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Georgia Dugout Club (Week 1): Upperclass Scout Blog

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Emerson, Georgia: WIth week one of the Georgia Dugout club tournament in the books, we take a look at some of the top upperclass and underclass players at the event. Today we will look at scout notes and videos of 22 upperclassmen that showed out this past weekend. 

Chase Fralick, C/3B, 2024, McIntosh
The Auburn commit was absolutely locked from the opening pitch of the weekend, and ended up putting together an MVP performance going 8-for-12 with 6 extra-base hits and 9 RBI. Standing a very physical 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Fralick utilizes a quiet approach and advanced eye for the strike zone that’s paired with explosive bat speed and barrel feel. Does a tremendous job of staying balanced and on-time while incorporating a strong lower half with ease. Nearly everything off the bat throughout the weekend was 95+ for Fralick including an opposite field home run and a double off the batter’s eye that came in at 105 MPH. Truly advanced profile at the plate for Fralick. Not to mention, the senior hopped on the mound as well, running it up to 90 over three scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Simply a tremendous way to open a season overall with draft buzz only getting stronger.

Asher Sabom, RHP, 2024, North Cobb Christian
Sabom has been making continuous strides on the mound going back to last summer, and opened his final spring season with a bang, going six strong innings with just one hit and no walks while punching out 12 in a win. Sinker at 89-92 gets heavy sink and arm-side run while filling up the strike zone at will. Mid-70s slider plays up with plus command and ability to manipulate shape to add sweep. Changeup at 78-80 flashed as well with the ability to create in-zone misses with the entire mix really standing out. Over 20 swings and misses created in the outing. Above-average command has always been a carrying tool for Sabom, but the stuff is equally impressive.

Alex Hernandez, RHP/IF, 2024, Forsyth Central
One of the standout two-way talents in the 2024 class, Hernandez showed explosive tools on both sides of the ball. At the plate, the Georgia Tech shows good length through the zone with an uphill bat path geared for loft and present bat speed. Generated some of the highest exit velocities of the weekend, including a 107 MPH rocket to the pull-side. Hernandez shows real poise with stuff to match on the mound as well. Working from a high three-quarters slot, the RHP shows present arm speed and great ability to drive through a strong lead leg block. Fastball lived 90-92 with late life and some run that was tough to pick up when elevated. Mid-70s curveball holds tight, short break with some depth and command in-zone. Firm changeup looks like a future put-away pitch at 85-87 with hard arm-side fade and looks unhittable to left-handed bats. Hernandez should continue to show well this spring and will garner more and more draft buzz as we move towards the summer.

Reid Worley, RHP, 2025, Cherokee
Another stellar outing for the Kennesaw State commit against a really strong lineup from Blessed Trinity. Displaying an innate feel to spin and budding command, Worley attacked with all three pitches. The fastball at 88-90 was landed on the outer half at will called strikes as well as creating soft contact. Slider continues to trend towards a future plus pitch at 78-81 with sharp late bite and intent, creating plenty of swing and miss. Changeup flashed once again in the low-80s with fade. Highly athletic 6-foot-2 frame working exclusively out of the stretch with loose, repeatable actions. Worley is looking like a premier arm in Georgia’s 2025 class.

Cooper Underwood, LHP, 2025, Allatoona
Georgia Tech commit. The 2023 Future Games alumni was back it last weekend at Georgia Dugout Club. The frame is continuing to mature and fill up. He has a long lower half that is still developing, and will allow him to break into that low 90’s fastball range soon. Underwood attacks hitters with the fastball early in the count, and has a legit 4 pitch mix to keep hitters guessing. He uses the 3000 spin curveball for big swings and misses and has the sweeping slider he likes using early in the count. The change up has the action, and will continue to be a big pitch for him as it develops.

Spears Martin, OF, 2025, North Cobb Christian
Uncommitted. Martin had a big weekend, nearly snagging the MVP, and earning All Tournament Team honors. The frame is strong and sturdy, with a ton of power coming from the legs. He smashed 3 home runs on the weekend, with 2 coming from the same game. The barrel stays in the zone for a long time, allowing him to be on time and have a strong barrel at contact. He drives through the ball with force, and does not get cheated on his pitch. Martin is going to be on to keep an eye on for a strong NCC team that should be back in the playoffs come May.

Deshawn Morgan, RHP, 2024, North Paulding
In a big-time matchup against a quality lineup, Morgan stepped up and showed some of the best stuff we’ve seen from him. With a low heart rate and explosive arm speed, the Mizzou commit attacked with a heavy dose of the fastball/slider combo. Jumping out of the hand from a low three-quarters slot, Morgan creates good carry through the zone with run at 89-91 that gets on top of hitters quickly. Slider feel is evident at 73-77 with the ability to manipulate shape to both add and subtract sweep as well as land for in-zone misses. The overall athleticism stands out for Morgan on the mound at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds with real starting traits. High upside for Morgan.

Josh Gibbs, SS, 2025, Forsyth Central
One of the top middle infielders in the class was as good as advertised throughout the weekend at GDC. Impressive twitch throughout the 6-foot-0, 160-pound frame, Gibbs showcases impressive hands at the plate with speed and strength that really stand out while finding real impact in the barrel. Showed power to all-fields with extra-base knocks to both the backside and pull-side with exit velocities north of 95 MPH. Clean actions at SS with quality footwork and great flexibility, backed with present arm strength. The Georgia commit is off to a hot start to his junior campaign.

Ethan Garrett, RHP, 2025, Pope
The 2023 Future Game alum was outstanding for Pope on Saturday night albeit the frigid conditions in Emerson. Real arm speed and feel for a true three-pitch mix for the Georgia Southern commit. Working downhill with the fastball at 86-88, topping out at 89 with consistent sink and run. Mid-70s slider is a budding above-average pitch with sharp, horizontal movement and feel to land at will. Garrett flashed a changeup at 74-75 with parachute-like fade that disappears out of the zone. The junior has a real feel to pitch already, and the stuff will continue to improve as he matures into a lean, high-waisted 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame.

Bryce Clavon, SS, 2024, Kell
As tooled up as you’ll find in the 2024 class, Clavon was all over the barrel this past weekend. Explosive hand and bat speed allows the Georgia to find impact throughout the zone while doing a great job of staying on-plane. The Georgia commit has present above-average raw power and does an excellent job of maximizing every bit of his frame. Effortless actions in the dirt with soft hands and plus lateral range in all directions. Arm plays from multiple angles with accuracy. Long-term shortstop profile for Clavon.

Carson Rech, 3B, 2024, Cambridge
Uncommitted. Rech has been a steady performer over the years and is one of the top Uncommitted bats in the state. He has produced throughout the summer, and is as consistent as they come in the field. He is versatile and could stick at 3rd or transition to the outfield. The swing is simple and consistent, with a flat bat path allowing for consistent contact with the barrel.

Braden Roop, OF, 2024, McIntosh
Uncommitted. The left handed hitting outfielder was a key piece in the McIntosh line up this weekend, and will be all season long. The approach is simple, and he hunts his pitch early in the count. He has a wide athletic base, with a simple load, allowing him to stay on time and not get beat. He had a single and a double with 4 walks, and 4 runs scored this weekend.

Grant Largen, RHP, 2025, Harrison
Samford Commit. Largen threw well in his start at the Georgia Dugout Club tournament in the midst of a combined no-hitter. He showed good feel for his stuff and didn’t lack confidence on the mound. Largen was poised and was able to get out of a jam early in the game. He displayed a mid 80’s FB topping out at 86 with plenty of life to it. Largen had a strong secondary pitch in the CB as he was able to throw in any count. The CB had good depth and produced weak contact/whiffs. Largen was mechanically sound as he was smooth but explosive down the mound. All around, Largen showed good pitchability.

Miller Alston, LHP, 2024, Walton
Wofford Commit. Electric stuff coming from the left hander. The veteran was in control his whole outing vs Decatur. Alston was real effective to his arm side making it tough on hitters. The mid to upper 80’s FB was lively with good carry through the zone. Alston was able to climb the ladder with the heater as he was able to get hitters to chase up and out of the zone. The BB was a good pitch off of the FB as it produced whiffs and had the ability to land the pitch in the zone.

Colin Phillips, UTL, 2024, Roswell
Uncommitted. Solid, proportionate 5-11, 180lb frame with strength particularly in the upper half. In the box, stands with weight preset on back leg with hands held high. Hands remain at same height as he loads into launch position, creates a downward plane with barrel thru the zone, showing some adjustability in swing and can cover all quadrants with good bat strength. Moves well for frame and has shown a good arm across the diamond.

Sam Tomczak, C, 2025, Allatoona
Uncommitted. Proportionate 5-10 165lb frame with room for more. Balanced setup at the plate with minimal moving parts, simple stance & load, quick lift of the back elbow to get into launch position before turning barrel over. Short & quick trigger could give him issues with timing but when synced up its an athletic operation with loose wrists and some quickness to the hands. Consistent performer and still maturing physically. Great makeup, solid follow as he continues to fill out.

Seth Pettett, SS/C, 2025, Sequoyah
Uncommitted. Wiry athleticism to the frame at 6-2 175lbs. Open stance with flex in the knees and a high back elbow. Bigger leg kick with a smooth hand trigger, shows a strong lower half with adjustability and good bat speed. Still piecing it together mechanically but has athletic traits that stand out and will become more refined as he fills out. Potential to be tapped in to here if he can add strength.

Jay Abernathy, SS, 2024, North Cobb
Tennessee commit. Number 1 ranked player in state for 2024 class. Premium athleticism with clear strength throughout in a mature 5-10, 180lbs. Hands easily flow through zone at the dish with big bat speed and a quality, all-fields approach. Top of the scale body control in all facets, game comes easy to him. Generating draft buzz for the summer.

Joel James, OF, 2025, Campbell
Uncommitted. Athletic 6-0 165lb frame with room to continue adding. Balanced setup with barrel tip pointing up, stays there as he loads and strides creating some hand stretch before unleashing them with force through the zone. Can create loft with level swing by way of his sound lower half movements and an accurate barrel. Strength present in lower half as well suggesting more power on the way. Good speed on the basepaths and in center field. Look for James to have a big junior season.

Sam Martell, LHP, 2025, Walnut Grove
Uncommitted. Highly projectable 6-4 190lb frame and adding strength. Fast arm and creates quality extension down the hill with his mobile lower half. Mid-depth AA with a H3Q slot. Somewhat erratic with command but very tough to square up when in the zone. FB velo was 87-88 and reached 90 in the first inning but drifted at times and predominately sat 84-87 with good underlying metrics (above 20” IVB). Still developing secondary offerings but showed some ability to tunnel his offspeed pitches and as they are refined will play very well off his FB. CB (73-76) showed some sharp, late movement that will generate s/m when located well and flashed a CH at 74. Raw with lots of upside.

Jackson Fardo, C, 2024, Cambridge
Uncommitted. Durable 6-0 200lb frame with present strength throughout. Slightly open setup, sinks into back hip in load, swings on a downward angle and creates some natural loft through separation. Will need some better mobility in the lower half to hit different speeds and locations more consistently but the brute strength and power potential to all fields is there and will show more as he continues to refine his game.

Nick Yarbrough, 1B, 2025, Harrison
Uncommitted. Tall and lanky 6-4 180lbs and still developing strength. Stands nearly straight up in the box with the barrel parallel to the ground and a high back elbow. Gains a ton of ground in stride and does a nice job delaying weight transfer after getting a little out front and shows good quickness in the hands to shoot the ball the other way. Displays an ability to inside out the baseball and use both gaps with some power. Solid feel for the lower half with some sneaky athleticism. Also a LHP up to 83 on the mound.