Adidas Three Stripe Classic: Upperclass Scout Blog Pt. 1

PBR Georgia Staff

The Adidas Three Stripe Classic took place this past weekend, September 27th through the 29th. Over 40 teams from an Upper and Underclass division came to LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, GA to compete. Today, we present to you the Upperclass Scout Blog, Pt. 1. The Scout Blog provides insider information and scouting notes from the PBR Scouting Staff during the tournament. Featured in the blog is information unsigned prospects, draft prospects and anything else that is notable. We provide a wide range of information, including player evaluations, velocities, pop times, home to first times and more. Simply put, the Adidas Three Stripe Classic Scout Blog is loaded with information.

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East Cobb Patriots 17/18

Marco Colina, SS, North Paulding (GA), 2020
6-foot-4 185-pounds. Young Harris College commit. Solid, athletic framed SS that could play anywhere on the field. Showed the ability to bunt for a base hit, he gets out of the box and runs well. Good actions at SS. His feet and hands connect well together. Stays down and get the ball out of hand quickly. At the plate he has the potential to have some serious pop. Solid foundation in his swing allows him to make contact consistently.

Jackson Chirello, IF, Etowah (GA), 2022
6-foot-2 150-pounds. Long, lanky frame that is still growing into his body. Has the potential to be a true utility player. Saw him play up the middle in 2 games. Good range at both 2B and SS, with a strong arm. Hands are quick, and he gets rid of the ball well. He stands tall at the plate, and has a short, simple stride. Has all the tools, and size to be great ball player with a little development. 

Knights Baseball 18U

Ethan Hailey, LHP/OF, Rhea County (TN), 2020
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Walters State Commit was 78-84. While Hailey did not have impeccable command as many hitters went deep in counts, what he did show was an ability to just get outs when he needed to make the pitches. He mixed all of his pitches on the day and grinned through 5 shutout innings. The breaking ball was 66-72 with a 2-7 shape and mixed in a change as well. Offensively, the left-handed hitter takes a simple approach with little pre-pitch movement, hands load back, short stride. Level barrel path through the zone generates hard line drive contact. 

Bracken Rice, RHP, Rossview (TN), 2020
6-foot-0, 160-pounds. The Lincoln Memorial Commit made a relief appearance this weekend and was nails, throwing multiple shutout innings. He sat 82-83 on the fastball with arm side run and showed a feel to command the fastball. He was fastball heavy in his appearance and it was very effective leading to minimal use of his offspeed offerings. 

Lawrence Sutton, OF, Lawrence County (TN), 2020
Uncommitted. 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, strong, athletic frame. Offensively, looks to elevate the ball and drive it with significant force, hunts fastballs middle/in, gets the barrel head out and extension through the zone with quick hands and strong wrists/forearms. Started the first night of the Adidas Three Stripe Classic with a bang, launching a home run 368 feet, 97 mph off the bat, followed that up by nearly hitting his second home run of the night in a later at-bat. A power bat that will make any coach happy at the next level.

Caleb Jones, LHP, Cheatham County (TN), 2020
Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, broad shoulders on top of a lean frame, will add more weight as he continues to mature. Arm works clean and loose to a ¾ slot, shows some on the back-side, quick arm speed. Tall and fall delivery, keeps everything on line landing square and finishing athletically. Fastball sat 83-85, touched 86 early in his outting. Manipulated his breaking ball between 12/6 and 2/8, 71-73. Used a 12/6 more frequently against left-handed hitters and would go inside with a 2/8 to right-handed hitters.

Triton Rays 2020

Damian Whitfield, LHP, Next Level Academy (AL), 2021
6-foot-1, 190 pounds. The left hander was flat dominant in his outing today against a really Nashville Knights team. Whitfield showed a 3 pitch mix the entire outing getting punchouts with a good breaking ball and a change that showed good velo difference from the FB (83/86) at 73-74. Whitfield has smooth efficient mechanics and the arm is quick and whippy. Their is a lot to like about the lefty as the future looks bright. 

Jacob Harper, C, Paulding County (GA), 2020
6-foot-0 175 pounds. While the appearance was short for Harper as Triton rotated catchers the entire day, Harper left a good impression in his short time. The defensive first backstop showed very well in all aspects of catching. He showed soft hands and receiving ability stealing multiple strikes on borderline pitches; his blocking ability matched the ability to receive as he kept numerous dirt balls in front of him within reachable distance. The arm and transfer played as well as he was clocked multiple times in the 1.95-2.06 range. Offensively he made some loud contact as well and is a quality player that should come off the board soon. 

Austin Brown, OF, Ola HS (GA), 2020. 
5-foot-10, 170 pounds. The senior RHH OF like multiple players was splitting time but made his impact on the game. He showed really good athleticism and baserunning ability while having a quality at bat in each of his plate appearances. He was clocked at 4.0 down the line on a line drive gap shot and stole multiple bases and showed good instincts picking up an extra 90 on a dirt ball read. 

Logan Austin, RHP, Russell County (AL), 2020
Auburn commit. 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, physical imposing on the mound with strength throughout his frame and more to be tapped into. Arm works ultra quick with effort to get out to a 3/4 slot. Fastball comes out hot and heavy at 89-92, touching 93, induced weak contact, swing and misses and broken bats with, the top fastball seen all weekend at the Adidas Three Stripe Classic. Slider is already an out pitch with room to get even better at 80-82. Will no doubt garner heavy attention as the 2020 MLB Draft approaches, ranked No. 2 in Alabama and No. 98 Overall.

Sam Flowers, MIF, Next Level Academy (AL), 2020
6-foot-0, 155 pounds.The senior RHH middle infielder had himself a day offensively as he collected 3 hits to go along with a walk and a sac fly. Flowers is lean and wiry and showed good strength out of his frame. As he fills out the power should move from a gap to gap type to being able to drive some balls out of the park. Defensively he was smooth at 2B and started multiple double plays using both the flip and toss varieties. The arm strength was solid from Flowers and he showed his versatility to move on the infield playing SS as well. 

Branden Lamback, RHP/O, Redan HS (GA), 2020
6-foot-0, 175 pounds. The senior pitched in this contest sitting 83-85, the frame and arm lead you to believe there is more in the tank as he moved efficiently and the arm had quickness in the arm path. He pounded the fastball for strikes and showed a low 70s breaking ball, the putting however was dominated by fastballs.

Corbin Shaw, 1B, Redan (GA), 2020
6-foot-2 200-pounds. Walters State commit. Big, physical 1B that has some serious pop at the plate. His swing has power throughout with a simple lower-half that generates a ton of power. He took one dead center 99EV. Nearly every ball he hit was hard. He can move well for his size, and plays a solid 1B. Expect some serious power numbers when he heads to JUCO.

Charlie Culberson Baseball

Blake Robinson, OF, Darlington, 2020
Uncommitted. 6-foot-1, 160-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, athletically built with a lean frame. Continues to be an offensive catalyst for Charlie Culberson Baseball this fall out of the leadoff spot. A Line drive hitter, good hand-eye coordination, barrel works level, looks to put ball in play and put the pressure on the defense, aggressive on the basepaths.

Complete Game 17U

Tyler Reynolds, SS, Lakeside (GA), 2021

6-foot-1 160-pounds. One of the most athletic SS on the upper class side. Well built, athletic frame has all the actions of an elite SS. He fields the ball well to both sides of his body, as well comes to get the slow rollers and throws it well on the run. Shows well at the plate. Has a simple swing with quick hands that made solid contact all weekend.

Evan Walden, RHP/IF, Jefferson County (GA), 2021
5-foot-10 160-pounds with a quick arm, and good delivery on the mound. Stays in the stretch most of the time. FB was 80-82, and showed good life with some arm side run. He pounded the strike zone, and forced weak contact. Was not afraid to go inside on guys with the FB. Kept hitters off balance by throwing the breaking ball consistently for strikes.
David Bell, RHP/C, Greenbrier (GA), 2022
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher and catcher, strong, sturdy frame, will continue to add muscle and strength to frame as he matures. Arm works continuous and clean on the back-side, full swing, to a ¾ slot, cross-body action. Smooth drop and drive delivery, works on-line, lands toe-closed, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 82-84, mostly straight. Mixed in a 12/6 curveball at 71-73 and a straight change at 77.
Knights Baseball 17U

Ethan Harden, OF, Battle Ground Academy (TN), 2021
Uncommitted. 6-foot, 175 pounds with a strong lower-half. Long strider on the bases. Level swing with an aggressive, yet controlled, approach. Stood out at the plate all weekend with a patient approach. Also showed advanced arm strength in RF. Caught a runner tagging to third base by delivering a strike from deep-right.
Christopher McFarlin, OF, White House Heritage (TN), 2021
5-foot-9, 165 pounds; quick-twitched and strength beyond frame. Strong swing with whole-field approach. Stays balanced and uses a level swing to create hard contact. Has good plate coverage, showing ability to hit ball all over the zone. Active hips in swing.
Carson Garner, SS, Franklin (TN), 2021
6-foot-2, 180 pounds that is very athletic and projectable. Patient at the plate. Whippy swing with strong wrists. Hands get extended and has present power for position. Steady rhythm with uphill stroke. Very good hands in the infield. Played multiple positions over the weekend and looked comfortable on the left-side of the infield. Smooth hands and strong carry on throws. Solid player to watch.
John Orberson, OF, Campbellsville (KY), 2021
6-foot-2, 185-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, strong, muscular build, athletic frame. Offensively, utilizes a big leg kick and a near arm bar load. Hitting out of the leadoff position all weekend, he hunted pitches middle/in, looking to turn on it with explosive hips and hands at contact. 

NextLVL 17U

RHP Hunter Gulledge, Paulding County HS (GA), 2021
6-foot-2, 185 pounds, the junior righthander continues to show better each outing this fall during PBR events. Today in his outing he was 83-86 through 4 really strong innings. Curveball showed good shape at 74, paired with a 72 mph changeup that worked well, armside. The arm is very loose and there is definitely more in the tank for him. Good athlete that was a 7.01 runner at recent scout day. 

Landon Underhill, OF, East Coweta (GA), 2021
6-foot-1, 170 pounds; strong, athletic left-handed hitter. Had multiple great at-bats over the weekend. Hits from an athletic stance with short hands tempo; rotational load that gets set early. Quick hands in the box with ability to turn around velocity. Smooth swing and does a good job staying inside baseball. Good athlete to keep an eye on.
Logan Lynch, OF, North Paulding (GA), 2021
6-foot, 176 pounds; strong lower half. Strong hitter that uses middle of the field well. Hits from a wide base with simple load.Hands work well through the zone and has good barrel awareness; showed ability to drop barrel head on pitches and has considerable plate coverage. Plays hard.

Signature Park Thrashers

CJ Harrison, RHP, Winder-Barrow (GA), 2020 
6-foot-0,180 pounds. The Young Harris Commit flashed his normal electric stuff sitting 87-89, T90 with a fast arm, steep plane and life on the fastball at times. The go to offspeed for him in the outing was a 73-75 CH that he threw in the zone, he also mixed in a breaking ball at 75-76 that at times showed promising potential. Harrison has an outstanding arm that will give the opportunity for a very bright future, he just needs to harness the command. 

Daniel Haab, C, Norcross HS (GA), 2020 
6-foot-1,170 pounds. Harrison’s battery was made for the outing, showing the makings of a very solid defensive catcher. He handled Harrison very well, had soft hands receiving higher velo and called a good game as he quickly figured out what was working in terms of pitch called. Blocking he showed good ability to smother dirt balls and keep them within reach. He showed off strong accurate throws throwing out multiple runners at 3B. 

Tennessee Nationals 17u Fall

Derek McCarley, LHP, Seymour (TN), 2021
East Tennessee State commit. 5-foot-10, 150 pounds; strong, wiry build. Quick arm that came out of the bullpen in outing. Front side worked off axis upon release; high ¾ slot. Fastball showed late life and run at 84-85; worked outside corner, considerably, resulting in weak contact. Curveball had good depth and worked low in the zone at 72; 1/7 shape.

Chandler Hicks, OF, Alcovy (GA), 2021
6-foot-1, 185 pounds; very raw strength in upper body with superior hand and forearm strength. Hits from an upright stance with consistent hand tempo. Backside stays slightly close upon contact. Swing path is level and whippy. Showed raw strength at the plate with an easy swing that generates advanced pop. Good runner and superior athlete in the outfield.

JD Price, 1B/RHP, Christian Academy of Knoxville, 2021
6-foot-3, 185 pounds; strong, lean body. Athletic stance at the plate. Simple load with slight hand drop, allowing for barrel to have an uphill path. Easy power, pullside. Showed carry on ball with home run to left field on low-and-in fastball. High finish. Also been impressive on the mound, sitting in the mid-80’s.

Emery Wright, C, Knoxville Catholic, 2021
5-foot-11, 175 pounds with a strong lower-half build. Impressive on both sides of the ball. Defensively, has solid receiving skills. Quick feet that move well towards target. Also showed good arm strength by throwing a runner out on a high and out pitch; 2.09 pop, in game with 1.98-2.03 in between innings. At the plate, hits from slightly-open stance. Low hands that creep up to position during load. Active lower half with fast hips and hands, that work in unison. Very level bat path that produces hard line drives. 

Georgia Spikes

Anthonie Rodriguez, RHP, Marietta (GA), 2021
6-foot-3, 160-pound right-handed pitcher, lanky, lean frame, a raw athlete on the mound. Arm works with short with some looseness and above average arm speed to a low ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square finishing crossing over. Fastball sat 81-84 with hard armside run at-times. Seldom used curveball. The right-hander has a chance to be a solid pitcher with more polish.
17U Georgia Jackets National

Adam Jones, LHP, Peachtree Ridge (GA), 2021
5-foot-10 155 pounds. The junior lefthander was an intriguing arm from the weekend as he showed deceptive mechanics (a lot of up and down movements before arm swing) plus a low ¾ arm slot that created a lot of trouble for hitters on the weekend, especially lefties. Jones mixed pitches the entire day and you never really knew as a hitter what was coming from him; he featured a 77-80 mph 2-seam fastball to go along with a 68-69 mph slider and a 66 change that he flashed a couple times. He hammered the fastball to both sides of the plate while throwing the breaking ball mainly glove side and just being flat competitive all day.

Skyler Thellman, SS, Lakeview Academy HS (GA), 2021
6-foot-3 175 pounds. Thellman flat banged all weekend long, it didn’t matter the velocity or the type of arm he was facing, he just flat raked and was on base in 5 of 7 appearances alone on Sunday. He had two doubles, one in each gap to show off his true gap to gap pop. Thellman also showed a tremendous awareness for the strike zone drawing multiple walks on the day to have himself a day. Defensively he made a couple of really nice defensive plays including a backhand in the hole to nail a runner advancing to third on the groundball. Thellman left the scouts with a tremendous impression and there is a lot to like about the prospect.

J.D. Bogart, C Holy Innocents HS (GA), 2021
6-foot-0 185 pounds.  Bogart showed a nice defensive background on the day showing off solid receiving and blocking skills while throwing out multiple runners during game play and showing off pop times of 2.0-2.1 during those times. He had a nice day offensively as well collecting a couple barrels that led to a lineout, a single and he added a walk during his game he caught.  

Michael Sills, RHP, North Forsyth HS (GA), 2021
6-foot-0 165 pounds. The junior right hander has a leaner frame and ran his fastball up to 86 before settling in at 82-84 to his fastball; he threw from a low ¾ arm slot as well and the arm slot played a lot into the whippy arm action that Sills had.The arm is quick and it’s hard not to imagine Sills throwing harder once he matures and gets stronger; his command was average in his outing as he continually spun off a lot of pitches but he was competitive in finding a way to harness the zone when he needed. He also flashed a 70-71 slider in his relief appearance.

Sam Flynn, RHP Westminster (GA), 2021
5-foot-10 190 pounds. The physical junior made a relief appearance for the Jackets and was 79-82 while showing a breaking ball a couple of times that was 69-70. While the velo is not currently Flynn strong suit, what stood out was his ability to not only throw strikes but consistently be almost on the intended target every time. While Flynn was on the mound there was very little movement from the catcher as Flynn time and time again just pounded the mit and the intended target.

Gehrig Frei, SS, South Forsyth (GA), 2021 
6-foot-0 165 pounds. Frei was another outstanding infielder the Jackets 17U National squad, he made his impact known defensively and offensively on the day. He had loud contact in half his at bats while drawing multiple free passes, the switch hitter only hit left handed on the day but there was a lot to like about Frei from the left side. Defensively, he turned heads when he made a play in the whole and made a strong accurate accurate jump throw to secure the out on the play. Frei is athletic and looked to be able to man any spot on the infield if called to do so. 

Scott Mudler, C, Chattahoochee (GA), 2021
5-foot-11 175 pounds. One of the outstanding backstops for this team the LHH found multiple barrels in the game and made an impact controlling the running game throwing out a couple runners with solid 2.0 pop times and accurate throws. Mulder had multiple at bats of EV above 88 and he pounded a pull side double in the gap to show off some strength in the bat.

Tyler McLoughlin, 1B, Milton (GA), 2020
Uncommitted. 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed hitting first baseman, big, strong frame, some projection as there as further filling out to be had. Offensively, good rhythm in the box, controlled motions. Creates hard line drive contact with a power approach, will benefit from more loft in swing as he taps into power and elevates the ball. Has the potential to be a true long ball threat at the plate with more consistency. 

Quinn Petty, 3B, East Cobb Academy, 2021

6-foot-2 190-pounds. North Alabama commit. Solid, athletic frame that has impressed each time we have seen him. One of the top performers in the National Championship. A big time bat that can get it done over at 3B as well. Gets the foot up and down, and is always on time. He rarely misses his pitch, and looks to do damage early in the count. Consistently squared balls up resulting in line drive contact up the middle. Smooth actions over at 3B with a strong arm to help him make the tough plays.

Buck Olson, OF/LHP, North Springs (GA), 2021
5-foot-11 165-pounds. Athletic lefty that continues to show well from the summer. He had a great National Championship. Fun kid to watch play, he plays the game hard and fast. Great speed, always giving a hard 90 to first. Stands tall on his swing, and keeps his eyes level on his load and finish. Short, quick hands allow him to make contact consistently. He shows some power when he gets his pitch to hit. Goes the other way really well, stays down and lets his hands do the work. Most definitely a player to keep an eye on during the Georgia high school season.

643 18U Cougars

Jackson Brown, C/1B, Pope (GA), 2020
6-foot-2, 170 pounds. The Jacksonville State Commit has a lot of offensive tools to work with. The swing has natural loft in it and he has quick hands that get the bat through the zone in a hurry when he starts the swing. Brown finds barrel and has present gap to gap pop losing balls occasionally. The frame points to more power coming as he matures and adds strength and mass to the frame. Brown could become a big power candidate down the road. 

Reid Robertson, OF/LHP, Pope (GA), 2020
5-foot-10, 150 pounds. Though small in stature Robertson is quite the athlete. He moves very well in the outfield and swings LH as well. He factored on the mound today as well, it’s hard not to imagine the Dallas Baptist Commit not being able to make an impact on the mound at DBU. The arm is quick and works, there could be more in the tank depending on how the frame fills out and strength is adding. In his relief appearance today he was 84-85 with good life to the fastball that had natural arm side run to the 4 seam fastball. Due to his outing being a shorter outing he was fastball only but did flash a CH and SL during warm-ups. 

Cooper Haseley, RHP, Walton (GA), 2020
6-foot-3 175 pounds. Haseley has quite the dominant relief appearance for 643 going two very strong innings sitting 85-89 with a 75-76 slider. The arm was super quick and whippy as he worked from a low 3/4 slot; the fastball had late life and was very effective when he worked inside. With the arm speed he showed and current wiry frame, its hard not to imagine more velo in the tank for right hander. 

Primin Brechbuhl, OF/1B, Greater Atlanta Christian, 2020
6-foot-3 205-pounds. Brechbuhl is a very intriguing prospect, probably even more so due to the nature of his high academic background (4.0/32 ACT). The hulking RHH has done nothing but find barrel in the time he has been seen. He flat rakes and is athletic for an athlete with his physicality, 4.2-4.3 runner down the line. If you’re looking to peg an area where Brechbul could make a true jump it would be the ability to just lose baseballs at any given moment but seeing as he’s put multiple ABs of 90+ EVs together it’s hard not to imagine with a little bit more backspin when he finds barrel that balls start leaving the yard. 

Carson Bennink, RHP, Lassiter, 2020
6-foot-0 160 pounds. The righthander flat out commanded the zone with his fastball (82-85)/ slider (75-77) mix during his entire outing. He threw the fastball to both sides of the plate and went to the slider on any given count and was very comfortable pitching backwards with it when he needed too. He has a wiry frame and a short arm circle that is very fluid and repeatable. Bennink could make huge jumps in these next few months in terms of velocity while already showing the ability to pitch, arm to watch out for in the coming months. 

Danny Crabtree, RHP, Pope (GA), 2020
6-foot-1 170 pounds. The wiry Crabtree made a relief appearance for 643 and immediately went to using a 3 pitch mix. He worked backwards using a breaking ball (65-67) and a very good fading Change (67-68) to compliment his low 80s fastball. Crabtree mechanically is a lot of arm whip from a 3/4 slot right now and a more efficient lower half could lead to jumps in velocity once it becomes more engaged and profound mechanically. 

Severin Halvorsen, C/RHP, Lassiter (GA), 2020
5-foot-11 190 pounds. Halvorsen also appeared in relief for 643 today. He showed a 2 pitch mix with a 83-85 fastball and an upper 60s curve, normally a big time strike thrower, Halvorsen had an uncharacteristic day as he battled some command issues due to flying open a tad early and losing some pitches arm side. What never stopped for Halvorsen however was the constant competitiveness on the mound, he battled from the first pitch to the last and very easy to see why he is a strike thrower characteristically. 

Austin Emener, LHP, First Presbyterian Day, 2020
6-foot-3 187-pounds. North Alabama commit. One of the top left-handed arms of the weekend. Some serious potential for the tall, well built frame. An easy 83-85 that ran it up to 86 in his start. Works well out of the wind-up, and gets on his front side a little early in the stretch. Still a ton of room left for development in his back-side. Could spin the CB for strikes when he needed it. Was able to dominant with the FB most of his outing. Emener has 90 in the tank for sure. Arm works well, and has a solid body to build on.
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