PBR Future Games: Team Georgia Game 1 Recap


Phil Kerber, Justin Goetz
PBR Georgia Staff

Game one for Team Georgia in PBR Future Games 2022 had a trio of good pitching performances led by Walton’s projectable ace with MLB bloodlines, Dane Moehler. He set the tone for the staff going 2 shutout innings with the nasty combo of his riding, running FB & two plane CB. The staff followed up that momentum, going its first 6 INN with one ER.

The offense got off to a quick start with 2 beautiful bunts by CF Ajay Jones (North Hall) and the wildly explosive SS Jay Abernathy (North Cobb). With a quick SB from Jones, pure hitter & 6A State Champion SS Jack Myers (Pope) drove him in with an easy missile up the middle. There were barrels up & down our lineup, most being right at defenders. A 3-1 lead turned into a 3-3 tie late in the game, but it was a high energy game against a good Team Indiana club.

Top Statistical Performers

Hitters

Ajay Jones - 2 for 3, 3 SB, 1 R.
Jay Abernathy - 1 for 2, 1 SB, 1 BB.
Jack Myers - 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 barrels.
Marquis Mitchell - 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 barrels.
Dominic Stephenson - 1 for 2, 1 RBI

Pitchers

Dane Moehler - 2 INN, 1 H, O ER, 1 K.
Jackson Peavy - 2 INN, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K.
Elijah Wellman - 2 INN, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K.

Scout Notes

CF Ajay Jones, 2024, North Hall, US Elite
The 5 foot 8, 145 pounder announced himself to the baseball world as a prototype leadoff guy. He ran 6.52 at our Underclass Showcase showed how well his speed plays on the diamond, beating out 2 infield hits and grabbing 3 nearly uncontested SB’s. The aptly named “Turbo” has unbelievable acceleration, instincts, and holds consistent top end speed. These skills benefit him immensely at the plate, on the basepaths, and roaming CF. Very tough to strike out.

SS Jack Myers, 2024, Pope, 6-4-3 DP Baseball
The 6 foot, 160 pounder continued to prove himself as a pure hitter, timing up multiple 90 mph arms with ease. With an unshakable demeanor on the field, his rarest talent being the ability to remain calm on the games largest stages. We love watching him toy with pitchers, his unreal pitch recognition allowing him to lay off nasty breaking balls well before they get to the plate. With a 7 game extended look on him since the start of spring - Myers tracks pitches he offers at noticeably longer than most hitters, literally following every pitch to and through his barrel. His head is never off the ball, allowing rare timing and swing mechanics to flow freely. He is going to blow up as soon as he gets into his man strength.

CF Marquis Mitchell, 2024, Georgia Premier, GBSA Rays
The 6 foot 1, 160 pounder is plain and simple one of the best athletes in PBR 2022 Future Games. When Marquis is on your team there's just a unique comfort. No matter how much velo he faces, he’s going to match a pitcher's stuff with identical force and no fear. He did that twice today, with two 90+ EV’s off high quality arms. His tools are so explosive that it makes good players look average when comparing skill sets. Mitchell’s game will only get more polished with time and his effortless, explosive tools are nearing the top of the scale before he’s even filled out the frame.

C Dominic Stephenson, 2025, Harrison, USA Scout National
The 6 foot 1, 170 pounder seems to do everything right as the youngest position player on our team. It’s been a real treat just to watch him learn & develop right before our eyes, and see how hungry he is to be great. With a trio of exceptional athleticism, bat to ball skills, and swing mechanics, Stephenson has seamlessly adjusted to facing some of the best arms he’s seen in his young career. We loved watching his toughness behind the plate, grinding through being beat up multiple times by foul tips. He also threw some laser back picks!

3B KJ Moon, 2024, North Oconee, Team Elite
The 6 foot 2, 195 pounder has light tower power for his age, long before filling out his large frame. He makes very good swing decisions consistently. Moon is able to decelerate last second on offspeed pitches, and lay off very close pitches outside the zone while maintaining a constant state of aggressiveness at the plate. He shows impressive timing & pace in the swing, and works effortlessly on an incline with his hips and shoulders. It creates a steep barrel angle and led to 2 launches that matched his last name.

RHP Dane Moehler, 2024, Walton, 6-4-3 DP Baseball
The 6 foot 3, 170 pounder’s delivery shows exceptional ease of operation coupled with lightning quick arm speed (loose, mid depth, H3/4). He showed impressive aptitude in the bullpen with the way he adjusted his CB to get more extension and create top spin for more vertical action. It carried over into his start, at one point throwing 3 straight nasty spinners for strikes with tight rotation and two plane depth. In the four outing extended look we’ve had on Moehler, no one squares up his FB. It’s got violent bore up in the zone on RHH and proves similarly tough to square up running away from LHH. It’s just as impactful down in the zone, where he creates a steep plane and late run. Moehler is at the tip of the iceberg and will develop a serious CH!

LHP Jackson Peavy, 2025, Peach County, Five Star National
The 6 foot 3, 167 pounder is a smooth operator with rush or worry felt on the mound. He has a loose, relaxed demeanor, acting like facing top hitters is just a walk in the park. He takes his time getting back to the bump in between pitches, but immediately works through his delivery with a gradual buildup of pace as soon as he toes the rubber. He works quickly, but the pace goes slow, to medium, and finishes his pitch fast after landing. It allows him to produce very late effort and consistent life on his FB & CB combo. Hitters are only able pick up Peavy’s clean, short circle arm action (L3/4) last second out of hand, creating a unique angle on his heavy tailing FB. Jackson’s hip mobility in his lower half mechanics allow him to easily dot both edges, and will lead to at least A/AVG command with the pitch. His sweeping CB is a future plus pitch with late snap.

RHP Elijah Wellman, 2024, Brunswick, TGBA
The 6 foot 3, 180 pounder absolutely dealt in Game 1, mowing through hitters with one of the most deceptive deliveries in the class. His athletic twist of the lower half in the lift phase turns his back to hitters, hiding his hand break very well so hitters don't know when to roll into their hips. His loose, deep full circle arm action works down to his knee gets into a very low slot that rotates connected with his core. His FB has ridiculously effective velo and he’s already been up to 89. His nasty low-mid 70’s CB rotates very tightly, starting at RHH shoulders and landing in the zone for freeze after freeze. He showed amazing feel for the pitch and we are excited to see what the finished product eventually looks like!

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