While there was no high school baseball season in 2020, one local pitcher is making a big name for himself on the the high school showcase circuit -- Mainland Regional pitcher Chase Petty.

Petty has been absolutely dominate on the summer circuit, even hitting 100 MPH on the radar gun at the recent Area Code games. He has consistently been in the 96-97 range with his fastball while topping out at 100 MPH.

MLB.com recently ranked its top draft prospects for the 2021 MLB Draft and had Petty ranked No. 1 on that list.

1. Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland HS (Linwood, N.J.)
Petty opened the Area Code Games on Friday morning by throwing a 99-mph fastball and following it up with 100-mph heater, setting a standard no one would match. He sat around 96-97 mph with sink for three hitless innings, backed up his fastball with an upper-80s slider and showed promising depth on a couple of changeups. His command wavered a little, but he struck out six without issuing a walk.

Petty, from Somers Point, will be a senior this fall at Mainland and is 6-1 and 185 pounds. He has made a verbal commitment to the University of Florida.

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