2024 Rankings Update Story
August 22, 2022
After a full summer of events, tournaments, and a culmination finishing at the Future Games Prep Baseball Report Arkansas is releasing an update on the 2024 rankings. Today we take a deeper dive into the top 3 players in the State, a couple of the top uncommitted players remaining on the board, as well as take a look at who's seen their stock take a rise after the summer. You can see the full rankings by clicking here.
Slade Caldwell OF / LHP / Valley View, AR / 2024
The Mississippi commit remains at the top of the list as the number one overall player in the Natural State. Caldwell packs elite athleticism into his lean frame with some of the best foot speed and left-handed juice in the box. The Valley View product will only continue to get better as he keeps adding strength to his game and will be considered amongst the best in the Country.
‘24 OF/LHP Slade Caldwell (Valley View HS) @OleMissBSB commit— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) February 13, 2022
Great athlete w/ TONS of upside
Along w/ being a 6.5 60 runner, he also showed some pop w/ an EV of 96.7👀
Controlled violent swing w/ intent to do damage!
A DUDE!@slade_caldwell #PBRPreseasonAllstate pic.twitter.com/lQFU86zOTR
Ross Felder RHP / SS / Har-ber, AR / 2024
Felder checks back into the list at number 2 overall in the State and the top ranked arm in Arkansas. The Razorback commit has one of the cleaner deliveries and arm actions in the area with much more in the tank in the future. Felder also is known to collect a ton of hits from the right side of the plate showing advanced barrel control and feel for hitting.
#Hogs ‘24 SS/RHP Ross Felder(@AR_Sticks) gd feel to hit. Slow flow in the hands, hips touch & go off backside, gets most of separation from chest load. Effortless forward move w/ hips controlling feet, allowing head to land perfectly centered. Pretty inside out swing, + athlete pic.twitter.com/0Pm4YPwFhk— PBR Georgia (@PBRGeorgia) June 4, 2022
Kel Busby RHP / 3B / Pulaski Academy, AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 3 / POS: 2
Busby continues to rise in the rankings now working his way up to number 3 in the class. Busby has an electric arm that sees the fastball work into the lower 90's and matches it well with advanced feel for spin and swing and miss curveball. At 6-foot-2 and 195-pounds, Busby is also a QB prospect at the next level and shows some of the most promise on the diamond in the State.
❗❗PBR AR Week 1 Player of the Week❗❗
After beating the #4 team in the state with a dominating performance on the mound in the #PBRJamboree 2024 RHP Kel Busby (@kel_busby Pulaski Academy HS) earns the honor of player of the week.
— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) March 8, 2022
REMAINING TOP 10
#4 Tag Andrews RHP Arkansas commit #5 Gideon Motes LHP Arkansas commit #6 Cole Spears 1B Arkansas commit #7 Lance Davis RHP Arkansas commit #8 Lawson Ward C Arkansas Commit #9 Nolan Belcher C Arkansas State commit #10 Tripp Sullivan LHP Arkansas commit
Meyer Maddox OF / LHP / Jonesboro , AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 12 / POS: 2
Maddox is the top remaining uncommitted position player in the State and has one of the better overall feels for hitting in the Natural State. The left-handed hitter has a smooth stroke and shows a feel for always being on balance. The Jonesboro outfielder has shown top 9of the order offensive skills and will also hop on the mound from the left side offering a four-pitch mix.
‘24 OF/LHP Meyer Maddox (Jonesboro HS)— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) February 13, 2022
Maddox, a well built athletic player. Projectable frame with a consistent swing. Creates good leverage along w/ + hands that cover all quadrants of the zone. #PBRPreseasonAllstate pic.twitter.com/KD0SPS7IJZ
Jaxson Ingle OF / LHP / Lonoke, AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 13 / POS: 3
Ingle checks into the list as the second highest ranked remaining uncommitted player after a strong showing at this year's Future Games. The left-handed hitting outfielder from Lonoke put his short and compact stroke on display with good balance and strong rotation. Ingle also jumped on the mound working the fastball up to 87 mph providing a look at his two-way potential.
2024 OF/LHP Jaxson Ingle (Lonoke HS) with an RBI double to left center.— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) July 28, 2022
From BP to game, Ingle has consistently delivered quality swings. Lining balls to all parts of the field.@MizunoBsballNA X @LakePointSports #PBRFG22 pic.twitter.com/corgdjGGEx
Webb Watson OF / 1B / Central Arkansas Christian, AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 14 / POS: 4
Another left-handed hitter makes this list as the third highest remaining uncommitted player in the state of Arkansas. Watson has true power potential with his simple swing and strong bat speed. Watson shows the ability to drive the ball to all fields with some pop while maintaining consistent balance at the plate. Watson showed well at this year's Future Games.
2024 OF/1B Webb Watson (Central Arkansas Christian HS)
Even w/ a compact swing and short stride, Watson showcased his strength w/ up the middle to right-center approach. @MizunoBsballNA X @LakePointSports #PBRFG22 pic.twitter.com/PvOPjGoIjp
— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) July 27, 2022
Andre Bell RHP / 2B / Joe T. Robinson , AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 30 / POS: 10
The right-handed pitcher and middle infielder sees himself rise in this installment of the rankings after showing the ability to miss bats on the mound and rack up strike outs in a hurry. Bell also shows a quick twitch swing at the plate with some hand strength making him an intriguing two-way potential prospect.
‘24 P Andre Bell (@JoeTbaseball)— PBR Arkansas (@PBR_Arkansas) March 1, 2022
Bell showed potential upside on the mound tonight as he was able to spot the fastball well and throw quality strikes throughout the game. Also went 2-3 w/ 2R’s and a SB.
Bell stat line for tonight:
3.1 IP 0H 0ER 1BB 8K’s #PBRJamboree pic.twitter.com/artNWXlSGN
Luke Lorence RHP / SS / Little Rock Central, AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 48 / POS: 16
Lorence from Little Rock Central sees a rise in the rankings as a potential 2-way prospect showing advanced bat speed and strong defensive actions. He also jumps on the mound showing a clean delivery and shorter arm stroke with a very tight slider and late action.
Jackson Pruitt SS / 2B / Southside, AR / 2024
Rankings StateRank: 49 / POS: 6
Jackson Pruitt enters the rankings as the 49th overall player thanks to a strong showing at this past summer's Top Prospect Games. Pruitt shows quick hands at the plate with strong rotation and good balance. Defensively he shows good bounce and ability to field the ball on the move with clean actions and release.