Updated Class of 2021 Player Rankings (September)

Aaron Wilson and PBR Michigan Staff
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Updated Class of 2021 Player Rankings (September)

In 2020 we have had a year unlike any other ... No Spring HS season, uncertainty all summer with tournaments and showcases and the same can still be said this fall. But that hasn't stopped us from searching far and wide throughout the state to find the best prospects we can, to help them get to college and to help colleges find prospects that fit their culture.

Despite the tumultuous summer, many names came off the board to some of the top programs around the nation, many new names came to the forefront of the recruiting scene, and many prospects improved their game.

That being said, we have had the pleasure of seeing a number of solid players this past year. Prospects are popping up left and right, making velocity jumps, improving 60-yard dash times and showing more power with the bat.

Below we will take a look at “The Risers”, "The Newcomers”, "Uncommitted Tools" and some of the top uncommitted prospects by position.

Coming soon ... We will have the Class of 2021 Rankings Positional Breakdown, which you will be able to view by clicking here.

Coming Soon ... To view the Uncommitted Positional Breakdown, click below:
RHP | LHP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C

To view the entire rankings, please click here.

New Number One

Alex Mooney SS / 3B / Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep, MI / 2021

Taking over the top slot is Alex Mooney (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) had a big summer attending numerous national events and leaving his mark on the 2021 class. Helped lead OLSM to a state title as a sophomore while also being the only 8th grader to ever be selected to Team Michigan for the Future Games. Mooney did not allow a pandemic to slow his progress, the Duke commit is the 28th ranked player in the country.

What’s New At The Top

2020 has been a year unlike any other, while dealing with a national pandemic high school baseball was cancelled and summer ball was uncertain. However guys were able to put their talent on full display on the National, Regional and State stage. Rankings have shuffled at the top and three guys have entered the top ten. 

Trey Lipsey OF / 2B / Birmingham Groves, MI / 2021

OF Trey Lipey committed to The Ohio State university this summer is an explosive athlete that throws right and hits from the left side. A dynamic player that burst on the scene last summer at the Future Games has plus speed with pop in his bat. He takes over the #8 spot.

Korbin Griffin LHP / OF / Gull Lake, MI / 2021

LHP Korbin Griffin has a 6-foot-3, 205 pound frame with easy arm action showed a jump in velocity along with a developed frame. SEC commit to Auburn after his freshman year has been up to 90 mph with more in the tank. Has a three pitch mix along with command. Korbin takes over the #9 spot.

Avery Mona RHP / 3B / U of D Jesuit, MI / 2021

RHP Avery Mona is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound RHP made huge strides this winter, last summer he was 82-84 mph with command. This summer he became one of the most dominant arms in the state maintaining his command while now sitting 87-90 mph touching 92 mph on several occasions. Committed to last year’s cinderella story Central Michigan University and takes the #10 spot.

The Risers

Grant Reising LHP / OF / Divine Child, MI / 2021

Long projectable left-hand pitcher shows plus command and a feel for his three pitch mix. Showed the ability to throw all of his pitches in any count. High ceiling guy that has only scratched the surface.

Cameron Benson SS / 2B / University-Southfield, MI / 2021

Athletic shortstop from a Southfield program that has produced multiple college athletes this past decade. Shows clean actions with a smooth glove to hand transfer along with arms stretched across the diamond. Quick hands at the plate with a gap to gap approach.

The Sleepers

Joaquin X. Martinez OF / LHP / Detroit Western International, MI / 2021

Quick twitch athlete that plays both outfield and pitches has sure hands while being a natural lefty. Contact hitter at the plate that sprays the field.

Zachary Phillips 1B / OF / Woodhaven, MI / 2021

Corner infielder that swings from the left side with raw power. Two sport athlete plays football as well strong defensive ball player on the corner.

Andrew Meny C / 3B / Notre Dame Preparatory, MI / 2021

A hard-working back. That shows strong defense of ability with mobile hips and strong blocking skills. At the plate has raw power and the ability to drive the Baseball.

The Gamers

Owen Carapellotti C / 3B / U of D Jesuit, MI / 2021

Was a member of team Michigan last summer at the future games. Left hand hitting catcher that was known for his hitting ability used the pandemic to improve defensively becoming a catcher that shuts down the run game . High-level catch and throw ability behind the plate.

Noah Bright C / 3B / Henry Ford II, MI / 2021

Had a great summer playing elite competition while rising to the occasion on numerous occasions. Strong defensive backstop added power at the plate. Line drive hitter with the ability to leave the yard.

Hunter Pidek 2B / RHP / Troy Athens, MI / 2021

One of the more impressive arms this summer. Pidek is an absolute gamer that commands the zone with the best in the state. Throws his pitches in any count with a swing and miss curve. Fastball has been up to 88 mph.

Don’t Sleep On These Arms

Jake Keaser RHP / 1B / Orchard Lake St. Marys Prep, MI / 2021

6-foot-2 193 pound right hand pitcher has a feel for his three pitch mix throwing a sweeping curve while showing the ability to throw his changeup with similar speed to his fastball. Fastball set 84-88 mph.

Jimmy Love RHP / Birmingham Seaholm, MI / 2021

6-foot-1, 175 pound right hand pitcher burst onto the scene this winter and continued his excellence in the summer at our Michigan top prospects games 2. Fastball sat 86-88 mph with a sinking change up along with a sharp breaking ball.

Fletcher Whitley LHP / 1B / Saline, MI / 2021

6-foot-6, 230 pound left hand pitcher shows a three pitch mix on the mound in the mid 80s. Fastball has arms side run with sweeping action on his curve along with a deceptive change up.

Top Uncommitted Prospects By Position:

Below we look to name the top 5 prospects in specific categories for the 2021 class. Beyond this group, there are numerous prospects that can help a collegiate program in some capacity.

+ Top Right-Handed Arms: James Geshel | Jake Keaser | Charlie Branch | Jimmy Love | Mason Glennie

+ Top Left-Handed Arms: Grant Reising | Ben Whiteside | Fletcher Whitley | Isaac Toole | Zach Abbey

+ Top Outfield Prospects: Richard Lu | Gabe Nazelli | Matthew Grier | Nate Herberholz | Noah Warren

+ Top Middle Infield Prospects: Cameron Benson | Johnny Stepek | Ashton Abnet | Logan McCoy | Hunter Pidek

+ Top Corner Infield Prospects: Chase Kemp | Brennan Hayes | Kaden Nowak | Linken Hayward | Peter Stewart

+ Top Catching Prospects: Owen Carapellotti | Sam Lisiak (Video) | Noah Bright | Mason McGuire | Connor McKee

Michigan Class of 2021 rankings

Rank   Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Alex Mooney MI Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep 2021 SS Duke
2   Luke Leto MI Portage Central 2021 SS Louisiana State
3 Anthony Migliaccio MI Detroit Country Day 2021 C Vanderbilt
4 Micah Ottenbreit MI Trenton 2021 RHP Michigan State
5   Saborn Campbell MI Detroit Country Day 2021 OF Stanford
6   Avery Goldensoph MI Saginaw Swan Valley 2021 RHP Michigan
7   Ryan Szczepaniak MI Woodhaven 2021 RHP Michigan State
8 Trey Lipsey MI Birmingham Groves 2021 OF Ohio State
9 Korbin Griffin MI Gull Lake 2021 LHP Auburn
10 Avery Mona MI U of D Jesuit 2021 RHP Central Michigan

***** To view the entire list, please click here.