Prep Baseball Report

South AL Preseason All-State: Event Preview

Austin Sharp
Alabama Scouting Director


With the high school season quickly approaching, it is time for our two Preseason All-State events to help kick off the year. Just like 2023, the North AL Preseason All-State will be held this Saturday, January 6th at Hartselle High School in Hartselle, AL, and the South AL Preseason All-State will take place this Sunday, January 7th at Saraland High School in Saraland, AL. There are some huge names registered for these events and our staff is pumped to get to both venues and check out all these players.

This Sunday, January 7th, many of the state's top players from the Class of 2024-2027 graduation classes will assemble in Saraland, AL for this marquee event. The past four events of this kind have been nothing but spectacular, with 35 commitments coming from the event in 2019, 54 commitments coming from 2020, 76 commitments coming from 2021, 88 combined commitments coming from 2022, and 69 combined commitments coming from 2023. It's easy to see that this event has continued to get better over the course of five years, which is why we continue to have two in 2024. This event provides the opportunity for players to show the PBR scouts the progress that they have made over the past few months in a showcase setting. It is also the last event for players to attend before they begin their respective high school seasons.

Below, you will find important information pertaining to this event, including players in attendance, itinerary, history of the event, and much more.


Taking a glance at this roster, it's not hard to see some of the big names signed up for this event. The Preseason All-State provides a chance for these players to come and show our staff some of the physical gains they've made during the offseason and update their profiles with hopefully improved metrics, statistics, etc. There's no better way to get the year of 2024 started with a tune-up for the high school season that is slated to start in just over a month. 

The Preseason All-State has always attracted some of the best talent this state has to offer in all classes, and this year looks to be no different. This year's roster for the South AL Preseason All-State already features 6 players who have already pledged their commitment to college programs, 3 of which are to Division 1 schools, with plenty on the way. SS/RHP Drey Barrett (Holtville, 2024), OF/RHP Judson Harris (Gulf Shores, 2027), and RHP/1B Brodie Wilson (Faith Academy, 2027) are all ranked inside the top-10 in their respective classes with Barrett already signed with Southern Miss. A few other notable prospects that will be in attendance who are ranked inside the top-25 in their respective graduating classes are 3B/RHP Aaron Bailey (McAdory, 2026), C Eli Quinley (Faith Academy, 2027), SS/RHP Brady Richardson (Enterprise, 2025), and 3B Bryce Rivers (Mobile Christian, 2026).


Outside of the names mentioned in the section above, the roster for this event also has some names who may not be committed yet, but are sure to be playing at the next level when it's all said and done. The class of 2025 in Alabama has plenty of talent still on the market and will be well-represented in Saraland on Sunday. 1B/RHP Dylan Ackerman (Daphne, 2025), C Landon Cherry (Moody, 2025), RHP/3B Harrison Cook (Fairhope, 2025), RHP Jacob Driver (Marbury, 2025), OF Brady Cole Harrison (Elberta, 2025), C/RHP Tyler Johnson (Opelika, 2025), SS Brodie Jones (Opelika, 2025), 1B Evan Lightsey (American Christian, 2025), 3B Tyler Martin (Enterprise, 2025), 1B Edward McLeod, Jr. (St. Paul's Episcopal, 2025), SS Mason Piper (Prattville, 2025), SS Koen Sampley (Marbury, 2025), and RHP/3B Ethan Walls (Stanhope Elmore, 2025) are all uncommitted prospects ranked inside the top-100 in the junior class that are looking to boost their stock with a strong performance on Sunday.


We've talked about how players can use this event to springboard into the spring season with their high school clubs, and this can be the case with the current sophomore class. These players have a chance to slide up into bigger roles as underclassmen this spring and become impact players. In addition to making an impact this spring, each uncommitted prospect in the 2026 class is being evaluated for the 2024 PBR Future Games, the premier uncommitted event of the year at the end of July. The class of 2026 is well-represented at this event with many players ranked inside the top-50 signed up. Some of these sophomores to keep an eye on this Sunday are 3B/RHP Aaron Bailey (McAdory, 2026), 1B John Braswell (Saint James, 2026), OF Noah Cain (Bayside Academy, 2026), C Wells Ganey (Carroll, 2026), INF Bryon Martin (Fairhope, 2026), 3B Bryce Rivers (Mobile Christian, 2026), C Hudson Robbins (Saraland, 2026), RHP Jacob Rowell (Saraland, 2026), and C Ty Waters (UMS-Wright, 2026). All of which are ranked inside the top-50 in the sophomore class.

There are also some prospects from the class of 2027 who will look to have standout performances this weekend in Saraland. Although this class is still very young, it's got a chance to be one of the best we've seen in years. Multiple prospects ranked inside the top-35 will be in attendance in Saraland on Sunday, including OF/RHP Judson Harris (Gulf Shores, 2027), C Eli Quinley (Faith Academy, 2027), and RHP/1B Brodie Wilson (Faith Academy, 2027).

In addition to these players, there are going to be many more players that are sure to make their names known at the South Alabama Preseason All-State. If you want to see the full roster for this event, CLICK HERE.


The Preseason All-State Showcase is an invitation-only event that features the top players across the state. Every year the Preseason All-State Showcase highlights the Who’s Who of the state. This event is limited and exclusive to the top prospects in Alabama and serves as a springboard as players enter the high school season. The first-ever Preseason All-State in Alabama was held in 2019 and the event has continued to gain popularity ever since. All events have been held indoors due to the uncertainty of weather this time of year.

This event has certainly been no stranger for college commitments, as the first five years have a combined 322 players committed to college programs. This year should be no different, as there are some extremely talented uncommitted players still on the board. Let's take a look back and check out some of notable committed players that have attended from this event from year to year.

2019 Preseason All-State

  • OF Trey Burrell (Grambling State)
  • RHP Luke Davis (Samford)
  • C Stone Lawless (Tennessee)
  • RHP Matt Manley (Samford)
  • RHP Reese Morrison (Jacksonville State)
  • RHP/OF Will Passeau (Pearl River CC)

2020 Preseason All-State

  • INF William Burgreen (Jacksonville State)
  • RHP/3B Walter Ford (Alabama) 
  • 3B Davis Gillespie (Southern Miss)
  • C Stone Lawless (Tennessee)
  • RHP Matt Manley (Samford)
  • RHP Javi Marrero (Troy)
  • RHP George Meyers (Auburn)
  • C Lawson Stricklin (Tennessee Tech)
  • RHP Brendan Wall (Alabama-Birmingham)
  • SS Peyton Watts (Troy)
  • RHP Tyler Wilson (Auburn)
  • C/OF Walker Zapp (Air Force)

2021 Preseason All-State

  • 3B Henry Allen (Mississippi State)
  • SS Drey Barrett (Southern Miss)
  • C/3B Cade Carr (Samford)
  • RHP Christian Chatterton (Auburn)
  • RHP Jake DeValk (South Alabama)
  • 3B Cole Edwards (Auburn)
  • SS Cason Eubanks (Georgia Southern)
  • OF Seth Farni (Mississippi)
  • RHP/3B Walter Ford (Alabama)
  • OF Christopher Johnston (Auburn)
  • RHP Matt Manley (Samford)
  • RHP Austin Morris (Alabama)
  • SS Jace Norton (Mississippi State)
  • SS Sam Robertson (Auburn)
  • OF Jake Smith (Troy)
  • RHP Zach Stevens (South Alabama)
  • RHP Matthew Thompson (Troy)
  • 3B Mac Turner (Southeastern Louisiana)
  • OF Alex Wade (Auburn)
  • RHP Brendan Wall (Alabama-Birmingham)
  • OF JD Wilkins (Jacksonville State)
  • RHP Tyler Wilson (Auburn)
  • C/OF Walker Zapp (Air Force)

2022 North AL Preseason All-State

  • SS Paul Andrzejewski, Jr. (Army)
  • C Cade Carr (Samford)
  • LHP Chase Cartron (Troy)
  • INF Matthew Cash (Jacksonville State)
  • RHP Christian Chatterton (Auburn)
  • RHP Luke Davenport (Auburn)
  • RHP Joseph Garrison (Troy)
  • INF RJ Hamilton (Vanderbilt)
  • SS Andrew Lawrence (East Tennessee State)
  • SS Cade Miles (Jacksonville State)
  • RHP Colin Patterson (Alabama-Birmingham)
  • OF John Robicheaux (Samford)
  • INF Evan Smallwood (Jacksonville State)
  • 3B Peyton Steele (Alabama)
  • OF Alex Wade (Auburn)
  • INF Josey Williamson (Alabama)

2022 South AL Preseason All-State

  • RHP Eli Driskell (Auburn)
  • RHP Connor Gatwood (Auburn)
  • RHP Carson Joyner (Louisiana-Monroe)
  • RHP George Meyers (Auburn)
  • INF Gatlin Pitts (Samford)
  • SS/RHP Brady Richardson (Troy)
  • RHP Jonathan Stevens (Alabama)
  • OF Gabe Young (Jacksonville State)

2023 North AL Preseason All-State

  • RHP Andrew Allen (Arkansas State)
  • 3B/RHP Caleb Barnett (Alabama)
  • 3B/RHP Braden Booth (Mississippi State)
  • LHP Chase Cartron (Troy)
  • 1B Steven Cavaco (Ohio State)
  • RHP Christian Chatterton (Auburn)
  • RHP/3B Brendan Conner (Alabama-Birmingham)
  • RHP Jackson Hunter (Alabama)
  • SS Cade Miles (Jacksonville State)
  • 3B Peyton Steele (Alabama)
  • INF Josey Williamson (Alabama)
  • SS Jaxson Wood (Tennessee)

2023 South AL Preseason All-State

  • SS/RHP Drey Barrett (Southern Miss)
  • RHP Connor Gatwood (Auburn)
  • SS Tate Johnston (Auburn)
  • 1B Edward McLeod, Jr. (Samford)
  • SS/RHP Brady Richardson (Troy)
  • RHP Zach Stevens (South Alabama)
  • 3B/RHP Tanner Waldrop (Auburn)


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  • All Position Players: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

  • All Pitchers-only: 2:45 PM

  • Catchers will stay for both sessions.

*Times subject to change

Registered Infielders, Outfielders, and/or Catchers

  • Pre-Event Meeting

  • Stretch

  • Running Times (laser-timed 60-yard dash if outside; laser-timed 10-30 splits if forced inside due to weather)

  • Offensive Evaluations

    • Mechanical evaluation

    • Live batting practice

    • TrackMan ball flight analysis

    • Blast Motion swing analysis

  • Defensive Evaluations

    • Arm strength

    • Agility/range

    • Positional analysis/profile

Registered Pitchers & Catchers

  • Pitching Evaluations

    • 15-20 pitch bullpen (fastball and secondary pitches from both windup and stretch)

    • Mechanical evaluation

    • ProPlayAI’s ‘PitchAI’ biomechanical analysis

    • TrackMan pitch velocity, movement, spin analysis

  • Catcher Evaluations (while receiving bullpen)

    • Receiving/pitch presentation

    • Blocking/mobility



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