State Games: 2023 Breakdown Part 2


John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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In the last weekend of October, PBR Virginia/DC hosted its inaugural State Games, which featured over 180 players and two locations, City Stadium and Liberty University in Lynchburg. We continue our detailed breakdown of that event with the second half of the 2023s who participated:

 

 

Logan Janney 3B / 2B / Trinity Episcopal School , VA / 2023

Janney is 6-0 with a lankier athletic frame that has some strength in the lower half and a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short and quick to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact and good extension through the ball, showed a good approach working gap to gap, some power present in the gaps with projection for more to come, exit velocity was 87. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through the ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 73. Ran a 7.62 60 yard dash.

 

 

Braydon Kelman C / 3B / Loudoun County , VA / 2023

Kelman is 5-9 with an athletic frame that has strength present and some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, two tap stride lands open, two step load back and down. Hips rotate completely and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, goes straight to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact and extension through the ball, showed a pull approach, natural loft in his swing, exit velocity was 82. Behind the plate, quick clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 73 and pop times 2.07-2.17. Showed some accuracy on his throws. Ran a 7.58 60 yard dash.

 

 

Charlie Knighton SS / OF / St. Christopher�s School, VA / 2023

Knighton is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some strength present and some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing with a strong contact point and some extension through the ball, showed a primarily pull approach with the ability to work gap to gap, extra base power present in the gaps with projection for more to come, exit velocity was 87. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 79. Showed versatility taking balls in the outfield. Ran a 7.25 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, very short free arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Shoulders are uphill and slightly closed, lands open with a fall off finish. Fastball was 73-75, touching 76, with some late armside run that had a bit of sink as well. Curveball was 60-62 with some armspeed and big gradual 12/6 break to it, some shape to pitch.

 

 

Charlie Krebs 1B / RHP / Woodgrove, VA / 2023

Krebs is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some strength present and some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, short load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact, showed a pull approach with some power present that way, natural loft in his swing, exit velocity was 85. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 76. Ran a 7.38 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, breaks long but then shortens up to a loose quick arm action and some effort to his delivery. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands closed with a fall off finish and some recoil. Fastball was 80-83, with some downward plane and some gradual boring action to armside. Curveball was 67-68 with good armspeed and late sharp 11/5 break to it, some shape to pitch, as it tightens has a chance to be swing and miss.

 

 

Noah Leonard C / RHP / Lord Botetourt , VA / 2023

Leonard is 5-11 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, two touch stride on line, small load back to a wrap. Hips rotate and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing, showed a pull approach with the ability to use the whole field, exit velocity was 75. Behind the plate, gains ground during exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, longer arm action, position velocity was 71 and pop times 2.13-2.17. Showed some accuracy on his throws.

 

 

Daniel Lingle SS / RHP / Benedictine, VA / 2023

Lingle is 5-10 with a lanky frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the left side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, short stride in place, smooth load back to a slight bar. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact and extension through the ball, showed a pull approach with some power potential that way, swing generates natural loft, exit velocity was 81. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through the ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 75. Ran a 7.34 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, shorter loose arm action and some effort to his delivery. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands closed with a slight fall off finish. Fastball was 79-82, with heavy armside run that also had a bit of depth. Curveball was 71-74 with good armspeed and hard sharp 11/5 break to it. Change-up was 72-73 with good armspeed and heavy sink to it.

 

 

Trey Ludy SS / RHP / Cave Spring , VA / 2023

Ludy is 6-0 with a lankier athletic frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly closed balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, loads back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact, showed a good approach using the whole field, some power present in the gaps, exit velocity was 87. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 81. Ran a 7.20 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a three-quarters arm slot, long free quick arm action and some effort to his delivery. Drop and drive delivery, shoulders are level and closed, lands closed with a fall off finish. Fastball was 81-83, with some late armside run to it. Curveball was 69-71 with good armspeed and sharp 11/5 break to it, some shape to pitch already, chance to tighten into a swing and miss pitch. Change-up was 75 with good armspeed and some late run to armside.

 

 

Christopher McCullers 1B / RHP / Woodgrove, VA / 2023

McCullers is a West Virginia commit and is 6-3 with a big frame that has strength present. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, strides on line, short load back to a wrap. Hips rotate with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short and quick to the ball, uphill swing, very strong at contact and good extension through the ball, showed a pull approach with real power already present that way, exit velocity was 102. In the infield, gets behind the ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 84. On the mound, he throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, shorter free quick arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Shoulders are uphill and closed, lands closed with a slight fall off finish. Fastball was 79-83, with hard late armside run to it. Curveball was 68-70 with good armspeed and hard sharp 11/5 downer break to it, some shape to pitch.

 

 

Connor McGhee RHP / Nansemond Suffolk, VA / 2023

McGhee is 6-1 with a lankier athletic frame that has some strength present and plenty of projection left to it. On the mound, he throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, breaks long before coming in tight for a very short free arm action and some effort to his delivery. Drop and drive delivery, shoulders are level and closed, lands closed with an athletic finish. Fastball was 75-78, touching 79, with some boring action to armside. Curveball was 65-66 with some armspeed and gradual 11/5 break to it, some shape, chance to tighten into a good pitch.

 

 

Jake Moore OF / 1B / Chatham, VA / 2023

Moore is a Liberty commit and is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some strength present in the lower half and some projection left to it. He hits from the left side from a tall balanced relaxed stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short and very quick to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing path, strong at contact with some extension through the ball, feel for the barrel, showed a good approach using the whole field, doubles power present to all fields with a bit more to pull side, exit velocity was 91. In the outfield, gets body behind the ball and fields through it with above average hands, clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short quick arm action, position velocity was 84. Ran a 7.21 60 yard dash.

 

 

Patrick Rakes 1B / LHP / Miller School of Albermarle , VA / 2023

Rakes is 6-3 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the left side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, short smooth load down. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, uphill swing with some strength at contact and some extension through the ball, showed a pull approach with the ability to use the whole field, some power present to pull side, exit velocity was 86. In the infield, gets behind the ball and fields with average hands. Clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 72. Ran a 7.19 60 yard dash.

 

 

Rocco Raynor OF / LHP / Buckingham Co., VA / 2023

Raynor is 6-0 with a lankier athletic frame that has some strength present in the lower half and plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the left side from a slightly leaned back balanced athletic stance, strides on line, short load back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short to the ball, uphill swing path, strong contact point with extension through the ball, showed a pull approach with some gap power present that way, natural loft in his swing, exit velocity was 85. In the outfield, gets body behind the ball and fields through it with average hands, clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 74. Ran a 7.27 60 yard dash.

 

 

Evan Schick SS / RHP / Lake Braddock, VA / 2023

Schick is 5-10 with a lankier athletic frame that has some strength in the lower half and plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, goes straight to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing with some strength at contact, showed a good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 83. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through the ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 73. Ran a 7.54 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action and some effort to his delivery. Shoulders are level and closed, lands open with an athletic finish. Fastball was 72-75, with some downward plane to it and late armside run. Curveball was 61-64 with good armspeed and gradual 11/5 break to it.

 

 

John Simmons 3B / SS / Liberty Christian, VA / 2023

Simmons is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some strength present and projection left to it. He hits from the left side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, short smooth load back. Hips rotate completely with violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short and very quick to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing with a strong contact point and good extension through the ball, showed a good approach working gap to gap primarily, power present in the gaps with more to pull side, still projects to add more power, exit velocity was 91. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through the ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short quick arm action, infield velocity was 83. Ran a 7.01 60 yard dash.

 

 

Cameron Slough C / 3B / Glen Allen, VA / 2023

Slough is 5-11 with a strong athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, strides on line, smooth load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate completely and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, goes straight to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing with strength at contact and extension through the ball, showed a good approach working gap to gap, some power present in the alleys, exit velocity was 87. Behind the plate, quick clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 74 and pop times 1.97-2.13. Showed some accuracy on his throws.

 

 

Caden Swartley C / OF / Turner Ashby, VA / 2023

Swartley is 5-11 with an athletic frame that has strength present and some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, short load back to a slight wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short to the ball, slightly uphill swing path with strength at contact and good extension through the ball, showed a pull approach with the ability to use the whole field, some natural loft in his swing and power potential, exit velocity was 83. Behind the plate, quick clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 70 and pop times 2.00-2.14. Showed accuracy on his throws.

 

 

Nathaniel Tyree OF / RHP / Liberty Christian, VA / 2023

Tyree is 5-8 with a lankier athletic frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, strides on line, no load. Hips rotate completely and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing path, some strength at contact, showed a good approach using the whole field, exit velocity was 77. In the outfield, gets body behind the ball and fields through it with above average hands, quick clean exchange, throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 73. Ran a 6.99 60 yard dash. On the mound, he throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, very short free arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Shoulders are slightly uphill and closed, lands closed with an athletic finish. Fastball was 73-76, with some armside run to it and heavy sink. Curveball was 66-69 with good armspeed and gradual 10/4 break to it. Showed a change-up in warm-ups with some armspeed and heavy sink.

 

 

Matt Vine SS / RHP / Liberty Christian, VA / 2023

Vine is 6-1 with a lanky athletic frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, loads back and down. Hips rotate completely and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, short to the ball, slightly uphill swing path with some extension through the ball, showed a good approach using the whole field, some extra base power present with projection for more to come, exit velocity was 84. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through the ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, infield velocity was 77. On the mound, he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, longer free arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Drop and drive delivery, shoulders are slightly downhill and closed, lands closed with an athletic finish. Fastball was 72-75, touching 76, with some late armside run and a bit of sink to it. Curveball was 62-65 with good armspeed and hard sharp 11/5 downer break to it. Change-up was 67-68 with good armspeed and some heavy fade.