Tournaments | Story | 6/2/2019

PG-East Cobb Invite: Day 3 Recap

Drew Wesolowski         Jacob Martin         Jacob Jordan         Colton Olinger         Brian Treadway         Matthew Arietta        
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Sam Blancato (2019 Marietta, Ga.) showed a medium frame with a very athletic build. The switch-hitting middle infielder took a simple approach to the plate and relied on fast hands to get the job done. He sprayed the baseball to all fields with a short-to-it, long-through-it swing while getting extended. Blancato recorded a big triple during Saturday’s action, driving one deep into the right center gap and scoring shortly after he reached third base. The Georgia Southern commit also got it done in the infield, fielding the baseball out front and working through it with a solid, accurate arm.  

Caleb Sanders (2021 Auburn, Ala.) flashed a taller frame with a mature build and some room to fill in the future. He liked to work with a longer arm action and then delivered from a three-quarters arm slot. The projectable lefthanded pitcher continuously worked downhill and mixed up pitches. He pounded the strike zone while working in and out. He also did a good job of keeping baserunners in check and picked off a couple runners. His fastball sat in the low-80s and he backed that up with an 11-to-5 curveball in the upper-60s. Sanders finished his outing with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched while picking up the win. 

Zion Spearman (2019 Philadelphia, Pa.) showcased a larger frame with a very strong, stocky build. The righthanded hitter started from a narrower stance and then created some separation. With high hands, he looked to drive the baseball out of the ball park and has shown he can this week. The University of Pittsburgh commit created some bat lag and got his hands extended showing off the bat speed. He took a gap-to-gap approach to the plate and looked for power to the pull side. He recorded a triple to his name this morning and is hitting .639 through the first three games of the tournament. 

Caleb Bohn (2020 Cumming, Ga.) flashed a lanky frame with a lean, athletic look and very strong lower half. The righthanded pitcher flashed a longer arm action and delivered from an over-the-top arm slot. He did a good job of deceiving hitters and he filled up the zone while doing so. He showed maturing mechanics and stayed on plane during his outing. His four-seam fastball sat in the mid- to upper-80’s while topping out at 88. He complimented the heater with a nice two-seam that sat in the upper-70’s with some serious arm side run. He topped those two pitches off with a slurvy curveball in the mid- to high-70’s that had tight spin. Bohn struck out one batter while going 2 1/3 innings.

– Drew Wesolowski

Garrett Mangione (2020, McCalla, Ala.) is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound catcher with an ability to throw runners out behind the dish and hit the ball hard. With that projectable frame, the righthanded hitter could be a legitimate source of power in the future. He employs a small leg kick after starting in a crouched stance. His swing is typically led with his hands before the barrel of the bat extends into the hitting zone on a level plane. In his game on day three of pool play, he lined a ball hard into right-center for an RBI triple. He also has an above-average eye at the plate with discipline to match; it is tough to get Mangione to swing at pitches outside of the zone. Behind the plate, his feet are surprisingly quick in comparison to his size. The quickness of his feet aides in his ability to block pitches and throw to bases. He registered warm-up pop times right around two seconds down to second base. He threw out the first attempted base stealer of the game and nobody else tried to run on his above-average arm after that.

– Jake Martin

Treyson Hughes (2021, Valdosta, Ga.) produced a solid day at the plate on Saturday for 5 Star National 16u Burress. The lefthanded hitter went 2-for-2 on the day, and both hits were hard line drives to center field. A West Virginia commit, Hughes’ long lanky 6-foot-2, 168-pound frame leaves him plenty of room to grow. Hughes was his team’s extra hitter, so he did not make an appearance in the field but showed promise at the plate. He gets into his lower half well, creating torque, and gets good extension down through zone with gap-to-gap power.

Brogan Napier (2021, Saint Augustine, Fla.) put together a solid relief appearance Saturday afternoon. Although Napier is a primary third baseman, he showed he can project as a righthanded pitcher as well. The uncommitted 15-year-old commanded a fastball that sat in the 80-84 mph zone but touched 86, and slurvy curveball that ranged from 68-72 mph. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has a fluid arm action and gets good arm extension out behind him in his wind up. A high three-quarters arm slot and quick delivery earned Napier his final line of two innings pitched, no hits, and a strikeout.

Ethan Campbell (2021, Youngstown, Fla.) showed his projectability in the infield Saturday for 5 Star National 16u Burress. Campbell had a slow day at the plate going 0-for-1 with a walk, however, the Florida commit played a lights out game at shortstop. The 6-foot, 170-pounder showcased a fluid arm actions, quick athletic transfers, strong accurate throws, and impressive range. With a lean athletic frame, the 16-year-old has plenty of room to fill out continue to build muscle.

Jackson Baumeister (2021, Jacksonville, Fla.) closed out the final pool play game for 5 Star National 16u Burress in dominant fashion. The Florida State commit posted a final line of 1 1/3 innings pitched, no hits, no runs, two strikeouts, and two walks. The righthander relied heavily on his fastball that looked effortless but sat in the 87-89 mph range. Although the primary catcher struggled briefly with command, he recovered quickly by forcing a popup to end the game. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder projects extremely well. At 16 years old, Jackson’s movements on the mound mimic that of pitchers well beyond his years. With a high three-quarters arm slot, a high leg lift, and extension that gets him downhill, all the ingredients for projected success on the mound going forward are there.

Roy "Bubba" Chandler (2021, Bogart, Ga.) threw a gem Saturday morning for Team Halo. Although the game ended in a 1-1 tie, the uncommitted righthander put on a winning performance. With a final line of four innings pitched, three hits, one unearned run, no walks, and eight strikeouts, it is safe to say he dominated his start. The righthander showed a three-pitch mix — his fastball with arm side run sat in the 84-87 mph range with several hitting 89. A sharp slider in the 73-77 mph range showed nasty bite and gave hitters fits. Chandler also flashed changeups to lefties in the 76-78 mph range. As far as projectability goes, this 16-year-old has a lot of it. The arm action is fluid, pitches look effortless, and he gets into his lower half well.

Michael Braswell (2021, Mableton, Ga.) had an electrifying closing appearance Saturday for Team Halo. The South Carolina commit was dominant, striking out three batters and only allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings pitched. The long lanky righthander commanded a 87-89 mph fastball, spotting up well in the zone, paired with a 72-74 mph power slider. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a whipping arm action. He projects as a player.

– Jacob Jordan

Mason Griffin (2020, Austin, Ark.) displayed an electric arm on day three of pool play, striking out seven and only allowing one hit through four innings of work. His high leg kick allows him to generate a ton of power on his back side as he explodes down the mound through his delivery. Plus command of his upper-80’s fastball that topped out at 91 mph allowed him to stay ahead in the count all day. Once ahead in the count, Griffin was able to put batters away with big curveball. The curveball sat 71-73 mph and had a consistent 12-6 shape. With a quick arm and a strong athletic build, he projects as he continues to add strength and consistency to his fastball velocity.

Reid Robertson (2020, Marietta, Ga.) the Dallas Baptist commit displayed some serious pop from the left side of the plate. His balanced approach and quick hands combined with his smooth bat path allowed him to drive a triple over the center fielder’s head late in the game. Playing center field, Robertson showcased his speed and athleticism running down balls hit deep in the gaps with relative ease. With a 5-foot-10, 150-pound frame, he projects well to continue to fill out and add even more power and speed.

Zane Faulk (2020, Phenix City, Ala.) the No. 1-ranked catcher in the state of Alabama for the 2020 class displayed some serious power at the plate. In his first at-bat he drove a ball deep to center field, then followed that up with a home run to left-center in his second at bat. His power is provided through his strong lower half, quick hands, and high finish which also allows him to create backspin and carry on the ball. Behind the plate he showed great feet and a cannon of an arm, consistently throwing sub 2.00 pop times to second base. His soft hands and body control allow him to work behind the ball and stick it for strikes on the edges of the zone.

– Colt Olinger

Cole Mathis (2021 Cataula, Ga.) had a strong presence at the plate as he was a main supplier of offense for his team. The righthanded batter does not have a lot of movement with his batting stance, while keeping his hands low. The College of Charleston commit showed his power by leading off the game by hitting a home run to left field, followed by a triple and a double, ending the game a single shy of the cycle. The 6-foot-1 third baseman makes good contact with the ball, muscling the ball in every direction on the field. He has pretty good speed for his size on the bases. Mathis’s fielding is a plus, being able to move around at third base well. He has a good arm and has a smooth transition from the glove to his throwing hand.

Luke Hasty (2021 Phenix City, Ala.) started at designated hitter for 5 Star West and really put on a show. The righthanded batter stands at 5-foot-11 but when he gets to the plate, he squats in an open stance, making him look more like 5-foot-5 or so. Hasty has a lot of power in his swing and he doesn’t change his power swing approach even with a two-strike count. When he did make contact with the ball, he sent a three-run home run over the center field fence and sprinted around the bases as his team took home the win.

Angel Alverio (2021 Niceville, Fla.) carried swagger on the field as he took shortstop in his white Nike cleats and a white right arm sleeve. His look wasn’t the only thing that was impressive as he was also a slick fielder. The uncommitted shortstop has good mechanics fielding grounders at shortstop, though the throw to first could be more accurate. On the bases, the uncommitted shortstop had good read with pitches in the dirt, always advancing on pitches that the catcher couldn’t corral.

Trey Carter (2020 Martinsville, Va.) looked like a man among boys as the Florida State commit helped 5 Star National 17U Moss/Snyder take home the win. Carter started his first at-bat with a screaming line drive down the left field line and showed his speed by making it a double and eventually coming around to score. He stands relatively straight up in the box, with a slightly open stance, showing his whole 212-pound frame. Carter showed why he is one of the highest ranked outfielders in the nation as he has a very quick swing that generates a lot of power.

Allen Grier (2019 Atlanta, Ga.) showed why Chattanooga State Technical CC wanted him on their team as he showed his all-around game in Georgia Bombers 17U Gaines win. The 6-foot center fielder carries a good size and build for a center fielder. He has a long swing but makes good contact with the ball as he goes with the pitch rather than try to pull it every time. The Atlanta native is aggressive on the base paths and can get himself out of tough situations because of his speed. His ferociousness stealing bases forces teams to make plays and he takes advantage when there are errors or lapses on defense.

Brett Roberts (2019 Atlanta, Ga.) is a smooth defender at shortstop. The Atlanta native can make good judgements with balls hit his way and is aware of where he is at on the field and where others are. He has a good understanding of the game and not only makes the plays that need to be made, but he knows which plays he can make and doesn’t force anything. He has soft hands and makes a quick transition from the glove hand to his throwing hand. The Tennessee Tech commit is quick on the base paths as well, stealing a handful of bases with good jumps, not even having to slide into the base as no throw was even made to get him.

– Brian Treadway

Spencer Borgel (2020, Powder Springs, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 176-pound lefthanded pitcher from Hillgrove High School in his hometown of Powder Springs, Ga. The incoming senior took the ball for East Cobb Astros 18u this afternoon, at the East Cobb Complex and lived up to all the hype he has been receiving at Perfect Game events to this point. Currently ranked as the third-best left-hander in the state for the 2020 class, and No. 30 nationally for lefthanded pitchers, the uncommitted lefty showed a lot to like on the mound Saturday. Spencer uses a smooth and steady paced windup, where he really uses his lower half and fills up the bottom of the strike zone with all three of his pitches. Borgel’s repertoire consisted of a mid-80’s fastball that displayed heavy sink at times, a high-70’s slider with proper tilt and feel, and a mid-70’s change- with good fade and sell. In a shortened outing (two innings), Borgel was able to fan two batters, but also induced a lot of weak contact throughout his start. Looked in control on the mound and exudes confidence. Demonstrated solid feel for pitching. Has the makings to be an exciting collegiate arm in the future. It will be nice to see him continue to develop for years to come. Very high upside.

Cameron Miller (2020, Phoenix, Ariz.) is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound righthanded pitcher from Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, Arizona. An incoming senior in the fall, Miller has a dominating figure on the mound, and still might be a way away from reaching physical maturity, as he has some room to fill on his frame. Miller got the start this afternoon for Wildfire Baseball and did not disappoint those in attendance. Cameron went 4 1/3 innings and fanned seven Fierce Baseball hitters on his way to collecting the win for his team. Miller uses good mechanics in his windup and looked in control on the mound all afternoon. Miller’s repertoire consisted of a mid-70’s fastball and a low-60’s curveball with good shape and depth. Miller stayed around the strike zone throughout his start, showing good control of all three pitches and recorded near a 60 percent strike percentage on the day. He came out of the gate on fire, mixing all three pitches in all counts and carried a two-hitter through the first four innings on the way to collecting a win after leaving the game in the fifth. Very high upside righthander, interesting prospect to follow into the coming year.

Justin Parrish (2019, Dacula, GA.) is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound, right-handed starting pitcher from Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, GA. The North Florida commit performed very well on the mound this afternoon going 4 2/3 innings racking up six K’s in the process. Parish showcased a rather up-tempo windup and really showed to use his lower half, consistently driving down the mound, which helped him keep his three-pitch mix low in the zone all afternoon. Parish delivers from a high three-quarters arm slot and showed a repertoire of a mid-80’s fastball with some sink, a curveball (75-76 mph) with depth and good shape, and a changeup (77-78 mph) with fade and feel. He also disguised his changeup well, which made it the better of his two off-speed offerings. Parish showed the ability to mix all three pitches in all counts this afternoon as he filled up the zone, producing some swings and misses as well as weak contact from a good East Cobb Astros 17u Orange squad. Parish also showed the ability to field his position with athleticism. A really athletic kid with a promising future ahead.

Harrison Pickett (2021, Chandler, Ariz.) is a 5-foot-8, 138-pound shortstop who attends Hamilton High School, the reigning state champions, in his hometown of Chandler, Az. The righthanded hitting middle infielder was in control all afternoon at the plate going 4-for-4 on the day, which he paired with two stolen bases. Pickett uses a simple approach at the plate and stayed balanced through contact. He uses a slightly open stance with hands near his ear. A small step for timing starts his swing and he does a great job keeping his hands back and close to his body through hip fire. He demonstrated good hand-eye coordination as well as he continually got on plane of the pitches he saw and sprayed them to the gaps with line-drive results. Very good athletically, which also translated not only to the base paths but to shortstop as well. In the field he was seen to have good range and soft hands, making all plays hit his way. Pickett has a strong, above-average arm which he uses to his advantage from all over the position. Throws were consistently on line and with zip. Currently uncommitted yet very young. Good future ahead. Definitely a ballplayer to follow moving forward. Caught a lot of eyes today with all facets of his game. Hard to miss.

Nolan Sliver (2022, McDonough, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 137-pound righthanded pitcher from McDonough, Ga., who attends Ola High School in his hometown. The incoming sophomore took the mound this afternoon for Bigstix Gamers 2022 and showed advanced pitchability, and tremendous upside for his age. Sliver is a tall, lanky kid with room to fill on his young frame. He uses an up-tempo windup with really good, clean, unrestricted arm action. He showed the ability to disguise his repertoire well throughout his appearance which aided in his ability to get ahead of hitters and keep them off balance. Fastball registered in the low 80’s with run and tail. Curveball had slurve-like action to it, yet generated a lot of swing and miss, especially when mixed with his upper-60’s changeup. Showed decent feel for his change, which added to his value moving forward even though he has plenty of time to develop further. Exciting to watch compete. Bulldog like mentality on the mound.

– Matt Arietta

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