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2023 Rankings Risers: Hitters

Jered Goodwin     
Photo: Jarren Purify (Perfect Game)
Updated Class of 2023 Rankings

Kevin McGonigle (2023, Glenolden, Pa.), No. 21 overall:  McGonigle is an Energizer bunny at shortstop with the quickness and lateral range to stay at the position, combined with soft hands and solid arm strength. The left-handed swing is so compact and geared to invite velocity. His overall approach is advanced, as he uses the whole field with lots carry.

Ryder Helfrick (2023, Discovery Bay, Calif.), No. 23 overall: Helfrick made a huge statement during his two weeks in Florida for both World Championships. The pure bat speed has always been palpable and Helfrick put it together in games giving us a glimpse of what he is capable of from both an average and power perspective. He has some defensive versatility but the thought of this type of offense behind the plate is extra exciting.

Brandon Winokur (2023, Huntington Beach, Calif.), No. 39 overall: Winokur put on an absolute show at the Underclass All-American Games, displaying some of the very best and easiest power seen in the ’23 class. The strong and athletic frame translates to enough nimbleness to stay on the dirt, but it is the right-handed bat that is so coveted. He continued the momentum by mashing extra-base hits at the Fall G-Form National Championship.

Dean Curley (2023, La Verne, Calif.), No. 43 overall: Curley is a new-age type shortstop with his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame but moves with fluidity and has a rocket of an arm. The offensive profile fits in the middle of the order with the ability to use a quiet process to produce contact with real authority off his right-handed stick.

Tai Peete (2023, Tyrone, Ga.), No. 44 overall: Peete has really developed his body over the last year and it has shown in a big way in regards to his explosive bat speed. He has shown consistency over the years when it comes to production, and everything is taking shape. Oh yeah, he also sports a fastball that has been up to 93 mph when he jumps on the bump.

Dillon Head (2023, Glennwood, Ill.), No. 46 overall: Head was one of the more exciting players on the circuit this fall. Head has elite speed and knows how to use it to create runs using a true top-of-the-order, table-setting mentality. He sprays the ball around mostly but did hit a missile homer in Jupiter which was great to see the jump off the bat, and couple that with a game-winning hit in the playoffs.

Francesco Capocci (2023, Cumming, Ga.), No. 56 overall: Capocci has a rare blend of size, power, and speed that translated in 2021 in a big way on the field. The power is the calling card right now, but he seemed to be on time with the barrel often. He also ran the heater up to 94 mph in short stints, adding to the overall allure.

AJ Gracia (2023, Monroe, N.J.), No. 79 overall: Gracia is starting to solidify himself as a hitter after being dominant early in his Perfect Game career on the bump. The body has really filled out and the bat speed took a noticeable jump. The left-handed stroke is smooth and the strength at contact was extra impressive in the last couple looks this summer/fall.

Andrew Wiggins (2023, Indianapolis, Ind.), No. 80 overall: Wiggins made a pretty big statement with a three-home run performance at the 16U WWBA during the summer. He followed it up with a solid circuit leading one to believe he is in the mix of the top power prospects as he develops in the ’23 class. This all coming from the left side of the dish.

Jarren Purify (2023, Detroit, Mich.), No. 95 overall: Purify is a twitchy athlete who creates serious hand speed when he launches the right-handed swing in attack mode. The plane is more line drive oriented but will easily add power as he develops. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but he continues to prove that his path is ascending upward in a big way. The twitch is real and so is the run tool.

Isaac Armstrong (2023, Denver, N.C.), No. 101 overall: Armstrong is a 6.40 runner with all the peripherals to stay at shortstop. He showed flashes of gap power over the course of ’21, with more to come given his extra quick wrists that get the barrel up to speed in a hurry.

Eric Becker (2023, Thiells, N.Y.), No. 102 overall: Becker has a really fast left-handed swing with massive power potential and is on the button of the barrel a ton. There is real intent in the approach, and he has plenty of adjustability that proves he isn’t close to a one trick pony. The huge offensive upside is attached with his solid defensive profile that has potential on the left side of the infield long term.

Casey Borba (2023, Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 131 overall: Borba uses his body well is his rhythmic right-handed stroke that creates good whip through the zone producing pull-side carry. The ability to identify and work deep into counts gives Borba a great chance to produce early and often at every stop. He can play the hot corner at a high level as well.

Mason Eckelman (2023, Broadview Heights, Ohio), No. 148 overall: Eckelman is a left-handed hitting catcher with power and discipline that allows the run producing showcase to show up during games in a regular way. He has the pedigree and developmental path to continue making waves during the 2022 circuit.

Jonny Farmelo (2023, Centreville, Va.), No. 150 overall: Farmelo's power and patience at the plate really fits in right now. There is no park that can contain Farmelo when he connects out front. When he doesn’t get his pitch to drive he will gladly take his base with over a 25% walk rate in ’21. Defensively he can man a corner at a high level and the arm strength plays in right field just fine.

Walker Buchanan (2023, Jupiter, Fla.), No. 151 overall: Buchanan is ready to pop on the national level when he gets a full slate on the circuit. He ambushed baseballs all of ’21 even when he made outs. With added repetitions, the sky is literally the limit given his speed/power combination and aggressive nature with the bat.

Luis Castillo (2023, Miami, Fla.), No. 170 overall: Castillo has really only been on the showcase tour but given his shear upside he needs to be mentioned. The body is about as picturesque as one can imagine, and the high waist and long limbs can be morphed into a titan of a shell. At the Miami Showcase, Castillo threw bullets from the outfield, took an unforgettable BP, and then hit two missile home runs during game play. 

Colin Houck (2023, Lilburn, Ga.), No. 177 overall: Houck screams winner. Not only does he find the barrel at an alarming rate, but it’s mostly with high impact leading to big extra-base numbers. Houck should play the left side of the infield with plenty of arm strength, even flashing upper-80s peaks on the bump. Houck can beat you in a lot of ways with loud offensive tools that should carry.

Kyler Proctor (2023, Silo, Okla.), No. 195 overall: Proctor is a compact and tightly wound infielder with quick feet and balanced approach allowing him to cover ground and make all the required plays. His arm, which has upper-80s peaks on the mound, has plenty of zip at shortstop. The strong and accurate right-handed swing produced in a big way during ’21, with all fields thump.

AJ Ewing (2023, Springboro, Ohio), No. 202 overall: Ewing has defensive versatility, displaying the ability to play all infield spots, but is best suited developing at shortstop where he has all the tools to flourish. The left-handed batters box is where he really shines. It’s mostly doubles power right now but the whippy bat will produce more as he fills out, and he is a quality runner as well.

Tyler Minnick (2023, Marietta, Ga.), No. 219 overall: Minnick is a big, 6-foot-4, 195-pound catcher. There is good timing while receiving and even with his long limbs, the feet and transfer produce excellent throwing times. His arm is big too. The right-handed stroke already produces pull-side loft and the overall profile projects in a huge way.

Adrian Santana (2023, Miami, Fla.), No. 224 overall: Santana has always been a prospect lauded for his defensive prowess at shortstop. His range and ability to shift and adjust is unique. Santana is a switch-hitter with good barrel feel from both sides who also shows some developing loft from the left side. Now running elite 60 times, the overall package is extremely impressive.

Steven Spalitta (2023, Mandeville, La.), No. 239 overall: Spalitta is a barrel-chested and strong backstop that uses that strength in a short left-handed swing. He hit from start to finish during the ’21 circuit and always showed patience at the plate, with the power starting to show up late. A left-handed hitting catcher will always be coveted, especially those who pop sub-2.0 pop times.

Carson Tinney (2023, Castle Pines, Colo.), No. 248 overall: Tinney has an excellent balance between his power right-handed bat and power arm behind the plate. The strength in the hands allows for hard all field contact and when extended he can drive the ball out to the pull side. The bat seems to always be on time at contact. The aforementioned arm strength also produces upper-80s heat on the mound.

Sammy Mummau (2023, Palm Harbor, Fla.), No. 256 overall: Mummau needs to be recognized for his sterling defense at shortstop, with huge run-saving ability. The bat plays too, with an excellent middle-of-the-field approach and a swing that produces line drives at a high rate. Added strength in the offseason makes him very intriguing heading into 2022.  
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