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Tournaments | Story | 11/22/2021

All-State Game Standouts: Day 2

Jason Phillips      Matthew Arietta      John McAdams     
Photo: Carter Moon, far left (Perfect Game)
All-State Game Standouts: Day 1

With so much talent on the fields at Top Chops East Cobb Complex, we would like to continue to highlight Players to Watch after Day 2 of competition while continuing to monitor the players that stood out on Day 1.

(Name, Region Represented)

Aiden Gonzalez (Texas)
Amani Tuiasosopo (Pacific-Northwest)
Amari Kirschner (Pacific-Northwest)
Ayden Samuelu (California)
Bowen Fontenot (Louisiana)
Braylen Fontenot (Louisiana)
Brock Crawford (Georgia)
Brody Sharp (California)
Cohen Ward (Georgia)
Daniel Daye (Coastal)
Edilson Alvarez (Florida)
Gavin Smith (Louisiana)
Ian Gomez (Texas)
Inky Johnson (Georgia)
Jack Harrell (Florida)
Jacob Miller (California)
Jake Holmes (Texas)
James Feliciano (Florida)
Jaylen OBannon (California)
JJ Nixon (Coastal)
Joshua Ransom (Coastal)
Julian De Hoyos (Texas)
Landen Davis (Georgia)
Levi Avina (California)
Luke Gamble (Texas)
Luke Wells (Texas)
Nicholis (Junior) Parker (Pacific-Northwest)
Parker Durant (Coastal)
Silas Entrekin (California)
Talon Soliza (Pacific-Northwest)
Tate Olsen (Coastal)
Tipton Roop (Georgia)
Trevor Lujan (Florida)
Will Galey (Georgia)

(Name, Region Represented)

Amari Maxwell (Texas)
Antonio Gil (Texas)
Ashton Brown (Georgia)
Austin Tack (Coastal)
Braiden Miller (Mid-Atlantic)
Brody Gowan (Alabama)
Caden Miller (Mid-Atlantic)
Carlos Jayden De La Riva (California)
Carson Reis (California)
Carter Nash (Coastal)
Cayce Hinton (Coastal)
Cruz Jones (Louisiana)
Dominick Estrada (California)
Ethan Orozco (California)
Evan Rupinta (Florida)
Freily Batista (Georgia)
Gianmarco Fuentes (Florida)
Henry Bauer (Georgia)
Jace Dean (Alabama)
Jack Sekelik (Mid-Atlantic)
Jaden Freeze (Mid-Atlantic)
Jakhi Gale (Mid-Atlantic)
Jentzen Wade (Coastal)
Jimmy Quintero (California)
Josh Kantrow (Louisiana)
Lucas Borges (Louisiana)
Luke Rohlfs (Georgia)
Maksim Tucker (California)
Mason Moeller (Florida)
Mekhi Surrell (Georgia)
Myles Schopfer (Texas)
Noah Mendez (Texas)
Parker Revis (Coastal)
Ronald "Trey" James III (Florida)
Tanner Klentz (Texas)
Tre' Lawrence (Coastal)
Trey Redmon (Alabama)
Tyson Brown (Florida)
Xavier Rodriguez (Georgia)
Zachary Phillips (California)

(Name, Region Represented)

Angel Gonzalez (California)
Austin Burns (Texas)
Brody Costantine (Florida)
Caden Scott (Coastal)
Caleb Alexander (Texas)
Camden Shirley (Georgia)
Carter Moon (Georgia)
Chase Gockenbach (Georgia)
Colin Anderson (Georgia)
David Rojas (Northeast)
Derek Vasquez (Coastal)
Dexter McCleon Jr. (Georgia)
Dominic Lauletta (Mid-Atlantic)
Eli Hermes (Mid-Atlantic)
Gabriel McDowell (Nevada)
Hadley Levi Leathers (Texas)
Hudson Brown (Texas)
Isaiah Cador (Georgia)
Jacob Gray (California)
Jacob Reynolds (Coastal)
Jayden Cunningham (Florida)
Jeremiah Hall (Nevada)
Joseph Bense (Pacific-Northwest)
Kaleb Foster (Texas)
Kameron Battle (Florida)
Konnor Briggs (Florida)
Landen Harris (Georgia)
Lennex Minor (California)
Logan Arnett (Georgia)
Maksim Neshov (Mid-Atlantic)
Mason Ryder (Florida)
Memphis Mooneyham (Midwest)
Michael Schaffer (Mid-Atlantic)
Milan Fluhme (Mid-Atlantic)
Noah Harris (Georgia)
Robert Mascia (Northeast)
Troy Tewers (Nevada)
William Wilson (Pacific-Northwest)
Zain Valdivia (California)

-John McAdams

Mac McDaniel (2026, Hattiesburg, Miss.) went 5-for-6 in two games on Sunday with a double, triple and four runs scored for Team Louisiana/Mississippi. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder is hitting an astounding .800 over four games with five stolen bases in the 14U National All-State Select Championships. Hitting out of the leadoff spot in the order, McDaniel looks to keep things rolling on the final day of the tournament. 

Keon Johnson (2026, Macon, Ga.), a 6-foot-1, 178-pound right-handed hitter, was 1-for-2 with a walk against Team Iowa. He tripled into right-center field in his first at-bat with a laser that split the outfielders in a hurry. In his second plate appearance he hit a deep drive into center field that was run down up against the fence. Two loud barrels from Johnson with bat speed and extension in the box before walking in his third plate appearance.  

Jayden Nakamura (2025, Beaverton, Ore.), a young 2025 grad, has been blistering hot at the plate with a .571 average over four games for Team Pacific NW. Throw in five walks for a .769 on-base percentage and the switch-hitting middle infielder is getting on base nearly every time he steps in the box. The 5-foot-6, 120-pounder uses the whole field at the plate with barrel awareness and control of the strike zone from both sides of the plate.

Carson Bolemon (2026, Greenville, S.C.), a 6-foot-1, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, ran the fastball up to 82 mph with a big breaking curveball around 70 mph for six strikeouts over six innings in a 5-2 victory over Team California. He allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk. Bolemon commanded the zone with both pitches at a 65% strike rate and was in control all game on the bump for Team Coastal.   

Brayden Charness (2026, Calabasas, Calif.), a 5-foot-10, 155-pound left-handed pitcher, threw three innings of one-run ball against Team Coastal. He ran the fastball up to 85 mph and punched out five while allowing only one hit and one walk. A true three-pitch pitcher, Charness showed a breaking ball in the high-60s and a changeup at 72/73 mph with fade from his tough arm angle at a 60% strike rate in the outing. 

Jordan Johnson (2026, Loganville, Ga.), a primary corner infielder, took the bump for Team Georgia and delivered a win with 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher was up to 84 mph with the fastball and a breaking ball in the high-70s for five strikeouts and five hits allowed. Johnson ran into some trouble in the third inning but made quality pitches to minimize the damage when he had to. Good performance on the bump from Johnson in the 7-1 win over Team Iowa.  

-Jason Phillips

JW Grose (2026, Snohomish, Wash.) is a 6-foot, 145-pound, primary shortstop and utility player who had his bat working Sunday at East Cobb. At the plate, Grose maintains a simple approach, and sets up with a square stance and hands high in the box. Grose displayed nice hand-eye coordination and barrel control as he worked into fastball counts and capitalized on his assignment all day long. In two games for the Northwest, he would go 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored, and six RBI. A good athlete, Grose displays keen, athletic actions in all phases, including on the bases where he stays aggressive, and is seen to get quick jumps, which helped him steal a base in the early game. Grose’s performance on Sunday landed him first on the offensive top performer list for the day.

Behind Grose on the batting top performer list was Elijah Outlaw (2025, West Babylon, N.Y.). Already ranked as the top outfielder in his home state, Outlaw has a projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds. Not only does Elijah look the part on the diamond, but his actions play as well, as he capitalized time and again in the box Sunday, combining over Northeast’s two-game set to hit .500 (2-for-4) with two doubles, two walks, three runs scored, a stolen base, and five RBI. At the plate, Outlaw starts upright with an open stance and hands high near his ear. Elijah deploys a simple weight shift to his backside and then turns things loose with good torque generation and twitch, which along with his barrel control laces hard-hit contact into the gaps. An outfielder who continually showcases sound defensive actions, it is very hard to hit the ball past Outlaw, as he has shown to have plenty of first-step quickness and the ability to get to all results hit his way.

Troy Southisene (2026, Henderson, Nev.) showcased his advanced tools in all phases today as he hit .667 (4-for-6) with three singles, a double, and a walk. At the plate, the 5-foot-7, 128-pound Southisene has feel in the box and maintains a keen table-setter approach that helps him stay short through the hitting zone and lace, hard-hit, line drive contact into the gaps. Once Troy connects with pitches he can drive, he can be seen turning it loose on the bases with acumen, underway speed, and aggression. A legitimate base-stealer, it takes a lot to keep Southisene still on the basepaths, causing headache for any young pitcher on the mound. Tools continue to shine on the diamond as Troy already ranks inside the top-10 outfielders in his class, and the best in his home state. Troy makes things look easy regardless of where he is penciled into the defensive alignment, with natural instincts, keen laterally agility in the outfield, and feel for the leather that gives him the ability to make all plays hit his way. If he did not contribute enough, Southisene also appeared on the mound Sunday in an abbreviated look where he filled the zone over 70% with a low-70s fastball and a low-60s curveball, which collected plenty of weak contact and swing-and-miss.

Santiago A Montes (2026, Edinburg, Texas) hit himself up the daily top performers list Sunday, as the 6-foot-3, 195-pound corner infielder and right-handed pitcher hit .800 with four singles and two RBI from the middle of Texas’ lineup. At the plate, Montes starts upright with nice posture and a slightly open stance with hands loaded outside his chest. Montes displays nice rhythm and timing in the box as he stays quiet, and then drives his hips creating a lot of whip with his delayed hands and bat that shoots through the zone with nice bat speed. Seen time and again on Sunday, when Montes gets a pitch he can drive, he can be seen tracking the pitch well with keen hand-eye coordination and extension out front, creating load barreled contact. Santiago already has a quite physically-mature frame for just 14 years old, making him one to monitor over the remainder of his prep career.

Montes’ teammate, Logan Shields (2026, Missouri City, Texas), was excellent during his All-State Games start this morning for Texas, as he worked five shutout innings on his way to earning the win for his club. When all was said and done, Logan worked five scoreless innings where he stranded four hits, walked none, and struck out seven. What was even more impressive was that Shields located nearly 70% of his 58 pitches for strikes, while also working ahead of 70% of the hitters he faced, an impressive feat. To complete his assignment, Shields mixed his repertoire of a fastball in the upper-70s, high of 77, with run and life down in the zone, a curveball in the mid-60s with depth and bottom, and a changeup in the high-60s with feel and sell. A good athlete, Shields comes right at the hitter on the mound with flexibility, confidence, and sound mechanics.

Ryan Williams (2025, Absecon, N.J.) is another prospect who hit himself up the top performer list on Sunday as he turned in a two-game stint where he hit .667 (4-for-6) with a double and five RBI. A solid athlete, Williams is projectable in all phases as he currently stands at 5-foot-10, 165 pounds with strength present and more to come as he continues to mature. At the plate, Williams looks the part as he swings with intent and advanced barrel control, which helps him drive hard-hit contact to the gaps with leverage and carry. A good athlete, Williams’ athleticism can be seen on the bases and in the infield where he is a solid defender with ability to make all routine plays hit his way. Williams also possesses a strong arm that produces strong, accurate throws across the diamond with carry through the bag. After Sunday’s impressive showing, Williams is now hitting .667 (6-for-9) this weekend in Atlanta.

Mayson Elam (2026, Tuscaloosa, Ala.) is a 5-foot-7, 140-pound primary shortstop, utility infielder, and right-handed pitcher. Elam got the job done at the plate on Sunday as he hit himself up the top performer list during Alabama’s early game, where he went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI. At the plate, the right-handed hitting Elam starts open with hands stationary outside his chest. With nice rhythm and timing at the plate, Elam rocks into his backside load, before turning it loose with bat speed, twitch, and hand-eye coordination that helps him make contact to fastballs and off-speed alike. A good athlete, Elam plays the game the right way, and exudes confidence in all phases. Elam projects to the middle infield long term as he displays confident hands and instincts to make all plays hit his way.

Jason Harris (2026, Elk Grove, Calif.) was yet another California bat who displayed his hitability all day long from the middle of the California lineup Sunday at East Cobb. At the plate, the 5-foot-8, 145-pound left-handed hitting utility player starts square with nice balance and his hands low outside his chest. A subtle hand load starts his swing, before he can be seen generating plenty of bat speed which keeps his bat head in the hitting zone a long time leading to a lot of hard-hit contact, especially to the pull side. Harris is a good athlete with clean actions in all phases and moves well on the bases with first-step quickness and hustle. Harris’ tools continue with his glove and arm, which helps him contribute all over the diamond, where he displays confidence and a solid approach to the game.

Chandler Hart (2026, Allen, Texas) is an exciting player to watch on the mound as he is currently 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and plays well above his years with pitchability, confidence, and a me-versus-you demeanor, rarely seen below the high school level. On the mound, Hart comes right at the hitter with clean mechanics and a low three-quarter arm slot with plenty of extension out front that adds life and deception to his repertoire. To work through his assignment, Hart would mix his three-pitch mix of a fastball with life and cut in the low-80s, high of 84 mph, with a curveball in the low-70s with depth and natural left-hander spin, and a changeup in the high-70s, with developing feel and fade. Hart would work ahead of the majority of the hitters he faced, striking out seven. A good athlete, Hart displayed the ability to field his position, working into a sound position down the mound, and pairing his actions with strong throws to bases. On a promising trajectory still five years left in his prep career, Hart is a name to remember in the Lone Star State as the sky’s the limit to Chandler’s current skill set.

Stephen Crater (2026, Wake Forest, N.C.) is a left-handed hitting corner infielder, catcher and right-handed pitcher who hit all day for Coastal, as well as all weekend, as he hit .500 Sunday in Marietta with a RBI. Crater has advanced feel in the box and a no-fear approach that helps him turn it loose with excellent bat speed leading to hard-hit contact all around the yard. Stephen has a projectable frame at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, and does a nice job putting the bat on the ball at the plate with loose wrists and leverage generation in the box, making it easy to project more power to come down the road. A good ballplayer, Crater plays the game with confidence in all phases, and natural instincts which helps him consistently get good reads off the bat in the infield, allowing him ample time to field hard-hit contact with body control and sound defensive actions. Crater pairs his feel for the leather with strong, accurate throws across the diamond as well. A ballplayer who comes to play, it’s no surprise that Crater capitalized on the mound as well Sunday for Coastal, as he earned the win and worked into the sixth with five hits stranded, no earned runs, and five punchouts. Crater’s arm we have seen at the hot corner translates to the mound as he was able to elevate the heater into the mid-70s, registering a high of 76 mph at East Cobb Sunday.

Matthew Sharman (2026, Woodstock, Ga.) is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher, left-side infielder, and outfielder for Georgia this weekend. Sharman earned the start for his club Sunday night at East Cobb and was excellent as he pitched four hitless innings with seven strikeouts and nearly 60% of his 70 pitches landing for strikes. With excellent size and strength to his young frame, Sharman displays an up-tempo windup with a clean, unrestricted arm action that delivers his repertoire from a three-quarter slot, tunneling well across his repertoire. To navigate his assignment, Sharman mixed a fastball into the low-80s with downhill action and natural tail and sink through the zone, making it hard to barrel for any young hitter. If his fastball was efficient enough, Sharman mixes in an off-speed package of a changeup in the upper-70s with sell and feel, and a curveball in the low-70s, with good rotation and bury at the end. Just 14 years old, Sharman has been impressive at Perfect Game events in 2021 as he recorded 54 strikeouts over just 47 innings of work, demanding the attention of all in attendance every time he toes the rubber.

-Matt Arietta
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