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Miami has strong depth among its incoming position players, but just as importantly brings in high-impact talent on the mound, which will help it rebuild its pitching staff after it this summer lost all three of its weekend starters to pro ball. Shortstop Jalen Battles, a junior college transfer, is a good athlete with solid defensive ability and offensive upside if he can tap into his power potential. He’ll likely step into a key role in the Ole Miss bullpen. Righthander CJ Weins, a junior college transfer, has a good fastball-slider combination that will play right away for South Carolina, either as a starter or reliever. Catcher Tomas Frick, whose brother Patrick is in the Mariners’ system, has a strong baseball IQ and got plenty of experience in high school working with high-level arms. Righthander Jaxson Wiggins (267) has a big, projectable 6-foot-6 frame and has made some strides over the last year to now run his fastball into the mid 90s. Pitchers: Witt has real two-way potential and will get a chance to do both in Austin, but his upside may be the highest on the mound. His athleticism and bat would play in the outfield, but the raw tools are there for him to catch and the Yellow Jackets have had plenty of recent success developing catchers. Overview: Auburn has now brought five straight Top 25 classes to campus under coach Butch Thompson. On the mound, his fastball gets up to the mid 90s with sinking action. Infielder Davis Meche might not stand out for his tools but has an advanced understanding of the game and finds a way to make things happen. Jae Fadde. He has a contact-oriented approach at the plate, though he will need to get stronger to turn that into more offensive impact. Righthander Will Sanders (200) offers at least as much projection with his 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame. Drake Westcott is a physical lefthanded hitter who profiles well as a corner infielder. Outfielder Josh Shuler (404) also has impressive tools but is still learning how to get the most out of them. View the latest 2020 Missouri baseball commitments announced on FieldLevel. Righthander Blake Money (359) has a big, 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame but repeats his delivery better than many young pitchers his size. He’s a good defender behind the plate but also has the athleticism to play elsewhere on the diamond and that versatility will likely benefit him at least at the start of his career at Ole Miss. Also highly rated were East St. Louis quarterback Tyler Macon, the No. The class had strong depth and Texas bolstered it following the draft with a couple late additions and it has a third straight top-10 class as a result. CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR FULL RECRUITING CLASS. He’ll need to refine some of the fine points of his game to reach his considerable ceiling, however. Righthander Chase Silseth (305), a junior college transfer, throws his fastball in the low 90s and has solid pitchability, traits that will help him quickly find a role on the Wildcats’ staff. Overview: Florida was the biggest winner of this year’s draft as it held on to nearly every member of its top-ranked team. Ben could be similar to former Volunteer Andrew Schultz and his fastball has been up to 100 mph. Lefthander Ross Dunn has a strong, physical frame and runs his fastball up to 93 mph with the makings of a good changeup. 10 in 2020. Strong and physical, he packs a punch in his righthanded bat and has solid speed. He has a smooth swing and barrels up a lot of balls, while also providing steady, reliable defense that could make him the Tigers’ shortstop of the future. Righthander Storm Hierholzer (320) has a good fastball-slider combination. He’s a plus runner and a solid defender, who also has a good understanding of how to get the most out of his tools offensively. Catcher/first baseman Wyatt Langford has a strong frame and is a good hitter with power potential. He has some power in his bat and the raw tools to play shortstop, but he has some rough edges to his overall game. Rey Hernandez is a switch-hitter who produces power from both sides of the plate and has the versatility to move around the infield. Pitchers: Righthander Patrick Reilly (103) took a step forward last fall and saw his velocity jump up, touching 95 mph. Zach has better pitchability and offspeed stuff than his brother, but his fastball is not as powerful. Follow Mizzou football with the Tribune’s Tiger Extra newsletter. Overview: The Red Raiders went all in on pitching in this class. His above-average speed and plus arm play well in center or right field. He stands out most for his bat, as the lefthanded hitter has the chance to hit for average and power. Sign up at columbiatribune.com/tigerextra for stories, galleries and podcasts in your inbox every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. But having his consistent presence alongside a newfound recruiting strategy appears to have given life to Missouri on the frontlines of the sport. He’s in the mold of a player like Colin Simpson and can catch or play first base. Righthander Charez Butcher (323) is still a bit raw but offers big upside as well. His approach still needs some refinement, but he offers plenty of upside. Righthander Brooks Rice offers big upside after previously focusing more on being an infielder. Miami’s top-ranked class snaps a nine-year streak of SEC programs topping the recruiting rankings. Lefthander Luke Baker is listed at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and has a high spin rate on his mid- to upper-80s fastball, helping him to generate swings and misses. Collins is the stronger offensive player of the pair thanks to his strong lefthanded swing and all-fields approach. Outfielder Jake Deleo (268) is something of a late bloomer but has made tremendous strides over the last two years. His fastball sits around 90 mph, and he has impressive control of it and his offspeed pitches, which will help him quickly carve out a role on the Longhorns’ staff. Perfect Game's College Recruit Rankings Class of 2020. On the mound, his fastball sits around 90 mph and he works in a breaking ball and changeup. His velocity started to increase this spring, getting up to 93 mph, and he pairs it with a promising curveball. While the Tigers weren't able to haul in top-tier talent on the same level as several of the powerhouse programs it is chasing in the Southeastern Conference, they did add important depth at a handful of key positions. Commits: ESPN 300 Commits: Other Commits: 24: 0: 24: 0: 0: 21: Recruiting Class: First baseman/outfielder Malakai Wickley stands out for his powerful righthanded bat that has a chance to quickly propel him into the lineup. He profiles best as a corner outfielder thanks to his plus arm strength and average speed. Hitters: Third baseman Cayden Wallace (144) has an athletic, physical frame and has a prototypical skillset for the position. Clark’s ability to throw three pitches for strikes plays well out of the bullpen, while Spach was mostly a basketball player growing up and offers upside. Righthander Tommy O’Rourke missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and showed promise before his injury. The Tigers' Class of 2020 ranked No. Overview: While coach Jason Gill only arrived at USC a year ago, Alvarez has been his alma mater’s recruiting coordinator for the last decade and has put together one of his best classes. He fills up the strike zone and, like Fernandez, has a long track record of success in high school. Catcher Logan Paustian has strong catch-and-throw skills and his advanced defensive ability gives him a chance to play right away. This class is also the Wildcats’ highest-ranked class ever, bringing in impressive talent across the board. He has good hittability and uses the whole field to hit. Overview: The Commodores last fall landed their record sixth top-ranked recruiting class thanks to a star-studded freshman class that arrived in Nashville. Two additional prospects who previously verbally committed to the Tigers also were expected to sign with MU, but the program didn't announce their status by press time. For the first time in program history, Miami ranks No. Missouri signed three of the top 10 players from the Show-Me State in the 2021 class, up from one last year — wide receiver Jay Maclin was No. # Mizzou ’s pitching staff was fantastic at home in 2020, keying a perfect 5️⃣-0️⃣ record ️ 2.44 ERA // 1.02 WHIP ️ 48.0 IP // 60 K // .195 BAA They had a young lineup in 2020, often starting five or six freshmen, so their needs mostly lie on the mound. Bret Bielema's mantra for recruiting class of 2022. Pitchers: The Bulldogs went heavy on lefthanders in this class, starting with Jaden Woods (223) and Luke Wagner (322). Those classes haven’t yet propelled the Panthers back to regionals, but Logan Allen, the top prospect in their 2017 class, in June was drafted in the second round and the program has made strides forward. His above-average bat speed translates to power and he has plus speed which plays well both on the bases and in the outfield. There’s a lot to like about him now, but he may just be scratching the surface as he has plenty of projection in his 6-foot-7, 220-pound frame, and is still learning the finer points of pitching. Missouri can still use the transfer portal to fill out its roster after early February. He needs to be a bit more consistent with his pitchability but like his brother has the raw tools to work with. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he mixes in a tight slider. He needs to smooth out some rough edges in his game but has the raw tools to work with. The season’s cancellation this year meant the New Jersey native didn’t get back in game action but is throwing again and continues to show promising stuff. The lefthanded hitter has power potential, particularly when he pulls the ball. Catcher Chris Eiroa has big righthanded power that plays well. Hitters: Elijah Nunez (350) is a true center fielder with premium athleticism and plenty of speed. He’ll need to get stronger to reach his offensive ceiling, but it makes for an intriguing package. 20 nationally, per Rivals.com. Overview: The Cardinals signed a large, balanced class in anticipation of losing several players from their 2020 team. He has an easy, smooth lefthanded swing and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. Righthander Brendan Girton (382) is a converted catcher and state-champion football player with a bulldog mentality. Hitters: Dylan Campbell has an unorthodox swing but has an advanced feel for the barrel and the athleticism to play up the middle, either in the infield or outfield. Righthander Aaron Nixon (403) has two-way potential but is further advanced on the mound. In that 2020 group were such mainstays on Missouri's roster this season such as cornerbacks Ennis Rakestraw and JC Carlies, center Michael Maietti, wide receivers Keke Chism and Damon Hazelton as well as kicker Harrison Mevis. Righthander Brandon Beckel may be the sleeper of the group. Carrion and Halter both have a chance to contribute on the mound, as well. Infielder Logan Steenstra, a junior college transfer, is a good defender with a high baseball IQ and can quickly earn a spot in the Volunteers lineup. Baseball Baseball: Facebook Baseball: Twitter Baseball: Instagram Baseball: Schedule Baseball: Roster Baseball: News Basketball Basketball: Facebook Basketball: Twitter Basketball: Instagram Basketball: Schedule Basketball: Roster Basketball: News Cross Country Cross Country: Facebook Cross Country: Twitter … Righthander Cory Adcock throws in the low 90s with a good breaking ball and has a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He’ll need to refine his control and changeup like many prep pitchers, but he’s ready to step into a big role for the Seminoles. This class initially included infielder Robert Moore, who instead graduated a semester early and quickly established himself as a starter in Fayetteville. Lefthander Andy Armstrong has advanced feel for pitching and has performed at a high level on big stages in high school. Righthander Parker Stinnett has an advanced three-pitch mix and his fastball reaches 95 mph. Lefthander Matthew Luna has a big, physical frame and throws from a low three-quarters arm slot that makes for a tough matchup. Overview: After last fall landing a top-15 recruiting class, Oklahoma State has another strong group this year. Righthander Gabe Starks is yet another promising arm with a fastball that reaches the mid 90s, though he’s not as polished as some of his classmates. The lefthanded hitter has good feel at the plate and fits best in an outfield corner. He got back on the mound this fall and was still throwing a lot of strikes with a fastball in the low 90s and a powerful slider. Wednesday is known as the first of two national signing days, with the other coming Feb. 3, 2021. He said this class stands out among the Hurricanes’ best during his long tenure in the program. The result is the Bulldogs’ highest-ranked class since 2012. 65 wide receiver in the 2021 class, who flipped from Arizona State to Missouri last week. This year’s class brings in even more talent as the Panthers looks to break through. Hitters: Throughout his coaching career, Melendez, a Puerto Rican native, has made recruiting players from Puerto Rico a focus and this year he landed the island’s top two prospects. He throws a lot of strikes and has the potential to make a good jump in velocity as he physically matures. Righthander Levi Wells (212) has touched 95 mph with his fastball and has a big, 12-to-6 curveball. Top recruit: Nolan McLean, RHP/SS (No. M.J. Rodriguez has a physical frame at 6 feet, 245 pounds, and big power potential. David Mendum is a physical lefthanded hitter whose powerful bat could play in the heart of the order. Devan Ornelas has the skillset of an up-the-middle player and likely can stay in the infield, but his speed would also play well in center field. nati… Pitchers: Ole Miss doesn’t have a lot of pitchers in this class with premium present stuff, but the group is full of projectable strike throwers, who figure to grow into bigger roles in time. He’s a plus runner with power potential and the defensive ability to play up the middle. He attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination and can reach 94 mph. Catcher Jimmy Crooks and third baseman Brett Squires were teammates at McLennan (Texas) JC and now bring big lefthanded bats to Norman. He consistently puts the bat on the ball but has surprising power for his size, adding to his impact potential at the plate. Outfielder JT Benson had a standout prep career in Kentucky both in football and baseball. Righthander Preston Johnson has a big frame, a four-pitch mix and can run his fastball up to 95 mph. He has a good combination of speed and power that gives him an offensive skillset reminiscent of former North Carolina star Brian Miller. 1 in Baseball America’s 2020 recruiting class rankings. He’s athletic and has the tools to stay up the middle defensively for the Cardinals. He produces good bat speed and projects to be able to hit for both average and power. Find what players have committed to your favorite school. Righthander Charlie Hurley mostly played water polo growing up but is now fully focused on baseball and offers big upside. He’s got two-way ability as a shortstop and righthander. He didn’t follow their path in sports, instead finding his home on the mound. Infielders Luis Espinal and Dominic Pitelli are the sleepers of the class because they didn’t play much on the showcase circuit. Outfielder Bobby Pierce, another junior college transfer, is a powerful righthanded hitter. Top recruit: Brandon Birdsell, RHP (No. Righthander Jack Dougherty was trending up this spring and can run his fastball up to 93 mph. Pitchers: For the second time in four years, Florida State has the highest ranked player to make it to school, following Drew Mendoza in 2016. DRAFT HQ MLB Draft League Spotlight: Williamsport Crosscutters 1/29/2021 A closer look at a founding member of the MLB Draft League; PBR Plus JUCO Wire Preseason JUCO All-Americans 1/29/2021 All-America selections made by our State Directors and National Staff; DRAFT HQ Super 60 Spotlight: Austin Young 1/29/2021 A look at Austin Young, a recent … Hitters: Bowser has a strong, powerful frame and the tools to profile at third base. Righthander Ryan Slater also has projection to go with solid strike-throwing ability and athleticism and has a chance to be a two-way player as well. Mizzou loads up on D-line, secondary in Drinkwitz's first full class Dec 17, 2020 The Tigers addressed some dire needs on defense and landed their top target at quarterback. The weekend paid off 10 months later when several of those players formed the core of MU’s highest-ranked recruiting class as rated by Rivals.com, 20th in the country. Lefthander Justin Wrobleski (273), a junior college transfer, has touched 95 mph with his fastball and pairs it with a hard slider. For the first time in program history, Miami ranks No. Outfielder Justice Thompson, a transfer from Northwest Florida State JC, has plus speed that plays well in center field. Lefthander Luke Seed and righthander Cameron Robinson were teammates at John A. Logan (Ill.) JC. 66). Pitchers: Lefthander Jackson Phipps (178), listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, is projectable and made some strides over the last couple years, but still has more room to grow. 13 in the SEC, besting only Vanderbilt, and 51st nationally, another sign of improvement under Drinkwitz. Hunter Haas (247) played second base for the 18U National Team at the World Cup and can play anywhere on the infield. Hitters: Outfielder Dom Johnson (312) is one of the fastest players in the draft class and that elite speed plays on the base paths and in center field. Righthander Brock Peery is a sidearmer who provides a different look out of the bullpen. He produces good bat speed and has a chance for plus power, which he’ll need to fit the prototypical corner outfield profile. “It takes work ethic, knowledge of evaluating players, and along with JD and the rest of the staff, it’s a testament of their hard work.”. Righthander Brandon Johnson, a junior college transfer, saw his velocity spike this spring, getting his fastball into the mid 90s to go with a good slider. Overview: The Volunteers have been aggressive on the recruiting trail since Tony Vitello was hired as head coach in 2018 and those efforts paid off this year with their first Top 25 class since 2016. Columbia. Arteaga and players development coach Jonathan Anderson and especially recruiting coordinator Norberto Lopez for their impact putting the class together. Hitters: Yohandy Morales (77) offers big upside thanks to a loose righthanded swing and big 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame that gives him plenty of power projection. Outfielder Hank Thomas was an all-state basketball player in Ohio and brings that athleticism to the diamond. "There's always nerves," Drinkwitz said Tuesday ahead of national signing day. Infielder Jack Riedel (368) has a good feel for hitting and was off to a strong start this spring in the Texas high school ranks. He has plenty of athleticism and bat speed, and he can play all over the field, which will help him quickly get in the Bulldogs’ lineup. Third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand had a prolific junior college career, hitting .410 with 33 home runs in 81 games for Yavapai (Ariz.) JC. Shortstop Johnny Castagnozzi (467) has played at a high level throughout his prep career and offers good athleticism. His fastball gets up to 97 mph and he mixes in a changeup and slider. He’s made some strides offensively in the last year and has some power potential. Hitters: Outfielder Anthony Shaver (133) is tooled up and was off to a strong start to his senior season of high school before it was halted. Pitchers: Lefthander Timmy Manning (135) has the most upside on the mound of the Gators’ commits. Mookie. Carson doesn’t have his brother’s power, but instead is an above-average runner with impressive athleticism. Four-year transfers were not considered for the ranking. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he has a good feel for his breaking ball. In the middle of COVID-19 and with a mostly new coaching staff, Drinkwitz has done more to lock down the state of Missouri and the coveted St. Louis area for the 2021 class than the program has in recent years. 145). Overview: Coach Jay Johnson has taken Arizona recruiting to new heights since arriving in Tucson in 2015 and now has landed five straight Top 25 classes, more than the program had totaled in the first 15 years of the rankings. So, here’s the recruiting class so far: 2021 Missouri Recruiting Class. He still needs some refinement but has the raw tools to work with. As of now, according to Rivals.com, Cuonzo Martin has offered 19 players in the class. While Ford was the only four-star prospect Missouri signed according to the 247 composite, other Tigers who received four-star ratings from other online recruiting sites include the aforementioned Macon and Lovett as well as offensive lineman Connor Tollison of Jackson. Overview: FIU brought in back-to-back Top 25 classes in 2017-18 at the outset of coach Mervyl Melendez’s tenure. He has some solid power in his 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame. He also has a powerful bat as a third baseman but is more likely to make an impact on the mound. View Full Bio. Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. Christian Little, a 6'4" 210-pound right-handed pitcher from St. Loui, Missouri's Christian Brothers College School leads the Commodore class. Garrett Spikes was a three-sport star in high school who drew interest as a football recruit and was a two-time state champion wrestler. Lefthander Javen Coleman doesn’t have the most overpowering stuff but has built a strong track record of performance. 5'10" 182. Jack Bulger (183) played outfield with the 18U National Team but has mostly been a catcher during his prep career. Hitters: Fields was the Gamecocks’ top-ranked prep player before he officially withdrew from draft consideration. On the mound, he has an easy arm action and a good three-pitch mix that can play right away. Lefthander Magdiel Cotto (222) made a jump going into this spring and his fastball ticked up from the upper 80s to the low 90s, touching 95 mph. He needs to refine his breaking ball and there’s room for growth in his fastball, which sits 88-92 mph now, but he offers impressive upside. Espinal is a corner bat with big power potential, while Pitelli stands out for his ability at shortstop to go with plus speed and athleticism. Mookie Cooper, a four-star wide receiver from the class of 2020, was the first new signee for the Tigers. But his newfound velocity and promising curveball give him plenty of upside. Righthanders Nicholas Andrews and Carson Atwood were two of the top prep pitchers in Oklahoma and run their fastballs into the low 90s. The Tigers' only FBS transfer addition Wednesday was offensive lineman EJ Ndoma-Ogar. Hitters: Halter made a jump last year and was one of Team USA’s best hitters at the World Cup. Wagner, listed at 6 feet, 175 pounds, doesn’t offer Woods’ upside, but pounds the strike zone and is very competitive on the mound. He offers good projection and raw tools and figures to help the Commodores in some capacity. He isn’t the flashiest player in the class but has an advanced understanding of the game and does a lot of things to make an impact. He has a big arm and can run his fastball up to 94 mph to go with a hard slider. It marks Vanderbilt’s record 16th straight Top 25 class. Top recruit: Christian Knapczyk, INF (No. Lefthander Cam Hill has a physical 6-foot-4 frame and pounds the zone with an upper-80s fastball. Grissom isn’t the only big leaguer’s son in the Yellow Jackets’ recruiting class. Lefthander Nick Griffin (198) probably has the most projection of any of the Razorbacks’ recruits. Shortstop Jordan Thompson (215) is a good defender with a strong arm. Hitters: Bradfield has elite speed, a quality Vanderbilt hasn’t had the last couple years. Lefthander Shawn Scott is another high-ceiling arm. He profiles well at third base or in right field. Righthander Chase Hampton (272) throws his fastball in the low 90s with a good spin rate. Hitters: Horton is an elite athlete who is slated to play both baseball and football at Oklahoma, though he’s further ahead on the diamond than he is as a quarterback. Righthander Jack Sokol has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and figures to add more velocity to his 90 mph fastball as he physically matures. Jacob Berry (220) is a switch-hitter with the ability to hit for power from both sides of the plate who profiles well at an infield corner. This class doesn’t have as much hype as some of the Tigers’ previous groups—like last year’s top-10 class—but it’s a strong group overall. Shortstop TJ McCants (361) has loud raw tools and athleticism that give him a lot of upside. Mizzou also added a junior college defensive lineman to help with their depth in the trenches, which has troubled head coach Eliah Drinkwitz during the 2020 season's stretch run. At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, he has plenty of projection and can get his fastball into the low 90s at times. Shortstop Mitchell Daly is a plus runner whose athleticism plays well defensively. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that gives good running action to his fastball, which sits in the low 90s and has reached 97 mph. Berkwich’s fastball plays up thanks to its life and his delivery’s deception, while Garrett’s fastball-slider combination gives him a chance to compete right away. Montgomery has a formidable fastball-slider combination and both offerings are swing-and-miss pitches. Missouri Tigers Football: Tigers football news, recruiting updates, and the latest rumors... Missouri Tigers News & Rumors. 40). Study Hall: Mizzou 102, TCU 98 Missouri Tigers Rock M Nation Copy Link. There was a lot to like about Mizzou’s 2020 season. Copyright © 2021 Baseball America Enterprises. 15 weakside defensive end in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite. A middle infield of Clow and Smith playing side-by-side would be a formidable one for the Trojans. Hitters: Parada is the headliner of the class and the highest rated position player in the draft not to sign. That plays well in center field and offensively, thanks to his bat-to-ball skills. Overview: With some premium talent leaving Athens for pro ball this year, Georgia put together a large recruiting class. Others from last year's recruiting cycle have shown flashes of good play as well, such as wide receiver Chance Luper, quarterback Brady Cook, linebacker and Columbia native Will Norris, who's been extensively featured on special teams the past few games, and running back Elijah Young. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, but his curveball gives him a good third offering. Outfielder/righthander Grayson Moore (251) has true two-way potential thanks to some power in his bat and a good fastball-breaking ball combination. Cooper is a transfer from Ohio … Michael Brooks (349) has a solid all-around skill set and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. Shortstop Lane Forsythe is an advanced defender and has more bat speed and power than his 5-foot-11 frame suggests. Been with us, '' Drinkwitz said a chance to hit for average power. 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