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PG Fall Peach State Scout Notes

Matthew Arietta        
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Cason Rich (2020, Canton, Ga.), a 6-foot, 165-pound uncommitted righthanded pitcher, took the mound for his club East Cobb Angels at East Cobb Friday night and was spectacular, leading his club to a 10-to-3 win. Rich’s outing lasted five innings where he scattered three hits, didn’t allow a run, and struck out 13 of Rawlings Southeast’s hitters, while only walking one. Rich has good size and athleticism currently and looks still ways away from physical maturity which is intriguing. He sets up on the first base side of the rubber and uses a full windup with good rhythm and tempo through release and follow through. He uses a long and smooth arm action that releases consistently from a three-quarters arm slot across his repertoire adding deception to his pitches. Rich showcased a fastball in the mid-80s with life and run, a curveball with depth and feel in the high-60s, and a changeup with good deception and fade in the upper-70s.

Mason Port (2020, Woodstock, Ga.) is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound utility player. The senior demands your attention when he’s at the plate and hit really well in the two games he played in this weekend. Mason finished the rain-shortened tournament hitting .571, (4-for-7), with three of the four hits coming in the double variety. Port has a strong and lanky frame, and showed good discipline and hit-ability at the plate. Port, a righthanded bat, sets up tall, with a slightly open stance and hands low outside his chest. Despite starting narrow with his feet, he uses a large step to square to start his swing, and does a nice job keeping his weight and hands back in his load a long time as he tracks pitches well towards the plate. Port has quick hands and wrists and displayed the keen ability to shoot his bat head through the hitting zone, making solid, consistent contact over the two-game sample. Currently with power to the gaps, Port makes his power easy to project with hard consistent, barreled results.

Although Aiden McSherry (2020, Roswell, Ga.) has the ability to play the outfield and a few infield spots, he excels on the mound and proved that Friday night at East Cobb. Coming into the weekend ranked inside the top-60 righthanded pitchers in the state for the 2020 class, McSherry lived up to the hype in his quick, pitch-count limiting start. Pitching for his club East Cobb Angels, McSherry filled the zone with a hard fastball in the high-80s and a curveball in the high-60s with good depth and feel. What makes McSherry so effective is his ability to use his size and strength to his advantage. McSherry stands at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds with plenty of room to fill to his lanky frame. There is a lot of moving parts and deception to McSherry’s windup which makes him very effective. He also keeps his release point consistent, and really gets out in front of his body and down the mound, adding angle, and down-hill trajectory to his repertoire.

Justin Wobb (2020, Acworth, Ga.) and Hayden Duffield (2020, Woodstock, Ga.) led the charge offensively for East Cobb Colt .45’s at East Cobb on Friday night during both of their contests on the evening. Wobb, a lefthanded bat, stands 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with a strong, athletic frame, deploys a short, quick, stroke at the plate with plenty of barrel control and hand-eye coordination. Wobb showed the ability to use the whole field and hit the ball where it was pitched Friday, as he went 2-for-3 in the first contest with hard hit results to both gaps. Wobb showed hustle and aggression out of the box and on the bases recording two stolen bases to add to his impressive stat line.

Duffield caught for East Cobb Colt .45’s 18u in game one on Friday and was impressive both at the plate and behind it. Hitting in the nine hole, Duffield took advantage of all the fastball offerings he saw early in the count and turned in a 2-for-3 performance, scoring twice and driving in a run of his own. Duffield displays good rhythm and timing in the box, and the ability to track pitches well which is evident by his .324 average in 30 games throughout the year. He puts the ball in play and trusts his ability at the plate, which was apparent all game long. Lastly, Duffield works well behind the plate, and shows athleticism in all phases with ability to make strong, accurate throws to bases controlling the running game, and the ability to fearlessly block pitches in the dirt.

Trace Cate (2020, Marietta, Ga.) came on in relief for his club East Cobb Astros .45’s 18u Friday night at East Cobb and was lights out in his one inning of work to secure the save and win in the time-shortened game. Cate, who stands at 6-foot, 170 pounds, came into the game ranked in the top-50 outfielders for his class in the state, but really stood out on the mound. Cate deploys a stretch only approach to his delivery and releases his repertoire from a low three-quarters slot. He shows good flexibility and athleticism on the mound and release his fastball and off-speed pitches out front with good extension and arm speed. Cate’s arm works well as he displays good short and quick arm action, and hides pitches behind his body, adding deception and adding to his pitch’s effectiveness. In the quick outing Friday night, Cate used a fastball in the low-80s with good arm side, two-seam run, and a curveball in the low-70s with nice differential from his fastball with slurvy shape and feel for the strike-zone. Cate went right at his opponent and pounded the zone with fastballs until he was ahead late in the count, which is when he’d introduce his breaking pitch.

Jake Crumley (2020, Canton, Ga.) is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound righthanded pitcher from Cherokee High School in his hometown. Crumley was dominant all game long as he went the distance, scattering three hits, one walk, and striking out seven on his way to a 93-pitch no-decision as the game ended tied after seven complete. On the mound, Crumley uses a slow tempo to his delivery with some hesitation with his leg lift, and a smooth, long-circled arm-action that delivers from a high three-quarters slot. Jake battled his opponents with his two-pitch mix of a fastball in the mid-70s and a curveball in the mid-60s. Crumley’s ability to locate his pitches for strikes and mix speeds was the main reason for his success on Friday.

Carson Curry (2020, Auburn, Ga.) and Jacob Fernandez (2022, Cumming, Ga.) shared the pitching duties for Rawlings Southeast 16u/17u Friday night at East Cobb, and matched the aforementioned Crumley’s performance with dominance in their own right. Curry, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound righthanded pitcher, struck out four over the first three innings. Curry used a mechanically sound wind-up on the mound and battled through his pitch-count limited start with his two-pitch mix of a fastball (80-84 mph) and a curveball (67-71 mph).

Fernandez entered in the bottom of the fourth trailing by a run to Crumley’s East Cobb Colt .45’s 18u and was masterful, leading his club back into the game and ultimately walking away with a no-decision as the game would end tied after the two-hour time rule limited play. Like Curry, Fernandez recorded four strikeouts of his own, walked a batter, and kept his opponents hitless through the later portion of the affair. Fernandez used a two-pitch mix of a fastball (77-80 mph) and a curveball (60-69 mph) to keep hitters off balance and off base. Jacob showed good pitch-ability as he mixed in all counts and kept hitters guessing at the plate.

Dodging the rain in the early going on Saturday morning at Brook Run, Garrett Powers (2023, Cumming, Ga.) earned the start and the righthanded pitcher from Denmark High School was impressive going five full. Over the course of the outing he scattered five hits and struck out nine, and eventually saw his club Diablos Gold drop the game in the bottom of the seventh by the final 4-3. On the mound, Powers used a two-pitch mix of a fastball (74-76 mph) and a curveball (60-62 mph). He mixed both pitches as he went along to both dexterities, keeping his opponent off balance all game long. Garrett used his ability to control his pitches to his advantage, filling up the strike zone at nearly a 70-percent clip on the day. At only 5-foot-8, 130 pounds, Powers has enough baseball IQ for his young age to make a big impact both on the mound and at the plate, as he hit third in Diablos Gold’s lineup. Similarly on the mound, Powers is confident in his ability and uses a short, quick stroke at the plate to make hard, consistent contact to the gaps.

Casen Summerday (2023, Macon, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 145-pound utility-type player who primarily plays the left side of the infield for his club, BigStix Baseball. The Rutland High School freshman was impressive at the plate on Saturday morning at Brook Run as he hit .500 in two games, going 2-for-2 in game one with a double, triple, three runs scored, and three batted in. Summerday, who hits fourth for his club, appeared well ahead of his competition ability-wise and very mature at the plate. He is confident and has a plan in the box which kept him in control during the 10:45 matchup Saturday morning. At the plate Summerday wants to hit and attacks the ball with bat speed and keen hand-eye coordination. He has some raw power potential with most results to the gaps in its current state. A good athlete, Summerday has good accelerating underway speed that he uses out of the box, on the bases, and on defense.

Wesley Alig (2024, Oak Ridge, Tenn.) is a young 5-foot-7, 125-pound switch-hitting utility player from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a Knoxville suburb. Alig played this weekend in Georgia with his club, Diamond Gold, and hit .667 in two games Saturday, both at Brook Run Park in Atlanta. At the plate, Alig wants to hit, and demonstrated a keen approach in the box, one that displayed proper hitting mechanics and a short compact swing. Alig has plenty of pop in his bat and barrel control that helps him shoot pitches into the gap, mostly to the pull side from both dexterities. He is a good athlete with aggression and the acumen to make things happen on the diamond.

Chase Fralick (2024, Peachtree City, Ga.) is a 5-foot-8, 140-pound utility-type ballplayer with sound athletic ability and plenty of room to fill to his current frame. A consistent standout at Perfect Game events over the last two years, Fralick has really come into his own at the plate this year and continued his hot bat on Saturday at Brook Run Park. Fralick hit .750 in two games with a single, two doubles, two runs batted in, and a stolen base. Hitting in the two-hole for his club Georgia Jackets 14u National, Fralick keeps things simple at the plate, and uses the whole field with consistent hard contact. Rarely cheated in the box, Fralick appears in control during at-bats with unwavering focus and a mature approach. Chase is a good athlete and moves well out of the box, on the bases and in the field, up the middle. He has natural instincts in all phases of the game making him entertaining to watch play. A solid competitor, Fralick is a name to remember as he starts to climb the ladder in Georgia high school baseball and beyond.

Cade Cosper (2023, Carrollton, Ga.) is another name to really stand out at Brook Run Park in the early games on Saturday. A 5-foot-11, 130-pound utility-type ballplayer, was reliable in the field and at the plate on Saturday at Brook Run as he hit .500 in two games with three runs batted in and a stolen base. Cade uses his size and current strength to his advantage in the box as he has good plate coverage, and a sound approach making him a tough out. Cosper keeps things simple in the box and doesn’t get intimidated by the situation, as he was able to drive in three runs and score twice in his club’s second game, an 8-5 win for Canes Southeast 14u. On the bases, Cade showed aggression and good first step quickness and instincts helping him become a hassle at times for his opponent. A good athlete, Cade plays shortstop for the Canes, and has the makings of an above average ballplayer down the road with further maturity and development.
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