PBR Future Games: Game 3 Recap


Austin Sharp
Director of Scouting

 

LakePoint Sports Complex was the place to be for all uncommitted 2022's and 2023's over the past few days as many players saw their stocks rise in front of college coaches. Each player went through a pro-style workout on Saturday then competed against other PBR states from all over the country for three games. Team Alabama split their first two games on Day 1 of games against PBR Texas and PBR Mississippi. On the final day of the PBR Future Games, Team Alabama dropped their last game to PBR Louisiana in an offensive battle over seven innings.

Over the next few days, the PBR Alabama staff will continue to release post-event content on all players who wore Alabama across their chest. For today, let's go back and look at some of the players who stood out in Game 3 of the PBR Future Games vs. PBR Louisiana.

 

Game 3

+ Starting things off offensively, '22 C Walker Zapp (Auburn) made some loud contact over the past few days but didn't have much to show for on the stat sheet. Hitting from the right-side, Zapp hits in a crouched stance and really uses his hips well throughout his swing. In his 1st AB, he hit one on the screws right at the well-positioned shortstop for a L6. Zapp stood out defensively, as he showed very quick transfers behind the plate and a very strong arm on throws to 2nd base. 1.86-1.94 pop times during the workout on Saturday.

+ '22 3B/RHP Davis Gillespie (Oak Mountain) put together a very solid week at the PBR Future Games at the plate. He swung the bat very well and picked up multiple hits during gameplay against some elite arms. Really stood out in Game 3, as he turned on an inside fastball during his 1st AB and lined it down the line for a single in the 2nd inning. Tried to stretch it into a double, but was called out on a fairly close play at 2nd base.

+ In his 2nd AB of Game 3, Gillespie continued his hot streak at the dish, as he sat back on a breaking ball and roped it into the backside gap and scored the runner from 1st for a RBI triple. Showed some premium barrel awareness all week with some hard-hit balls. Very good instincts and really understands the game. Doubles as an elite arm in the '22 class that has been up to 90 mph at prior events but did not throw at the event. One of the better performances on the week for Team Alabama.

+ Looking back at the 2020 PBR Future Games, '22 MIF Zane Stokes (Mobile Christian) was one that really saw his stock his rise for Team Alabama. Recorded multiple hits at the dish through three games and was very reliable with sure hands up the middle defensively. Very mature approach at the dish with consistent line drives up the middle and to the backside gap during BP and gameplay. Love the overall body of work Stokes turned in this week.

+ '22 3B McGwire Turner (Helena) had some hard-hit balls during BP and gameplay to the pullside for Team Alabama. After doubling in Game 2 of the PBR Future Games, Turner continued in Game 3 with a single thru the 6-hole for a single in his 2nd AB. Looking to his pullside, Turner showed some impressive strength in the box.

+ '22 1B JW Hopkins (Bob Jones) really projects as that middle-of-the-order power 1st baseman in a lineup. During BP on Saturday, Hopkins hit at least six balls out to his pullside and posted a 98 mph exit velo and max distance of 394 feet. Put together some quality swings during gameplay, including this loud L7 during Game 3 yesterday.

+ '22 C/RHP Tucker Stockman (Athens) really made some strong closing remarks at the PBR Future Games yesterday. On the mound Stockman ran his fastball up to 89 mph while sitting primarily 85-87 mph with sink and run to the arm side. Breaking ball showed 11/5 action and was landed for strikes. Changeup was effective to LHH's, especially in his second inning of work, that got numerous swings and misses. Tunneled well off the fastball. Flashed a few cutters vs. RHH's at 82-84 mph with some late dart at the end. Pitches out of a 3/4 arm slot and generates a lot of run with a quick arm action.

+ After showing well on the mound, Stockman laced a double to the RCF gap off a fastball in his last AB of the PBR Future Games. Fouled off a few fastballs in the process, then got one over the middle of the plate and didn't miss it. Strong, physical 6-foot-2, 220 pound frame. Has the chance to stay as a 2-way guy down the road.

 

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