Season Review: Fellowship Christian

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

Our goal at Prep Baseball Report is to promote high school players, and give them the exposure they need to be able to play at the next level. With the 2020 high school season cancelled, we want to continue to be able to promote players, even when baseball is not being played. We have sent surveys out to coaches around the state and got their input on the first weeks of the season. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the season and standout players, team by team.

Fellowship Christian Paladins

Record: 9-0

2020 Standouts

Preston Joye, SS/RHP, Fellowship Christian, 2020
Georgia State commit
Season Stats: .606 AVG, 4 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 17 R, .667 OBP, 6 SB

Coach’s Notes: Switch Hitter with pop from both sides of the plate, smooth infielder with enough arm to make all the throws, leader on and off the field and absolute student of the game, Mid to Upper 80s fastball with strong breaking ball (74-76 mph).

5/18/19 - 5-foot-11, 178-pound switch-hitting middle infielder, athletic with strength throughout frame. Offensively, balanced setup, toe-tap stride, hands cock on load, remains balanced throughout, . Gap-to gap type hitter, can drive the ball from both sides of the plate with a smooth swing and quick hands, barrel path has uphill tendency, gets into his lower half better from the right-side resulting in more power, 87 exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.19 laser-timed 60. Defensively, short, quick arm action from a ¾ slot, accurate on throws. Moves well, fields position freely with soft hands, quick footwork and transfers, 80 across the infield.

George Moraitakis, RHP, Fellowship Christian, 2020
Season Stats: 2-0, 20.2 IP, 7 ER, 19 SO, 2.37 ERA

Coach’s Notes: Ultimate competitor on the mound, hits spots, mid 70s fastball, breaking ball 62-64, unphased by the situation.

2021 Standouts

Luke Schmidt, UTL, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Season Stats: .375 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 8 RBI, 11 R, .515 OBP, 7 SB

Coach’s Notes: 5-foot-10 with 6.8 speed, quality infielder and outfielder, great at battling at the plate, 1Bs guy who can find gaps and get extra bases.
Carson Phillips, UTL, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Just granted waiver to play for final games of season

Coach’s Notes: 5-foot-10 with 6.6 speed, +base runner with ability to bunt for a base hit, quality infielder, covers a lot of ground in the OF, constantly working to improve at the dish, has potential to develop gap power to cause chaos on the bases

Matson Grose, C/1B, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Season Stats: .409 AVG, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R, .517 OBP

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-2 backstop, solid frame, great blocker and receiver, talented first baseman, swing developing nicely, potential is as a pitcher in college, low 80s with low ¾ slot, solid breaking ball.
Andrew Davidson, 1B, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Season Stats: .267 AVG, 13 RBI, 5 R, 7 BB, .410 OBP

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-1 bat first 1st baseman, RH throw, LH swing, has pop in BP, able to leave yard with ease, line drives are a constant in Left center gap.
David Bishop, SS, Fellowship Christian, 2021
TCU commit
Season Stats: .394 AVG, 2 2B, 2 3B, 9 RBI, 17 R, 5 BB, .487 OBP, 17 SB

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-3 with 6.5-6.6 speed, elite first step on the bases and defensively, gets to a lot of baseballs that many wouldn’t expect, has the arm to make all the throws, developing power at the plate, currently a gap-to-gap hitter with ability to stretch 2B into a 3B very easily, potential draftee.
10/4/19 - TCU commit. Long, high-waisted 6-foot-2, 170-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Athletic, highly projectable frame, one that can easily handle more weight in the future. Calm, relaxed plate approach with rhythm and balance throughout. Tracks pitches well, allows the ball to travel deep. Generates above-average bat speed. Overall, stands in the box with confidence and moxie. Defensively, moves with fluidity; solid carry across the infield. 

Garrett Hauenstein, OF, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Season Stats: .393 AVG, 1 2B, 14 RBI, 4 R, .455 OBP, 7 SB

Coach’s Notes: 5-foot-11 with 6.8 speed, developing as an outfielder, great at tracking fly balls, arm strength coming along, excellent hitter, line drive guy with ability to stretch 1Bs into 2Bs.
Noah Goss, RHP/1B, Fellowship Christian, 2021
Uncommitted - Shoulder injury limited him to PO this season
Season Stats: 2-0, 1 SV, 13.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 SO, 0.538 ERA

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-2 with solid frame, had to be a PO this spring due to non throwing shoulder injury but answered the call very well, worked every day to become an impact arm for us this spring, low 80s fastball with low 70s change up, ability to work out of trouble, before injury shut him down, explosive bat, exit velocity 90+ with great ability to drive gaps

Underclass Standouts

Thomas Bourne, LHP, Fellowship Christian, 2022
Season Stats: 3-0, 11.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 SO, 1.91 ERA

Coach’s Notes: 5-foot-10 mid to upper 70s with great arm side run, ability to miss barrels and force weak contact, secondary pitch is a slider that shows good late life.

Jack Rickheim, UTL, Fellowship Christian, 2023
Season Stats: .300 AVG, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 6 R, .364 OBP, 3 SB

Coach’s Notes: Ultimate utility, played catcher, OF, and IF, good bat, developing power, learning how to become a better hitter not just a swinger, excellent defender, arm strength to make any throw, fluid in the outfield, a solid varsity option behind the dish
9/28/19 - At 5-foot-8, 140-pounds Rickheim has strong actions between the lines. In the batters box Rickheim is balanced and compact and has good projection as an offensive player going forward. He consistently centered the baseball to the pull side and showed good balance in the live game setting.  The young 2023 is also projectable as a outfielder with good actions and arm (84 mph). Rickheim also showed solid actions on the infield dirt during the Deep South and he is an arrow up kind of player in the 2023 class and will be one to watch over the coming years.

Cooper Davidson, OF, Fellowship Christian, 2023
Season Stats: .455 AVG, 2 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBI, 15 R, .538 OBP, 4 SB

Coach’s Notes: 6.7 runner, natural center fielder, arm strength coming along nicely, natural hitter, engages lower half very well, once the ball is in the gap, watch him fly.

Wilson Long, UTL, Fellowship Christian, 2022
Injured during season

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-2 long slender frame, a young man who has a ton of potential because of frame and athleticism, committed worker at the dish you can always find him in a cage getting extra work, plays SS learning how to move within his new frame, arm strength is there, going to be a big arm for us next season on the hill

Will Phipps, C, Fellowship Christian, 2023
Season Stats: .200 AVG, 3 RBI, 1 R, .200 OBP

Coach’s Notes: Very solid defensive catcher who receives, blocks, and throws it well, called games as a freshman, understands the demands of the position, developing nicely as a hitter, just needs the confidence to know he’s capable

Charlie Chandler, OF, Fellowship Christian, 2023

Coach’s Notes: Smooth outfielder with speed as his biggest weapon, stole 5 bags as a courtesy runner my guess is 6.7-6.8 runner, potential to be a varsity starter next year in the outfield because of his defensive ability

Daniel Powell, INF/RHP, Fellowship Christian, 2023

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot frame, biggest upside is as a RHP, touching 80s as a freshman, funky delivery and hides the ball really well, ability to get outs

Grant Hudson, RHP, Fellowship Christian, 2022

Coach’s Notes: 6-foot-3 with long slender frame, learning how to use lower half while pitching, unlocking potential velo as we speak, was mid 70s at start of year with short stride, lengthened it out and saw 80s, definitely a guy who could make a huge jump with a solid summer once he learns how to move better and hack that kinetic chain.

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