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40 MLB Draft Prospects To Know From Perfect Game’s WWBA World Championship In Jupiter


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Perfect Game held its 25th WWBA World Championship last week, colloquially known as “Jupiter.”

The event pits the best travel ball teams in the country against one another and is a scouting bonanza for both major league scouts and college coaches—the latter of whom were able to get out for their final scouting looks of the year this weekend. 

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Many top players and especially top pitchers skip the event after a long summer of showcases and tournaments, but it’s routinely a scouting environment that provides plenty of looks at the depth and talent of the current draft class, as well as a preview of future classes. 

Below are 40 players who stood out in my looks this year. In an event like this with thousands of players and dozens of games taking place simultaneously it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. Tournament leaders can be found at the end of the post. The list is organized in alphabetic order by last name.

Tyler Bell, SS, Cangelosi Sparks
State: Illinois
Commit: Kentucky

Bell is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound shortstop with a lean, athletic frame and tons of physical projection. He played shortstop and hit in the No. 3 hole for the Cangelosi Sparks this week where he went 2-for-14 (.143) with three walks and one strikeout. Bell stood out for his projectable frame and solid defensive actions more than his offensive production. As a hitter he has a bit of length to the swing and a path that can get too steep at times, and he missed a few hittable pitches this week as well. His best contact came when he was down 0-1 in the count and drove a 360 foot fly ball to right field that came off his bat at 102 mph.

At shortstop Bell showed fluid actions and good body control, with solid ability to throw on the run and he had one particularly nice play on a ball hit into the hole to his arm side, where he positioned himself well, made a clean backhand on a sharp groundball and came up throwing off a planted back foot to a deliver a strong throw across the diamond. It’s a solid-average arm that could be above-average in the future. 

Brayden Bergman, RHP/OF, Dallas Tigers
State: Texas
Commit: Baylor

Some of the most electric pure stuff of Jupiter came out of the right hand of Bergman, who touched 97 mph several times. A medium-framed, wide-shouldered righthander and outfielder, Bergman has a high-effort delivery with audible effort and a bit of head whack in his finish.

In his start against the Cincinnati Reds Scout Team on Saturday, Bergman struck out six batters in two innings, walked two and allowed one hit. In the first inning he pitched in the 94-97 mph range before dropping down to 93-95 mph in the second. Velocity alone was overpowering for high school hitters, who swung and missed consistently, but especially at the top of the zone and on chase swings above it.

Bergman also threw a slurvy breaking ball in the 79-81 mph range that had high spin rates in the 2,400-2,700 rpm range. The pitch showed soft, two-plane shape and early spin at times, but he flashed sharper biting action in the second including a few solid breaking pitches that he snapped off and buried below the zone. The pitch played well off his fastball, but on occasion it backed up to his arm side.

Bergman also threw an 84-86 mph changeup a few times. He showed the ability to turn it over nicely and flashed solid-average, though the pitch was inconsistent and spiked as well.

In general, Bergman showed below-average control in this outing and was extremely scattered with his fastball. He threw a handful of pitches to the backstop, but was around the zone enough to elicit bad chases and bulldoze through high school batters. 

For good measure, Bergman went 1-for-3 as a hitter in the No. 5 hole, and did a nice job staying in on a 75-mph curveball and driving it hard the other way to right-center for a standup double.

Cam Caminiti, LHP/1B, East Cobb/San Diego Padres Scout Team
State: Arizona
Commit: Louisiana State

Caminiti was one of the highest-ranked pitchers to throw at Jupiter. He started for the East Cobb/San Diego Padres Scout Team on Friday night against KBC Prime in front of a massive crowd of scouts that was three golf cart rows deep. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound lefthander, Caminiti has a large and lean frame and an easy operation on the mound. It wasn’t his sharpest outing, but he still threw three no-hit innings, struck out seven batters and walked four.

He pitched in the 90-94 mph range and touched 95, and his fastball was easily his best pitch in this look. Despite overthrowing at times and missing up, he dominated hitters with the fastball and generated plenty of whiffs with the pitch.

He threw a pair of breaking balls: a slider in the upper 70s and a curveball in the low to mid 70s, though neither breaking ball looked especially sharp. The pitches popped out of his hand, he got around them and he also lacked much deception with the pitches, as his arm speed slowed a tick. He did throw a solid 77-83 mph changeup that had sinking action and was a good change-of-pace pitch to keep hitters off his fastball. 

Also a talented hitter with big raw power, Caminiti went 3-for-11 (.273) at the plate in Jupiter with four walks and four strikeouts.

Tate Carey, RHP, Canadian Premier
State: Canada
Commit: Michigan

Carey started for Canadian Premier on Thursday against Sticks Baseball Brewster/White Sox Scout Team and put together a solid four-inning outing. He allowed two hits and one earned run and struck out seven batters to zero walks.

Listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Carey has a thick, filled out frame with a strong lower half and throws with a clean delivery, short arm action, three-quarters slot and direct stride to the plate. He pitched in the 88-92 mph range in this outing and showed solid strike-throwing ability with both his fastball and a slider around 80 mph that had short biting action and generated whiffs low and to his glove side. 

Carey did throw one changeup—an 84 mph cambio that he pulled below the zone—but primarily worked off the fastball/slider combination. The fastball looks like it has a bit of cutting life and he did a nice job spotting the pitch on the outer rail at times. 

Carey did get a bit scattered with his strikes in the third inning, but overall he threw 66% of his 53 pitches for strikes and scouts praised his control. 

Hunter Carns, C, 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia
State: Florida
Commit: Florida State

Carns was the talk of the event after the first two days of Jupiter, after he homered in each of his first two games including a home run on the first day of the event that triggered a 115 mph exit velocity. While there was some skepticism about the legitimacy of that number given the exit velocities that elite college sluggers manage with metal bats, there’s no doubting Carns’ impressive raw power.

He has an average looking frame at 6-foot, 195 pounds, but he has bat speed and strength that allows him to drive the ball with authority and he was one of the most impressive hitters at the event. Carns is an aggressive hitter who will chase out of the zone at times and make questionable swing decisions, and there’s a bit of length to his bat path with a barring action in his load that could create some issues. 

Still, his ability to generate in-game power to the pull side was impressive all week. I had a bit of an information asymmetry with Carns thanks to seeing some of his worst plate appearances live, but despite seeing a few walks, strikeouts and a groundout to shortstop, I did see him drive a double to the right-center gap against a Camron Seagroves on Sunday. 

Justin Cherrington, 1B, AZ T-Rex Scout Team 2024
State: Arizona
Commit: Uncommitted

Cherrington is a tall righthanded hitter with a lean, 6-foot-6, 225 pound frame that should become extremely physical in just a few years. He served as a DH and first baseman for the AZ T-Rex Scout Team 2024 and went 2-for-10 (.200) with one home run, one walk and three strikeouts. 

He showed massive power on his home run, which was a moonshot pulled to left field against an 84 mph fastball. Cherrington has long levers and present strength that help his power production, but there are some moving parts in his swing and a lengthy path that can create swing and miss concerns. 

He has a hand press and drop in his load, as well as a toe tap that gets his lower half closed as the pitcher drives towards the plate. He currently looks like a power-over-hit offensive profile, but one with massive power potential. 

AJ Ciscar, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team
State: Florida
Commit: Miami

Ciscar threw four innings against the Home Plate Chili Dogs on Thursday. He struck out three, walked two, allowed one hit and mostly pitched in the upper 80s, touching at 91 at peak velocity and flashed a trio of solid secondaries. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Ciscar has a large frame with a developed lower half and works from the first base side of the rubber. He throws from a lower, three-quarters slot and has a lengthy arm action with some inversion in the back.

Ciscar threw both a slider and curveball and showed feel for landing both pitches. The slider checked in around 79-81 and the curveball was thrown in the 74-76 mph range. The two pitches can blend together at times, and he also casted the curveball occasionally and got around the slider a bit, but when he hit on both pitches they showed solid bite and finish.

In addition to the breaking balls, Ciscar also threw an 83 mph changeup that looked like another reliable secondary with fading action. 

Brett Crossland, RHP, AZ T-Rex Scout Team 2024 (2025 Class)
State: Arizona
Commit: Uncommitted 

An extra-large framed righthander, Crossland is listed at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds and lived up to his workhorse stature in a lengthy start on Saturday against a strong 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia club. Crossland pitched 5.1 innings and threw the maximum of 105 pitches with five strikeouts, four walks and 10 hits. On its face, Crossland’s performance wasn’t loud, but between his size, the velocity he maintained after 100+ pitches and his feel to spin the ball, there’s a lot to be intrigued with.

Crossland worked from the third base side of the rubber and threw from a high, three-quarters arm slot, with a bit of a plunging, hooking action in the back of his arm stroke, a direct stride to the plate and a slight fall off to the first base side.

He touched 94 mph early and then sat 89-92 throughout his outing and reached back for 92 on his 101st pitch of the game. Crossland throws with a downhill angle and doesn’t generate a ton of misses with his fastball. There wasn’t much obvious life to the pitch and hitters seemed to pick it up out of the hand consistently. 

He did pitch heavily off the fastball in this look and didn’t often go to either of his secondaries, which included a 75-76 mph curveball with 11-to-5 shape and solid spin and depth and an 80-mph changeup that floated in and was thrown with slightly slowed arm speed. Crossland’s curveball showed promise, though the depth and movement of the pitch meant he didn’t land it frequently when paired with its limited usage.

Crossland’s command and control were below-average in this look and he threw 58% of his pitches for strikes, though his misses were on the edges of the zone and he wasn’t exceptionally scattered or wild. 

Ezra Essex, OF, MVP 2024 (Class of 2025)
State: Illinois
Commit: Oklahoma State

Essex is a small, twitchy outfielder with tons of speed who went 3-for-13 (.231) with one walk, five strikeouts and four stolen bases. All four of his stolen bases came against 5 Star/Team GA National in the first game of the tournament for MVP 2024. He has a diminutive frame and is listed at 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, but has solid bat speed and a leadoff toolset. It would be surprising for power to become a significant part of Essex’s game, but depending on how his hit tool develops over the next two years, he could be an exciting player to keep tabs on. 

Joshua Evans, LHP, MLB Breakthrough Series
State: Georgia
Commit: Georgia

Evans is a lefthander and outfielder with a lean and athletic, 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame who showed exciting traits on the mound Sunday in a brief look. He’s a good mover on the mound who has done a nice job refining and smoothing out his delivery over the last year or so, and throws from a three-quarters slot, with a relatively steady and balanced finish, though he does have a bit of head whack.

In his 2.1 innings of work, he pitched in the 89-93 mph range and showed solid feel to spin a breaking ball in the 79-82 mph range. The overall results were just OK—Evans allowed three hits with two strikeouts and one walk—but there’s a lot to work with here at the next level.

Sawyer Farr, SS, Dallas Tigers
State: Texas
Commit: Texas A&M

Like Bell, Farr is a super projectable shortstop with a body to dream on. He’s extremely lean with a slim waist and lanky build at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds and has tons of room to fill out in the future. 

He went 4-for-10 (.400) in four games with a double, a triple, two walks and two strikeouts and showed some athleticism in the dirt as a defender. He made one slick sliding grab on a ball in the hole, but failed to give an accurate feed to second base to complete the highlight reel play. 

Farr has a crouched stance in the box and minimal pre-pitch movement, but throws his hands quickly through the zone with a level bat path. There’s a bit more loft in his swing from the right side, and his best hit of the tournament came from that side when he turned on a low and outside changeup at 77 mph and pulled it to left field. He also hit a ball hard from the left side—a 93 mph fastball that he turned around at 100 mph on the ground and ate up the second baseman. 

Devin Fitz-Gerald, 2B, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: Florida
Commit: North Carolina State

Fitz-Gerald comes from a baseball family and is the son of Stoneman Douglas High School coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and the younger brother of Hunter, who played at Old Dominion and is currently in the Mariners organization. 

The younger Fitz-Gerald has been an aggressive hitter in the past, but he put together a number of quality at-bats in Jupiter and overall went 4-for-12 (.333) with 10 walks and just three strikeouts. 

Fitz-Gerald takes big hacks from both sides of the plate, and while he does find himself out in front or over the top of pitches at times, he showed impressive pop from both sides of the plate, including one deep hit ball from the left side of the plate that was caught right at the right field fence. 

Listed at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Fitz-Gerald is solidly filled out now and doesn’t have a ton of future physical projection, but he has a chance to hit for both average and power at the next level. 

Jason Flores, RHP, Banditos Scout Team 2024
State: Texas
Commit: Uncommitted

Flores drew a large scouting crowd when he took the mound for Banditos Scout Team 2024 on Thursday afternoon. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthander with a large and filled out frame, Flores threw four innings, struck out six batters, walked five and allowed two earned runs on one hit.

He pitched from the stretch only, worked from the middle of the rubber and threw with a three-quarters arm slot, with a bit of depth and an inverted wrist wrap action in the back of his arm stroke. Flores pitched in the 90-93 mph range for the most part, but touched 95 at peak velocity and also showed solid sinking and running life on the pitch. The fastball was his primary whiff getter, and he generated nine swings and misses with it in this outing. 

He also mixed in an upper-70s curveball with typical three-quarter shape. The pitch backed up on him towards the arm side at times, popped out of his hand and he also slowed down his arm speed a bit, so it needs a bit more refinement and consistency to become an average breaking ball. Flores also mixed in a few low-80s changeups. 

Noah Franco, OF/LHP, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: Florida
Commit: Uncommitted

The 2024 class has a number of intriguing two-way players, and Franco is among the best of them. He didn’t pitch at Jupiter, but looked impressive as a lefthanded hitter before going down with an ankle injury after an awkward landing on the first base bag on Saturday.

Franco played in four games before getting hurt and went 5-for-10 (.500) with one double, one triple, two walks and a strikeout. A 6-foot-3, 197-pound first baseman, Franco has an aggressive approach at the plate and is consistently firing off his A swing early and often looking to do damage. 

He swings with lots of force and violence and both his approach and bat path leads to some swings and misses at times, but he has a nice, uphill path from the left side with solid bat speed from a spread out stance. Franco squared up the baseball to all fields this weekend and while his swing comes with some miss tendencies, he for the most part stayed within the strike zone on his swings.

Franco turned in one below-average run time from home-to-first on my stopwatch, but he moves well underway for his size and also looked like a deft defender at first base. He made a few nice snags and stretched out catches at the bag, and also showcased impressive footwork and the ability to maneuver his body around the bag to bail out his defenders with slightly off-course throws. 

Sean Gamble, SS/OF, USA Prime National/Detroit Tigers Scout Team (2025 Class)
State: Iowa
Commit: Uncommitted

Gamble is a shortstop and outfielder, but exclusively played center field this week, with Carter Johnson manning shortstop for USA Prime National. One of the top-ranked high schoolers in th 2025 class, Gamble has an average build and frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but the ball jumped surprisingly well off his bat from the left side. 

Batting in the No. 3 hole, Gamble went 3-for-9 (.333) with one double, three walks and three strikeouts He has an upright stance with minimal movement and a bit of stiffness pre-pitch, but fires quick hands through the zone when he swings. Gamble showed an aggressive approach this week, and his timing was just a bit off, but whether via bat speed, strength, an innate ability to back spin the baseball—or some combination of all three—he manages to drive even mis-hit balls deep to all fields. 

Gamble has a lengthy bat path and his aggressive approach leads to a decent amount of swing and miss, so there’s a chance he winds up being a power-over-hit offensive profile, but given his size and age his impact ability is eye-opening. 

Gamble has turned in plus run times in the past and has a strong arm as well, though I didn’t see many difficult defensive chances to gauge his instincts or ability in center field in this look. He did show off a strong arm with impressive carry and accuracy with a throw from center field to third base on one occasion.

Josh Hammond, RHP, Ostingers Baseball 2024 Osting
State: North Carolina
Commit: Wake Forest

Wake Forest has developed a strong reputation as one of the better pitching factories in college baseball and they’ve got one of the most talented arms in the 2025 class committed in Hammond. He pitched just two innings for Ostingers Baseball 2024 Osting in Jupiter, but flashed impressive pure stuff in that outing. 

He allowed one hit and struck out five batters while walking two, and pitched in the 88-94 mph range and showed a high-spin breaking ball with excellent shape that looked like a plus offering. The slider checked in in the 2,900-3,000 rpm range and featured impressive two-plane bite. He also threw one 83-mph changeup. 

He’s definitely a name to know for 2025 and currently ranks as the No. 3 arm in the class. 

Seth Hernandez, RHP, BPA (Class of 2025)
State: California
Commit: Vanderbilt

The top-ranked pitcher in the 2025 high school class, Hernandez started for BPA on Thursday in a matchup against the Original Florida Pokers 2024. While it wasn’t his sharpest outing—he threw three innings, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked four—he showed all the stuff that makes him so exciting.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Hernandez has a strong pitcher’s frame and worked from the first base side of the rubber, with a deliberate operation, low, three-quarters arm slot and a crossfire landing.

Hernandez was quite scattered with his fastball in the first inning, but showed better command of the pitch in the second, and mostly worked in the 91-94 mph range, though he touched 95. It’s a high-spin fastball in the 2,400-2,500 rpm range and features plenty of arm-side run and sinking life that should generate plenty of whiffs when he keeps the ball over the plate.

Like the fastball, Hernandez didn’t have great feel for his 78-79 mph curveball in this outing, but the pitch has great potential thanks to high spin rates (2,700-2,800 rpm range) and impressive shape. He wasn’t ever fully on top of the breaking ball in this look and missed consistently above the zone, though on the one occasion where he was on top of the pitch and spotted it down and to the glove side it looked like an above-average offering.

A mid-70s changeup was the much more consistent secondary for Hernandez in this look, and the pitch features unique spin and movement characteristics in addition to a significant velocity gap from his fastball. It falls off the table at times with straight down drop, moves with more typical fading action and even had a bit of glove-side cutting movement on occasion.

While Hernandez was fighting his release point throughout this outing, it’s easy to see the ingredients here to dream on high-end pitching upside. 

Carter Johnson, SS, USA Prime National/Detroit Tigers Scout Team
State: Alabama
Commit: Alabama

For many scouts, Johnson is one of the best pure hitters in the 2024 prep class and a legitimate first round talent. The leadoff hitter and shortstop for USA Prime National/Detroit Tigers Scout Team, Johnson went 2-for-8 (.250) with a double, three walks and two strikeouts in Jupiter.

His most impressive hit probably came on Friday when he worked a 2-0 count and then barreled a middle-middle, 90-mph fastball into right field for a hard hit single. In my personal looks at Johnson this week I didn’t see great results, but I did see why scouts are in love with his swing and hitting operation.

Johnson has a medium frame and an average build at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, but he has great rhythm in the box with loose hands and a clean bat path from the left side. He has a line drive stroke and does a nice job properly loading the barrel, and he also consistently makes high-quality swing decisions. 

In 31 logged games via Synergy, Johnson has a strong 82% contact rate, but he showed a bit more swing and miss in this event than I was expecting, especially for someone who has made contact at an overall 87% clip against fastballs and at a 90% rate within the zone. Johnson doesn’t have loud tools that jump out but the industry likes pure hitting lefthanded shortstops who they think can stick at the position, and Johnson seems to have exactly that profile. 

Kellan Klosterman, RHP, Cincinnati Reds Scout Team
State: Ohio
Commit: Notre Dame

Klossterman pitched three solid innings as a starter against the Dallas Tigers on Saturday and showed a solid three-pitch mix with a projectable frame. Listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Klosterman is a lean and lanky righthander with significant growth potential who works from the first base side of the rubber, throws from a three-quarter slot and finishes his delivery with a slightly open, open-toed landing. 

He pitched in the 90-92 mph range with a sinking fastball and touched 93, and used the pitch to generate plenty of ground balls. Of the six balls put in play against him, all six went on the ground, and he also threw 71% strikes with five strikeouts and no walks.

Klosterman’s control was solid overall, but he showed a particularly good feel for spotting a fringy, 78-81 mph slider down in the zone. The pitch had 3/4 and 10-to-4 shape and wasn’t particularly sharp, with lazy break and hanging action at times, but it played up thanks to his feel to land the pitch and spot it down in the zone consistently. The breaking ball had spin rates in the 2,200-2,400 rpm range and was responsible for finishing four of his five strikeouts.

Klosterman also mixed in an 80-82 mph changeup with spin rates in the 1,700-1,900 rpm range with slow fading life. 

Blake Larson, LHP, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: Iowa
Commit: Texas Christian

Larson showed some of the best pure stuff from the left side at Jupiter, and is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound southpaw with a projectable frame. He made two appearances, one where he struck out two batters and walked one in an inning and a second where he didn’t record an out and walked a pair of batters in bracket play against 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia.

Larson has a straight reliever look with an up-tempo delivery that has a lot of funk and moving parts. He throws from a low, three-quarters or fully sidearm slot and has violence in the delivery with an open toe landing and a hard fall off to the third base side.

This week he pitched in the 90-93 mph range and touched 94, though his fastball was exceptionally scattered and he has well below-average control at the moment. Larson’s breaking ball is a sweepy slider in the upper 70s that has solid depth and movement. It generated a few ugly whiffs on balls in the dirt, but like his fastball, Larson shows little feel for where the pitch is going currently and needs to improve his control of the offering. 

Larson has real stuff from the left side, but his lack of control adds significant reliever risk and large error bars overall. 

Brendan Lawson, SS, Canadian Premier
State: Canada
Commit: Florida

Lawson was a popular target for scouts this week, as one of the most intriguing and high-upside Canadian prospects in the class. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefthanded hitting shortstop, Lawson went 3-for-11 (.273) with one walk and four strikeouts.

It’s a unique setup for the lefthanded hitter, with an extremely high handset that immediately draws comparisons to Angels first baseman Nolan Schanuel. He has solid-average bat speed and will take a long stride in his swing at times, with a bit of swing-and-miss common, but a solid batting eye and ability to work counts and make reasonable swing decisions.

In Jupiter Lawson looked like a line drive hitter and did a nice job using the middle part of the field and while he had just three singles, he hit a few other balls hard in play that turned into lineouts. Defensively, Laweson should have a chance to stick at shortstop and made a few solid plays, with good hands and average arm strength, though he’s already quite physical and some scouts think he might move off the position because of that. 

Riley Leatherman, RHP, Dirtbags National 2024
State: Minnesota
Commit: North Carolina

Leatherman started opposite O’Connell against the Boston Red Sox Scout Team on Friday, and threw 2.1 innings. He struck out two, walked two, allowed two hits and one earned run. 

A 6-foot-2, 175-pound righty, Leatherman is athletic and lean with plenty of growth potential. He worked from the first base side of the mound, has a bit of hooking action in the back of his arm stroke, throws from a three-quarters slot and has a direct stride to the plate with a bit of a spin off to the first base side in his finish. 

In this look Leatherman pitched in the 87-91 mph range and touched 92 but his slider in particular looked like a promising pitch. He threw the breaking ball in the low 80s and the pitch featured short, 10-to-4 movement with early but solid spin and he routinely generated chases out of the zone against righthanded hitters. The pitch was consistent and looks like an average future offering, especially if he avoids hanging the pitch, which he did at times in this look.

Leatherman also worked in an 84-mph changeup that looked like a serviceable third offering and had average fading life. 

PJ Morlando, OF/1B, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: South Carolina
Commit: South Carolina

Perhaps the most advanced hitter at Jupiter this week was Morlando, who recently led USA Baseball’s 18U National team in all three triple slash categories at the World Cup in Taiwan. The No. 3 hitter for the Canes, Morlando went 4-for-13 (.308) with one double, two walks and two strikeouts. 

He wasn’t insanely loud offensively at this event, but consistently put together strong at-bats and looked like a hitter who was always in control at the plate, and confident when behind in the count. Listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Morlando has a big league looking body now with great musculature, broad shoulders, and strong hands and forearms that translate into the ball jumping off his bat even on his more handsy swings.

He has a spread out and wide setup at the plate, and doesn’t often use a leg kick or stride, instead shifting his weight from his left leg through his right leg with only a brief toe raise. Morlando has impressive bat speed and generates plenty of force even without a leg kick and is regarded as one of the better hit/power combos in the prep class.

Defensively, there will be more questions with where he profiles best. Morlando played center field, right field and first base this week, though a corner outfield spot is perhaps his most likely destination at the next level. He wasn’t challenged much with any defensive opportunities in my looks, but moves well for his size underway despite fringe-average run times from home to first and a running stride that is a bit upright, with a heel-striking gait. 

Kaden Morris, RHP, South Charlotte Panthers 2024 Marucci 
State: North Carolina
Commit: North Carolina State

Morris is an extra-large righthander with a 6-foot-8, 220-pound frame to dream on. He started for South Charlotte Panthers 2024 Marucci on Friday night and threw two no-hit, shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks. 

Morris throws from a high, three-quarters slot and has a bit of effort in his delivery, but he did a nice job filling the zone with an 88-92 mph fastball that touched 93 and a mid-70s curveball despite a few big misses. Morris will overthrow at times and it seems like his long levers can create some timing issues with his release point that might inhibit his command in the future.

He gets downhill angle on his pitches thanks to his height and arm slot, which should lead to a high ground ball rate in general, and he showed decent shape and depth with his overhand curveball that provides some upside potential in the future. 

Collin Mowry, C/1B, Cangelosi Sparks
State: Illinois
Commit: Louisville

Mowry was one of the best performers at Jupiter and was tied for second with a number of players with nine hits at the event. In six games he went 9-for-18 (.500) with two home runs, one triple, two doubles, zero walks and six strikeouts. 

A primary catcher typically, Mowry didn’t put the gear on at all this week and instead was used as a designated hitter or first baseman. Mowry has a maxed out and extremely physical, 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame with tons of current strength and wide, powerful shoulders.

He sets up in the righthanded batter’s box with a slightly open stance and has impressive pure bat speed and an uphill finish. He is aggressive in hitter’s counts and looks to do damage consistently with big, violent swings. He homered to left field on an 85-mph fastball in a 3-1 count. That home run left his bat at 98 mph and later in the same game he drove an 87 mph fastball the other way to the top of the right field fence with a 100-mph exit velocity. 

Mowry could potentially do a better job making two-strike adjustments and shortening up to protect when he’s behind the in the count, or against breaking balls in particular, but he even without dialing back the swing he showed solid contact skills and generally was excellent offensively all week.

Dante Nori, OF, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: Michigan
Commit: Mississippi State

The leadoff hitter for a loaded Canes National team, Nori looked like one of the most advanced pure hitters of the event. In seven games he went 8-for-15 (.533) with a double, a triple and eight walks to just one strikeout.

Nori did turn 19 during this event, and his age will be held against him by many teams and models with a 19.8 age in the middle of next July, but there’s no denying his impact speed, center field potential and feel for manipulating the barrel and hitting line drives to all fields.

Nori is a filled out, 5-foot-11, 188-pound lefthanded hitter who uses a slightly wide setup at the plate, but is fairly quiet with his pre-pitch movements and consistently shows strong pitch recognition and bat-to-ball skills. This year he’s posted a contact rate of 84%, per Synergy, and he makes good two-strike adjustments by getting wider with his base and letting his hands do all the work.

He shows a natural ability to drive the ball on a line to the opposite field, letting the ball travel on the outer half and staying balanced with his lower half without leaking out to the pull side. He’s a plus runner who consistently runs hard out of the box, and he turned in one 4.07 run time on an infield single—which is a 65-grade run time for a lefthanded hitter.  

Nori has a quick first step in center field and the speed to be a good defender, though on a few occasions his routes were less than ideal, which led to hits instead of fly outs.

Aiden O’Connell, LHP, Boston Red Sox Scout Team
State: New Hampshire
Commit: Vanderbilt

A 6-foot-2, 188-pound lefthander out of New Hampshire, O’Connell threw six innings against Dirtbags National 2024 on Friday. In that outing he struck out five, walked six, gave up two hits and allowed two earned runs.

O’Connell has a large, lean frame that has some physical projection remaining. He works the third base side of the rubber, has an overhead windup with a bit of length to his arm action, and a stiffer, lower three-quarters arm slot and a direct stride to the plate.

He pitched around 90 mph early in the outing before tailing off into the upper and mid 80s in later innings, and his fastball has plenty of arm-side running action and sink, though he was a bit scattered overall in this look. He was a fastball heavy pitcher in this outing, but did throw a slow curveball that popped out of his hand consistently and mixed in a solid changeup with typical movement that generated a whiff against a righthanded hitter. 

Owen Paino, SS, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: New York
Commit: Mississippi

Paino entered the summer as one of the top high school players in the class and is currently ranked as the top high school shortstop in the country. He’s had a bit of a down summer with the bat, and that was also the case in Jupiter, where Paino went 3-for-13 (.231) with one double, four walks and a strikeout.

Piano looks the part with a great frame at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, and he has historically been an advanced hitter with solid pitch recognition skills and contact ability, but in Jupiter he frequently made inconsistent contact, getting under soft fly balls and also rolling over on pitches to the pull side for weakly hit ground outs. He turned in run times in the 4.30-4.45 second range from the left side—below average times for a lefty hitter—and mostly stood out for his defensive ability at shortstop. 

While Paino is large for the position, he has impressive defensive instincts and actions and made a number of challenging in-between plays look easy. He showed an ability to throw on the run from multiple angles with accuracy and solid arm strength, and his internal clock seems more advanced than a typical high school shortstop. He consistently puts himself in good positions to throw and takes strong angles to the ball, and while he isn’t a flashy defender and also didn’t completely show off his arm strength—which looks at least average—he made all the routine plays and then some and should have every opportunity to stick at the position at the next level.

Jackson Peavy, LHP, 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia (Class of 2025)
State: Georgia
Commit: Uncommitted

Peavy pitched an inning of relief on Saturday and showed a solid two-pitch mix from the left side. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound lefthander has a lean frame and moves well on the mound, with solid athleticism, a high leg kick in his delivery and a balanced finish after growing from a three-quarters slot. 

In this one inning look he threw a fastball in the 88-90 mph range and touched a few 91s. The fastball missed bats with solid arm-side running life and he paired it with a slow, downer curveball in the 70-74 mph range that has solid shape and spin but currently lacks power and consistency. He has plenty of room on his frame to add more mass and strength over the next few years.

Peavy generated three whiffs with his fastball, struck out two batters, allowed a pair of singles and got his final out via groundout. 

Berkeley Roddy, RHP, Dallas Tigers
State: Texas
Commit: Oklahoma

A large righthander with a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, Roddy pitched two innings in relief on Saturday and showed a loud fastball/slider combination. He mostly pitched in the 89-92 mph range but touched 93-94 mph early before tailing off a bit in his second inning. Roddy got a few misses with his fastball up in the zone, but his command of the pitch tailed off in this outing and he began relying more and more frequently on a 79-82 mph slider that he had better feel to land for strikes. 

Roddy used the breaking ball to strike out three batters in his first inning of work, and the pitch looked consistently solid with short, tight spin and three-quarter shape with spin rates around the 2100-2200 range. It looked like a solid-average pitch that flashed above-average with impressive tilt.

Roddy also mixed in an 83-85 mph changeup, though the pitch was a distinct third offering and his arm speed slowed a bit when he threw it. Refining his fastball command in future outings will be beneficial for the Oklahoma commit, as will improving his overall control. In this look he threw 51% of his pitches for strikes, struck out five batters and walked three in two innings. He worked from the first base side of the rubber and threw from a high, three-quarters slot with an extremely short arm action and used a high leg kick while pitching from the stretch only. 

Camron Seagraves, RHP, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: North Carolina
Commit: Campbell

It was a bit of Jekyll and Hyde weekend for Seagraves in Jupiter as a reliever with the Canes National team. He shoved in a clean one-inning look on Thursday where he struck out the side, but allowed four hits and five earned runs in another one-inning relief appearance on Sunday against a strong 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia team.

Outside of any results, Seagraves has an impressive package of physicality and stuff and is a name to know after not pitching much on the national showcase circuit this summer. Listed at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, Seagraves has tons of physical projection remaining with a lean, thin frame and he pitched in the 90-95 mph range in both of his outings. 

Seagraves has a bit of effort and funk in his delivery, and he has lots of length in the back of his arm stroke, but he filled up in the zone with both his fastball and slider in both outings and did a nice job landing his heater at the bottom of the zone for whiffs. 

His slider checked in at 82-95 mph and featured hard and sharp biting action at its best, with good tilt below the strike zone, though it flattened out a bit if he left the pitch up.

Austin Sellers, SS, Home Plate Chili Dogs
State: Georgia
Commit: Georgia State

Sellers went hitless at Jupiter in 11 at-bats, but he did make a number of impressive plays at shortstop and showed some intriguing tools on the defensive side of the ball. A 6-foot, 195-pound infielder, Sellers made both routine and difficult plays in my look, with impressive actions and hands, solid footwork around the bag on double play turns and the ability to throw with power while on the run. His arm strength is above-average and the ball comes out of his hand hot with impressive carry, though he could do a better job with his accuracy. 

Offensively, Sellers showed lots of swing-and-miss tendencies and he was also aggressive with his swing decisions and pulled out early on a few breaking balls. His defensive ability could give him a lower bar to clear offensively, but he’ll need to tighten up a swing that can get long and make more contact in the future. 

Connor Shouse, 3B/RHP, East Cobb/San Diego Padres Scout Team
State: Georgia
Commit: Georgia Tech

Shouse teamed up with Caminiti to showcase one of the better two-way duos of the event. He pitched a single inning of relief after Caminiti’s start on Friday night for East Cobb and also hit in the No. 3 spot in the lineup. 

As a hitter, Shouse went just 2-for-11 (.182) with a double and three strikeouts, but he showed loud stuff on the mound and struck out the side in his single inning of work. Listed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Shouse is a good mover and athlete on the mound. He works with a half wind up and has a high leg kick in his delivery, with a bit of coil at leg lift and the ball comes out nicely from a three-quarters slot. 

He pitched in the 92-95 mph range in his one inning and got swings and misses with both his fastball and an 81-84 mph slider. He established the strike zone with his fastball and generated a few bad chases out of the zone with his hard breaking ball that featured impressive tilt and vertical diving action below the zone. 

Miguel Sime Jr., RHP, MLB Breakthrough Series 2024 (Class of 2025)
State: New York
Commit: Louisiana State

I didn’t see Sime Jr.’s historic Jupiter outing, but he’s worth mentioning here because he broke a Jupiter record with fastball velocity by touching 99 mph. And he did it as a 16 year old. 

There’s a tremendous amount of both violence and arm speed in Sime Jr.’s delivery and both his strike rate at this event and in the past indicate there are real control questions, but it’s obviously tremendous arm talent.

There’s a real question as to whether it’s beneficial to throw this hard this young, but teams are drawn to velocity at all levels and Sime Jr.’s LSU commitment makes that clear. He’ll be an interesting name to keep tabs on for the 2025 class.

Jordan Stribling, LHP, Marucci Elite Texas – Dunn
State: Texas
Commit: Texas

Stribling got the start against GRB Rays National on Friday, and drew a large crowd of college scouts to watch him despite a Texas commitment. Perhaps it’s no surprise given the massive frame Stribling offers as a lefthanded pitcher. He’s listed at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds and despite that size has a bit of lankiness to the frame still. 

He worked on the middle of the mound and threw from a lower, three-quarters arm slot with a bit of effort in his operation and a head whack in his finish. Overall there’s some stiffness that Stribling has in his delivery, but you don’t often see pitchers of his physicality and handedness. 

His performance was just OK in this look. In two innings he allowed four hits, two earned runs and a pair of walks and struck out just one batter. He threw his fastball in the 88-90 mph range and touched 91 and also mixed in a loose and slurvy breaking ball in the mid 70s that has solid shape but needs more power.

There’s a solid foundation to work with here, though Stribling needs to refine his control, delivery and breaking ball to make the most of it. While he’s committed to Texas for baseball, he’s also a talented high school basketball player and could potentially make strides on the mound once his focus is exclusively on the diamond.

Tate Strickland, RHP, Canes National/NY Mets Scout Team
State: Georgia
Commit: Tennessee

I wasn’t able to see Strickland live at Jupiter, but he was one of the hardest-throwing pitchers at the event and one of just four who touched at least 96 mph with his fastball. He threw twice for the Canes National team, once in a one-inning relief appearance where he struck out one batter and allowed one hit and a second time as a starter where he threw three innings, with three strikeouts, one walk, three hits and one earned run allowed. 

He touched 96 mph in both outings, but his velocity tailed off a bit in the third inning of his start—though he was still pitching in the 89-92 mph range. Stricland throws from an overhead windup and has length in his arm action as well as effort in his finish, with significant head whack.

In addition to his fastball, he threw a curveball in the 80-84 mph range.

Ethan Surowiec, 3B, Knights Knation/Dodgers Scout Team
State: Mississippi
Commit: Mississippi

Surowiec went just 2-for-9 (.222) in the event as a hitter, but he showed a solid eye and pitch recognition to go with loud impact ability to the opposite field. His loudest hit of the event came on Thursday against Team Elite National, when he drove an elevated 85-mph fastball to the right-center gap for a triple.

Listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Surowiec is a large and physically developed righthanded hitter with plenty of strength throughout his frame, but especially in the lower half. He sets up with an upright, relaxed stance and has a solid combination of both raw power and bat speed that should allow him to hit for solid power at the next level.

I didn’t get many looks at defensive chances for Surowiec at this event, but he did hop on the mound for an inning of relief work. While he walked four batters and didn’t strike anyone out, he threw a fastball in the 90-93 mph range, which highlights a strong arm that should help him at the hot corner.

Andrew Tess, C/OF, 5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia
State: Florida
Commit: Pittsburgh

A 6 foot, 200-pound catcher and outfielder, Tess went 4-for-13 (.308) with one home run, one double, seven walks and six strikeouts. He was an on-base machine in the final third of 5 Star’s lineup and also showed impressive power to straight center field in the team’s Round of 32 matchup with the Canes National team. He got into a quick 0-2 count against Camron Seagroves after swinging through a 92 mph fastball and then fouling a second one off. After taking a 95-mph fastball for a ball, Tess turned around a 93-mph heater to straight center field for a home run that broke the game fully open. Turning around that velocity was one of the more impressive hits of the event that I saw live. 

Michael Torres, OF/LHP, Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team
State: Florida
Commit: Miami

Torres was originally a member of the 2025 class, but he reclassified for 2024 at the end of 2022. He showed well on both sides of the ball in Jupiter, where he went 6-for-12 (.500) with two doubles, one triple, three walks and two strikeouts as a hitter. On the mound, he pitched in one inning of relief and struck out the side.

Torres has a medium frame with a lean, athletic build and is listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. He has a small hitch and bat tip in his load, and sets up with a slight crouch before starting his swing with a small step and swinging with a fairly direct path to the ball. He doubled to the opposite field against an 85 mph fastball that he drove to left-center and turned in a pair of above-average run times from home-to-first out of the lefthanded batter’s box. 

On the bump, Torres works quickly and throws from a low, three-quarters slot. In a very brief look, Torres pitched in the 88-90 mph range with gradual sinking life and arm-side run on his fastball. He mixed in a 73-75 mph curveball with 1-to-7 downer shape that lacked power, though he did a nice job landing that pitch for strikes. He also commanded an 82-83 mph changeup well and showed a nice ability to mix all three offerings and keep hitters off-balance. 

His athleticism is obvious on the mound and he moves well with solid body control and balance that could help him throw quality strikes moving forward.

Quentin Young, OF, MLB Breakthrough Series 2024 (2025 Class)
State: California
Commit: Uncommitted 

Young looks like one of the most dynamic players in the 2025 class. He currently ranks as the No. 16 player in the class after reclassifying from 2026, but would fit in physically if he skipped over two classes and was a member of the 2024 group. 

He has an elite frame and is listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds with lean musculature and plenty of room for added strength in the future. Young went 3-for-12 (.250) in Jupiter with one walk and four strikeouts, but he flashed huge tools.

He has electric hand speed as he fires through the zone and in my limited live looks he hit a pair of sharp ground balls through the infield—one pulled to left field and one hit the other way by the second baseman. There are some moving parts in Young’s swing that could create some issues moving forward, including a bat tip in his load, a long path by way of his lengthy levers, a large leg kick and a decent amount of violence and head movement overall.

Still, when everything is on time and he connects it’s easy to dream about the damage he can do to a baseball. He showed easy plus arm strength from center field on a throw to the plate, and while his throw was off-line and up the third base line, the power and carry of his throw was obvious as soon as it left his hand. There’s big tools here, a body to dream on and big league bloodlines as well, as Young is a nephew of former big leaguers Delmon and Dmitri Young. 

Event Leaderboards

Top Hitters By OPS (Min. 10 PAs)

Tatum MarshTrosky National 20242.300
Jackson KircherMidland Redskins 20242.137
Cameron UzzilliaMilwaukee Brewers Scout Team1.846
Jaxon WalkerHome Plate Chili Dogs1.737
Carson WillisFTB Phillies American 20241.600
Eddie ZaunCanes National 17u1.579
Collin MowryCangelosi Sparks1.556
Aiden O’ConnellBoston Red Sox Scout Team1.525
Colin CoonradtIowa Select Scout 20241.524
Ryan SelvaggiMarucci Elite Texas – Dunn1.500
Eddison EsquivelNinth Inning Royals1.500
Evan TaverasPower Baseball 2024 Marucci1.458
Hunter Carns5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia1.450
Dante NoriCanes National/NY Mets Scout Team1.442
Michael TorresMilwaukee Brewers Scout Team1.433

Most Hits

Hudson ComerGBG/TB SoCal National10
Collin MowryCangelosi Sparks9
Bo WalkerHome Plate Chili Dogs9
Jackson Sirois5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia9
Chris NewstromCanes National/NY Mets Scout Team9
Peter MershonCanes National 17u9
Eddie ZaunCanes National 17u8
Hunter Carns5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia8
Dante NoriCanes National/NY Mets Scout Team8
Brock SellAlpha Prime 248
Myles Bailey5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia8
Gregory CabanEast Coast Sox 2024 Scout8
Kelvyn Paulino Jr5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia8
Nate GeorgeChicago Scouts Association8
Bryden BullCanes National 17u8
Ty ThompsonCanes National 17u8

Most Home Runs

Eddie ZaunCanes National 17u3
Hunter Carns5 Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia3
Collin MowryCangelosi Sparks2
Bo WalkerHome Plate Chili Dogs2
Jaxon WalkerHome Plate Chili Dogs2
Aiden O’ConnellBoston Red Sox Scout Team2
Sandy RosarioToronto Blue Jays Scout Team2

Fastball Velocity

PlayerFB Max
Miguel Sime Jr99
Brayden Bergman97
Landon O’Donnell96
Tate Strickland96
Cam Caminiti95
Cameron Sullivan95
Camron Seagraves95
Clinton Harris95
Connor Shouse95
England Bryan95
Jason Flores95
Mason Pike95
Seth Hernandez95
Thorpe Musci95
Vaughn Neckar95
Berkeley Roddy94
Blake Larson94
Brett Crossland94
Brody Walls94
Easton Hawk94
Fernando Palencia94
Josh Hammond94
Joshua Evans94
Nathan Wines94
Noah Wech94
Reno Spagnoli94
Victor Christal94


Eli CreceliusSticks Baseball Brewster/White Sox Scout Team13
Lucas HennCanes National 17u12
Andre WoodBanditos Scout Team 202411
Ethin BingamanTrosky National 202410
Maddox KeoHP 2024 James10
Clayton HicksTeam Elite/Atlanta Braves Scout Team10
Xavier GloverUpstate Mavericks St10
Walker McDuffieDirtbags National 202410
Zach KmatzCanes National/NY Mets Scout Team9
Chandler Thiel5 Star/Team GA National9
Andrew KernsRichmond Braves 18U Platinum9
Wells GrishamEast Cobb Astros9
Dominic Ottone5 Star Performance 2024 National9
Cayden OchsenfeldBaseball U Prospects9
Josiah RomeoRawlings National Scout Team9

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