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All State Games: Pitcher Only's/Catchers


PBR Alabama Staff

The Alabama All State Games were held on Tuesday, June 8th at Troy University as over 90 of the top players in the state were on hand for this premier event. Players were put through a positional workout in the morning and then each player played in 1 of the 3 games that followed in the afternoon. Today we begin to take a look at each player in attendance as we begin our individual scout analysis from Tuesday's event. There were 5 Pitcher Only's and 16 catchers present for the event and we take a look at those 21 players today. Several other position players also pitched an inning in gameplay and their pitching notes will be included in their positional analysis. 

Early next week we will continue our positional breakdown of all of the players in attendance but today let's take a look at the pitcher only's and catchers from the event.  

 

PITCHER ONLY'S

Tucker Jackson (2022, RHP/SS, Houston Academy) 

Position: RHP/SS

Body: 6-foot, 185-pound lean frame.

Pitching: Advanced. Up-tempo delivery, easy effort. High ¾ arm angle, lightning arm speed, short arm action. Consistent balance point, lands square, an athletic finish.

FB: T89. 87-88 mph. (Max spin 2005;  Avg 1867). Low in the zone accuracy, tilt, heavy movement.

CB: 73-74 mph. Low in the zone command, swing and miss action, sharp movement. (Max spin 1974; Avg 1859).

CH: 78-79 mph. Arm side control, fading action.

Uncommitted arm that really impressed on the day. 

 

Caleb Jatko (2022, RHP, Moody) 

Position: RHP

Body: 6-foot, 185-pound athletic frame.

Pitching: Tall-and-fall delivery, decent effort. High ¾ arm angle, above average arm speed, consistent arm action. Consistent balance point, a clean finish.

FB: T83. 81-82 mph. (Max spin 1803;  Avg 1688). Arm side accuracy, running action, heavy movement.

CB: 74-75 mph. Around the zone command, tight action, 11/5 shape. (Max spin 2003; Avg 2003).

CH: 75-76 mph. Very consistent control, cutting action.

SL: (Max spin 2018; Avg 2002).

 

Campbell McCluney (2022, RHP/3B, Chelsea) 

Position: RHP/3B

Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pound lean frame.

Pitching: Above average. Feel delivery, easy effort. ¾ arm angle, consistent arm speed, loose arm action. Consistent balance point, an athletic finish.

FB: T80. 78-80 mph. (Max spin 2212;  Avg 2020). Consistent accuracy, cutting action, sharp movement.

CB: 68-70 mph. Very consistent control, late action, 11/5 shape. (Max spin 2283; Avg 2043).

CH: 75-76 mph. Arm side command, deceiving action.

 

Patrick Moody (2022, RHP/2B, Sparkman) 

Position: RHP/2B

Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pound lean frame.

Pitching: Above average. Feel delivery, easy effort. Low ¾ arm angle, consistent arm speed, long arm action. Athletic balance point, lands soft, a clean finish.

FB: T80. 78-80 mph. (Max spin 1833;  Avg 1702). Very consistent accuracy, sinking action.

CB: 71-74 mph. Very consistent command, swing and miss action, 10/4 movement.

CH: 72-73 mph. Very consistent control, fading action.

2021 grad that continues to trend up after a stellar junior campaign. All he does is miss barrels. 

 

Andrew Thomas (2022, RHP/3B, Morgan Academy) 

Position: RHP/3B

Body: 6-foot-3, 170-pound lengthy  long frame.

Pitching: Projectable. Up-tempo delivery, some effort. High ¾ arm angle, quick arm speed, longer arm action. Consistent balance point, lands square, a clean finish.

FB: T85. 83-84 mph. (Max spin 2528;  Avg 2375). Low in the zone accuracy, sinking action.

CB: 70-73 mph. Consistent control, swing and miss action, 12/6 shape. (Max spin 2206; Avg 2169).

CH: 78-79 mph. Arm side control, fading action.

 

CATCHERS

Lucas Baggett (2022, C/RHP, Pike Road) 

Position: C/RHP

Body: 5-foot-9, 170-pound proportional frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a balanced quiet stance with a compact load, then uses a toe tap. Quick bat speed. High finish, rotational swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 88 mph exit velocity, average 80.26 mph.

Defense: (C) 2.10-2.15 pop times. Smooth footwork, quick exchange. Solid. Showcased some flexibility.

Arm: 75 mph infield velocity. 69 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.51 (60-yard).

Pitching: Up-tempo delivery, some effort. Low ¾ arm angle, some arm speed, loose arm action. Strong balance point, lands square, a clean finish.

FB: T75. 73-74 mph. (Max spin 2070;  Avg 2003). Very consistent accuracy, running action.

CB: 59-62 mph. Very consistent command, sweeping action, sharp movement.

CH: 63-65 mph. Arm side control, fading action.

 

Noah Blackburn (2025, C/3B, Mobile Christian) 

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a balanced quiet stance with a compact small load, then uses a toe tap. Explosive bat speed. Front foot finish, uphill swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 84 mph exit velocity, average 72.60 mph. 65.03 mph bat speed average. 19.99 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 1.97-2.06 pop times. Smooth footwork, quick exchange. Above average. A lot of flexibility and quiet setup.

Arm: 74 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.67 (60-yard).

One of the top 2025 players in the state. 

 

Hollon Brock (2023, C/1B, Fairhope) 

Position: C/1B

Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pound athletic  mature frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a balanced athletic stance with a smooth load, then uses a short stride. Above average bat speed. Good extension on his finish, simple loose swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 91 mph exit velocity, average 84.25 mph. 68.52 mph bat speed average. 23.56 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.03-2.12 pop times. Fluid footwork, clean exchange. Above average. Has athletic setup.

Arm: 73 mph catcher velocity. Quick arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.54 (60-yard).

Brock impressed greatly in our first look at him. 

 

Andrew Carroll (2024, C/3B, Arab) 

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-8, 165-pound sturdy frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a crouched balanced stance with a tight load, then uses a toe tap. Developing bat speed. Good extension on his finish, short flat swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 80 mph exit velocity, average 72.46 mph.

Defense: (C) 2.28-2.35 pop times. Average footwork, natural exchange. Projectable. Quiet setup with some flexibility.

Arm: 64 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, occasional accuracy.

Speed: 7.58 (60-yard).

 

Carter Davis (2023, C, Dothan) 

Position: C

Body: 6-foot, 170-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in a tall wide stance with a smooth load, then uses a quick stride. Some bat speed. Good extension on his finish, simple level swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 88 mph exit velocity, average 80.50 mph. 71.80 mph bat speed average. 22.56 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.03-2.11 pop times. Fluid footwork, quick exchange. Fluid. Some flexibility and athletic setup.

Arm: 69 mph catcher velocity. Very quick arm action, high ¾ slot, some accuracy.

Speed: 7.38 (60-yard).

 

Jack Hayes (2023, C/3B, Piedmont) 

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-11, 190-pound solid frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in an open tall stance with a quick load, then used a controlled stride. Explosive bat speed. Good extension on his finish, upward swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 94 mph exit velocity, average 85.97 mph. 67.02 mph bat speed average. 19.32 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.01-2.09 pop times. Smooth footwork, quick exchange. Advanced. Above average flexibility and staggered setup.

Arm: 72 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.37 (60-yard).

Has been the starting catcher at Piedmont since his 7th grade year that is a very athletic backstop. he is also the Bulldogs starting QB in the fall. Nice looking 2023 grad. 

 

Cameron Hearn (2023, C/OF, Grissom) 

Position: C/OF

Body: 5-foot-10, 178-pound mature frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in a tall balanced stance with a quick load, then used a quick stride. Efficient bat speed. Good extension on his finish, simple upward swing. Base hit approach.

Power: 86 mph exit velocity, average 81.66 mph. 64.21 mph bat speed average. 18.89 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.12-2.36 pop times. Fluid footwork, natural exchange. Athletic. Some flexibility and quiet setup.

Arm: 69 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, some accuracy.

Speed: 7.61 (60-yard).

 

Jack Holley (2024, C/OF, Spanish Fort) 

Position: C/OF

Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pound proportional frame.

Hit: (RHH) Starts in an open athletic stance with a compact load, then uses a small leg kick. Above average bat speed. High finish, upward swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 89 mph exit velocity, average 76.61 mph. 59.51 mph bat speed average. 18.22 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 1.88-2.06 pop times. Smooth footwork, twitchy exchange. Advanced. Athletic setup with tons of flexibility.

Arm: 77 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.34 (60-yard).

Alabama has produced high level catchers over the years and Holley appears to be next in line in the 2024 state class. 

 

Andrew McAdams (2023, C/1B, Briarwood Christian) 

Position: C/1B

Body: 5-foot-11, 175-pound proportional frame.

Hit: (RHH) Setup includes a controlled load and a wide crouched stance. Some bat speed. High finish, upward short swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 86 mph exit velocity, average 83.20 mph. 61.46 mph bat speed average. 18.43 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.14-2.24 pop times. Choppy footwork, developing exchange. Solid. Has wide setup.

Arm: 70 mph catcher velocity. Long arm action, an-over-the-top slot, occasional accuracy.

Speed: 7.70 (60-yard).

 

Cade Morris (2023, C/OF, Bayside Academy) 

Position: C/OF

Body: 6-foot-1, 185-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in a tall open stance with a controlled smooth load, then used a big leg kick. Efficient bat speed. Good extension on his finish, upward rotational swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 92 mph exit velocity, average 80.48 mph. 63.00 mph bat speed average. 22.40 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.09-2.24 pop times. Developing footwork, clean exchange. Projectable. Staggered setup with some flexibility.

Arm: 67 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, an-over-the-top slot, some accuracy.

Speed: 7.59 (60-yard).

 

Cameron Palahach (2024, C/2B, Hartselle) 

Position: C/2B

Body: 5-foot-7, 140-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in a balanced athletic stance with a smooth load, then uses a short stride. Above average bat speed. High finish, upward swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 85 mph exit velocity, average 72.97 mph. 68.18 mph bat speed average. 21.78 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.12-2.14 pop times. Rhythmic footwork, quick exchange. Projectable. Calm setup with some flexibility.

Arm: 66 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, decent accuracy.

Speed: 7.41 (60-yard).

Yung 2024 grad that has made significant strides over the last year. 

 

Ty Pruitt (2022, C/2B, Hillcrest) 

Position: C/2B

Body: 5-foot-10, 172-pound sturdy frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in a tall active stance with a quick load, then used a big leg kick. Efficient bat speed. Good extension on his finish, upward simple swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 85 mph exit velocity, average 79.79 mph.

Defense: (C) 1.97-2.16 pop times. Athletic footwork, clean exchange. Smooth. Average flexibility and staggered setup.

Arm: 71 mph catcher velocity. Quick arm action, an-over-the-top slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 8.21 (60-yard).

 

Tyler Sanderson (2023, C/SS, Grissom) 

Position: C/SS

Body: 6-foot, 175-pound proportional frame.

Hit: (LHH) Started in a wide athletic stance with a compact load, then used a short stride. Explosive bat speed. High finish, simple upward swing. Gap to gap approach.

Power: 89 mph exit velocity, average 84.65 mph. 65.09 mph bat speed average. 19.59 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.06-2.10 pop times. Rhythmic footwork, quick exchange. Above average. Clean setup with above average flexibility.

Arm: 68 mph catcher velocity. Loose arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.47 (60-yard).

Big time left handed bat that can play a number of positions other than catcher. 

 

Mason Smallwood (2022, C/3B, Mortimer Jordan) 

Position: C/3B

Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Started in an open tall stance with a controlled load, then used a toe tap. Efficient bat speed. High finish, short uphill swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 93 mph exit velocity, average 81.54 mph.

Defense: (C) 2.26-2.31 pop times. Smooth footwork, natural exchange. Some flexibility and quiet setup. (IF) Sure hands, consistent footwork, developing exchange. Smooth. Out front fielding mechanics.

Arm: 71 mph infield velocity. 70 mph catcher velocity. Quick arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.26 (60-yard).

 

Skyler Smith (2022, C/OF, Spanish Fort) 

Position: C/OF

Body: 5-foot-8, 165-pound solid frame.

Hit: (RHH) Began in a balanced quiet stance with a controlled load, then used a quick stride. Raw bat speed. Good extension on his finish, short simple swing. Up the middle approach.

Power: 86 mph exit velocity, average 75.70 mph. 64.77 mph bat speed average. 18.32 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 2.03-2.13 pop times. Smooth footwork, clean exchange. Capable. Some flexibility and staggered setup.

Arm: 72 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.07 (60-yard).

 

Walker Zapp (2022, C/3B, Auburn) 

Position: C/3B

Body: 5-foot-11, 195-pound athletic frame.

Hit: (RHH) Begins in an open wide stance with a compact load, then uses a small leg kick. Explosive bat speed. Good extension on his finish, loose uphill swing. Pull side approach.

Power: 97 mph exit velocity, average 90.10 mph. 70.72 mph bat speed average. 24.19 mph hand speed average.

Defense: (C) 1.97-2.02 pop times. Athletic footwork, clean exchange. Advanced. Above average flexibility and quiet setup.

Arm: 78 mph catcher velocity. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, consistent accuracy.

Speed: 7.06 (60-yard).

One of the top uncommitted 2022 grads that follows up a 7A state championship with an impressive showing at the event. 

 

 

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