2022 High School Summer Showcase All-Stars
A July 17 draft date created a bit of chaos in the summer evaluation window for big league teams. The later date means clubs are forced to simultaneously evaluate two draft classes at once.
That’s why events like USA Baseball’s PDP League in Cary, N.C.; Perfect Game’s National Showcase in St. Petersburg, Fla.; the scout-run East Coast Pro in Hoover, Ala.; and the nationwide Area Code Games in San Diego provide an excellent evaluation window—no matter how stretched they may be.
A solid blend of hitters and pitchers who should be jockeying for position at the top of the 2023 draft board all shined at the PDP, PG, ECP and ACG events.
Last year, our summer showcase all-star team highlighted six players who would become 2022 first-round picks: Druw Jones (second overall), Termarr Johnson (fourth), J.T. Williams (14th), Dylan Lesko (15th), Cam Collier (18th), Cole Young (21st) and Noah Schultz (26th).
Catcher - Blake Mitchell
Sinton (Texas) HS
Rank: No. 32. Commit: Louisiana State.
Mitchell is a well-defined and muscular backstop with impressive lefthanded power and big-time arm strength. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound catcher got on the mound this summer and threw 93-96 mph fastballs, while throwing 83 from home to second base at PG National. His arm should be more than enough to control the running game, and he’s shown an ability to present the ball well. His blocking could be sharpened up. At ACG, Mitchell went 2-for-7 with a home run, a double, four walks and two strikeouts, while showing an impressive ability to drive the ball straightaway and to the opposite field.
Corner Infielder - Aidan Miller
Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla.
Rank: No. 25. Commit: Arkansas.
Miller offers some of the best pure bat speed and raw power in the 2023 high school class. He showed a sound offensive approach to go with those tools this summer. Miller was a particular standout at the high school all-star game during the MLB all-star break, when he went 4-for-4 with four hard-hit singles and a walk. Miller has a strong frame, particularly in his lower half, and while his swing starts with a hitch, he’s consistently shown an ability to time pitches at 90 mph and faster while driving secondaries. His max exit velocity at PG National was 99 mph—one of the 21 best marks—and he also showed arm strength with a 91 mph throw to first base.
Corner Infielder - Zach Wadas
Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Rank: NR. Commit: Texas Christian.
A 6-foot-3, 195-pound outfielder and first baseman, Wadas has a big frame that should continue to add weight, and he showcased some of the more impressive game power on the showcase circuit. At PDP, Wadas showed a bit of a grooved and long swing with iffy swing decisions, but he began heating up as the summer progressed. He homered once at PG National and twice at ACG—two of the three coming in left-on-left matchups and all three coming against fastballs. When Wadas gets extended, he has truly impressive raw power. He pulled one of his ACG homers at an estimated 431 feet.
Middle Infielder - Colin Houck
Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
Rank: No. 86. Commit: Mississippi State.
Houck is a talented high school quarterback at Georgia powerhouse Parkview, and he showed his talents on both sides of the ball at ECP. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound shortstop, Houck flashed the leather during in-and-out and in games, showing strong arm strength, athletic actions and the ability to throw from multiple angles. He made impressive leaping grabs and diving plays at the hot corner. With the bat, Houck went 5-for-9 over the first three days of the event. He hammered a triple with a 98 mph exit velocity to the right-center field gap against a 95 mph fastball for his signature moment.
Middle Infielder - Kevin McGonigle
Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Rank: No. 7. Commit: Auburn.
McGonigle has already begun drawing comparisons with 2022 shortstop Cole Young. Like Young, McGonigle is an undersized, lefthanded-hitting shortstop from Pennsylvania who has a bat-first profile and limited physical projection remaining. McGonigle has a lengthy underclass track record as a hitter and was a barrel machine during the PDP League. On the first day of the event, he went 4-for-4 with four hard-hit singles—against 88-90 mph fastballs and an 81 mph changeup—and has excellent feel for the barrel. He’s an aggressive hitter who is unafraid to jump first-pitch offerings but also has a good understanding of the strike zone.
Outfielder - Max Clark
Franklin (Ind.) Community HS
Rank: No. 1. Commit: Vanderbilt.
The presumptive top prospect in the 2023 draft class entering the summer, Clark is a well-rounded center fielder with tools, bat-to-ball skills and plenty of strength. He has earned Jacoby Ellsbury comparisons and flashed his pure hitting ability this summer. At ACG he went 7-for-15 with a triple. In one game he went 5-for-5. While Clark rarely swings and misses—particularly versus fastballs—he did show a tendency to roll over and pound the ball into the ground this summer. But his consistent 70-grade run times allowed him to turn those batted balls into singles. Clark also has at least plus range and arm strength in center.
Outfielder - Will Gasparino
Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
Rank: NR. Commit: Texas.
The son of Dodgers scouting director Billy Gasparino, Will is an ultra-projectable outfielder with a 6-foot-6, 201-pound frame scouts can dream on. While he has plenty of strength gains coming in the future, Gasparino showed an intriguing blend of tools this summer. He showed pull-side power and 96 mph max exit velocities at PG National and looked even better during ACG while showing raw power to both sides. On top of that, Gasparino moves exceptionally well for his size, clocking a time of 6.46 seconds in the 60-yard dash at PG National—a 70-grade time. While Gasparino’s long levers can create swing-and-miss, he showed a knack for hitting the ball hard and turned around velocity of 92 mph or higher multiple times for extra bases.
Outfielder - Walker Jenkins
South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C.
Rank: No. 3. Commit: North Carolina.
Jenkins entered the summer regarded as one of the best hitters for average and power in the entire class. He showed exactly why he was so heavily touted during PDP League. Jenkins wowed evaluators on the first day of the event with arguably the top BP showing, with impressive bat speed, consistent contact and tons of deep, well-struck fly balls to center field. While Jenkins swung through a few elevated fastballs in games, he showed an impressive approach in general with great spin recognition. His BP impact translated nicely to games. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound outfielder was limited thanks to injury, but his lefthanded swing is among the most impactful in the class.
Utility - Walker Martin
Easton (Colo.) HS
Rank: NR. Commit: Arkansas.
Martin showed a sweet lefthanded swing at multiple events this summer and looked like the best prep prospect from Colorado. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound lefthanded hitter has a lean, projectable frame and consistently showed impressive feel for the barrel and line-drive pop in batting practices at PG National and ACG. Martin posted a 98 mph max exit velocity at PG and then flashed that power in games at ACG, when he caught an elevated fastball and pulled a high fly ball over the right field fence. He played the infield and outfield this summer, and his plus running ability could help him be valuable up the middle. But Martin’s lefthanded bat is his most intriguing attribute.
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Righthander - Noble Meyer
Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore.
Rank: No. 29. Commit: Oregon.
Between Mick Abel, JR Ritchie and Jackson Cox, the Northwest has produced some impressive prep righthanders in recent years. Noble Meyer is next in that line and was arguably the most impressive prep pitcher this summer. His showing at PG National was overwhelming. He struck out the side in both of his two innings of work, while showing a fastball and slider that could have received 70 grades. Meyer’s fastball touched 98 mph and averaged 96-97, while his mid-80s slider was in the 3,000 rpm range with impressive power and late turn. Meyer has also shown an upper-80s changeup, but it’s his loose arm, 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame and easy control that has scouts dreaming.
Righthander - Travis Sykora
Round Rock (Texas) HS
Rank: No. 36. Commit: Texas.
Sykora gained notoriety as an underclassmen because he touched 101 mph. He tied Noble Meyer for the hardest fastball at PG National (98 mph) and then showed 99-100 velocity during his first inning at the ACG. Sykora is a prototype Texas power righty, with a large, 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and a slider and split-changeup that pair with his fastball. His splitter looks like his better secondary at the moment, because its movement profile is better than his short-breaking slider. While Sykora will have to go up against a poor track record for prep righties who have hit triple digits, scouts view him as one of the top five or so pitchers in the 2023 class.
Lefthander - Thomas White
Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
Rank: No. 14. Commit: Vanderbilt.
Over the last two years, the highly-regarded lefthander has been viewed as the top prep pitcher in the 2023 class. Consider the fact that White is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and throws 96 mph from a supremely easy lefthanded arm action and it’s easy to see why scouts are excited about him. He pitched in the 92-96 mph range at both PG National and ECP this summer with lots of run and ride, while also flashing a potential plus breaking pitch and changeup. While the ease of White’s delivery is fairly remarkable, his control needs to improve and a long arm action in the back of his arm stroke could be a hurdle.