35 Standout Players From PG Beast Of The East For 2025, 2026 And 2027


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Several of the top players in the country for the 2025, 2026 and 2027 classes were at the East Cobb complex in Marietta, Ga. this month for the Perfect Game Beast of the East tournament.

It was one of the first significant tournaments of the summer, offering game looks at players for the next three MLB draft classes. 

Catcher Trent Grindlinger (2025) won the MVP of the 17U division for the Team Elite 17U Scout team, while outfielder Kevin Roberts (2026) was MVP of the 16U division for the Wow Factor National team and shortstop Chase Fuller (2027) won the award for the 15U tournament playing for the USA Prime 15U National team. 

Below are 35 players who drew attention during the event. Let’s start with the five biggest standouts of the tournament, then break down the rest of the players by their draft class, with reports and videos included.

Five Biggest Standouts

Kevin Roberts, OF, Mississippi (2026)

Even though he’s still 15 and one of the youngest players in the 2026 class, Roberts looked like a man among boys, both physically (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) and with the way he played. At this time last year, Roberts was 14 playing up a level with the Wow Factor 16U National team, and while his upside was obvious, he was still finding his timing against older competition to start the summer. Now, Roberts looks locked in to the speed of the game, combining special size, athleticism and tools with the ability to translate it all against live pitching. Roberts was the MVP of the 16U tournament, going 10-for-19 (.526) with two home runs, three doublesone of which nearly went out for another home runand no strikeouts.

Roberts is an outstanding athlete with broad shoulders, and he’s already showing big power for his age with easy projection to plus power that might end up a 70 on the 20-80 scale. His barrel gets deep and into the hitting zone early and he has shown a sense for the strike zone. Roberts showed plus speed when he ran the 60-yard dash in 6.53 seconds at PG Junior National, so he has a chance to stay in center field, and his arm is already plus and going to get even better. He pitches as well and has been up to 94 mph, though he didn’t get on the mound during this tournament. It’s exciting to see players with monster tools and upside get better the way Roberts has done, making him a potential first-rounder in a couple years. 

Connor Comeau, SS/3B, Texas (2026)

Comeau is a top 50 player in the 2026 class and made a case to move up the list after what he showed this week in Georgia. At 6-foot-3, 160 pounds, Comeau has a gangly, slender build with good coordination to make contact at a high clip from the left side of the plate. He went 7-for-14 (.500) with two home runs, a walk and two strikeouts during the tournament, with homers going both pull side and to the opposite field. Comeau is tall but it’s surprising power for a player who is young for the classhe’s still 15 until Augustand is just scratching the surface of his strength potential, so there’s a chance for even bigger power to come once he packs on more weight.

Max Hemenway, SS, Tennessee (2027)

Hemenway checks a lot of boxes scouts look for in a young hitter, and the Tennessee commit looks like one of the premier players for 2027. A 6-foot, 170-pound shortstop with good rhythm and balance from the left side of the plate, he tracks pitches well and has good timing with his swing, which is quick, compact and efficient. Hemenway showed power as well, launching a home run late into the night to right-center that Trackman estimated at 421 feet. He didn’t strike out during the tournament and showed good quickness and lateral agility at shortstop, as well. There’s a long time until the 2027 draft, but a sweet-swinging shortstop who can hit the way Hemenway does has a chance to be a very high pick. 

Chase Fuller, SS, Florida (2027)

Fuller is the son of 10-year NFL defensive back Corey Fuller and has an athletic, powerhouse frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He’s one of the premium players in the 2027 class, and while he’s more physically mature than his peers, there is also an impressive blend of athleticism and skills, as well. The MVP of the 15U Beast of the East tournament, Fuller went 7-for-14 (.500) with three home runs, two doubles, four walks and no strikeouts. He also touched 90 mph in a scoreless inning to close out the victory in the championship game for his USA Prime National team.

Fuller has huge power—he was hitting balls out to the opposite field in BP—stemming from a compact, explosive swing with big bat speed from the right side of the plate. He’s also at least a plus runner. He went home to first on a groundball in 4.02 seconds on a swing that had him out of the box early, but it was a near top-of-the-scale time for a righthanded hitter. His above-average arm gives him another weapon on the left side of the infield. 

Jared Grindlinger, LHP, California (2027)

Grindlinger is one of the best high school lefthanders of his age group to come along in the last few years. He has an outstanding combination of stuff and pitchability with starter traits, which makes Grindlinger, a TCU commit who is the younger brother of catcher Trent Grindlinger, one of the top catchers in the 2025 class. Grindlinger is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and pounded the strike zone over two scoreless innings, striking out six of the seven hitters he faced with one walk and five swinging strikes. His fastball touched 91 mph, his slider has big sweep to miss bats and he has an advanced changeup for his age as well. He hit well too—he went 6-for-11 (.545) with three doubles—but it’s what he does on the mound that’s most exciting. 

Class of 2025

Trent Grindlinger, C, California

Grindlinger is a top 50 player for 2025 and the top ranked catcher in the class. The Mississippi State commit was the MVP of the 17U tournament, going 9-for-16 (.563) with a home run, a triple, a double, a walk and no strikeouts to lead Team Elite 17U Scout to the championship. Grindlinger has a big frame (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and a good balance of skills at the plate and behind the dish. He has a good sense of the strike zone for his age, makes hard contact and has a strong arm with the catch-and-throw skills that should allow him to stay behind the plate in pro ball. 

Dax Kilby, SS, Georgia

A Clemson commit and the No. 85 player in the 2025 class, Kilby has a hitterish look from the left side of the plate. He’s 6-foot-2, 185 pounds with a smooth, adjustable swing and a knack for manipulating the barrel to make contact at a high clip and spread the ball around the field. He didn’t swing and miss once during the entire tournament, and while the pitching he faced wasn’t as good as what he will see in bigger national events later this summer, his bat-to-ball skills should translate against better arms, as well.

Evan Hankins, 1B/LHP, Virginia

If Trent Grindlinger hadn’t won the MVP, Hankins would have been a deserving pick. The pair led Team Elite 17U Scout to a first place finish, with Hankins going 10-for-16 (.625) with a home run, three doubles, four walks and two strikeouts. He pitched five scoreless innings in a start in which he struck out four with no walks, operating in the mid-to-upper 80s with his fastball. But his future looks best as a hitter. He has an extra-large frame (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) with some of the best lefthanded power in the class. The No. 45 player for 2026, Hankins has strength, leverage and bat speed that should lead to at least plus raw power. He moves around well defensively at first base, as well. He’s a Tennessee commit.

Alexander Peck, SS, Florida

An Arkansas commit, Peck catches attention quickly for his athletic, high upside frame. He’s 6-foot-4, 190 pounds with a rangy, high-waist build that should hold a lot more good weight once he’s physically mature. Last year Peck’s swing would get long and out of control at times, leading to a higher swing-and-miss rate. At this tournament, however, Peck’s swing was shorter, his front arm wasn’t getting quite as deep and he performed well, going 3-for-9 with two doubles, a walk and a strikeout. With his long limbs, Peck will always have to work to keep his swing from getting too big, and while the bigger test will come later in the summer at events where he’s going to see better velocity, the early summer signs of improvement were encouraging to see.

Class of 2026

Malachi Washington, OF, Georgia

Washington is young for the 2026 class and is an explosive athlete. He’s a plus runner with great range and instincts in center field, where he projects to be a plus defender. The No. 47 player in the 2026 class, Washington used his speed to wreak havoc on offense. He went 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and used his wheels to stretch out a pair of triples, walking six times with two strikeouts. In one sequence, Washington drew a two-out walk, rattled the pitcher into a balk to advance to second, then stole third and went home on an errant throw, using his speed to create a run without a ball in play. 

Keon Johnson, SS, Georgia

This tournament wasn’t the loudest for Johnson as far as pure performance, but he showed glimpses of why he’s a top 10 player for the 2026 class. Johnson has plenty of bat speed with good bat-to-ball skills from the right side of the plate. His quick reflexes and coordination were on display on the left side of the infield, where he showed a good internal clock and a high baseball IQ on multiple occasions. 

Sterling Coaxum, OF, South Carolina

It was a big week in Georgia for Coaxum, who went to the PG Junior National showcase and showed both his power with a home run in game and his speed with a 6.36-second time in the 60-yard dash. A Clemson commit, Coaxum is an excellent athlete who had a higher swing-and-miss rate last summer, but at Beast of the Eas, performed well by going 4-for-10 (.400) with a home run, two walks and two strikeouts. If Coaxum can continue to show improved bat-to-ball skills, there’s big up-arrow potential.

Ezekiel Lara, OF, California

Lara has been a trending-up player to start the summer and is making a bigger name for himself on the national circuit. He hit well here, then had a strong showing at PG Junior National in Atlanta and won the MVP of the Ultimate Baseball Championship West event last week. Lara went 4-for-11 with two doubles and a home run in this tournament, walking twice with no strikeouts. It’s a simple operation from the left side of the plate, turning his heel to the pitcher and bringing his hands direct to the ball in a compact swing. Though he ran the 60-yard dash in 6.64 seconds at Junior National, he shares an outfield with two premier athletes in Kevin Roberts Jr. and Malachi Washington, so he spent time in the outfield corner here and threw out a runner at home trying to score from second base on a single.

Jorvorskie Lane, C, Texas

Lane is one of the most explosive athletes in the 2026 class and a top 50 player in the country. He’s able to whistle the barrel through the zone with vicious bat speed from the right side, homering during the tournament as he went 6-for-15 (.400) with three walks and three strikeouts. Lane is one of the younger players in his classhe turns 16 next monthand while there’s some length to his swing, he has so much bat speed that he’s been able to make it work.

Matt Ponatoski, SS, Ohio

Ponatoski is a standout quarterback fielding Division 1 offers from programs including Purdue, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. There’s a lot to like with his future in baseball, too, as the No. 12 player in the 2026 class. He showed good plate discipline, drawing six walks to just one strikeout over six games. There wasn’t one loud signature moment during the tournament, but his patient approach and high-end bat-to-ball skills from the left side of the plate were both on display here.

Lorenzo Laurel, OF, Florida

A Florida commit, Laurel helped lead the USA Prime National offense to a 16U championship, going 6-for-11 (.545) with four walks and three strikeouts. The No. 39 player in the 2026 class, Laurel has a strong frame (6 feet, 185 pounds) and good bat speed, loading with a leg lift to start his righthanded swing and make hard contact, something he showed here with three doubles. 

Jaden Jackson, INF, California

Jackson has a strong, compact frame (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and puts a charge into the ball with an accurate swing from the left side. He went 4-for-10 with a triple that he pulled to right field, three walks and a strikeout, going the entire tournament without swinging and missing. It’s a simple lower half move to the ball with quiet hands that he relies on to fire into the zone and use his strength to hammer hard line drives. 

Jaxson Wood, SS, Alabama

At 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, Wood has a smaller frame bursting with quick-twitch athleticism as a plus runner with quick footwork at shortstop. The Tennessee commit went 3-for-10 with a home run that he ambushed on a first-pitch fastball, a double, three walks and three strikeouts during the tournament. He showed some sneaky pop for his size with fast hands through the zone.

Griffin Miller, OF, Florida

Another Tennessee commit, Miller piled up hits at the Beast of the East, going 7-for-15 (.467) with a triple, two doubles, one walk and one strikeout. He’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with an aggressive approach from the right side and the frame to grow into more power. He and Connor Comeau were two of the leading offensive threats on the USA Prime National team lineup that helped lead the team to the 16U championship.

Rhett Britt, RHP, North Carolina

Britt has a prototype projection frame for a young pitcher at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and a sound delivery for his age, pointing to potential to add more velocity on a fastball that was up to 91 mph in this look. He breezed through his outing of 2.2 innings, striking out four of the nine batters he faced with no walks and one hit allowed. Britt throws a hard curveball but mostly zipped through hitters here with a good dose of swing-and-miss on his fastball up in the zone. He’s committed to Wake Forest. 

Easton Webb, RHP, Oklahoma

Webb is an athletic righthander at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and is committed to Oklahoma State. He allowed hits to the first two batters he faced, then promptly struck out two in a row on eight pitches and got the next hitter out to avoid any damage, finishing his day with five strikeouts and no walks with only one unearned run allowed. He ran his fastball up to 90 mph and has been higher in the past, getting swing-and-miss with his slider, as well. 

Michael Teasley, INF/RHP, Tennessee

Teasley is young for a 2026 player—he turns 16 in August—so he’s young enough that he was able to play in both the 16U and 15U divisions in this tournament. At the plate, he went a combined 7-for-19 (.368) with a triple, four walks and four strikeouts with good instincts and reactions off the bat at third base. The 6-foot, 190-pound Teasley also jumped on the mound and struck out three batters in 1.1 scoreless innings, showing the arm strength to run his fastball up to 90 mph while mixing in a lot of curveballs that he showed feel to spin.

Luke Williams, SS, Pennsylvania

A quick-twitch athlete, Williams is a plus-plus runner with a plus arm. He’s an explosive 5-foot-11, 175-pound player with experience both at shortstop and in the outfield. There’s burst to everything Williams does, and he has fast hands at the plate to drive the ball well when he’s on the barrel. The Virginia commit went 5-for-15 (.333) during the tournament and drew two walks. He has a swing that gets big at times as he did have six strikeouts, but the athleticism and tool set will draw a lot of attention as the 2026 draft nears. 

Class of 2027

Kyler Meccage, OF, New Jersey

Meccage is the brother of righthander Bryce Meccage, a top 100 prospect for the 2024 MLB draft. Kyler is a lefty with a fluid, easy swing that he used to go 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles, four walks and two strikeouts. It’s an advanced offensive approach for his age and he does a good job of keeping his hands back and making frequent contact with gap power that should turn into more home run juice in the coming years as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame. 

Cooper Goff, OF, Utah

Goff looks like one of the more talented pure hitters in the 2027 class. He’s 6 feet, 160 pounds with good balance in a well-sequenced lefthanded swing. It’s a low-effort, compact stroke with good path and adjustability to cover different parts of the plate. The TCU commit went 4-for-9 (.444), hit a home run off an 0-1 breaking ball, drew three walks and struck out once. As he gets stronger he should be able to start driving the ball with more authority and potentially raise his profile even more.

Landon Green, RHP, Florida

Green is an athletic righthander with electric arm speed from his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. He already has outstanding velocity for his age—he was up to 93 mph here—and has the look of a pitcher who should one day reach the upper-90s. Green mixed in a curveball and changeup here too with success, but hitters had little chance when he attacked with his lively fastball, finishing his 3.1 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, two walks and only one hit allowed.

Jordin Griffin, OF, Louisiana

Griffin is listed at 5-foot-6, 145 pounds, and while he takes advantage of his smaller strike zone by not chasing much off of the plate to work his walks, it’s his lefthanded bat speed that sticks out and allows him to drive the ball with power that typically comes from much more physical players his age. An LSU commit, Griffin played both in the 15U division with other 2027s and spent time playing up at the 16U division here, going a combined 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles and 12 walks with five strikeouts. Griffin is an athletic center fielder with plus speed and electric hands, making him one of the big names to follow for 2027. 

Lash Henderson, OF, Texas

Henderson physically looks more like he should be in the Cape Cod League right now instead of playing in a 15U tournament. He’s 6-foot-4, 208 pounds with a tall, strong but lean and athletic build and high-end tools. He’s a plus runner, already has an average arm that should get even stronger and he can drive the ball from the right side of the plate with some of the best damage in the class. There was some swing-and-miss here in this look, but the combination of size, athleticism and tools is remarkable for this age.

Eli Jones, SS, Washington

Jones showed a mature, professional offensive approach for his age. The Oregon State commit is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds with a short, simple righthanded stroke that stays inside the ball. He didn’t swing and miss once during the tournament and he showed a patient approach, drawing three walks as he went 2-for-7 with a home run and a double. 

Jace Moran, C, Florida

Moran started the summer hot with his performance at the Beast of the East and kept it going last week when he was the MVP of the Ultimate Baseball Championship 15U tournament. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder made good swing decisions and showed a knack for finding the barrel with his lefthanded swing. He finished 4-for-10 with a home run, a triple and a double while drawing five walks with two strikeouts. 

Connor Salerno, LHP, North Carolina

One of the better lefties for the 2027 class, Salerno threw strikes at a high clip over 4.2 scoreless innings, striking out nine with one walk and three hits allowed. He’s 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with a fastball that was up to 89 mph, and he showed feel to spin a mid-70s slider that should continue to be a swing-and-miss pitch for him as he moves up.

John Berry Upton, SS, Alabama

Upton was one of the top performers of the tournament, where he went 5-for 12 (.417) and hit two home runs, two doubles and walked three times with four strikeouts. He’s 6 feet, 185 pounds with an advanced lefthanded swing that stays quiet without much wasted movement in a quick, direct path to the ball.

Bobby Wooten, SS, Georgia

Wooten displayed a good mix of athleticism and contact skills from the right side of the plate. He’s 5-foot-11, 165 pounds and an above-average runner who could end up a tick faster. He showed good bat-to-ball skills from the right side of the plate, going 5-for-13 (.384) with a double, two walks and three strikeouts here.

George Ferguson, RHP, Texas

Ferguson has a power arm and frame (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) for his age. He ran his fastball up to 90 mph here, mixing in a slider with two-plane depth at times. But it was his fastball that was his predominant pitch. He filled the strike zone and didn’t run into much trouble over his six-inning start, striking out nine with no walks and one run allowed on four hits. 

Kaiden McCarthy, RHP, Vermont

At 6 feet, 180 pounds, McCarthy has a fast arm that helped him generate velocity up to 92 mph in this tournament. It was a fastball-heavy attack for McCarthy, especially early on, but he showed the ability to keep hitters off balance effectively by mixing in his changeup as he struck out eight over 4.2 innings with one walk and two runs (one earned).

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