Quality Prospects At This Year’s Baseball Factory Futures South Showcase
As is usually the case for a Baseball Factory showcase event in Georgia, the talent level at the Under Armour Futures South last weekend was outstanding. There were some quality athletes with tools, some pitchers with excellent stuff and three high school teammates who all had impressive days.
The event started with the 60-yard dash and over half of the position players ran a time under 7.0. Leading the way was Robbie Tillman (Columbus High School – Georgia), who is an athletic 6’2″ 175 pounds, running a 6.62 while showing bat speed in BP and an eye-opening 96 mph in raw arm velocity.
The ultra-athletic Micah Davis (Mt. Vernon Presbyterian High School – Georgia) ran an impressive 6.68 at the event on Saturday after returning a kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown in his high school football game the night before.
Calin Smith (Trinity Christian – Georgia), a Mississippi State commit, also showed off some athleticism with a 6.72 time in the 60 and then the left-handed hitter stepped in the box and had two excellent rounds in batting practice.
Other standouts included Trey Yunger (Darlington High School – Georgia) who ran a 6.65 and then went 3-for-4 in the game. Christian Hall (Calera High School – Alabama), an Alabama State commit, also showed well going 1-for-2 with a walk after running a 6.78 and posting a 90 mph exit velocity. William Kelley (East Coweta High School – Georgia) also impressed throughout the day. The 6’3″, 200 pound athlete ran a 6.81 in the 60, took an excellent batting practice, showed a 94 mph exit velocity and went 2-for-3 in the game.
During the defensive workout, the catchers stood out. JP Martin (Cartersville High School, Georgia) showed quick feet and a quick release to deliver the ball to second in 1.84. He also receives and blocks at a high level. Ryan Dyal (East Coweta High School, Georgia) also showed well both behind plate and in the box. The Auburn commit threw a 1.91 and swung the bat well from the left side of the plate. Caleb Reis (Mt. Bethel Christian, Georgia), committed to High Point and did a little bit of everything. The two-way player went 2-for-2 with a walk in game play, threw a 1.97 to second in the workout and touched 88 on the mound. Finally, 2020 catcher Roberto Moya (Monsignor Pace High School, Florida) was solid in the workout with a quality BP, 90 mph exit velocity off the bat and 1.99 to second, but where he really excelled was in the game. He went 2-for-3 with a walk that included an opposite-field home run over the right field fence in his first at bat.
It wasn’t all about the bats, as some of the pitchers had quality outings as well. Major Posey (North Florida Christian, Florida) was very impressive. The Central Florida commit threw three pitches for strikes from an athletic delivery. He was up to 89 mph with a clean arm stroke.
Also touching 89 was Ryan Suppa (North Cobb Christian, Georgia). Committed to the University of Georgia, Ryan’s fastball has outstanding late movement, and he complements it with quality off-speed offerings. The hardest thrower of the day was Clay Weatherly (Smiths Station High School, Alabama). The 6’4” RHP touched 90 mph.
Another imposing presence on the mound was 6’5”, 215-pound Blake Wehunt (Franklin County High School, Georgia). Blake got excellent downhill plane to all of his stuff and lived in the upper 80s. Two-way players Dylan Rogers (Dorman High School, South Carolina) and Trey LaFleur (Tate High School, Florida) were very good both as outfielders and left-handed pitchers. Rogers, a Kentucky commit, swung the bat with authority (92 mph exit velo) and struck out 5 of the 8 hitters he faced. LaFleur, committed to Ole Miss, used his long levers to run his fastball up to an easy 87 mph, while running a 6.87 in the 60 and going 1-for-2 with a walk at the plate during game play.
Finally, three of the event’s standouts all came from the same high school team.
Walton High School, the school of former Under Armour All-American Carter Kieboom, was represented by SS Pierce Gallo, 1B Luke Boynton and 3B Bobby Spencer. Judging from this day, Walton’s lineup should be pretty imposing next spring, as all three were very impressive. Gallo ran a 6.88 and showed his normal smooth actions in the field and knack for the barrel at the plate. He is a talented all-around player who adds a good motor and a high baseball IQ to his skill set. Boynton (Nebraska commit) has an extra-large frame at 6’5”, 220 pounds, yet is very athletic, running the 60 in 6.95 and showing agility around the bag at first while also being able to play third base and the corner OF spots. Boynton made lots of loud contact in BP before going 3-for-3 in the game. Third baseman Bobby Spencer rounds out the Walton trio with another solid frame (6’2”, 190) and the ability to swing the bat. He showed well at third in the workout, hit the ball hard in batting practice and then went 2-for-3 in the game including a hard-hit double.
Coming off a banner class of 2018 players, the state of Georgia continues to re-load. Many of its 2019 guys showed well at the Futures South event and will be impact players for years to come.