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PG World Series Scout Notes

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Dylan Lesko (Perfect Game)

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Taking the mound for the Georgia Bombers 16u in the early morning slot Wednesday afternoon was uncommitted righthander David White (2021, Newnan, Ga.), and though his final stat line doesn’t jump as he lasted just two innings, there’s plenty of upside with what comes out of his right hand. Strongly built at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, White more than looks the part as he toes the rubber and his two frames were the tale of two innings as he dealt with command issues in the opening frame before dialing it in for a 1-2-3 second.

There’s balance to his delivery and the overall operation is rather simple for White, showing requisite arm speed to generate noteworthy velocity as he sat in the 86-89 mph, though his problems stemmed from getting down the mound too early with his lower half. His timing was much better in the second inning as he was able to generate extension out front, sinking the fastball down in the zone while working on top of the ball much better. It was a quick look but it’s safe to say there’s advanced comfort for White when it comes to throwing his curveball, a pitch he was able to regularly land for strikes and to miss bats as well.

You know the old saying “everything’s bigger in…Colorado”? While that may not be how it goes it’s certainly a phrase that holds true for the pair of arms from the Rocky Mountain state who made brief appearances for Trosky Baseball Wednesday evening. Big 6-foot-7 lefthander Ryan Ure (2021, Eaton, Colo.) took the mound for the first two innings while fellow uncommitted righthander Greysen Carter (2021, Louisville, Colo.) provided two loud innings of relief.

Up to 90 mph earlier this month at the 16u WWBA, Ure breezed through his two innings of work living in the 84-88 mph range with his heater as he came out filling the strike zone, utilizes his size and over-the-top release to power the ball downhill. He generates the velocity with relatively low effort and his ability to stay short and compact, and obviously quick, with his arm stroke allowed for plenty of strikes despite his size. The pitch flashed both cutting actions and running life at times, all the while riding through the zone out of his hand. His go-to secondary pitch proved to be his changeup, an offering he showed feel for and though he’d tend to guide the pitch at times he was able to land the 76-78 mph pitch for strikes. It was mostly a fastball-changeup combo for Ure though he did show a short, tight slider once in his two innings at 75 mph as part of an arsenal that recorded five of his six outs via strikeout.

Carter proved to be just as impressive for both his raw stuff on the mound and the amount of deception he’s able to create given how well he hides the ball behind his back hip before getting to a straight over-the-top release. With a solid combination of arm physical strength and arm talent Carter punched out the side in the first, working exclusively off of his fastball while sitting in the 90-92 mph range, peaking at 93 mph with significant plane. His arm speed is clear after a couple of pitches and if the velocity wasn’t enough he was also able to create late cutting life at times. While Ure went to his changeup, Carter went to a big 12-6 curveball which has the potential to develop into a true swing-and-miss offering as he maintains his arm speed given the depth he already generates despite the 69-71 mph range on the pitch.

Of course the real adage is “Everything is bigger in Texas” and it held true to the arms Twelve Baseball rolled out throughout the day, including Josh Alexander (2021, College Station, Texas) who made quite the impression during his Perfect Game pitching debut. A primary first baseman, Alexander went 4 1/3 innings of quality work in which he punched out 10 and allowed just one base hit. Already committed to Houston, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Alexander showed traits on the mound that will play at the next level, especially as he continues to refine his craft with additional reps.

Alexander worked exclusively out of the stretch during his time on the mound, keeping things simple while maintaining his balance and showing present arm speed through the back. The fastball is the calling card for Alexander as he sat comfort in the 87-90 mph range early on through the first few innings though the velocity is just the start of the story for Alexander. There’s obvious life to his fastball through the zone just based on the swings and overall at-bats opposing hitters were putting together against him, consistently swinging through fastballs up in the zone which speaks to the overall spin out of his hand. When he worked to his glove side he was able to generate pretty significant cutting action which played nicely off his ability to elevate the fastball. Alexander’s feel for his curveball develop though he’ll still have to refine a consistent secondary pitch, showing occasional depth to it in the 68-70 mph range.

Ben Bosse (2021, Brenham, Texas) took the hill in the night cap and though he ultimately took the loss the uncommitted 6-foot-1, 185-pound righthander still showed plenty of allure for the college recruiters looking on. He didn’t have his sharpest command in this outing as he walked four in three innings but he did manage to punch out five and showed one of the best breaking balls we saw throughout the tournament. The curveball proved to be Bosse’s go-to offering and rightfully so given his ability to consistently spin the ball with late, hard biting life and 12-to-6 shape in the mid- to upper-70s, generating plenty of whiffs while also landing the pitch for strikes. And just because we talked about the curveball first and as his primary weapon, don’t mistake that for him being a pitchability type as he lived in the 85-89 mph range with solid plane and hard sinking life at times. Still uncommitted, Bosse showed a pair of pitches that can elicit swings-and-misses while still projecting for more moving forward.

Tyler White (2021, Glendora, Calif.) made the trip out West with CBA and did nothing but hit the ball with authority throughout his team’s run from Wednesday morning and into the night cap. Already committed to Long Beach State, White wasted little time in making an impression offensively as he put a short, direct swing and sound approach on display, fouling off a tough 89 mph fastball before jumping all over a hanging two-strike slider for a double to his pull-side gap. On the tournament White hit .333 and showed extra-base pop off the barrel just as he did on this particular swing with hard jump off the barrel and plenty more to come as he continues to fill out his 6-foot-1 frame.

Similar to White, Dylan Leach (2021, Carthage, Texas) has impressed with his bat throughout the few games he has been in attendance for, hitting .500 heading into the semifinals. A University of Arkansas commit and switch-hitting catcher, Leach provided a big knock for Dulins Dodgers Wednesday night to help propel his club to the next round with a loud double to the right-center field gap, hitting from the left side of the plate. It was a crisp stroke for Leach showed plenty of quickness to his hands and whip to the barrel through the zone, plating what was ultimately the game tying and winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Wednesday afternoon proved to be another ho-hum, five-inning, 10-strikeout performance for righthander Dylan Lesko (2022, Buford, Ga.), the top-ranked player in the class of 2022 as he has done nothing but justify his lofty ranking throughout the summer. Currently listed at 6-foot-3, 170-pounds, the uncommitted Lesko offers ample physical projection though you don’t have to squint to see the potential as he is already capable of generating one of the best arsenals in the tournament.

Despite just finishing his freshman season and still spending time as a two-way, Lesko shows ample balance to his delivery and overall rhythm which in turn leads to plenty of strikes. His fastball lived comfortably in the 88-91 mph range throughout, generating extension out front and showing short running life to his arm side through the zone. He came out attacking the strike zone and never let off the gas, missing plenty bats along the way though he got nearly as many on the changeup as he did his heater. The changeup is a pitch he has continued to refine over the last calendar year and it has quickly developed into his best secondary with plus potential. He does a nice job of maintaining his arm actin and release on the pitch and after having the first one sail out to his arm side it was nothing but strikes on the 78-80 mph pitch with hard, diving life that the hitter read as a heater out of his hand and tracked it as such. He mixed in a slurvy breaking ball at 74 mph as part of a three-pitch mix, all over which are thrown for strikes with conviction and confidence.

James Triantos (2022, Mclean, Va.) pulled double duty with both the 15u and 16u World Series playing simultaneously, donning a Canes jersey in the 15u portion while suiting up for the Molina Stars in the oldest age classification this week. Regardless the jersey he was wearing or the arm he was facing the young North Carolina commit yielded the same result regardless: hard, barreled contact to all parts of the field. In the morning half of the schedule Triantos delivered big for the Canes with a two-run double for the Canes into deep left field, showing very quick hands and big jump at the point of contact. Jump into the nightcap, now wearing a Stars’ uniform, and he delivered yet another two-run double to take the lead, this time to the opposite field. Barreled contact to the right of the second base bag proved to be the norm for Triantos in this look as he opened the game with a triple down the right field line before shooting another single back up the box in his final at-bat of the day, finishing the 16u tournament hitting a robust .667 and showing one of the better hit tools in the class.

Throwing in the 15u World Series despite heading into his junior season, uncommitted lefthander Camron Hill (2021, Fayetteville, Ga.) is obviously young for his class as he’s able to play down though his stuff and overall projection would’ve stood out at the older age division as well. Already standing at 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, there’s obvious projection for Hill and with lefthanded pitching always being in demand he’s certain to have his fair share of suitors at the next level. Staying short through the back with present arm speed, Hill lands closed with his strike foot which helps creates some big angle prior to releasing the ball, showing a clean release on a fastball that lived in the 81-84 mph range and bumped upwards of 85 mph early on. Despite the inconsistencies with his landing foot Hill was able to throw a good bit of strikes from his extended slot, inducing weak contact off the barrel while working down in the zone. The slider showed nice potential for Hill was well, maintaining his slot on a mid-70s slider with tight rotation and short sweeping life.

Another uncommitted lefthander who threw later in the day, Beau Bryans (2022, Madison, Miss.) doesn’t have Hill’s size as he’s listed at just 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, but if you think back to former PG All-American Brandon Neeck you’ll see plenty of similarities between the two. From the young, middle infield build to the lower, extended arm slot to the Tri State uniform and working exclusively out of the stretch, there are certain similarities between the two lefthanders. That said, Bryans ran his fastball up to 88 mph in this look and as you’d expect given his slot he was able to generate some sinking life to his fastball. The velocity ranged anywhere from 82 mph to 88 mph at any point in the game and he did a nice job of replicating his arm path from pitch-to-pitch, scattering just three hits over four innings of work. He showed both a slider and changeup as a pair of secondaries pitches with the slider showing some bite to it in the upper-70s while the changeup game across in the 76-79 mph range. While there’s plenty to like at present from Bryans, be certain to follow him closely as he hasn’t scratched the surface of what he could develop into.

James Tibbs III (2021, Marietta, Ga.) has long been on the national circuit thanks to his lefthanded swing and Wednesday was no different for the Florida State commit thanks to quick, whippy hands and a short, direct stroke. It’s a very simple and easy approach at the plate for Tibbs, currently ranked No. 101 in the class, and it was on display as he turned on a double to his pull side with extreme easy while showing serious juice off the barrel at the point of contact. Typically players have more singles than combined extra-base hits in a tournament though the opposite has proved to be true for the future Seminole as he has yet to pick up a single but has four doubles and a triple on the tournament.

It was quite the game for Giovanny Cueto (2021, Miami, Fla.) as he and his Elite Squad took down the Richmond Braves in the playoffs and though he only saw four pitches in his first three at-bats, the uncommitted catcher filled up the stats page with three knocks on three swings. Strongly built at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Cueto has continued to establish himself as a consistent bat in the 2021 class, staying shorter and direct to it while displaying plenty of strength in his hands. All three hits were of the hard, barreled variety including a single he blasted back up the middle to complete a three-hit performance and help finish the tournament with a .429 batting average.

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