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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rankings Risers

Greg Gerard        
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Perfect Game class rankings: 2018
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Class of 2018

Ethan Reed – 119 to 51 (2018, Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Coming off an outstanding showing at the Area Code Games in August, Reed made a jump that scouts could expect from the 6-foot-4 righthander. Reed went from a peak fastball of 88 to 93 in the span of a year. His frame is highly projectable and his delivery is pretty close to flawless and possibly the best in the 2018 class.

Dillon Lifrieri – 293 to 106 (2018, Wilton, Conn.)
Lifrieri showcased quick-twitch tools throughout the PG World Showcase both at his primary position in the outfield and at his secondary in the infield. The Arkansas signee ran a 6.52 second 60-yard dash and topped out at 91 mph from the outfield.

Xavier Bussey – Re-classified 2019 to 107 (2018, Garner, N.C.)
An interesting addition to the top 150 2018 rankings is outfielder Xavier Bussey. The South Carolina commit recently re-classified from a 2019 graduate to a 2018 graduate and immediately soared up the rankings due in large part to a strong showing at the PG Atlantic Coast Top Prospect Showcase. The toolsy righthanded hitting, lefthanded throwing outfielder runs a 6.55 second 60-yard dash and shows huge power potential with the bat.

Jaret Godman – 421 to 251 (2018, Las Vegas, Nev.)
Godman put on an absolute clinic with the bat during the Upperclass West MLK event and also pitched six shutout innings with a fastball that sat in the 88-91 mph range. Earning himself a Most Valuable Player award for the event and a rise in the rankings, Godman will take his talents to Loyola Marymount next season and play for the Lions.

Ricky Apodaca – High Follow to 369 (2018, Albuquerque, N.M.)
The future New Mexico Lobo attended the PG World Showcase in early January. The athletic lefthanded pitcher and outfielder has two-way potential at the next level. With a mid- to upper-80s fastball and good slider to go with his heater, Apodaca showed promise on the mound. As an outfielder, the senior from Albuquerque topped out at 91 mph with a short and easy swing that presented lots of line drive contact to all fields.

Class of 2019

Spencer Keefe – 206 to 50 (2019, Canton, Ga.)
One of the strongest showings of the 2017 National Underclass Showcase-Main Event belonged to Georgia commit Spencer Keefe. The extremely physical shortstop from Canton, Georgia put a high level hit tool on display during batting practice. On top of that he posted a 6.59 second 60-yard dash and his hands in the middle of the infield play very well.

Hunter Cope – 500 to 70 (2019, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Standing at 6-foot-9 205-pounds Cope shows outstanding physical projection on the mound and has recently ran his fastball up to 92 mph. Cope has a low effort delivery with an arm that really works and a ceiling that seems limitless at this point. The junior from Mater Dei High School in California, the 10th-ranked team in the Perfect Game Preseason High School rankings, is committed to San Diego and will likely continue to increase velocity in due time.

Erik Rivera – High Follow to 89 (2019, Caguas, Puerto Rico)
The biggest jump in the most recent 2019 rankings belongs to two-way talent Erick Rivera. Rivera attended both the PG World Showcase and the National Underclass Showcase Main-Event and showed similar big-time tools during each. His fastball reached a peak velocity of 91 mph and also topped out from the outfield with the same velocity. At the plate, the FIU commit can drive the ball when squared and looks to lift in approach.

Connor Phillips – 314 to 104 (2019, Magnolia, Texas)
LSU commit Connor Phillips pitched nine innings  at the Underclass event of the 2018 West MLK Championship and struck out an event-high 25 batters. The righthanded Phillips did not only strike out 25, but he also showed spot-on command and ran his fastball up to 92 mph. Phillips is an outstanding athlete standing at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds with plenty of projection still to come.

Glenn Santiago – unranked to 106 (2019, Guanica, Puerto Rico)
The quick-twitch shortstop committed to Florida International showcased high-level tools at the 2018 World Showcase in early January. The lean shortstop showed a pair of elite level tools running a 6.40 second 60-yard dash and topping out at 90 mph across the diamond. Santiago had the highest rise in the class of 2019 rankings going from unranked to the 106th ranked player.

Jonnathdael A. Gonzalez Maldonado – unranked to 112 (2019, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)
After attending both the National Underclass Main-Event and PG World Showcases, Maldonado raised each of his numbers in the span of a week. The athletic righthanded outfielder improved from running a 6.65 second 60-yard dash to a 6.60 as well as increasing his outfield velocity from 90 mph to 92 mph. Maldonado stood out this winter at each showcase and it showed with his jump in the 2019 ranks.

Class of 2020

Mick Abel – 27 to 5 (2020, Cedar Mill, Ore.)
Each year Abel has progressed extremely well on the mound and early on this year was no exception when the Oregon native topped out at 94 mph at the PG West MLK Upperclass event. Standing at 6-foot-5 180-pounds, Abel’s physical projection seems limitless at this point still being a sophomore. The Oregon State commit has an effortlessly clean arm action that promotes the idea that there is still plenty of velocity still left in the tank.

Mario Zabala – 75 to 35 (2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
After running an electric 6.28 second 60-yard dash and throwing 93 mph from the outfield, it is no surprise Zabala was a big riser in 2018’s initial Class of 2020 rankings. Zabala is an ultra-athletic outfielder with a physical lower half and a very high ceiling. Zabala is a quick-twitch athlete with a high motor and big-time prospect in the years to come.

Ross Dunn – High Follow to 64 (2020, Salt Lake City, Utah)
Recent Kentucky commit Ross Dunn has risen highly in the rankings as well entering the top 100 at 64th overall. Dunn had a strong showing on the mound at the PG National Underclass West Showcase where he topped out at 87 mph with his fastball and projects for more with time. The sophomore from Utah creates lots of downward angle to the plate and has a solid three-pitch mix that includes a tight slider and late diving changeup.

Asher Akridge – unranked to 104 (2020, Gainesville, Fla.)
A long-limbed and athletic outfielder Akridge put on an extremely strong showcase at National Underclass East where he sprinted a 6.44 second 60-yard dash as well as displayed raw power both in batting practice and in game. Akridge has lots of maturing still to do with limitless room to fill in his 6-foot-3, 155-pound frame. Akridge has bat speed present in his swings and when on time there is big power potential. The outfielder deposited a home run over the left field fence in game that was a no-doubter off of the bat.

Brad Grenkoski – Re-classified 2019 to 219 (2020, Knoxville, Tenn.)
With a strong showing at National Underclass-Main Event as well as a reclassification from 2019 to 2020, Grenkoski soared up the 2020 rankings list from being unranked in the class of 2019 to 219th overall in 2020. A primary outfielder that pitches as well, the two-way talent has big tools and his physical presence is noticeable to the eye. Grenkoski stands at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds and has outstanding arm strength. That arm strength shows both from the outfield and on the mound where he tops out at 89 mph from each position.

Class of 2021

Alonzo Tredwell – 80 to 21 (2021, Coto De Caza, Calif.)
The biggest jump in terms of the Top 100 players of the 2021 class belongs to UCLA commit Alonzo Tredwell. The projectable young righthander already delivers a fastball that has been as high as 84 mph at West Coast Underclass and even into the upper-80s in more recent events. As far as his ceiling, Tredwell’s seems limitless especially being so dominant this young.

Ethan Campbell – High Follow to 76 (2021, Youngstown, Fla.)
Campbell is the first commit in the 2021 class for the defending National Champion Florida Gators. Campbell put on a strong offensive performance at the Freshman World Championship where he batted .357. The shortstop from the Sunshine State has impact speed that shows up in game. Campbell has plenty of fast-twitch muscles and present strength that produces consistent hard contact.

Sam Hunt – High Follow to 80 (2021, Minneapolis, Minn.)
Working his way into the Top 100 of the 2021 class is physical catcher Sam Hunt. Behind the plate, Hunt moves extremely well blocking virtually every dirt ball thrown to him with advanced catch and throw ability as well. On top of being an advanced defensive catcher, Hunt is a switch hitter that has a very fluid swing especially from the left side.

Brandon Neely – High Follow to 103 (2021, Seville, Fla.)
Neely had a strong showing at the Freshman World Championship especially on the mound. Listed as a primary shortstop, Neely has high-level skills and projectability as a pitcher. The righthander and recent Florida commit has a clean arm action that produces easy lower-80s velocity that will only improve as he matures. Neely also has feel for a curveball that helped him tally six strikeouts at Freshman World.

Cody Schrier – High Follow to 121 (2021, San Clemente, Calif.)
Athletic shortstop Cody Schrier has a projectable frame with lots of room to continue to grow and fill out. The lefthanded hitting Schrier has present bat speed and runs well. Up the middle he shows lots of athleticism and smooth actions with good range. Schrier is a Southern California commit and is the third commit in the Trojans 2021 recruiting class.

Brady Garcia – High Follow to 123 (2021, Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Tall lefthanded pitcher Brady Garcia made a big rise in this year’s initial rankings after a solid showing at the Freshman World Championship. The recent University of Alabama commit has a low-80s fastball now, but with how clean and easy the arm works a velocity jump could be soon coming. There is plenty more in the tank for Garcia who creates plenty of downward angle and plane downhill.

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