Prep Baseball Report

Fall Upperclass World Series: Quick Hits

Kyle Colletta
Georgia Staff

This past weekend showed to be a great turnout for the first ever PBR Fall Upperclass World Series. The event at LakePoint in Emerson, GA took place October 4 - October 6. Take a look at some of the standouts from the four teams that made it to the semi-final round on Sunday.

Slammers Embry

-Slammers showed physical tools across the board. Impressed with style of play throughout the weekend. After going 3-0 in pool play, Slammers beat a talented Team Elite Silver in the opening round of bracket play. They fell short to Southern Squeeze in the semi-finals. 

Colby Shade, OF, Fort Collins HS (CO), 2020
Oregon recruit, currently ranked No. 237 nationally in the 2020 class. Athletic 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder with proportional strength. Quick-twitch tendencies, moves with fluidity on the bases and in center field. Offensively, generates bat speed with his hands, looks to get his swing off but doesn’t chase out of the zone. Calm, relaxed approach, strong at contact, ball jumps off the barrel. Doesn’t get cheated in the box. 

Nate Bach, 3B/OF, Boulder HS (CO), 2020
Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed hitter with lean, athletic build. Generates advanced bat speed, takes aggressive hacks, looks to get his swing off. Pull approach with power potential. High-follow uncommitted prospect. Currently ranked No. 79 in Colorado’s 2020 class.  

Parker Dorrance, SS, Ralston Valley HS (CO), 2020
Uncommitted. Wiry-athletic 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Has a confident, relaxed plate approach with quick, whippy hands. Delivered three hits for Slammers during their Friday night victory, including a two-run single, a line drive back up the box and a rope to left field. Has a clear idea what he’s doing at the plate. Sure-handed in the field, average carry, longer arm action. High-follow uncommitted prospect.
Ethan Stitzman, 2B, Wheat Ridge HS (CO), 2020
Uncommitted. 5-foot-7, 135-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Sparkplug hitting in the lead off spot for Slammers, delivered four hits during Friday night’s victory, including a double to left-center. Compact, level swing, maintains balance throughout. Runs the bases aggressively, swiped a few bags and scored runs. Plays with energy.
Caden Link, RHP, Lakewood HS (CO), 2020
Uncommitted. Hulking 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-handed pitcher. Threw two shutout innings of relief during Friday night’s victory. Fastball ranged between 79-81 with some down angle. Plunge and cuff at hand break, comes out of a high-3/4 slot, around the zone with everything. Threw exclusive fastballs in game.
Billy Wall, LHP, Ralston Valley HS (CO), 2020
Uncommitted. 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-handed pitcher, threw well during Slammers’ Friday night victory. Seemingly got stronger as game wore on. Fastball ranged between 75-77 mph, played mostly true. Curve ball worked between 65-68 mph, showed more action in the later innings.

Reid Johnson, RHP, Frederick HS, (CO), 2020 
Southern Squeeze

Squeezing in to bracket play as the last seed, the Squeeze took down the #1 seed, Devine Baseball to advance to the semi-finals. The bats were alive as they put up 10 runs in the semi-final game to advance tot he finals, where they were topped by Team Elite Black.

Hayden Stancil, 3B/SS, Cullman HS (AL), 2022
High-follow prospect in the 2022 class. Wiry 6-foot, 175-pound right-handed hitter with loose, athletic hands. Calm, relaxed presence in the box, advanced rhythm in hand/load, swing works with ease and tempo; generates effortless bat speed at launch. Roped a double down the left-field line in one at-bat.
Caleb Gallant, OF/RHP, Cardinal Newman HS (SC), 2020
Uncommitted. Athletic 5-foot-11, 155-pound two-way prospect. Tripled to lead off the game for Southern Squeeze on Friday night. Previously, he has flashed mid-to-upper-80s velocity on the mound.
Carson Sorrell, SS, Tupelo (MS), 2020

Sox Baseball

After a dominant performance in pool play, which only allowed 4 runs, Sox Baseball carried their winning ways to Sunday. They took down Allatoona in walk-off fashion in extra innings. They would go on to lose a nail-biter in the semi-final game to Team Elite Black. 

Chandler Tillman, RHP, Whitewater (GA), 2020
5-foot-11 155-pounds. Has been consistent on the mound every weekend this fall. Tillman is a huge competitor that can be trusted to throw strikes every time out. He can put his FB where he wants, and has the pitchability to throw his off-speed off of his fastball in the same tunnel. FB has been up to 86 this fall. Was 82-83 in his final inning of his 7 inning shutout, 1 hit performance. Has a 3 pitch mix, and can throw them all from strikes. Throws the CB with conviction in any count. An uncommitted 2020 that could be a huge asset to any colleges rotation or bullpen. Rare to see the consistency that he has shown for 3 weekends in a row. Currently ranked No. 42 for RHP’s in the 2020 class of Georgia.

Jack Seppings, RHP, Landmark Christian (GA), 2020
6-foot-1 160-pounds. Another solid arm for Sox Baseball. Arm works well, flashing an 87 on the final day of the tournament. FB was 84-86 with effective movement. Comes across body slightly which created deception for the hitter. Has a firm SL at 76-77 that he uses for an out pitch. Has the ability to pitch in to open up the zone, and attack with the fastball. Quick arm that has more velocity left to produce. Jacob Howell, RHP, East Coweta (GA), 2020
6-foot-4 185-pounds. Big, physical frame with a nice and easy motion. Low effort that produces strikes, and forces contact. FB worked up to 82, sat 79-81 most of the game against a tough lineup. He worked down in the zone, and made hitters swing the bat. CB was 70-73, and could flip it for strikes early and late in the count. There is definitely untapped strength in the 6-4 frame. Clean mechanics with a good arm path that can produce higher velo numbers.
Keegan Rich, LHP, East Coweta (GA), 2020
New Orleans commit. Matured body at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Up and down delivery, utilizes body strength well. Gets decent extension on all pitches. Fastball showed heavy life, living 85-87, touching 89. More impressive outings we have seen from Rich. Curve ball had good shape at 1/7; 72 mph.

Team Elite Black

Team Elite Black showed why they are one of the top squads in the country. After only allowing 3 runs in pool play, Team Elite Black showed the ability to come from behind in the semi-finals to beat Sox Baseball. In the Championship Game, they cruised to victory, remaining as the Champions of the 2019 Fall Upperclass World Series.

Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (GA), 2020
Duke recruit, one of the top draft prospects in the 2020 class, currently ranked No. 1 in Georgia, No. 33 overall. Physical specimen, stands 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, lean, athletic build with proportional strength and plenty of room for continued physical development. Showed up shortly before Team Elite’s second game of the day and proceeded to make his presence known in each of his three at-bats. First, he roped a double to right center field, and followed it with a line-drive single to left field. Then he topped it off with a laser home run, 105-mph off the bat, that cleared the left field wall in a nanosecond. Quick-twitch athlete, generates plus bat speed with little effort; for his size and length, he stays connected. Present power with more projection in the future. 

Fernando Gonzalez, C, North Cobb Christian HS (GA), 2020
Georgia recruit. A native of Panama, Gonzalez should quickly become one of the fastest rising national catching prospects in the 2020 draft class. 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitter, compact build with lean strength. High-level defensive backstop. Possesses extremely soft hands, athletic feet and flexible hips; blocks well. Sticks pitches, steals strikes; overall framing abilities are advanced. Arm is strong and accurate with finish through the bag, consistent pop times. Offensively, has a compact, balanced swing; generates easy bat speed and is strong at contact. Showed ability to hit to all fields. Lined a single back up the box; laced an outer-half fastball the other way, and has the hand speed to turn on the inner half. Runs well.
Ty Floyd, RHP, Rockmart HS (GA), 2020
LSU recruit, currently ranked No. 82 nationally, No. 3 in Georgia’s 2020 class. 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher, lean, athletic build. Topped out at 94 in the first inning, sitting 91-92. In the second, worked 88-93 with his fastball and 88-90 in the third inning. Threw a high volume of strikes with his fastball.. Breaking ball is inconsistent in shape, mostly early break in the mid-70s. Possesses plus arm speed. Soft stab at hand break but gets it up and out consistently.
Carter Holton, LHP, Benedictine Military HS (GA), 2021
Vanderbilt recruit, currently ranked No. 57 nationally, No. 6 in Georgia’s 2021 class. Thin 5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed pitcher with an extremely fast arm at foot strike. Carved for Team Elite Black in his start, pounding the strike zone with his 88-90 fastball. Pitched at 87-89 in the third inning. Effectively mixed three pitches. Slider sat 75-76 while his straight change was 80-81. Punched out four straight to start the game.
Chance Vaught, LHP, Mobile Christian HS (AL), 2020
Arkansas-Little Rock recruit. 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed pitcher, thin frame with room for continued physical development. Threw one inning for Team Elite Black in relief and impressed. Possesses an extremely quick, athletic arm coming out of a high-3/4 slot. Fastball sat 85-87 with some arm-side life - more velocity in the tank. Struggled to land the breaking ball, but it showed flashes of being a banger. It’s tight with sharp late downer action at 71-73 mph. Showed potential of being a plus pitch in the future. 
Jackson Boyd, MIF, Hebron Christian HS (GA), 2020
Uncommitted. 5-foot-9, 165-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder with some strength. Takes highly competitive at-bats; short, compact swing, direct path with some bat speed and barrel awareness. Barreled up the baseball in the doubleheader Saturday night, collecting multiple hits, including a double. Runs well and plays with energy. William Haberstock, RHP, Centennial HS (GA), 2020
North Alabama commit. 6-foot-3, 185 pounds; proportional strength. Durable body with a quick arm that produced a FB up to 88; lived in the 86-87 range. Athletic on the mound, Haberstock showed ability to command the zone and mix in quality breaking pitches. Curveball worked sharp and low at 72 mph. 

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