Alabama Class of 2025 Rankings: Biggest Risers
August 31, 2023
After a busy summer full of events, the Class of 2025 Player Rankings was long overdue for an update as these players have just started their junior year. There were a ton of new names who entered into the fold, as well as a number of others who continue to elevate their game, warranting plenty of movement and expansion (now 140 players) to the list. Most of the same names are still inside the Top-10 from the last update, but there's some shakeup within.
Yesterday, our staff updated the state’s present junior class formally, expanding the list to feature 140 names with plenty of movement throughout. We detailed the new top-10 extensively inside our official release, which you can find HERE.
Today we’re highlighting some names that rose up our rankings, with detailed scout notes from our year-long coverage that consisted of showcases, tournaments, spring looks, etc. These prospects are trending upward as they begin their junior seasons and with all of them uncommitted, too.
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Learn more about a handful of arrow-up 2025 graduates below.
Maximus Bruce Littleton LHP / Vestavia Hills, AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 11 / POS: 2
Littleton jumps up 14 spots in this update to No. 11 and cements himself as the top uncommitted southpaw in the class after his outing at the PBR Future Games. Possessing a starter's profile and a strong, durable 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, the left-hander works in the mid-80's with his fastball and has been up to 88 mph with high IVB metrics, allowing it to play quicker at the top of the zone. He features a sharp 1-7 breaking ball as his primary secondary, but also is tinkering with a splitter as his third offering with killed spin that can be a future above-average offering. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 205-pounds. Present proportional strength with thicker lower-half. Starter profile with mostly two-pitch mix. Struggled a bit out of the gate, but bounced back with a clean second inning during his outing. Confidence and poise jumped out in this viewing; looked to establish the fastball to both halves of the plate. Operated 85-88 mph throughout with the offering and played up a tick with some carry through the zone. Primary secondary offering was a 70-71 mph breaking ball that showcased typical 1-7 shape that he looked to use as a put-away pitch with two strikes. Didn’t show it much during the outing, but also has a splitter with killed spin (700 rpm) and could potentially be a solid third offering. Quick-paced delivery with a fast arm and provides some deception by hiding the ball. Good one to know as the all-important August 1st date approaches."
Nick Richardson OF / Oxford, AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 15 / POS: 5
Richardson is another prospect that has done nothing but boost his stock over the past year after leading his club to a Class 6A State Championship serving as the leadoff hitter as a sophomore and continued to hit throughout the summer. A former PBR Future Gamer from this summer, the uncommitted outfielder rises to No. 15 and produced against the top uncommitted arms in the southeast at the event while showcasing one of the top hit tools in the class. He's really athletic and has elite bat-to-ball skills. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Lean and wiry build; tons of athleticism that translates. One of our favorite left-handed bats in the 2025 class continues to be as steady as they come and never take at-bats off. Coming off a Class 6A Championship this spring and serving as their leadoff hitter, Richardson impacts the game in so many ways, where it be working counts at the plate, stealing bases, or tracking down balls in the outfield. While his skill set may not just “wow” you in a showcase setting, gameplay has been where the rising junior has shined the most with multiple hits throughout the first two games and multiple stolen bases. From the left side, the bat-to-ball and barrel control are elite for a player of his age; combined with an all-fields, line drive approach, Richardson is a pure hitter with top-of-the-order traits. Also recorded a putout on a throw from CF to the plate with a textbook one-hop. Must-follow for Day 4 of the event."
Jameson Scissum RHP / Etowah, AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 22 / POS: 7
Scissum possesses one of the more projectable and athletic frames as a pitcher in the class that makes him an intriguing prospect to follow. Standing 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Scissum rises to No. 22 in this update after a breakout performance at this summer's PBR Future Games. The uncommitted right-hander operates in the mid-80's and can work up to 87 mph with likely jumps to come in the future. His slider in the mid-70's that registers spin rates near the 2500 rpm mark is what separates him from others with aptitude and feel for spin on the offering. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-4, 195-pounds. One of the more intriguing prospects in the 2025 class thanks to his frame that oozes projection and upside. Scissum, a multi-sport athlete and quarterback in football, caught the attention of recruiters that were in attendance with his dynamic skill set and projection to the frame that is hard to miss. Coming off a stellar sophomore season where he led Etowah to a Class 4A State Championship, the rising junior has seemingly had an even bigger summer and is sure to have his phone ringing once the all important August 1st date rolls around in a couple of days. During his outing for Team Alabama, the right-hander operated 85-87 mph with late arm-side run while mixing in two distinct breaking balls; slider ranged 75-78 mph (2400 rpm) and slurve worked 72-75 mph (2300 rpm) with a real feel for how to spin both. Both garnered swings-and-misses and were thrown with excellent command across the zone and to the glove-side against right-handed hitters. Much more in the tank and is just scratching the surface of his potential. Name-to-know in the 2025 class in AL."
William Tonsmeire OF / Vestavia Hills, AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 24 / POS: 7
Tonsmeire makes the arguably the largest jump in this update rising from outside the Top-75 to No. 24 on the list. Listed at 5-foot-9, 180-pounds, the uncommitted outfielder swings the bat much bigger and consistently registers upper-90 EV's with a top EV at 101.3 mph this summer and a max distance at 407 ft. In addition to his bat, he's extremely athletic with 6.62-speed and an above-average arm from the outfield. Another former PBR Future Gamer from this summer who continues to boost his stock. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 5-foot-9, 180-pounds. Athletic skill set with a compact frame that possesses tons of physical and proportional strength. Plays with an edge and much bigger than his frame would suggest. Right-handed hitter with present twitch and strength that plays well in his offensive profile. Swings the barrel with violence and intent to hammer baseballs to the pull-side gap registering a top exit velocity at 99.6 mph and an average of 93,7 mph, both second-best from the event. Also led the way with the furthest ball recorded with max distance that registered 393 feet. Came up with numerous clutch hits during the Class 7A Championship series with a walk-off double in Game 1 and a game-tying single with two outs in the 7th in Game 2. Dynamic combination of strength and athleticism running a 6.62 60 YD during the workout. Starting running back for the Rebels on the gridiron."
Joshua Henson SS / RHP / Buckhorn , AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 28 / POS: 2
Henson cemented himself as one of the top two-way prospects in the class this summer, which led to his jump up to No. 28 in this update. Listed at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, the uncommitted infielder produced against talented arms at the PBR Future Games this summer and profiles to stick on the left side of the infield in the future. On the mound, he's equally as intriguing with an upper-80's fastball that carries plane and an 11-5 breaking ball in the low-70's. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. Thick, durable strength throughout his build. One of the top two-way abilities in the 2025 class in AL and has shown it against elite level competition over the past few days. After being featured in Friday’s article for his performance on the mound, it was the bat that stood out in a big way on the final day of the event with recruiters looking to get their final looks on players. Facing off against some elite arms in Game 3, the rising junior was a bright spot offensively, going 2-for-2 with a single, triple, and an RBI. There’s tons of strength at impact and uses a fairly low-effort swing; ball jumps off the barrel with double in the clip below going for a 96.9 mph exit. Combine the ability to hit for power/average and sit 88-89 mph on the mound, Henson is sure to be one that will be a hot commodity with August 1st approaching."
Mason Piper SS / Prattville , AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 30 / POS: 3
Piper established himself as one of the top shortstops in the current junior class in AL with multiple hits playing at LakePoint Sports this summer and jumps up to No. 30 in this update. Listed at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds with a lean, athletic frame, the uncommitted infielder has a good feel to hit from the left side with a laggy barrel through the zone and quality extension. He's really made significant strides over the past year, and is a name to follow in the 2025 class in AL. See his report below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. Long and lengthy frame with plenty of room to add strength in the future. Showed some quality skills across the board and will be one to follow in the rising sophomore class over the next few years. Started off his day by running a 7.11 60 YD and followed it up showing a clean left-handed stroke working to both parts of the field during his round of BP with some extension out front. Turns the barrel well with some top-hand strength. Quality hands up the middle defensively with some arm strength and accuracy across the infield at 83 mph."
Colby Durden RHP / Hewitt Trussville , AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 35 / POS: 9
Durden arguably had the best performance on the mound for Team Alabama at this summer's PBR Future Games, working a pair of scoreless innings and striking out three in the process. Listed at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, the uncommitted right-hander jumps up to No. 35 in this update after boosting his stock at the event. Using a higher, over-the-top slot, Durden works 85-87 mph and touched 88.5 mph during his outing with feel for his 12-5 breaking ball in the low-70's. After throwing significant innings for powerhouse Hewitt-Trussville as a sophomore last spring, he'll be one to follow closely over the next year. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 290-pounds. Medium build with some present strength throughout his frame. Turned in the best outing in terms of in the box score, as he retired all six hitters he faced throughout his two innings while striking out the side in his first inning against a talented lineup. Possesses a long arm arm action coming out of an over-the-top arm slot, and pounded the zone using his two-pitch mix. Fastball ranged mostly 85-87 mph during the outing; reached back and grabbed a couple of 88’s and 89’s in his second inning. Primary secondary offering was a bigger 12-6 breaking ball that operated 70-72 mph with spin rates consistently in the 2300 rpm range. Slows his arm a bit when throwing the pitch, but still is an effective offering and showed the ability to land it in the strike zone. Good athleticism throughout his operation and feel for spin jumped out in this viewing."
Trey Greenwell OF / Decatur , AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 40 / POS: 10
Greenwell possesses some loud tools across the board and rises inside the Top-50 in this update to No. 40 on the list. An uber-athletic prospect, the uncommitted outfielder has a strongly-built 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame and can impact the ball with upper-90 EV's at prior events this summer. He also posted one of the better 60 YD's from our summer circuit at 6.62, and continues to build a strong resume heading into his junior year. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. One of the top athletes in the class with proportional strength to high-waisted build. Ranked near the top of most statistical categories at the Top Prospect Games, where he clocked a 6.67 60 YD and showcased a gap-to-gap approach at the plate while registering a top EV at 98.2 mph. Hits from a wide base and incorporates lower-half well from the right side of the plate; possesses present bat speed and whip to barrel. Mostly level path through the zone and can back-spin balls to gaps. Enjoyed a strong summer for a talented squad and is a definite follow in the rising junior class in AL moving forward."
Evan Lightsey 1B / American Christian, AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 49 / POS: 5
Lightsey is another considerable riser in this update, as he jumps from outside the Top-75 to the No. 49 spot after a quality spring and summer at numerous PBR events. One of the top left-handed power hitters in the class, the uncommitted first baseman impacts the baseball at a high level using tons of whip to his barrel and present bat speed. The ball jumps off the barrel using his strong 6-foot-0, 205-pound build and heavy barrel. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-0, 205-pounds. Present strength to build and uses it well in his offensive profile. One of the more impactful left-handed bats in the rising junior class in AL with light-tower power and showcased it at numerous PBR showcases this summer after a strong spring. A bit of an unconventional setup with a taller stance and hands slotted higher, but gets square quickly and uses a knob-led path that leads a heavy barrel to the point of contact. Immense pull-side power with a max distance of 374 ft. and a max EV at 95.2 mph; translates to gameplay where he was an extra-base hit machine this spring. Profiles as a future middle-of-the-order, run-producing left-handed bat. Good one to follow heading into his junior season."
Andy Purvis RHP / UMS-Wright , AL / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 75 / POS: 18
Purvis provided glimpses of intriguing stuff this spring pitching out of the bullpen for powerhouse UMS-Wright, and put that ability on full display with a strong showing at this summer's Top Prospect Games. Using an 6-foot-4, 225-pound XL frame, the uncommitted right-hander operates in the mid-80's and has feel for a shorter slider. He jumps into the Top-75 in this update to No. 75, and has a chance for future jumps. See his report from this summer below:
"Uncommitted. 6-foot-4, 225-pounds. XL, projectable frame with tons of physical strength throughout the build and moves well down the mound for his size. Strike-thrower and was ultra-effective this spring for UMS-Wright out of the bullpen posting a sub-1.00 ERA and helping lead them to the Class 4A State Championship. Well-paced delivery with ease of operation produces fastball that worked 83-85 mph with impressive arm-side run and good ability to locate it to both sides of the plate. Primarily a two-pitch mix using shorter slider at 73-75 mph with short, late tunneling action; collected swings-and-misses. Likely more jumps coming in the future."
|South Alabama Select||September 24th, 2023||The Performance Lab (Mobile, AL)|
|Southeast Senior Games (Invite-Only)||October 7th-8th, 2023||Jacksonville St./Choccolocco Park (Oxford, AL)|
|AL/MS Border Battle (Invite-Only)||October 14th-15th, 2023||Northeast Mississippi CC (Booneville, MS)|
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