The 2019 Sunbelt Summer Collegiate League is approaching. We had the pleasure of covering the league’s talent in 2018. The Sunbelt Collegiate League is a six team league in metro Atlanta with teams in Alpharetta, Norcross, Suwannee, Lawrenceville, Brookhaven, and Marietta. The Atlanta base summer League gives the local talent the opportunity to stay close to home and compete all summer.
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The Sunbelt Collegiate league is definitely one of the hidden gems in the summer collegiate league circuit. The notable themes from the 2018 Sunbelt League season consist of incoming freshman gaining experience before stepping on campus, transfers marketing themselves for prospective colleges & role players becoming impact players at their school. Here’s an in-depth look.
The Sunbelt Collegiate League is typically for upperclassman but some of the elite local high school seniors showed their ability to compete at a higher level.
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Lydon Weaver FR (Middle Infielder) is a Redan High School graduate and 40th round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics. After a successful high school season, he went straight into the Sunbelt summer season starting out in the prospect division, but was later called up and was a vital part of the Brookhaven Bucks’ run to the championship. Weaver is an interesting prospect, stands about 6 feet tall with a strong athletic build; at this point of his development speed is definitely his best tool. Watching him play during his high school season to summer, his hitting ability was starting to develop. We look forward to watching his growth as he takes his talent to Eastern Kentucky.
Lavoiser Fisher FR (Outfielder) is a North Gwinnett High School graduate and 37th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was one of the most exciting players in the league. He has the ability to lead off the game with a triple every game as shown in his video. He has a chance to be a good blend of speed and gap to gap power. Fisher draws comparison to Grady Sizemore. He is just scratching the surface, after retiring from football in the fall of this senior season he finally has the opportunity to focus on baseball all year round. He dabbled with switch-hitting, this summer which is an intriguing element to add to his developing game. Keep an eye out for him at Georgia Highlands
Ryan WatsonFR(Starting Pitcher) is another North Gwinnett High School product who is very pitcherish. He went through a massive growth spurt and velocity improvement in the beginning of his senior year. He has an upper 80’s fastball, quality changeup and a tight slider. Really performed well at the Southeast Prospect Showcase where he was facing hitters some maybe 5 years older. Georgia State got a steal.
Transfers Marketing Themselves
Jay Pendley SOPH
Transferring from Augusta State University to Gordon State College, Pendley (Soph) posses an upper 80’s fastball with life and a really good slurve. He was the go-to for the Atlanta Crackers summer team. He has a really athletic and smooth delivery with allows him to improve his velocity and command the zone.
Taylor Wilkes JR
Transferring from Kennesaw State University to University of North Georgia. The 5’’10 Wilkes has some of the best stuff in the league Fastball 90-93 really good slider and also shows ability the to use the changeup. Interested to see where he fits in with UNG weekend plans
Role Player to Impact Player
Connor Stutts RS JR
A smooth Swinging lefty bat with power. Through out the summer season he would get scorching hot and look like one of the best hitters in the league. He led the league in Homeruns. If he finds consistency in his swing he will be a starter for Alabama Crimson Tide.
Zack Williams SOPH is the best two-way player in the Sunbelt League. Williams is a lefty hitter and pitcher, he really showed the ability to hit all summer long. On the mound was one of the best pitchers in the first half. He started the Southeast Prospect Showcase where he displayed his fastball from 85-88mph. He controls the zone with a fastball, slider mix. The College of Charleston sophomore can make an impact on both sides of the ball.
Matthew Swain SR is a 6’’8 right handed Pitcher from Georgia Gwinnett College. Fastball has been up to 94 with an over the top curveball that comes out the same tunnel as his fastball. He was notably impressive at the Southeast Prospect Showcase and was one of the best arms at the event. The more he throws the better he looks, he can be considered a late bloomer. The best is still ahead of him. As long as he keeps improving he will be interesting for pro scouts to follow.