FL Preseason All-State: Quick Hits - Team Red

Doug Freeman & Phil Kerber
PBR Florida Staff

This past weekend, January 26th and 27th, the Preseason All-State took place at IMG Acdemy in Bradenton, FL. Preseason All State has quickly become the premier Preseason event in the state of Florida. 

Now in its third year, this year's event featured some of the top talent throughout Florida. Nearly 100 prospects from all high school classes took part in a two-day showcase. 

Team by team we will break each rosted down with a quick look at some of the noteworthy tools the participating prospects displayed.


Team Red

2021 MIF Marcus O’Malley (Barron Collier) is an athletic, rangy defender. Offensively, the swing is simple, balance and compact.

2020 OF Corbin Grantham (Buchoolz) is another two sport athlete and overall extremely twitchy. Ran a 6.98 60 yard dash in the tough conditions and had an exit velocity of 91 mph.

2019 Florida recruit Hunter Barco (Bolles) was the star of Sunday, with his bullpen drawing scouts from nearly every team. A cold, wet day, he was 90-91 with ease and showed a feel for all of his offspeed offerings. Not to mention, Saturday he showed his two-way upside driving ball off of the cage over the right field fence.

2019 FAU recruit Cade Parker (Bozeman) has present athleticism and a very solid solid defender. Offensively, the hands are loose and works through extension and had an exit velocity of 91 mph.

Uncommitted 2020 MIF Malik Young (Bishop Kenny) continues to fill out his projectable frame. Defensively, the athletic actions project him staying at short. Offensively, there is bat speed and continues to improve with strength.

Florida recruit, 2019 C Nathan Hickey (Providence) continues to show why he is on the rise in the 2019 MLB Draft class. A physical frame, the bat to ball skills are advanced and has bat speed, feel to hit and present power with more to come.  

FIU recruit 2022 3B Christian Soto (CPCA) works with rhythm both offensively and defensively. He is a sound defender and the swing is simple and level with overall upside as he matures.

2020 1B Ian Thornton (Real Life Christian Academy) showed a feel to pick the ball at first while offensively he showed some present pull side power.

2022 FSU recruit OF/RHP Jordan Taylor (St. John's Country Day) looked the part as one of the top freshman in the country. Extremely projectable frame, topped at 85 mph from the outfield and the arm really works. Offensively, the long limbs create leverage, with an exit velocity of 91 mph there is present power with a lot more to come with maturity.

Stetson recruit, 2021 RHP Jack Cebert (Calvary Christian) is athletic with a quick and clean arm. There is feel to pitch, currently up to 85 mph with much more to come.

2020 OF, FSU recruit AJ Shaver (South Lake) was all around impressive. Quality gait with a 6.92 60 yard dash. Throws from the outfield had great carry and topped at 89 mph. Offensively he was explovie. Simple, compact, but extremely quick hands. Ball jumped off of the barrel and has a big offensive upside with exit velocity at 98 mph.

Uncommitted 2020 RHP Patrick Bott (Lake Highland Prep) has a very projectable frame. Mechanically sound with a lot of upside.

FGCU recruit, 2020 LHP Mason Miller (JW Mitchell)  has a loose, easy arm action. A lot of arm talent and overall a very high ceiling. Topped at 84 mph with much more in there.

West Virginia recruit C McGwire Holbrook (Bishop Moore) continues to get more physical. SOlid defender, but physicality plays offensively where added strength creating added power, especially to the pull side and resulted in a n exit velocity of 98 mph.

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