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2022 Rankings Risers: Pitchers

Vincent Cervino     
Photo: Levi Huesman (Perfect Game)
2022 Rankings Risers: Hitters

Following yesterday's dive into the offensive risers in the latest update to the class of 2022 rankings, today we look at some arms who put together dominating performances while vaulting themselves not only up the rankings, but also putting their names squarely on the radar of MLB clubs come next year's draft. 

Levi Huesman (2022, Hanover, Va.), No. 10 overall: Huesman ascended to the top 10 with one of the more dominant Jupiter pitching performances in the history of the storied event. The Coastal Carolina commit struck out 18 hitters over a complete game shutout where he showed off the arm speed, a fastball up to 95 mph, and a ton of strikes, and as loud of a final performance on the circuit as one can make.

Jaden Noot (2022, Oak Park, Calif.), No. 22 overall:
Noot was one of the stars of the early Jupiter games, turning in a terrific start where he struck out eight over four innings. The physical-bodied LSU commit has an effortless mid-90s heater paired with the ease of delivery and strikes to project out as a starter long term.

Oliver Santos (2022, Newpoart Coast, Calif.), No. 27 overall: Santos is another southpaw who had a big showing in Jupiter and also ticked up in terms of velocity. The Duke commit was holding the low-90s with the same pitchability and arsenal we’ve seen his whole career; if he holds this newfound velocity heading into next spring, watch out as he could soar up boards.

Kassius Thomas (2022, Northridge, Calif.), No. 33 overall: Thomas dominated over the course of his two outings at Jupiter, striking out 11 hitters in 6 1/3 innings while touching 95 mph with the fastball. The Duke commit has always had impressive pitchability and feel for mixing but the velocity jump is exciting and adds another layer to his overall stock.

Owen Murphy (2022, Riverside, Ill.), No. 38 overall: In terms of pitch design and quality, you’d be hard pressed to find many better fastballs in the class than Murphy’s thanks to the underlying data. The Notre Dame commit throws plenty hard too, sitting 92-94 with a sharp slider, and has a ton of traits and characteristics that progressive teams covet.

Javier Santos Tejada (2022, Albany, Ga.), No. 63 overall: Talking about pure stuff, there aren’t many arms in the class that can challenge Santos Tejada when it comes to the repertoire. With plus arm speed and explosive fastball life, he’ll likely be touching 100 sooner rather than later as the Northwest Florida State commit truly has electric stuff.

Collin McKinney (2022, Houston, Tex.), No. 93 overall: McKinney had just a two-inning outing during Jupiter but showed a glimpse of the massive upside he’s possessed throughout his amateur career. A free and easy 6-foot-6 frame with a clean operation, strikes, a fastball in the low-90s and a strong curve, what’s not to like?

Hunter Sloop (2022, Concord, N.C.), No. 95 overall: You’re not going to find many arms with Sloop’s size on the mound at a listed 6-foot-8, 235 pounds while working 92-95 mph. The Tennessee commit sprayed it some during the look but the stuff has the potential to be overpowering given the velocity and feel for a hammer slider.

Aj Izzi (2022, Plainfield, Ill.), No. 96 overall: Izzi was another prospect who showed big stuff and big potential in a quick outing. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Wichita State commit has an uber-projectable frame and operation with a fastball that peaked in the mid-90s as he checks a ton of boxes long term.

Chris Arroyo (2022, Coral Springs, Fla.), No. 100 overall: Arroyo, as he has for the majority of his amateur career, was dominant again on the big stage at Jupiter, striking out 10 hitters over 4 2/3 hitless innings. The Florida commit is a legitimate two-way star but he’s got three solid average or better pitches on the bump with the command of a starter long term.

Zachary Showalter (2022, Wesley Chapel, Fla.), No. 101 overall: Similar to Owen Murphy, Showalter has very good underlying metrics on his fastball that allow his 91-92 mph heater to play up significantly. The USF commit punched out seven hitters over 4 2/3 innings while the two-pitch mix of fastball and slider made a lot of solid hitters look foolish.

Cullen McKay (2022, Norfolk, Va.), No. 112 overall: McKay was another huge breakout at Jupiter where he worked 90-94 mph with his fastball and a clean, repeatable operation. The Virginia commit will show both a curveball and a slider to complement the heater but the strikes and starter projection are both certainly enticing.

Braeden Sloan (2022, Roseville, Calif.), No. 137 overall: Sloan checks a ton of boxes when looking at an amateur prospect, working into the low-90s from the left side with lots of projection to the build. There’s feel for a breaking ball in the upper-70s as the components are all there to look at potentially a big jump next spring.

Matthew Grabmann (2022, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), No. 146 overall: Grabmann popped in a big way during one of the bigger night slots of the entire Jupiter event. The Oregon commit came out firing heaters, sitting in the 93-95 mph range where he struck out six in three innings against a battle-tested MLB Breakthrough team.
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