Though high school baseball may not be as popular as high school football in the South, two high-schoolers have generated buzz throughout their senior seasons. Jonathan Cuevas, from Pascagoula and Jerrion Ealy, from Carthage, have both had successful high school careers. Both hail from Mississippi and are considered two of the top high school hitters in the country. Ealy played for Jackson Prep, while Cuevas played for D’lberville. Ealy did not play this year due to injury, while Cuevas batted .500 with 12 home runs in 110 plate appearances. The two players each occupied center field for their respective teams. They’ve been able to meet through travel teams and MLB showcases.
“Yeah, Jonathan is a really cool guy,” says Ealy. “I’ve met him a couple times and I’ve seen him hit, he’s got special power and you can tell how hungry he is to be successful at the highest level.”
Cuevas had similar praise for Ealy.
“Jerrion seems like a real down to Earth guy,” Cuevas says in a thick Southern accent. “He has no real weakness to his game. He’s lightning quick, plays great defense, and has a great bat. I think he’ll do great things wherever he ends up.”
MLB scouts seem to agree with the two players, as Cuevas was selected with the 17th overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies, and Ealy was selected with the 60th overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. Both players will have to decide between honing their skills in college or beginning their MLB careers in the minor leagues. Either way, there’s a good chance we could see these two manning Major League centerfields in the future.