Prep Baseball Report

Tools of the Trade: Class of 2025 Footspeed

Ted Williams
Vice President of Scouting & Content

A breeding ground for upper-echelon talent in the northeast, New York's class of 2025 has shown impressive depth across the board. There's a near even split of pitchers vs. position players among the top 30 ranked with a multitude of ACC/SEC commits sprinkled throughout. When undergoing the scouting process, our staff uses the five tools (hit, power, defense, arm, and run) as a barometer for player comparison, knowing that each will need proper refinement and in-game results for them to show full effect. Today we break down one of the top tools within an exciting class of prospects.


The best teams in any sport have a handful of players who pressure the defense. Whether it's straight-line speed such as the 60-yard dash, or in-game aggression like going first-to-third, the ability to take that extra base can jumpstart any offense. Think about trying to control Corbin Carroll, Bobby Witt Jr., or Ronald Acuna Jr. on-base with nobody out. You'll see the pitcher increase tempo to the plate, the catcher anticipating a throw, and the batter hunting a fastball. Below is a look at some of the more gifted runners in NY's '25 class.


Jordan Serrano OF / The Stony Brook School, NY / 2025

The undisputed top 60YD in NY's 2025 class, Serrano blazed a 6.30 during last year's Metro Scout Day with long strides and plus athleticism. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder will hold down a future home in the middle of the field, as a ballhawking CF. A much improved upper-80's OF arm is not to be forgotten either.

Wake Forest commit

Luke Becker OF / CBA- Syracuse, NY / 2025

One of the summer's major winners, Becker flashed the wheels at the NY State Games where he stole (3) bases and poked an inside-the-park home-run. This coming after an event-best 6.57 60YD on workout day with a lightning-quick first step out of the gate.


Sam Saucke SS / 2B / Greece Athena, NY / 2025

Lean and twitchy with bounce to his step, Saucke owns major baseball bloodlines and plays fearlessly in a 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame. We've seen run times as low as 6.67 60YD earlier this summer while 10YD splits tell a better story of the base-stealing upside.


James Haughton SS / 2B / Ballston Spa , NY / 2025

Also a premium defender, Haughton profiles as an easy pick-to-click at the top of a collegiate lineup. The long-armed 5-foot-11, 155-pounder gains ground with fluid hips and features high-scale home-to-first times as a L/R 6.70 runner. Likewise, the approach sets him up to be on base often.

Rhode Island commit

Mateo Noto SS / 2B / Beacon School, NY / 2025

Equipped with more than a few next-level tools under his belt, Noto has continued to reach new territory on run times; 6.71 and 6.75 over the summer. An efficient angular mover at 5-foot-8, 150-pounds, he can go from first-to-third or second-to-home in an instant.

Indiana commit

Eamon Giblin 3B / SS / Jamesville Dewitt, NY / 2025

After a strong 2023 spring that produced a team-leading 19 stolen bases, the 6.76 runner wrecked havoc on the NY State Games. It's in-your-face type speed that uses length and athleticism to cover tons of grass defensively. The corner infielder might eventually slide to a future OF role.

St. Bonaventure commit

Joseph Castro CF / Half Hollow Hills East, NY / 2025

A natural switch-hitter with 6.78 footspeed, Castro burst onto the scene during March's Team Fransciso scout day. There's above-average flexibility in a proportional 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame, which allows him to change direction quickly and range to the gaps.



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