Prep Baseball Report

Deep South Invite Rosters and Previews

David Sharp

The forecast for Sunday, October 14 in Auburn, Alabama seems picture perfect with mainly sunny skies and a high of 76 degrees. The action at Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park on the campus of Auburn University is sure to match the weather with some of the top 2020-2023 players from Alabama and Georgia converging to play in the Deep South Invite. Seventy plus players from the two states will go through a morning prostyle workout beginning at 9:50 AM followed by 2 games immediately after the workout (each player will play in one of the 2 games). This is sure to be a heavily scouted event by college coaches as they continue to address their future recruiting classes. There will be a plethora of talent on the field from both states. Just some of the top players from each state that are signed up for the event are:


Ryan Spikes (2B/RHP, Alcovy HS, 2021) an athletic player that excelled this summer with USA Baseball 15U national team. Very versatile that can play a number of positions, impact ability on the mound and at the plate.

Dalton Strickland (OF/RHP, Loganville Christian, 2020) big time skill set that was a standout at this year’s Prep Baseball Report Futures Games in Indianapolis, IN

Preston Joye (SS/2B, Fellowship Christian, 2020) will bring an advanced offensive approach from both sides of the plate with solid actions with the glove in the IF.

Cole McDaniel (LHP/OF, East Paulding HS, 2021) young projectible LHP that can command both sides of the plate and shows true pitchability.

Tanner Folds (LHP/OF, Sonoraville HS, 2021) much like McDaniel, a high ceiling young LHP that has an understanding of how to get it done with “stuff” to match

Geoffrey Watkins (RHP/1B, Lassiter HS, 2020) 6’6 RHP that shows a fastball in the upper 80’s and a breaking ball that with good shape


Trey Burrell (OF, Hewitt Trussville HS, 2021) quick twitch young OF that shows some pop at the plate as well

Andrew Dutton (2B/SS, Westbrook Christian, 2020) rangy MIF that shows an advanced offensive approach from the left side

Mason Maners (OF/2B, Vestavia Hills HS, 2020) big time speed guy that shows gap to gap power as well. Projects more as an OF on defense.

Jackson McKenzie (LHP/1B, Fairhope HS, 2023) young 2 way player with a bright future ahead. Well built LHP that is ultra projectible on the mound.

Jackson Sweatt (C/RHP, Pell City HS, 2021) athletic catcher in the 2021 class with an added plus of being able to swing it. Very nice receiver behind the plate as well.

Austin Embrey (C/3B, Russell County HS, 2020) a true catch and throw guy behind the plate, may show some sub 2.0’s to go along with advanced receiving skills

Jackson Huguley (1B/3B, Russell County HS, 2020) big time power bat that has true juice to all fields

Hunter Donaldson (SS/2B, Smiths Station HS, 2020) throwback type of player with skills to match with the glove and a plus arm across the diamond. Also an offensive threat.

Jay Thomason (3B, Auburn HS, 2020) talented 3B that can defend with with plenty of arm strength and a simple offensive approach with gap to gap power.

There will be other players that stand out and make a name for themselves at the event, follow along for up to date information.

Look for tweets and updates on Sunday during the event. Follow Alabama at @PBR_ Alabama and Georgia at @PBRGeorgia on twitter. In the days immediately following the event, we will have numerous reports, blogs, rankings, etc from the day. Each player in attendance will get verified stats, a profile picture, videos and a scouting report that will be be on their profile which will be accessible to over 850 colleges and professional scouts that subscribe to Prep Baseball Report (


Team 1
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Landen Berguson AL Hewitt Trussville 2021 OF  
Trey Burrell AL Hewitt-Trussville 2021 OF  
Bo Coleman AL Vestavia Hills 2020 1B  
Peyton Cowart AL Faith Academy 2020 C  
Jacob Dantro AL Tallassee 2021 RHP  
Andrew Dutton AL Westbrook Christian 2020 2B  
Chase Eddings AL Stanhope Elmore 2021 3B  
Connor Gulledge AL Baker 2021 2B  
Jayce Guyette AL Huntsville 2020 C  
Nick Hamlin AL Oxford 2021 RHP  
Michael Hopkinson AL Faith Academy 2021 SS  
Mason Maners AL Vestavia Hills 2020 OF  
Caleb McGinnis AL Hokes Bluff 2020 3B  
Jackson McKenzie AL Fairhope 2023 1B  
Trey Mooney AL Oxford 2021 RHP  
Zac Rice AL Russell County 2020 OF  
Landon Singley AL Baker 2020 LHP  
Wesley Sparks AL Oxford 2020 RHP  
Jackson Sweatt AL Pell City 2021 C  
Team 2
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Grayson Brooks GA North Gwinnett 2020 1B  
Chris Buchanan GA Whitewater 2021 C  
Ben Easterling AL Trinity Presbyterian 2022 3B  
Rett Edwards GA Model 2021 RHP  
John Faulkner GA Whitewater 2021 C  
Chandler Hicks GA Alcovy 2020 OF Alabama State
Logan Johnston GA Whitewater 2021 SS  
Preston Joye GA Fellowship Christian 2020 SS  
Will Pearson GA North Oconee 2020 RHP  
Nicolas Senese GA East Coweta 2022 SS  
Ryan Spikes GA Alcovy 2021 2B  
Cole Strachan AL Sparkman 2020 1B  
Dalton Strickland GA Loganville Christian 2020 OF  
Jim Lauson Walls GA Whitewater 2021 RHP  
Christian White GA Eagle's Landing Christian 2022 2B  
Dylan Wright GA Ringgold 2020 OF  
Team 3
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Jackson Bassett AL UMS-Wright 2021 SS  
Christopher Bryant AL Gardendale 2021 OF  
Parker Carlson AL Faith Academy 2021 RHP  
Del Corte AL Bayside Academy 2020 C  
Cole Downey AL Elmore County 2022 SS  
Drew Druckenmiller AL Faith Academy 2021 RHP  
Austin Embrey AL Russell County 2020 C  
Jake Garner GA Whitewater 2021 RHP  
Drew Gates AL Priceville 2021 C  
Carson Granberry AL Auburn 2020 RHP  
Pierce Hanna AL Vestavia Hills 2022 OF  
Carter Hartsock AL Auburn 2020 RHP  
Blake Helton AL Madison Academy 2021 2B  
Jackson Huguley AL Russell County 2020 1B  
Andrew Hunt AL Oak Mountain 2022 3B  
Jacob Ingram AL Tallassee 2021 RHP  
Cole Kehoe AL Central 2021 SS  
Harrison Long AL Auburn 2022 OF  
Dennis Porterfield AL Beauregard 2020 3B  
Mikel Pryor AL Sparkman 2021 1B  
Noah Threatt AL St. Clair County 2020 OF  
Team 4
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Justice Cromwell GA River Ridge 2021 3B  
Jacob Davis AL Lee Scott Academy 2022 C  
Nolen Dietz TN Baylor 2020 C  
Hunter Donaldson AL Smiths Station 2020 SS  
Cannon Duncan GA Lambert 2022 C  
Ashton Faulk GA St. Anne Pacelli 2020 RHP  
Tanner Folds GA Sonoravillle 2021 LHP  
Davis Gillespie AL Oak Mountain 2022 SS  
Bryce Hale GA Whitewater 2021 RHP  
Caiden Howle AL Vestavia Hills 2022 RHP  
Landon Jernigan AL Wilcox Academy 2021 2B  
Cole McDaniel GA East Paulding 2021 LHP  
Taylor Patterson AL Homewood 2022 SS  
Jack Rickheim GA Fellowship Christian 2023 OF  
Jay Thomason AL Auburn 2020 3B Air Force
Geoffrey Watkins GA Lassiter 2020 RHP  
Dawson Winningham AL Oxford 2020 OF