Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games: Quick Hits

Austin Sharp
PBR Alabama

OXFORD, AL - The Top Prospect Games (Upperclass) and Top Prospect Games (Underclass) events were both held on Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2023-2027 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated outings facing hitters during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. 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 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kicking off our post-event coverage for these events, we take a look back at some of the top performers and standouts from the each day. 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.


Top Prospect Games: Upperclass (June 21st)

SS James Graphos, Mountain Brook (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Some length to frame with athleticism, turned in an exceptional workout and carried it into the gameplay portion. After a strong spring playing for a talented 6A Spartans team, Graphos continues to elevate his game and has filled out even more in his frame with more projection to come. The left-handed hitting infielder starts with an open stance and uses a controlled leg kick, stays connected well throughout the swing, repeats swing. Ran a 6.83 60 yard dash, second-best at the event, and posted a 95.1 mph exit velocity during BP.

INF Kurt Kizer, Hewitt-Trussville (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Exceptional barrel control from the left side, pure hitter with hitter-ish tendencies. One of the best hitters for the 7A runner-up's this spring, continues to hit at a high level in each look. Simple and balanced setup from the left side, good feel for sweet spot of the barrel, feel to change planes and consistently find solid contact. Recorded a pair of hits in gameplay, 7.04 runner, 95.1 mph EV. One of the top uncommitted rising seniors in AL.

C/OF Jack Holley, Spanish Fort (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-0, 180-pounds. Advanced defender behind the plate with power potential. Showed the bat has continued to come on over the past year with a professional round of BP and a no-doubter over the left field fence during gameplay. Starts crouched with leg kick, impacts the baseball at a high level with a strong barrel, stays on-plane well from the right side, 97.1 mph EV. Posted an 80 mph C velocity and 1.87-1.97 pop times from the crouch. Will be on Team Alabama at the PBR Future Games.

OF/RHP John Robicheaux, Mountain Brook (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Frame has continued to improve with added strength, chance for more physicality as he continues to grow and mature. Showcased numerous intriguing tools and was near the top of almost every statistical category at the event. Ran a 6.68 60 yard dash to start his day and showed above average arm strength with a 91 mph outfield velocity, both event-bests. Worked to pull side and back up the middle during his round with firm line drives and a 96.8 mph EV. Jumped on the mound and ran his fastball up to 87 mph to finish up a stellar day. Big winner from the past couple of days.

RHP Garrison Kahn, Oak Mountain (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. Lanky frame with long limbs, has gotten off to a solid start this summer after being in the rotation for a talented pitching staff this spring. After being up to 91 mph in a start at LakePoint a couple weeks ago, Kahn touched 89.8 mph and worked in the 86-88 mph range getting sink to the bottom of the zone (1796 rpm avg.) in his outing. Paired that with a SL/CH combo, slider (2244 rpm avg.) showed more vertical break, getting swing-and-miss when below the zone. Changeup was a solid third offering with fade. Long and loose action with a really quick arm, one of the top pitchers still left on the market in the rising senior class.

OF/LHP Gabriel Young, Mountain Brook (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 195-pounds. Established himself as a quality two-way prospect with a good showing in both facets at the event. Banged multiple balls out of the yard to the pull side in his round (304 ft. avg. distance) and took some quality swings during gameplay facing some good arms. Creates separation in his load, has plenty of strength in the frame, near the top of most Blast Motion categories with a 75.8 mph bat speed average. Equally as impressive on the mound, touching 89 mph and working in the mid-80's. Quality BB/CH combo as secondaries. Middle of the order type hitter with some two-way potential.

C/1B Will Lawrence, Hoover (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 6-foot-4, 210-pounds. One of the more physical players from the event and strength translates well to offensive profile. Creates easy juice hitting from the right side with not much effort behind the swing, blasted multiple balls over the left field wall during his round, posted the top EV from the event at 100.5 mph. Showed above average bat speed at 76.6 mph using Blast Motion. Short stride in pre-pitch, lets the hands work through the zone, uses that physical frame to hit for obvious power. Showed well defensively in the workout, posting 1.99-2.06 pop times from the crouch with a 77 mph C velocity. Good one to follow with intriguing tools.

OF RJ Brooks, Oxford (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-1, 200-pounds. Quality combo of strength and athleticism, shows some twitch in his swing hitting from the left side. Laced balls to all parts of the field during his round of BP with multiple low-90 EV's. Also showcased well during gameplay, lining one the opposite way for a double and forced an errant throw with aggressive base-running and came all the way around to score on the play. Solid bat-to-ball skills, flashed some power in his round with a pair of home runs. Ran a 6.89 60 yard dash and showed accuracy on throws to home with an 81 mph OF velocity.

OF Andrew Pitts, Hoover (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. Another high level left-handed hitter from the event. Mature round of BP during the workout using the whole field in his approach and posting some low-90 EV's. Showed plenty of whip to the barrel from the left side, loose hands and lets them work in the swing, has ability to change planes and handle multiple parts of the zone. Follow up that solid showing in BP with a pair of extra base hits to the back side against some quality arms. Has flashed power in multiple looks with a chance for more as he continues to mature and fill out his frame.

1B/LHP Brian Henson, Jr., Buckhorn (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 230-pounds. Power left-handed hitting corner infielder who continues to find barrels in each look. Big leg kick but gets back to square before sending a strong barrel through the zone that found firm contact both in his BP round and during gameplay. Posted a top EV at 94.8 mph and above average bat speed with an average at 72.8 mph. Stepped up and blasted a home run off the batter's eye in center field in his first at-bat, and followed that up with a pull side home run in his next at-bat. Big piece for the 6A Bucks that went deep into the playoffs this spring. Big day for the uncommitted rising senior.

UTL Tyler Sanderson, Grissom (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 6-foot-0, 175-pounds. Versatile skill set that can play multiple positions defensively along with a polished left-handed swing. Continues to show the ability to hit in every look using an accurate, heavy barrel. Uses all parts of the field in a professional approach, working mostly back up the middle during his round of BP. Took confident swings during gameplay finding multiple barrels facing some quality arms. Turns the barrel well from the left side with balanced setup. Posted personal bests behind the plate defensively with 1.98-2.03 pop times and a 75 mph C velocity. One of the top uncommitted rising seniors in AL.

OF Preston Bedford, Central-Phenix City (AL), 2023
Uncommitted. 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Still projectable frame with lean, athletic body with some sneaky pop hitting from the left side. Balanced, square stance with minimal movement and quick load trigger, creates some lag in the swing, posted low-90 EV's during his round of BP. Carried over that round to gameplay with some barrels in his at-bats. Near the top of most Blast Motion categories including bat speed, rotational acceleration and hand speed. Ran a 6.85 60 yard dash and showed above average arm strength from the outfield at 85 mph. Key offensive piece for the 7A State Champion Red Devils.


Top Prospect Games: Underclass (June 22nd)

1B Ty McGraw, Gardendale (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-3, 215-pounds. Physical left-handed hitter who has continued to make strides in terms of offensive skills over the past couple years. Frame has continued to fill out and mature over the past few years with present strength and power at the plate. Took some comfortable swings from the left side while peppering balls to both gaps in his round of BP resulting in a 96.4 mph and a 374 ft. max distance, both event-bests. Wide and balanced hitting from the left side, explosive and quick hands through the zone, creates plenty of torque using a strong lower-half. Already hitting for power and will continue to hit for more as he matures and advances his skills.

3B/RHP Tre Bryant, Orange Beach (AL), 2025
6-foot-0, 190-pounds. Looking back at video of Bryant from a previous event, it's easy to see the advancements and growth that he's made over the course of the past two years. Turned in a BP round that found consistent firm contact to the pull side with a smooth swing from the right side. Rhythmic setup with a leg kick, working up through the hitting zone, strong barrel through contact. Proportional strength in his frame with a chance to carry more in the future. Also hopped on the mound and ran his fastball up to 84 mph multiple times.

RHP/OF Brayley Smith, Pell City (AL), 2024
Uncommitted. 6-foot-0, 160-pounds. Lean and wiry frame with athleticism. One of the better arms to throw from the Underclass event showing plenty of swing-and-miss stuff on the mound with a low 3/4 slot. In his outing, the rising junior worked 83-85 mph with his fastball and got significant arm-side run to the pitch with an average of 2359 rpm. His fastball also registered an average of 19.4 in. of horizontal movement, and pounded the zone with a 66% strike percentage. Coming out of the same slot, Smith showed solid feel for spin on a 70-71 mph slider with sharp horizontal break and an average of 2422 rpm. Also a 6.9 runner, really intriguing arm.

C/3B Tyler Johnson, Auburn (AL), 2025
6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Long and projectable frame with some already present strength. Offensive skill set and showed some physicality and ability to translate swing from BP to gameplay. Looks to lift and drive balls to the gap in his swing, simple load and an upward bat path through the zone, good bat speed for age. Showed some intriguing pull side pop for his age during BP with a top EV at 88.0 mph. Real selective approach at the plate, puts himself in good hitting counts and hunt fastballs. Turned around low-80's in gameplay and lined one into the gap for a triple. Also was 1.96-2.15 with a 75 mph C velocity from the crouch.

OF Cole Dean, Bayshore Christian (AL), 2025
5-foot-10, 180-pounds. One of the top left-handed hitters in the young rising sophomore class. Aggressive hitter from the left side that looks to do damage with each swing. Controlled violence with some bat speed, has flashed some power with more coming as he continues to mature, not afraid to use the opposite field in his approach. Lined multiple balls in his round to the pull side gap, translated that swing into gameplay with a triple and a double, both to the back side. Same aggressive swing, but selective while showing the ability to work into plus counts.


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