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Tournaments | Story | 7/13/2019

15u WWBA: Day 1 Scout Notes

Greg Gerard         Perfect Game Tournament Staff         Brian Sakowski         Drew Wesolowski         Brian Treadway         Jacob Jordan         Jacob Martin         Matthew Arietta        
Photo: Austin Cantrell (Perfect Game)

Trenton Shaw (2022, Desoto, Texas) opened up the start of 15u WWBA with a loud impression on the mound. Pitching in front of several big-time collegiate recruiters, Shaw tossed 2 2/3 innings working 86-90 mph with his fastball and commanded it fairly well. He uses a loose and easy arm action through the back with little effort exerted at his release. Shaw can get to both sides of the plate while landing slightly closed and having to work over his front side. He mixed in a pair of developing offspeed pitches with his curveball and changeup showing plenty of potential with maintained fastball arm speed. Shaw certainly looks the part already of a big-time pitcher with his physicality. Shaw stands at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds with plenty of strength present throughout his frame. The ball comes out cleanly when he gets extended releasing from a high three-quarters arm slot creating some life to armside when down in the zone.

It was a quick look but a really nice and promising one for GRB righthander Brendan Strenke (2022, Turtle Lake, Wis.). The athletic and lean righthander tossed a perfect inning late in a blowout victory for his team sitting 84-87 mph. He threw all fastballs in the contest but did show projectable arm speed through the back. The uncommitted righty creates a downhill plane with his fastball coming from a full arm action. He worked a perfect inning throwing just 10 pitches and filling up the strike zone with the fastball. The Wisconsin native has plenty of potential on the mound and will surely throw again later in the week at this year’s 15u WWBA National Championship.

One of the best position prospects of the first day was shortstop Jayson Jones (2022, Savannah, Texas). The righthanded hitting shortstop uses an open stance, toe tap trigger and huge raw bat speed to provide some of the best juice in the event. Jones went the other way in this one driving a ball deep to right field that hit the wall going for a double. That huge raw bat speed and unique timing mechanism he utilizes will produce results when on time as it did on this day. Jones has plenty of athleticism in the field starting at shortstop for his Dallas Tigers 15u Polk team. He has range to either side and clean footwork moving in on the baseball. Jones is an uncommitted infielder with plenty to like already and more to project on moving forward.

Lots of heat was in the stands for the start for Austin Cantrell (2022, Sugar Hill, Ga.) of Dirtbags Tap Out as he took the mound on Friday. A lefthander who sits in the mid-80s at his age with the projection that he has remaining, Cantrell is an interesting young southpaw. Opening up the game sitting 85-86 mph consistently, Cantrell settled in at 83-86 mph creating good extension at release and having plenty of jump to his fastball out of his hand. The Georgia native did run into some command issues early on leaving the ball up and to armside when not getting fully extended, but when releasing out in front he would miss bats at a high rate with his fastball, slider combination. The slider comes from a similar tunnel as the fastball with a tough angle from his three-quarters arm slot. The breaking ball is sharp and is only going to get better as he continues to refine on the bump. Cantrell pitches from a compact arm action and his pitches come out cleanly. There is plenty to love and dream on with the southpaw and his frame is another intriguing aspect standing at an ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 170-pounds.

15u WWBA eligible but pitching over in the championship of the 16u WWBA tournament, Aeden Finateri (2021, Watertown, Conn.) turned in easy low-90s velocity from his right arm on the mound. Finateri sat 90-92 mph in his start early on mixing in a sharp downward curveball that flashed really hard bite out of his hand. The righthander is a physical and strong-framed pitcher with plenty of present strength and outstanding arm strength as shown by the velocity of his fastball. The uncommitted and 103rd-ranked player in the 2021 class gets downhill and uses a full arm action through the back. His fastball flashes life to his arm side and he is able to get the pitch to the bottom of the strike zone and miss barrels with it.

Evan Siary (2022, Inman, S.C.) was outstanding during his three innings on the mound. The righthander filled up the strike zone with a fastball and curveball and was completely dominant from start to finish on Friday afternoon. Siary sat 87-88 in his first inning before showing more range to his fastball in his second inning where he was 86-89 mph with a clean release and a downhill plane to the plate. Siary threw over 70 percent of his pitches for strikes and blew the heater by batters while mixing in a sweeping breaking ball for swings-and-misses as well. His arm action is loose and fast and his 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame projects really well moving forward. His Canes National team gave him plenty of run support scoring early and often for him while he did his work on the mound pitching three perfect innings with five strikeouts. Siary pitches slightly across his body and is deceptive with projectable arm speed and velocity that is advanced give that he is still just a rising sophomore.

The 39th-ranked player in the 2022 class, Travis Sanders (2022, Copperas Cove, Texas), had a huge day at the plate showing one of the smoothest swings and pure hit tools at Day 1 of 15u WWBA. The righthanded hitting primary shortstop got the start at third base for Canes National and hit in the two-hole in the lineup. Sanders’ swing is loose as he gets his hands going to the baseball and the barrel control is obvious as one watches the swing plane through the hitting zone. The Texas native is one of two infielders from the state of Texas along with Jayson Jones who made a huge impact at the plate for their respective clubs Friday. Sanders roped a line drive single in his first at-bat of the day that went to left field followed by a gapped double to the pull side that he nearly hit out of a smaller field at The Walker School.

Fellow Canes National position player who made a strong impact is shortstop Cole Young (2022, Wexford, Pa.). The Duke commit is an elite defender up the middle and has top-of-the-class hands in the infield. Young is a rangy shortstop with plenty of athleticism and present quick-twitch to his actions. On Friday afternoon Young made one of the most impressive plays of the entire summer as he moved up the middle to field a ground ball. The baseball took a very tough hop as it hit the second base bag. Young smothered the baseball off of a really tricky hop with a sure glove and fired a strike to first base to nab the runner. At the plate Young starts with a crouched stance and bat wrapped start with quick hands and a slight lift to his path. The future Blue Devil went 2-for-2 in this game at the plate that included a double deep to his pull side.

– Greg Gerard

In the first at-bat for Caden Marcum (2022, Paola, Kan.) in an early morning game ripped a triple and he then added a double in his next trip to the plate. He’s highly projectable at 6-foot-5 and 150-pounds with a quick bat and smooth swing that generates good bat speed and power at the plate. He makes contact on the ball so hard you can hear the pop off the barrel. Marcum has great presence in the box and gets his hips, and the barrel, through the zone with good speed and power. He also came in to close the game out with a fastball that was up to 91. When he grows into his fame it’s easy to envision him having the ability to throw in the mid-90s and drive the ball over the fence as this is a player to watch as he can be a two-way star.

Taye Robinson (2022, Clarksburg, Md.) has a great athletic presence on the field – specifically the infield – and at the plate. His 6-foot, 180-pound fame has potential to fill out to be a force at the plate. With very smooth actions at shortstop, he has great hands with a quick release and well balanced footwork. In the box he employs a wide stance which gives him good vision on the ball. He drives his hands through the zone and makes good contact. How he handles the bat is impressive as is his speed around the bases. Robinson is an uncommitted infielder with a lot of upside.

Chris Harbert (2022, Bridgeport, W.Va.) batted in the five-hole in the first game. Uncommitted, Harbert is very confident at the plate, and with his 6-foot-1, 198-pound strong fame, he looked poised to crush the ball, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. He loads the back-side well, with a great hip routine that helps him produce good bat speed and his strong body has the potential to gain more power.

In an afternoon game, Royer Stanley Moreno-Cedeno (2022, Englewood, N.J.) took the mound and attacked the opposing hitters. Going five innings, striking out eight and walking one, this lefthander topped out at 86 mph and moved the ball in and out on the corners of the plate with a good, sharp breaking ball. He kept hitters off balance and his mechanics are very repeatable with a smooth, easy fastball that sneaks up on the batter. He has great drive to the catcher that allows him to have great extension on release. He is an uncommitted 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete with a strong body and the potential for velocity gains moving forward.

– Todd Coffey


Team Elite 16U Scout Team came away victorious in the 16U WWBA National Championship on Friday afternoon, running their week-long record to 12-0 and proving to be the best team in attendance. It took them extra innings to win their semifinal game versus an excellent Wilson Sandlot team, who played their hearts out all week. Luke Leto (2021, Portage, Mich.) has hit in the two-hole all week for Team Elite and while he was having a solid week, he took his performance to the next level during the semifinals and championship game, going a combined 5-for-6 with a walk. Leto has been well-known on the prospect stage for several years now, as his overall tools and athleticism have stood out since an early age, and he’s only getting better and better as the hit tool continually progresses. He’s an excellent athlete who projects to stay on the left side of the infield long term, given his range, hands, and arm strength; and the offensive upside found in his lefthanded swing gives him sky-high upside overall. In the semifinal game, with the score tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Leto led off the inning with a missile of a triple up the left-center field gap, forcing Wilson Sandlot to intentionally walk the bases loaded to get to Benny Montgomery (2021, Lewisberry, Pa.), who delivered a liner single up the middle to score Leto from third and walk the game off, sending Team Elite to the championship game.

Logan Wood (2020, Macomb, Mich.) got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings, picking up three strikeouts along the way. Wood, who can now add a 16U WWBA National Championship ring to his State Championship ring from this spring, was excellent, pounding the zone to both sides of the plate at 86-88 mph with the fastball, though the fastball was hardly the calling card. Wood’s feel to spin the baseball is tremendous, both in curveball and slider form, and this is backed up by both the eye test and the spin rate data that TrackMan picked up. His curveball and slider both registered RPM’s of greater than 2700 (MLB average is 2300), adding to what is an attractive draft profile especially given his age (he won’t turn 17 until September). The curveball is thrown in the mid-70s with 1/7 shape and hammer depth; while the slider is thrown firmer, in the upper-70s with late-biting tilt that he’s adept at back-footing to righthanded hitters. With athleticism and projection remaining on his frame, Wood’s fastball should continue ticking up into next spring, and he’ll be a fascinating follow in the Great Lakes region as it pertains to the draft.

Team Elite again had a tough game in the championship bout, coming up against an Academy Select 16U club who held the lead until the sixth inning, got behind, and tied it up again in the seventh before falling in the bottom half of the inning. Gavin Perryman (2021, Dallas, Texas) got the start for Academy Select and was excellent over six frames, walking none, scattering five hits, and punching out two in what amounted to a tough loss. Perryman is a primary outfielder, though he showed his talent on the mound in this one, consistently keeping the Team Elite hitters off balance despite what the box score might say. He sat in the mid-80s with his fastball all afternoon, topping out at 86 mph, with excellent life and lots of strikes. He was unafraid to challenge the Team Elite hitters on the inner third and got a lot of weak contact as a result, and was able to successfully mix in his quality curveball as well. Perryman is uncommitted at this time, but given his upside as a potential two-way player, that shouldn’t last long.

Brady House (2021, Winder, Ga.), the No. 1 player in the class of 2021 and a highest-level two-way talent, did a little of both in the championship bout. His two-RBI double in the sixth inning gave Team Elite the lead, though he did technically blow the save in the top of the seventh when he took the mound to close it out. Regardless of that, House was impressive on the mound, running his fastball up to 96 mph and sitting mid-90s, and showing the ability to miss bats with a solid slider. House’s ability as both an offensively-dynamic left-side infielder as well as a power-armed righthanded pitcher both speak to his overall upside, which reflect why he’s seen as the top player in a loaded 2021 class at this juncture.


In what was an excellent opening day matchup of the 15U WWBA National Championship, the Astoria Storm 15U took down the Tri State Arsenal Scout Team, 3-1. Chase Kriebel (2022, Shippenville, Pa.) got the start for Tri State and was very good, allowing a single hit and single unearned run over 4 2/3 innings, punching out eight and walking three. It’s definitely a funky operation on the mound, with a big hip turn at the top of the load and deep spinal tilt over the rubber, though he does a really nice job of repeating that unorthodox delivery, allowing him to throw consistent strikes and speaking to his athleticism. He ran his fastball up to 85 mph from the left side from an extended three-quarters slot, generating a fair bit of angle to the plate, and would drop down to more true sidearm at times in the 80-81 mph range, though that move was less effective than his traditional slot. He threw a slider in the low-70s that had a fair bit of action on it, and given the projection on his frame, he has pretty considerable upside.

I was impressed by Gavin Miller (2022, Oakdale, Pa.) in three phases of the game, given his defensive abilities at shortstop, his offensive abilities at the plate, and how he looked on the mound in a brief relief stint. Miller is a solid-sized shortstop and righthanded hitter with good amounts of athleticism and projection, though he’s more of a smooth athlete than an ultra-twitchy one. The balance to his actions and footwork at shortstop stand out, giving him the chance to stay up the middle long term, and he has plenty of arm strength for the position both at present and in terms of projection. It’s a short, direct stroke at the plate with quality bat speed, the hands work well through the swing, and he’s got the ability to consistently impact the baseball on a line out front with present gap-to-gap power, with projection for more. On the mound, he pounded the strike zone in the mid-80s with a clean delivery, reaching as high as 86 mph a few times, and complementing the heater with solid feel for his slider. Obviously it’s in the still-early going for the 2022 class, but Miller, who is presently ranked No. 127 overall, looks to be one of the better players for sure.

-Brian Sakowski

Indiana commit Tyler Cerny (2022, Greenwood, Ind.) made his presence known early in pool today with multiple hits playing for the Indiana Bulls. The righthanded hitter showed a quick, compact swing while utilizing a linear swing plane. In the first inning, he lined one right to the second baseman that was caught but the loud contact would carry on to his later at-bats. He would go on to double into the left-center gap and then singled in his last at bat of the day. The projectable prospect also flashed the leather as he made a great play on a slow roller early in the game. He went on to throw a strike across the diamond while off balance. His mature athleticism proved to be the difference at both the plate and in the field. With his skill set, look for him to continue on as one of the top-ranked shortstops in the state.

While his teammates from the Indiana Bulls were getting it done offensively, Chate Amick (2022, Jeffersonville, Ind.) took the bump and picked up the win for his team. The righthanded pitcher showed a strong, athletic type frame with a filled out lower half. He did a great job of working downhill while delivering from a high three-quarters arm slot. The uncommitted righty liked to work off of his curveball, which proved to be a great swing-and-miss pitch. His fastball flashed signs of life as well, sitting 80-82 while touching 84 and showing some late sink. As mentioned previously, his curveball showed a big 11-5 action as it had great depth sitting in the upper-60s. He ended up throwing a total of five innings while tallying nine strikeouts and only walked three batters.

With Amick starting the game, Andrew Dutkanych (2022, Indianapolis, Ind.) came in to shut the door and ultimately pick up the save for his Indiana Bulls team. Amick flashed a large frame with an already filled out body and broad shoulders. The righthanded pitcher showed signs of inconsistency to start his outing but soon found his slot and began to fill up the zone. He showed a repeatable delivery with a smooth arm action. He ended up throwing the last two innings of the game as he struck out four batters and walked one as well. His pure strength helped to propel him into outs as his fastball showed great life sitting 87-89 while he touched 90 a couple times in the second inning of his outing. He liked to work with a big 11-5 curveball that showed tight spin and sat in the low-70s. He also showed a nasty changeup in the mid-70s that has some serious run when he had command of it. With him being uncommitted, he will be a very interesting arm to follow as he shows signs of being a big arm even at the next level.

With the arms highlighting the early action of pool play today, Termarr Johnson (2022, Atlanta, Ga.) flipped the script on us from the batter’s box. The No. 3 overall prospect in the nation started off the game with a bullet of a line drive to the right-center fence as he glided around the bases for a stand-up triple. The smooth-swinging lefty didn’t stop there as he would go on to double on an 0-2 off-speed pitch to left field. The pure athleticism he showcases is enough to drop your jaw. When you combine his skill set with his physical abilities, the sky is the limit. Although he is uncommitted, that will be changing here very soon as he is already on everyone’s radar as one of the top hitting utility prospects in the country. Keep an eye on him for the rest of the week as his stacked Team Elite squad look to capture a coveted 15U WWBA championship.

With Team Elite chasing a championship, Casey Saucke II (2021, Rochester, N.Y.) will be a big piece of that puzzle. The big righthanded hitter flashed a large frame with a mature build showing some room to fill out down the road. The University of Virginia commit showcased some range during today’s action as he made a nice play up the middle and delivered a strike across the diamond. Saucke also utilized a very good bat. He worked with a slightly narrow stance before striding out and creating some serious torque with the lower half. When he gets extended, he flashes big power and proved so in today’s action. Saucke made loud contact in each of his at bats but one at bat stood out more than the others. He went on to hit a grand slam in the fifth inning that was a towering shot over the left field fence. With his size, his projectability is through the roof and he will be an interesting follow for the draft when it is his time.

-Drew Wesolowski

Kameron Young (2021, Powder Springs, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound utility player for the Georgia Bandits. Taking over the third base duties for his team, the Georgia native was able to perform at the plate and help his team in the win. The righthander has a strong swing at the plate and could drive the ball deep to left field. Standing in the box, Young is able to drop his hands low on his load though he steps just to the left of the pitcher when he takes his stride before his swing. The uncommitted righthander has a smooth swing and is able to go with the pitch instead of trying to pull it every time, though he does have more power to the pull side.

Blake Hamblin (2021, Oswego, Ill.) took the mound for the Elite Baseball Training and turned in a strong performance in his three innings of work. Performing only out of the stretch, Hamblin was able to bring his fastball up to 84, while he sat in the low-80s through the majority of his frames. The two-seam fastball was able to create slight movement coming back in towards the righthanded pitcher. Working as well with two breaking pitches, Hamblin has more of a feel for his slider which he could throw in hitting the mid-70s with nice movement to it. The curveball and the changeup are two pitches that with consistent work, the uncommitted pitcher could have at least three effective out pitches. Hamblin finished the game with four strikeouts and only one hit with zero walks with just three innings completed.

Riley Akins (2022, Martinez, Ga.) showed up to play as he brought his stuff, taking the mound for Complete Game 15U. Bringing his fastball towards the plate from a three-quarters arm slot, Akins was able to max out at 83 mph. Though he started to overpower hitters with that speed, the heater wasn’t even his best pitch. Complementing the fastball was a sharp-breaking slider. Bringing that slider in at the low-70s, the southpaw could use that pitch to generate swings-and-misses. To make matters worse for hitters, the Georgia native was able to locate that pitch at will and had complete confidence in his pitches. Through just over four innings of work, the uncommitted lefty gave up no earned runs on only four hits and two strikeouts while only allowing one walk.

-Brian Treadway

Christian Parrish (2022, Labelle, Fla.) got off to a hot start on day one of the 15U WWBA National Championship, going 3-for-5. He displayed good barrel-to-ball skills as he continuously hit the ball hard all day. He starts with an upright open stance and high hands. His hands work nicely to the inside part of the ball as his quick compact stroke does a good job of staying on plane with the ball through the hitting zone. Parrish’s ability to keep his front side connected through his swing allows him to stay on the ball and drive it with authority to all fields. On the bases he does a good job of taking advantage of good counts to run on as he is able to put himself in scoring position for his teammates. His long athletic frame projects well moving forward as he has plenty of room to continue to fill out and add strength.

Eli Kapkowski (2022, St, Petersburg, Fla.) a strong, athletic-built catcher who showed good receiving ability behind the plate. His quiet set up and soft hands allow him to funnel the ball back towards his body as he receives it. His strong arm and good use of his lower half on his throws to second allow him to get good carry on his ball as he proved to be very accurate with his throws. At the plate he starts with a narrow stance and high hands, his leg kick trigger gets his weight transferred to his backside as he lands in a powerful position ready to hit. When the timing is right, he does a good job of getting extension and making contact out front. He showed some pull-side pop with the ability to get the ball in the air with the present loft in his bath path. With a 6-foot, 180-pound frame he has potential to continue to fill out and add more strength to his frame moving forward.

Cade McGarrh (2022, Frisco, Texas), a long, lean primary middle infielder, got the start in game two of Dulin’s Dodgers-McGarrh double header as he threw an efficient 3 2/3 innings while allowing no runs on no hits. His ability to pound the strike zone with his fastball that sat 83-84 mph and topped out at 85 mph from a high three-quarters arm slot allowed him to work ahead in counts for most of his outing. He paired his fastball with a low- to mid-70s slider that showed some good, late bite. The slider was used mostly late in counts and produced a lot of weak contact resulting in easy plays for his defense behind him. McGarrh’s simple, repeatable delivery maintains good direction working downhill while staying online to the plate. With his 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame he is very projectable moving forward with plenty of room to fill out and add strength to his lengthy frame.

Christian Howe (2022, Danville, Ky.) looked solid in his relief appearance with a fastball that sat 83-85 mph and topped out at 87 mph. His clean quick arm action repeats itself well allowing him to throw from a consistent high three-quarters arm slot on both of his offerings. His second offering, a curveball showed some depth with good bite to its slurvy break. His tall delivery helps create good down word plane as he does a good job of driving off his back side. With his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame he projects well moving forward with room to continue to fill out. Howe will be an interesting name to keep an eye on as he only threw 24 pitches in his first outing and will be eligible to pitch again in the coming days for his Tri-State Arsenal U.S.A. 2022 club.

Jake Hembree (2023, Hiram, Ga.) continued his great summer on the mound where he has already proven to have great feel for pitching with a 0.20 ERA over 34 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts. He added to those totals on Friday going five innings while allowing only two hits and striking out eight. His fastball sat in the 80-83 mph range while topping out at 84 mph from his high three-quarters arm slot with some arm side run. His ability to locate the fastball to both sides of the plate comes from his ability to repeat his delivery at a high rate and work down the mound while maintaining good direction to the plate. His curveball showed good depth with 1-7 shape to it as he used great confidence with it throwing it in any count. With runners on base he showed great poise and ability to hold the running game with a solid pick-off move that helped eliminate baserunners. His 5-foot-11, 145-pound frame has plenty of projectability left in it as he has room to fill out as he continues to grow and mature.

-Colton Olinger

Xavier Perez (2022, Corpus Christi, Texas) put together a quality start for the Banditos Scout Team 15U. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while posting nine strikeouts. The righthander commanded an 85-87 mph fastball that topped at 88 mph. He paired it with a late breaking high-70s slider with depth to it, while also flashing an 80-mph changeup to a lefthanded hitter. The uncommitted 2022 threw a lot of strikes and showed an ability to pitch. The arm is quick and works fluidly with velocity coming easy. A compact arm action and lower three-quarters arm slot well. A lean build with some present muscle projects well on a 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame.

Tanner Folds (2021, Calhoun, Ga.) showed a lot of upside in his start for the Georgia Scorpions 2022 on Friday. His stat line doesn’t tell the whole story, as he struck out nine with one walk, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. The southpaw’s fastball sat in the low-80s and topped out at 85 mph. He paired his fastball with a sweeping low-70s curveball and a decent high-60s changeup that he threw to righthanded hitters all game. The Penn State commit’s arm works well within a long arm action with a three-quarters arm slot. He gets downhill well, and the arm has whippy action to it. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame with a muscular build is developing well and shows long term projection.

Nicholas Solis (2021, Mercedes, Texas) was dominant in a 1 2/3 inning outing for the Banditos Scout Team 15U on Friday. The lefthander struck out for while allowing no runs on one hit with a walk. Solis showed good command of a high-80s fastball that was up to 90 mph and he flashed a low-80s changeup. The uncommitted 16-year-old’s arm works fluidly from a compact arm action with a high three-quarters arm slot. He gets great extension down the mound and uses his lower half well to generate easy velocity. Solis’ physical 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame projects well and shows present strength.

Magnus Miller (2021, Corpus Christi, Texas) dominated in the closing role on Friday when he earned the save for the Banditos Scout Team 15U in a 3-2 win. The righthander was one strike away from an immaculate inning, throwing a ball on the ninth pitch of the outing; after striking out the two previous batters on three pitches each with an 0-2 count on the third hitter. An 85-87 mph fastball was commanded extremely well, as Miller showed an ability to paint the corners and spot his fastball up around the zone. He didn’t throw a secondary pitch and he didn’t need one. The uncommitted 16-year-old’s arm works well within a long whippy arm action with an overhand arm slot. A physical 6-foot, 220-pound frame projects well and is currently filled out.

Beau Bryans (2022, Madison, Miss.) showed potential in his start for PYB Elite 2022 on Friday. The southpaw went 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Bryans’ fastball was up to 86 but sat in the 82-84 mph range. His main secondary was a low-70s sweeping curveball. He also flashed a 78-mph changeup to a righthanded hitter. The uncommitted 15-year-old shows potential in an easy arm with a fluid compact arm action and three-quarters arm slot. Bryans’ 5-foot-9, 150-pound frame contains surprising power in arm. As he continues to develop and grow into his body, he could make a big jump and turn into a very strong lefty.

Bryce Dolby (2022, Ashburn, Va.) had a big game at the plate Friday for Dirtbags Platinum 15U. He went 3-for-3 with a home run, RBI, and run scored. The Virginia Tech commit’s pull approach worked well all game, with all three of hits going to the left side, with the homer going over the fence in straight away left. The primary righthanded pitcher barrels the ball up wall and showed some pop off the bat, the homerun was hit only hit that was hit in the air. At first base, Dolby played sound defense with a solid glove. A projectable 6-foot-5 frame with a lanky build will generate a lot of power when it is filled out.

-Jacob Jordan

Lou Paolillo (2022, Jupiter, Fla.) is a primary third baseman with a large 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame and present strength with additional room to fill out. Defensively, he displayed good glove action and quick transfers manning the hot corner. His quick reactions and athleticism helped him make a diving stop to his left and make a strong and accurate throw to first base. The righthanded hitter showcased above-average bat speed with a swing that stayed level through the zone. He made loud contact several times as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Making contact during every at-bat, he hit the ball to all fields, doing a good job of keeping his hands inside the baseball and going with the pitch. Showed the ability to elevate the ball and get some jump off the bat.

Finishing the game on the mound, the righthanded pitcher showed good arm action with a fastball that reached 85 mph while averaging 83 mph. He also featured a curveball around 66 mph. During his relief appearance, he threw a scoreless inning while striking out the side on only 15 pitches.

Davion Hickson (2022, Orange Park, Fla.) is a righthanded pitcher with a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and some legitimate ability to pitch. On the first day of the tournament, he threw seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts while only allowing two walks and five hits. The lanky righty used an athletic and medium leg lift before working downhill and online towards the plate. He displayed moderately live arm action from a mid three-quarters slot. Smooth and simple mechanics were easily repeated as he maintained velocity throughout the game. The fastball averaged 84 mph, but he hit 86 mph several times including the first and last inning. His arsenal was rounded out by a slow yet effective 12-to-6 curveball with a lot of break around 69 mph and a straight changeup he featured heavily in the later innings around 75 mph. He displayed a lot of confidence and pitching ability. Commanded all of his pitches fairly well, should add consistency to command with age and further experience.

Tennessee commit Caden Marcum (2022, Paola, Kan.) showcased legitimate two-way talent during the first day of the tournament for the East Cobb Astros 15U. The righthanded hitting outfielder has a lanky and projectable 6-foot-5, 150-pound frame with a lot of room to fill out. Starting in an even stance with high hands, he uses a medium leg stride to incorporate his lower half. Fluid hands generate some decent bat speed on a linear swing path through the zone. He hits the ball out front but has the ability to keep his hands inside the baseball and hit it to all fields. Made loud contact to the pull side and the opposite field. Created some backspin on the ball with the ability to elevate but takes more of a line drive approach. Has the potential to hit for a lot of power once his frame fills out further. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, one RBI, and two runs scored. His above-average speed assisted in his ability to take extra bases.

The righthanded pitcher displayed an electric arm while pitching in relief and picking up the save. Working downhill and stepping towards the righthanded batter’s box, the lanky righty has a really live arm and room to gain additional velocity. His fastball averaged 87 mph during his one inning of work, but he touched 91 mph on two different occasions. He only threw fastballs during his scoreless inning of relief. Large and lanky frame projects as a pitcher but has the potential to be a legitimate two-way talent in the future.

Addison Ostrenga (2022, Sun Prairie, Wis.) is an athletic outfielder with a large 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame and present strength in the build, but probably still more to gain. The primary center fielder strangely had no balls hit to him during the first day of the tournament. However, he displayed athleticism and speed on the bases, which should somewhat correlate to defensive ability. The righthanded hitter starts in a moderately closed stance with a wide base and a high back elbow. A toe-tap trigger helps him incorporate his lower half by torqueing his hips into the swing. The swing is short and compact on a level plane with some upward extension. Quick hands and lower half strength create bat speed and help him hit the ball with force. He hit line drives on every pitch he put in play but has the ability to elevate the ball. Power and speed combination player moving forwards. All told, he went 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored, and three RBI.

South Carolina commit Connor Fuhrman (2022, Daleville, Va.) showcased a medium and athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame in the outfield and at the plate for the Dirtbags 15U Tap Out. The center fielder displayed athletic first steps and great range defensively. Fields the ball out front and makes strong throws back into the infield. The righthanded hitter starts in an open stance with a wide base and high handset. Loose and quick hands create a lot of bat speed after a toe-tap trigger. Fluid swing with loose hands that have the ability to stay inside the baseball, hitting it to all fields. Creates a lot of backspin off the bat and has present pop with the potential to gain more. He has really good bat-to-ball skills with present power that should project extremely well moving forward.

-Jake Martin

Tim Arguello (2022, San Antonio, Texas) is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound corner outfielder from San Antonio Christian Schools in his hometown. Hitting fifth for his club, Lonestar Baseball Club 2022 National today at Brook Run, Arguello got his tournament started with a bang at the plate going 2-for-3, with two doubles and four RBI in a rout. In the box the lefthanded hitting Arguello uses a square stance with good balance and his hands pre-loaded outside his chest. As Arguello prepares to swing, he deploys a short toe-lift trigger then fires his hips and hands through the hitting zone with a clean line-drive swing path that produces a lot of hard barreled contact. Tim has good vision in the box and barrel control consistently meeting pitches out front, for hard contact into the gaps. With good size and strength currently and more on the way, it’s easy to project future average power here due to his leverage and his ability to drive the ball into the gaps with clean mechanics and consistency. Arguello has an average arm that profiles well for right field as he showed on-line carry and loose, easy actions that produced on target throws in the small sample we saw today. Glove works for the corner outfield spot and he has confident hands with ability to make all plays hit his way. Feet work and he has enough instinct and awareness in all phases to help a team compete and win. Good overall athlete who has advanced hitability for being on the early side of 15-years-old. Only time will tell, but we might have a plus talent down the line here.

Aiden Macks (2022, Robertsdale, Ala.) is a highly-ranked outfielder from Robertsdale High School in his hometown. Only a sophomore in the fall, Macks not only has a power hitter’s name, but produces at the plate with consistency for his club Elite Squad 15U National. In the box, Macks has a square stance with hands outside his chest. He has a lot of pre-pitch movement in a rock with his hips and hands, then loads upon release and is very quick through the hitting zone upon hip fire. Very short to the ball, Macks makes quick, consistent barreled contact with some loft power and leverage for plus future power potential. On the day Macks went 2-for-3 at Brook Run with two doubles and two RBI in Elite Squad 15U National’s one-run win. Macks, who is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound first baseman and corner outfielder, played first base today at Brook Run and showed signs of being a reliable fielder with clean actions around the bag. Speed works for his game, yet he has an advanced skillset with polish and natural instincts especially at the plate. Currently ranked as the third best outfielder in the state of Alabama, if he continues to play at the high level we saw today, he will be nationally ranked for the 2022 class before long. Very high upside talent, who plays loose and exudes confidence, while making the game appear easy.

Matt O'Connor (2022, Stamford, Conn.) is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound backstop from Westhill High School in his hometown. A junior in the fall, O’Connor suited up behind the plate today for his club, The Clubhouse 2022, and showcased advanced barrel control and comfort in the box as he went 2-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI, and a walk in his club’s 8-0, run-ruled, five-inning victory. At the plate, O’Connor uses a square stance with hands outside his pec. He has a long step to start his swing, yet keeps his weight back and loaded, while he does a keen job of tracking pitches to contact. Upon hip fire, he deploys a level and quick swing path, with proper mechanics and power to the gaps. O’Connor stays very short through the hitting zone and portrays good hand-eye coordination as he keeps his head down, and body rotating around its’ axis, through contact. Although power is current to the gaps, size and strength indicate that there is more to come with further development and understanding. Matt is very quiet behind the plate, with quick actions, and good receiving skills. O’Connor’s soft hands and vision make him an ideal candidate as a catcher, as he doesn’t get flustered and showed can work with a staff through a game. Light on his feet, he can move in and out, and receive balls with proper framing techniques on either corner. Throws are quick and accurate to bases as well with carry on his throws and right on the bag at times. Confident in his actions, O’Connor has the making of a solid ballplayer with next level impact for a club.

Craig Ottaviano (2022, Stamford, Conn.) is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound, tall and very athletic righthanded hurler from Westhill High School in his hometown. A sophomore in the fall, Ottaviano took the mound for his club, The Clubhouse 2022, at Brook Run this afternoon and was superb spinning a complete game two-hitter where he struck out six, and only needing 65 pitches to complete the run-ruled, five inning outing. On the mound, Ottaviano uses a simple, stretch-only approach, where he deploys a large leg kick above his belt, then drops and drive his front leg down the mound, allowing his arm and upper half to get over his front side unrestricted and down the mound. Since he is able to get over his front side so well, he is able to stay on time, and fill up the bottom half of the zone to nearly a 70 percent strike rate. Using a fastball (80-83 mph) with life and some run, and a curveball with good rotation and lots of break (64-67 mph), he was able to keep his opponent off balance all game long as he missed a lot of bats on the way to receiving the win for his team. As Craig settled in on the mound this morning, he began to mix in all counts and appear with almost a bulldog-type demeanor on the mound. Fearless in his approach, he went right at his opponent, trusting his stuff and his teammates behind him to make plays, which they did all game long, as only three East Cobb Precision batters reached base on the day. A promising athlete, Ottaviano is quick off the mound and has ability to field all plays hit his way with accurate throws to bases. Craig has an idea of what to do on the mound, with advanced pitchability for only being fifteen. Ottaviano was impressive once again this afternoon while showcasing a me-against-you mentality on the mound, trusting his advanced tools, and competing for his team on the way to the win. Very high upside talent, with next level ability despite only being an underclassman in the fall.

Beck Raymond (2022, Kyle, Texas) is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound lefthanded pitcher from Jack C Hays High School, in Buda, Texas, a nearby town to Austin. Beck, who has great size and strength to his current frame, earned the start for his club, Lonestar Baseball Club 2022 National on Friday and was impressive at Brook Run going five full innings, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out three on the way to the early round win. Coming into the day ranked as the fourth-best lefthanded pitcher in the state of Texas for the 2022 class, Raymond was lights out using his three-pitch mix of a fastball (79-82 mph) with tail and sink, a curveball (68-70 mph) with feel and late bury, and a change-up (70-74 mph) with the makings of feel for the pitch and some fade with arm-speed through release. As Raymond went throughout his start, he began to mix his pitches to both dexterities making him very hard to anticipate at the plate. He primarily pitched to contact, and his fielders backed him up all game long on his way to a two-hit, 10-to-2 victory in the early going of the 15U WWBA National Championship. A solid competitor on the mound, Raymond stayed locked into his assignment all game long with aggression and poise. Beck showed everyone in attendance that he trusts his stuff and his ability to pitch and wants the ball for his club, willing to do whatever it takes to win.

-Matt Arietta

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