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High School | Rankings | 3/14/2019

Class of 2023 Follow List

Perfect Game Staff         Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Cam Collier (Perfect Game)

2023 Impact Players 2023 High Follow List

Listed below are five players identified early as being standouts from the high school class of 2023. We have released the initial follow list, including these five players, and the high follow list, as linked above. These lists will continue to expand throughout the spring, summer and fall months as players talents are identified and evaluated at numerous high-profile events, culminating with the 14u PG Select Baseball Festival in Fort Myers, Fla. over Labor Day weekend.

Derrick Mitchell, of/rhp, Tempe, Ariz.
Mitchell is only halfway through his eighth-grade year of schooling, yet college recruiters already know his name well and he’s certain to already be on their radar. Then again, Mitchell already stands at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, allowing the projection to be easier to envision when watching the 14u age group, though in terms of tools there isn’t much dreaming required. The young Arizona native is listed as a switch-hitter, and despite his lengthy limbs, he shows balance from either side of the plate, as evidenced by hitting north of .450 in each of his last four tournaments, along with the ability to impact the baseball, already showing strength to his hands. Mitchell is more than just as bat at present, also offering one of the best fastballs in the class which he ran up to 86 mph at the WWBA Freshman World Championships last October and did so with a relative ease of operation on the rubber. He still has roughly a full calendar worth of months before he suits for his first high school game, but Mitchell has already made a statement on the national scene.

Aidan Miller, 3b/rhp, Trinity, Fla. 
There’s something to be said when a hitter digs into the box with confidence, regardless of how old he is or what age group he’s playing in, and with Miller that presence is immediately felt whether playing against his peers or up an age group. Already listed at a strong 6-foot, 170-pounds, Miller looks to utilize that strength in each and every swing he takes, showing some of the better bat speed in the country for a player his age and the subsequent jump off the barrel to match. Playing up an age group through last fall and early this spring, Miller created quite the buzz last summer during the 13u PG World Series where he hit .750 with two home runs and another 10 base hits to capture the tournament’s MVP honors. Like his older brother Jackson, a Wake Forest commit and PG Select Festival alum, Aidan has shown advanced offensive tools from an early age, though there’s also two-way potential with him. He has already topped out at 85 mph this January, showing obvious arm speed that will suit him well at the hot corner moving forward.

Ethan Robinson, rhp/1b, Antioch, Tenn.
The 2018 season was a fruitful one for Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound primary first baseman, as his true two-way potential was on full display at multiple events. Robinson already stands out for his ultra-projectable build, one he controls well in the batter’s box as evidenced by his .431-3-29 line over 72 at-bats last summer, swiping 11 bags in the process. The 13u PG Series Classic was one of Robinson’s best events during last year’s schedule, not only with the stick but also on the bump where his future may be brightest, capturing the event’s Most Valuable Pitcher award. At the beginning of last season’s circuit, Robinson bumped 82 mph with his fastball, though by the end of the year he was consistently bumping 85 mph with reports of mid- to- upper-80s coming in throughout this past offseason, a trend that will only continue to rise for the young righthander. His mechanics are simple for a player his size and age and there’s plenty of arm speed as you’d expect given his velocity, but he also shows the ability to spin a quality 12-to-6 breaker at present too.

Cam Collier, ss/3b, Chicago, Ill.
One of the many standouts at the 2018 14u Main Event Showcase, Collier stood out immediately for his 6-foot, 190-pound frame which sports advanced physical strength throughout. The son of former big leaguer Lou Collier, Cam’s loudest tool at present is his lefthanded power, though he is by no means an all-or-nothing type of hitter in regard to getting to the aforementioned juice. His swing is both smooth and fluid and his ability to impact the baseball with wood already would stand out amongst players a few years his senior, creating plenty of leverage out front and steady carry to all parts of the field and especially well to the gaps. In each of his three tournament appearances last season Collier was the youngest player, not yet having turned 14 but still managed to finish with a .370 average in that span with a couple of extra-base hits. Listed as a primary shortstop, Collier shows both the arm strength and clean actions with the glove for the left side of the diamond while staying in the dirt, though given his physicality he may slide over to third base long term.

Drew Burress, of, Perry, Ga.
Gaining a track record on the national stage by the time you’re 14 isn’t the easiest task, yet Burress has done just that as he’s a consistent performer offensively as evidenced by his statistics over the last three seasons. At a strongly built 5-foot-8, 155-pounds, Burress shows a natural feel for the barrel, and despite his current measurables, he’s able to impact the ball as hard as any as he showed throughout his round of batting practice at the 14u Main Event Showcase. He does a nice job of remaining on timing, allowing himself to stay through the ball and drive it with authority, something he did frequently last season with a .347-3-34 line, and has started 2019 on the same foot, hitting .412-2-10 with eight stolen bases over 13 games. The offensive superlatives could go on, but he’s also capable of making an impact from the outfield. The speed and instincts he shows on the bases translates well to the outfield, taking efficient routes with solid reads off the barrel which combines well with his arm strength, showing true carry and accuracy on this throws.

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