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Tournaments | Story | 9/21/2021

WWBA Soph. Uncommitted Names Part 1

Jered Goodwin     
Photo: Derek Curiel (Perfect Game)
The WWBA Sophomore World Championship is set to begin year five this upcoming weekend as Fort Myers, Fla. will once again become the epicenter of the amateur baseball world as players and college recruiters alike from across the nation will descend upon Southwest Florida. National Scouting Director Jered Goodwin takes a deeper dive into the uncommitted players who'll be in attendance, first looking at 20 players ranked within the top-500 before his next installment, which will take a deeper dive into the back end of the rankings with some uncovered gems. Follow along all weekend as our scouts will continue to provide top-of-the-industry coverage just as they have all spring and summer. 

Derek Curiel (2024, West Covina, Calif.) is uncommitted at the moment but also possesses some of the easiest and fluid actions in the class, with massive potential in the bat. As he matures he could stay as a disruptor at the top or start to slide to the middle of the order as a run producer. His prowess in center field could be come elite as he continues to develop physically. 

Theodore Gillen (2024, Austin, Texas) has a tremendous combination of size, athleticism, and speed. The glove and actions fit on the left side of the infield but he could transition into a standout center fielder, it's that type of upside. The left-handed stick provides powerful bat speed, though he is currently content hitting hard line drives for a high average. 

Chris Newstrom (2024, Phoenix, Ariz.) is a pretty explosive athlete that will continue to tick up as his long and lean body fills out. He has defensive versatility, including mobile hips and a very strong arm behind the dish. The upside with the bat really stands out and he was very consistent at each stop this summer. 

Anson Seibert (2024, Overland Park, Kan.) is a massive 6-foot-7, 226-pound right-handed pitcher that has a loose arm that is already touching upper-80s with a ton more to come. He is already around the zone with his arsenal and doesn’t have a ton of miles on the shoulder. The upside is real and he is a solid athlete that can swing the bat some too. 

Anderson Nance (2024, Eden, N.C.) is a lean, projectable right-hander that checks a ton of boxes from a collegiate prospective. The arm really works with looseness and quickness while he’s done a good job establishing himself at holding velocity typically in the low-90s and upper-80s. The breaking ball and changeup are both advanced and you’re talking about a supreme athlete who’s just beginning to scratch the surface of his pitching upside.

Ben Reiland (2024, Villa Park, Calif.) can do a bit of everything on the diamond. The quickness and agility will keep him in the middle of the diamond. The all-fields approach and sweet left-handed stroke give him a plenty attractive offensive profile that fits at the top of the order. 

Christopher Rembert (2024, Pensacola, Fla.) offers a ton to like and was one of the bigger risers in the 2024 class over the summer. He’s sure-handed at shortstop with excellent agility, athleticism, and very soft hands. The hit tool played really well in games while the overall athleticism adds an exciting element to his game. 

Mason Brassfield (2024, Bakersfield, Calif.) is a very talented two-way prospect that could really go a number of ways as he develops. The lefty has shown upper-80s stuff on the mound to go along with his ability to miss bats. That gives him plenty of time to hone in on the nuances. There is similar potential in the left-handed bat, with a smooth stroke and loft potential. 

Camden Clewett (2024, Yorba Linda, Calif.) is another two-way prospect with big potential. The catch-and-throw skills behind the plate are extremely advanced and he has a solid middle-of-the-field approach at the dish. On the bump, he can run a lively fastball into the upper-80s with real feel to spin the breaker. 

Bailey Thorne (2024, Phenix City, Ala.) is one of the better two-way prospects in the country thanks to his ability to run the fastball into the mid-80s along with showing power from the right side. There’s good physicality to the overall profile with a polished three-pitch mix to go along with the overall hittability. 

Rowan Kelly (2024, Menlo Oark, Calif.) is a true table setter from the left side and his production at each event speaks for itself. There is a ton of room still to grow and add strength, but the hands work so well and the bat to ball skills cannot be ignored. 

Drake Piersall (2024, Riverton, Utah) has an interesting profile given his athleticism, the upside in his physical stature, and the impact he has shown to all fields. The consistency in which he shows big impact off the bat really stands out in comparison to many of his ’24 peers. 

Easton Davies (2024, Orem, Utah) has enticing upside with a quick shoulder and the ball explodes out of the hand already. His upper-80s fastball is complemented by a very hard breaking ball that both collect swing-and-miss at a rapid level. The consistent repetitions should help him become a big riser. 

Gian De Castro (2024, Weston, Fla.) is a switch-hitter, which adds to his versatility positing intriguing power upside from both sides. The power comes easy to De Castro, along with the loft to the swing plane and the ability to put the ball out to any part of the park. There’s legitimate middle-of-the-order potential with De Castro thanks to the power potential. 

Lou D'Alessio (2024, Red Bank, N.J.) is a very solid prospect given his ability to do a little bit of everything well on the field. He’s a quality athlete with defensive versatility all over while the hit tool will be able to carry him. There’s burgeoning power and his ability to put bat to ball and disrupt on the basepaths gives him a number of solid traits. 

Alejandro Sardinas (2024, Miramar, Fla.) is a long and lean infield prospect that shows the range and actions that should keep him at shortstop. The body has a live look and there is good hand speed and length to the swing through the zone that gives him an extremely high ceiling in the right-handed batters box as well. 

Quindon Wright (2024, Albany, Ga.) and his pure physicality stand out in a very large way. But he is also athletic with good bat-to-ball skills and does a good job working his hands inside the ball and using the park. This gives him plenty of time to organically develop the in-game power as he builds repetitions. There is middle-of-the-order potential at the highest level. 

Brevin Bezick (2024, Red Bank, N.J.) has big power in the left-handed stick and it plays in game. He controls the zone and grinds out at-bats, but make no mistake its the power potential and run-producing ability will continue to be the trademark for the New Jersey native. 

Braeden Weckman (2024, Winter Springs, Fla.) has a lively frame with some flick in the wrists. The high-energy player can hurt an opposing team in a number of ways with thump in the bat and an aggressive style of play on the bases.  
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