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PG-East Cobb Invite: Day 4 Recap

Drew Wesolowski         Brian Treadway         Colton Olinger         Jacob Jordan         Jacob Martin         Matthew Arietta        
Photo: Blake Money (Perfect Game)

2019 PG-East Cobb Invitational: 
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Blake Money (2020 Spring Hill, Tenn.) continued to show why he is one of the top prospects in his class. The LSU commit showed a huge frame with a very strong, mature build. He liked to work from a three-quarters arm slot and proved to be deceptive. He stayed on plane while pounding the lower half of the zone. He flashed a fastball with arm side run sitting in the low-90’s, topping out at 92. He also showed a big 11-5 curveball with tight spin in the upper-70’s and a changeup sitting in the low-80’s keeping hitters off balance. Money finished the day with a complete game, going seven innings and striking out six batters. He also picked up the win for his team to push them deeper in the playoffs.

Mack Williams (2020 Columbus, Ga.) showed a medium, physical frame with an athletic build. He roamed the outfield with great instincts while showing off a strong arm. The righthanded hitter showcased some power at the plate as well. He worked with a narrower stance and then got extended after separation. He relied heavily on his lower half and proved he could drive the baseball to all fields. He flashed a very quick bat and created some whip while getting his hands through the zone. He tallied a double off the right field wall in the playoffs this weekend. Williams is hitting .375 through four games this week. 

Caswell Smith (2019 Ball Ground, Ga.) showcased a large frame with a lean, mature build and a very strong lower half. The righthanded pitcher flashed some easy velo and held on to that velo for most of his outing today. He got it done on the mound from a three-quarters arm slot and a longer arm action. The College of Charleston commit is continuing to make a name for himself in the upcoming MLB Draft. His fastball sat in the low-90’s topping out at 93 and a nasty changeup in the low-80’s that looked like a fastball out of the hand. He also showed a slurvy curveball in the upper-70’s giving him three good pitches to dominate opposing hitters. He struck out four batters in his six innings pitched this weekend during the playoffs. 

Will Sanders (2020 Atlanta, Ga.) flashed a very lanky, lean frame with a projectable build showing plenty of room to fill out. The big righthanded pitcher kept a balanced motion and stayed in sync with his with upper half. He mixed up pitches very well and kept hitters off balance. The South Carolina commit worked with a fastball in the low-90’s while topping out at 92 with a very good changeup in the low-80’s. He also had a good hook with slider-type movement in the upper-70’s. He picked up the win in a complete game outing while striking out six batters. 

-Drew Wesolowski

Rem Maxwell (2021 Winder, Ga.) started in the outfield for Team Georgia Baseball Academy 16u but took the mound in relief. On the mound, Maxwell straightens his arm on delivery as he reels back and has an over-the-top delivery. The uncommitted righthander only works out of the stretch and has a slow delivery to the plate. His fastball touches upper-80’s consistently while maxing out at 89 mph with no tailing action. He also carries a 12-to-6 curveball that bottoms out with a velocity in the mid- to lower-70’s with the slowest curveball coming in at 71 mph.

Luke Ellis (2021 Somerville, Tenn.) took the mound for Team Georgia Baseball Academy 16u and showed life in his fastball. Ellis has a long three-quarters delivery. His windup is pretty slow but from the stretch he has a quick delivery to the plate. The southpaw’s fastball hits consistently 85-86 mph with tailing action that moves away from a righthanded batter. His breaking ball had more of a side-to-side movement. The uncommitted pitcher had good command of his curveball but can work on that fastball control.

Aiden Mastantuno (2021 Fleming Island, Fla.) started for 5 Star National at first base then followed up by pitching in relief. The Florida State commit worked fast on the mound, controlling the tempo of the game. Though his fastball isn’t deceptive, his curveball sure has a lot of movement. The southpaw was able to drop his 12-to-6 curve in for a strike on command. At the plate, the 6-foot-1 lefthander would stand tall with an open stance. He has power behind his swing but looks to make contact. The Fleming Island native goes with the pitch instead of pulling it. He showed good speed for his size on the extra-base hits he had in multiple at bats.

Jackson Baumeister (2021 Jacksonville, Fla.) called the game for 5 Star National and delivered a performance behind the plate in his team’s win. The 6-foot-3 catcher showed mobility behind the plate and can move easily to block balls from getting to the backstop. He helped his pitcher with his pitch framing, making sure they were able to get the strike called on borderline pitches a majority of the time. Baserunners were hesitant to steal bases because he has an excellent arm behind the plate.

DaShaun Richardson (2021 Duluth, Ga.) took the ball to start the game in the quarterfinal match for Rawlings Southeast 16u. Richardson starts from the windup but upon delivery, he doesn’t have a consistent arm angle when he delivers. For a majority of pitches, he will pitch over-the-top but on other pitches, he would switch between a three-quarters delivery or a sidearm delivery. The Duluth native has a good curveball when he throws over-the-top but there is little movement to it when throwing from the side. From the stretch, he would have a good delivery to the plate but would also switch between quick pitching or maintaining the same stretch. At the plate, he seeks to make contact with the ball. He is an athletic player and has good speed on the base paths.

-Brian Treadway

Evan Boyle (2019, McDonough, Ga.), the Georgia Tech commit, showed a lot to like in the first game of bracket play. The 6-foot-5, 188-pound lefty displayed a fastball at 83-86 mph and generated a lot of arm side action from his low three-quarters arm slot which proved to be difficult to pick up for lefthanded hitters. He showed a slider that sat 72-75 mph with some sharp break. His ability to keep hitters off balance with these two offerings allowed him to go five innings while striking out five. His long, lean build projects well to continue to add velocity as he continues to fill out.

Brayden Rowe (2020, Warrior, Ala.) the Alabama commit went 5 1/3 innings showing good command for all three of his pitches. His fastball topped out at 90 mph while sitting 86-88 with good plane and a strong command for the bottom of the zone. His upper-70’s curveball showed to be a plus pitch with tight spin, sharp break, and the ability to throw it in any count to keep hitters guessing. Late in the game he mixed in a changeup that sat in the upper-70’s with good, late sinking action. With a 6-foot, 180-pound frame and quick, effortless arm action he projects well moving forward with some added strength.

Reagan Burford (2020, Germantown, Tenn.), an Ole Miss commit, displayed his ability to continuously barrel up the baseball with some serious pull-side power. Going 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI, he was able to rope a double down the left field line and drive a ball over the left field foul pole for a home run. His simple, compact righthanded swing generates a lot of power through his legs and quick hands. In the field playing third base, Burford showed good first step quickness with soft hands and a strong arm. With a long projectable build, power should continue to develop as he continues to fill out.

Eli Copenhaver (2021, Birmingham, Ala.) attacked hitters with his fastball in all four quadrants of the zone. His three-quarters arm slot and cross-body delivery added some deception to his heavy mid-80’s fastball. His curveball showed good life with a 2-8 shape to it. His ability to command these two pitches in the zone allowed him to create weak contact throughout his six innings of work while mixing in five strikeouts. With a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame there is a lot to like moving forward as he continues to develop and fill out.

Louis Stallone (2020, Kings Park, N.Y.) projects with tremendous upside. The 6-foot-9 210-pound Arkansas commit displayed an effortless, smooth delivery with great downward plane through the bottom of the strike zone. With a fastball that sat 83-84 and topped out at 86 mph, the long righthander used his great extension to stay through the ball and create carry while getting plenty of swings and misses on his fastball. With his second offering, Stallone showed the ability to land his sharp breaking ball for strikes as well as swings and misses. With plenty of room to continue to fill out there is a lot to like about the high upside of the smooth righthander as he continues to fill out and mature.

-Colton Olinger

Dylan Lonergan (2023, Duluth, Ga.) showed incredible potential once more in the quarterfinals of the 14u Perfect Game East Cobb Invitational on Sunday. The righthanded pitcher struggled with command early with four walks but recovered well; tossing four innings, posting four strikeouts, and allowing only one run, which was earned on one hit. Perhaps the most impressive quality displayed in the performance was how fluid the arm action was. The 15-year-old’s fastball sat 84-87 mph the entire outing and it was extremely clean and easy. The fastball was paired with a sharp slider that also made an appearance, which sat in the 76-78 mph range. Strong, sturdy legs get him downhill to the point at which he releases from a high three-quarters arm slot. Lonergan will be a highly sought-after recruit, especially with his current 6-foot-1 190-pound frame.

Tommy Roldan (2023, Poolesville, Md.) put together an impressive outing Sunday, pitching 4 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, three walks, and giving up one earned run. The uncommitted lefty ran a fastball with arm-side run up to 81 mph but sat in the 76-79 mph range. Roldan also showed feel for a 12-6 curveball that he landed for strikes and buried in the dirt. The fastball and curve were both used to pound the strike zone all game, he showed excellent command of his pitches and throws with conviction. From a mechanics standpoint, a whippy lower three-quarters arm slot and long legs that allows the ball to get down plane, paired with a quick but controlled delivery make the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder extremely effective.

Cannon Duncan (2022, Suwanee, Ga.) is a strong, physical catcher that shows skill and poise behind the plate and power in the batter’s box. Starting with the frame, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has a large, projectable frame and fills out extremely well. Strong, sturdy legs and powerful forearms are easy to spot on Duncan. Behind the plate, the uncommitted 15-year-old sits low and comfortably. He has soft hands and receives well; he doesn’t jab at balls or flinch when catching. Moving well behind the plate, he keeps the ball in front of him and blocks well. At the plate, the righthanded hitter flashed pull-side power, hitting two balls to the warning track in left field. A narrow open stance with knees slightly bent, leads to a toe tap out front at which point Duncan fires his hips and gets his barrel extended down through the zone. The swing generates lift and easy power.

Jonathan Omar Vigoa (2022, Rome, Ga.) showed versatility Sunday for the Georgia Scorpions 14u, playing third base in the quarterfinals and catching in the semifinals of the 14u Perfect Game East Cobb Invitational. Not only did the uncommitted utilityman play sound defense at both positions and have a solid day at the plate, but he showed solid instincts on the base paths. Vigoa stole multiple bags in each game, getting good jumps every time and not getting caught once. In game one, the athlete went 1-for-1 with an RBI, two walks, and three runs scored. In game two, he went 1-for-2 with a double, walk, and run scored. As a pure athlete, there isn’t much the switch-hitter can’t do. He also projects well physically with a 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame and a fairly strong arm, quick hands, and broad shoulders.

Justice Haynes (2023, Alpharetta, Ga.) showed off his athleticism Sunday. A natural athlete, Haynes stands with an athletic build on a 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame. He showcased explosive footspeed both in center field and on the base paths. In center, Haynes gets good reads with a quick first step and long range, he gets under the ball quickly and waits for it. The uncommitted lefthander also flashed significant arm strength from center field. Although he did not pitch on Sunday, he has been known to run a fastball up to 86 mph. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI. A tall and narrow square stance leads to a small leg lift and is followed by Haynes getting his hands down through the zone and his barrel out front for contact.

-Jacob Jordan

Eli Runyan (2021, Bowden, Ga.) proved why he is one of the top lefthanded pitching prospects in Georgia. The southpaw threw 5 2/3 innings in his latest start with 11 strikeouts, three walks, and only allowed one hit. Medium and athletic build, the 6-foot, 170-pounder has a lean and projectable frame with room to fill out. His delivery is quiet and compact. Starting with a small side-step in the windup and a high, yet controlled leg kick, he transitions into live arm action with a loose whip generating explosiveness and velocity to the plate. His fastball averaged 83 mph during the start, and he topped out at 86 mph. The fastball had a fair amount of run trailing away from righthanded hitters inducing a high amount of weak ground balls. His secondary pitches included a fading changeup and slider, both around 75 mph. The three-pitch mix is deceptive because he does an incredible job of pitch tunneling. His high three-quarters arm slot stays consistent despite the pitch type. With the running fastball, fading changeup, and sharp slider, the ball could travel to hitters in three different ways from the same tunnel. He displayed confidence to throw any of the pitch types for strikes in any particular count. Runyan is also a switch-hitter and went 1-for-3 in his most recent action at the plate.

Garrett Madliak (2021, Carrollton, Ga.) is the other half of the battery contrary to Runyan. The catcher has a lean but strong, athletic, and projectable build standing at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds. The combination of strength and athleticism has granted him with the nickname “Bear.” Smooth and soft hands accompanied by strong wrists contribute to excellent receiving and framing skills. He assisted the starting pitcher in achieving a large amount of called strikes on the corners of the strike zone. His athleticism leads to quick transfers which results in strong and accurate throws to bases. He back-picked a runner at first base during his last performance. A righthanded hitter, Madliak starts his stance slightly open, slightly crouched, and with moderately high hands. During his swing, he stays balanced with a fluid motion through the zone.

Coby Wilkerson (2021, Monroe, Ga.) uses his quick hands and compact swings to make loud contact. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound corner infielder has a lean and athletic frame with room to fill out. The righthanded hitter starts his stance standing almost entirely straight up, looking like an intimidating middle-of-the-order bat. His stance progresses into a large leg lift and a moderately balanced base with a quick swing. The bat extension typically finds the ball out front causing him to pull the ball frequently. His strength and athleticism create hard contact off the barrel. He hit a line drive double off the left field fence. Wilkerson was the first baseman in both of his games for Team Elite 16u Prime. His athleticism and quick feet make him a really good defensive first baseman.

Caden Cutrell (2021, Hendersonville, Tenn.) made loud contact several times in his two games of action for Crosshit Baseball Academy Red. The primary catcher has a medium but strong 6-foot, 195-pound frame. He is a righthanded hitter with a medium leg lift and a high set of hands. His swing enters the hitting zone at a fairly level plane generating a lot of line drives. His swing extension typically finds the ball out front as he pulls the ball frequently. Due to superior strength, he has the ability to hit for power. That strength was on full display as he smoked two line drive doubles to left-center field. Behind the plate, Cutrell has quiet hands and accurate arm strength. He threw out a potential base thief with a strong and accurate throw to second base, recording a pop time of 2.1.

-Jake Martin

Harry Ford (2021, Kennesaw, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athletic backstop from North Cobb High School in his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga. Ford has a strong, muscular frame with some room to fill as he matures and appears very athletic in all phases of the game. Currently ranked as the top catcher in the state for his graduating 2021 class and No. 13 nationally, Ford showed why this afternoon on both offense and defense. Defensively, Ford does everything you want to see from an amateur catcher. He is a good receiver and remains quiet behind the plate with good footwork and receiving skills. He showed the ability to work well with his battery mates and made strong, accurate throws to second, throwing out two baserunners on the day. He has a very quick release behind the plate, and short, quick arm action aiding his pop times. Hitting, Ford shows balance at the and quick hands through the zone with some hand-eye to back it up. Selected to Jr. National Showcase next week along with some of the best underclass players in the country. Very talented individual. Exciting prospect to watch moving forward. Really demanded attention this afternoon for Team Elite 16u National. 

Aidan McConnell (2021, Roswell, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound strong, athletic-framed righthanded pitcher from Roswell, Ga. McConnell took the ball for the start this afternoon for Team Elite 16u Prime and really impressed those in attendance. McConnell fanned 6 over 3 1/3 innings, consistently getting ahead of hitters on his way to almost an 80 percent strike percentage on the day. McConnell uses an up-tempo wind-up from the first base side of the rubber. Aiden has keen mechanics and showed the ability to hide the ball well before delivering from a consistent high three-quarters arm slot which was consistent for his repertoire and added deception and kept hitters off balance. He showcased very good control, and what will be the making of average command with his impressive three-pitch mix. McConnell showcases a fastball (77 –79 mph) with some arm-side run and a curveball (69 –71 mph) with 11/5 shape and average depth. He used both pitches in all counts and mixed well to keep Warriors Baseball 16u Mang off balance most of the afternoon.

Timothy Simay (2021, Hoschton, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 160-pound wiry-framed, athletic, righthanded pitcher and shortstop from Mill Creek High School, which is in his hometown of Hoschton, Ga. Simay uses a stretch-only delivery from the third base side of the rubber. He starts his motion with a small leg kick and showed the ability to stride down the mound, really getting extension out front and over his front leg, with a nice, clean finish. His arm works really well with a loose, clean arm action and delivers his repertoire from a consistent three-quarters slot. Simay’s repertoire consisted of a fastball (81 –82 mph) with some arm-side run and occasional sink. He pairs his fastball with a curveball (67 –68 mph) which has good depth and the ability to locate it for strikes. Simay has a ton of upside as he continues to develop as a pitcher and middle infielder for years to come.

Samuel Simpson (2021, Carrollton, Ga.) is a 6-foot-1, 158-pound lean, athletically-framed righthanded pitcher and third baseman from Carrollton High School in his hometown of Carrollton, Ga. Simpson, who is currently ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 1 third baseman in the 2021 class for the state of Georgia and No. 37 nationally, took the mound this afternoon for West GA Warriors and was impressive on the mound and at the plate. On the mound, Simpson has a smooth, even tempo wind-up which he starts from the first base side of the rubber. He demonstrates good rhythm and timing, and good, clean, arm-action which he then consistently delivered from a three-quarters slot with both his pitches. Simpson showcased a fastball (87 –90 mph) with life and occasional run when down in the zone as well as a mid-70’s curveball with depth, and the ability to throw it for strikes which he did all afternoon. Simpson went the distance against Team Elite 16u Prime today, striking out seven on his way to a one hitter. At the plate he hits from the left side and helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. He has a quick, line-drive approach and some power to the gaps. He also is a great athlete and moves well out of the box and on the bases. Simpson will be performing in Hoover next week as he was selected to Perfect Game’s Jr. National Showcase, a tremendous opportunity for the young man. A very well-rounded baseball player who showcased advanced feel for the game on the mound and at the plate. Fun to watch play the game. Very high upside individual.

Parker Willis (2021, Carrollton, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 140-pound athletically-built middle infielder from Carrollton High School. Willis leads things off for his club, West Georgia Warriors, and showed why his coaching staff trust him to lead the troops this afternoon as he displayed consistent above-average hit-ability at the top of the Warriors lineup. Today followed the status quo for Willis at Perfect Game events as he went 3-for-3 improving his average at PG events this year to an astonishing, video-game like .615 average. An incoming junior in the fall, Willis uses an open stance at the plate with low hands outside his pec. He uses a large step to square his feet, before hip-fire, and does a great job loading his hands and weight onto his backside. Willis showed a great eye at the plate all afternoon and keen hand-eye coordination, helping him make strong contact and shoot the ball into the gaps with regularity. He is an athletic ballplayer who moves well on the bases and in the six-hole. Showed the ability to cover a tremendous amount of ground and paired his speed with a soft, smooth hands making all plays hit his way. Willis has a strong arm, which looks like it will only get stronger producing firmer throws as he matures. Very good ballplayer with a high baseball IQ currently. Ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 15 shortstop in Georgia in the 2021 class and inside the top-100 statewide overall. Has been named to a number of All-Tournament teams at Perfect Game events in the past.

-Matt Arietta

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