Updated 2025 TX Player Rankings


Brandon Gowins
Scouting Director

TEXAS - One of the biggest jumps we see is from Freshman to Sophomore year, and in this week’s ranking update we take a look at the rising sophomores of the 2025 class.  This class is dominated at the top with middle infielders, arms, and a couple high end 2 way talents. We take a deeper look at the top 10 in the ‘25 class, as we have expanded the rankings to the top 75.


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#1 Kayson Cunningham - MIF - SA Johnson - Texas Tech Commit

Cunningham takes over the #1 spot in the 2025 state rankings after a standout spring season at SA Johnson and a summer in which he hit everywhere he went.  The LHH has some of the best barrel to ball skills in the state regardless of class.  Very rarely does he swing and miss, showing excellent hand eye coordination and strike zone awareness. He has the ability to hit line drives from foul pole to foul pole, while doing it with authority. Cunningham is also an above average runner and it plays up because of his plus instincts on the diamond.  He is always looking to take an extra base when he can.  Defensively, Cunningham has all the tools to stay up the middle.  Has the foot speed, range and anticipation to stick at short, plus he has been in the upper 80’s on the mound, showing he has more than enough arm to stick at the 6 spot.  The Texas Tech commit has produced at a high level for a long time, and the  San Antonio Johnson product continues to elevate his game each time we see him. 

 

#2 Matthew Boughton - MIF - Colleyville Covenant - Texas A&M Commit

The Texas A&M commit may get the superlative as the best defender in the state.  Boughton plays the shortstop position with a confidence and bounce you rarely see from a player his age.  He has the range and arm necessary to make any play from the shortstop position. He is an above average runner and it plays up with his plus instincts At the plate, the right handed hitter has a compact swing that he repeats well and it really projects. When he gets ahead in the count, he will get aggressive and show some pull side power.  Boughton’s frame still has a lot of filling out to do on his frame, so as he continues to get stronger, the power will continue to develop. Boughton is one of the more exciting players in the class, and is following the trend of elite shortstops coming out of the DFW area.

 


Billings burst onto the scene at the 2021 Future Games and has continued his ascent as one of the best two way players in the country. The Tennessee commit can impact the game in a multitude of ways.  He can change the game with one swing of the bat, showing above avg. pull side power.  It was on display recently when he hit a HR at the Area Code Underclass games. Billings is a good runner for his size, playing an aggressive style of baseball that allows the speed to show up by taking the extra base.  Luke also has an extremely high upside on the mound. The RHP sits in the upper 80’s with an up tempo delivery. He flashes 2 above avg secondary's with a high spin curveball and a changeup he shows good feel for. 



#4 Taylor Tracey - LHP - Dripping Springs - Tennessee Commit

When speaking of upside in the 2025 class, there may be no bigger upside than Tracey.  The 6’5 LHP has all the physical tools needed to be a Friday night arm in the SEC. Recently at the Area Code Underclass Games, Tracey was dominant.  In his outing he went 3 innings only allowing one hit, while punching out 7.  He sat 85-87 mph, with the FB playing up because of his extension out front.  It is a low effort operation, and with his size and athleticism, I expect the velocity to keep rising in a big way.  He flashed a power change in the low 80’s that shows promise against the RHH. He rounded out his arsenal with a low 70’s curveball that shows good shape.  As he gets stronger, the breaker should develop more power and become a bigger weapon for him.  Tracey also plays CF for his HS and bats in the middle of their order, showing the athleticism and coordination you don’t see in many 6’5 kids at Tracey’s age.

 

#5 Marcos Paz - RHP - Hebron - Uncommitted

Coming in at the #5 spot is Paz. The 6’2 righty had a monster freshman year for Hebron and he continued that through the summer.  The first thing you notice with Paz is the presence and maturity with how he attacks his craft.  He never gets too high or too low, and always seems to have a low pulse. He attacks the hitters with a FB that sits in the upper 80’s with heavy ASR and sinking action.  When Paz has command of the fastball, that usually leads to weak contact on the ground as he is tough to elevate.  His breaking ball has continued to get better throughout the course of the season.  He tunnels it well off the FB and CH making it tough to pick up. His best secondary pitch is his changeup.  He throws it with the same arm speed and conviction as his fastball. It has good sinking action and generates a lot of swing and miss.  Paz has one of the highest floors in this class to go with an extremely high ceiling. 

 

#6 Tye Briscoe  - LHP - Abilene Wylie - Arkansas Commit

The lefty from Abilene has some of the best arm talent in the state. The sophomore has a fastball that will peak at 92 and sits in the upper 80’s.  He also features a breaking ball that he throws in the low 70’s that shows the shape for a potential power breaker. He mixes in a changeup as well that he throws in the low 80’s. He doesn’t have to throw it much now, but he shows enough feel for it that it should be at least an average pitch down the road.  Briscoe’s mechanics are clean and he has a low effort delivery. He is more control over command right now, and the next step in Briscoe’s progression is fastball command. The Razorback commit has all the ingredients to be a Friday night in college.

 

#7 Jack Mckernan - LHP - Ridge Point - Texas Commit

The Longhorn commit from Houston has had a great freshman campaign, helping Ridge Point make a deep playoff run and is concluding it right now as he is pitching for the 15u National Team. The LHP pitches predominantly off  his upper 80’s fastball.  He shows good command of the pitch and the ability to get to both sides of the plate with it.  He primarily relies on his breaking ball for his secondary pitch.  He throws it with good power and it generates a lot of swing and miss. Mckernan has good tempo in his delivery matching his aggressive nature on the mound. The future Longhorn is another high floor arm with an even higher ceiling.

 

#8 Omar Serna - C/RHP - Dobie - LSU Commit

The first thing you notice when seeing Serna is the physicality. He has an athletic, strong build that should hold up behind the plate. Serna is a good receiver of the baseball behind the plate.  He has strong wrists, giving him the ability to frame at a high level, and a plus arm behind the plate eliminating the run game. At the plate, Serna shows power to all fields.  He has the strength to let the ball get deep and still drive it over the outfielder’s head. It has middle of the order potential.  And to top things off, Serna saw more mound time this year. His fastball consistently sat in the low 90’s topping out at 93.  

 


#9 Cooper Fulbright - RHP - Strake Jesuit - Texas A&M Commit

The recent Texas A&M commit is another projectable hard throwing righty. Fulbright, who is a recent Future Games Participant, has one of the highest upside arms in the class. The 6’1 righty has a high waist with plenty of projection left on the frame.  His fastball will get into the low 90’s and sit upper 80’s. He features 3 offspeed pitches that all project to avg. or better.  He has the slower 12 to 6 curveball that he throws in the lower 70’s. It has great depth and he can spin it 2800+ rpm’s.  His other breaking ball is a slider that he throws in the 78-79 range.  It is more of the sweeping variety, and  it generated a lot of weak swings at future games.  He also flashes a changeup that shows real potential.  He doesn’t have to throw it often now, but when he does he shows the ability to throw it with conviction and good arm speed. Fulbright is more control over command right now but as that continues to improve we could see him continue to rise.

 

  

#10 Lucas Franco - MIF - Cinco Ranch - TCU Commit

The sweet swinging lefty from Houston rounds out our top 10. Franco, a TCU commit, has some of the best barrel to ball skills in the state.  He shows the ability and willingness to drive the ball to all parts of the field.  There is some pull side power currently, and as the frame continues to mature that should continue to improve. In the field, Franco shows the ability to pick it anywhere in the infield and even looks natural in the outfield.  As the body continues to mature, he projects best at one of the spots on the left side of the infield.  Franco is uber competitive on the field, and the future Horned Frog always seems to do something on the field to help his team win.

 

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