Preseason All-State: Quick Hits - Position Players

PBR Georgia Staff

On Saturday, January 15th, the PBR Georgia staff hosted the invite-only Preseason All-State at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, GA, for all high school aged prospects. The event brought together over 100 of the state's top prospects, who took part in a pro-style workout in front of our evaluators.

We began our event analysis by taking a look at the top statistical performers in our Statistical Analysis.

Now, at the event’s conclusion, our scouting staff has collaborated with a few notes from the day’s standouts inside this Quick Hits piece. Below you’ll find which players' performances caught the attention of our scouts and a brief nugget on them.

Elite Tools

The No. 1 ranked SS in the country, ‘23 Dylan Cupp (Cedartown; Mississippi State commit) continues to look as good as ever. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is the gold standard in the class when it comes to defensive ability. Cupp makes everything look easy and effortless. He showed quick and instinctive footwork. At the plate, the driving power continues to develop as he had a peak exit velocity of 94.8, while hitting the sweet spot at a 73% clip.

‘24 C/RHP Ariston Veasey (Starr’s Mill; Georgia commit) showed it off behind the plate, clocking in at 83 out of the crouch, good for a 1.90-1.97 pop time. Veasey is ultra quick in everything he does behind the plate, from the transfer, to his footwork, to release, and he does it all while completing an accurate throw. A right-handed hitter, he has come into his own at the plate with an aggressive swing. Veasey posted some of the highest bat and hand speed average velocities at the event, 24.1/74.2.

A top-25 prospect overall in the 2025 class, OF Cannon Goldin (Buford; South Carolina commit) put his elite athleticism on display. In less than ideal conditions, Goldin still ran an event leading 6.71 60 yard dash. A quick twitch, left-handed hitter, the speedy center fielder has all the makings of a future lead off man.

2025 Standouts

‘25 SS Mills Lothridge (North Hall; Uncommitted) is a bat to watch in the class. Lothridge keeps it simple at the plate with a sound swing. He works long and level through the zone allowing for consistent line drives to all fields. Lothridge has an athletic build at 5-foot-10, 155-pounds and will only get stronger and faster as he matures.

One of the best rounds of the day belonged to switch-hitting ‘25 SS Ethan Collins (Riverwood; Uncommitted). Collins takes a simple approach from both sides of the plate. His swing works short and quick to the zone, level and long through, pepperring center field with hard hit line drives. At 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Collins is a twitchy athlete with much more to come as he continues to physically mature.
‘25 2B/SS Terrance Bowen (Alexander; Uncommitted) has a projectable, high-upside build at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. Bowen oozes athleticism throughout his game. He has quick, athletic hands and present barrel speed at the plate, allowing for him to drive the ball.

‘25 SS Andrew Komar (Harrison; Uncommitted) took an aggressive approach at the plate. Komar has loose hands, and can whip the barrel through the zone, gaining extension. He might only be 5-foot-10, 150-pounds, but he packs a punch, registering a max exit velocity of 89. On the infield, Komar shows good instincts and the arm strength to stick.

‘25 SS Zayd Rogan (Hillgrove; Uncommitted) came into the event as an unranked prospect in the 2025 class, but that will be changing in the near future. Rogan is a twitchy athlete with lean strength throughout at 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. A 7.18 runner, Rogan has a quick step on the infield and good range to both sides. At the plate, the right-handed hitter looks to elevate and drive with an active lower half.

‘25 3B Ean Marria (Sequoyah; Uncommitted) possesses advanced strength for his age, standing a strong and sturdy 5-foot-10, 190-pounds. Marria creates consistent hard contact from the right-side with a sound swing that works long through the zone.

‘25 3B/OF Aiden Zagryn (Blessed Trinity; Uncommitted) showed off one of the strongest arms at the event. Zagryn posted an event leading 91 across the infield and then ranked in the top-5 of outfield velocity at 87.

‘25 3B Cruz Paul (Allatoona; Uncommitted) has one of the highest upsides in the class. An athletic 6-foot, 175-pounds with strength throughout, Paul swings the bat aggressively. He showed power to middle and pull, posting a max exit velocity of 89. As he continues to mature, Paul will be a real power threat. Defensively, he has a short, quick arm, and plenty of strength to stric on the hot corner.

‘25 OF Troy Ford (Homeschool; Uncommitted) has quickly become one of the fastest rising prospects in the class. Ford is a twitchy athlete at 5-foot-10, 140-pounds. A switch-hitter, the swing is quick and explosive through the zone from both sides. Ford has great barrel control, using the entire field with a line drive approach. He flashed the ability to drive pull-side with power.  

One of the most projectable prospects in the class, ‘25 OF Wesley Bass (Blessed Trinity; Uncommitted) is a twitchy 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Bass posted the fourth fastest 60 overall and second fastest in for his class at 6.88. He then went out and put up the top overall velocity from the outfield at 90. The tools are noteworthy, and make Bass a name to watch moving forward.

‘25 OF Cody Colter (ACE Charter; Uncommitted) does not have the look of a freshman, standing a physical 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Colter showed off advanced strength and power to the pull-side, posting a max exit velocity of 93.7.

2024 Standouts

‘24 SS/RHP Jake Bailey (Rockmart; Uncommitted) is a projectable 6-foot-2, 178-pounds with much more strength on the way. Bailey showed good actions throughout, with a quick, clean swing. A gap-to-gap hitter, Bailey has emerging power in his swing, posting a max exit velocity of 90.

‘24 SS Craig Kalkbrenner (Harrison; Uncommitted) had one of the biggest impressions of the day. The twitchy 6-foot, 165-pounder ran the third fastest 60 at 6.86. During BP, Kalkbrenner showed a calm, relaxed demeanor at the plate and athletic hands. Via TrackMan, the right-handed hitter barreled 83% of batted balls, spraying line drives.

‘24 SS Brooks McKenna (Woodstock; Uncommitted) continues to trend in the right direction and be a reliable performer on top of that. At 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, McKenna has a projectable build with plenty of strength to come as he matures. A right-handed hitter, McKenna consistently barreled and drove the ball gap-to-gap. As he becomes stronger, look for big power to emerge.

A lean and lanky 5-foot-10, 145-pounds ‘24 SS Jacob Vokal (Cherokee Bluff; Uncommitted) impressed defensively up the middle. Vokal has a quick, loose arm, and can athletically make throws, clocking in at 81 across the diamond. His glove work is sound and soft to go along with quick feet. A good athlete, running a 7.17.

‘24 SS Amari McCoy (Archer; Uncommitted) showed off a smooth, easy swing at the plate. McCoy produced lots of barrels during his round, using the entire field with a max exit velocity of 91. An athletic 6-foot, 160, McCoy also ran a 6.95 60.

‘24 Jaxon Pate (Sonoraville; Uncommitted) athletically covers the hot corner, showing a quick first step and feel for his glove. A 7.05 runner, Pate has plenty of range and enough arm to cover either position on the left-side of the infield. Offensively, a left-handed hitter, Pate has a long swing that sweeps through the zone, creating line drive contact to all fields.

‘24 SS Shamaar McDuffie (Georgia Premier Academy; Kennesaw State commit) had one of the top all around days at the event. McDuffie made it look easy at the plate with an effortless swing. He showed advanced barrel control, consistently barreling the ball and using the entire field. Defensively, he has smooth hands and feet, and has feel for throws from multiple angles, working 87 across the diamond.

The development of ‘24 C Preston Bonn (Brookwood; Uncommitted) has been notable. Bonn continues to steadily trend upwards, making consistent improvements. Starting with the frame, Bonn has packed more strength into his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame and has shaved two tenths of a second off his 60, down to a 7.28. Behind the dish, he has a strong arm, 76 from the crouch, and posted a best pop of 2.08. What stands out the most though is what he can do at the plate. Bonn creates whippy bat speed, 78.4 average (3rd overall at the event), with quick hand speed to go along, 24.9 average (2nd overall at the event). The swing works with easy effort and has power to all fields.

Despite being one of the first hitters up in batting practice, ‘24 C/INF/RHP
Evan Doss (East Coweta; Uncommitted) made a lasting impression. Doss showed off an explosive swing from the right-side. His barrel works long through the zone as he gets extended and drives the ball with real force, posting a 96 max exit velocity. Behind the dish, Doss has a quick catch and throw skill set, posting a top pop time of 2.03.

‘24 OF
Heath Whitlock (Starr’s Mill; Mississippi State commit) showed off his smooth left-handed swing during batting practice. Whitlock has great feel for the barrel as it remains in the zone for an extended period of time. Presently a lean 6-foot, 170-pounds, Whitlock has plenty of room to continue filling out his athletic frame.

‘24 C Kaden Alford (Mount Pisgah; Uncommitted) checked a lot of boxes at Preseason All-State. Strong, athletic build at 6-foot, 180-pounds, running a 7.17. Loose easy swing at the plate, showing the ability to drive the ball gap-to-gap. Most impressively were his catch and throw skills. Alford works through the ball quick and clean and his throws are true and accurate. His 2.00 best pop was good for second best at the event. 

‘24 C Drew Richardson (Starr’s Mill; Uncommitted) earned an invite to Preseason All-State through his performance at the South Georgia Preseason ID. Richardson is a long and lanky 6-foot-1, 165-pounds. What stands out the most is his loose arm action and arm strength (79 at South Georgia Preseason ID). Richardson posted a best pop of 2.04.

Power Bats

One of the loudest rounds of the day belonged to ‘23 1B/OF Thomas Brooks (Mary Persons; Uncommitted). Brooks showed off his big pull-side power and athletic hands by leaving the confines multiple times. He posted the top average bat speed, 75.8, and the farthest hit ball captured via TrackMan at 375 feet.

‘23 3B
Braxton Brooks (Walnut Grove; Uncommitted) has present strength throughout at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. At the plate, Brooks swing works long through the zone with quick bat speed, 74.3 average. Brooks consistently drove the ball with force, leading the event in average distance at 300 feet, and averaged a 91.7 exit velocity. Defensively, Brooks has plenty of arm to stick on the left-side, clocking in at 89 across the diamond.

‘23 1B/3B Andrew Wells (Columbus; Uncommitted) physically stands out at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds with strength throughout his frame. Quiet at the plate with a still head, Wells has a repeatable swing and can drive the ball with real force gap-to-gap. As he continues to add strength he should see even greater dividends.

It was no surprise to see ‘23 1B/3B Kaden Brown (Sandy Creek; Kennesaw State commit) produce a triple digit exit velocity and drive balls to all fields. The swing works short and quick to the zone with an average hand speed of 24.2 and bat speed of 73.0. At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, Brown is physically imposing with advanced strength throughout. Defensively, the corner infielder is nimble on his feet with a quick step.

‘23 OF Sully White (Starr’s Mill; Uncommitted) has a strong, compact frame at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. His strength translated over at the plate, where White produced back spun driven contact to the middle and pull-sides, registering a 92 max exit velocity. Additionally, White created quick hand speed, 22.7 average, and bat speed, 70.8 average.

‘24 OF Korey Fortson (Westover; Uncommitted) has taken some big leaps since we last saw him in November of 2020. The physical 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed hitter has made improvements across the board. At the plate, he aggressively attacked the ball with a power approach, he ranked 2nd at the event in exit velocity at 99.2. In the outfield, his arm shows carry at 84. On top of all that, Fortson moves extremely well for his size, running a 7.00 60.

Similarly to Forston, ‘23 C Carson Royal (Winder-Barrow; Uncommitted) has made some nice jumps over the past 12 months. Royal improved his 60 from 7.42 to 7.07 and his top pop time to 2.01. Strong and sturdy at 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, the right-handed hitter consistently drove the ball gap-to-gap, recording an average exit velocity of 89.

‘23 C Sebastian Collender (Dominion Christian; Uncommitted) could not miss a barrel during his round of batting practice, recording a 100% sweet spot score via TrackMan. However, if you followed Collender this summer, that would come as no surprise. Collender has a great feel for the barrel with a gap-to-gap approach. Defensively, he posted pop times between 2.10-2.18.

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