- Full name Wayne Cupp
- Born 09/02/2004 in Rome, GA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Cedartown
School: Cedartown (Ga.) HS Source: HS
Commit/Drafted: Mississippi State
Age At Draft: 18.9
Tools:Hit: 45. Power: 40. Run: 50. Field: 60. Arm: 60.
Cupp established himself early as one of the top infielders in the 2023 high school class, with excellent all-around production as an underclassman. During the 2022 showcase circuit, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound shortstop looked like one of the best defensive shortstops in the class, but there were some questions raised about his offensive profile. Cupp has solid bat speed and hand-eye coordination that could allow him to pepper the gaps with line drives, but he also swung and missed more than anticipated and his bat path could be refined in order to get on plane more consistently and make flush contact. He has solid strength now, but doesn’t project for significantly more in the future and likely won’t be more than a 10-15 home run player in pro ball. While Cupp has some offensive questions, he leaves no doubt about his defensive ability. He’s an instinctual defender with an excellent first step and takes advanced angles to the ball, with precise footwork and some of the most reliable hands in the class. Cupp vacuums up short hops and awkward bounces without looking flustered, and has plus arm strength as well, with the ability to throw from a variety of angles and on the run with consistent accuracy. Cupp’s role with USA Baseball’s 18U National Team could be a good projection for him in pro ball: a plus defensive shortstop who might hit near the bottom of a lineup. He’s committed to Mississippi State.