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High School  | Rankings  | 11/16/2022

2024 Rankings Risers: Pitchers

Photo: Talan Bell (Perfect Game)
Talan Bell, Oviedo, Fla.
No. 24 ➡️ No. 15

Bell finds himself in the top-15 after a dominant summer on the national circuit. He allowed only one earned run in 21 innings with 43 strikeouts and an impressive 0.48 WHIP. Each of the Florida State commit’s three pitches collect a ton of whiffs both in an and out of the strike zone. The athleticism Bell possesses is evident in his fluid delivery and gives him the ability to repeat his mechanics with ease, leading to plus command of his arsenal. The combination of stuff and command is as good as any arm in the class and there is plenty more to project on as he starts to fill out his slender 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame.

Austin Nye, Roseville, Calif.
No. 55 ➡️ No. 47

Nye has all the traits you look for in a top-of-the-rotation arm. The Vanderbilt commit has great feel for a legit four-pitch mix and a clean delivery he maintains throughout the entirety of his outings. This year his velocity has climbed to new heights, reaching as high as 95 mph, and sitting consistently in the low-90s. Even with the newfound velocity, he had no problem throwing strikes as he walked only 7 batters in 33 innings pitched. Nye has the potential to find himself even higher in the rankings if he continues this trajectory.

Brayden Krenzel, Dublin, Ohio
No. 262 ➡️ No. 75

Krenzel burst on the scene this year, making a massive leap into the top-100. His performance in Jupiter alone was enough to warrant this big of a jump. The Tennessee commit is uber-athletic with a desirable pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. His well-tunneled slider is a true weapon with late darting action and high-level horizontal metrics. There is looseness and whip to the arm and a fastball that peaks at 92 mph. Krenzel’s low three-quarter slot is a nightmare on right-handed batters, adding deception to his delivery and helping his impressive stuff play up even more so.

Matt Brown, Carlisle, Ontario
No. 496 ➡️ No. 95

A relatively unknown heading into the national circuit, Brown makes an appearance in the top-100 due in part to his devastating sinker/slider combination. The sinker both misses bats and stays off the barrel while showing big depth and tailing action at 92 mph. His slider tunnels well off the fastball with late tilt and tight spin. The term projectable gets thrown around a lot, but Brown’s long and lanky 6-foot-5 frame truly embodies the meaning of the term. Not long after the impressive run of events, Brown committed to Oklahoma State. 

Mavrick Rizy, Fiskdale, Mass.
No. 210 ➡️ No. 100

Rizy finds himself in the top-100 on the heels of his final appearance at the WWBA World Championships. Rizy used his physical 6-foot-8 frame to leverage the baseball downhill, showing premium velocity at 93 mph. The slider flashes short but sharp break and is thrown with good hand speed. The UConn commit threw strikes at a quality clip and sequenced his pitches effectively. His steady climb in velocity and feel to pitch have cemented himself as the top right-handed pitcher in Massachusetts.

Brendon Bennett, Novi, Mich.
No. 222 ➡️ No. 117

Bennett’s improvement in the rankings is due in large part to his steady increase in velocity. The southpaw has jumped from the mid-80s to the low-90s in a matter of months. The Clemson commit also has feel to spin a depthy curveball and turn over a quality changeup that shows good fading action. Lefties with premium velocity are highly coveted at the high school level, and Bennett is showing no signs of slowing down in that aspect.

-Jake Cosart

Anson Seibert, Overland Park, Kan.
No. 7 ➡️ No. 6

Siebert, a big 6-foot-8, 230-pound right-hander, is a name that has continued to rise in PG rankings over the last year. It’s an effortless operation with a short, compact arm action to a high three-quarters release point. The fastball sits comfortably in the low-90s, getting up to 95 mph at times with heavy life out of the hand. The slider in the low-80s has continued to get better and he tunnels it well off the fastball. He’s a special talent on the mound with even more to project upon.

Carson Messina, Summerville, S.C.
No. 69 ➡️ No. 53

Messina, a South Carolina commit, had a huge showing in Jupiter which got him a jump in the latest rankings. Throughout the summer he sat in the 89-92 mph range and grabbed 94 mph. In Jupiter he came out sitting 93-95 mph and grabbed 96 mph multiple times in the early going. He complements the hard fastball with a changeup with heavy arm-side fade and a curveball with spin rates in the 2900-3000 RPM range. Another special arm talent in the class that had a big showing at Jupiter.

Thorpe Musci, Lilburn, Ga.
No. 104 ➡️ No. 59

Musci picked up right where he left off this fall after an injury derailed his summer and was dominate in 20 2/3 innings. The fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and will get up to 94 mph occasionally. He throws a sharp curveball with big intent and tunnels it well off the fastball. He also turns over a solid changeup in the upper-80s. It’s a true three-pitch mix for one of the top right-handers in Georgia.

Owen Hancock, Sylvester, Ga.
No. 121 ➡️ No. 88

Hancock, an Ole Miss commit, moved into the top-100 in the latest 2024 rankings. He has a lean 6-foot-4 frame with long arms and looks the part. He works with a quick tempo on the mound and attacks the zone with a deadly mix of fastball and curveball. The fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range with plenty angle and the curveball has hammer traits. He rounded out his year with another dominant outing at WWBA Underclass World Championship, striking out 10 over five innings.

Tate Strickland, Powder Springs, Ga.
No. 124 ➡️ No. 94

Strickland got boosted into the top-100 after great outings throughout 2022. The Tennessee Volunteer commit sits 89-92 mph with the fastball, recently getting up to 93 mph at Jupiter. The slider has wipeout traits, spinning it up to 2153 RPM at Junior National earlier in the summer and turning over a solid changeup in the low-80s. He’s an athletic player with a loose, whippy arm action and still has more to project on in the frame.

Christian Chatterton, Killen, Ala.
No. 98 ➡️ No. 96

Chatterton, an Auburn commit, moved up a few spots after a dominant summer that saw him toss 34 innings, strike out 50 batters, and only walk seven. Chatterton has easy arm speed and hides the ball well in the delivery. The fastball comes out of the hand well, running it up to 92 mph, living in the 88-91 mph range. He mixes in a nasty changeup in the low-80s and manipulates the shape of a breaking ball in the upper-70s. He attacks the zone with all of his pitches and routinely turns in dominant performances.

Rhys Bowie, Haworth, N.J.
Top 500 ➡️ No. 437

Bowie got a 63-spot jump in the latest rankings after three dominant efforts at Jupiter, where he didn’t allow a run and struck out five in three innings. He’s a lean 6-foot, 160-pound left-hander with an athletic delivery and easy extension down the mound. He sits in the upper-80s with the fastball, hitting 90 mph routinely. He mixes a breaking ball in the upper-70s and a fading changeup in the mid-70s.

Johnny King, Naples, Fla.
Top 500 ➡️ No. 401

King, a Miami commit, got a huge 99 spot jump after turning in dominant efforts at both Underclass and Jupiter. He lives in the upper-80s with the fastball and creates a tough angle to pick up out of the low three-quarters slot. The curveball has consistent 2-7 shape with sweeping action. He’s comfortable throwing it to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. He followed up a five-inning, seven-strikeout performance at Underclass with a dominant relief appearance at Jupiter where he struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.

Tague Davis, Chadds Ford, Pa.
No. 231 ➡️ No. 120

Davis, one of the top two-way talents in the entire class, jumped over 100 spots in the latest rankings. On the mound, the fastball sits comfortably in the mid-80s, getting up to 89 mph with true feel to spin a curveball and land it for strikes when he wants. Throws a changeup with slight arm-side fade to round of the repertoire. The physical projection is immense with more velocity coming soon.

Jackson Barberi, Snellville, Ga.
No. 462 ➡️ No. 320

Barberi jumped on the scene this summer and has gone from being unranked to being ranked No. 320 in short order. The fastball sits comfortably in the 88-90 mph range with more coming as he fills the 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame. The slider is a true weapon with wipeout characteristics in the mid-70s. He also has shown the ability to throw a changeup in the upper-70s with arm-side fade. Barberi is a huge riser yet again in the latest 2024 rankings.

Connor Shouse, Ball Ground, Ga.
No. 91 ➡️ No. 35

Shouse, a primary shortstop, took the mound in Jupiter and showed why a lot of people think that might be the spot for him long term. In previous looks, he has sat in the 89-92 mph range but came out throwing 93-95 mph in his one-inning appearance in the biggest event of the calendar year. He throws a tight breaking ball and a nice, fading changeup to complement the heater. He has a loose operation with a whippy arm and is one of the more athletic pitchers in the entire class.

-Cameron McElwaney