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2019 NCAA Baseball Recruiting Rankings

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Riley Greene (Photo by Stacy Jo Grant)

Wednesday marks the start of the week-long period for high school seniors and junior college transfers to sign their National Letter of Intent and make their college commitments official. As college baseball programs firm up their 2019 recruiting classes, Baseball America presents its first-ever fall recruiting rankings.

Baseball is unique among college sports because the pro draft siphons off many of the elite talents in the prep class, meaning that recruiting classes can’t be considered final until they get to campus next summer. Since 2000, Baseball America has ranked recruiting classes then and will continue to do so. But it is useful as players make their commitments official to take a snapshot of how the top recruiting classes stack up during the fall signing period.

Much figures to change between now and the signing deadline for drafted players in early July. Players’ performance this spring will lead to them rising and falling in the rankings. Some will make significant jumps in velocity or power. Some will sneak through the draft or fall due to signability, while others will get picked higher than expected.

These recruiting rankings may end up looking much different than those that will be released at the start of the 2019-20 school year. But the best classes combine elite players with strong depth and will be able to withstand some losses to the draft.

Florida leads the rankings, just edging No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Louisiana State. All three classes have a case to be No. 1, but the Gators get top billing for their impressive all-around class. The headliner is outfielder Riley Greene, who is the third-ranked prep player in the country and may be the best all-around hitter.

Florida also has high-end arms in righthander Matthew Allen and lefthander Hunter Barco and some players with rising stocks this fall such as righthander Tyler Nesbitt and infielder Josh Rivera. The class also includes well-regarded outfielder Jud Fabian and righthander Nolan Crisp, who are slated to graduate high school a semester early and join the Gators this spring.

Vanderbilt’s class is headlined by premier pitchers Spencer Jones, Jack Leiter and Kendall Williams and athletic infielders Tyler McKenzie, Anthony Volpe and Carter Young.

LSU, which landed the top-ranked 2018 recruiting class, has another outstanding group, which includes righthander Daniel Espino, one of the best pitchers in the class, and third baseman Rece Hinds, who stands out for his power.

It is no surprise to see three Southeastern Conference powers atop the rankings. The SEC has produced the top-ranked class for eight straight years. Florida has landed a record six straight top-five classes and is well on its way to another, and Vanderbilt looks certain to extend its record of 14 straight ranked classes. Seven SEC schools—half the conference—are represented in the top 12.

Updated on: 11/14/2018
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    Florida

    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator Craig Bell
    Top recruit Riley Greene, OF (No. 3)

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    Vanderbilt

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Mike Baxter
    Top recruit: Spencer Jones, LHP/1B (No. 14)

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    LSU

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Nolan Cain
    Top recruit: Daniel Espino, RHP (No. 5)

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    UCLA

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Bryant Ward
    Top recruit: Corbin Carroll, OF (No. 7)

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    TCU

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Kirk Saarloos
    Top recruit: Quinn Priester, RHP (No. 25)

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    Mississippi State

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Jake Gautreau
    Top recruit: Landon Sims, RHP (No. 28)

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    Clemson

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Bradley LeCroy
    Top recruit: Nasim Nunez, SS (No. 22)

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    North Carolina

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Scott Forbes
    Top recruit: Brennan Malone, RHP (No. 4)

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    Auburn

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Karl Nonemaker
    Top recruit: Hayden Mullins, LHP (No. 16)

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    Alabama

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Jerry Zulli
    Top recruit: C.J. Abrams, SS (No. 2)

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    Oklahoma

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Clay Van Hook
    Top recruit: Bobby Witt Jr., SS (No. 1)

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    Texas A&M

    Notes:

    Recruiting Coordinator: Justin Seeley
    Top recruit: Matthew Thompson, RHP (No. 9)

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