High School Top 100: Groome-Pint Debate Headlines Class of ’16

Despite the long, thorough showcase circuit, many questions about the 2016 high school class remain unanswered. This ranking includes countless promising athletes, many of whom could leap forward in the spring. This is merely a snapshot of where these players line up at this point in time.

The class has three clear strengths: pitchers, outfielders and left-side infielders. New Jersey lefthander Jason Groome ranks as the top prospect in the class. He draws comparisons to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw at the same age, thanks to his physicality and electric three-pitch mix, which is highlighted by arguably the best curveball in the class.

Kansas righty Riley Pint is also in the mix to be the first prep player drafted. Pint has the raw materials to develop into a frontline starter, with an elite fastball and flashes of promise with his breaking ball and changeup. Over the summer, the debate between Pint and Groome began to take shape. They both have the potential to be special players, and Groome and Pint could certainly reverse spots by the time the draft rolls around.

In conversations with scouts in recent weeks, it has become clear that many more scouts think of Pint with more caution. Some decision-makers envision Pint moving to the bullpen, making note of the across-body finish to his arm action, and head whack as he finishes his delivery. Pint also has a tendency to stay tall and land upright, which gives him the balance he needs to reach high velocities, but also gives him trouble locating his stuff down in the strike zone. Even with these concerns, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which a healthy Pint slips outside of the top five picks in next June's draft.

There's upside in this outfield class. The Southern California duo of Blake Rutherford and Mickey Moniak brings to mind the top two outfielders in the 2013 draft class, Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier. Both brought offensive promise and the potential to play center field to the table. The same is true for Moniak and Rutherford, who played together for USA Baseball's 18U national team that won the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Cup in September.

Rutherford has an extensive track record of offensive performance. Previously known more for his speed and contact skills, he grew into his power as a rising senior, slowing down slightly but also showing the potential for a plus bat and plus power. Moniak performed all summer and fall. He's an all-fields hitter with exceptional timing and pitch recognition skills. He's an outstanding defensive center fielder right now and a plus runner. Many scouts project him to develop a 60-grade hit tool, though some are even more aggressive with their evaluations.

Moniak and Rutherford are both committed to UCLA, and the Bruins are the only college team with two top-five commits. Vanderbilt, whose current freshman class topped our recruiting rankings, has three of the top 12 players committed: lefties Groome and Braxton Garrett and righty Ian Anderson.

The Commodores have seven commits among the Top 100, one more than North Carolina. The Tar Heels' class includes Anderson's 18U national team teammate, righthander Austin Bergner, and Colorado righty Bo Weiss, whose father Walt is the Rockies' manager and a former North Carolina shortstop.

Rank Player Position Ht. Wt. School Commitment Video
1. Jason Groome lhp 6-4 224 Barnegat (N.J.) High Vanderbilt  Video
2. Riley Pint rhp 6-5 195 St. Thomas Aquinas High, Overland Park, Kan. Louisiana State  Video
3. Blake Rutherford of 6-1 176 Chaminade College Prep, Canoga Park, Calif. UCLA  Video
4. Josh Lowe 3b/rhp 6-4 190 Pope High, Marietta, Ga. Florida State  Video
5. Mickey Moniak of 6-1 167 La Costa Canyon High, Carlsbad, Calif. UCLA  Video
6. Delvin Perez ss 6-2 165 International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. Uncommitted  Video
7. Ian Anderson rhp 6-3 175 Shenendohowa High, Clifton Park, N.Y. Vanderbilt  Video
8. Matt Manning rhp 6-5 194 Sheldon High, Sacramento Loyola Marymount  Video
9. Reggie Lawson rhp 6-3 213 Victor Valley High, Victorville, Calif. Arizona State  Video
10. Nolan Jones ss/3b 6-4 216 Holy Ghost Prep, Langhorne, Pa. Virginia
11. Will Benson of 6-5 225 The Westminster Schools, Atlanta Duke  Video
12. Braxton Garrett lhp 6-3 190 Florence (Ala.) High Vanderbilt  Video
13. Jesus Luzardo lhp 6-1 209 Stoneman Douglas High, Pompano Beach, Fla. Miami
14. Alex Speas rhp 6-4 187 McEachern High, Powder Springs, Ga. Auburn  Video
15. Forrest Whitley rhp 6-6 253 Alamo Heights High, San Antonio, Texas Florida State
16. Alex Kirilloff of 6-2 195 Plum High, New Kensington, Pa. Liberty
17. Carter Kieboom ss/3b 6-2 185 Walton High, Marietta, Ga. Clemson  Video
18. Kevin Gowdy rhp 6-2 171 Santa Barbara (Calif.) High UCLA
19. Luis Curbelo ss 6-3 187 Cocoa (Fla.) High Miami
20. Joe Rizzo 3b 5-11 215 Oakton High, Vienna, Va. South Carolina  Video
21. Cole Ragans lhp 6-4 190 North Florida Christian School, Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State  Video
22. Cooper Johnson c 6-0 200 Carmel Catholic, Mundelein, Ill. Mississippi  Video
23. Hudson Sanchez ss/3b 6-2 195 Carroll Senior High, Southlake, Texas Texas A&M
24. Zack Hess rhp 6-4 210 Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Va. Louisiana State Video
25. Erik Miller lhp 6-4 224 De Smet Jesuit High, St. Louis Stanford
26. Daniel Bakst ss 6-1 183 Poly Prep Country Day School, New York Stanford
27. Ulysses Cantu 3b/c 5-11 225 Boswell High, Fort Worth, Texas Texas Tech  Video
28. Austin Bergner rhp 6-4 190 Windermere (Fla.) Prep School North Carolina
29. Tyler Baum rhp 6-2 170 West Orange High, Winter Garden, Fla. North Carolina
30. Carlos Cortes 2b/of/c 5-9 190 Oviedo (Fla.) High South Carolina  Video
31. Zach Linginfelter rhp 6-5 220 Sevier County High, Sevierville, Tenn. Tennessee  Video
32. Nicholas Quintana ss/2b 5-9 185 Arbor View High, Las Vegas Arizona
33. Todd Peterson rhp 6-5 205 Lake Mary (Fla.) High Louisiana State  Video
34. Matt Cleveland rhp 6-3 189 Windsor (Conn.) High Florida Southwestern  Video
35. Bo Bichette 2b/3b 5-11 201 Lakewood High, St. Petersburg, Fla. Arizona State  Video
36. Thomas Dillard c 5-11 224 Oxford (Miss.) High Mississippi  Video
37. Mario Feliciano c 6-1 195 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Florida, P.R. Uncommitted
38. Davis Daniel rhp 6-1 175 St. James School, Montgomery, Ala. Auburn
39. Dustin May rhp 6-6 180 Northwest High, Fort Worth, Texas Texas Tech
40. Rian Haire lhp 6-3 205 South Caldwell High, Hudson, N.C. South Carolina
41. Avery Tuck of 6-5 188 Steele Canyon High, Spring Valley, Calif. San Diego State  Video
42. Charles King rhp 6-5 201 Coppell (Texas) High Texas Christian
43. Max Kranick rhp 6-3 185 Valley View High, Archbald, Pa. Virginia
44. Ben Rortvedt c 5-9 185 Verona (Wisc.) High Arkansas
45. Tyler Benninghoff rhp 6-4 180 Rockhurst High, Kansas City, Mo. Arkansas
46. Gavin Lux ss 6-0 167 Indian Trail Academy, Kenosha, Wisc. Arizona State
47. Akil Baddoo of 6-1 195 Salem High, Conyers, Ga. Kentucky
48. Alexis Torres ss 6-0 170 Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. Uncommitted
49. Cole Stobbe ss/3b 6-1 183 Millard West High, Omaha Arkansas
50. Ryan Zeferjahn rhp 6-4 188 Seaman High, Topeka, Kan. Kansas
51. Bryse Wilson rhp 6-1 215 Orange High, Hillsborough, N.C. North Carolina
52. Adam Laskey lhp 6-2 194 Haddon Heights (N.J) High Duke
53. Taylor Trammell of 6-2 195 Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia Tech
54. Jonathan Gettys lhp 6-3 220 Gainesville (Ga.) High Louisiana State
55. Jaren Shelby of 5-11 185 Tates Creek High, Lexington, Ky. Kentucky  Video
56. Karl Kauffmann rhp 6-2 200 Brother Rice High, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Michigan
57. Jack Gillis lhp 6-3 241 Wilmington (Mass.) High Vanderbilt
58. Joey Wentz 1b 6-5 209 Shawnee Mission East High, Prairie Village, Kan. Virginia
59. Skylar Szynski rhp 6-1 198 Penn High, Mishawaka, Ind. Indiana  Video
60. Bo Weiss rhp 6-3 190 Regis Jesuit High, Aurora, Col. North Carolina  Video
61. Will Ethridge rhp 6-5 195 Parkview High, Lilburn, Ga. Mississippi
62. Keenan Bell of 6-2 215 Episcopal School, Jacksonville, Fla. Florida
63. Tyler Fitzgerald ss 6-2 175 Rochester (Ill.) High Louisville
64. Walker Robbins 1b 6-3 210 George County High, Lucedale, Miss. Mississippi State
65. T.J. Collett c 6-0 225 Terre Haute (Ind.) North High Kentucky
66. DeShawn Lookout ss/3b 6-2 188 Westmoore High, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
67. Mike Amditis c 5-10 185 Boca Raton (Fla.) Community High Miami  Video
68. Ben Baird ss 6-1 176 Agoura High, Agoura Hills, Calif. Washington  Video
69. Easton McGee rhp 6-7 187 Hopkinsville (Ky.) High Kentucky
70. Miles Sandum lhp 6-4 215 Granite Hills High, El Cajon, Calif. San Diego
71. Francisco Thomas ss/3b 6-1 204 Osceola High, Kississimmee, Fla. San Diego State
72. Tyler Mondile rhp 6-2 170 Gloucester Catholic High, Gloucester City, N.J. Florida State
73. Jeff Belge lhp 6-4 235 Henninger High, Syracuse St. John's
74. Robbie Peto rhp 6-4 193 Monroe Township (N.J.) High North Carolina
75. Blake Sabol c 6-4 193 Aliso Niguel (Calif.) High Southern California
76. Brandon Martorano c 6-2 165 Christian Brothers Academy, Marlboro, N.J. North Carolina
77. Alek Manoah rhp 6-6 245 South Dade High, Homestead, Fla. West Virginia  Video
78. Christian Jones 1b 6-1 212 Federal Way (Wash.) High Washington
79. Will Proctor ss 6-0 176 Mira Costa High, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Georgia
80. Spencer Brickhouse 1b 6-3 225 Bunn (N.C) High East Carolina
81. Josh Stephen of 6-0 185 Mater Dei High, Santa Ana, Calif. Southern California
82. Thomas Jones of 6-3 195 Laurens (S.C.) High Vanderbilt
83. Jack Little rhp 6-4 205 Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas Stanford
84. Andrew Baker of/lhp 5-11 185 Ridge Community High, Davenport, Fla. Florida
85. Noah Murdock rhp 6-7 181 Colonial Heights (Va.) High Virginia
86. Brad Debo c 6-0 221 Orange High, Hillsborough, N.C. South Carolina
87. Drew Mendoza ss/3b 6-4 195 Lake Minneola High, Minneola, Fla. Florida State
88. Drake Fellows rhp 6-5 205 Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy Vanderbilt
90. Greg Veliz rhp/3b 6-1 195 North Broward Prep, Pompano Beach, Fla. Miami  Video
90. Austin Langworthy of 5-11 180 Williston (Fla.) High Florida
91. Tobias Myers rhp 6-1 180 Winter Haven (Fla.) High South Florida
92. Andrew Schultz rhp 6-3 180 Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, Ga. Tennessee
93. Austin Shenton 3b 5-11 208 Bellingham (Wash.) High Washington
94. Kobie Taylor of 6-0 175 Portsmouth (N.H) High Vanderbilt
95. Mason Thompson rhp 6-7 185 Round Rock (Texas) High Texas
96. Bryant Packard 1b 6-3 196 DH Conley High, Greenville, N.C. East Carolina
97. Graham Ashcraft rhp 6-2 208 Huntsville (Ala.) High Mississippi State
98. Andy Yerzy c 6-3 223 York Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ont. Notre Dame
99. Dalton Feeney rhp 6-3 200 Century High, Bismarck, N.D. Missouri
100. Jared Horn rhp 6-2 190 Vintage High, Napa, Calif. California

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