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GDC Tournament: EE "Red" Whitsett & Jim Luck Division Scout Blog

PBR Georgia Staff

The Georgia Dugout Club Tournament Scout Blog provides insider information and scouting notes from the PBR Scouting Staff during the first weekend of the event. This running blog will feature information on underclass prospects, unsigned seniors, draft prospects, and anything else that is notable from the EE "Red" Wihtsett Division and Jim Luck Division, who played on Fields 11 & 12. We will provide a wide range of information, including player evaluations, velocities, pop times, home to first times, and more. Simply put, the GDC SCout Blog is loaded with information …

EE “Red” Whitsett Division


Boston Forbes, RHP, Kell, 2022
6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed pitcher, lean, lanky frame, projectable build, plenty of room to add more mass and strength to frame. Showed good feel on the mound against Cambridge on Saturday. Threw a high volume of strikes, sitting 75-79. With more time in the weight room and added strength, will see significant upticks in his velocity. Has the potential to be a player to watch in the 2022 class.


Donye Evans, RHP, Redan, 2020
Vanderbilt recruit. Long, lean and projectable frame. Comes through a ¾ slot and pulls across his body. Fastball ranged from 85-90. Breaking ball had slurvy shape at 75-77. Changeup was 82. 

TC Rushin, SS/2B, Redan, 2020
Bishop State CC commit. Right-handed hitting middle infielder, 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, lean athletic build with short trunk and longer limbs. Avg runner. Defensively plays a solid second base, good first step and rhythm on the ball, achieves quality fielding position, Avg arm but quick release,can finish the double play. Offensively has good strike zone recognition, will draw walks and is tough with 2 strikes. Sprays line drive occ gap power.

Rickey Dawson, OF, Redan, 2020
Tallahassee CC commit. 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, long, lanky frame, projectable build, more strength to come as he continues to add weight to frame. The length of his frame is certainly intriguing and will draw eyes the moment he steps on the diamond. Does a nice job of keeping his swing short given his length, has serious power potential as he gets more reps on the field and in the weight room.


Jayden Carbonnell-Smith, SS, Cambridge, 2021
5-foot-10, 155 pounds. High-energy players for the Bears, hitting out of the leadoff spot and holding down the middle infield. Narrow stance at the plate with low hands. Two-piece load; minimal movement and keeps posture. Line drive approach and does a good job of using hands to get extension. Sub-7 runner at previous PBR showcases.

Zachary Harris, RHP, Cambridge, 2022
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher, lean, athletic build, a standout on the gridiron at QB for the Cambridge Bears. Arm works loose with quick acceleration out front to a low ¾ slot, shows high and wide on the back-side, repeats well. Drop and drive delivery, gets into his lower half, works on-line to home plate finishing square. Showed good feel for his fastball that had heavy armside run, sat 86-88. Would start the pitch over the center of the plate and have it run under the hands of the Redan lineup, produced weak contact and swing and misses. If he ever faces wood bats, will break more than a few. In our short view of him, handled pressure well, getting out of a bases loaded situation with no runs surrendered.
Starr’s Mill

Chay Yeager, RHP/SS. Starr’s Mill, 2021
Wofford commit. Switch-hitting two-way who showed well both at the plate and on the mound. 5-foot-10, 170 pounds. Hit out of the leadoff spot for Starr’s Mill. Hit where it is pitched hitter. Showed speed that played well on the bases. On the mound, FB sat 84-86. SPun off delivery at times, but showed ability to command FB and mix in secondary pitches. CB showed 12/6 action with loose spin at 74-75, while CH showed sparingly at 75.

Thaddeus Ector, OF/RHP, Starrs Mill, 2021
University of South Carolina commit.  6-foot-2 190-pounds, Thaddeus has a large athletic frame.  Body is strong and evenly proportioned. Well above avg runner puts pressure on the defense out of the box and underway, gap balls are 3b threat/he can score from 1b on 2b.  Defensively, instinctual very alert player gets quick jumps and reads, uses aggr forward angles to cut balls off can also turn and go get a ball, future CF. Arm is accurate with good carry into bases… offensively explosive, maintains excellent balance and posture throughout swing, easy stride down w/quick weight shift to firm frontside, explosive hips kid has big time bat speed, hands work great out front can use the whole field, packs real thunder on the pull side point of contact. A very exciting player to watch, has game changing abilities on both sides of the game.

Kyle Moore, RHP, Starrs Mill, 2021
Uncommitted for now,  6-foot-2 190-pounds, large frame, broad slightly slopes shoulders good muscular dev in upper half, stronger more developed lower half very strong through quads. Well balanced back leg motivated delivery that he repeats nicely. Power arm stroke through a H3/4 slot arm turns over easy works really good outfront to create heavy down angle FB 84-86. CB 71-74 has good rotation, shows Shorter depth SL character at 74, picks up true CB depth at 71/72.  Young man showed poise while aggressively challenging hitters with majority FB on the plate, leaving no doubt in anybody’s mind as he pounded the zone to punch out the final out of the game against Cambridge.

Jim Luck Division


Eddie Galatas, RHP, Decatur, 2020
North Georgia recruit. Durable, strong build at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. Stays on line and works downhill. Shows above-average effort. Fastball lived 85-87, topping 88. Stuff was good enough to get swing and misses. Threw all around the strike zone. Currently ranked 135 in the state of Georgia.

Jaylen Paden, RHP, Decatur, 2020
Georgia Southern recruit. 5-foot-10 170-pounds right-handed pitcher,  He has a wiry, athletic frame.high leg kick coils up a bit hides ball, Delivery inconsistent, release inconsistent, ¾  slot, deception and fast arm make up for some scattered command the FB rushes up on hitters 90-92 with life, induces a lot of bad contact and some swing and miss. CB 75-77 slider character, had better strike throwing abilities with breaking ball. Very competitive kid didn’t have his best command but live FB and quick breaking ball held Carrollton to just 2 runs thru 5.  Offensively swings an aggressive bat and can run. Ripped line drives up the middle, quick out of the box applies good pressure to the defense on the bases. Very competitive young man with some big tools.

Jordan Walker, 3B/RHP, Decatur, 2020
A Duke recruit and currently the No. 16 prospect in the country. Walker has a long, projectable frame with present strength and room to fill out. He maintains balance at the plate, stays short to the ball and can drive it with authority even if he misses the barrel. While he normally plays third base and profiles best there, he started at shortstop Friday night because of a sick teammate and showed good mobility. It didn’t take long for him to make an impression, launching the third pitch he saw to left field for a home run. He added a double to lead off the eighth inning and finished 2-for-4 with a walk, strikeout and two runs scored. Collected a couple more hits Saturday, singling in his first at-bat of the day and then driving in two with a double to finish his weekend. He also grounded out a couple times and got down the line in about 4.4 seconds. Hopped on the mound on Saturday as well, sat 90-92.

Cade Cosper, RHP, Carrollton, 2023
A high follow 2023 prospect, stands 5-foot-11, 130-pounds, lean, athletic build, has a long way to go before he is fully developed physically, but has a strong base to currently work. Arm works clean and continuous on the back-side, does a nice job of hiding the ball to a ¾ slot. Short drop and drive delivery, mixes his timing up when out of the windup, falls off the mound towards the third base side. Made a short two batter appearance against Lassiter on Saturday night. Fastball came in at 82 with arm side run. Mixed in a 12/6 curveball with depth at 71-74, deceptive given his arm slot and the way he falls off the mound. 

Colton Cosper, LHP, Carrollton, 2021
Mercer commit. 6-foot-1, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, athletic, proportional build, filling out his lower half with strength. Arm works short and quick to a ¾ slot, hides ball extremely well on the back-side, batter gets their first look at the ball as it is released. Works at an ultra quick pace, wastes no time getting the signs and then delivering the ball. Highly deceptive pitcher. Fastball sat 83-85 early on, displayed running action. Changeup, sinking action, used sparingly, came in at 76. Did not offer up any breaking balls, mainly relied on fastball and its action, but has a slider in his arsenal.

Eli Runyan, LHP/OF,  Carrollton, 2021
South Alabama commit. Switch-hitting 6-foot-1 170-pound. Live bodied lefty. Very athletic lean muscular build, avg width slope shoulders arm works easy through ¾ slot. Very good body control Eli repeats an easy well balanced delivery. Mixes pitches well using FB 82-86 with some tailing life, CB 73-75 with slider character and sprinkles in the CH 77-78 some arm side sink.  Stays within his abilities, doesn’t try to over throw, mixes pitches keeps hitters uncomfortable with a sneaky quick FB and a breaking ball he can throw for A strike anytime. Showed big time poise after giving up a HR to Jordan Walker with 2 outs in the top of the 1st, didn’t show any emotion, got the next out and didn’t give up another run through 5. Pretty good pitcher but this kid can hit and ge can run. Offensively Eli has excellent table setting abilities, well above avg runner is very quick out of the Box, applies a lot of pressure to the defense at the plate and is also a base stealer, good balance and posture with a very quick direct path to the ball. Sprays hard line drives to all fields and is extremely tough with 2 strikes. Eli is a very exciting player that has a chance to be a 2 way guy at South Alabama.

Samuel Simpson, RHP, Carrollton, 2021
South Carolina commit. 6-foot-1, 160-pound, highly athletic right-handed pitcher, lean build.Long arm action, stiff on the back-side, very quick arm speed to get out front on a consistent basis, easy effort throughout. Has great feel for his delivery and mechanics, repeatedly in-sync. Fastball sat 88-90 mph, showed running and sinking action, threw it for a high volume of strikes. Curveball, 12/8 shape, sharp action to it, good feel for. Threw both pitches for strikes almost on command. With the easy effort in his delivery, it will be no surprise to see Simpson continue to gain velocity. His advanced feel on the mound will make him a prospect to keep an eye on for the 2021 MLB Draft.

Chael Sullivan, RHP/1B, Carrollton, 2021
6-foot-3, 180-pound left-handed hitting first baseman and right-handed pitcher. Top of the order bat for the Carrollton Trojans. At the plate, takes a tall setup with an athletic bend in his knees, barrel starts flat, short load back, long stride to a strong, balanced position. Swing works short and smooth through the zone, present bat speed, displayed an above-average hit tool, consistently made contact. With progression in his approach and swing path, the ability to repeatedly drive the ball into the gaps will come. Hopped on the mound late on Saturday and sat 80-82.

Parker Willis, MIF, Carrollton, 2021
5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder, athletically built, since the last time we have seen him it looks like he has started to fill out his frame, especially the lower half. A line drive type hitter, plays to contact and uses his speed to disrupt the defense. On a bunt single, ran a 3.87 home to first, from the right-side.

Garrett “ Bear” Madliak, C/3B, Carrollton 2021
Georgia commit.  5-foot-10 175-pounds right-handed hitter. Avg frame with more strength through the core and quads. Avg runner. Strong accurate arm with quick release, confident ball blocker. Offensively, this guy can bang. Big time clutch abilities, he works the stride down easy, barely picks it up. then quick hips to hands extremely short  direct hand path he uses to hammer hard line drives gap to gap. Tough behind the plate even tougher at the plate this guy brings clutch abilities any time he steps on the ball field. UGA is getting a good one if the draft doesn’t get him first.

Reid Fagerstrom, RHP, Northgate, 2020
Wofford commit. 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher, big, strong shoulders and lower half, uses well. Controlled delivery, keeps all moving parts working on-line towards home, finishes square to the plate. Fastball sat 85-88, touched 89, worked downhill with, showed armside run. Slider, down action at 76-80.
Joshua Tate, OF/SS, Northgate, 2022
Georgia commit. 5-foot-11, 155-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, lean, athletic build, wiry strength that will turn into much more as he physically matures. Offensively, remains balanced throughout, hands start low with a short load and short leg lift stride. Has an advanced feel for the barrel, line drive, contact type hitter, uses the entire field. Ran a 4.12 home to first on a single through the left-side of the infield, pulled a bit at the end.  
Donovan Cash, 3B/RHP, Northgate, 2020
Tennessee Tech commit. 5-foot-10, 185-pound right-handed hitting third baseman and right-handed pitcher, strong, sturdy build. Takes a power approach at the plate, uses the strength in his lower half to drive the ball to all fields. Got on the mound on Saturday and reached 87 with his fastball, took some off in order to gain more control, sitting 82-85.

Ryder Willard, RHP/OF, Northgate, 2020
Augusta University commit. 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting two-way prospect, strong, sturdy frame with room to fill out with even more strength. Offensively, balanced setup, hands load back smoothly, short hanging leg stride, balanced through contact. Gap-to-gap type hitter at the plate, swing works short to the zone with whip. Started on the mound on Friday night, sat 85-87 with a changeup at 71-74.

Cameron Campbell, OF, Lassiter, 2021
5-foot-11, 170-pound switch-hitting outfielder, athletically built, long, lean frame, will fill out with strength as he continues to physically mature. Offensively, similar from the both sides of the plate, relaxed look, athletic setup, smooth rhythm in his hands, loads weight back, short stride, shifts weight appropriately to a balanced position through contact. Uses his long arms to gain extension through the zone, allows him to drive the ball from gap-to-gap. Has good feel from the right and left sides of the plate with strength and power. 

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