Prep Baseball Report

Fall Update: Class of 2025 Rankings

Jamie Tessoff/Chris Fuller
KY Scouting Director/KY Executive Director

It is time for our fall update to the Class of 2025 rankings. This is a modest update, as a lot remains the same towards the top of the rankings from our previous update at the end of August. In fact, the top 10 remains intact, although there are a few new names and some players on the rise.

Stay tuned for an in-depth discussion on the rankings on the Rounding Third podcast soon. For now, here is a look at the top five in the class.

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Owen Jenkins remains at the head of the class after a summer and fall that saw him continue to punish baseballs. Jenkins has plenty of juice in the bat to go along with a big arm behind the plate. The athletic, 6-foot-2, 195 pound Louisville commit projects as a middle of the order bat at the next level as he continues to prove he’s a premier power bat in the class.




On the heels of Jenkins, Kade Elam occupies the No. 2 spot. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Elam combines athleticism and power while showing the ability to make plays at the shortstop position look easy. His ability to throw on the move from different angles is advanced, and like Jenkins, he’s a middle of the order bat that will produce runs at the next level.




After bursting on the scene this summer, RHP Isaac Duty remains in the No. 3 spot, At 6-fot-4, 215-pounds, Duty has the look of a weekend starter, while still offering plenty of projection. He runs his fastball up to 90 mph with spin rates in the 2300’s, and shows the ability to spin both a curveball and a slider in the 2500’s. In a class full of talented arms, Duty is currently at the top. The QB1 from Pikeville is uncommitted, for now.




Southpaw Rantz Payton, another player who burst onto the scene this summer, checks in at No. 4. Payton flashed dominant stuff at the PBR Future Games with a 86-88 mph fastball that generated swing and miss up in the zone with spin rates in the 2400’s, and complete command of a mid-70’s slider with 2800 spin rates that was nearly unhittable. Payton is committed to Kentucky.




Colton Cravens rounds out the top five. The uber-projectable righty, who stands at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, is just scratching the surface of his potential. Already up to 90 mph, it’s easy to dream on Cravens’ frame to add more velocity in the near future. If he continues on his ascending path, Cravens has the potential to be the top arm in the class. He flashed a dominant inning at the PBR Future Games before struggling some in his second inning of work, but he will anchor a talented pitching staff at Trinity in 2024.