Tournaments | Story | 6/23/2019

15U Super Qualifier: Day 1-2 Notes

Matthew Arietta         Colton Olinger         Jacob Jordan         Jacob Martin         Brian Treadway        
Photo: William Mosley (Perfect Game)

Edwin Bowman lV (2022, Suwanee, Ga.) is a 6-foot-3, 172-pound first baseman from North Gwinnett High School in his hometown. Bowman grabs your attention immediately as he plays loose and lets his tools shine all over the field. At the plate, Bowman really outperforms his subordinates. He starts with an open stance and hands high near his ear. He stands mostly upright and uses a slow bat waggle for timing. Edwin uses a long stride to square upon release and does a really nice job staying back with his hands and hips loaded. Bowman does a nice job of then shooting his hips and getting his hands on-plane consistently, staying back a long time as he showed good hand-eye coordination and the ability to track offerings out of the pitcher’s hand. Swing is level with a slight uppercut finish, and he showed the ability to make consistent hard contact with the barrel. Ball really jumps off his bat. Already has feel for wood bat and plus raw power projection. Very athletic on the bases as he is alert and a quick strider. Aggressive as well. Body and glove work well around the bag at first and he showed the ability to make athletic reads on balls in the dirt, working through them with smooth, quick actions and feel for the glove. Not a lot of holes in this kid’s game currently. Extremely exciting player to monitor moving forward.

Luke Fernandez (2022, Cumming, Ga.) is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthanded pitcher from West Forsyth High School in his hometown. Fernandez has good size and strength to his current frame, and showcased an up-tempo, balanced windup from the first base side of the rubber. He has good rhythm and timing and allows his arm plenty of time to stay in sync with his body upon release. Fernandez has a nice, free and easy arm action as well that releases from a three-quarters slot and adds deception as he remains consistent with his slot across his repertoire. Fernandez has an impressive and advanced pitch selection as he is already shown to be up to 87 mph on the bump and sat in the low- to mid-80s throughout his short outing. Fernandez controlled his fastball well and showed the beginning of feel for the zone and some command as he went. Luke pairs his fastball with a three-quarters breaking curveball that sat in the high-60s. Fernandez throws his curve for strikes as well, which helped him make quick work of his opponent, in his short, pitch-count limiting outing to save his arm for the next couple of days. Very impressive two inning outing. Also helped himself at the plate going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a grand total of five RBI on the day. Demonstrated a short, quick swing at the plate, with lift and feel for the barrel. Looking forward to seeing more of Fernandez this summer through the 15u circuit. Very impressive prospect moving forward.

Blake Hale (2021, Knoxville, Tenn.) is a 5-foot-6, 170-pound, strong and projectable catcher from Webb School of Knoxville in his hometown. Hale has no fear in the box and showed the ability to turn it loose with good bat speed and confidence in his current abilities. At the plate, Hale is balanced and demonstrated good hand-eye coordination on the afternoon going 3-for-3 with a run scored. Hale has advanced feel for the barrel and what is the making of some raw power projection as well. Still very raw at the plate yet ball really jumps off his bat. Behind the plate, Hale profiles well for the position and showed the ability to be agile and block pitches in the dirt. Hale also has a sound glove and good receiving skills currently as he is very quiet behind the plate. Blake put his arm on display this afternoon as he has a very quick, accurate release to bases and was able to throw out two base runners helping lead his team to a victory. Exciting player to watch this summer. Very clean and polished backstop who looks like he loves to hit.

Jimmy Lipsey (2021, Loganville, Ga.) is a 5-foot-7, 150-pound third baseman who hits in a loaded Devine Baseball 15U lineup and showed the ability to carry his own this afternoon going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. The incoming junior in the fall at Grayson High School in his hometown, Lipsey showed to be very athletic in the box with a quick, short bat path and fast hands that he kept through the hitting zone a long time. Lipsey has good hand-eye coordination and is a very tough out, with power to the gaps currently. The utility player moves well on the bases and was able to score twice for his team. Lipsey also showcased a smooth glove, with good anticipation at the hot-corner and plenty of arm strength for the position. Overall there is a lot to like from this young prospect.

Nicolas Senese (2022, Senoia, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 160-pound, lean and athletically-framed middle infielder with room to fill on his current frame. An incoming sophomore in the fall at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga., Senese showed to be the straw that stirs the drink in the GA Jackets 14U National lineup at Brook Run today as he went 2-for-3 out of the leadoff spot with a double and a walk. Nicholas showed confidence at the plate and had good feel and sense of his job at the top of the order as he saw a lot of pitches and was very patient while waiting to get a pitch to drive. When he did get a pitch he liked, Senese showcased above-average bat speed and a nice, quick line drive approach with current power to the gaps. Senese is very athletic currently and moved well on the bases and at shortstop. In the field, Senese profiles to his current position as he had smooth actions at shortstop and the ability to cover a lot of ground with good anticipation and first step quickness. He has a soft glove and makes all the plays while also demonstrating good feel and actions around the bag. Throws are strong and on-line as well with consistent carry through the bag. Very toolsy middle infielder with high upside with the way he plays the game. Exciting player to watch who draws your attention immediately in all phases.

-Matt Arietta

Casual Kay (2022, Alpharetta, Ga.) showed mature mechanics and an advanced approach at the plate for 643 DP Cougars 15U Montgomery. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound corner outfielder has a projectable frame with room to fill plus an athletic and strong build. The righthanded hitter starts with an open stance and low hands. He employs a toe-tap trigger preceding a large stride leg towards the pitcher, generating force from his lower half. The swing is generally level but has a moderately upward plane resulting in a lot of elevated balls and line drives. He is looking to hit the ball hard and far on pitches he can get a hold of. Using a selectively aggressive approach, he only swings at pitches in his zone, which is incredibly advanced for his age. He went 2-for-3 with a bases-clearing double to left-center field during game action.

-Jake Martin

Rio Foster (2021, Athens, Ga.) is a strong, athletic corner infielder. His build shows present strength that translates well to the filed as well as the plate. At third base he displayed solid glove work, fielding the ball out front as well as making plays going to his right and to his left. His strong arm projects well for him to be able to continue playing both corner spots moving forward. At the plate he had loud contact in all three of his at-bats showing great barrel-to-ball skills with some pop to all fields. He starts with an upright, narrow stance, and low hand set. He uses a leg kick to trigger the swing with a high hand load creating good separation before the swing. His ability to use his length through his extension creates good barrel whip through the zone. His 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame leaves plenty of room to project more power as he continues to grow and mature.

-Colt Olinger

Maddux Smith (2022, Myrtle Beach, S.C.) played well for the East Cobb Astros 15U on Friday. He went 2-for-3 witha double and a run scored. The center fielder also flashed good speed and sound defense in center field with a quick first step. At the plate, the lefthanded hitter utilizes an open stance with a wide base. He starts his swing with a small hand load and exaggerated toe tap. He gets the barrel down through the zone quickly. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounderhas the ability todrive the gaps with his power and projects well as a pure athlete.

William Mosley (2022, Acworth, Ga.) was impressive on the mound Friday when he came in to close the game for the East Cobb Astros 15U. He pitched one inning with two strikeouts and no hits, runs, or walks allowed. Mosely worked off of a fastball that sat in the 82-84 mph range, that was up to 85. He didn’t really need a secondary pitch, but he threw one loopy curveball at 66 mph. He commanded his fastball extremely well, throwing 80 percent strikes. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder gets downhill well and releases from an overhand arm slot with a very quick arm.

Chase Bastuk (2022, Peachtree Conyers, Ga.) played extremely well Friday afternoon for Rawlings Southeast 15U American. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk.Bastuk has a wiry, athletic build on a 5-foot-8, 135-pound frame. Although he doesn’t hit for much power, he is certainly more than capable of hitting hard line drives into the outfield, which he did several times. He also flashed speed on the base paths. In the batter’s box, the righthanded hitter stands nearly straight up with an open stance and wide base. He starts his swing with a toe tap and small hand load. He does an excellent job of keeping weight back and getting the barrel on plane quickly and squaring the ball up. Great swing.

Tyler Triche (2022, Cumming, Ga.) played a solid game in a 10-0 win for the Georgia Jackets 15U National on Saturday. The starting third baseman went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. At third, Triche flashed his athleticism, as well as a promising arm strength, soft hands, quick transfers, and great fielding ability. In the batter’s box, Triche stands tall in a slightly open narrow stance. He starts his swing with a small leg lift and gets fully extended down through the zone. The righthanded hitter hits line drives and projects well in all phases. Physically, the 15-year-old has a lean athletic build with broad shoulders and plenty of room to grow on his 6-foot, 170-pound frame.

Cannon Duncan (2022, Suwanee, Ga.) had a strong showing Saturday morning with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two runs scored.He also had an impressive showing behind the plate. The 14-year-old stands at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with a muscular build. He blocks the ball well behind the plate and keeps everything in front of him. The catcher also flashed a strong arm on his throw downs. At the plate, the righthanded hitter sets up in an open athletic stance with his hands at ear level. From there a small leg kick starts his swing. Hegets into his lower half well and looks to get extended down through the zone to drive the hard back up the middle. Duncan projects well all around and shows promise going forward.

-Jacob Jordan

Kristopher Sutton (2022, Calhoun, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound catcher. Starting behind the plate for 643 DP Tigers 15U Bishop, Sutton displayed his talent both on defense and on offense. At the plate, the righthanded batter would take an open stance with a little bit of a squat as he waits for his pitch. He doesn’t have a whole lot of movement and carries a simplistic load, which he brings back his hands and takes a small step towards the pitcher. The Calhoun native has a quick, compact swing that even carries a bit of pop to it.Hetooka down-and-in pitchand scorched it to deepleft field on a line drive, driving home two runs in the winning effort.Adding more muscle to Sutton’s 6-foot-2 frame could provide even more power in the future. The backstop provided his worth on defense with an already-strong arm and accurate throws that could only get better with continued practice and age. The uncommitted catcher is quick out of his crouch with a swift transition as he threw the opponents leadoff batter out twice trying to steal second base.

Hayden Turner (2022 Arab, Ala.) is a 5-foot-6, 140-pound shortstop. Starting as the extra hitter for Exposure 15U A2K, Turner showed his worth offensively. Taking over the leadoff spot, he immediately started off the game with a double to deep center and eventually came around to score. The next time up, he scorched a line drive right back to the pitcher and beat the throw to first, which brought in a run from third. The Arab native’s next at-bat had him driving in a run with a deep sacrifice fly to left field. Turner constantly put the ball on the bat and regardless of his size, showed good power and discipline with his bat. Especially in two strike counts, the righthander would noticeably choke up on the bat and do his best to put the ball into play. This approach, with already quick hands proved to work well as he put the ball into play in each at-bat. At the plate, he has a relaxed approach and doesn’t do too much as he waits for the pitch in the batter’s box. His hands constantly stay near his right pec and move slightly on his load while taking a short step back towards the pitcher.

Jacob Pickett (2022 Whitwell, Tenn.) is a 6-foot-1,165-pound righthanded pitcher. Taking the mound for Exposure 15U A2K, Pickett turned in a dominant performance in his teams win as he allowed no runs through the entire course of the game. The Tennessee native worked with a low-80s fastball and a curveball that would constantly sit in the low-70s. His curve didn’t have too much break too it, though it did have an 11-to-5 break. However, he was able to use it effectively against righthanded batters as he would bring a barrage of curveballs inside against them. He had good control of it through the course of the game and it complemented his fastball dramatically. With his windup, he has a high leg kick with high hand separation. He puts a lot of weight on the back foot and almost uses that weight shift to lunge him forward. With his finish, he would often fall off to the left side of the mound but is still able to field his position. Also, in his arsenal is a quick pick-off move, which he uses sporadically but effectively throughout the game. The move is quick, and he is accurate with the throw which keeps runners closer to the bagthan they would like. He ended the game with five strikeouts and showed his control by walking no batters.

-Brian Treadway
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