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Magnolia State Games: Catcher Reports


Matt Miller
State Director

Clinton, MS - The Magnolia State Games was held on Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. This event consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2023-2027 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in a modified game setting and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing at the event. 



Ben Adams, Brookhaven (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Athletic, proportional build.
Hit: RHH. Wide, open, balanced stance. Big, rhythmic load and stride with toe tap. Loft in the swing path. Pull side approach.
Power: 86.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.8 mph. 281’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense: 2.20-2.28 pop times. Developing footwork. Good direction on throws to third base. Developing body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Josh King, Desoto Central (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. Athletic, Proportional build
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open stance. Easy load and stride, with slight knee lift. Line drive approach and works to the middle of the field well.
Power: 91.7 max exit velocity, averaged 85.5 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Quick, short arm action.
Defense: 2.03-2.11 pop times. Very quick feet and strength in arm. Good direction on throws to third base. Next level body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.

Sam Cook, Wayne Academy (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Solid, proportional build.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, balanced stance, slightly open. Smooth load and small stride. Slightly upward bat path with gap to gap approach.
Power: 91 max exit velocity, averaged 76.1 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 2.09-2.13 pop times. Mature skill set. Good direction and footwork on all throws. Solid body positioning on blocks and bunts. Next level upside.
Run: 8.05 runner in the 60.

Bennett Cloud, Madison Ridgeland Academy (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Solid, muscular frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic stance. Small load and stride. Quick hands that move directly to contact. Line drive approach with ability to hit to all fields.
Power: 86.7 max exit velocity, averaged 83.7 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 1.94-2.03 pop times. Quick feet. Good direction on throws. Solid body positioning on blocks and bunts. Next level upside.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60.

Jayden Adcox, Forest  (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 225-pounds. Strong durable build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic stance. Smooth load and stride with tons of aggression into contact. Current power with launch to swing path. Pull side approach.
Power: 96.7 max exit velocity, averaged 89.8 mph. 376’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense: 1.96-2.08 pop times. Solid skill set with a strong, quick arm. Good direction and footwork on throws. Advanced body positioning on blocks and bunts. Next level upside.
Run: 7.76 runner in the 60.

Hallas Lawson, Hernando (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Stocky, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced stance. Small load and stride. Quick hands that move directly to contact. Line drive approach with ability to hit to all fields.
Power: 90.1 max exit velocity, averaged 85.5 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 1.91-2.05 pop times. Very quick feet and strength in arm which resulted in solid pop times. Good direction on throws to third base. Next level body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.03 runner in the 60.

Vince Glorioso, St. Joseph Catholic School (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Lean, wiry, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open stance. Easy, controlled load. Conventional stride with hands moving directly to contact. Level bat path. Uses all fields.
Power: 78.3 max exit velocity, averaged 69.6 mph. 195’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Loose, quick arm action.
Defense: 2.13-2.19 pop times. Quick though still developing footwork. Good direction on throws to third base. Developing body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60.

Camden Clark, West Jones (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Wiry frame with room for added mass.
Hit: SH. Wide, balanced stance, relaxed hand set. Slow, controlled load and stride. Good extension at contact. Works middle of the field well with pull side pop.
Power: 86.5 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 306’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 1.96-2.02 pop times. Solid skill set. Good lines and footwork on throws. Advanced body positioning on blocks and bunts. Next level upside.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60.

Aiden Hancock, Ocean Springs (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 182-pounds. Strong durable build.
Hit: LHH. Wide, balanced stance. Controlled load and small stride. Quick hands with level bat path and occasional launch. Gap to gap approach. Developing power potential.
Power: 88.8 max exit velocity, averaged 83.1 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 2.14-2.19 pop times. Quick though still developing footwork. Good direction on throws. Solid body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 8.53 runner in the 60.

Lake Reed, Tupelo (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Strong durable build.
Hit: RHH. Wide, athletic, slightly open stance. Easy, controlled load and short stride. Quick hands and looking to drive. Level bat path with occasional launch and gap to gap approach.
Power: 92.3 max exit velocity, averaged 82.7 mph. 292’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 2.02-2.07 pop times. Very solid mature skill set. Good lines and footwork on all throws. Advanced body positioning on blocks and bunts. Next level upside.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60.

Bryk Bucklar, St. Patrick (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-8, 140-pounds. Stocky developing frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow stance with high handset. Small load with toe tap into stride. Creates leverage in hands. Looks to drive the baseball pull side.
Power: 74.2 max exit velocity, averaged 66 mph. 257’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Quick arm action, still maturing.
Defense: 2.28-2.33 pop times. Very solid foundation at catching position. Good direction on throws. Advanced footwork and body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 8.04 runner in the 60.

Chase Adcock, Simpson Academy (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Proportional build.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, open stance, slight preset load. Controlled stride with tons of aggression into contact. Slight launch in bat path with pull side approach and developing power.
Power: 85.8 max exit velocity, averaged 81.9 mph. 301’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 2.14-2.20 pop times. Very good footwork and polished look at catching position. Good direction on throws and advanced body positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 8.35 runner in the 60.

Banks Teater, Magee (MS), 2025
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Lean, athletic build with broad shoulders.
Hit: LHH. Tall, balanced stance, relaxed hand set. Easy, controlled load and stride. Very quick bat with upward path. Tons of gap to gap pop with more coming. Plenty of upside to this swing.
Power: 90.4 max exit velocity, averaged 84.6 mph. 332’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense: 2.00-2.03 pop times. Good direction on throws, next level upside, solid body positioning on blocks and bunts though still developing at position.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60.

Brannon Hill, Winona Christian (MS), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Conventional balanced stance. Slow, rhythmic load and stride. Attacks out front well with aggression. Line drive, pull side approach.
Power: 86.6 max exit velocity, averaged 81 mph. 263’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Quick arm action.
Defense: 2.19-2.23 pop times. Developing skill set behind the plate. Good direction on throws. Good positioning on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Caleb Authement, Brookhaven Academy (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Strong, durable build.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, balanced stance. Controlled load and small stride. Quick bat for age. Attacks out front with developing power. Slightly upward bat path. Pull side approach.
Power: 91.5 max exit velocity, averaged 87.5 mph. 319’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Quick, loose arm action.
Defense: 2.03-2.14 pop times. Solid, yet still developing skill set. Good direction in throws and quick transfers. Will continue to get more advanced on blocks and bunts.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

 

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