Prep Baseball Report

South Alabama Select: Quick Hits

Austin Sharp
Alabama Scouting Director

The South Alabama Select was held this past Sunday, October 3rd at The Performance Lab in Mobile, AL. This event consists of players ranging from the classes of 2022-2025. These players went through an extended pro-style workout, took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion sensors. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Sunday.

Kicking off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the top performers and standouts from the event. Continuing over the course of the next week or so, we will release Statistical Leaderboards for the event then transition into releasing individual scouting reports for each player in attendance.


+ Not many had the day that 3B/RHP John Malone (Bayshore Christian, 2023) enjoyed, as he was at the top of almost all statistical categories at the plate & on the mound. Listed at a physical, but athletic, 6-2, 200-pounds, the uncommitted junior showed flashes of being an impact player as a two-way in the future. During the pro-style workout, he ran a 6.94 60, was 91 mph across the infield, and posted the best exit velocity of the event at 99.2 mph. Using impressive strength, he also posted the best average bat speed of the event at 75.24 mph, per Blast Motion. On the mound, Malone was equally as impressive with a fastball that reached 89 mph with average secondary offerings. He continues to make a name for himself after an impressive fall circuit.

+ C/OF Jack Holley (Spanish Fort, 2024) has always been known as one of, if not the, best defensive catcher in the state, but it was the offensive ability that stood yesterday at this event. It wasn't hard to see the strides in terms of physicality that he's made to his 6-0, 175-pound frame, and it translated easily to his BP round reaching 97.3 mph, per TrackMan. Repeats his swing well from the right side, showing solid feel to spray line drives to all parts of the field. Posted 1.85-1.97 pop times with carry (78 mph) & accuracy to the bag.

+ OF Pierce Dutton (Spanish Fort, 2023) is one of the top outfielders in the junior class in Alabama, and he showed why he's deserving of that type of recognition with his showing yesterday. Medium, athletic 5-10, 170-pound frame with a chance to add more strength over the next couple years. Turned in one of the more professional rounds of BP yesterday, showcasing a simple stroke with excellent feel for the barrel. Consistently squared up balls to the back side gap, resulting in a top exit velocity at 91 mph. Also ran a 7.03 60 & was 77 mph to the plate on throws from the outfield.

+ Near the top of most statistical categories from the event, OF Brandon Cain (Baker, 2022) & OF Bryce Cain (Baker, 2024) both had respectable performances in various facets at the event. Brandon posted his best numbers that he's seen at a PBR event, which speaks to his development & how much he's improved over the past year or two. The uncommitted senior ran a 6.90 60, posted the second-best outfield velocity at 87 mph, & reached 96 mph during his round of BP (third-best at the event). Bryce, his younger brother, logged some impressive numbers to build on in his first PBR event, both at the plate and on the mound. The sophomore showed good rhythm in his swing, resulting in a top exit velocity of 91 mph. He was also 85 mph from the outfield, posted the best 60 time of the event at 6.75, and capped it all off with a solid showing on the mound where he reached 82 mph with feel for three pitches.

+ One prospect that we've gotten good looks at over the past few months is OF/1B Cole Dean (Bayshore Christian, 2025) who had yet another solid showing on Sunday. A former member of Team Alabama at the PBR Jr. Future Games this past summer, Dean is an aggressive hitter from the left side with a chance for some real power in the future (93 mph EV). A 5-9, 170-pounder with raw, projectable strength throughout his frame, Dean looks to create damage with each swing, making him a real threat in the middle of the order for any lineup. Expect him to make a big splash in the upcoming 2025 Player Rankings.

+ Speaking of prospects making a big splash in the upcoming 2025 Player Rankings, C Noah Blackburn (Mobile Christian, 2025) is another name to get accustomed with for the future. Being one of the top catchers in his class, Blackburn has a solid frame listed at 5-11, 180-pounds with impressive strength at such a young age. During his round of BP, the freshman & former PBR Jr. Future Gamer consistently barreled up balls to the pull side, resulting in numerous upper-80 exit velocities. He also was at the top of numerous Blast Motion categories, including having the third-best average bat speed at 72.96 mph. Showed solid catch-&-throw skills behind the plate with the second-best pop times at 1.94-2.09.

+ One of the best overall athletes in attendance at the event was OF Jackson Reed (Prattville Christian Academy, 2022), who impressed in a variety of ways during the pro-style workout. A high-waisted & wiry frame at 6-0, 160-pounds, Reed swings a heavy barrel through the zone that connected for consistent hard line drives to the gaps during his round of BP. Behind Cain, he posted the second-best 60 time at 6.84, and has been clocked as low as 6.66 at the TPL Scout Day this past summer. His ability to hit for average combined with his speed & athleticism makes him a solid asset for any lineup in the future.



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