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PG/Rawlings Finest in the Field: 2024

Jered Goodwin     
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Perfect Game/Rawlings Finest in the Field: 2023

Pos. Name High School Hometown State
P Talan Bell Hagerty Oviedo Fla.
C Cade Arrambide Tomball Tomball Texas
1B Beau Hollins River Bluff Lexington S.C.
MIF Bryce Rainer Harvard Westlake Simi Valley Calif.
MIF Charlie Bates Palo Alto Palo Alto Calif.
INF Owen Paino Roy C Ketchum Senior Poughkeepsie N.Y.
OF Derek Curiel Orange Lutheran West Covina Calif.
OF Michael Mullinax North Cobb Christian Canton Ga.
OF Michael Torres Doral Academy Charter Miami Fla.
UTL Konnor Griffin Jackson Prep Florence Miss.

Pitcher: Talan Bell, Hagerty High School (Oviedo. Fla.)
Bell has a long track record of winning high-stress bracket play games, and for good reason. He brings a 90 mph fastball that gets a ridiculous amount of swing-and-miss. But there is a lot to be said about his ability to hold runners, speed and agility coming off the mound, and ability to throw to bases to get a lead runner. Bell is a high-level outfielder that brings that first step and athleticism to the bump, allowing him to do a number of things physically that most of his peers cannot. Oh, and he is ultra-competitive with a very high baseball IQ.

Catcher: Cade Arrambide, Tomball High School (Tomball, Texas)
Arrambide possesses the physical characteristics to be an impact catcher at the highest level with great timing, receiving, and strong wrists to stick a pitch. He has an absolute cannon for an arm, registering 87 mph from behind the dish and an eye-popping 99 mph from the outfield. The athleticism shown from the outfield certainly transfers behind the dish with the backstop popping 1.8 pop times during drills. It isn’t just his quick transfer and bazooka that separates him, though. The LSU commit is also fearless in the dirt and has leadership qualities that will be endearing as he continues to learn to lead pitching staffs.

First Base: Beau Hollins, River Bluff High School (Lexington, S.C.)
Hollins has a massive 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame and it serves him well as he gives infielders a big target across the diamond. That large frame can be deceiving as he has good instincts and a solid first step. The South Carolina commit's hands also play soft to both sides while fielding and he has displayed an uncanny ability to pick balls out of the dirt to complete plays. He is also more that willing to get dirty, keeping balls on the infield, and recovering to flip and get the out.

Middle Infield: Bryce Rainer, Harvard Westlake (Simi Valley, Calif.)
Rainer is a bit of a “new age,” bog bodied infielder with loads of feel and athleticism. The 6-foot-3 uncommitted shortstop moves with fluidity and can stick the feet in the ground to change angles to work through a natural hop. It’s a clean exchange and he shows a really good internal clock to record outs on any play required of a shortstop. The only thing that could move him off the position is that amount of muscle that can easily be added. Even then, it makes him a potential plus defender at third base. The bet is he stays at shortstop and plays it with sterling outcomes.

Middle Infield: Charlie Bates, Palo Alto High School (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Bates, in contrast to Rainer, is a more classic shortstop with twitch and range that allowed him to seem to make uncanny plays against some of the top competition in the country. The decision-making ability with intent during the approach pairs perfectly with his quick release and ability to change arm angles while still throwing accurately. The Stanford commit is such a fluid mover and seems to relish making plays on the run, or even gamble plays to change a game in a big spot.

Infield: Owen Paino, Roy C Katchum Senior (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Paino has a long and lean 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame that is starting to fill out. As it has, there has been a noticeable uptick in the shortstop's range and footwork. Paino, a Duke commit,  uses very good balance and body control to make movement plays look easy when necessary. His length allows him to cover a ton of ground on the left side and the arm strength plays effortlessly on the left side. There is little doubt that his defensive tool set will help keep him on the left side of the infield at the very highest level.

Outfield: Derek Curiel, Orange Lutheran (West Covina, Calif.)
Curiel continues to prove to be one of the most fluid and instinctual players in the last few classes. No matter who goes in to see the Louisiana State commit, they seem to marvel at how easy the game comes to the center fielder. On top of the overall feel for the game, Curiel also brings plenty of fluid catch-up speed as he has started to run sub-6.60 60-yard dashes. The kid from West Covina can flat out go get the ball and the arm is strong and accurate, too.

Outfield: Michael Mullinax, North Cobb Christian (Canton, Ga.)
Mullinax is simply tooled up. It is a little more explosive than his counterparts as he has run in the 6.50 area and his arm produces mid-90s bolts during drills. The George commit is an impressive athlete with lots of fast-twitch fibers. These traits lead to impressive catch-up speed while en route to batted balls. There is a real feel to take away hits and bases with the physical ability he brings to the table daily.

Outfield: Michael Torres, Doral Academy Charter (Miami, Fla.)
Torres is a gamer in every sense of the word. He has shown little regard for his body on countless occasions making diving, acrobatic catches all over the green in the outfield. He just reclassified to the 2024 class after starring in Jupiter on both sides of the ball. Torres is a Miami commit and his pure baseball acumen could rival anyone in the class, regardless of size or tools. 

Utility: Konnor Griffin, Jackson Prep (Florence, Miss.)
Griffin is someone you could argue has the most projection in the entire class. The uncommitted 6-foot-4, 195-pound outfielder could end up being a lockdown defender in center field or a plus defender with a lock down arm in a corner. He is an easy strider with 6.75 60 times and will only get faster as he fills out his wiry frame. The growth potential is massive, and the strength gains will likely be based on the offensive side of things. For now, he should stay in center field with a huge arm and excellent athletic traits. He can pitch too, and moves there extremely well.