Senior Superlatives: Best Fastball

PBR Georgia Staff

It has been a busy few weeks for Prep Baseball Report and PBR Georgia regarding the Class of 2020 and the approaching 2020 MLB Draft. First, we had the update of the 
2020 National Rankings, with Georgia being well-represented, followed by the combined High School, Junior College and College 2020 Draft Board. Extending over the next few weeks, we are going to dive into the 2020 Georgia rankings and give our take on the prospects who possess the top tools in the state. Over the past two weeks we have looked at the top position player superlatives (scroll to bottom to view links to nine different categories). Today, we move on to the pitchers of the 2020 class.

Best Fastball

Ty Floyd RHP / Rockmart, GA / 2020

LSU recruit, currently ranked No. 95 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.

Will Sanders RHP / Woodward Academy, GA / 2020

Sanders is a large-framed righty who projects well, physically, as a guy who can carry and eat innings in the future. As of now, Sanders looks like he’ll be able to wield three quality pitches down the line and, if he can show an ability to utilize all three in a start, he could make a push to become the top arm in the state.

Carlson Reed RHP / Marietta, GA / 2020

Has the body, athleticism and birthday MLB scouts will covet, but is still has plenty of projection left both good and bad.  Reed is still a little raw on the mound, but the ingredients he posses are super intriguing. 

Marquis Grissom Jr. RHP / Counterpane, GA / 2020

Grissom struck out five of the six batters he faced and was among those who stole the show on Saturday. His fastball topped 92 mph, with feel for the corners, and he made use of a swing-and-miss changeup with which he recorded most of his punch-outs. Grissom has flashed the makings of an average curveball over the past year, giving him the three-pitch arsenal that should allow him to start long-term. He still has room to add strength and already uses leverage well in his delivery, working with a stiff front side, generating advanced hand speed.

Donye Evans RHP / Redan , GA / 2020

Evans was one of the day’s bright spots. The Redan righty pitched without fear and challenged hitters with his fastball during his time on the mound, mixing in a promising changeup that kept bats off balance. While his breaking ball and feel to spin is a question mark, Evans flashed a solid cutter and consistently missed barrels. If he continues to raise his game, he could make some noise come June, but the development of his breaking ball needs to be eyed closely.

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