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All American Game | Story | 5/6/2022

PG Top 10: PG All-American MLB Debuts

Blake Dowson     
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PG Top 10: Baseball-Football Stars | MLB WAR

The Perfect Game All-American Classic has proven to be the best place to see the best collection of prep talent the summer before those prospects’ draft-eligible year. PG scouts see these prospects more than any other service from the time they start playing in PG events as young as 12 or 13 years old, all the way up through their last trip to Jupiter during the fall of their senior season.
Each season, more and more of those Perfect Game All-Americans make their MLB debuts. There have been 237 of them total throughout the years, with that number going up seemingly weekly this season.
With a change in the new CBA, teams were more willing to bring top prospects with them out of camp, and have been making call-ups as soon as these guys prove they’re ready to make an impact. For many, that was quite quickly.
Upwards of 15 former PG All-Americans either have already debuted this year or are expected to this year. This week’s PG Top 10 ranks those debuts/expected debuts, based on MLB.com prospect rankings heading into this season.

Rank Name Team Prospect Rank Debuted?
1 Bobby Witt Jr Kansas City 1 Yes
2 Riley Greene Detroit 5 No
3 CJ Abrams San Diego 9 Yes
4 Triston Casas Boston 16 No
5 Alek Thomas Arizona 18 No
6 Hunter Greene Cincinnati 21 Yes
7 Nolan Gorman St. Louis 31 No
8 Nick Lodolo Cincinnati 40 Yes
9 Matthew Liberatore St. Louis 41 No
10 Royce Lewis*
Minnesota 44 No

*Lewis will reportedly make his MLB debut tonight (May 6, 2022)

The next four: MJ Melendez (No. 49 prospect, Kansas City), MacKenzie Gore (No. 84 prospect, San Diego), Tyler Freeman (No. 86 prospect, Cleveland), DL Hall (No. 88 prospect, Baltimore)
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