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2023 Prep Class Rankings Risers: Hitters

Jered Goodwin        
Photo: Raffaele Velazquez (Perfect Game)

Walker Jenkins (2023 Oak Island, NC) played great this summer and then took it to another level this Fall. The tools stood out at the PG Sophomore All American Games and he easily took the best BP at the event. He starred at the trifecta of World Championships getting better as the age and competition level went up. He can run, has power, and an advanced feel for both the barrel and the strike zone. He also locked down centerfield defensively.

Maxwell Clark (2023 Franklin, IN) competed in his first Perfect Game event this Fall at the WWBA World Championships. Only fifteen, he had a very impressive performance against much older prospects. The grace in which he swings the bat and plays the field stands out, and it goes perfectly with his elite hit tool. The patience he showed with his relaxed approach should make him an OPS monster.

Raffaele Velazquez (2023 Long Beach, CA) has an intriguing power bat/power arm combination behind the plate. The receiving and blocking continues to make big strides and he is a born leader that will help settle a pitching staff. His left-handed swing can be lethal and he already puts up some of the biggest in game exit velocities in the class.

Owen Egan (2023 Yucaipa, CA) is a true two-way prospect as he hit .400 during two World Championship tournaments this Fall. He has heavy hands coming from a simple and effortless swing. He also can run his fastball in the low-90s and pitch deep into games using the heavy sink on the pitch to play perfectly off his power SL/CU combination.

Antonio Anderson (2023 Atlanta, GA) is a sweet swinging switch hitter that thumped twenty three extra base hits in 2020 on his way to hitting a consistent .364 clip. He has advanced actions and instincts at short stop. There is plenty of potential on the mound too, as he can run the heater up in the upper-80s.

Steven Milam (2023 Las Cruces, NM) When you are the MVP of the Sophomore and Underclass World Championship the production makes things easy to grade. The switch hitter has a nearly matching hit grade from both sides and hit over .500 during both events. This coming from over 50-plus plate appearances. The middle infielder has sure hands and an insanely high baseball IQ. He even chipped in a homerun this fall for good measure.

John Cooper Williams (2023 Woodstock, GA) The tools stood out late in the Summer as he ran a 6.89 and threw 92 mph from the infield and 95 mph from the outfield at the PG Sophomore All American Games. Then he broke out in games this Fall as he put up a combined .349 with a 1.033 ops. He brings defense versatility and the twenty-three extra base hits in 2020 stand out in a big way.

Eric Bitonti (2023 Hesperia, CA) the 6-foot-4 frame and classic left-handed swing make it easy to dream on the massive offensive upside. He has a smooth stroke and length through the zone and already shows some loft potential. Very young for the class, he moves with fluidity and has plenty of arm at shortstop. It’s not if, but when, this package pops big time.

Trent Caraway (2023 Dana Point, CA) You could argue both ways about Caraway’s future. He has huge arm speed that is producing low-90s heaters and the makings of a power breaking ball. He also has excellent strength in his swing and great timing with the barrel. The consistency with which he finds the barrel, in a loud fashion, stood out this fall.

Carl Schmidt (2023 Petaluma, CA) another standout from the PG Sophomore All American Games late in the Summer. He confirmed the potential during the Fall displaying a well-rounded set of tools during the Sophomore World Championship. It was a pretty fitting weekend as he lived up to the California polish, hitting .385 with a 1.000 ops and seemed to be all over the field as he played a stellar short stop.

Kevin McGonigle (2023 Aldan, PA) has one of the better hit-plus-power profiles in the class as he produced eye-popping numbers. He just simply raked in 2020, hitting .463 with five homers and worked plenty of walks. The run-producing potential gives him a pretty exciting profile if he can stay on the left side of the diamond.

Ryder Helfrick (2023 Brentwood, CA) is a super athletic catcher and already showing signs of polish. He receives velocity with ease and has a huge arm. Combine that with an excellent hit tool and promising power potential, there is a good chance he finds a long term home in the middle of the order. This is a premium bat playing a premium position and still has big projection remaining.

Zaid Diaz (2023 Miramar, FL) has a compact and strong frame that produces plenty of twitch that he uses well in his left-handed swing. He consistently put up tough at bats on his way to hitting .348 in 2020 to go with a ton more thump than one would think as he socked three homers. He is accurate with the barrel to go with his advanced approach.

Tai Peete (2023 Tyrone, GA) The overall upside of Tai Peete is in the same sphere as anyone in the class. He is really young for a 2023 grad and can get it done at the plate or on the mound. He hit .378 on the year while banging twenty extra base hits. He can run his fastball up to 90 mph and his feel for the zone is only getting better. Peete will stay on the left side and that left-handed swing is coming on big.

Blake Mitchell (2023 Sinton, TX) can get it done behind the dish with flexible hips, solid timing while receiving, and lots of carry on throws. The left-handed swing keeps a vertical angle with lift coming. He is direct with the path and timed things up during 2020, producing a .452 average while playing on the circuit.

MJ Seo (2023 Plano, TX) is a jack of all trades. He can pick it in the middle of the diamond, with range and internal clock. The right-handed hitter has a deadly accurate barrel as he hit .537 during his 2020 campaign with some power too. He also runs his fastball up to 91 while striking out two hitter per inning. The consistency and overall game make him extremely interesting moving forward.

Will Matuszak (2023 Los Angeles, CA) had a stand out performance at the WWBA Underclass World Championship where he hit .400 and played consistently on the dirt with a great showing at the West Coast Top Prospect Games. At the TP Games he flaunted elite actions at short stop that very few can match. This is a well-rounded athlete that will be an extremely fun follow.

Colby Wallace (2023 Biscoe, NC) just has the look of a power hitting prospect that can stay on the left side of the infield for a long time. He has strong forearms that help him generate a lot of impact at contact while staying very simple. He was very accurate with the barrel and the ball explodes off the bat. He is pretty well-rounded, and the production will come consistently.

Casey Borba (2023 Orange, CA) There is a significant hit and power profile in the right-handed hitters profile. He stays tight in the turn and short to the ball with very strong hands that help him strike the ball hard regularly. He is a gamer and can make all the plays at third base, while also showing the ability to win games with his arm on the mound if needed. That power in the box cannot be ignored, however.

Lane Allen (2023 Corinth, TX) has the combination of current strength and athleticism to go along with future projection in the frame that gives one huge hope as the development takes place. If the power potential starts showing up, as expected, he could be a huge riser during 2021.
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