Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games - Infield Analysis

By: PBR Georgia Staff

PBR Georgia hosted the annual Top Prospect Games at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, Ga. on June 7th. This yearly invite-only event for the top uncommitted rising seniors in the state brought together nearly 50 prospects for a pro-style workout and live game play.

In the days that followed the event, we produced post-event analysis that includes performance highlights inside of our Quick Hits story and a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece.

We will continue our post-event process by rolling out the individual scouting reports of the day. We have already released the catchers and outfielders, and move on to the infielders today. We will continue to work our way across the diamond over the following days.

Top Infielder Prospects

Mason Moore, Social Circle (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/C Middle of the order power bat who's just now starting to fill in his frame. Tons of potential and will bring value defensively.
Body: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Large frame with long levers and developing strength. Proportional.
Hit: SH. Well postured setup w/ base outside shoulders, weight 60/40. Bat relaxed on shoulder giving more connection to upper half in load. Taps bat on shoulder as trigger for separation. Gets into proper launch position with good rubberband effect after landing. Able to create loft in smooth path with minimal barrel angle.
Power: 94.7 max exit velocity, averaged 91.2 mph. 366’ max distance. Looking to launch pull side and does, huge power potential. Bat will take next step as he develops an inside out swing.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Long, loose & explosive AA from 3/4 slot. Will fit well at 3B/2B or corner OF
Defense: AVG footwork that should get better as he fills into his frame. Smooth hands that will improve with reps.
Run: 6.91 runner in the 60.

Ryan Ford, Winder Barrow (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/1B Top or middle of the order power bat with an advanced approach and ability to handle high quality arms.
Body: 6-foot-2, 215-pounds. Broad shoulders with thick, proportional build.
Hit: RHH. Wide, well grounded base with steady flow in hands. Simple and smooth separation timing. Very good linear connection of hands, back elbow+hip, and back knee at landing. Still head underway. Creates extra torque due to angled wrists in launch position. Smooth path where hands work close to body and manipulates both arms to pull or inside out, grabbing barrel angle just before contact with top hand. Buggy whip on the finish.
Power: 98.3 max exit velocity, averaged 86.3 mph. 364’ max distance. Power from foul line to foul line. Loud contact. Very advanced approach with consistent QAB against top arms.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. lengthy AA 3/4 slot, throws have enough carry for corner positions.
Defense: Instinctive reads, works across diamond toward bag, feel on backhands.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60.

Braxton Brooks, Walnut Grove (GA), 2023 UAB commit.
Positional Profile: 3B/C prototypical 3B profile w/ the ability hit for power at next level.
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Thicker, med. build w/ broad shoulders
Hit: RHH. Tall setup with the barrel standing parallel in front of his body. Creates good torque in upper half during stride.  Natural lift because of barrel swing/whip path through zone
Power: 91.3 max exit velocity, averaged 81.7 mph. 343’ max distance. Ball jumps to pull side w/ more HR pop to come
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Quick, loose arm action, ¾ slot, throws carry and are accurate across the diamond.
Defense: 3B profile, smooth hands with quick shuffle into throwing, good body control.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60.

Griffin Howe, Effingham County (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B Very well rounded player who will develop into a complete 2 way. Big potential with solid fundamentals and mechanics overall.
Body: 6-foot-2, 160-pounds. Proportional, very athletic frame with plenty to project. Lean strength.
Hit: RHH. Very square, base just outside shoulders knees slightly bent inside feet. Quiet touch & go off back side as hands stay moving in one spot. Hips control leg kick promoting good direction & linear swing without east/west movement. Shoulders match pitch plane very well, creating a knob led path with loft. Arms slightly bent to and through extension. Mark of a true hitter.
Power: 93.8 max exit velocity, averaged 88.7 mph. 348’ max distance. Gap to gap pop but projects A/AVG raw power pull side due to ability to front arm shrink on inside pitches.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Loose, lengthy but quick AA from low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Solid footwork, always flowing to bag. Controls body well works thru ball with ease and soft hands. More of a 3B exchange but can get quicker.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60.

Breydon Divine, Alexander (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/3B Very athletic MIF who should see some time on the mound and could really develop into something there. Bat has solid potential due to his natural twitch.
Body: 6-foot-0, 150-pounds. Lean/ athletic build, wiry strength
Hit: RHH. Tall, square setup, hips start hands in swing, active hand movement. Uses leg kick & hand load as separation timing.  Slight hand cast as he throws hands cause a sweeping path. Can adjust to go oppo. Very quick hands.
Power: 91.4 max exit velocity, averaged 79.4 mph. 303’ max distance. serious pop to pull side, line drives up the middle
Arm: RH. INF - 89 mph. OF - 91 mph. Short, loose AA that fits a MIF. Explosive arm speed with good hip & shoulder direction. Big time carry from SS and OF.
Defense: Plays through the ball athletically, quick, fluid actions, instinctive first step, soft glove hand fields out front, quick on exchanges. Great body control
Run: 6.83 runner in the 60.

Dylan Alonso, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/SS Loud tools across the board, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state.
Body: 6-foot-4, 211-pounds. Projectable athlete, lean strength throughout, muscular build.
Hit: RHH. Open setup up, low, relaxed hand setup, rise and deepen on load, short stride, early timing, good balance.  Hit path is short to the zone with ultra quick hand speed, barrel accelerates through contact, when on-time and able to get extended the ball jumps off the bat middle/pull.
Power: 95.6 max exit velocity, averaged 86.7 mph. 348’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 90 mph. Short, clean arm action to a high 3/4 slot mostly, can drop down effectively, big arm strength, easy carry, accurate.
Defense: Plays through the ball like an athlete, great body control, quick footwork, confident hands and a soft glove, clean on exchanges.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Andrew Wells, Columbus (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/3B Big power threat at the plate and an asset defensively.
Body: 6-foot-1, 200-pounds. Strong, sturdy build, physical lower half, high waist.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, relaxed hands start near ear and load back smoothly, short stride, good balance. Short to the zone, mostly level through, drives the ball to all fields with quick, strong hands.
Power: 96.4 max exit velocity, averaged 90.2 mph. 335’ max distance. Good approach and feel at the plate, big power potential to the pull-side, lets the ball travel to get a power swing off to opposite field.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, accurate throws, easy effort.
Defense: An athlete at first base, smooth footwork, plays through the ball with a soft, confident glove, clean on exchanges.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60.

Patrick Crosby, Appling County (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B An athletic bat
Body: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Medium size build w/ slender upper half and room to grow physically.
Hit: RHH. Open stance w/ high hand set. Weight transfer into lower half. Barrel gradually raises w/ the knob pointing toward catcher. Minimal head movement and balanced direction.  Line drive contact w/ approach to keep the ball to the middle of the field.
Power: 89.5 max exit velocity, averaged 87.3 mph. 317’ max distance. Gap to gap present, but will eventually grow into more power as he physically matures
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. A little stiff in his upper half as he progresses through rotation. H 3/4 AA.
Defense: Footwork and transfers need some work if he wants to play SS. Making a move to 3B could potentially get the most out of him.
Run: 7.03 runner in the 60.

Jackson Frank, Alpharetta (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/OF Dependable well rounded MIF can hit anywhere in the lineup and produce good AB's.
Body: 5-foot-9, 160-pounds. Medium frame, high waisted, lean strength
Hit: RHH. Tall, base just outside shoulders, upper half slightly closed, slow flow in hands just off shoulder, barrel angled into launch position Smooth, short load, balanced dominance in both hands. Back elbow & front arm work in sequence creating short direct path to all fields.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 86 mph. 360’ max distance. Pull side gap pop but has solid inside out swing mechanics to drive ball oppo.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. OF - 86 mph. Short, efficient arm action that he repeats with carry and accuracy. Adjusts angles well.
Defense: Consistently solid reads, feet work with momentum to bag, glove pushes thru ball well.

Jayden Reid, Westlake (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP Defense 1st SS
Body: 5-foot-7, 145-pounds. Medium frame w/ broad shoulders and wiry strength, high waisted, long levers for size.
Hit: RHH. Narrow base, hands setup off back shoulder with free and easy movement. Miniscule rock back in hips for big forward move that creates smooth momentum in lower half, taking pressure off hands. Slightly inconsistent in & out of launch position with athleticism saving him at times. Will have much better barrel control as he gets stronger. Some length in path but quick nonetheless
Power: 90.1 max exit velocity, averaged 83.8 mph. 312’ max distance. Gap to gap approach with solid barrels.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. Loose, mid depth AA from a natural, low 3/4 slot. Quick and repeatable.
Defense: Advanced actions as Top Prospect Games top defender. Fluid hips w/ instinctive reads, always in control of his body & feet. Able to stop on dime & redirect momentum explosively. Soft hands & exchange, creative from all angles
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Avery Bizzell, Norcross (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Athletic frame with lean strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, hands start at shoulder and remain, loads weight onto back-side with quick reverse toe tap stride, good balance. Swing path is short and quick to the zone, gets extended through as he lifts and drives, gap-to-gap hitter.
Power: 92.3 max exit velocity, averaged 85.7 mph. 301’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Short, clean arm action to a high 3/4 slot, accurate with some carry.
Defense: Fields position athletically, smooth actions, plays through the ball with a soft, confident glove, feel for the back-hand, clean on exchanges, good body control on the move.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60.

Davis Budd, North Paulding (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-foot-2, 215-pounds. Physical build, broad shoulders, strength throughout with room for more.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands load back coupled with a barrel wrap, short hang leg stride, keeps weight on back-side. Swing path is somewhat steep to the zone, lets the ball travel creating driven contact to the back-side gap, flashed ability to lift and drive with back spin for power.
Power: 93.2 max exit velocity, averaged 87.3 mph. 350’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Long, loose arm action to a low 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: Fields out front with short, choppy footwork, clean on exchanges, feel around the bag and turning double plays.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60.

Jake Epstein, North Paulding (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/2B
Body: 6-foot-0, 185-pounds. Medium-sized build w/ thick lower half
Hit: LHH. Open stance w/ handsy barrel pattern  Shifts into back hip early. Gradual rhythm in stride w/ still upper body and barrel. Vertical barrel and level shoulders provide for natural line drive/loft plane.
Power: 90.8 max exit velocity, averaged 86.2 mph. 336’ max distance. Gap to gap pop that will translate in a big way once he gets stronger
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. OF - 76 mph. Deep, yet quick arm circle. Overtop AA.
Defense: A little stiff in the field overall. Would attack the ball w/ 2 hands at times when making do/die plays. Rhythm when attacking the baseball lacks at times.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60.

Gant Geiger, Charlton County (FL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. Long, athletic build, projectable, lots of room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, minimal movement, starts with bat on shoulder, wraps on load, heel lift stride, good balance, remains upright. Swing path is longer to the zone with a C path, uphill through, when on time and extended, able to lift and drive the ball middle/pull.
Power: 90.2 max exit velocity, averaged 83.5 mph. 291’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short arm action to a low 3/4 slot, easy effort, accurate, consistent with slot.
Defense: Plays through the ball, covers ground easily with long strides, gets his feet under him, feel for glove hand, clean on exchanges, good body control.
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60.

Evan Ivester, George Walton Academy (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP Projectable corner infielder that has a lot of room to grow in the field and at the plate.
Body: 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Tall, Slender upper half w/ room to fill out
Hit: RHH. Athletic bend, weight rests on back hip. Barrel off-shoulder w/ flat presentation  Line drive/ ground ball contact because of drift in the upper half. Choppy barrel path
Power: 91.6 max exit velocity, averaged 87.6 mph. 313’ max distance. Line drive power that could eventually progress as he fixes his swing and overall balance during stride.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Showed ability to throw from different slots. Natural slot is 3/4 AA with quick whip in wrist at finish
Defense: Attacking the ball more would allow for footwork to improve. —quick glove tap as he transitions into throwing motion.
Run: 6.90 runner in the 60.

Hadley Long, Wayne County (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Wiry, slender frame w/ some projection
Hit: RHH. Slightly open setup. Tall stance w/ relaxed hand movement and athletic knee bend.  As he begins to stride the hands move back creating some separation. The barrel begins to drop slowly before quickly coming back up at foot strike creating a level barrel path.
Power: 91 max exit velocity, averaged 84.5 mph. 310’ max distance. Avg power at the moment due to frame, but as he grows, he could present some real gap to gap potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Long, deep arm circle w/ quick 3/4 arm action. Aggressive head wack.
Defense: A little stiff at SS, he may project at 3rd. Works around the ball fine with solid footwork. Quick shuffle before throwing, but does not follow throw at release.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60.

Walker Moncus, Vidalia (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/C A real potential power-hitting catcher that w/ slight refinement in swing, could produce some serious juice at next level. 
Body: 5-foot-10, 200-pounds. Smaller build w/ stocky frame and tree trunks for legs.
Hit: RHH. Wide base w/ bat resting flat above shoulder. Quick stride w/ minimal gain in ground. Barrel gets vertical at foot strike.  Barrel position at foot strike results in natural lift in swing path. Lightning quick hands
Power: 95.3 max exit velocity, averaged 87.8 mph. 369’ max distance. Real power potential. This all happening with little to no weight shift into the backside.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. INF - 83 mph. Quick stab at bottom of hand separation. Overtop AA.
Defense: Catcher looks to be his most comfortable position. Quick transfer w/ solid footwork that keeps him in line to second base. Strong arm there as well (77mph)
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60. 

Frankey Moree, Tallulah Falls (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B Toolsy defensive infielder w/ raw swing mechanics that will have sneaky line drive pop once swing is refined.
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Slender, yet athletic build. Strong lower half
Hit: RHH. Slightly open. Gradual weight shift into backside. Quick toe tap starts stride. Unique barrel/back elbow adjustment before foot strike.  Level path which creates line-drive contact a majority of the time
Power: 93.2 max exit velocity, averaged 83.7 mph. 323’ max distance. Avg/Above currently due to raw swing, but athleticism and present strength take over at times to produce hard EV's.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Showed ability to throw from multiple arm slots. Short arm circle w/  high 3/4 arm action.
Defense: Quick instinctive movements. Adv. footwork w/ quick transfer. Lightning-fast reaction times
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60.

Brooks Parkerson, St. Anne Pacelli (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP IF w/ smooth actions defensively who can/will hit for some power as his swing progresses.
Body: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Athletic frame w/ strong lower half
Hit: RHH. Open setup w/ gradual move into back hip/legs. Back Elbow adjustment brings the barrel to vertical point creating a steep path. Short stride.  Barrel path results in a lot of lift when making contact because of hand set at launch.
Power: 92.1 max exit velocity, averaged 85.1 mph. 334’ max distance. Present power potential w/ more room to grow
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Loose, quick AA. Has the ability to throw from multiple slots across the diamond.
Defense: Works around the ball very well. "Natural" athleticism in the field. Quick transfer. Looked the strongest when working to glove side.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60.

Brady Roulier, Rabun Gap Nacoochee School (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/C Middle of the order power bat and competes inning by inning at a high level. Good makeup.
Body: 6-foot-1, 200-pounds. Boulder shoulders with a stocky, well muscled frame.
Hit: RHH. Stacks balance over backside with a slightly crouched, medium base. Hands set up right at eventual slot, simplifying swing tremendously. Plenty of strength to create bat speed with short load. Gets most of separation w/ lower half.  Nice stretch of hands in stride create torque, consistent launch spot allows for a compact swing path where top hand stays palm up thru contact. Ability to adjust path/mechanics with direction to all fields.
Power: 85.3 max exit velocity, averaged 77.3 mph. 279’ max distance. A/AVG or better power potential who works himself into counts of strength to unleash toward the ceiling of his eventual power.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. loose, short arm action that is accurates from all angles with a quick release.
Defense: Solid footwork with sure hands. Turns double play ball well.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60.

Easton Sears, Creekview (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF Speedy IF who hits for contact and plays solid defensively
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Athletic, slender frame w/ a lot of room to grow
Hit: RHH. Slight bend in knees w/ closed setup  Slight shift in weight to the backside starts load. Quick toe tap. As foot lands, there is a slight drift in the upper half which causes the barrel to get flat through the zone. Fast hands.
Power: 86.7 max exit velocity, averaged 79.8 mph. 288’ max distance. Line drive contact/power at the moment due to weight shift in upper body through stride. Keeping weight in back hip would allow him to gain more momentum.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Long, stiff 3/4 AA w/ quick wrist flip at the end.
Defense: Backhand mechanics appear advanced as he gains ground through the ball. Quick transfer close to body providing easy/efficient throwing motion.
Run: 6.86 runner in the 60.

Nicholas Stinson, North Cobb Christian (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-foot-2, 178-pounds. High waisted w/ long levers, strong lower half.
Hit: LHH. Slightly crouched w/ wide base and good balance. Hands just off shoulder near the eventual slot with some movement in hands. Unique little C load that works essentially in reverse but produces all the same. Good hip pace that bounces out of the hole quick but stays connected and on legs. Creates smooth diagonal plane for shoulders to rotate on, allowing for the chest to load his hands for him and create effortless torque in separation. Lofty but compact path.
Power: 92.2 max exit velocity, averaged 87.2 mph. 344’ max distance. Gap to gap line drives with a mixture of backspin and top spin. Do see him developing A/AVG raw power
Arm: RH. INF - 70 mph. Shortens arm stroke for accuracy at 1B, showing aptitude to separate pitching from position.
Defense: Bounces well laterally, chops feet to redirect momentum when needed, controls body on 2 ball and slow roller.
Run: 7.79 runner in the 60.

Conlon Walker, Whitefield Academy (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP Power bat who impacts the game every day with his speed and defense. Top or middle of the order bat who has good feel as a player.
Body: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds. Large, proportionally built frame with freakish strength.
Hit: LHH. Wide athletic base w/ knees angled inside feet. Hands off the body near back shoulder, high back elbow. Tension in the upper half would be released by bringing hands closer to body & make him even more explosive.  Hips control hands in swing athletically, very simple trigger into a repeatable launch position. Compact, explosive swing path that gets barrel angle late w/ top hand - keeping it palm up thru contact (promoting backspin).
Power: 97.8 max exit velocity, averaged 90 mph. 339’ max distance. Looks to turn on balls using his twitchy rotational acceleration. Plenty of oppo juice as well.
Arm: LH. INF - 80 mph. OF - 84 mph. Deep OH AA where he repeats release point for accurate throws. Some early effort.
Defense: Quick 1st step and works thru ball aggressively in gather.
Run: 6.77 runner in the 60.

Jackson Westmoreland, St. Francis (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP Twitchy athlete that can spray the ball to all fields and provide solid defense up the middle.
Body: 5-foot-9, 178-pounds. smaller frame w/ mature upper body.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, w/ weight sitting on back hip/leg. Barrel rests on shoulder. Quick tap off shoulder triggers load.  line drive contact w/  ability to drop/raise shoulders to guide barrel to pitches in and out of zone
Power: 95.1 max exit velocity, averaged 86.9 mph. 357’ max distance. Primarily line drive contact,, but could turn into serious gap-to-gap power w/a slight tweak in hand movement during swing.
Arm: RH. INF - 88 mph. Ability to change arm slots is present. Quick overtop AA when throwing from backhand
Defense: Adv. footwork in how he works around the ball. Quick hands allow him to get into throwing position
Run: 7.03 runner in the 60.

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