FSS alums well represented in 2023 High School All-American Team

June 25, 2023

The 2023 High School All-American Team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball, was revealed late this week, and featured plenty of familiar names.

Zane Adams, Zion Rose, Colin Houck, Nazzan Zanetello, Cooper Pratt, Jake Brown, Landon Stripling and Antonio Jimenez all found themselves on the list, with all but Jimenez selected to the First Team.

Zanetello (Kansas City, 2021) and Houck (Atlanta, 2022 and Bombers Scout Day, 2022) were either regional combine or scout day attendees only, but others all have a rich history at FSS Signature Events.

A standout at both the 2022 National Combine and 2022 Main Event, Adams was largely dominant at both. The LHP out of Porter HS (Tx.) struck out six of the 11 batters he faced in Lake Charles, and followed up with four more K’s in a start at Fenway Park.

Rose caught Adams’ outing at Fenway, and while he’s certainly been lauded for his receiving skills and passion for the position, it’s his bat that often speaks the loudest. The IMG Academy standout racked up three hits at this year’s Main Event, and kept it going as one of the leaders of the “Goon Squad” that ran through some of the top amateur Dominican talent in the inaugural Caribbean Classic.

Pratt was, bar none, one of the breakout starts of the Main Event this year. His no-doubter of a homer in Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford made waves throughout the amateur world, and his stock continues to rise, as many project the Magnolia Heights HS (Miss.) star to go in the first round of the upcoming MLB Draft. He also had a big presence at the Caribbean Classic.

Brown has a lengthy history at FSS events, both in National Tournaments for Team Louisiana and at signature events, dating as far back to the inaugural Underclass Combine back in 2020. But, fresh off winning a gold medal with Team USA, the Sulphur HS two-way standout got one of the prestigious starts on the mound in the most recent Main Event at Fenway, and allowed just two hits in his three innings of work.

Stripling, a Parkview HS (Ga.) teammate of Houck’s, is another two-way star who has showed both sides of his game at recent signature events. Used primarily as a pitcher at the National Combine, Stripling was used only as a position player at Fenway, and racked up a hit in an impressive at-bat against Adams.

Lastly, Jimenez had a big summer with the Future Stars Series, racking up notable showings in the National Combine, Main Event and Caribbean Classic. After a two-hit showing in Louisiana, he backed it up with a memorable RBI single at Fenway.

Mike Ashmore
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