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PG Select Baseball Festival  | General  | 9/2/2022

14u PG Select Festival Roster Preview: West

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Rookie Shepard (Perfect Game)
East Roster Preview

Jesiah Andrade, C, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-7/165, Yucaipa, Calif.

No stranger to the Select Festival nor Perfect Game events in general, the now three-time Festival participant has proven to be a model of consistency throughout the years. A career .455 hitter in nearly 500 plate appearances since 2020, Andrade is the definition of "field general" behind the plate as he takes charge, not only in receiving but knowing the situation and directing his fielders. He receives the ball with soft hands out front and sticks pitches well, showing no hesitation in squaring his shoulders and blocking pitches in the dirt. Offensively, it's a rather simple approach as he works the count and attacks his pitch when he sees it, showing solid bat-to-ball skills with budding juice, working to all fields with comfort. The hands do the bulk of the work for Andrade as he routinely gets them extended out front, though they're quick enough to pull in on the inner half.

Aiden Arnett, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/175, Stoughton, Wis. | College Commitment: Florida

The Wisconsin-to-University of Florida pipeline isn't one we often see, but Arnett has the type of talent to bring the Gators to the Upper Midwest, not to mention spending his summer almost entirely in the state of Florida. Full of fast-twitch muscle as evidenced by his 60 times routinely clocking in well below the 7.0 mark, the advanced tool shows up in a game setting frequently whether it's with his defensive range or on the base paths as he swiped 36 bags this summer. Arnett has proven to be just as consistent with the bat in his hands he is on the bases, hitting .387 on the summer over 148 plate appearances while showing strong, fast hands with very real bat speed through the zone. The feel for finding the barrel on a regular basis stands out, as does the future Gators' comfort level in working to all parts of the field.

Lincoln Boyle, RHP/OF, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-4/200, Overland Park, Kan. | College Commitment: Arkansas

Time will tell where Boyle ultimately ends up on the diamond, whether as a power-armed right-handed or a left-handed hitting outfielder with juice to all fields. As it stands right now the future Arkansas Razorback does both well and ranks amongst the top two-way players in the country. On the mound Boyle works with real intent, attacking the opposition with a mid- to upper-80s fastball that jumps out of the hand and quickly gets on quickly, showing solid present life through the zone, also mixing both a late fading changeup and breaking ball as well. The 6-foot-4 Boyle utilizes his length well at the plate, whipping the barrel head through the zone with natural leverage and carry coming off well to all fields. He's only going to continue to get stronger, a scary proposition for opposing team given what he's already capable of doing on the mound.

Spencer Browning, SS/OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/175, Texarkana, Texas | College Commitment: Arkansas

Browning was one of the earlier commits in the 2026 class, committing to nearby Arkansas prior to the start of the summer and then proceeded to never disappoint throughout the Perfect Game circuit. From the 14u South Showcase to the 14u National Showcase and everything in between Browning hit at a very high level, showing some of the fastest hands in the class as part of a rather simple set up at the plate. Given just how fast he can get his hands to the ball from his moment of launch Browning can see the ball deep and in turn can work to all parts of the field with authority, staying balanced through the point of contact. A 6.83 runner with athleticism, Browning has the versatility to play up-the-middle, whether at shortstop or in center field but there's no ignore his bat, which produced a .427/.536/1.132 in 2022.

Bubba Coleman, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-0/170, Braselton, Ga. | College Commitment: LSU

The reigning MVP from last year’s 13u Select Festival, Coleman returns only this time as a resident of Georgia and with an LSU commitment next to his name. A primary shortstop who also shows big arm strength from the outfield (89 mph at the National Showcase), Coleman shows clean and fluid actions in the dirt with softness in his hands which allow him to pick the ball cleanly while moving through a quick release with solid arm strength from multiple slots. A move to Georgia this offseason meant a lot more baseball around the East Cobb Complex for the future Tiger and he didn’t disappoint, hitting .355 in over 200 plate appearances, connecting for 19 doubles with a handful of triples and three home runs. It’s a pretty short stroke overall for Coleman and he does a nice job of implementing his strength to create solid bat speed while utilizing all fields.

RJ Cope, LHP/1B, Class of 2026
L-L, 6-6/215, Lawrenceville, Ga.

At the end of the day, Cope could very well be one of the all-time leaders in most events play in Perfect Game history as he already has 140 events/reports on his profile, a staggering number which make his numbers all the more impressive. While you’re likely to run into him on the field, you certainly won’t miss Cope out on the field with his long 6-foot-6 frame, something he controls well on the mound, which in turn speaks to his overall athleticism and coordination. His size also aids in deception as he hides the ball well through the backside before generating big extension out front, allowing his mid-80s fastball (bumping 87 mph) to play up even more through the zone with big running life. Cope averaged just over a strikeout per inning this summer with 47 in 40 2/3 innings which is more impressive given the fact he rarely played at the 14u level.

Christian Doty, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-0/175, Olive Branch, Miss.

Doty came out to the 14u National Showcase and brought with him a full collection of tools, all of which were put on display throughout the three-day event. Athletically built and full of fast-twitch muscle, Doty showed off his speed with a 6.77 in the 60-yard dash before impressing with his right-handed swing which proved to simply be a continuation of what he showed throughout the summer season. Given the simplicity and compact nature of his swing, along with just how fast his hands are, Doty is able to regularly get the barrel to the ball as his .453 average on the year suggests, doing a nice job of staying extended through the point of contact. He moves well on defense, bringing that speed with him both to the infield and outfield where his athleticism takes over, allowing him to excel in both spots with fluid actions.

Hunter Harrington, OF, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-2/160, San Diego, Calif. | College Commitment: Stanford

Harrington checks in as one of the more athletic players on the West roster as he's already posted as low as a 6.47 in the 60-yard and that twitch is a key element in everything he does on the diamond. As athletic as he is projectable, Harrington can make an impact on a game in a variety of games, from the bat to his defense out in center field where he can cover the gaps and go back on fly balls with ease and fluidity. As the offensive numbers suggest, Harrington looks to use his speed while putting the ball in play, something he does well as he utilizes a short, linear stroke with hand quickness and extension out front. Harrington has proven to be a quality table-setter type and does his job well having come around to score 50 runs while swiping 33 bags and making things happen on the bases.

Braylon Nelson, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-5/196, Daphne, Ala.

Similar to some of his teammates on the West, Nelson will immediately draw you in with his physical stature, towering over his peers with a strong and imposing 6-foot-5, 196-pound frame. With that said it's worth noting that the young Alabama native is far from reaching his physical ceiling which shouldn't sit well with opposing pitchers given what he's already capable of offensively. Despite his size, Nelson does a nice job of staying short and compact with his hands, creating a tight turn in his swing while generating leverage through the point of contact just as we saw in his no-doubter he connected for at the 14u National Showcase. The looseness in his wrists and quickness of his hands already stand out and when you factor in the physical projection, you're looking at a bat with real middle of the order potential moving forward.

Beau Peterson, 3B/RHP, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-2/185, Shawnee, Kan. | College Commitment: Nebraska

Peterson holds the distinction of being the first player in the 2026 to announce their collegiate commitment, giving his verbal to Nebraska nearly a year ago to the day. Jump to present day and Peterson had added strength and his tools across the board have taken the next jump as well. Peterson took a majority of his reps at third base this summer where he showed off range and feel for his footwork, and of course a big arm across the diamond. His left-handed swing may be the loudest of his tools however, showing big time back speed and strength at the point of contact, already knowing how to generate leverage out front. That same arm strength translates to the mound where he has already bumped 90 mph with plane from a higher slot and the makings of a true out pitch in a sharp, upper-70s slider.

Jack Ryan, RHP, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-1/170, Cincinnati, Ohio

Another returning face from last year's 13u Select Festival, Ryan has continued to refine his craft on the mound and took on a larger workload this summer, logging 41 innings in which he struck out 57. He does a nice job of keeping things simple on the mound, working exclusively out of the stretch to limit the moving parts, which combined with how the arm works and the overall arm speed, allow for plenty of strikes and some pretty serious downhill plane from his higher three-quarters release. Ryan's heater will typically live in the mid-80s over the course of an outing, bumping upwards of 87-88 mph with both carry and life though the zone but it's the slider that has proven to be a real difference maker for the Ohio native throughout his PG career. Thrown with the same arm speed as his heater, Ryan's slider shows sharp, late biting life in the mid- to upper-70s which he can use to pick up whiffs by the handful.

Andrew Salas, SS, Free Agent
S-R, 6-1/140, Caracas, Ven.

Salas may have the shortest PG track record of the players at this year's 14u Select Festival, but his tools are plenty loud to make you quickly notice him on either side of the ball. The younger brother of Miami Marlins prospect Jose Salas and top international free agent Ethan Salas, 13u Festival alum Andrew is the latest to appear in a National Showcase, following the footsteps of both of his brothers. A switch-hitter with barrel skills from both sides of the plate, Salas showed a little bit more refinement from the left side at present where he does a nice job of remaining short with his movements, from his shift to his hand path. The combination of his hand quickness, bat-to-ball skills, and lift in his path make it easy to project moving forward, not to mention his overall advanced skillset in the dirt where he plays a very high level of shortstop.

CJ Sampson, RHP, Class of 2026
L-R, 6-2/180, Tomball, Texas

Four walks in an outing at the 14u level isn't out of the norm, four walks total in a tournament is considered a good showing; four walks over the entirety of a summer in which you threw 65 1/3 innings is absurd. The reigning 13u Pitcher of the Year, Sampson found a way to yet again up the ante as he was near automatic throughout all of 2022. The athleticism and body control to repeat his delivery speaks for itself as Sampson can simply put the baseball wherever he wants, living in the mid-80s with running life and command to either black. A mid-70s changeup with late fade to the bottom of the zone may be his best secondary pitch at present, but he also shows two very real and distinctly different breaking balls in his curveball and slider both of which are thrown with conviction and are equally devastating for opposing bats.

Kruz Schoolcraft, LHP, Class of 2026
L-L, 6-4/170, Beaverton, Ore.

As long and projectable as they come at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, Schoolcraft can go pitch-for-pitch with any arm in the class, showing arguably the most feel for mixing and matching as he shows no hesitation in doubling or tripling up on an offering. Despite his size, Schoolcraft is methodical and coordinated in his delivery, working across his body to make for an even more uncomfortable at-bat as he maintains his velocity very well throughout an outing, sinking a heater that bumped upwards of 88 mph by summer’s end. Schoolcraft's best secondary offering is a changeup that tumbles hard to the bottom of the zone, a pitch he sells well with maintained arm speed and release point, living in the low-70s. Add in his feel for spin a bigger 1-7 shaped curveball, then to have the feel to mix and sequence regardless the count, and you have one of the more dominant 14u arms.

Landon Schutte, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-4/210, Oakdale, Calif.

Arms out of the NorCal area don't often accumulate a ton of Perfect Game innings early in their career, but the physically imposing Schutte is looking to buck that trend as he amassed 67 1/3 innings this year, a span in which he struck out 102 and while maintaining a sub-2.00 ERA. Power is the name of the game for Schutte as he can simply overpower opposing hitters with one of the heavier fastballs is the class, already running the heater up to 89 mph from a higher three-quarters slot, pounding the baseball downhill with some severe plane. For as much as he is about the big heater, the 6-foot-4 Schutte shows a complete four-pitch mix which includes a pair of breaking balls and a late fading changeup with replicated arm speed. The curveball shows downer shape but the upper-70s slider is an equalizer with hard, two-plane life which he throws with conviction.

Rouselle "Rookie" Shepard, C/INF, Class of 2026
L-R, 5-11/170, North Las Vegas, Nev. | College Commitment: Miami

Known simply as Rookie around the quads, Shepard checks in as the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2026 class thanks in part to a well-rounded skill set, but also because they are tools that have proven to play in game at a high level. And just how good are those tools? Over 183 plate appearances, facing some of the top arms the country has to offer, the future Miami Hurricane put together a ridiculous .464/.574/1.259 with more than twice the amount of walks to strikeouts, cementing himself as a premier player in the 2026 class. The bat-to-ball skills are second-to-none as we've seen over the years, showcasing loose hands and plenty of bat speed, but also a willingness to simply go with the pitch to any part of the field. Shepard put the gear on behind the plate a little more this year where his middle infield athleticism shines, as do his catch-and-throw skills.

Shawn Sullivan, RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-0/170, Barberton, Ohio | College Commitment: Alabama

Sullivan never missed a beat this summer when throwing in Perfect Game events as he seemed to pick up strikeouts by the handful and earned praised from PG scouts in every look. Utilizing an up-tempo operation with intent at release, Sullivan routinely ran his fastball into the upper-80s and peaked at 89 mph this summer, establishing himself as one of the hardest throwers in the class and did so while filling up the strike zone. As his 44 strikeouts in 25 innings suggest, Sullivan is able to miss plenty of bats with his fastball courtesy of not only the velocity, but also the life he generates on the pitch and the consistent feel he shows for his breaker. Sullivan, another Midwest talent heading to the University of Alabama, possesses a hammer 12-6 shaped breaker which keeps hitters off balance in the box, already spinning the pitch into the mid-70s with conviction and intent.

Colten Springall, SS, Class of 2026
L-R, Las Vegas, Nev.

Springall returns to the game after a strong 2021 campaign which landed him a spot in the 13u Select Festival last season and he's already begun adding strength to his frame which has already begun showing up in his offensive game. Staying short and direct to the baseball with some lift in his path out front, Springall connected for three home runs this summer after none in 2021 and there's undoubtedly more in the tank as he continues to fill out his long and lean 6-foot frame. There's bat-to-ball skills as well that were on display throughout the circuit for the University of Tennessee commit as he finished with an impressive .359 average and .500 on-base percentage in 171 plate appearances. A primary second baseman, Springall moves well on his feet in the dirt with long, balanced strides while showing softness to his hands and smooth, repeatable actions.

Jaylen Walker, OF/RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-1/170, Pearland, Texas

There's a lot to like when it comes to Walker's overall game, from what he brings offensively to what he shows on the mound, especially when you consider he's two months shy of being 13u eligible this circuit cycle. Listed as a primary outfielder, Walker proved to be a presence in center field throughout the summer, getting a good first step and reads off the barrel to cover plenty of ground, making his fair share of fully extended diving catches to rob opposing hitters of would-be hits. There's plenty of strength in his hands offensively as well with big jump when extended, but don't discredit what he brings to the mound either. Keeping things simple operationally, Walker has already been up to 90 mph with big tailing life and plenty of arm speed while tunneling a changeup very well, showing big horizontal fade with the comfort level to show it to batters of either handedness.

Hunter Watson, C/RHP, Class of 2026
R-R, 5-11/65, Tuttle, Okla.

If you’re looking for a catcher with the type of arm strength to immediately shut down an opponent’s running game, then look no further than Oklahoma’s Hunter Watson. He comes equipped with game changing arm speed and legit catch-and-throw skills, showing true carry and excellent accuracy, adjective you could use to describe what he brings to the mound. His delivery is compact but explosive with high end arm speed through the back side to produce a consistent upper-80s fastball (peak 91 mph) throughout the summer with some serious riding life and carry through the zone. That pitch alone could be held responsible for the majority of his 49 strikeouts in just 26 innings of work, with just 7 hits allowed, but he also possesses a pair of secondary pitches in a hard, late darting low-80s slider and an upper-70s changeup with hard fade with which he can miss bats with as well.

Quintin Young, SS, Class of 2026
R-R, 6-4/200, Camarillo, Calif.

Simply put, Young is a towering presence who you immediately notice the moment he steps onto the field, but then again he's already listed at a high waisted and long limbed 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. Despite his size the young SoCal native moves around with plenty of athleticism and balance in his footwork, showing off both body control and softness in his hands before letting the ball rip across the diamond with serious arm strength and carry. Given his size, you'd think the now two-time 14u Select Festival member would be able to impact the baseball offensively and to say that's true might be an understatement. Young's swing path is as loose and easy as it is long and fluid, showing some of the easiest juice you'll find at this age with the ability to lose a ball over the left field fence on any given pitch.