Prep Baseball Report

Fall Campus Tour: UGA - Catcher Analysis

Phil Kerber & Justin Goetz
Georgia Staff

PBR Georgia hit the road for its third stop on the Fall Campus Tour on Sunday, November 6th at Foley Field on the campus of the University of Georgia. This event featured nearly 75 prospects  from the 2023-2027 classes. Prospects participated in a pro-style workout that included the 60 yard dash, batting practice, in and out, and pitcher bullpens.

We began the post event analysis with a look at the traditional stats collected in our “Stats Story.” and our staff's initial thoughts in our "Quick Hits". Today, we are going to begin the player analysis portion starting with the catchers. We will make our way around the diamond in the coming articles with outfielders, infielders and pitchers. Continue reading to view the top prospects and the best of the rest listed alphabetically.

Top Prospects

Michael Hunter Stonecipher, Clarke Central  (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP One of the top ranked catchers in Georgia's 2025 class.
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Hit: . Narrow setup, smooth rhythm throughout, crouches down into an athletic positon as he loads hands, short stride, great timing and balance, explosive lower half. Consistent barrel path is short to the zone, long through, lags in the zone, advanced feel for the barrel, can spray the ball with driving force to all fields.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 81.7 mph. 331’ max distance. Present ability with much more to come, dual threat backstop.
Arm: LH. C - 76.00 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short, quick, over-the-top, throws carry and are accurate.
Defense: 1.99-2.11 pop times. Advanced throughout, Soft glove, feel for receiving, plays through the ball with quick, clean footwork, quick exchanges, gets to release quickly.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. Clean gait, quick feet.

Parker Bryant, West Laurens (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds.
Hit: . Narrow, open setup, barrel starts on shoulder, deepens hands on load and cocks wrist to bring barrel vertical, leg kick timing trigger, good balance, explosive lower half.  Longer barrel path to the zone, explosive through contact as the barrel accelerates uphill through the zone, looks to elevate and drive, produced consistent hard driven contact middle/pull.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 344’ max distance. Present power, much more to come.
Arm: RH. C - 74.00 mph. Short, quick arm action to a lower 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: 2.03-2.15 pop times. Plays through the ball, quick feet gain ground, clean on exchanges, soft receiver, feel for glove, creates a good target.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Martin Shelar, Marist (GA), 2026
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds.
Hit: . Open setup, weight and hands start back, barrel wrapped, shifts further onto back-side on load and some coil of lower half, short stride, some explosiveness in lower half. Rotational path, some length to the zone, gets on plane early, uphill through the zone with intent to elevate and drive, middle/pull approach.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 85.1 mph. 325’ max distance. Power potential, advanced for age.
Arm: RH. C - 75.00 mph. OF - 82.00 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short, quick, over-the-top, throws carry. Lengthens out with a clean arm circle in the outfield.
Defense: 2.08-2.15 pop times. Plays through the ball with clean, fluid footwork, soft glove, feel for receiving, clean on exchanges, quick to release, good feel behind the plate and in the outfield.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60.

Best of the Rest

Layton Sowinski, Harlem  (GA), 2027
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds.
Hit: . Narrow, open setup, low hands load back into an arm bar, long toe-tap stride to a balanced hitting position. Barrel path works long to the zone, gets level early, flat through the zone, line drive hitter with gap-to-gap potential, middle approach.
Power: 84 max exit velocity, averaged 74 mph. 296’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68.00 mph. INF - 66.00 mph. Arm works with some length to a low 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.22-2.32 pop times. Creates a good, square target behind the plate, clean footwork and exchanges, tall throughout. Good feel around first base.
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60.

Carson Tomlin, Georgia Connections Academy (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-6, 160-pounds.
Hit: . Open setup with weight displaced on back-side, short load into an arm bar, short stride, one-handed finish. Short barrel path to the zone, on plane early, level through, line drive type hitter, middle approach.
Power: 79 max exit velocity, averaged 66.5 mph. 247’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66.00 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.19-2.33 pop times. Creates a square target behind the plate, some feel for receiving, some quickness in feet, works around the ball, clean on exchanges, sound blocker.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60.

Karson Wheeler, Jackson County (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds.
Hit: . Tall, open setup, shoulders start uphill, drops hands on load as he crouches into hitting position, short stride. Short barrel path to the zone, aggressive intent, gets on plane early, uphill through the zone, looks to elevate and drive the ball middle/pull.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 340’ max distance. Power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 73.00 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short on the back-side to an over-the-top slot., accurate with true back spin.
Defense: 2.16-2.26 pop times. Plays through the ball, square target behind the plate, feel for receiving, clean footwork and on exchanges.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60.

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