LakePoint Fall Invite - Fab 5, Part 2

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

The fall season provides us with a great opportunity to lock in on the younger up and coming class of prospects, as well as check in on the familiar faces. And often times, there is an unknown name, to our staff, that catches the eye. All three of these are true for the contents of this blog. 

We will start off with two 2025 arms from the Ninth Inning Royals who made more than a statement in their appearances on the mound. We then move on to an uncommitted 2023 arm from Tennessee that had some of the best stuff of the weekend, before checking in on a Team Georgia Future Games alum. We will finish things off with a look at a standout prospect from the newest high school class, 2026.

Aiden Kitchings, RHP, Greater Atlanta Christian (GA), Ninth Inning Royals, 2025
A two inning look at Kitchings was enough to know that he belongs in the conversation as one of the top right-handers in the state. Starting with the frame, there are few prospects built like Kitchings at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. He has broad shoulders and a physical lower half. Everything indicates he will be a donkey, which only increases the intimidating presence he brings to the mound. The arm matches the build. Kitchings has a soft stab on the back-side, but the arm action remains continuous through a ¾ window as he builds momentum towards home. He has a semi break of the leg on the back-side as he strides. Landing foot closed, Kitchings finishes with a strong crossing over. The overall strength and delivery indicate the velocity is going to keep climbing. On this day, the big right-hander worked his fastball up to 90 mph, sitting 85-89. Even more impressive is the way he commanded the zone with it as well. Kitchings pitched, he did not just rear back and throw. He also showed a curveball at 73-75 that flashed sharp 11/5 action with swing and miss potential. In his two-inning stint, he recorded five strikeouts.

McKale Stevenson, RHP, St. Pius X (GA), Ninth Inning Royals, 2025
Stevenson entered in relief following Kitchings and immediately stood out with his pitch ability and spin. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander went 4.0 no-hit innings, striking out five and walking two. Long and lanky on the mound, he stays short on the back-side with his arm, hiding the ball the entire way until it fires out of a low ¾ slot. There is present arm speed and a whip-like action to his arm. Using a drop and drive delivery, he has quick pace throughout with a short balance point. This can, at-times, lead to timing issues for hitters. His stuff stood out in multiple ways. First, his ability to effectively manage velocity. Second, his ability to spin the ball. Third, his ability to control the zone. The fastball sat mostly 82-85, however, when he wanted, he could ramp it up to 86 or 87, touching both multiple times. Stevenson spun a sharp sweeping curveball at 68-70 that has swing and miss qualities.
Cannon Rice, RHP, Rossview (TN), Five Star MidSouth, 2023
Uncommitted. Rice showcased some of the top overall stuff at the LakePoint Fall Invite. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander is an athlete on the mound with lean strength throughout. He has a quick, controlled pace to his delivery, staying tall on the back-side and striding even down the mound. There is some effort in the arm action. The draw is clean on the back-side before he accelerates with arm speed through a ¾ slot. He did run into some command issues in his outing, but the stuff is noteworthy nonetheless. The fastball sat 87-90 with armside run. His slider has a tight sweeping shape to it, sitting 79-81. Finally, his changeup has heavy sinking action, boring at-times, 83-84. One of the top uncommitted arms in Tennessee.
Brooks Willis, RHP, Houston County (GA), Game On, 2024
Uncommitted. The towering 6-foot-6 Willis always commands your attention when he takes the mound. He continues to ride a wave of momentum from the Future Games as he has elevated his game. Specifically, it is the breaking ball that has turned into a real weapon. Coming in at 73-75, Willis throws the curveball with true conviction, something that started over the summer. Now though, he is comfortable throwing it in almost any count. The pitch has an 11/5 shape with two plane break. He creates deception by maintaining his low ¾ slot and arm speed on the pitch. The fastball, in this outing, sat 84-87. Given his size, it is only a matter of time before the next big velo jump occurs.
Noah Wilson, OF, McCallie (TN), Blue Sox Baseball, 2026
If you stopped in to watch Blue Sox Baseball play at any point during the LakePoint Fall Invite then odds are you saw a Noah Wilson barrel. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handing hitting outfielder has a lean, athletic build with plenty of room to add on. At the plate, he takes a balanced setup with the barrel held high by his ear. There is a short load with the handles dropping coupled with a short leg lift stride. Wilson showed a quick trigger swing with aggressive intent. The barrel path is short to the zone, long through, lagging for an extended time, which helps his ability to spray the ball to all fields. He has present bat speed and good feel for his smooth swing. Once out of the box, Wilson showed long, easy strides, gliding around the diamond.

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