From the Hip: Shooter's Future Games Standouts - Day 2
July 29, 2022
Lakepoint was even more packed Thursday for the start of Future Games gameplay than it was on the workout day, with many colleges utilizing the maximum three coaches to get the most (and best) looks at the top uncommitted underclassmen in the country and Canada. There was never a down moment, as the talent continued to make the most of the biggest stage. Here are some of the top standouts from the day:
Fresh off a stellar performance on the workout day, Johnson continued to wow all onlookers with his play. Notching two hits including a booming double, the true shortstop was a magnet for all eyes in the first slate of games. Even his one out was laced at a 93 mph exit velocity. The balance and fluidity of the hands stand out as does his ability to raise his level of play in-game. Adding to his allure, the glove-to-hand ability, defensively, is advanced, and he demonstrates the ability to make throws from all angles and has a strong chance to stick at shortstop at the next level.
Coming off a big Day 1, ‘24 SS Carter Johnson (AL) continues to explode on the biggest stage.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Laces this one for a double. Hitterish with a heavy barrel. Moves thru impact with ease. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Alabama pic.twitter.com/1wAdefsWnE
Lawson looked ultra hitterish against some power arms rolled out by Team Mississippi that climbed up into the low 90s. With the hands held high to start, they work fluidly down and back before quickly ripping the barrel through the zone. There is a heaviness to that barrel, and he demonstrated an innate ability to keep it in the zone with some firm contact throughout including a booming double deep into the gap. Though he likely shifts over to third base in the future, the bat is clearly showing well as a middle-of-the-order type.
‘24 SS Brendan Lawson has been perhaps even more impressive in game today.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 29, 2022
On time in each at bat including this missile for a double. Stellar #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Ontario https://t.co/jpbg0cLNsO pic.twitter.com/4MvkSibPCJ
Davila was one of the players that I wanted to follow on Day 2 closely. The wiry-athletic, left-handed hitter did not disappoint in the first game of the day, and after getting off a good swing early in the count, unloaded on a two-strike pitch for a deep double, turning the barrel with some authority. But as good as the swing has looked, Davila’s glove has looked even better. His up-the-middle play, which included a natural transfer around the back before nailing the hitter at first with his momentum carrying towards right field, was nothing short of spectacular and helped support the idea of him sticking at shortstop long term.
‘24 SS Chris Davila (FL) was a must follow for me coming into game play, and gets off a great 2K swing in driving this one deep to CF for a double.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Stellar AB w/ a couple great swings. Added physicality helping & playing w/ something to prove.#PBRFG22 || @PBRFlorida pic.twitter.com/osVtqLbp65
Cashon first caught my eye in the batting practice session (on field) prior to the final slate of games, and only lifted his profile with multiple hits in a game against some stout California arms. The right-handed hitting backstop does a quality job behind the dish, but it might be his bat’s impact that ultimately carries him in the eyes of college coaches eager to gain a run producing catcher. A good follow the rest of the weekend, look for Cashon to continue making an impact on the week for Team Texas.
‘24 C Cody Cashon (TX) took a strong round of BP in pregame and it carries over into the game with a miner single here 👀👇— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Short stroke with some present strength. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Texas pic.twitter.com/ZVsBOYta1Q
I got my first look at a talented Utah squad during the on field batting practice prior to the first slate of games, and Park was ready to hit even early in the morning. A wiry, long-limbed, 6-foot, 155-pounder, Park carried a bigger presence on both sides of the ball, and moved with graceful athleticism that enabled him to be a three sport standout in his freshman year. Wider in the setup, the hands are quick with an accurate barrel, but it is his ability to be on time with effortless plate coverage that really stood out in this look. After working gap-to-gap in batting practice, he notched two hits in game play, working deep into counts for quality at-bats, and keeping the hands back of a plethora of breaking balls.
‘25 SS Austin Park (UT) is long & lean w/ a wiry frame. Athletic at the dish with ability to spray firm contact around the yard.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
3-sport standout has projectable frame with confident demeanor. Looks the part. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Utah pic.twitter.com/Y05IDsiZKO
Mitch Haythorn (CO)
‘24 RHP Mitch Haythorn (CO) might be the best arm I’ve seen today.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Up to 90 & pitching mean w/ intent to punish late in counts w/ sharp breaking ball up to 80. Manipulates shape & throws with intent.
Impressive. 🔥#PBRFG22 || @pbrcolorado pic.twitter.com/rLXJQj4zbF
Marshall Louque (LA)
‘25 RHP Marshall Louque (LA) comes out showcasing electric stuff w/ 3K in the 1st.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Effortless 88-89 for IZMs & showing aptitude for tighter slurve at 72-74.
EFFORTLESS w/ quick arm & polish. Pounds zone. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Louisiana pic.twitter.com/OPkzwYdttC
Kaden Morris (NC)
‘24 Kaden Morris (NC) is all of 6’8” & shows impressive understanding of mvmt of long limbs.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Compact takeaway works downhill & up to 91+ (2300+)
Feel for 2-plane breaker up to 77 & faded CH.
Starter potential. BIG upside.
🔥🔥🔥#PBRFG22 || @PrepBaseballNC pic.twitter.com/zEfqLWbwau
Ryler Smart (TX)
‘24 LHP Ryler Smart (TX) gets impressive extension on a fastball that has climbed up over 90mph early on.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 29, 2022
Big imposing frame with stuff to match including gradual 74-75 CB that drops in for strikes and faded changeup at 79.
Competes. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_Texas pic.twitter.com/pQbm6irCPG
Jack Bauer (IL)
Quick look at ‘25 LHP Jack Bauer (IL) who came out 87-89 w/ a quick arm. More velo likely & showed quality feel to pitch.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Pulled string on 70 CH 👀👇
Easy operation w/ starter upside. #PBRFG22 || @PBRIllinois pic.twitter.com/S4ixViIiEA
Billy Carlson (CA)
‘25 SS/P Billy Carlson (CA) might have the highest ceiling in the class.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 29, 2022
Love the bat/glove but also pumping 88-90+ w/ whip & hammer breaking ball 74-77 (🔥3000+🔥)
Elite athleticism. Real. #PBRFG22 || @PBR_California pic.twitter.com/55bxUCf16P
Matt Brown (CAN)
‘24 Matt Brown (CAN) looks the part of a future starter and comes out 87-89 w/ late life & getting IZMs.— Shooter Hunt (@ShooterHunt) July 28, 2022
Short slider w/ high upside at 77-80.
Physical 6’5” frame still projects. M2C#PBRFG22 || @PBR_Ontario pic.twitter.com/SdcZOmox1b