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As one would assume, a Perfect Game World Series would have plenty of players to keep an eye on. With that being said, there was no doubt in my mind this weekend that the Kentucky Prospects had an abundance of talent that needs to be seen by many. What I noticed quickly as well was the amount of young talent we had in Memphis, Tennessee this weekend.

Louisville commit Ross Aldridge (2024, Paducah, Ky.) was impressive this weekend, getting out the three hitters he faced, two via the strikeout. The Kentucky Prospects product is the 386th ranked player nationally, and the 87th ranked pitcher nationally in the class of 2024. His fastball was 81-84 (up to 87 in previous Perfect Game events), and his breaking ball was 67-71. The breaking ball seen here with the first pitch was very sharp, and most closely resembled a slider. With his lower three quarter arm slot, his breaking ball looks the same as the fastball out of the hand, making it extremely effective for missing bats and freezing hitters. He was able to use the breaking ball in any count. The fastball was dominating with good arm side run.

Levin East (2023, Princeton, Ky.) of the Kentucky Prospects is the 29th ranked player in the state of KY, and 9th ranked middle infielder in Kentucky. He’s an athletic primary infielder but showed an ability to be a two way player as well. His fastball was 80-83 (up to 87 in previous Perfect Game events) with a breaking ball at 71-73. I like his velocity variation adding a harder breaking ball than what we typically see at this age. He has a very loose arm action which makes the ball come out of the hand seemingly effortless. Although it isn’t certain if he will pitch at the next level due to his plus ability to play in the field, the numbers are there for him to be developed into a contributing arm for a college pitching staff. His mechanics prove pitching is something he could do well in the future. He had a powerful back leg that propelled him into his delivery, and did a good job of planting his landing leg and getting over it, creating a great down angle with his fastball.

Zach Moss (2024, Hopkinsville, Ky.) of Kentucky Prospects. Moss is ranked the 470th right handed pitcher in the nation, and the 10th ranked right handed pitcher in Kentucky. His fastball has tons of life, was 80-83 and topped at 84 several times. He featured a hard slider at 68-71, and a changeup at 70-75. My favorite part of his performance was his three pitch mix. At 15 years old a three pitch mix is often hard to find, but Moss put his on display early and often. He held runners very well, mixing up his timing out of the stretch, another quality that’s hard to find at that age. What I liked about his mechanics was he rode the back leg with a great glove side action into a solid finish. A very tight and compact delivery.

Miller Green (2024, Paducah, Ky.) from Kentucky Prospects, another athletic primary position player. Green threw very well on the mound, giving up no earned runs in four innings pitched, with four strikeouts. His fastball was 75-77 and topped at 78 (up to 81 in previous Perfect Game events). He worked quickly and succeeded with heavy dose of the fastball. In four innings he had a strike percentage of 68%, proving he could consistently get ahead in the count. He had some arm side run on his fastball as well. Has good arm speed, especially for a 15 year old. Another great arm, but an even better position player. Green earned Most Valuable Player this weekend as well.

JJ Thompson (2024, Hopkinsville, Ky.) is a PG Grade 8.5, ranked 427th nationally, and 80th as an outfielder. In the state of Kentucky he’s the 6th ranked player in the class of 2024, and the number one outfielder in his class. I got to see him on the mound this weekend where his fastball sat 74-77 (up to 80 in previous Perfect Game events), his changeup at 70, and his breaking ball was at 67-68. I thought for such a talented position player he had great mechanics. He featured a good weight transfer and the ability to get the back side through. If you watch the clip above, you’ll notice the back leg catapults over his front side, showing a good involvement of his legs. He’s another athletic position player that the Kentucky Prospects showcased for this scout. It’s always a plus to see this ability from the left side as well. Another potential two way at the next level, but an exceptional position player none the less.

Colyn West (2024, Saltillo, Miss.) of Prospects Black. His fastball was 73-76 topped 77. The ball flew out of his hand, and it looked to create a high spin rate. His breaking ball was 61-64 and very hard to pick up out of the hand because he maintains his arm speed between his fastball and breaking ball, something often seen from older, more mature pitchers. In the clip above we see how effective the breaking ball can be, freezing the right handed hitter. I think the reason the ball flies out of his hand is his solid mechanics. Good mechanics can often be deceptive in a good way. For example, don’t let the mid-70’s velocity fool you because it seemed much harder than that, and the hitters proved that as well with West notching seven strikeouts in only 3.2 innings pitched. He faced 12 batters and struck out seven of them, allowing no runs. I think with his mechanics and arm speed, if he devotes a lot of time to the weight room he will control his own destiny.

Nathan Ferris (2024, Eads, Tenn.) of Memphis Tigers 16U had as good of a frame as we saw this weekend in Memphis. The 6-foot-4 170 pound right handed pitcher featured a fastball at 75-80 which topped at 82. His breaking ball was 68-69. What I liked most was his arm action, he comes slightly across his body, but it plays to his advantage giving his pitches a different angle of attack than what hitters typically see. He’s able to get his weight on his back leg and he has a good ability to get over his front leg. The breaking ball sweeps across the zone and is a good counter to his running fastball. In three innings pitched he didn’t give up a hit and had three strikeouts.

Cooper Waddle (2025, Golden, Miss.) of EBC 15U, a Perfect Game Top 1000 player, 53rd ranked outfielder in the nation, 6th ranked player in Mississippi, and 4th ranked outfielder in Mississippi in his class. His fastball was 74-77 and topped at 81 (up to 84 in previous Perfect Game event). His breaking ball was 64-66. His mechanics are very quick twitch, and he shows his athleticism in the speed of his delivery while maintaining good balanced finish. His throwing motion alone gives away that he’s a primary position player, but don’t take away the fact that he was very good on the mound. He didn’t throw as many strikes as I would’ve liked to have seen with a four walks and a strike percentage of 47% in two innings, however he did show a high level of maturity keeping his composure and getting the job done. In those two innings he did strikeout three, and allowed no hits or runs. With all that being said, I believe with some mechanical adjustments his ability on the mound has much potential to add to his already solid potential in the outfield.

Grant Ross (2022, Collierville, Tenn.) of EBC 18U. Ross is the 120th ranked player in the state of Tennessee, and the 6th ranked first baseman in the state of Tennessee class of 2022. Ross continues the trend of primary position players who excelled on the mound this weekend in Memphis. His fastball was 76-78 and topped at 80 (up to 86 at previous Perfect Game event). The breaking ball 64-68, which he used on both sides of the plate. In the clip above he shows good ability to field his position on the mound. From the left side he was very effective at producing soft contact. He was also very deceptive, hiding the ball in his mechanics. With some minor adjustments I think he sits closer to that previous top of 86 miles per hour on the mound, which from the left side could be dangerously effective.

Mason Shropshire (2022, Collierville, Tenn.) was another EBC product. He was the hardest thrower I was able to see, and almost certainly had the highest velocity of any pitcher in Memphis this weekend. The fastball was 83-85 and topped at 87. He countered with a plus breaking ball at 67-69 that seemed to most closely resemble a more north to south curveball. The fastball was electric out of the hand with great ride, you could hear the catcher’s mitt pop from outside the stadium. The breaking ball produced a strikeout here in the clip above. It’s a barrel missing type breaking ball. He used the fastball early in the count to get ahead which proved successful for him. Later in the game, especially when the lineup flipped, he mixed the breaking ball for a first pitch as well.

Hayden Short (2025, Collierville, Tenn.) of Memphis Tigers 15U Wallis. His fastball was 75-77 and got up to 79 with good command locating in, away, and elevated. His breaking ball was 64-65 giving him good variation. He’s got a good balance point with great momentum towards the plate, which I thought had much to do with the velocity being where it was. At 77 miles per hour his fastball is six miles per hour higher than his class average which puts him in the 82nd percentile of that category. In five innings of work he had 11 strikeouts with one hit allowed, and zero earned runs, and a good strike percentage of 62%. He’s got a good frame at 6 foot tall as well.