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College  | Recruiting  | 12/2/2022

Uncommitted Gems: California

Isaiah Burrows     
Photo: Perfect Game

Jake Beauchaine, OF, San Clemente, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Beauchaine has an awfully enticing power/speed profile with plenty of physicality and feel for the barrel. He’s an above-average mover on the paths or roaming all three outfield spots while carrying some heavy hands at the plate. Loud impact off the barrel and separates well from an uphill path. Really works the pull side and sprays both gaps. Beauchaine has a great blend of strength, speed and contact amongst the uncommitted names in his class.

Michael Ryan, OF, Gridley, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Ryan is one of the better athletes and louder profiles that remains uncommitted in the state. He’s got a well-rounded tool set and opened eyes over two summer circuits. Strong build and solid runner capable of handling a corner outfield spot with good range and routes. Ryan’s upside comes at the plate, where he uncoils from a deep backside load and separates through contact. He gets into his legs and fires the hands on time with loud sprays to both gaps. He’s a high-end athletic product with good amounts of strength to build upon.

Nigel Buckley, C/1B, Los Angeles, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Buckley had a solid 2022 at some of the biggest events of the year. He’s a 6.5 runner with strength, athletic actions and lots to build upon. He torques the core hard and rotates well through contact with loud pull-side power that shows in game when squared. He can get behind the dish and show a clean exchange with rhythm to the transfer and solid on-line throws. He’s also showed some feel for handling first base. Buckley is an athletic product with some loud strength in his profile and shouldn’t be uncommitted for long.

Kai Caranto, MIF, Castaic, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 332

Caratno checks a ton of boxes in an up-the-middle player at the next level. He’s a rangy defender with crisp actions and transfers with enough arm across to stay there long term. He can really pick it up the middle and flashes the leather consistently. At the plate, Caranto has great hand-eye coordination and loose hands that extend out front. The bat speed and overall feel on both sides is advanced for the class.

Carter Speights, RHP, Irvine Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Speights is a quick arm from a shorter three-quarter slot. It’s a looser arm action through the back with a fastball that reaches low-80s with hard riding life up in the zone. He can break off a quality low-80s slider and firm changeup. He took big strides this summer and has a loud enough arsenal to be an impact contributor at the next level.

Carter Wood, INF/RHP, Palmdale, Calif.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Wood brings a lot to like as a physical two-way product. The power shows in game with loud contact and has left the yard a few times this year, showing big bat speed and strength to pull. On the mound, Wood can run it up to high-80s with some life and really fill the zone. He has strong throws with carry from either corner infield spot, as well. Wood is a feisty competitor and has the physicality to contribute on campus.

Justin Heffler, OF/MIF, Jamul, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

After two strong summer showings, Heffler is an uncommitted name to know with what he brings on both sides. He’s a solid athlete in all facets with good speed and quickness on the paths or tracking his routes in center field or handling the dirt. The hit tool continues to impress, as he’s a consistent performer in tournaments with present hand speed and intent out front. He stays inside and matches plane while working the barrel to all fields. Heffler is an athletic product with upside in the stick.

Trey Telfer, RHP, Encinitas, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

Telfer has the makings of a big time arm with a lean, projectable build and potent three-pitch mix. His fastball gets up to high-80s with consistent life out of the hand. The breaker has short late depth and bite in the mid-70s and makes for a quality offering from a quick, efficient low three-quarter slot. He mixes in a changeup with solid arm-side run. Telfer’s frame and arm talent stand out in a multitude of facets with plenty more in store.

TP Wentworth, OF/LHP, Ripon, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 343

Wentworth is a two-sport and two-way athlete with plenty of upside. There’s real ease to his reads and routes roaming the outfield along with a fluid left-handed swing. He’s got a potent two-pitch mix on the bump with a high-80s fastball and tight curveball with quality shape and depth. The athleticism shows with tons of downhill intent in the release. Wentworth brings a lot to like at the next level with his two-way potential.

Parker Warner, RHP, Livermore, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 361

Warner put together an awfully impressive summer on the hill and remains one of the top uncommitted arms in the region. The right-hander pumps the fastball up to low-90s and sits mid-80s with late life. He gets over on a quality breaking ball and shows great feel for an arm-side fading changeup for whiffs. It’s a big three-pitch mix from a looser, over-the-top slot. He checks a lot of boxes of a quality arm.

Rex Watson, OF, Manteca, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

Watson profiles as a spark plug at the top of an order with plus speed and athletic traits that wreak havoc on the basepaths. He reaches top-end burst and roams well in center field. It’s a lefty stick with quick hands that match plane. Watson showed some feel for the barrel this summer along with his speed and athletic tools that stand out on both sides.

Brady Strohm, RHP, Temecula, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

Strohm has a mix of present and future stuff with a lean, projectable build and tons more in the tank. He sports a loose operation from a lower slot with good tempo and rhythm. His fastball has been up to 88 mph in events with cutting action, and he’s got real feel to spin a quality 11-5 breaking ball with good shape and depth. Strohm is a good bet to make big strides this spring and won’t be on the uncommitted scene for long.

Pedro Ibarra, SS/3B/RHP, Watsonville, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: Top 1000

Ibarra is a solid presence on both sides with real feel for the barrel. It’s a quick left-handed path with good extension, tight turns and all-fields contact. He is a sound mover that can potentially stick on the left side of the dirt as he continues to add strength. Ibarra can also hop on the bump and show a pretty potent fastball/curveball mix. The offensive profile is enticing all around with a foundation to build upon.

Miles Ghossein, 3B/INF, West Hills, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 82

One of the top talents in the country, Ghossein is a bat-first corner infield with big power upside. He leverages the barrel from an uncoiled load and the impact is simply loud to the pull side when squared. The strength plays to the biggest part of the yard and the physical tools are hard to ignore. Ghossein is a capable defender on the left side handling a corner spot with good carry to throws while moving well laterally at his frame. The bat is a big part of the profile and comes with huge upside if it all comes together.

Bryce Rainer, SS, Simi Valley, Calif.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 7

Rainer is an obvious name that has garnered recognition as the top prospect for 2024. He remains uncommitted and has some of the loudest two-way ability in the class. He has an advanced hit tool from the left side from a naturally leveraged, whippy stroke with budding power upside that shows in game. He can pick it up the middle long term along with a high octane arm on the bump with a low-90s fastball and feel for an advanced breaking ball. The tools simply jump off the page on both sides.

Alec Blair, OF, Lafayette, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 223

A two-sport athlete, Blair is one of the most intriguing uncommitted talents in the class with a lot to dream upon. He’s a long 6-foot-6 frame with tons of projection remaining, and the physical tools really stand out. Left-handed swing packed with intent. Creates advanced barrel speed and fires the hands out front, sprays hard to both gaps with power projection as he’s only growing into his body. Blair has well above-average speed for his length with long strides that play stretching for extra bags or ranging in center field. He is a fun watch to develop and looks to be an impact cog for any program.

Jordan Ortiz, C/RHP, San Jose, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: High Follow

Ortiz simply impressed this summer with his ability on both sides in some of the biggest tournaments. There’s a lot to like behind the dish, with the stick and untapped upside on the mound. Shows solid catch-and-throw skills and gains ground well with a quick transfer and strong arm defensively. Holds his own at the plate from a clean right-handed path with steady hands and backside drive. On the mound, he can run it up to mid/high-80s with good life and a sharp breaking ball from a looser arm stroke through the back. Ortiz is only tapping into his frame and has a good amount of upside left.

Cooper Flemming, SS/RHP, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 500

Flemming has pretty solid two-way ability with great feel and untapped potential on the mound. He creates good extension in his left-handed swing with steady hands and sound bat-to-ball skills. He’s a solid mover up the middle with crisp lateral range and solid arm strength from multiple slots. Flemming really opened eyes on the bump with a lively mid-80s fastball and an advanced breaking ball with tight shape and depth in any count. He kills spin on a quality fading changeup, as well. The pieces are there for Flemming to really develop into a well-rounded product and he’s a name to know.

Parker Jennings, RHP, Granite Bay, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 500

Jennings carries loud stuff in his arsenal and is an awfully explosive mover down the slope. The fastball is a high-80s weapon with big carry and riding life up in the zone from an intentful over-the-top slot. He’s capable of mixing in a solid low-70s curveball and firmer changeup for strikes when the command is on. Jennings is a quick, athletic arm with lots to like in the frame. He showed more quality strikes as the summer progressed and carries big upside if everything comes together.

Hunter Kenji Fujimoto, OF/LHP, San Jose Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: Top 1000

Fujimoto is another spark plug type that can fit at the top of the order. He lets his quick hands work from a slightly uphill path to produce solid contact to all fields. It compliments solid speed and quickness in several facets, particularly on the basepaths where he gets a good first step on the turn for extra bags. Fujimoto has athletic traits in the frame with a well-rounded skill set that can play at the next level.

Tyler Bellerose, RHP/OF, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 500

Bellerose opened eyes this summer with his two-way potential and arm talent. He fills the zone and moves down the slope awfully well with a long, efficient stride and gather in his release. The fastball is up to high-80s with solid life and he pairs it with a promising breaking ball that shows tighter shape and depth out of hand. At the plate, Bellerose has stronger hands and little wasted movement in a balanced stance. The arm talent and athleticism stood out a good bit this year and should have him on the radar.

Rex Edwards, RHP, Chico, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: High Follow

Edwards turned in a load of high-end performances this year and comes equipped with some louder stuff at his size. The fastball may not be overwhelming velocity wise as its a mid-80s offering up to 85-86, but it’s a heavy offering with tons of carry that misses bats. What’s more impressive is the split changeup that’s becoming a real swing-and-miss pitch, simply falling with advanced arm-side fading action while also flashing a low-70s breaker in the process. He’s a quick mover with a steady on-line delivery from a higher three-quarter slot. Edwards has big traits that can really blossom and develop.

Jaiden Oldwin, RHP/OF, Vacaville, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: Top 1000

Oldwin is another talented arm who remains uncommitted for his class. The right-hander is an athletic product from a loose high three-quarter over-the-top slot. Fastball played up to 86 mph this summer with life while mixing tempos with a slurvy breaking ball and late fading changeup. Oldwin’s frame and athleticism give his profile a lot to like going forward as he continues to develop physically. Be on the lookout for this one.

Brennan Johnson, OF/RHP, Clovis, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: Top 1000

Johnson’s athleticism and presence on the bump makes him awfully intriguing at the next level. The ball simply jumps out of the hand and the movement on his fastball is pretty advanced for the age. It’s a high-80s offering with tons of running life. Pairs it with a sharp 12-6 curveball that he has great feel for in any count and flashes a promising changeup with good fading action in the low-70s. Quick mover down the hill with intent and quickness in the delivery to match. He’s a 6.8 runner with some offensive traits, as well. Johnson can sting it at the plate with some loud pull-side barrels, quick hands match plane with some loud strength at impact. He’s an enticing product with a lot to build upon.

Hayden Elchlepp, INF/OF, Bakersfield, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 500

Another NorCal product who made some noise this year with the stick is Elchlepp. He stays short with loose hands that create good extension out front with present bat speed and whip in the finish. He works it to all fields and has some jump off the bat that should only develop as he fills out. Elchlepp is a versatile defender capable of handling duties on the left side of the dirt or in the outfield. The bat is the calling card and has a chance to make a significant impact going forward.

Braden Annett, RHP, Eastvale, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 470

Annett is a physical power arm with present arm speed and heavier stuff that missed a good amount of bats this summer. The fastball was up to 89 mph and holds mid-80s late into outings with firm, heavy life. He breaks off a solid low-70s breaker with promising shape that plays well off heat. Annett has the makings of a big power arsenal and it shows in looks.

Davis Minton, RHP, San Carlos, Calif.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: NR

Minton is a physical right-hander who fills the zone at will. He throws quality strikes from an easy three-quarter release and is under control on the mound. The fastball was up to 85 mph with good feel for a quality 11-5 breaking ball that has slight downward action and firmer changeup with arm-side run. It’s a clean arm action and Minton continues to make strides in the velo department as he fills out.