The Tennessee Preseason All-State is finally here! The much-anticipated event with some of the top athletes in Tennessee will be quite the event for our friends over at PBR Tennessee. We can’t wait to see it all unfold, and take place. With that talented group comes visibility for a handful of our very own. 6 of our own, will be right in the thick of it come tomorrow at Liberty Creek HS. We dive in below of these 6 studs that we expect to have big days for the PBR Staff. All video is credited to the individual athlete and the PBR staff.


1.) Tyler Cross – 2025 – Catcher – Goodpasture Christian

What’s To Come: Big TC from Goodpasture is as steady as they come. The last time he did a PBR event was back in 2022, so his numbers we expect to improve mightily. As a ball player, just very natural. Has started to become more mobile behind the plate, which helps his ability to block both left and right. He’s lived in the weight room over these last few months, so we are ecstatic for his numbers to all get updated on full display.

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/Tyler-Cross-9750382461


2.) Micah Freeman – 2026 – RHP – Oakland H.S.

What’s To Come: One of the most competitive individuals inside our program. Excited is an understatement for Micah. Really finished last summer strong, as his FB Avg in the PBR National Championships was 83-85 T 87 with his SL at 73-75 and CH at 76-78. Definitely a lot to like and be intrigued with, we think he has a chance to really come out of his own. STRIKE-THROWER….

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/Micah-Freeman-8431095726


3.) Cayden King – 2026 – RHP/IF – MTCS

What’s To Come: You want to talk about big strides? Look no further than Cayden King… 2026 is about to splash once again onto the scene. Sitting now at 6’5 205 lbs, yes this is a pretty firm 2026 we are talking about. All that muscle he’s gaining is definitely getting some eyes. One of his last recorded pens he had this winter, he sat about 84-85 while topping out about 87 mph. Just so happens he can hit a ball a mile away too. Can’t wait for Cayden to do what he always does, perform!

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/Cayden-King-3951607248


4.) Drew Hostetler – 2026 – OF/RHP – Siegel H.S.

What’s To Come: Drew is the definition of a “freak-athlete.” Last time doing an event like this, he ran a 6.58 60 Time and was up to 93.1 Max Exit Velo. Just has a ton of tools that really make him stand out. People that know Drew, know what he can bring to the table. This is just going to be another prime-example come tomorrow of the things Drew can really do at a high level.

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/Drew-Hostetler-8507432619


5.) Gus Gardner – 2026 – C – Franklin County

What’s To Come: Gus is what we call a “silent assassin.” He puts his head down and goes to work. It’s really shown over the Fall too with his workout routine he’s been a part of. He’s another very natural moving catcher. Love his ability to receive. He’s very mechanically sound, and he really does a great job for us in how he handles the pitchers day in and day out. Last time he did an event like this was also back in 2022, so we are excited for Gus to show what he is capable of.

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/Gus-Gardner-2698107534


6.) CJ Potter – 2026 – Catcher/IF – Watertown H.S.

What’s To Come: One of my favorite people inside our program. CJ is everything you can ask for as a coach. Hard-worker that is going to push every one around him to be better. During this winter, he would come and train and be around a lot of our younger guys, and you can just see firsthand his leadership. Guys looked up to him, and it was refreshing to watch firsthand. It also helps that the kid can crush the heck out of a baseball too. 94 Max Exit Velo with right around a sub 2.0 Pop Time. CJ is going to compete, and we can’t wait for him to showcase what he can do again.

PBR Profile: https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/profiles/TN/CJ-Potter-1756932480


– Midsouth Staff

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!

“This team is resilient! They are not going down without a fight. They believe in each other and truly enjoy being around one another. These boys are hungry to see each other succeed.”



To quote the legendary wrestler, Ric Flair, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” This quote to us embodies what this 11U team wants to become. The mindset of we will play you anytime, anywhere, any day. They are going to play in competitive tournaments, they are going to come out and challenge whoever wants to play, it embodies their team. “We have an amazing schedule put together that will allow them to compete against some of the best competition around. It is going to be exciting to see the growth of these players and how they respond,” said Coach Hughes.

We saw glimpses of that growth begin this Fall season. As we know Fall should be utilized as an opportunity to grow with the boys and give boys opportunities in other positions, and for the majority of Fall our 11s did just that. When they came around to wrapping up their Fall, they went out with a bang with a Perfect Game tournament championship. “Our Fall season ended with us playing our best/most confident baseball and you can still see that confidence in their approach as we begin spring practices,” said Coach Hughes. That level of growth both physically and mentally is starting to show for these boys.

“We have seen the development of the “athlete” in these kids. These boys are involved in multiple sports and additional training to help them become better,” said Coach Hughes.

So who is the 11U squad that’s ready to pop off?



#2 Cameron Holland- Cameron is one of the strongest and most athletic kids we have. Don’t let his shyness fool you. This kid will drive the ball to the gaps and throw you out if you try to stretch a double with his cannon of an arm.

#4 Ty Trumbower- Versatile. Ty has a strong bat and a vacuum for a glove. You can put him anywhere on the field knowing that he will get the job done. Ty brings a great attitude and work ethic that will push the other players around him.

#9 Colton Parker- “OBP” These letters might as well be his initials. Whether he draws a walk, takes one in the back, or drives the baseball this kid finds a way to get on base. You can put Colton anywhere in the field. From behind the plate to the mound he’s got you covered.

#11 Kade O’Neal- Smooth. Look out, this kid is just starting to unlock his potential and is poised to have a big year. Kade is cool, calm, and collected on the field. He battles you on the mound and can drive the ball to all fields when at the plate.

#23 Henry Burger- The Mighty Lefty! You want the ball in this kid’s hand on the mound come Sunday. He will battle you all game long and not back down from anyone.

#24 Braylon Vernon- Swagger. You need someone at the plate to come up with a clutch hit, it is this kid. Braylon is as smooth as they come in the game. Put him anywhere, it’s fun to watch.

#27 Jonathan Fitzpatrick- Speed kills and this kid has it. Johnny covers the ground like no one else and is one of the most athletic kids you will see on the field.

#34 Dray Cisneros— Hard work. This kid pushes himself like no other! From leadoff hitter to centerfield, this kid gets after it. Dray makes everyone around him better.

#50 Drew Hughes- Mr. Dependable. Drew will do all that is asked of him and find a way to get it done. He’s a competitor at the plate, in the field, and on the mound.

#89 Boogie Brooksher- Power! Don’t make a mistake when pitching to this guy, he will make you pay! He knocks the cover off the ball and can throw it by you also. Not only is he a great player, but he is a great teammate.

#99 Malone Piper- Solid Rock-Malone is a student of the game and is a leader behind the plate. He is a blocking machine behind the plate and receives the baseball as well as any catcher out there. Hard work pays off, and Malone is a true testament to that.


Success…. Lots of ways to define success. These 11s have goals and are going to do whatever they can to accomplish those goals. For Coach Hughes as he put it, “Success for this team will be to see these boys grow their love of the game and understand the work they put in now will help them get ready for the big field in 2 years.” Everyone involved is doing a tremendous job, and we can’t wait to see these boys go out and compete this Spring season.

– Midsouth Staff

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!

“We strive to have them not only better ball-players but better young men. Being stronger, faster, and smarter ballplayers.”



Determined, committed, willing, scrappy, and tough. All words that our 10U squad is continuing to embrace this upcoming season. Determined was a word brought up a lot by head coach Coach Steen as we talked about what’s to come, “These young men have stepped up during the off-season with regards to workouts and winter training. It shows the dedication they have to compete at the highest level.” It’s great to see the level of commitment each boy is putting in during this winter. They feel they have a lot to prove, and their desire to go back to the lab and work on their craft goes a long way when it’s all said and done.

“Our strengths for our boys is their willingness to learn and put in the work to the task at hand,” said Coach Steen.

Those strengths are not only going to help grow these boys physically but more importantly mentally. It’s embracing their identity. We have to do the little things right. We have to be able to lay down the bunt, move runners over, and make the routine play. The little things keep us in games, and also more often than not, the team that does it better usually wins the game.

So the mighty 10U squad? Who are they?



#1 Parker Eden – “Mr.Smiles”

#2 Micah Haskell – “Mr.Competes”

#5 Noah Bradley – “Mr.Hardworker”

#8 Jay Hoyt – “Mr.Dedication”

#10 Easton Steen – “Mr.Flow”

#11 William Green – “Mr.Mighty”

#13 Kingston Meyer – “Mr.Baseball”

#22 Jordin Bird – “Mr.No Nonsense

#23 Easton Roseberry – “Ice Cream Man”

#32 Sawyer Morgan – “Mr.Passionate”


Do you know what’s cool about those scrappy teams? They always seem to be locked in, and ready to go out and play the game they love. You don’t need to motivate them out of bed to get ready to go play, they just want to be around it with their friends, and go out and compete. This group is going to be a lot of fun to follow!

 

– Midsouth Staff

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In today’s write-up, we highlight 8 uncommitted 2024s inside our program. Each of these athletes is in line for huge spring seasons. We cannot wait to follow along and continue to highlight their journey.  Let’s take a deeper dive into these athletes that are game-changers for us. Video credited to the individual athlete, PBR Staff, 2D Sports, and PBI Camps.


1.) Derek Chambliss (24′) – OF/IF – Beech H.S.

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 6.67 | OF Velo – 86 mph OF Velo | 96.4 Exit Velo Max



2.) Micah Summar (24′) – LHP – Green Hill H.S.

Pitching Numbers: FB Max – 87 mph | 82-84 FB Avg | 75-76 SL | 76-77 CH



3.) Evan Tomlin (24′) – UTL/RHP – Tullahoma H.S.

Positional Tools: 6.89 60 Time | 98.2 Exit Velo Max | OF Velo 90 mph

Pitching Numbers: FB Max 88 mph | FB avg 85-87 mph | 70-73 CB



4.) Brice Njezic (24′) – IF – Lebanon H.S.

Positional Tools: 6.90 60 Time | 88 mph Exit Velo Max



5.) Colton Emory (24′) – UTL/C – Tullahoma H.S.

Positional Tools: 7.14 60 Time | 88.7 Max Exit Velo | 2.09-2.16 Pop Time



6.) Dmani Moton (24′) – OF – Oakland H.S.

Bio: 5’8 Height | 160 lbs | 3.8 GPA



7.) Jayron Morris (24′) – C/RHP – Tullahoma H.S.

Positional Tools: 92 Max Exit Velo | 7.7 60 Time | 2.08-2.15 Pop Time | 76 mph C Velo

Pitching Tools: 88 Max FB Velo | 84-86 FB Avg | 75-77 SL | 76-80 CH | CB 71-74



8.) Will Summers (24′) – OF – Wilson Central H.S.

Bio: 5’10 Height | Weight 160 lbs | 4.0 GPA


 

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!


“Our GOAL is to develop the (athlete). We want them ready for next season’s move to kid pitch.”


8U travel baseball… The last year until “big boy baseball” begins for the rest of their lives. 8U is a one-of-a-kind though. The energy it brings every game makes it truly enjoyable to go out to the ballpark day in and day out. It helps when the group of boys, parents, and coaches involved are all in and invested in what’s going on. “We couldn’t be more excited for these boys, and our team. The boys have had a great time away from baseball this winter and are more excited than ever to be back at it,” said Coach Gaines.

This winter they got after it! This was lot of their first times’ being involved in a strength & team building group. They were pushed and they had to battle through it over and over again as a TEAM.

“This winter we feel that their overall athletic abilities while playing other sports and working out, not only helped them grow physically, but helped them learn and grow mentally. They are starting to become better teammates, and it’s been awesome to watch unfold,” said Coach Gaines.

So who is the 8U squad this upcoming year?



#1 Cameron Davis – “Dawg”

#2 Lyric Gaines – “Reliable”

#3 Wyatt Young – “Clutch”

#4 Lawson Blevins – “Scrappy”

#8 Connor Culler – “Passionate”

#9 Bradley Hale – “Hammer Time”

#12 A.J. Ayars – “Unrelenting”

#13 Rekker Griffin – “Overachiever”

#17 Cash Ford – “Beast Mode”

#23 Ivan Vega – “Powerful”

#35 Greyson Foley – “Speedster”


We know these boys and families are all excited to be back at it. We look forward to watching their growth take place as they head to the Spring! As Coach Gaines put it, “We are going to continue to strengthen our new and existing Mafia family relationships.” We wouldn’t want it any other way.

– Midsouth Staff

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!


“MAFIA FAMILY is a firm belief of our team. We truly play together as a team, we hang out as a team, we eat as a team, this is a family.”

The best experiences we create sometimes end up right there at the ball field, doesn’t it? Playing a double-header game, wondering where we will eat afterward, and then rinse & repeat the process all over again with your friends the next day. The quote my former college coach used to say was “This right here will be the best days of your lives.” Being right out there on the baseball field. It changed my whole view of how important the game of baseball was to me and my life. A big part of my growth has been simply what I learned and did right there on the baseball field. The adversities you go through, the joy of being around it with new people, there’s nothing like it. It’s what makes watching the dynamic of our 5-Star Midsouth 9U Appleton team feel so refreshing. It’s good families, with good kids, all wanting to grow together. As Coach Appleton said, “It’s a growth mindset we have. We are simply hoping to continue growing each week. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” He’s exactly right. It takes everybody to contribute, and this group very well knows that. That’s why the work they continued to put in this winter came back to how they finished this fall.

“The progression the team showed from the first game of fall to the last was phenomenal. We hope to keep growing and learning something new about the game every day,” said Coach Appleton.

So who are the boys?


#2 James Dobson – “Thou Shall Not Steal.”

#3 AJ Elmore Jr – “Utility Specialist”

#4 Jaxon Sutton – “Selfless Teammate”

#7 Tucker Maryniw – “Fastest Thing On 2 Feet”

#9 Aiden Vantrease – “Johnny Hustle”

#10 Beau Young – “Fierce Competitor”

#11 Luke Smith – “Silent Assassin”

#24 Max Gomez – “Workhorse”

#35 Peyton Appleton – “Passionate”

#99 Dean Roberts – “Mr.Positive”


9U is a unique year. That year of battling through your woes specifically on the mound as they go through kid pitch can be a hurdle. However, the emphasis on the “little things” is a huge deal for these boys and the coaching staff. “We gotta take pride in the small things,” said Coach Appleton. Call them small victories. Those small victories begin turning into bigger and bigger victories. There’s no doubt this team is on a mission, we just can’t wait to see it all unfold here soon.

– Midsouth Staff

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!


“We have a well-roundedness of athletes. Everyone will be able to contribute offensively and play just about every position.”

The new/old team on the block in our 12U Midsouth Sanford team. Don’t be mistaken, this might be a new team, but there is a crop of vets from this past summer & fall seasons looking to make an immediate impact for the new squad. “I’m very optimistic and excited to see them all get out on the field and compete,” said Coach Sanford. Who could blame him? We keep seeing a key piece when it comes to our teams which is the versatility element, and these guys have exactly that. The ability to have guys that not only can compete top to bottom on the mound, but the ability to move guys in and out defensively and play at a high level is huge. That goes into the level of work these guys have been putting in this winter.

 

“Several have focused on becoming better athletes with various strength, speed, and conditioning workouts – as well as continually working on various mechanical aspects. 12-year-olds typically hit a growth spurt around this time, as well. So, I think all in all we’re bigger, stronger, and faster than we were in prior seasons,” said Coach Sanford.

 

So who are these boys? Well, we are glad you asked:


#3 Weston Sanders – Athletic player who has great speed, great glove work, and produces consistent line drives.

#4 Fisher Clark – Captain Clark – exceptional leader and lockdown defender with a very high baseball IQ.

#9 Bryson Brown – Extremely athletic and can play all positions on a high level while producing big offensive numbers as well.

#22 Blake Hutton – Powerful player with speed that throws gas and hits tanks.

#23 Hunter Branscom – Strong player who hits the ball a mile, throws consistent strikes, and is going to step up into a leadership role this season.

#24 Daniel Hazelip – Versatile player who can play anywhere on the field at a high level.

#42 Ben McReynolds – A very athletic player who can give consistent innings on the mound and contribute offensively.

#44 Miles Sanford – a very versatile and athletic player with speed who can play any position and contribute quality innings on the mound.

#50 Jayden Battle – Athletic and versatile player who can contribute all over the field with a great bat.

#99 Christian Branscom – Everyone loves an LH pitcher and Christian has the potential to be a great one. Christian is looking to step up into a leadership role this season.


As far as goals and accomplishments, the big picture is once again we know these boys are in line for the big field here soon. Sometimes it goes a little further than that though. We are trying to build these young boys into young men. We think Coach Sanford said it best; “My personal goal is to see each one of them improve as a player and athlete, as well as a leader and human being. We want them to continue to have a love for the game at the end of the season.” The love for the game. These boys are going to enjoy their last season on the small field and give it everything they have. We are thrilled to be a part of the ride and journey with each one of them.

 

– Midsouth Staff

Welcome to this year’s 2024 spring/summer team preview! Be sure to read up on all our teams, and check out their rosters for the upcoming season. All the information provided is through talks with our coaches and directors to bring the most accurate information on our players & teams. Go check out the latest write-up!


“We have a group that likes to work. They like to compete, and we are going to do just that.”

Talk about excitement… Our 12U Midsouth Desposito squad looks to continue to build on the success they had this Fall. After a 10-5 Fall season, the boys and the coaches are hungrier than ever to get right back to it again. The key that helps this group is the athleticism that they bring.

“We are extremely athletic which will benefit us both offensively and defensively. Offensively we have guys that are going to apply constant pressure whether that is grinding out at bats, laying down a bunt, or swiping a bag. Defensively, our goal is to make all the routine plays and half the tough ones. We want to limit giving teams extra outs. We are versatile and no matter what defensive lineup we put on the field; we will catch the baseball,” said Coach Desposito.

When you have a dynamic that allows guys to play multiple positions, and play them at a very high level, it does create this sort of edge to how teams play. The mindset of knowing whoever is out on the field, or the mound, that you have a chance to win every inning you are in, is such a rewarding feeling. It makes the job of coaches a lot easier. It also makes it a lot of fun to sit back and watch the athletes do their thing. As Coach Desposito put it, “This will be a very entertaining group to watch all year long.”

So who is this squad we keep hinting about? Here’s our boys:


#1 Deacon Crocker – People who have been around this game for a while know what it means when you say someone is just a baseball player. It is one of the best compliments that you can give someone that plays. That is Deacon.

#2 Tate McPeak – Tate is an athlete. Constantly finds ways to impact the game.

#5 Bryce Garner – Bryce is as tough as they come. He plays the game the right way and is just one of those guys that you want on your team.

#6 Levi Gallion – Levi is a DUDE, especially on the mound. You like your chances when he is up or on the mound in a big situation.

#7 Vin Bell – Vin is a “Swiss Army Knife” and a team-first guy. No matter where he is on the field, he is going to give you everything he has to help the team.

#8 Maddux Desposito – Maddux is a high-IQ guy. He understands the game and is that extra coach on the field. He is going to show up and bring energy each day and it is contagious.

#10 Ethan Stockwell – E is a bulldog. Great competitor. You know he isn’t going to back down.

#12 Andrew Stonehouse – Hits, hits, and hits some more. Smooth left-handed swing.

#13 Bryson Pack – B Pack plays with his hair on fire. He brings energy and guys feed off it.

#15 Rhylan Hamm – Rhylan is another guy who is just a baseball player. He plays the game hard and always seems to find a way to make an impact.

#17 Knox Tollison – Knox is smooth. Everything he does on the baseball field just looks effortless.

#30 Nolan Plummer – Nolan is a natural leader. He is steady, never too high, and never too low. Guys follow him.


 

12U year is always a unique year when it comes to the baseball universe. First, you have kids at this point who have grown physically, which makes 12U a lot of fun on both the pitching and offensive side. You are also at this point, here in Middle Tennessee, battling the element of kids needing to grow on the big field through middle school. 13U is right around the corner, the first time you permanently stay on the 60-90 field for the rest of your baseball career. So there’s this sort of balancing act of developing not only to play your tail off your last season of 12U but continuing to look ahead of what’s to come through your 1st year of middle school.

“I think we will have had a successful season if our guys show continued development. The goal is to have them ready for the big field full-time. The big field changes things and it is a separator for those that can play and those that can’t. We need to have our guys ready to go when that time comes,” said Coach Desposito.

We have no doubt these guys are going to be ready. We know what they are capable of. It’s going to make following this group so much fun. We know the coaches & players are beyond stoked to be together once again. As a staff, we can’t wait to follow the handful playing their first year of middle school ball this early part of spring.

– Midsouth Staff

Over the last few weeks, our guys have been highlighting their hard work they have put in this winter! Check out some of the boys and what they have been able to do:


Eli Emery – 2024 – Mount Juliet H.S.


Jake Truitt – 2024 – Goodpasture Christian


Matt Heflin – 2024 – Farragut H.S.


Landon Waugh – 2024 – Eastern H.S. (KY)


Chase Clatur – 2024 – Nolesnville H.S.


Cory & Carson Hoard – 2025s – Franklin H.S.


Chase Fernandez – 2025 – Stewarts Creek H.S.


Ty Martin – 2024 – Smith County H.S.


Colton Baron – 2026 – Siegel H.S.

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In today’s write-up, we highlight 6 uncommitted 2023s inside our program. Each of these athletes are in line for huge spring seasons. We cannot wait to follow along, and continue to highlight their journey.  Let’s take a deeper dive into these athletes that are game-changers for us. Video credited to the individual athlete, and PBR Staff.


1.) Ben Daniel (23′) – RHP/OF – Ensworth HS 

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 7.17 | 88 mph OF Velo | 91.3 Exit Velo 

Pitching Tools: 83-85 FB Velo | 86.2 FB T | 72-76 CB Velo | 76-78 CH Velo



2.) Isaac Schafer (23′) – OF/RHP – Wilson Central HS 

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 6.95 | 85 mph OF Velo | 92 mph Exit Velo 

Pitching Tools: 79-81 FB Velo | 82 FB T | 65-70 CB Velo | 70-72 SL Velo



3.) Drew Jones (23′) – OF – Wilson Central HS 

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 6.84 | 78 mph OF Velo | 94 mph Exit Velo 


4.) Brady Knepper (23′) – IF/OF – Greenbrier HS 

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 7.30 | 78 mph IF Velo | 87.9 mph Exit Velo 


5.) Jackson Lea (23′) – IF/OF – Lebanon HS 

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 7.05 | 74 mph IF Velo | 85.5 mph Exit Velo 


6.) Carter Wallace (23′) – RHP/IF – CPA

Positional Tools: 60 Time – 7.30 | 80 mph IF Velo | 94 mph Exit Velo 

Pitching Tools: 81-84 FB Velo | 86 FB T | 69-72 CB Velo | 68-72 SL Velo