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High School  | General  | 1/1/2020

Finest in the Field: 2021 Class

Vincent Cervino      Brian Sakowski     
Photo: Noah Smith (Perfect Game)

2019 PG/Rawlings Finest in the Field: 2020 Class

2019 Perfect Game/Rawlings Finest in the Field, Class of 2021


Pitcher: Rawley Hector (Anna HS, Van Alstyne, Texas)
Hector, a Texas A&M commit, has been one of the top pitchers in his class since the inception of the rankings and his combination of athleticism and command aid his fielding ability on the mound. Hector exits the mound with ease to either side, is as surehanded of a pitcher as they come and takes away hits with his play on the mound. Hector’s upside is vast and his glove has a direct effect on his ERA as he has more than one way to limit the opposition’s offensive output.

Catcher: Ian Moller (Wahlert HS, Dubuque, Iowa)
Coming in as the highest ranked catcher in the class, the Louisiana State commit has some of the best top-end tools on both sides of the ball, regardless of position. Moller is a very good athlete for his position and it shows behind the plate with the grace and ease of his actions, and he also has a hand cannon for an arm. He has soft hands from a receiving perspective and the overall skillset behind the plate is more than advanced as it possesses a degree of polish that could probably play at the collegiate level right now.

First Base: Jac Caglianone (Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.)
Caglianone has been one of the biggest rising prospects of 2019 and the Florida commit shows a ton of athleticism, balance and surehandedness at first base. At a listed 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, Caglianone offers a lot of projection, but he’s not uncoordinated, in fact, he’s one of the better overall athletes in the class. Caglianone moves very well around the bag as he’s light on his feet and his ability to anticipate throws allows him to be an asset to any infield around on the diamond much less one of the more impressive infields of FTB’s 2021 team.

Middle Infield: Noah Smith (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.)
Perhaps the most complete defender in the entire class, there are very few players in the country, regardless of class, that can impact a defensive profile like Smith can. With the athleticism and foot speed to stick at the position long-term, his athletic ability coupled with his anticipation and baseball IQ allow him to make nearly any play on the left side of the infield and often making it look easier than it should be. The arm strength is more than ample for a shortstop and his list of gold glove accolades should only continue to grow as his career progresses.

Middle Infield: Jordan Lawlar (Jesuit College Prep, Irving, Texas)
Lawlar fits the prototype of a franchise shortstop almost to a tee: he’s high-waisted and projectable, has tremendous speed and overall athleticism and does it all with such ease that would mistake his comfort for lack of effort. The agility and burst allows him to reach balls many other shortstops can’t and the Vanderbilt commit is as surehanded as they come with errors being so rare they’re almost the margin of error. Lawlar will continue to improve with added strength and size but his defensive acumen is already one of the best in the country.

Third Base: Marcelo Mayer (Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.)
A prototypical smooth San Diego-area shortstop, Mayer is only pushed to the third base portion of this list due to the amount of talented middle infielders and Mayer’s versatility to slot in the lineup anywhere on the dirt. The Southern California commit glides out in the infield, looking incredibly smooth as he gathers ground balls and takes correct, efficient angles on his middle infield coverage. Mayer’s ability to do everything very easy and California-cool aura warrants a spot on this list as the seventh-ranked prospect in the country should only continue to improve.

Outfield: Braylon Bishop (Arkansas HS, Texarkana, Ark.)
Bishop’s tools stand out all around the diamond, both offensively and defensively, and his athleticism is high-end as well. The twitch and plus speed make him an intriguing defender already and as he’s developed over the course of his prep career thus far; in particular his routes and instincts have continually improved in the outfield. This ever-evolving feel for the position combined with his athleticism, speed and arm strength already make him one of the top outfielders in the class and he still has plenty of ceiling left to reach in his all-around game.

Outfield: Tyree Reed (American Canyon HS, Vallejo, Calif.)
Reed’s combination of size, athleticism and speed make him one of the more intriguing prospects of the last several years, just given the fact that players of his size and projection are not usually as athletic as he is. He looks like a natural fit in right field long-term, especially as he continues filling out his large frame, and has the speed to potentially play center field for a long time as well. His arm strength, already a plus tool with projection for higher, is a weapon on par with anyone in the class and he should maintain that shutdown arm from the outfield regardless of which position he finds himself at.

Outfield: Benny Montgomery (Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa.)
Montgomery, a Virginia commit and the star of the recent PG Main Event, is a toolshed of a prospect and checks nearly every box of a solid prospect at this stage. With an ultra-physical and athletic frame, Montgomery throws 97 mph from the outfield and runs a 6.4, profiling nicely into right field professionally with the obvious chance to stick in center. His top-line speed, obvious arm strength to keep runners from taking the extra base and overall range and coverage make him one of the top defenders in the class and Montgomery showed that all summer.

Utility: Brady House (Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.)
The No. 1 player in the class, House possesses elite athleticism and baseball instincts which make him such a valuable defender wherever he slots in a lineup. The Tennessee commit’s arm strength is plus and allows him to play multiple positions on the infield dirt, which includes the pitcher’s mound. His hands work well and his range allows him to reach balls in either hole. House’s upside should allow him to hone his athletic potential when he finds his long-term defensive home.