Southeast Summer Championships: Day 3 Scout Blog


Alabama Staff

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On the final day of pool play at the PBR Southeast Summer Championships at the Hoover Met Complex, check out some of the top performers from Day 3.

8:00 Games

Excel Blue Wave 16U vs. Easley Baseball Club Pullen 16U
-Excel Blue Wave sent ‘22 LHP Eli Zielinski (Daphne HS) to the mound and gave the bullpen a rest for the day. Zielinski was magnificent, twirling 7 IP, 5 H’s, 0 R, 3 BB’s and 16 K’s. Showed the ability to mix his FB (79-81; T82) in and out and using a deceptive CH to be effective in his outing. Being only a rising sophomore, Zielinski is ultra projectable with a high ceiling. Keep an eye on this ‘22 LHP in the future.


-After scoring 18 runs yesterday, the Blue Wave relied on 2 key hits from a pair of ‘21s to score their only run. SS Brody Moss (Helena HS) continued his hot streak this tournament with a leadoff double in the 2nd and came home to score on an RBI single to RF by 1B/OF Jackson Lindsey (Russellville HS).

Heisler Heat 14U vs. Old Hickory Generals 14U

-One of the standouts in this game from the Old Hickory Generals was ‘23 SS Carson Rucker (Goodpasture Christian School; TN). Hitting in the 3-hole, Rucker smoked a line drive over the LF’s reach and rolled all the way to the wall for a 2 RBI inside the park HR that extended their lead to 3-0. Rucker is already a physical kid for his age with broad shoulders and good strength. Interesting follow.

Big League Xpress 17U vs. Georgia Grays 17U

-An early start this morning didn’t stop the ‘20 RHP/MIF Peyton Price (Seminole County HS; FL) from going the distance and getting the win for his Big League Xpress team. He was able to throw both his FB: 78-81 on both sides of the plate, he showed great command of both his FB and CB: 70-73. He produced multiple ground ball outs and for the most part was pitching to contact. He finished his CG performance with 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K’s and 4 BB’s. Price is a solid arm that knows how to pitch and get guys out.

 

10:15 Games

Baysox Baseball Academy 16U vs. Easley Baseball Club Goforth 16U

-After going through the Baysox lineup for the first time, no one was able to record a hit off of the Easley starting pitcher, then ‘21 SS/2B Gabe Broadus (Faith Academy HS) stepped up for his 2nd AB. After striking out his 1st AB, Broadus crushed an elevated 2 strike fastball into the LCF gap for an inside the park HR. His speed was on display, as you can see in the video below. Ran a 6.52 60 at our event in June this summer. Will be at LakePoint next week for the PBR Future Games representing Team Alabama.

 

Triton Rays 15U vs. Florida Grind 15U

-As the #3 ranked player in Alabama for the Class of 2022, C/3B Brooks Bryan possesses a strong, physical build from the left side of the plate. In his 1st AB of this game, Bryan pulled a pitch to RF for an RBI single to get the Triton Rays on the board early. For his 2nd plate appearance, Bryan drove in another run with an RBI double over the LF’s head in the video below.


Dinger Nation Gold 17U vs. United 17U

-Team United kept the bats going this morning over at Hoover HS. ‘20 OF Isaac Williams (Tioga HS; LA) got his team rolling in the T1 by blasting a triple into deep center field. He looks the part, the New Orleans commit comes in at 5’10 195 lbs and can play. He has a thick build to his body and can move really well for his size out in CF, he played a big part in the United 8-0 win this morning.

12:30 Games

Baysox Baseball Academy 16U vs Excel Blue Wave 16U

-’21 RHP Keaton Fuller (Fairhope HS) showed out today for Excel Blue Wave. The 5’11 150 lbs right hander commanded his FB everywhere in the zone and was able to keep hitters guessing with his wipeout SL. He went the distance today in the 2-1 win for Excel, finishing the CG with 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB’s and 11 K’s. He showed the FB: 82-85 and the SL: 72-74. The kid knows how to pitch and has plenty of room to develop and grow.

Baseball Country 17U vs. Easley Baseball Club 17U Weaver

-One of the more high-profiled players at this tournament is ‘21 2B Mayes White (Tuscaloosa Academy). White got the offense going in the 4th with a leadoff single to LF and ended up at 2nd with a stolen base a few pitches later. The recent Florida State commit possesses a lot of upside.

 

-The standout of this game was ‘20 3B Daniel McCary (Oneonta HS), who provided most of the offense for Baseball Country 17U. McCary was 3-4 w/ 1 2B and 4 RBI’s hitting in the 3-hole. Like the size (6’3 200 lbs) for the rising senior. Shouldn’t stay uncommitted for too long.


2:45 Games

Black Sox Baseball White 15U vs. Easley Baseball Club 15U Foster

-The ‘22 RHP Seth Garner (Hardin County HS; TN) had an all around day at the plate and on the mound to help the Easley Baseball Club to the 8-1 win in today's matchup with Black Sox Baseball. He helped get things started for his team in the B1 where he laced a 2 RBI single back up the middle to extend their lead to 3-0 early. On the bump, Garner was effective with his FB: 78-81. He earned the win with 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB and 2 K’s.

 

Aces 15U vs. 5 Star National Midsouth

-On the mound for the Aces this game was ‘22 RHP Carter Sanford (Spanish Fort HS). Sanford has a live arm for his age and it was on display today. Sanford came out sitting 84-86 and touched 87 before settling down to 82-84 in his 2nd inning of work. The right-hander would only throw 2 innings in his outing. Sanford occasionally struggled with his command but there’s no denying he has a live arm.

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Mizuno Golden Spikes 2020 vs. Easley Baseball Club 17U Westmoreland

 -In the Golden Spikes’ 4-0 win, ‘20 RHP Payne Hobbs (Germantown HS; MS) dazzled in his performance on the mound. Hobbs worked around some errors and walks to keep the shutout intact through 6 IP. He only allowed 2 H’s, 0 R’s, 4 BB’s and 7 K’s. Uncommitted arm that filled up the zone with all pitches. FB: 83-85; T87; CB: 74-76.

5:00 Games

NABA Nationals vs. Showcase 17U Riley

-Loved what we saw today from the ‘20 LHP/OF Xavier Matthews (Mount Juliet HS; TN). He showed the ability to locate a 3 pitch mix that consisted of a FB, CB and CH. During his 5 IP today, Matthews was able to keep the Nationals guessing. He held them to 4 H while giving up 1 ER, 1 BB and had 5 K’s. Although he has a 5’9 150 lbs build, he threw the ball really well and helped lead Showcase 17U Riley to an 8-3 win. During his outing today he showed his FB: 77-79, CB: 66-68 and CH: 70-72. He was able to locate the CH down in the zone to help set up his FB on the inner half as well. A well-rounded athlete that has potential.

 

Dinger Nation Black 17U vs. Louisiana Knights 17U

-Arguably one of the best pitching performances of the day came from ‘21 RHP Cole Turner (Lawrence County HS). Turner turned in a CG performance while scattering 2 H’s, 2 R’s (0 ER), and striking out 10. The rising junior showed advanced command for his FB (82-83; T85) and his nasty CB (67-69). It’s and easy delivery to go along with his physical frame (6’4 200 lbs). Turner also flashed an above average CH (72-74) to LHH’s. One of the top uncommitted RHP in the ‘21 class.

Check out the breaking ball below...

 

-With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 7th and a runner at 2nd, ‘20 3B Graham Blankenship (Calera HS) delivered the walk off base hit to RF to win it for Dinger Nation. Physical bat from the left side.


7:15 Games

Complete Game 16U vs. Triton Rays 16U

-Impressive first 2 AB’s for ‘21 CF Isaiah Rainge (Grovetown HS; GA). In the first AB, Rainge hit a missile right at the 3rd baseman for an L5. In his 2nd AB, he got to 2 strikes and battled off some tough pitches before shooting a pitch down and away into the RCF gap only to get tracked down. Covers well defensively in the OF as well. College of Charleston commit.

-This game came down to the wire, as it was 1-1 all the way up to the bottom of the 7th when ‘22 OF Kaden Bryant (Homeschool; GA) came up to the plate with a runner on 3rd base and 1 out and crushed a ball over the LF’s head to send Triton Rays home a winner. Bryant has looked very good offensively this tournament.

NABA Nationals 15U  vs. Easley Baseball Club 15U Williams

-Another solid arm that had a stellar performance tonight was ‘22 RHP/2B Kyle Washington (Tupelo HS; MS). The young RHP lead his team to a 3-1 win over NABA Nationals. Washington tossed a CG, while giving up just 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB’s and 1 K. He pitched to contact and had fairly quick innings of work.