Fall Underclass World Series: Scout Blog Pt. 1

PBR Georgia Staff

The Fall Underclass World Series took place this past weekend, October 11th through the 13th. In total, 36 teams came to LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, GA to compete. Today, we present to you the Underclass Scout Blog, Pt. 1, pools A through D. 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 Fall Underclass World Series Scout Blog is loaded with information. Every team may not receive write-ups as standouts are identified by the PBR staff throughout the event.

Pool A: 5 Star Carolina - Neyra | NEXTLVL 16U - Rigby/Orr | Team Elite White | Big Stix Gamers Prime 15U

Pool B: Slammers Ascinar | Devine Baseball 16U | Georgia Scorpions 15U | Allatoona

Pool C: 16U Georgia Jackets National | Triton Rays Dingers 2022 | USA Prime | Ozone Warriors

Pool D: 15U Georgia Jackets National | Southwest Sox | Pro Hitting Prospects | The Lab

Pool A

5 Star Carolina - Neyra

Isaiah Lowe, RHP/3B, Christ School (NC), 2022
A member of Team Carolinas at the 2019 Future Games, Lowe showed once again why he is he one of the top pitching prospects in the 2022 class. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder continues to add muscle to his already physical frame, in addition to exhibiting smooth, athletic actions in his overall delivery. His arm works short and clean to a ¾ slot, using advanced arm speed to get out front. Gifted with tree trunk legs and an overall strong lower half, he gets into his legs using a drop and drive delivery and is explosive down the mound, finishing with a cross over towards first. Fastball, previously seen up to 91, touched 89 on the day, sitting mostly 84-87, pitch comes in heavy, popping the glove emphatically. Curveball had sharp break to it, playing 73-76, has the makings of a future out-pitch. Also flashed a changeup, that when located low in the zone had good sinking action at 75-77.

Luke Adams, 1B/OF, Carrboro (NC), 2022
6-foot-3, 197-pounds right-handed hitting first baseman and outfielder, long, strong frame with much more strength to come as he continues to physically develop. Offensively, starts upright in a narrow, open stance, strides long with a smooth hand load back, good balance at contact. A predominantly pull hitter, strong hands/wrists maintain above average barrel speed through contact, elevates the ball and drives it with force, even on mishits the ball comes off his bat hot due to his overall strength. Hunts pitches middle/in and lets the barrel fly, gets into his lower half well. Has shown time and time again that his ability to hit is just as good as the power he possesses in his bat, barreling up pitches against any level of pitching.
Brooks Brannon, C, Randleman (NC), 2022

Had a breakout performance with 5 Star Carolina, being one of the most dangerous offensive prospects at the Fall Underclass World Series. At 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Brannon carries strength throughout with some thickness, will only improve as he matures and firms up his lower half. Keeps it simple in his pre-swing routine, balanced setup, hands load back and barrel cocks, heel lift stride, great balance throughout. A force at the plate as he drove the ball from gap-to-gap and showed off some pull-side pop as evidenced by a 341 foot home run that came off the bat at 89 mph. The barrel stays in the zone for an extended period of time, good hand-eye coordination and strong wrists aid in his ability to hit for power, with more to come.
NEXTLVL 16U - Rigby/Orr

Drake Carver, 2B, Cartersville (GA), 2022
5-foot-8 145-pounds. Prototype fast twitch MIF. Has a solid frame to build on with all the right tools. Really athletic game play. Quick hands with a smooth arm, and has no problem over at 2B. The athleticism shows the ability to play anywhere on the field. Really good runner, got out of the box well and was a threat on the bases. The swing is simple, and quick. Makes contact consistently. Great top of the line-up candidate, and hard working ball player.
Team Elite White

Tyler Stevenson, SS, Sprayberry (GA), 2022
5-foot-7 140-pounds. Stevenson started the weekend off hit. Had 2 hits his first 2 at bats of the weekend. The short, athletic framed SS took care of his job at the top of the line up. He has a short, compact swing that can make contact consistently. Solid defensive player that could be interchangeable at SS or 2B. He has smooth hands with a quick arm that allows him to get rid of the baseball easily.

Parker Stewart, RHP, Mill Creek (GA), 2022
6-foot-5 170-pounds. Tall, lanky imposing figure on the mound. Still growing into his body, and learning how to control his frame. The ball comes out well from a high ¾ arm slot. FB was 80-82, and showed more velo to come. What impressed the most was the CB. He threw it with the same arm speed as the FB, and it had a really good break to it. Look the same out of his hand, and surprised hitters with it. The pitchability is there. Definitely a 2022 arm to keep an eye on for the future.
Big Stix Gamers Prime 15U

Devin Portee, SS, St. Pius (GA), 2022
5-foot-10 150-pounds. Has had a strong showing this fall for BigStix. He has been at the top of the lineup, and been a huge piece of the BigStix offense. Athletic player, with a strong foundation to build on. At the plate he has a strong base, and smooth leg kick swing. Line drive hitter that can hit the ball to all parts of the field. High baseball IQ as well, sees the field well both on offense and defense. Really strong and accurate arm from short. Throws well on the run, and can throw from different arm angles.
Pool B

Slammers Ascinar

Ben Greenberg, OF, Colorado Academy (CO), 2022
Greenberg’s speed was used as a weapon offensively and defensively, and he was a big part of the Slammers Asnicar run to the final game. High-waisted at 5-foot-11, 150-pounds, the right-hander has a simple approach starting from an athletic base and rocking his weight back as the hands work down and back from the ear. He utilizes fast hands to work the barrel flat through the zone, and found some hard contact throughout the weekend, and was a threat on the base paths. Greenberg is aggressive in the outfield with a quick first step, and was able to cover an impressive amount of ground to both sides. His raw athleticism should help him progress in the future, especially as he continues to get more in-game at-bats against high-level pitching.
Gabe Springer, SS, Fairview (CO), 2022
Springer paced the Slammers Asnicar offense all weekend en route to a runner-up finish. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound shortstop has a wiry-athletic frame with plenty of room to add strength in both the upper and lower-half. Listed as a switch-hitter, his at-bats came exclusively from the left side in my looks, but it was more than enough to cement him as one of the breakout players from the event. Starting upright and narrow with the hands held high, he separates them down and back with a longer stride before working noticeably uphill through the zone. Springer worked gap to gap for multiple extra-base hits demonstrating an ability to utilize the entire field. His loose wrists and quick provide bat speed and developing power that are sure to increase as he continues filling out. He moved well on the infield (until an injury forced him into DH duty), and profiles as a player who can play any position on the dirt moving forward. Overall, the projection on the frame and relaxed athleticism that he exhibits at the plate make Springer an intriguing player for college coaches to follow moving forward.
Victor Andrade, 3B, Lakewood (CO), 2022
5-foot-7, 150-pound left-handed hitting third baseman, plays with more strength than his frame would indicate. Starts in a tall, open position with barrel on his shoulder, strides long, dropping hands on load. Barrel works long through the zone allowing him to put barrel on ball even in off-balanced positions, primarily hit to the pull-side, drove the ball routinely.
Gabriel Rodriguez, RHP, Horizon (CO), 2022

6-foot, 140-pound right-handed pitcher, a lean athlete, plenty of room for additional mass to be added to frame. The arm works long and athletically with quick speed and some effort to get out front. Fastball sat 82-85 with some late life to it, struggled with command at-times, but when in the zone induced swing and misses. Breaking ball featured tight spin and downer action at 73-75.
Camden Ross, C, Broomfield (CO), 2022

6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting catcher, strong, durable frame, a vocal leader on the field behind the dish. Defensively, uses his frame well to block and keep the ball in front, above average arm strength, ball comes out from a ¾ slot, plays his tail well. Offensively, shoulder width apart open setup, double tap stride has length to it, hands drop and load back into a relaxed position. Takes a line drive middle approach, barrel works level through the zone, with more loft in swing will be able to drive the ball gap-to-gap.
Devine Baseball 16U

Nate Kerpics, RHP/SS, Marist (GA), 2022
6-foot-1 155-pounds. Strong two-way player for Devine Baseball. Had a strong mound presence on the mound. Could tell he was comfortable, and had a plan with each hitter. Threw well out of the stretch, and had a good slide step that shut the run game down. FB sat around 80-81 with good life. He forced contact, and competed in the zone.
Georgia Scorpions 15U

Grayson Smith, RHP, McCallie (TN), 2023
One of the top arms, as well as one of the youngest arms of the weekend. Had 3 shut down innings to start his outing. FB worked up to 85, and he settled in at 81-83. Really strong delivery, and the arm works well. More velo left in the lower-half. Competed at the bottom of the zone with really good life on the fastball. A top arm in the 2023 class to keep a close eye on.

Landon Perkins, SS, Allatoona (GA), 2022
5-foot-11, 130-pound right-handed hitting shortstop, lean frame, room for growth. Offensively, wide, balanced setup, short stride, barrel flattens out on load, good balance throughout. Line drive type hitter, barrel works level through the zone.

Pool C

16U Georgia Jackets National

Ryan Becker, C/3B, South Forsyth (GA), 2022
A powerful 6-foot, 185-pounds, strength throughout frame, will only add more as he matures and firms up. Offensively, starts open with hands preset back, hands move forward on load, low leg kick, good balance.  Worked gap-to-gap, driving the ball for multiple extra-base hits, gets into his lower half well. Swings a power bat with loose wrists, flicking through contact. On Saturday afternoon, came up a home run short of the cycle, going triple, double, single in his first three at-bats of the game.
Tyler Presnell, INF/OF, Cherokee (GA), 2022

5-foot-11, 175-pound left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. Starts in a balanced setup with knees bent athletically, high back elbow, hands drop on load, short stride, good balance, keeps it simple. Swing with natural loft, short and quick to the zone. Was an extra-base machine for throughout the tournament for Georgia Jackets, picking up multiple triple and doubles. On Saturday afternoon, started the game with three consecutive triples.
Patrick Johnson, RHP, Baylor School (TN), 2022

6-foot, 155-pound right-handed pitcher, athletic build, smooth actions. On the mound, arm works quick and loose to a ¾ slot, consistently gets out front out-time. Drop and drive delivery, strides towards third base side of the mound creating some deception, coupled with a high front side and quick arm speed, ball shows up out of nowhere at release point, lands closed and finishes with a slight recoil in his arm. Fastball 77-80 with run (2000rpm). Good feel for curveball at 69, threw at any time in any count, late break (2200-2300rom). With continued physical development and present arm speed, expect a velo jump in the near future.
Colin Hynek, C, Paulding County (GA), 2021

6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher and corner infielder, high waisted with a strong lower half. Offensively, open setup, leg kick timing trigger, hands start high and drop on load with a cock of the wrists, good balance. Gap-to-gap type hitter, looks to elevate and drive the ball with force. Showed off pull-side pop by blasting a 339 foot home run, 90 mph exit velocity.
Triton Rays Dingers 2022

Camden Wimbish, C, West Stanly (NC), 2022
6-foot-2, 190 pounds; physically-advanced for age with strength throughout. Has been impressive in multiple events at LakePoint and last weekend was no exception. Hitting from a fluid, tall stance, Wimbish has an athletic load and gets into a strong position to hit. Bat path is efficient. Impressive bat that uses the whole field well. Confident presence in the box. On the mound, arm works with some length, showing low on the back-side, gets put front with above-average arm speed to a high ¾ slot. Gets into his lower half well in a drop drive delivery. Fastball sat 81-83, flashed cut at-times. Changeup mostly straight at 75-76, maintained arm speed creating deception.
Ashton Kehren, C/3B, Buford (GA), 2022

6-foot, 190 pounds; uses strength all over the field. Had a solid showing at the plate. Has an easy barrel that works loose through the zone. Has ability to use the middle of the field with ease. Bat has some thump in it; loud contact that will only continue to get better.

Max Eubanks, OF, Flowery Branch, 2023
6-foot, 165 pounds; lean build with room for added strength and size. Hits from athletic, wide stance, medium leg kick. Active back-side on swing. Quick, short swing. Hands go straight to ball after load. Good approach with strike zone awareness.. Hunts pitches in the zone in any count. Good athlete/runner.

USA Prime

Ashton Odak, SS, Denmark (GA), 2023
6-foot, 150-pound right-handed hitting shortstop, athletically built with a ways to go before he is done physically maturing. At the plate continues to swing the bat well, as he has done all fall at LakePoint. Can see the confidence growing in him each and every weekend. Facing competition up to two years older than him, held his own well. Utilized a fluid line drive swing, spraying the ball to all parts of the park. A projectable prospect, with more strength will be a gap-to-gap threat.
Ozone Warriors

Landon Lee, RHP, Chestatee (GA), 2023
5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed pitcher, broad shoulders on top of a lean frame, projects to fill out as he physically matures. On the mound, arm slot varies between high ¾ and over-the-top, loads weight onto back-side during drop and drive delivery, keeps front-side high, finishes out front. Fastball sat 79-80 early on. Mixed in a curveball at 65 and a changeup at 74.

Pool D

15U Georgia Jackets National

Nico Senese, SS, East Coweta (GA), 2022
Senese looks the part on the diamond, and as he continues to grow into his long-limbed, athletic, 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame there could be another jump in his future. The young shortstop’s baseball IQ stood out throughout the tournament, and his propensity to take quality at-bats in each plate appearance only stands to help his continued development. A right-handed hitter, he sets up open in a slight crouch, squaring off with a short stride that works the hands back into a power position with minor segmentation. From there, the barrel works directly to the ball with quickness as he showcases the ability to use the entire field. He battled deep in counts on multiple occasions, tracking confidently throughout, and showcasing a knack for getting on base. In the field, he plays through the ball well at shortstop with sure hands, and sports adequate arm that should continue increasing as he gets stronger. Overall, there is lots to like about Senese moving forward, and given his polished approach and chance to stick at shortstop at the next level, expect college coaches to be following him closely in the future.
Cole Munhall, RHP/C, North Forsyth (GA), 2022
Listed as a two-way player, Munhall’s strong arm behind the plate was even more so on the mound. Sturdily-built with a barrel chest on a more mature, 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame, the right-hander delivered fastballs primarily at 86-88 from a power right arm. Getting strong use of his lower-half as he drops and drives down the mound, Munhall creates a downward plane to the bottom of the strike zone releasing out of a high ¾ slot. A shorter arm stroke with quick hand speed out front allows the fastball to get on the plate in a hurry. He was able to get swings and misses on the pitch as well as a mid 70s curveball that was spun with intent, and projects as a future out pitch. Munhall’s competitiveness stood out in this outing, and he has the look of a pitcher that may be counted on to get big outs late in games at the next level. Given his potential to have two above average offerings, look for Munhall to garner attention from college coaches on the mound, and perhaps as a two-way player in the end.
Dominick Scalese, SS/OF, Wesleyan School (GA), 2023
Jansen Kenty, LHP, East Coweta (GA), 2023
Southwest Sox

Mahkai Pelzer, C/SS, Chapel Hill (GA), 2021
5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitting catcher and shortstop, athletic build with compact strength. Offensively, balanced setup, hands cock on load bringing barrel upright, leg kick timing trigger, great balance throughout. Swing is short and quick to the zone, fast hands get the barrel out, looks to use middle/pull, showed a multi-faceted approach, shortened up to a line drive swing when behind in counts, using the middle of the field, early on or when ahead elevated the ball to the pull-side with more pop than one would expect.
Pro Hitting Prospects

Luke Lawson, C, Halls (TN), 2023
5-foot-8, 135-pound right-handed hitting catcher, lean, wiry frame, high-waisted, athletically built, still has a considerable amount of physical maturation to go. At the plate, keeps it simple, wide stance, short hand load back, leg lift stride, keeps weight back. Consistently made line drive contact throughout the weekend, using the middle of the field well.
The Lab

Jayce Upton, OF, Sweetwater (TN), 2022
Upton, a 6-foot-1, 145-pound outfielder is still maturing physically, but showcases some feel for the barrel hitting from the left side. Playing for The Lab out of Tennessee, he delivered plenty of hits on the weekend, including three against against a potent Georgia Jackets pitching staff. He sets up square with a balanced base, before the hands separate short, down and back into a power position with a minor leg kick. His bat-to-ball skills will help carry him as he continues to add strength, and he currently exhibits an ability to hit line drives to all fields.
Auston Kincaid, CF, Summit (TN), 2022
More slightly built at 5-foot-11, 140-pounds, and clearly still developing strength, Kincaid played and performed much bigger, throughout the weekend, than his frame suggests. The right-handed hitter possesses some twitch to the hands, and delivered some firm contact against quality pitching. His bat speed provided for line drives from gap-to-gap, and he confidently hunted pitches in all counts. The center fielder is unafraid defensively with quality glove work, and a quick first step.