Initial Florida Class of 2020 Rankings Released

By Doug Freeman and Mike Maerz

With 2016 coming to a close and the high school season approaching quickly, it’s time to highlight the top freshmen in the state in the first edition of the Florida Class of 2020 Rankings. This class projects to be another talented group as six out of the top 10 have already committed to play at a Division I program. Florida has three recruits in the top 10, while Miami has two, and Florida State has one. Below is a breakdown of the Top five:

Coming in at No. 1 is C Jackson Miller (JW Mitchell HS, FL), who is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound, left-handed hitting catcher with above average all around tools. At the plate, he has a calm and confident approach and big leg kick trigger that keeps him on time and balanced throughout his swing. With a slightly uphill path, his bat stays in the zone a long time with above average bat speed that translates into him using the whole field with line drives into the gaps and flashes of above average pull-side power. Behind the plate, he shows the ability to both receive and block at an above average level, with strong wrists and athleticism. He displays a good transfer with quick feet while staying under control with pop times that range from 1.90-2.05 seconds.

In the No. 2 spot is RHP/IF Victor Mederos (Coral Reef Senior HS, FL), who stands at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. The Miami recruit shows a lot of athleticism and potential as a two-way player moving forward. On the mound, he has a quick arm with life on the fastball that has been up to 90 mph. Offensively, the right-handed hitter shows a short, quick swing with a strong lower half that generates present power with more to come.

Coming in at the No. 3 spot is SS/RHP Jordan Carrion (Somerset Academy, FL), who stands at 6-foot-1, 145 pounds with a lean, projectable build. The Florida recruit displays advanced defensive actions at shortstop along with first-step quickness and good angles to the ball with a confident, under control approach. Offensively, the bat path through the zone works with good barrel control, which will generate more power consistently as he fills out. He possesses good instincts, quick hands and overall athleticism.

C Carlos Perez (Brito Miami HS, FL) comes in at the No. 4 spot. The Miami recruit is physically developed for his class at a strong 6 feet, 165 pounds. The right-handed hitter shows a simple and compact swing that generates a lot of hard contact. He sticks with a gap-to-gap approach, but there is present bat speed and power will come. Behind the plate, he shows very solid all around actions with good hands. There is some present arm strength and a quick transfer, which results in pop times in the 2.1-2.2 range. Overall, he is very solid all around and will continue to develop defensively and have a chance to hit for power down the line.

Rounding out the top five is LHP Nick Gorby (Port St. Lucie HS, FL), who stands at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with a big, strong build. The Florida State recruit has a short, quick arm action where the ball jumps out of his hand at 84-86 mph with life and more velocity to come. He also has shown above average feel for a 71-72 mph curveball and a 73-74 mph changeup.

Here’s a look at how the Top 10 stacks up:

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Jackson Miller FL JW Mitchell 2020 C
2 Victor Mederos FL Coral Reef Senior 2020 RHP Miami
3 Jordan Carrion FL Somerset Academy 2020 SS Florida
4 Carlos Perez FL Brito Miami 2020 C Miami
5 Nick Gorby FL Port St. Lucie 2020 LHP Florida State
6 Albert Hernandez FL Archbishop McCarthy 2020 RHP
7 Dylan Crews FL Lake Mary 2020 OF
8 Alex Freeland FL Mariner 2020 SS
9 Timothy Manning FL Cardinal Gibbons 2020 LHP Florida
10 Mac Guscette FL Venice 2020 C Florida

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