VA/DC Class of 2023 Rankings Update: New Faces


John Nolan
VA/DC Managing Editor, NOVA Scouting Coordinator

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On Tuesday, we began the process of updating and expanding our Class of 2023 Rankings to 190 players with the release of a new Top 100. Thursday and Friday we looked at 10 players who made big jumps into the Top 40 and 9 Players who made big jumps into the back half of the Top 100. Thursday, we also released the full Rankings. Today we will spotlight the new faces in the Top 101.

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***Listed in alphabetical order***

 



Hank Blanton

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Monacan
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Rise Baseball
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 218lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
(06/24/21)
83 - 86
FB
(06/24/21)
76 - 77
CB
(06/24/21)
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 86
CB
76 - 77



 



Corey Costello

Class of 2023 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Loudoun County
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Nova Premier
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
87
Max FB
(07/07/21)
84 - 86
FB
(07/07/21)
73 - 75
CB
(07/07/21)
74 - 75
CH
(04/25/21)
74 - 77
SL
(04/25/21)
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
82 - 86
CB
67 - 69
SL
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
82 - 85
CB
70 - 71
CH
74 - 75
SL
74 - 77
Trackman - Fastball
85.8
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
80.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
2238
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
2090
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/28/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85.8
Velo Range
82.4 - 84.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.1
Spin Rate (max)
2238
Spin Rate (avg)
2090
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
73.1
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
68.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
1995
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
1851
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/28/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.1
Velo Range
67.9 - 73.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
68.1
Spin Rate (max)
1995
Spin Rate (avg)
1851
Spin Score (max)




Bradley Garner

Class of 2023 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: St. Christophers
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Rise Baseball
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 186lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.94
60-yard
(07/28/21)
80
INF Velo
(07/21/21)
86
OF Velo
(03/13/21)
95
Exit Velo
(07/28/21)
Position
60-yard
6.94
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
95
Position
60-yard
7.18
INF Velo
80
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
7.24
INF Velo
79
OF Velo
86
Exit Velo
93
Trackman - Hitting
95.3
Exit Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
90.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
240
Distance (avg)
(07/28/21)
364
Distance (max)
(07/21/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
90.6
Distance (avg)
240
Distance (max)
346
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
93.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
87
Distance (avg)
224
Distance (max)
364
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
84.1
Distance (avg)
190
Distance (max)
316
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
23.7
Hand Speed (max)
(07/21/21)
22.6
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/28/21)
76.0
Bat Speed (max)
(07/21/21)
72.0
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/21/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.2
Hand Speed (avg)
22.6
Bat Speed (max)
74.9
Bat Speed (avg)
70.7
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.7
Hand Speed (avg)
22.3
Bat Speed (max)
76
Bat Speed (avg)
72
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22.7
Hand Speed (avg)
21.8
Bat Speed (max)
73.6
Bat Speed (avg)
69.6
On Plane Eff (avg)




Zyhir Hope

Class of 2023 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: LHP
  • High School: Colonial Forge
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Ace Elite
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
87
Max FB
(08/31/21)
84 - 86
FB
(08/31/21)
69 - 71
CB
(09/09/21)
75 - 76
CH
(08/31/21)
70 - 72
SL
(08/31/21)
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
78 - 81
CB
69 - 71
CH
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 86
CB
68 - 70
CH
75 - 76
SL
70 - 72
Position
6.89
60-yard
(08/31/21)
90
OF Velo
(08/31/21)
98
Exit Velo
(08/31/21)
Position
60-yard
6.89
OF Velo
90
Exit Velo
98
Trackman - Fastball
87.3
Velocity (max)
(08/31/21)
85.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/31/21)
2579
Spin Rate (max)
(08/31/21)
2427
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/31/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.3
Velo Range
83.9 - 87.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.3
Spin Rate (max)
2579
Spin Rate (avg)
2427
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
70.4
Velocity (max)
(08/31/21)
68.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/31/21)
2184
Spin Rate (max)
(08/31/21)
2065
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/31/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
70.4
Velo Range
68.8 - 70.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
68.6
Spin Rate (max)
2184
Spin Rate (avg)
2065
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
71.8
Velocity (max)
(08/31/21)
69.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/31/21)
2286
Spin Rate (max)
(08/31/21)
2192
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/31/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
71.8
Velo Range
70.3 - 71.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.8
Spin Rate (max)
2286
Spin Rate (avg)
2192
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
75.6
Velocity (max)
(08/31/21)
75.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/31/21)
2023
Spin Rate (max)
(08/31/21)
1995
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/31/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
75.6
Velo Range
74.5 - 75.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
75
Spin Rate (max)
2023
Spin Rate (avg)
1995
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
98.4
Exit Velocity (max)
(08/31/21)
85.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
(08/31/21)
220
Distance (avg)
(08/31/21)
352
Distance (max)
(08/31/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
98.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
85.7
Distance (avg)
220
Distance (max)
352
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
23.9
Hand Speed (max)
(08/31/21)
22.2
Hand Speed (avg)
(08/31/21)
86.4
Bat Speed (max)
(08/31/21)
74.3
Bat Speed (avg)
(08/31/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.9
Hand Speed (avg)
22.2
Bat Speed (max)
86.4
Bat Speed (avg)
74.3
On Plane Eff (avg)




Austin Jones

Class of 2023 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Hickory
    State: VA
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 150lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.88
60-yard
(06/29/21)
80
OF Velo
(11/06/21)
90
Exit Velo
(06/29/21)
Position
60-yard
6.94
OF Velo
80
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
6.88
OF Velo
77
Exit Velo
90
Trackman - Hitting
90.0
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/29/21)
85.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/29/21)
206
Distance (avg)
(06/29/21)
330
Distance (max)
(06/29/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
88.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
76.4
Distance (avg)
206
Distance (max)
267
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
90
Exit Velocity (avg)
85.2
Distance (avg)
206
Distance (max)
330
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
23.1
Hand Speed (max)
(11/06/21)
20.9
Hand Speed (avg)
(11/06/21)
72.7
Bat Speed (max)
(06/29/21)
69.3
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/29/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.1
Hand Speed (avg)
20.9
Bat Speed (max)
68.7
Bat Speed (avg)
66
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22
Hand Speed (avg)
20.6
Bat Speed (max)
72.7
Bat Speed (avg)
69.3
On Plane Eff (avg)




David Mendez

Class of 2023 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Independence
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Nova Premier 2023 17U
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.81
60-yard
(07/13/21)
83
INF Velo
(07/13/21)
93
Exit Velo
(07/13/21)
Position
60-yard
6.81
INF Velo
83
Exit Velo
93
Trackman - Hitting
92.7
Exit Velocity (max)
(07/13/21)
81.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/13/21)
233
Distance (avg)
(07/13/21)
306
Distance (max)
(07/13/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
81.9
Distance (avg)
233
Distance (max)
306
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
22.2
Hand Speed (max)
(07/13/21)
21.5
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/13/21)
66.3
Bat Speed (max)
(07/13/21)
63.7
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/13/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22.2
Hand Speed (avg)
21.5
Bat Speed (max)
66.3
Bat Speed (avg)
63.7
On Plane Eff (avg)




Kenny Michaels

Class of 2023 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Hayfield
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Stars Baseball
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
85
Max FB
(04/25/21)
81 - 84
FB
(04/25/21)
69 - 75
CB
(04/25/21)
74 - 77
CH
(06/19/21)
71 - 74
SL
(06/19/21)
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 81
CH
74 - 77
SL
71 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 84
CB
69 - 75
Trackman - Fastball
82.0
Velocity (max)
(06/19/21)
79.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/19/21)
2196
Spin Rate (max)
(06/19/21)
2034
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/19/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82
Velo Range
80 - 81.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.9
Spin Rate (max)
2196
Spin Rate (avg)
2034
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
73.7
Velocity (max)
(06/19/21)
70.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/19/21)
2039
Spin Rate (max)
(06/19/21)
2039
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/19/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
73.7
Velo Range
71.5 - 73.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.7
Spin Rate (max)
2039
Spin Rate (avg)
2039
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
77.4
Velocity (max)
(06/19/21)
74.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/19/21)
1621
Spin Rate (max)
(06/19/21)
1571
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/19/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77.4
Velo Range
74.4 - 77.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.3
Spin Rate (max)
1621
Spin Rate (avg)
1571
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %




Garrett Robertson

Class of 2023 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: OF
  • High School: Chantilly
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: NOVA Premier
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.94
60-yard
(03/06/21)
76
OF Velo
(07/13/21)
92
Exit Velo
(03/06/21)
Position
60-yard
6.99
OF Velo
76
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
6.94
OF Velo
74
Exit Velo
92
Trackman - Hitting
92.1
Exit Velocity (max)
(07/13/21)
81.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/13/21)
254
Distance (avg)
(07/13/21)
347
Distance (max)
(07/13/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
81.7
Distance (avg)
254
Distance (max)
347
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92
Exit Velocity (avg)
78.5
Distance (avg)
176
Distance (max)
305
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
24.5
Hand Speed (max)
(07/13/21)
23.0
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/13/21)
75.0
Bat Speed (max)
(03/06/21)
71.1
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/06/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
24.5
Hand Speed (avg)
23
Bat Speed (max)
71.1
Bat Speed (avg)
69.3
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22.6
Hand Speed (avg)
21.3
Bat Speed (max)
75
Bat Speed (avg)
71.1
On Plane Eff (avg)




Colin Shue

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Heritage (Leesburg)
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Nova Premier 17U (2023)
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
81
Max FB
(03/06/21)
78 - 81
FB
(03/06/21)
65 - 67
CB
(03/06/21)
67 - 69
CH
(03/06/21)
Pitching
Max FB
79
FB
77 - 79
CB
65 - 67
CH
66 - 68
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
78 - 81
CB
65 - 67
CH
67 - 69
Pitching
Max FB
74
FB
73 - 74
CB
59 - 62
Position
7.45
60-yard
(07/13/21)
2.00 - 2.17
Pop Time
(07/13/21)
78
C Velo
(07/13/21)
86
Exit Velo
(03/06/21)
Position
60-yard
7.45
Pop Time
2 - 2.17
C Velo
78
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
7.51
Pop Time
2.07 - 2.29
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.64
Pop Time
2.05 - 2.2
C Velo
70
Exit Velo
85
Trackman - Fastball
80.8
Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
77.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
2212
Spin Rate (max)
(07/13/21)
2145
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/13/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
79.4
Velo Range
77.4 - 79.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.7
Spin Rate (max)
2212
Spin Rate (avg)
2145
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
80.8
Velo Range
78.1 - 80
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.5
Spin Rate (max)
2208
Spin Rate (avg)
2098
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
74.4
Velo Range
71.6 - 74.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
72
Spin Rate (max)
2068
Spin Rate (avg)
1979
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
67.2
Velocity (max)
(07/13/21)
63.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
2113
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/21)
2064
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/13/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
67.2
Velo Range
65 - 67.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
62.5
Spin Rate (max)
2100
Spin Rate (avg)
2064
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
66.8
Velo Range
65.5 - 66.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.5
Spin Rate (max)
2113
Spin Rate (avg)
2019
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
62.1
Velo Range
59.8 - 61.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
59.5
Spin Rate (max)
1904
Spin Rate (avg)
1765
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
68.5
Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
66.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
1834
Spin Rate (max)
(07/13/21)
1589
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/13/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
68.2
Velo Range
66.4 - 68.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
64.6
Spin Rate (max)
1834
Spin Rate (avg)
1589
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
68.5
Velo Range
67 - 68.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.2
Spin Rate (max)
1672
Spin Rate (avg)
1535
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
85.5
Exit Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
74.0
Exit Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
177
Distance (avg)
(07/13/21)
294
Distance (max)
(03/06/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
81.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
73.2
Distance (avg)
177
Distance (max)
255
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
85.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
74
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
294
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
84.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
72.2
Distance (avg)
108
Distance (max)
287
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
21.4
Hand Speed (max)
(07/13/21)
19.2
Hand Speed (avg)
(03/06/21)
68.9
Bat Speed (max)
(11/15/20)
64.9
Bat Speed (avg)
(11/15/20)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
21.4
Hand Speed (avg)
18.9
Bat Speed (max)
66.7
Bat Speed (avg)
62.6
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
20.9
Hand Speed (avg)
19.2
Bat Speed (max)
67
Bat Speed (avg)
62.2
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
20
Hand Speed (avg)
18.4
Bat Speed (max)
68.9
Bat Speed (avg)
64.9
On Plane Eff (avg)