Colorado has Nice Represenation in Top 400 Overall 2015 Rankings

By John Cackowski
State Director

The landscape of the updated overall Class of 2015 player rankings have changed dramatically, chiefly because the landscape of the Prep Baseball Report state-specific coverage area has expanded since the last update.

It is important to note that the PBR overall rankings only reflect the states that we intimately know from our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff. States that we are not currently in – and even new states that we are in, but don’t have a proper handle on the prospects – are not included in the overall rankings.

The updated and expanded Top 400 Class of 2015 rankings now includes Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Ontario, in addition to our previously long-established states. Florida prospects are not yet included in the PBR overall rankings. All told, the overall rankings include 18 states and Ontario.

Colorado just recently released their first overall state ranking for the 2015 class. The ranking went up to 35, and will expand to 50, and 75 before the spring season ends. What states are starting to recognize is the high talent Colorado has, and as a state is starting to lose it's reputation as the "undiscovered country" in the high school baseball world. That is evident by the power house colleges that are starting to tap into our state, reaching down now into the 2016 classes for early commitments. In PBR's top 400 overall 2015 rankings, Colorado and Indiana were the only PBR states that had at least three players in the top 15.

Colorado’s No. 1-ranked prospect, SS Nick Shumpert (Highlands Ranch HS), ranks number 8 overall in the top 400 after strong showing in Jupiter playing for the Tri-State Arsenal. The highly athletic 6-foot Kentucky recruit crushed a home run that just hooked foul in his first at-bat. Although he grounded out later in the at-bat, Shumpert ripped a double down the left-field line in his third and final at-bat in the Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cangelosi Baseball.

Colorado's No. 2 ranked prospect, C Wyatt Cross (Legacy HS) came in at #11 overall in the top 400. The 6-3 185lb North Carolina commit will once again be behind the dish for the Lightning from Legacy High School. Cross has been getting national attention for his abilities. Cross has was invited to participate in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game 8-16-14 at Wrigley Field, and Cross participated in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars event in Cary, N.C. Cross who has outstanding movement behind the plate and great arm (pop time 1.90-1.95)

Few left-handed hitters in the 2015 class has drawn a bigger buzz than OF/1B Greg Pickett (Legend HS), ), a 6-foot-4, 220-pound Mississippi State recruit. Pickett, who hit cleanup for Chandler World and Legend, has shown big left-handed power over the summer and fall. Against the Chicago Scouts Association, Pickett went 1-for-4 with a single in Jupiter. Pickett is Colorado's #3 ranked prospect, and came in at #13 in the top 400 overall. 

In PBR's top 400 overall 2015 rankings, out of all 18 PBR states and Ontario, Colorado and Indiana were the only two that had 3 players ranked in the top 15.

To see the entire top 400 2015 rankings click here.

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