Oregon Class of 2024 Rankings Update


Dan Jurik
Scouting Director - Pacific Northwest

The 2022 summer circuit has just about come to a close. It was a busy few months for our staff across multiple events ranging from the Pacific Northwest to Georgia and even into Las Vegas. With all that has transpired, it is an appropriate time to revisit the rankings. The 2024 class is starting to take shape with the top players continuing to cement themselves at the top while others begin to emerge as names to know. 

Our updated and expanded list covers 60 names in the class that we’re high on heading into the Fall season. 

Since its inception in 2005, the Prep Baseball Report has evolved into one of the country’s biggest and most respected independent scouting services, with a singular focus of providing comprehensive year-round coverage in every state we are in. The mission of the Prep Baseball Report is to scout and promote amateur baseball - high school, junior college and college - and, ultimately, help athletes achieve their dreams of playing baseball at the next level. 

Rankings are based on evaluations by scouting director Dan Jurik as well as additional PBR scouts across the country who have seen prospects from the state at various events. 

With a majority of the prospects on the list uncommitted, the goal is for this information to help assist  college coaches as they look to finalize their recruiting classes and add additional pieces to their roster.

For the full release of the Top 60 click - HERE

Top 3

Ryan VandenBrink C / 3B / West Linn, OR / 2024

 

 

Gabe Howard RHP / OF / West Linn, OR / 2024

 

 

Troy Osborne C / 1B / Grants Pass, OR / 2024

 

 

 

 

Since we initially unveiled our rankings for this class, the top 3 has remained the same in some order. For now, ‘24 C Ryan VandenBrink (West Linn/Oregon State) has ascended back to the #1 spot as we finish up the summer. VandenBrink gets the nod due to his progress behind the plate as a catcher as well as his ability to consistently impact the baseball in-game. 

Right on his heels, his own HS teammate ‘24 OF/RHP Gabe Howard (West Linn/Oregon commit). Howard does it all right now in HS as a high end arm and an impact bat. We’re highest on his ability on the bump where he’s been up to 85-86 on our looks with recent reports that he’s into the high 80’s now. In addition to the velo, we’ve seen him fill up the zone and flash both a CB and CH in game action. 

‘24 C and uber athlete Troy Osborne (Grants Pass/Sacramento State commit) holds strong at the #3 spot. Pound for pound he’s one of the top athletes in the region. Defensively he’s done well behind the dish and also has the ability to hold down an OF spot and allow his speed to show up. At the plate, there’s immense power potential to go with a consistently sound approach.

risers

 

 

Jonah Barkoff LHP / 1B / Lake Oswego, OR / 2024

Uncommitted ‘24 LHP Jonah Barkoff (Lake Oswego) climbs into the Top 10 for the first time after a strong spring season that he carried over into the summer. An athletic mover on the bump with a quick arm. He commands a 3 pitch mix and understands how to execute in big situations and out of the stretch. Given his arm speed and actions, the velocity will likely tick up and allow him to put up even more gaudy numbers in 2023.

 

 

Gunnar Pedersen SS / 2B / Westview, OR / 2024

Uncommitted ‘24 SS Gunnar Pedersen (Westview) is also on the rise due to his innate ability to consistently make winning plays when it matters. He won’t overwhelm you with raw tools, but Pedersen does a great job of actually tapping into his tools when it matters and gets the job done. His frame has matured quite a bit in the past year and it’s really helped improve his offensive power output.

 

newcomers

 

 

Justin Schramm RHP / 3B / Wilsonville , OR / 2024

Uncommitted ‘24 RHP Justin Schramm (Wilsonville) nabbed 1st team All-State honors as a sophomore due to his ability to command the zone and get consistent outs with his heavy low 80s FB. Given his size and levers, it’s reasonable to think there’s more in the tank for him to tap into and he’ll solidify the top of that Wilsonville rotation for the next few years

 

 

Seth Willy SS / 2B / Bend, OR / 2024

Uncommitted ‘24 INF Seth Willy (Bend) is a wiry athlete with crisp, twitchy actions and impressive juice in the bat. An athletic runner with the versatility to handle multiple INF spots, he’s up to 95.1 with his peak EV and accelerates the barrel into the zone with easy bat speed.

 

 

Nate Nowak RHP / OF / St. Helens, OR / 2024

Uncommitted ‘24 Nate Nowak (St. Helens) posted a strong workout at Portland earlier this summer and cemented himself as a name to know in the class. At 6’1, 175, he has lean strength with a projectable frame that fits well in the OF. At the plate, he showed impressive hand speed and EV up to 96.3. On the mound, he topped at 83 with feel for his secondaries. Looks poised to fill the stat sheet as a 2-way prospect in 2023.

 

Full release - HERE