Prep Baseball Report

From the Hip: Shooter's Future Games Standouts - Day 2

Shooter Hunt
Vice President, Scouting

Lakepoint was even more packed Thursday for the start of Future Games gameplay than it was on the workout day, with many colleges utilizing the maximum three coaches to get the most (and best) looks at the top uncommitted underclassmen in the country and Canada. There was never a down moment, as the talent continued to make the most of the biggest stage. Here are some of the top standouts from the day:

SS Carter Johnson (AL)

Fresh off a stellar performance on the workout day, Johnson continued to wow all onlookers with his play. Notching two hits including a booming double, the true shortstop was a magnet for all eyes in the first slate of games. Even his one out was laced at a 93 mph exit velocity. The balance and fluidity of the hands stand out as does his ability to raise his level of play in-game. Adding to his allure, the glove-to-hand ability, defensively, is advanced, and he demonstrates the ability to make throws from all angles and has a strong chance to stick at shortstop at the next level.

SS Brendan Lawson (ON)

Lawson looked ultra hitterish against some power arms rolled out by Team Mississippi that climbed up into the low 90s. With the hands held high to start, they work fluidly down and back before quickly ripping the barrel through the zone. There is a heaviness to that barrel, and he demonstrated an innate ability to keep it in the zone with some firm contact throughout including a booming double deep into the gap. Though he likely shifts over to third base in the future, the bat is clearly showing well as a middle-of-the-order type.

SS Chris Davila (FL)

Davila was one of the players that I wanted to follow on Day 2 closely. The wiry-athletic, left-handed hitter did not disappoint in the first game of the day, and after getting off a good swing early in the count, unloaded on a two-strike pitch for a deep double, turning the barrel with some authority. But as good as the swing has looked, Davila’s glove has looked even better. His up-the-middle play, which included a natural transfer around the back before nailing the hitter at first with his momentum carrying towards right field, was nothing short of spectacular and helped support the idea of him sticking at shortstop long term.

C Cody Cashon (TX)

Cashon first caught my eye in the batting practice session (on field) prior to the final slate of games, and only lifted his profile with multiple hits in a game against some stout California arms. The right-handed hitting backstop does a quality job behind the dish, but it might be his bat’s impact that ultimately carries him in the eyes of college coaches eager to gain a run producing catcher. A good follow the rest of the weekend, look for Cashon to continue making an impact on the week for Team Texas.

SS Austin Park (UT)

I got my first look at a talented Utah squad during the on field batting practice prior to the first slate of games, and Park was ready to hit even early in the morning. A wiry, long-limbed, 6-foot, 155-pounder, Park carried a bigger presence on both sides of the ball, and moved with graceful athleticism that enabled him to be a three sport standout in his freshman year. Wider in the setup, the hands are quick with an accurate barrel, but it is his ability to be on time with effortless plate coverage that really stood out in this look. After working gap-to-gap in batting practice, he notched two hits in game play, working deep into counts for quality at-bats, and keeping the hands back of a plethora of breaking balls.


Mitch Haythorn (CO)


Marshall Louque (LA)


Kaden Morris (NC)


Ryler Smart (TX)


Jack Bauer (IL)


Billy Carlson (CA)


Matt Brown (CAN)

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