Top 50 HS Prospects

# Player Pos School/University Ht Wt B-T Prev
1 Bobby Witt Jr. SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) 6-1 185 R-R 1
2 C.J. Abrams SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA) 6-2 182 L-R 2
3 Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy (FL) 6-5 210 R-R 8
4 Riley Greene OF Hagerty HS (FL) 6-2 190 L-L 4
5 Hunter Barco LHP Bolles HS (FL) 6-4 208 L-L 7
6 Jerrion Ealy OF Jackson Prep HS (MS) 5-10 192 R-R 5
7 Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA) 6-3 200 R-R 6
8 Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside HS (WA) 5-10 165 L-L 24
9 Matthew Lugo SS Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR) 6-1 185 R-R 10
10 Jack Leiter RHP Delbarton HS (NJ) 6-1 195 R-R 23
11 Tyler Callihan 3B Providence HS (FL) 6-1 200 L-R 13
12 Matthew Allan RHP Seminole HS (FL) 6-3 210 R-R 41
13 Rece Hinds 3B IMG Academy (FL) 6-4 210 R-R 3
14 Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove Community HS (IL) 6-3 190 R-R 25
15 Cooper Benson LHP San Luis Obispo HS (CA) 6-0 200 L-L 12
16 Nasim Nunez SS Collins Hill HS (GA) 5-9 160 S-R 16
17 Brett Baty 3B Lake Travis HS (TX) 6-3 205 L-R 20
18 Anthony Volpe SS/2B Delbarton HS (NJ) 5-11 180 R-R NR
Delbarton HS is one of three programs with two players ranked among our top 50. Like his teammate Jack Leiter, Volpe is incredibly polished and it was his performance at the plate (.482 with 23 runs and 10 steals) this past year that helped the Green Wave make a run to the state championship game. And it was his only bad performance (0-for-3) of the year that was the decisive factor that allowed their opponent, St. Augustine High, to claim the state title. Volpe is one of those players that doesn’t do anything incredibly well, but he also doesn’t do anything poorly. Hitting for average is probably his best tool, although he has good wheels and a solid feel for both shortstop and second base. His below-average arm will be a better fit at second at the pro level. 
19 Maurice Hampton OF Memphis University HS (TN) 6-0 195 R-R 39
20 Logan Britt OF Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) 6-5 210 R-R 14
21 Spencer Keefe SS/OF Woodstock HS (GA) 6-3 213 R-R 34
22 Riley Cornelio RHP Pine Creek HS (CO) 6-3 185 R-R NR
Cornelio (9-0, 0.91, .468, 4 HR, 21 RBI) teamed with state Gatorade Player of the Year Justin Olson (3-1, 1.77, .525, 14 HR, 34 RBI) to lead Pine Creek to their most successful season in more than a decade, but with Olson headed off to Kentucky, the pressure will fall on Cornelio to help the Eagles get back to the state playoffs. If his performance this summer was any indication, he’ll be up to the task. Pitching for Team USA in the Pan-American Championships, the right-hander allowed just one run in seven innings of five-hit ball. His fastball looked crisp, in the 90-93 mph range, and he complemented it with a strong breaking ball. His mechanics are smooth and his delivery quick, limiting talk about him ending up pitching out of the bullpen. Adding a usable changeup will be key to his long-term development, but he has everything else you look for in a prep pitcher.
23 Jacob Meador RHP Centennial HS (TX) 5-11 170 R-R 31
24 Wesley Scott RHP Woodcrest Christian HS (CA) 6-1 185 R-R 17
25 J.J. Goss RHP Cypress Ranch HS (TX) 6-3 185 R-R 37
26 Brooks Lee SS San Luis Obispo HS (CA) 6-1 180 S-R NR
Getting Lee to turn pro seemed like an impossible task before he rocketed up draft boards this summer. His commitment to Cal Poly long appeared to iron clad thanks to the fact that his dad is the head coach, and also due to the fact that he was considered a top-150 prospect at best. That was before he showed off some pretty impressive tools at the Area Code Games. While there were never any doubts about his intelligence on the diamond, Lee’s bat took a huge step forward. He’s already a more than capable defender, featuring one of the best infield arms in the 2019 class, so any extra development at the plate will make him an even more appealing target, and a possible late first round target.
27 Matthew Thompson RHP Cypress Ranch HS (TX) 6-3 184 R-R 9
28 Cade Doughty SS Denham Springs HS (LA) 6-1 195 R-R 11
29 Henry Gargus 1B Davis HS (WA) 6-0 205 L-L 21
30 Sammy Siani OF William Penn Charter HS (PA) 5-11 175 L-L 42
31 Myles Austin SS Westlake HS (GA) 6-3 177 R-R 18
32 Joseph Charles RHP The First Academy (FL) 6-3 190 R-R 15
33 Tyler Williams OF Redan HS (GA) 6-2 180 R-R 22
34 Will Frisch RHP Stillwater HS (MN) 6-1 215 R-R 28
35 Emanuel Dean OF Servite HS (CA) 6-3 210 R-R 29
36 Jaden Brown SS St. Marcellinus SS (Canada) 6-1 180 R-R 30
37 Mykanthony Valdez 3B Calvary Christian Academy (FL) 6-2 205 R-R 32
38 Isaac Nunez SS Lake Brantley HS (FL) 6-0 190 R-R 33
39 Mahki Backstrom 1B Junipero Serra HS (CA) 6-5 215 L-L NR
It was just five years ago that Serra produced a first round pick in Dominic Smith, who was widely regarded as the top prep bat in the 2013 class. Backstrom could be similarly ticketed for an early selection thanks to some of the best raw power in the 2019 class. Checking in at a hulking 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, he’s also drawn some comparisons to Aaron Judge, who hailed from Fresno State, where Backstrom is committed. Whether he’ll make enough contact to make use of his power will be the deciding factor on whether or not Backstrom gets selected early and turns pro, or honors his commitment to the Bulldogs.
40 Gunnar Henderson SS/3B John T. Morgan Academy (AL) 6-3 195 L-R 35
41 Landon Sims RHP South Forsyth HS (GA) 6-2 205 R-R NR
A funny thing happened in Cumming, Georgia last year. While all eyes were on Ethan Hankins, who would go on to be selected 35th overall, Landon Sims was quietly having one of the best years of any pitcher in the state. As Hankins dealt with an injury, it was Sims who took over as staff ace and led the War Eagles to a 28-8 record and a stone’s throw away from the state quarterfinals. He struck out 90 batters in just 62 innings and allowed eight earned runs. His fastball peaked this summer at 97 mph, and he also flashed a solid slider. Another strong campaign from Sims could catapult him into early round consideration.
42 Joshua Rivera 3B IMG Academy (FL) 6-2 205 R-R NR
In 2019, IMG Academy will field one of the most impressive high school teams ever assembled. Rece Hinds and Brennan Malone may get all the attention, but another transfer student will play just as large a role. Rivera put together quite an impressive campaign in 2018 at Avon Park HS, hitting .417 with seven homers, while also going 7-1 with a 1.09 ERA on the mound. He’ll likely stick to just hitting at IMG and could benefit greatly from all the attention paid to Hinds, by both opposing pitchers and scouts. The Florida signee has a great arm and should stick quite nicely at third base.
43 Avery Short LHP Southport HS (IN) 6-2 210 R-L 40
44 Sam Link SS Dubuque Senior HS (IA) 6-0 175 R-R NR
Watching Link play, it’s easy to fall in love. He plays shortstop with such grace, and for us, you can make a case for him as the top defender at his position in this draft class. If there’s anything holding him back, it’s his bat. We think that tool (average with not much power) will play at the pro level as well, but he’ll no doubt benefit from extra seasoning in college, where he’s likely to end up.
45 Andre Tarver OF Ringgold HS (GA) 6-2 210 L-L 38
46 Erik Rivera OF/LHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (PR) 6-2 195 L-L 43
47 Jonathan French C Parkview HS (GA) 6-0 210 R-R 44
48 T.J. McKenzie SS The Benjamin School (FL) 6-1 160 R-R 27
49 Hunter French OF DeSoto Central HS (MS) 5-7 145 R-R NR
French reminds us a lot of of last year’s second round pick, Jeremiah Jackson, who was also committed to Mississippi State before turning pro. Both were incredibly productive at the high school level, producing video game-like numbers, and aside from speed and a noticeable size difference, their potential is similar. Unlike Jackson, French is a plus runner, as evidenced by his 33 steals the past two seasons. He should offer above-average defense in the outfield.
50 Hayden Dunhurst C Pearl River Central HS (MS) 5-11 208 S-R NR
Catching is not a strength of the 2019 high school class, and really, aside from Adley Rutschman and Shea Langeliers, it’s not much of a strength on the college side either. We’re still several months away from the draft, but a case could, and probably will, be made for Dunhurst as the top prospect. A switch-hitter with a cannon arm, Dunhurst has been incredibly productive both at the plate and behind it. He’s clobbered 16 homers the past two years and has nearly twice as many walks as strikeouts. Dunhurst is committed to Ole Miss.
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