Top Prospect Games: Middle Infield Analysis


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director



The third annual invite-only Top Prospect Games took place on June 8th at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, GA. The event featured over 50 uncommitted 2022s. Prospects participated in a pro-style workout followed by simulated game play. We have already done a thorough inspection of the statistics collected from the event that can be viewed HERE.

Today, we will continue the player analysis from the event with a look at the middle infielders. Keep reading to view reports on the top-5 middle infield prospects in attendance, plus reports on the rest of the middle infielders, listed alphabetically.

Top Middle Infield Prospects

Omari Daniel, The Walker School (GA), 2022
 Positional Profile: SS Top uncommitted 22, very athletic with advanced tools.
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Tall slender frame, high waisted.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, balanced throughout swing, loads pressure into back hip, explodes through the ball, clears hip well.  Short swing path, creates good separation, whips bat through with advanced hand speed, looks to back-spin balls to the gaps.
Power: 95.20 max exit velocity, averaged 84.04 mph. 329.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. INF - 96.00 mph. Short, over the top arm slot, throws from 3/4 arm slot on forehands and slow rollers, electric arm, great carry and accuracy.
Defense: Clean footwork, continuous movement through the ball, presents glove early, keeps it low, quick exchange with arm to back it up, advanced glove work.
Run: 6.77 runner in the 60. Quick out the gate, stays low first 15 feet, works arms.

Edward Phelps III, Norcross (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. High level athlete with a strong build, more physicality to come as he continues to mature.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, hands load back smoothly, short stride, good balance, quiet rhythm. Barrel path is long to the zone, elite hand and bat speed allow for him to get extension and drive balls to all fields, back spins fly balls, major power to pull-side, low effort throughout.
Power: 101.09 max exit velocity, averaged 89.45 mph. 378.00’ max distance. Easy, low effort power.
Arm: RH. INF - 85.00 mph. Long, loose arm action to a 3/4 slot, elite arm speed, throws carry with ease.
Defense: Athletic fielder, rangey to both sides, soft glove, quick hands and exchanges, great body control, made several nice throws on the run.
Run: 6.80 runner in the 60.

Taylor Shultz, Allatoona (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds. Lean athlete, muscular lower half.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, keeps it simple, hands load back smoothly, short stride, balanced throughout. Compact swing, short to the zone, level through, line drive type hitter, can spray the ball to all fields, consistently barrels the ball.
Power: 85.72 max exit velocity, averaged 73.65 mph. 283.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 86.00 mph. OF - 85.00 mph. OF: Arm works shortand clean on the back-side, quick arm speed, high 3/4 slot. INF: Arm works short and quick to a low 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: OF: Plays through the ball athletically, fluid footwork, clean on exchanges. INF: Fields athletically out front, quick footwork, good range to both sides, soft glove, quick exchanges. Smooth actions throughout.
Run: 6.77 runner in the 60. Clean gait, quick feet.

Jackson Alford, Walton (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-11, 173-pounds. Tall, proportional frame
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth weight shift back on load, short leg lift gains some ground, bat flat behind ear, angles slightly upward on load, raises back elbow Flat line drive swing plane, sprayed all parts of field with line drives, showed some pull side power, quick-firing hips, balanced finish
Power: 90.21 max exit velocity, averaged 80.23 mph. 308.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 90.00 mph. Short, quick 3/4 arm slot, drops down on forehand plays and slow rollers
Defense: Works through the ball, fluid footwork, packs glove before receiving, fields from an athletic crouch, accurate throws to 1B
Run: 6.63 runner in the 60. Clean gait

Tyler Presnell, Cherokee (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/2B
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Projectable, athletic build with strength throughout, room for more.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, high back elbow, short load, short stride, good balance throughout. Barrel path works short to the zone, level through, gap-to-gap type hitter, creates hard contact.
Power: 92.14 max exit velocity, averaged 87.06 mph. 290.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82.00 mph. Long, loose arm action, quick arm speed, high /4 slot, throws carry with accuracy.
Defense: Athletic defender, quick first step, clean footwork, soft glove, quick exchanges, good body control and range.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Devin Chandler, Stockbridge (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 5-9, 167-pounds. Medium frame, broad shoulders
Hit: RHH. tall even base, post up on back side, using small leg kick as timing, hands around shoulder area, creates separation with hands right before leg strike  Steep swing path, looks to elevate baseball to pull-side, swing to produce extra base hits, and deep fly balls.
Power: 93.77 max exit velocity, averaged 85.02 mph. 348.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. INF - 78.00 mph. Short, quick 3/4 arm slot, good carry and accuracy
Defense: Fluid motion through the ball with smooth footwork, stays low, presents glove early, advanced glove, quick transfer and throw.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. 

John Daniel Coleman, Effingham County (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Muscular frame, barrel chest, broad shoulders.
Hit: SH. Balanced, slightly closed front side, big leg kick, long stride, rotational creating good torque.  (RH): Short swing path, drops barrel in zone, coils creating upper half separtion, quick hands, line drives to gaps. (LH): Similar approach, short swing path, high hands, coiled leg kick creating upper half separation, quick hands, looks to elevate ball to pull-side.
Power: 95.88 max exit velocity, averaged 86.62 mph. 338.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. C - 78.00 mph. INF - 86.00 mph. C: Short, quick arm with loose actions out of an over-the-top slot, quick release, throws carry with accuracy. INF: Short arm action, quick arm speed, 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: C: Received in a staggered position and off one knee, soft receiver, quick, fluid footwork, quick exchange at ear, plays through the ball, advanced actions. INF: Plays through the ball, clean footwork, fields out front, funnels into mid section, quick exchanges.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Garrett DeHart, Campbell (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Medium frame, athletic build, high waisted
Hit: RHH. Balanced, tall base, arm bar, smooth load, high leg kick, quick hip rotation Short swing path, line drive approach, bat stays level through zone, quick hands and wrists, generates solid contact
Power: 93.34 max exit velocity, averaged 80.68 mph. 206.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 84.00 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, drops down when he needs to
Defense: Fluid, quick footwork, plus feel for glove hand, fields through the ball, easy, athletic movements in field
Run: 6.94 runner in the 60. 

Garrett Dropp, Blessed Trinity (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Medium frame, athletic build
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, athletic stance with an arm bar, smooth, long load, sits on back foot, drops back elbow, looking to elevate Short swing path, barrel trends slightly uphill, gets back hip involved well to generate pop, gap to gap approach,
Power: 90.89 max exit velocity, averaged 84.68 mph. 297.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. INF - 82.00 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, drops to sidearm when moving to his left or charging
Defense: Clean footwork, fluid movement through the ball, soft hands with a clean exchange, good feel for glove
Run: 6.85 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Fernandez, West Forsyth (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP Highly capable defender.
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Lean muscle throughout, athletic build.
Hit: LHH. Open setup, smooth rhythm, short, smooth load back, toe-tap stride, good balance at foot strike, uses lower half well. Short, quick path to the zone, mostly level through, line drive type hitter, middle approach, consistently barreled balls, repeatable swing, flashed bat speed.
Power: 89.61 max exit velocity, averaged 80.84 mph. 303.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 85.00 mph. Short, whippy arm action out of a 3/4 slot, quick release, throws carry and are accurate.
Defense: Plays through the ball with short, fluid footwork, fields out front, funnels into mid section, quick, clean exchanges, soft glove, good range to both sides
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. Clean gait.

Joseph Glozier, McIntosh (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Athletic frame
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, steps in towards plate, no wasted movements Long swing path, whippy barrel, quick hands, elevates baseball well, good separation, gap to gap approach
Power: 91.08 max exit velocity, averaged 82.04 mph. 324.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. INF - 85.00 mph. OF - 85.00 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, carries well
Defense: OF: clean, quiet footwork, clean exchanges with a big crow-hop. IF: soft hands, feel for glove hand, moves through ball proficiently, athletic movements all-around
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60. 

Chase Goddard, Cherokee (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Athletic frame
Hit: RHH. Athletic, balanced base  short swimg path
Power: 93.93 max exit velocity, averaged 81.26 mph. 336.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82.00 mph. short whippy arm, follows through on throws, with accuarcy.
Defense: soft hands, quick footwork
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

Kolton Goodbar, Walnut Grove  (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, knee knock stride, hands load back into a near arm bar, barrel wraps, finishes over the plate. Swing path is long and flat to the zone, short through, flashed extension, line drive hitter, middle/pull approach.
Power: 85.35 max exit velocity, averaged 76.08 mph. 305.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 76.00 mph. Short arm action to a low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields position athletically, smooth footwork, soft glove, clean footwork and exchanges.
Run: 7.01 runner in the 60. Clean gait.

Nolan Heath, Dade County (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-7, 158-pounds. Strong, solid frame
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, small leg kick and load, creates arm bar, short stride Long swing path, quick hands, slightly uphill barrel path, strong hip rotation, line drive approach
Power: 93.86 max exit velocity, averaged 78.06 mph. 314.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 81.00 mph. Long arm action, throws from an over-the-top slot
Defense: Fields low and through the ball, funnels into midsection, clean exchanges
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60.

Kyle Shivers, Eastside (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/3B
Body: 6-0, 215-pounds. Wide, physical frame, strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, hands load back smoothly, short toe-tap stride, good balance throughout, keeps it simple. Short, level barrel path to the zone, long through, line drive type hitter, good barrel control, uses the entire field. Quick hand and bat speed.
Power: 97.46 max exit velocity, averaged 86.33 mph. 330.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 74.00 mph. Short arm action to a high 3/4 slot, some casting.
Defense: Plays through the ball with short, clean footwork, soft glove, fluid on exchanges.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

Brady Skipper, Coffee County (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Strong, solid build, athletic.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup, hands load back smoothly into an arm bar, short stride, good balance throughout. Swing works long to the zone, mostly level through, gets extension with quick hand speed, can drive the ball middle/pull.
Power: 95.79 max exit velocity, averaged 89.20 mph. 373.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 85.00 mph. Short, quick arm action, primarily uses an over-the-top slot, but can drop down just as effectively, throws carry.
Defense: Plays through the ball with confidence, cledan footwork, soft glove, clean exchanges, good body control.
Run: 6.80 runner in the 60. Clean gait.

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