Prep Baseball Report

Macon Open: Catcher Analysis

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

PBR Georgia hosted the first ever Macon Open at Mercer University in Macon, Ga on June 29th. The first time event was open to all high school aged prospects in the state and featured nearly 30 uncommitted 2023-2026s. Prospects participated in a pro-style workout and bullpens in front of our scouting staff.

In the days that followed the event, we produced post-event analysis that included a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece.

Today, we will begin our post-event process by rolling out the individual scouting reports of the day, starting with the catcher position. We will work our way across the diamond over the following days.

Top Catcher Prospects

Eli Stephens, Houston County (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/1B Advanced defender with one of the top left-handed bats in the class.
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. Strong, projectable build, broad shoulders, lean strength, athletic.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup with weight preloaded onto back-side, athletic crouch, good rhythm in hands, sinks into stance as he picks up stride leg, short load, short stride, great balance. Gap-to-gap hitter, can flash the pull-side pop when he wants, consistent driven contact with back spin, athletic hands get on plane, short to the zone, level through with lift and extension, quick hand/bat speed, repeatable.
Power: 93.2 max exit velocity, averaged 87.5 mph. 347’ max distance. Power to all fields with advanced ability to barrel the ball.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short, over-the-top, quick arm speed, throws are true with backspin, accurate to the bag, carry.
Defense: 1.94-2.04 pop times. Big target behind the plate, flexible lower half, plays through the ball with quick, fluid footwork, quick exchanges, and carries momentum towards the target. Moves athletically, advanced framing ability, soft blocker.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60.

Tanner O'Neal, Veterans (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP Advanced defensively with some of the quickest hands in the state.
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Strong, sturdy frame, lean strength throughout with room for more.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start back, double barrel cock from shoulder to vertical on load, short kick stride, good balance. Long barrel path to the zone, gets level out front with some uphill, lifts the ball, quick hand speed, ball jumps off the bat at-times, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 98.7 max exit velocity, averaged 80.8 mph. 315’ max distance. Big power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short on the back-side, over-the-top slot, ultra quick arm speed and release, gets rid of the ball in a hurry, throws carry accurately.
Defense: 1.85-1.97 pop times. An athlete behind the dish, plays through the ball with intent, clean receiver, hand and exchange speed stand out, fluid footwork gains momentum quickly.
Run: 7.79 runner in the 60.

Brock Clements, Sonoraville (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF Advanced defensive catcher.
Body: 5-11, 174-pounds. Strong, sturdy build, broad shoulders, athletic.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start loaded back at near ear and deepened further in to an arm bar, big barrel wrap, short stride,  good balance. Barrel path is long to the zone, long through, snap swing, power to all fields with present bt and hand speed.
Power: 88.5 max exit velocity, averaged 83 mph. 271’ max distance. Big power potential, consistent hard contact.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short, loose arm action to an over-the-top slot, quick arm speed, quick release, throws carry with accuracy.
Defense: 2.00-2.08 pop times. Fields position athletically, flexible lower half, plays through with quick, clean exchanges and fluid footwork. Good feel for framing, moves with agility.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Hayden Ashby, Cox Mill (NC), 2024
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Strong build with a physical lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start near ear, arm bar load with a drop of the hands and a cocking of the wrist, short stride, out over the plate with weight. Short, direct swing path to the zone, level through, gets on plane with present hand/bat speed, line drive hitter, uses the entire field.
Power: 88.3 max exit velocity, averaged 82.6 mph. 305’ max distance. Power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action, loads up on the back-side, over-the-top slot, accurate.
Defense: 2.25-2.33 pop times. Plays through the ball with aggressive intent, uses lower half to gain momentum, long footwork, clean on exchanges, some quick, feel for receiving, good blocker.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Chip Glogorski, Kings Ridge Christian School (GA), 2026
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Projectable, high-waisted, strong lower half, young frame that has lots of development still ahead.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, quick reverse toe-tap stride, hands start high with barrel wrapped, deepen on load, good balance. Barrel path works short to the zone, uphill with whip through the zone, lifts the ball with force, swings with intent, smooth hands.
Power: 83.9 max exit velocity, averaged 68.3 mph. 264’ max distance. Power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action on the back-side with some loading, high 3/4 slot, kept throws to 1st base side of the bag.
Defense: 2.18-2.30 pop times. Sound defender with good feel for receiving and blocking at a young age. Plays through the ball with square stance behind the plate, long at-times with exchanges, but clean, clean footwork through release.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60.

Madon Sanders, Westfield (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: 2B/C
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. Average sized frame, proportional build, plenty of room for more.
Hit: RHH. Keeps it simple throughout, balanced setup, hands start back with barrel wrapped, little to no load, shift weight onto back-side, short stride, good balance.  Smooth swing, short to the zone, level through with extension, some bat speed, line drive type hitter, middle/pull approach, consistent and repeatable.
Power: 75.4 max exit velocity, averaged 67.6 mph. 224’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 65 mph. INF - 66 mph. Short arm action to a high 3/4 slot on both the infield and behind the plate, will drop down at-times at SS.
Defense: 2.19-2.35 pop times. INF: Fields position athletically with a confident glove, out front, clean on exchanges, fluid footwork throughout. C: Sits tall in his stance, clean actions throughout, moves well behind the plate.
Run: 9.20 runner in the 60.

Braden Steward, Griffin Christian Academy (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Strong build with more to come.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup, hands start near ear and load back into an arm bar with some wrapping of the barrel, short stride, stays tall through finish. Long barrel path to the zone, uphill through, lifts the ball, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 78.1 max exit velocity, averaged 68.1 mph. 262’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. Traditional catcher's arm action, short on the back-side to an over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.22-2.50 pop times. Staggered setup behind the plate, flexible lower half, plays through the ball with clean exchanges and fluid footwork.
Run: 8.24 runner in the 60.

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