Prep Baseball Report

Kentucky Class of 2016 Initial Player Rankings Released

By Chris Fuller
Kentucky Scouting Director

After several events over the past few months has afforded the PBR Kentucky staff the opportunity to evaluate several players in the 2016 class, the time has come to release our initial player rankings.

With three years of high school baseball left for prospects that just began their sophomore year this fall, the rankings will undoubtedly change and expand significantly as players continue to develop and we continue to go through the process of scouting, evaluating, and gathering information on prospects around the state. 

Easton McGee sits at the top of the class.  The 6-foot-5, 180-pound right-handed pitcher from Hopkinsville HS is long and lanky with big-time projectability.  At the Underclass Games Event at EKU last month, McGee’s fastball sat 85-87 mph and touched 88.  He throws a late-breaking slider at 72-74 mph that should continue to develop into a power pitch, a 66-69 mph curveball with tight spin, and a solid changeup as well.

Ironically, the No.2 and No.3 ranked prospects in the state both attend Beechwood HS in Ethan Stringer and Brayden Combs.

Stringer is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound OF/RHP who was one of two players from the 2016 class to represent Kentucky at the PBR Midwest Future Games at Indiana University in August.  The athletic, two-way prospect has shown an 88 mph arm from the outfield, and a fastball up to 85 on the mound.  He is already receiving interest from several Division I programs.

At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Combs is hard to miss on the baseball field.  The physically advanced 1B/RHP swings it from the left side and shows plenty of power.  At this point, Combs is the premier power left-handed bat in the class.

Cameron Planck checks in at No.4.  The 6-foot-3, 190-pound, projectable RHP/1B from Rowan County HS has been impressive in the Fall Prospect Program, showing long and loose arm action with an 82-85 mph fastball and very good 72-74 mph breaking ball.

The No.5 spot belongs to Griffin McLarty.  At 6-foot-2, 160-pounds, McLarty has a lanky and projectable frame and showed well at Underclass Games Event last month.  His fastball sat 82-84 mph with good arm-side run, and he showed good feel for his 74-75 mph breaking ball with late bite.  McLarty also ran a 7.09 60, showed 81 mph arm strength across the infield from third base, and showed quick hands from the left side at the plate.

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Here is a look at the Top 10:

2016 Rankings

Rank Name State School Class Pos  
1 Easton McGee KY Hopkinsville 2016 RHP  
2 Ethan Stringer KY Beechwood 2016 OF  
3 Brayden Combs KY Beechwood 2016 1B  
4 Cameron Planck KY Rowan County 2016 RHP  
5 Griffin McLarty KY Oldham County 2016 RHP  
6 Stewart Currie KY Daviess County 2016 RHP  
7 Hunter Sullivan KY Elizabethtown 2016 RHP  
8 Jakob Shuler KY Apollo 2016 C  
9 Carson Coleman KY Lexington Catholic 2016 SS  
10 Vincent Boils KY Southwestern 2016 C