Prep Baseball Report

Indiana Fall State Games - Quick Hits

Cooper Trinkle
Lead Scout

Our annual Fall State Games took place on October 15th at Grand Park in Westfield, IN. This year's event included over 60 prospects that ranged from the class of 2024 to 2027. There was plenty of talent on display, with a handful of potential division one prospects in attendance. Read along as we recap some of the top prospects from the event. 

Quick Hits

‘26 C Sean Dunlap (Crown Point HS) impressed throughout the fall & was one of the best prospects at the event. A projectable, 6-foot-3, 185 pound backstop with plenty of room to continue to pack on strength - Dunlap showed off some of the best bat speed of the day in both batting practice and gameplay. The sophomore catcher was able to spray the ball with authority throughout his batting practice round, reaching a peak exit velocity of 94.7 mph. That approach translated in gameplay as Dunlap found multiple barrels and showed the ability to use the whole field. Dunlap showed off arm strength during workouts (78 mph from the crouch) and also offers above-average receiving abilities behind the dish. Dunlap projects as a power-hitting catcher with arm strength - a valuable profile that makes him one of the top backstops in Indiana’s 2026 class. 

‘25 RHP/INF Wyatt Pennington (Avon HS) offers intriguing athleticism and was the top arm at the event. The 6-foot, 175 pounder has a clean, quick arm that comes from a ¾ arm slot, producing a mid-80s fastball that topped at 88 mph. Pennington attacks the opposition with a variety of pitches - two fastballs (4 seam & sinker), two distinct breaking balls (curveball & slider), along with a splitter that he used exclusively to LHHs. The curveball worked at 68-70 mph with depth and his slider spun at 2500+ RPMs in the mid-70s. Along with impressing on the mound, Pennington showed two-way promise with bat speed from the right side of the dish, producing a peak exit velocity of 94.1 mph. 

I am very high on ‘26 RHP Gavin Lykins (Plainfield HS). There is all-kinds of upside within the 6-foot-3, 185 pound frame and the projectable right-hander has an uninterrupted arm swing that works from a high, over-the-top arm slot. His fastball worked in the low-80s (T 85 mph) with carry (17 - 20.5” of IVB) and it is easy to project significant velocity gains to come in the future. Lykins spun his curveball at 68-73 mph, an 11/5 shaped offering that tunnels well with his carry fastball. 

‘26 C Reed Robinson (New Prairie HS) was the top prospect in attendance, offering a very valuable profile as a switch-hitting catcher with strength. Robinson stands at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds and there is present strength within the frame. Robinson delivered a heavy barrel from both sides during batting practice, and he translated it by finding a firm barrel during gameplay. The sophomore backstop plays the game with an energetic, aggressive nature on both sides of the ball, looking to make plays behind the dish & getting out of the box to apply pressure to the defense. 

There is plenty to like in ‘26 OF/1B Blake Cope (Zionsville HS). One of the more physical hitters in Indiana’s 2026 class - Cope offers present bat strength (95+ EV) from the left-side of the dish to go along with very good straight-line speed (6.75 60). Cope hits out of a wide stance and rotates fast to create bat speed. 

There is significant upside in ‘25 RHP Matt Poyer (Hamilton Southeastern HS). The 6-foot-5, 230 pound right-hander creates deception in the delivery with levers flying all over the place & a low ¾ arm slot that creates a tough look for hitters. The projectable arm sat in the low-80s (T 85 mph) on his fastball and paired it with a 69-71 mph slider and sinking, mid-70s splitter. I would not be surprised to see Poyer make a velocity jump after this offseason.

‘25 OF Mason Renfro (Evansville North HS) put together one of the best in-game performances of the day, picking up multiple extra-base hits. The twitchy, 6-foot, 170 pounder has a quick bat that enters the hitting zone early, allowing for some power to RCF. A 6.9 runner - Renfro also stood out with his ability to go get the ball in the outfield, making a very impressive diving play down the LF line. 

‘27 SS Isaiah Snavely (Fort Wayne Snider HS) showed off a smooth left-handed stroke, one of my favorite swings that I have seen thus far from an Indiana 2027. The athletic, 5-foot-10, 155 pound LHH SS coils into the back hip to control his forward move, creates linear stretch, turns the barrel to get on-plane deep in the zone, and hits against a firm front leg to create barrel whip out front. 

‘25 LHP Cole Strick (East Noble HS) had one of the most efficient outings of the day, allowing zero hits and picking up a handful of punchouts. A physical southpaw standing at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds - Strick worked 81-84 mph on a fastball with some arm side run. He paired the fastball with a slurvey, mid-70s breaking ball that flashed swing-and-miss action. 

‘25 CIF William Barnes (Penn HS) delivered one of the heaviest barrels of the day, reaching a peak exit velocity of 99.4 mph. The sturdy, 6-foot-2, 220 pound right-handed hitter fits the mold of a power-corner bat and translated his loud round of batting practice into gameplay as he picked up multiple barrels. There is present power to all fields as Barnes is able to rotate behind the baseball to create lift in the swing. 

‘25 INF Luke MacDonald (Leo HS) put together one of the more consistent batting practice rounds of the day, spraying firm liners all across the yard, and translated it with an opposite field triple during gameplay. The 6-foot, 180 pound LHH controls a big, leg kick stride and turns a quick & accurate barrel. The bat works level through the hitting zone with present gap power.

‘26 C Matthew Berry (Frankfort HS) is a ‘26 backstop to follow with solid actions on both sides of the ball. One of the better defensive catchers in the class, Berry showed soft hands when receiving along with a quick transfer that allows for catch & throw prowess. The 5-foot-9, 155 pounder works short to the baseball with barrel accuracy and proved to be a tough-out during gameplay.