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| Story | 10/19/2021
Jupiter Prospect Breakdown
Photo: Justin Crawford (Perfect Game)
Stars Being Stars
(2022, Las Vegas, Nev.) had a ho-hum week for the Louisiana State commit, hitting .500 over the course of three games and showing off his two elite tools in his glove and speed. He turned in 80-grade run times, including a 3.97 time to first on a jailbreak of an infield single, while showing off his precocious feel for the barrel. He collected four hits in those three games including a triple that turned into a Little League home run. The tools and performance have been strong all year for Crawford who looks every bit the part of a first rounder next year.
(2022, Chula, Ga.) was wholly dominant in his outing during the event, striking out eight in just under five innings and showing off a particularly impressive changeup. The Auburn commit held low-90s with his heater while throwing a good amount of strikes. The athleticism and operation both project out for future starter command and he looked the part as one of the top Georgia prospects as he has all summer.
(2022, Riverside, Ill.) actually followed Hayden as they both pitched in the same game at Jupiter where Owen showed off similarly nasty stuff. The Notre Dame commit has been very good on the circuit all year, and capped off a very loud fall by asserting himself as one of the top prep arms in the country. He ran his fastball up to 94 mph with significant Induced Vertical Break which allows for a ton of swing-and-miss and excellent fastball quality.
(2022, Wesley Chapel, Fla.) had long been one of the top arms in the state and he was excellent across two separate outings for CBU. The right-hander committed to USF sat in the 91-92 mph range, touching higher, but showing an incredibly low release height which allowed his fastball to be deadly up in the zone. The breaking ball is very good too and at present he offers two fairly significant pitches that are really tough to square.
(2022, Austell, Ga.) played like his usual self down at Jupiter, showing off the hit tool, two-way ability, along with some quality defensive plays as well. The sweet-swinging left-hander hit .357 with three doubles in his time down in Jupiter, using the whole field and controlling the barrel very nicely all weekend. Collier made some athletic plays at third too and struck out four over two hitless innings, pumping 92-94 mph. He’s an extremely well-rounded player who will likely hear his name called very early next draft.
(2022, Oak Park, Calif.) certainly has to be mentioned here in the Stars category, coming into Jupiter as the highest-ranked arm in attendance and showing out as a two-way, as he did all year. Noot ran his fastball up to 95 mph on the mound in his start, showing the same low-effort delivery, plus deception, and 4-pitch mix that got him an All-American nod back in July. There’s starter traits here, and Noot will be seen early and often in the spring with the potential to be a top 2-3 rounder in the draft. He also hit a mammoth home run from the middle of the Breakthrough lineup, and has pretty significant collegiate two-way upside, though his professional future is likely on the mound.
(2022, Menifee, Calif.) started the tournament something like 5-5 across the first two games, and wound up hitting over .500 for the event, going 9-17 across the San Diego Show’s 6-game run. Romero is a left-handed hitting middle infielder with some of the best bat-to-ball in the class, showing the ability to use the whole field and find barrels on pitches all over the zone. He’s a talented defender in the middle infield as well with the hands and feet to play there long term, and scouts will be watching closely to see how much more strength he can add before the spring, as increased exit velocities/power output will go a long ways towards cementing him as a top 1-2 rounder next summer.
(2022, Atlanta, Ga.) had his Jupiter cut a little short due to a minor injury, but still stood out in a big way in the games he played in, which is of no surprise to anyone. Johnson possesses the best amateur hit tool I’ve ever evaluated, with a tremendous approach and knowledge of the zone, going 3-for-5 with 4 walks over his 3 games. He uses the whole field with authority, can drive the gaps, and has the makings of plus power long term as well. He’s got a chance to be a top-5 overall pick next summer, and it wasn’t surprising at all to see him cap off his travel baseball career in a productive way.
(2022, Charlotte, N.C.) has been on the radar for some time now, a South Carolina-committed right-hander whose spin quality has made him a high follow for years. He was excellent in Jupiter, striking out 10 over 6 innings and showing all the strides he’s taken in one outing. The fastball reached 93 mph and held in the 87-91 mph range for the duration, filling up the zone and continuing to show his advanced feel to spin the ball. The curveball and slider both have above-average projection, and there’s a decent bit of projection here as well. Jerzembeck is a trendy pick to click for the spring, and his Jupiter outing increases those odds that he ends up a spring riser.
(2022, Valley Cottage, N.Y.), a Boston College commit, is typically lauded for his advanced catch-and-throw skill set and arm strength, but the bat continues to trend up as he hit .400 (6-for-15) during the World Championship this past week. Strength has never been the issue, as Guzman has a strong lower half and impacts the baseball with strong hands. The consistency at the plate has made steady improvements and only aides in the upward trend up draft boards for this upcoming season. The defensive profile is certainly hard to ignore, and it will be interesting to see where he eventually falls come draft time.
(2022, Ringoes, N.J.) was his typical self during his start for the Knights Nation/Dodgers Scout Team, as the 6-foot-5 left-hander worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings and punched out five. He worked comfortably in the upper-80s for the duration of his outing, as he commanded both sides of the plate effectively with the fastball. The changeup is the go-to secondary offering and a true separator at present, as the pitch is well-replicated and has power fade to its movement. McCoy has shown the ability to spin the baseball as well, flashing good feel for his slider for both strikes and swings-and-misses. The ease of operation and overall projectability should garner another velocity uptick in the future, while allowing for the changeup to become even more of a plus offering. Look for McCoy to take another step forward from a velocity standpoint, aiding in not only his overall profile but the shape and speed of his breaking ball. The New Jersey native will be an interesting follow next spring for scouts and he has some helium potential should the velocity spike.
(2022, Columbus, N.J.) continued to showcase his premium two-way abilities in Jupiter, as the quick twitch athlete hit .333 (5-for-15) and made two scoreless appearances on the mound. At the plate, he implores a simple, compact swing with plenty of present bat speed and feel for the barrel. He can impact the baseball with authority from gap-to-gap and makes his presence known on the bases by using his 6.46 speed to swipe bags. On the mound, he ran the fastball up to 91 mph during his first appearance and has shown higher velocities in previous outings. The slider is the go-to secondary offering at present, as it has sharp bite and true swing-and-miss capabilities. Applegate has flashed feel for a changeup as well in previous looks, completing the full repertoire he currently possesses. It will be interesting to see what MLB clubs prefer throughout the 2022 spring season, as thoughts of him being successful on either side have been mentioned.
(2022, Short Hills, N.J.) continually hits at each stop along the circuit and continued that trend in Jupiter, as the right-handed hitting shortstop hit .417 (5-for-12) for the event including three doubles. The simplicity of his stroke allows for him to continually be on-time with the barrel, while adjusting well regardless of pitch type or location. The moment is never too big for the Clemson University commit, as he came up with clutch hits multiple times in pool play for Team Northeast. Maldonado can impact the baseball from foul line-to-foul line and flashes power potential to all fields. In the field, he is a steady defender with plenty of lateral range, a quick release and plenty of arm strength to stick on the left side long-term. The Short Hills, N.J. native will someone to monitor this spring, as his Seton Hall Prep squad perennially faces a tough schedule and plenty of high-octane arms.
(2022, Land O Lakes, Fla.) is a South Carolina commit who solidified the middle of the order for the WWBA World Champion Ostingers Baseball Club. He had some huge extra-base hits to start rallies or put games away during the impressive run. Petry worked deep in counts, was respectfully intentionally walked down the stretch a few times, and made pitchers earn every inch. This is a fun prospect to watch during spring of 2022 given his monstrous power, defensive development, and very young age for the class.
(2022, Columbia, S.C.) hit .364 with a 1.170 OPS in Jupiter. The fact that this line really wasn’t even loud, and just normal for what is expected for the switch-hitting power prospect, says all you need to really know. The Louisiana State commit will need to keep making defensive strides at the hot corner, but the middle-of-the-lineup profile will give Toman plenty of time to hone the defensive skills.
(2022, Dubuque, Iowa) has a fantastic 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame to build on and that frame goes nicely with a bundle of tools to develop. There is still some strength that needs to be added before the spring, but the .364 average and consistent contact he produced in Jupiter is what he needed to help springboard the University of Kentucky commit into the 2022 spring season. The center field and top-of-the-order potential, to go with the loose left-handed stroke is a hard profile to ignore.
(2022, Jacksonville, Fla.) has always shown massive tools, with his running ability, throwing ability, and bat speed all grading as plus. The Florida State University commit is starting to put streaks together that can compete with anyone in the class from a ceiling standpoint. The .455 average and 1.318 OPS he put together at the WWBA shows the upward trend in development that give the toolsy outfielder even more intrigue heading into his senior spring.
(2022, Hueytown, Ala.) racked up the strikeouts seemingly every time he took the bump this summer, most of the time coming away with a zero in the ERA column as well. Davis is one of the most deceptive pitchers in his class because of a low-90s fastball and slider with tilt from a three-quarter slot with crossfire in his delivery. Davis’ WWBA outing went like many others, a fastball up to 93 mph in five innings, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. The Alabama commit was commanding the fastball/slider combo with ease and was moving the ball all around the zone. Davis has extreme projectability in his 6-foot-5 frame, long levers with a high waist, broad shoulders and a very quick arm. Davis is an arm that should have an impact at the next level right away.
(2022, Forsyth, Ga.) was one of the best bats in the WWBA and this should come as no surprise to anyone as he has been fun to watch all summer. Snow put up video game numbers during the tournament hitting .500, with a 1.372 OPS and a .538 OBP. The USF commit proved to be a key top-of-the-lineup bat for the Bombers all summer always finding ways to get one base. Snow has a great combination of barrel control, speed, defense and overall feel for the game. While you may not hear Snows name called high in the top rounds of next years draft, he is one of the better shortstops in his class and will make a name for himself at USF.
(2022, Northridge, Calif.) was one of the more dominant pitchers all summer at PG events, as the right-hander didn’t give up a single run in 19 innings. Hitters get a full mix when coming to the plate against Thomas, he works well off all his pitches and makes it look easy. In his WWBA outings, Thomas showcased a fastball up to 95 mph and a devastating upper-70s breaking ball that fell off the table. The Duke commit is very athletic and the frame screams projectability, the combination of a plus fastball and breaking ball have really seen Thomas’ stock rise this summer. With lots to like out of Thomas it will be interesting to see how he rises this spring.
' (2022, Fleming Island, Fla.) Jupiter performance was absolutely dominant. The southpaw tossed three perfect innings and punched out seven batters. He has a full four-pitch mix with an excellent feel to spin. Hodges also projects really well in terms of command, showing pinpoint command of his breaking balls during his outing. The Virginia commit is on Draft radars and will look to continue to build on his strong fall.
(2022, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) showed off his quality stuff across two outings in Jupiter. The both-handed pitcher sat 91-94 and was up to 96 from the right side and was up to 88 from the left side. Cijnte complements his heater with a hard biting, sweeping slider. The stuff has continued to get better and better with each outing, and he will continue to have plenty of eyes on him moving toward July.
(2022, San Diego, Calif.) was as good as it gets over his five-inning start. The UC Santa Barbara commit allowed only one hit while striking out 11. Bremner lived mostly in the 89-91 range and peaked at 93. He paired it with a curveball with good depth and showed the makings of a really good pitch. He is super athletic on the mound and projects very well.
(2022, Mooresville, N.C.) showed the power stuff that major league organizations covet as a late-inning reliever and multiple inning guy with a quick turnaround. The Georgia Tech commit consistently sat in the low-90s with a high of 94 mph over multiple appearances with a power curveball in the 79-82 mph range. A young 18-year-old at the time of the major league draft, Schmolke will be a name to watch to come off the board.
(2022, Suwanee, Ga.) is a country-strong athlete from Suwanee, Georgia who runs a 6.61 60-yard dash and throws as high as 96 mph from the mound. He has steadily increased his draft stock on the mound with a power fastball and tight-spinning breaking ball that he has consistently landed for strikes over the summer circuit. The Georgia commit seems to step up his game on the mound when the bright lights come on as a right-handed pitcher moving up draft boards.
(2022, Shelby, N.C.) is a physical right-hander with a strong lower half that maximizes his delivery for a fastball that sat in the low-90s with a hard breaking ball up to 80 mph during the WWBA. He recorded six strikeouts over three hitless innings, while his control was not at its peak, the overall power stuff was present from the Wake Forest commit with more in the tank at previous PG events over the summer.
's (2022, Knightdale, N.C.) speed will always be his calling card when any mention of the North Carolina State commit appears, but it’s his ability to find the barrel in the box that stands out. There is a difference between speed and useable speed, which Gupton maximizes with his barrel awareness and middle-of-field approach to get clean breaks out of the box and showed the ability to take the extra base with good turns and instincts. He hit .429 over the WWBA with two triples and two stolen bases with two walks and scored four runs. Gupton has useable speed on the baseball field and uses it on both sides of the ball.
(2022, Bakersfield, Calif.) was a revelation during the event, hitting a scorching .533 while showing off all the tools that come with the uber-projectable 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. The UC Santa Barbara commit has excellent bat speed while being a really impressive mover for his size. He’s smooth at short and can run some too all while hopping on the mound to show off low-90s when he needs to. Charles absolutely put his name all over the prospect map with his Jupiter performance and he should be a priority to see early next spring.
(2022, Norfolk, Va.), a Virginia commit, was eye-opening in his performance over on Cardinals quad during Jupiter, pounding strikes while showing two different breaking balls and upping his draft stock significantly. The right-hander is lean and athletic with a simple delivery and a fastball that peaked at 94 mph, settling into the low-90s comfortable. The slider is sharp and hard while the 12/6 breaking ball also shows promise and McKay certainly looks the part of a spring pop next draft.
(2022, Isabela, P.R.) was always a name on the summer circuit, but simply put, he looked like a much improved player during his time at Jupiter, hitting the ball with authority and providing excellent defense at shortstop. The physicality looks much improved for the Florida State commit, who finished hitting .444, as he was hitting the ball with strength, power, and authority. The upside here is vast as if Perez looks like he did in Jupiter next spring, he could go very high in the draft.
(2022, Coral Springs, Fla.) has always been a well-known prospect in the class but took his game to a different level down at Jupiter. He’s a physical prospect who can do both pretty well as the recent Florida commit impacts the ball from the left side and really stood out over the course of two pitching performances. A ¾ slot left-hander, Arroyo sat in the 89-91 mph range, holding his stuff well into games with both a good breaking ball and a changeup; Arroyo struck out 10 in 4 2/3 hitless innings as there’s the foundation of three solid average or better pitches with starter command.
(2022, Plainfield, Ill.), a Wichita State commit, got the ball in game one of the week and immediately made a big impression, running the fastball up to 95 mph and possessing a frame to dream on long term. At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds he’s got the size to have some substantial projection given the arm action and quickness to the stroke as he looks like he could quickly become one of the class’ hardest throwers.
(2022, Lakeland, Fla.) was one of the most important pieces from the Ostingers’ championship run as he was unhittable in his first appearance before turning in a gutsy performance during the semifinal victory. A right-handed pitcher, the Jacksonville commit sits in the upper-80s and will hold velocity well, still reaching back for 90, 91, or 92 whenever he needed it. It’s a solid breaking ball with the feel to mix pitches and command the fastball for starter projection as he could absolutely pop with a big spring given his pitchability.
(2022, San Jose, Calif.) is a massive right-handed pitcher who is a lean 6-foot-10, 180 pounds. He’s one of the biggest kids period in the class given the size and the fastball comes out very easy for the St. Mary’s commit, who did a nice job at holding 88-90 mph over the course of two separate outings. The breaking ball is solid while there’s also a changeup as he’s definitely a prospect to monitor given the size and overall upside here long term.
(2022, Lakeway, Texas) has massive physicality at a listed 6-foot-6, 242 pounds and showed off some big stuff in his relief appearance during the tournament. The fastball worked 91-93 mph with tremendous ride and carry at the top of the strike zone, proving adept and garnering swing-and-misses with ease. The breaking ball was also above average as George certainly has the stuff and size to be a riser and if the command is there in the spring he could continue to cause his stock to rise.
(2022, Hanover, Va.) was the breakout star of the event, and maybe the biggest breakout star of my tenure at PG as it pertains to Jupiter performances. Huesman was ranked in the top-100 coming in, but vaulted himself up in a huge way with his outing, striking out 17 and walking none in a complete game effort, holding new fastball velocity (92-95 mph) deep and showing a full mix that missed bats. He was sensational, not to mince any words about it, and the combination of athleticism, deception, strike, and power stuff makes him an early candidate to jump all the way into the top-50 picks or so on early boards.
(2022, Moorestown, N.J.) has been a huge riser on the circuit this summer, blowing up at East Coast Pro and continuing to impress this fall, putting an exclamation point on his circuit in Jupiter. He hit .400 with power, showing off plus bat speed with pretty loudly-projectable power, making a fair bit of extremely loud contact over the course of the weekend. He’s a good athlete who looked like a quality defender at both middle infield spots over the course of the weekend, and looks to have the arm necessary to project on the left side long term. He’s a big one to watch in the spring.
(2022, Newport Coast, Calif.) probably belongs in the “Stars Being Stars” category, though given where he was ranked vs. what he looked like in Jupiter, this definitely qualifies as a breakout. Santos is a two-way guy committed to Duke as a left-handed pitcher and left-handed hitting power bat, but it was his outing on the bump that makes him look like a potential first rounder eventually. With a clean, efficient delivery, Santos worked up to 93 mph with his fastball and showed a full four-pitch mix that all project at least to solid-average, and with the strike-throwing ability and physical projection, it’s easy to envision him joining the upper tier of arms in this class in the spring.
(2022, Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a very strong week with the bat, slashing .429/.556/.500 over the course of the week for 5 Star, making consistent hard contact and showing the ability to go the opposite way with authority as well. Brannon is a catcher by trade, a right-handed hitter with a quick and clean stroke that covers the plate and features above-average bat speed. It’s a direct path and Brannon has high-level bat to ball traits, and as he continues to develop his game power, the ceiling here is pretty high. He’s committed to North Carolina.
(2022, Morristown, N.J.) showed he belonged at the WWBA World Championship, as he showcased intriguing abilities on both sides of the ball for Team Northeast. The durably built right-hander ran his fastball up to 93 mph out of the ‘pen in a highly anticipated pool play matchup with the East Coast Sox. He punched six hitters over his three innings of work, overpowering a talented lineup with a heavy dose of lively fastballs and a sharp, late biting slider. Sprock hit .429 (6-for-14) for the event, showcasing big-time power potential as he narrowly missed two homers and impacted the baseball with authority to all fields. The right-handed hitting Elon commit uses his strong lower half to create tons of leverage and whip to his barrel, while staying direct to the baseball. The Morristown, N.J. native will be a name to follow this upcoming spring, as the velocity has steadily ticked up and could make its way into the mid-90s come 2022. Either way, Sprock certainly broke out and should have no issues performing on both sides of the ball for the Phoenix upon his arrival on campus.
(2022, Manhasset, N.Y.), a University of Pennsylvania commit, delivered one of the more dominating pitching performances of the event, as the physical right-hander threw a complete game one-hitter against a loaded Texas Rangers Scout Team. Moss punched out eleven during the shutout with a steady diet of fastballs that crept into the low-90s and two variations of his breaking ball. The Manhasset, N.Y. native held the upper-80s for the duration of his seven innings and implored both a traditional curveball and harder, sharper slider as his secondary offerings. He generated tons of swings-and-misses with the firmer slider when ahead in the count and landed the curveball for strikes, while commanding all four quadrants of the strike zone with his fastball impeccably. The 2022 grad has been a steady performer for some time now, but certainly put many on notice with this performance on the big stage.
(2022, Lakeland, Fla.) is under Breakouts more for the impression he made coming back from an arm injury that sidelined him this summer more than the solid body of work he put together before he went down. He got going as the event rolled on and he matched his teammate Taylor with a .455 average and 1.318 ops line. He has a quintessential 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame to build on and before the injury he possessed one the the best throwing arms of any catcher in the class. Continuing to regain his form on the defensive side and showing the consistent juice that he flashed in Jupiter could propel the Virginia Tech commit into intriguing prospect status come spring.
(2022, College Station, Texas) has been a favorite amongst the scouting staff as a player that was assumed to take the next step from a stuff standpoint at any time and during the Texas A&M commit's 8 AM start in Jupiter, he did just that. He grabbed a 94 early and reached back for low-90s whenever needed. His low-80s slider also showed teeth and should continue to develop in a big way. Binderup is an excellent athlete and very coordinated, even with his long 6-6/205 frame. The entire package checks an obnoxious amount of positive boxes.
(2022, Cincinnati, Ohio) is another prospect that was not on the summer circuit and gave a great glimpse that the University of Indiana commit is back on the prospect track. The left-handed hitter unleashed that quick bat throughout the event and flaunted a fascinating power/speed combination. Scouts should scurry in as much as possible to see if the power plays consistently in 2022, because there little to be left to the imagination from an overall athlete standpoint.
(2022, Mobile, Ala.) is a Mississippi State commit that has a very interesting profile on all sides. He can play a number of positions and even runs the heater up to the upper-80s when he jumps on the mound in short stints. The left-handed bat continues to produce at a high level as well as Keller uses his strong 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame to create a powerful stroke that hit .500 with a 1.792 OPS on the biggest amateur tournament stage on the planet. That’s a pretty loud statement to finish off the fall.
(2022, St. Johns, Fla.) had an outstanding weekend hitting .462 with a 1.101 OPS. The left-handed hitting middle infielder seemed to barrel everything while also controlling the zone and even swiping bases throughout the event. The Jacksonville commit has strong forearms and can find hard barrels from line to line. He can hit.
(2022, Temecula, Calif.) looks to have made a 5 mph jump on his fastball in 2021 and this has been a huge help to the success he had this summer as he came on in a big way. The projectable lefty had big strikeout numbers in many of his starts thanks to a huge curveball that he threw in any count. In two outing at the WWBA Bodendorfs combined stats were 8 1/3 innings pitched, eleven strikeouts, one hit allowed and no runs. Bodendorf is uncommitted but if you see this 2022 grad take another velo jump this winter don’t be surprised if he has some nice offers.
(2022, Lithia, Fla.), a member of the team that won the 2021 WWBA World Championship, was part of an incredible pitching staff that helped lead Ostingers to victory. What impressed most about Dempsey was his incredibly high spin rates. At the WWBA, Dempsey’s fastball was up to 90 mph with a spin rate of 2300+ RPM. The curveball is what really stood out, Dempsey had great feel for the pitch in his outing and was spinning it at 3100+ RPM. The Florida Gulf Coast commit had some of the highest breaking ball spin rates in the whole tournament, only a 2023, Dempsey could be a name you hear more about with a good spring and a velo jump.
(2022, Whitefish Bay, Wis.), while maybe a name you’ve heard of, hadn’t played a ton of PG tournaments outside of Iowa in a couple years so it was nice to see him perform well against different competition. Voit has seen his stock rise because of his consistency. The Michigan commit throws late into many of his games holding velocity with his fastball and commanding a three-pitch mix. Voit is an uncomfortable at-bat because of his pitchability and arsenal, because of this he’ll be a guy you see have a lot of success at the next level.
(2022, Dartmouth, N.S.) opened eyes, showing power, premium stuff out of the ‘pen. The right-hander threw three frames and struck out six versus a very good lineup. His fastball operated at 91-94 and topped at 95 with exploding life and ride. The Nova Scotia native also showed a tight slider at 78-80 that has the looks of a true out-pitch
(2022, Houston, Texas) emerged onto many Draft radars. The Texas right-hander worked at 90-94 with his fastball while missing bats up in the zone. He paired it with a tight curveball at 79-80 with bite and tunneled it well. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound righty is very athletic and coordinated for his size. McKinney will have a large follow going forward.
's (2022, Waban, Mass.) power bat was on full display in Jupiter. The Wake Forest commit hit a pair of homers while batting .455 with a OPS of 1.481. The Massachusetts native possesses serious power in the stick and handled premium pitching very well during the entirety of the tournament.
(2022, Huntington Beach, Calif.) pitched four innings while only allowing one run and striking out nine. The left-hander has a really good fastball and absolutely dominated it throughout the whole start. He sat at 88-89 and topped at 91 with the pitch. Committed to UCLA, Jacobs is a high-level competitor and went right after hitters with his optimized fastball.
(2022, Seattle, Wash.) made his first PG appearance in Jupiter, and it was a loud showing. The Washington commit tossed five innings (two outing) and struck out seven versus two top tier lineups. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound righty is athletic for his size and employs a delivery with well-timed rhythm. He lived 88-90 and peaked at 91 with hard arm side run. He used a slider at 78-79 with late lateral break as his primary secondary.
(2022, Apex, N.C.), an uncommitted outfielder from North Carolina, had 10 hits over the WWBA with a .625 average and seven runs batted in for the runner-up Dirtbags. He recorded hits in six of the eight games the Dirtbags played, with all of his hits coming after an 0-for-2 at the plate in game 1 of the tournament. A great display of barrel awareness from the right-handed hitter with the ability to hit to all fields.
(2022, Covington, Ga.), a primary shortstop and Georgia State commit, had a number of Major League organizations specifically at the WWBA to watch him take the mound. He definitely did not disappoint with seven strikeouts and no hits allowed over a 4 2/3 inning start. The right-hander sat in the low-90s with the fastball, with a high of 94 mph to go along with a changeup and power curveball in the 75-80 mph range. A 6.74 runner and athletic shortstop with a future on the mound with a three-pitch mix and feel on how to avoid barrels.
(2022, Nokomis, Fla.), a big part of the Ostingers Championship run, started all eight games at shortstop and over 25 plate appearances he hit .450 with three walks and scored four runs and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the WWBA for his efforts. The Wake Forest commit has an abbreviated finish to his swing with a contact approach in the box. Houston runs well with a quick first step out of the box and long strides from his 6-foot-3 frame which puts pressure on the defense when he is at the plate. A throwback baseball player that plays hard and never takes a pitch off.
The Next Wave
(2023, Ocoee, Fla.) is one of the top prospects in the 2023 class, coming in at No. 6 in the country, and hit a strong OPS over 1.100 for a Power Baseball squad that was in search of making the Jupiter finals in consecutive years. Holcomb’s offensive upside is vast with immense bat speed, athleticism, and the ceiling to dream on. The Vanderbilt commit is also entrenched in football season currently, but still was able to come down to Jupiter and dominate in the right-handed batter’s box for a number of games; Holcomb hit .429 with a home run and swiped four bases as well.
(2023, Largo, Fla.) only pitched one relief outing over the week but it was certainly loud, running his fastball up to 94 mph while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. He checks a ton of boxes in terms of athleticism, operation, and arm speed to project out moving forward with a super polished pitch mix. The North Carolina State commit’s changeup is his go-to secondary, but the breaking ball has improved much during his time on the circuit. Maroudis is a talented two-way prospect as well and looks like one of the better ones heading into next year’s summer circuit.
(2023, Palm Harbor, Fla.) also saw time on the mound in relief, in the same game as Maroudis actually, and showed a big big velocity ceiling during that time. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, the Florida commit has excellent arm speed with a whip-like arm action in the back that produced a low-90s fastball. Peterson used mostly fastball-changeup during this relief outing but the ceiling here is very high and the future velocity could come in a big way.
(2023, Perry, Ga.) is currently ranked as one of the top 2023 prospects in the country, being ranked No. 29 in the class, and he raked down in Jupiter for a final four 5 Star team. Burress has explosive bat speed with an excellent combination of strength and twitch which allows him to be an extra-base hit machine at the plate. Burress hit .533 with an OPS over 1.300 on the week and was a consistent middle of the order threat, looking every bit the part of one of the best in the class.
(2023, Virginia Beach, Va.), a Virginia Tech commit, checks a litany of boxes as a projectable southpaw with a clean, fluid delivery, fastball already touching around 90 mph, and the feel to mix his pitches well. At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds he’s got incredibly long limbs and posits massive long term projection. Dickerson can already spin a solid curveball and show a changeup as Dickerson has all the ingredients of a big pop come next spring given the ease of operation and feel on the bump.
(2023, Tampa, Fla.) is one of the class’ best two-way prospects, currently ranked No. 13 and showing big tools on both sides of the ball. It’s a quick stroke from the right side with a good glove in the outfield but his best stuff comes on the mound with a very clean operation, sharp curveball, and easy velocity. The Vanderbilt commit worked in the low-90s pretty consistently with a downer hook and while the results weren’t the best for Mendes he’s still an elite left-handed pitching prospect.
(2023, Swansea, Ill.) is not a new name, as he was ranked in the top-10 of the ‘23 class heading into the fall, and he’s done nothing but live up to that lofty ranking both at Kernels in Iowa and then down in Jupiter. Mueth, simply, looks like they should look when it comes to projecting out high-end arms. It’s loose and whippy with plus arm speed and a super-projectable frame, working up to 94 mph early on and hammering the strike zone, challenging hitters on the inner third and then spinning a sharp slider – a pitch that will be plus – for whiffs down and out of the zone. You’ll be hearing his name a lot in the next 18 months.
(2023, Glenwood, Ill.) is a Michigan-committed outfielder who was one of the few underclassmen in the everyday lineup for Breakthrough, and over the course of both Jupiter and the WWBA Underclass the week prior, certainly stated his case for a monster jump up the ‘23 rankings. He’s a plus athlete with a clean stroke and above-average bat speed, with present pull-side power that can drive the ball out of the yard and center field projection defensively. He’s going to be one to monitor closely for the next couple years, as his toolset and aptitude make him a very high-end prospect.
(2023, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) is an immensely projectable right-hander that is only scratching the surface in terms of what he may become down the road. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder has long levers and plenty of room to continue adding strength to his frame over the next few off-seasons. He ran his fastball up to 91 mph over a pair of outings in Jupiter and gave us a glimpse of what is to come from the 2023 grad. The liveliness of the fastball and ease of the arm action certainly dictate future velocity gains, as he continues to put on more strength as he matures. There are some moving parts to the delivery and some timing issues come into the equation due to his length, but the projection and ultimate ceiling are vast. Flukey mixed in a sharp, late biting breaking ball for both strikes and swings-and-misses, showcasing the ability to spin the baseball effectively. The addition of a splitter recently, completes his repertoire as it flashes diving action and good separation from his fastball in terms of speed. The overall package is something that will have coaches salivating, as Flukey continues to add strength his frame. Look for him to take another step forward velocity wise over the next year, cementing himself as another Northeast arm to monitor closely.
(2023, Glenolden, Pa.) hits and then hits some more. The left-handed hitting middle infielder has seemingly hit at every stop along the circuit and continued that in Jupiter. He hit .429 (3-for-7) during the week, as he continued to showcase both an advanced hit and power tool. The 2021 stat line speaks for itself for McGonigle, as he is hitting .479 (46-for-96) with twenty-two going for extra bases including five home runs. In the field, the Auburn University commit is a steady defender with smooth, fluid actions up the middle and enough arm strength at present. The Glenolden, Pa. native has continually jumped-up boards throughout 2020 and 2021, while simply just finding the barrel at a torrid pace. He will certainly be a name that garners plenty of attention over the next few years, as the overall hit/power combination simply cannot be ignored.
(2023, Upper Marlboro, Md.) made a loud relief appearance for FTB/Phillies Scout Team in their pool play matchup versus the Upstate Mavericks ST. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound left-hander ran his fastball up to 94 mph during his two innings of work and held the 89-92 range for the duration. Johnson comes at hitters from a lower three-quarters angle and generates tons of horizontal movement to his fastball. The University of Maryland commit was regularly in the 17-20 inch range with the pitch, missing bats with heavy arm-side life. He mixed in both a slider and changeup as his secondary offerings, tunneling both pitches effectively and flashed promising swing-and-miss attributes to both pitches. The Upper Marlboro, Md. native will be a name to monitor as he continues to mature over the next few seasons. Look for Johnson to continue adding velocity, while refining his overall repertoire.
(2023, Humble, Texas) is easily an elite runner and the top-of-the-order, run-producing potential has never been in question. What the Arkansas commit did in Jupiter was make a ton of consistent contact, seemingly realizing how to get the best out of his tools. He bunted, sprayed the ball around, and consistently proved to be a pest in the box. This allowed him to use the game changing speed to disrupt. He hit .500 with a double and eight RBI. We have seen him play stellar defense in the outfield in the past as well.
(2023, Discovery Bay, Calif.) capped off a great fall by hitting .353 in Jupiter hitting in the top of the lineup for a final four club. The twitch in the swing stands out and he has an advanced middle of the field approach. He has defensive versatility but will be monitored closely as he continues to develop behind the plate, where his strong arm and quick release fit.
(2023, Whittier, Calif.) looks the part with his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, with his high waist and proportioned athletic look that will hold strength and give him more explosion when filled. He is a rangy and fluid moving shortstop with soft hands and strong arm (has been up to 91 mph on the mound). The swing and simple and whippy and helped him bang a .500 clip with a 1.250 OPS in Florida. His plate discipline and recognition also stood out against older competition.
's (2025, High Point, N.C.) production can sometimes be overlooked because of the lofty expectations, but he continues to produce against high-end talent that is sometimes three years older than the freshman. His second Jupiter appearance of his young career, the Mississippi State commit threw four innings while striking out three hitters and gave up a single earned run. The heater touched 91 and the slider was in the upper-70s. Its ultra-impressive in a boring manner given the lofty expectations. That is how much fun this young righty truly is.
(2023, Sanford, Fla.) took a second to get settled in but when he did, he was electric. The Florida State commit threw three innings and struck out seven opposing batters against an excellent lineup. The low-90s heat and tight breaking ball ride the same line to create a tough look with the depth of the offerings. It is a live body and excellent pure shoulder speed. This is a powder keg of sorts that is ready to explode.
(2023, Gibsonia, Pa.) needs to be mentioned for the consistency of his producing ability during the 2021 campaign. He hit another home run in Jupiter to put his total at sixteen on the year and also had a .901 OPS clip at the WWBA. There is obviously massive power in the left-handed stroke and that is not in question. He will have to keep working on the defense and keep working on his strong frame, but he is not all that different from a 2019 MLB All Star at the same age.
(2023, Petaluma, Calif.) is a sum-of-the-parts type player that seems to have a knack for his ability to impact and win games. Schmidt is currently uncommitted but finds barrels at a very high rate. He connected on four extra-base hits in Jupiter during a final four run to help his 1.164 OPS line. He can play any spot on the infield and even won a game on the mound throwing five innings, striking out five. Schmidt is simply a winner.
(2024, Downers Grove, Ill.) seemed to be tapping into the almost unparalleled upside he owns on the offensive side of the ball. The long 6-foot-7, 220-pound frame can easily leverage out front to generate loft to all fields. The fast hands and length in the zone barreled balls to all fields and helped belt a .500 average and 1.372 OPS, against much older competition, cementing his prospect status in the ’24 class.
(2023, Coral Springs, Fla.) had a really cool commitment to the University of Florida during the event, but that was after he starred on the mound. The two-way prospect seems to finding a home on the bump with his low-90s heat (that has touched 95 in the past), and his power breaking ball that peaked in the upper-70s. The athletic peripherals and ability to repeat his delivery/release all point to a continued ascent as a prospect.
(2024, Plant City, Fla.) continues to add to his resume and prove why he is regarded as one of the top overall prospects in the 2024 class. The uber-projectable right-handed pitcher toes the rubber with a gorgeous 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame with an athletic and in line delivery, that combines a clean arm stroke and release. The power stuff cannot be denied has the fastball peaked at 93 mph with the slider showing swing-and-miss traits in the upper-70s. His five scoreless innings and five strikeouts match the upside with the production. A simply outstanding first Jupiter impression for the Florida State commit.
(2023, Cornelius, N.C.) performed at every stop this summer including the WWBA where he hit .545 with a 1.485 OPS. Best has a combination of speed, power, barrel control, arm strength and athleticism that makes him one of the best bats in his class. Best showcases the ability to spray the ball all over the diamond with gap-to-gap power. The left-handers swing creates loft so there is power projectability in the future. A Florida State commit, Best, is super consistent and the ceiling is sky-high.
(2023, Centreville, Va.), with physical tools that stand out, also has one of the sweetest left-handed swings in his class. The Virginia commit flat out hit at the WWBA with an average over .550 and eight RBI. You can count on Farmelo to drive in runs with his gap-to-gap pop, the barrel turn and whip are evident and there is a lot more power to come in his swing. Farmelo shows an advanced approach at the plate looking to take what pitchers give him and spit on everything else. Every swing from Farmelo seems to find solid contact, once he matures he will be a sight to behold.
(2023, Kissimmee, Fla.) showed two-way ability this summer with a fastball in the low-90s and switch-hit ability at the plate. While Soto fared better at the dish in the underclass WWBA he still showed his value with some timely knocks while eating up innings. Soto is a very interesting prospect because he just turned 16 and the maturity in his frame is yet to come. The tools are present for the UCF commit, he can control the barrel, has velo on the bump, and good control of his breaking pitches. There is legitimate two-way and switch-hit potential here.
(2023, Morgan Hill, Calif.) has some of the easiest velocity you will see from a 2023 grad, and looked sharp in his start at the WWBA going 5 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and only one run allowed. Stump commanded three pitches with the best being his upper-70s slider with two-plane break. Stump got the fastball up to 94 mph, the pitch has good arm-side run and Stump has shown that he can get in on hitters hands. The Oregon commit is well polished with advanced feel for his arsenal and has lots of projectability in his frame. Stump shined this summer in PG events and it will be interesting to see if he can take another step this next year and end up on some draft boards.
(2023, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), a consistent producer at the plate, continued to show off the loud bat. The Miami commit finds barrels often with real power that he already gets to in-game. He’s only going to get stronger and the juice projects in a big way.
(2023, Plainfield, Ill.) tossed four scoreless frames while striking out four. Louck sat 87-90 with his fastball with significant ride and paired it with a sweeping breaking ball that he showed great feel for. The Notre Dame commit competes hard and employs a loose delivery and arm. The 2023 graduate will be one to keep eyes on over the next year.
(2023, Salisbury, N.C.), a tall, slender right-handed pitcher with long limbs, is an uncomfortable at-bat for any right-handed hitter that steps in the box. The North Carolina State commit threw two hitless innings with four strikeouts while running the fastball up to 92 mph from a three-quarter arm slot. He has a quick, long arm action with a wipeout slider that has big lateral break that he executes for swings and misses to both righties and lefties. Mako has an ideal pitcher’s frame to add size and improve on his plus pitch package.
(2023, Plano, Texas), an uncommitted primary shortstop, hit .600 during the WWBA with two walks and five runs scored, to go along with one unearned run over five innings as a two-way player with present upside. He showed arm strength across the diamond and on the mound with a fastball up to 93 mph, while maintaining the low-90s over his 71-pitch outing on just one hit with three strikeouts. Seo is a name to monitor with talent on both sides of the ball.
(2023, Valrico, Fla.), a Florida State commit, can hit. What’s impressive is his ability to make adjustments during at-bats from pitch-to-pitch. A rare trait for a young hitter, Nimmala is rarely fooled in the box and showed the ability to find the barrel on tough pitches. He hit .300 with five runs batted in and scored four runs for WWBA Champion Ostingers. His walk-off single in the finals was a great example of Nimmala’s hit tool as he projects as a middle-of-the-order bat with a young slender frame.
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