Dudes of the Weekend: Week 7

Hitters

Aidan Smith (Dulins Dodgers Prime)

Dulins Dodgers Prime’s Aidan Smith showed why he is one of the best offensive players in the 2023 class with an all around performance at the AABC Don Mattingly World Series. The Mississippi State commit from Lovejoy (TX) took home the Lincoln Hackim Tournament MVP award after a stellar week at the dish in which he blasted three home runs, ripped three doubles, and was a problem on the basepaths. The RHH combines both power and the ability to hit for average and is truly a formidable matchup for pitchers each time he steps to the plate. Smith put together a truly special week and led his team to a berth in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. This dude is a superstar in the making.

Event: AABC Don Mattingly World Series

Stat Line: 11-23, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 10R, 3 BB, 5 SB

Gage Kimble (Marucci Elite Texas 2023 Thames)

Marucci Elite Texas 2023 Thames’ Gage Kimble turned in an excellent performance throughout his week at the AABC Don Mattingly World Series. The uncommitted 2023 from Barbers Hill (TX) led his team through a truly talented field and all the way to the championship game. The RHH proved to be a threat to showcase big time pop each time he stepped to the plate and collected a total of six extra-base hits. Kimble has always shown excellent plate discipline throughout the last couple summers and pairs that with a powerful bat, resulting in a formidable opponent for opposing teams. This dude has consistently proved to be a special offensive talent and has the potential to be a future star at the next level.

Event: AABC Don Mattingly World Series

Stat Line: 12-24, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 10R, 5 BB

Gavin Taylor (LV Recruits 2023)

LV Recruits 2023’s Gavin Taylor burst onto the scene at the AABC Don Mattingly World Series this past week. The 2023 Nevada commit from Birmingham (CA) was a tough out at the dish and showcased some impressive power as he blasted two home runs and added three doubles. The RHH has good rhythm and composure pre-pitch but really explodes at contact point and utilizes his lower half to provide pop. Taylor is a dude that certainly turned heads in a loaded field and will look to continue the momentum throughout the remainder of the summer and as he transitions into his senior season this spring.

Event: AABC Don Mattingly World Series

Stat Line: 9-16, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6R, BB, 3 SB

Ethan Mendoza (Stix 2023 Scout)

Stix 2023 Scout’s Ethan Mendoza did what everyone expects the uber talented Arizona State commit to do throughout his week at the AABC Don Mattingly World Series. Hailing from Southlake Carroll (TX), Mendoza has routinely put up big time performances in Five Tool events throughout the years and showed no signs of stopping as he led his team to a successful week in a very high-profile tournament. The RHH picked up nine hits throughout the week and really showcased all of his tools, both offensive and defensive. Mendoza is a highly regarded prospect that doesn’t back away from the limelight and consistently impresses week in and week out.

Event: AABC Don Mattingly World Series

Stat Line: 9-17, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 10 RBI, 8R, 4 BB, SB

Jackson Generals (LBC American Amaya/Torres)

LBC American Amaya/Torres’ Jackson Generals proved to be a hit machine at the plate this weekend. The right handed bat ended with a 10-14 stat line that included two doubles, a triple, eight runs driven in, seven runs scored, two walks, and a stolen bag. Generals keeps his body low through the ball and uses that to drive it for base knocks. The 2024 uncommitted dude from Lorena (TX) also showed that he could bring it when the team needed it most with a walk-off hit in one of his games. This guy is an advanced hitter and a tough one to get out.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Championships

Stat Line: 10-14, 2 2B, 3B, 8 RBI, 7R, 2 BB, SB

Colby Garrett (Texas Angels 2025 Weston)

Colby Garrett of Texas Angels 2025 Weston went 9-15 at the plate this weekend including three doubles, a triple, three RBI’s, eight runs, two walks, and four stolen bases. Garrett utilized a high leg kick that he had timed well in his swing. He had impressive bat control, spraying the ball to all parts of the field for extra base hits. The 2026 uncommitted right hander from Wylie (TX) flashed tools in just about every aspect of the game. This is a natural ballplayer that should only continue to produce from here.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Championships

Stat Line: 9-15, 3 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 8R, 2 BB, 4 SB

Miles Strickland (LBC American Amaya/Torres)

LBC American Amaya/Torres’ Miles Strickland could not stop getting extra base hits in his event this weekend. The right hander ended with a 7-12 stat line that included two doubles, three triples, 6 RBI’s, three runs, and two walks. Strickland has a clean, smooth stroke that he controls well. This guy was a gap machine this weekend and his team benefitted massively because of it. Strickland looked awfully comfortable at the plate and turned that into a successful weekend.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Championships

Stat Line: 7-12, 2 2B, 3 3B, 6 RBI, 3R, 2 BB

Calvin Morrow (Lobos Baseball Club 18U)

Another dude that brought the thmp to his lineup this weekend was Calvin Morrow of Lobos Baseball Club 18U. Morrow ended the weekend with an 8-15 stat line that included a double, a triple, a home run, eight RBI’s, seven runs, and a walk. The left hander keeps his body very quiet through his swing other than his leg kick that sets up his body timer well. This 2023 uncommitted stud from Fremont (UT) was able to drive the ball the other way as well as pull it, which is always good to see from a lefty bat. Every at bat that Morrow had was a fun one to watch this weekend.

Event: Five Tool Colorado US Air Force Academy Invitational

Stat Line: 8-15, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 7R, BB

Derek Ball (Slammers Quintana)

It would be hard to be more impressive than Slammers Quintana’s Derek Ball was this weekend in Colorado. The 2024 uncommitted dude out of Chaparral (CO) put up an 8-11 line that featured four doubles, a home run, four runs batted in, five runs scored, and three walks. The right hander twists his front leg during his swing in a way that coils up his body, just before uncoiling and exploding to the ball. He loved to hit the ball back up the middle for base knocks as well. Ball was extremely impressive this weekend and should only improve from here.

Event: Five Tool Colorado US Air Force Academy Invitational

Stat Line: 8-11, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 5R, 3 BB

Brady Dalton (NTX Tribe Ronnau)

Brady Dalton of NTX Tribe Ronnau was a run-producing machine this weekend for his club. This 2024 uncommitted dude out of Wylie High (TX) went 9-18 with two doubles, a triple, fourteen RBI’s, seven runs, three walks, and three stolen bases. Driving in fourteen runs during one event is about as impressive as it gets. Dalton showed the speed on the bases and a good eye at the plate on top of that. This is a dude that did it all this weekend in a big way for his club.

Event: Five Tool Texas UTD/University of Dallas IV

Stat Line: 9-18, 3 2B, 3B, 14 RBI, 7R, 3 BB, 3 SB

Pitchers

Cole Kaase (Trosky Texas 2023 Ina/Holland)

Trosky Texas 2023 Ina/Holland’s Cole Kaase shined amongst a crowded field with plenty of good arms this past week in the AABC Don Mattingly World Series. The 2023 Texas Tech commit from Katy (TX) absolutely dominated in his outing on Tuesday afternoon and racked up a ridiculous 11 strikeouts over only four innings of work. The RHP utilized a power fastball that he worked all the way up to 93 MPH and offset that pitch with some devastating breaking stuff including both a curveball and slider. Kaase not only overwhelmed hitters with velocity, but also featured excellent control and routinely forced hitters to swing early and often. This dude is a budding star and really stood out in an event that featured plenty of 90-plus arms.

Event: AABC Don Mattingly World Series

Stat Line: 4 IP, 11K, oH, 0R

Braxton Biela (Marucci Elite Texas 2024 Ognoskie)

Marucci Elite Texas 2024 Ognoskie’s Braxton Biela put on a show on the mound this weekend. The right hander went seven innings of shutout ball while racking up eleven strikeouts and only allowing two hits. Biela was showing good command of the zone and freezing hitters consistently. The 2024 uncommitted dude from Friendswood (TX) showed good mechanics that he was working well. This big right hander was in cruise control this weekend on the bump.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Championships

Stat Line: 7 IP, 11K, 2H, 0R

Ivan Hoyt (Trosky Southwest Navy)

Ivan Hoyt of Tricky Southwest Navy was almost perfect in his outing this weekend. In four shutout innings, Hoyt struck out eleven batters and only allowed one hit. The 2022 Dartmouth commit flashed a fastball that was sitting 86-88 MPH with good life to it while also showing a sharp curveball that sat 73-74 MPH. This dude was blowing the fastball by hitters consistently and locking knees with his breaking ball whenever he wanted to. Hoyt was as dominant as it gets and looks all the parts of a certified dude on the hill.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Championships

Stat Line: 4 IP, 11K, H, 0R

Sam Orozco (Saddleback Cowboys 2025 National)

Saddleback Cowboys 2025 National’s Sam Orozco put together a very strong outing in the Five Tool California Freshman & Sophomore AZFC Qualifier this past weekend. The uncommitted 2026 from Servite (CA) is a raw arm that will begin only his freshman season this upcoming spring. The RHP showcased strikeout stuff throughout his performance on Friday as he racked up 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings of work. Orozco also featured excellent control which is certainly a valuable trait to have at such a young age. This dude will be a name worth keeping tabs on over the course of the next couple of summers.

Event: Five Tool California Freshman & Sophomore AZFC Qualifier

Stat Line: 6 IP, 10K, 3H, 0R

Liam Thompson (UB Texas Gavin)

UB Texas Gavin’s Liam Thompson showed over the course of two appearances in the Five Tool Show 17U Championship Mattingly Series this past weekend. The uncommitted 2023 from Rockwall (TX) featured swing and miss stuff throughout both outings as he mowed down the opposition on his way to a staggering 16 strikeouts. The RHP utilizes an over-the-top arm path that makes it tough on hitters as he really hides the baseball well. This dude certainly proved to be a strikeout machine and is a name to remember moving forward.

Event: Five Tool Show 17U Championships (Mattingly Series)

Stat Line: 7 IP, 16K, 2H, 0R

Athan Kroll (Team Colorado Braves 2024)

Team Colorado Braves 2024’s Athan Kroll was absolutely electric in his outing at the Five Tool Show 17U Championships Mattingly Series this past week. The 2024 Dallas Baptist commit from Valor Christian (CO) racked up 15 punchouts through only six innings and ran his fastball up to 93 MPH. The RHP leaned on overpowering the opposition and also snapped off some nasty breaking balls to gather swings and misses. Kroll proved to be a powerful arm and is going to be a dude worth watching over the course of the next couples of seasons. Keep tabs on this one.

Event: Five Tool Show 17U Championships (Mattingly Series)

Stat Line: 6 IP, 15K, H, 0R

Donnie Edgar (NTX Trailblazers 2024 Edgar)

NTX Trailblazers 2024 Edgar’s Donnie Edgar was another pitcher that was on cruise control this weekend. In 5.2 shutout innings, the 2024 uncommitted dude from Saginaw (TX) racked up thirteen strikeouts while allowing only one hit. His fastball sat at 86-87 MPH and touched 88 MPH with some good tail on it. His curveball sat in the 72-73 MPH range and was able to be dropped in for strikes when he needed it. The fastball was overpowering, especially when Edgar went up in the zone with it. This guy has a big arm that was yielding successful results this weekend.

Event: Five Tool Texas UTD/University of Dallas IV

Stat Line: 5.2 IP, 13K, H, 0R

Other Notable Performances

Five Tool South Texas Championships

Jose De Jongh (Marucci Elite Texas 2024 Ognoskie) 8-10, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 SB

JD Blair (Texas Lions 16U) 8-9, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 6R, 3 BB, 3 SB

Logan Flores (Victus Elite Warhawks 16U White) 10 IP, 13K, 4H, ER

Reagan Chomel (Marucci Elite Texas 2024 Ognoskie) 6 IP, 12K, 0H, 0R

Tanner Terry (Texas Crush Baseball 2024) 6.2 IP, 10K, 2H, 0R

Five Tool Colorado US Air Force Academy Invitational

Leslie Shaw III (TX Cardinals) 8-11, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 3R, 2 BB

Five Tool Texas UTD/University of Dallas IV

Chase Ronnau (NTX Tribe Ronnau) 10-16, 3B, 6 RBI, 9R, 4 BB

Brayden Davidson (Marucci Elite Texas Baumann) 6 IP, 14K, 2H, ER

Jakob Holzer (USA Prime 17U Cole) 7 IP, 14K, H, 0R

Five Tool Texas Houston Classic Satellite Series

Neil Mallik (HP Baseball 2024 Bubb) 8-14, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 8R, BB, SB

Five Tool Texas DFW Classic Satellite Series

Johann Infante (NTXBC Dirtbags 2025 Tenorio) 11-21, 3B, 4 RBI, 8R, 3 BB, 4 SB

Klete Finley (Sandlot 17U Troxell) 10-18, 2B, 6 RBI, 4R, 2 SB

Kasey Lowe (NTXBC Dirtbags 2024 Allerheiligen Navy) 9-12, 4 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 6R, 3 BB

Benjamin Pailes (UB Texas Court) 8-11, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 5R, 2 BB

Austin Stutts (North Texas Longhorns Vice) 8-12, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 4R, 2 SB

Alex Caddell (NTXBC Dirtbags 2024 Allerheiligen Navy) 8-13, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 8R, 2 BB

Matthew Williams (McKinney Aggies) 6.1 IP, 15K, 2H, 0R

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