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Tournaments  | Story  | 12/6/2021

2026 Rankings Risers

Tyler Russo      Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Alex Harrington (Perfect Game)

Complete Class of 2026 Rankings

Alex Harrington, SS, San Diego, Calif.
Current Rank: No. 6

Harrington jumped from No. 14 in the class into the top-10, settling at No. 6 after an impressive showing late in the season, both during the WWBA 14u World Championship and throughout the All-State Games. Loose and athletically built, the primary shortstop from the West Coast oozes athleticism and fluidity in the dirt, along with a big arm that also runs a heater into the low-80s. The same quickness we see throughout his game is prevalent in the batter’s box as he does a nice job of getting fully extended through the zone, whipping the barrel heading around while possessing intriguing power potential down the road. -Jheremy Brown

Kruz Schoolcraft, LHP, Aloha, Ore.
Current Rank: No. 14

Schoolcraft made his first trip to West Palm for the 13u Showcase where he left his mark, but upon his return during the WWBA 14u World Championship he built off of his prior showing and as a result saw a big jump in the rankings. Still “only” working into the low-80s for now when compared to other upper-tier ranked arms, the velocity is far from what Schoolcraft is about on the mound as there may not be another arm in the country who can match his pitchability and overall feel on the mound. At 6-foot-3 and working with a smooth and fluid operation, the velocity will undoubtably continue to jump which will only make his three-pitch mix that much more unhittable for opposing bats. -JB

Landon Schutte, RHP, Oakdale, Calif.
Current Rank: No. 21

A product of NorCal, Schutte jumped from unranked into the top-25, debuting at No. 21 in the country after a couple of solid performances on the bump late this summer circuit. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds the physical projection is near endless, but the young right-hander is already running his fastball upwards of 86 mph, exhibiting plenty of arm speed which helps produce a complete swing-and-miss arsenal. While Schutte’s fastball is enough to dominate a lineup at this age, he’s already showing a feel for both a changeup and curveball, which’ll only continue to further develop as we move forward. -JB

Carson Bolemon, LHP, Greenville, S.C.
Current Rank: No. 24

Bolemon is similar to Schoolcraft above in that he’s a lefty with present size and while the fastball will run into the low-80s at present, it’s his overall feel on the mound and ability to pound the strike zone and miss bats that truly stands out. Already up to 82 mph and seemingly adding a tick every time we see him, there’s no doubting the young South Carolina native is just scratching the surface of his velocity ceiling, but he also spins a quality curveball with late biting life from a similar higher release point which makes for some uncomfortable at-bats for opposing hitters. -JB

Brayden Charness, LHP, Calabasas, Calif.
Current Rank: No. 28

Charness locked horns with Bolemon at The Chop during the All-State Games and the duo provided onlookers an outstanding matchup while giving a look at how bright the future is for the pair of southpaws. Not as physical as Bolemon at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, Charness produced one of the top fastballs in the event as he topped out at 85 mph from an extended slot and continued to show off the same pitchability we came to know throughout the summer, landing his breaker for strikes while tunneling a changeup with diving life very nicely. -JB

Trenton Maybin, OF, Fletcher, N.C.
Current Rank: No. 29

The son of former Perfect Game All-American and long-time MLBer Cameron Maybin, Trenton arrived in West Palm after a strong summer circuit and got things started for what proved to be a very productive fall. Already standing out with a long and loose 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame, Maybin will continue to captivate with a single pass through the zone as the bat speed he’s already able to generate will challenge nearly any in the country as he whips the barrel through the zone with serious violence. He’s able to recognize spin and adjust as he showed during the WWBA 14u in West Palm and continued to put together quality at-bats during the All-State Games.  -JB

Christian Doty, SS, Olive Branch, Miss.
Current Rank: 30

Doty had a quality showing on the summer circuit, but like others on the list, he elevated his game to the next level this fall and will certainly be one to monitor closely moving into next summer. A strongly built 5-foot-11 shortstop, Doty was excellent throughout the WWBA 14u World Championships in West Palm where he helped lead a talented BPA team into the playoffs while hitting a robust .545, executing an all-fields approach with a compact stroke which possesses plenty of bat speed and strength at contact. He moves well on his feet defensively with a quick first step and was also sharp on the mound, running his fastball up to 81 mph. -JB

Brady Murrietta, C, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Current Rank: No. 31

Murrietta has just flat out performed over the course of the summer and fall circuit and his rise to this position in the national rankings is much deserved. It’s an athletic profile with the kind of versatility a coach dreams of at this age but the bat has really carried the profile. He’s got a real clean right-handed stroke with bat speed to project on and given his ability to use all fields and his knack for success on the biggest stage, he’ll be a fun one to follow on the West Coast. – Tyler Russo

Tucker Long, SS/RHP, Ottumwa, Iowa
Current Rank: No. 35

There’s a chance we don’t see Long on the 14u circuit much this year given he’s still 13u eligible and very young for the 2026 class, but there’s no denying that his stuff on the mound will play wherever he toes the rubber. A long and loose 5-foot-11, Long opened plenty of eyes throughout the recently-completed All-State Games as he ran his fastball up to 84 for Iowa with excellent ride through the bottom of the zone while showing a present feel and comfort landing the breaking ball for strikes. Keep a close eye on this young Iowa native, especially as he continues to fill out physically. -JB

Miles Young, SS, Cypress, Texas
Current Rank: No. 40

If you’re looking for speed, Young is one player to lock in on as he plays the game in fast-forward mode on the bases as we saw in West Palm, hitting a second gear and accelerating like few can in the 2026 class. Of course, to use that speed, you have to put the ball in play and Young is certainly capable of that as he shows extremely fast hands at the plate and hit .315 on the year, showing comfort working to all fields while doing a nice job of getting extended out front at the point of contact. -JB

Gabriel Milano, MIF, Sunrise, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 42

Milano had a good year on the circuit, establishing himself as one of the more physical and talented hitting prospects in this young class. He looks the part in the box standing at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds from the left side and the physicality certainly translates to the swing as he often produced more extra-base contact than singles with natural loft that should continue to have him racking up extra-base hits in bunches as the physicality continues forward. – TR

Ethan Wheeler, RHP, Middleburg, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 46

Wheeler continues to raise the bar each time we see him and the end results are typically the same as the 6-foot-4 right-hander turns in solid performance after solid performance. We saw the fastball take off a bit this fall, bumping 84-85 mph on the mound and there’s still plenty more in the tank given how long and lean his frame is but also the present arm speed he possesses. Wheeler does an excellent job of living down in the zone with a three-pitch mix, showing comfort with both his changeup and curveball which both come from a similar slot and play very well off of each other. -JB

William Radford, C, Snow Hill, N.C.
Current Rank: No. 55

Radford is comfortably in the discussion for this year’s Player of the Year on the tournament circuit after he hit .475 with over a 1.300 OPS across nearly 60 games and he’s deserving of being in this spot for more than just his present performance. It’s a projectable profile with the kind of athleticism that will give him position versatility, while the bat speed and overall swing project easily to good power long term above the good amount he has already shown. – TR

Randy Ruiz, OF, Winter Garden, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 56

Ruiz is no stranger to the big stage as he played in 115 games on the circuit this year and his .407 average across them is what we have come to expect of him. He’s an extremely athletic outfield prospect showing tons of range to either gap while the bat speed he generates is already some of the best in the class to go with some intriguing present power and the kind of consistency that fits near the top of any lineup. - TR

Colton Guillot, OF, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 57

A product of Florida, Guillot played this summer and fall circuit with the Georgia-based Team Elite program and consistently proved to be a bat in their lineup who’ll catch your eye in any given look. Guillot is as strong as he is athletic and that’s an excellent combo of starting blocks at the 14u level, especially when you factor in his performance this year. He makes things happen in a variety of ways on offense as he hit .330 with 19 extra-base knocks and 57 RBI, but also scored 57 runs of his own while swiping 44 bags, truly impacting the Team Elite offense. -JB

Colton Haire, SS/RHP, Apex, N.C.
Current Rank: No. 58

Continuing with the trend of big performers this year, Haire has been as good as any and has done it on both sides of the ball as a legitimate two-way prospect. He’s hit .478 in almost 250 plate appearances, with as many extra-base hits as singles, all while throwing over 60 innings and striking out almost a batter per inning. It’s a profile that fits well at shortstop while the swing projects to contact and strength and he’ll work in the low-80s with feel to spin on the mound. - TR

RJ Cope, LHP, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Current Rank: No. 59

Nobody looks more the part of a high-upside prospect like Cope at an imposing 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, and he certainly showed there’s a level of pitchability to the profile to go with the velocity ceiling. It’s a solid fastball, up to 83 mph this fall, and he’ll show two secondary pitches with ease, tunneling a changeup especially well off the fastball and showing healthy shape and spin on the breaking ball. He’s got a chance to throw hard and should trend up if he does. - TR

Will Holden, 3B, Advance, N.C.
Current Rank: No. 61

Holden plays on the same travel team as the previously mentioned Radford, and he’s got about as intriguing of upside as any on this list. He’s 6-foot-1, 165 pounds at present and that frame gives him easy room to fill out and add significant strength to a potential power profile. He already has the ability to adjust in the box with a real handle of the barrel against good pitching and his versatility on the defensive end is of note for a bat-first profile. - TR

Lincoln Boyle, RHP, Overland Park, Kan.
Current Rank: No. 65

With the expansion of the rankings, several new names enter the mix, one of whom is Boyle, who was at the epicenter of the KC Crusaders success this summer as they made deep run after deep run in all the major 13u tournaments. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Boyle can certainly impact the ball from the left side as evidenced by his 85 mph exit velocity at the 13u National Showcase but he proved to be a go-to arm throughout the summer. Utilizing his size and a higher slot, Boyle can power the baseball downhill, already bumping 82 mph, while showing a pair of breaking balls which includes a short, tight biting slider into the low-70s. -JB

Brody Jindra, SS, Elkhorn, Neb.
Current Rank: No. 66

Jindra played up in the Freshman event this fall and didn’t look out of place as he hit .400 with three extra-base hits, including a pair of triples. He’s an athletic, young shortstop who moves around the field with ease while he’s got real feel for the barrel and the kind of bat speed that would stand out at any age, but is impressive, and puts him at this spot since he’s still 13. - TR

Devin Long, RHP, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Current Rank: No. 67

Long burst onto the scene late in the summer circuit and has continued to establish himself as one of the top arms out of the Southwest, stringing together a run of quality tournament starts and a solid performance at the 14u Southwest Prospect Showcase. Listed at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, Long has seen his low-80s fastball climb upwards of 86 mph with an up-tempo operation and plenty of arm quickness through the backside. Over 27 2/3 innings at Perfect Game events in 2021, Long managed to punch out 44 while allowing just 14 hits and he did so not only on the strength of his fastball, but also his secondary pitches which includes a harder, late darting slider with which he can miss bats. -JB

Kyle Krause, RHP, Mars, Penn.
Current Rank: No. 69

Krause made a couple appearances in West Palm at the 14u World event, and he’s got the kind of present stuff that makes him a starting kit for the kind of right-hander who throws hard and puts up good numbers long term. It’s a clean delivery and the arm talent is evident, working into the low-80s with the fastball already, while the feel to spin projects about as well as the arm speed does. - TR

Ezekiel Lara, 3B, Lakewood, Calif.
Current Rank: No. 71

Lara was a part of both young events down in West Palm Beach this fall, competing in both the Freshman and 14u World events, and would come out hitting .667 in both. A corner prospect at present, it’s a power-upside type profile and the swing is geared for it as he creates natural backspin off the barrel often and should only continue to do so with added strength. - TR

Lucas Cannady, 3B, Tallahassee, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 73

Cannady is a baseball player whose versatility has been noted already, despite just entering the 14u circuit, showing well all over the diamond whether at third base, the outfield or even on the mound. There’s quickness to his defensive actions and that same quickness translates into his right-handed swing as he does a nice job of squaring up the baseball while exhibiting a handle for the barrel and the ability to recognize and adjust to off-speed pitches. On the year he slashed .479/.543/1.250 with 31 extra-base hits (13 of which were triples) over 215 at-bats, proving his consistency across several high-level events. -JB

Braeden "Brady" Harris, OF, St. Augustine, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 75

Harris came off a summer where he was impressive on the 13u circuit and he transitioned to the 14u level well this fall, performing at a good level in some signature events. He looks the part of a talented prospect at this age at a lean and athletic 5-foot-10, 141 pounds and the upside should be something to follow closely. He’s got one of the more synced-up swings at this level and the combination of bat speed and physical projection gives him fun power upside. - TR

Rhett Britt, OF/RHP, Hampstead, N.C.
Current Rank: 78

Britt is listed as a primary outfielder, but as we mentioned during the WWBA 14u World Championship, there’s some real upside on the mound as he continues to refine his craft. That said, there’s already plenty to like with the young North Carolina native as he was impressive throughout his start in West Palm, showing a quick and clean arm action while running his fastball into the low-80s while pounding the strike zone. He faced off against a talented offense and did a nice job of keeping their bats at bay while showing a nice feel for an 11-5 shaped breaker. -JB

Braydon Wright, SS, Mobile, Ala.
Current Rank: No. 84

Wright was a prospect coming out of the summer to follow this fall, and he’s continued to show that he’s deserving of being ranked in this initial top-100. He’s got great feel for the game already with good hands on the dirt and a right-handed swing that has all the components to produce great numbers as he adds strength to an athletic 6-foot, 145-pound frame. - TR

CJ AuBuchon, LHP, Asheville, N.C.
Current Rank: No. 88

AuBuchon was a part of the talented Canes Nation team at the 14u World event and he fit right in with the stuff he showed from the left side. He’s a projectable 6-foot-1, 152 pounds at present and already will work up around 80 mph creating some deceptive angle and showing the kind of delivery and arm speed that we see in those that project quickly. - TR

Dylan Seward, SS, Eastvale, Calif. 
Current Rank: No. 89

Seward may not be as physical as others in the article at a listed 5-foot-4, 110 pounds, but there aren’t too many who can match his baseball IQ nor his defensive actions in the dirt, showing rather fluid and advanced footwork and glove skill already. What makes him even more intriguing long term is the fact he’s very young for the grade as he participated in last year’s 12u Select Festival, though he has had no trouble adjusting to the 60-90 field as his foot speed plays well down the line and he’s not afraid to drop down a bunt if he reads that the defense is playing back. -JB

Chandler Hart, LHP, Allen, Texas
Current Rank: No. 90

Hart was yet another breakout star of the All-State Games as the 6-foot-3 southpaw out of Texas really opened some eyes while at The Chop. As if a left-hander bumping 84 mph at the 14u level isn’t enough, Hart comes out attacking hitters from a lower three-quarters slot while generating solid extension out front which allows the fastball to play up even more than the radar gun shows. In 10 2/3 innings this year at PG events, including his performance during the All-States, Hart struck out 21 batters while walking 8 and allowing a mere 4 hits, setting the table for what should be a big upcoming summer circuit. -JB

Aaron Hernandez, LHP, Miami, Fla.
Current Rank: No. 91

Hernandez doesn’t bring particularly loud stuff to the mound yet, but it was plenty good enough to rack up an impressive 12 strikeouts in just over five innings of work in West Palm Beach this fall. He’s a long-limbed left-hander at 6-foot-1, 145 pounds and there’s a number of components to love: he’s got deception-creating angle from a low slot, the fastball is up to 81 mph already and there’s real feel to spin a hard and late-biting slider off it. -TR