Expanded Class of 2014 Rankings

By Mike Penn
Michigan Director of Scouting

The offseason certainly has been busy.  We have seen a lot of talent over the past few months.   One thing is clear, the Class of 2014 is flush with good talent in Michigan.  

As a result, today we are releasing our expanded Class of 2014 rankings.  The top 30 remains largely intact but we have doubled the list, moving from 60 players to 120 players.

As players have made big jumps their stock has risen accordingly.  A good example is lefty Austin Batka (Grand Rapids Christian HS) who made the biggest jump of anyone in the rankings. His performance at Pre-Season All-State, when he sat 87-89 mph with his fastball and showed feel for three pitches catapulted his ranking to No. 20.  Josh Bays (Lake Orion HS) is another pitcher who made a big jump after focusing on pitching only and now sits 87-88mph. Both pitchers will command significant attention from schools around the state and the region. 6-foot-6 RHP Alex Sova (H.H. Dow HS) can also be mentioned in that group with his jump to 86-88 mph and showing a good 12-6 curveball.

Devin Rose (Orchard Lake St. Mary's HS) and Daniel Jipping (Plymouth Christian Academy) are two outfielders who jumped into the top 35 who were both unranked previously. Both Rose and Jipping run sub 7.0 in the 60 are 80+ from the outfield and show good offensive toolsets.  

Catchers Josh Arndt (Oxford HS), Andrew Click (Portland HS) and Hunter Green (Birmingham Seaholm HS) all show significant potential at the next level.  All three were previously unranked but have jumped into the top 75 with their solid performances this winter. Collectively they represent a solid rising group of catchers that have both offensive and defensive acumen.

Class of 2014 Top 20

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Matt Ruppenthal MI Brother Rice 2014 RHP Vanderbilt
2 Brad Schaenzer MI Lake Orion 2014 LHP  
3 Grant Reuss MI Cranbrook 2014 LHP Michigan
4 Andrew Gonzalez MI Walled Lake Western 2014 RHP Michigan State
5 Jake Bivens MI Battle Creek Lakeview 2014 SS Michigan
6 Kory Young MI Rockford 2014 SS Michigan State
7 Dazon Cole MI Pontiac 2014 RHP Central Michigan
8 Tanner Allison MI Portland 2014 OF Western Michigan
9 Keegan Baar MI Hudsonville 2014 LHP Michigan State
10 Nathan Morris MI Oxford 2014 RHP Michigan State
11 Brandon Hughes MI Sterling Heights Stevenson 2014 LHP Michigan
12 Patrick Leatherman MI Jenison High School 2014 RHP  
13 Zachary McGuire MI Sterling Heights Stevenson 2014 OF  
14 Oliver Jaskie MI Forest Hills Central 2014 LHP Michigan
15 AJ Montoya MI St. Joseph 2014 C  
16 Michael Reid MI Bishop Foley 2014 RHP  
17 Logan Magsig MI Hudsonville 2014 SS  
18 Joshua Bays MI Lake Orion High School 2014 RHP  
19 Dan Chmielewski MI Utica Eisenhower 2014 OF Michigan State
20 Austin Batka MI Grand Rapids Christian