Prep Baseball Report

National Program Invitational: Scout Blog, Day Four

By Shooter Hunt, Phil Kerber, Justin Goetz & PBR Staff

Our staff is on the ground at LakePoint for the 2022 National Program Invitational, featuring many of the top prospects spanning prep classes 2023 through 2025. A loaded fourth day of action in Emerson made for this jam-packed notebook with notes and highlights from NPI, Day Four


Brady Jones, RHP, Decatur, GA (2022) 
Georgia State commit. Jones is someone who has definitely garnered a lot of draft interest this past year after touching 95mph in Jupiter last fall. The athletic right hander has one of the best FB’s in the state and shows both in game and in the metrics. Jones kept challenging hitters with the FB which sat in the 89-92 range and touched 93mph with bore. The FB had insane metrical numbers with his IVB hovering in the 17-21 range while his HZB was in the 12-15 range. These metrics combined with the overall arm speed that Jones possesses is somewhat of a “dream” to college coaches and MLB scouts. The offspeed weapons are still developing as the CH seems like his most comfortable secondary pitch that sits in the low 80’s with depth. The SL sits in the upper 70’s with a gyro spin profile that will continue to improve once he gets to the next level. With all of this, Brady Jones may be 


Jacob Kendall, SS, Bartram Trail HS, FL (2025)
Continuing his propensity to raise his game to new heights with each game, Kendall was at his best in the first round of the playoffs for 5-Star National. The Florida recruit drove a deep, high 2-strike pitch over the right field wall for a big home run, and later followed it up with a loud double. Already a well known name in the class and country, the wiry-athletic shortstop did nothing to disappoint, but rather utilized the big stage that the NPI provided as the proving ground for why he might be the best player in the class.

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