read on a dirt ball advancing to third base. Tibbs’s huge day at the plate at the top of the East Cobb Astros lineup helped guide them to a 15-0 run rule victory.

Jared Jones (2022, Marietta, Ga.), like his teammate James Tibbs, had a strong day at the plate driving the ball to the deepest parts of the field twice in the Astros Monday morning contest. Jones is an extremely physical righthanded hitting catcher for his age and the swing already presents huge pop. Jones started his day with a double to the left-center field gap in the game using his natural leverage and bat speed to barrel the baseball. Later in the contest he went to dead center field for a flyout that he just missed putting out of the yard. The ball traveled 380 feet for an F8, again, displaying the huge raw power in his stroke. The 2018 PG Select Festival participant has a professional approach looking to drive the ball from gap to gap as he did in the Astros blowout win.

– Gregory Gerard

James Thorpe (2022, Newnan, Ga.) looked all of his 6-foot-2, 206-pound frame as he stood in the box for Team Elite Prime. Thorpe’s stance is straight away, and straight away is where he went as he took an 80 mph fastball to deep center, driving in a run for his team. Thorpe did not look uncomfortable as he was running the bases. He advanced to third on a bunt and showed instincts on the basepaths by scoring on a passed ball. He also showed off good range in the outfield, roaming and catching fly balls in the outfield with ease.

Harrison Simmons (2022, Baxley, Ga.) took the mound for Game On Stealth in relief and provided an electric performance in the winning effort. Simmons began with his team down by one and worked through the next three innings in only 34 pitches, not giving up an earned run in the process. He works out of the stretch and has a three-quarter delivery to the plate. He would work between his fastball and his curveball to get outs. He showed big-time stuff as his fastball hovered around the mid- to upper-80’s, eventually reaching his peak fastball at 89 mph. His curveball was just as dangerous, dropping speeds to the lower-70’s with an 11-to-5 curve on it. The 6-foot-1 righthander struck out two of his three victims with his curveball, both going down looking. With still some room for growth, we can expect his skill level and velocity to continue to increase.

Will Fincher (2022, Powder Springs, Ga.) knows that speed is his best aspect of his game and really puts it to use, taking advantage of defensive lapses and putting his team in a better spot to win the game. A routine ground ball to shortstop is anything but routine with Fincher at the plate as the 6-foot-2 center fielder can really move on the base paths. He beat out a ground ball to shortstop more than once in this tournament and showed good and aggressive instincts by taking an extra base when the defense was off guard. Once, on a routine grounder to the left fielder, he took second base on the throw back into the infield by the outfielder. At the plate, he has a slight open stance and starts with his hands even with his right ear. As the pitch is coming, he loads up and drops his hands down to make a quicker path to the ball.

Trent Reddick  (Dallas, Ga.) makes his game look effortless whether he is playing at his usual shortstop position or taking the mound for his team in a championship game. Reddick looked right at home playing shortstop, taking groundballs and smoothly throwing over to the first baseman, making his job easy as each throw was right to the chest. His pitchers had full confidence in his defensive prowess, making it easier on them to pitch to contact, knowing he would be able to make the necessary plays to keep them in the game. When Reddick took the mound, his windup looked effortless and repeatable as he threw a variety of three pitches; fastball, curveball, and changeup. One inning, he threw zero fastballs and fooled hitters the entire time with a changeup that dropped out at 75 mph and a curve that just reached above 70. This made his fastball more difficult to hit as it ranged from the mid- to lower-80’s. He finished his championship performance with a complete game and racking up nine strikeouts. Defense and pitching weren’t the only part of his game, as his offense wasn’t something he lacked either. The righthanded batter sent a pitch earlier in the tournament over the left field fence for a grand slam and even helped his own cause during the championship game by bringing in two runs by himself. The 6-foot shortstop still has room to grow as he carries a 155-pound frame, but if he is able to add more power to him, that will be scary for opposing pitchers.

Brody Hollingsworth (2022, Powder Springs, Ga.) started the tournament hot and though it may have been difficult, he was scorching by the end of it. Standing at 6-foot-1, the first baseman showed his offensive power by hitting a home run to propel them into bracket play and another in the semifinals to propel them to the championship game. The righthanded clean-up hitter delivered in his championship performance, going 2-for-2 from the plate, driving home three runs. Hollingsworth also showed an ability to handle first base pretty well. He has good range and is able to move well for his size. He’s able to range over and make backhanded plays as well as pick throws in the dirt. There were a few runners he saved from advancing from off target throws.

Aidan Moza (2021, Dallas, Ga.) led Titans Baseball to the championship game with a dominant performance on the mound with a complete game one-hitter.  Moza stood on the mound with confidence as he unleashed either a fastball or a curveball on whichever batter he was facing. His fastball varied anywhere between mid- to lower-80’s, reaching a peak of 86 mph. His out pitch was his curveball, which had a sweeping 11-to-5 path that looked filthy. He took quite a bit off for his curveball, averaging 70 mph for that pitch. From the windup, he would stand on the mound with his hand hovering just above the ball, not touching it till he would start his motion. He moved quick through his windup with a quick leg kick and delivery. From the stretch, his velocity on his fastball dropped a little bit, but he didn’t have to pitch from the stretch often. Even from the stretch, he had a quick delivery, leaving little for a baserunner to exploit.

Brant Baughcum  (2022, Snellville, Ga.) showed his chops as a utility player for Team Elite as he started the semifinal game as the third baseman and the championship game as the second baseman. His defense is a plus as he fields his positions well and doesn’t shy away from making the tough throws, knowing he has the ability to make the toss accurately. He made one throw across the infield and across his body on the move that couldn’t have been made if other infielders were fielding that ball. When he bats, he has a confidence in him that he can make solid contact every at-bat, and he didn’t disappoint with a double up the left-center field gap, bringing in a run. When he gets into the batter’s box, every time without fail, he hits the barrel of his bat with a backhanded fist and as he stands at the plate, his right arm twitches like a chicken wing as he waits for the pitch. As the pitcher starts his delivery, Baughcum  has a nice load up with a nice level compact swing.

– 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 armside run. He was able to keep batters off balance with a 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 and be 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 quiet 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.) Athletic, fast-twitch lefthanded hitting middle infielder creates good separation at the plate with a 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.

– Colton Olinger

Robert Clarke  (2022, Atlanta, Ga.) showed his projectability  Sunday, going 2-for-5 on the day with a double, run, RBI and walk. The righthanded hitter flashed power to the opposite field with a  hard line  drive double. In the field, Clarke showed speed and range in right field with present arm strength. Clarke projects well in the corner outfield. Defensively, Clarke’s reads and first step reveal a talent that is well beyond his years. Physically, Clarke stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 175 pounds. Clarke’s swing features a big leg kick, an open stance with a wide base, and an exaggerated hand load. He gets his hands through the zone quickly and gets the barrel out in front with full extension. Clarke is uncommitted.

Juan Broce  (2022, Statesboro, Ga.) pitched an absolute gem Friday afternoon, throwing a complete game shutout and notching 10 strikeouts. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefty projects extremely well. Broce is already beginning to fill out, and a strong lower half is evidence of that. Broce gets downhill on every pitch and produces good extension. A smooth, fluid arm action with a high three-quarters arm slot makes Broce’s throws look effortless. Broce’s fastball sat in the 78-81 mph range, while it reached a top speed of 84 mph. A tight 11-5 curveball worked all afternoon, while he showed good command with it and used it effectively. A deceptive pick off move also came in handy for Broce and adds to the weapons in his arsenal.

Edward Phelps III (2022, Lithonia, Ga.) is a projectable third baseman with a 6-foot-1, 175-pound  frame. Phelps is lean and athletic with present arm strength and a fluid arm action. Phelps showed range in the infield in all directions. His quick reaction time and soft hands paired with his arm allows Phelps to play standout defense. Phelps also showed his ability to throw accurately while on the run. On offense, Phelps showed speed on the base paths and his effectiveness at the plate. An athletic open stance with a shoulder’s width base, a high leg kick, and powerful hip turn gives Phelps pull side power. Although he doesn’t generate much lift with his swing, the power Phelps does generate paired with his speed makes him a hard out.

Termarr Johnson  (2022, Atlanta, Ga.) is an extremely impressive 14-year-old Not only are Johnson’s skills projectable, but they are present as well. Johnson is extremely smooth at short, showcasing soft hands, quick feet, and a strong arm. Johnson makes a quick first step, keeps his head on the ball, and makes strong accurate throws. Johnson won the 14u Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year for his class. Offensively, Johnson’s lefthanded swing is a thing of beauty. Johnson starts in a slightly open stance with a base that is slightly more than shoulder width and knees slightly bent. He starts his swing with his hands back at ear level and a medium leg kick. From there, he plants his front foot and uses his lower half to produce projectable power. He keeps his head down and still and drops the barrel through the zone. With the power  and strength Johnson possess within his 5-foot-6, 110-pound frame, it seems safe to say as he continues to grow, so will his strength.

Riley Jackson  (2023, Melbourne, Fla.) had a very busy Monday, catching and calling a perfect game, and then winning MVP in the 2019 PG 14u Southeast Memorial Day Classic. Physically, Jackson’s 5-foot-11, 175-pound  is projectable. The MVP also shows present strength and looks to be  with plenty of room to add muscle. From a skills standpoint, Jackson stands out behind the plate as well as in the batter’s box. At catcher, Jackson shows promise in both physical skill and intangibles. He keeps the ball in front of him and blocks well. Jackson has soft hands and receives pitches well; he looks comfortable and confident back there. Jackson also showed how cerebral of a player he is, calling his own games on Sunday, one of which was perfect. At the plate, Jackson went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Monday. Jackson made loud, solid contact in all his at-bats. Jackson’s swing starts with an open stance and the bat up on his shoulder. In one fluid motion Jackson extends his front foot and plants it and brings his hands and the barrel down through the zone. Jackson also hit a home run on the weekend, flashing his power.

Daniel Parris  (2023, Knoxville, Tenn.) achieved perfection  Monday, tossing a six-inning  perfect game in the semifinal round of the 14u Southeast Memorial Day Classic. Parris, the MV-Pitcher award winner, was efficient, resilient, and showed good command. Parris has a long lanky build; he stands at 6-feet even and weighs in at 155 pounds. The right hander worked a fastball that sat in the 78-82 mph range, while touching 83 mph. A 11-5 curve was Parris’ go-to secondary pitch. He landed it for strikes as well as swing and misses. Parris works from a three-quarters arm slot, and his arm action is compact but fluid. Parris begins his wind up with a slow leg lift and then explodes downhill. Parris is uncommitted and highly projectable.

Jackson McKenzie  (2023, Pace, Fla.) is a young, physical lefthanded pitcher with a 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. McKenzie’s body is lean and athletic with long arms. McKenzie’s fastball ranged from 81-83 mph with arm side run, and he touched 84 mph. A slider ranging from 65-69 mph worked well for McKenzie. The slider was tight and had depth to it. The lefthander also flashed a changeup at 68-70 mph, while he threw it mostly to righthanded hitters. McKenzie works out of an overhand arm slot, with long strides downhill. McKenzie repeated his delivery well and is very projectable.

– Jacob Jordan

LSU commit Blake Money (2020, Spring Hill, Tenn.) was dominant during his no-hitter for the first semifinal game in the 18U Memorial Day Classic. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound righty was an intimidating presence the moment he stepped on the mound. Sporting a pair of glasses and a nice flow under his cap, Money maintained an incredibly high level of confidence and swag throughout his start. His delivery is relatively simple and incredibly smooth. Starting with a pair of high hands, he stays on line and uses his superior lower body strength to progress into a nice and quick arm stroke. This delivery proved to be repeatable inning after inning. The first inning saw Money throw an easy and consistent 90 mph with run, topping out at 92 mph on the day. By inning seven, Money was still consistently throwing 88-90 mph. His pitching arsenal is rounded out with an accurate, fading circle changeup from 80-83 mph and a swing-and-miss curveball around 75 mph. He painted the outside corner several times and had pristine control, as evidenced by allowing zero walks. All said, Money  threw 77 pitches across seven innings of no-hit baseball with nine strikeouts.

James Hays  (2023, Hawkinsville, Ga.) showed exceptional baseball ability from all over the diamond this weekend. As a 6-foot, 170-pound righthanded pitcher, Hays has a lot of mound presence. His delivery is very smooth and repeatable with good arm action. He sports a hitch in his leg lift that disrupts the timing mechanisms of the hitters. While finishing his delivery, he shows mature mechanics as he wraps his throwing hand around his glove-side waist. His fastball hovered around a consistent and lively 79-81 mph and topped out at 83 mph. A sharp and competitive slider could be thrown for a strike or a chase pitch. He had quick pickoff feet and fielded his position really well. At the plate, Hays is a lefthanded batter that consistently hits the ball loud and hard. He is a legitimate and projectable two-way player.

Fernando Gonzalez  (2020, Acworth, Ga.) showcased his arm behind home plate this weekend. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound uncommitted catcher has really quick feet along with advanced footwork to shut down the running game. His athleticism assists his above-average ability to block and receive pitches as well. Gonzalez is a righthanded hitter who employs a line drive approach. He does a good job of getting his hands through the zone and hitting the ball to the opposite field. He had a pair of multiple-hit games this weekend.

Eli Small  (2023, Omaha, Neb.) is an above-average and consistent young player. Small owns a really projectable frame standing 6-foot, 165 pounds. As a primary catcher, he is a stereotypical grinder. His jersey is always dirty, hustling is a must, and he is just a tough kid. Small’s primary calling card is his bat. He has a really smooth lefthanded swing. He regularly gets his hands through the zone and hits the ball to the opposite field. A typical hit from Small is a well-hit line drive over the head of the shortstop. He has a good amount of power to his pull side, as evidenced by a double he smoked off the right field fence during his first game. Small had six hits, three doubles, and four RBI this weekend.

Georgia Tech commit Brad Grenkoski  (2020, Kennesaw, Ga.) is a two-way player with seemingly endless baseball talent. With a 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame,  is incredibly athletic and strong. At the plate, the righthanded slugger uses his upward extension to elevate the ball. He creates a lot of backspin because he hits the ball so hard and elevates it.  Grenkoski rarely swings out of the zone but swings hard at pitches in his hitting zone. His above-average speed plays well on both sides of the ball, as he can take extra bases easily and gets to balls quickly in the outfield. On the mound,  Grenkoski  has smooth and repeatable mechanics. He has live arm action and uses his strength to generate power into his pitches. His fastball sits around 90-91 mph. He also threw a sharp slider around 78 mph and a changeup around 81 mph. He pitched in relief for the East Cobb Astros and will likely project as a bullpen arm.

– Jake Martin

Braden Bamburowski (2021, Cumming, Ga.) is an incoming junior at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga. Braden has excellent size and strength, with room to fill as he currently stands 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. Braden got the start in the morning opener on Brook Run – Field West and did not disappoint. Braden uses a slow tempo windup, with good rhythm and poise on the mound. Bamburowski showed the ability to continually stay closed and hide the ball well through his long, smooth arm action, which helped create deception on his offerings. He consistently kept hitters off balance with a solid three-pitch mix. The LHP showcased a fastball which averaged 80-81 mph and a high mark of 83 mph on the day. His fastball is firm with some life, which led to many swing-and-miss offerings. To accompany his fastball he mixed in a 1/7 breaking curveball which showed some three-quarters break and occasion depth. Lastly, he showed minimal use of his changeup, but some were effective as they clocked 77-79 mph on the gun with some fade and feel for the pitch. He was also able to field his position well. Good athlete. Excellent student. High upside.

Michael Braswell  (2021, Mableton, Ga.), an incoming junior at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga. is already verbally committed to the University of South Carolina. The 6-foot-1 175-pound shortstop is also currently the No. 2 ranked shortstop and No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Ga. Although Braswell entered the day with already impressive accolades to his name, he did not disappoint, which has become a regular occurrence for the tool-studded middle infielder. At the plate, Braswell showcased a short, quick swing with advanced barrel control as he consistently was able to match plane to the pitches he saw. Michael made hard contact in all three at-bats and also showcased above-average speed out of the box, which also translated into solid range at short. Braswell has a solid glove and smooth actions up the middle, paired with an above-average arm, which was evident by his consistent on-line deliveries across the diamond. He also pitched and displayed keen pitchability as he filled the zone throughout his appearance. Braswell’s pitch repertoire consisted of a fastball (86-87 mph, topped out at 89 mph) with riding life, a curveball (70-72 mph) with above-average shape and control, and what is the making of a good changeup with already-demonstrated feel and fade at 76-77 mph. Very good in all facets of the game. Good student. Fun player to watch moving forward.

Rob Gordon (2021, Smyrna, Ga.) is currently ranked as the No. 6 shortstop in Ga. in his class, and inside the top-35 in the state for 2021. The middle infielder has good size and strength and an athletic build. Currently standing at 6-foot, 174 pounds, Gordon showcased his raw power potential while connecting on a long homerun to straight away center field during his matchup Saturday afternoon as well as a good, short swing path, and keen hand-eye coordination making hard contact in his other at-bats as well. Demonstrated nice extension and lift on his swing which makes him an attractive prospect to watch moving forward. Aside from his performance at the plate, Gordon is a good shortstop as well, with clean actions on all balls hit his way, and range to profile at the position long term. Solid foot speed as well. Currently uncommitted, yet a very good student.

Dawson Hamilton (2021, Dothan, Ala.) is a large, muscular, maturely-built RHP from Northview High School in Dothan, Ala. The tall RHP has a nice up-tempo, balanced windup and delivery, with clean arm action, and mechanics down the mound and over this front side. Currently with an arsenal that consists of a fastball (80-82 mph) with firm, riding life and a curveball (65-66 mph) with depth and the ability to locate, he was able to keep hitters at bay for the duration of his start. He’s a good pitchability guy and showed the ability to mix his offerings and get ahead of his competition which led to a two-hit outing over six innings. Exciting to watch compete. Multiple All-Tournament Team selection at PG tournaments over the last couple of years, and it will be interesting to see where his ceiling settles down the road. Very good student.

Tyler McLoughlin (2020, Milton, Ga.) is a very athletic, tall, muscular righthanded pitcher. The rising senior at Milton High School showcased good pitchability Saturday with good mechanics and his ability to use his size to create deception with a lot of moving parts through his delivery to add to his effectiveness. Throws downhill. Tyler currently has an above-average four pitch mix, all in which he showed he can control for strikes. He displayed a fastball with firm action and some armside run (84-86 mph, high of 89 mph), a curveball (67-69 mph) with good shape and depth, a slider (71-74 mph) which was the better of the two breaking pitches with some heavy tilt at times, and a changeup (73-75 mph) with some feel for the pitch. Better control than command to this point, yet with continued development all signs point to improved command over time as he matures further. A competitor on the mound, Tyler pitched with confidence and went right at a good lineup. Currently the No. 8 ranked first baseman in the state of Ga. for the 2020 class and inside the top-150 ball players overall (No. 133). Good student and test scores.

Brogan Napier (2021, St. Augustine, Fla.) is a large, athletically-built infielder from St. Augustine, Fla. and attends St. Augustine High School. The incoming junior is currently ranked by as the No. 13 prospect at the hot corner in the state of Florida in the 2021 class and we will likely watch that number rise if he continues to put up performances like he did Saturday afternoon at 2019 Southeast Memorial Day. Brogan has good size and strength, with a large build, currently listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Napier showed a bulldog mentality as he was called upon to close out the first game of the day for 5 Star National 16u Burress. A “no-windup” guy, Napier used a short, quick mechanically-sound motion, with clean arm action and demonstrated the ability to get over his front side well. Very impressive in his outing as he entered the game and pounded the zone from the get-go filling it up with fastballs in the mid-80’s. His fastball had some nice life and run to it which led to a lot of swing-and-miss from his opponents. Did not see any off-speed offerings this time around. Went right at hitters and looked in control during his short appearance. Currently uncommitted.

Devin Obee (2021, Bowling Green, Ky.), a Duke commit from Ensworth High School, continues to show why he is one of the best players from Kentucky in the 2021 class with his performance in the early going of the 2019 PG 16u Southeast Memorial Day Classic this weekend. It seems like all the rising senior does at PG events is rake. Obee displays a comfortable demeanor in the box and a sound, controlled, quick swing path, paired with leverage and strength. Obee has good hand-eye coordination and has displayed the ability to hit to all fields and spray the gaps on a consistent basis. A long strider, Obee is a good runner both on the bases and in the outfield where he makes all the plays. Very good range and glove tool currently. Not much is missing from his game, exciting future ahead. Good student.

Jake Poindexter (2021, Chickamauga, Ga.) is a righthanded, hard-throwing starting pitcher who stands at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. Jake has an athletic, wiry frame with room to fill to get to physical maturity. The Gordon Lee High School rising junior took the mound on Saturday afternoon and put together an impressive outing for those in attendance. Battling a good GA Bombers 16u lineup, Jake pitched with confidence and used a two-pitch mix to keep hitters at bay all afternoon. Poindexter uses an up-tempo windup with a long-circled, quick arm action, and delivers from a high three-quarters slot. A good athlete, Jake is consistently able to create leverage with his lower half and stride down the mound, followed by really finishing over his front side. Uses a controlled, yet max-effort approach. Jake’s fastball is currently 85-87 mph with a high on the day of 88 mph. His fastball has life and ride, and really gets on hitters. Filled the zone all afternoon while displaying good control and average command for his age. Curve was clocked at 74-75 mph, had three-quarters break with depth. Was confident in his abilities to mix pitches and did so in all counts. Very high upside. Currently a verbal commitment to University of Georgia. Good student.

Riley Stanford (2022, Gainesville, Ga.) is a highly-touted, extremely athletic outfielder from Gainesville, Ga. An incoming sophomore in the fall at Buford High School, Stanford stands at a burly, high-wasted, 6-foot-4, 182 pounds with room to fill to reach physically maturity, but is still very strong and athletic in his current state. Long arms and legs. As close to a five-tool player as you can see. Stanford has out-performed his competition at both the plate and on the mound during PG tournaments & showcases so far and that performance continued during the one game seen at 2019 Southeast Memorial Day Classic. At the plate, Stanford sets up with a square stance, hands high at his ear, and a deep knee bend. Has a very sound approach at the plate and has demonstrated good rhythm and timing in the box. Currently a very tough out, Stanford uses his good eye and quick wrists to spray the ball around the yard with consistency. Creates good leverage, which will lead to future plus power down the line. Power projection is easy and it translates well into game situation. Long strider, has enough speed for his position at this time. Makes all the plays in the outfield taking clean routes to all balls. Good reads, and has confidence. On the mound he used a balanced, up-tempo full windup delivering from the third base side of the rubber. Loads up well on his back side and has a drop-and-drive leg kick which helps him really extend down the mound, getting into his legs. Arm works well, and has a free and easy arm action, with small show in back, yet consistently comes over top and releases out front at a three-quarters slot. Fastball was 90-91 mph with natural tail and sink. Curve was relatively slurvy, yet good enough to keep hitters off balance and received many chase results. Changeup was 82-84 mph with occasional deception and feel. Overall, very exciting player to watch with obvious high baseball IQ and skill. Currently ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 3 outfielder nationally, and No. 5 player overall for 2022. Top OF in Ga. for 2022.

David White (2021, Newnan, Ga.) is a tall, strong, athletically-framed RHP from Newnan, Ga., and attends The Heritage School, and will be a junior in the fall. Currently uncommitted, White is ranked by Perfect Game staff as the No. 3 RHP in the state of Ga. for the 2021 class, as well as the No. 11 player overall. No windup guy, yet continually showed the ability to load up on his backside, get in his legs, and drive down the mound. Arm works well, and has a short, free and easy arm action. Displayed an advanced three-pitch mix throughout his outing, which consisted of a fastball mostly 82-84 mph, yet in the early going sat 88-89 mph, touching 90 mph. Fastball jumps out of his hand and has riding life. Deceptive pitch that gets on hitters quick. Curve was 73-74 mph with bite when he got out front. Good rotation. Changeup (77-78 mph) had fade and showed the ability to occasionally turn it over with feel. Went right at the opposing lineup. As he began to tire, showed maturity while shifting his focus to pitching to contact and racked up a lot of outs. A good student in the classroom, on top of the fact that White has earned multiple All-Tournament Team selections at PG events in the past.

Damien Whitfield 
(2021, Atlanta, Ga.) is a tall, strong, athletically-built lefthanded pitcher from Atlanta, Ga. who attends Next Level Academy. The incoming junior in the fall showed to be in complete control on the mound on day three of the 2019 Southeast Memorial Day Classic. Currently the No. 6 ranked LHP in the 2021 class in Ga., Whitfield stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds. A dominating presence on the mound, Whitfield uses that to his advantage and really comes at hitters with no fear. Delivering from the third base side of the rubber, he does a good job at loading up on his backside and really extending down the mound. Arm works well and has a quick, free and easy arm action, and creates extra snap out front with his long arms as he extends towards the plate upon release. Good finish and gets in a good fielding position as well. Showcased a two-pitch mix of a fastball (85-87 mph) which had angle and occasional cut. Curveball had nicethree-quarters break and was regularly registering in the high 70’s (76-79 mph). Really filled up the zone with both pitches, yet control is better than command to this point. Good student. Exciting to see how he develops down the line. A very high upside potential here.

– Matt Arietta

Jordan Walker (2020, Stone Mountain, Ga.) continues to show why he is one of the top ranked third basemen in the country. The Duke commit flashed a lanky, projectable frame with plenty of room to fill out and some serious strength already present. He was a force at the plate in bracket play, knocking in multiple runs and driving the baseball deep for extra base hits. He liked to work with a narrow stance at the plate while slightly open picking up the baseball early out of the pitcher’s hand. He took a short, compact swing while creating some bat lag and great extension through the baseball. He showed that he can get it done defensively as well with a strong glove and an even better arm across the diamond. He tallied a huge walk-off RBI double in the quarterfinals to push his team deeper in the playoffs.

Garrett Spikes (2020, Lawrenceville, Ga.) flashed some brilliance at the plate in bracket play. The tall, athletic outfielder proved why he is a Georgia commit while batting over .400 in the playoffs, knocking in multiple runs. The smooth-swinging lefty took an all fields approach to the plate while cutting down striking out to a minimum. He worked with high hands, creating some good separation while moving toward a line drive swing plane. Spikes flashed very strong, fast hands and relied on them heavily throwing the barrel at the baseball. He projects well with his tools and his confidence at the plate growing week by week.

Jacob Wright (2020, Ringgold, Ga.) pitched brilliantly in the quarterfinals of bracket play in Saturday’s action. The righthanded pitcher worked with a longer arm action and an over-the-top delivery. He pounded the lower half of the zone while working in and out showing no fear in throwing any pitch in any situation. Wright proved himself to be a true gamer, with mound presence oozing off of him. His fastball was sitting in the mid-80’s, topping out at 87 mph with some arm side run and heavy actions to it while throwing a slurvy curveball in the low-70’s with some serious spin. He threw a complete game one-hitter in the playoffs pushing his team deeper into the playoffs. Not to mention he threw less than 100 pitches. The uncommitted Wright is on the way to making a name for himself.

– Drew Wesolowski

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