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High School  | General  | 5/27/2022

Class of 2025 Rankings Risers

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Cam Caminiti (Perfect Game)
With tournaments kicking off around the country and several players making their impact felt this past spring as freshmen, the Class of 2025 rankings have been given a fresh coat of paint and the top has a different look as the most recent No. 1 player in the country, Konnor Griffin, recently reclassed up to the 2024 class, leaving a void at the top spot. 

Initially debuting as the No. 1 ranked player in the class, hulking right-hander Samuel Cozart, a Mississippi State commit, finds himself there once again after a dominating spring in which he threw like anything but a freshman while continuously pounding the strike zone with a complete arsenal of pitches. Despite his intimidating 6-foot-7, 240-pound frame, Cozart is much more than a power armed right-hander as he prides himself in his strike throwing ability and shows comfort in landing any pitch in any situation.

The 2021 14u Two-Way Player of the Year Cam Caminiti is making it hard not to envision his future on the mound given what he showed this spring in Arizona for Saguaro High School as he only further elevated his stock in the 2026 class. A physical 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-hander who’s already committed to LSU, Caminiti lit of the radar guns throughout his freshman season as he lived in the low-90s comfortably while bumping 95 mph with a pair of quality off speed pitches to compliment. Ranked No. 9 prior to the most recent update, Caminiti slides in behind Cozart at No. 2 and is very much in contention for that No. 1 spot as we head into the summer. 

Two new names crack the top-10 for the first time in their young careers as well, with Oklahoma State commit Ethan Holliday, son of Matt and brother of PG All-American Jackson, and another Mississippi State commit in Noah Franco, a California product who attends IMG Academy in Florida. Holliday did nothing but find the barrel throughout last summer leading up to a spot in the PG Select Festival, consistently showing off one of the purer swings in the class and it’s something scouts have already taken notice of this spring while catching at-bats of Jackson, making sure to note there’s another Holliday on the way to keep close tabs on. 

Up from No. 32 in the class, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Franco checks in at No. 8 after a dominating performance at the High School Showdown in Hoover, Alabama earlier this spring where he took home MVP honors. There wasn’t much he proved he could do as the future Mississippi State Bulldog slashed an impressive .733/.765/1.631 with a pair of doubles and 10 RBI while also jumping on the mound, running his fastball up to 89 mph with a pair of strikeouts in his lone inning of work. Time will ultimately tell where he ends up long term, but for now Franco is looking like one of the top two-way players in the class. 

A pair of California preps both jumped into the top-50, at No. 49 and 50 respectively, in Jarett Sabol and Trent Grindlinger, two names who are already well known on the national circuit. Sabol, a left-handed hitting catcher, is coming off a pair of strong showcase showings, one at the end of this past October and the other much more recently in the Sunshine West Showcase where he stood out in all facets of his game, running a 6.8 in the 60-yard dash while showing off his added physicality in the batter’s box, generating some serious impact at the point of contact. Grindlinger, like Sabol, is listed as a primary catcher but left a lasting impression on the mound in his final PG appearance of 2021, turning in some dominating performances at the WWBA Freshman World Championship in which he struck out 14 over 8 innings, showing a fast arm which produced a peak fastball of 87 mph. 

• Jumping outside of the top 50, Tennessee commit and 13u Select Festival alum Dillon Adkins enjoyed an excellent freshman season where he proved to be an extra-base machine offensively and looks to build off of that success heading into the summer circuit. 

• A pair of Southwest products in Tate Southisene and Ryker Waite both continue to up the ante with their performances and crack the top-100 after showing refined skills on both sides of the ball, especially at the plate where barreling up high-level arms looks to comes naturally. 

• Shortstop Rashad Hayes is already committed to Stanford, and despite still being 14u eligible this upcoming summer circuit, he made an impact for Bishop O’Dowd this spring, showing a big jump in the power department which complements his already smooth defensive actions up the middle. As we continue to see more and more of Hayes, don’t be surprised if he keeps making an even bigger name for himself come this summer. 

• Staying on the West Coast, right-hander Donald Murray is the highest ranked “new” add to the rankings following a solid freshman season at La Mirada (Calif.). During his two inning stint at the West Coast High School Showdown Murray ran his heater up to 85 mph but it was the feel for a hard, late breaking curveball in the low-70s that really stood out, marks he continued to improve upon before bumping 88 mph in a look just a month later this past spring. 

• Georgia prep Troy Ford made a name for himself during the Main Event Showcase at the end of 2021 and followed that up with an All-Tournament honor this spring at the High School Showdown-Academies where the young switch-hitting University of Georgia commit hit .333 on the week. He has the tools to set the table from atop a lineup as well as the defensive versatility to play around the diamond, resulting in a bump from No. 218 to 160 in the country. 

Thomas Gonzales burst onto the scene recently following an eye opening performance at the 13u/14u Sunshine West Showcase where he not only ran a 6.92, but also threw 89 mph from the outfield, 87 mph across the diamond while bumping 86 mph on the mound, all before showing off some of the better bat speed with an all fields approach. 

• Two other new names to the rankings from the east coast courtesy of recent showcases are Georgia shortstop Josh Gibbs, a standout of the Sunshine Southeast and Alejandro Abreut, a left-handed stick out of Florida who shined during the Florida Workout Showcase. Gibbs, who checks in at No. 351, has made a nice jump across the board with his tools since his previous showcase, showing nice lateral agility in the dirt and plenty of hand speed at the plate, uncoiling well into contact with enough present strength to already leave the yard. Debuting at No. 394, Abreut does a nice job of staying controlled and balanced in the box where he shows some whip and strength in his hands, already possessing the ability to turn on baseballs with some authority.