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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 over, Baseball America has updated its 2023 high school rankings.

Below are the top 50 players in the country with their scouting reports, videos and college commitments.

*Rapscores — 82% of Baseball America’s Top 50 2023 high school draft prospects use Rapsodo data for player development and evaluation. In collaboration with Driveline Baseball, Rapsodo developed RapScore as a standard scale for scouting and recruiting. Utilizing the principles of the 20-80 scale and the verified data collected by Rapsodo’s technology, RapScore provides a quantifiable way to compare athletes of all ages. Learn more here!

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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 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 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, 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. Clark would be a legitimate prospect on the mound too—during his 2021 high school season he posted an ERA of 0.84 and struck out 60% of the batters he faced with 120 strikeouts in 50 innings—but he's ranked here for his ability as a position player. Like 2020 first-round outfielders Robert Hassell and Pete Crow-Armstrong, Clark is a Vanderbilt commit, and Clark has some of the best elements from both of their games in his own. A strong mix of athleticism, tools, skills and consistent performance at a premium position should put Clark in line to be one of the top picks in the 2023 draft.

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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
    RapScore: 40

    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.

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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 as one of the best defensive shortstops in the 2023 class. He moves his feet well with soft hands, reading 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 barreling 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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    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 a fastball that explodes on hitters, sitting in the low 90s with the ability to reach 96 mph. 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, with his slider freezing lefties when it's at its best. He has also thrown a promising changeup that he doesn't use too much but has plus potential with good separation off his fastball 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, and when he's throwing strikes he has the look of a potential high first-round pick.

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    Kevin McGonigle

    Monsignor Bonner 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, 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. McGonigle 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 and savvy that will play in the middle infield, where he's quick but smooth and under control with good footwork.

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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
    RapScore: 59

    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. His swing works well, he has shown the ability to barrel high-end velocity and has the potential to grow into 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 parks at 89-92 mph and 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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    Walter Ford

    McAdory (AL.) HS RHP/3B
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 18.5
    RapScore: 43

    Ford would be one of the best prospects in the 2023 class if he were strictly a pitcher only, but his two-way potential moves him up even higher. He had an electric start to his 2021 summer in June at the Perfect Game Junior National showcase, where he showed big power in batting practice, homered in the game, and pitched a lights-out inning with a fastball that sat at 95-96 mph and touched 97. Ford is a legitimate two-way talent, though as the summer continued, his work on the mound stood out the most, including a dominant outing for USA Baseball's 16U/17U National Team Development Program where he pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts, no walks and only one hit (an infield) single allowed while pitching at 93-95 mph. He followed that by throwing another three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks against some of the top 2022 hitters in the country at USA Baseball's 18U national team trials to earn a spot on the final 18U national team as an underclassman. Ford already has an outstanding fastball for his age, with the arm speed and physical projection left in his frame where he could eventually throw 100 mph. Throwing from a high three-quarters slot, Ford pairs his fastball with a low-80s slider that has sharp bite and late tilt with the potential to develop into a plus pitch. As a hitter, there is some swing and miss to his game, but he has generally performed well in games with some of the better raw power in the class. He's a below-average runner who on the defensive side projects best at third base.

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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, taking 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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    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. He's also a patient hitter with a chance to be a high on-base threat between his contact skills and ability to draw walks.

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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, 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, 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 and an outstanding baseball IQ. 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. He has a small strike zone that he doesn't expand much, with a line-drive, straightaway approach and gap power, with 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. 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 at second. He has similarities to Arkansas second baseman Robert Moore and Indians shortstop prospect Brayan Rocchio, two other smaller, switch-hitting shortstops with excellent contact skills and all-around baseball savvy.

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    Campbell Smithwick

    Oxford (Miss.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 175 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18
    RapScore: 42

    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. He 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. Smithwick also has solid catch-and-throw skills with pop times under 2.0 seconds in games. After spending his first two years at Conway (S.C.) High, Smithwick has moved to Mississippi for his junior year to attend Oxford High.

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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
    RapScore: 45

    One of the youngest players in the 2023 class, Nimmala could easily be a 2024 player based on his age. Yet despite being so young with such a wiry frame, he drives the ball with startling impact already from the middle of the field over to his pull side. He hit well throughout the 2021 summer, showing the potential to be a middle infielder who can hit and hit for power.

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    Eric Bitonti

    Aquinas Catholic HS, San Bernardino, Calif. SS/1B
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Oregon
    Age At Draft: 17.6
    RapScore: 45

    Bitonti is 15 until November, so he's the age of a 2024 player, but he's also one of the biggest players in the class. He has a long, rangy frame with high physical upside. He has impressive raw power that ranks among the best in the class, with the strength projection still in his frame 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 has shown he can square up good velocity with what might end up 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's also played first base and could end up a plus defender if he does end up there.

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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 95 mph from his three-quarters slot with steep downhill angle. He has gotten 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 too.

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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 and bat control, with the ability to make frequent contact against quality fastballs or adjust to square up breaking stuff. He flashes occasional power now, with the barrel skills and strength projection for more power to come as he fills out. A good athlete who also plays quarterback for his high school football team, Cholowsky had a strong showing at the Area Code Underclass games in August both offensively and defensively. He's an average runner who fields his position well with good body control and the ability to throw from different angles.

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    Blake Mitchell

    Sinton (Texas) HS C/RHP
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 180 | 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. He's a talented defensive catcher who receives well, is agile and flexible with a strong 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 95 mph as a pitcher with feel for a low-70s 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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    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
    RapScore: 46

    Emerson is one of the more advanced pure hitters in the class, winning the MVP award at Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association 16U National Championship in July. He's young for a 2023 prospect—he will still be 17 at the likely 2023 draft date—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, showing the ability to square 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, but right now hits line drives to all fields with gap power. Emerson has a chance to stick at shortstop, though second or third base could also be options down the road, with a skill set that has similarities to Marlins 2021 second-round pick Cody Morissette.

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    Travis Sykora

    Round Rock HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 211 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Uncommitted
    Age At Draft: 19.2
    RapScore: 49

    Sykora is on the older end of the class with a physically mature frame. He's a power pitcher with one of the best fastballs in the class, already sitting at 91-95 mph with the ability to reach 97 mph. It's an explosive fastball that overmatches even some of the best 2023 hitters, with a chance he could throw triple digits one day. 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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    TayShaun Walton

    IMG Academy OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.5
    RapScore: 60

    Walton is a strong, physically mature player for his age with a strong lower half and a track record of hitting in games that is among the best in the 2023 class. Walton has some of the better raw power in the class, though in games it's more of a hit-over-power profile, so there should be more game power to unlock as he develops. He moves surprisingly well for his size with slightly above-average speed, though he will probably slow down as he ages, fitting best in an outfield corner with good defensive instincts for his age. He will have plenty of scouts watching him in the spring, as he's transferred from his high school in Virginia to IMG Academy in Florida, a stacked team led by 2022 outfielder Elijah Green.

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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
    RapScore 52

    Sanders is an athletic catcher with some of the best power in the 2023 class. He loads at the plate with a big leg kick and unleashes a violent swing, which he might eventually condense as he gets into pro ball, but when he's on time has led to big home runs in games. The quarterback for his high school football team, Sanders shows his athleticism in his quick, agile movements behind the plate too.

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    Parker Detmers

    Glenwood (IL.) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Louisville
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Detmers is the younger brother of lefthander Reid Detmers, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2020 draft, with Parker ticketed to follow his brother's path as a Louisville commit. Detmers has a projectable frame, a sound delivery and good pitchability for his age, throwing strikes with a fastball that has touched 91 mph with the projection to eventually throw in the mid 90s. While some other pitchers in the class have more present velocity than Detmers, the separator for him is a tight-spinning curveball with plenty of depth and good shape, giving him an out pitch to miss bats.

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    Daniel Cuvet

    St. Thomas Aquinas, Miami, Fla. 3B
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.2
    RapScore: 59

    Cuvet has plus raw power that grades out among the best in the class and could end up a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He has exit velocities that already near 110 mph, with advanced strength and physical maturity even though he's one of the younger 2023s. Cuvet's power comes with some strikeouts, so while the development of his pitch recognition and strike-zone discipline will be key, he has hit and hit for power in games, including a home run over the 32-foot left field wall at Triple-A Durham's stadium while playing for USA Baseball's 16U/17U National Team Development Program. Cuvet has a strong arm for third base if he can stay there, though he might outgrow the position and go to an outfield corner or first base. Cuvet is in better physical condition than Phillies outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz was at the same age, but he has similarities to an infield version of Ortiz when he signed at 16 for $4.01 million out of the Dominican Republic.

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    Adam Hachman

    Timberland HS, Wentzville, Mo. LHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Arkansas
    Age At Draft: 18.3
    RapScore 48

    Hachman has one of the best fastballs in the 2023 class, both in terms of present stuff and what it could become in the future. He's 16 and has already reached 95 mph, generally parking in the 90-95 mph range. It's a high-spin fastball from a high three-quarters slot that rides up in the strike zone. Throwing more strikes will be crucial for Hachman's development, but between his arm speed and ample strength projection in his tall, slender frame, it wouldn't be shocking to see him throwing 100 mph one day to go with those excellent spin properties. Hachman shows some feel to spin a curveball that he's added more power to, with a changeup also in his repertoire, but his fastball is his predominant pitch to miss bats.

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    Kade Anderson

    St. Paul's HS, Covington, La. LHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9
    RapScore 41

    Anderson has some of the best pitchability among his peers, something he showed early in the 2021 summer as the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 16U Ultimate Baseball Championship in June. He pitches in the upper 80s, can touch 90 mph and is adept at mixing in his curveball and changeup effectively to keep hitters off balance with his three-pitch attack. He's a strike-thrower with feel for manipulating both of his secondary pitches, earning a spot on USA Baseball's 18U national team in September despite being an underclassman.

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