Tournaments | Story | 5/31/2019

PG-East Cobb Invite: Day 1 Recap

Drew Wesolowski         Colton Olinger         Brian Treadway         Matthew Arietta         Jacob Jordan        
Photo: Andruw Jones (Perfect Game)

Eamonn Woods (2020, Nashville, Tenn.) showcased a medium frame with an athletic build in his outing early Thursday morning to kick off pool play. The righthanded pitcher flashed a fluid arm action with easy velo. His over-the-top arm action helped him work downhill and pound the lower half of the zone. His fastball sat in the mid- to high-80s topping out at 87 showing arm side run with heavy sink. He also had a nice changeup sitting in the upper-70s with late break in his arsenal. His third pitch was a tight spinning 11-to-5 curveball in the mid-70s. Woods went 4 2/3 innings while striking out four batters and only giving up two hits.

Tristan Tidwell (2020, Griffin, Ga.) proved to be a tough out at the plate early in pool play. He showed a medium frame with a strong, fast-twitch type build. With a confidence at the dish, he flashed high hands while creating good separation. His quick hands helped him drive the baseball to each part of the field. Tidwell utilized a downhill swing plane to create backspin and did so efficiently. While he was good at the plate, he also showed some strong mechanics in the field with a strong, accurate arm across the diamond. He drove in a run while tallying a double to his name and scored another run himself in helping his team get the victory in their first game of pool play.

CJ Kachmar (2020, Lilburn, Ga.) showed a bigger frame with a very strong build with projectable attributes. The righthanded outfielder showed above-average speed for his size and roamed the outfield with intent. He also proved to be a threat at the plate. He created some serious lag with great extension through the baseball creating loud contact. He knocked a big double down the left field line, adding an RBI to his name. He helped lead his team to a victory early in pool play action to kick off the weekend.

Hunter Gulledge (2021, Dallas, Ga.) flashed a lanky frame with plenty of room to fill out down the road. The righthanded pitcher showed a compact arm action, hiding the baseball from hitters. He liked to work from an over-the-top arm slot and worked downhill. With pure strength, the sky is the limit for the lanky righty. He flashed a mid-80s fastball with some sink to it. His off-speed stuff consisted of a late diving changeup in the low-70s and a slurvy type curveball in the mid-70s. He struck out six batters in five innings pitched.

Tarrus Garrett (2021 Saraland, Ala.) showed a bigger frame with a very lean build. He proved that he was very confident while oozing with mound presence. He worked with a fluid motion while gaining ground and staying on plane. Garrett liked to work from a three-quarters arm slot and pounded the zone. With his mature build, he is very projectable. He flashed a fastball in low-80s while topping out at 84 with some good arm side run. His off-speed stuff consisted of a big 11-to-5 curveball in the mid-60s with great bite to it. He got the win for his team in the first game of pool play while striking out three hitters in 3 1/3 innings pitched.

Revy “Trey” Higgins (2021, Anniston, Ala.) showcased a huge frame with a very mature build. The smooth swinging lefthanded hitter created some serious separation and then utilized quick hands to find the barrel on the baseball. He took an all-fields approach to the plate and was very aggressive. He took the first fastball he saw of the tournament right back up the middle for a line drive single. Higgins is showing as a power hitting outfielder with above-average speed, especially with his projectable frame. He also showed his glove in the outfield while roaming center field with confidence.

– Drew Wesolowski

Lucas Moore (2023, West Chester, Ohio) is a lefthanded hitting second baseman/outfielder who helped stretch the Cincinnati Spikes 14u lead in their opening game of the East Cobb Invitational with a big two-RBI single to left-center field. Moore utilized his quick compact swing to rope a line drive single over the shortstop’s head. His quick hands and balanced stance allow Moore to let the ball travel and drive it from gap to gap. On the bases, Moore displayed good speed and a great feel for reading pitchers by stealing three bases on the day. With a 5-foot-9, 145-pound frame, Moore projects well to continue to add strength as he continues to grow and mature.

Braedyn Moore (2023, Hamilton, Ohio) displayed his great athleticism in all aspects of the game. Getting the start at third base, Moore showed great first step quickness and range with his ability to go side-to-side and charge the ball. At the plate, Moore was able to reach base safely in all three of his plate appearances including beating out an infield single to start the game. Once on the bases, Moore racked up four stolen bases. With his 5-foot-10, 155-pound fame, Moore showed some present strength which will only continue to evolve as he matures by smashing a ground-rule double to left field. Moore’s quick hands and great use of his lower half throughout his swing allow him to drive the ball to all parts of the field.

– Colton Olinger

Andruw Jones (2022, Suwanee, Ga.) has really good size for his age as 643 DP Cougars 15u Montgomery took on Pro Hitting Prospects. The 6-foot-2, 15-year-old started at shortstop for the team and later moved to center field. At the plate, the righthander stands straight up with his stance slightly open and his hands high up to his head. As the ball comes to the plate, his stride still remains slightly open. Instead of his lead foot going back towards the pitcher, it aims towards the gap between shortstop and second base. He has a quick swing and a quick path to the ball. On the basepaths, he shows a capability to make reads on balls hit to the outfield, quickly recognizing when the ball won’t get caught and advancing before a play can even be made. At shortstop, he made a couple athletic plays, getting ground balls that seemed out of range. When he has time to make the across body throw, he can get some strength behind it and make the throw accurately.

Wyatt England (2020, Watkinson, Ga.) stepped up in relief for Rawlings Southeast 17u National and turned in a dazzling performance. He has a slow windup that doesn’t seem too complicated to replicate. As the righthander raises his left leg, he looks down and away from the plate. This doesn’t seem to cause an issue with his command as he seemed to be in control of all of his pitches. He was able to have good control of his breaking ball as the big curve was able to be dropped in for strikes on command. After each pitch, he never turned his back to the batter. He would back pedal to the mound and start his windup or stretch.

Adam Love (2020, Roswell, Ga.) showed his stuff as he came on in relief for 643 DP Cougars 17u Pralgo. After a bit of a rough beginning, Love came on and held things down for 643 by turning in 3 1/3 innings of help. He was able to gather quite a few swing and misses. He doesn’t have a windup as he only pitches from the stretch. When he delivers the ball to the plate, the righthander’s left leg just barely crosses his right knee and then he shotputs the ball to the plate. He didn’t have overly dominating velocity today, but what he threw out there did its job effectively. His pickoff move was outstanding as he was able to put the ball right above the base a few times and got one runner off the base paths.

Michael Izzi (2020, Johns Creek, Ga.) started at catcher for Rawlings Southeast 17u National and showed his catching prowess, as he was able to move his body around behind the plate to frame pitches effectively. You can tell he was enjoying being behind the plate. He had a monster day on offense as well, as he collected three RBI for his team in the winning effort. He showed the ability to hit the ball to different sides of the field with his contact. He has good contact with pitches, though his power may not be there fully yet.

John Armstrong (2020, Marietta, Ga.) displayed his effectiveness at the plate for 643 DP Cougars 17u Pralgo, gathering a couple of hits for the team and scoring a run. He has good speed on the base paths and doesn’t make mistakes while he is out there. His arm strength is negated by his quick hands as he is able to make the transfer from his glove to throwing hand rather quickly, allowing him a good shot at quick runners from across the diamond. At the plate, he is able to go down and get a low-and-inside pitch, as he took it for a double down the left field line, allowing the righthanded batter a double.

– Brian Treadway

James DuBose (2023, Sharpsburg, Ga.) DuBose is a 5-foot-9, 152-pound corner outfielder. DuBose steps to the plate wanting to hit, and that was what he did all afternoon. DuBose has a square step up with a deep knee bend and hands outside his peck. A small step starts his swing, as he did a nice job getting loaded up on his backside. A patient hitter, James consistently stayed quiet in the box, and then used his quick wrists and feel for the barrel to regularly get on plane and attack the baseball, with bat speed spraying it to the gaps all afternoon. DuBose made contact in each at-bat during his first game at Brook Run, Crawford Field, and followed up his keen hit tool with decent speed out of the box and on the bases. DuBose also performs well in the outfield and has what is developing into a strong arm, which could profile to right field down the line. He is certainly a ballplayer you want to make a note of moving forward. DuBose has been named to an all-tournament team in the past and will be well on his way once again if his hit tool continues to produce this weekend. Excellent student.

Jaylon Lucky (2022, Atlanta, Ga.) is a 5-foot-11, 145-pound utility player who uses his highly skilled, quick twitch, good baseball actions all over the diamond. This kid is a ballplayer. Jaylon is a thin, athletically built, righthanded hitter who sets up with an open stance and hands high by his ear. Small step to square starts his swing, and he does a great job at loading his hands back and matching plane to most deliveries he sees. He showed the ability to make strong contact through the ball, and early feel for the wood bat. Lucky led things off for Home Plate Chili Dogs 14u Dyal this afternoon at Brook Run Park and showcased a patient, easy swing with bat control and power to the gaps. On the bases, he stayed alert and was light on his feet. Good acceleration. Plays all over the field with a good glove and actions. Good baseball player currently and will only develop further as he progresses through his high school career. Very high upside guy. Exciting to watch. The 2022 grad performs well in the classroom as well.

Matthew Bihm (2020, Clinton, La.) performed very well this afternoon at Brook Run Park, Crawford Field, and backed up his No. 5 OF ranking by PG staff in the state of La. and the No. 12 overall rank in the state for the 2020 class. Bihm displayed sound hitting mechanics and sprayed the ball all over the field in each at-bat. Bihm has average future hit and run tool grades and it will definitely be exciting watching him develop in those areas his senior year and throughout college. Currently uses a line drive approach and swing path but all signs point to him developing more lift as he continues to add size and strength. Bihm is quick on his feet and used long strides to easily go first to third on a ball he struck deep to the pull side gap. He showed good actions in the outfield and makes all plays hit to him routinely. Good student.

Zac Corbin (2019, Jefferson, Ga.) Corbin is a switch hitting, shortstop from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, GA. The 2019 grad is headed to Kennesaw State in the fall, and from what we saw this afternoon, the Owls are getting a player that will be able to contribute as soon as he steps on campus. Facing a lefthander on the mound during his at-bats this afternoon at Brook Run, Crawford Field, he hit from the right side and consistently attacked the ball while in the box. He showed the ability to turned it loose with excellent bat speed and kept his barrel through the hitting zone a long time. Demonstrated a good eye at the plate as well. A good runner, the long strider showed ability to go first-to-third with speed and easy actions. Very alert on the bases as well. Solid defender up the middle and displayed range and soft hands making all plays pairing them with strong, accurate, on-line throws across the diamond. A true baseball player by definition. Solid competitor who exudes confidence. Good student. Top-500 prospect in the class of 2019. Also was named to the Southeast Region Preseason All-American (Honorable Mention) team by Perfect Game in the spring. High ceiling talent. Exciting to watch play the game.

Michael Fowler (2020, Trussville, Ala.) Fowler is a very athletic, high-waisted, RHP. Fowler took the ball in relief for Team Georgia 17u National, and instantly showed why he is such a high-rated prospect. Fowler sets up on the third base side of the rubber, with good posture and balance. He uses a high, quick leg kick and uses that momentum well as he loads on his backside and drives down the mound. Arm works well and has a long circle in back yet quick arm action. Delivers from a low three-quarters slot. Has a lot of deception through delivery which adds to his pitchability. Showcased an advanced four pitch mix in his short outing on the day which consisted of a fastball (87 –89 mph), curve (75–76 mph), slider (79 –81 mph), and changeup (74 –75 mph). Fastball had life and angle with good control and average command in its current state. Moved in and out on the corners throughout his outing. Slider was best off-speed delivery with deception and heavy tilt and bite at times. Curve showed depth and the ability to really bury in the end. Lastly, he showed good feel for his changeup and maintained his arm speed which helped add to its deception. A lot of pitchability here. Very good athlete. Definitely has the skillset currently to perform in the SEC. Good prospect. Definitely a follow guy moving forward. Good student in the classroom as well.

Sam Stratton (2020, Alpharetta, Ga.) is a 5-foot-9, 150-pound lefthanded pitcher from Alpharetta, GA. Stratton started for Team GA 17U National at Brook Run, Crawford Field this afternoon and the southpaw did a great job pitching with the lead early which nearly helped propel his team to a tournament win. Currently ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 16 left-handed starting pitcher in Ga., and right outside the Top-150 in his class nationally, Sam took the ball and really showcased advanced pitchability on the mound. Sam has a long and lean athleticbuild with room to fill. He uses a clean, up-tempo windup from the third base side of the rubber. He swings his front leg up and back into his leg kick, which really loads his weight on his backside. Demonstrating good rhythm and timing, he shows the ability to stay on time and on-line throughout his motion and start. Stratton stayed consistent all afternoon using his high three-quarters slot which helped add deception and mask all four of his pitches, making each really hard to pick up for the batters he faced. Sam filled the zone with his three pitch mix which consisted of a fastball (83 –85 mph) with angle and life, and a curveball (70 –71 mph) with good rotation, depth, and late bite. Generated a lot of swing-and-miss with his curve. Used his changeup seldomly, yet when he threw it, he had conviction and the pitch had late dive in the zone arm side. Definitely could develop into a solid three pitch mix down the line. Very high upside here. Filled the zone throughout his outing. Consistent All-Tournament Team selection in a number of Perfect Game events since 2016. Received honorable mention on the 2019 Preseason Underclass All-American list by Perfect Game. Exciting future ahead.

Kyle Booker (2020, Southaven, Miss.) currently has a very strong build, and athletic frame. The lefthanded hitting Booker sets up in the box with a slightly open stance and high hands outside his ear. He uses a large, slow leg kick with some hesitation as he steps back towards his backside and then extends forward as the pitch is released for timing. He keeps his weight back very well and has excellent hand-eye coordination which led to a lot of barreled up baseballs on the afternoon. He has the ability to make a lot of strong contact, and it translates into his game performance as he consistently stayed on plane and wasn’t fooled by off-speed pitches in any of his at-bats. He sprayed hits into the gaps three times on the afternoon, and displayed speed and awareness thereafter on the base paths. Booker is a great athlete and his tools didn’t stop at the bat. He was able to move well in the outfield and get to all balls hit his way, showing really good range and glove tool. Speed plays in all facets of his game. Very athletic. Fun to watch play the game. The University of Tennessee commit is currently ranked as the No. 2 outfielder in the state of Miss. and No. 8 overall prospect in the state for the class of 2020. Was named to the PG Preseason Underclass All-American High Honorable Mention List. Has been named to a number of All Tournament Teams at PG organized events in the past since 2016. Very high ceiling here. Good student.

– Matt Arietta

Christian Smith (2021, Atlanta, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound lefthanded outfielder that is committed to Vanderbilt. Smith has long legs with a lean athletic build. The Vandy commit plays center field with ease. Accurate reads and a quick first step paired with speed give Smith excellent range, as well as the ability to be a gap-to-gap defender. At the plate, Smith flashed a compact swing and quick hands. Smith also showcased his speed with an infield single, and an extra-base hit.

Nick Block (2019, Woodstock, Ga.) is a corner outfielder committed to Walters State Community College. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Block looks to be solid muscle with a muscular build on a lean frame. In left field, Block flashed a strong arm, an ability to read balls well, and a quick-twitch first step. At the plate, the righthander stands tall in the box and gets full extension through the zone. The swing allows Block to transfer all his momentum forward and through the baseball, generating power.

Ryan Lobus (2019, Woodstock, Ga.) showed projectability and promise Thursday in a late inning relief appearance. The Chattanooga Technical Community College commit ran his fastball up to 89 mph while sitting in the 86-88 mph zone. A 72 mph slider with depth proved to be an effective secondary for Lobus, who also flashed a changeup at 76. The righthander is long and lanky with a three-quarters arm slot; he gets his arm fully extended in the back of his delivery and maintains a fluid effortless movement throughout.

Davis Newman (2022, Woodstock, Ga.) looked like a man among boys Thursday in a shortened game, going 1-1 with a walk and run scored. Newman did not play the field, instead he batted in the five-hole as an extra hitter. With a 6-foot, 190-pound frame, Newman is lean and strong and still shows room for growth. His body and power are highly projectable. Smith’s swing showed promise as well. The swing is fluid, and without a hitch he gets into his lower half well and gets his hands down though the zone. The uncommitted 14-year-old will be fun to follow as he shows promising growth and potential. 

– Jacob Jordan

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