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Updated Class of 2025 Player Rankings (March)

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Updated Class of 2025 Player Rankings (March)

During the Fall and Winter, we saw many names came off the board to some of the top programs around the nation, saw numerous prospects update measurables at showcases, and saw many new names came to the forefront of the recruiting scene. With that information, we are updating each of our class rankings based off what we have seen. We started with the Class of 2024 and continue with the Class of 2025.

As the spring season is about to get underway, we will take a look at "The Risers”, “The Sleepers", "Winter Showcase Standouts", a look some of the top uncommitted prospects by position, and a close look at the Top 10.

To view the Class Rankings, click below:

To view the Prospect Reports, click below:

To view the entire Class of 2024 rankings, please click here.

The Risers

Braylon Schneider RHP / 3B / Fremont Ross, OH / 2025

Report: The Future Game alumni showed off a 92.6 mph fastball at our Procase this winter, while also showcasing plus secondary offerings. The performance helped jump Schneider in the ranked from 27 to 18. The 6-2, 178-pound Kent State commit looks to have a big spring for Fremont Ross.

Jude Fisher RHP / OF / Strongsville, OH / 2025

Report: A big jump in the rankings for the R/R two-way out of Strongsville. 105 to 30 just tells what type of day Jude had at the Premier Scout Day this winter. A 91.5 mph fastball to go along with outstanding metrics as a positional prospect has the Strongsville product with eyes on him this spring and summer.

Cooper Ridley OF / 1B / Archbishop Moeller, OH / 2025

Report: The L/L product from Archbishop Moeller used an outstanding Procase performance to help secure an offer from Miami (OH) that he accepted. The performance also helped him jump from 73 to 37 in the update. The future Redhawk runs a 6.57 to go along with a smooth swing from the left side. Ridley looks to man one of the three outfield spots for one of the top teams in the nation at Moeller.

Malcolm Gillies LHP / 1B / Bishop Hartley, OH / 2025

Report: The 6-0, 165-pound southpaw features a fastball that can run up to 90 mph, with multiple offspeed offerings to compliment. A jump from 129 to 44 says all you need to know about how Gillies progression is going.

Ryan Hojdar RHP / OF / Twinsburg, OH / 2025

Report: The 5-10, 180-pound righty showed off an electic arm during the T3 Scout Day this winter, helping to propel the Twinsburg product from 121 to 59.


Ben Winge SS / 2B / Wooster, OH / 2025

Report: A name that could've been included in the risers (86 to 55), the 5-10, 170-pound left-handed swinging shortstop was one of, if not the top prospect a tthe Central Ohio Preseason ID this February. A 6.58 60 to go along with a smooth swing from the left side.

Kahlil Ligon RHP / 1B / Defiance, OH / 2025

Report: One of the more projectable arms in the class, the 6-4, 210-pound righty out of Defiance comes off the basketball court and looks to put together a big spring for the Bulldogs. Three-pitch mix was shown off at the Demand Command Scout Day this winter.

Seth Green OF / RHP / Harrison, OH / 2025

Report: The left-handed swinging athletic outfielder participated in the Cincinnati Aces Scout Day and put on a show. 6.60 60, 91 outfield velo, 95.7 exit velo, while oozing athleticism. This Harrison product is one to go see this spring and summer.

Michael Lalonde SS / RHP / Oak Harbor, OH / 2025

Report: The 5-10, 170-pound left-handed swinging two-way product out of Oak Harbor has high baseball IQ and is a true gamer. The glove works at short, while the smooth swing from the left side plays.

Zach Short LHP / 1B / Archbold, OH / 2025

Report: The 6-0, 185-pound southpaw looks to be the next college level arm from Archbold, which has produced many over the years. Reports are the fastball has been up to 88 this winter. When in the zone, this lefty is touch to hit.


Samuel Yoder RHP / OF / Marlington, OH / 2025

Report: An arm with upside, that has already improved a bunch is Samuel Yoder, a 6-6, 215-pound righty from Marlington. The T3 product opened eyes at the Scout Day this winter.

Kayden Packard SS / 3B / Mount Vernon, OH / 2025

Report: One of the top bats we saw all winter was from the 6-3, 200-pound Mount Vernon prospect. At the Cincinnati Riverbats Scout Day, the right-handed hitter showed off a 99.2 exit velo and 21.9 hand speed.

Samuel Rufenacht LHP / LHP / New Philadelphia, OH / 2025

Report: At 6-3, 215-pounds, the Bo Jackson Elite product was one to watch during his Scout Day this winter. Rufenacht looks to use this momentum into the spring for his high school squad at New Philadephia.

James Miller SS / RHP / Willoughby South, OH / 2025

Report: The 5-7, 180-pound strong bodied R/R shortstop prospect showed well at the B2 Bulls Scout Day. Good actions in the field complimented a big time BP round.

Karson Kayden RHP / OF / Fremont Ross, OH / 2025

Report: The 6-1, 215-pound right-handed pitching prosect has always been well put together physically, but now there are good baseball movements coming from the strong frame, which has helped him on the bump. The fastball is up to 88.7 mph. Kayden and Schneider look to put together one of the top 1-2 rotations in the state.

Grady Combs SS / 2B / Middletown Madison, OH / 2025

Report: A big day at the Canes Baseball Club Scout Day is what the Middletown Madison product was hoping for this winter and that is just what he had. Sub-7 60 to go along with a good BP round and fielding session has us wanting to talk more about Combs.

Brady Borton OF / RHP / Defiance, OH / 2025

Report: The 6-0, 180-pound R/R product out of Defiance has put it all together physically, which was shown at the Canes Ohio Scout Day. A 6.72 60, 96.7 exit velo, 25.2 hand speed, and an 84 outfield velo shows what type of tools Borton has.

Austin Wittreich OF / RHP / Riverside, OH / 2025

Report: A true two-way that put on a show, as one of, if not the top performer at a loaded B2 Bulls Scout Day. A big time BP in the cage to go along with an electric bullpen, should have scouts flocking to games at Riverside high school this spring and to B2 Bulls games this summer.


Below we look to name the top 5 prospects in specific categories based on primary position in profile for the 2024 class rankings. Beyond this group, there are numerous prospects that can help a collegiate program in some capacity.

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


High School
1 Zion Theophilus
Archbishop Moeller RHP LSU
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2 Luke Pappano Archbishop Moeller LHP/OF Mississippi
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3 Hunter Richardson Butler LHP/1B Kentucky
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4 Taylor Belza Saint Ignatius C/OF Auburn
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5 Jordan Kievman IMG Baseball OF/LHP Uncommitted
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6 Carter Christenson Archbishop Moeller SS Ohio State
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7 Owen Shinada Twinsburg RHP Indiana
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8 Quincy Mazeke Glenoak OF Cincinnati
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9 Andrew Visconti Mason LHP Louisville
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10 Cooper Gilkerson Hilliard Darby RHP/3B Wright State
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