Image credit: Harry Ford (Photo by Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)
The Baseball America end-of-season High School All-America Teams are selected by BA staff after consulting with scouts and high school coaches. In keeping with the BA tradition of looking at both the present and future, players are honored for both their production and their tools.
Harry Ford C
North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
Ford is an atypical athlete for a catcher as a legitimate plus runner who could have the ability to play a number of other positions, including center field. That speed played on the bases this spring in the form of 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts. Ford has above-average defensive ability behind the plate and surprising power.
Brady House CI
Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.
House entered the summer as the top player in the draft class. Between his hitting ability, track record and potential for 70-grade power, he might have the highest offensive upside in the class. House is big for shortstop but athletic with a cannon for an arm and could be a great third baseman.
Wes Kath CI
Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kath impressed last summer with his excellent feel for hitting from the left side. He has an advanced approach that should translate into plus power as he continues to fill out a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. He played shortstop in high school, but scouts think he fits at third base, where he has the impact to profile.
Jordan Lawlar MI
Dallas Jesuit HS, Dallas, Texas
Lawlar is a twitchy athlete who shows above-average tools across the board, with plus grades for hitting ability, speed and defense at shortstop. Lawlar has no real hole in his game, save for some early-season concerns about swing-and-miss. Still, he was one of the best performers on the showcase circuit last summer.
Marcelo Mayer MI
Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
Some scouts think Mayer’s bat is the most advanced in the entire 2021 draft class, including college hitters. He has a smooth lefthanded swing with impressive barrel control and plenty of room to fill out for above-average power. That is on top of some of the more advanced defensive actions in the class at shortstop.
Daylen Lile OF
Trinity HS, Louisville, Ky.
Lile drew praise for his advanced hit tool last summer on the showcase circuit. While he isn’t the most physical or toolsy player in this draft class, he always seems to hit. He’s quiet in the box, with very little pre-pitch movement, uses the entire field and isn’t fazed by velocity or standout breaking stuff.
Braden Montgomery OF
Madison Central HS, Madison, Miss.
Montgomery pitches and hits for one of the best high school teams in the country and has real upside on both sides in pro ball. His best tool is a 70-grade right arm that plays better in the outfield now, but Montgomery has an ease and fluidity to his game that allows the switch-hitter to do everything at a high level.
Will Taylor OF
Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, S.C.
Taylor is a double-plus runner who will have to decide whether he wants to pursue professional baseball or head to Clemson, where he could play wide receiver and quarterback. On top of his football skill, he’s a talented high school wrestler and does everything on the baseball field outside of hitting for power.
Peyton Stovall DH
Haughton HS, Haughton, La.
Stovall went on a home run binge this spring against admittedly fringy Louisiana competition, but no one doubts his true hitting ability. Some scouts said he has the best hit plus power combination in the South. His supplemental tools are more limited, but he should stick in the dirt at second base or third base.
Bubba Chandler SP
North Oconee HS Bogart, Ga.
Chandler is a freak athlete who is committed to Clemson as a quarterback. He’s a switch-hitting shortstop when not pitching, can windmill dunk on the basketball court, can throw a football 40 yards with his off hand and shows tantalizing upside on the mound with an electric fastball/curveball combo.
Jackson Jobe SP
Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Jobe established himself as the top pitcher in the class thanks to a trio of plus offerings, including a 3,000 rpm slider that routinely gets plus-plus grades. A shortstop and righthander, Jobe’s upside is on the mound, where he shows impressive athleticism and above-average control of a four-pitch mix.
Frank Mozzicato SP
East Catholic HS, Manchester, Conn.
Mozzicato was one of the better popup prospects in the class this spring and shot up draft boards after throwing four consecutive no-hitters. His stuff backs up the performance. Mozzicato’s mid-70s curveball is one of the better breaking pitches in the class. He gets to 93 mph from the left side with regularity.
Andrew Painter SP
Calvary Christian HS Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Painter screams big league starter with a 6-foot-7 frame, four-pitch mix and some of the best command you will see from a prep pitcher. His fastball, curveball, slider and changeup have all looked above-average or better. His change might be his most advanced pitch, and there are few rough edges to his game.
Hagen Smith SP
Bullard HS, Bullard, Texas
Smith overwhelmed his competition this spring by throwing seven no-hitters in his first 10 starts with a four-pitch mix that is average across the board. His fastball gets into the mid 90s at peak. Smith has a chance to be the highest drafted player from Bullard High, topping AJ Minter, who didn’t sign out of high school.
Williamsville East HS, East Amherst, N.Y.
|CI||Izaac Pacheco||Friendswood (Texas) HS|
|CI||Colson Montgomery||Southridge HS, Huntingburg, Ind.|
|MI||Kahlil Watson||Wake Forest (N.C.) HS|
|MI||Carson Williams||Torrey Pines HS, San Diego|
|OF||Benny Montgomery||Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa.|
Dexter Southfield HS, Brookline, Mass.
|OF||Jay Allen||Carroll Catholic, Fort Pierce, Fla.|
Big Valley Christian HS, Modesto, Calif.
Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J.
|SP||Chase Petty||Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J.|
Mira Costa HS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
|SP||Joshua Hartle||Reagan HS, Pfafftown, N.C.|
Blue Valley Southwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.
|C||Carter Jensen||Park Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.|
|CI||Jacob Walsh||Desert Oasis HS, Las Vegas|
|CI||Mason Guerra||Westview HS, Portland, Ore.|
|MI||Maxwell Muncy||Thousand Oaks (Calif.) HS|
|MI||Noah Miller||Ozaukee HS, Fredonia, Wis.|
|OF||Lonnie White||Malvern (Pa.) Prep|
|OF||Tyler Whitaker||Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas|
|OF||Nick McLain||Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif.|
|DH||James Triantos||Madison HS, Vienna, Va.|
|SP||Maddux Bruns||UMS-Wright Prep, Mobile, Ala.|
|SP||Chase Burns||Station Camp HS, Gallatin, Tenn.|
Houston County HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
|SP||Dylan Lesko||Buford (Ga.) HS|
|SP||Jackson Baumeister||Bolles HS, Jacksonville|