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Top 2023 High School MLB Draft Prospects

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

With the summer showcase circuit in full swing, Baseball America has updated its 2023 high school rankings to reflect changes over the last year.

Below, find the top 50 names in the country, which includes several new faces prominently featured high atop the rankings. Forty-four of the 50 names are already committed to college. 

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  1. 1

    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 player with a chance for five tools to grade out average or better. 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 hand-eye coordination, so he seldom swings and misses, and he has a good eye for the strike zone. 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, with the ability to go deep to his pull side now. Clark is also a well above-average runner who should stick in center field, where he has good instincts and a strong arm, with the ability to reach the low 90s when he's on the mound. It's a strong mix of athleticism, tools and skills at a premium position that should put Clark in line to be one of the top picks in the 2023 draft.
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    Thomas White

    Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. LHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Uncommitted
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    White isn't just the best pitching prospect in the 2023 class, he's one of the best lefties his age to come around in years. He has remarkable body control and a smooth, easy delivery for someone his age and size. With loose arm action and low-effort mechanics, White throws strikes with a fastball that explodes on hitters. He sits in the low 90s with the ability to reach 95 mph, spin rates in the 2,250 to 2,400 range and pitchability that's advanced for his age. White throws a curveball and has introduced a slider into his mix, showing feel to spin his breaking stuff as he learns to refine the shape of each pitch. He has also thrown a promising changeup that has been his most effecctive offspeed pitch this summer with good separation off his fastball and late diving action when he executes it down in the zone.
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    Cam Collier

    Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennsaw, Ga. 3B
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Louisville
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Collier is the most dangerous offensive threat in the country. He's strong and physical for his age, with big power that should be a plus if not future plus-plus tool. Even more impressive is Collier's pure hitting ability. He tracks and recognizes pitches well, with the abilty to manage his at-bats beyond his years. When he does swing, he unleashes a fast, compact swing that stays in the hitting zone a long time, making frequent contact and driving the ball for damage to all fields. A below-average runner, Collier has a strong arm at third base, and while he will have to work at his agility given how big he projects to be, his instincts at the position are good for his age. Collier has similarities at the same age to Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, with the upside to develop into that type of masher in the middle of a lineup.
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    Dylan Cupp

    Cedartown (Ga.) HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 180 | 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 projects to stick at shortstop, where he moves his feet well with soft hands, reading the ball well off the bat with a good internal clock. At the plate, Cupp has a sound swing from the right side with good bat speed, strike-zone judgment and contact skills. 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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    Walter Ford

    Hoover (Ala.) HS 3B/RHP
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Ford would be one of the best prospects in the 2023 class if he were strictly an infielder or a pitcher only, but his two-way potential moves him up even higher. At the plate, Ford has good bat speed and hits for power in games now with the size and strength projection to develop plus power. A below-average runner, Ford profiles well at third base, where he has a strong arm. That arm strength is most evident on the mound, with a fastball that sat 95-96 mph and reached 97 mph in June 2021 at the Perfect Game Junior National showcase. It's an outstanding fastball already for his age, with the potential to eventually reach triple digits, and he backs it up with a bat-missing slider.
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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: Arkansas
    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, excellent bat speed and makes some of the hardest contact in the class, with the potential to grow into plus power. He has a strong arm with the defensive skill set and offensive upside to project at third base. The arm strength translates on the mound as well, with a fastball that parks at 89-92 mph and has touched 94.
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    Walker Jenkins

    South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: North Carolina
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    Jenkins is one of the most exciting players in the nation. He has a lean, athletic build with good strength projection in his 6-foot-3 frame. He whips the barrel through the zone well with good bat speed and power, with 25-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. Jenkins is a slightly above-average runner who moves well enough to handle center field for now, though as he gets bigger he might move over to right field. He has the tools to be a good defender there, with an arm that's plus now and could tick up a grade as he gets stronger.
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    Dean West

    Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. OF
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    Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 165 | 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 good swing path and feel for the barrel to drive the ball well to all fields.
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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

    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, 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. 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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    Antonio Anderson

    Tri-Cities, East Point, Ga. SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: Georgia Tech
    Age At Draft: 18

    Anderson is one of the younger players in the 2023 class, but he has good size and feel in the batter's box beyond his years. He has an advanced, mature offensive approach for his age, reccognizing 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, though there's a chance he could outgrow shortstop. His arm is strong, reaching 89 mph on the mound, but his future is brightest as a hitter.
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    Steven Milam

    Centennial HS, Las Cruces, N.M. SS
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    Ht: 5-8 | Wt: 155 | 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 outstanding track record of hitting. A gold medal winner for USA Baseball's 15U national team in 2019, Milam was the MVP of Perfect Game's Sophomore World Wood Bat Association in September 2020, then won MVP at the WWBA Underclass the next month. He's a disciplined hitter with outstanding contact skills from both sides of the plate, and while he's not a burner, he's a fundamentally sound defender at shortstop with instincts and game savvy well beyond his years.
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    Kevin McGonigle

    Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Pa. 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 strong as the MVP of the 16U Ultimate Baseball Championship in June. He has a quick, tight swing from the left side to square up pitches in different parts of the zone and hit line drives to all fields. He's an instinctive, high baseball IQ player with fluid defensive actions and savvy that will play in the middle infield.
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    Campbell Smithwick

    Conway (S.C.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 175 | 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 frequenct contact. He has solid catch-and-throw skills with pop times under 2.0 seconds in games.
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    Evan Haeger

    Detroit Catholic Central HS, Novi Mi. OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 18

    Haeger is young for the 2023 class, but he already has one premium tool with his plus-plus speed. He has the wheels and athleticism that should allow him to stick in center field, while his short, quiet swing from the left side should be conducive to hitting in games, with the physical projection for his power to climb as he gets stronger.
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    Nik Sanders

    La Vega HS, Waco, Texas C
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Texas
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Sanders has some of the best power in the 2023 class, and it's power that shows up in games. He loads his swing with a big leg kick and unleashes a violent swing, with a knack for being on time, leading to high-level offensive performance. He's also an agile, athletic mover behind the plate.
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    Zion Rose

    Brother Rice HS, Chicago C
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Louisville
    Age At Draft: 18.1

    Rose has hit well in games and has explosion to his tool set, especially for a catcher. He has quick hand speed, producing a fast swing at the plate and a strong arm behind it to help him control the running game.
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    TayShaun Walton

    Greensville County HS, Emporia, Va. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Walton is a strong, physically mature player for his age with a strong lower half and moves surprisingly well for his size with slightly above-average speed. He will probably slow down as he ages, fitting best in an outfield corner, but his track record of hitting in games is among the strongest in the 2023 class, with the strength to mash for extra-base damage.
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    Bryce Eldridge

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

    At 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 95 mph with steep downhill angle. As he gets stronger and refines his delivery, he could throw in the upper 90s or harder one day.
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    Austen Roellig

    Etiwanda HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 165 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 19

    Roellig has good actions and instincts on both sides of the ball. He has a short swing to stay inside the ball well and hit line drives to all fields, with good reactions off the bat and body control at shortstop.
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    Colt Emerson

    Glenn HS, New Concord, Ohio SS
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18

    Emerson is one of the better pure hitters in the class. He's young for a 2023 prospect, but he has a sweet lefthanded swing, makes frequent contact and stays inside the ball well to hit line drives to all fields.
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    Ralphy Velazquez

    Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 209 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Arizona State
    Age At Draft: 18.1

    Velezquez has stood out from a young age with a fluid lefthanded swing that's quick, compact and powerful. He has hit well in games and also brings a strong arm behind the plate.
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    Justin Best

    Langtree Charter Academy, Mooresville, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Florida State
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Best continues to trend up physically, with the bat speed and space still left to fill out his 6-foot-3 frame to project plenty of future power. He takes an uppercut stroke from the left side geared for loft and has a strong track record of hitting well in games. He's an average runner who moves well in the outfield with the arm strength to project in right field.
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    Riley Jackson

    Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne, Fla. C
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 197 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: Florida State
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    Jackson is an offensive-minded catcher who has shown good feel for hitting from both sides of the plate. Jackson can barrel fastballs and has the ability to stay back and square up breaking stuff as well. He will need to improve his agility behind the plate, but he has a strong arm for the position.
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    Travis Sykora

    Round Rock (Texas) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 211 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Baylor
    Age At Draft: 19.2

    Sykora is on the older end of the class with a physically mature frame. He's a power arm with one of the best fastballs in the class, already sitting in the low 90s with the ability to reach 96 mph.
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    Wes Mendes

    Tampa Jesuit HS LHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-L
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    Mendes has a promising fastball for his age, sitting at 87-90 mph and reaching 92, with the late riding life to miss a lot of bats up in the zone and the physical projection to get into the mid 90s eventually. Mendes has been an inconsistent strike-thrower, but his athleticism bodes well for him to make adjustments.
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