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Quick Hits: Future Games Workouts


Shooter Hunt
Vice President, Scouting



Shortstops Set The Tone

The day began with a steady stream of physical bats providing barrel after barrel, but it was the turn to the infielders on each side of the dueling fields that delivered the thump that the many college coaches in attendance were there to see. SS Cade Miles (AL) and SS Carter Johnson (AL) enticed all onlookers with fluid strokes that promised plenty of upside. Miles, looking more physical than in a previous early spring look, peppered both gaps with an easy stroke before giving way to Johnson, who promised electric upside for those locked in from the stands. Both players’ hands worked freely through fluid loads before delivering heavy barrels through the zone. Johnson, in particular, was able to create impressive quickness in a short window. He should have a chance to explode this week. Meanwhile, the Northeast was also showcasing a strong contingent of middle infielders. SS Jamie Zee Jr. (NJ) had tunnel vision in a meticulous round that showcased his quick hands and ability to drive the ball from gap-to-gap while also hitting a home run to his pull side. SS Henry Jackson (NY) also flashed upside at the plate from the right side with fast hands and a projectable frame.

And the day only got better from there…

As each player tried to one-up the previous one, coaches scribbled away at notes for which players to follow entering game play. Below, a list of 20 names that I will be circling back to follow on Day 2 (not included in the rest of the article)

2024 SS/OF Brett White (IA)
2024 SS Josh Donna (MN)
2024 C Troy Osborne (OR)
2025 OF Chase Porter (MO)
2024 SS Eddie Peters (WI)
2024 SS Chris Davila (FL)

2025 C Dominic Stephenson (GA)
2024 OF Owen Anchors (GA)
2024 SS Jay Abernathy (GA)
2024 IF Brady Cooper (TN)
2025 OF Damien Gaston (AL)
2024 OF JD Crisp (TX)
2024 OF Chase Whitley (AZ)

2024 C Declan Spooner (CAN)
2024 SS Brendan Lawson (CAN)
2024 C Marc Hersh (FL)
2025 OF William Patrick (LA)
2024 IF Ryland Duson (CA)

2024 OF Brooks Wright (LA)
2025 SS Brett Beasley (VA)

 

Power Threats

Any coaches looking to put some extra pressure on pitchers in the future will want to get eyes on the numerous power threats that made an impact on my look throughout the day. Here is a list of 10 names to follow closely the rest of the way:

2025 IF Donavan Jeffrey (VA)
2025 OF Roman Lopez (CA)
2024 OF Sean Rouse (SC)
2024 1B Cole Hambly (RI)
2024 1B Brenson Watters (MI)
2025 IF Luke Craddock (VA)
2024 OF Elliot Oster (WA)

2024 OF Carter McKay (TN)
2025 OF Jaison DeLamar (AR)
2024 1B Jackson Landry (LA)

 

First Review

Running it back on Day 2, and eager to circle back for a more thorough look, here are the teams that I will be glued to on the second day for game action:

Kentucky

Hitter after hitter found barrel after barrel, and each seemed to blend into the last. Because of that, I’ll be getting another look at a talented KY squad that will also run out some high spin arms.

Indiana

The buzz was real throughout the Lakepoint facility as Team Indiana went through the workout. With OF Jayce Lee (IN) leading the charge, the Hoosier State’s finest uncommitted underclassmen will have nearly every eye in the facility locked in for the Game 1 matchup with host state Georgia under the lights. Lee burst onto the scene early in the summer thanks to the five-tool potential that his skill set presents, and he utilized the big stage at the Future Games to announce himself on the national scene. And with plenty more players to follow closely, Indiana has clearly been circled as a must-watch throughout the event.

California

The action came fast and furious throughout as hundreds of uncommitted players were put through an efficient showcase process. The boys from the West Coast came ready to show out, and I made sure to be locked in on the defensive portion of the ever-coveted “California shortstop”. They exceeded even my lofty expectations, thanks to a crisp batting practice session from the entire roster and a flawless defensive showing that was likely unmatched by any other complete roster. 2026 SS James Tronstein (CA), 2024 SS Jake Downing (CA), and 2025 SS Billy Carlson (CA) have quickly emerged as must-follow guys for me this week.

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