South Alabama Games: Positional Player Reports


PBR Alabama Staff

MOBILE, AL - The South Alabama Games was held on Wednesday, July 13th at The Performance Lab in Mobile, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of prospects from the 2023-2027 classes. These players went through extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion, participated in defensive evaluations, ran the 60 yard-dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens during the workout and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Wednesday.

Coninuing our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look at all of the position players that were at the event. 

Kaden Burgdorf, Faith Academy (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-6, 120-pounds. Small, lean frame.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with a small toe-tap approach.  Level bat path with some bat speed. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 74.1 max exit velocity, averaged 69.9 mph. 229’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 75 mph.  Low 3/4 slot, short arm action.
Defense: Impressive feet, glove works well, showed solid range to both sides.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Frank Mercante, Bayshore Christian (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-5, 125-pounds. Short, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open stance with a small toe-tap approach.  Direct path with the hands. Flat path with a line drive approach.
Power: 77.1 max exit velocity, averaged 64 mph. 117’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 64 mph.   Shorter slot with developing arm strength.
Defense: 2.28- 2.48 pop times. Received the ball down in the zone very well, solid defender.
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60.

Jack Blanchard, Daphne (AL), 2026
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 130-pounds. Athletic frame, lean.
Hit: RHH. Slightly closed, crouched stance. Small stride.  Small tilt in the bat path through contact. Mostly backside approach.
Power: 76.8 max exit velocity, averaged 68.2 mph. 216’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 75 mph. Loose, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Natural instincts, showed well with the glove. Easy actions.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60.

Austin Heiden, Foley (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-10, 130-pounds. Lengthy frame, still developing.
Hit: LHH. Tall, open stance. Toe-tap approach.  Solid barrel awareness, can handle pitches to all parts of the zone.
Power: 76.4 max exit velocity, averaged 68.3 mph. 139’ max distance.
Arm: LH.   OF - 78 mph. High 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Defense: Clean actions though the throw.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60.

Timothy Fitzhugh, Daphne (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-7, 135-pounds. Proportional frame with room to develop.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, narrow stance. Short stride.  Direct path to contact, backside approach.
Power: 63.6 max exit velocity, averaged 56.5 mph. 148’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Longer 3/4 action.
Defense: Stays low to the ground. Fundamentally sound with the glove.
Run: 8.79 runner in the 60.

Alex King, Gulf Shores (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-8, 145-pounds. Small frame with projection.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic stance, small toe-tap timing. Flat path through the zone with a middle of the field, line drive approach.
Power: 76.9 max exit velocity, averaged 71.2 mph. 206’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 72 mph.  Mid 3/4 slot, fairly quick arm action.
Defense: Showed solid range with solid glove presentation.
Run: 8.07 runner in the 60.

Woods Mcelroy, N/A (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. Present strength in a compact frame.
Hit: LHH. Open, crouched stance with hands set fairly high in the setup.  Level bat path showing a mostly line drive approach to the pullside.
Power: 75.7 max exit velocity, averaged 60 mph. 214’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 64 mph.   Mid 3/4 slot, the ball stayed on line to the 2B bag.
Defense: 2.41- 2.51 pop times. Solid work with the mitt, showed nice flexibility in the hips.
Run: 9.15 runner in the 60.

Jackson Horn, Fairhope (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 5-4, 150-pounds. Small, projectable frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced stance, slight toe-tapp approach.  Middle of the field, line drive approach.
Power: 64.4 max exit velocity, averaged 53.8 mph. 205’ max distance.
Arm: LH.  INF - 53 mph.  Lower 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean actions at the bag, nice feet.
Run: 10.34 runner in the 60.

Bryce Pasternack, IMG Academy (FL), 2024
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Solid frame with strength.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, tall stance. High leg kick trigger.  Tilted bat path, nice extension. Nice bat seed with juice to both gaps.
Power: 81.2 max exit velocity, averaged 65.7 mph. 248’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  High 3/4 slot, carry out of the hand with accuracy.
Defense: Moved well laterally, worked well through the ball.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60.

Ashton Mosley, Fairhope (AL), 2026
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-3, 105-pounds. Lean frame with room for strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced stance, showing small toe-tap trigger.  Solid barrel control, ability to hit balls to all fields.
Power: 71.5 max exit velocity, averaged 57.4 mph. 172’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 67 mph.  Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Fundamentally solid, showed the glove well (out front).
Run: 7.99 runner in the 60.

Jace Jones, Bayshore Christian (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Lean frame, long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup. Slightly open, hands set fairly high.  Mostly flat bat path with a middle of the field approach.
Power: 88.5 max exit velocity, averaged 80.7 mph. 271’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 76 mph. Short arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Moved well to both sides and easy actions through the ball.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60.

Jackson Beck, Gulf Shores (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 145-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced stance. Hands set high in the stance.  Some tilt in the bat path, showing a mostly middle of the field approach.
Power: 77.3 max exit velocity, averaged 71.2 mph. 244’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 79 mph. Long, loose arm slot, high 3/4.
Defense: Really worked well through the ball.
Run: 7.27 runner in the 60.

Michael Daniel, Auburn (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds. Lengthy frame. High waisted, long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, athletic setup. High leg kick, tilted bat path with carry to the pullside gap.
Power: 93.6 max exit velocity, averaged 71.1 mph. 348’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 88 mph. High 3/4 slot. Quick arm.
Defense: Works well through the ball to release.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60.

Cooper Nix, Daphne (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Lean, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, balanced stance. Small toe-tap approach.  Short and direct with the hands. Stays inside the ball. Hits to all fields.
Power: 84.9 max exit velocity, averaged 76.6 mph. 253’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 78 mph.  Over the top slot. Shorter arm slot.
Defense: Stays low to the ground. Fundamentally sound with the glove.
Run: 7.82 runner in the 60.

Ian Cartwright, Alexandria (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame; strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow stance. Small toe-tap trigger.  Flat bat path, short approach producing mostly line drives.
Power: 84.3 max exit velocity, averaged 77.3 mph. 283’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 84 mph. Clean over-the-top slot.
Defense: Solid defensive actions and works well with the feet.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60.

Nathan Owen, Evangel Christian (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds. Compact frame with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup. Hands set high.  Slight tilt through the zone, power to the pullside gap.
Power: 88.7 max exit velocity, averaged 83.7 mph. 323’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 85 mph.  Over-the-top slot with nice arm strength.
Defense: Solid fundamentals with plus footwork and glove presentation.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.

Aden Catledge, Mobile Christian (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-8, 175-pounds. Stocky , athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, slightly open stance.  Creates some backspeed. Mostly level bat path with a middle of the field approach.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 71.2 mph. 299’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 78 mph. OF - 77 mph. High 3/4 slot, nice arm strength.
Defense: IF- Really impressive footwork, works through the ball very well. OF- Easy, clean actions with natural footwork.
Run: 7.89 runner in the 60.

Damien Gatson, Mobile Christian (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF High level '25 grad in Alabama.
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Well proportioned frame with strong lower half.
Hit: LHH. Athletic, balanced stance. Small leg kick.  Easy bat speed with carry to all fields. Slight tilt with the barrel.
Power: 92 max exit velocity, averaged 82 mph. 274’ max distance.
Arm: LH.   OF - 86 mph. Clean over-the-top slot. Carry on throws.
Defense: Natural instincts and abilities, solid defender.
Run: 6.90 runner in the 60. Fastest 60 at the event.

Devan Martin, Autauga Academy (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-7, 175-pounds. Short, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open stance. Top tap trigger.  Tilted bat path through the zone with some juice to the middle of the field.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 85.6 mph. 319’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph.   Developing progression with arm strength from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.09- 2.27 pop times. Fairly quick exchange with nice footwork on the throw to 2B.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60.

Andrew McDaniel, Robertsdale (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Proportional frame, long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, balanced stance. Toe-tap trigger.  Short path to contact with some carry to both gaps. Slight tilted path.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 71.6 mph. 232’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 79 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean actions through the ball, showed solid footwork.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60.

Myles Davis, Baldwin County (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame with projection.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, slightly crouched stance. Short stride.  Creates some bat speed. Nice extension through contact with a middle-of-the-field approach.
Power: 90.8 max exit velocity, averaged 73.2 mph. 254’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph.   Short, over-the-top arm action; true throws, played with carry at times.
Defense: 2.09-2.16 pop times. Flexible hips, squared setup, clean and quick out of the crouch, directional.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60.

Larson Chafin, Gulf Shores (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. Athletic frame with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Open , tall stance. Hands set high.  Mostly flat path with a line drive approach.
Power: 80.8 max exit velocity, averaged 66.4 mph. 249’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 75 mph.  Shorter high 3/4 slot, quick arm speed.
Defense: Athletic feet, solid glove presentation. Solid skills.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.

Spencer Holmes, Gulf Shores (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Strong build, athletic frame,
Hit: RHH. Slightly closed, small toe-tapp trigger.  Creates some lift on the bat path with backspin off the bat.
Power: 83.7 max exit velocity, averaged 75.7 mph. 181’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 78 mph. Shorter slot from a mid 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clen feet moving through the ball.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60.

Miles Drew Johnson, Fairhope (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced stance, slightly crouched.  Small toe-tap. Tilted line dives, middle of the field approach. Juice to both gaps.
Power: 81 max exit velocity, averaged 69.9 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: LH.  INF - 78 mph.  Higher 3/4 slot.
Defense: Worked well to both sides with the glove.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Dominic Maldet, Gulf Shores (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Athletic frame, solid core strength and lower half.
Hit: RHH. Slightly crouched, balanced stance. Very small toe-tap trigger.  Short path to contact with the hands. Creates some backspin and carry to the backside gap.
Power: 84.8 max exit velocity, averaged 74.5 mph. 212’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph.   Short arm action, over-the-top slot, consistently around the second-base bag.
Defense: 2.00- 2.15 pop times. Athletic and flexible behind the plate. Plays fast, clean and directional out of the crouch.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60.

Luke Nelson, Headland (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. Athletic frame with plenty of room for added strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide stance, small toe-tap.  Nice extension through contact. Some tilt in the barrel with a line drive approach.
Power: 88.3 max exit velocity, averaged 82.7 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 79 mph.  Over-the-top slot with nice arm strength.
Defense: Clean footwork around the bag, worked well through the ball.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60.

Jack Malone, Bayshore Christian (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Strong frame with strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Open, upright stance with a toe-tap approach.  Violent swing path with some tilt in the path. Carry to both gaps.
Power: 90.1 max exit velocity, averaged 81.9 mph. 223’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph.   Short clean arm action, over-the-top slot and throws play with carry.
Defense: 2.19- 2.28 pop times. Squared, low setup, quick glove-to-hand release.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60.

Payton Raulerson, Foley (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Compact frame with strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, tall stance. uses the toe-tap will to get synced up.  Creates some bat speed with carry to the gaps. Free and loose hands.
Power: 88.7 max exit velocity, averaged 78.8 mph. 257’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph.   Short arm action, over-the-top slot, ball carried out of the hand and stayed on line to the bag.
Defense: 1.97- 2.13 pop times. Flexible, athletic setup, soft/receptive hands, clean out of the crouch, gains ground and length in transfer.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60.

Manning Amorde, UMS-Wright (AL), 2027
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Lean frame with room for development.
Hit: LHH. Narrow, slightly open stance.  Nice extension through contact. Creates carry to the pullside gap.
Power: 77.6 max exit velocity, averaged 72.3 mph. 234’ max distance.
Arm: LH.   OF - 75 mph. Compact, low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Works through the ball very well, Clean, athletic actions.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60.

Gresham Baker, Bob Jones (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Lean, athletic frame with long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, small stride.  Level bat path with a middle of the field line drive approach.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 78.1 mph. 247’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Lower 3/4 slot with some nice arm speed.
Defense: Easy actions with solid footwork moving through the baseball.
Run: 7.03 runner in the 60.

Kason Alexander, Hahnville (LA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds. Physical frame, well put-together. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Slightly crouched and slightly open stance, small toe-tap.  Short approach with nice extension through contact. Hammers balls to both gaps.
Power: 89.2 max exit velocity, averaged 81.4 mph. 245’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph.   Shorter arm action, high 3/4 slot. Loose and fluid with the arm.
Defense: 2.11- 2.21 pop times. Showed the ability to lengthen the plate during bullpens while also showing easy, clean actions blocking balls in the dirt.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60.

Dalton Fink, Oxford (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds. Strong lower half with broad shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow stance. Small toe-tap approach.  Some tilt with the barrel, creating backspin. Juice to the pullside.
Power: 93.5 max exit velocity, averaged 80.5 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 84 mph.  Lower 3/4 slot with some nice arm speed.
Defense: Easy actions with solid footwork moving through the baseball.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60.

Carson Joyner, Bayside Academy (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-11, 200-pounds. Present strength in a compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow stance. Small leg-kick trigger.  Stays through contact. Direct path, mostly backside gap approach.
Power: 94.2 max exit velocity, averaged 87.9 mph. 281’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 91 mph.  Short high 3/4 slot with plenty of arm strength.
Defense: Nice feet, works well through the ball. Clean actions.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60.

Anthony St. Vincent, Crestview (FL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-0, 200-pounds. Strength throughout, physical frame.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, slightly open stance. Hands set fairly high.  Middle of the field approach with some juice. Stays through contact very well.
Power: 88.5 max exit velocity, averaged 77.6 mph. 269’ max distance.
Arm: RH.  INF - 84 mph.  Over-the-top slot with solid accuracy and carry out of the hand.
Defense: Presents the glove well out front with nice, easy feet.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60.

Rock Gearhart, Fairhope (AL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-1, 207-pounds. Strength throughout. Physical lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic stance with minimal movement.  Easy juice to all fields from a tilted bat path. Impressive round of BP.
Power: 94.1 max exit velocity, averaged 81.1 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH.   OF - 76 mph. High 3/4 slot with carry.
Defense: Short, choppy feet through the ball into the throw.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60.

Everett Coggin,  Mary G. Montgomery (AL), 2024 
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 170 -pounds. Athletic, proportional frame.
Hit: Tall, slightly open stance. Big leg kick for timing.  Direct path to contact, shows some juice to both gaps,
Power: 86.4 max exit velocity, averaged 77.8 mph. 258’ max distance.
Arm: INF - 76 mph.  Over-the-top slot with solid accuracy and carry out of the hand.
Defense: Impressive lateral range and solid glove presentation.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60.

Brooks Jones,  Bayshore Christian (AL), 2025  
Positional Profile: 1B/3B
Body: 6-1, 220 -pounds. Physical, compact frame. 
Hit: . Closed stance, narrow base. Short stride. Tilted swing path with nice extension through the zone. Juice to the pullside. 
Power: 91.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.6 mph. 267’ max distance. 
Arm: .  INF - 67 mph.  Longer, high 3/4 slot. 
Defense: Stayed low to the ground, worked well around the bag. 
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60.

 

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