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Top 2021 High School MLB Draft Prospects

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Brady House (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

By Carlos Collazo

Baseball America’s 2021 high school rankings are compiled in consultation with major league scouts. 

The 2021 high school class has fewer scouting eyes on it at this point in the summer than most years, thanks to coronavirus scouting rules that limit just three scouts per team at any event. Still, the summer showcase season is progressing more typically than the college side of things, and evaluators have been able to get their first real looks at the class.

Brady House leads the 2021 prep rankings, as he did as an underclassmen, and the top 10 is filled with a number of toolsy and athletic position players who all have chances to stick at up-the-middle positions. However, hit tools are typically difficult to evaluate at the beginning of the summer and that could be even more true in a year where most players had seasons cut short and many didn’t play at all in the spring.

The power arms of the 2021 class have intrigued scouts to this point, and evaluators have lauded the velocity and pure stuff that many of the pitchers in this class possess. Lefthander Maddux Bruns jumped to No. 2 thanks to a very loud opening to the summer and is the top-ranked arm in the class at the moment.

You can see the entire top 100 below, with capsules on the top 10 players in the class.

*We are currently using June 5, 2021 as the date to determine draft age until the official draft date is set.

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  1. 1

    Brady House

    Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga. SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Tennessee
    Age At Draft: 18.0

    House developed physically early in his high school career, and remains an imposing physical presence on the diamond today, listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Outside of speed, House is full of loud tools, but it’s his combination of hitting ability and both present and future power potential that have scouts excited. He combines natural strength and bat speed with a mature approach that includes good pitch recognition, the ability to make adjustments and square up both premium prep velocity and off-speed offerings. It’s a no-doubt impact bat. Where House winds up defensively might be the biggest question, as he is large for shortstop and might be a better fit for third base or right field; but he has solid hands, a better first-step than you would think and a huge arm—which also gets into the mid 90s on the mound.
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    Maddux Bruns

    UMS-Wright Prep, Mobile, Ala. LHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Mississippi State
    Age At Draft: 19.0

    Bruns is a heavy up-arrow prospect after a loud first few weeks of the summer where he showed premium stuff from the left side. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound southpaw, Bruns throws with a deceptive delivery and a high, vertical arm slot that teams are increasingly favoring, and has shown three pitches that could become above-average. His fastball has sat in the 93-95 mph range in shorter outings—touching 96-97—with good plane and life, and he pairs that firm fastball with two distinct breaking balls. Both have good depth, but one has slider velocity in the low 80s and less shape, while his curveball is a big, 12-to-6 offering in the mid 70s.
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    Christian Little

    Christian Brothers College, St. Louis RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 17.9

    Little has been one of the more famous pitchers in the 2021 class, and was an underclass participant at the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game. An athletic righthander listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Little has a loose arm from the right side and an advanced ability to locate his entire four-pitch mix in the zone consistently. Little’s fastball sits in the low 90s with heavy life and he pairs that with solid feel to spin a breaking ball and an advanced changeup in the 80-85 mph range.
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    Tyree Reed

    American Canyon (Calif.) HS OF
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 181 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Oregon State
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    Scouts describe Reed as an upside player, but an upside prospect who doesn’t have much rawness to his game. That’s an exciting combination. Reed’s pure tools and athleticism make it clear why, as the 6-foot-2, 181-pound outfielder has all the plus supplemental tools to stick in center field—running, throwing and fielding—as an impact defender, with top-of-the lineup offensive ability. Reed has a lightning quick swing in the box, with a solid approach and power that’s fringey now, but should come on in the future as he fills out his uber-projectable frame.
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    Marcelo Mayer

    Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif. SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Southern California
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    A teammate of Twins 2019 first-round pick Keoni Cavaco, Mayer could give Eastlake High its second first-rounder just two drafts after Minnesota made Cavaco the No. 13 pick. Mayer is one of the better defensive shortstops in the class, and scouts believe he’ll stick at the position long term. He has advanced actions and reliable hands, with enough arm strength and range to stick at the position. Offensively he controls the zone well with an uphill swing that should allow him to get to above-average power in the future as he continues to fill out and add strength to a still-lanky, 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.
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    Braylon Bishop

    Arkansas HS, Texarkana, Ark. OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 196 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Arkansas
    Age At Draft: 18.1

    Bishop is among the toolsiest players in the 2021 class, and made a name for himself at a very young age by standing out as an underclassman with Sticks Baseball Academy. A wiry athlete with plenty of twitchiness and a still-projectable 6-foot-1, 196-pound frame, Bishop has plus running and throwing ability, with a chance for plus defense and power as well. The quality of his hit tool is still a question for scouts at this stage, as some are more skeptical of his approach at the plate and wonder what sort of hitter he’ll become, though he has a quick, loose bat from the left side and at his best drives balls to all fields.
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    Jordan Lawlar

    Dallas Jesuit HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    One of the fastest straight-line players in the 2021 class, Lawlar turned in a blazing, 6.45-60-yard dash at Perfect Game’s National Showcase early this summer. That speed should give him plenty of range at shortstop—where scouts believe he’s a legit defender with good actions, a quick first step, plenty of arm strength and an advanced internal clock—and out of the box as a righthanded hitter. Lawlar has a lean, skinny 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame that should fill out and add more strength in the future. He has solid bat speed and a compact swing that’s more gap-to-gap and line-drive oriented now, but could grow into more power in the future.
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    Izaac Pacheco

    Friendswood (Texas) HS SS
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 220 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Texas A&M
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Pacheco has a solid all-around game with one of the more powerful lefthanded swings in the 2021 class. Listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Pacheco has a great frame with plenty of lean musculature and present strength, but room to get even bigger in the future. He has a simple swing that’s loose, quick and powerful with a bit of natural loft that should allow him to hit for plenty of over-the-fence power. While Pacheco has a solid eye, there is some swing-and-miss to his game. Defensively, Pacheco has reliable hands and smooth actions at shortstop with enough arm strength for the position, though his size could move him to third base in the future, where he has all the tools to be above-average there.
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    Ian Moller

    Wahlert HS, Dubuque, Iowa C
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 201 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    The top-ranked catcher in the 2021 class and a big up-arrow prospect after a loud Perfect Game National, Moller has an impressive all-around game and currently stands as the top-rated northern bat in the class. Defensively Moller moves well behind the plate and has at least above-average arm strength, with no real red flags to prevent him from sticking there long term. As a hitter, Moller has good barrel control with a loose, righthanded stroke and solid power to all fields, with more likely on the way as he continues to develop. Scouts were impressed with the quality of his at-bats in terms of both his production and the timing and consistency he showed regardless of the stuff he was facing
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    Chase Burns

    Station Camp HS, Gallatin, Tenn. RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Tennessee
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    A big-bodied, physical, 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander, Burns looks to have one of the better fastballs in the 2021 prep class. The pitch has premium velocity in the 96-99 mph range in shorter outings, with riding life and downhill angle that simply overpowers most high school hitters at this stage. He mixes in a curveball and a slider, with the slider looking like a potential plus offering and a changeup that scouts are currently mixed on. Burns isn’t the most efficient strike thrower now, as his release point wanders and he also has a longer arm action that might scare some scouts—but in terms of pure velocity, it’s difficult to top Burns.
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    Andrew Painter

    Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RHP
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    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Florida
    Age At Draft: 18.2

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    Irving Carter

    Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.7

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    Joshua Hartle

    Reagan HS, Pfafftown, N.C. LHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 195 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Wake Forest
    Age At Draft: 18.2

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    Luke Leto

    Portage (Mich.) Central HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 18.3

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    Brock Selvidge

    Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. LHP
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-L
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 18.8

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    Alonzo Tredwell

    Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. RHP
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    Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 225 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 19.1

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    Chase Petty

    Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J. RHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Florida
    Age At Draft: 18.2

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    Benny Montgomery

    Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa. OF
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Virginia
    Age At Draft: 18.8

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    Jackson Jobe

    Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma City, Okla. SS/RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18.9

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    Brandon Neely

    Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla. RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Florida
    Age At Draft: 17.9

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    Philip Abner

    Charlotte Christian HS LHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 220 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Florida
    Age At Draft: 19.1

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    Harry Ford

    North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga. C
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    Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Georgia Tech
    Age At Draft: 18.3

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    Camden Hayslip

    Friendship Christian HS, Lenanon, Tenn. OF
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 19.0

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    Jackson Baumeister

    Bolles HS, Jacksonville C/RHP
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Florida State
    Age At Draft: 18.9

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    Daylen Lile

    Trinity HS, Louisville OF
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 195 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisville
    Age At Draft: 18.5

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