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While a lot can change one year out from the MLB draft, there is also a lot of predictability to what will happen next year.
At this time last year on our rankings of the Top 100 high school players in the 2023 class, the No. 1 and 2 prospects on the list were outfielders Max Clark and Walker Jenkins. They ended up being the first two high school players drafted, both in the top five overall picks.
The first 13 high school players drafted, from Clark at No. 1 to shortstop Tai Peete at 30th overall to the Mariners, ranked among the top 35 high school players in our rankings a year out from the draft.
We can feel confident that the first-round picks from the 2024 high school class will mostly come from the top 50 players on this list, and that most of the Day 1 picks will already be ranked on our Top 100.
Still, there is a lot of movement that can happen between now and the 2024 draft as players develop both physically and in terms of their on-field skill level. One thing we do know is that LSU’s recruiting class is loaded. Konnor Griffin and Derek Curiel are two of the top players in the country. Both are LSU commits, though both look like they could also be first-round picks. Even if LSU loses several players to the draft, the Tigers have a deep class of recruits, with catcher Cade Arrambide, lefthander/outfielder Cam Caminiti, righthanders Casan Evans and Landon Victorian and infielder Daniel Arambula all ranked among the top 50 players in the country.
In all, LSU has 10 commits within the Top 100. That’s second among all schools, trailing Tennessee, which has 11 recruits in the Top 100. Tennessee’s class has an exciting mix of quality pitching, led by righthander Tegan Kuhns and Anson Seibert, and athletic players in the middle of the field, including an up-arrow catcher in Levi Clark. Florida State, Miami and Mississippi each have five Top 100 recruits, with Ole Miss holding a particularly strong group led by shortstop Owen Paino and center fielder Slade Caldwell.
There are five players in the Top 100 who are still undecided for college, most notably shortstop Bryce Clavon from Georgia and lefthander/outfielder Noah Franco, a California native at IMG Academy in Florida.
For our overall rankings of the top 100 players for the 2024 MLB Draft—including college prospects—you can find our updated overall draft rankings here.