2 Commit to Baseball in Arkansas

By: Dudley E. Dawson

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Arkansas baseball program added two pledges on Wednesday evening.

Bryant sophomore left-handed pitcher Gideon Moates (6-2, 195 pounds) and Texarkana (Texas) Pleasant Grove eighth grade infielder Spencer Browning (6-1, 160) are committed to the Razorbacks.

Both play summer baseball with the Arkansas Sticks organization.

Moates is also a talented quarterback, according to Sticks coach Chase Brewster. He could follow in the footsteps of Austin Ledbetter, a freshman pitcher at Arkansas who led Bryant to three state championships from 2018-20 as a quarterback.

“Gideon is just an incredible athlete,” Brewster said. “He generally has everything you look for in a high school athlete. He’s a left-handed pitcher who just dominates, and is also a medley player. He also throws the football right-handed.

“He’s had tremendous success for Bryant in football and will lead them into the future. He’s just a winner.”

Moates is considered one of the best young pitchers in Arkansas.

“He’s a three-pitch pitcher — fastball, curveball and changeup — and was up to 88 (mph) and has thrown really well for the Sticks in his career,” Brewster said. On his last appearance in October, he surrendered to a WWBA 17-U in Fort Myers, Florida, against Cain’s America and dominated just up the mound playing an age group.

“It’s pretty much what he’s been doing his whole career. He just gives you a chance to win every time he goes out. He just wants the baseball.”

Moates’ delay in committing to Arkansas was about deciding what sport he wanted to play in college.

“He’s had the offer since about last March, but I think it was just a matter of him deciding whether to play college football or college baseball,” Brewster said. “If he played baseball, he would always be Arkansas.”

Browning is the first commit in Arkansas in the 2026 class.

“We live in a time where kids are getting younger and younger, and it feels like he’s a kid still trying to make the transition to being a high school player,” Brewster said.

“But in his age group, there’s never been a time when I haven’t seen him the best player on the pitch. He’s a leader. He’s the kind of pitcher who always wants the ball, even if throwing is his secondary position.

“He always wants to throw and always wants the ball in a big game, but it’s almost impossible to get him off the shortstop.”

Browning also plays football.

“He’s also a talented running back and will play on their soccer team, which is always one of the state’s most successful programs,” Brewster said. “He is a very, very good athlete and ran a 6.8 second (60-yard dash) in the Arkansas camp this past weekend while playing a short stop.

“He is the first Texas prospect in 2026 to commit and, to my knowledge, the first eighth-grader to ever commit to Arkansas since we started with the Sticks. It speaks to the time we are in and his talent and all the work he has put in.”

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