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High School  | Rankings  | 11/5/2020

2021 Prep Class Rankings Risers Part 1: Hitters

Jered Goodwin     
Photo: Gavin Conticello (Perfect Game)
The #1 spot stays the same as Jordan Lawlar (2021 Irving, TX) performed from the start of the summer all the way through the Perfect Game All American where he notched a pair of hits. Unfortunately, he did not come to the WWBA World Championships to end his outstanding travel ball career. There were some small shake ups in the top ten. Brady House (2021 Winder, GA) earns the #2 spot as he clubbed seventeen extra base hits in 47 at bats this Fall. He was simply outstanding at the WWBA on both sides of the ball and showed grit and toughness in key spots that had a lot of scouts in attendance buzzing. Joshua Baez (2021 Boston, MA) and Marcelo Mayer (2021 Chula Vista, CA) make small jumps: Baez for his immense ceiling and Mayer for his steady play and overall strong profile. Kahlil Watson (2021 Wake Forest, NC) made the largest jump to get into the top-10, as he jumped nearly ten spots to number nine. He did not hit under .350 during any event in 2020 and put a stamp on his meteoric rise at the WWBA when he hit .429 with a double and homerun that traveled 411 feet, at literally the most scouted event of the showcase circuit in 2020. He can run, defend, and hits for both average and power from the left side.

Alex Mooney (2021 Rochester Hills, MI) was the MVP of the Perfect Game All American Classic and keeps trending up. His slight bump is from the length and range he showed at the WWBA in the middle of the field coupled with the consistent hit/power production, with twitch in the wrists on offense. This goes along with his huge physical projection remaining as his frame has not really started filling out.

Gavin Conticello (2021 Coconut Creek, FL) moves in to the top-40 as the loose left-handed swing that was sure to find its power form, showed up in a big way this Fall. He raked all fall and showed consistent pull power at each stop.

Lonnie White (2021 Coatesville, PA) always got glowing reviews for his overall athleticism and if 2020 is any indication of what he is capable of, watch out. The reigning WWBA National Championship MVP did not slow down after a strong Summer. The right-handed hitter had some of the highest exit velocities at the WWBA World Championships and hit a home run that landed in the lake at the 5-Plex which is very rarely done. The athleticism stands out but his consistent performance cannot be ignored.

Carson Williams (2021 San Diego, CA) enters the top-50 after bringing home the MVP hardware at the WWBA World Championships. His balanced effort on both sides of the ball showed current polish while also screaming future upside. While Williams displayed a real hit tool and it’s easy to see the budding power as he matures. To cap things off, he was up to 94 mph on the mound with a power slider as he pounded the strike zone during his three innings of work.

Carlos Pena (2021 Bayside, NY) has shown prodigious power in batting practice and it translated to games this fall. The 1.655 OPS is only part of the story as he made loud contact to all parts of the field and capped it off by a majestic home run over the right centerfield wall. That left-handed power has huge carrying clout.

Alex Ulloa (2021 Cutler Bay, FL) and Colson Montgomery (2021 Holland, IN) jumped way up in large part because of their ability to hit. Ulloa has an aggressive style of play and will do anything to win. His line drive approach helped split gaps quickly this fall and he has more thump that you would expect, as he blasted a home run 393 feet at the WWBA. Montgomery has a sweet left-handed stroke with an accurate barrel and huge future loft potential. The beautiful 6-foot-4, 190 pound frame makes you dream pretty big as well.

James Triantos (2021 McLean, VA) just reclassified form the 2022 class up to the 2021 class. This coming off a WWBA World Championship where he blistered opposing pitchers on his way to hitting .526 with a double and two home runs. One of them traveling 424 feet. He also was spectacular on the bump throwing five scoreless innings while striking out eight. He sat 90-92 mph, held his velocity, and had one of the higher spin rate sliders at the event.

Ryan Spikes (2021 Lilburn, GA) and Cameron Cauley (2021 Mont Belvieu, TX) slide into the top-100 for their overall production and feel for the game. They both profile in the middle infield and bring a top of the order hit plus run combination that seems to always show up. The production matches the high baseball IQ’s they bring to the dugout.

Jacob Walsh (2021 Las Vegas, NV) has massive left-handed juice and destroyed a ball at the WWBA 104 off the bat that traveled 411 feet. The consistency in Fort Myers was the more impressive part as he brought a comfortable and relaxed approach on his way to hitting .400 at the event.

James Tibbs III (2021 Marietta, GA) had a solid WWBA but makes the jump into the top-150 thanks to his consistent power he showed from the left side all fall. There is some big power in the strong hands of Tibbs and he didn’t miss much throughout the end of the 2020 circuit.

Davis Diaz (2021 Pittsburg, CA) could be considered a sum-of-the-parts type player as he seems to be in all the right spots and do all the right things. Knowing the hit tool has always been there, the power started showing up in Fort Myers. The sure hands have always been there, but the range and twitch on defense stood out big at the WWBA too. Diaz has all the components one can pin a balloon on.

Jordan McCants (2021 Cantonment, FL) is simply one of the fastest prospects in the country. He uses it well on both sides of the ball and he knows himself, for now. There is still plenty of room to add strength in the wiry frame and if the impact comes as the speed stays you will watch him continue to soar.

Cole Russo (2021 Tampa, FL) has always had great bat-to-ball skills. As he has worked on his body, the left-handed hitter is moving better and starting to elevate. The catching continues to approve weekly as well.

Gabe D'Arcy (2021 San Clemente, CA) has a strong and chiseled 6-foot-3 frame that catches your eye pretty quickly. He is an explosive runner that will give him a chance to stay in centerfield and the powerful right-handed stroke shows glimpses of what he is capable of, though he is not a finished product.

Jaden Rudd (2021 Lynn Haven, FL) is lauded for his pure hit tool. He can hit to all fields but impressively and consistently hit extra base hits to the opposite field gap. The left-handed hitter had a monster summer and can also run his fastball up to 91 mph, just in case he ever needs that.