College | Recruiting | 10/1/2020

Uncommitted Notebook: October 1

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Jquann Smith (Perfect Game)
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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. 

Cason Firth (2021, Lagrange, Ga.) was the top prospect at the Southeast Prospect Showcase a little over a month ago. His quick-twitch athleticism and ability to swing the bat at a high level give him no reason to be uncommitted for too much longer. He posted a 6.43 second 60 yard dash at the event and can play center field without question because of his outstanding in-game speed. Firth plays for 5 Star West and attends Lafayette Christian School. He has played in a pair of events this fall at the PG 18U Deep South Fall Classic and Fall Elite Championship in back-to-back weeks.

Over the summer at the National Uncommitted Showcase in Hoover, Alabama Gabe Hunt (2021, Buford, Ga.) received a 9.5 PG grade. His size, bat speed, power, arm strength and just overall raw tools are pretty huge for a player in the 2021 class that is still labeled as uncommitted. Hunt throws 90 mph across the diamond and is a solid runner as well with a 1.64 second 10 yard dash posted at the event. Hunt has hit 2 homers this calendar year playing with the Georgia Bombers and has obvious power potential in his swing. With improved consistency of his overall contact in the box, Hunt could really make an impact for a school at the next level.

Mason Pearcy (2021, Sharpsburg, Ga.) is a big-tiime defender and without question can play shortstop for a program at the next level. His hands are pretty special and just his overall actions in general make him an elite asset on defense especially. There is good hand-eye for Pearcy in the box as well as he uses a slightly open stance in the box, a full and loose swing path as well as projectable jump as he continues to add strength. The right-handed hitting shortstop has been a long-time attendee of PG events dating back to 2014 as an 11u Homeplate Chilidog and will be playing with the Upstate Mavericks ST at the WWBA World Championship next week.
One of the top ranked uncommitted players left in the country hails from the state of New Jersey in Christian Bautista (2021, Lyndhurst, N.J.). The right-handed hitting first baseman burst onto the scene at the Fall East Coast Showcase in his first PG event. He was given a 9.5 PG Grade by the Perfect Game scouts in attendance and also impressed other scouts who made their way to Waldorf, Maryland in early September. The power and hit tool are real with Bautista and will be able to showcase that talent once again next week at the WWBA World Championship playing for PG Navy Select.

No one in the country in the class of 2021 has posted a faster 60 yard dash time than Jquann Smith (2021, Statesboro, Ga.). A product of the Georgia Premier Academy and GBSA Rays, Smith ran an eye-popping 6.24 second 60 at the PG National Showcase in mid-June. Smith’s quick-twitch muscles are elite and the bat has continued to come around on the MLB Draft circuit this summer. His speed is simply game-changing in every way and with continued improvement of his contact skills, Smith can become not only an easy commitment for a college team but also a potential name to be called come next July in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Another speedster on this list is outfielder Angelo Scionti (2021, Murphy, N.C.). A member of Team Elite and participant at last fall’s Fall Academic Showcase, Scionti has gone on to show that he is more than just a high level showcase player with a contact-oriented approach, strong hands and really good bat speed. Standing at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and having the ability to run a 6.55 second 60 yard dash on turf is pretty special. The defensive prowess in the outfield is at a very high level as well so it will be very interesting to see where Scionti winds up given his all-around game.

Hard for a college coach to not like a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher who can run his fastball into the mid-80s. That is what Fletcher Whitley (2021, Saline, Mich.) brings to the mound. He has shown his arsenal at a pair of PG showcases starting with his first ever PG event at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Prospect Showcase. He followed that up with a nice showing a year later with his fastball touching 86 mph from a low effort delivery and feel for a curveball to either side of the plate at the 2019 Southeast Prospect Showcase. Fast-forward a year later and Whitley filled up the zone in his pair of outings at 17U WWBA striking out 5 hitters.

One catcher that can surely impact a team at the next level is Team Elite backstop Mason Cooper (2021, Jefferson, Ga.). The catcher has standout defensive abilities with his strong arm and quick feet out of his crouch. He also has the ability to impact the baseball with strength and projectable power from his right-handed swing. His build is prototypical for a catcher at a well-built 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and he uses his strong lower half on both sides of the ball with his strong swing as well as his flexibility and arm strength behind the plate.
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