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2024 Prep Class Rankings Risers: Pitchers

Jered Goodwin        
Photo: Landon Victorian (Perfect Game)
2024 Prep Class Rankings Risers: Hitters 

Landon Victorian (2024 Lake Charles, LA) is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher that has a very young look and seemingly limitless projection. He built a solid resume as he was consistent with his velocity in the Summer with mid-to-upper 80s velocity and pounded the zone with an advanced three-pitch mix. Couple that with a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and there is a lot to be excited about.

Jake McKowen (2024 Carmichael, CA) has a tall 6-foot-4 frame with loads of room to put on weight as he matures. There is no effort in his delivery and he has a clean arm action and quick shoulder. The arm speed is a bit much for his skinny build at times, but that is just a maturity and strength issue. McKowen has some feel to spin the ball and the overall ceiling is incredibly high.

Tag Andrews (2024 Maumelle, AR) only made two starts this fall but they were both exceptionally impressive. The first outing was a six-inning outing with six strikeouts and he did not give up a hit. The second was a complete game, ten strikeout performance and again he did not give up a hit. He has a three-pitch mix and early understanding of tunneling. The polish at this age is impressive.

Boston Bateman (2024 Camarillo, CA) has an intimidating presence on the mound due to his 6-foot-4 and wide frame. He is still honing his craft, but the 88 mph velocity comes easily and when he is locating it is a tough at bat. The young lefty is simply going to throw very hard one day and the flashes of swing and miss help magnify the potential.

Drake Purvis (2024 Siler City, NC) a left-hander that peaks in the upper-80s at just fourteen years old is going to collect a ton of strikeouts. So, Purvis punching out thirty-four hitters in just twenty-four innings was no surprise. In doing so, playing at a higher level this year, he actually decreased his walk numbers which bodes well for his impressive development path. There is also some two-way potential as the right-handed hitter produced a .320 average.

Talan Bell (2024 Oviedo, FL) has some twitch to his body and now is starting to add some strength which has directly resulted in better command. He had some young arm talent but a hard time harnessing it. Now we are seeing ticks up in both velocity and control which directly resulted in more swing and miss. He has potential in the outfield and with the bat as well.

Montrell Christian (2024 Atlanta, GA) has a high waisted 6-foot-4 frame and has a shell of what looks like it will turn into a monster of a human being. Christian has some synch issues and can get out of whack, but he still competes and garners empty swings. He can run his fastball into the upper-80s with huge jumps coming soon. The right-handed bat made huge strides this fall, but the upside on the mound is too hard to ignore right now.

Zachary Hopper (2024 Orlando, FL) is all about command and advanced feel at the moment. The 6-foot-2 frame has loads of room to fill out, and certainly will, so there is no reason to rush the velocity. He has signs of command in his three-pitch mix as he typically makes opposing hitters earn everything as he moves the fastball around and has no fear sequencing pitches. He has functional athleticism and contributes offensively too.

Ross Felder (2024 Springdale, AR) has some explosiveness in the right shoulder and it gives his mid-80s heater some real carry. Felder did not yield a lot of hard contact in 2020, giving up just five hits while striking out twenty-seven in his sixteen innings pitched. He throws with conviction and keeps that mentality on his breaking balls. The jumps will continue to come.

Nicholas Rovitti (2024 Palm Beach Gardens, FL) pretty much held his velocity from the start to finish in 2020. He sits in the mid-80s and gets good downward plane. He saved his best for last when he struck out seventeen in his eight innings of work at the WWBA Freshman World Championship. He sticks to throwing mostly his fastball and curveball right now but is starting to play them off each other which is how the strikeout numbers spiked. In all, he struck out sixty-two in thirty-seven innings this year.

Matt Hoag (2024 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) This is all about left-handed projection here. He has a loose and whippy arm stroke and throws from the low 3/4 slot. That slot helps with late life on the heater, that he is controlling better as he works the bottom of the zone. There is potential in his sweeping breaking ball and everything seems to be coming together as the fastball continues to make bumps. He is more of a force as a soft contact type pitcher right now, but that could change in a hurry with added strength.

Truitt Manuel (2024 Ashville, NC) runs the heater up to 87 mph and can add and subtract based on the count and situation. He added a slider to the arsenal, and it was serious weapon at the WWBA Freshman World Championship. This looks like a real swing and miss offering and he did not shy away from using it when he needed a whiff. He will nibble at times, but the twenty-three strikeouts in twelve innings this fall is very impressive.

Leighton Harris (2024 Lexington, KY) has some serious life to his 6-foot-3, 185 pound frame. The upside is obvious when you see his high waist and wiry frame, then comes the easy arm action from the left side. He is developing a feel for his curveball and changeup and both made strides late in the fall. Harris has deception and all the ingredients to be a future ace.

Talin Gardini (2024 San Diego, CA) is one of the more proven winners in the class with his stints at high level stops over the last couple years. The body has a strong look to it, and he is already 6-foot-1. He can throw to both sides of the plate and has some sink to the fastball. His three-pitch mix is advanced, and he gets some bad swings when he is locating regularly. He also has some thump in his left-handed bat.

Drew Graham (2024 Avon Lake, OH) sports a mid-80s heater coming from his quick left-handed shoulder. He spins a tight breaking ball that has the look of a future power slider. The look was short, but the upside is enticing. Graham has a good looking wiry 5-foot-11 frame that projects well.

Chandler Henry (2024 Alpine, CA) has whippy arm action with good extension out front and keeps his hand speed up through his release. The right-handed pitcher has huge upside in the 6-foot-3, 170 pound frame. There is polish in his timing and mechanics which helps him repeat his release point on an advanced three-pitch mix. He pounds the strike zone with some real quality as well. Henry limits damage, doesn’t walk many, and his twenty-four strikeouts in fifteen innings is a telling sign of positive things to come.
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