Prep Baseball Report

Future Games Recap - Pitchers

PBR Georgia

Today we take a look back at the impressive group of arms that represented Georgia at the Future Games early this month.  This group offers a little bit of a little bit of everything.  We had Projection, pitch-ability and now stuff, and even a look at a couple that are flashing all three.  This loaded group represented Georgia very well, and did so in front of well over 300 college and pro scouts.

Hagan Banks RHP / OF / Calhoun , GA / 2021

This 6-foot-4 RHP made big strides over the summer and saw his fastball go from the mid-80’s this Spring to low 90’s at times.  At the Future Games Banks showed off an upright delivery with a high overhand release point, creating extreme angle on his fastball and even at 86-88 hitters wanted no part of it. As Banks gets more mound time and puts it all together look for Banks to throw hard because his aggressive approach on the mound says he wants too. 

Pax Briley III RHP / 3B / North Gwinnett, GA / 2021

Briley is proving to be one of the more interesting projection RHP in the state and he did not nothing but solidify this at the Future Games.  We first laid eyes on Briley at our Open ID showcase earlier this summer and continues to move in the right direction. The 6-foot-3 right-hander pitched at 83-84 and has been up as high as 86-87 over the summer and he does this with an easy free flowing arm stroke and without any use of his lower half.  Briley shows advanced feel for a change-up, while his breaking ball is still a work in progress. Plenty of projection here with strong indicators there is more to come and the kind of strikes that stay.

Jackson Gaspard 2B / RHP / Buford, GA / 2022

Gaspard showed he could do little of everything at the Future Games, and he did not disappoint on the mound.  The medium framed RHP ran his fastball up into the mid-80’s with the makings up a true curveball for both strikes and swing and miss.  Gaspard has a chance to be just as versatile as a pitcher as he is in the field. He is a strike thrower with compact actions that could allow him to start, but he also has projection to a pitch that could also serve him well as a reliever at the next level.  

Andrew Herrmann LHP / Campbell, GA / 2021

What the 6-foot-4 Herrmann lacks in pretty and easy he makes up for in competitive and aggressive. Herrmann is deceptive and can run his fastball up to 87, while locating a slurvy breaking ball with good length.  He also has a changeup that will play up because of his delivery. Herrmann’s delivery has a rocking motion and it baits hitters into wanting to speed up and then the fearless nature off Herrmann allows him to stay on the attack.  Good size, with demeanor and should win a lot of baseball games at the next level.

Dylan Lesko RHP / SS / Buford, GA / 2022

Is the rare combination of now stuff and projection at such a young age. Showing advanced feel for a change-up, even for a much older prospect. and future weapons in both his fastball and curveball. The word advanced can be dangled about this day and age, but the only prep to show these types of attributes at such a young age was one Dylan Bundy. Lesko is unafraid on the mound and has no problem establishing his fastball which he locates and hides well behind his technically sound front side and his on line stroke, especially for an arm that works so clean and easy.

Caleb Logerwell RHP / 3B / Homeschool, GA / 2021

This 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher has seen his star rise over the summer.  Logerwell is a good athlete and repeats his delivery. Logerwell has can get his fastball up into the low 90’s and compliments with breaking ball that is standout no matter what you want to call it.  Not sure he changes shapes yet with a plan, but he has that kind of feel for the pitch and it spins both as a slider and downer. No player saw his stock rise more during the Future Games than Logerwell and we are excited to see what his future holds.

Aidan Moza RHP / 2B / North Cobb Christian, GA / 2021

Moza gave us more of the same during the Future Games and has seen his stock shoot way up.  The medium framed lean athletic Moza pounds the zone with a sinking fastball, and backs that up with one of the best breaking balls in the state of Geogia 2021 class.  Moza should add natural strength to what he does in the future and look for him to gain even more velocity as he incorporates his lower half with greater regularity.

Harrison Simmons RHP / OF / Appling County High School , GA / 2022

 Simmons is a young, good bodied RHP from South Georgia. He has seen his fastball get up into the upper 80's, but worked mostly 83-84 at the Future Games. Simmons shows feel to spin the baseball also and as he learns to use his lower half, look for even more velocity.  Simmons is a good athlete and offers plenty of upside in the near future. 

Riley Stanford OF / RHP / Buford, GA / 2022

One of the more impressive athletes to take the mound during the Future Games. Stanford's arm strength is impressive with a fastball that can reach into the mid-90's. His breaking ball is still a work in progress and can be inconsistent, but as Stanford learns to trust his stuff and attack the zone he will be a force to be reckoned with down the road. While Stanford has electric velocity, his spin rates are not as eye popping and lend them self to that of a strong power sinker baller. Stanford's present grip and rip mentality plays well on the mound now, but he has a chance to be scary as he learns a little more touch and feel.  Overall Stanford's excellent competitive nature and athletic ability that it would not be wise to sleep on.

Anthony Turner LHP / OF / North Gwinnett , GA / 2021

Turner has an idyllic pitchers build, he is tall, long and lean with room to fill out as he gets older.  The 6-foot-2 LHP worked in the low 80’s, and flipping a slurvy breaking ball in the 69-72 range that got some swings and misses. Turner has some projectable features to work with and should develop into a solid touch and feel left-handed pitcher at the next level.

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