Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 14 Winder-Barrow

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

The Georgia High School Association has announced that opening day of the 2021 season will commence on Feb. 15. Programs were allowed to begin practicing in an official capacity on Jan. 18, meaning it's time for the PBR Georgia staff to break down the high school baseball scene in the state in the countdown to the first pitch thrown in 2021.Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2021 spring season, touching on programs spanning multiple state classifications, counting down the official PBR Georgia Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Team: Winder-Barrow
Preseason Rank:
2020 Record:
Region: 8-6A
GHSA Classification: 6A
Head Coach: Brian Smith
Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers: 4

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
CJ Harrison GA Winder-Barrow 2020 RHP Young Harris 
Trevor Maddox GA Winder-Barrow 2020 MIF Augusta
Hunter Marsh GA Winder-Barrow 2020 3B Walters State
Blake Friend GA Winder-Barrow 2020 C  
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Brady House GA Winder-Barrow 2021 SS/RHP Tennessee 
Andrew Lewis III GA Winder-Barrow 2021 OF/RHP  
Andreaus Lewis II GA Winder-Barrow 2021 C/3B/RHP  
Carlos Urbina GA Winder-Barrow 2021 1B  
Brooks House GA Winder-Barrow 2023 3B/RHP  
Pate Smith GA Winder-Barrow
2022 UTL  
Caleb Gentry GA
2022 UTL  
Isaac Reivitas GA Winder-Barrow 2022 OF  
Top Newcomers
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Evan Coleman GA Winder-Barrow 2022 OF   
Noah Lee GA Winder-Barrow 2022 1B   
Reese Maxwell GA Winder-Barrow 2022 RHP  
Michael DeFrancisco GA Winder-Barrow 2022 INF  
Blake Baldwin GA Winder-Barrow 2023 LHP  
Lleyton Jones GA Winder-Barrow 2023 INF/RHP  
Layton Pruitt GA Winder-Barrow 2023 INF/RHP  
Carson Royal GA Winder-Barrow 2023 C/RHP/1B  
Ken Shipman GA Winder-Barrow 2024 RHP/OF  
A trio of seniors. Tennessee commit SS/RHP Brady House has long been considered on the of the top prospects in the country and is a near house hold name at this point. House can literally do it all, and do it all at an extremely high level. He has earned the reputation as a feared power hitter and one of the top defenders in the country. Enough cannot be said about how talented House is and the impact he can have on the game.

Brady House

All of this means that teams know not to give House anything good. This is where C Andreaus Lewis II (2021) and OF/RHP Andrew Lewis III (2021) come into the picture. The Lewis' have strong, powerful bats that can protect House in the lineup and make teams pay for trying to pitch around him. 

Andreaus Lewis II

The Bulldogs lost some key pieces to the lineup, but they return the most important piece in Brady House. This team will go as far as  House can take them. We detailed in the X-Factor that it will be important in the Bulldog's success to protect House in the lineup. If he is consistently pitched to, this offense will roll.

There are some holes left in the pitching staff. House pitched out of the bullpen and will mostly resume this roll or potentially not pitch at all. The  other two arms on the roster with significant experience are Andrew Lewis III and RHP/3B Brooks House (2023), the younger brother of Brady House. Lewis III is a power arm who can pitch into the 90s with a heavy fastball. Brooks House is a promising arm who saw some valuable varsity innings last season. He has the potential to be high velocity arm, already touching velos in the mid-80s. 

Brooks House

There is going to be some openings in this lineup and pitching that will need to be filled by inexperienced underclassmen. The season could hinge on their ability to get up to speed as quick as possible. The top of the order and pitching staff will be strong, but can the Bulldogs find the depth. If they can, they will be team to watch in 6A.

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