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Rankings Risers: Class of 2023

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Nolan Stevens (Perfect Game)

High School Class of 2023 Player Rankings

With the end of the summer and fall travel circuit seasons, and with the update of the individual class-by-class player rankings, we take a look at some of the players that moved up the most. To view the entire rankings, which can also be filtered by state, click on the link above.

29. Nolan Stevens, 1b/lhp, Elk Grove, Calif. (Uncommitted)
Stevens really came onto the scene during the Freshman World Championship with his two-way ability to go along with a physically advanced 6-foot-2 frame. His lefthanded swing has plenty of power to it and on the mound his arm works with the ability to run the fastball up to 89 mph in West Palm Beach. Previously, Stevens was ranked at 136 and then had a huge showing this fall leading to him jumping inside the top 30 of the latest 2023 rankings update.

32. Connor Crisp, rhp/mif, Locust Grove, Ga. (Georgia)
Recent UGA commit Connor Crisp has made tremendous strides over the course of the calendar year both as a pitcher and a hitter. The lefthanded hitting middle infielder also stands out on the mound as a righthanded pitcher who recently was up to 90 mph at the Freshman World Championship. Crisp has a clean arm and delivery along with a smooth swing and middle infield actions. The upside is pretty impressive with Crisp, who, along with Stevens, has legitimate potential on both sides of the ball.

33. Tommy Roldan, lhp/1b, Poolesville, Md. (Virginia)
It was pretty evident early on that Roldan was going to be a big-time recruit when it was all said and done for the lefthander from Maryland. Another two-way prospect similar to both Stevens and Crisp, Roldan continued to improve throughout the year and what he showed at the Freshman World Championship was every bit worthy of his jump in the 2023 class rankings from 74 to 33 nationally. Roldan has a little more upside on the mound potentially but every bit of talent offensively as well. His fastball reaches the upper-80s now with a curveball that has promising potential. Offensively, the power potential is pretty impressive as he already has a best exit velocity off of a tee at 92 mph from the PG 14u National Showcase.

35. Kade Anderson, lhp, Madisonville, La. (Louisiana State)
On the mound Kade Anderson may be the most promising arm in the entire class in terms of overall pitchability. The lefthander creates a tough angle on his fastball that already reaches 85 mph with plenty more to come. Anderson pounds the strike zone and has shown all 2019 long that he is a truly dominant arm in the 2023 class. During the 14u WWBA National Championship in Hoover, Anderson pitched 6 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and only three walks. He then followed that up this fall with 2 1/3 innings striking out six hitters and walking just one. Over the course of the summer and fall circuit, Anderson pitched a combined 19 1/3 innings at PG events posting a 1.40 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

37. Stone Russell, ss, Bradenton, Fla. (Florida)
Having not really seen Stone Russell until this fall, the Perfect Game scouts did not have a clear impression of him besides the early commitment to the University of Florida. He put on a massive showing in West Palm Beach during the Freshman World Championship as it seemed like every time he stepped into the batter’s box that he was connecting on a loud barrel. Russell has an ultra-projectable body that stands out at his age both in the box and the middle infield. His shortstop play comes easy as well with advanced hands and solid arm strength. Russell has an outstanding ceiling and has seen his stock climb 89 spots to No. 37 in the updated 2023 ranks.

44. James Hays, 3b/rhp, Hawkinsville, Ga. (Uncommitted)
One of the highest upside pitchers in the state of Georgia in the 2023 class hails from South Georgia and has continued to improve from the first look at him in March to the latest look in October. Hays was just up to a new personal best on the mound in South Florida as he topped out at 87 mph with continued improvements to his command as well punching out six hitters in five innings with no walks. The righthander has seen his velocity climb from up to 83 mph to 87 mph most recently in 2019. There is plenty more velocity to come from the athletic righthander who also can really handle the barrel with power potential still to come as well.

45. Miller Green, lhp, Nashville, Tenn. (Uncommitted)
Green is a unique player on this list as he is coming off of an injury and made a strong showing this fall on the mound in his return to the diamond. The lefthander made a promising impression to numerous collegiate coaches this fall with his lean and projectable frame to go along with a fastball up to 85 mph and a truly advanced feel to spin. Green has immense projection remaining and the combination of his velocity, tight curveball and projectable body make him a huge riser in the latest 2023 class moving from the High Follow list and into the top 50.

46. Arjun Nimmala, ss, Valrico, Fla. (Florida State)
Nimmala is the lone “new” prospect to this list as he was not previously included in the initial 2023 rankings, but now sees himself in the top 50 at No. 46 nationally. Nimmala has really hit well all year long as the actions at shortstop stand out as well. The young FSU commit has a batting average of .389 this year with a pair of home runs and nine total extra-base hits in 54 at-bats. Having just turned 14-years old, Nimmala has a really promising skillset already at his disposal that is well beyond his age. Playing for the Ostingers Baseball Academy, Nimmala stood out especially this fall in front of the PG scouting staff at both the Underclass World Championship and the Freshman World Championship.

49. Kyler Spencer, rhp, Conway, Ark. (Arkansas)
Kyler Spencer made a considerable velocity jump in the span of two months as he went from topping out at 81 mph in August at the PG 14u National Showcase to topping out at 87 mph with a hammer slider in October at the Freshman World Championship. Spencer has an insanely high ceiling as he continues to mature and get reps on the mound. The righthander already has tremendous arm strength and the velocity comes relatively easy. With continued refinement, Spencer has a chance to be among the top arms in the 2023 class shown by his jump in the national rankings.

55. Matthew Davis, of, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Uncommitted)
An outfielder from Florida, Matthew Davis has had the chance to showcase his talent throughout the 2019 season. Davis has continued to progress and get better with both his swing and approach. Davis’s barrel feel stood out this October as he went for numerous extra-base hits at all both Underclass World and Freshman World Championships. The barrel feel and strength at impact stand out for Davis who uses his physically advanced 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame to impact the baseball.

62. Dillon Lester, c, Baytown, Texas (Oklahoma)
Lester did not do anything but impress in West Palm Beach as he already has the ability to handle velocity well both at the plate and behind it. The Oklahoma commit barreled multiple baseballs in South Florida that came to the plate in the upper-80s. He showed well behind the plate with a feel for handling upper-80s velocity receiving the ball cleanly already at the age of 14. The righthanded hitting backstop has plenty of ability with his arm and quickness of his transfer with impressive catch-and-throw skills. Lester’s showing during the Freshman World Championship in front of the PG scouting staff really solidified his jump from No. 90 to No. 62 in the national 2023 rankings.

89. Jerson Martin, c, Norman, Okla. (Uncommitted)
Along with Lester, Martin is a catcher who really impressed both defensively and offensively this fall. Martin stood out at the 14u PG National Showcase with his all-around skillset and took that to the field for USA Prime National during the Freshman World Championship in West Palm Beach. Martin has some of the quickest and smoothest actions behind the dish and combines that with a bat that projects for power as he fills out physically. The bat speed is there in Martin’s stroke and the feel for the barrel continues to improve as Martin makes his latest jump into the top 100 players in the 2023 class at No. 89 nationally.

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