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Organizational Report: East Coast Sox

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Bobby Witt Jr. (Perfect Game)
Hometown: Columbus, MS
College Commitments: 551
PG Championships: 11
Drafted Players: 54
MLB Debuted Players: 1

Owners: Greg Sykes, Eric Dubose, Joe Caruso
Website: eastcoastbaseball.org
Twitter: @eastcoastbball
Instagram: @eastcoastsox



2020 Uncommitted Prospects
Brett Rowell: Big power LHH with juice to pull side, solid catcher with big frame, 2.0 average pop 
Jake Carr: Two-way player who has a short, compact stroke with gap-to-gap power, good arm & hands at 3B
Chris Mancill: Sub 2.0 pop time w/ consistent throws, good receiver, plus blocker; has some pull side pop
Braiden Broussard: Primary shortstop & hit .417 at 17u WWBA; also up to 85 mph on the mound, projectable
Dalton Cook: Strong arm w/ 1.83 pop time in showcase; quick swing, hit .333 at 17u WWBA

2021 Breakout Potential
Jackson Conn
Jeffrey Ince
Kelly Crumpton

Maddux Bruns
Riley Maddox
Parker Carlson
Tyler Haines

William "Pico" Kohn

2021 Uncommitted Prospects
Aaron Downs
Caleb Burns
Chandler Marsh
Drew Cartee
James Nathan Shelton

Jonah Carroll
Sammy Contacos
Sean Smith
Seth Carter

2022 Breakout Potential
Aiden Fancher
Alex Wade
Cole Ketchum

2022 Uncommitted Prospects
Colin Daniel
Dylan Bowen
Mason Morris
McGwire Turner
Riley Quick
Ross Highfill

2023 Breakout Potential
Brodey Walker
Cale Comeaux
Cameran Christ
Jackson McKenzie
Jacob Keys
Kade Anderson
Rives Reynolds
Seth Farni
Walter Ford
 

2023 Follow List
Eli Ramsey
Riley Myers
RJ Hamilton
TJ Dunsford
Matthew Dallas
Ben Pearman
Matthew Heiberger
Patrick Spencer
Cal Culpepper
Michael Cook


2024 Follow List
Ian Senn
Tanner Sauls
Jack Sanderson
Thomas Stokes
Christopher Rembert


Top Historical PG Moments

2016 16u WWBA National Champion
Quarterfinals: Walk off, extra inning hit by J.T. Ginn, Playoff Pitchers: Dakota Bennett (11th round), Connor Shamblin (Alabama), Aubrey Gillentine (Southern Miss), Chad Bryant (40th round), Richard Fitts (Auburn), J.T. Ginn (MS State)
Championship Game: 10-run  victory to capture the title, Ben Van Cleve (Ole Miss) earns MVP           

2017 15u WWBA National Champions
Round of 32: Slade Wilks hits a memorable grand slam
Semi-Finals: Tyler Haines (MS State) twirls a seven inning shutout
Championship Game: Braiden Broussard throws 6.2 shutout innings, Cade Crosby MVP (Samford)                             

WWBA World Championships
(2017) First year finished 5th overall (PG All-Americans Jeremiah Jackson, Bryce Bush, J.T. Ginn, Hayden Dunhurst)
(2018) Second Year Finished 3rd overall (PG All Americans Bobby Witt Jr, Rece Hinds, Hayden Dunhurst)
Best Performance: Christian MacLeod (MS State) went 5 shutout innings with 9 K's
(2020) Exhibition game against Canes National was noted as one of the heaviest scouted exhibition game in PG history. The four arms who threw in the game: Jackson Fristoe (95 mph), Hank Bearden (92 mph), Nicholas Griffin LHP (94), and Charez Butcher (95 mph).



Other Individual Performances
(2015) William Woods, Atlanta Braves 23rd rounder, throws complete game shutout, put us on the map
(2017) 17u WWBA Quarterfinal: J.T. Ginn closes the door at 2:00 a.m. and strikes out 3 batters topping 97.3 mph
(2019) Nick Bitsko throwing 97 mph during the WWBA 16u National Championships
(2019) Slade Wilks hits a monster bomb that hit the scoreboard at the field behind it; measured at 434 feet and exit velo 105 mph (video above)
(2019) Bobby Witt Jr. recognized as Perfect Game #1 Player in the Country

Program History

"In the fall of 2012, the East Coast Sox Baseball Organization was formed under the prayerful direction of Joe Caruso and Greg Sykes. Later, Eric DuBose joined on to help with the mission in 2013. With our professional and collegiate coaching experiences and backgrounds, elite summer baseball seemed to fit our God-given talents and desires. After much prayer, we decided to build a Christ-centered baseball program to help young men grow closer to the Lord through the game of baseball, while still getting the opportunity to play high level summer baseball. Since 2013, the East Coast Sox has seen over 300 players or family members accept Christ, 763 players sign college scholarships, and 80 players drafted to play professional baseball. We are humbled and honored to have so much early success for such a young program. Winning the 2016 16U WWBA National Championship and the 2017 15U WWBA National Championship are still the greatest highlights in East Coast Sox history." -Joe Caruso



2019 Scouting Highlight

"One performance that immediately jumps out to me, personally, came courtesy of righthander Brayden Jones during the opening round of the playoffs during the 2019 WWBA Underclass Championships. Jones wasn't as established on the national scene as others in the tournament but he put together a quality performance in dominant fashion, living in the upper-80s with his fastball throughout the entirety of his five innings.  He topped out at 90 mph but it was the type of outing where everything seemed to be working from the command to either side, to his feel to mix, and the consistent feel of his breaking ball...Of course, you can't talk about the 2019 season without mentioning a few other highlights that jumps out to our scouting staff, from Nick Bitsko bringing the heat during the 16u WWBA in which he demanded the attention of everybody in the park to PG All-American Slade Wilks who was a can't miss at-bat the entire summer and fall." -Jheremy Brown
 
What are we looking forward to scouting during the summer of 2020?

"The talent pool within the organization runs deep and with that said, players are consistently making jumps and there always seems to be somebody new to lock in on any time you watch the Sox, regardless of the age level. Their 2021 crop has a nice combination of bats and arms, and most notably depth, to make runs at all the national events with a majority of them having already played together. And as the last couple of years in Jupiter have shown us, the staff isn't afraid to bring in an electric arm or a big time bat for the brightest stage in amateur baseball. Last summer the 2023/14u class was strong but it has certainly grown and now features some high level prospects such as Kade Anderson and Jackson McKenzie to go along with Walter Ford and RJ Hamilton, two cornerstone pieces from last summer. They're certain to be a group to follow not only this summer but for the years to come as well." -Jheremy Brown



All Time Lineup

1

Bobby Witt Jr.

6

2

Jeremiah Jackson

4

3

Brent Rooker

7

4

Pete Alonso

3

5

Ethan Wilson

8

6

Bryce Bush

DH

7

Slade Wilks

9

8

Rece Hinds

5

9

C.J. Willis

EH

10

Hayden Dunhurst

2

P

Ryan Hawks

1

Hitting Reserves

Pitching

Maurice Hampton

Brandon Parker

Blake Anderson

Jack Kenley

Blake Wiggins

Jordan Beck

Luke Hancock

Joe Garry Jr.

Tyler Gentry

Jake Holland

Dakota Bennett

Nick Bitsko

Ryan Bruno

Austin Franklin

Christian MacLeod

William Woods

JoJo Booker

Dallas Woolfolk

Dylan Carmouche

J.T. Ginn


Best College Resumes

Brent Rooker (Mississippi State): 2017 Triple Crown Winner, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year, 1st Team All SEC (.387-23-82)
Ethan Wilson (South Alabama): 2019 Co-National Freshman of the Year, Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, 1st Team Freshman All-American, 1st Team Sun Belt (.344-17-50)
Brandon Parker (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC): 2018 NJCAA Division II National Junior College Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-Conference, (.424-24-81)


Best Pro Resume

Pete Alonso (New York Mets): 2019 Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year, Major League Baseball All-Star, 7th in National League for MVP voting, 53 HR rookie year, Winner of MLB Home Run Derby

Perfect Game All-Americans

Name

Team

Draft

Bobby Witt Jr

Kansas City Royals

1st round, No. 2 overall

Jeremiah Jackson

Los Angeles Angels

1st round draft pick

Rece Hinds

Cincinnati Reds

2nd round draft pick

Maurice Hampton

San Diego Padres/LSU

23rd round draft pick

Bryce Bush

Chicago White Sox

33rd round draft pick

Hayden Dunhurst

Colorado Rockies/Ole Miss

37th round draft pick

C.J. Willis

Tampa Bay Rays/LSU

39th round draft pick

Ryan Bruno

Stanford

TBD

Slade Wilks

Southern Miss

TBD


Perfect Game Select Festival


Name

College Commitment

Walter Ford

Alabama

Jackson McKenzie

Mississippi State

Nick Bitsko

Virginia

Hank Bearden

Georgia

Maurice Hampton

LSU

Hudson Sapp

Ole Miss


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