Prep Baseball Report

GA Scout Blog: March Recap

By Blake Davis
Georgia State Director

To start your April right, we’ve got a loaded GA Scout Blog for you to peruse today. Insight from the Buford-Loganville series, as well as Walton and Woodstock. All four teams have comfortable spots on the GA Power 25, and they’re stacked with next-level prospects – and even a handful who have lured the eyes of MLB scouts.

Keep on reading below for complete scouting reports on 18 of the state’s best prospects, separated by committed and uncommitted sections.


+ Austin Turner, OF, Buford, 2019


Turner is an athletic senior OF prospect tabbed for Auburn next spring. He is an above-average runner with a gap-to-gap approach at the plate, and is the table-setter for the Wolves. He shows an advanced approach; he’s patient and will work a count. His setup is compact and straight away, and he tries to stay short to the baseball. Defensively, he’s a plus center fielder with a strong, accurate arm. He made several excellent defensive plays in the matchup with Loganville and found ways to impact both games.

+ Sean Adams, LHP, Buford, 2019


Adams is a medium-framed 2019 left-handed pitcher, heading to Georgia Southern in the fall. He got the ball in game two against Buford and did not disappoint against his future teammate Connor Bruce on the mound, either. Adams sat in 83-85 mph range and used solid deception and feel to pick through the Red Devils lineup. Adams’ biggest weapon is his curveball. He shows good shape and the ability to land at any time or in any count. Look for Adams to add some velocity at the next level and to become a productive starter down the line.

Sean Adams (3/19/19)

+ Dylan Strickland, INF, Loganville, 2020


Strickland is an impressive looking 2020 prospect who is committed to Georgia Tech. Strickland was impressive in the matchup with Buford, particularly on defense, and shows solid range with good hands. He is a smart baseball player and makes good decisions. At the plate, he sets the tone for the Red Devils. He has a good approach and shows good balance at the plate with solid bat speed. Strickland has not grown into power yet, but has the size and frame to think it has a chance to be in there as he gets stronger.

+ Connor Bruce, RHP, Loganville, 2019


Bruce is a tall, lean, 6-foot-6 righty with a simple delivery that he holds together very well. His arm stroke is clean and works well out front, and he maintains good direction to the plate. He has long been a favorite of mine and, as he grows into his man strength and gets into a collegiate program, look out. His fastball has been up into the upper 80s but pitches in the 83-85 mph range now. Bruce has starter-type actions and his ease of operation is very appealing to anyone who values a projectable frame, who has athleticism and demonstrates fastball effectiveness. I’m looking forward to following Bruce in college to see where all these ingredients take him, but he’ll be responsible for making his own projection come true.

Connor Bruce (3/19/19)

+ Ramsey David, RHP, Buford, 2019


David is another tall, long, projectable, right-handed pitcher who is showing solid present velocity. His fastball is complemented by the makings of what could be a swing-and-miss breaking ball and emerging changeup. In terms of present ability and ingredients, David has a chance to really thrive in life after high school. He is drawing plenty of attention, with Major League scouts in the stands at his starts, and it’ll be interesting to see where the chips fall after June. David is anchoring a very good staff at Buford High and the Wolves will need him to bring home the state title in May.

Ramsey David (3/19/19)

+ Luke Boynton, 1B, Walton, 2019


There might not be a hotter hitter in the state of Georgia than Boynton right now. He’s hitting home runs in bunches and is showing no signs of slowing down. Boynton is a monster in the box, standing in at 6-foot-5, and hammers mistakes out of the park. He has a chance to find a home in the middle of the lineup early in his career at Lincoln.

+ William Marconi, RHP, Walton, 2019


Macroni is a well-proportioned right-hander who is committed to Oglethorpe. He throws strikes and can pitch. He offers some solid projection to his stuff and body. He’ll be a productive arm at the next level. Marconi needs to continue to add strength, but the present ingredients are more than enough to project as a starter next fall and beyond.

+ Brennan Milone, INF, Woodstock, 2019


Milone is a South Carolina commit who is off to a hot start this spring, and is drawing some attention from MLB scouts. He is a very good baseball player and has made some strides in the weight room to get stronger over the offseason. Milone’s baseball IQ is strong and his approach at the plate is advanced. In the batter's box, Milone is showing more bat speed and pull-side power. He has the hands and feet to fit somewhere on the infield, but his arm strength and overall athleticism leave question marks as to where he’ll fit best, defensively. Milone does not have a big toolset and he’ll travel as far as his bat can carry, and the power tool is showing the signs of a carrying tool.

Brennan Milone (3/19/19)

Spencer Keefe, INF, Woodstock, 2019


Keefe is a monster with some loud tools on the baseball field. He is a thick, strong-framed kid with good straight-line speed. He is playing third base now, and has a chance to stay there if he can stay fluid enough in the future. His swing is based on strength over rhythm and he displays impressive bat speed out of a mostly pull approach. Keefe has the power potential to profile at any corner spot, but will need to prove he’s that kind of hitter. Keefe has the ability to be an impact player at the plate in Athens early in his career.

Spencer Keefe (3/19/19)


+ Joseph Salvo, C, Buford, 2020
Salvo is a prospect we knew very little about coming into the matchup with Loganville. He’s a stocky, strong kid with quiet actions behind the plate. He has a quick release with an accurate throwing arm. To say Salvo was impact player versus the Red Devils would be an understatement. He shows strength at the plate and competes in every at-bat. He showed the ability to use the whole field and wasn’t worried about getting too big at the plate. Salvo may be new to the rivalry with Loganville, but he certainly made his presence known on both sides of the ball in his introduction to the 5A match-up.

+ Eli Ledford, 3B, Buford, 2020
Ledford is a 2020 left-handed-hitting third baseman. He comes from a baseball family and was preceded at Buford by his brother, who is now seeing significant playing time at Georgia Southern as a true freshman. Ledford shows good hands and feet at the hot corner and has the actions to fit at either second or third base at the next level. Offensively, Ledford had competitive at-bats and possesses a short, simple, left-handed stroke. He is one to keep an eye on over the coming year.

+ Riley Stanford, OF, Buford, 2022
Stanford is an impressive freshman arm for the Wolves and adds a significant presence out of the bullpen. He is very athletic and also shows promise on the basketball court in the future. Stanford’s game is predicated on power and he runs his fastball up into the mid 90s with some angle. He has a little effort to his delivery but it’s not a red flag, and look for him to be even smoother as he adds strength. Stanford’s breaking ball also shows promise and, as he gets more mound time, he’ll be more consistent and it’ll be a legit weapon in the near future.

Riley Stanford (3/17/19)

+ Daniel Braswell, OF, Loganville, 2021
At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Braswell is an imposing figure in the box and has not yet developed his  man strength. He has some good leverage in his swing and it’s only going to improve with added strength. Braswell is athletic enough to play the outfield, but is playing first base now. His actions in the infield are still a little big, but he has a chance to be a large target at first in the future. Make no mistake, Braswell’s future at the next level is about his potential with the bat, and right now, all the ingredients are present.

+ Michael Knight, RHP, Loganville, 2019
Knight is an interesting looking young right-hander with projection to his body. His fastball is up into the mid 80s now and looks like more velocity could come in the future. I do not have much history with Knight, but in a short look he shows very good ingredients to project into more than he is right now. He can spin and land a true curveball, at 72-73 mph. He needs to be monitored closely down the stretch in the spring and into the summer. This kid has what it takes to pitch at the next level.

Michael Knight (3/19/19)

+ Dawson Hammonds, RHP, Loganville, 2020
Hammonds is being used as a closer for the Red Devils this spring and he seems to fit in that role nicely. He’s a stocky, strong kid with a good frame, at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. Hammonds is already touching 83-84 mph and sitting around 80-81 mph. His separator is his ability to throw and land a true curveball with good shape and spin. He can pitch in pressure spots and looks like he will be able to help somebody on the next level in the future.

+ Caleb Garner, RHP, Loganville, 2020
Tall, long and lean, Garner offers some intriguing projection, along with his ability to pitch. His fastball can get up into the mid 80s now and he has the kind of frame and hand-speed that projects for more. He held down a good Buford team in game one of their series and looks to be an important piece to their puzzle down the stretch this year and next.

+ Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford, 2022
First thing that comes to mind when talking about the immensely talented Lesko: polish. The freshman has three present pitches that grade out very well for his age, including a kind of changeup the state of Georgia has not seen since Travis Devine was toeing the rubber at Dacula in the late ‘90s. Lesko pitched with conviction and confidence in big spots. His arrow is only going to keep pointing up for this good-looking young arm.

+ Jared Jones, C, Walton, 2022
Jones goes by the nickname “Bear” and it really fits. He’s a monster behind the plate and in the batter’s box. Jones is going to have to work to maintain flexibility for the position as he gets older, but he has the tools for the spot, flashing some 2.00 pop times in game action. At the plate, his big presence produces very good bat speed. Jones’ bat speed leaves little doubt about his power potential, and it’ll be a fun to follow him over the next four years.

Jared Jones (3/19/19)