Tournaments | Story | 6/12/2019

WWBA Qualifier: Day 4-5 Notes

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

2019 WWBA National Qualifier: Day 1 Notes | Day 2-3 Notes

Chase Allen (2020, Lakewood, Colo.) travelled countless miles this weekend to prove why he is the top-ranked arm from the state of Colorado. He showed a very big frame with a mature, strong build. The big righthanded pitcher worked with high leg lift while slightly pausing at the top before driving down the mound. With a high three-quarters arm slot, he hid the baseball out of the hand well keeping hitters off balance. He showed maturing mechanics while exploding with the lower half creating a downhill plane. Allen worked both sides of the plate and showed he could throw any pitch in any situation with complete confidence. His fastball showed some heavy actions to it with sink at 87-89 mph while topping at 91. His fastball really showed some life when down in the zone. His off-speed arsenal consisted of a curveball with 11-5 movement in the mid-70s with tight spin and a changeup that has been getting better over time sitting in the upper-70s. Look for this Michigan commit to continue to progress into an even bigger follow down the road.

Jake Killingsworth (2020, Headland, Ala.) proved himself to be one of the better hitting catchers in this week’s action. He showed a medium frame with a strong, stocky build. The righthanded hitter started with a spread-out stance while square to the pitcher. He had quiet hands at the plate as well before loading them into a slightly higher position. Killingsworth showed a slightly uphill swing plane looking to drive the baseball into the outfield. With quick hands, he got the barrel through the zone quickly and got extended. He drove baseball to all parts of the field with ease and showed he could do it for power. He pulled one down the line in pool play that left the patrons sight of view in a hurry. He tallied an RBI during the first round of playoffs and continues to swing a hot bat this week. Keep a look out for this uncommitted catcher throughout the rest of the summer to continue to grow both behind the dish and at the plate.

Christian Davis (2020, Conyers, Ga.) is another uncommitted prospect from the Duluth Noles who shows to be a highly underestimated recruit. He showed a medium build with a strong, athletic build. The sweet swinging lefty proved he could get it done both at the plate and in the outfield. At the plate, he showed a slightly spread out stance with loose hands. He created some separation with a high hand load and let his hand eye coordination do the rest. Davis flashed very quick hands while creating some serious bat speed. When he gets extended through the zone, he flashes big power. Not only did he prove himself at the plate, he also played great defensively in the outfield. He tracked down baseballs all over the park with above average speed and great instincts. He also made a throw in pool play from the fence in leftfield all the way to the plate that nearly doubled up a runner who was tagging from third base. Keep an eye out on this prospect throughout the rest of the summer.

Stephen Hrustich (2020, Lilburn, Ga.) is another catcher to prove himself as a top prospect from this week’s action who is also uncommitted. He showed a bigger frame with an already filled out, strong build. Behind the plate, he showed as a big threat to opposing teams trying to create runs on the base paths. He showed a very strong arm with accuracy as well. He back picked a runner at second base to thwart a rally inning for the opposing team. With soft hands and a good feel, he helped his pitcher steal strikes on the corners all afternoon in the playoffs. Hrustich also showed to be a vocal catcher who kept his team in the game. Not only did he get it done behind the dish, but at the plate as well. He used a wide stance at the plate while sitting into his strong lower half. The switch-hitting catcher flashed quick hands with some bat speed while getting the bat head out front. With a double in the gap and an RBI to his name, he helped push the East Cobb Astros Navy deeper into the playoffs. Look for this uncommitted catcher to cruise up the rankings with the way he is playing this summer.

Holden Wilder (2020, Suwanee, Ga.) made some noise late in pool play for the Ninth Inning Royals 17U Edwards. He showed a bigger frame with a strong, filled out build. The big, uncommitted righthanded pitcher like to sit on his back side while slightly hunched over and then drove toward the plate. He showed a longer arm action while working from a high three-quarters arm slot. He stayed on plane throughout his delivery and showed repeatable mechanics. He pounded the strike zone while doing a good job of mixing up pitches. His fastball showed some arm side run with slight sink around 83-85 mph while topping at 87. His off-speed stuff consisted of a good changeup in the mid-70s with late bite and a slurvy curveball in the low-70s with late movement when kept down in the zone. Wilder faced a stacked East Cobb Astros Navy lineup and went 3 1/3 innings while striking out five batters and giving up four hits.

-Drew Wesolowski

Xander Stephens (2020, Lilburn, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound righthanded pitcher. Stephens worked efficiently through for the Duluth Noles 17U, allowing no hits and one earned run during the two innings he pitched. The Georgia Southern commit delivered his pitches from a low three-quarters delivery. His fastball was consistently in the mid- to upper-80s range, with his max speed at 91. He coupled that fastball with a curveball with an 11-to-5 break. He would take quite a bit off for his breaking ball, landing it in the lower- to-mid 70s. He was a quick worker, controlling the tempo of the game.

Kade Snell (2020, Dothan, Ala.) is a 6-foot, 218-pound lefthanded pitcher. Snell took the mound in relief and delivered a stellar four innings of work, striking out five while only allowing one earned run. The Auburn commit would work from the left side of the mound, almost looking like he wasn’t even touching the rubber. With his delivery, he would throw across his body, with his right foot pointing more towards the right side of the plate. Because of this delivery, he was able to hide the ball well, especially with his low three-quarters delivery. His fastball was sitting comfortably in the mid-80s, but his breaking ball had quite a bit of movement and would break at a 1-to-7 curve. He had effective movement against righthanders with a two-seam fastball that tailed away from the hitters. His pickoff move was successfully deceptive, catching many runners off balance and even picking one off.

Anthony Westbrook (2020, Parish, Fla.) is a 6-foot, 175-pound catcher. Westbrook delivered a great performance for Beast Mode Prime 17U behind the plate, helping his pitchers work through seven innings of work. The uncommitted catcher allowed very few passed balls and did an effective job blocking balls at the plate, limiting baserunners ability to take a base. When runners decided to try and steal, the Parish native kept them in check. He has a quick pop time with an accurate arm. His balls would tail towards the runner when he would throw them but precise enough that if the fielder followed the ball, it would lead their glove to a perfect tag.

Carter Bailey (2021, Snellville, Ga.) is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound corner infielder. At the plate, Bailey showed good size and strength, displaying an ability to really make contact with the ball and drive it. He drove in two runs in the game with two hard hit grounders to the left side of the field in one of his playoff games. He has a straight up stance with a quick swing. The uncommitted infielder has a good ability to handle the first base position as well. He never allowed a ball in the dirt to pass him, either stopping it or picking it. He also had good range and instincts, making a long run on a foul ball to end up diving and coming up with the out.

Trevor Hanselman (2021, Tallahassee, Fla.) is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound righthanded pitcher. Hanselman filled up the stat sheet, striking out seven batters with zero walks, one hit, and never allowed a run to cross the plate for Team Elite 17U Prime. He has an easy windup with low separation and a three-quarters delivery. He has a big stride as he explodes off of the rubber. His fastball would his the mid- to upper-80s, maxing out at 89. His curveball had a hard break to it, but he didn’t have as good of control of it as he did his fastball. He would constantly throw a challenge fastball and overpower batters. He controlled the tempo of the game, working efficiently and quickly on the mound.

Kenneth Mallory, Jr. (2021, Lawrenceville, Ga.) is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound outfielder. Standing at the plate, he towered over everyone walking into the box but would crouch at the plate. He had a high hand placement and as the pitch would come in, he would drop his hands lower to his neck loading up for the pitch. The uncommitted outfielder makes good contact with the ball and has good control of his bat. Coupled with his contact is good plate discipline, which was exemplified in his thirteen pitch at-bat he had, which eventually ended with a walk. He also has good control and awareness, holding off on a curveball until it dropped into the zone and then sending it the other way for an RBI hit.

-Brian Treadway

Samuel Simpson (2021, Carrollton, Ga.) was lights out on the mound Tuesday afternoon. He threw five innings, allowing one run on one hit with six strikeouts and no walks. The righthander worked off of a fastball that sat in the 82-84 mph range but touched 86 mph. A tight, late-breaking slider with bite sat in the 73-76 mph range. He also showed feel for a changeup to lefthanded hitters at 75-77 mph. The righthander was extremely efficient and showed good command. He releases from a three-quarters arm slot and works at a fast pace. The uncommitted 16-year-old also projects well physically with a 6-foot-1, 150-pound frame.

Damien Whitfield (2021, Atlanta, Ga.) performed at an extremely high level Tuesday afternoon. The lefthanded pitcher pitched well to contact all game, going six innings while giving up no runs, three hits, and four walks with one strikeout. The uncommitted 16-year-old throws from an overhand slot and gets downhill well. With a projectable 6-foot-1, 190-pound body, Whitfield’s 80-82 mph fastball will surely rise. A curveball that sat at 66-70 mph proved to be a good secondary pitch. The arm action is smooth and fluid.

Parker Willis (2021, Bowden, Ga.) was extremely impressive for Warriors Baseball-Meigs on Tuesday. The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in game one and 0-for-2 with a walk and game two. On the base paths, Willis showed excellent speed and savvy baserunning skills. He stole bases with ease and beat out a throw for an infield single. Defensively, Willis is as smooth as they come. The 16-year-old moves across the diamond with ease and speed. He reads the ball quickly off the bat and has excellent range in the infield. A fluid arm action paired with arm strength and very accurate on a line throws makes Willis a sure-fire defender. At the plate, the uncommitted prospect generates more power in his 5-foot-10, 140-pound frame than you might expect. He flashed gap power to the pull side while barreling balls up very well all afternoon.

-Jacob Jordan

Tennessee commit Charlie Taylor (2020, Dunwoody, Ga.) showed a medium frame with an athletic build and room to grow. Behind the dish, the catcher has really good receiving skills and a powerful arm. Transferring quickly from glove to hand and following that up with a powerful arm, few runners dared to steal against him. His pop times to second base were consistently two seconds on the dot. At the plate, the righthanded hitter started with high hands and a small leg lift that paused at its climax for about a half of a second. His hands were quick which generated advanced bat speed. The barrel gets out front and consistently makes loud contact. He employs a selective approach at the plate that will play well in the next level. The combination of offensive and defensive skills makes Taylor a highly-projectable player.

Garrett Staton (2020, Gainesville, Ga.) is an athletic shortstop with a medium frame and room to fill out. The middle infielder is a fast-twitch player, showcasing quick transfers, good footwork, advanced range, and athleticism. He got to almost every ball in his general vicinity and had above-average arm strength to make accurate throws across the infield. His highlight play showed him sliding to stop a grounder in the six-hole, popping up, and making a strong throw to get the runner at first. The righthanded hitter has a smooth swing on a level plane. He takes an opposite-field and line drive approach at the plate. His hands lead through the zone and the ball jumps off the bat. Bat speed and quick hands are present as he makes loud contact. During the first inning, Staton lined a ball over the right fielder’s head and dove into second for a double. Based on his current frame and strength, he could project into a power hitter and a legitimate two-way threat.

-Jake Martin

Quelann Coleman (2021, Kansas City, Mo.) an athletic, quick-twitch middle infielder displayed serious potential both at the plate and in the field. While playing shortstop he displayed his first-step quickness and strong arm to range deep in the hole and record outs. At the plate, his open stance and wide base to start allow him to shift his weight back during his load with his quiet toe tap stride. He showed great barrel-to-ball skills all day with tones of loud contact which included a triple to left-center and a double to center field. His quick hands and high finish project for him to have good power to all fields. His strong lower half build projects for more power as he continues mature and fill out with his good feel for using his lower half during his swing.

-Colton Olinger

Peyton Cariaco (2021, Marietta, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 190-pound lefthanded pitcher from Pope High School in his hometown. Cariaco sets up on the third base side of the rubber and uses a balanced, slow-tempo windup with smooth, long-circled arm action that he releases from a three-quarters slot. His arm works well through deceleration. Showed the ability to really get out front with good extension adding life and run to his pitches throughout the day. Fastball has angle and life which sat 79-80 mph. Used a two-pitch off-speed mix to compliment his heater of a curveball (68-69 mph) with shape, and a changeup (72-73 mph) with fade which was heavy at times, and advanced feel for his age. Showed confidence on the mound in himself and his repertoire as he attacked hitters and mixed in all counts to both dexterities. Good athlete showed the ability to get in a good fielding position and make all plays hit back at him.

Jake Garner (2021, Fayetteville, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 160-pound righthanded pitcher who has a strong, athletic frame with some room to fill. Pitching from the first base side of the rubber, Jake uses a good rhythm and timing consistently, keeping his arm and body in-sync and balanced with his good mechanics. Jake does well getting loaded on his backside through his high, exaggerated leg-kick, and then over his front side with his arm. Arm works well and releases from a consistent three-quarters slot and showed the ability to travel through deceleration unrestricted and easy. Garner used a three-pitch mix of a fastball (78-80 mph) with some riding life, a curveball (73-74 mph) with some shape and depth, and a changeup (69-70 mph) with occasional fade and feel. Garner demonstrated good pitchability and mixed his pitches throughout his outing. Stayed competitive on the mound and really went at the opposing lineup well.

Jett Lovett (2021, Newnan, Ga.) is a 5-foot-9, 150-pound center fielder from Newnan High School in his hometown. Lovett showed good athleticism this afternoon at Aviation going 3-for-4 against 643 DP Cougars Sterling. Lovett’s triple was his third of the tournament, and it was a big one as it put his team ahead late after trailing all afternoon. Lovett has a lot of tools presently at the top of Home Plate’s lineup. He has good size and strength and uses a quick, short swing with quick wrists and good hand-eye coordination from the left side. He does a nice job keeping his weight back and then is very quick through contact. Speed is a carry tool for Lovett, and it works well on the bases and while he patrols center field. He showed quick actions out of the box and while going first-to-third. In the outfield, Lovett has a lot of range and good instincts which helps him run down all balls hit his way. A good athlete, Lovett has a bright future ahead in the game.

Blake Redman (2020, Kennesaw, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 160-pound infielder from Pope High School in Marietta, Ga. Redman is balanced in the box and commands attention. He has a quick, short stroke with good hand-eye coordination and current power to the gaps. He is a good athlete and moves well all over the field. What draws even more attention to Redman is his advanced skill at shortstop. He has smooth hands and looks very comfortable fielding in the six hole. He gets good reads on ground balls and is very aggressive with good actions. Throws across the diamond are on-line and with carry through the bag. Speed translates throughout his game. Currently, Redman is ranked as the No. 6 shortstop for the 2020 class in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game and inside the Top-200 shortstops for his class nationally. Very high upside shortstop, who has demonstrated his advance feel for every aspect of the game at a number of events throughout his tenure at Perfect Game.

Alyjah James Richardson (2021, Mableton, Ga.) is a hard throwing righthanded reliever from McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound fireballer is currently ranked as the No. 17 righthander in the state for the 2021 class and is ranked inside the Top-100 prospects in the state of Georgia for the 2021 class as well. Pitching out of the bullpen this afternoon at Aviation, Richardson displays confidence and battles on the mound. He uses a stretch-only motion from the first base side of the rubber. He has a loose, easy, unrestricted arm action and does a nice job getting out front and extending towards the plate. Fastball appears easy and has life with angle and was regularly clocked in the mid to high 80s (86-88 mph). Hook was in the low 70s (72 –73 mph) with 11/5 break and good feel, as well as depth and shape. Showed good pitchability and mixed both offerings as he went. A lot of upside here and you notice as soon as he steps on the mound.

Sean White (2021, Peachtree City, Ga.) is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound catcher, infielder, and pitcher from Starrs Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga. White showed his ability behind the plate this afternoon, and was impressive. Sean has good feel and actions behind the plate and does a good jump blocking pitches in the dirt and moving laterally out of his crouch. He is a good receiver with soft hands and controls the running game with advanced tools for his class. He has quick hands, transfer and release and continually showed a pop around 2.0 with quick actions and strong, firm throws to bases. Showed confidence in his ability this afternoon while throwing out a couple base runners on the day, shutting down his opponent’s game plan on the bases. With the bat, White demonstrates good hand-eye coordination and good rhythm and timing. Current power is to the gaps and he does a good job showing consistent barrel control. Moves well in all phases and showed good foot speed out of the box, legging out a double on a line drive into the pull-side gap. High upside athlete, who is currently ranked in the Top-20 for catchers in the state of Georgia for the 2021 class as well as Top-200 nationally for the class.

-Matt Arietta

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