FL State Games: 3rd Team All-State


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The inaugural Florida State Games have come and gone and we can't thank everyone enough who was apart of it. From Seniors down to Rising Stars, the State Games were full of talent and competitiveness, and we cannot wait to continue this series each fall.

With that being said, there were players who stood out amongst their classes. Starting today, we will unveil our 1st Team, 2nd Team, and 3rd Team All-State. These teams will be made up of players from all the State Games who stood out the most. Today, we will start with the 3rd Team All-State.

3rd Team All-State

 

Pitcher

Xavier Brown LHP / 1B / Wiregrass Ranch, FL / 2023

Positional Profile: LHP/1B - Uncommitted
Body: 6-foot-1, 165-pounds. Tall, lanky, high waisted. Athletic frame. Room to add strength.

Delivery: Stretch only. Tall and fall delivery. Uses long legs to get good extension downhill.
Arm Action: LH. High 3/4 arm slot. Long to short arm action.
FB: T78, 74-78 mph. Cutting action. Misses barrels.
CB: 60-63 mph. 1-7 shape. Spinning action across the zone. Competitive pitch thrown for strikes.

3.1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K

Evan Clark LHP / OF / IMG Academy, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP - Uncommitted
Body: 6-foot, 165-pounds. Medium, slender frame. Room to add strength.

Delivery: Funky, stretch only delivery. High leg kick. Hides the ball well.
Arm Action: LH. Deceptive, low 3/4 arm slot. Quick, short arm action.
FB: T89, 84-88 mph. Heavy with natural armside run. Spin rates up to 2720.
SL: 74-78 mph. True slider shape, sweeping action.

3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K

Gabriel Jardine LHP / 1B / Stoneman Douglas, FL / 2024

Positional Profile: LHP/1B - Uncommitted, Strike throwing competitor who knows how to pitch at a young age.
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Lean, with upside with high waist and long arms.

Delivery: Works with a quality tempo and rhythm. In line and drives down off the back leg well.
Arm Action: LH. Clean, half circle takeaway with free and easy arm action.
FB: T75, 71-74 mph. Attacked down in the zone to both sides of the plate.
CB: 62-66 mph. Feel with some depth.
CH: 67-70 mph. Above average feel and fade.

5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K

Ethan Phillips RHP / OF / Calvary Christian , FL / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF - Uncommitted, Talented two-way prospect with an extremely high ceiling on the mound.
Body: 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Tall, thin athletic frame. Room to add strength.
Defense: Fields out front. Plays through the ball with momentum towards the target.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. High 3/4 arm slot. Long, loose arm action.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup. Short stride to the ball. Keeps hands inside the baseball. Short, compact swing. Uphill bat path. Above average bat speed.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Balanced tall and drive delivery.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 arm slot. Quick, whippy arm action.
FB: T89, 84-88 mph. Armside run. Competitive in the strike zone.
CB: 73-77 mph. 11/5 shape. Spinning action.

3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Darius Robinson RHP / OF / St. Thomas Aquinas, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP - Uncommitted, Athletic arm who competed and has upside.
Body: 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Lean, athletic frame.

Delivery: Gets into the back leg early and drives down the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Arm is quick and able to get to extension with length at takeaway. Quick arm and athleticism in the back gets him out in front.
FB: T86, 80-85 mph. Some life through the zone.
CB: 72-76 mph. His best pitch as it was tight with depth and got several swing and misses.

3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K

Zachary Root LHP / 1B / Fort Myers , FL / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/1B - Florida, Very projectable frame and a feel to pitch. Has some potential offensively, but the mound is really where you see the upside. Likely didn't see his best stuff, but the arm action is very clean and easy with a very projectable frame. He also showed his ability to compete and a feel for three potentially above average pitches. The upside is extremely high and is why he is one of the top arms in the state for his class.
Body: 6-foot-1, 163-pounds. Lanky, long, lean strength.
Hit: LHH. Shoulder width to wide separation with hands and front leg. Some length as the separation can be a little long, creates leverage and has present lean strength.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Upright, has some lean back in delivery and lands slightly open. Could use the lower half more, but really lets his elite arm do the majority of the work. A very high ceiling with a lot more to come .
Arm Action: LH. Arm gets behind him early, but elite arm talent and working free and clean gets him caught up and out front. The arm is loose and quick with a lot to like in how it works and the overall elite upside.
FB: T87, 82-86 mph. When he gets down the mound and to extension the ball really jumps out of the hand. It always comes out well, but showed much more to come.
CB: 65-69 mph. Depth with above average potential.
CH: 77-80 mph. 

3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Ryan Rushing LHP / OF / Inspiration Academy, FL / 2023

Positional Profile: LHP/OF - Uncommitted, High upside uncommitted southpaw. Low effort velo already in the mid 80's and will only continue to add to it. Attacks the zone with confidence. Shouldn't stay uncommitted long.
Body: 5-foot-9, 165-pounds. Medium, athletic frame. Room to add strength.

Delivery: Up tempo, drop and drive delivery. Balanced and repeatable.
Arm Action: LH. High 3/4 arm slot. Quick, whippy arm action.
FB: T86, 82-85 mph. Natural sink. Ball jumps out the hand. Commands all four quadrants.
CB: 70-74 mph. 2-8 shape. Sweeping action. Swing and miss pitch.

3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Huston Wynne LHP / Venice, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP - Uncommitted
Body: 6-foot, 180-pounds. Tall, thin, high waisted athletic frame.

Delivery: Tall and fall delivery. Up tempo.
Arm Action: LH. 3/4 arm slot. Short arm action.
FB: T80, 73-78 mph. Natural armside run.
CB: 65-69 mph. 2/8 shape. Sweeping action.

3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K

 

Catcher

Dario Astudillo C / Buchholz, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: C - Uncommitted, Big, athletic backstop with plenty of upside at the plate and behind it.
Body: 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Tall, filled out frame with big hands and feet. Room to add on.
Defense: 1.89-1.94 pop times. Moves fluidly, receives softly and looks comfortable behind the plate which bode well for his size.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Quick, strong arm. Accurate to the bag.
Hit: RHH. Slightly opened stance. Upright with barrel parallel to ground. Quick bat speed, gets to the ball efficiently with two hand finish.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

3-8, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Niko Benestad C / 1B / Stoneman Douglas , FL / 2024

Positional Profile: C/1B - Uncommitted, Massive power profile, especially for his age. The swing has a ton of natural ability in bat speed and rotation, he will need to continue to make adjustments as he faces higher levels of pitching, but the raw power tool is elite.
Body: 6-foot-1, 215-pounds. Big, stocky, strong for age, strong overall build.
Defense: 2.05-2.19 pop times. Sound defensive catcher, will need to improve his flexibility as he matures, but quiet with strong hands and blocked well. Overall, has a chance to be a solid catcher.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Average arm.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall, slightly open, has a small leg kick and short and simple load for a trigger.  Has some steepness at times, but direct to the ball and generates elite level bat speed and torque.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Elite power profile potential as he has a great ability to rotate through the zone and generate above average bat speed. Strong lower half and was able to translate in game.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60.  

2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, HBP

Noah Hayse C / 2B / Buchholz, FL / 2024

Positional Profile: C/2B - Uncommitted, High upside with an advanced feel for the game to go along with the talent.
Body: 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Athletic and lean. Wide shoulders, big chest with a chance to fill out as he matures.
Defense: 1.99-2.04 pop times. Fluid behind the plate with mobility. Advanced receiving skills at this age with soft hands. Quick transfer on throw downs . Blocks dirt balls and recovers quickly.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short, strong arm with an over the top release and backspin to the bag.
Hit: RHH. Upright. Bent knees with weight in the legs. Hands behind ears with bat flat. Gets barrel on plane early and finishes balanced. Keeps the hands inside and creates whip in the barrel.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Strong hands in the zone with an advanced feel for the swing. High upside with the stick.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60.  

4-8, 2B, 2 RBI



1st Base

William Hagen 1B / RHP / Eau Gallie, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-foot-1, 211-pounds. Strong bodied, stocky, athletic frame.
Defense: Glove plays soft out front, active footwork, quick release.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. High 3/4 arm slot, long to short arm action.
Hit: RHH. Wide, slightly open setup, short toe tap stride, strong/active hands. Level bat path, short/compact swing, twitchy actions on contact, hard contact out front when timed up, natural launch, above average bat speed.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity. Middle, gap to gap power.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall and drive delivery, smooth balance point, lands in line with target, slight fall of at end of delivery.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 arm slot, long to short arm action.
FB: T85, 81-85 mph. Slight arm side running action, competitive in zone.
CB: 66-68 mph. 11/5 shape, spinning action, backs up at times.
CH: 76-77 mph. Circle change action, slight run down in zone, FB arm speed. 

3-5, 3B

Landon Moran 1B / LHP / Lake Brantley, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/1B - Florida
Body: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. High waisted, projectable, athletic frame.
Defense: Two handed gather, keeps baseball in front, fluid gather/release, athletic footwork.
Arm: LH. INF - 81 mph. Over top arm slot, long to short arm action.
Hit: LHH. Tall, slightly open, athletic setup, high leg kick, strong/quiet hands, normal stride. Fluid, repeatable swing, twitchy barrel actions at times, athletic finish, natural lift, above average bat speed.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity. Projectable power pull side gap.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall and drive delivery, slow and in rhythm high balance point, lands slightly closed off.
Arm Action: LH. Over top arm slot, short to long arm action
FB: T82, 79-82 mph. Slight arm side running action.
CB: 69-72 mph. Right to left action.

2-6, 2B, 3 RBI

 

3rd Base

Anthony Cole SS / 3B / Montverde Academy, FL / 2023

Positional Profile: SS/3B - Uncommitted
Body: 6-foot-4, 200-pounds. Strong, high waisted, projectable frame.
Defense: Fluid footwork, present range, soft hands, smooth transfer/release, athletic actions all around.
Arm: RH. INF - 90 mph. High 3/4 arm slot, long to short arm action.
Hit: RHH. Tall balanced setup, hands sit high by ear, leg kick, short stride. Fluid barrel actions, level bat path, hands stay inside, ability to turn on baseball, athletic finish, natural lift.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity. Projectable power, pull side gap approach.
Run: 7.06 runner in the 60.  

3-8, 2B, BB

Ethan Puig 3B / 1B / Gulliver Prep, FL / 2024

Positional Profile: 3B/1B - Miami, Advanced hitter with a swing that should continue to play at a very high level. Very hitterish and should mature into above average power as well.
Body: 5-foot-11, 172-pounds. Strong lower half, well built, rooms to add a lot of strength.
Defense: Solid defender and will need to continue to progress as he matures and sticks at third.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Average arm.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall and confident, leg kick trigger and controlled load. Works with a quiet, simple rhythm. Is on time consistently and gets balanced in the lower half with quality overall posture. Hands work freely while the lower half rotates well and is balanced over the back side.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Advanced feel to hit with present gap to gap power and more to come.
Run: 7.85 runner in the 60.  

2-5, 2B, 2 BB, HBP

 

Middle-Infield

Jalen Hairston SS / 3B / Winter Haven, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/3B - Uncommitted
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. High waisted, projectable, athletic frame.
Defense: Quick/athletic feet, plays through baseball with rhythm, fluid gather, soft hands.
Arm: LH. INF - 85 mph. High 3/4 arm slot, long to short arm action.
Hit: LHH. Tall, athletic setup, short stride, calm hand actions. Twitchy actions on contact, level bat path, hard contact out front, athletic finish.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Line drive up middle/pull side gap approach.

2-7, 3B, 3 RBI

Robert Nedry SS / 2B / Westminster Academy, FL / 2023

Positional Profile: SS/2B - Uncommitted, Athletic and projectable all around, the swing stood out more so in gameplay, which bodes well for the future. Defensively, he looked the part on the left side of the field and made plays with athleticism and rhythm.
Body: 6-foot-1, 165-pounds. Long, lanky and projectable.
Defense: Above average, versatile defender who played third, short and second and looked comfortable at all three. Moves athletically and with confidence and has a natural feel.
Arm: RH. INF - 85 mph. Above average arm and quick release.
Hit: LHH. Tall setup, especially in BP, but more adjustable posture in game, also gets more stride in the lower half to a better base in game. Knee to knee load and small shoulder turn to get into athletic position.  Hands work freely and adjusted well, has a feel for the barrel and path adjusts well with pitch. Overall, the hands work freely and stays level through the ball.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity. Loose hands and quality posture lended to him being on time and competitive offensively all weekend. Also lends to a fairly high ceiling as he incorporates strength as he matures.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60.  

2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Christopher Roberts SS / 2B / Steinbrenner, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/2B - Uncommitted, Physical middle infielder with a very high offensive ceiling.
Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Physical athletic frame.
Defense: Fields out front with soft hands. Moves well to both sides of the infield.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. 3/4 arm slot. Short arm action.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup. Short stride to the ball. Quiet hands. Short, compact swing. Plus bat speed. Gap to gap approach. Swings with intent.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity. Projectable gap-to-gap power.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

3-7, BB

Michael Sowers SS / 2B / Apopka, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: SS/2B - Thomas University
Body: 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. Medium athletic frame. Room to grow.
Defense: Quick first step in the infield.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. 3/4 arm slot. Short arm action and gets rid of it quickly.
Hit: RHH. Starts tall with slightly bent knees. Quiet hands with a medium leg kick. Low effort line drive swing. Gap to gap approach with average bat speed. Let's the ball get deep and uses both sides of the field.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. 

2-5, HR, RBI, 3 BB, HBP

 

Outfield

Nicholas Alonso OF / Belen Jesuit Prep, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: OF - Louisiana Tech, Overall, Alonso has a very high ceiling. There are above average tools across the board and he has started to put them together in game. He will continue to improve, especially offensively as he matures and adds strength as the foundation is there.
Body: 6-foot-1, 150-pounds. Lean, athletic and projectable.
Defense: Athletic defender, with natural instincts and upside.
Arm: RH. OF - 90 mph. Above average arm with carry.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall with a slight rock to create rhythm. Small leg kick trigger and quality separation. Gets into the lower half well and adjusts with the pitch both in his legs and hands. Level swing, some rotational length at times, but hands work and feel to hit.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. The athleticism and tools really started to translate in game, where he was on time and on the barrel throughout the weekend.
Run: 6.84 runner in the 60. Easy strides, projectable runner. 

2-4, RBI, BB

Tommy Brice SS / RHP / Episcopal, FL / 2024

Positional Profile: SS/RHP - Uncommitted, Above average athleticism and the frame suggests he can add strength. Toolsy with a chance to fill out nicely.
Body: 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Lean, athletic frame. Wide shoulders and strength throughout.
Defense:  Chops feet to gain momentum. 2 hand gather and fields inside the left foot. Replaces feet and follows the throw.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. OF - 83 mph. Athletic arm. Quick and whippy as he gets the weight behind the throw. Has some arm talent.
Hit: RHH. Athletic stance, weight even with legs bent. Hands cocked with bat back. Quick, short swing. Tendency to pull but stays through the ball well.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. Quick burst and low force of gravity. Form suggests he could knock it down a few ticks. 

3-5, 2 RBI, BB

Jack Cue OF / OF / Archbishop McCarthy, FL / 2021

Positional Profile: OF - Louisiana Tech, Very twitchy athlete with a lot of tools. The tools continue to come together in game and make for a very high ceiling as he continues to gain experience, reps and maturity. Would go 3-10 with an RBI, three runs, two walks.
Body: 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Athletic, lean with strength and twitchiness.
Defense: Athletic defender who gets quality reads in the outfield and could potentially stick in  center.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Average arm with carry.
Hit: RHH. Simple, quiet load with hands and simple leg kick trigger. Attacks the ball with above average bat speed. Some steepness at times, but when he is connected early there is some big power potential.
Power: 102 mph exit velocity. Early connection allows him to fully utilizes the strength and bat speed to generate fairly easy power that will continue to develop as he matures.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. 

3-10, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Alex Rodriguez OF / LHP / Stoneman Douglas , FL / 2024

Positional Profile: OF/LHP - Uncommitted, Lean, athletic two way player who has high ceiling athleticism. Really hit all weekend, on time level, and shows a feel for the barrel. Really like the overall upside.
Body: 5-foot-8, 145-pounds. Wiry, long, lean and athletic
Defense: Athletic, long strides play well and will have a chance to stick in center.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Average arm with some carry.
Hit: Switch. Tall, slightly open and separates as leg works back down to the ground.  Loose hands that create natural leverage while staying on plane.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity. More compact in game where he showed a level, simple path and was on time and on the barrel all weekend.
Run: 6.81 runner in the 60. Easy, long strides has a chance to be a plus runner.

Delivery: Slightly closed, simple, rushed at times and feel to pitch, when in sync and on time it worked well.
Arm Action: LH. Straight back take away, arm works quick.
FB: T76, 73-76 mph.
CB: 64-68 mph. 

3-10, BB

Kyle Suda OF / Steinbrenner, FL / 2022

Positional Profile: OF - Uncommitted
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Thin, athletic frame.
Defense: One handed gather, plays with quick feet, attacks baseball with positive momentum towards the target.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Over top arm slot, long arm action.
Hit: RHH. Wide, open setup, leg kick, loose hand actions, short stride. Short/compact swing, works hands directly to baseball.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Pull side gap approach.
Run: 6.93 runner in the 60.  

3-6, RBI

 

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