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Class of 2025 Breakdown

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Samuel Cozart (Perfect Game)
While still early in the process, the class of 2025 has already delivered some big time performances on the circuit, whether it be in tournament games or during the 13u PG Select Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this past August. This group may not enter high school until next fall but that hasn’t stopped them from putting their talents on display nor from colleges taking interest as five players are already committed in this group. Understandably so, things are certain to change moving forward as players continue to develop physically or simply get seen for the first time by the Perfect Game staff, but nonetheless we take a look at the top five players in the class below while providing a link to the full rankings.

Along with the high level tournaments which allowed players to ultimately be selected for the 13u Select Festival, this past summer saw the inaugural 13u National Showcase take place in Sanford, Florida, providing players with another opportunity to put their talents on display. 

2025 List

 


Samuel Cozart, RHP, High Point, NC

Despite his age, Cozart has already been turning heads at the 16u/17u level now for over a year, not only because of his 6-foot-6, 225 pound frame, but also because of the performances he has put together while playing against competition (successfully) with players 3-4 years his elder. Following his outing at the inaugural 13u Festival in 2019, Cozart made his way down to Jupiter for the WWBA World Championship as a recently turned 13 year old and struck out one over 1.2 innings with a fastball that peaked at 86 mph. Flip the calendar to 2020 and it was more of the same as the right-hander was tabbed the starter for the East Team at the 13u Festival, where he won the 13u Pitcher of the Year award, before again going to the WWBA World Championship, this time upping the ante with a peak fastball of 91 mph. Though he’s bigger than your typical 14u player, Cozart keeps things simple on the mound with a short and quick arm stroke through the back, repeating rather well to pump the zone with a three-pitch mix. 


Konnor Griffin, OF, Florence, MS

Much like Cozart, Griffin doesn’t look like a majority of his peers with a long limbed and high waisted 6-foot-2, 170 pound frame, nor does his level of play resemble that of a typical 14u level player. The athleticism clearly stands out given just how well Griffin controls his long levers, whether in the box, out in centerfield where he has shown no hesitation going after the ball, or on the bases. Offensively he does an excellent job of generating leverage in his swing as we saw when the young Mississippi native took home the Home Run Derby title at the 13u Festival, but also throughout the summer and fall in live action. During the WWBA 14u World Championship in Panama City Griffin seemingly found nothing but the barrel in route to hitting .500 for the tournament with present extra-base power, an element of his game that’ll only continue to develop with added strength. The Derby wasn’t the only trophy Griffin brought back with him as he was also tabbed the 2-Way Player of the Year as he’s accomplished on the mound as well, showing a loose, whip-like arm action with a fastball already up to 85 mph. 

 


Carter Smith, SS, Cape Coral, FL

Over 119 at-bats this summer and fall, Smith finished the year with a .496-5-58 line at PG events, let that sink in. Already standing 6-foot-2, 160 pounds with near endless room for added strength, Smith, like Griffin above, is an accomplished two-way prospect already, but it’s what he does with the bat and up the middle at shortstop that help set him apart. He stood out throughout the summer and into the inaugural 13u National Showcase where he continued to show quick hands, fluidity to his right-handed stroke, and intriguing power potential down the road given his ability to already drive the ball to the middle and pull side parts of the field. Much like his abilities at the plate, Smith shows quickness and athleticism up the middle with advanced footwork coming through the ball, soft hands, and plenty of arm to complete the play. As if all that wasn’t enough, the 13u Player of the Year also shows one of the better fastballs in the class, already running it up to 86 mph with a fast arm and leverage to the bottom of the zone with sinking life. 

 


Luis Ayden Almeyda, SS, Hawthorne, NJ

The trend of size and athleticism continue as we look at the top player out of the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area in the 6-foot-2, 168 pound Almeyda. It’s fitting to begin the discussion of Almeyda with his defense up the middle as he was tabbed the Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year at the 13u level while in Oklahoma City. The instincts and overall skillset are advanced for the young New Jersey native as his footwork was some of the best in the dirt during the 13u National Showcase, rounding the backhand with precision while showing bounce to his step and both soft hands and solid arm strength across. That’s not to detract from what he’s capable of at the plate by any means either as he shows just as much potential with the bat. With quickness to his hands and a feel for the barrel, Almeyda shows the ability to work the gaps and already showed signs of tapping into his power potential throughout the summer with present bat speed and lift to his path. 


Dean Moss, OF, Atherton, CA

The left-handed hitting Moss comes in as the top ranked player from the West Coast after a successful summer on the circuit, earning MVP honors at the 13u World Series after hitting .435 with a handful of extra-base hits, including a home run. The strength and jump off the barrel is something Moss routinely put on display, earning All-Tournament Team honors at three separate events. Of those performances, Moss stood out during the WWBA 14u World Championship where he was tied for the tournament lead with nine hits as well as at the 13u Festival where he got the offense going with a hard hit triple early in the first inning. He goes to the plate looking to incorporate his physical strength and impact the baseball with each and every swing, showing lift to his swing path with big carry to the pull side when getting the barrel out front. The young Californian also patrols the outfield with confidence, showing a quick first step with range and the athleticism to track down most of what’s hit his way. 

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