Top 8 Uncommitted Two-Way Standouts in the 2024 Class

Cooper Trinkle
Lead Scout

Joshua Ferguson, RHP/3B, Evansville Central HS

A legitimate two-way prospect that has really taken a step forward on the bump. An easy mover down the slope, Ferguson has long and uninterrupted arm action coming from a high-3/4 slot that produces an 86-88 mph fastball with tons of run to the arm side and more velocity in the tank. Ferguson spins a sharp, 74-75 mph curveball with 11/5 action. The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder hits from the left-side of the dish and offers intriguing power potential with a loose and easy swing, producing a max exit velocity of 98 mph this winter.

Ryker Hughes, RHP/OF, Bedford North Lawrence HS

Hughes is an advanced athlete that is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential on the mound. A 6.64 runner that stands at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds with a fastball up to 89 mph, Hughes has obvious upside with a quick and clean arm that suggests his best baseball is ahead of him. Hughes shows feel for an above-average slider that works in the mid-70s, along with flashing a low-80s changeup that works well from his 3/4 arm slot. Hughes is a little further ahead on the mound than he has at the dish, but his outstanding athleticism is intriguing in the outfield if he is able to continue to make strides with the bat.  

Pernell Whitsett, RHP/3B, Northrop HS

Whitsett is another uncommitted '24 that continues to take strides forward with his overall development on the mound. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound right-hander offers raw arm strength on the bump with a fastball that reaches 88 mph. Whitsett shows the ability to land a 71-74 mph, 11/5 shaped curveball for strikes. At the dish, the left-handed hitter has strength in his lower-half that helps him generate bat speed and Pernell has flashed the ability to hit for power to all parts of the field. 

Vince Hoover, RHP/1B, Tipton HS

One of the more physical players in the class, Hoover immediately passes the eye test standing at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Hoover's strength and raw arm strength allows him to sit in the upper-80s on his fastball and we have seen him get up to 90 mph in a showcase setting. Hoover will flash a firm, 80-84 mph slider that pairs well with his powerful fastball. At the dish, the right-handed hitter offers major bat speed with an exit velocity up to 99 mph. 

Ethan Goodin, 1B/RHP, Evansville Mater Dei HS

Another two-way standout with major physicality, Goodin stands at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and offers advanced bat speed from the right-handed batter's box. A primary 1B, Goodin uses a simple, leg lift type stride and has a direct bat path that allows him to leverage the ball to his pull-side with power. On the bump, the physical right-hander has a two-pitch mix with above-average feel for both a fastball at 84-86 mph, and a curveball at 73-77 mph. 

Joseph Chrapliwy, RHP/SS, John Glenn HS

Chrapliwy offers plenty of quick-twitch within his wiry, 6-foot-2, 175 pound frame. On the mound, the right-hander has an athletic delivery with quick arm speed that allows him to sit 83-86 mph on his fastball. Chrapliwy has a true three-pitch mix with feel for an 11/5 shaped curveball at 69-72 mph and a fading changeup at 74-77 mph. A 6.77 runner, Chrapliwy's twitch translates to the box as he shows quick hands within a simple, right-handed stroke. A primary SS, Chrapliwy has also shown the ability to play 3B and his athleticism should allow him to move to the OF if needed. 

Brendan Ealy, RHP/OF, Center Grove HS

A long-limbed, athletic 6-foot-1, 170 pound two-way prospect, Ealy offers intriguing potential on the mound with his right-arm being his best tool at the moment. Ealy sat 86-88 mph on his fastball at the Preseason All-State this March with quick and clean arm action to go along with a sharp, 73-75 mph curveball that spins at 2600+ RPM. An advanced runner with a 60 time of 6.68, Ealy can really cover ground in the outfield and produced an event-best, 94 mph outfield velo at the Preseason All-State. 

Chase Loesch, RHP/OF, New Albany HS

A multi-sport athlete with a physical, 6-foot-5, 240 pound frame. Loesch has garned some college attention as a TE on the gridiron, but also offers promise as a two-way prospect on the diamond. On the mound, Loesch ran his fastball up 86 mph in multiple looks this spring with plenty of velo left in the tank with mechanical refinements in the lower-half of his delivery. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has feel for a 72-74 mph curveball that he can flip over for strikes. At the plate, the right-handed hitting corner outfielder has a simple swing that produces bat speed due to his present physical strength.