Prep Baseball Report

Pre Season ID Showcase Players Hitting Their Stride

Matt Miller
State Director

Our annual Preseason Invite Only Showcase took place this past weekend at Smith Wills Stadium in Jackson. The event featured over 100 of Mississippi’s top up and coming prospects. 


Here’s a look at some of the top statistical performers in a few different categories….


Seven players turned in sub-7.0 60 times! Ashton Johnson (Clinton, 2022) led the group at 6.68 followed by Blake Pierce (Central Hinds Academy, 2021) at 6.74, Logan Forsythe (D’Iberville, 2022) 6.89, Jake Reeves (Parklane, 2022) 6.90, Hayes Puckett (Madison Ridgeland Academy, 2021) 6.94, Adam May (Magee, 2021) 6.95, and Adam Francisco (St. Aloysius, 2022) 6.99.


There were some exciting arms featured this weekend with 13 pitchers reaching 84 mph. Logan Forsythe (D’Iberville, 2022), a Mississippi State commit, recorded the days top velocity at 89 mph. Cole Smith (Florence, 2021) was right behind him at 88 mph, followed by Jackson McCoy (Booneville, 2021) and Manning Miller (Brookhaven, 2022) at 85 mph. Adam May (Magee, 2021), Hayden Nored (Sumrall, 2021), Blake Loper (Lafayette, 2021), Blake Gollott (D’Iberville, 2022), Jackson Cheek (Nettleton, 2022), Turner Leathers (Tupelo, 2022), Justin Robinson (Pearl River Central, 2022), Austin Tommasini (Madison Central, 2022), Cooper Cooksey (Bay, 2021) and Patrick Spencer (Washington, 2023) all peaked at 84 mph.



Plenty of prospects were on display behind the dish as well with Hayes Puckett (Madison Ridgeland Academy, 2021) turning in a showcase best 1.92 pop time. Ross Highfill (Madison Central, 2022) followed with a 1.93. Four other catchers recorded 2.05 or better times including Manning Huffman (Oak Hill Academu, 2021) 2.01, Elisha Merkle (D’Iberville, 2022) 2.01, Karson Evans (Taylorsville, 2022) 2.02, and Tristan Wilbanks (St. Aloysius, 2022) at 2.05.



Lots of pop showed up as a total of 11 players reached 90 mph in exit velocity led by sophomore Jackson Cheek’s (Nettleton) 95 mph! Landon Hayes (Magee, 2020), Karson Evans (Taylorsville, 2022) and Ross Highfill (Madison Central, 2022) recorded velocities of 93 mph. Stanford commit Braden Montgomery (Madison Central, 2021) was 90 mph from the right side and 92 mph from the left. Mississippi State commit Jackson Parker (Stringer, 2022) also touched 92 mph. Blake Pierce (Central Hinds Academy, 2021), Cole Smith (Florence, 2021), Ryan Davis (Homeschool, 2021), Logan Forsythe (D’Iberville, 2022) and Powell Ingram (Northwest Rankin, 2023) all added velocities of 90 mph.


On defense, a total of 8 infielders topped the 82 mph mark led by Brayden Montgomery’s (Madison Central) 86 mph. Mississippi State commit Jackson Conn (Jackson Academy, 2021) and Ross Highfill (Madison Central, 2022) both were at 84 mph. Manning Miller (Brookhaven, 2022) and Adam May (Magee, 2021) recorded velocities of 83 mph, and Cole Smith (Florence, 2021), Ryan Davis (Homeschool, 2021), and Logan Forsythe (D'Iberville, 2022) were all at 82 mph.


Brayden Montgomery (Madison Central, 2021) also led all outfield arms throwing lasers at 92 mph. Jackson Cheek (Nettleton, 2022) came in in at 87 mph. Justin Robinson (Pearl River Central, 2022) was up to 84 mph, and Austin Robinson (Florence, 2021), Blake Gollott (D’Iberville, 2022), and Caleb Dyess (Pearl River Central, 2023) all topped 80 mph. 


Videos and evaluations on all players from this event will be posted soon and keep an eye out for information on our next scheduled event. 


Looking forward to a great spring and be on the lookout for Prep Baseball Report - Mississippi  at your game soon!