Alabama '22 Rankings Update: Risers & Newcomers


Austin Sharp
Director of Scouting

With the unfortunate situation going on in our country right now, the 2020 high school baseball season was cut way short than anyone ever imagined. This ended the Class of 2022’s sophomore season of high school baseball. However, the PBR Alabama Staff was able to get out for this first few weeks of the season to check out the talent for the ‘22 class. 

With all rankings updates, most of the focus goes into the players who made the Top 5 in the state or who was fortunate enough to crack the Overall Rankings. After the release of the Updated and Expanded ‘22 Overall Rankings, the PBR Alabama Staff decided to discuss some of the players in this class who made their debut in the rankings and who made the biggest jumps. 

If you have not seen the Updated and Expanded Alabama Player Rankings released in late April, click HERE to check out the full list. But for now, let’s talk about the risers and newcomers in the Alabama ‘22 class.

 

Risers & Newcomers:

Patrick McGlon 1B / RHP / Auburn, AL / 2022

A physical ‘22 grad that has seen a significant jump in the recent rankings update. Saw him in 2019 and showed promise at the plate. Fast forward to 2020 and he has added more strength to his game and has filled out nicely. Feet are in a straight up position in his swing and uses a leg kick for load. Seems to be on time every pitch, despite the leg kick. Always seems to barrel baseballs up during gameplay when we have seen him. Not afraid to use the other side of the field and has power to the backside gap. Hits for extra bases with power potential.

Uncommitted

Riley Quick RHP / Hewitt Trussville, AL / 2022

Quick is an ultra projectable RHP that has continued to increase velocity to his imposing 6'5 stature. The fastball shows nice tilt that he can command to both sides of the plate and consistently sits in the upper 80's and will bump 90-91 on occasion. The pitch seems "heavy" as hitters have a hard time squaring up. A true dual sport athlete, Quick is also a big time prospect on the football field as an offensive lineman and shows advanced athleticism on both the baseball and football fields. The breaking ball has nice shape and he compliments the already dominating fastball with the quality secondary pitch. 

Uncommitted

Charlie Keller 3B / SS / Mobile Christian, AL / 2022

From the left side, Keller showed advanced barrel control from a slightly open stance and there is definite strength in the hands. Consistently showed a middle of the field approach during BP and did a nice job of slotting the back elbow in the swing and getting nice extension through contact. Physical bat who had a loud barrel AB in his 2nd at bat of the day.. Defensively he is athletic enough to play either SS or 3B and shows a very solid transfer after the ball is in the glove.  Pure actions with the feet and the glove presentation is plus. Showed a definite ability to throw from different arm slots. A ‘22 to follow.

Commitment: Mississippi State

Carter Stanford RHP / Spanish Fort, AL / 2022

A ‘22 arm that continues to get better on the mound. Pitched some significant innings as a sophomore for the Toro’s before the 2020 season came to a halt. Saw him at the 2019 Southeast Summer Championships and there is no denying that he has a live arm. 84-86 mph and bumped 87 mph in the 1st inning but settled down to 82-84 mph and seemed to be more in the zone. Wiry frame. Secondary pitches are coming on and will be an arm to watch in the 2020 summer circuit. 

Uncommitted

Kyle Blevins SS / 2B / T.R. Miller , AL / 2022

Solid actions on this ‘22 SS that started with the feet very slightly open. Very compact approach with no wasted movement in the setup or swing. The hands have present strength and the barrel creates some violence through the hitting zone. Does a nice job keeping the head still throughout and the swing plane is fairly flat. Love the finish with the barrel. Looked very natural at SS and did a nice job working the feet to present the glove out in front. Showed a quick release and the arm strength is nice and throws were on target to 1B.

Uncommitted

Landon Lary SS / Baker , AL / 2022

Athletic, rangy SS that shows a lot of lateral range to go along with a quick transfer allows him to make plays to the backhand and glove side.  The arm strength has continued to improve and projects well also. At the plate, he shows nice rhythm and plenty of juice in the hands. Has a mostly gap to gap approach and does a nice job keeping the barrel on plane throughout the swing. Also quarterback of the Hornet football team. 

Uncommitted

Hayden Stancil SS / RHP / Cullman, AL / 2022

Strong core strength at the plate as the feet start square in the stance and there is a simple, rhythmic load of the hands. Very simple approach on the front side and the hands have some definite strength now. Really gets extension through contact and the ball just jumps off the barrel (91 mph exit velo off a tee). The swing path has some tilt in it and the approach is definite gap to gap, creating backspin with carry off the bat. The actions are SS really stood out. Very natural actions and everything looked easy and he showed some savvy with the feet. The arm strength is present, already throwing 81 mph across the dirt. A definite big time ‘22 to follow.

Uncommitted

 

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