Analyzing The Top 2022 College Baseball Recruiting Classes
Below is a breakdown of the top recruits and names to know in each of the best recruiting classes in the country. To see our 2022 top recruiting classes, click here.
Recruiting coordinator: Mike Baxter
Top recruit: Dylan Lesko, RHP
Overview: Vanderbilt has assembled an unmatched array of elite talent in this class. Led by Lesko, outfielder Druw Jones and lefthanders Brandon Barriera and Noah Schultz, half a dozen players in the class have a legitimate chance to be first-round picks this summer. Signing that kind of talent means the Commodores will be sweating out the draft with many players, but it also means there’s tremendous upside for this group.
Hitters: The son of five-time all-star Andruw Jones, Druw Jones has as much upside as any player in the country. Like his father, he is a premium defensive center fielder and has a projectable build. He’s a plus runner and shows some feel for the barrel. He needs to get stronger and more consistent to reach his potential offensively, but given his raw tools and background, there’s reason to believe he’ll make the jump. Infielder Sal Stewart is one of the best pure hitters in the prep class and offers plenty of raw righthanded power to go with his hittability. He has good hands and has a chance to play third base, but some scouts believe he’ll settle at first base. No matter where he ends up, his bat will play. Outfielder Ryan Clifford has long been known for his hittability and lefthanded power potential but is coming off an inconsistent summer. He has good makeup and fits the profile of a corner outfielder. RJ Austin is a bit rawer than Jones, Stewart and Clifford, but offers considerable upside. He’s a good athlete and has two-way potential as an infielder and righthander. He’s got speed, good defensive actions and an aggressive approach to the game. He could fill a variety of roles for the Commodores and has impactful tools. Shortstop Ivan Arias is undersized at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds but stands out for his glove and feel at the plate. He doesn’t strike out much and is an advanced defender—two traits that could get him on the field early in his career. Cooper Holbrook, the son of College of Charleston coach Chad Holbrook, profiles as a corner bat and has an advanced understanding of the game. Catcher Logan Poteet and shortstop Matthew Wolfe both have advanced defensive skills, adding depth to the class.
Pitchers: Lesko has long been regarded as the top pitcher in the prep class and this year was named Gatorade National Player of the Year—an exceptionally rare honor for a junior. He has three pitches with plus potential—a mid-90s fastball, a breaking ball with a high spin rate and a changeup that may be his best pitch right now. He checks just about every box for a high school righthander and has frontline starter upside. Barriera and Schultz are firmly in the conversation for the best lefthanders in the prep class, along with Jackson Ferris (Mississippi) and Tristan Smith (Clemson). Barriera has a premium three-pitch mix and stands out for his competitiveness on the mound. His fastball gets up to 96 mph and he mixes in a good changeup and slider, and he throws all three pitches for strikes. Listed at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Schultz has a big, long frame and his low three-quarters arm slot adds deception to his delivery. He attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination and can also mix in a changeup, though it isn’t as advanced as his other offerings. Righthander Andrew Dutkanych has power stuff and a strong build at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. His fastball reaches 95 mph, and he also has a pair of good breaking balls that he can land for strikes. Righthander Karson Milbrandt has perhaps the biggest arm of the group, as his fastball gets up to 98 mph. His pitchability isn’t as advanced as some of his classmates and he’ll need to refine his control, but he offers significant upside. Righthander David Horn also has some strides to make with his control, but has plenty of upside on the mound. He has an easy delivery, a fastball that reaches 93 mph and intriguing secondary offerings. Lefthanders Joseph King and JD Thompson add more quality depth to the class. King has a solid three-pitch arsenal and some projection to his build, while Thompson stands out for his pitchability.
2. Louisiana State
Recruiting coordinator: Dan Fitzgerald
Top recruit: Paxton Kling, OF
Overview: After Jay Johnson and his staff of Fitzgerald and pitching coach Jason Kelly were hired this summer, they went to work and supplemented what was already a strong recruiting class with some more high-end talent. The result is perhaps the deepest class in the country.
Hitters: Kling stands out for his feel for hitting and polish offensively. He’s an above-average runner and can hit for power as well. He projects as a center fielder at LSU and would step right into the top half of the lineup. Listed at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, catcher Jared Jones is big and physical and has huge righthanded power potential. Though he’s a righthanded hitter, his size invites comparisons to Joe Mauer and while catchers of that size are rare in the big leagues, he can handle the position at LSU. The Tigers have another premium catcher in the class in Brady Neal, who will graduate a year early after reclassifying from 2023. His athleticism plays well behind the plate, and he has a smooth lefthanded swing. Outfielder Justin Crawford, the son of four-time all-star Carl Crawford, has premium speed and great feel for the barrel. He has a projectable frame but looks like a future top-of-the-order threat and center fielder. The class has a trio of exciting infielders: Gavin Guidry, Mikey Romero and Tucker Toman. Guidry has two-way ability, but his defensive ability, well above-average speed and promising righthanded bat mean his future is likely as an infielder. Romero is one of the best pure hitters in the country. The lefthanded hitter has great feel for the barrel and could grow into more power as he physically matures. Toman is the most powerful of the group and the switch-hitter profiles at third base. There’s some swing and miss to his game but he offers significant upside. Ethan Frey gives the class even more depth behind the plate, though he also has the athleticism to play the outfield. Outfielders Michael Paul and Zeb Ruddell have promising lefthanded swings.
Pitchers: Righthander Chase Shores has a huge frame at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds and a powerful arm, running his fastball up to 97 mph. He gets good riding life on his fastball, which he combines with a sharp, biting breaking ball and a promising changeup. It’s easy to dream on Shores thanks to his size, stuff and athleticism. Righthander Jaden Noot is big and physical himself, at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and he has a loose, easy delivery. His fastball gets into the mid 90s and he pairs it with a good breaking ball. His stuff and pitchability give him a starter profile. Lefthander Robby Snelling fits in with the physicality of Shores and Noot at a listed 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He was originally committed to Stanford to play both baseball and football, where he is rated as a four-star linebacker. At LSU, he’ll just be playing baseball and he has power stuff on the mound. His fastball touches 97 mph, and he pairs it with a power curveball. Lefthander Michael Kennedy has advanced pitchability and figures to quickly make an impact in Baton Rouge. He has a quality three-pitch mix and his fastball gets up to 92 mph. Righthander Micah Bucknam, a Canadian native, was this summer drafted in the 16th round by the Blue Jays but opted to return for his Grade 13 year. He offers a lot of upside and a promising three-pitch arsenal. Lefthander Nic Bonzini has a strong, physical frame and attacks hitters with a fastball-curveball combination. Righthander Aiden Moffett has a big build and a powerful fastball that could add velocity as he physically matures. Lefthander Griffin Herring also stands out for his pitchability and throws a lot of strikes with his three-pitch arsenal. The class also includes four high-end junior college transfers on the mound: lefthander Nate Ackenhausen, righthander Kaleb Applebey, righthander Jacob Misiorowski and righthander Adrian Siravo. Ackenhausen was excellent this spring and his lively fastball gets swings and misses. Applebey is big and athletic at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds and had Division I offers to play football out of high school. Instead, he offers huge upside on the mound thanks to his mid-90s fastball and power slider. Misiorowski missed most of last spring with a knee injury, but has an electric fastball-slider combination. Siravo is coming off a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, where he was named to the all-star team. His stuff and feel give him a starter profile.
Recruiting coordinator: Norberto Lopez
Top recruit: Elijah Green, OF
Overview: Miami has been recruiting as well as any program in the ACC over the last few years, including landing the top-ranked 2020 class. The Hurricanes’ 2022 group has that kind of potential, particularly with Green and righthander/shortstop Nazier Mule in the mix.
Hitters: Green has been regarded as one of the very best players in the prep class throughout his high school career. The son of former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Green, he is a premium athlete with loud tools. His combination of plus power and speed is a rarity and while there’s some swing and miss in his game he may have as much upside as any player in the country. Outfielder Kaden Martin also is the son of a former NFL player—Tee Martin now is the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach—and he is committed to Miami to play quarterback as well as baseball. As many two-sport players are, he’s a bit raw on the diamond, but has impressive tools. He’s got a strong lefthanded swing and has performed on some big stages. Jason Torres stands out for his hittability and his fast righthanded swing, giving him big power potential. He’s a corner infielder who will get a chance at third base but could end up at first. Blake Cyr does a lot of things well on the diamond and has a hard-nosed mentality. His speed, power and bat speed make for an exciting combination and he’s a solid defensive infielder. Ray Bermudez, Adrian Dominguez and Diego Guevara add three more exciting bats to the group.
Pitchers: Mule is young for the class—he only turned 17 last month—and has electric two-way ability. On the mound, he can run his fastball up to 100 mph and both his changeup and slider can be solid offerings. As a hitter, he has raw righthanded power and is a good defender on the left side of the infield. At Miami, he’d be given the opportunity to be a two-way star. Lefthander Ashton Crowther is coming off an impressive fall that saw him run his fastball up to 93 mph. He pairs it with a sharp slider and throws a lot of strikes. Lefthander Christopher Scinta throws from a three-quarters slot and attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination. Righthander Ryan Fry has a projectable build but already shows solid pitchability. His fastball sits around 90 mph, and he has feel for both his changeup and curveball. Righthanders Gunther Braendel and Sebastian Perez both offer plenty of projection as well. The class also includes lefthander Myles Caba, a junior college transfer. His fastball sits around 90 mph, he throws a lot of strikes and he has a good breaking ball.
4. Mississippi State
Recruiting coordinator: Jake Gautreau
Top recruit: Jurrangelo Cijntje, BHP
Overview: The Bulldogs made a few key additions to this class in the aftermath of winning the College World Series. Those players take a solid class for an SEC team into a premium class with high-end upside.
Hitters: Jett Williams is a sparkplug who will hit at the top of the lineup and remind Mississippi State fans of Rowdey Jordan. Williams is a plus runner and while he isn’t physically imposing, he has surprising righthanded pop. He has the athleticism to potentially stay in the middle of the infield, but his speed plays in the outfield as well. Outfielder Dakota Jordan is committed to Mississippi State to play both baseball and football. On the diamond, he has premium bat speed and righthanded power potential. On the gridiron, he’s rated as a three-star running back by 247 Sports and his speed plays well in both sports. Catcher Ross Highfill is a good athlete and has a powerful righthanded bat. He’s a good defender behind the plate and has a strong arm, but he’s also athletic enough to play in the outfield. Catcher Ryan Williams isn’t as advanced offensively but gives the class another strong defender behind the plate. Like Jordan, Stone Blanton is a powerful outfielder with two-sport ability. He’s rated as a four-star linebacker by 247 Sports and while he’s already committed to Mississippi State for baseball, he’s still exploring his football options. On the diamond, his big, physical frame, athleticism and raw power make for a prototypical corner outfielder.
Pitchers: As a switch-pitcher, Cijntje is an ultra-rare prospect. He has power stuff as a righthander, running his fastball up to 96 mph to go with a power breaking ball. From the left side, his fastball sits in the upper 80s, touching 91 mph, and he has a sweeping breaking ball. He throws a lot of strikes from both arms and has the stuff to continue as a switch-pitcher. He’s a bit undersized from a pro perspective, but he’s a unique talent and can make an immediate impact in Starkville. Righthander McLain Ray has a long, projectable build and touches 94 mph with his fastball. He’s a good athlete and has two-way talent but is likely to settle on the mound. Lefthander Bradley Loftin has been a bit under the radar in Mississippi, but has a projectable build, runs his fastball up to 92 mph and has solid pitchability. Righthander Will Gibbs attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination. Righthander Logan Forsythe has been slowed by injury, but when he’s at his best he offers a lot of upside. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes in a promising breaking ball. The class includes a pair of promising junior college transfers in righthanders Ernie Day and Nate Williams. Day is big and physical and his fastball reaches 95 mph, while Williams has a powerful fastball-curveball combination and can hit 96 mph with his fastball.
Recruiting coordinator: Eric Snider
Top recruit: Cam Collier, 3B
Overview: The Cardinals have put together a big, strong class that ranks among the best in the ACC. The class, which got a boost over the summer when Collier reclassified from 2023 to 2022, has high-end talent both among pitchers and position players.
Hitters: Collier, still just 17, is now one of the youngest players in the draft class and has standout tools. The lefthanded hitter has a smooth swing, uses the whole field to hit and has above-average power. He also has a big arm that plays well at third base and gives him two-way potential, though his greatest upside is as a hitter. Shortstop Gavin Kilen is an excellent defender whose hands, range and arm all play at shortstop. He’ll need to get stronger to reach his offensive upside, but he’s got an easy lefthanded swing. Outfielder Korbyn Dickerson is a local product who combines plus speed with good feel for the barrel. He has a projectable look and could grow into solid righthanded power in time. Outfielder Michael Lippe has a similar profile but is a little more physical and offers good righthanded pop. Infielder Logan Wagner isn’t the toolsiest player in the class, but he does a lot of things well on the diamond and figures to play a key role for the Cardinals. He’s a switch-hitter who can play anywhere on the infield and brings energy to the game. Jameson Richmond, whose oldest brother Josh Richmond played for Louisville from 2008-10, has a powerful lefthanded swing and profiles as a corner infielder. Ryan McCoy, a junior college transfer, adds a middle-of-the-order bat to the class. The lefthanded hitter has good power and can play in the outfield or a corner infield spot.
Pitchers: Righthander Jacob Miller has a lean, projectable frame and premium stuff – a tantalizing combination. His fastball sits in the low 90s and can touch 95 mph with more velocity to come, but his standout pitch is his powerful, downer curveball. He’s got good feel for the pitch as well as a solid changeup. Tucker Biven has two-way talent and has come on strong as a pitcher over the last two years. He’s an excellent athlete, has a strong build and can run his fastball into the mid 90s. He has a quick righthanded swing and is a solid defensive infielder. Righthander Ethan Patera has a big, 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame and a powerful arm. He attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination and throws his fastball in the low 90s. Righthander Dan Snyder also has a strong build and throws a lot of strikes with his three-pitch mix. Lefthander Justin West missed this summer due to injury and is planning to enroll a semester early at Louisville as he goes through rehab. When he’s healthy, he has a good fastball-curveball combination. Righthander Patrick Forbes is a good athlete and has two-way ability. On the mound, he runs his lively fastball into the low 90s.
Recruiting coordinator: Bradley LeCroy
Top recruit: Brock Porter, RHP
Overview: With Porter and lefthander Tristan Smith leading the way, Clemson is signing a 1-2 punch on the mound that stacks up well with any team in the country. The Tigers have a strong group surrounding them, including several players that have breakout potential.
Hitters: Shortstop Chris Maldonado comes from an athletic family—his older brothers Nick (Vanderbilt) and Frank (Pittsburgh) both played baseball in college and his sister Alexa played softball at Notre Dame—and he does a lot of things well on the diamond. He’s a steady defender, has above-average speed and has a simple righthanded swing that has helped him build a long track record of success. Infielder Cameron Cannarella has an athletic, projectable look. He’s a plus runner who can stay up the middle on the infield and has an easy lefthanded swing. Infielder Jack Reynolds is a lefthanded hitter with good bat-to-ball skills. He’s a steady defender with good arm strength. Nathan Hall has a good righthanded swing and projects as a corner bat, with the versatility to play third base and the outfield. J.P. Cunningham is a plus runner and athlete who can impact the game in a number of ways. Infielder Cooper Blauser, the son of two-time all-star Jeff Blauser, has a strong righthanded swing and projects to hit for power. Outfielder Lleyton Lackey is a plus runner and has exciting upside as a switch-hitter. Catcher Jacob Jarrell has a strong, physical frame that plays well on both sides of the ball.
Pitchers: Porter is one of the best prep pitchers in the country, combining high-end size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), stuff, command and feel for pitching. His fastball reaches 97 mph and his changeup, curveball and slider all are solid options as well. He’s a good athlete and has frontline potential. Smith isn’t far behind Porter on pref lists thanks to a strong frame (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and an electric fastball-slider combination. His fastball gets into the mid 90s and his slider is a hard, biting offering. He gets swings and misses with both pitches and has performed at a high level, but his control is not as advanced as his stuff. Righthander Calvert Cook has a projectable build (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and is a good athlete with two-way ability. His fastball gets up to 93 mph now and there could be more velocity to come, in addition to the chance of him providing righthanded power at the plate. Lefthander Mavis Graves is a good athlete with plenty of upside. His fastball gets up to 92 mph now and he pairs it with a biting breaking ball. Righthander Nathan Dvorsky and lefthander Ethan Darden add two more promising arms to the class.
Recruiting coordinator: Nate Thompson
Top recruit: Jayson Jones, SS
Overview: The Razorbacks have brought in back-to-back top-10 classes and their 2022 group has similar upside. It’s a well-rounded group that includes some high-impact position players.
Hitters: Jones has an explosive righthanded swing that produces plus power potential. He has some swing and miss to his game, but he’s not an all-or-nothing hitter and could quickly step into the middle of the order for Arkansas. He’s a shortstop now and has made strides defensively, but he has a big frame and may end up profiling best at third base. Outfielder Mason Neville has standout athleticism and a good lefthanded swing. He’s a plus runner with a strong arm and offers a lot of upside. Infielder Easton Swofford is a good athlete who has an advanced feel for the barrel. He has some power potential and projects to be able to stay up the middle defensively. Ryan Ward has a simple lefthanded swing and good plate discipline. He’s a good athlete who offers a lot of versatility defensively. First baseman Reese Robinette has a big, physical frame and makes a lot of hard contact. Shortstop Harold Coll, a junior college transfer, is coming off a good summer at the plate in the Northwoods League. He’s an above-average runner and is a solid defender who can step into the middle of the infield.
Pitchers: Righthander Cole Phillips stands out for his pitchability and starter traits. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes in a promising changeup and curveball. His mentality and combination of stuff and control should play well in college. Righthander Cooper Dossett is a good athlete with a big arm. His fastball gets into the low 90s now and there’s more velocity to come. He’s a good athlete and could be a two-way player as an outfielder, but his biggest upside is on the mound. Righthander Gage Wood has a low-90s fastball and good feel for spinning his breaking ball. Righthander Christian Foutch and lefthander Parker Coil both offer a lot of upside to dream on. Righthander Cody Adcock, a junior college transfer, has a low-90s fastball and pairs it with a powerful curveball. Righthander Ben Bybee and lefthander Kyndon Lovell are coming off injury but offer exciting upside and powerful fastballs.
Recruiting coordinator: Josh Jordan
Top recruit: Cole Young, SS
Overview: Duke this year shepherded its recruiting class through the draft without losing any players to pro ball and was rewarded with its first top-10 class in program history. If the Blue Devils do so again next summer, their 2022 class could be even better than their 2021 group.
Hitters: Young is one of the best hitters in the prep class. He has a smooth, lefthanded swing and projects to hit for both power and average. He’s a plus runner and a talented defender who would slot right into the middle of the Duke infield. Andrew Fischer stands out for his lefthanded swing and his feel at the plate. He has a big, strong build and profiles as a corner infielder. Outfielder Vincent Fattore has a fast, whippy lefthanded swing. His easy swing and approach at the plate should help him make a quick transition to college baseball. Catcher Roman Digiacomo has a plus arm and good catch-and-throw skills. He’s further advanced defensively than offensively, but he has power potential at the plate. Tyler Albright is a plus runner and profiles in center field, where he might remind Duke fans of Jimmy Herron. Gabriel Nard has true two-way potential as an infielder and righthander. As a hitter, he has a quick righthanded swing, consistently puts the barrel on the ball and makes a lot of hard contact. He’s a bit undersized as a pitcher but has impressive feel on the mound and gets a lot of movement on his upper-80s fastball, which he pairs with a good curveball.
Pitchers: Righthander Kassius Thomas offers significant upside thanks to his three-pitch arsenal and a very fast arm. His fastball sits in the low 90s, touching 95 mph, and he mixes in a good changeup and curveball, and he fills up the zone with all three. Lefthander Oliver Santos has a big, strong frame and has advanced feel on the mound. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he has room to grow into more velocity in time, to go with three promising offspeed offerings. He also has a powerful righthanded swing and could see action as a two-way player. Righthander Aidan Weaver has a big, powerful frame and can run his fastball up to 95 mph. He might have more velocity in the tank and his changeup and slider both show promise. Lefthanders Edward Hart and James Tallon have flown a bit under the radar so far, but both offer intriguing upside. Hart has a lot of athleticism and can run his fastball into the low 90s. Tallon is projectable with an upper-80s fastball and sweeping slider.
Recruiting coordinator: Carl Lafferty
Top recruit: Jackson Ferris, LHP
Overview: The Rebels have compiled a strong recruiting class with some high-upside players and a lot of depth. Ole Miss has a veteran roster for 2022, so this class should be well positioned to make an impact in Oxford once it arrives.
Hitters: Outfielder Roman Anthony stands out for his prodigious raw lefthanded power. That power comes with a fair amount of swing and miss now, but he’s also performed well on some big stages. His plus speed and athleticism play well defensively, and he can play center field. Listed at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, infielder Mason Morris has big righthanded power and a strong arm. He moves well for his size and should be able to settle in at third base, where he profiles well. He has some two-way ability and can touch 93 mph on the mound, but his future is likely as a hitter. James Smith also has two-way ability as a shortstop and righthander. He’s a good athlete with above-average speed and a strong arm—his fastball sits in the low 90s. Wherever he settles, he has impact potential. First baseman William Furniss, the son of college baseball legend Eddy Furniss, has an advanced approach at the plate and good feel for the barrel. As he physically matures, he should be able to tap into some lefthanded power. Shortstop Robert Phelps is a bit under the radar because he didn’t play in all of the big events, but he could be an important pickup player for the Rebels. His athleticism and glove play well at shortstop, and he figures to take a step forward offensively as he physically matures. Ethan Lege, a junior college transfer, is coming off a strong summer in the Texas Collegiate League, where he was named player of the year. He’s an above-average runner with some righthanded pop and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield or outfield.
Pitchers: Ferris is perhaps the best lefthander in the prep class thanks to his combination of stuff, size (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) and control. His fastball gets up to 97 mph and can be a swing-and-miss pitch. He pairs it with a good changeup and curveball and his control is among the best in the nation. He has frontline starter upside. Righthander Jordan Vera has a physical build at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and saw his stuff take a step forward over the last year. His fastball now sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph. His changeup and curveball are both solid offerings and he throws a lot of strikes. Listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, righthander Grayson Saunier has an ultra-projectable frame and is a good athlete. His fastball touches 94 mph and he combines that promise with good feel on the mound. Righthander Brady Disbro has a strong, physical frame at a listed 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He has good pitchability to go with a fastball that gets into the low 90s and a sharp slider. Righthander Tommy Henninger, a junior college transfer, runs his fastball up to 94 mph and pairs it with a solid slider.
Recruiting coordinator: Craig Bell and Chuck Jeroloman
Top recruit: Luke Heyman, C
Overview: Florida consistently recruits at a high level and this class is another example of that. The class is deeper on the mound, but the Gators also signed some high-end position players.
Hitters: Heyman is in the mix as the best catcher in the prep class. He has serious raw power but isn’t an all-or-nothing hitter, also displaying solid bat control. He’s big and physical with a strong arm behind the plate. He’s a solid defender overall, though like any prep catcher his receiving still needs some polish. First baseman Xavier Isaac has recently been slowed by injury but is a standout all-around hitter. Listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, the lefthanded hitter has big raw power and projects as a middle-of-the-order hitter. Catcher Salvador Alvarez isn’t as toolsy as Heyman but is a solid defender behind the plate and does a lot of little things well.
Pitchers: Yoel Tejada Jr. is big and projectable at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and has two-way ability as a righthander and first baseman. On the mound, his fastball gets up to 93 mph with more to come and he has some feel for spinning his breaking ball. He’s also a switch-hitter with big raw power who makes plenty of hard, line-drive contact. Jake Clemente also has two-way ability as a righthander and outfielder. He has a physical 6-foot-4 frame and his velocity made a jump over the last year, now getting up to 96 mph. He pairs it with a hard slider and there could be still more in the tank as he previously was more focused on hitting. He can also contribute as an outfielder thanks to his strong righthanded swing and good athleticism. Lefthander Chris Arroyo is Clemente’s high school teammate and has a good three-pitch mix. His fastball sits around 90 mph and he combines it with a good breaking ball and changeup. Lefthander Cade Fisher has a projectable look and stands out for his control, which is among the best in the prep class. He isn’t overpowering and his fastball mostly works in the upper 80s, but he has three solid pitches and advanced pitchability. Blaydon Plain has two-way potential, but his upside is greatest on the mound. Listed at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, he has a lean, projectable frame and can run his fastball into the low 90s with more velocity to come. Righthander William Ross is listed at 6-foot-8, 245 pounds and he offers a lot to dream on. He throws a lot of strikes already and should be able to add more velocity as he physically matures. The class also includes righthander Clete Hartzog, a junior college transfer, who can run his fastball into the mid 90s and pairs it with a good breaking ball.
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11. Oklahoma State
Recruiting coordinator: Justin Seely
Top recruit: Jackson Holliday, SS
Overview: Oklahoma State has some top-end talent on the position player side of the class and also went heavy on the mound, as it could lose several pitchers off its current team in the draft. The result is a class that ranks among the best in the Big 12.
Hitters: Holliday is the son of Matt Holliday, the seven-time all-star and the Cowboys volunteer assistant coach, and he has an advanced understanding of the game and a high baseball IQ. While his father was a big, physical slugger, Jackson is a bit leaner and his athleticism plays well in the middle of the infield. He’s an above-average runner, ranges well at shortstop and would lock down the position for the Cowboys. He’s got a good lefthanded swing and makes consistent, hard contact. Tyler Wulfert, a junior college transfer, can do a bit of everything and offers defensive versatility. He’s a good athlete and an above-average runner who’s coming off an impressive spring at the plate. Catcher Derek Smith and shortstop Phoenix Mesa stand out for their defense at premium positions up the middle.
Pitchers: Lefthander Trenton Shaw missed time this year due to a foot injury but offers tremendous upside. Listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, he’s big and physical with a fastball that reaches the low 90s. His breaking ball has promise, but he will need to refine his control to reach his potential. Listed at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, righthander Manning West is big and physical and has significant upside. His fastball gets up to 93 mph and he uses his height to create a steep downhill angle. Like Shaw, he needs some refinement, but there’s a lot to dream on. In contrast to Shaw and West, lefthander Brennan Phillips stands out for his pitchability. Phillips can run his fastball into the low 90s and throws a lot of strikes, which gives him a chance to find a role early on the Cowboys’ staff. Righthander Luke Fernandez has a powerful arm and his fastball reaches 95 mph. He mixes in a breaking ball and changeup as well. Righthanders Dominick Reid and Kade Shatwell both have enough feel on the mound to contribute quickly in Stillwater and enough projection to grow into bigger stuff in time. The class includes a trio of junior college transfers on the mound: lefthander Brant Hogue and righthanders Evan O’Toole and Luke Young. Hogue throws from a low three-quarters slot and makes for a tough at-bat. O’Toole throws in the low 90s and has good feel for his three-pitch arsenal. Young has a mid-90s fastball and a lot of potential.
Recruiting coordinator: Sean Allen
Top recruit: Henry Bolte, OF
Overview: Texas has a veteran roster for the 2022 season and will likely lose several players in next summer’s draft, especially from its lineup. As a result, the Longhorns hit the recruiting trail hard for position players and have compiled an exciting group.
Hitters: Bolte has big tools and can impact the game in a number of ways. His plus speed plays on both the basepaths and in the outfield. Listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he has raw righthanded power and makes a lot of contact. Cutter Coffey has two-way ability as a shortstop and righthander and will get a chance in both roles at Texas. He has good instincts defensively and a steady righthanded swing. On the mound, his fastball works in the low 90s and he pairs it with a good slider. Outfielder Max Belyeu was limited this summer by a broken rib he suffered during the high school playoffs but has big offensive potential. He has a sound lefthanded swing and can hit for power. Brenner Cox may be the best pure athlete of the group. He’s a standout high school quarterback, a plus runner and can touch 94 mph on the mound. He can do a lot of things on the diamond, but he projects best as a center fielder with a powerful lefthanded swing. Shortstop Jalin Flores is big and athletic and figures to stick on the left side of the infield. He has some righthanded power that could help him make an early impact in Austin. Jared Thomas has made some big strides over the last year and brings an intriguing skill set to the lineup. He has an advanced approach at the plate, a smooth lefthanded swing and some power projection. He is an excellent defender at first base and has enough athleticism to give him a chance as a corner outfielder. Catcher Rylan Galavan is a good athlete and has strong catch-and-throw skills. His glove is ahead of his bat, but he has upside offensively as he physically matures. Infielder Jayden Duplantier, the younger brother of Longhorns righthander Andre Duplantier, is a good athlete, has above-average speed and the tools to be a middle infielder.
Pitchers: Listed at 6-foot-7, 242 pounds, Pierce George has a powerful right arm. His fastball reaches 96 mph, and he flashes a sharp slider. He’s electric at his best, but like many big prep pitchers, he needs to refine some rough edges of his game to reach his ceiling. He also has a powerful bat, but his biggest upside is on the mound. Righthander Matthew Porchas attacks hitters with a sinker-slider combination and throws his fastball in the low 90s. He too has some further refinement necessary but has starter traits. Righthander Max Grubbs and lefthander Collin Valentine are more under the radar but have the pitchability to quickly earn roles on staff. Grubbs has a good sinker-slider combination and is reminiscent of Tristan Stevens. Valentine doesn’t have power stuff but has a projectable build and pounds the strike zone.
Recruiting coordinator: Karl Nonemaker
Top recruit: Hayden Murphy, RHP
Overview: With an older, veteran roster for the 2022 season, Auburn needed to put together a bigger recruiting class to account for all the players it will lose. The Tigers went big on both numbers and talent to sign a high-upside class.
Hitters: Catcher Ike Irish has a strong, physical frame and stands out for his athleticism and lefthanded swing. He has plus arm strength and is a solid receiver, but also has the athleticism to play first base when he’s not catching. He makes a lot of hard contact and has power potential. Outfielder Chris Stanfield is a well above-average runner and has the tools and athleticism to play center field. The righthanded hitter has a loose swing and frequently drives the ball. Infielder Gavin Miller is a good athlete with an easy righthanded swing that projects more power to come. He’ll likely settle in at second or third base in college. Infielder Landon Russell and outfielder Alex Wade both show offensive upside thanks to their solid approaches and line drive-oriented swings. Catcher Carter Wright, a junior college transfer, gives the class another solid defender behind the plate.
Pitchers: Murphy headlines a large group of recruits on the mound. Listed at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, he has a lean, projectable frame but also has the polish and pitchability to quickly make an impact. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes in a solid changeup and slider. Lefthander Zach Crotchfelt has a physical frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and his fastball is difficult to square up thanks to its cutting action. He can run his fastball into the low 90s, but it typically sits a tick lower, and he mixes it with a promising changeup and slider. Lefthander Drew Nelson stands out for his advanced pitchability. His fastball works in the upper 80s and he has good feel for his offspeed stuff. Listed at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, righthander Cameron Keshock has a long, projectable build and he’s a good athlete who is also a standout basketball player. His fastball works around 90 mph, and he pairs it with a good breaking ball. Righthander Elliott Bray pounds the strike zone and has a fastball that sits around 90 mph. Lefthander Beau Bryans has power stuff and will run his fastball up to 94 mph to go with a good feel for spin.
14. Georgia Tech
Recruiting coordinator: James Ramsey
Top recruit: Riley Stanford, RHP/OF
Overview: The Yellow Jackets have a big, deep class as they this summer will likely be looking to replace several key players as they move into professional baseball.
Hitters: The class includes a pair of premium two-way players in Stanford and infielder/righthander Demitri Diamant. Stanford is big and physical at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and has real power both on the mound and at the plate. He has a strong track record of success at the plate and his tools fit the traditional right field profile. On the mound, his fastball reaches 97 mph and he pairs it with a power slider. Diamant is more of a prospect as a position player thanks to his approach at the plate and easy righthanded swing. He profiles best as a third baseman, but his athleticism gives him a chance to play up the middle. He’s undersized on the mound but has a good fastball-slider combination and can touch 92 mph. Infielder Brant Baughcum has a long track record of success at the plate and a good feel for hitting. He has a strong frame and good hands that make him a solid defender. Catcher Lamar King, the son of the former NFL player of the same name, uses his athleticism well behind the plate and has good catch-and-throw skills. The righthanded hitter has power potential that he is beginning to tap into. Outfielder Parker Bosius stands out for his speed, defense and offensive upside. The righthanded hitter has a sound approach and makes a lot of contact. Outfielder Davis Green can do a lot of things on the diamond and has a strong track record for hitting. Outfielder Jayce Blalock has big righthanded power and, while he has a big swing, he still makes consistent hard contact. Shortstop Nicolas Senese has started filling out his lean 6-foot-3 frame and could grow into some more impact at the plate to go with solid defensive skills.
Pitchers: Righthander Luke Schmolke is a little undersized at 6 feet, 180 pounds, but has standout stuff. His fastball reaches 95 mph, he has a 12-to-6 curveball and can mix in a changeup as well. His combination of mentality and stuff play well and he could quickly find a big role on staff for the Yellow Jackets. Righthander Logan Bogue built a long track record of success on the mound and his fastball reaches 92 mph. Righthander JP Wheat came late to pitching after mostly playing the outfield early in his career. Listed at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, he has a lean, projectable frame and can already touch 97 mph. While he’s old for the class, he still has a lot of upside. Lefthander Noah Samol came on strong this fall after missing much of the last year due to injury. Listed at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, he has some projection left but already runs his fastball into the mid 90s to go with a big curveball and promising changeup. Jackson Gaspard has two-way ability as a righthander and middle infielder. He pounds the strike zone and his fastball reaches 91 mph on the mound, while he’s also a very good defender up the middle.
15. Texas Tech
Recruiting coordinator: J-Bob Thomas
Top recruit: Travis Sanders, SS
Overview: The Red Raiders have a big, deep recruiting class that’s especially strong among position players, who stand out for their speed and versatility. It isn’t all about the hitters, however. Texas Tech also adds some exciting talent on the mound.
Hitters: Sanders has a well-rounded tool set and the polish to step right into the Red Raiders lineup. He’s a steady defender on the infield with the arm strength for shortstop and the athleticism required up the middle. The righthanded hitter has a line-drive approach at the plate and could grow into some more power in time. Cade McGarrh has two-way talent as a shortstop and righthander and as much upside as any of Texas Tech’s recruits. He’s a standout athlete with plus speed and can impact the game in a number of ways. The lefthanded hitter has a good approach at the plate and some projectable power. He also can get on the mound and throw in the upper 80s with more in the tank. Outfielders Jeric Curtis and Gage Harrelson are two of the fastest players in the draft class and both can turn in top-of-the-scale run times. Harrelson, a lefthanded hitter, has a long track record of hitting and profiles well as a top-of-the-order center fielder. Curtis has electric speed and has also run track in high school. He’s a righthanded hitter whose quick hands give him good bat speed. Third baseman Ben Lumsden has a big build at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and projects for solid lefthanded power that would profile well at the hot corner. Infielder Austin Green, a junior college transfer, is a switch-hitter with a good approach at the plate. He’s a versatile defender with the athleticism to play anywhere on the infield.
Pitchers: Lefthander Alex Walsh has a projectable build at a listed 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and has solid pitchability now. He attacks hitters with his fastball-slider combination and can touch 90 mph. As he gets stronger and adds velocity, he could take a leap forward. Righthander Dax Dathe, a junior college transfer, has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and a good fastball-slider combination. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he has an easy delivery. Righthander Cade Sharp has a strong build, and his fastball gets into the low 90s. He combines it with a good changeup and the makings of a promising breaking ball. Righthander Garrett Baumann has a strong build, can run his fastball up to 92 mph and pairs well with his slider. Lefthander Taber Fast has a projectable build at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds and has good feel on the mound. His fastball gets up to 91 mph and he mixes in a promising breaking ball.