High School | Rankings | 5/23/2018

Rankings Risers: 2019-2021

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Blade Tidwell (Perfect Game)

Updated Class Rankings: 2019 | 2020 | 2021

Rankings Risers: Class of 2019

Michael Curialle – 304 to 91 (SS, Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Curialle really burst onto the scene in front of many scouts including Perfect Game’s at the 2018 Boras Classic. Highly physical as well as projectable, Curialle possesses a big-time arm in the middle of the infield and high level defender. He hit a pair of towering home runs at the event that really put his strong hit tool into perspective for scouts as well. His performance at the Boras Classic and this spring out west has led to his jump from 304 in PG’s rankings to 91st overall.

Will Bednar – 500 to 116 (RHP, Valencia, Pa.)
Bednar has made advances this spring and has bumped his fastball velocity up to 95 mph according to scouts in Pennsylvania. The Ohio State commit has been up to 90 mph at the lone Perfect Game event he has attended. While pitching at last fall’s Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers, Florida, Bednar mixed three pitches and worked a pair of innings allowing just two hits and struck out two as well.

Kohl Petersen – 500 to 202 (RHP, Seattle, Wash.)
A recent commit to Seattle University has been up to 92 mph this spring in the northwest. Petersen projects very well on the mound standing at a lean 6-foot-5 185-pounds. Like Bednar, Petersen has pitched in just one Perfect Game event and saw his fastball peak at 88 mph at that event. During the 2017 16U Perfect Game World Series pitching for Baseball Northwest, Petersen was dominant on the mound working five innings over two games and struck out a batter per inning.

Yan Contreras – NEW to 252 (SS, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico)
A big pop up name in Puerto Rico is 2019 eligible shortstop Yan Contreras. Turning into a superstar in Puerto Rico, Contreras has shown next level tools in all areas. Contreras has not attended an event in the U.S, but has stood out in regional tournaments in Puerto Rico. The invite to 2018 PG National will get the chance to showcase the tools that our scouts at Perfect Game have heard about Contreras.

Rankings Risers: Class of 2020

Carter Baumler – 138 to 47 (RHP, Brimes, Iowa)
Showing at the 2018 PG Spring Top Prospect Showcase, Baumler was a standout in all facets of the event leading to his event grade reaching a 10. Baumler, a primary righthanded pitcher, topped out at 90 mph on the mound, but what he did as a two-way talent really stood out. He also ran a 6.64 second 60 yard dash and showed good bat speed with the ability to drive the ball to his pull side. An all-around standout player at the event, Baumler jumped from 138 to 47 in PG’s updated class o 2020 player rankings.

Nate Savino – NEW to 50 (LHP, Sterling, Va.)
The biggest riser of any class is Nate Savino in the class of 2020. The lefthanded pitcher from Virginia is an in state commitment to the University of Virginia and has shown large strides this spring. Savino has been up to 93 mph and is an intriguing prospect as he has not yet pitched in a Perfect Game event before. The 6-foot-2 180-pound southpaw jumps into the rankings for the first time and moves all the way up to 50 as the biggest riser in the latest updated rankings.

Chad Born – 418 to 97 (OF, Placentia, Calif.)
Another young standout from the Boras Classic, Chad Born had several hits at the event and was an outstanding leadoff hitter for his Orange Lutheran High School ball club. A good runner and already mentioned advanced hitter is now one of the top uncommitted players in the 2020 class with his jump in the rankings.

Blade Tidwell – 323 to 161 (RHP, Loretto, Tenn.)
High school teammate of 2018 PG All American Ryan Weathers, Tidwell is an athletic righthanded pitcher who has shown a fastball up to 88 mph this spring. The projection moving forward for Tidwell is the real selling point, however. It is likely only a matter of time before the Tennessee commit makes another jump with his velocity like he did going from peaking at 85 mph last summer to 88 mph this spring.

Rankings Risers: Class of 2021

Aaron Downs – 132 to 40 (SS, Pella, Iowa)
Downs had a very strong showing at the 2018 PG Spring Top Prospect Showcase in Iowa this spring and has really matured nicely. With present strength to the profile, Downs is an athletic shortstop that can swing the bat as well. He has present bat speed that could potentially produce power and young actions in the infield that will continue to get better. Not to mention that his a tremendous quick twitch athlete who ran a 6.45 second 60 yard dash as well.

Lucas Torres – NEW to 65 (OF, Cayey, Puerto Rico)
14U Florida Showcase participant Lucas Torres really showed tools at every position during the event. He first showed his arm strength and overall actions at his primary position in the outfield where he had good footwork and pumped an 89 mph throw out of his arm. He also showed potential behind the plate with quickness and arm strength popping a best 1.97 second best pop time. Torres had his best display as a fielder but showed ability at the plate and on the mound as well. The commitment to Alabama State was also impressive at the PG High School Showdown-Academies earlier this spring giving good indications why he jumped immediately into the Top 100 of the rankings.

Gehrig Christensen – High Follow to 161 (C, Des Moines, Iowa)
Like Downs, Gehrig Christensen was a standout 2021 graduate at the 2018 PG Spring Top Prospect Showcase. Christensen is a primary catcher already committed to Iowa and the Hawkeyes have committed a very fundamentally advanced player at the backstop position. With clean exchanges and flexible actions behind the plate and a loose lefthanded swing, Christensen is a great in-state addition for Iowa and a big riser in the latest 2021 class rankings.

Jay Woolfolk – NEW to 175 (RHP, Midlothian, Va.)
Similar to Torres, Woolfolk is a new addition to the 2021 class rankings. The righthander from Virginia has reached 89 mph with his fastball this spring and has really made a jump in velocity from the last time he threw on the mound at a Perfect Game event. Most recently, Woolfolk threw in the 2017 WWBA 14U National Championship and peaked at 83 mph. The jump in velocity and the quick arm he has self explains why Woolfolk has entered the rankings and moved so highly to the No. 175 position.

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