Prep Baseball Report

Updated Colorado 2019 Rankings

John Cackowski

John Cackowski

State Director 

In the winter of 2015 PBR Colorado released our first ever 2019 rankings which consisted of 40 players. In the past two years Prep Baseball Report Colorado has had the opportunity to cover amateur baseball like no other organization has ever been able to do before in the state of Colorado. Between scouting numerous games last spring and summer, and having a great opportunity to see more 2019 grads at the Underclass Invitational last spring, the Top Prospect Games this summer, and scouting tournaments this fall and other PBR Colorado events, we were able to move our 2019 ranking list to 150 players.  Our next big 2019 rankings update will be posted after our Preseason All-State in February.

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Riley Cornelio RHP / SS / Pine Creek , CO / 2019

The Texas Christian commit still holds on to the top spot. Coming off a strong summer circuit, we recently saw Cornelio at the Atkinson Memorial Tournament throwing 88-89, and struck out 5 of 6 hitters. 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. Bats and throws right. Athletic, wiry, and elastic. Advanced high school hitter at the plate. Has narrow open stance and aggressive stride towards ball that produces a 90 mph exit velocity off a tee. What is scary is his thin frame could easily add 30 more pounds to push his already 90+ fastball up to mid to upper 90's range. To see recent video of pitching in August click here






Justin Boyd SS / OF / Legend , CO / 2019

Staying at No. 2 is Boyd. Committed to Oregon State. 6-foot, 170 pounds. Bats and throws right. Looks the part, and backs it up.  Has a cool, confident aura without being cocky. At the plate he is balanced with a simple, fluent load of the hands and little/no stride. Bat speed is quick, and he laced line drives in his BP round. 89 mph exit velocity. Has the arm strength to stick at short, and the glove is advanced for his age. Bounces around with athletic quickness and makes plays to both sides with throws from all angles.  Ran a 4.28 home to first. 







Parker Gregory RHP / OF / Pine Creek , CO / 2019

Staying at No. 3 is Gregory. Recently committed to Wichita State, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Bats left throws right. Arm works free and easy and has quick hand speed. Pounded fastballs down in the zone and they jump at the plate. Steps across his body which leads to some natural cut at times. More velocity to come. Changeup works well. 11/5 slurve is a tight, out pitch with multi-plane break. Sharp at times and has a chance to be a swing and miss pitch. Was up to 86 mph, and you could expect him 88-90 by this spring. Threw entirely out of the stretch. 





Clayton Burke RHP / 3B / Mountain Vista, CO / 2019

Recently committed to Oregon, moving up to No. 4 is Burke. 6-foot-3, 215-pound right hand hitting RHP/1B.  At the plate he has a balanced simple set up.  He uses a slow load to his back side and a short stride to get his weight coming forward.  Hips and hands fire through the zone and produce great pull side power.  Exit velocity was 92 MPH and he hit several balls hard off the wall in the left center gap during the live round.  In the field he is solid at first base.  He moves well on balls in the hole and shows good feet while turning a double play.  Arm velocity was 82 MPH across the diamond.  On the mound he is an imposing presence.  Projectable size and arm was on display at the TPG.  His motion is mechanically sound with no wasted movements.  He gets balanced and then drives hard to the plate.  Burke worked two very quick innings at the TPG collecting 4 K’s along the way.  Lower half lands inline with the plate and he stays square through delivery.  Arm is quick and over the top.  Fastball was 89 MPH and he could put it anywhere in the zone.  Command was on point.  He added a 71 MPH curve with tight rotation and sharp 11/5 break.







Sam Ireland 1B / RHP / Mountain Vista , CO / 2019

Coming in at No. 5 is Ireland. 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. Bats and throws right. Ireland has a high ceiling on the mound. Motion is fluid and smooth. Kinda lulls you to sleep. Comes from different arm angles, is quick and usually at a 3/4 arm slot. Fastball was highest we have had him. Lived 83-85 touching 86 twice. Slider is a plus pitch with tight spin and late depth at 69-71 mph. Advanced hitter who barreled balls all weekend, crushed base hit off 86 mph fastball. Open stance, good approach. Upper and lower half work fluid. Gap to gap power. 94 mph exit velo. Looks like he has a few more inches to grow as well. To see video click here and click here






Here is a look at the Top 15. To see rest of list click here

1 Riley Cornelio CO Pine Creek 2019 RHP Texas Christian
2 Justin Boyd CO Legend 2019 SS Oregon State
3 Parker Gregory CO Pine Creek 2019 RHP Wichita State
4 Clayton Burke CO Mountain Vista 2019 RHP Oregon
5 Sam Ireland CO Mountain Vista 2019 1B  
6 Bryce Matthews CO Chaparral 2019 OF Arkansas
7 Mitchell Morales CO Broomfield 2019 LHP  
8 Derek Shaver CO Grand Junction 2019 SS Wichita State
9 Eric McKnight CO Heritage 2019 RHP  
10 Grant Magill CO Mountain Vista 2019 C Indiana State
11 Geno Macias CO Regis Jesuit 2019 2B Air Force
12 Nate Vondy CO Mountain View High School 2019 RHP  
13 Calvin Hunt CO Ralston Valley 2019 RHP  
14 Hank Bard CO Legend 2019 C Kentucky
15 Iain Isdale CO Chaparral 2019 LHP