LakePoint Fall Invite: Underclass Scout Blog


PBR Georgia Staff

The LakePoint Fall Invite took place this past weekend, September 13th through the 15th. Nearly 60 teams from an Upper and Underclass division  came to LakePoint Sporting Community in Emreson, GA to compete. Today, we present to you the Underclass Scout Blog. 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 LakePoint Fall Invite Scout Blog is loaded with information. Follow the links below to jump straight to a team or simply scroll and view it all in its entirety.

5 Star 15U Dobbs | Coastal Stars 2022 Prospects | Coastal Stars 2023 Prospects | East Cobb Yankees | BigStix Baseball 16U | Georgia Scorpions 16U | Nelson Baseball School 16U | Triton Rays 2022 | Georgia Scorpions 15U | Nelson Baseball School 15U | USA Prime | 15U Georgia Jackets National | 5 Star 15U Kellem | 5 Star 15U Weaver | 5 Star 16U Barton | 5 Star 16U Burress | 5 Star 16U Daughtry | 5 Star Midsouth Hill | 5 Star Midsouth Hunley | Diamond USA Baseball | MGBA 16U | NextLvl 16U - Rigby | Redstitch108 | Team Georgia 15U | The Lab | Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team | Triton Rays Dingers 2023 | West Cobb GA Rebels

5 Star 15U Dobbs

James Hays, IF/RHP, Westfield Academy (GA), 2023
6-foot-1 170lbs. A top 20 2023 prospect in the state of Georgia. He did nothing but impress this weekend. His swing is easy, but powerful. Can hit the ball to all parts of the field. Athletic kid, solid in all aspects of the game. If his bat was not enough he got on the mound and flashed 87 multiple times. He was 84-86 with good life, and an effortless delivery. Keep an eye out for this Georgia kid in future tournaments as well as the spring high school season.


Andrew Dunford, SS, Houston County, 2023
6-foot-5, 185-pound right-handed hitting shortstop and third baseman, physically advanced for age, will continue to add mass to frame resulting in more power. Offensively, balanced setup, short quick stride, hands drop and load back, barrel flattens out. Uses his long levers well to be short to the ball, creating hard contact. Still coming into his own, with added loft has a chance to be a serious power threat.


Coastal Stars 2022 & 2023 Prospects

Blaydn Alaniz, MIF, Houston County, 2022
5-foot-7, 135-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder, athletic build, displays smooth actions all over the field. Offensively, slightly open setup, short stride to square, minimal hand load back, utilizes his lower half well throughout, remains balanced. Quick hands, line drive type hitter, barrel whips through the zone with ease, finds contact more times than not. Defensively, showed good range and hand-eye coordination tracking balls.

Tyler Newhouse, MIF, Perry, 2022
5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder, proportional build, athletic frame, projects to fill out with strength. Offensively, open setup, smooth pre-pitch rhythm, hands load back, short toe tap stride. Middle/pull hitter, barrel works uphill through the zone with developing bat speed.

BigStix Baseball 16U

Austin Merritt, 3B/RHP, Ola (GA), 2022
5-foot-9 165lbs. Short, stocky frame that plays great over at 3rd base. Keeps the ball in front of him, and can move well on balls to his left. Has a strong swing at the plate. Uses his lower-half to produce the power. Stays back on the ball, and looks to do damage on the FB inside. 


John MacDonald, LHP, Ola, 2022
6-foot-1, 185-pound left-handed pitcher, thick frame that will carry strength down the road. On the mound, arm works clean with some looseness, ¾ slot, repeats delivery. Tall and fall, works-line, lands closed finishing square to home. Fastball played up to 80, located around the zone consistently, nibbled at the corners. Slider, short sweep, 69-73. Showed feel for both pitches and competed in the zone as he tossed a 7.0 inning complete game shutout against a very talented Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team.


Nolan Sliver, RHP, Ola, 2022

6-foot-2, 145-pound right-handed pitcher, long, projectable frame, athletically built. Pitches with a chip on his shoulder, highly competitive, even without his best stuff is still able to grind it out. Arm works short and clean out of a ¾ slot with a low effort delivery. Works at an ultra quick pace, continuously quick pitching, makes for an uncomfortable at-bat. Fastball sat 81-84 with armside run. Changeup at 76-77, fade action. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 69-72.

Dominic Elam, C, Union Grove, 2022

5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting catcher, proportional build, emerging strength in frame. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, hands load deep into back-side with a slight drop and some barrel wrap, remains balanced. Athletic hands and good hand-eye coordination, whips barrel through the zone, able to find the sweet spot even on pitches outside the zone, gap-to-gap type hitter, drives the ball. Defensively, has some of the softer hands in the class, receives well with an above average catch and throw skill set.

Devin Portee, SS, St. Pius X, 2022

5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder, athletic build with strength throughout, will continue to fill out and add to frame as he physically matures. Was an offensive catalyst hitting out of the leadoff position all weekend long. Balanced setup, leg kick timing trigger, hands load, short hand load back, good balance throughout. Line drive type hitter, has the ability to use the whole field, generates hard contact, can really turn on inside pitches.


Georgia Scorpions 16U


Jonathan Vigoa, C, Rome, 2022

5-foot-11, 160-pounds, right-handed hitting catcher, strong, durable build, athletically built, moves well. Offensively, open setup, hands load back, short stride out, remains open. Takes aggressive cuts at the plate with advanced bat speed, looks to turn on pitches, has power to all fields. A menace on the basepaths, puts pressure on the defense with his speed and aggressiveness. Defensively, traditional catcher’s arm action, short and over-the-top, accurate on throws with some carry. Soft blocker, keeps ball out front.

Nelson Baseball School 16U

Corey Berry, SS, East Paulding, 2022
5-foot-9, 140-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder, athletic build with wiry strength. Displays smooth actions all over the field. Offensively, uses the entire field with a line drive approach out of the leadoff spot. Gets out of the box quickly, putting pressure on the defense to make plays. Makes contact more times than not.

Triton Rays 2022

Don Dixon, MIF, Next Level Academy, 2022

5-foot-9, 140 pounds; wiry frame. Quick swing with ability to turn on fastball. Uses slight leg kick; gets foot down on time. Confident hitter. Advanced glove in the infield; quick feet with flashy hands.


Kaden Bryant, OF, Next Level Academy, 2022

5-foot 10, 190-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, a high level athlete with a muscular build, stands out in a uniform. Hits out of the leadoff spot all weekend. Offensively, takes an open setup, high leg kick timing trigger, keeps hands inside frame, incorporates lower half, balanced through contact. Middle/pull hitter, creates hard contact routinely, even on mishits the ball jumps off his bat and causes problems for the defense. Covers ground well on the bases and in the outfield, plays the game hard, ran a 4.61 home to first on a double down the left field line.

Mason Compton, RHP, Flowery Branch, 2023

6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, strong, durable frame, proportional build. Arm works short and clean to a high ¾ slot, above-average arm speed, repeats, hides the ball well on the backside. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, front side opens up, lands square, finishes upright with some recoil. Fastball played at 80-83, controlled around the zone, did a good job climbing the ladder with, getting batters to chase. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 67.

Grant Jay, C, Mobile Christian (AL), 2022

5-foot-11, 197-pound right-handed hitting catcher, durable frame, carries strength throughout. Offensively is a force at the plate, keeps it simple and quiet in his pre-pitch rhythm, short stride and a small hand load back, utilizes his core strength and legs. Advanced bat speed for age, whips it through the zone in an uphill path, ball jumps of the bat, elevates the ball with backspin, easy effort, will hit for power to all fields.

Georgia Scorpions 15U


Blake Floyd, OF, Pepperell, 2023

5-foot-10, 150-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, a lean athlete. Barrel control type hitter at the plate, looks to hit the ball where it is pitched and use the whole field. Good awareness in the box and an intelligent approach, takes advantage of situations, laid down a perfect push bunt with a man on first, easily beating the defense to the bag.

Cooper Evans, RHP/CIF, Calhoun, 2023

6-foot-2, 150-pound right-handed hitting corner infielder, projectable build with length in his frame and plenty of room to fill out, moves with smooth actions, good gait while running. Open setup, leg kick timing trigger, hands cock on load with the barrel tilted towards the field of play, good balance. Nice, easy swing at the plate, good use of his lower half, can really turn on the ball for hard contact to the pull-side.

USA Prime


Ashton Odak, SS/RHP, Denmark, 2023

The 6-foot, 150 pound shortstop has untapped potential, physically. Already has mature skillset at the plate and up-the-middle. Offensively,has fluid, easy hands. Works all over the field with approach. Gets rotational on load, barrel travels well. Constantly shows ability to hit balls hard on the ground and on a line. At short, has fundamental hands with solid actions. Good carry across the infield.

15U Georgia Jackets National


Jackson Westmoreland, MIF, St Francis, 2023

5-foot-9, 160 pounds. The stocky athletic infielder continues to impress on the weekend the more he is watched. He shows strong versatility on the infield handling 3B, SS, 2B duties and making plays at all 3. He showed off impressive range and arm strength while playing SS making a play deep in the hole and converting a strong accurate throw as well. Offensively he turned out imposing at bats via deep lineouts or liners into the gaps for base knocks. On the mound, he shows a loose, clean arm, hides the ball well out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 81-83 with late life. Manipulated his breaking ball between 64-71, changing the shape between 11/5 and two plane break.


Nico Senese, INF, East Coweta, 2022
6-foot-2, 165-pounds, the uber projectable infielder is an athlete. He showed versatility as well playing multiple infield positions on the day and successfully defending each. His most impressive play came on a slow roller at shortstop which he barehanded and smoothly transitioned into an accurate throw. He runs well, the body projects definitely with more speed to come and for the frame to fill out. Offensively, a top of the order bat, open setup, high hands separate on load, remains balanced. Present bat speed, gap-to-gap hitter, routinely drove the ball to all fields.


Dominick Scalese, Wesleyan School, 2023, INF
Scalese, 6-0 155, the third of what is an impressive group of INF for the Jackets 15U squad. Scalese impressed with the bat as well as showing off the speed in his own right, he went sub 14 on a stand-up triple in the right center gap. The frame projects to fill out and more speed to come as he gets stronger and mature. He showed good barrel control and some whip in the swing 

Ty Moores, Sequoyah HS, 2023, OF
6-2, 185. While having limited at bats due to a run rule- Moores showed off some intriguing tools. He played a tremendous outfield in the shortened game and had one at bat where he showed off some speed going home to first in 4.3. The body is projectable, he has some bat speed and is an intriguing outfielder to keep an eye on.

Jansen Kenty, LHP, East Coweta, 2023
5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, thick frame with strength throughout. Arm works long with a continuous action, shows low on the backside, accelerates out front with above average arm speed to a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square. Fastball st 81-83 with run, mixed in a 1/7 breaking ball at 68-71. Has yet to tap into the power of his lower half, using little of his legs in his delivery. With further firming up of the frame and use of legs, should see a significant jump in velocity down the road.


Jake Lankie, RHP, Blessed Trinity, 2023

6-foot, 145-pound right-handed pitcher, lanky athlete, strong lower half, projectable build. Arm works short and clean on the back-side with looseness, high ¾ slot, repeats well. Drop and drive delivery, rides down the mound landing square, finishes crossing over towards first base. Fastball sat 82-85 with armside run, controlled the zone with. Curveball, 12/6 shape, depth, when located low in the zone had late bite, dropping off the table, 71-73. Also offered up a changeup at 75, used sparingly.

Cole Munhall, C/RHP, North Forsyth, 2022

5-foot-11, 185-pound right-handed hitting two-way prospect, thick frame, strong lower half. Offensively, balanced setup, relaxed look, short toe lift stride, hands load back smoothly with a cocking of the barrel to vertical, good balance. Projects to hit for power to all fields, barrel path is short to the zone, quick hands speed and strong wrists as he flicks the barrel through the zone, mostly level path, gets good extension. More power to come as he continues to physically develop. On the mound, short arm action, hides the ball to an over-the-top slot. Drop and drive delivery. Fastball sat 83-86. Curveball had good shape and depth when in the zone at 73.

Santegus Dennis Jr., OF, The Walker School, 2023

5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, long, lean frame, quick twitch athlete. Slightly open setup at the plate, comes square with short stride, hands drop on load with some barrel wrap. Line drive type hitter, whippy barrel through the zone, ball jumps off the bat when he squares it up. Came up with one of the biggest hits of the tournament in the championship game, trailing by one in the bottom of the sixth with the bases load and two outs, he drove one back up the middle for an RBI single, extending the game.

5 Star 15U Weaver

Reid Harvey, RHP, Thomas County Central, 2023

5-foot-10, 170 pounds; not close to peaking, physically. Very clean, fluid arm action. Fastball got up to 80 mph and had a 2100 rpm spin rate; a lot more in the tank. Best pitch is breaking ball at 64-65. Had 12/6 action with impressive depth.

5 Star 16U Barton


Kevin Cox, RHP, Vidalia, 2022
A good two-way player that stood out on his team. Lean, lanky frame that has a ton of room for growth. At the plate he stays tall, and uses his entire body on his swing. Just missed a HR that hit the top of the wall. On the mound FB was 81-83. He was all around the zone, and did a great job getting inside on guys. 

5 Star 16U Burress

Lane Essary, RHP, Combine Academy (N.C.), 2022
Solid young arm with life on FB at  82-84 with good downhill plane and tilt. He’s flashed good feel for a 10-4 slider at 67-70. Quick loose arm out of his 6’1 170lb frame. Showed smooth simple mechanics and mixed pitches well, settled in after a rocky first inning. 

Tanner Zellem, 2022, Boles HS (FL),3B
6-0, 200. The physical 3B made his presence felt early turning around a FB for a loud HR early to tie the game up. EV 94 off the bat. Zellem has shown a short compact swing with some loft to it; he turned out another hard contact during the game and overall has shown the ability to hit with authority all game. He showed patience as well drawing a walk later, overall on the day he showed an ability to take until he found a pitch to drive and did so when given the pitch. 

Davis Green, 2022, Pierce County, CF
5-9,155. While small in stature Green has paced the 5Star lineup and helped the runs pile up for the Mafia accounting for half of their runs produced. He showed off his athleticism with a line drive single first AB where he churned a 4.6 home to rounding the bag on the turn; he followed that at bat up with a deep sac fly. Green has used the entire field in this game thus far and keeps the bat through the zone long with slight loft in the swing.

 
Jaxson West, 2022, Chiles HS (FL), C
The 5-10, 155lb LHH catcher helped to turn a potent 5-Star Burress lineup as well, he showed a good eye all game and churned out a quality at bat each plate appearance. The LHH used the entire field  and was another one of many hitters in the lineup to have simple mechanics with a short easy compact swing. Defensively he handled the pitching staff very well, showed soft hands and receiving ability stealing many strikes on the day. He had great game awareness and was the field general for the Mafia during the game. 

Austin Williamson, RHP/INF, Lincoln Charter, 2022
6-3, 210, the physical RH sat 82-84 on the fastball but struggled with commanding it at times in the relief appearance. He flashed a very good feel for a 68-69 mph 11-5 CB that he hammered in the strike zone however, Williamson showed a good base on the lower half and appears to have more arm strength coming. Offensively he showed a good eye and strike zone awareness at the plate drawing multiple walks on the day 


5 Star 16U Daughtry

Grey Brannen, OF, Westfield (GA), 2022
6-foot-4 185 lbs. Lanky, athletic frame that has a smooth, short swing. Has a great backside approach, and can drive the outside pitch the other way with power. Showed off the speed on a 2B to right center. Good runner on the bases and in the OF. Fields the ball well, and puts power behind his throws. Look for Brannen to keep developmenting, and add strength to make him even more of a threat at the plate. 


Lane Roberts, RHP/SS, Lowndes, 2023
5-foot-9, 175-pound right-handed hitting two-way prospect, broad frame with strength throughout. Stood out offensively hitting out of the leadoff position. Takes control of the batter's box, making it his own, dictates the pace of play. Takes a line drive approach with a smooth swing, when he finds the barrel the ball jumps off his bat, makings of a future gap-to-gap hitter with pull-side pop. Also hopped on the mound briefly, short arm action, fastball sat 75-77. 


5 Star Midsouth Hill

Matt Sweeney, OF, Cookeville (TN), 2021

5-foot-9, 170-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, proportional, athletic build. Offensively, balanced setup, relaxed, loads weight onto backside, long reverse toe-tap stride, good balance. Loose hands/wrists, level through contact, flicks barrel at point of contact, uses the who field.

Brett Dowling, OF, Mt. Julier (TN), 2022
5-foot-11, 155-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, strong, projectable build, will put on more strength as he continues to fill out. Offensively, balanced setup, leg kick timing trigger, hands and weight load back, good balance. Easy effort swing through the zone, barrel works uphill with natural loft, looks to drive the ball middle/pull.

5 Star Midsouth Hunley

Andrew Davidson, RHP, Lipsomb Academy, 2022
5-foot-11 175lbs. A solid arm that is young, and has plenty of room for growth and development. He faired well at the plate and on the mound. A good athletic frame, that has a built out upper-half. FB was 79-81, and commanded the ball well.


Austin Hunley, RHP, Mount Juliet, 2022

6-foot-2, 155 pounds. Showed well on the mound, topping out at 85 mph; 4 mph increase from July. Gets extension towards home; slight rotational finish. Breaking ball had 11/5 action at 64-68 mph. Backed off RHH with breaking ball on inner-half of plate.

MGBA 16U


Cam Collier, INF/RHP, Mount Paran, 2023

The Louisville commit showed why he is one of the top 2023 two-way players in the country over the weekend. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, the thick, physical Collier displayed power and consistency everywhere on the field. Uses a waggle rhythm load with hands, has impressive hand speed and barrel whip. Easy power as Collier wore out the right-center gap all tournament. Showed a good approach and strike-zone awareness; rarely chased pitches and battled very well with two strikes. Situational hitter. On the mound, has advanced arm strength with easy effort. FB sat 82-84,T85. Did not show off-speed very much as he challenged predominantly with FB. #2 ranked player in Georgia 2023 Class.

James Thorpe, OF, East Coweta, 2022

Physical outfielder at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Strong swing with short finish. Hits from a slightly open stance; gets hip load early. Gets extension with hands, allowing for plus-power. Had multiple LC and RC gap shots on a line. Physically-matured player. Currently ranked #29 in the GA 2022 class.

NextLvl 16U - Rigby

Payton Doyle, SS, North Paulding, 2023

5-foot-8, 135 pounds; proportional build with tons of room for growth. Has present ability on both sides of the ball. Left-handed hitter with simple line-drive swing. Good awareness in the box, rarely chases out of zone. Very good defensively with sound fundamentals. Uses feet well and has clean transfers at 2B. Plays with energy. 


Redstitch108

Jaxon Walker, Loudon County, 2024, OF/LHP
5-9,160. The two-way made an appearance on the mound today as well and presented the best stuff seen for the younger Redstitch club thus far. He threw from a low ¾ arm slot, borderline shoulder height at release at times. He sat 77-80 on the fastball and it had good life and run at times, however he fell victim to command issues, which seemed to be the constant today for Redstitch. Offensively, he paced the offense scoring 3 runs on the day via reaching by 3 walks. Though he did not collect a hit in his 3 ABs, he showed good strike zone awareness and was an offensive threat for Redstitch. 

Jackson Steele, Carter HS, 2023, OF/RHP
6-2, 180. Steele made an appearance on the mound in which he struggled with command while sitting 70-72. Offensively, the physical freshman made his impact felt banging a 3B in to the right centerfield gap showing some opposite field power. As he continues to mature and gain strength, he could be a candidate to develop legitimate HR power on any given swing. In yesterday’s game he made a nice diving play as well to show off another area of his athleticism.


Team Georgia 15U


Cooper Milord, OF/RHP, Blessed Trinity, 2023

6-foot, 150-pound right-handed two-way prospect, lean, athletic build, displays smooth actions. Offensively, continues to square the baseball up with regularity, advanced barrel control creates line drive contact, easy effort in swing, uses the entire field. On the mound, he showed feel for three pitches. Fastball topped out at 80 but has been up to 83 in the past. Changeup showed fade at 72, curveball at 66-67.


Bryce England, C, Cherokee Bluff, 2023
5-foot-10, 162-pound right-handed hitting catcher, strong proportional build. Offensively, athletic setup, balanced with a bend in his knees, hands drop with some barrel wrap on load, short stride, remains balanced throughout. Gap-to-gap type hitter, gets extension through the zone with a flat barrel path, able to drive the ball.

Francesco Capocci, 3B, Alliance Academy, 2023

6-foot-2, 172-pound right-handed hitting third baseman, ultra projectable frame, lean athletic build, will continue to fill out and add more power to frame as he matures. Stood out defensively, has some of the softest and quickest hands in the class, clean and fluid with his actions, arm has plenty of strength to stick on the left-side of the infield. Offensively, there is present bat speed and the power is there, hits will come with a more consistent approach.

The Lab

Cooper Stapleton, IF/RHP, South Doyle (TN), 2022
One of the most impressive SS in the underclass group. Good actions at short, and fields the ball out in front with great footwork. Moves side-to-side really well, and can field the back hand. Great competitor on the field, and plays with passion. Can get it done on the mound as well. FB was 80-82, and he competed in the zone. Fun kid to watch play, he knows one speed, and that’s 100%. 

 

Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team

Sam Georgiana, LHP, LaSalle (PA), 2022
Another solid, consistent arm for Tri-State. FB was 80-82 with good life. He competed on the zone and forced the hitters to swing and cause weak contact. The infielders got plenty of work. He pounded the lower half of the zone. Could throw his off speed for strikes in any count. Good mechanics, with a fluid. Georgiana is a young lefty that will be a major threat on the mound with some growth. 


Jack O'Connor, RHP, Bishop O'Connell (VA), 2022
Virginia commit. Physical prospect, carries strength throughout 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame. Arm works long, showing low on the backside, quick arm speed to get out front to a 3/4 slot. Drop and drive delivery, rides lower half down the mound landing square. Started the game sitting 84-85, warmed up over the second and third innings, touching 87 multiple times. Offered up three distinct off-speed pitches. Good feel for curveball at 68-70, shape varied between 12/6 and 11/5. Changeup showed fade at 75, makings of a power pitch. Flashed one cut-fastball at 80 that had sharp lateral movement, may have been a miss-throw, but if he is able to consistently find the pitch, it will complete an already potent arsenal.
AJ Gracia, OF/LHP, Ranney School (NJ), 2023

Duke commit. 6-foot, 145-pound left-handed two-way prospect, physically still coming into his own with a lean athletic build, broad shoulders, projects to put on a significant amount of strength. Offensively, wide setup with an athletic bend in his knees, hands start near his ear, short load back, remains balanced throughout. Lets the barrel fly with advanced control and bat speed for his age, smooth swing, long through the zone, good hand eye coordination, had no trouble making square contact all weekend long, even on tough left on left matchups. On the mound, short, clean arm action, hides it well through a ¾ slot. Works on-line, keeps his front-side closed, a bit rotational. Fastball sat 81-82 with armside run. Curveball, showed depth at 67-68, has the makings of a future out pitch.

West Cobb GA Rebels

Nicholas Miller, C/RHP, Etowah, 2022
5-foot-8, 170-pound right-handed hitting catcher, stocky frame, carries strength. Showed well at the plate this summer during the PBR National Championships and continues to hit well this fall. He has a strong lower half that produces power to the pull-side. Behind the plate he works hard and blocks well. He can play either corner spot and get the job down. On the mound he fills up the zone slinging it from a lower slot, not overpowering but he competes in the zone and challenges hitters.