Prep Baseball Report

Prep Baseball JUCO Wire: Midseason Top-100

By David Seifert
Director of College Scouting


Halfway through the junior college season and it’s time for an update to our top prospect rankings.

Although limited to just three innings due to an arm injury that did not require surgery, LHP Conner Ware (Pearl River, MS) remains as our No. 1 prospect. The LSU commit is a superior athlete who is long, loose and full of projection. When healthy he fills the zone with three pitches while sitting 90-93 and touching 95 with his fastball.

Directly behind Ware is another southpaw who has impressed throughout this spring. Oklahoma commit Cade Crossland (Weatherford, TX) projects as a starter with a smooth delivery, easy arm action and a fastball that currently touches 94. The lefthander has struck out 54 in 37.2 innings while posting a 1.91 ERA to date this season.

His Coyotes’ teammate Tanner Wiggins will touch 98 with his electric heater and ranks third. The 6-foot-6 righthander and Tennessee commit has struck out 31 in 19.2 innings to go along with his miniscule 1.37 ERA.

Jumping up from No. 46 in our preseason rankings, Arkansas commit Brent Iredale is in the middle of a monster season for New Mexico JC. Slashing .427/.543/.974 with 17 home runs and 14 stolen bases, Iredale is also an above average defender at the hot corner.

Dropping just one spot from the preseason, RHP Drew Pestka (John A Logan, IL) is having a solid spring, but has yet to show the upper-90s juice that he flashed in front of a large crowd of scouts in the fall at the Puma Classic at Grand Park in Westfield, IN. An unsigned 18th-round pick of the Reds last summer, Pestka, like Wiggins, has committed to Tennessee.

Overall, the 2024 JUCO class lacks a sure-fire Day One draft talent, but it's a talented group that is deep in Day Two draft prospects. With three of the top ten prospects, the state of Texas once again looks to be a hotbed of JUCO talent. Florida is second with two in the top ten and four in the top 15.


6. Caden Powell, 3B, Seminole State (OK)- Oklahoma bounceback is in the middle of a ridiculous season with a .511/.564/1.045 slash to go along with 16 pumps and 65 RBI. He is currently uncommitted.

7. Brandon Clarke, LHP, State College of Florida- A standout at the 2021 Super 60, Clarke attended Alabama as a freshman and was red-shirted. Transferring to SCF, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound lefty is now healthy and sits comfortably 93-95 and will touch a tick or two higher with his fastball. He will also mix in a 77-81 mph breaking ball. Clarke has committed to attend South Carolina.

8. Colin Linder, RHP, Northwest Florida- A 6-foot-4, 235-pound power pitcher who struck out 73 in 48.2 innings last spring, Linder works in the 92-94 mph range with his high-spin heater. He compliments that swing/miss offering with another in his low-80s curveball that spins over 3000+ rpm, while adding an upper-80s cutter. Linder has committed to Arizona State.

9. Mathis Meurant, SS, Cochise (AZ)- Six-foot-3, 185-pound switch-hitting shortstop from France. Plus actions at shortstop, smooth/easy fielder with a plus arm and excellent arm action. A true shortstop who can stay there in pro ball. Quick bat both sides of the plate with an all-fields/line drive approach. Possesses the size, tools and athleticism that scouts love. An Arizona recruit who is also a potential Day Two draft prospect.

10. Tanner Reaves, INF, Blinn (TX)- An LSU commit, Reaves stands 6-foot, 170 pounds. The left-handed hitter is not overly physical but takes the bat to the ball and has some pop to all fields. Reaves is also a 6.5 runner in the sixty and a good defender at second base. He may also see some action in center field down the road, adding to his defensive versatility.


Rank Player POS. School State Commitment
1 Conner Ware LHP Pearl River MS LSU
2 Cade Crossland LHP Weatherford TX Oklahoma
3 Tanner Wiggins RHP Weatherford TX Tennessee
4 Brent Iredale 3B New Mexico NM Arkansas
5 Drew Pestka RHP John A. Logan IL Tennessee
6 Caden Powell 3B Seminole State FL Oklahoma State
7 Brandon Clarke LHP State College of Florida FL South Carolina
8 Colin Linder RHP Northwest Florida State FL Arizona State
9 Mathis Meurant SS Cochise AZ Arizona
10 Tanner Reaves 2B Blinn TX LSU
11 Gavyn Jones LHP/1B McLennan TX Oklahoma
12 Matt Quintanar C Central Arizona AZ Houston
13 Kendrey Maduro SS Northwest Florida State FL UCF
14 Justin Thomas OF Florida SouthWestern FL Arkansas
15 JT Blackwood RHP Wallace-Hanceville AL Alabama
16 Beau Sampson LHP Salt Lake UT -
17 Kevin Mannell RHP Cloud County KS Mississippi State
18 Mack Estrada RHP Northwest Florida State FL Florida State
19 Deniel Ortiz 1B Walters State TN -
20 Brandon Arvidson LHP San Jacinto TX Texas
21 Austin Breedlove RHP Cleveland State TN Tennessee
22 Edwin Toribio 3B Central Florida FL FIU
23 JeanPierre Ortiz SS/RHP Chipola FL -
24 Rich Bonomolo OF Wabash Valley IL Alabama
25 Dawson Willis SS LSU Eunice LA Oklahoma
26 Sam Christiansen 1B/OF South Mountain AZ Oklahoma
27 Kaden Moeller LHP/1B Mt. San Antonio CA -
28 Trevor Schmidt 1B Fullerton CA LSU
29 Dagen Brewer C/1B Johnson County KS -
30 Brandon Cain OF/RHP Mississippi Gulf Coast MS Oklahoma
31 Michael Gupton OF Gulf Coast FL -
32 Iziah Salinas LHP Cowley KS -
33 Miles Smith RHP/INF Walters State TN -
34 Tyler Boudreau RHP Midland TX -
35 Kannon Carr RHP Jefferson MO Kansas
36 Thomas Crabtree RHP Pearl River MS -
37 Joey Morton 1B/OF Crowder MO -
38 Rom Kellis C/3B Flo-Dar Tech SC North Carolina
39 Hunter Alberini RHP College of Southern Nevada NV -
40 Jordan Stephens RHP Abraham Baldwin GA -
41 Karson Bonaparte RHP Walters State TN -
42 Manning West RHP Walters State TN -
43 Karter Muck RHP Central Arizona AZ -
44 Mason Peters LHP Temple TX Dallas Baptist
45 Jackson Soucie LHP Wabash Valley IL South Carolina
46 Jake Munroe 3B John A. Logan IL Louisville
47 Nile Adcock RHP Kaskaskia IL Kentucky
48 Trenton Shaw LHP Grayson TX -
49 Sam Gerth RHP Navarro TX Dallas Baptist
50 Luke Orfi SS Georgia Highlands GA -
51 Joshua Shelly SS Lurleen B. Wallace AL -
52 Kansai Sugimoto RHP Yavapai CA Arizona
53 Britton Beeson OF Fullerton CA -
54 Garrison Sumner RHP Salt Lake UT -
55 JP Robertson RHP Pearl River MS -
56 TJ Williams SS Heartland IL Kansas
57 Landon Abrahamson RHP Patrick & Henry VA Dallas Baptist
58 Joshua Milleville RHP Niagara County NY -
59 Coleton Dahl RHP Santa Barbara CA -
60 Gehrig Goldbeck SS Kansas City Kansas KS Mizzou
61 Cameron Bott RHP Salt Lake UT Houston
62 Hollis Porter 1B Pearl River MS -
63 Michael Gibson 3B/RHP Flo-Dar Tech SC Liberty
64 Thomas Magnus RHP Navarro TX Oklahoma
65 Matt Murtaugh RHP Sullivan NY -
66 Trey Higgins OF Snead State AL Samford
67 Tim Hartman RHP RCSJ Gloucester NJ Delaware
68 Zech Samayoa OF Golden West CA -
69 Brayden Fraasman OF Lincoln Trail IL NC State
70 Landon O'Donnell RHP Florida SouthWestern FL Florida State
71 Carter McCulley SS Pensacola State FL Florida State
72 Cameron Hill OF John A. Logan IL -
73 Cooper Foster LHP Central Arizona AZ -
74 Lucas Kelly RHP McLennan TX Oklahoma
75 Griffin Smith RHP Rock Valley IL Washington State
76 Nick Gibson LHP Central Arizona AZ -
77 Michael Carpenter LHP Madison WI East Carolina
78 Amari Allen LHP/OF Chipola FL -
79 Devin Bennett RHP McLennan TX Kansas
80 Sean Darnell INF Wallace-Dothan AL Charlotte
81 Dom Chacon OF South Mountain AZ Grand Canyon
82 Isaiah Gomez 3B San Diego Mesa CA -
83 Jack Pavlovsky LHP Cypress CA -
84 Colby Jones 3B Northwest Florida State FL Alabama
85 Hayden Schooler RHP Big Bend OR -
86 Blaise Preister C Meridian MS LSU
87 Marcus Romero OF South Mountain AZ -
88 Blaydon Plain 1B/OF Pensacola State FL Florida State
89 Preston Gamster SS Paris TX TCU
90 JT Schnoor RHP Pearl River MS Mississippi State
91 Carter Stanford RHP Tallahassee FL -
92 Alex Walsh LHP Florida SouthWestern FL Oklahoma State
93 Nick Greaney RHP McLennan TX Florida State
94 McCabe Moyer OF San Jacinto TX -
95 Luke Broderick RHP Iowa Western IA Nebraska
96 Bryce Fowler OF Pearl River MS -
97 Michael Sharman LHP Georgia Highlands GA Tennessee
98 Coleman Bobb RHP College of Southern Idaho ID -
99 Porter Conn LHP Lincoln Land IL Kansas
100 Jake Bennett C/1B San Jacinto TX Dallas Baptist