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NJCAA DI Preseason Top-25: Release

By Andy Sroka & Josh Fields
Prep Baseball JUCO Wire

Is there a more perfect kind of player to ignite the frostbitten 2024 baseball season than the grinders that call the JUCO ranks home?

As always, baseball begins on an NJCAA Division I diamond, and this year it'll be underway in several locations on Friday, Jan. 26, and most notably in Las Vegas, where we'll be on-site to cover the 2024 Manny Guerra Memorial Border Battle, which takes place over the course of the weekend, featuring prominent Division I and II programs, three of which are ranked on this preseason top-25 below.

Today, we're unveiling the Prep Baseball NJCAA DI Preseason Top-25 rankings; follow us at @PBR_JUCO for continued coverage throughout the spring. Today, we’re breaking down the top 25 teams, as we see it, ahead of opening day. In December, we published our list of the Top 150 JUCO prospects, which will get its first update after the first month of gameplay or so.

+ Prep Baseball's JUCO Wire: Top-150 Prospects

Below, we’ve included breakdowns on each team in our Top-25, paced by... 


 + No. 1 Central Florida

  • 2023 Record & Accolades: 56-7 (NJCAA DI World Series champions)
  • Roster Preview: INF Edwin Torbio (FIU commit; 2nd Team All-American, Conference Player of the Year, PBR Top-150), SS Kareh Valentin (FIU; All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year), OF Kainen Jorge, C Cole Bullen (Florida; All-Conference), RHP James Hill, LHP Isaac Sewell (All-Conference), Cortland Clarke (Florida State; PBR Top-150).
  • Impact Transfers: Gunnar Carlson; Florida State, Sebastian Perez; Miami, Miles Curley; East Carolina
  • True Freshmen Watchlist: INF Logan Chapman (Montverde Academy, FL), OF Armando Guirola (TNXL Academy, FL)
  • Top Uncommitted Prospects: Hill, Sewell

+ No. 2 Blinn (TX)

  • 2023 Record & Accolades: 46-15 (NJCAA World Series, fourth place)
  • Roster Preview: MIF Tanner Reaves (LSU commit; 1st Team All-American, PBR Top-150 Prospect), OF Marshall Lipsey (FAU commit; All-Region), 1B Coy DeFury (Texas State), CF Brandon Bishop (Houston; All-Region), RHP Kaden Dydalewicz (Houston), LHP Cody Pfeffer (All-Region, Reliever of the Year), RHP/OF Jake Kolkhorst (Baylor; All-Conference), RHP Brendan Sweeney (South Carolina; PBR Top-150)
  • Impact Transfers: Lucas Davenport; Texas A&M, Caden Ferraro; Texas A&M, Cade Climie; Texas A&M, Tavion Vaughns; Oklahoma, Lane Allen; Texas, Landon Bowden; Houston, Paxton Terveen; Texas A&M, Sweeney; Eastern Oklahoma State, Ryan Williams; Mississippi State, Ben Bosse; Auburn, Ryan Hanks; Arizona State
  • True Freshman Watchlist: OF Luke Ekdall (Lake Creek, TX), C Ethan Gonzalez (Smithson Valley, TX)
  • Top Uncommitted Prospects: Davenport

+ No. 3 Wabash Valley (IL)

  • 2023 Record & Accolades: 57-13 (NJCAA World Series runners-up)
  • Roster Preview: OF Richard Bonomolo Jr. (Alabama commit; All-Conference, PBR Top-150), INF Bruce Jellison, OF Keaton Mahan, LHP Jackson Soucie (South Carolina; PBR Top-150), LHP Aidan Deakins (Indiana State; PBR Top-150), RHP Cade Schneider.
  • Impact Transfers: Ean Czech; Texas, Austin Younce; VCU, Max Vaisvila; Loras.
  • True Freshman Watchlist: OF Krew Bond (Mendota, IL), C AJ Malzone (St. Rita,IL), INF Ean Czech (Downers Grove North, IL), RHP Konner Quinn (LaVille, IN), RHP Trey Reinburg (Nashville, IL), RHP Rickey Howell (Pendleton Heights, IN), RHP Jacob Culp (Westfield, IN).
  • Top Uncommitted Prospects: Vaisvilla, 1B Dalton Fiveash, OF Jon Legrande.

+ No. 4 McLennan (TX)

  • 2023 Record & Accolades: 40-16 (NTJCAC runners-up)
  • Roster Preview: LHP/INF Gavyn Jones (Oklahoma commit; PBR Top-150), INF Sam Flores (Kansas State), RHP Nick Greaney (Florida State; PBR Top-150), INF/RHP Lucas Kelly (Oklahoma; PBR Top-150), OF Logan Duffy (Pitt) UTL Landon Underhill (Dallas Baptist), LHP Stefan Stahl (Rice), LHP Connor Zaruba (Sam Houston), UTL Aidan Kuni (Hawaii), C Brodey Williams (New Mexico), OF Xander McAfee (Loyola Marymount), RHP Austin Ford (Wichita State), RHP Devin Bennett (PBR Top-150)
  • Impact Transfers: Phoenix Meza; Oklahoma State, Kelly; Texas A&M, Underhill; Mercer, Duffy; Old Dominion, Marcus Smith; Cincinnati, Jonah Conradt; Arkansas
  • True Freshmen Watchlist: Jones (White Oak, TX), Conradt (P27 Academy, SC)
  • Top Uncommitted Prospects: Bennett, Meza, Smith, Blake Hansen, Roman Tolbert.

+ No. 5 Johnson County (KS)

  • 2023 Record & Accolades: 56-10 (Region 6 champs; NJCAA World Series appearance)
  • Roster Preview: 1B Dagen Brewer (Conference Freshman of the Year), UTL Jack McClure, INF Jordan Black (Wichita State commit), C Cal Kilgore (PBR Top-150), INF Jack Mosh, INF Maddux Fleck, RHP Maddox Burkitt (All-Conference), RHP John Chambers (All-Conference) Ryan Borberg (Dallas Baptist; PBR Top-150), RHP Sam Novotny, RHP Brandon Stone
  • Impact Transfers: Borberg; Illinois State, Sawyer Allen; Rockhurst, Matt Lemke; Kansas State, Novotny; Nebraska, Kilgore; Arkansas, Fleck; Creighton, Mosh; Missouri, Austin Berggren; Nebraska
  • True Freshmen Watchlist: 1B Easton Roe (Pleasant Hill, MO), OF Ryker Edwards (Smithville, MO), INF McClure (Gardner-Edgerton, KS), RHP Josiah Golden (Lafayette County, MO), RHP Stone (Shawnee Mission West, KS)
  • Top Uncommitted Prospects: Chambers, Kilgore, OF Jesse Tisdell


2023 Record + Finish
6 Weatherford (TX) 53-11 NTJCAC champs; Region 5 champs; NJCAA World Series, third place
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+ Roster Preview: Uriah Walters (PBR Top-150), Kasen Wells (Dallas Baptist commit; PBR Top-150), Dayton Tockey (PBR Top-150), Kanon Sundgren (Nebraska commit; All World Series team), Trace Mazon, Joe Mancinas, Kevin Duran, Kade Crawford, Ryan Beaty, Robert Fortenberry (Mississippi State commit; All-Region), Charlie Giese, Davin Ronquist, Cody Morse (Oklahoma commit; PBR Top-150), Evan Brandt, Cade Crossland (Oklahoma commit), Braylen Timmins, Tanner Wiggins (PBR Top-150), Jason Davis, Jack Cagianello, Noah Bentley, Luke Robertson

+ Impact Transfers: Wells; Texas A&M, Robertson; Houston, Timmins; Amarillo, Crossland; Ouachita Baptist, Logan Simmons; Houston
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: INF Walters (Rockhill, TX), INF Mazon (Aledo, TX), INF Mancinas (Hillsboro, TX), OF Crawford (Stony Point, TX), INF Beaty (Waller, TX), RHP Bentley (Celina, TX), RHP Wiggins (Temple Christian, TX), RHP Cagianello (Guyer, TX), UTL Alejandro Vera (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, PR), C Jerson Martin (Chisholm Trail, TX), RHP Simmons (Silsbee, TX)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Tockey, Duran, Giese

7 Crowder (MO) 50-13 Region 16 champs
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+ Roster Preview: Kolton Reynolds (Arkansas commit; All-American, All-Region), Joey Morton (All-Region, PBR Top-150), Cole Kitchens, Ethan Fender, Easton Swofford, Ashton Branson (All-American, All-Region), Aaron Arnold (Wichita State commit; PBR Top-150), Landon Grigg, Karsen Richard (Wichita State commit), Cooper Crouch, Nick Moten (PBR Top-150), Austin Jobe (Harding commit), Rhett Richardson, Nick Potter (PBR Top-150),

+ Impact Transfers: Moten; Arkansas, Jason Avila; Florida State, Jake Pannell; UA Rich Mountain
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: MIF Ashton Graff-Rowe (Laurel Heights, ON, PBR Top-150), C Sebastian Hernandez (Seckinger, GA), OF Maddox Morrison (Jonesboro, AR), OF Presley Nichols (Van Buren, AR), INF Quinton Borders (Jackson, MO), INF Hayden Nazarenus (Cooter, MO), LHP Tanner Nolan (Gloucester Catholic, NJ), LHP Jackson Murry (Odessa, MO), RHP Tyler Hoskins (Valley View, AR), RHP Charlie Mussorici (Liberty, MO), RHP Ty Ridley (Har-Ber, AR)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Branson, Morton, Swofford

8 Salt Lake (UT) 31-20 Region 18 champs; NJCAA World Series appearance
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+ Roster Preview: INF Taylor Ayala (All-Region), OF Trey Gambill (All-Region), RHP Garrison Sumner (PBR Top-150), RHP Cameron Bott (PBR Top-150), LHP Beau Sampson (PBR Top-150), RHP Traton Staheli (PBR Top-150), LHP Luke Hines, RHP Shay Timmer, RHP Kyle Keys, RHP Dalton Smith, INF Kaden Hodson (PBR Top-150)

+ Impact Transfers: Sumner; Utah, Easton Romero; BYU, Ty Johnsen; Gonzaga, Hines; Golden West CC, Zach Johnson; Portland
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: INF Hodson, UTL Garrett Bauer, OF Jaxon Pfeil, OF Hudson Manwaring, INF Jake Olsen, LHP Sampson, RHP Austin Taylor, RHP Gage Olsen
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Bott, Sampson, Staheli, Hodson, Sumner

9 Walters State (TN) 51-10 TCCAA runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: Denial Ortiz (All-Region, PBR Top-150), Jarrett Martin (Campbell commit, All-Region), Keaton Ray, Kurtis Reid (Tennessee Wesleyan commit, All-Region), Atticus Goodson, Brantley Bamberg, Logen Sutton, Karson Bonaparte (Jacksonville State commit, All-Region), Taz Butler (Kansas State commit), Gage Peterson, Manning West, Johnny Stevens, Miles Smith (Kansas State commit, PBR Top-150)

+ Impact Transfers: Bamberg; Louisville, Sutton; ETSU, Jack Vogele; Cincinnati, West; Oklahoma State
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: LHP/UTL Nate Conner (Science Hill, TN), RHP Peterson (David Crockett, TN), RHP Aiden Robertson (Aiden Robertson, TN), RHP Tyler Welch (Davenport Assumption, IA)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Ortiz, Ray, Sutton

10 Northwest Florida State 34-19-1 Panhandle Conference champs; Region 8 runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: SS/3B Kendrey Maduro (UCF commit; PBR Top-150), RHP Colin Linder (Arizona State; PBR Top-150), 3B Colby Jones (Alabama), LHP Brock Tapper, OF Reid Broussard (Troy), INF Tyler Lejeune (Troy).

+ Impact Transfers: Tapper (Mississippi State), C Aidan Paradine (Georgia Tech), C Bryce Hubbard (Mississippi State), RHP Alex Walsh (Mississippi State), RHP Jackson Evers (Ole Miss), INF Jaquae Stewart (Houston Christian).
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: OF Qrey Lott (Lowndes, GA), INF Olin Ward (UMS-Wright, AL), Sam Schafer (TNXL Academy, FL), C Joseph Cable (River Ridge, GA), SS Matthew Keller (Zachary, LA).
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Tapper, UTL Cayden Gaskin, INF Cade Sadler.

11 New Mexico 46-14 WJCAC back-to-back champs
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+ Roster Preview: INF Brent Iredale (Arkansas commit, All-Region, Conference MVP), OF Jonatan Clough (NCAA Dll Freshman of the Year), C Lachlan Maude, MIF/RHP Erick Ballenila (Southeastern commit, All-Region), INF/OF Travis Vlasek, OF Christian Hoffman (Oklahoma commit, All-Region), OF/INF Jayren Foster, RHP Landen Yorek, RHP Cade Smith, RHP Donovan Becerra, LHP Montgomery Bognar

+ Impact Transfers: Clough; Eastern New Mexico University
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: C Maude (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, ON), 1B Vlasek (Ridge Point, TX), RHP Smith (Churchill, TX), LHP Bognar (Jordan, TX), OF Foster (Brito, FL), RHP Becerra (Eagle Pass, TX)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Yorek, Clough, RHP Alejandro Maltos

12 Central Arizona 47-12 ACCAC regular season champs
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+ Roster Preview: INF Jonathan Hernandez, RHP Ryan Spalliero (Arizona State commit, PBR Top-150), OF Elijah Hammill, OF Josh Williams (PBR Top-150), OF Tyree Reed, C Matt Quintanar (PBR Top-150), RHP Luke Meyers (Washington State commit), INF Luke Thiele (Washington State commit, All-Conference), RHP Karter Muck, LHP Cooper Foster (PBR Top-150), LHP Nic Gibson (PBR Top-150)

+ Impact Transfers: Hammil; Utah, Williams; UC Santa-Barbara, Reed; Oregon State, Spalliero; St. Mary’s, Quintanar; Pepperdine
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: LHP Gibson (Emerald Ridge, WA), UTL Antonio Gianni (Cactus Shadows, AZ), C/OF Brett Rozman (Palisade, CO)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Jammill, Williams, Hernandez,

13 Iowa Western 38-14 Region 11 runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: 3B Jaxon Sorenson (Liberty commit, PBR Top-150), SS AJ Singer (Oregon State commit, All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year), 2B Bradyn Smith (Oklahoma State commit, Conference Player of the Year, All-American), INF Evan Saunders, C Nate Voss, C Brody Sexton, OF Josh Wakefield (Grand Canyon commit, All-Conference, PBR Top-150), RHP Parker Grant (Hawaii commit), RHP Luke Broderick (Nebraska commit PBR Top-150), RHP Virot Siharath (PBR Top-150), LHP Logan Olson, RHP Nate Moquin (Nebraska-Omaha commit), RHP Brynner Waiolama (PBR Top-150), RHP Brendan Strenke, C Kyle Hvidsten (Western Kentucky commit), RHP Brayden Anderson (Bellevue commit)

+ Impact Transfers: Olson (Oregon), Voss (Michigan), Sorenson (Gonzaga), INF Cade Tousa (Baylor), Grant (Kansas), OF Jaron Nevarez (San Diego State), RHP David Chase (Loyola Marymount), RHP DJ Morand (Xavier), Siharath (Virginia Commonwealth)
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Saunders (St. Michael Albertville, MN), Siharath (Bill Crothers, ON), Strenke (Turtle Lake, WI), Waiolama (North Torrance, CA)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Sexton, Voss

14 Cowley (KS) 39-22 Region 6 runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: OF Alex Conover (Oklahoma State commit), INF Cade Baldridge, INF Jarrett Flaggert, LHP Iziah Salinas (PBR Top-150), LHP Luke Singleton (Texas A&M Corpus Christi commit), RHP Cody Airington, RHP Barret Morgan, LHP Drew Duckhorn (Nebraska commit, PBR Top-150), SS Jadyn McNealy (Akron commit, All-Conference), OF Cooper Schwindt (All-Conference), RHP Cole Abbott (All-Conference), LHP Cade Perkins (All-Conference)

+ Impact Transfers: Flaggert; Wichita State
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Baldridge (Roff, OK), Conover (Tuttle, OK)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: INF Keaton Campbell, Schwindt, C Cole Martin

15 San Jacinto (TX) 35-24 -
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+ Roster Preview: C Jake Bennett (Dallas Baptist commit, PBR Top-150, All-Conference, All-Region), 3B Keegan Knutson, 2B Derek Gippson (Western Kentucky commit), OF Tre Broussard, OF MaCabe Moyer, OF Trey Rucker, RHP Brayden McCollough (Oklahoma commit, PBR Top-150), LHP Ty Roman, LHP Brandon Arvidson (Texas commit), RHP Augie Mojica (PBR Top-150), RHP MJ Bollinger, RHP Zach Mack (Loyola Marymount commit), RHP Jarrette Bonet (PBR Top-150)

+ Impact Transfers: Arvidson (Wichita State)
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: OF Eddie Castillo (Leon FL), Mojica (A3 Academy, FL), Roman (Diboll, TX), Bollinger (St. Thomas Aquinas, FL), Broussard (Shadow Creek, TX), Bonet (Fernado Cellejo, PR)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Rucker, Mojica, Knutson, RHP Frank Siano

16 Florida SouthWestern 31-22 Southern Conference runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: RHP Landon O’Donnell (Florida State commit; PBR Top-150), OF Justin Thomas (Arkansas; PBR Top-150), LHP Alex Walsh (Oklahoma State; PBR Top-150), 1B Victor Figueroa (Pitt; PBR Top-150), LHP Isaac Upole (Pitt), RHP Logan O’Leary (Charlotte), OF Jared Davis (Virginia Tech), INF Luca Danos (Loyola Marymount), RHP Joshua McCusker, 1B Nate Earley (Appalachian State), INF Michael McAloose, LHP Jahir Perez (Southeastern), LHP Reyn Watson (Appalachian State), LHP Adam Dowler.

+ Impact Transfers: Thomas (Georgia), Figueroa (Mississippi Valley State), LHP Jordan Huskey (Arkansas).
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: O’Donnell (A3 Academy, FL), OF Luis Castillo (Lakeway Christian, TN), RHP Matthew Shumate (Lake Mary, FL).

17 John A. Logan (IL) 43-17 Region 24 champs
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+ Roster Preview: 3B Jake Munroe (Louisville commit, PBR Top-150), INF Gage Griggs (USC Upstate), INF Will Cook, C Karson Kennedy, RHP Drew Pestka (Tennessee commit, PBR Top-150), RHP Trevor Jackson (Eastern Carolina commit), RHP Jaxson Davis (Jacksonville State commit), LHP Eli Pillsbury (NC State commit), RHP Matt Tarr (Purdue commit), RHP Markell Dixon, LHP Jackson Kranawetter (SEMO commit), RHP Matthew Derrick (Murray State commit), C Colson Perry (Kentucky Wesleyan commit)

+ Impact Transfers: Cook (Louisville), Dixon (SW Tennessee), RHP Brady Ginaven (Indiana State), OF/1B Trey Swiderski (Louisville), OF/INF Jack Porter (UCF), RHP Luke Proehl (Virginia Tech), OF Cam Hill (Lawson State)
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: INF Jaden Correa (De La Salle, IL), RHP Colin Tarr (West Aurora)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Dixon, Hill, Kennedy

18 College of Southern Nevada 42-14 SWAC regular season champs; Region 18 runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: INF Nicky Garritano (NJCAA Gold Glove, All-Conference, Region 18 Defensive Player of the Year), CIF Mikey Cruz (All-Conference), OF Garrison Geis (All-Conference), RHP Lucas Boesen, LHP Naun Haro (Kansas commit, PBR Top-150)

+ Impact Transfers: RHP Kaden Sober (Oregon), C Derek Smith (Oklahoma State), RHP Boston Jensen (Arizona St), RHP Brian Uribe (UNLV), Tyler Avery (UNLV)
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: OF Jet Gilliam (Desert Oasis, NV), Seth Graham (Desert Oasis, NV), Brady Ballinger (Green Valley, NV)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Garritano, Cruz, Geis

19 Gaston (NC) 50-13 Region 10 Tournament champs; NJCAA World Series appearance
Click to view their 2024 Season Preview+ Roster Preview: RHP Landon Carr (PBR Top-150), UTL Ben Karpowicz (Campbell commit), Sean Sullivan, C Seth Christmas, INF Andrew Muraco, 1B/OF Freddie Oliver (North Carolina A&T), SS Caleb Estes (Charlotte), RHP Mason Smith (Campbell), RHP Calvert Clark (Appalachian State), LHP Evan Vandenbosch (Georgia Southern).2023 Record & Accolades

+ Impact Transfers: Smith (East Carolina), Estes (Maryland), Clark (Charlotte), Karpowicz (Illinois State), Sullivan (Guilford Tech CC), Vandenbosch (Queens, NC), INF Brandon Crabtree (NC State), LHP Isaac Williams (UNC Asheville; Elon commit).
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: 3B/2B Trevor Lucas (North Brunswick, NC), RHP Conner Frail (R.J. Reynolds, NC), RHP Clayton Sherwood (Piedmont, NC).
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Carr, Christmas, RHP Wagner Morrissette.

20 Chipola (FL) 27-24 -
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+ Roster Preview: INF Edian Espinal (UCF commit), INF/RHP JeanPierre Ortiz (Miami commit, PBR Top-150), LHP/OF Amari Allen (PBR Top-150), 1B/OF Sam Parker, OF Zaid Diaz, RHP/OF Miguel Hugas, RHP Thrasher Steed (Stetson commit), LHP Dawson Coe (Arkansas State commit), INF Rob Gordon, C Knox Bennett, OF Elgin Bennett, RHP Lucas Elissalt, LHP Zach Kilby (FAU commit), RHP Cam Freeman, C Cole Garner, OF Jordan Taylor

+ Impact Transfers: Taylor
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Coe (Loganville, GA), Hugas (Shaler Area, PA), Diaz (Elite Squad Academy, FL), Parker (Kennesaw Mountain, GA), Garner (LaGrange, GA)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Gordon, K. Bennett, E. Bennett, Elissalt, Freeman

21 South Mountain (AZ) 43-15 ACCAC runners-up
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+ Roster Preview: 1B/OF Sam Christiansen (Oklahoma committ; First Team All-ACCAC; PBR Top-150), OF Dominic Chacon (Grand Canyon; First Team All-ACCAC), OF/RHP Jaden Miranda, RHP Marcus Romero (PBR Top-150), INF Karsen Waslefsky (New Mexico), INF Wylie Waters, LHP Brandon Koble, LHP Nikolas Miller (Nevada), RHP Matthew Lighthall (PBR Top-150), RHP Stryder Salas, RHP Aeneas Clark.

+ Impact Transfers: INF Niko Rosell (Yavapai College), Salas (Utah Valley).
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Romero (Legacy, CO)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Miranda, Koble, Salas.

22 Flo-Dar Tech (SC) 50-13 Region 10 regular season champs; East District finalist
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+ Roster Preview: C/3B Rom Kellis (North Carolina commit; All-Region; PBR Top-150), 3B/RHP Michael Gibson (Liberty; PBR Top-150), RHP Eli Stowe (PBR Top-150), INF Ethan Plyler, OF Jay Douglas, LHP Aydin Palmer, RHP Derek Duval.

+ Impact Transfers: Gibson (Charleston Southern), Stowe (Maryland), Plyler (East Tennessee State), C/OF Noah Carter (Charleston Southern), OF Jackson Proctor (Clemson), RHP Trenton Burnett (Northwest Florida State), INF Tyler Kamerer (Chipola), RHP Zach Sigmon (Mississippi Valley State), RHP Marcus Locklear (Lawson State).
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Palmer (South Florence, SC), OF Devin Mitchell (Edmond Santa Fe, OK), RHP Alex Miller (Rochester Mayo, MN).
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Stowe, Plyler, Douglas, Palmer

23 State College of Florida 35-26 Suncoast Conference champs; Region 8 semifinalist
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+ Roster Preview: LHP Brandon Clarke (South Carolina commit, PBR Top-150), MIF Erick Almonte (UCF commit, All-Conference), INF Jalen Hairston, CF Luke Boykin, INF Pip Smalley (Houston commit), RHP Trevor Zeigler, C Santiago Ordonez, RHP Ed Wagner (UNC-Charlotte commit, All-Conference), RHP Liam Best (Appalachian State commit, All-Conference), LHP Palmer O’Beirne

+ Impact Transfers: Smalley; Stetson, Zeigler; Cincinnati, Boykin; Georgia, Ordonez; Florida State
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: RHP/INF Daniel Hartley (Lakeland Christian, FL), 1B/DH James Asmus (P27 Academy, SC) , UTL Hayden Gustavson (Columbia, FL)
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Hairston, Ordonez

24 KCK (KS) 40-23 Plains District Tournament, third place
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+ Roster Preview: INF Gehrig Goldbeck (Mizzou commit; NJCAA DI Defensive Player of the Year; PBR Top-150), 3B Jase Woita (All-Conference), C Brady Patterson (Illinois-Chicago), INF Jackson Mervosh (All-Conference), RHP Maclane Finley (Indiana State), RHP Mason Davenport (Stetson), OF Levi Martin (Arkansas Tech), RHP Aaron Lewis (Austin Peay).

+ Impact Transfers: INF Peyton Basler (Charleston Southern; Mizzou commit)
+ True Freshmen Watchlist: OF Brady Kern (Lawrence Free State, KS), RHP Donovan Johnson (Spring Hill, KS).
+ Top Uncommitted Prospects: Woita, Mervosh

25 Shelton State (AL) 32-30 Region 22 champs; NJCAA World Series appearance
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+ Roster Preview: RHP Brodie Vail (Auburn commit), RHP Brode Susce (Charlotte), C Whitt Winfield, INF Kyle Morrison (South Alabama), INF Nick Wilson (West Alabama), RHP/OF Mason Steele, UTL Jordan Evans, INF Wesley Helms, OF Christian Pritchett.

+ True Freshmen Watchlist: Steele (Headland, AL), OF Pierce Dutton (Spanish Fort, AL), INF Paxton Ponder (Cullman, AL), INF Brady Waugh (Briarwood, AL).

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Alvin (TX), Andrew (GA), Barton (KS), Chattanooga State (TN), Cloud County (KS), Cochise (AZ), Delgado (LA), Georgia Highlands, Gulf Coast State (FL), Indian Hills (IA), Jefferson (MO), Midland (TX), Navarro (TX), Pima (AZ), Southern Idaho, Southern Union (AL), SWIC (IL).