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PG Select Baseball Festival  | General  | 8/18/2022

13u Select Festival Roster Preview: East

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Cole Crawford (Perfect Game)
West Roster Preview

In just three days, 36 of the most talented 13u players from across the country, along with Venezuela, will step foot on Lindsey Nelson Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee for the 4th annual 13u Perfect Game Select Festival. Continuing to grow since its inception back in 2019, the 13u Festival has continued to grow into the premier event at this age group, hosting numerous players who have already gone on and committed to powerhouse Division 1 programs, as well as one international free agent signing. Below we break down each player in the on East roster and will continue to look into the event in the days leading up to the first pitch. 

Andrew Bennett, RHP, Class of 2027
R-R, 6-1/170, Mobile, Ala.

A long and athletic 6-foot-1, Bennett quickly attracted a crowd behind the backstop whenever he toed the rubber this summer, and rightfully so, given what he’s able to generate out of his right hand. Utilizing his overall athleticism into his delivery, Bennett possesses some of the better arm speed that’ll be in attendance in Knoxville as he routinely peaks in the upper-80s with his fastball and has already topped out at 89 mph with some hop through the zone. That type of velocity will naturally help rack up the strikeouts at the 13u level, but the breaking ball is just as much of a weapon when it’s on, showing real biting life to the bottom of the zone in the low-70s.

Will Brick, C, Class of 2027
R-R, 5-11/160, Memphis, Tenn.

The stat line reads more like a video game than real life for Brick in 2022 as he hit .554 on the summer with 26 double and 5 home runs while driving in 73 and for as good as the offense is, the defensive is at yet another level as he drew praise throughout the summer. A constant this summer for EBC behind the plate, Brick’s receiving ability stands out amongst his peers as does his ability to shift his weight to either side, knocking down nearly anything bounced in the dirt while keeping most pitches in front of him. The catch-and-throw skills are the cherry on top of Brick’s overall profile, showing very real arm strength and carry down to second base, leaving runners second guessing when on the bases.

Jeb Craven, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/150, Jessup, Ga.

Already a two-time Select Festival alum as he suited up at the 12u level twice, Craven continues to make strides each time he enters a Perfect Game event with perhaps his best outing coming in the 13u National Showcase. The arm strength has been at the forefront of Craven’s game and it has continued to show an uptick, most recently bumping 85 mph on the gun while showcasing a fast arm and plenty of life on the heater through the zone. There’s no doubt the velocity stands out but Craven’s ability to work three pitches around the zone, which includes a sharp two-plane slider and late tumbling changeup, highlighting what he’s capable of bringing to the mound and serving as a strong indication of things to come.

Cole Crawford, C, Class of 2027
R-R, 6-1/181, Cartersville, Ga.

Nothing about Crawford, not his size nor skill level, suggest he’s a 13u level player as he stands out in nearly every facet of his game already. The starting catcher for one of the best 13u clubs in the country, Crawford is a presence behind the plate and despite his length, he’s plenty agile in his actions, allowing his overall athleticism to take over. Crawford’s receiving skills stand out as he’s able to consistently get his thumb under the ball and stick it out front while the arm has proven to be yet another highlight in an already impressive arsenal of tools. As you’d expect, there’s already plenty of juice in his right-handed swing as well as his 8 home runs on the year suggest, showing the ability to impact the ball to all parts of the field regardless the type of bat he’s swinging.

William Cutshall, 2B/RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-0/150, Covington, Ga.

Cutshall has proven to be a jack of all trades already in his young career, doing a little bit of everything and doing so at a high level. Of the tools possessed by Cutshall, the bat-to-ball skill might stand the tallest as he has knack for squaring up quality pitching as suggested by his eye-opening .512 average over 121 at-bats this spring and summer and an eye-opening one (1) strikeout on the year. The quickness of his hands and overall whip to the barrel both stand out on any given swing and so too does his defensive versatility as you never quite know where you’ll see him on the field in any given game as his low-80s arm strength and overall athleticism allow him to shine in a variety of rolls.

Caden Dawson, OF, Class of 2027
L/R, 6-0/185, Marietta, Ga.

Another physical, yet athletic, presence out on the diamond, Dawson showed no qualms in making the jump to the big diamond after a dominant 2021 campaign, hitting .371 on the circuit with 10 doubles and a couple home runs while swiping 41 bags in the process. Part of the reason for the continued offensive success for Dawson is just how short and direct his left-handed stroke is while implementing his physical strength, showing real bat speed through the zone and plenty of impact at the point of contact. The bat is the calling card as he had no problem turning around upper-80s heat, but he also plays a solid outfield with a nice combination of foot speed and arm strength, all playing well into the long-term profile.

Tyler Durkin, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-4/160, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Throughout the 2022 summer circuit, right-hander Tyler Durkin proved to be a must-watch type arm whenever he toed the rubber. Already an intimidating presence at 6-foot-4, the New York native makes an uncomfortable at-bat even more difficult for opposing hitters as he attacks from a lower three-quarters slot. The slot allows his 81-84 mph heater to play up even more given the short sinking life he’s able to generate, spearheading a three-pitch mix he’ll show on any occasion. His changeup is the go-to secondary pitch with maintained arm speed and a replicated release, generating fading life in the low- to mid-70s to help either induce weak contact or miss bats all together. The feel for a short, tight 11-5 shape breaker is certainly a contributing factor to Durkin’s success as he’s averaging just shy of a strikeout per inning in 2022.

Chase Fuller, SS/RHP, Class of 2027
R-R, 6-1/165, Tallahassee, Fla.

Up and down the profile, nothing suggests that Fuller is only entering eighth grade as it’s already a collection of top-of-the-class type tools which have proven to routinely appear in game action. Physically built with his strongest days still ahead of him, Fuller stood out throughout the circuit at all the major stops as he hit north of .400 with a bevy of extra base knocks, including 7 home runs. The young Floridian already shows sub-7 speed in the 60-yard and very real bat speed through the zone, whipping the barrel head with ease while regularly getting to some of the beset juice in the class. Add in fundamentally sound actions in the dirt and upper-80s arm strength on the mound and you have one very exciting prospect moving forward.

Landon Green, RHP, Class of 2027
R-R, 6-0/165, Clearwater, Fla.

Anytime you see 90 mph on the radar gun there’s certain to be a crowd of onlookers craning their neck to check after each pitch, and even more so when it’s a 13-year-old who shows command of the zone. There’s no denying the arm strength possessed by Green after he bumped 90 mph at the 13u National Showcase, but the truly scary part is just how easy the velocity comes as he remains short and fast with his arm path without exerting much effort at release. Unlike other high octane arms we’ve seen over the years at a young age, Green is able to command his heater around the zone, generating hard running life while mixing in a big 12-6 shaped curveball that has the makings of a true swing-and-miss type offering down the road.

Jordin Griffin, INF/OF, Class of 2027
L-R, 5-5/125, Lake Charles, La.

Griffin may not be the biggest of bodies in the batter’s box but don’t mistake that for a lack of bat speed or intent as the young left-handed stick generates some of the best bat speed you’ll find in the class and looks to do damage with every pass through the zone. A table setter-type with an OBP of nearly .600 on the summer, Griffin does an excellent job of uncoiling out of his load while generating torque with extension out front, allowing him to drive the ball with some real backspin to the pull side. On the other side of the ball Griffin has shown some versatility throughout the summer, manning both second base as well as roaming in the outfielder where both spots allow the athleticism to shine with a quick first step and sound fundamentals.

Patrick Hassan, RHP, Class of 2027
R-R, 5-10/155, Statham, Ga.

A good athlete with a big arm, Hassan made some noise throughout the 13u National Showcase after running a 7.10 and throwing 85 mph across the diamond, but then upped the ante when he took the mound on the final day of the event. The Georgia native showed a strong arm throughout the summer, comfortably working into the low-80s but during his stint down in West Palm we saw a rather big jump in velocity as he topped out at 86 mph and lived towards the upper end of the 82-85 mph range. That type of velocity will open eyes at the 13u level, but so too will the arm speed Hassan possesses and the late, hard running life on the heater, not to mention the late biting slider he’s capable of spinning in the mid-70s.

Harry Chubb Jones Jr., SS/RHP, Class of 2027
R/R, 6-1/168, Powder Springs, Ga.

A long and lean 6-foot-1 who’s also amongst the youngest in attendance at this year’s 13u Select Festival, Jones Jr. proved there wasn’t much he couldn’t do on the diamond throughout the summer and into the 13u National Showcase. He checked in as one of the fastest players at the National with a 6.79 in the 60-yard and brought that athleticism with him around the field, both in the infield and outfield, as well as on the mound where he truly shined. His arm action and overall operation on the bump are both loose and clean while showing real intent in manipulating the shape of the baseball, both cutting it and sinking it around the zone while living in the low-80s. Couple the ability to pitch with his arm speed and athleticism and you have a highly intriguing prospect to follow.

Ricky Lopez, SS, Class of 2027
R-R, 5-8/135, New York, N.Y.

It takes all of one ground ball hit in his general direction for you to notice Lopez in the dirt as he simply moves differently on his feet than others his age, showing refined footwork and the type of internal clock you don’t often see at the 13u level. His hands are as soft as they are quick, snatching balls hit to either side of him with solid lateral range and quality arm strength across the diamond. Lopez’s defense is certainly at the forefront of his overall game but he’s not lacking in the offensive department either by any means. A right-handed hitter, Lopez shows simple movements in the box but also plenty of quickness and strength in his hands, showing the ability to impact the baseball with authority to all fields without having to alter his approach at the plate.

Brendan Pyle, 3B/RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-10/165, St Peters, Mo.

Another familiar name having appeared in last year’s 12u Select Festival, Pyle continued to swing the bat like we’ve come to know throughout the summer and into the 13u National Showcase where he seemed to do nothing but barrel the baseball with big time juice, collecting a couple of loud doubles in live action. The overall bat speed ranks amongst the best in attendance in Knoxville and when combining the bat-to-ball skills and physicality he possesses, it becomes pretty easy to see how he’s able to impact the baseball the way he does. Pyle moves around the hot corner with comfort, showing coordinated actions with body control on the mound, bringing the same low-80s arm strength we’ve seen on the mound, allowing for the long throw across the diamond.

Bryan Ravelo, OF, Class of 2027
R-R, 6-3/160, Miramar, Fla.

Of all the players on the East squad, Ravelo is most likely to capture your attention just walking into the stadium given his long 6-foot-3 frame and near endless physical projection moving forward. He’s must more than just a projectable frame and the athleticism was immediately on display at the 13u National Showcase as he led the way with an event best 6.74 in the 60-yard, truly highlighting just how coordinated and fluid he is in his movements. Throughout the summer, Ravelo played mostly at the 14u level where he fit right in, though given the bat speed and arm strength he possesses, it’d be hard to surmise he was 13u-eligible. There’s simply no denying the power potential that awaits Ravelo at physical maturation with how loose and leveraged his swing already is.

Kevin Roberts Jr, SS/RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-3/190, Meridian, Miss.

Roberts Jr may just be entering his freshman year of high school this upcoming fall, but he’s already a well-known name around the baseball world, though working in the upper-80s on the mound and throwing 91 mph across the diamond (a 14u National Showcase record) will tend to do that. A two-time Select Festival alum who has appeared in both the 12u and 13u iterations of the game, Roberts Jr returns for a second trip to the 13u Festival, and you can be certain he’ll bring a collection of loud tools along for the ride. Though young for the 2026 class, he’s currently ranked No. 6 nationally thanks to the aforementioned collection of tools, none of which are often found at this age, as he also shows big bat speed from the right side and intriguing jump coming off the barrel.

John Stowers, C, Class of 2026
L-R, 5-11/185, Mobile, Ala. | College Commitment: Auburn

Stowers burst on to the scene this summer, catching the eye of several Perfect Game scouts as well as the Auburn coaching staff along the way, recently giving his verbal commitment to remain close to home. Strongly-built already, the left-handed hitting Stowers knows how to get into his lower half well, showing fluid stroke through the zone with strength in his hands and the ability to make a field look small at any moment. He’s a complete player as he shows very real tools behind the plate as well, receiving several high velocity arms throughout the summer circuit and did so with ease, sticking pitches out front while showing quality arm strength and carry on throws down to second base. Young left-handed hitting backstops with tools on both sides are often off the recruiting board quickly as we see with Stowers.

Malachi Washington, OF/SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/170, Stone Mountain, Ga.

If you take a look at Washington’s numbers from 2022, odds are you’ll do a double, may triple, take before absorbing what he truly did this spring/summer circuit. The athleticism and defensive versatility were on display once again during the 13u National Showcase where he ran a 6.88 in the 60 and showed well both in the outfield and in the dirt with his overall actions and arm strength. Just as we came to expect throughout the summer, Washington put on a bit of a show with the bat, launching the only home run in batting practice at the National before showing it truly plays in game, again depositing a ball over the left field wall, showing off some of the faster hands at the 13u age level with real backspin coming off to his pull side.