Mississippi Open: Outfielder Reports


Matt Miller
State Director

Hattiesburg, MS - The Mississippi Open was held on Wednesday, June 8th at Pete Taylor Park on the campus of The University of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, 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 bullpen 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. 

Today we are continuing to release our individual scouting reports on each player present as we take a look at the outfielders from the event.

 

Walker Craft, Hernando (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Athletic stance, small, easy load, slight knee lift with some aggression into contact, works the middle of the diamond well with some loft in the swing path.
Power: 89.4 max exit velocity, averaged 82.6 mph. 316’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Good lengthy arm action on throws, slight backwards stab.
Defense: Good footwork in the outfield, fields the ball to the side and accurate on throws.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Evin Denning, Petal  (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 130-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: SH. Tall, slightly open setup with high hands, rhythmic load into a toe tap and longer stride, level bat path, sprays ball to all fields.
Power: 83.5 max exit velocity, averaged 77.4 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 78 mph. Good lengthy and loose arm action on throws.
Defense: Good footwork in the outfield, fields the ball to the side and accurate on throws.
Run: 6.97 runner in the 60. Good runner and more developing speed.

Jackson White, Wayne Academy (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Tall, athletic and lean frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, athletic stance, slightly open with high hands, crouches slightly into load, toe tap into stride with lots of leverage, agressive into contact with present power.
Power: 95.3 max exit velocity, averaged 90.2 mph. 358’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long, quick arm action.
Defense: Fields the ball out front, good footwork and solid accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. Solid runner with more speed coming.

Rhett Atkinson, Leake Academy (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-1, 155-pounds.
Hit: SH. Tall, slightly open stance. Slow, controlled load, stays inside legs well at contact, slightly upward bat path while using all fields.
Power: 84.5 max exit velocity, averaged 78.9 mph. 311’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense: Fields the ball out front, good footwork and solid accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. 

Cooper Rayburn, Germantown (MS), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-4, 205-pounds. Tall, lean frame.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, athletic stance. Slow, quiet load with hands working well into contact. Good extension and showed some ability to drive the ball to all fields.
Power: 89.2 max exit velocity, averaged 81.8 mph. 283’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Loose, lengthy arm path.
Defense: Fields the ball out front, good footwork and solid accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60. 

Jon Grey Morrisson, West Union Attendance Center (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: SS/C
Body: 6-6, 200-pounds. Strong durable frame and still maturing.
Hit: RHH. Slight crouch with hands near body. Slow, controlled load and stride. Hands work directly to contact with lots of current and still developing power. Level swing and line drive approach with occasional lift. 
Power: 90.9 max exit velocity, averaged 82.9 mph. 306’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Short arm action, though quick.
Defense: Fields the ball out front in OF with good footwork. On the infield, carries a big frame well. Good positioning on all ground ball angles.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Cade Holifield, Wayne County (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-0, 162-pounds. Lean, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide set up at the plate with high hands. Quick load, small quick knee lift with up tempo swing. Level swing path with all fields approach.
Power: 91.6 max exit velocity, averaged 80.3 mph. 267’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long, quick and loose arm action.
Defense: Fields the ball out front with developing feet. Consistent on throws.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Tory Huddleston Jr, Hattiesburg (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-3, 174-pounds. Lean, lanky frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open, athletic stance with high handset. Slow, controlled load with a small toe tap into stride. Line drive approach with some loft in swing. Uses the middle of the field well.
Power: 86.4 max exit velocity, averaged 73.4 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Long, fairly loose arm action.
Defense: Developing footwork, fields the ball out front slightly to the side. Developing accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Tyner Flynt, Presbyterian Christian (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-7, 135-pounds. Solid, yet still developing frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open stance with high handset. Controlled load with conventional stride. Hands move directly to the baseball with a fairly level bat path with slight launch. Uses all fields.
Power: 79.6 max exit velocity, averaged 71 mph. 260’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 73 mph. Loose, lengthy arm action.
Defense: Good athletic footwork, Fields the ball to the side on ground balls. Accurate on all throws.                                                                                                                                
Run: 8.18 runner in the 60. 

Coby Gollott, St. Martin (MS), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-10, 148-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Wide stance, with a high handset. Quick load creating some leverage, toe tap stride with decent extension. Slight lift to otherwise level swing path and line drive approach.
Power: 83.7 max exit velocity, averaged 73.2 mph. 279’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Very loose and long arm action.
Defense: Fields the ball out front, good footwork and solid accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.06 runner in the 60. 

Fletcher Cox, MRA (MS), 2026
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. Long, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide stance, with slightly high handset. Big load with knee lift with aggression into contact. Leverage in swing with loft in his bat path. Looks to pull, though has developing power to all fields.
Power: 90.6 max exit velocity, averaged 83.8 mph. 329’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Long, loose quick arm action.
Defense: Developing footwork with upside, fields the ball out front slightly to the side with very accurate throws.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Nelson, Warren Central (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-8, 140-pounds. Lean, lanky, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, athletic stance. Slow controlled load and stride. Hands stay close to the body and take a direct path to contact. Developing power.
Power: 83.4 max exit velocity, averaged 71.9 mph. 247’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Very loose , long arm action.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front. Lots of upside at position. Accurate on throws.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60. 

Sam Roy, Oxford High School (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-7, 135-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: LHH. Athletic, slightly open stance. Easy, smooth load with knee lift. Aggressive into contact with slightly upward swing path and gap to gap approach. Advanced upside.
Power: 87.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78.6 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Quick, loose arm action.
Defense: Very quick athletic footwork, Fields the ball to the side with accurate throws.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. Decent runner, should get faster.

Cohen Weinhofer, St. Patrick (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Tall, lanky frame.
Hit: RHH. Conventional stance with relaxed hands. Easy, smooth load. Some aggression into contact with a slightly upward swing path and gap to gap approach. Lots of leverage in swing. Decent upside.
Power: 90.5 max exit velocity, averaged 83.2 mph. 353’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Decent length to arm action, tendency to shorten up.
Defense: Good footwork and positioning, fields the ball out front and developing accuracy on throws.
Run: 6.99 runner in the 60. Solid runner with more speed coming.

Campbell Atkinson, Lafayette (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic stance with high handset. Easy conventional load and stride. Smooth stroke and good hand direction with developing power to all fields. A good bit of loud contact during his round.
Power: 88.2 max exit velocity, averaged 83.2 mph. 270’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Decent length to arm action.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front and slightly to the glove side.
Run: 7.60 runner in the 60. 

DMarion Terrell, Meridian (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-2, 202-pounds. Lean, athletic frame.
Hit: LHH. Wide stance with high handset. Smooth load and stride with very quick hands and plenty of upside. Slight launch to swing with pull side approach.
Power: 91.9 max exit velocity, averaged 87.4 mph. 349’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 86 mph. Long, loose arm action.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front to glove side with consistent accuracy.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

Chesley Rhodes, St Stanislaus (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open stance with relaxed hand set, preset load, long stride with aggression into contact. Line drive approach with tons of pull side pop.
Power: 99.3 max exit velocity, averaged 89 mph. 317’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Loose arm action.
Defense: Developing footwork, fields the ball out front to the glove side. Some accuracy on throws.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

Ellis Newman, D'Iberville (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Good runner.
Hit: RHH. Wide stance, with conventional handset. Easy, controlled load into inward rotational stride. Solid bat path, pull side line drive approach.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 80.8 mph. 321’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Loose, lengthy arm action.
Defense: Choppy footwork, fields the ball out front to glove side, consistent accuracy on throws.
Run: 6.93 runner in the 60. 

Tristen Junkert, St Martin (MS), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, athletic stance, controlled load with conventional stride. Hands move directly to the baseball with a fairly level bat path with slight launch. Uses all fields.
Power: 85.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78 mph. 310’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Very quick, loose arm action.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front and slightly to glove side. Strong, accurate arm.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Davin Lowery, Wayne Academy (MS), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-5, 170-pounds. Long, lean build.
Hit: RHH. Conventional, athletic stance, slightly open, starts with a higher handset. Controlled load with an easy short stride. Hands work well into contact with pull side approach and developing pop. Some leverage.
Power: 93.1 max exit velocity, averaged 87.1 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long, loose arm action with whip.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front to glove side with consistent accuracy.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Preston Anderson, Forrest County (MS), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, slightly open stance. Easy conventional load and stride. Smooth stroke and good hand direction while showing some ability to work the barrel to all fields.
Power: 85.7 max exit velocity, averaged 79.4 mph. 280’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Long arm action.
Defense: Athletic footwork, fields the ball out front to glove side with consistent accuracy.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

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