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Top 2023 High School MLB Draft Prospects

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By Ben Badler

Baseball America’s 2023 high school rankings line up the top draft-eligible players in the 2023 class from around the country.

The high school season is over and the summer travel circuit is in full swing. So while the 2022 draft is around the corner, scouts are already bearing down on a 2023 class that looks strong.

With some of the biggest events of the summer still ahead, we have updated our rankings of the top 100 high school players eligible for the 2023 draft, with scouting reports, videos and college commitments. LSU leads the way with eight commits ranked among the top 100 players, with seven for UCLA, six for Arkansas and five each for Alabama and Vanderbilt.

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    Max Clark

    Franklin (Ind.) Community HS OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Clark is a well-rounded, exciting player who combines elite athleticism, tools and polish at a premium position. He's one of the best pure hitters in the 2023 class, with a smooth, balanced swing that's quick, compact and comes through the hitting zone with good bat path. He has good strike-zone discipline and hand-eye coordination with the ability to adjust his swing based on the situation and where the ball is pitched, so he seldom swings and misses. In games he takes a line-drive, hit-first approach, but he has good bat speed and the strength projection in his athletic, well-proportioned frame to project above-average power in the future. That power already started to show up more this spring, when Clark hit .577/.717/1.126 in 106 plate appearances with nine home runs, 31 walks and three strikeouts as a junior. Clark is also a plus-plus runner who shines in center field, where he has good instincts and a plus-plus arm. Clark would be a legitimate prospect on the mound, too—he's an athletic lefty who has been into the mid 90s—but he's ranked here for his ability as a position player. With five tools that could be average or better and several of them projecting to be 60s and 70s on the 20-80 scale, Clark should be one of the top picks in the 2023 draft and is a candidate to go first overall.

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    Walker Jenkins

    South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: North Carolina
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    Jenkins is one of the most exciting players in the nation, earning a spot on USA Baseball's 18U national team as an underclassman in 2021. Jenkins is strong, physical and athletic with a great combination of hitting ability, strike-zone judgment and lefthanded power. He whips the barrel through the zone well with good bat speed and power, with 30-plus home run potential and a knack for barreling the ball with impact the opposite way. He has shown a patient approach when he has faced more advanced pitchers as well, with good bat-to-ball skills and strong performances seemingly everywhere he goes. Jenkins is a slightly above-average runner who moves well enough to handle center field for now, showing good instincts and route running. As he gets bigger he might move over to right field, where he could be an above-average defender with a plus arm. He’s coming off a junior season in high school in which he hit an absurd .527/.628/1.032 in 121 plate appearances with more walks (23) and home runs (10) than strikeouts.

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    Dylan Cupp

    Cedartown (Ga.) HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Mississippi St
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    Cupp has advanced game skills for his age, good present tools and the mix of fluid actions and physical projection for his ability to continue trending up. An average runner, Cupp is one of the best defensive shortstops in the 2023 class. He moves his feet well, has soft hands and reads the ball well off the bat with a good internal clock. Cupp is also one of the best hitters in the class, consistently performing at a high level while often playing against older competition. Cupp has good bat speed, strike-zone judgment and contact skills. He's consistently on time and barrels balls in games, with good hand-eye coordination and the ability to use the whole field. He has the power to go deep now, with the bat speed and space on his lean, athletic frame to project more juice coming once he fills out.

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    Kevin McGonigle

    Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Penn. SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    McGonigle started his 2021 summer as the MVP of the 16U Ultimate Baseball Championship in June, continued to perform at a high level all summer and finished it by getting on base in every at-bat he took at Fenway Park in the Kelly Rodman Memorial Summer Rivalry Classic, an August game of mostly 2022 high schoolers and college players. In the fall, it was more of the same, as McGonigle was the MVP of Perfect Game's WWBA Underclass World Championship in October as he led his Canes National 17U team to the title. A stellar offensive track record only got better in the spring for McGonigle, who hit .457/.582/.975 in 110 plate appearances with 11 home runs, 21 walks and just two strikeouts during his junior season. McGongigle consistently takes quality at-bats with hard contact and good strike-zone discipline. He has quick hands and a tight, efficient swing from the left side, with the maturity in his approach and adjustability in his stroke to square up pitches in different parts of the zone for well-struck balls to all fields. He's an instinctive, high baseball IQ player with fluid defensive actions. Some evaluators believe he will end up at second base, but at either middle infield spot he's a savvy player who is smooth and under control with quick footwork.

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    Thomas White

    Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. LHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    White stands out as the best pitching prospect in the 2023 class with his comination of stuff, physical projection and easy operation on the mound. He has a remarkably smooth, fluid delivery for someone his age and size. With loose arm action and low-effort mechanics, White throws a fastball that explodes on hitters, sitting at 91-94 mph and reaching 96 this spring, with more in the tank as he gets stronger. White throws a curveball and introduced a slider into his mix last year, and while later on a slider might become a bigger weapon given his arm angle, he has shelved it and gone back to the curveball in 2022. He shows solid feel for spin on his breaking stuff, with his 73-77 mph curveball typically his go-to secondary pitch right now. More recently, White has mixed in his changeup more often with great results and it could be his best offspeed weapon long term. His changeup is flashing plus now, with good separation off his fastball at 80-83 mph and late diving action when he executes it down in the zone. Like a lot of tall, lanky pitchers his age, White has times where his control comes and goes, but his mechanics bode well for his future control. When he's throwing strikes he has the look of a potential high first-round pick.

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    Antonio Anderson

    North Atlanta HS SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: Georgia Tech
    Age At Draft: 18

    One of the younger players in the 2023 class, Anderson has good size and feel in the batter's box beyond his years. He has an advanced, mature offensive approach for his age, recognizing pitches well and staying disciplined within the strike zone. Anderson has the patience to draw walks and is a high-contact hitter from both sides of the plate. He has a smooth stroke with good rhythm and balance. It's a hit-over-power profile right now, with the physicality and bat speed to project average or more power to come later. A fringe-average runner, Anderson should be able to play somewhere in the infield. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, though he might outgrow the position and head to third base. His arm is strong, reaching the low 90s on the mound, but his future is brightest as a hitter.

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    Aidan Miller

    Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. 3B/RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Arkanasas
    Age At Draft: 19.1

    Miller is one of the more accomplished players in the 2023 class, going back to representing his country for USA Baseball's 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal for USA's 15U National Team in 2019. Miller has a strong offensive track record with his raw power and outstanding bat speed, with both among the best in the class. He starts his swing with a hitch but it otherwise works well for him. He has shown the ability to barrel high-end velocity and has the potential to grow into at least plus power. Miller has a strong arm with the defensive skill set and offensive upside to project at third base, where he's a fundamentally sound defender with good footwork, ranging well to both sides and coming in on the slow roller. His arm strength translates on the mound as well, with a fastball that has touched 94, but it's his ability as a position player that makes him one of the elite players in the 2023 class.

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    Braden Holcomb

    Foundation Academy, Winter Garden, Fla. SS
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Much like Nationals shortstop Brady House was at this age, Holcomb physically looks like he belongs in a major league uniform today. He's 6-foot-4, strong and athletic with a mature tool set for his age, with a combination of strength and bat speed to produce plus raw power. Holcomb taps into that power against live pitching, too, as a patient hitter who takes consistent quality at-bats with one of the better offensive track records among 2023 hitters. His power and plus arm both rank among the best in the class. Holcomb has the arm strength for the left side of the infield, though at his size, he likely outgrows shortstop and shifts to third base, where he has also spent time. He is athletic for his size, with slightly above-average speed, although that tool might back up as he gets into pro ball.

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    Campbell Smithwick

    Oxford (Miss.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18

    Smithwick is one of the younger players in the 2023 class, but he has polished hitting actions for his age. He has a smooth, calm stroke from the left side with good balance and bat path to make frequent contact. Smithwick has an approach that is mature beyond his years. He can recognize and square up breaking stuff consistently, seldom chases outside the zone and stays through the ball well to hit to all fields. Smithwick has the power to drive the ball out of the park to his pull side, but it's his hitting ability and strike-zone discipline that stand out most with the potential to be a high on-base threat as a catcher. Behind the plate, Smithwick is loose and agile with advanced catch-and-throw skills for his age. He records pop times under 2.0 seconds in games, blocks and receives well and has the baseball acumen that managers love in a catcher.

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    Eric Bitonti

    Aquinas HS, San Bernardino, Calif. SS/1B
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Oregon
    Age At Draft: 17.6

    Born in November 2005, Bitonti is younger than many 2024 players, yet he's one of the most physical players in the 2023 class. He made a strong impression to begin 2022 in February, hitting two home runs (including an opposite-field blast) at Dodger Stadium during an Area Code select game that included top 2022 and 2023 players from the West Coast. Bitonti has a long, rangy frame with high upside. He has impressive raw power that ranks among the best in the class, with the strength projection to grow into plus-plus power in his prime. Bitonti has shown some swing-and-miss tendencies, especially against fastballs up or away, but he can square up good velocity with what might end up as a power-over-hit profile. Bitonti has unusually good body control for his size, moving around surprisingly well at shortstop with good hands and a strong arm that should tick up as he continues filling out. Long term, he could fit at third base, but he has also played first base and could become a plus defender if he does end up there.

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    Blake Mitchell

    Sinton (Texas) HS C/RHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    It's not clear whether Mitchell's future is on the mound or behind the plate, though scouts are generally most excited about him as a catcher. He's a talented defender who receives well, is agile and flexible with a plus arm to produce pop times in the low 1.9 seconds in games. At the plate, he has some swing-and-miss tendencies, but he does have good power, especially for a catcher his age. Mitchell can also reach 96 mph as a pitcher with feel for a curveball. He was one of the few underclassmen who earned a spot on USA Baseball's 18U National Team in 2021.

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    Steven Milam

    Centennial HS, Las Cruces, N.M. SS
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    Ht: 5-8 | Wt: 165 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    Milam is smaller in stature, but he's one of the most skillful players in the class with an excellent track record of hitting and an outstanding baseball IQ. A gold medal winner for USA Baseball's 15U National Team in 2019, Milam is coming off a huge junior season in which he hit .494/.613/1.025 with four home runs, 28 walks and just six strikeouts in 111 plate appearances. He's a disciplined hitter with outstanding contact skills from both sides of the plate. He has a small strike zone that he doesn't expand much, with a line-drive, straightaway approach and gap power, showing the skill set to be a high-OBP hitter. Milam isn't a burner, but he's a fundamentally sound defender at shortstop with soft hands and quick feet. Some think his arm and range will lead him to second base, but he's an instinctive defender with a good internal clock who reads hops well and is smooth on both ends of the double play turn.

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    Bryce Eldridge

    Madison (Va.) HS RHP/1B
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    Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 218 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Eldridge was an early standout in the 2023 class due to his size. Now 6-foot-8, Eldridge has a gigantic frame, throwing a power fastball for his age that's already in the low 90s and has touched 96 mph from his three-quarters slot with steep downhill angle. He has engaged his lower half into his delivery more, and as he continues to get stronger, he could throw in the upper 90s or better one day. His best secondary pitch is a low-80 slider that's inconsistent but has good depth at times. Eldridge doesn't use his changeup much yet, but it has promising fade to project for a three-pitch starter's mix. Given his size, Eldridge will probably always have to work to keep his delivery in sync to throw strikes consistently, but he has the makings of a power-armed starter who could miss a lot of bats. While Eldridge is ranked here based on his pitching potential, he has also hit well with big power in high school.

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    Roch Cholowsky

    Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 18.3

    Cholowsky has good hand-eye coordination with the bat control to make frequent contact against quality fastballs or adjust to square up breaking stuff. He's an aggressive hitter who will expand the zone, though even when he does, his bat-to-ball skills are good enough that he often still makes contact. He flashes occasional power now, with the barrel skills and strength projection for more power to come as he fills out. Cholowsky had a strong showing at the Area Code Underclass games in August, both offensively and defensively. He's a good athlete and an average runner who fields his position well with good body control and the ability to throw from different angles.

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    Gavin Grahovac

    Villa Park (Calif.) HS INF/OF/C
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Texas A&M
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Grahovac is one of the better hitters on the West Coast. He’s a good fastball hitter with a fluid swing when he’s on time with good rhythm and balance. He has had trouble at times with breaking pitches, but he has generally performed well and shown a knack for driving the ball with loft and power to be a future 25-plus home run hitter. Grahovac is a shortstop, but he has played all around the infield and outfield and spent time at catcher, where he has a strong arm. While his defense has improved at shortstop, third base, second base and the outfield corners are all potential defensive homes.

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    Aidan Keenan

    Live Oak HS, Morgan Hill, Calif. RHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Stanford
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    Keenan has developed into one of the best pitching prospects in the 2023 class, with high-end stuff that continues to get better and the projection for more. He closed 2021 with a dominant three-game stretch at the WWBA World Championship in October when he threw six scoreless, no-hit innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts against 19 batters. A solid strike-thrower for his age, Keenan has a lean, long-limbed build with excellent arm speed from a long arm swing in the back into a low three-quarters slot. While his velocity fluctuates, at his best he sits in the low-to-mid 90s and has touched 97 mph, with the arm speed and strength projection where there could be more in the tank. It’s a powerful, high-spin fastball that rides up in the zone and helps him generate empty swings when he elevates. Keenan also has tight spin on his mid-70s curveball that could develop into an out pitch. He’s still refining the shape and consistency of that pitch to be able to miss bats more regularly with it, and it might eventually morph into a slider from that angle.

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    Dean West

    Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. OF
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    Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    West is one of the most exciting players to watch in the 2023 class. He isn't that big, but he blends quick-burst athleticism with a good balance of tools and in-game skills. He's a plus-plus runner who should stick in center field. At the plate, West has a short, quick stroke from the left side with a good swing path and feel for the barrel to use the whole field. His pitch recognition skills and plate discipline are among the best in the class too. He tracks the ball well, consistently squaring up offspeed stuff and laying off breaking pitches outside the strike zone. His patience and contact skills give him a chance to be a high on-base threat, with a hit-over-power profile.

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    Roman Martin

    Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif. SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 19

    Martin combines one of the most disciplined approaches in the 2023 class with good bat control. He seldom expands the strike zone, takes close pitches and makes frequent contact when he does swing. He's consistently on time, squaring up both fastballs and soft stuff while spreading line drives around the field. It’s a hit-over-power profile, but he is flashing bigger power in BP now and should grow into more juice as he adds strength to his lean, projectable frame. He’s an athletic player who should play in the middle infield with a strong arm that has been up to the low 90s on the mound.

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    Travis Sykora

    Round Rock (Texas) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Texas
    Age At Draft: 19.2

    Sykora is on the older end of the class with a physically mature frame. He's a power pitcher with an electric fastball, regularly pitching in the mid-to-upper 90s. He has topped out at 101 mph, with his fastball exploding past even the best hitters in the country. Sykora's fastball is his best pitch, with a low-to-mid-80s slider and a hard mid-80s splitter also in his repertoire. Sykora also plays the infield and has good raw power, but it's his potential on the mound that puts him here.

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    Arjun Nimmala

    Strawberry Crest HS, Dover, Fla. SS
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 165 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Florida State
    Age At Draft: 17.7

    One of the youngest players in the 2023 class, Nimmala could easily be a 2024 player based on his age. The ball doesn't come off his bat like he's one of the youngest players in the class though, with surprising power coming from his wiry frame. Nimmala has a lot of space to fill out and add strength to his lean, high-waist build and already shows home run power to the middle of the field with quick hands that help him generate good bat speed. He hit well throughout 2021 with a knack for driving the ball to right-center field, showing the potential to be an infielder who can hit and hit for power. He also came through with the walkoff single to win the 2021 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter for his Ostingers Baseball Academy team in October. An average runner with an average arm, Nimmala stands out most for his offensive game, but he ranges well to his left and could stick at shortstop depending on the development of his quickness and arm.

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    Colt Emerson

    John Glenn HS, New Concord, Ohio SS
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18

    Emerson is one of the more advanced pure hitters in the class. He's young for a 2023 prospect—he turns 18 on July 20, 2023—with a sweet lefthanded swing. It's a simple, direct cut that allows him to stay inside the ball well, handle pitches on the inner third and make frequent contact, regularly squaring up both fastballs and offspeed stuff. It's a hit-over-power profile with Emerson, who could grow into more home run impact later on as he gets stronger and learns which pitches to turn on and drive in the air. Right now he hits line drives to all fields, but he's starting to turn the corner with more pull-side juice starting to emerge. Emerson has a chance to stick at shortstop, though second or third base could also be options down the road.

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    Charlee Soto

    Reborn Christian Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 195 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: Central Florida
    Age At Draft: 17.9

    Soto took a significant leap forward to quickly become one of the more intriguing power arms in the class, especially given that he’s one of the younger 2023s who will still be 17 on draft day. At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Soto has a tall, projectable frame with good athleticism and a fast arm that was touching 91-92 mph last fall. In 2022, Soto has taken off, with his fastball sitting in the low-to-mid 90s and reaching 98 mph. There could be triple-digits velocity in his future given his youth, arm speed and physical upside. There is some rigidity to Soto’s delivery, but he throws strikes with both his fastball and his slider, with his slider showing tight rotation and sharp bite.

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    Zander Mueth

    Belleville Township East HS, Illinois RHP
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    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18

    Mueth already has a strong fastball for his age and a frame that screams projection for him to keep adding velocity. He sits in the low 90s now and has reached 95 mph, especially impressive for one of the younger players in the 2023 class. He has a tall, extremely projectable frame, so he could get into the upper 90s or better once he packs on more size and strength. Mueth is 6-foot-6 but drops down to sling the ball from a low three-quarters slot with a 75-80 mph slider that has solid horizontal break, along with an occasional low-80s changeup.

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    Kade Anderson

    St. Paul's HS, Covington, La. LHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    Anderson has some of the best pitchability among his peers. With a fastball that reaches the low-90s, Anderson isn't overpowering, but he is one of the best strike-throwers in the 2023 class, with advanced fastball command and the ability to land both his curveball and changeup in the zone from his three-quarters slot. He’s adept at mixing in his mid-70s curveball and 77-82 mph changeup effectively to keep hitters off balance, with feel for manipulating both of his secondary pitches to get empty swings and weak contact. Anderson’s polish helped him earn a spot on USA Baseball's 18U National Team last year as an underclassman.

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    Jarren Purify

    University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mi. SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 160 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Uncommitted
    Age At Draft: 17.7

    As a sophomore in 2021, Purify helped lead University Liggett School to a Division 3 state championship in Michigan, though he missed much of the summer with a thumb injury. Purify is extremely young for his class—he could easily fit as a 2024 based on his age—but he already stands out for his tools, athleticism and skills. He has hit well in games with the ability to shoot hard line drives all over the field in a hit-over-power profile. He has a tick above-average speed with quick-twitch actions at shortstop, where he reacts well off the bat with quick footwork, good body control and a strong arm. Purrify was committed to Michigan, though shortly after Michigan coach Erik Bakich left to become the Clemson coach in June, Purrify announced he was reopening his recruitment.

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