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Georgia Class of 2024 Rankings: Early Spring Update

Ian Smith
Assistant Scouting Director

Georgia Class of 2024 Rankings: Early Spring Update

We are now fully underway with the 2024 spring season around the State of Georgia!

Two tremendous weekends at Lakepoint Sports with the Georgia Dugout Club Tournament have come and gone, as well as some really high-profile matchups across the state.

With some big changes inside of the Top 10 and within the top 100 overall, I wanted to give a deeper look at some of the players making the biggest jumps as we move into region games the next few weeks.

Alex Hernandez, RHP/INF, Forsyth Central
Making his way into the top five is one of the premier two-way prospects in the class. The Georgia Tech commit shows MLB draft promise with a thunderous barrel from the right-side that’s created some of the highest exit velocities in the states so far this spring and present tools to stick on the left-side of the infield. On the mound, Hernandez is showing present feel for a true three-pitch mix with easy, repeatable mechanics from a physical 6-foot-2 frame. Fastball has lived in the low-90s and firm mid-80s changeup looks like a budding above-average offering with hard arm-side fade. There’s potential early round MLB draft upside with Hernandez.

Chase Fralick, C/1B/3B, McIntosh
Fralick has emerged as one of the top overall bats in class, regardless of where he ends up defensively. Plenty physical at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, the left-handed bat utilizes a truly advanced approach at the dish with a discerning eye for the zone and plus bat speed that allows Fralick to have tremendous plate coverage from a simple setup. The ability to create easy leverage from the bat path is evident and generates all-fields power without selling out. It’s a true above-average hit/power combo for the Auburn commit, and has a chance to be a hot commodity this upcoming summer in the MLB Draft.

Charlie Foster, LHP, Brookwood
There might not be a hotter name among scouts early this spring than the Brookwood LHP. Foster has added over 5 MPH to the fastball since last spring, now sitting 91-93 with considerable carry and looking like an unhittable pitch at times. Command of the slider and changeup has improved this spring, and the overall pitchability with the Georgia commit seemingly improves in every outing. The upside is substantial with Foster, and continues to push himself into the top-tier of arms in the class.

Caleb Daniel, OF/C, Cartersville
Hitters hit, and that’s all that Caleb Daniel continues to do. Using the whole field with ease, the Georgia commit with the sweet left-handed swing has shown significant in-game power so far this spring against both good pitching and in huge spots for a Cartersville club that’s among the best in the state. Another standout aspect in Daniel's game early this spring has been the athleticism in the outfield. Showing impressive range moving in all directions with precise routes and present arm strength. The ceiling continues to rise for Daniel with a strong floor as well.

Cade Brown, 1B/3B, Parkview
Another edition of hitters hit with one of the top returning bats in the state who continues to have a torrid start to his senior campaign. Brown paces a strong Parkview lineup with innate feel for the zone and present plus raw power that continues to show up in-game. The overall hit tool looks to have taken another step towards a carrying tool long term for the Georgia commit and will be massive for the overall profile at the next level.

Asher Sabom, RHP, North Cobb Christian
Sabom has had an upwards arrow since the fall, and it only continues to grow. Limiting hard contact as well as anyone in the class with an aptitude for in-zone misses, the Georgia commit lives in the bottom half of the zone with three pitches. Sinker/Slider combo will flash as above-average offerings, playing way up off plus command. Sabom mixes in the changeup at a healthy clip with present feel and good tunneling. The starter traits are real with Sabom and will have a great chance to further build his stock this spring.

Ryan Johnson, RHP, Cartersville
Already armed with a highly-projectable 6-foot-3 frame and low heartbeat on the mound, Johnson came into this spring with much improved stuff. Fastball now living in the low-90s with more to come and improved command. The Georgia commit has added a cutter to pair well with the sweeper that he already possesses. Changeup will flash with Johnson as well rounding out a mature four-pitch mix.

Thomas Burke, LHP, Walnut Grove
After a few standout performances this past fall, Burke came into the spring with a quickly rising stock, and has fit the bill early on. With a ton of funk and deception from longer arm action and imposing 6-foot-6 frame, the Georgia Southern commit will run it up to the low-90s with ride. Mid-70s curveball shows evident feel by holding 12-6 shape with immense depth. Swing and miss potential is real with both pitches and overall potential in the profile is immense.