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High School | General | 1/3/2019

Finest in the Field: 2021 Class

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Brady House (Perfect Game)

2018 PG/Rawlings Finest in the Field: 2019 2020

2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Finest in the Field, Class of 2021

Pitcher: Rawley Hector (Anna HS, Van Alstyne, Texas)
During the summer Hector takes reps up-the-middle and hits in the heart of the order for Dulin’s Dodgers, finishing the summer with a batting average north of .300. And while the ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 175-pound Texas A&M commit looks comfortable out at shortstop, his future appears to be on the bump. Already known for his advanced pitchability and command of a three-pitch mix, a main component in Hector’s success is his athleticism which allows the Texas native to repeat his delivery and ultimately his release point. He’s already topped out at 90 mph and does an excellent job of pounding the strike zone.

Catcher:Ian Moller (Wahlert HS, Dubuque, Iowa)
One of several repeat selections from last year, Moller has continued to elevate his overall game and remains one of the top backstops in the country. Moller, a Louisiana State commit, passes the eye test at 6-foot-1, 191-pounds and while he’s physically advanced for a player in his sophomore year of high school, it doesn’t detract from his capabilities behind the mound by any means. His present catch-and-throw skills will rival any in the country at his age and his strength also plays well in his receiving, sticking pitches while remaining soft in his receiving skills.

First Base: Blaze Jordan (DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.)
The top-ranked player since the 2021 rankings were released, Jordan is already a household name on the travel ball circuit thanks in part to his prodigious power and the frequency of which it plays in game. This collection of talent however pertains to the defensive acumen of players, and while Jordan’s bat is his loudest tool, he’s also plenty talented in the infield. Capable of sliding over to third base with ample arm strength (90 mph from third and 88 mph from first), Jordan shows softness to his hands in picking balls in the dirt as well as balance to his footwork both on and away from the bag.

Middle Infield: Noah Smith (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.)
Smith, a Louisville commit, is an easy prospect to project upon with a loose and fast-twitch 6-foot, 160-pound build, and though you can dream upon his frame, there’s already a plethora of tools in regard to his overall game. A primary shortstop, Smith possesses the footwork to remain there at the next level with a 6.70 60-yard dash at the PG Junior National and light, bouncy actions which allow him to cover ground while working through the ball. His arm strength across the diamond (87 mph) is among some of the best in the country, and much like his offensive components, there’s excellent projection with his defensive abilities, too.

Middle Infield: Luke Leto (Portage Central HS, Portage, Mich.)
Leto already stands at an impressive 6-foot-2, 190-pounds though his physicality is just a portion of what he brings to the diamond. A lefthanded hitter and accomplished arm on the mound with a fastball that peaks in the low-90s, the LSU commit more than looks the part out on the dirt and has all the tools to stick on the left side at the next level. The arm strength that helps produce the elevated fastball velocity play nicely on the left side, allowing Leto to make deep throws from the hole while his advanced athleticism and overall footwork play fluidly through the ball.

Third Base: Brady House (Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.)
Playing alongside Leto in the summer, House is currently a primary shortstop, though as he continues to develop into his 6-foot-3 frame he may shift over to the hot corner where he would fit the mold of a hard-hitting third baseman perfectly. House, a Tennessee commit and a two-time PG Select Festival alum thanks to him being young for his grade, has all the makings to be an immediate impact player should he make it to campus, from his righthanded power to his abilities on the dirt. Despite his size, House moves very well on his feet with smooth and fluid actions while showing ample arm across the diamond as evidenced by his 91 mph fastball.

Outfield: Roc Riggio (Thousand Oaks HS, Simi Valley, Calif.)
A member of the West team at the 2017 PG Select Festival, Riggio has been able to put his baseball prowess on the national stage for a couple of years now, highlighted by his quick-twitch athleticism and overall high energy pace of play. Much like his lefthanded stroke, which features plenty of bat speed through the zone, Riggio shows the same quickness in his first step with solid reads off the bat which allow the young California native to cover solid ground to either side. His arm strength and carry on throws are both solid assets in his overall defensive arsenal, which when coupled with his offensive potential, it’s easy to see why he’s so highly ranked.

Outfield: Keegan Allen (Bentonville HS, Rogers, Ark.)
There are plenty of tools when it comes to the uncommitted Allen and he has put them on display throughout several events on the national circuit over the last couple of seasons. Athletically built at 6-foot, 160-pounds, Allen plays with an up-tempo pace to his overall game and it’s a trait that serves him well in the outfield. With fast and active footwork Allen puts his 6.89-second 60-yard dash speed to work in both attacking the ball and covering ground, though his arm may be his biggest asset. On the mound Allen has worked into the upper-80s but from the outfield he has topped out at 93 mph with excellent, true carry and plenty of accuracy to the intended target.

Outfield: Braylon Bishop (Ashdown HS, Texarkana, Ark.)
The athleticism runs deep through Bishop’s family with several members playing either football or baseball at the D-I level, including highly touted LSU freshman righthander Jaden Hill, a cousin. Bishop, a two-sport athlete in high school, has already verbally committed to Arkansas, and after his showing at the PG Junior National Showcase it’s easy to see why. With a potent swing from the left side and big impact at the point of contact, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bishop ran a 6.84 60-yard dash last summer which translates well into the outfield where he shows high energy actions and an accurate throwing arm with plenty of projection remaining.

Utility: Daniel Corona (Baylor School, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
A member of the 2018 PG Select Festival class, Corona’s actions and abilities with the glove rival anybody in the 2021 crop and they were on display throughout the summer circuit. His hands are plenty soft up the middle, showing a clean funnel while working through the ball with quiet yet quick footwork. Similar to Brady House, Corona is currently a primary shortstop, and while he may shift over to third base at the next level at physical maturation, he’ll continue to be an impact defender on the left side. He also brings that athleticism to the mound, pounding the strike zone with a low-90s fastball while repeating his arm stroke.

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