Prep Baseball Report

Teams Texas Game 2 Recap

Phil Haig
Texas Scouting Director

LAKEPOINT - The young arms set the tone early and often against Team Missouri as they pulled out a 5-1 victory. The Texas arms combined for 15 strikeouts over the full 7 innings, with each of the three arms tallying 5 a piece. Team Missouri rolled out a few physical young power arms with high spin metrics that kept the offense at bay for 5 innings before they broke out to score 5 runs late.

Aiden Sims - RHP - 2024

The baby faced right hander set the tone on the mound with command of 4 pitches in the zone, great tempo, and the ability to spin two different breaking balls.  Sims has an athletic, repeatable delivery with some natural deception from the front side allowing him to pound the zone. The fastball worked at 84-87 mph with 2500+ RPM and it played both up and down in the zone, with great ownership of the fastball to the glove side. Sims also showed the ability to throw two different breaking balls, one more a true curveball at 70-72 and a more slurve/power curveball shape breaking ball at 75-76 mph. Both breaking balls were thrown for strikes in the zone as well as being able to get swing and misses on the two strike breaker that bounced. Sims also flashed a couple quality changeups with arm speed to left handed hitters. Sims had quite the day for himself and proved he will be a 2024 arm to pay attention to.


Tye Briscoe - LHP - 2025

The young southpaw gave plenty of coaches something to dream on with his two inning outing at the Future Games. Briscoe stands 5-foot-11, 175-pounds and is a strong, athletic, low effort arm with one of the higher ceilings in the entire tournament. There is still plenty of room for him to keep developing and improve on little things within the game but the arm talent is undeniable. Briscoe wound up striking out 5 as well in his two innings of work. The fastball worked 83-87 mph with 2500+ RPM getting lots of swings and misses in the zone and out of it. The curveball showed the right spin and great shape at 69-70 mph also resulting in a couple swings and misses and one of the strikeouts.


Colton Cross - RHP - 2023

Cross has been fun to follow along with as he has continued to develop over the last few years into the arm he is now and shows no sign of him slowing down. At 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, Cross has always shown a quick arm which has allowed him to spin the breaking ball with confidence, but is just now getting the fastball velocity to catch up. The fastball worked 84-88 mph with 2400+RPM getting plenty of swings and misses with it in the zone. Cross showcases two different breaking balls with two different shapes and speeds both resulting in swings and misses. One having true curveball shape at 70-72 mph with 2550+RPM, while the other is more of a slurve/power curveball shape still with some depth at 76-77 mph with 2500+RPM. Cross punched out 5 over the last three innings of the game to close out the victory.


Wyatt Sanford - SS - 2024

Sanford didn’t have a base knock on the day but put together a high level at bat to get the run scoring started. For a young hitter it was impressive to see him have a questionable strike call on him for pitch one of the AB putting himself in the hole, worked the count to 2-2 and turned on a fastball down the right field line that appeared to go over the base, yet was called foul. He wound up working it to a full count and finished the at bat without giving in to the adversity early. He got to first base and eventually came around to score the tying run on a triple by the next hitter.


Drew Markle - INF/OF - 2023

Markle continues to steal the show in the box coming up with a triple to right center field to tie the game and eventually score and a ground ball to second base with the infield in and had no hesitation in his read forcing a poor throw. Markle is blossoming into a star in the making.


Luke Billings - C - 2025

Billings is another young pup that is playing with the Future Game team full of guys two years older than him. Billings has handled the two arms he has caught very admirably. He has showcased his ability to make quality blocks and deaden the ball right in front of him, and pounce on it with intent to throw. He also showed his ability to snap throw to first base when he showed a quality transfer and footwork attempting to back pick a runner at first base when there were runners at first and second base. Billings also took one of the more impressive rounds of BP on the workout day and not just for a 2025 hitter either. The young catcher joined the hitting parade of the weekend with a flat stroke, hammering a line drive through the left side off a very good 2023 Missouri arm. Billings joins the long list of players from Team Texas that have a very bright future.


Dylan Schlaegel - OF/RHP - 2023

Schlaegel does a ton of things on the field that coaches love to see. First he runs a 6.65-sixty yard dash allowing him to project as a true center fielder. He also carries himself and plays like a dirtbag baseball player (that's high praise). Schlaegel put a great swing on a ball to centerfield that jumped off the bat but happened to be right at the defender, but it was really good to see him free up and drive a baseball in the middle of the field.


Jerson Martin - C - 2023

Marin joined the hit club on the day with a hard hit double down the left field line late in the game for an RBI. He also showed two quality accurate throws in the game. Both throws were first and third situations where he threw through to second base, one was cut off to attempt to get the runner heading home, and the other went all the way to the bag for a caught stealing with a POP time of 1.97-2.04 to end the inning. Martin is a sneaky interesting player behind the dish and will wind up making a school happy to have him on campus. 


Micah Dean - SS - 2023

Dean once again showed his headiness and ability to play defense on the infield, but the thing that stood out most on the day was one of his at bats late in the game that ended up being a barrelled single through the left side. Dean found himself in a two strike hole and continued to fight off tough pitches with the ability to handle the bat and flick off pitches while on his front foot to stay alive. He then got a pitch to handle and didn't miss it by hammering the ball for a single


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