Tournaments | Story | 12/2/2021

13u-14u All-State Games Recap

John McAdams     
Photo: Pacific Northwest 14u (Perfect Game)
The inaugural National All-State Select Championships brought together players from 36 different states and Puerto Rico, as they looked to represent their region and decide who has the best baseball in the United States. The abundance of talent that took the field at TOP CHOPS East Cobb Complex was fun to watch, as there were standout performances amongst each age group. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, but first we wanted to highlight some notable performances from the event.

14U: Pacific Northwest took home the crown at 14U, as they navigated through a gauntlet of talented rosters. Carson Hughes (2025, Buckley, Wash.) took home MVP honors after collecting four extra-base hits and driving in eight runs for his squad during their run to the championship. Brayden Harris (2026, Orange Park, Fla.) of Team Florida took home the MV-Pitcher award after not allowing a run in his six innings pitched. The athletically-built right-hander ran his fastball up to 86 mph during the event and punched out 11 hitters along the way.

With so much talent on the field, we wanted to highlight those that have continued to stand out amongst their peers, while also bringing attention to some breakout performers.

Players We Know

Deion Cole (2026, Acworth, Ga.) continued to show top-of-the-class offensive skills, while using his speed and athleticism in a variety of ways. The top-ranked player in the class of 2026 uses his lightning quick hands to whip the barrel, while showcasing a smoothness to his game in the field.

Beau Peterson (2026, Shawnee, Kan.) is a physically-gifted two-way talent that has already shown in-game power to go along with huge upside on the mound. The sound that comes off his barrel when on time is just different from others within the class.

Keon Johnson (2026, Macon, Ga.) continually found the barrel all weekend, as the athletic 2026 grad hit .600 (6-for-10) for the event, including two triples. At 6-foot-1 already, Johnson uses his length to create tons of leverage out in front upon impact. Couple that with an advanced approach and excellent hand-eye coordination and you get a supremely talented young hitter with loads of upside.

Carson Bolemon (2026, Greenville, N.C.) was impressive again, as he locked horns with a tough California lineup. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound lefty ran his fastball up to 82 mph throughout his outing, while continuing to show his ability to land his curveball for strikes. He allowed just one earned run in his six innings of work, punching out six along the way and scattering just two hits.

Brayden Charness (2026, Calabassas, Calif.) is another talented left-hander that we’ve come to know quite well. He went pitch-for-pitch with Bolemon in the early going, as he worked three scoreless innings of his own. He ran his fastball up to 85 mph during his outing, while displaying impeccable command and good feel for his breaking ball. Charness showed the ability to manipulate its shape dependent on the count. He mixed in a replicated changeup for swings and misses, while continuing to show high-level pitchability and tons of upside.

Brayden Harris (2026, Orange Park, Fla.) was mentioned above, as he took home MV-Pitcher honors for Team Florida. He got the start in his squad's first round playoff matchup and did not disappoint. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound righty allowed just one unearned run across his 6 2/3 innings at the All-State Games, while running his fastball up to 86 mph and striking out 11. Harris continues to deliver each time we get eyes on him and as the velocity continues to climb, will be a name we continue to follow.

Mills Carrillo (2026, Wesley Chapel, Fla.) was a steady performer throughout 2021 on the mound and continued that over the weekend in Georgia. The athletically-built right-hander worked seven innings over the course of the event, allowed just one earned run and topped out at 87 mph. The ease of operation coupled with a lightning quick arm bodes well for the 2026 Florida native, as he continues to mature physically.

Names We Need to Know

Gage Petrutz (2026, Mantua, N.J.) impressed throughout the weekend with his ability to drive the baseball all over the field at TOP CHOPS East Cobb Complex. The right-handed hitting backstop hit .500 (6-for-12) during the event, including three scorched triples in consecutive games. Listed as a primary catcher, Petrutz’s athleticism allows for him move seamlessly from side-to-side to smother the baseball when needed, while he displays more than arm strength to thwart would-be basestealers. Look for the Mantua, N.J. native to continue finding barrels for years to come and will be a name we continue to watch closely.

Kooper Benoit (2026, Groves, Texas) was mightily impressive during his outing on the mound, as the young right-hander ran his fastball up to 84 mph and punched nine hitters across his five no-hit innings. The strongly-built 2026 grad is listed as a primary catcher but caught our attention on the mound in this event with his ability to pound the strike zone and land his curveball for strikes. A simple, repeatable delivery along with an easy arm action allows for him to stay consistent with relative ease. Look for him to continue adding velocity as he continues to mature and will be someone to monitor moving forward.

Jayden Nakamura (2026, Beaverton, Ore.) was a big part of the Pacific Northwest’s run to the 14U Championship, as the smooth left-handed hitting 2025 grad showed off advanced feel for the barrel and a keen eye at the plate. He hit .455 (5-for-11), scored six runs, and amassed a .700 on-base percentage thanks to his seven walks. The barrel skills are near the top of the class, when it comes to the ability to adjust to spin and impact the baseball regardless of pitch location.

JW Grose (2026, Snohomish, Wash.) was another integral part of PNW’s championship run, as the 2026 grad hit .545 (6-for-11) over the course of the event, while driving in nine runs and scoring five. The right-handed hitting infielder uses the whole field well, staying short and direct with his hands to deliver the barrel.
Chandler Hart (2026, Allen, Texas) is an immensely projectable young left-hander that impressed over his three innings of work at the All-State games. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Texas native comes at hitters from a tough slot, while running his fastball into the low-80s consistently. He complements it nicely with a well-tunneled curveball and replicated changeup that flashed power fade to it. Hart will surely be a name to follow as he continues to add velocity.

13U: Team Texas took home the bragging rights in the 13U age group, as they defeated Team Georgia in a wild 19-10 game that featured a ton of offensive fire power. Ethan Armbruster (2027, Austin, Texas) took home MVP honors after hitting .563 (7-for-16). The right-handed hitting C/RHP drove in seven runs during his team's run to the crown, while also scoring eight runs. 2021 PG Select Fest Alum Colton Gallardo (2027, Fort Worth, Texas) took home the MV-Pitcher award after he delivered five innings of one-run ball, while punching out 12 across those innings. The durably-built right-hander ran his fastball up to 83 mph, while mixing in a promising swing-and-miss breaking ball.

With so much talent on the field, we wanted to highlight those that have continued to stand out amongst their peers, while also bringing attention to some breakout performers.

Players We Know

Noah Everly (2026, Pasadena, Calif.) continued his torrid 2021 season at the plate, as the 2021 Select Festival alum hit .750 (5-for-8) over the weekend including a triple and home run. Everly drove in 10 runs for his California squad, while continuing to display his immense offensive upside.

Chase Fuller (2027, Tallahassee, Fla.) is another 2021 Select Festival alum that continued to show off his prowess at the plate, hitting .538 (7-for-13) during the event including five extra-base hits. The 2027 Florida native drove in nine runs, while compiling a 1.985 OPS that included a double, two triples and two home runs.

Cole Crawford (2027, Warner Robins, Ga.) has had about as loud of an offensive season as one could have in 2021 and he continued that during this event. The 2027 Georgia native hit .583 (7-for-12) for the event including four triples and a home run, just adding to his already impressive stat line. The state line does all the talking that is necessary: .538 AVG/ 22 HR/ 96 RBI can simply be stated as all Crawford does is hit.

Caden Dawson (2027, Marietta, Ga.) is another 2021 Select Festival alum that continues to showcase his immense hit/power combination each time we get to see him. Dawson hit .583 (7-for-12) for the event including launching a homer deep into the Georgia night sky as seen below. The 2027 Marietta, Ga. native continues to hit at every stop and the National All-State Select Championships was no different.
Carson (Bear) Calvo (2027, Fullerton, Calif.) has long been lauded for his prodigious power potential and he continued that trend over the weekend, as he launched two home runs during pool play for his Team California squad. Calvo hit .455 (5-for-11) over the course of his five games played, while driving in eight. The swing is intent-based with plenty of barrel whip and good adjustability regardless of pitch type or location. The quickness of his hands coupled with the hip torque he is able to create, allows for him to impact the baseball with authority consistently.

Names We Need to Know

Tucker Long (2026, Ottumwa, Iowa) was impressive during his outing versus Team Texas, ultimately earning the win after going six full innings. The long-levered, uber-projectable right-hander ran his fastball up to 84 mph throughout his outing against the boys from Texas, flashing explosive life through the zone. He consistently pounded the bottom half of the zone with his fastball, while showing feel for spin and the ability to manipulate his breaking ball for both strikes and swings and misses along the way. Long punched out seven across his six innings of work and allowed just two runs (1 earned) against a tough lineup. The future is bright for the young Iowa native, as he stands to continue adding strength as he matures and will surely continue to gain velocity.
Walker Killimett (2026, Marietta, Ga.) was an integral part of Team Georgia’s run to the 13U final at the National All-State Select Championships, as he hit .714 (10-for-14) during the event and drove in 12 runs across his six games played. The right-handed hitting outfielder uses a simple, repeatable swing to impact the baseball well to all fields. The 2026 grad stays short and direct to the baseball, while displaying good feel for the barrel and quickness to his hands.

Jael Castillo (2026, Wake Forest, N.C.) is a long, lean left-hander that we will surely continue to keep an eye on. The Wake Forest, N.C. native was impressive in both of his outings at the All-State Games, as he punched out 10 hitters across his five innings of work. He ran his fastball up to 77 mph in his second outing, as the pitch plays up due to his length and quickness of his arm. The operation is repeatable despite his length and bodes well for future strength gains. More velocity should be on its way relatively soon and it will be exciting to watch exactly where he ends up long term. He worked down in the zone effectively, powering down well through the bottom of the zone with his fastball and complemented it well with a promising breaking ball. Look for Castillo to continue adding velocity as he matures and will be a name we closely monitor moving forward.
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