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High School  | General  | 11/9/2022

2023 Rankings Risers: Hitters

Tyler Henninger      Kyler Peterson     
Photo: Boston Baro (Perfect Game)
Class of 2023 Player Rankings | 2023 Rankings Risers: Pitchers

Kevin McGonigle, Aldan, Pa.
No. 10 ➡️  No. 5
McGonigle was already ranked among the top in the class, but continues to rise up the ranks to the No. 5 spot. The left-handed hitter possesses one of the best hit tools in the country and continued to show it throughout the fall. The Auburn commit will be considered amongst the top prep players in this year’s draft class with the potential to be a Top-10 pick.

Roman Martin, Whittier, Calif.
No. 23 ➡️  No. 16
Martin made a fairly significant jump up to the No. 16 spot in the rankings. The shortstop possesses a long, lanky build with advanced defensive actions and projectability at the plate. Martin now leads a handful of talented California shortstops, showing some of the highest upside amongst players on the West Coast.

Brandon Winokur, Huntington Beach, Calif.
No. 47 ➡️  No. 18
Winokur made one of the bigger jumps amongst the Top-100 players, coming in at No. 18. The infielder features a strong, physical build at 6-foot-5, 210-pounds capable of producing loud offensive tools. Those tools were on display in Jupiter, where Winokur put on a strong performance against tough arms. It is a high upside profile on the offensive side of the ball that is one of the more intriguing in the class.

Trent Caraway, Dana Point, Calif.
No. 40 ➡️  No. 34
Caraway has been a steady performer throughout his prep career and continues to rise up the ranks. The infielder features a strong, physical build that produces hard hit contact consistently. There is strong power potential with a quality hit tool to go with it. Caraway will draw considerable draft interest this spring, showing offensive upside that profiles well for third base.

Cooper Pratt, Oxford, Miss.
No. 55 ➡️  No. 36
Pratt is another shortstop who made a significant jump within the Top-100. The Ole Miss commit has done nothing but perform on both sides of the ball, including a strong performance in Jupiter. Pratt possesses an advanced hit tool with projectable power. Strong defensive actions play at shortstop and provide consistent defense. The track record and array of tools make Pratt one of the more intriguing names in the class.

Walker Martin, Eaton, Colo.
No. 63 ➡️  No. 44
Martin rose nearly twenty spots in the rankings, jumping into the Top-50. A projectable, left-handed stroke continues to show advanced bat speed and quality power that plays to all fields. Athleticism provides additional tools on both sides of the ball. The Arkansas commit is the top ranked player out of Colorado and will be an interesting player to follow this spring.

Nolan Souza, Honolulu, Hawaii
No. 87 ➡️  No. 56
Souza capped off a quality showing on the circuit with a strong performance down in Jupiter. The performance resulted in a significant jump in the ranking, coming in at No. 56. The top-ranked player in Hawaii features a strong, athletic build with tools on both sides of the ball. The left-handed stick produces advanced power with more coming. Athleticism plays up the middle on the defensive side of the ball.

Boston Baro, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
No. 359 ➡️  No. 122
Baro made a massive jump all the way from 359 to 122 overall. The shortstop is an advanced defender with soft hands and fluid actions on the dirt. There is projectable power within a left-handed swing that shows the ability to drive balls in the air consistently. Baro should only continue to get better and could draw draft interest from teams this spring.

Jonathan Mendez, Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 275 ➡️  No. 216
Mendez capped off a strong fall campaign by making a significant jump in the last rankings. The UCSB commit showcased impressive tools down in Jupiter, displaying the ability to make an impact on both sides of the ball. Advanced athleticism allows for above-average range at shortstop and a strong frame produces hard hit contact often. It is a well-rounded profile that continues to perform consistently.

Easton Shelton, Las Vegas, Nev.
No. 307 ➡️  No. 258
Shelton put together yet another strong year at the plate, showing some of the best power in the class. The right-handed slugger possesses a physical build at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds capable of driving balls to all fields with ease. Even with the significant jump in the ranks, Shelton could still be underrated. The slugger will have plenty of eyes on him this spring, where he should be the driving force behind Bishop Gorman's lineup.

Wayne King, Peachtree City, Ga.
Top 500 ➡️  No. 301
King made a massive jump into the Top 500, coming in at No. 301. The Georgia commit has always been a steady performer at the plate, but the tools continue to get louder. A fluid left-handed swing finds the barrel showing power that continues to develop. Quality actions have been shown at shortstop with athleticism that allows for range in both directions. Look for King to continue to rise up the ranks.

-Tyler Henninger

Walker Jenkins, Oak Island, N.C.
No. 2 ➡️  No. 1

After batting .333 with a bomb at the WWBA World Championship, Jenkins slots in at the No. 1 spot. Possessing a smooth and polished left-handed stroke, the North Carolina commit rakes on a consistent basis. Jenkins’ skill set isn’t limited to the hit tool, as he has thunder in the stick with tools to stick in center.

Dillon Head, Glenwood, Ill.
No. 13 ➡️  No. 9
Head continues to rocket up the rankings, now up to No. 9 from No. 13. A 6.22 runner, the Illinois native has game-changing speed as well as strong bat-to-ball skills, making him a huge threat at the top of the order. Head has showed out at every event in 2022 and it’s fun to watch him run.

Bryce Eldridge, Vienna, Va.
No. 38 ➡️  No. 10
Moving from No. 38 to No. 10, Eldridge made a big leap in the rankings. The two-way standout had been more heralded on the mound previous to this year, standing at 6-foot-7 with a fastball up to 95 mph. However, in 2022, the bat has come alive and he has shown some light power tower and potential for even more.

Drew Burress, Perry, Ga.
No. 24 ➡️  No. 15
Georgia Tech commit Drew Burress took home the championship trophy in Jupiter and has been a big-time performer in Perfect Game events for years. The power has continued to blossom, as he finished with 11 home runs on the year. A confident hitter with barrel skills, Burress has a very well-rounded skill set, also offering value in the outfield with speed and a plus arm.

Colin Houck, Lilburn, Ga.
No. 56 ➡️  No. 26
Up 30 spots from 56 to 26, Houck has continually impressed at every stop over the summer and fall circuit. Also a standout on the gridiron, the Mississippi State commit is built at a strong 6-foot-2, 190-pounds and the physicality stands out on the diamond as well. With the hit and power both being carrying tools, Houck’s offensive potential is vast.

Alex Sosa, Viera, Fla.
No. 198 ➡️  No. 114
Backstop Alex Sosa has really impressed with the catch-and-throw skills, as well as with the stick. The North Carolina State commit has made some noticeable improvements at the plate, putting the bat on the ball at a high rate and rarely striking out while batting .360 in Perfect Game events in 2022. Sosa made a significant jump in the rankings, up 84 spots.

Ty Waid, Texarkana, Ark.
No. 220 ➡️  No. 80
Moving into the top-100 at No. 80, Waid has had an absolutely monstrous fall, batting .556 in Jupiter with a bomb and also showed out at the All-State Championship, continuing to show off the juice with a home run in game. The ultra-physical catcher’s big tool is the power, where it looks to play in a big way at the next level.

Justin Lebron, Miramar, Fla.
Top 500 ➡️  No. 280
Up 193 spots, Florida native and Alabama commit Justin Lebron broke out with a huge year in 2022, batting .416 over 43 games. A good athlete, the speed plays on the basepaths and he profiles well at both shortstop and in center field.

Brynner Waiolama, Torrance, Calif.
Top 600 ➡️  No. 273
Making some big jumps in terms of stuff and velocity, Waiolama was a massive pop-up arm. The physical 6-foot-4, 215-pound righty has been up to 95 mph and complements the heater with a sharp breaking ball. The strides Waiolama has made are really impressive and the Hawaii native will have many eyes on him moving forward.

-Kyler Peterson