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High School | Rankings | 11/18/2021

2024 Rankings Risers: Pitchers

Alexis Gonzalez      Colton Olinger     
Photo: Chase Mobley (Perfect Game)

Chase Mobley (2024 Plant City, Fla.), No. 2 overall: Mobley, a Florida State commit, catapulted himself into the No. 2 spot in the rankings after what can simply be put as a loud outing at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla. His five innings of shutout baseball would have been impressive from a 2023 or even 2022 prospect, but for a rising sophomore to come into that stage and throw five innings of two-hit ball with five strikeouts while walking no one, it was beyond impressive. His fastball is getting into the low-90s consistently now, topping out at 93 mph, and with a reasonable jump could see him getting into the 94-96 mph range by next summer as he still has one of the more projectable frames in the class at 6-foot-5, 165 pounds. -Colt Olinger

Coleman Mayfield (2024 Elk City, Okla.), No. 20 overall: Mayfield is a name to absolutely keep an eye on over the next few years as his current trajectory could have him even higher on this list in a year. The Oklahoma State commit stands at a projectable 6-foot-3, 168 pounds and shows a quick arm with a lower slot, producing a tough look for opposing hitters. The fastball has been into the upper-80s already and will no doubt continue to climb as he matures. He has shown on multiple occasions an ability to pitch with a great deal of understanding, mixing his pitches as he lands the breaking ball with a great deal of consistency. -CO

Anderson Nance (2024, Eden, N.C.), No. 25 overall: Nance continues to trend up with his production on the mound. Listed as a primary infielder, there is no doubt the upside on the mound is through the roof at this point. The arm works quick and loose with a fastball that routinely sits in the mid- to upper-80s and has been up to 93 mph so far. His breaking ball and changeup round out a solid three-pitch mix as he already shows advanced feel for both and when paired with a lean, athletic frame, it’s no surprise he now finds himself as one of the top-ranked uncommitted prospects. -CO

Zach Edwards (2024, Riverton, Utah), No. 31 overall: The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Oregon State commit has a projectable frame and a fastball that sits uppers-80s, topping out at 89 mph. He checks all the right boxes and will only continue to get stronger. He is a solid two-way player, plays great defense, and can swing the bat well. -Alexis Gonzalez

Austin Nye (2024, Roseville, Calif.), No. 36 overall: Nye is another pitcher who checks all the boxes; the 6-foot-2, athletically-built righty had a solid pitching performance in the WWBA National Championship, where he struck out 10 batters and did not allow any runs. The fastball gets up to 90 mph with good arm-side run. He’s athletic, plays a little bit of everywhere, and can also swing it well. -AG

Zach Swanson (2024, Castle Rock, Wash.), No. 43 overall: Swanson finds himself as the top-ranked newcomer to the list, checking in at No. 43 in his debut. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander has shown tons of upside with his fastball, living in the 88-91 mph range in his last outing. It is more than just the fastball for the Oregon State commit though, as he also features a wipeout slider in the mid-80s that gives hitters fits, and a changeup that creates deception with consistent arm speed fading arm-side away from left-handed barrels in the mid-80s. It’s only been two events to this point for Swanson, but the type of arm talent he has shown to this point is most certainly deserving of a top-50 spot. -CO

Ethan Schiefelbein (2024, Corona, Calif.), No. 50 overall: Schiefelbein has pure stuff, and his ball has natural movement with some cut that creates a lot of swings and misses. The UCLA commit features a slender, athletic build with plenty of room to continue to add muscle as he gets older. He has great command of his pitches, and locates well to both sides of the plate. -AG 

Braden Booth (2024, Madison, AL), No. 54 overall: Booth, a Mississippi State commit, threw an outstanding five innings in the Deep South Fall Classic, striking out seven batters and only allowing one hit. He showed the ability to command his fastball and breaking ball to both sides of the plate. He pitches with a quick tempo, forcing the batters to rush, especially with a 89 mph fastball with run. -AG

Mason Brassfield (2024, Bakersfield, Calif.), No. 65 overall: The 6-foot-3 TCU commit has some incredible power. The fastball sits mid- to upper-80s with major arm-side run and good life. He has a simple but quick, repeatable motion with a lot of arm whip. He is a primary outfielder who has the ability to run his fastball up to 89 mph. -AG

Calder Glassman (2024, New York, N.Y.), No. 83 overall: Glassman made as big a jump as anyone in the latest rankings update, jumping 100 spots to find himself inside the top-100 heading into 2022. The Notre Dame commit has already been into the upper-80s with his fastball and is starting to show the ability to hold his velocity over multiple innings sitting 85-88/89 mph in most of his appearances. His fastball-breaking ball combination flash more than enough movement to miss barrels as he will mix the shape and speeds with the breaker, manipulating when needed as he struck out well over a batter an inning. -CO

Ethan Bagwell (2024, Maryville, Ill.), No. 85 overall: Bagwell features a strong, athletic build that has a strong presence on the mound. Runs the fastball up to 90 mph with good arm-side run. He has great feel for a breaking ball, and works a solid two-pitch mix that creats a lot of swings and misses. -AG

James Nesta (2024 Huntersville, N.C.), No. 93 overall: Nesta jumps just over 25 spots in the latest rankings, cracking the top-100 for the first time. At 6-foot-5, it’s hard to miss when he takes the mound and his athleticism gained from playing football and basketball transfer to the mound where he has already been up to 90 mph with the fastball. His fastball-curveball combo pair well from the higher slot with more to project on the breaking ball with refined feel. The next step for the big right-hander will be dialing his arsenal and being able to consistently get ahead of hitters to cut down on the walks. -CO

Grant Breaux (2024 Baton Rouge, La.), No. 112 overall: Breaux sees his jump in the rankings come after a recent jump in velocity for the young right-hander. Over the summer, the fastball was sitting in the mid-80s for three-inning stretches and now in his most recent appearance, topping out at 89 mph while pitching at 87-89 mph. The next step for the LSU commit will be showing his ability to throw the curveball with consistent shape, allowing it to play off the downhill angle of his fastball that makes it so effective when he is pounding the bottom of the zone. -CO

Bryce Meccage (2024, Pennington, N.J.), No. 164 overall: Meccage sees his second jump in the rankings in a row, and while his ranking is rising, it is the batting average of opposing hitters that continues suffering. The recent Virginia commit showcases an ability to do something that few young pitchers on the circuit can do on a consistent basis; on multiple occasions he has dominated right-handed hitters in under their hands with pitches on the black. If his upper-80s fastball on the inner corner wasn’t enough with heavy sink, he projects well to give hitters fits for a while to come. The development of his breaking ball will be key as it has the potential to tunnel well off the fastball and give him a pitch to attack the arm side of the plate. -CO

Drew Devillier (2024, Plano, Texas), No. 176 overall: Devillier is another TCU commit with a heavy fastball and the ability to run it up to 89 mph. The lean 6-foot-5 righty has a big presence on the mound with just his size alone. Throws from a low three-quarter arm slot with some run on his fastball. He is a two-way player who can swing it from both sides of the plate and loves to compete. -AG

Tate Strickland (2024, Powder Springs, Ga.), No. 184 overall: Strickland is just the type of arm that SEC coaches have seen flourish once on campus. In this instance, Strickland seems to be seeing a similar type of uptick in his sophomore year of high school. His arm talent has been on display in multiple facets over the last year, with his fastball now topping out at 88 mph and in his most recent event topping out at 95 mph during outfield drills. His off-speed benefits from his arm speed, with the slider generating sharp sweeping action in the mid-70s when throw at its best. Standing 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, he projects well for even more on the bump as he continues to add strength to the build. -CO

Jake Neely (2024, San Antonio, Texas), No. 295 overall: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righty showed the ability to run his fastball up to 88 mph. He commanded both sides of the plate well, locating his fastball to both sides of the plate. He works at a good tempo and attacks hitters early. Complemented his fastball with a tight-spinning 12-6 curveball that created a lot of swings and misses with two strikes. -AG

Hudson Aber (2024, Danville, Calif.), No. 306 overall: The UCSB commit utilizes and easy, repeatable operation down the mound, featuring a tall frame with some strength and plenty of projection. The fastball sits mid-80s, topping out at 89 mph. Works a solid two-pitch mix that complements each other well, with the ability to create swings and misses. -AG

Ross Clark (2024, Brea, Calif.), No. 313 overall: Clark is another prospect who showed solid stuff with the ability to show out in big moments. The 6-foot-4 righty pitched a solid two innings in the WWBA National Championship, struck out 6 batters and only allowed 1 hit. He showed a glimpse of his potential and will continue to develop and get better with his fastball that sits mid-80s, topping out at 89 mph with arm-side run. -AG
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