Tournaments | Story | 11/23/2021

All-State Game Standouts: Day 3

Jason Phillips      Matthew Arietta     
Photo: Carson Quillen (Perfect Game)
All-State Game Standouts: Day 1 | Day 2

Matthew Sharman (2026, Woodstock, Ga.), a 6-foot-1, 170-pound second baseman, had a huge double for Team Georgia in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the score against Team Pacific NW. The momentum seemed to swing toward Georgia, who took the lead with four runs scored, ultimately relinquishing the lead the next inning. Sharman finished the All-State Games with a pair of doubles, a single, four runs driven in and four runs scored.

Carson Quillen (2025, Greeneville, Tenn.), a 5-foot-10, 185-pound catcher, was stellar behind the plate defensively for Team Coastal over the weekend. The No. 1 ranked catcher in the Tennessee class finished with a .375 average, scored three runs, and knocked in two while catching four of the five games over the tournament. Quillen showed the ability to handle a pitching staff and contribute offensively with solid actions on both sides of the ball. 
Kort Baker (2025, Auburn, Wash.), a 6-foot-3, 190-pound first baseman, hit .400 with four singles and two doubles over 16 plate appearances for the champion, Team Pacific NW. Baker’s huge double in the top of the 7th inning ignited the three-run come-from-behind victory over Team Georgia in the semifinals. He contributed two more hits in the finals against Team Florida as Team Pacific NW took home the 14U National All-State Select Championship. 

Carson Hughes (2025, Buckley, Wash.) was the Most Valuable Player of the 14U National All-State Select Championship. The 5-foot-11, 145-pound shortstop drove in eight runs and scored another seven runs in six games for Team Pacific NW on their way to the championship title. A consistent performer at Perfect Game events, Hughes made the All-Tournament Team in two of his previous four events and now has an MVP to go along with his credentials as a player who steps up in big events. 

-Jason Phillips 

AJ Cruz (2026, Miami, Fla.) is a 5-foot-11, 146-pound primary shortstop, infielder and right-handed pitcher who was excellent at the plate this weekend in Atlanta, hitting .500 over the course of Florida’s finalist run, with four of his five hits going for extra bases, including two triples. At the plate Cruz passes the eye-test as he is tall, lean and operates with athletic actions in all phases. In the box, Cruz sets up with a narrow, square stance and hands low outside his pec. He has nice rhythm and timing in the box, and pairs it with advanced hand-eye coordination that helps him get extended and square up pitches regardless to where they are pitched. Current power is to the alleys as it plays well into his game, with underway speed and the ability to go first-to-third rather effortlessly. Cruz is also aggressive on the bases as he stole two bags this weekend with aggressive tendencies and first-step quickness, allowing him to get clean jumps off the pitcher time and again. Already a top-50 prospect in the class, Cruz had quite the year, hitting .387 over 87 games, and appearing in the 13u Main Event and 13u National Showcase this past summer.

Brayden Harris (2026, Orange Park, Fla.) is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher, third baseman, and outfielder who came into the weekend ranked as the No. 6 right-handed pitcher in the class and inside the top-20 prospects nationally. Brayden lived up to the hype this weekend in Atlanta as he was spectacular in all phases, pitching 6 2/3 innings to the tune of five hits, no runs, and 11 punchouts, as well as hitting .385 over seven games with six total bases. Harris really shined on the mound as he earned the start for Florida Monday morning and worked into the fourth, scattering five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Needing just 61 pitches to complete his assignment, Harris displayed a balanced windup and a quick arm action, which helped him fill the zone and run his fastball up to 86 mph. Harris complemented his fastball well with a 12-6 curveball in the high-60s with plenty of depth and bite through the zone, making it difficult to barrel all morning. To further illustrate how dominant Harris was, he worked ahead of all but one of the 17 hitters he faced and threw a first-pitch strike to 60% of the at-bats throughout his outing. Harris has had an excellent year at Perfect Game events recording 113 punchouts over 95 1/3 innings on the mound, while also hitting .420 in 110 games at the plate. Lastly, Harris’ performance on Monday earned him MV-Pitcher honors for this year's inaugural All-State Games, an impressive feat.

Connor Langdon (2026, Perry, Ga.) is a 6-foot, 150-pound, tall, lean and athletic southpaw, who earned the start for Georgia during their semifinal game Monday afternoon at East Cobb. On the mound, Langdon looks the part, as he deploys an even tempo to his delivery and pairs it with a long and loose, two-pieced arm action that releases his repertoire from a high three-quarter slot, tunneling well across his mix. To work through his assignment, Langdon sequenced with a fastball touching 80 mph with life and run through the zone, a changeup with sell and fade in the high-60s, and a curveball with natural depth and proper shape in the low-70s that created plenty of swing-and-miss over his six-inning start. When all was said and done, Langdon would strike out two and scatter five hits, earning a no-decision for his performance. Langdon’s impressive outing is nothing we haven’t seen at Perfect Game, as he currently ranks as the top left-handed pitcher in his home state, and inside the top-50 prospects in the class. With what most likely will be the capstone to his 2021 Perfect Game tournament slate, Langdon will finish with an impressive 74 strikeouts over just 52 innings, and a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Christopher Moore (2026, Covington, Wash.) battled the aforementioned Langdon Monday morning as he earned the start for Pacific NW in their semifinal game. Moore, like his counterpart, has a projectable frame and build at 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, and uses it well as he extends his legs well down the mound, before using his long arms and clean arm action to get plenty of extension out front prior to release. To work through his assignment, Moore worked off an 80 mph fastball with life and sink, and mixed in a mid-60s breaker with depth and bottom. Working into the fourth, Moore was effective all game long filling the zone with his repertoire and working ahead of the majority of the hitters he faced. A good athlete, Moore also displayed the ability to field his position on weak comebackers to the mound with sound defensive actions and clean throws to bases. Moore is currently the top-ranked prospect and shortstop in his home state and proved why this week as he performed well in all phases, contributing every step of the way to the Pacific Northwest’s championship run.

Teammate to the aforementioned Moore, Pacific Northwest outfielder Dylan Mamiya (2026, Kennewick, Wash.) is yet another tool-studded talent that helped lead the Northwest to a championship this weekend at East Cobb. Mamiya stands 5-foot-8, 147 pounds, with a lean, athletic build. What stands out is Dylan’s athleticism and how it translates to all phases of the game. At the plate, the left-handed hitting table-setter starts square with hands high near his ear. He deploys a simple backside load via a lagging leg lift before turning it loose upon foot strike with torque, bat speed, and barrel control. Mamiya possesses advanced hand-eye coordination that helps him work the count, and barrel fastballs in hitter-friendly counts, consistently punching line drive results with carry to the gaps. Once contact is made, Dylan turns on the jets with underway speed, acceleration, and acumen which helps him work into scoring position time and again. A good athlete, tools are present in the outfield as well as he displays range, a strong arm with accuracy and carry, and enough feel for the leather to make all plays hit his way. Lastly, Dylan put together a nice weekend of his club’s six-game stretch hitting .500 from the middle of the order with nine total bases, five runs scored, and six driven in.

-Matt Arietta
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