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Tournaments  | Story  | 10/5/2022

Jupiter Uncommitted Gems: Part 2

Jason Phillips      Steve Fiorindo      AJ Denny      Jheremy Brown      Troy Sutherland     
Photo: Luke Dotson (Perfect Game)
Jupiter Uncommitted Gems: Part 1





Luke Dotson, LHP, Marietta, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 260
ECB/Padres Scout Team | College Commitment: Mississippi State

Dotson is the highest ranked uncommitted left-handed pitcher in the state of Georgia. Tall high-waisted frame that has room to fill with a high front side delivery getting down the slope. He uses his high three-quarter arm slot to create angle and deception on his cutting fastball in the low-90s that he controls to both sides of the plate. A curveball with depth in the upper-70s and changeup around 80 mph round out his pitch package. A healthy Dotson will be a plus addition to any program in the country with a long list of suitors moving forward.

*From the time of writing to the publication, Dotson has since verbally committed to Mississippi State


Juan Vargas, RHP, Kennesaw, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Team Elite/ Atlanta Braves Scout Team

Vargas has been a mainstay for Team Elite throughout the summer with his ability to pitch in all types of situations out of the pen. He is averaging two strikeouts per inning with his increased fastball velocity up to 92 mph and has only allowed nine hits over his 20 1/3 innings of work this summer. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Vargas is making the jump on the hill and is an integral part of the Team Elite staff.
 

Daniel Simontacchi, RHP, Decatur, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Team Elite/ Atlanta Braves Scout Team

Simontacchi is another good arm for Team Elite that can work in multiple roles. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-handed pitcher controls the strike zone with an upper-80s fastball and a breaking ball in the upper-70s to both sides of the plate. Jupiter will be a perfect opportunity for Simontacchi to showcase his skills as a player who can pitch at the next level.
 

Joseph Cable, C, Roswell, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
ECB/ Padres Scout Team

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound backstop with solid receiving skills and arm strength behind the plate. Secondary right-handed pitcher that runs the fastball up to 89 mph. Cable would be solid addition with the athleticism and versatility to fill several roles at the next level for a number of Division I programs.
 

Logan Bryson, RHP, Woodstock, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
East Cobb Astros

Bryson is a strong right-handed pitcher at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds with a fastball up to 90 mph and the durability to maintain his upper-80s velocity throughout his starts. Coming off a pair of All-Tournament Team selections in the WWBA Southeast Qualifiers, Bryson is ready to provide quality innings on the bump for the East Cobb Astros.
 
Jacob Fields, OF, Acworth, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
East Cobb Astros

Fields is a strong, athletic outfielder with arm strength and speed as a 6.65 runner who can play all three spots in the outfield. The arm strength and actions transfer to the bump where he runs the fastball into the high-80s with a clean arm stroke and feel for the zone. Fundamentally sound baseball player with skills on both sides of the ball.

Wesley Moore, RHP, Cartersville, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
USA Prime National

A projectable right-hander with a 6-foot-6, 193-pound frame that runs the fastball up to 88 mph should be one to watch in Jupiter. Minimal looks on the tall right-hander but from early reports Moore has begun to show added size and strength with increased velocity as a pitcher to make the next jump in his development.
 

Andrew Cedano, RHP, Locust Grove, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Home Plate Chili Dogs

Cedano has been on the radar for a while now but has really turned the corner with his fastball command and uptick in velocity to 91 mph over the summer. One of the top uncommitted arms in the state that has been putting together some eye-popping numbers with 45 strikeouts in his last 25 innings pitched with 12 walks. Cedano can pitch in many roles as a starter or multiple inning reliever with the ability to take the ball whenever called upon.
 

Mason Trucks, RHP, Williamson, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Home Plate Chili Dogs

Another Georgia right-hander up to 91 mph that moves the ball around the zone and induces early weak contact with a 0.81 WHIP during the summer season over 33 1/3 innings pitched. A big overhand curveball from his high-slot release works well for Trucks off the fastball as he creates good angle getting down the slope from his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame.
 

Zackary Wallace, RHP, McDonough, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Home Plate Chili Dogs

A 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander that averages a strikeout per inning while running the fastball up to 90 mph and is still uncommitted after allowing only two earned runs in 22 1/3 innings pitched this summer. Wallace is a workhorse that takes the ball at any point in the game and controls the strike zone with his lower ¾ arm slot delivery making for uncomfortable at-bats with his sink and run.
 

Kyle Chatham, OF, Marietta, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
643 DP Baseball Academy

Chatham is an athletic outfielder with 6.68 speed and the actions and hands to play on the dirt up the middle. A grinder at the plate that doesn’t give away at-bats and always seems to find the barrel. Fundamental actions across the board and consummate teammate that does whatever he needs to do to help the team win.
 

Mattheson Go, C, Acworth, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
USA Prime Scout Team

A super athletic primary catcher, Go can move all around the diamond with good hands and a quick release from behind the plate and the athleticism to play multiple positions. A 6.8-runner with barrel control in the box and the ability to use the whole field as a tough out at the plate. A consummate teammate that could fill several roles at the next level with value on both sides of the ball.
 

Daniel Powell, RHP, Roswell, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: Top 1000
TG D-Backs Scout Team

A 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander that just keeps getting better every time he toes the slab. Was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2021 WWBA Underclass World Championship and all he has done is increase his velocity and decrease his walks with better command of his upper-80s fastball. An under-the-radar arm behind the power arms of the TG D-Backs that needs to be seen.
 

Alex Urias, OF, Cumming Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
TG D-Backs Scout Team

A right-handed hitting outfielder that swings the stick, Urias incorporates a compact stroke with zone awareness and barrel control to all fields while in the box. A left-handed thrower, he provides versatility on the defensive side with good routes in the outfield and athleticism around the bag as a secondary first baseman. A solid addition to any program looking for a hitter that fills multiple roles.
 

Gavin Lynch, RHP, Milton, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
TG D-Backs Scout Team

Lynch just needs to pitch and keep his bowling ball sinker down in the zone from his 6-foot-6 frame and pound the bottom of the zone. He has run the fastball as high as 94 mph but works more efficiently in the 90-92 mph range with boring heavy action. A big right-hander that can execute a three-pitch mix with his fastball, mid-70s breaking ball and changeup in the mid-80s and a frame to add even more size should not be uncommitted after the 2022 WWBA World Championship.
 

Jayson Barber, RHP, Loganville, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: NR
TG D-Backs Scout Team

Barber is a sinker, slider right-hander with a sidewinder delivery that fills the zone and a ground ball machine while on the bump. A wiry 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame that is ready to make the jump from just the dangerous middle reliever that he is at present. He has a mind-boggling 34/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 29 scoreless innings of relief during the summer with a 0.62 WHIP. Barber will be one to watch during the 2022 WWBA as a lockdown reliever and uncommitted gem.
 

Nick Lanning, RHP/3B, Peachtree Corners, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
East Cobb Yankees

Lanning is a big right-handed pitcher that is still filling out his frame at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds and will barely turn 18 years old by graduation in 2023. He has added 5-6 mph on his fastball from a year ago with plenty more in the tank as he continues to mature physically with a high of 89 mph at PG events. A young right-hander that is starting to feel his long limbs in his delivery that also swings the stick as a right-handed hitting third baseman with some pop in the box.
 

Tyler Neises, 1B, Rocky Face, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
East Cobb Yankees

Neises is a big power-hitting left-handed bat at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds that can play both corner spots in the infield. A primary right-handed first baseman that has the athleticism with 6.96 speed and arm strength to easily move across the diamond with versatility on the defensive side. His left-handed bat will carry him as he has recorded 14 extra-base hits on the summer in just over 80 at-bats. A versatile athlete with size and strength that can play multiple spots on the diamond and provide some pop to a lineup.
 

Payton Doyle, RHP, Dallas, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Scorpions

A primary middle infielder at North Paulding High School, Doyle is opening eyes on the bump running the fastball up to 92 mph coupled with a power breaking ball in the upper-70s. He is averaging over a strikeout per inning while maintaining a 36/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio at PG events in 2022. His velocity and command have steadily increased over the summer and will be another right-handed arm from the Georgia ranks that should not be missed.
 

Brayden May, LHP, Mableton, Ga.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 50
5 Star National- Black

A left-handed pitcher up to 90 mph with a breaking ball in the mid-70s and changeup with fade to attack both righties and lefties. Controlling the strike zone at a more efficient rate this year as he gains strength in his lower half. May looks to be making the jump as he has cut down his walk rate and has always been a strikeout pitcher who can execute a quality put away pitch in big situations.
 
-Jason Phillips

Richard Tejeda III, C, Riverside, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
USA Prime National

High-waisted catcher with some physicality throughout the frame.  Has consistently hit in several looks at Perfect Game events and at Orange Lutheran.  Shows ability to drive the ball with authority to all fields.  Has put up big time numbers in 12 games in 2022, sporting a .600 average with 3 home runs and a 1.857 OPS.

Marcus Galvan, C, Chino, Calif. 
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
BPA

Blue collar player, on the shorter side with strong lower half.  Gamer, top of the order, on-base machine for BPA and Ayala High School who is willing to take a walk.  All-fields approach with ability to drive the gaps and pull for power.

Alex Wallace, RHP, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
BPA

Wallace stands out on the bump with a large 6-foot-7 frame.  Shows very good coordination for his size.  Generally lives upper-80s with the fastball, occasionally running the heater into the 90s.  Has shown ability to turn over the changeup, with good feel for the offering in the upper-70s.  Consistent performer at PG events with a sub-1.00 ERA in 74 innings, striking out nearly one hitter per inning.  More success missing bats in 2022 with 24 punchouts in 19 1/3 innings.

Brodie Purcell, RHP, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
San Diego Show

Prototype pitcher's build at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.  Over-the-top delivery, fastball lives upper-80s, can reach back for 90 on occasion.  12-6 curveball shows solid depth.  Present stuff with upside here.

Kalani Santos, RHP, Hacienda Heights, Calif. 
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
MLB Breakthrough Series 2023

Sturdy, 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame.  Santos can miss bats with the heater he can run north of 90 mph with one of the better curveballs amongst the uncommitted pitchers in Southern California.  The deuce shows top-to-bottom break with some power behind it.  Will flash a low-80s change.  Has the arsenal to start and eat innings, and have seen him out of the 'pen closing out games.

Michael Ryan, OF, Gridley, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Alpha Prime 23

2023 outfielder who has really shown the ability to hit at PG events the past three years, sporting a .365 average and .989 OPS.  Corner outfield profile with arm strength and some pop in the bat.  Recently earned Top Prospect recognition at 2022 West Coast Top Prospect Games.

Dylan Goff, RHP, Fontana, Calif. 
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: Top 1000
CBA Marucci

Lean and loose 6-foot-1, 183-pound frame.  Good presence on the mound.  Helped lead Etiwanda to CIF championship as the team's work horse.  Runs fastball to the upper-80s, often going to a slurvy breaking ball at 75-78 and flashes a changeup.  Pitches like a veteran, with the ability to pitch backwards, stealing strikes early in the count with the breaking ball.  Moves fastball all over the zone.  Exceptional ability to expand the zone with two strikes, few hittable mistakes over the heart of the plate.

Julien Cojulun, INF, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
GBG Navy 2023

6-foot, 190-pound infielder, who is athletic with a strong lower half.  Recently All-Tournament Team performer at Fall National Championship where he also earned MVP, really showing out with the bat, hitting .429 with a 1.018 OPS for GBG Navy.

Stunner Gonzales, RHP, Carlsbad, Calif. 
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 277
GBG Navy 2023

Long-limbed righty out of San Diego (La Costa Canyon High School) standing at 6-foot-7.  Flirts with 90 on the fastball, and it's backed up with a low-70s curveball.

Ishaan Khambal, RHP, Fremont, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 128
Trosky National 2023

Former 14U Select Festival participant, the NorCal righty stands at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, has a lean, athletic build with plenty of room to add strength.  Features high spin rate offerings, with the fastball touching 90 in to the 2600 RPMs and upper-70s slider (2400’s RPM).  Flashes a changeup in the low-80s that he lands in the zone.  Shows solid feel for pitching with the ability to miss bats, fanning 24 hitters in 15 2/3 frames at Perfect Game events in 2022.

Michael Quedens, LHP, Sockton, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Trosky National 2023

Projectable 6-foot-1 framed lefty.  Fastball works mid- to upper-80s with more velo to come as body matures.  Three-pitch lefty, backs up the fastball with a changeup in the upper-70s and firm breaking ball at 77-79.

Athen Malone, RHP, Covina, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Wow Factor National

Physical and athletic kid with a good delivery with good balance over the front side.  Can run the heater up to 89 with a breaking ball at 76-78.  Shows interesting two-way potential with ability to impact the ball with power to the pull side.

Trey Telfer, RHP, Encinitas, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
San Diego Show

Telfer has shown the ability to miss bats in limited looks.  Threw well in recent look at Fall National Championships, striking out 7 in 6 frames of work, allowing just 2 hits.  Ran the fastball up to 89, backed up with a mid-70s breaking ball.

Brady Ebel, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 16
Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team

One of the more advanced sophomores in California (and nationally).  Shows exceptional feel to hit with a pretty swing from the left side.  The frame is long and lean at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, could outgrow the middle of the diamond defensively as the body matures, but the bat profiles anywhere.

-Steve Fiorindo


Hunter McLemore, RHP, Henderson, Tenn.

Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 390
East Cobb Astros

The big, physical righty should be monitored on amateur baseball’s biggest stage. The delivery is smooth and repeatable with an upper-80s to low-90s fastball out of a high three-quarters slot. The breaking ball is landed frequently with a depthy 12-6 breaker that shows plenty of ability to create whiffs in numbers. The frame is projectable with easily more velocity left in the tank, he should garner attention as he toes the rubber in Jupiter.
 

Thomas Mitchell, RHP, Hernando, Miss.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500
Easley Baseball Club

The sturdy-built right-hander operates with moderate lift and quality extension down the plane. The arm stroke is long and smooth with release coming out of a high three-quarters slot. The fastball shows heavy running sink and is supremely effective on the inner third to the right handed bat. The two off-speed offerings he has in arsenal are both solid; a power fade changeup and polished knuckle curve he utilizes later in counts.


Jack Brafa, RHP/INF, Medina, Tenn.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Knights Baseball 18u National

He works with a simple, clean operation and belt high lift. The ball pops out of a three-quarters slot and has success going up the ladder with the fastball at 88-90. The breaking ball shows tight spin that holds the plane well with short late break. He has no problem missing barrels and generating swing and misses late in counts. On the other side of the ball he shows a compact, athletic short to/long through style approach that shows enough loft to create some legit pull-side juice. Excited to watch how he performs against the nation’s best arms.
 
Eli Ramsey, OF/LHP, Millington, Tenn.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Wow Factor National

Not many in the country have the two-way talent he employs. The lefty bat shows a really high-level ability to find barrels through the middle of the yard; batting a career .405 through 200 at-bats in perfect game events. He sets up with an open stance that works into a hearty load. There’s violence through the zone with definite power projection. He adds plenty of value on the mound, as he works with up-tempo delivery and fastball that he runs into the upper-80s. Works east to west with ease. The uncommitted senior won’t be on this list long.


Darian Johnson, RHP, Hornlake, Miss.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Easley Baseball Club

Electric young right-hander that operates with up-tempo delivery, the kick is very high and adds deception through release. The heater rides through the mitt well at 88-90. The arm action is a medium stroke with present arm speed. Athletic in-line worker down the plane that is capable of striking out hitters in numbers. If the command is consistent he has the makings of a dynamic piece to any rotation.
 

Luis Castillo, OF/1B, Talbott, Tenn.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 257
Midland Redskins

Rhythmic right-handed swing with lots of juice to the pull side. The bat speed matched with the loft of swing tells the story that he will leave the yard more than a few times in his collegiate future. He gets into his sizable lowers to create that serious thump to all fields. Up to 94 at National from the outfield. He deserves close monitoring and should turn quite a few heads in Jupiter. 


Bailey Thorne, RHP/INF, Phenix City, Ala.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 222

The 2019 Select Fest alum comes into Jupiter looking to show all the different facets he can bring to potential collegiate suitors. On the mound, he operates with rapid delivery and release that comes directly over the top creating a downward angle of approach on his upper-80s fastball to force frequent ground balls. His breaking ball shows some sharpness to both sides of the dish and is utilized as a true out pitch. At the plate, the set up is with a wide spread base and high back elbow.  The bat path is clean and compact swing with some loft to produce serious pull-side leverage. 
 

Jack Ketchum, RHP, West Point, Miss.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 486
East Coast Sox Scout

Sizable 6-foot-2 right-hander who delivers with sound rhythm and direction down the mound, the long arm action is smooth with release coming out of a low three-quarters slot. He maintains posture well through the motion with sound post foot strike hip rotation. He shows to be effective on the inner-third with a running mid- to upper-80s fastball. The mid-70s breaker demonstrates usable depth and is landed at will to both sides of the dish. His outing should draw the attention of programs in need of 2024 arms.
 

Aaron Moffitt, 3B, Cookeville, Tenn.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: High Follow

The advanced switch-hitting third basemen comes into the WWBA looking for a home for the 2024 collegiate campaign. There’s definite physical presence with his 6-foot-3 frame. He works with mirrored set up and compact swing from both sides. The left side looks to have more loft to let his strength and bat speed play up on balls hit middle to pull side. On the right side, he sees it medium deep with an approach geared toward hitting lasers through the middle of the field. The frame has room to fill which makes him a potential high power ceiling player.  
 

Drew Britton, SS, Pike Road, Ala.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000

Top-of-the-order type left-handed bat with wide spread base that works well into a hearty striding load. The bat speed is high quality with a clean path that works direct and matches plane well. The approach is geared through the middle with an advanced feel to find barrel. There's occasional gap power that should only increase as he adds to his lean lengthy build. He shows enough athleticism to stick up the middle but could get push to the a corner depending on how the body fills.

-Troy Sutherland

Royer Stanley Moreno-Cedeno, LHP, Englewood, N.J.
Class of 2023| PG Rank: 500
MLB Breakthrough Series

In 59 innings over the years in PG events, Moreno-Cedeno boasts a 1.30 ERA with 85 strikeouts on the stat sheet. Talk about swing-and-miss stuff, the physical 6-foot, 195-pound lefty has an advanced arsenal to get you out with including a mid- to high-80s fastball that has topped out at 89 mph with clear running life. The lower three-quarter slot generates natural movement with effortless whip to the arm action, flashing a sweeping breaker and changeup to round out the offerings.

Amari Allen, LHP/1B, Washington, D.C.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
MLB Breakthrough Series

As the No. 1 overall player in DC for the 2023 class, Allen has plenty of jump out of the hand from the left side, ultimately topping out at 91 mph in PG events. The intimidating 6-foot-4, 225-pound presence on the mound simply overpowers hitters at the plate from a shorter arm stroke and plenty of downhill extension. He has two-way ability swinging a heavy barrel on the offensive end that can leave the facility on any given pitch.

Billy Mulholland, RHP/C, Montvale, N.J.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Elite Squad

The Northeast arms just keep on coming, this time in the form of Billy Mulholland, who is another physical RHP of interest sitting in the mid-80s and topping out at 87 mph with further room to run it up. The operation is simple and compact with a high three-quarter release, generating power and solid backside push off from the lower half. He maintains arm speed throughout the arsenal and disguises his off-speed well for swing and miss.

Joey Esposito, C/UTL, Tinton Falls, N.J.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Boston Red Sox Scout Team

Esposito is a defensive staple behind the dish, flashing a 1.93 pop time during the recent Northeast Top Prospect Games with repeatable compact mechanics that hold the running game at bay. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect works directly in line downhill while gaining ground in the footwork to put throws on the bag consistently. Though known for his defensive tools, the righty can certainly get into balls at the plate and drive with backspin and carry gap-to-gap.

Miguel Hugas, RHP/OF, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 153
Midland Redskins

Not that this name needs any introduction, but Hugas lets the 102 mph OF velo and 93 mph off the mound speak for itself. The athletically advanced 6-foot-3, 200-pound righty truly has a cannon attached to his body with natural sinking action on the mound if the heat wasn’t already hard enough to hit. He provides value at multiple spots that translate at any level. Safe to say Hugas has options available.

Andrew Hart, INF/RHP, Wexford, Pa.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
US Elite 18u National

Hart continues to see his name garner more and more interest heading into Jupiter, as the athletic 6-foot-1, 195-pound INF/RHP has recently touched 90 mph on the bump with value in multiple aspects of his game. The actions for Hart are clean and fluid with natural ability shining through on both sides of the ball. Though he may end up as a primary arm, expect whatever program he ends up at to attempt to utilize the full talent on display. 

Andrew Brown, RHP, Newtown, Pa.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: Top 1000
Stars Baseball

The word to describe Brown would be deceptive, as the broad-framed 6-foot-4, 215-pound righty is extremely effective at changing tempo and throwing off timing with velocity up to 87 mph. From a high three-quarter arm slot, Brown creates sinking action on the heat with a hammer 11-5 curveball flashing big time vertical depth. There’s room to refine the arsenal further here but certainly worth taking a chance on if you’re looking for a ‘23 arm. 

Jayden Brown, OF/LHP, Germantown, Md.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Richmond Braves 18u Platinum

Brown’s game is defined by natural athleticism, patrolling the outfield with effortless range and a quick first step that makes difficult plays look routine. He has plenty of evident arm strength which is also featured off the mound up to 87 mph. With continued development on the offensive end, Brown is a serious ‘23 prospect to keep an eye on.

-AJ Denny

Justin Torres Soto, OF, Hatillo, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 258
Puerto Rico Scout Team

If you're a college recruiter looking for loud, potential game changing tools, then Torres Soto might just be your guy. Athletically built at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds with plenty of room for added strength, the right-handed hitting outfield has clocked as low as 6.43 on the showcase circuit where he also threw 95 mph from the outfield, highlighting what he brings to the table. The swing is just as projectable in terms of power as he generates big leverage and lift out front and when everything is in sync, the ball jumps off of his barrel with authority. 

Jhamil R Rivera, OF, Canovanas, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
International Baseball Academy Scout Team

Rivera showed he was capable of doing a little bit of everything this summer, especially so at the 17u BCS National Championships, where he slashed .526/.545/1.493 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI as part of a 10-hit performance while also bumping 87 mph on the mound. A long and projectable 6-foot-3, 174 pounds, Rivera's strongest days are still ahead of him but he proved to be consistent throughout the circuit season as he finished 2022 with a .361 average while showcasing solid bat-to-ball skills, shortening up when he needed but also generating plenty of leverage when in a favorable count. 

Cristopher Morales, RHP, Guaynilla, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 391
FTB/Philadelphia Phillies ST

Morales is an arm that schools, as well as pro scouts, will want to lay eyes on when he toes the rubber as the 6-foot-1, 160 pound right-hander proved to be a model of consistency through the summer season. While not physically imposing, Morales comes out attacking hitters with a heater that peak upwards of 93 mph this summer and typically pitches in the 88-91 mph range with a whippy arm action and a repeatable set of mechanics. Over the course of 47 innings this summer Morales struck out 50 to just 13 walks, maintaining a 1.50 ERA over that span and proved his stuff plays regardless the opposition. 

Jared Luis Colon, SS, Ponce, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
International Baseball Academy Scout Team

Colon showcased himself well throughout the Sunshine East Showcase earlier this summer, putting his tools on both sides of the ball on full display. A 6.7 runner who's athletically built at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with present strength, Colon moves around in the dirt with comfort and shows confidence in his actions before unwinding a big arm across the diamond where he's been clocked as high as 91 mph. While he works on a mostly linear stroke, Colon turns hard into his swing and lets the barrel go with intent, creating hard back spin to the pull side when all is in sync. 

Alejandro Vera Díaz, C, Rio Grande, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Puerto Rico Scout Team

Vera Díaz brings athleticism to behind the plate that is so often coveted, already running a 6.7 in the 60-yard though his defensive tools are just as impressive. Staying low through his receiving and release, Vera Diaz's athleticism shows in his footwork as he springs from the crouch with fast footwork and utilizes a short but quick arm stroke to deliver strikes down to second base with a best throw of 80 mph and a sub 1.9 pop in drills. The defense is the calling card for the uncommitted backstop but he shows some power potential with his right-handed swing, flashing juice off of the barrel to his pull side. 

Eric Maisonet, SS, Juan Ponce de Leon HS
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Wow Factor National

Perhaps the most eye opening thing about Maisonet's PG profile isn't the numbers he has put up across a few showcases, but rather the fact he won't turn 17 until next month meaning he's extremely young for the grade. Hitting .300 on the summer with a near 3:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio, Maisonet produced throughout and put his 6.7 speed to work with 10 swipes on the year as well. A switch-hitter, Maisonet shows lateral agility to either side with fluidity and balance and the glove skill to match, as well as the arm strength as he's been recorded up to 90 mph with his best throw. 

Byron Madero, RHP, Bayamon, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Dallas Patriots 18u

We haven't seem Madero since he took home MVPitcher honors from PG 16u Island Games and odds are the stuff has taken another step given just how physically projectable he is. Up to 87 mph earlier in the year, Madero is asa athletic on the mound as they come, repeating his operation while pounding the strike zone (22 1/3 innings pitched, 30 strikeouts to 7 walks and just 8 hits allowed) from an extended release. The ball jumps out of his hand cleanly and he's able to elicit some uncomfortable swings with the heater while also showing a breaking ball with nice downer depth. 

Jabdriel Reyes, OF, Carolina, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Upstate Mavericks ST

Reyes appears to have taken the next step in terms of physicality from when we saw him earlier this year in March, growing a couple of inches while adding 20 pounds to his frame. A left-handed hitter, Reyes posted a .556/.667/1.556 slash line at the Jupiter Qualifier early this March, building off of a strong showing at the San Juan Classic where his whippy left-handed stroke resulted in plenty of hard contact all over the field. With the added strength, look for Reyes to elevate his game to the next level while in Jupiter. 

Jose Gonzalez, SS, Corozal, P.R.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team

Gonzalez shows some real two-way potential for the next level, whether it's as a shortstop with bat to ball skills form the right side of the plate (hit .300 in a shorter summer stint in 2022) with 6.7 speed, or on the mound where he showed very well during the Sunshine East Showcase. On the mound the arm and overall operation are both athletic and clean, producing a heater that sat in the upper-80s and jumps out of his hand to either side of the plate. Not only does he does he drive down the mound with his lower half with authority to produce a big fastball, but Gonzalez also shows comfort in sequencing in a big slider with tilt in the low-70s. 

Aidan McBride, RHP, Debary, FL
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500
AZ T-Rex Scout Team

A long and ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, McBride certainly looks the part on the mound and what he's capable of producing with his right arm backs it up. Over 18 innings on the summer McBride racked up the strikeouts as he punched out 30 while surrendering just 7 hits, a common thing when looks back at his 2021 stats as well. There's no doubting that the arm works coming through the backside as he has bumped as high as 92 mph this summer and routinely pitches in the upper-80s with comfort while showing a pair of breaking balls in both a curveball and sliders, his go-to secondary, as well as a changeup to round out the arsenal. Given the physical projection, don't be surprised if the velocity continues to jump. 

Trey Miranda, 2B, Riverview, FL
Class of 2023 | AZ T-Rex Scout Team

Switch-hitting middle infielders who perform are always in need by college programs and Miranda put together his best PG season in 2022 as he hit .324 on the summer and picked up All-Tournament honors at the 17u WWBA World Championships in hit picked up 7 hits in 8 games. There are contact skills from both sides of the plate while featuring slightly more lift to his path from the left side. Defensively he shows confidence in his actions and glove skills, making all the plays while providing versatility in the dirt. 

-Jheremy Brown