Prep Baseball Report

Updated & Expanded 2021-2024 Player Rankings

Austin Sharp
Scouting Director

With the 2021 high school baseball season in Alabama getting cranked up in just a few short days, the PBR Alabama staff has decided to go back and update and expand the 2021-2024 Player Rankings. There are many additions to all of these lists, as our staff got to see some of the top players the state has to offer at the Preseason All-State event as well as other games, scrimmages, and events over the course of the last few months. These rankings will obviously change over time, especially with the high school season set to get underway. 

2021: Expanded from 165 players to 200 players

2022: Expanded from 135 players to 185 players

2023: Expanded from 85 players to 125 players

2024: Expanded from 45 players to 75 players

Let's check them out..

2021 Player Rankings

Within the Top 10, LHP Maddux Bruns (UMS-Wright) deservingly stays at the No. 1 spot thanks to a significant jump in velocity over the past year. He's been up to 97 mph with a hammer breaking ball, and will look to continue that upward trajectory this spring. LHP Brady Garcia (Spanish Fort HS) rises up from the No. 10 spot to No. 5 in this preseason update. The Alabama signee has reportedly been in the low-90's with quality secondary offerings since coming off an injury that forced him to sit out the shortened 2020 season. Other than Garcia jumping up to No. 5, the rest of the Top 10 stays the same. However, this list has been expanded to 200 players with many players being added after strong summer & fall campaigns. Below is the Top 10, and you can find the rest of the 2021 Player Rankings HERE.

Rank Name Position High School Commitment
1 Maddux Bruns LHP UMS-Wright Mississippi State
2 Pico Kohn LHP  Chilton County Mississippi State
3 Grant Taylor RHP Florence Louisiana State
4 Max Soliz, Jr. C Bob Jones Arkansas
5 Brady Garcia LHP  Spanish Fort Alabama
6 Chase Allsup RHP Dothan Auburn
7 Slate Alford 3B Bob Jones Mississippi State
8 Grant Cherry RHP Vestavia Hills Tennessee
9 Samuel Dutton RHP Westbrook Christian Louisiana State
10 Trey Higgins OF Oxford Mississippi State


2022 Player Rankings

In the Class of 2022, the Top 7 stays the same in this preseason update stays the same, but there are a few shuffles outside of that range. Coming at No. 8, Mississippi State recruit and 3B Charlie Keller (Mobile Christian) makes his debut in the Top 10 after adding some more physicality to his frame. Keller is one of the top bats in this class from the left side and has shown some ability to hit for power. Southern Miss recruit and 3B/RHP Davis Gillespie (Oak Mountain HS) stays inside the Top 10 at No. 9, and Alabama recruit and RHP Carter Stanford (Spanish Fort HS) rounds out the Top 10. Stanford has a upper-80's/low-90's fastball with a frame that offers tons of projection at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. Below is the Top 10, and you can find the rest of the 2022 Player Rankings HERE.

Rank Name Position High School Commitment
1 Landon Russell SS  Russell County Auburn
2 Drew Nelson LHP Pike Liberal Arts Auburn
3 Alex Wade OF Madison Academy Auburn
4 Alton Davis II LHP Bessemer Academy Alabama
5 Riley Quick RHP Hewitt-Trussville
6 Cameron Keshock RHP Spanish Fort Auburn
7 Elliott Bray RHP Hartselle Auburn
8 Charlie Keller 3B Mobile Christian  Mississippi State
9 Davis Gillespie 3B Oak Mountain Southern Miss
10 Carter Stanford RHP Spanish Fort Alabama


2023 Player Rankings

The Class of 2023 features some of the state's biggest names who are already starting to make major impacts at their respective high school programs. 3B/RHP Walter Ford (Hoover HS) as ultra impressive at this January's Preseason All-State event, where he posted a 100 mph EV and bumped 94 mph on the mound. OF Coleman Mizell (Hartselle HS) will be a force in the middle of a loaded 6A Hartselle Tiger lineup, and he slides up to No. 5 in this update. There is not much change within the Top 10 here, but there are many players make their debuts and other players who jump up the list outside of the Top 10. Below is the Top 10, and you can find the rest of the 2023 Player Rankings HERE.

Rank Name Position High School Commitment
1 Walter Ford  3B/RHP  Hoover Alabama 
2 Stone Lawless C Huntsville Tennessee
3 Colton Wombles C/OF Russell County Auburn
4 RJ Hamilton SS Hoover Vanderbilt
5 Coleman Mizell OF Hartselle Alabama
6 Sam Robertson SS Oxford
7 Seth Farni OF UMS-Wright Mississippi
8 Jaxon Milam SS  Russell County  
9 Matthew Heiberger LHP Oak Mountain  
10 Jono Stevens RHP Briarwood Christian


2024 Player Rankings

The Class of 2024 is stocked full of talented prospects who are beginning to make a name for themselves as the begin their first year of high school baseball. One of the major changes in this update comes as recent Auburn recruit and RHP Christian Chatterton (Brooks HS) jumps up to No. 3 after a standout showing at this January's Preseason All-State event on the mound. He ran his fastball up to 88 mph and showed advanced spin for his age. 3B Henry Allen (Auburn HS) and SS Cameron Warren (Saraland HS) both make their debuts in the Top 10, with Allen coming in at No. 5 and Warren jumping up to No. 8. Below is the Top 10, and you can find the rest of the 2024 Player Rankings HERE.

Rank Name Position High School Commitment
1 Jackson Sanders  LHP  Valley Auburn 
2 Tanner Waldrop 3B Auburn  
3 Christian Chatterton RHP Brooks Auburn
4 Bailey Thorne 3B Russell County  
5 Henry Allen 3B Auburn
6 Mark Rutherford C Home School Auburn
7 Jack Holley C Spanish Fort  
8 Cameron Warren SS Saraland  
9 Jackson Hunter 3B Hazel Green  
10 Braden Booth 3B Bob Jones



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