Prep Baseball Report

Scout Blog: Harrison vs Milton

PBR Georgia Director
Hudson Graham

Milton and Harrison opened their 2023 season with a cross town match-up at Milton. The game started off as a pitching duel, but turned into a tight game in the end. Both staffs relied on their pitchers in relief to try to come out on top. Below we highlight a few names that stood out in the debut. 

2023, RHP, Gavin Lynch, Milton
6-foot-6 200-pounds. Uncommitted. Lynch went 2 strong innings holding fastball velocity the entire him. The strong framed righty attacked hitters with his fastball that was 89-93. The delivery is smooth for  his size, and really gets into his backside when getting down the mound. The arm slot is slightly lower than over the top, allowing for high spin on the fastball with late life. He worked well out of the stretch, and still went right at hitters. Lynch will be a high follow this spring when he starts to ramp his pitch count up and get later into games.

2024, RHP, Tate Strickland, Harrison
6-foot-3 170-pounds. Tennessee commit. Strickland gave the Hoyas 3 strong innings of work. He knows how to pitch, and does not need to over power hitters with his fastball. The frame has room to fill out and add strength and fastball velocity. His delivery is clean and smooth throughout. His fastball was 87-89, but started to decrease towards the end of the 2nd inning and 3rd. His breaking ball was the most impressive at 76-78. He went to it early in counts, and could throw it for a strike at any time. The pitchability for Strickland is plus for his age, and will be a name to watch the next couple of years.
2025, RHP, Grant Largen, Harrison
6-foot-2 185-pounds. Largen really impressed out of relief. This was the first time getting eyes on him, and he will be a high follow the rest of the spring. His frame is impressive and looks really strong for a sophomore. He had to come in during a rally by the Eagles, and he shut the door. His fastball was 82-85, and had a really good curveball at 68-71. The competitiveness showed when he ran his fastball up to 85 on his last pitch in the 6th for a strikeout.
2024, 3B, Landon Scott, Harrison
6-foot 170-pounds. Uncommitted. Scott looked really comfortable at the plate all night. He grounded out to 2nd against Lynch, but put a good swing on 90+. He looks fluid over at the hot corner, and can move well. The swing is simple with a small leg kid. He uses his hops throughout the swing, and has a strong finish. He opened the game up with a 2 RBI double. 2024, 2B, Jacob Meador, Milton
5-foot-8 180-pounds. Uncommitted Meador caught my eye when he turned around 89 for a hard single. The prototype second baseman is a competitor, and plays the game hard and fast. He showed well at the plate all night. He drew a walk, and had a hard line out to center to go along with his single off Strickland. He has a simple swing and really stays through the zone for consistent contact.

2025, C, Dominic Stephenson, Harrison
6-foot-1- 170-pounds, Georgia Tech commit. The 2022 Future Gamer looks even stronger than he did in the summer. Stephenson has burst onto the scene and has quickly become one of the best back stops in the nation. He did not see much to hit opening day, but pieced together a hard chopper to extent a rally for the Hoyas. The ability behind the plate did not go unnoticed, and was a huge factor in the game. He threw a guy out at 3rd in the 2nd inning, and had a strike them out, throw them out in the 5th that ended the inning.

2025, CF, Xavier Hill, Harrison
5-foot-11 180-pounds. Uncommitted. The 5th ranked OF in the class of 2025 PBR rankings showed well in season debut. He had a couple good plays in the OF, and came up with a big single to leadoff a 2 run innings for the Hoyas. Hill looks much stronger at the plate, and will be a high follow for the 2023 season. He stays within himself at the plate, and does not try to do too much. The QB1 knows the game, and has the intangibles to become one of the top players in the state of Georgia. 2023, RHP, Jacob Fields, Harrison
5-foot-9 185-pounds, Uncommitted. Fields closed the game for the Hoyas up by 2 runs. He ended up hitting the first kid trying to go inside on FB, but settled in for 3 straight strikeouts to give Harrison the win. His fastball was electric at 87-89, and was pitching with intend and energy with the game on the line. He was not afraid to throw his off speed in the tight situation. It was 74-77 with tight spin and really late break that kept the Milton hitters guessing. The delivery was over the top with a high leg lift and really good back leg drive. His fastball looked like it had a little cut, but it paired well with his slider out of the same tunnel. 2023, OF, Jason Walk, Harrison
5-foot-10 160-pounds. Oklahoma commit. Walk showed well at the Preseason All-State in January posting a 6.81 60 yard dash, and proved to be on of the strongest outfielders at the event. In his senior season opener he led the Hoyas at the leadoff spot. He brought around the first run of the game on a hard line drive to right field that appeared to be a SAC fly, but ended up getting down. He then added a leadoff triple down the line in the 7th to give the Hoyas an insurance run. The swing is clean from the left side, standing tall with a short stride and powerful finish.