2020 College Baseball Recruiting Rankings
In conjunction with an update and expansion of the 2020 recruiting class ranking, Baseball America presents a class-by-class breakdown of the Top 25.
Below, you'll find the top recruit in each class, an overview and notable hitters and pitchers.
The recruiting rankings take into account all players from the high school and junior college ranks and were compiled following many conversations with coaches and scouts. Baseball America will continue to update the 2020 recruiting class rankings over the course of the year, with the final update coming at the start of the school year when these players begin their college careers.
All player rankings are according to the BA 500 Draft Rankings, which include all draft-eligible players.
Recruiting Coordinator: Sean Allen
Top recruit: Jared Kelley, RHP (12)
Overview: The Longhorns have landed top-10 classes in each of the last two years and this year’s class has a chance to be their best under Allen and head coach David Pierce. It was No. 1 on Signing Day and it remains there going into the draft.
Hitters: Outfielder Petey Halpin (82) and outfielder/righthander Jared Jones (41) are a pair of premier talents from the California prep ranks. Halpin is a top-of-the-order hitter with excellent feel for the barrel. At a listed 6-foot, 180 pounds, he doesn’t produce much power, but his track record of hitting is long. Jones is one of the best two-way players in the class and can impact the game in several ways. As a pitcher, his fastball can get into the upper 90s but still needs to refine his control. As a position player, He’s an above-average runner with good athleticism and big raw power.
Tanner Witt (92) also has two-way potential and profiles well at third base. On the mound, he can run his fastball up to 94 mph and has a high spin rate breaking ball. Shortstop Carson Tucker (61), the younger brother of Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker, and has advanced infield actions. He’s a good hitter and figures to develop a bit more power as he continues to physically mature. Dylan Campbell has an unorthodox swing but has an advanced feel for the barrel and the athleticism to play either second base or the outfield. Third baseman Ivan Melendez, a junior college transfer, opened eyes when he hit 17 home runs last spring and his raw power doesn’t come with a lot of swing and miss.
Pitchers: Kelley is the prototypical Texas power pitcher and looks like a Friday starter. He has easy velocity with his fastball reaching the upper 90s consistently, while also showing the feel to locate the pitch. His breaking ball isn’t a wipeout pitch, but it’s solid, and he can throw his changeup in any count. Righthander Travis Sthele (171) also has a big arm but is a bit undersized. His fastball can get up to 96 mph, but he typically sits in the low 90s with advanced pitchability that gives him a chance to start. Righthander Aaron Nixon (403) has two-way potential but is further advanced on the mound. He attacks hitters with a good sinker-slider combination. Righthander Reid Taylor throws his fastball in the low 90s and has a swing-and-miss breaking ball that will play out of the bullpen right away.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Mike Baxter
Top recruit: Robert Hassell, OF (No. 16)
Overview: The Commodores last fall landed their record sixth top-ranked recruiting class thanks to a star-studded freshman class that arrived in Nashville. This year’s class also has premium talent, but unlike the last two years when a Vanderbilt righthander was the highest-ranked player to make it to campus (Kumar Rocker in 2018, Jack Leiter in 2019), this year’s group is built more on position players.
Hitters: Hassell has a long, loose, athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and does a lot of things easily on the diamond. His long-term future is as an outfielder, thanks to a smooth lefthanded swing and an ability to drive the ball to all fields. He also pitches and has a low-90s fastball that would give him a chance to do both at Vanderbilt. Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong (17) has played for USA Baseball throughout high school and has a long track record of success in international competition. He’s a potential five-tool player who’s a strong defender in center field with impressive hittability and the chance to grow into power as he physically matures.
Outfielder Enrique Bradfield (66) has elite speed, a quality Vanderbilt hasn’t had the last couple years. That plays well in center field and offensively, thanks to his bat-to-ball skills. He’ll need to get stronger to reach his offensive ceiling, but it makes for an intriguing package. Jack Bulger (183) played outfield with the 18U National Team but has mostly been a catcher during his prep career. He’s more advanced as a hitter and opinion is split as to whether he’ll be able to stay behind the plate, but his arm strength gives him a chance. Outfielder/righthander Grayson Moore (250) has true two-way potential thanks to some power in his bat and a good fastball-breaking ball combination. He offers good projection and raw tools and figures to help the Commodores in some capacity. Infielder Jack O’Dowd (370) is the son of former Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd and has the mentality expected from a player who grew up around the game. He has an easy, smooth lefthanded swing and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. First baseman Gavin Casas (381), the younger brother of Red Sox prospect Tristan Casas, has a good lefthanded swing and plenty of raw power to tap into if he can continue to refine his plate approach. Outfielder Calvin Hewett has exciting raw tools but has flown a bit under the radar as a New Hampshire prep product.
Pitchers: Righthander Patrick Reilly (103) took a step forward this fall and saw his velocity jump up, touching 95 mph. Listed at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, he has a strong, physical frame and a clean delivery, giving him the tools to make more strides soon. Lefthander Nelson Berkwich (387) and righthander Miles Garrett are undersized but have solid stuff. Berkwich’s fastball plays up thanks to its life and his delivery’s deception, while Garrett’s fastball-slider combination gives him a chance to compete right away. Righthander Gage Bradley (362) offers good projection and athleticism. He throws a lot of strikes and has the potential to make a good jump in velocity as he physically matures. Lefthander Hunter Owen has a big 6-foot-5 frame and a solid fastball-curveball combination. He’ll need to refine his control to reach his ceiling but offers big upside if he can put it all together.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Craig Bell
Top recruit: Zac Veen, OF (No. 7)
Overview: The Florida recruiting machine rolls on. The Gators have the most commits (11) in the BA 500, including Veen, the top-rated prep player. This class stands out for its position players and also includes some talented two-way players and high-end arms.
Hitters: Veen, listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, looks the part. The lefthanded hitter has a loose swing with plenty of leverage and power potential. He’s got some good athleticism and will likely settle into an outfield corner in the long run. Third baseman Coby Mayo (79) has big righthanded power and an advanced approach at the plate that plays well. Infielder Colby Halter (106) made a jump last year and was one of Team USA’s best hitters at the World Cup. His overall toolset doesn’t stand out, but he has good hittability and understanding of the game. He’ll likely be able to quickly find a way into the Gators’ lineup.
Sterlin Thompson (196) wasn’t a fixture of the showcase circuit last summer but played his way onto draft boards in the fall and early this spring. He stands out most for his bat, as the lefthanded hitter has the chance to hit for average and power. Jordan Carrion (394) has standout defensive tools that are rare for college shortstops. He’s not as advanced offensively, but if he can continue to improve as he develops physically, he has a lot of upside. Carrion and Halter both have a chance to contribute on the mound, as well. Catcher Mac Guscette (457) has a long track record of success and also figures to make an immediate impact in Gainesville. He’s a good defender and has some juice in his bat.
Pitchers: Lefthander Timmy Manning (135) has the most upside on the mound of the Gators’ commits. At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, he has plenty of projection and can get his fastball into the low 90s at times. His best pitch is his curveball, which is a true hammer, and will play right away. Righthander Franco Aleman (315), a Cuban native and junior college transfer, is coming off an impressive summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the No. 26 prospect. There’s a lot to like about him now, but he may just be scratching the surface as he has plenty of projection in his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame, and is still learning the finer points of pitching. Righthander Lebarron Johnson (319) has an athletic, projectable build and offers considerable upside. His fastball velocity jumped into the low 90s early this spring and his curveball showed promise. Righthander Jackson Nezuh (378) doesn’t have as much raw stuff as Butcher and Johnson, but a solid three-pitch mix and advanced feel on the mound give him a good chance to get on the mound quickly in Gainesville. His fastball sits around 90 mph with a good slider and changeup. Righthander Ryan Slater also has projection to go with solid strike-throwing ability and athleticism, and has a chance to be a two-way player as well.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Nolan Cain
Top recruit: Drew Romo, C (No. 39)
Overview: The Tigers have some good depth on the mound in this class, but it’s again led by high-end position players. They’ve already gotten good draft news, as outfielder Dylan Crews, a projected top-two rounds pick, this week officially pulled his name out of draft consideration. That’s a good start for another top-10 class for LSU, which has landed a top-10 class in five of the last six years.
Hitters: Romo caught for the 18U National Team this year and—along with Tyler Soderstrom—is considered to be one of the best catchers in the class. He’s an advanced defender with a strong arm to go with impressive skills as a switch-hitter. Crews has a loose, simple righthanded swing and drives the ball to all fields. He produces good bat speed and has a chance for plus power, which he’ll need to fit the prototypical corner outfield profile. Shortstop Jordan Thompson (215) is a good defender with a strong arm. He’s made some strides offensively in the last year and has some power potential. Tre’ Morgan has been one of the best hitters in New Orleans over the last couple of years and fits well either at first base or a corner outfield position. Brody Drost (367) has true two-way potential as an outfielder/lefthander. He profiles well in right field thanks to a smooth lefthanded swing and also has solid upside on the mound.
Pitchers: Righthander Ty Floyd (69) headlines the class on the mound thanks to his electric fastball that sits 92-95 mph and has a high spin rate, helping him to produce swings and misses. He mixes in a big breaking ball and a changeup. Righthander Beck Way (84), the top junior college prospect in the draft class, has a big arm and a good fastball-changeup combination, with the makings of a solid slider as well. He impressed last summer and fall and took a further step forward in the early going this spring thanks to tightening up his control. Righthander Blake Money (359) has a big, 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame but repeats his delivery better than many young pitchers his size. That helps him pound the strike zone with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, a curveball and changeup. Righthander Theo Milas (402) pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team and his advanced pitchability helps his stuff play up. His fastball sits around 90 mph and he has good feel for both his changeup and curveball, a combination that figures to help him get on the mound quickly for the Tigers. Righthander Michael Fowler has a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame but missed this summer due to injury. He got back on the mound this fall and was still throwing a lot of strikes with a fastball in the low 90s and a powerful slider. Righthander Garrett Edwards is a star basketball player who had mid-major offers but will instead take the mound at LSU. He’s projectable with a fastball that he can run up to 92 mph to go with a cutter and slider.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Bryant Ward
Top recruit: Tyler Soderstrom, C (No. 18)
Overview: By UCLA’s standards, this is a large class—a baker’s dozen of high-end prep prospects. It’s headlined by a quartet of players from USA Baseball’s 18U National Team. Getting that group though the draft won’t be easy, of course, but there’s significant upside for this class in Westwood.
Hitters: Soderstrom is the top-ranked catcher in the class after a big summer, especially at Team USA trials and Area Code Games. He comes from a baseball family—his brother Tate is an outfielder at Arizona and his father Steve pitched for the Giants—and has a chance to be the best of the bunch. A lefthanded hitter, he has power potential and is a physical presence behind the plate with the athleticism to also play third base. Outfielder Jake Vogel (89) is the latest product of the Huntington Beach (Calif.) High pipeline for UCLA. He’s a well above-average runner and is wiry strong with some impact potential in his bat. Shortstop Milan Tolentino (94) is a talented defender with the range and arm strength for the position. He has good hittability but scouts have to project on his power right now.
Third baseman Kyle Karros, the son of former big leaguer and UCLA star Eric Karros, will next year join his older brother Jared with the Bruins. Kyle is a big righthanded hitter with plenty of upside. The Bruins are also betting on the athleticism and upside of infielder/righthander Jonathan Vaughns (427) and outfielder Carson Yates. Vaughns will be playing both football and baseball at UCLA and has two-way potential on the diamond thanks to his elite athleticism (he’s a three-star linebacker/safety in football, according to 247 Sports). Yates was previously more of a football player (he had interest from mid-major schools as a quarterback) but impressed at Area Code Games tryouts this summer and has well above-average speed and plenty of athleticism. Daylen Reyes can play anywhere on the infield and has the tools to contribute quickly in college.
Pitchers: Lefthander Kyle Harrison (71) and righthander Max Rajcic (176) both pitched for the 18U National Team and combined to go 2-0, 0.77 with 22 strikeouts and five walks in 23.1 innings at the World Cup. Harrison throws from a low three-quarters slot and gets good life on his low-90s fastball. Rajcic is a little undersized but has a good low 90s fastball and curveball. Both have advanced pitchability and could slot right into the Bruins’ rotation if they make it to campus. Righthanders Carson Hamro and Kenji Pallares aren’t as advanced but offer projection and promising sinker-slider combinations. Righthander Chase Aldrich was a position player most of his prep career but has upside on the mound thanks to a four-pitch mix and clean delivery.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Nate Thompson
Top recruit: Masyn Winn, SS/RHP (No. 47)
Overview: Arkansas in 2017 landed a top-five class that has lived up to that billing and now is set to produce several high-round draft picks. This Razorbacks’ class will be counted on to help replace those players and has the potential to follow in their footsteps in terms of impact and pro potential. This class initially included infielder Robert Moore, who ultimately graduated a semester early and quickly established himself as a starter in Fayetteville.
Hitters: Winn is a true two-way player with dynamic ability both as a shortstop and righthander. He’s only listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, but that belies strength in both his bat and in his arm. He’s an above-average runner and has good bat-to-ball skills. On the mound, Winn reached 98 mph this fall and mixes in a curveball. Outfielder David Calabrese (67) played for the Canadian Junior National Team and is a good defender with above-average speed. The lefthanded hitter does a good job of barreling up balls and consistently making hard contact.
Third baseman Cayden Wallace (144) has an athletic, physical frame and has a prototypical skillset for the position. He gets to his raw power well thanks to a simple, repeatable swing that should help him quickly get in the Razorbacks’ lineup. Michael Brooks (349) has a solid all-around skill set and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. He isn’t the flashiest player in the class but has an advanced understanding of the game and does a lot of things to make an impact. Outfielder Clayton Gray profiles in center field thanks to his above-average speed and he also has some strength in his bat. Shortstop Jalen Battles, a junior college transfer, is a solid defender and a good athlete.
Pitchers: Righthander Nate Wohlgemuth (109) has a strong but undersized frame and throws from a three-quarters arm slot. His fastball sits in the low 90s with running action and he mixes in both a good changeup and breaking ball. Righthander Markevian Hence (123) impressed this fall and has an athletic, projectable frame. He has a fast arm and his fastball gets up to 96 mph to go with a promising curveball and changeup. Lefthander Nick Griffin (198) probably has the most projection of any of the Razorbacks’ recruits. Listed at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, his fastball sits around 90 mph and ticks higher at times, to go with a promising slider. He’ll need to refine some of the fine points of his game to reach his considerable ceiling, however. Righthander Jaxon Wiggins (266) has a big, projectable 6-foot-5 frame and has made some strides over the last year to now run his fastball up to 94 mph. Righthander Gabriel Starks gives the Razorbacks another promising arm, though he is not as polished as some of his classmates.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Norberto Lopez
Top recruit: Victor Mederos, RHP (No. 59)
Overview: The Hurricanes landed the top 2019 class in the ACC and currently have the conference’s top 2020 class as well. This group has more depth among its position players, but it also includes some premium talent on the mound.
Hitters: Yohandy Morales (77) offers big upside thanks to a loose righthanded swing and big 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame that gives him plenty of power projection. He’s already big for a shortstop, but his hands and footwork are good enough to keep him on the infield. Catcher Carlos Perez (137) stands out for his catch-and-throw ability and reminds some of former Hurricanes star Yasmani Grandal. He has big offensive potential as well but needs to improve his feel for hitting to get the most out of his bat speed.
Samuel Infante (154) gets some comparisons to Alfonso Soriano, though he doesn’t have that kind of speed. But he has feel for the barrel, exciting bat speed and the ability to play up the middle, likely at second base or in center field, but possibly at shortstop. CJ Kayfus (344) is a standout hitter with a smooth lefthanded swing. He is an excellent defender at first base with enough athleticism to play left field as well. Outfielder Chad Born has a good feel for the barrel and produces good bat speed but is still developing his power. Infielders Luis Espinal and Dominic Pitelli are the sleepers of the class because they didn’t play much on the showcase circuit. Espinal is a corner bat with big power potential, while Pitelli stands out for his ability at shortstop to go with plus speed and athleticism.
Pitchers: Mederos has a physical 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and a powerful mix on the mound. His fastball gets up to 96 mph and he pairs it with a sharp, biting slider, while also mixing in a changeup and curveball. Righthander Alejandro Rosario (60) doesn’t match Mederos’ physicality but has a big arm. His fastball gets up to 97 mph and he mixes in a changeup and slider. Righthander Jake Smith (146), a junior college transfer, is listed at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds and combines projection with present stuff. He throws his fastball in the mid 90s and pairs it with a promising breaking ball that could play in the Hurricanes’ rotation right away. Righthander Carlos Rodriguez (215) has a wiry frame and a fast arm. His fastball sits in the low 90s and mixes in a good changeup that he’s willing to use often and curveball. Righthander Jamar Fairweather has a strong frame and has been up to 95 mph but didn’t show quite that much velocity this summer. Righthanders Jordan Dubberly and Mikey Rosario give the class a pair of junior college transfers who should be able to contribute quickly.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Jay Johnson
Top recruit: Chase Davis, OF (No. 55)
Overview: The Wildcats continue to recruit at a high level under Johnson and this class is the best group they’ve put together in his four years in Tucson. After bringing in a strong class of arms last fall, the Wildcats have another deep group on the mound in this class, mixed in with some premium position players.
Hitters: Davis looks the part as a 6-foot-1, 211 pound tooled-up lefthanded hitting outfielder with premium talent. His loose, whippy swing and strength produce plenty of raw power and he does a good job of putting the bat on the ball. He profiles best as a corner outfielder thanks to his plus arm strength and average speed. Infielder Nick Yorke (96) has solid all-around tools and stands out for his hittability. His defensive tools play up the middle and he has the mentality to allow him to quickly make an impact in the Wildcats’ lineup. Catcher Daniel Susac (118) has the tools to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Andrew Susac, a big league catcher. Daniel, listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, is big and athletic and has plenty of offensive upside as a switch-hitter with power potential. Jacob Berry (219) is a switch-hitter with the ability to hit for power from both sides of the plate who profiles well at an infield corner.
Pitchers: Righthander TJ Nichols (111) came to pitching late but has shown significant promise on the mound. He has a big arm and can run his fastball up to 94 mph to go with a hard slider. He also plays shortstop and has two-way potential at Arizona, but his long-term future is likely on the mound. Righthander Josh Swales (241) has a fast, loose arm and can run his fastball up to 94 mph. Righthander Chase Silseth (305), a junior college transfer, throws his fastball in the low 90s and has solid pitchability, traits that will help him quickly find a role on the Wildcats’ staff. Righthander Matt Olsen (471), another junior college transfer, is listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, but put up big numbers early this spring, striking out 61 batters in 36.1 innings for powerhouse Central Arizona. He throws his fastball in the low 90s and pairs it with a good curveball, a combination that figures to play well in the Wildcats’ bullpen.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Clay Overcash
Top recruit: Ed Howard, SS (No. 20)
Overview: It’s a strong year for prep talent in Oklahoma and the Sooners took advantage, landing the state’s three best players in lefthander Daxton Fulton (52), infielder/righthander Cade Horton (65) and outfielder Jace Bohrofen (141). Oklahoma built well around that core and has a chance to next fall welcome its best ever class to Norman.
Hitters: Howard is the best shortstop in the class and has impressive all-around tools. He’s a smooth defender with good infield actions and above-average speed and arm strength. At the plate, he produces good bat speed and consistent hard contact that portends more power as he physically matures. Horton is an elite athlete who is slated to play both baseball and football at Oklahoma, though he’s further ahead on the diamond. He’s got two-way ability as a shortstop and righthander. As a position player, he has good infield actions and projects to hit for solid power. On the mound, he has a fast arm and an impressive fastball-slider combination. Bohrofen stands out for his athleticism and plus speed, which plays well in the outfield. He has an easy lefthanded swing and does a good job of making consistent contact with a gap-to-gap approach. Outfielder Marquis Jackson also has premium speed and athleticism and makes good use of it offensively thanks to his bat-to-ball skills.
Pitchers: Fulton has a long, projectable frame at a listed 6-foot-6, 220 pounds and is the top-ranked prep lefthander in the class. He underwent Tommy John surgery this fall, but before the injury his fastball sits in the low 90s, he gets good depth on his powerful breaking ball and can also mix in a changeup. He throws strikes with all three pitches and as he physically matures, increased velocity should help his full arsenal. Righthander Hunter Marshall doesn’t have Fulton’s upside but has made strides in the last year and his athleticism plays well on the mound. Lefthander Tommy Lamb is still developing physically but has solid pitchability, which has helped him produce a track record of success. Righthander Javier Ramos, a junior college transfer, adds another big arm to the class who should be able to quickly carve out a role.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Ben Greenspan
Top recruit: Colt Keith, SS (No. 57)
Overview: The Sun Devils are set to lose a bevy of players to the draft, including likely first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson, and will be counting on this class to help replace them. It’s heavier on the position player side but has some premium talent around the diamond.
Hitters: Keith grew up in Arizona before last year moving to Mississippi, where he was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019. He’s a physical lefthanded hitter whose bat speed helps produce solid power and makes him a middle-of-the-order threat. He has two-way potential as well thanks to his powerful arm and ability to throw in the low 90s off the mound. First baseman Jack Moss (207) was one of the offensive standouts at Area Code Games and has an impressive feel for hitting. The lefthanded hitter has a physical frame and may develop more power in time. Hunter Haas (246) played second base for the 18U National Team at the World Cup and can play anywhere on the infield. He doesn’t have any standout tool, but his overall package makes for an impressive player.
Third baseman/righthander Ethan Long (296) has two-way ability and stands out for his power both at the plate and on the mound. Infielder Blake Pivaroff has played at a high level throughout high school and has produced a strong track record for hitting along the way. Outfielder Kade Higgins, the son of UNLV associate head coach Kevin Higgins, is reminiscent of Sun Devils outfielder Trevor Hauver. The lefthanded hitter has good feel at the plate and fits best in an outfield corner. Catcher Logan Paustian has strong catch-and-throw skills and his advanced defensive ability gives him a chance to play right away. The Sun Devils also added infielder Joe Lampe and outfielder Vinnie Tosti, a pair of athletic junior college transfers.
Pitchers: Righthander Hunter Barnhart (62), who also plays quarterback in high school, has come on strong over the last year. He’s athletic with a fast arm and a fastball that sits in the low 90s to go with a curveball that rates as one of the best in the prep class. His control has also improved, and there’s a chance he could make another jump once he starts concentrating on baseball full time. Lefthander Ronan Kopp (272), listed at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, makes good use of his size. He’s made a jump in velocity in the last year and now runs his fastball into the low 90s. Righthander Joey Hauser is a good athlete with two-way potential. On the mound, he has an easy arm action and throws in the upper 80s.More Less
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Overview: Mississippi State has some serious star power – and pure power – in this class, headlined by Hendricks and Blaze Jordan (90). There’s some real depth to the class beyond that pair, including some exciting pitchers.
Hitters: Hendrick has the best bat speed in the class and getting him to campus would be a coup for the Bulldogs. He’s a prototypical right fielder with a plus arm and power that would play right away in the middle of the order. Jordan was set to graduate high school in 2021 but reclassified about a year ago. He has long impressed with his ability to hit and hit for power and committed to Mississippi State when he was in eighth grade. His power is undeniable but he’s coming off a tough summer on the showcase circuit and may be limited to first base, though his above-average arm strength plays at third base. That complicates the evaluation for pro scouts but in college he’d slide right into the heart of the order for the Bulldogs.
Kellum Clark (283) also has impressive offensive potential and has solid raw power. His swing still needs some refinement, but the tools still pop. He also has two-way potential thanks to a fastball that gets up to 93 mph with sink. Shortstop Logan Forsythe is an advanced defender and more bat speed and power than his 5-foot-11 frame suggests. Infielder Davis Meche might not stand out for his tools but has an advanced understanding of the game and finds a way to make things happen. Corbin Grantham, the son of former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, has plus speed that plays well in center field.
Pitchers: Righthanders Jackson Fristoe (193) and Mikey Tepper (292) highlight the pitchers in the class. Both can run their fastballs up to the mid-90s and mix in promising secondary offerings but still need some further refinement. Righthander Cade Smith (456) is a bit undersized but pounds the zone with a fastball that can get up to the mid-90s, a breaking ball and a changeup. Lefthander Dylan Carmouche has a long 6-foot-5 frame and some funk on the mound. He’ll pitch from different arm angles and has solid offspeed stuff to go with a fastball that gets up to 91 mph. Mississippi State also has a few junior college transfers who could quickly make an impact on the mound. Righthander Cameron Tullar has the most upside thanks to his low-90s fastball and ability to spin his breaking ball. Righthander Preston Johnson has a big frame, a four-pitch mix and can run his fastball up to 95 mph. Righthander Drew Talley has a big arm and his fastball can reach 97 mph.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Trip Couch
Top recruit: Luke Little, LHP (No. 121)
Overview: The Gamecocks have put together another strong class that has especially good depth among its position players. As it did with the 2019 class, South Carolina again has some of the nation’s best junior college players committed.
Hitters: Outfielder Brandon Fields was the Gamecocks’ top-ranked prep player before he officially withdrew from draft consideration. He also has opted not to play football in college after initially committing to play both sports (he was rated as a three-star running back, according to 247 Sports). He’s a bit raw owing to his football background but has plus athleticism, speed and raw power and offers significant upside. Catcher Alek Boychuk (258) has played at a high level for a long time, dating back to playing for USA Baseball’s 12U National Team in 2014. He’s a solid catcher with a simple swing that works well. Shortstop Jalen Vazquez (301) stands out for his defense, which is good enough to give him a chance to step right into the Gamecocks’ lineup. Outfielder Josh Shuler (404) also has impressive tools but is still learning how to get the most out of them. He has above-average speed, good raw power and profiles well as a corner outfielder. David Mendum and Sawyer Thornhill, two junior college transfers, have a chance to make immediate impacts offensively for South Carolina. Mendum’s powerful bat could play in the heart of the order, while Thornhill profiles as an offensive second baseman.
Pitchers: Little, a junior college transfer, offers big-time upside and this summer ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Northwoods League. Listed at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, his fastball reaches 97 mph and he pairs it with a good slider. That combination produces plenty of swing and miss, but he also has a history of struggling with his control, which could push him to the bullpen. Lefthander Jackson Phipps (178), listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, is projectable and made some strides over the last couple years, but still has more room to grow. He throws his fastball in the low 90s and has the makings of a good curveball, a combination that will help him quickly make an impact for the Gamecocks. Righthander Will Sanders (200) offers at least as much projection with his 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame. He runs his fastball into the low 90s and figures to add more velocity, which would also help his secondary stuff. Infielder/righthander Jack Mahoney is more advanced as a position player and probably profiles best at third base, but his long-term future may be on the mound, where he can run his fastball up to 95 mph. Righthander Travis Luensmann has a big, 6-foot-6 frame, runs his fastball up to 95 mph and throws a lot of strikes, despite a bit of a crude delivery. Lefthander Magdiel Cotto and righthander Samuel Swygert don’t have as much upside as some of their classmates but both throw a lot of strikes with fastballs that sit around 90 mph, which will help them get on the mound quickly.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Kevin McMullen
Top recruit: Nick Bitsko, RHP (No. 19)
Overview: On Signing Day, this class ranked No. 15 with lefthander Nate Savino leading the way. But he graduated a semester early and stepped into the Cavaliers’ pitching staff this spring. To take his place, Bitsko reclassified from the 2021 class to 2020, immediately becoming one of the top prep pitchers in the draft class. While Bitsko is now getting strong first-round consideration, Virginia got more good news as catcher Kyle Teel, another top-100 caliber prospect, officially opted out of the draft.
Hitters: Teel stands out for his athleticism, which plays well behind the plate. He’s still refining his defense, in part because he’s played a lot of infield during high school but has all the raw tools. The lefthanded hitter produces good bat speed and figures to grow into more power as he physically matures. Alex Greene (493) has two-way potential as an outfielder/righthander. He’s done both at a high level throughout high school, showing good contact skills at the plate and good feel for his three-pitch mix on the mound. Shortstop Jake Gelof, the younger brother of Virginia sophomore Zack Gelof, has played at a high level throughout high school and combines athleticism with a good feel for the game. Channing Austin has two-way potential as an infielder/righthander. He has a fast arm and can run his fastball up to 93 mph, while also showing good actions on the infield. Outfielder Addie Burrow is a plus runner with compact lefthanded swing and some power projection.
Pitchers: Bitsko was the top-ranked prep player in the 2021 class before reclassifying. He’s a little further back in the 2020 class, in part just because teams didn’t bear down on him last summer and he didn’t get a chance to start his high school season this spring. But he’s still a premium talent with Friday night potential for the Cavaliers. Listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he has a strong, physical frame and his fastball works in the mid 90s to go with an impressive curveball. Lefthander Jake Berry isn’t quite as advanced but has an ultra-projectable 6-foot-10, 230-pound frame. His fastball gets into the low 90s but plays up thanks to the extension he throws with and he pairs it with a big, sweeping curveball. He needs some more refinement, but it’s easy to dream on his potential. Lefthander Rece Ritchey is also plenty projectable at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds. His fastball gets into the low 90s with life on the pitch and he pairs it with a slurvy breaking ball that figures to improve with more strength. Righthander Avery Mabe has a strong 6-foot-4 frame and good feel for his three-pitch mix.More Less
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Recruiting coordinator: Thomas Eager
Top recruit: Drew Bowser, SS (No. 63)
Overview: The Cardinal last year brought in a class focused on position players, many of whom will be counted on to contribute right away. This class places a bit more emphasis on the mound, but still has some impactful position players in the mix.
Hitters: Bowser has a strong, powerful frame and the tools to profile at third base. The righthanded hitter creates good bat speed and the potential to hit for plenty of power, to go with the arm strength and hands to fit at the hot corner. Tommy Troy (199) has plus speed and athleticism and the versatility to play nearly anywhere on the diamond, likely up the middle. Offensively, his swing is geared toward contact and making the most of his speed, but he has surprising pop, making for a dynamic overall package. Outfielder Eddie Park (489) has the skills to be a top-of-the-order hitter thanks to his above-average speed and bat-to-ball skills. He’s a good defender and has a strong track record against good competition, giving him a chance to quickly get into the Cardinal lineup. Carter Graham has a strong frame and good power potential and has the look of a physical corner player.
Pitchers: Stanford brings in the Bruno twins from South Florida—lefthander Ryan (168) is the bigger pro prospect, but righthander Jaden is solid in his own right. Ryan has an excellent pitcher’s frame at a listed 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and throws his fastball in the low 90s, touching 96 mph. His control and breaking ball need a bit of refinement, but he has all the raw tools to project on. Jaden, listed at 6-foot-4, 188 pounds, is projectable and has a good three-pitch mix. He needs to be a bit more consistent with his pitchability but like his brother has the raw tools to work with. Righthander Joseph Dixon (273) has two-way potential but stands out on the mound. As a strike-throwing righthander with a solid four-pitch arsenal, he fits in well with the pitchers Stanford has had success with in recent years, but has a little more velocity and can run his fastball up to 93 mph. Righthander Brandt Pancer fills up the strike zone with his three-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the low 90s and his slider is his best secondary offering. Righthander Tommy O’Rourke missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and showed promise before his injury.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Scott Forbes
Top recruit: Liam Norris, LHP (No. 143)
Overview: The Tar Heels have another solid, well-balanced class loaded up with players who should be able to quickly make an impact in college. In a five-round draft, it includes few players who will draw serious attention, giving North Carolina a strong chance of getting the bulk of it to campus.
Hitters: The Tar Heels have put together a versatile group of position players. Mac Horvath (245) stands out for his athleticism and ability to play up the middle. He has a good combination of speed and power that gives him an offensive skillset reminiscent of former North Carolina star Brian Miller. Horvath could end up in center field like Miller or he could play shortstop if he shows his infield actions are good enough. Shortstop Harold Coll (364) is an athletic defender. He still needs some development at the plate, but his glove plays well up the middle. Infielder Jack Riedel (368) has a good feel for hitting and was off to a strong start this spring in the Texas high school ranks. Shortstop Johnny Castagnozzi (467) has played at a high level throughout his prep career and offers good athleticism. Catcher Tomas Frick, whose brother Patrick is in the Mariners’ system, has a strong baseball IQ and got plenty of experience in high school working with high-level arms. Outfielder Justice Thompson, a transfer from Northwest Florida State JC, has plus speed that plays well in center field. The righthanded hitter has good raw power but still needs some refinement offensively. Brandon Eike has two-way potential but is probably most likely to make an impact as an infielder. He has good power and athleticism that could be a good fit at third base. North Carolina also adds Brett Centracchio as a graduate transfer from Davidson, giving them another powerful hitter with defensive versatility.
Pitchers: On the mound, North Carolina has a pair of premium prep pitchers in Norris and righthander Max Carlson (240). Norris, listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, is big, physical and has a fastball to match. He can run his fastball up to 95 mph and has good feel for spinning his breaking ball, but to reach his considerable ceiling he will need to continue to refine his control. Carlson isn’t quite as physical at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and doesn’t have as much velocity, but has an advanced feel for pitching—an overall package reminiscent of former Tar Heels ace Zac Gallen. Righthander Cameron Pickell and lefthander Jagger Haynes don’t have profiles as high as Carlson and Norris, but both were showing improvements in the early going this spring and have a combination of stuff and control that could help them contribute quickly. Righthander Tanner Quick didn’t do much on the showcase circuit and as a result has stayed under the radar. He has feel for three pitches and throws them all for strikes, and as he grows into his 6-foot-8 frame he figures to add more velocity.More Less
Texas TechBig 12Notes:
Recruiting coordinator: J-Bob Thomas
Top recruit: Brandon Birdsell, RHP (No. 145)
Overview: The Red Raiders went all in on pitching in this class. They had a young lineup in 2020, often starting five or six freshmen, so their needs mostly lie on the mound. This class will deepen an already stout pitching staff in Lubbock.
Hitters: Braydon Runion, a junior college transfer, is the most impactful position player in the class. He’s a powerful righthanded hitter who also has above-average speed. He profiles well at third base or in right field. Dalton Beck has two-way ability as a center fielder and lefthander. He’s a very good athlete, runs well and keeps his bat in the zone a long time, allowing him to barrel up balls. On the mound, his fastball sits around 90 mph and he works in a breaking ball and changeup.
Pitchers: Texas Tech has a plethora of pitching coming in. Birdsell, a junior college transfer, has the highest profile and was starting to heat up when the season ended. He’s a pure power pitcher with a fastball that’s been up to 98 mph and a hard, upper-80s slider, both of which he can throw for strikes. Righthander Levi Wells (211) has touched 95 mph with his fastball and has a big, 12-to-6 curveball. He’s athletic with a bulldog mentality that could play right away in the Texas Tech bullpen. Righthander Chase Hampton (271) throws his fastball in the low 90s with a good spin rate. His breaking ball needs to firm up a bit, but he has good feel for the offering and offers solid upside. Righthander Marco Raya (291) is a bit undersized at 6-foot, 160 pounds, but he has a powerful arsenal. His fastball sits in the low 90s, he can spin two breaking balls and has some feel for his changeup. Righthander Brendan Girton (382) is a converted catcher and state-champion football player with a bulldog mentality. He attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination and can reach 94 mph. Lefthander Nick Gorby doesn’t have premium velocity, but he has an advanced feel for pitching. His fastball works in the upper 80s and he can work in two breaking balls and a changeup, giving him a good chance to make an impact next spring. Righthander Brandon Beckel may be the sleeper of the group. He has an athletic, projectable frame, throws his fastball in the low 90s to go with a big curveball and changeup. Righthander Miguel Obeso, a junior college transfer, has a solid three-pitch mix and a big frame at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. Righthander Chase Webster, a junior college transfer, also has a big frame at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and a powerful fastball. He can run it up to 97 mph, and took a step forward this year as he firmed up his breaking ball and improved his control.More Less
Overview: After last year landing their first Top 25 class since 2015, the Yellow Jackets have put together another strong class. This one is heavy on position players, including some who can quickly make an impact at the college level.
Hitters: Parada is the headliner of the class and its biggest risk to sign in the draft. He’s a strong, powerful hitter who has performed at a high level throughout the last two years. Pro scouts are not as convinced about his ability to catch as they are about his bat. That uncertainty could help push him to Georgia Tech, which has had a lot of recent success developing catchers, but he’s in the mix to be picked in the top two rounds. Outfielder Jake Deleo (267) is something of a late bloomer but has made tremendous strides over the last 18 months. Listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, he has an intriguing combination of above-average power and speed. He’s a little raw, but he can impact the game in a variety of ways and has significant upside. Outfielder Nate McCollum is also committed to play football at Georgia Tech and is rated as a three-star wide receiver by 247 Sports. On the diamond, his premium speed plays well and he has shown a good feel for hitting during his prep career. Outfielder Hank Thomas was an all-state basketball player in Ohio and brings that athleticism to the diamond. While he’s listed at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, the lefthanded hitter has a better feel for hitting than most young players his size. Outfielder John Marant also has a large, 6-foot-5 frame that comes with big power potential. Brad Grenkoski was originally in this class but enrolled a semester early. He didn’t play this spring due to injury but has real two-way ability thanks to his powerful bat and arm.
Pitchers: Righthander Marquis Grissom Jr. (151), whose father was an all-star outfielder, leads the class on the mound. He’s athletic and projectable at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and has an advanced changeup. He needs to refine his breaking ball and there’s room for growth in his fastball, which sits 88-92 mph now, but he offers impressive upside. Grissom isn’t the only big leaguer’s son in the Yellow Jackets’ recruiting class. Righthander Dawson Brown, the son of former all-star Kevin Brown, doesn’t have as much pure stuff as Grissom Jr., but has a good feel for his craft. He throws from a very low three-quarters slot and gets a lot of movement on his fastball and slider, giving him a chance to quickly help out of the bullpen. Righthander Xander Stephens is perhaps the most advanced of the trio and is coming off a decorated prep career. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he pounds the zone with his three-pitch mix.More Less
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Texas ChristianBig 12Notes:
Overview: Some high-end pitchers lead this class, but it’s a well-balanced group for the Horned Frogs. Beyond the impact on the mound, they could also bring in solid contributors around the diamond.
Hitters: Elijah Nunez (350) is a true center fielder with premium athleticism and plenty of speed. He consistently puts the bat on the ball but has surprising power for his size, adding to his impact potential at the plate. Outfielder Luke Boyers (388) is a standout running back and looks the part thanks to a strong, wiry frame to go with plus speed and athleticism. has a strong, wiry frame and plus speed and athleticism. Devan Ornelas has the skillset of an up-the-middle player and likely can stay in the infield, but his speed would also play well in center field. He’s faced high-end competition throughout his amateur career and has a solid track record, which should help him quickly get in TCU’s lineup. Shortstop Brayden Taylor has good defensive skills and figures to be able to stay at the position, though he’ll need to get stronger to reach his potential at the plate. Pierce Chambers and Raphael Pelletier give the class a pair of catchers who have played against high-level competition throughout high school—Chambers with national champion Calvary Christian in Florida and Pelletier with the Canadian Junior National Team. Third baseman G Allen looks the part thanks to his powerful lefthanded bat and athleticism.
Pitchers: Brown has a strong, physical 6-foot-3 frame and this summer took a step forward with his pitchability. That’s also helped his stuff improve. His fastball sits in the low 90s, reaching 95 mph, and his slider and changeup both have a chance to be above-average offerings. Righthander Carter Baumler (147) has good athleticism and could be a two-way player as an outfielder for the Horned Frogs, but his long-term future is on the mound, where he has the potential to be a weekend starter. His fastball sits in the low 90s, he spins his slider well and shows good feel for his changeup. Righthander Storm Hierholzer (320) has a good fastball-slider combination. He throws from a funky arm angle, creating an uncomfortable look for hitters, and figures to fit well in the bullpen. Righthander Braxton Pearson (358) came on strong last spring, adding more power to his fastball-slider combination. His fastball gets up to 94 mph and plays well with his slider. Lefthander Christian Williams has advanced pitchability and can throw both his fastball and slider for strikes on both sides of the plate. Righthander Ethan English, a junior college transfer, has two-way potential and provides power both at the plate and on the mound.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Karl Nonemaker
Top recruit: Cole Foster, SS (112)
Overview: Auburn has brought four straight Top 25 classes to campus under coach Butch Thompson and this group is poised to extend that streak. This class doesn’t have as much hype as some of the Tigers’ previous groups—like last year’s top-10 class—but it’s a strong class overall.
Hitters: Foster leads an exciting group of infielders that also includes Bryson Ware (231), a junior college transfer, and Werner Blakely (297). Foster has solid all-around tools and has an advanced feel for the game. He has a smooth swing and barrels up a lot of balls, while also providing steady, reliable defense that could make him the Tigers’ shortstop of the future. Ware is toolsy and athletic and comes to Auburn after just one year of junior college. He has some power in his bat and the raw tools to play shortstop, but he has some rough edges to his overall game. Blakely is also toolsy, but a little raw as a Michigan prep product. He has highlight-reel potential defensively and an exciting combination of athleticism and raw power, but he’ll need to become more consistent to reach his considerable upside. Outfielders Garrett Martin and Bobby Pierce, both junior college transfers, bring some power to the lineup. Martin fits best in a corner or possibly at first base, while Pierce can handle center or right field.
Pitchers: Righthander Joseph Gonzalez (229), a native of Puerto Rico, leads the group on the mound. He has a projectable 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame and pitches with good control. His velocity started to increase this spring, getting up to 93 mph, and he pairs it with a promising curveball. Righthander Carson Swilling (327) also attacks batters with a good fastball-curveball combination. He isn’t as projectable as Gonzalez but is loose and athletic and should be able to quickly carve out a role on staff. Righthander Logan Austin has a powerful fastball that gets up to 94 mph, to go with a big curveball and changeup. If he can refine his control, the physical righthander has solid upside. Lefthander Camden Hill has a physical 6-foot-3 frame and a good fastball-slider combination. Righthander Chase Wilkerson, a junior college transfer, has two-way potential as an infielder, but probably will help most out of the bullpen thanks to his power arm.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Scott Daeley
Top recruit: Corey Collins, C (No. 139)
Overview: With a large group expected to leave Athens for pro ball led by projected first-rounders in righthanders Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox, the Bulldogs put together a large recruiting class. There’s some strong depth to it and it should provide immediate impact.
Hitters: Collins and fellow catcher Fernando Gonzalez (339) put the class in an enviable position behind the plate. Collins is the stronger offensive player of the pair thanks to his strong lefthanded swing and all-fields approach. He’s athletic and has good catch-and-throw skills. Gonzalez has all the tools to develop into an excellent defender. He has plus arm strength, is a talented receiver and has good athleticism, but he’ll need more development as a hitter. Parks Harber (384) has a strong, physical frame (listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and was also a talented quarterback in high school. He offers big power potential and profiles as a corner infielder. Garrett Spikes was a three-sport star in high school who drew interest as a football recruit and was a two-time state champion wrestler. He has plenty of athleticism and bat speed, and he can play all over the field, which will help him quickly get in the Bulldogs’ lineup. Outfielder Trippe Moore is a good athlete with above-average speed who can play all three outfield positions and should hit for power. Infielder Caleb Ketchup gives the class a solid, versatile defender.
Pitchers: The Bulldogs went heavy on lefthanders in this class, starting with Jaden Woods (222) and Luke Wagner (322). Woods may have the best upside of the group, though he still needs to grow into his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame to get to it. His fastball has been up to 93 mph, his slider projects as his best offering and his changeup has a chance to give him three above-average pitches. Wagner, listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds, doesn’t offer Woods’ upside, but pounds the strike zone and is very competitive on the mound. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he has a good feel for his breaking ball. Lefthander Patrick Holloman saw his velocity tick up early this spring, touching 92 mph to go with a good breaking ball, giving him a chance to become a weekend starter in time. Lefthander Colin Caldwell pitches from multiple arm angels and could become a weapon out of the bullpen. Lefthander Liam Sullivan has a big, 6-foot-6 frame with significant upside. Georgia didn’t just sign lefthanders, however, also mixing in some impressive righthanders. Max DeJong and Hank Bearden both have good breaking balls that give them a chance to quickly contribute. William Pearson has seen his velocity tick up to the mid-80s from a low three-quarters slot, giving batters a difficult look.More Less
Oklahoma StateBig 12Notes:
Recruiting coordinator: Marty Lees
Top recruit: Nolan McLean, RHP/SS (No. 232)
Overview: After last fall landing a top-15 recruiting class, Oklahoma State has another strong group this year. It’s heavy on prep position players and junior college pitchers and helps strengthen up some key areas of the Cowboys’ roster.
Hitters: Outfielder Dominic Johnson (312) is one of the fastest players in the draft class and that elite speed plays on the base paths and in center field. Listed at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he’s not going to be a power hitter, but his speed will bring a different dimension to the Cowboys’ lineup. Third baseman Christian Encarnacion had a prolific junior college career, hitting .410 with 33 home runs in 81 games for Yavapai (Ariz.) JC. He’s an impact hitter and a solid defender at the hot corner. Shortstop Orlando Salinas is an advanced defender who can step right into the middle of the infield for Oklahoma State. The lefthanded hitter has power potential, particularly when he pulls the ball. Marcus Brown has the versatility to play anywhere on the infield and is a solid defender. He has a good overall feel for the game, which helps his tools play up offensively and defensively. M.J. Rodriguez has a physical frame at 6-foot, 245 pounds, and big power potential. He’s in the mold of a player like Colin Simpson and can catch or play first base.
Pitchers: McLean is an outstanding athlete and can do a little bit of everything. He’s committed to Oklahoma State to play quarterback (he’s rated as a three-star football recruit according to 247 Sports) and can help the Cowboys as both an infielder and pitcher. On the mound, his fastball gets into the mid-90s and he also hits for power. His upside is significant, but there are still some rough edges to his game. Oklahoma State signed teammates Cole Ayers and Justin Wrobleski (272) out of the State JC of Florida. Ayers, a righthander, throws his fastball in the low 90s with a good slider. Wrobleski, a lefthander, has touched 95 mph with his fastball and pairs it with a hard slider. Righthander Trevor Martin (372) has a physical 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and a fastball that can get into the mid-90s. His breaking ball shows promise, and he could quickly find a role on the Oklahoma State staff. Righthander Paco Hernandez offers good upside, thanks to a projectable 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame and a fastball that already gets into the low 90s.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Carl Lafferty
Top recruit: Calvin Harris, C (No. 287)
Overview: This class isn’t as big as Ole Miss’ 2019 group that ranked No. 2 in the nation, but it still provides impact potential. The Rebels group of position players especially gives the class a lot of upside.
Hitters: Harris has built an impressive track record of hitting quality pitching during his prep career. He’s a good defender behind the plate but also has the athleticism to play elsewhere on the diamond and that versatility will likely benefit him at least at the start of his career at Ole Miss. Jacob Gonzalez (299) also impressed at the plate during high school, utilizing an advanced approach to work the middle of the diamond. Gonzalez played shortstop in high school and has a chance to stay at the position, but he may end up sliding over to third base. Shortstop TJ McCants (361) has loud raw tools and athleticism that give him a lot of upside. He’s a plus runner with power potential and the defensive ability to play up the middle. Kemp Alderman (374) has two-way ability thanks to his powerful bat and arm. He’s more athletic than his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame portends, and his bat will profile as either a first baseman or corner outfielder. On the mound, his fastball gets up to the mid-90s with sinking action. Infielder Reagan Buford has a chance to get on the field quickly thanks to his feel for hitting, defensive versatility and mentality. Shortstop Garrett Wood, a junior college transfer, gives the Rebels added depth at the position, as Anthony Servideo projects to be drafted.
Pitchers: Ole Miss doesn’t have a lot of pitchers in this class with premium present stuff, but the group is full of projectable strike throwers, who figure to grow into bigger roles in time. Righthander Cory Adcock throws in the low 90s with a good breaking ball and has a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. Lefthander Luke Baker is listed at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and has a high spin rate on his mid- to upper-80s fastball, helping him to generate swings and misses. Righthander Jack Dougherty was trending up this spring and can run his fastball up to 93 mph. Righthander Josh Mallitz throws his fastball around 90 mph and pairs it with good feel for his breaking ball. Righthander Brandon Johnson, a junior college transfer, saw his velocity spike this spring, getting his fastball into the mid-90s to go with a good slider. He’ll likely step into a key role in the Ole Miss bullpen.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Eric Snider
Top recruit: A.J. Vukovich, 3B/OF (No. 163)
Overview: The Cardinals bring in a large, balanced class in anticipation of losing several players from their 2020 team. Among those losses are expected to be junior lefthander Reid Detmers and junior righthander Bobby Miller, both projected to be first-round picks, with junior lefthander Michael Kirian and senior righthander Luke Smith also drawing professional interest. Because of those projected losses, Louisville dipped more heavily into the junior college ranks than usual, especially on the mound.
Hitters: Vukovich is the class’ most famous player and last year played with USA Baseball’s 18U National Team. Listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, he’s a big, powerful righthanded hitter who profiles in a corner position, either in the infield or outfield. He’s a good athlete—he this winter was a finalist for Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball award—and figures to be a presence in the middle of the order. Shortstop Christian Knapczyk (276) is a little undersized at 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, but he’s a heady player who can be a sparkplug for the Cardinals. He’s a plus runner and a solid defender, who also has a good understanding of how to get the most out of his tools offensively. Shortstop Cooper Bowman, a junior college transfer, has plus speed and uses it well on the base paths. He’s athletic and has the tools to stay up the middle defensively for the Cardinals. Catcher Jack Payton, whose older brother Mark is in Triple-A, is a solid defender and a good leader behind the plate. He has a gap-to-gap approach at the plate and offers good power potential. Drake Westcott is a physical lefthanded hitter who profiles well as a corner infielder.
Pitchers: With Louisville expecting to lose so much talent on the mound, it brought in a deep, strong crop of pitchers. That includes four junior college transfers who are expected to take on important roles in 2021. Lefthander Luke Seed and righthander Cameron Robinson were teammates at John A. Logan (Ill.) JC. Seed stands out for his pitchability and put up big numbers at the front of the Volunteers’ rotation. Robinson, listed at 6-foot-5, 182 pounds, has more projection, and can run his fastball into the low 90s. He needs to smooth out some rough edges in his game but has the raw tools to work with. Righthander Anthony Silkwood has taken a more unusual path to Louisville. The 27-year-old joined the Marines out of high school before picking baseball back up and going to junior college. He throws in the low 90s and mixes in a slider. Righthander Adisyn Coffey began his college career at Arizona State before transferring to junior college. He has two-way potential, but he’s most likely going to help the Cardinals as a powerful reliever thanks to a mid-90s fastball. Righthander Ben Wiegman (415) will join his older brother Drew at Louisville. Ben has a good feel for pitching and pairs his promising fastball with a big curveball. Righthander Alex Galvan (496) offers big projection in his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame. He’s a good athlete with more potential to unlock if he can hone some of the rough edges of his game. Lefthander Riley Phillips also has plenty of projection left at a listed 6-foot-4, 180 pounds. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s now and combines it with a good breaking ball.More Less
Recruiting coordinator: Gabe Alvarez
Top recruit: D’Andre Smith, SS (No. 129)
Overview: While Jason Gill only arrived at USC a year ago, Alvarez has been his alma mater’s recruiting coordinator for the last decade and has put together one of his best classes. It’s a well-balanced class with a little bit of everything to help the Trojans take a step forward.
Hitters: Smith is toolsy and athletic and packs more punch than his 5-foot-8 frame suggests. He produces good bat speed and projects to be able to hit for both average and power. He’s a solid defender at shortstop but could also be moved around the diamond to fill in anywhere the Trojans need. Outfielder Carson Wells (341) is a much different player than his older brother, Arizona catcher Austin Wells. Carson Wells doesn’t have his brother’s power, but instead is an above-average runner with impressive athleticism. He has good hittability and uses the whole field to hit. Shortstop Nate Clow (483) isn’t as advanced as Smith, but his loose swing works well and gives him a chance to make a lot of contact. A middle infield of Clow and Smith playing side-by-side would be a formidable one for the Trojans. Emilio Morales has two-way potential as a catcher and righthander, which is an especially tricky double to pull off. He has a good catch-and-throw skills, though his glove is ahead of his bat. He has good feel on the mound, throwing his fastball in the upper 80s with sinking action to go with a good slider and changeup. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez is the best defender in the class, which gives him real upside. He needs to get stronger to make more of an impact, but, if he does, he could take off in college.
Pitchers: Righthander Jaden Agassi is the son of tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. He didn’t follow their path in sports, instead finding his home on the mound. He throws in the low 90s now and has the potential and work ethic to see that velocity tick up into the upper 90s one day. He also has a powerful bat as a third baseman but is more likely to make an impact on the mound. Righthander Andrew Owen has a loose arm and has seen his velocity tick up, touching 95 mph. He also mixes in a changeup and short slider and should be able to soon carve out a role on the Trojans’ staff. Righthander Tyler Stromsborg had Tommy John surgery earlier this year, but when he’s healthy, he has a low-90s fastball and can throw four pitches for strikes. Righthander Charlie Hurley mostly played water polo growing up but is now fully focused on baseball and offers big upside. Listed at 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, he has an easy delivery and throws in the low 90s already. With more time on the mound, he could take off. USC also added righthanders Garrett Clark and Toby Spach, both junior college transfers. Clark’s ability to throw three pitches for strikes plays well out of the bullpen, while Spach was mostly a basketball player growing up and offers upside.More Less
Overview: Abel, the highest ranked prep pitcher in the draft class, headlines this class. Its ranking owes a lot to his premium talent, but it has solid depth, especially among players with a chance to take a step forward during their college careers.
Hitters: Several of Oregon State’s position player recruits were big football players in high school, including infielder Brady Kasper (217). He was a two-way football player and didn’t play much on the showcase circuit, but impressed baseball scouts with his athleticism and raw tools. His swing is geared to hitting line drives, but he could grow into more power with time. He’s a solid defender as a middle infielder, but his plus speed would also play well in center field. Shortstop Paul Myro also played quarterback in high school and brings plenty of athleticism to the diamond. He’s an above-average runner and offers some power as well. Outfielder Thomas Dukart was perhaps the best football player of the group and won a state title in Oregon in 2018. Instead he’ll join his brother Jake in the Beavers baseball program, bringing plus speed and athleticism to the table. Infielder Jordan Donahue is also following in his older brother’s footsteps – Christian Donahue played for the Beavers from 2015-17. He has good speed and profiles well up the middle. Catcher Gavin Logan, a junior college transfer, gives the Beavers more depth behind the plate.
Pitchers: Abel has long been vying with Texas prep righthander Jared Kelley for the honor of being the best prep pitcher in the draft class. Abel has the edge going into the draft and could be the first prep pitcher from Oregon to be drafted in the first round since 1994. He offers an impressive combination of stuff, projection and pitchability. His fastball has touched 97 mph, his slider is perhaps the best prep breaking ball in the draft class and his changeup gives him a third above-average offering. There’s reason to believe there’s more in the tank as he physically matures, and he pounds the strike zone. Righthanders Jaren Hunter and Ian Lawson are both Oregon natives with solid upside. Their fastballs sit around 90 mph and mix in a changeup and a slider – Hunter’s changeup is better, while Lawson’s changeup gets the edge. Lefthander Justin Thorsteinson pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team, where he was teammates with current Beavers Cesar Valero Sanchez and Micah McDowell. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and his curveball and changeup give him a pair of solid offspeed offerings.More Less