Prep Baseball Report

Updated 2018 Overall Rankings Released

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

From big velocity to big power to big bodies, the Class of 2018, on a whole, is advanced on several levels. So advanced, in fact, these sophomores are being recruited at an unprecedented breakneck pace. The sheer number of verbal commitments already in our recently updated 2018 overall rankings speaks volumes to the direction of college recruiting.

In the Prep Baseball Report’s updated and expanded 2018 rankings, 91 of the top 200 sophomores are verbally committed. Moreover, of the top 75 prospects, 59 have already named their schools. Louisville leads the way with eight commitments, followed by Florida (seven), Vanderbilt (seven), Miami (six) and Florida State (six).

It is important to note that the PBR overall rankings only reflect the states that we intimately cover from our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff. The updated Top 200 Class of 2018 rankings is comprised of our current 27-state coverage area, which now includes all New England states.

Over the course of three months, which has spanned state-specific showcases and the fall national circuit, our scouting staff has been hard at work. In that span, many sophomores have taken significant leaps forward, which in turn have created massive shakeups in the updated 2018 rankings.

Despite all the commitments, five of the top 10 overall prospects are still on the board, including the new No. 1 prospect, OF Elijah Cabell (Winter Park HS, FL).  The athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pound Cabell exploded onto the scene this fall flashing high-level tools across the board. Cabell’s offensive abilities separate him from his peers, as he features strength in the swing and premium bat speed.

Cabell slightly edges OF/LHP Connor Scott (Plant HS, FL) – the previous No. 1 prospect – for the top spot. The highly projectable 6-foot-3, 170-pound Florida recruit starred at Plant HS as a freshman, a program that featured two first-rounders, including OF Kyle Tucker, the No. 5 overall pick whom Scott resembles. Scott is a highly athletic left-handed hitter with power potential and a strong arm. Although his future is most likely as a position player, Scott also features a lively fastball that has been up to 87 mph.

Florida prospects hold the top three spots – and five of the top 10 – with RHP Kristofer Armstrong (Benjamin HS, FL) checking in at No. 3. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Armstrong is a high-ceiling right-hander with now-stuff, which includes an easy 88-91 mph fastball and a swing-and-miss curveball.

The 2018 class is especially deep in outfielders. In fact, five of the top 10 are outfielders. Along with Cabell and Scott, Alek Thomas (Mount Carmel HS, IL), Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West HS, WI) and Christian Robinson (Viera HS, FL) are top-10 prospects.

Outside the top 10, the biggest risers include: OF/LHP Liam Henry (Park Hill HS, MO), RHP Michael Bacica (Windemere Prep HS, FL), SS Blaze Alexander (Bishop Verot HS, FL), RHP Gunnar Hoglund (Dayspring Christian HS, FL), 1B Grant Lavigne (Bedford HS, NH), OF Kendrick Calilao (The First Academy HS, FL), INF Brandon Howlett (George Jenkins HS, FL), RHP Austin Becker (Big Walnut HS, OH), OF Christian Franklin (Rockhurst HS, MO), and Luis Tuero (Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL), to name a few.

A look at the top 20:

1 Elijah Cabell FL Winter Park 2018 OF  
2 Connor Scott FL Plant 2018 OF Florida
3 Kristofer Armstrong FL Benjamin 2018 RHP  
4 Alek Thomas IL Mount Carmel 2018 OF  
5 Jarred Kelenic WI Waukesha West 2018 OF Louisville
6 Christian Robinson FL Viera 2018 OF Florida
7 Jacob Sweeney IN Andrean 2018 LHP  
8 Landon Marceaux LA Destrehan 2018 RHP Louisiana State
9 Ryder Green TN Hardin Valley Academy 2018 3B Kentucky
10 Lyon Richardson FL Jensen Beach 2018 RHP  
11 Justyn-Henry Malloy NJ St. Joseph's Regional 2018 3B Vanderbilt
12 David Luethje FL Vero Beach 2018 RHP Florida
13 Alec Sanchez FL Providence 2018 SS Florida State
14 Liam Henry MO Park Hill 2018 LHP Arkansas
15 Levi Kelly FL IMG Academy 2018 RHP Louisiana State
16 John Malcom MI Country Day 2018 1B Vanderbilt
17 Xavier Edwards FL Trinity Christian Academy 2018 SS Vanderbilt
18 Michael Bacica FL Windermere Prep 2018 RHP North Carolina
19 Bayden Root IN Kokomo 2018 RHP Miami
20 Blaze Alexander FL Bishop Verot 2018 SS South Carolina

>> CLICK HERE to view complete Top 200 Overall 2018 Rankings

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