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High School  | Rankings  | 1/30/2023

Preseason HS Rankings: 40-31

Tyler Russo      Cameron McElwaney     
Preseason HS Rankings: 50-41

40. St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Andy Porta

Notable Prospect(s): LHP Ty Starke (Louisville), SS Cooper Smith (Troy), RHP Jake Gregor (Louisville)

St Xavier won their 9th state title in 2022 and did it in dominant fashion, making an impressive run through the state tournament. They’re no stranger to success and their mix of talent and pure ability to win games when it matters has been impressive. Seniors Ty Starke and Cooper Smith are two players that have contributed in a big way to this program in their time and look to once again shoulder a big load when it comes to their production in their respective areas while one of the most talented junior arms in the country, Jake Gregor, gives them a huge one-two punch at the top of the rotation that could get them to double digit state titles this year.

39. Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach:
Pat Geroni

Notable Prospect(s): OF AJ Gracia (Duke), 3B Diego Tavarez (Wagner), LHP Marcello Mastroianni (Georgetown), RHP Nick Coniglio (Northeastern), RHP Jack Renaud (Queens University of Charlotte), SS Brett Wehringer (Georgetown)

Ranney enters the 2023 season as the defending state champions for the first time in school history as the 2022 season was a remarkable one for them and they look to make it two in a row this year. This group will be led by a very talented senior group that has tons of experience. Leading that group will be Duke signee AJ Gracia, one of the top outfielders in the region and entire country, while the left side of the infield is likely comprised of Wagner signee Diego Tavarez and Georgetown signee Brett Wehringer. The veteran leadership in the pitching staff really catches your attention as they have two right-handers, Nick Coniglio and Jack Renaud, and a left-hander, Marcello Mastroianni, with tons of innings under their belt up to this point.

38. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Larry Vucan

Notable Prospect(s): SS Ethan Mendoza (Arizona State), 3B Ben Tryon (Dallas Baptist), OF Colin Robinson (Duke), RHP Jared White, RHP Tyler White (Texas A&M), RHP Caden Orr (Weatherford College), C Cody Cashon (Houston), OF Anthony Llera

Southlake Carroll has just been so impressive as a program in the state of Texas and in winning yet another state title in 2022, they’ve now won 3 of the last 4. While they lose a TON from that team a year ago, especially in their starting group, a really strong group of seniors step in to fill those roles. Mendoza, Tryon and Robson are three really talented player that can headline the lineup while there’s plenty of experience in the arms they have as the bulk of their innings will come from the seniors on staff, all of which can miss some bats a good bit in their own regard.

37. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Tom Dill

Notable Prospect(s): OF Dean West (UCLA), RHP Justin Lee (UCLA), OF Ryan Limerick, RHP Joseph Norris, RHP Oliver Boone (California), OF Jake Stromsborg, SS Madden Ocko (Fordham), SS Levi Sterling (Texas), RHP Sammy Petrocelli (Stanford), 3B Nate Kugler, OF Henry Leipart

There’s rich history here with the kind of players that have come through Notre Dame, and they have some of the more lauded talent in California once again in 2023. Dean West is a dynamic athlete who will really make this offense go alongside a deep group of experienced bats, but they’ve got real upside on the mound. PG All-American Justin Lee can reach the mid-90s and is one of the top arms in the state while Norris and Boone are good as well. Junior (’24) two-way prospect Levi Sterling is an up-and-coming star and he should factor into major innings for this group as well, especially so down the stretch.

36. Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, Ga.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Jamie Wagner

Notable Prospect(s): RHP Jake Lankie (Georgia), RHP Porter Buursema (Georgia Southern), RHP Evan O’Neill (Indiana), SS Michael Zito, 3B Kade Kisz (Georgia Tech), OF Wesley Bass (Georgia Tech), SS Joseph Contreras

Blessed Trinity has become accustomed to challenging for the state title every season and their 2023 group looks to be no different. A season after getting beat out in the second round, they return good talent and experience. Justice Haynes enrolled early at Alabama, but the pitching staff looks as deep as any in the state. Seniors Jake Lankie, Porter Buursema and Evan O’Neill are going to be a driving force behind this year’s success as they are set to lead the club on the mound. Offensively, they will rely on some younger guys in sophomores Kade Kisz and Wesley Bass as well as junior Michael Zito with plenty of spots for guys to step up and make an impact.

35. Aquinas (San Bernardino, Calif.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Mike Carpentier

Notable Prospect(s): SS Eric Bitonti (Oregon), OF Owen Egan (UCLA), OF Seth Rajacich (BYU), RHP Bradley Gilbert (Long Beach State), SS Landon Young (TCU), OF Mason Greenhouse (Miami)

Aquinas capped off an impressive season last year by winning their league and posting a 28-3 record. Most of the production from last year is returning and they look to be loaded on the offensive side. PG All-American Eric Bitonti is set to lead the offense as one of the most talented seniors in the country. The outfield is comprised of two talented upperclassmen in Owen Egan and Seth Rajacich, and sophomore Mason Greenhouse could contribute some thump to the lineup. On the mound they’ll have a good combined effort with Bradley Gilbert, a junior that has been up to 90, seeing plenty of innings along with the dynamic two-way talent Owen Egan.

44. Liberty North (Liberty, Mo.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Ryan Stegall

Notable Prospect(s): RHP Tate McGuire (Arkansas), 2B Ty Wisdom (Kansas), RHP Jackson Downing (Arkansas State), C Cooper Philbrick, SS Trey Snyder (Tennessee), C Bo Jonas (Oklahoma)

Liberty North has lost a combined 15 games over the past two seasons, and they look to be as talented as ever this upcoming year. The offense boasts one of the top juniors in the country in Trey Snyder and he’ll be surrounded by P5 commits Ty Wisdom and Bo Jonas as well as senior catcher Cooper Philbrick. The early part of this lineup looks as deadly on paper as any you’ll find in the Midwest. The arms don’t get much easier as they have Arkansas commit Tate McGuire and Arkansas State commit Jackson Downing; McGuire is the top ranked right-hander in all of Missouri and has been up to 94.

33. North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Brian Campbell

Notable Prospect(s): OF Nathanael Coupet (Georgia Tech), RHP Jensen Seculer, LHP Ben Daniels, SS Mauricio Bejarano, RHP Ryan McPherson (Mississippi State), 3B Gian De Castro, SS Mateo Gray (UCF), OF Riley Luft (App State), 3B Nikolas Koorse, C TJ Gramesty (FAU), OF Clark Corlew, C Braeden Seculer

North Broward Prep is coming off back-to-back state titles in Florida and although it’s not a very old roster, they’ve got the depth and kind of players to make a serious run at a three peat. It’s a senior group led by Coupet, a physical bat with a good arm too, while the bulk of their talent is in the junior class with guys like low-90s right-hander Ryan McPherson, power bat Gian De Castro and talented two-way impact guys Mateo Gray and Riley Luft. This is a group that knows how to win and is a resilient one that can never be counted out in a game, even if down early.

32. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Jeremy Schramm

Notable Prospect(s): RHP Weston Moss (Texas A&M), 1B Ethan Uribe, 2B Blake Brown (Sam Houston State), 3B Luke Ekdall (Blinn), LHP Jackson Wilkerson (Baylor), RHP Jack Haag, SS Samson Pugh (Texas State), OF Sam Lee (Arkansas), OF Diego Huerta (Abilene Christian), OF Davis Lee, RHP Ayden Leitz

After losing to powerhouse Friendswood in the playoffs a year ago, this team comes into 2023 with big aspirations and very much looking like the team that could win the Texas 5A state title. They’ve got a really deep group of guys committed to playing at the next level, led by power-armed Weston Moss and talented left-hander Jackson Wilkerson on the mound. They’ve got some others that’ll contribute big innings, but the bats are where they’re really well-rounded. They’ve got a number of seniors who have hit well on the tournament circuit that fill out the lineup with a good underclass piece in Sam Lee that brings more to an already athletic lineup.

31. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.)
2022 Record:
Head Coach: Brad Bass

Notable Prospect(s): C Clayton Pourciau (Louisiana-Lafayette), RHP Cole Cranford (Tulane), RHP Alex Ainsworth (Tulane), LHP Harrison Waghalter (Southeastern Louisiana), RHP William Schmidt (Mississippi State), RHP Grant Breaux (LSU), 3B Trip Dobson (Houston), OF Brooks Wright (Houston), SS Jack Ruckert (LSU), OF Noah Lewis

This is a team that won a state title in 2022 and brings back a ton of their big contributing parts here in 2023. They’ve got really big aspirations and it’s one of the better rosters when you look at the overall depth across their classes; they’ve got a bunch of senior arms who threw last year like Cranford, Ainsworth and Waghalter with the latter two being their third and first in terms of innings thrown, while junior William Schmidt was one of the biggest risers in the country this fall giving them a huge piece to go to this spring. Their lineup should be balanced with some of their key pieces having experience in the lineup, but they will have to replace some big hitters.