40 Class Of 2026 Players Who Stood Out At PG Junior National


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The Perfect Game Junior National showcase brought together hundreds of players from the 2026 class, with many of the top ranked players in the country in attendance.

The event, held at the East Cobb complex in Marietta, Ga., is the first major showcase of the summer for 2026 players. Many of those players committed to colleges prior to the rule changes the NCAA implemented last year preventing coaches from contacting players prior to Aug. 1 of their junior year. But several of the top players remain uncommitted and should be priority targets for the top schools in the nation when Aug. 1 arrives. 

From an MLB draft perspective, multiple players stood out as potential early-round picks in a couple years, including Grady Emerson (the No. 1 player in the class) and shortstop Jacob Lombard

Here are 40 players who stood out at PG Junior National, with reports on each player and videos included.

Grady Emerson, SS, Texas

Emerson showed why he’s the No. 1 prospect in the 2026 class. The TCU commit checks nearly every box you can ask for in a 16-year-old shortstop and is the best pure hitter in the class. It starts with a sweet lefthanded swing that gets on plane early, taking a tight turn of the barrel with the hand-eye coordination needed to square up all pitch types throughout the strike zone. Emerson controls the zone and stays extremely consistent with his hit-first approach. But when he did let it loose during batting practice, he showed that his power has jumped a notch from where it was a year ago, with one ball landing off the right field scoreboard during batting practice. He plays with a slow heartbeat, maintaining a calm, relaxed approach in the batter’s box and playing a smooth, under control game at shortstop. He’s a plus runner who showed clean actions, soft hands, a quick transfer to a strong arm with good body control and instincts for the position. We’re still a couple years away from the 2026 draft, but Emerson looks like a player who will be in the mix to be a top five overall pick. 

Jacob Lombard, SS, Florida

Lombard was already a good prospect—he’s No. 5 in the 2026 class—but compared to last year he looks bigger, stronger and faster. The son of Tigers bench coach George Lombard and the brother of Yankees 2023 first-round pick George Lombard Jr. , Jacob is more advanced than his brother was at this age. He has an outstanding baseball IQ that stems from growing up in a baseball family and polished actions both with his swing and the way he moves in the infield. Lombard has a sharp eye for the strike zone and has a fast, compact swing. He stays inside the ball well with good balance and stretch to drive the ball with impressive impact for his age, registering multiple 97 mph exit velocities in BP. He’s also a plus athlete with plus-plus speed and a quick first step at shortstop, where he has a good internal clock and projects to stick at the position.

Tyler Spangler, SS, California

At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Spangler has a promising blend of hitting ability, power and a chance to stick at shortstop. The No. 4 player in the 2026 class and a Stanford commit, Spangler is a lefthanded hitter with a knack for being on time. He has quiet hands and fires them quickly when he starts his swing, which stays compact and direct, leading to a high contact rate. Spangler made good swing decisions and showed good power, driving a single at 94 mph off the bat. He has the bat speed and physical projection to grow into plus raw power. An above-average runner, Spangler showed good lateral agility and body control at shortstop, where he moved his feet well for someone his size. Depending on his physical development, there’s a chance he could end up sliding to third base, but there’s no reason to move him off shortstop in the near term. 

Keon Johnson, SS, Georgia

Johnson combines a good mix of tools and athleticism with a high baseball IQ. The No. 7 player in the 2026 class is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with high-end bat speed from the right side of the plate. There’s hard contact and physical projection to develop above-average power with an approach geared to pull the ball, something he showed in the first game when he recorded two hits including a double when he pulled a fastball to left field. A solid-average runner, Johnson is an athletic defender with quick reactions off the bat and a strong arm from shortstop. 

Andrew Costello, C, Pennsylvania

Costello has some of the best raw power in the 2026 class. Six of his 10 swings in BP registered EV of 94 mph or greater. Three of them traveled over the fence, including a blast tagged at 100 mph. With a 5-foot-10 frame built like a tank, Costello is able to generate power without much length to his righthanded swing, which helps him tap into that power against live pitching. It’s a frame Costello will have to work to maintain as he gets older, but he has the tools to stick behind the plate, including an above-average arm. He’s the No. 15 player in the 2026 class and a Wake Forest commit. 

Brady Murrietta, C, California

Murrietta and Costello are two of the best catchers in the country and are teammates on the Canes National 16U team that won the NPI championship the day before they arrived at the Junior National showcase. Murrietta was one of the offensive leaders for his team at the NPI and he continued to show his skills on both sides of the ball at this showcase. He barreled a fastball the other way for a single during the game, showing a righthanded swing that’s as short and simple as it gets. He puts himself into a balanced hitting position with a direct cut that leads to a high contact rate and an approach to drive the ball well to both alleys. He’s one of the better receivers in the class and has a quick transfer into an accurate arm to help him control the running game. He’s the 16th ranked player in the 2026 class and committed to Texas.

Beau Peterson, 3B/RHP, Kansas

Peterson is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds with strength and raw power that stack up among the best in the class. The No. 22 player for 2026 and a Nebraska commit, Peterson smashed multiple upper-90s exit velos in BP, including one at 99 mph that hit the scoreboard in right field. He’s able to generate that big lefthanded juice without having to sell out his swing for power, which has allowed him to demonstrate that power in games as well. With average speed, Peterson moves surprisingly well for his size. He has a strong arm that he showed both in the infield and on the mound, where he was up to 91 mph and has been higher before.

CJ Weinstein, SS, California

There aren’t many hitters in the 2026 class more polished than Weinstein. It’s a hitterish look from the left side from Weinstein, who has a knack for barreling balls in games with consistent high-quality contact. Ranked No. 43 in the class, Weinstein has a clean, compact swing with little wasted movement that drives the ball from line to line. It’s a hit-over-power profile, but his power is trending up and he has more room to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. Weinstein’s hitting ability is his calling card, but he made a good impression with his actions and body control at shortstop. It’s not the raw tools or explosive first step that a lot of scouts seek at shortstop, but he projects to stick in the dirt in pro ball, possibly at second base. 

Noah Wilson, OF, Tennessee

Wilson (No. 38 in the 2026 class) was one of the big risers from his week in Georgia between an excellent showing at the NPI and continued success at Junior National. He’s 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with a quick lefthanded swing, cranking his back elbow up high with consistent quality contact. It’s an accurate swing with good barrel awareness, showing the strength to drive the ball out of the park on occasion with the potential to grow into a 20-plus home run threat. He’s a plus runner (6.52 in the 60-yard dash here, 4.11 seconds home to first) with the speed to stretch doubles into triples. That should enable him to stay in center field. 

Brayden Harris, RHP, Florida

The No. 26 player in the 2026 class, Harris is a Florida State commit who didn’t allow a hit over two innings. And while he did walk two, he struck out three and showed quality stuff. Harris touched 91 mph with a fastball that had late life up in the zone and complemented it with a sharp slider in the low 80s that he can use to miss bats. He’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with a strong lower half and what should be a mid-90s fastball in the coming years to go with his ability to manipulate his secondary pitches.

Alex Harrington, SS, California

Harrington is one of the elite athletes in the 2026 class and the No. 2 player overall. He’s 6-foot-2, 175 pounds with long limbs, and while it looked like he was still finding his timing this week at the start of the summer, his bouncy athleticism, explosiveness and upside were all evident. He’s at least a plus runner (6.53 seconds in the 60-yard dash here) and moves well at shortstop with a quick first step, good range and body control. The Stanford commit did work a couple of walks and pulled a fastball for a line-drive single to left field. 

Brady Harris, OF, Florida

The PG Junior National showcase wasn’t the best reflection of Harris’ talent, but throughout the week as a whole he showed why he’s the No. 3 player in the country. After leading his MBA Scout team to a quarterfinals appearance at the National Program Invitational in the days before Junior National, Harris showed outstanding bat speed and righthanded power with the strength projection in his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame to develop into a 25-plus home run threat. He’s an above-average runner with a strong arm from center field. 

Connor Comeau, SS, Texas

Comeau is still 15, so he’s one of the youngest players in the 2026 class. At 6-foot-3, 160 pounds, he has a tall, slender frame, yet Comeau drove the ball with startling impact all week, both to his pull side (two of his 10 swings in BP were home runs to right-center field) and the opposite way. It’s a lefthanded swing that works well with a high contact rate and power that should end up plus given how much weight he should still be able to add. Third base looks more likely than shortstop, with his offensive upside the reason why he’s the No. 41 player for 2026.

Jaxon Matthews, OF, North Carolina

Matthews sticks out immediately as a physical lefty who’s 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. He has a leg kick that he has toned down some and can generate big raw power, driving the ball with exit velocities up to 98 mph in BP. A Clemson commit ranked No. 21 in the class, Matthews has the bat speed and strength projection to grow into at least above-average raw power and has the tools to project in right field. He runs well for his size and has an above-average arm.

Luke Williams, SS/OF, Pennsylvania

Williams is a stick of dynamite. He’s 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with explosive athleticism that shows itself in multiple tools. He ran the 60-yard dash in 6.39 seconds, a 70-grade time with quick acceleration. He threw from the outfield and the infield, showing an arm that grades out at least plus and was up to 98 mph from the outfield, tied for the best of the event. There’s a deep hand load that he’s shortened some from last year and an approach geared to lift the ball, something he did during BP driving the ball well to both gaps. Williams is committed to Virginia. 

Wessley Roberson, OF, Georgia

The No. 23 player in the 2026 class, Roberson is an athletic center fielder with a high-contact stroke. He has a quick lefthanded swing with an accurate barrel, hitting from an open stance and driving the ball with loft in BP. In games, it was an approach catered more to lacing liners around the field, something he did when he drove an opposite-field single to left field. He’s a plus runner with a plus arm, giving him strong tools at a premium position in center field. 

Sterling Coaxum, OF, South Carolina

A Clemson commit, Coaxum has quick-burst athleticism and tools that jumped out here. It started in the 60-yard dash, which he ran in 6.36 seconds. A lean 6 feet, 175 pounds, Coaxum accelerates quickly and has plus-plus speed that should lead to plenty of range in center field. At the plate, Coaxum sets up from the right side with a wide setup and no stride, and he was able to stay back on a hanging curveball before firing his hands and launching it for a home run to left field at 95 mph off the bat. Last year Coaxum had a higher swing-and-miss rate, but if he’s off to a strong start this summer and could be a riser by the end of the year if he continues to make strides with his bat-to-ball skills. 

Colt Springall, SS, Tennessee

In this showcase, once a hitter draws a walk, he stays at the plate so that he gets a chance to hit. They reset the count to no balls and keep whatever strikes the hitter had. In one trip to the plate, Springall drew three straight walks before finally popping out to third base. Later in that game, Springall drew another walk, then kept his hands inside an 88 mph fastball to pull it for a double into the right-center field gap. A Tennessee commit, Springall is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds with one of the better lefthanded swings in the class. He’s not especially toolsy, but he has a compact, adjustable stroke with good plate coverage and clean infield actions to project in the middle infield, whether it’s at shortstop or second base. 

Jaser Arms, OF, Tennessee

An Alabama commit, Arms is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound lefthanded hitter with a sound, simple swing and good hand-eye coordination with a low swing-and-miss rate. He’s a high-contact hitter who has flashed occasional over-the-fence pop. He registered a pair of singles over two games at this event. He’s an above-average runner with enough speed to get a chance to develop in center field. 

Julian Sabourin, RHP, Canada

There was a lot to like with Sabourin, who showed a good mix of performance and projection arrows pointing up. He’s still 15 until the end of August, so he’s young for the class. He has a good delivery and more room to fill out his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and grow a fastball that was up to 91 mph in this game. Sabourin complemented his fastball with a hard, sharp curveball that he threw with power into the low 80s and got several whiffs. He struck out six of the seven batters he faced, racking up 13 swinging strikes in his quick outing. 

Connor Langdon, LHP, Georgia

Langdon had one of the most impressive outings among pitchers at the event. The Mississippi State commit is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and has good armside run on a fastball that was up to 92 mph. His changeup had similar action with a lot of horizontal fade and good separation off his fastball at 79-80 mph. Langdon’s breaking ball will be key for his development, and he showed encouraging signs here by getting three swinging strikes with it against the six batters he faced.

Dannyel Almanzar, SS, New York

Almanzar is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds with a short righthanded swing where his hands work inside the ball well with an uppercut path. He showed that when he hammered a fastball for a double the opposite way, and there’s projection in his frame to grow his gap power. Almanzar is a below-average runner whose offensive game stood out the most in this look, possibly fitting at third base long term.

Brady Stewart, SS, Kansas

Stewart is 6-foot-1, 175 pounds with a high-contact bat from the left side. It’s a short lefthanded stroke with a low swing-and-miss rate—he didn’t whiff once during the event—and the ability to shoot line drives around the field. He showed a sound offensive approach, working ahead to a 3-1 count in one at-bat before he shot a single to the opposite field. The raw tools aren’t as explosive as some of the other standout players from the event, but Stewart made a good impression with his contact skills and chance to handle a middle infield spot. 

Ezekiel Lara, OF, California

Lara doesn’t have as high of a profile compared to some of the bigger names at the showcase, but he showed a sneaky blend of solid tools to go with his performance. He doubled, singled and drew a walk over two games. He’s 6 feet, 185 pounds with a simple lower half load in his lefthanded swing, turning his heel before firing his hands with enough strength to occasionally loft one out to his pull side. His above-average speed gives him a chance to stay in center field. 

Bo Holloway, LHP, Tennessee

Holloway has a big frame (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) and a relatively low-effort delivery. He touched 91 mph in this outing and has been a tick higher before. His overall performance was better a few days prior during the NPI, where he struck out nine batters in four innings, with an occasional slider and changeup mixed in during his brief stint at the Junior National showcase. The size and easy velocity with projection for more to come make him a name to follow this summer. 

Braxton Beaty, LHP, Texas

At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Beaty has a smaller, slender frame, but his pitchability and feel for manipulating his offspeed pitches had several hitters befuddled on their walk back to the dugout. An LSU commit, Beaty struck out four of the first five hitters he faced while pitching at 85-89 mph. It’s a good delivery with good arm action. He has feel for using both his breaking ball and changeup, getting swinging strikeouts on both pitches.

Parker Loew, SS, Florida

Few players in the 2026 class have the type of bat speed and ability to impact the baseball that Loew possesses. At 6 feet, 180 pounds, Loew doesn’t have the imposing, extra-large physicality of some of the other top sluggers in the class, but his fast hands and ability to rotate his hips produces high-end bat speed and EV up to 100 mph during BP. It’s a power-over-hit profile for the No. 24 player in the 2026 class. He has experience at shortstop, but third base is a better defensive fit for him in pro ball. 

Yodelkis Quevedo, 3B, Florida

Quevedo is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with a strong, physical frame that sticks out immediately. His strength and high-end bat speed allow him to produce some of the best raw power in the 2026 class. He showed that power in BP with EV up to 99 mph and multiple balls that landed over the fence. It’s a righthanded swing geared to lift the ball. There’s some swing-and-miss that he will have to tighten, especially against offspeed stuff, but the potential for well above-average raw power will make him a priority follow the next couple years. He moves well for his size—he ran the 60 in 6.82 seconds—and has an above-average arm. 

Anthony Murphy, OF, California

Murphy is coming off another strong spring with powerhouse Corona (Calif.) HS. He stood out for his size and athleticism at the Junior National showcase. He has broad shoulders on a strong, lean frame and showed good bat speed with hard contact in BP and projection to grow into above-average power. He’s an above-average runner in center field with a strong arm, as well. 

Jaxson Wood, SS, Alabama

Wood is a twitchy athlete in a small frame at 5-foot-9, 155 pounds. The Tennessee commit is a plus runner (6.47 seconds in the 60-yard dash here) with a quick first step and makes contact at a high clip from the right side of the plate. It’s an aggressive approach with fast hands that help him drive the ball well for his size. He has quick footwork in the infield and projects to play somewhere in the middle of the field, whether it’s at shortstop, second base or using his wheels in center field. 

Taytum Reeves, C, California

Reeves, who is 6 feet, 180 pounds, young for the class having just turned 16 at the end of May and was one of the better offensive performers at the event. After getting behind 0-2, Reeves worked his way back to a 2-2 count, then pulled an 89 mph fastball over the left field wall for a home run with a 97 mph EV. He came back the next day and lined a double to the middle of the field off an 88 mph fastball and knocked a 1-2 curveball back up the middle for a single. 

RJ Cope, LHP/1B, Georgia

Standing in at 6-foot-8, 235 pounds, Cope (No. 49 in the 2026 class) is an extra-large pitcher who gets down the slope well with long arms and legs flying at hitters with some funkiness to his delivery. It will take time for him to learn to sync everything up consistently—he did walk two batters in his two innings—but it adds deception to a fastball that was up to 91 mph here. Cope’s changeup has been an effective pitch for him in other looks, but here it was the slider that he used to get three swinging strikes. Cope is also a first baseman with big lefthanded juice in a power-over-hit profile.

James Jorgensen, SS/OF, Texas

Jorgensen’s tools stuck out here. He’s 6 feet, 187 pounds with strong hands in a quick righthanded swing that drives the ball with impact from the right side. He pulled a double to left field with a 94 mph EV, showed above-average speed and has a plus arm both from the infield and the outfield. 

Judson Dowell, OF, Texas

Dowell has a strong build (6 feet, 195 pounds) with some of the better tools at the showcase. The Texas A&M commit is on the younger end of the 2026 class but already has big bat speed from the right side and had some of the best raw power at the event. He’s a plus runner (6.63 seconds in the 60-yard dash here) with the potential to develop into a power/speed threat. His tools have been ahead of his hitting ability to this point, but he performed well in games here with a pair of doubles to his pull side. 

Carson Bolemon, LHP, South Carolina

Bolemon sliced his way through hitters all week. The Wake Forest commit did it before the showcase at the NPI, where he ran his fastball up to 91 mph and he kept it going at the Junior National showcase, where he topped at 88 mph. He also used his ability to mix his stuff and miss bats with multiple secondaries to quiet opponents. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Bolemon has a tall frame and repeatable delivery that struck out five over two quick innings. He got swings and misses on both a sharp, big-breaking curveball with good depth and a deceptive changeup with good fade that he sells well off his fastball. 

Rhett Britt, RHP, North Carolina

Another Wake Forest pitching commit, Britt is 6-foot-4, 190 pounds with a fastball that touched 92 mph and the strength projection to throw in the mid 90s. He struck out two batters over his two innings, with a curveball that was inconsistent, but he flashed feel to spin at times as his go-to secondary pitch. 

Kaleb Traylor, 3B, New York

A righthanded hitter, Traylor packs a lot of strength into his compact 6-foot, 190-pound frame. The Missouri commit delivered multiple hard barrels in games, including a double on a slider that he pulled into the left-center field gap. 

Miles Young, SS, Texas

Young (the No. 46 player for 2026) can drive the baseball with some of the best raw power in the class. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he’s a physical slugger with a bat speed and physical maturity that helps him crush balls when he’s on the sweet spot. He didn’t do much in the four at-bats he got, but the power potential is evident. He showed a strong arm and he moved well for his size with above-average speed underway. Third base is a potential fit in pro ball. 

Charles Messina, C, Florida

Messina was one of the best catchers at the Junior National showcase. He’s 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and showed the traits to stick behind the dish with good flexibility and an average arm. At the plate, he walked twice and drove a pair of doublesone on a pitch down that he pulled off the left field fence at 94 mph off the bat, the other sent to the opposite field.

Lucas Cannady, 3B, Florida

The No. 42 player for 2026, Cannady has shown some of the better bat-to-ball skills in the class. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Clemson commit is a righthanded hitter who sets his hands high without much movement before firing them at the ball. He did loft one out during batting practicewith potential for more power to comebut it’s a hit-over-power offensive game. Cannady showed surprising speed for a third baseman as well, running the 60-yard dash in 6.56 seconds. 

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