Dudes of the Weekend: Week 9

Hitters

Austin Parker (OK Fuel 2024 Brooks)

OK Fuel 2024 Brooks’ Austin Parker put on quite the show at the dish this past week at the Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series. The uncommitted 2024 from Epic Charter (OK) powered his team to a successful week in a very talented and loaded event and led the way with 10 hits including two home runs. The LHH has a smooth, sweet swing and looks to have plenty of pop. This dude made quite the statement over the course of the week and looks to carry that momentum into his junior season this upcoming spring.

Event: Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series

Stat Line: 10-22, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4R, SB

James Raecek (USA Prime Brewer 2024)

USA Prime Brewer 2024’s James Raecek took home MVP honors after helping his team secure a victory in the championship of the Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series. All week long the uncommitted 2024 from Plano West (TX) put his skills on display as he carried the load at the plate and delivered in big moments with a whopping 10 RBI. The RHH has a wide base at the plate and really utilizes his lower half to generate power. The bat to ball skills really shined as this dude just found a way to barrel up the baseball. This dude is worth keeping an eye on over the course of the next year or so.

Event: Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series

Stat Line: 8-14, 4 2B, 3B, 10 RBI, 5R, 5 BB, SB

Cole Leclair (Mississauga Tigers Byron)

Mississaugua Tigers Byron’s Cole Leclair has frequently turned heads in Five Tool events throughout the entirety of the summer and really burst through with a big time week in the Five Tool World Series. The uncommitted 2023 from Upper Canada College (CAN) has big time pull side pop and used that to his advantage at the plate all weekend long. The big lefty also showcased the speed tool as he swiped five bags, an impressive feat for a dude with a powerful frame like his.  This sweet swinging lefty is a very solid prospect that scouts need to get on fast!

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 10-19, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 7R, 3 BB, 5 SB

Johann Infante (NTXBC Dirtbags 2025 Tenorio)

NTXBC Dirtbags 2025 Tenorio’s Johann Infante has repeatedly put together impressive performance after impressive performance throughout the summer showcase circuit and showed no signs of slowing down this past weekend at the Five Tool World Series. The uncommitted 2025 from Boswell (TX) is a dirtbag type ballplayer who causes headaches both at the dish and on the basepaths for opposing pitchers. The LHH totaled nine hits in 15 at-bats and also really used his speed to his advantage as he scored eight runs and swiped seven bags. Infante is certainly a name worth remembering as he has several more summer seasons to continue adding strength and power. Watch out for this dude.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 9-15, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 8R, 4 BB, 7 SB

Riley Graham (Arlington A’s Braves)

Arlington A’s Braves’ Riley Graham put together a spectacular tournament and had quite the power surge this week at the Five Tool World Series. The uncommitted 2023 from Keller Central (TX) blasted two home runs and added two more extra base hits to bring his hit count to nine on the week. The LHH is an ominous presence in the box as he stands wide and seems to barrel up the ball in nearly every at-bat. If Graham can continue to showcase both the power and average tools like he did this weekend, the sky is the limit for this dude.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 9-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9R, 2 BB, SB

Ben Hornyak (Stix North 2024 Prospects Black)

Stix North 2024 Prospects Black’s Ben Hornyak was a doubles machine in Texas this weekend. The powerful righty finished with a 9-11 stat line that included four doubles, three RBI, three runs scored, and five walks. Hornyak has great bat control that allows him to go many different directions with the ball and spray it into both gaps. The 2024 uncommitted dude from Southlake Carroll (TX) sticks to the fundamentals at the plate with quiet hands and a well timed lower body. This guy was feeling himself at the plate and the hits kept coming in seemingly every at bat.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 9-11, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 3R, 5 BB

Jacob Imoto (No Fear Skullcandy Crushers)

Jacob Imoto of No Fear Skullcandy Crushers had himself a weekend in San Diego. The left handed bat went 8-13 with three doubles, seven runs driven in, three runs scored and a walk. Imoto keeps his hands back throughout his load before using his twitchy athleticism to explode at the ball. The 2024 uncommitted stud from Mission Hills (CA) even ended one game with a two-run double to the opposite field gap. This dude did it all this weekend and is a player worth a watch as he continues on.

Event: Five Tool California San Diego Show

Stat Line: 8-13, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 3R, BB

Davis Minton (Hit Club 15U)

Davis Minton of Hit Club 15U brought the thump to his team’s lineup this weekend in the bay. The right handed bat keeps his bat flat for most of his load and brings it to the zone well, setting himself up for good contact consistently. The 2025 uncommitted player out of Serra (CA) went 10-16 with a triple, a home run, five RBI’s, six runs, a walk, and three stolen bags. In the field, Minton made a flashy diving play to his left while playing third base and flashed some arm strength on the back end of the play. Minton is a ballplayer with tools in just about every aspect of the game which is always exciting to see.

Event: Five Tool California Bay Area Classic

Stat Line: 10-16, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 6R, BB, 3 SB

Spencer Gradek (Hit Club 18U Navy)

Hit Club 18U Navy’s Spencer Gradek was driving in runs all weekend in the Five Tool California Bay Area Classic. The left handed bat went 10-18 with four doubles, a triple, nine runs batted in, seven runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Gradek uses a large toe tap that allows him to create some momentum to the ball as he goes towards it. The uncommitted lefty bat out of Design Tech (CA) also flashed the ability to go the other way with the ball for base knocks. Gradek has a good feel at the plate and it was creating success in his event this weekend.

Event: Five Tool California Bay Area Classic

Stat Line: 10-18, 4 2B, 3B, 9 RBI, 7R, BB, SB

Parker Brown (South Texas Tribe 2024)

Parker Brown of South Texas Tribe 2024 put together an impressive 9-13 stat line this weekend that included two doubles, a triple, five RBI’s, three runs, and a stolen base. He had a few hits where he showed an impressive ability to stay back on the ball and drive it the other way for extra bases. The 2024 uncommitted righty from Smithson Valley (TX) has a simple swing and looks smooth doing it. He also flashed an impressive arm in left field while hosing down a runner trying to score from third. Brown is a dude that was helping his team in all aspects of the game this weekend.

Event: Five Tool South Texas Summer Finale

Stat Line: 9-13, 2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 3R, SB

Quincy Malbrough (Old Skool Baseball 17U)

Old Skool Baseball 17U’s Quincy Malbrough put together quite the weekend in the Five Tool California AZFC Senior Qualifier. The uncommitted 2023 from Del Oro (CA) was a threat to punish opposing pitchers each time he stepped to the plate. Where the RHH really hurt teams was his ability to pepper the ball into the power alleys and use his speed to total three triples in only 13 at-bats. This dude displayed a mature approach at the plate and took the ball the other way when needed. Malbrough can build on a truly special week and keep the momentum going into the fall of his senior season at Del Oro.

Event: Five Tool California AZFC Senior Qualifier

Stat Line: 7-13, 2B, 3 3B, 3 RBI, 5R, 2 BB, 2 SB

Pitchers

Owen Hall (OK Fuel 2024 Brooks)

OK Fuel 2024 Brooks’ Owen Hall blew the competition out of the water in a dominant start in the Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series this past week. The 2024 Vanderbilt commit out of Edmond North (OK) was locked in from the get go as he pumped his fastball up to 91 MPH and paired both his slider and curveball to keep batters guessing. The RHP has good arm-side sink on the fastball, making it tough on hitters to barrel up. This dude is already a star in the making and will be a fun name to keep tabs on as he continues to mature and add velocity over the coming years.

Event: Five Tool AABC Mickey Mantle World Series

Stat Line: 6.2 IP, 10K, 2H, 0R

Nicholas Bonacci (LBC State Corkill)

LBC State Corkill’s Nicholas Bonacci was a force to be reckoned with on the mound in the Five Tool World Series this weekend. The big right hander totaled ten and two thirds innings on the mound while racking up seventeen strikeouts, allowing just six hits, and giving up no runs. His fastball had nice run on it and his breaking ball was getting swings and misses consistently. The 2024 uncommitted dude out of Cedar Ridge (TX) was getting a bunch of misses while also keeping his contact allowed soft, which is also a recipe for success. It would be hard to ask more out of a guy on the bump than what Bonacci provided his club in this event.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 10.2 IP, 17K, 6H, 0R

Landry Powell (Dallas Tigers Ethridge)

Dallas Tigers Ethridge’s Landry Powell was almost perfect in his outing this weekend. The smooth right handed arm went six shutout innings and collected fourteen strikeouts while just allowing one hit. He showed a fastball that sat 83-86 MPH and touched 87 MPH while backing it up with a 66-67 MPH curveball that featured a sharp drop. The 2023  uncommitted stud out of Rockwall Heath (TX) was quick and efficient on the bump, mowing his opponents down. Powell is a dude worth keeping an eye on and should continue to have success.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 6 IP, 14K, H, 0R

James Morio (Action 17U White)

Action 17U White’s James Morio spun an absolute gem on Thursday afternoon in the Five Tool World Series. The uncommitted 2023 from McNeil (TX) mowed down hitters all game long and ended up with a total of 13 strikeouts over only five innings. The LHP was locked and loaded early on and really got after hitters. Morio paired a fastball that was 84-88 MPH with an impressive array of pitches that included a curveball, slider, and changeup. Command of four pitches is rare at this age but it seemed to be no problem for this dude. This one really burst onto the scene this past week and is a name worth remembering from here on out. Get on this dude.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 5 IP, 13K, H, 0R

Owen Skinner (Braves Baseball 15U Blue)

Owen Skinner of Braves Baseball 15 Blue was extremely impressive in his outing this weekend in the Five Tool World Series. The right hander went six innings and collected twelve strikeouts while allowing one hit and no earned runs. Skinner was able to paint the corners with his fastball, which featured a nice two seam run on it. He backed that up with a nice sharp breaking ball, but the fastball was so effective that he used it often. The 2025 uncommitted dude out of Legacy (TX) looked comfortable on the mound and the results came with it.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 6 IP, 12K, H, 0 ER

PJ Wydra (Dallas Patriots 18U)

Dallas Patriots 18U’s PJ Wydra came to play this past weekend at the Five Tool World Series. The 2022 Ouachita Baptist signee out of Rockwall Heath (TX) did not allow a single hit over the course of five innings and mowed down hitters to the tune of 12 punchouts. The RHP was seen up to 85 MPH and also showcased some nice offspeed stuff including a big curveball and a changeup. Wydra utilized swing and miss stuff throughout his outing and found ways to keep hitters guessing. This dude will be a fun name to watch as he transitions into his freshman season at Ouachita Baptist this spring.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 5 IP, 12K, 0H, 0R

Tanner Wiggins (NTXBC Dirtbags 2023 Woods/Sedberry)

NTXBC Dirtbags 2023 Woods/Sedberry’s Tanner Wiggins has lit up radar guns all summer long and really shined in a strong outing in the Five Tool World Series. The uncommitted 2023 from Temple Christian (TX) impressed through six innings of work as he racked up 11 strikeouts, allowed only three hits and did not issue a free pass throughout the start. The RHP had his stuff working from the get go and ran his fastball up to 91 MPH and really baffled hitters with a sharp slider that sat 77-80 MPH. This dude has all the tools to succeed at the next level and put it on display this week.

Event: Five Tool World Series

Stat Line: 6 IP, 11K, 3H, 0R

Cole Diaz (NSA Baseball 15U)

NSA Baseball 15U’s Cole Diaz had an incredible outing in the Five Tool California San Diego Show this weekend. The crafty left hander went seven shutout innings, striking out fifteen batters and allowing just four hits. Diaz hides the ball well in his delivery and was all over the strike zone. The 2025 uncommitted stud from Liberty (NV) had his stuff working and was getting hitters to whiff on strikes all day, which is always a good sign about a pitcher’s stuff. This dude has an advanced feel on the mound for a guy his age and will be interesting to watch going forward.

Event: Five Tool California San Diego Show

Stat Line: 7 IP, 15K, 4H, 0 ER

Connor Shaw (SoCal Redbirds Team Adidas 16U)

Another lefty that showed out in San Diego this weekend was SoCal Redbirds Team Adidas 16U’s Connor Shaw. The 2024 uncommitted lefty out of Westview (CA) went five total innings with 12 strikeouts, just three hits, and one run. Shaw has easy velocity and smooth mechanics, which should help him as he grows. He was also able to drop in breaking balls for strikes at any count. Shaw had a presence on the mound that made it feel like he was older than he was and is a guy to keep an eye on.

Event: Five Tool California San Diego Show

Stat Line: 5 IP, 12K, 3H, R

Other Notable Performances

Five Tool Colorado Regional Wood Bat Championships

Carsen Krell (Rock Canyon Dyer) 7-10, 3 2B, 4 RBI

Five Tool World Series

Peyton Wingfield (Dallas Tigers Etheridge) 7 IP, 10K, 3H, 0 ER

Five Tool South Texas Summer Finale

Sean Moore (Trosky Southwest Navy) 5.1 IP, 12K, H, 0 ER

Five Tool Texas Satellite World Series

Kai Kirchheiner (Texas Twelve 2025 Grey) 9-13, 3 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 7R, 3 BB, 3 SB

Art Perez (Houston Athletics 17U Gold) 9-15, 3 2B, 3B, 9 RBI, 6R, BB

Carson Dunham (Houston Athletics 17U Gold) 9-13, 2 2B, 3B, 8 RBI, 5R, BB, SB

Mason Sanders (Texas Twelve 2023 Silver) 9-13, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 4R, 3 BB, SB

Conner Godfrey (Dallas Tigers Houston 17U) 5 IP, 11K, 2H, 0R

Five Tool Oklahoma OKC Satellite Series

Layton Bryan (Veteran Bat Co. 15U) 9-11, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 8R, 5 BB, 3 SB

Malachi Sanders (MVP) 8-11, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 6R, 4 SB

Brody Roe (Sandlot 18U Taylor) 8-14, 2 2B, 3B, 9 RBI, 6R, BB, 2 SB

Briggs Roe (Sandlot 18U Taylor) 8-14, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 5R, BB

Holden Conner (Veteran Bat Co. 16U) 7-11, 3 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 8R, BB, 3 SB

Carter Upton (Dallas Patriots 16U Mucerino) 8 IP, 18K, 2H, 0R

Kamden Edge (Brewer Baseball 2023) 7 IP, 11K, 0H, 0R

Gage Ellison (Veteran Bat Co. 15U) 6 IP, 10K, H, 0R

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