College | Recruiting | 12/2/2021

Uncommitted Gems: South Region

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Chase Sowell (2022, Humble, Texas) starts off this list of uncommitted talent in the South. The two-sport athlete is also a football star with extreme athletic upside to like and a physical 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame with projection. Earning a 9.5 grade at the National Showcase, he is a 6.59 runner with a 90 mph arm and clean actions in the outfield. His bat fits perfectly at the top of the lineup at the next level, with a lot of impact potential to be productive in the middle as well. This is a deep tool set overall that plays with ease.

Tyler Gray (2022, Oklahoma City, Okla.) is a prospect who should not be uncommitted for long. We first saw him at the South World Series in July where he lit the gun up, sitting 90 and working up to 92 for a dominant eight-punchout outing. He went on to top out at 94 most recently in Jupiter with a sharp and true two-plane breaking ball mix. His simple operation is powerful and downhill with an athletic 6-foot-3, 210-pound build, fitting the part. Gray certainly has everything shaped into a top program arm with potential to be an early asset.

Antonelli Savattere (2022, Rowlett, Texas) earned All-Tournament Team honors following his productive performance in Jupiter, capping off his impressive Perfect Game career hitting .364 and totaling a 2021 average of .341 in 101 plate appearances. He was also name MVP of the 17u Elite Championship after an exceptional event that led to a championship victory. He is a versatile middle infielder who has an advanced feel for the glove and athleticism to carry him to the next level.

Ethan Wesloski (2022, McKinney, Texas) is another football standout with home run power that he put on full display with intent, going on a tear this summer for five home runs and a .459 average. He is a solid, mature build at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds with value behind the dish, showcasing excellent receiving skills and big upside in his arm. Present advanced strength and athleticism offers five-tool potential and early impact in the middle of a college lineup.

Zachary Spradling (2022, Kyle, Texas) is currently the No. 4-ranked third baseman in Texas, and his makeup fits the part with projection left in his game. Strong 5-foot-11, 175-pound build, and flashed a talented bat with easy strength and impact that plays. In 14 games this summer he barreled three home runs with 15 RBI. He checks off a lot to like moving forward with the tools to produce beyond his prep career.

Sam Peterson (2022, Lindale, Texas) is a projectable 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame with the right stuff on the mound. He tossed a 0.00 ERA this summer running his fastball to 90 mph with a three-pitch mix. His upside has plenty to be intrigued about.

Maddox Miesse (2022, Adkins, Texas) drew a lot of attention at the South World Series, hitting .400 with run production. He has showcased a pure hit tool over his PG career with multiple Top Prospect List honors in his showcase performances. He has a solid motor and feel for the game. Defensively, he is versatile with arm strength behind the dish and athleticism to be effective in the infield.

Diego Arcay (2022, Houston, Texas) is a strong 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder and was consistently productive week-to-week this summer, finishing up with a .378 average and plenty of defensive impact. He has value on the bases and run production, notably swiping eight bags, flashing his IQ and run tool he put on display for an impressive overall showing at the Fall Top Prospect National Showcase.

Sam Flores (2022, Lufkin, Texas) has been an intriguing prospect with excellent athleticism that plays on both sides of the ball very well. The 6-foot, 185-pound second baseman hit .368 this summer with standout performances at the plate in the 17u National Championship and WWBA South Qualifier. He was also up to 88 on the mound, rounding out his versatile arm strength and projection.

Trent Rucker (2022, Fairview, Texas) is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound two-sport athlete with physical upside and five-tool potential. A spark plug at the top of the lineup with impressive raw talent, he really separated himself at the National Elite Championship, hitting .545 with a .583 on-base percentage while also relieving on the mound topping out at 88. At the South World Series, he barreled one of the cleanest no-doubters that established his projectable hit tool. His outfield actions are very fluid with arm strength present. He finished up a loud 2021 circuit with a .362 average and 0.00 ERA, allowing just four hits in over 11 innings.

Xavier Hirsch (2022, Mansfield, Texas) is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame, fitting the part on the mound. He had a pair of strong appearances in Jupiter, allowing no runs. He has been up to 91 mph with more velocity to come, complementing his tough arsenal including two planes on the breaking ball and excellent changeup mix. His operation is loose and utilizes the long levers well, bringing a lot of life in the zone to be appealed to.

Levi Castilleja (2022, San Antonio, Texas) is an impressive backstop with a next-level look. Very intriguing performance at the South World Series, and checks off good projection to carry on. He is a durable 5-foot-11, 185-pound build and has excellent strength across his tools. He is a very strong competitor as well and a leader behind the dish.

Jacob White (2022, Forney Texas) is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound primary first baseman, but he's also super projectable on the mound. The frame has room to fill, and he has been up to 89 from the left side with a potential power arm to like and the stuff to play very well off of in a college rotation.

Noah Smallwood (2022, Claremore, Okla.) is the No. 5 ranked shortstop in the state. He is a 6.7 runner and sharp middle infielder with the right actions and look. Very productive week-to-week over the summer with a pure hit tool, showcasing developed barrel control and bat-to-ball skill.

Max Brown (2022, Wagoner, Okla.) is the No. 3 ranked shortstop in the state, posting .333 average in the 2021 circuit. Very well-rounded tools and athleticism to carry seen from Brown. His actions up the middle are smooth, ranging well to both sides with versatility in his glove skill and arm strength. His approach at the plate plays to all fields and his bat has shown a developed hit tool to like.
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