Underclass Games: Catcher Analysis


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director



The third annual invite-only Underclass Games took place on June 9th at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, GA. The event featured over 100 uncommitted underclassmen. Prospects participated in a pro-style workout followed by simulated game play. We have already done a thorough inspection of the statistics collected from the event that can be viewed HERE.

Today, we will begin the player analysis from the event, starting with the catchers. Keep reading to view reports on the top-10 catcher prospects in attendance, plus reports on the rest of the catchers, listed alphabetically.

Top Catcher Prospects

Tyler Minnick, Mount Paran Christian (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-3, 185-pounds. Large, projectable build, strength throughout frame with room for more, good athlete.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, short stride as he crouches into a power position and loads hands back, good balance throughout, smooth rhythm. Swing works short to the zone, gets extended through and elevates balls with force, big power potential, middle/pull approach, heavy barrel creates consistent hard contact, good bat-to-ball skills.
Power: 94.21 max exit velocity, averaged 90.67 mph. 354.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 77.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, quick release, throws carry with accuracy., advanced arm strength.
Defense: 1.93-2.01 pop times. Fields position athletically, flexible lower half, soft receiver, fast hands, clean exchanges, fluid footwork.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60.

Levi Clark, Decatur  (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Projecrable build with developing strength throughout frame.
Hit: R/R. Open, relaxed setup, hands load back smoothly, short stride to a balanced position, repeatable. Gap-to-gap approach, swing works short to, long and level through, easy power, simple approach, consistently barrels pitches, quick hand/bat speed.
Power: 92.64 max exit velocity, averaged 84.23 mph. 346.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 78.00 mph. INF - 83.00 mph. C: Short, quick arm action to an over-the-top slot, kept therows low, used the short hop off the turf to his advantage, throws carry. 3B: Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, showed ability to drop down when on the run, carry.
Defense: 2.02-2.12 pop times. C: Athletic defender, fluid actions throughout, quick, clean exchanges, quick feet, does not cheat. 3B: Plays through the ball, clean footwork, soft glove, clean exchanges, good body control.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60.

Jayden White, Savannah Christian (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 200-pounds. Strong, sturdy build, physicality throughout.
Hit: R/R. Open setup with weight preloaded onto back-side, high hands load back and drop, leg kick timing trigger, explosive lower half, good balance. Swing works short to the zone, gets extension through the zone, elevates and drives the ball with real force, middle/pull hitter, powerful.
Power: 93.42 max exit velocity, averaged 81.39 mph. 333.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 75.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, flashed carry,  inconsistent accuracy
Defense: 1.97-2.16 pop times. Creates a square target with chest over knees, wide, competent receiver, clean on exchanges, quick footwork.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60.

Chandler Jones, Decatur (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic build, lean strength, young frame with plenty of development left.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, smooth rhythm in hands, loads back, short stride, good balance throughout, utilizes lower half. Swing path is short to the zone, level with extension through the zone, easy effort, middle approach.
Power: 90.52 max exit velocity, averaged 84.73 mph. 319.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 76.00 mph. INF - 80.00 mph. C: Short, quic arm action to a 3/4 slot, advanced arm strength, throws carry, inconsistent accuracy. INF: Short arm action, slot varied between 3/4 and sidearm, accurate with some carry.
Defense: 2.01-2.21 pop times. C: Sits in stance with an upright upper half, competent receiver, quick and clean on exchanges and footwork. INF: Plays through the ball athletically, clean footwork, competent glove, quick exchanges, good body control.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60.

Boston Forbes, Kell (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-5, 210-pounds. Extra large frame, strength throughout with much more to come.
Hit: R/R. Open setup, hands load back smoothy with good rhythm, leg kick timing trigger, good balance. Swing path is long to the zone, level through, gets extension, gap-to-gap approach, can elevate and drive with force, consistently barrels the ball.
Power: 93.83 max exit velocity, averaged 87.00 mph. 326.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 80.00 mph. INF - 81.00 mph. C: Short, quick arm to a 3/4 slot, advanced arm strength, throws carry, accurate on throws down out of the crouch and from the knees. 1B: Short, quick arm action to a 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: 2.11-2.19 pop times. C: Flexible lower half, plays through the ball, soft receiver, quick exchanges and footwork, clean and fluid throughout, good feel for throwing from knees. 1B: Fields position with confidence, athletic hands, soft glove, clean exchanges and footwork.
Run: 7.93 runner in the 60.

Evan Doss, East Coweta (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Compact frame with developing strength throughout.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, early timing,smooth rhythm, hanging leg stride, hands load back smoothly, some explosiveness in lower half, good balance. Barrel path is short to the zone, level through, consistently gets extension, pull-side approach, consistently drives the ball, athletic hands, good bat-to-ball skills.
Power: 89.71 max exit velocity, averaged 83.70 mph. 315.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 75.00 mph. INF - 77.00 mph. C: Short arm action to a 3/4 slot, quick arm speed, strong arm, throws carry, on target. INF: Arm action is longer to a 3/4 slot, drops down at-times,
Defense: 2.03-2.11 pop times. C: Compact setup with good flexibility in lower half, soft hands, clean actions throughout, works through the ball fluidly. INF: Plays through the ball, soft glove, funnels into mid-section, packs on exchanges, clean footwork, good body control.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Josh Gates, Savannah Christian (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Athletic build with strength throughout.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, hands start at ear and remain, leg lift stride, balanced, choppy rhythm. Swing path works down to the zone, level through, creates hard contact with quick hands and bat speed, generates power with his lower half, middle/pull approach.
Power: 92.04 max exit velocity, averaged 79.75 mph. 342.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 78.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, throws carry with ease, kept throws high on the target.
Defense: 2.01-2.12 pop times. Sits on lower half with a taller stance, good receiver, exchanges low, quick, clean footwork, agile mover.
Run: 6.88 runner in the 60.

Mattheson Go, North Cobb Christian (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Lean, athletic build, some quick twitch.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, hands load back smoothly, reverse toe-tap into a long stride, good balance throughout. Swing path works short and flat through the zone, line drive type hitter, uses the entire field.
Power: 88.67 max exit velocity, averaged 81.03 mph. 276.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 78.00 mph. INF - 82.00 mph. OF - 84.00 mph. C: Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, quick release, throws carry, accurate. OF: Lengthens arm out some on the back-side, high 3/4 slot, throws are true with carry. SS: Short, quick arm to an over-the-top slot, dropped to low 3/4 at-times, accurate.
Defense: 2.00-2.08 pop times. C: Creates a low target, flexibility throughout, soft receiver, quick hands and exchanges, quick footwork, good blocker and mover. OF: Plays through the ball with fluid footwork, clean on exchanges, soft glove. SS: Plays through the ball, short, quick footwork, good range, fields out front, funnels into mid-section, smooth hands, good body control.
Run: 6.82 runner in the 60.

Eli Barrow, Cedartown  (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-10, 195-pounds. Medium frame, stocky build, strong legs
Hit: S/R. Wide, crouched base. Shifts weight back on load with a toe-tap timing mechanism. High back elbow. Bat at 45 degree angle, armbar on load with some wrap.  Long, swing through the zone. Big lift in the swing and an uphill follow through. Carries momentum into and through the swing. Looks to elevate the ball. Worked middle and pull side with liners and flyballs.
Power: 95.05 max exit velocity, averaged 85.83 mph. 310.00’ max distance. Flashed quick bat speed and power to the pull side.
Arm: S/R. C - 74.00 mph.Quick, short arm from an over the top slot.
Defense: 1.97-2.07 pop times. Soft receiver, quick exchanges at the chest, quick to release point, stays low throughout, short footwork, flexible hips.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.

Eliud Poventud, Kennesaw Mountain (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/C
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds. Lean build, highly athletic with some quick twitch.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup with weight on front leg, quiet rhythm, loads back smoothly, shorts stride, good balance. Compact swing, short to the zone, level through, line drive approach, uses the entire field, good feel for the barrel.
Power: 86.29 max exit velocity, averaged 81.48 mph. 321.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 74.00 mph. INF - 81.00 mph. C: Short, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot, quick to release, kept throws low and around the target with carry. SS: Short, quick arm action to an over-the-top slot, accurate, dropped down at-times. 
Defense: 1.93-2.05 pop times. C: Fields position athletically, flexibility throughout, ultra quick hands and exchanges, clean footwork. Agile mover. SS: Plays through the ball, fields deep, clean glove and exchanges, good body control.
Run: 6.81 runner in the 60.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Iyad Ansari, Orchard Park (ON), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 207-pounds. Stocky build, with big arms
Hit: R/R. Balanced base, tall and long leg lift, gains some major ground on the stride. Rests bat on shoulder, flicks it up to a 45 degree angle on the load, little bit of bat wrap. Keeps weight back on the back foot   Long, flat swing through the zone. Upward follow thru. Wide base after finishing swing. Sprayed liners and fly balls to all parts of the field. Flashed some quick bat speed. 
Power: 93.79 max exit velocity, averaged 82.02 mph. 327.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 70.00 mph. INF - 80.00 mph. C: quick, short over the top slot. From 1B: Longer arm path, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.18-2.26 pop times. From 1B: Works from behind the ball, packs glove on exchange, funnels into midsection. Receives the ball on the left side of his body, shoulders angles slightly outwards before fielding. Shows glove early.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60.

Brandford Bush, Northside (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Lean build, high waisted, plenty of room to fill out, athletic.
Hit: R/R. Balanced, wide setup, keeps it simple, short load, leg lift stride, good balance. Short, level swing, line drive type hitter, uses the middle of the field, repeatable, easy effort, stays on plane consistently.
Power: 84.44 max exit velocity, averaged 76.40 mph. 285.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 71.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, accurate, consistently hit the bag with throws.
Defense: 2.19-2.22 pop times. Flexibility throughout, soft hands, clean on exchanges, at-times can get long, fluid footwork, works through the ball.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Jackson Cliatt, Evans (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-1, 195-pounds. Strong, sturdy build, physicality throughout.
Hit: R/R. Tall, open stance, high back elbow, hands load back into an arm bar with a barrel wrap, toe-tap stride. Long barrel path to the zone, level through, pull-side approach, looks to elevate and drive.
Power: 82.83 max exit velocity, averaged 67.21 mph. 259.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 69.00 mph.Short arm action to a 3/4 slot, quick release.
Defense: 2.11-2.33 pop times. Good flexibility throughout, sits up when receiving, soft hands, quick on exchanges at the ear, clean footwork.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60.

Russell Clifton, Athens Christian School  (GA), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Lean, athletic build, plenty of room to fill out.
Hit: R/R. Wide setup, high back elbow, short load coupled with a short stride, good balance. Swing works short to the zone, level through, middle approach, mostly line drive contact, quick hands.
Power: 84.62 max exit velocity, averaged 74.75 mph. 247.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 76.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top lot, throws are true with backspin, kept throws low and on target, carry.
Defense: 2.11-2.15 pop times. Creates a low target with impressive flexibility throughout lower half, clean receiver, quick exchanges, quick, fluid footwork, agile behind the plate.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60.

Cam Cooper, Banks County (GA), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds. Strong, sturdy build, lots of room and time for further development.
Hit: R/R. Closed setup, hands start back with little-to-no load, leg kick timing trigger, strides towards the plate, finishes over the plate. Swing path is short to the zone, level through, aggression in swing, looks to elevate, creates driven contact pull-side, advanced hand and bat speed for class.
Power: 92.16 max exit velocity, averaged 86.29 mph. 326.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 69.00 mph.Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, at-times has some length on the back-side.
Defense: 2.29-2.37 pop times. Sets up wide, competent receiver, clean footwork, stays low through long exchange.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60.

Sam Humphrey, Buford (GA), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Medium frame with development left to do, strong build.
Hit: L/R. Open setup, hands load back smoothly with a high back elbow, short stride, good balance, fluid rhythm throughout. Long hit path to the zone, long and uphill through the zone, sweeping, pull-side power, looks to elevate, power potential.
Power: 93.95 max exit velocity, averaged 87.83 mph. 325.00’ max distance.
Arm: L/R. C - 71.00 mph. INF - 74.00 mph. C: Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, throws are accurate and true. 3B: Short, loose arm to a 3/4 slot, low effort, accurate.
Defense: 2.16-2.26 pop times. C: Flexible lower half, competent receiver, has tendency to stand up on throws, clean exchanges and footwork. 3B: Plays through the ball, good feel for glove, funnels into midsection, clean exchanges, fluid.
Run: 7.95 runner in the 60.

Vance Landry, Community School of Naples (FL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Strong, sturdy build.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, hands load back into a near arm bar, short stride, finishes with aggressive rotation. Hit path is short to the zone, level through, creates hand and bat speed, aggressive pull-side approach, showed ability to elevate and drive.
Power: 84.17 max exit velocity, averaged 68.93 mph. 293.00’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 71.00 mph.Short arm action to a 3/4 slot, kept throws around the target.
Defense: 2.26-2.40 pop times. Sits low in the crouch, competent receiver, short and clean on exchanges, fluid footwork.
Run: 8.03 runner in the 60.

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