Alabama Scout Blog: Week 2 Games


Alabama Scouting Staff

The Alabama Scout Blog provides insider information and scouting notes from the PBR Scouting Staff during the season. This running blog will feature information on underclass prospects, unsigned seniors, draft prospects, and anything else that is notable. We will provide a wide range of information, including player evaluations, velocities, pop times, home to first times, and more. 

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Week 2 Reports

 

6A No. 2 Helena (13) vs. 7A No. 2 Hoover (3)

Tuesday, February 23rd @ Helena HS

+ 3B Mac Turner (2022, No. 27, Southern Union CC) has always been a steady & consistent performer at the plate, and he has started off the 2021 season on a great note offensively. As a junior hitting in the three-hole of a talented lineup, Turner rarely misses a fastball over the plate and doesn’t get cheated. We saw him flex some power on a home run in a scrimmage in early February, and he continues to supply extra bases & power in the middle of the lineup. In his second at-bat, Turner caught a fastball left over the middle of the plate and lined it over shortstop and into the gap for a double. He’s really shortened his swing and polished it up a bit. Coupled with some notable strength added to 6-2, 190 frame, Turner continues to show well at the plate.

3B Mac Turner (2/23/21)

+ 2B Landon Leake (2021, No. 44, Southern Union CC) attended our first ever PBR Alabama showcase, and it’s been great to see how much he’s progressed and gotten better over the past couple of years. Played a big role at the plate hitting in the two-hole, especially in the fourth inning. Leake caught a fastball over the middle/inner-half of the plate and pulled it down the left field line for a RBI double. Barrel stays through the zone a while, has enough strength in the 5-10, 180 pound frame to hit for some power. Leake has been a consistent performer for the Huskies for the last few years. Reliable defender up the middle. Scored the winning run on a RBI sacrifice fly to end the game. Gamer-type mentality.

2B Landon Leake (2/23/21)

+ 1B Lucas Steele (No. 14, 2022, Samford) was a member of Team Alabama at this summer’s PBR Future Games & stood out with the bat in the process. He has continued to show that the best is his best tool. Steele has shown the ability to be able to hit for average and hit for some power, as he homered during a midweek contest vs. Helena HS. As a switch-hitter, we saw him from the left side exclusively vs. all right-handed pitchers. In his second at-bat while trailing, Steele took advantage of an elevated fastball over the middle of the plate and deposited it well over the right field wall for a solo shot. A former Future Gamer, he creates excellent extension and uses a strong lower-half to hit. 

1B Lucas Steele (2/23/21)

+ OF/UTL Noah Gwin (No. 97, 2021) may be one that not many people know about for the Huskies, but we’ve seen Gwin very consistent with the bat from the left side. At a 5-10, 150 slim frame, Gwin shows excellent barrel awareness and control. In the 5 or 6 at-bats we’ve seen in 2021, the uncommitted senior has generated hard contact in each of those at-bats, with the majority of them being line drives back up the middle. He’s got quick hands at the plate and has shown the ability to spray the ball to all fields. An excellent nine-hole hitter for the Huskies, and continues to produce and be a spark plug at the bottom of the lineup.

OF Noah Gwin (2/23/21)

 

7A No. 1 Hartselle (8) vs. 7A No. 8 Bob Jones (5)

Monday, February 22nd @ Hartselle HS

+ Elliott Bray (2022, RHP/OF, Hartselle) tossed four innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader and allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out nine hitters. The Auburn commit has widely been known as a pitcher, but his performance in Game 2 proved that Bray is a legitimate threat with the bat after hammering two doubles in his first two at-bats. The first was a ball driven deep to right field, while the second was a laser to the pull side gap. Showing legit juice to all fields, Bray has really progressed physically and has improved his speed as well. He also had two solid barrels in his final two at-bats with nothing to show for.

RHP/OF Elliott Bray (2/22/21)

+ Drew Cartee (2021, LHP/OF, Hartselle) was downright dominant on the mound on Monday night, as the junior logged the final three innings of Game 2 to earn the win on the mound. He finished with eight strikeouts and only one walk while only giving up one hit and no runs. The Samford signee showed solid command to both sides of the plate and featured his full arsenal of pitches. On a very chilly night, the fastball was 85-87 mph and he can go to both sides of the plate while also elevating the pitch when needed. Make no mistake about it, his best pitch is a well-shaped breaking ball with tight spin that shows true late depth. The breaking ball is one of the best we have seen in the high school ranks in the past few years in Alabama. Cartee is a two-way threat, as he doubles as an impressive left-handed bat with plenty of arm strength and speed as well. Left very impressed.

LHP/OF Drew Cartee (2/22/21)

+ Coleman Mizell (2023, OF, Hartselle), a former Future Gamer and University of Alabama recruit, just continues to show an impressive hit tool from the left side. Just days out of basketball, the sophomore outfielder had two at-bats and both resulted in hammered balls off the bat. The first at-bat tied things up at 2-2 in the sixth inning of Game 1 has he stayed back on a ball and served it to left field. In Game 2, Mizell again came off the bench to pinch hit and really showed an advanced approach and kept his hands inside of a two strike pitch and smoked a ball over the center fielder for a RBI double. Mizell has unlimited juice at the plate and is also a very good runner (6.83 laser), especially at his size (6-3, 205 lbs). 

OF Coleman Mizell (2/22/21)

+ JW Hopkins (2022, 1B, Bob Jones) Hopkins has long been known for the power tool in the bat, as he has shown upper 90’s-low 100’s exit velocity at previous events. No doubt the juice is still there, but Hopkins showed a very disciplined approach against the quality arms that Hartselle rolled out on Monday night. In an early at-bat, Hopkins took a quality breaking ball down and slightly away right back up the middle for a solid single. In his next at-bat, the junior saw an off-speed pitch on the inner-half and promptly got the barrel out front for a pull side double to help jump start the Patriot offense. 

1B JW Hopkins (2/22/21)

 

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