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2021 College Baseball Top 150

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At Baseball America, our lists almost always reflect prospect status. We stack players up based on how they rate on MLB draft boards or on future professional potential.

This list, the Top 150 College Players, however, is different.

Our intent with this list is to rank the most valuable players in the country, period. All classes, all positions, all conferences. Just the 150 most valuable players in the country. We based it on production, countless conversations with coaches around the country and our expectations for the 2021 season. Because it informs how we think about players, prospect status can never be completely removed, but it wasn’t front of mind while putting this list together.

This is intended to be a forward-looking list, not a career-achievement award. There are freshmen and junior college transfers on the list. Frankly, they were hard to rank. But we know freshmen and junior college transfers will be among the most valuable players in college baseball this season. In some ways, it is best to think of it as a watch list for Baseball America’s Player of the Year award.

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  1. 1

    Kumar Rocker

    Vanderbilt RHP
    Notes:

    The 2019 Freshman of the Year and College World Series Most Outstanding Player has been outstanding for Vanderbilt. He is 14-6, 3.06 with 142 strikeouts and 29 walks in 114.2 innings for his career.

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    Jaden Hill

    Louisiana State RHP
    Notes:

    Hill was the top-ranked player in LSU’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class. Injuries limited him in 2019 and the Tigers were cautious with him in 2020, starting him in the bullpen. But the reins will be loosened in 2021 and he has the upside to be the best pitcher in the country.

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  3. 7

    Hunter Barco

    Florida LHP
    Notes:

    Barco was one of the top prep players in the 2019 class to make it to campus. He quickly showed what the hype was about, going 2-0, 1.40 with 26 strikeouts and six walks in 19.1 innings, while breaking into the Gators’ rotation.

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    Connor Prielipp

    Alabama LHP
    Notes:

    Under-the-radar in high school, Prielipp in 2020 broke out in a big way in his first year at Alabama. In 21 innings, he didn’t allow a run while striking out 35 batters and holding opponents to five hits and six walks.

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    Jack Leiter

    Vanderbilt RHP
    Notes:

    Leiter, the son of former all-star Al Leiter, was the top-ranked player in the 2019 draft class to make it to campus. He impressed as a freshman, going 2-0, 1.72 with 22 strikeouts in 15.2 innings and this year will follow Rocker in the rotation.

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    Ty Madden

    Texas RHP
    Notes:

    Madden this spring will move to the front of the Longhorns rotation after seeing his stuff tick up in fall ball. He’s 7-1, 2.81 over the last two years at Texas.

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    Jordan Wicks

    Kansas State LHP
    Notes:

    Wicks has been excellent for the Wildcats throughout his career and in 2019 was named Big 12 freshman of the year. For his career, he’s 9-3, 2.85 with 112 strikeouts in 110.2 innings.

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    Steven Hajjar

    Michigan LHP
    Notes:

    A torn ACL sidelined him during Michigan’s 2019 run to the College World Series finals, but Hajjar bounced back in 2020. He went 3-0, 2.70 with 24 strikeouts in 20 innings and now will move to the front of the rotation.

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    Doug Nikhazy

    Mississippi LHP
    Notes:

    The Rebels’ ace has been excellent throughout his college career. In two seasons, he is 12-4, 3.12 with 117 strikeouts in 112.2 innings. He’s back to again lead one of the best rotations in the country.

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    Zach Pettway

    UCLA RHP
    Notes:

    Pettway has been UCLA’s Opening Day starter in each of the last two years and is 13-6, 3.44 on his career. His steady, reliable presence makes the Bruins tough to beat on Friday nights.

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    Tommy Mace

    Florida RHP
    Notes:

    Mace again leads Florida’s rotation after an impressive 2020 season helped the Gators establish themselves as the top team in the nation. He last spring went 3-0, 1.67 with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 27 innings.

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    Gunnar Hoglund

    Mississippi RHP
  13. 35

    Ryan Cusick

    Wake Forest RHP
  14. 36

    Richard Fitts

    Auburn RHP
  15. 37

    Mason Black

    Lehigh RHP
  16. 39

    Mason Pelio

    Boston College RHP
  17. 40

    Trenton Denholm

    UC Irvine RHP
  18. 41

    Christian MacLeod

    Mississippi State LHP
  19. 45

    Seth Lonsway

    Ohio State LHP
  20. 46

    Michael McGreevy

    UC Santa Barbara RHP
  21. 47

    Landon Marceaux

    Louisiana State RHP
  22. 50

    Grant Holman

    California RHP/1B
  23. 51

    Davis Sharpe

    Clemson RHP/1B
  24. 54

    Zach Torra

    UC Santa Barbara LHP
  25. 55

    Nate Savino

    Virginia LHP
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