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2023 Prep Class Rankings Risers: Pitchers

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2023 Prep Class Rankings Risers: Hitters

Nolan Stevens (2023 Elk Grove, CA) The two-pitch mix coming from the left-side was electric this Fall. His low-90s heater with lots of carry was perfectly complimented by a tightly spun curveball. It appears the development is going in the right direction as he commanded his stuff much better this Fall. Oh, Stevens can also swing the stick as he hit .364 with a couple extra base hits at the Sophomore PG World Championships.

Chance Mako (2023 Salisbury, NC) has an ultra-projectable 6-foot-5, 180 pound frame and the coordination and quickness to the shoulder are impressive given the size and slender build. He locates his low-90s heater with late sinking action to both sides of the plate and does a nice job of keeping the ball under barrels. He showed his best slider at the WWBA World Championships late in the fall but still varies the speed and break. Both pitches already flash above average. His third pitch, a changeup, will need to develop but should develop nicely as he builds innings.

Toby Twist (2023 Bakersfield, CA) is a projectable lefty that is very athletic and maintains upper-80s velocity pretty easily during longer stints. He spins a hard slider and garners a decent amount of swing and miss. Every offering moves and can be hard to command at times. But the athleticism gives optimism that it will all come together, from a quality standpoint as he gains strength.

Ryan Gold (2023 Smyrna, GA) has a ton to like with his easy arm action that produces effortless upper-80s peaks to his always improving breaking stuff. He stays online and repeats his timing with his arm pretty well. The extension out front adds deception and gives life to the heater. His ability to hit also stands out and shows the overall athleticism he possesses. It a pretty easy to bet the jumps will keep coming.

Landon Stump (2023 Morgan Hill, CA) The short arm stroke and shoulder speed stood out at the WWBA Sophomore World Championship. So did his low-90s fastball that he creates lots of plane as well as his advanced CB/CU combination. The body has plenty of room to add strength and that will lead to natural gains from the stuff and command.

Thomas Howard (2023 Lexington, KY) has a physical and durable frame with a fluid delivery and clean arm stroke. The power arm profile stands out big and he already peaks at 90 mph with a breaking ball darting in the low-80s. There is some two-way potential as he shows big raw power in the right-handed bat.

Landen Maroudis (2023 Largo, FL) was a key cog in deep runs in both the PG WWBA Sophomore World Championship and the PG WWBA Underclass World Championship this fall, taking home the rings at the SWC. His whippy arm and upper-80 mph bolts can jump on a hitter. The wiry frame, long limbs, and high waist scream upside and the righty producing a strikeout per inning pitched helps too. Maroudies has solid ability with the bat as well.

Chance Fitzgerald (2023 Sanford, FL) put up consistent outings all summer showing some ability to tunnel his fastball and slider at times. The slider looks like it can be a real swing and miss pitch as he consistently designs it effectively. There is some quick twitch fibers that help predict some future jumps. He is a two-sport athlete so he didn’t play this fall, but that bodes well to his athletic profile.

Alex Philpott (2023 Tampa, FL) This could have been put on either the hitter or pitcher risers. Yes, the right-hander is still searching for some polish to go with his vast upside on the mound as his 6-foot-5 and thin build is already peaking in the upper-80s with life. This is just the start from a velocity standpoint and gives the breaking stuff some time to develop. He also hit .338 with a couple homers in 2020.

Paul Guerne (2023 New Port Richey, FL) has a compact delivery and a short and fast arm action that allows him to repeat his release on his firm three pitch mix. The upper-80s fastball should continue to tick up and he seems to already understand how to miss barrels. The competitiveness stands out too.

Hayden Thomas (2023 Lexington, SC) The velocity is still coming, but the deception is garnering huge swing and miss rates as shown with his 27 innings pitched and 40 strikeouts during 2020 shows. He pounds the zone, gives up minimal base runners, and can virtually toy with hitters at this age level. The advanced feel will allow him to produce at every stop.

David Davila (2023 Opa Locka, FL) The upper-80s velocity from the left side was way more consistent this fall. He has always shown the ability to miss barrels with his hard downer curveball; the velocity jump just increased the effectiveness even more. He can still get quick and a bit out of whack, but the breaking ball can get him back on track in a hurry.

Charles Batista (2023 Weehawken, NJ) The 6-foot-4, 190 pound frame looks the part in a big way. He is another two-way prospect that could have been written up on either risers update. He can run the heater up to 89 mph with a ton more in the tank. The quality strikes came plenty late in the fall and the breaking ball has solid potential. The bat speed and power potential needs to be noted, as well as him being young for the class.

Paul Wilson (2023 Lake Oswego, OR) made a splash at the PG West MLK Championship last winter as he struck out eleven hitters in six innings. He has fluid and athletic movements and a clean release. The left-hander continues to get big buzz for his huge ceiling.

Landon O'Donnell (2023 Bradenton, FL) showed big tools at the PG Fall Top Prospect Nationals as he ran a 6.80 in the sixty and threw in the upper-80s in the infield. He also sits in the upper-80s with his fastball and is just starting to tap into his upside. The only thing left is added repetitions.

Blake Dickerson (2023 Virginia Beach, VA) The 6-foot-5 lanky frame creates plenty of deception to opposing hitters. The tough arm slot and matching release on the slider will keep his outings a must watch. He piled up uncomfortable at bats in a hurry at the WWBA World Championship this Fall. The lefty should see his upper-80s fastball keep trending up.

Tate Smith (2023 Greeley, CO) was fantastic at the 15U WWBA this summer as he threw six innings and struck out nine hitters. He hammers the zone and shows depth on a tightly spun breaking ball. He made a jump into the upper-80s with the same tough plane and appealing 6-foot-4 frame. There is plenty of upside remaining and the tick up in stuff was good to see.
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