Updated: Jan 3
Young Guns is a reoccurring article, in which we spotlight fireball pitchers who have verified cruising speeds of at least 60 mph. Today we have the spotlight on Aubrey Wurst, of Delray Beach, Florida. A gunslinger that can fire heat exceeding 65 mph and can spin it like a coastal hurricane.
Aubrey is a fierce athlete who commands the circle. She loves and thrives against elite competition and always wants the ball when it matters. With verified pitching speeds and outstanding videos of her clock-face directional movement pitches, she has caught the attention of several college programs and has quickly moved up in the elite prospect rankings.
A sophomore at American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Florida, Aubrey quickly established herself as the Ace of her varsity softball team in 2020, earning Second Team All-Palm Beach County recognition as a freshman. She finished the season, pitching 47 innings, while striking out 88 batters.
Aubrey made the decision this past summer to play travel ball in the 16U division as opposed to playing in 14U which was age appropriate. Aubrey excelled with the Lady Dukes out of West Palm Beach, Florida, participating in many of the top events of the summer, including Atlanta Legacy, Scenic City, USA Nationals in Kansas City, and other top-tier events. Playing up, she quickly earned her position as the Ace of the pitching staff, throwing 82 innings and striking out 110 batters, while holding the opposition to a meager .226 Batting Average.
Throughout the 2021 summer season, Aubrey became a recognized force which ultimately led to the Tampa Mustangs-Seymour team inviting her to play the 14U Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championships. Aubrey's contributions helped the Mustangs to a #8 national finish, ultimately losing to the eventual champions, Virginia Unity by a heart-breaker score of 2-1.
Aubrey's performance in the summer served as a springboard to her first true 16U season in the Fall of 2021. Playing in notable events such as the Mustangs Elite Qualifier, Ray Seymour Invitational, and others, Aubrey was a dominant pitcher, throwing 56 innings and amassing 82 strikeouts, with an eye-popping 1.7 ERA, and a stellar .187 opponent batting average.
Aubrey recently accepted an offer to join Tampa Mustangs-Seymour permanently, and she’s excited to play at the highest level against the best competition nationally this summer.
What sets Aubrey apart from many of her peers is her incredible work ethic. When she is not on the field or at practices, she is working on her mechanics with renowned pitching instructor JoAnn Ferrieri. JoAnn’s notable pitching products include Kylee Hanson and Megan King (both Florida State University National Champions). Aubrey is in the gym 2-3 times per week working on her strength at Wasserman Strength, and has a focused workout routine to increase her velocity in the circle. She is also a fantastic student (4.52 GPA) at a very academically respected high school. She takes the same approach to academics as she does athletics. Her ability to manage her time and prioritize athletics and sports over social events is what should make her appealing to any college coach.
Aubrey has received multiple personal camp invites from schools such as Florida State, Notre Dame, Central Florida, Marshall, George Mason, Texas Tech, Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State, and several others to date. She is uncommitted and has stated she is open to play anywhere for any program and welcomes all communications
Legacy & Legends Softball (L&LS) evaluation: Aubrey throws a wicked fastball, a very deceptive curve, a hard biting screw, a nice minus 10-15 mph change-up, a true rise, and can mix in a drop when needed. She has been clocked in official games as high as 64 mph (not throwing her hardest) by college coaches in attendance, and video recorded by Smart Coach Radar. Many coaches remark about her spin and movement on the ball. She has late movement which poses a challenge to opposing hitters. Aubrey’s goal is to be cruising consistently in the mid 60’s by summer of 2022. We at L&LS really like that she has clock-face directional movement on her pitches. She has the ability to throw vertical and horizontal movement pitches which compliments her fastball and change. Definitely an elite player to watch from a very strong 2024 class.
Furthermore, at American Heritage High School, Aubrey is an anchor and sports reporter for the media program. Aubrey’s dream is to play college softball at the highest level possible, while obtaining a degree in communications, journalism, or broadcasting, as she plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and hopes to become a news anchor.
When she is not working on her softball skills, Aubrey enjoys socializing with friends, fishing, and boating/jet skiing.
Links to Aubrey’s pitching videos:
Notable contacts: Mark Montimurro: 954-804-5159
JoAnn Ferrieri (pitching coach): 561-632-8057
Jon Pierce (Mustangs) – 727-301-5841
Chad Oliva (Mustangs) – 561-317-0559
Pete Berrios – HS Coach – 757-472-5253