Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games: Quick Hits

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director


PBR Georgia hosted its second annual Top Prospect Games on Tuesday, June 2nd at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, GA. The event brought together nearly 50 of the top uncommitted 2021 prospects in the entire state for a pro-style workout and simulated game. Today, we will be spending some time highlighting the best things we saw from Tuesday in the form of our Quick Hits post.

We already took a look at the top statistical performers with leaderboards and full stats on every prospect in attendance in our Statistical Analysis. Within the next few weeks, videos from this event will be posted into profiles and we will have scouting reports on each of the prospects in attendance. For now, here are the highlights from Tuesday.

First Presbyertian Day

+ A trio of prospects from First Presbyterian Day made their way from Macon up to LakePoint Sports. SS/RHP Hudson Mimbs (2021), SS Parker Ingram (2021) and RHP/3B Barrett Barkley (2021) all took to the field and had themselves a day. Mimbs, an athletically built 6-foot, 165-pounds, came to the event to workout as a middle infielder and showed one of the strongest arms, 89 across the infield, and a surprising amount of pop in his bat with legitimate power to the pull-side. But, what really blew us away was when he filled in on the mound. Mimbs hopped on the bump and pumped his fastball in at 89 mph with a loose, whippy arm action. There is little doubt that Mimbs solidified his status as a two-way player at the next level with his performance.

Ingram had a big day from a metrics standpoint, ranking in the top-5 in the 60 yard dash (6.81), exit velocity (96), and infield velocity (86). At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, he is a high end athlete that can impact the game on both sides. Defensively, he has the arm to stick on the left-side and smooth hands. A right-handed hitter, he takes a gap-to-gap approach, showing the ability to drive the ball with force, registering a 100.8 exit velocity on a ball hit 377 feet.

Barkley made a name for himself in his inning on the mound. A strong, sturdy 6-foot-2, 200-pounds there is more velo to come for the right-hander as he continues to develop strength. Barkley sat 83-86 with a low riding fastball, and consistently located his slider in the zone. He was able to maximize the effectiveness of his slider, knowing how to use it low in the zone, as it had late downward action.

Two-Way Standouts

+ 3B/RHP Glenn Green (Sandy Creek, 2021) and SS/RHP Ryder Wagenknecht (Starrs Mill, 2021) continue to impress our staff with their big tools. Green put on a show during batting practice, absolutely clobbering baseballs back up the middle and taking a few out of the park to the pull-side. He has a strong lower half that utilizes well throughout his entire game. Green is equipped with one of the strongest arms in the entire 2021 class in Georgia. He has an electric fastball on the mound, reaching 92 on the day, and there is certainly more in the tank. What really sets him apart is his offspeed, a sharp swing and miss curveball that has a nearly 20 mph difference from his fastball.

Wagenknecht has an equally strong arm, 92 across the infield, and a big bat from the left-side of the plate. At the plate, he looks to elevate the ball to the pull-side and do serious damage. Even on swings that he mishits, the ball comes off the bat hot and gives him a chance to get on base. During game play he drew a walk and collected a single, and then used his speed (7.05 60 at the event, has posted a 6.88 in the past) and aggressive baserunning to steal two bases. On the mound, the velo will continue to climb as he is up to 87 now with a short, quick arm action.

+ 1B/RHP Robert Quinlan Wiley (East Coweta, 2021) and 3B/RHP Sam Smith (Parkview, 2021) came to the event with two of the more projectable frames. Wiley stands a long, lanky 6-foot-4, 175-pounds while Smith comes in at a towering 6-foot-5, 185-pounds. Both prospects have plenty of room to continue to fill out their frames, which will only add to their games. Wiley has made considerable progress over the past year boosting his strength, and it showed on Tuesday. He posted personal bests in max fastball (86), infield velocity (85) and exit velocity (89). Smith had a standout season for Parkview in a shortened spring, hitting .371 with five doubles, one home run, eight runs batted in and 11 runs. He carries himself well for his size, running a 7.12 60 yard dash. Offensively, he showed a whippy barrel and a line drive approach, using the entire field.

Athletic Outfielders

+ OF William Sosa (Brookwood, 2021) put on a display of gap-to-gap power during batting practice and carried it over to the game portion of the event, blasing a standup double into the left center gap. In the outfield, he has the athleticism, 6.91 runner, to stick at center field, and showed great carry on his throws and accuracy, topping out at an event best 86.

+ OF Dallas Deas (North Cobb Christian, 2021) stole the show amongst outfielders during the showcase portion of the event. A highly athletic 5-foot-7, 145-pounds he put up event best numbers in the 60 yard dash, running a 6.63, and outfield velocity, throwing 86 with accuracy. At the plate, do not let the frame fool you. Deas showed some pop from both-sides of the plate, making hard line drive contact consistently.

+ OF James Schlegel (Aquinas, 2021) produced some of the loudest hits during batting practice. With an all or nothing mentality, he utilized an uphill barrel path and a pull-side approach to pepper left field with hard hit balls (93 exit velocity). Coming in at 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, Schlegel has an athletic, muscular frame running a 6.92 60. Defensively, he showed great carry on his throws, 85 from the outfield, and consistently made throws that were easily catchable.

+ OF Elijah Lewis (Houston County, 2021) is your prototypical leadoff hitter. An athletically built left-handed hitter, his in game speed plays well above his running times as he wrecks havoc on opposing defenses once on base. Lewis has good feel for the barrel and takes a line drive approach, looking to use the whole field and put the ball in play to utilize his speed.

Impressive Arms

+ RHP Anthony Bonacci (Norcross, 2021) is an arm that continues to rise. The right-hander has an overall strong frame at 6-foot, 188-pounds, especially in his lower half. He has seen an uptick in velocity since we last saw him in January, going from 84-85 to a present 86-88 with natural cut. On top of that, he showed good command of a potential swing and miss curveball at 72-74. There is little reason to doubt that with his work ethic, the gains will not continue.

+ A member of Team Georgia at the 2019 PBR Future Games, LHP Anthony Turner (North Gwinnett, 2021) is a crafty lefty who is still growing into his projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. Turner worked his fastball, which now tops out at 85, to both sides of the plate, showcasing run to the armside and cut to his gloveside. He has always shown a good ability to spin a breaking ball, and the Top Prospect Games were no different. His curveball acts with a slurve-like shape and has a big break to it.

Power Corners

+ Two of the biggest bats at the event belonged to corner infielders 3B/1B Coby Wilkerson (Walnut Grove, 2021) and 1B Zach Terry (Allatoona, 2021). Wilkerson has a physical frame at 6-foot-2, 198-pounds and a good feel for the barrel with the ability to hit for contact and power. A right-handed hitter, he has quick hands and routinely had hard hit line drives. During game play Wilkerson showed a good eye for the zone, drawing two walks. Terry put together one of the most impressive rounds of batting practice at the event. Carrying himself at 6-foot, 225-pounds, he dropped the barrel on the ball and let it fly, leaving the park numerous times to the pull-side. Terry posted the highest exit velocity at the event, registering a 100 off the tee.

+ 3B/1B Bryson Lofton (Southeast Whitfield, 2021) had one of the most impressive spring seasons we came across this year, batting .444 with eight doubles, 10 runs batted in, and drawing 11 walks all while not striking out a single time in 46 plate appearances. A left-handed hitter, he has serious power to the pull-side and can drive the ball from gap-to-gap. With some firming up of his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame and added athleticism, Lofton has a chance to be a middle of the order bat at the next level.

+ 1B Cam Suto (Union Grove, 2021) is a rare combination of size and athleticism, posting a 97 exit velocity and running a 6.89 60. Even more noteworthy is his ability to be a true switch-hitter. From the left-side Suto takes a more line drive approach, hitting screamers to the pull-side. When he switches it around to the right-side, he puts his power on full display. Suto uses his lanky frame to get the barrel out front and elevate the ball with exceptional force to the pull-side.

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