College | Recruiting | 9/28/2020

Uncommitted Notebook: Sept. 28

Connor Spencer        
Uncommitted Notebook: September 23 | September 25

With the changing of the recruiting landscape that was presented in 2020, Perfect Game wants to continue our efforts to provide a spotlight and platform for uncommitted players to showcase their talents. Every week we will highlight players who our scouts saw and were impressed by, showing their talents that will certainly translate to the next level.

As October nears, so to do the WWBA Underclass World Championship as well the WWBA World Championships which boasts rosters loaded with uncommitted talent and as always you can follow @PG_Uncommitted on Twitter for updated looks at prospects from all PG events. 

Julian Orozco (2022, Long Beach, Calif.) impressed in the desert at the PG Fall National Championship (underclass) as he jumped onto the PG circuit with a fastball up to 89 mph, and an already mature presence on the hill. With good length to his frame and a quick arm down the mound, his fastball possesses some natural cutting actions and has the ability to get in onto hitter’s hands on both sides of the plate. The Long Beach native is listed as a primary infielder and shows good promise at the plate; however, there’s a lot to be excited about on the hill.

No. 409 overall in the class of 2022, Brenden Moore (2022, Pacific Grove, Calif.) had a fantastic summer on the PG Circuit, posting six K’s through five innings pitched for Trosky National 2022 at PG events since June. Moore has a power arm that has the ability to get up to 91 mph but he naturally sits around 85-89 mph. With every outing he’s made this summer, he continues to mature on the bump and he put together a solid weekend at the PG Underclass All American Games which earned him a strong PG 9 grade.

Jason Reitz (2022, San Jose, Calif.) made a jump after the second West Coast COVID-19 shutdown in July and August as he topped out at 83 mph at the 15u Mountain West Elite Championship in June, then came back and topped out at 87 mph at the PG Fall National Championship this month. Reitz’s long and lengthy frame still has a ton of room to fill and the imaginations of college coaches has to be running wild over it. He fanned eight through just 3 1/3 innings two weeks ago.

Kevin Sharpe (2021, Lafayette, Calif.) could be a late find arm that makes an impact for many college programs with a fastball up to 88 mph and a whippy arm that makes it feel heavier than it is. Sharpe fanned six through five full innings pitched while allowing just one hit in his only PG event appearance.

It's rather surprising to see utility man Carson Case (2021, Santa Ana, Calif.) is still uncommitted with an abundance of tools that will most certainly play at the next level. Case hit .429 with a 1.270 OPS at the 17u West World Series in June. Then he came back after the second shutdown and hit .455 with a 1.098 OPS at the PG Fall National Championship. With quick hands and a simple approach, Case just straight hits. He also has a strong arm that has the ability to run up into the high-80s from the outfield, thus, his tools are versatile enough to get his bat in the lineup no matter where he plays defensively.

The No. 96 overall player in the class of 2021 AJ Smith-Shawver (2021, Colleyville, Tex.) is taking his time to pick the right college home as he wants to continue to be a two-sport athlete at the next level. Despite being uncommitted, don’t be mistaken, he’s one of the best players in the country with a real threat to be a true two-way player at the next level with a ton of raw power at the plate, along with a fastball up to 95 mph on the mound. Smith-Shawver can do a little bit of everything for a team on the diamond, and he’s without a doubt going to have some tough decisions to make regarding the draft, college, and his all around bright future soon.

Jackson Thomas (2021, Mesa, Ariz.) has a power fastball that works up to 92 mph along with projectable length and a very desirable competitive nature on the hill. He’s another arm that has put together an impressive summer on the PG event circuit with quality outings in the PG West Elite Championship, PG 17u World Series, and PG Fall National Championship this month in Arizona. His stuff has more than enough filth to it to miss bats and possesses a slight hitch to his motion that gives his arsenal some deception to the plate. He’ll be playing with the AZ D-Backs Scout team at the WWBA World Championship two weekends from now and it should be expected that he’ll put together another strong performance.

Taylor Seay (2021, Lake Jackson, Tex.) is another uncommitted arm that will be on display in Fort Myers next month at the WWBA’s. Seay keeps things simple on the mound with a conventional motion and quick arm action that pounds the zone with strikes. What makes Seay stand out is the poise and grit he brings to every start he makes. He competes, goes right after guys, and doesn’t back down from big situations. Seay made key starts on the mound against quality offenses this summer at a myriad of events on the PG circuit including the PG 17u World Series. His fastball sits in the high-80s and tops out at 90 mph and his secondary stuff has continued to improve all summer long.

With a mature approach and plus feel for the barrel, infielder Zack Martinez (2022, Spring, Tex.) continues to showcase how much of an asset he could be at the plate for a number of different college programs. On paper, Martinez is a bit undersized, listed at 5-foot-4, 160 pounds. However, his frame is athletic and provides great pop at the plate with the ability to drive the ball into either gap with authority, as well as the ability to backspin the ball out of the yard to his pull side. His athleticism and solid arm allow him to play at both the hot corner and second base proficiently. He posted a 1.500 OPS at both the PG South World Series and PG South Elite Fall Championship this summer. Martinez’s carrying tool is his hit tool and strong hands at the plate, and he’ll go as far as his bat will take him.
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