Updated 2019 Overall Rankings Released

Thu August 24, 2017

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Over the four months since the last overall Class of 2019 rankings update, much has changed. Many new names have emerged as high-level prospects and scores of players have taken significant leaps forward - or back, in some cases - all of which is to be expected at this time of year, when players step out from the high school season and into the national summer circuit.

Starting with the high school season, through regional and national summer showcases and tournaments, and culminating with the Prep Baseball Report Future Games in early August, our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff has seen a dizzying amount of baseball since the last update.

While there have been seismic changes in the updated and expanded overall Top 400 Class of 2019 rankings, the top two prospects, both from Texas, still headline the ever-evolving list: SS/RHP Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville Heritage HS, TX) and RHP Matthew Thompson (Cypress Ranch HS, TX). 

No. 1. Bobby Witt Jr.

Witt Jr. has made the rounds at all the top national events this summer and has done nothing but solidify his status as the top 2019 prospect in the country. Meanwhile, Thompson, a highly athletic 6-foot-3 Texas A&M recruit, has cemented himself as the premier pitching prospect in the Prep Baseball Report coverage area after his performances at USA Baseball’s NTDP and Area Code Games this summer.

No. 2 Matthew Thompson

It is important to note that the PBR overall rankings only include the states that we intimately cover from our scouting staff. The updated Top 400 Class of 2019 rankings is comprised of our current 35-state coverage area, which now includes recently added Mississippi.

Florida’s 2019 class is especially strong, even for the Sunshine State’s lofty standards. In fact, five of the top 10, and nine of the top 25, hail from Florida. 3B Rece Hinds (Niceville HS, FL), a high-ceiling 6-foot-3 Louisiana State recruit, narrowly edges out OF Riley Greene (Hagerty HS, FL), a Florida recruit who’s arguably the top left-handed bat in the class, at No. 3. LHP Hunter Barco (Bolles School, FL), a 6-foot-4 Virginia recruit, is the top-ranked left-hander in the class, and OF Judson Fabian (Trinity Catholic HS, FL) and RHP Brandon Walker (North Florida Christian HS, FL) also are ranked among the top 10.

RHP Brennan Malone (Porter Ridge HS, NC), an ultra-athletic North Carolina recruit, and SS/RHP Cade Doughty (Denham Springs HS, LA), a legitimate two-way prospect committed to Louisiana State, hold firm in the top 10. LHP Chris Villaman (Ledford HS, NC), a North Carolina State recruit, jumps 18 spots to No. 8.

Aside from having the top two prospects, Texas boasts several other high-level prospects, including OF Logan Britt (All Saints Episcopal HS, TX), RHP/1B Jared Southard (Rouse HS, TX), RHP Jacob Meador (Centennial HS, TX), LHP Colton Bowman (Bullard HS, TX), SS/RHP Sanson Faltine III(William B. Travis HS, TX), and RHP JJ Goss (Cypress Ranch HS, TX), all of whom are listed among the top 30 in the class.

There were many big risers over the summer, headlined by RHP/SS Michael Doolin (Andrean HS, IN), RHP Will Frisch (Stillwater HS, MN), RHP Kale Davis (Mustang HS, OK), OF Wes Toups (ED White HS, LA), RHP Zachary Lee (Effingham HS, IL), LHP/OF Drew Gilbert (Stillwater HS, MN), LHP Jonathan Machamer (Massillon Washington HS, OH), RHP Thomas Wilhite (West Ouachita HS, LA), OF Tim McHugh (Commack HS, NY), RHP Jacob Hodorovich (Lakeland HS, PA), LHP Hayden Mullins (Hendersonville HS, TN), RHP Ron Cole (Neptune HS, NJ), and OF/LHP Derek Crum(Gaither HS, FL), to name a few.

Will Frisch

Remarkably, only four players in the top 50 remain uncommitted: OF Jerrion Ealy (Jackson Prep HS, MS), RHP/INF KC Hunt (Ramapo HS, NJ), 3B Zane Denton (Ravenwood HS, TN) and RHP Zachary Lee (Effingham HS, IL).    

While on the topic of commitments, here are the schools with the most Top 400 prospects:
+ Oklahoma - 12 (2 in top 50)
+ TCU - 11 (3 in top 25)
+ Vanderbilt - 11 (4 in top 50)
+ Virginia - 11 (5 in top 100)
+ Florida - 10 (2 in top 10; 6 in top 40)
+ LSU - 10 (2 in top 10; 6 in top 100)
+ Arkansas - 10 (3 in top 100)

Enough reading about it. See for yourself.

A LOOK AT THE TOP 20: 

RANK NAME STATE SCHOOL CLASS POS COMMITMENT
1 Bobby Witt Jr. TX Colleyville Heritage 2019 RHP Oklahoma
2 Matthew Thompson TX Cypress Ranch 2019 RHP Texas A&M
3 Rece Hinds FL Niceville 2019 SS Louisiana State
4 Riley Greene FL Hagerty 2019 OF Florida
5 Brennan Malone NC Porter Ridge HS 2019 RHP North Carolina
6 Hunter Barco FL Bolles 2019 LHP Virginia
7 Cade Doughty LA Denham Springs 2019 SS Louisiana State
8 Chris Villaman NC Ledford 2019 LHP North Carolina State
9 Judson Fabian FL Trinity Catholic 2019 OF Florida
10 Brandon Walker FL North Florida Christian 2019 RHP Florida State
11 Logan Britt TX Colleyville Heritage 2019 OF Texas A&M
12 Jerrion Ealy MS Jackson Preparatory 2019 OF  
13 Quinn Priester IL Cary Grove 2019 RHP Texas Christian
14 Joseph Charles FL First Academy 2019 RHP North Carolina
15 Michael Doolin IN Andrean 2019 RHP Vanderbilt
16 Jake Holland FL Calvary Christian Academy 2019 C Miami
17 Jason Diaz NY Kellenberg 2019 RHP Miami
18 Will Frisch MN Stillwater 2019 RHP Texas Christian
19 KC Hunt NJ Ramapo 2019 RHP  
20 Jared Southard TX Rouse 2019 RHP Texas


>> CLICK HERE to view complete Top 400 Overall 2019 Rankings

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