Prep Baseball Report

PBR Arkansas 2018 Rankings

By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

After a busy spring and summer, we have finally come to a consensus updated 2018 rankings. A very deep class that took a lot of time energy and discussion from our staff.

2018 LHP Evan Hiatt from Catholic High School takes over the top spot. The 6-foot-2 left-hander looks to be the most polished player in the class. He has proven time in time again to locate his fastball 84-86 mph on both sides of the plate. His curveball has pushed him to the front, he locates his curveball in any all locations at 74-77 mph. He also has solid command of his change up. Hiatt is an Arkansas commit.

Hiatt is followed by  No. 2 2018 RHP Connor Noland from Greenwood (Arkansas commit). Two highly recuited pitchers No. 3 Jaden Hill and No. 4 Kaleb Hill. Jaden is a 6-foot-3 right-hander who made a huge jump this spring, coming off a broken wrist late in the spring. He came back strong locating his fastball 88-91 mph with late life through the strike zone. Jaden is sorting through the recruiting process with offers from multiple programs in the SEC. Kaleb is a 6-foot-4 left-hander that works primarily off his fastball that works 84-87 mph and has been as high as 89 mph. Mechanically the least polished of the four pitchers but he has a high ceiling as he continues to get better.

No. 5 Tyler Johnson is the first position player in the rankings. As a sophomore he helped anchor Bentonville High School line up, as the Tigers won the 7A West. Johnson is a 6-foot-2 185-pound CIF/OF with an advanced feel to hit and the potential to hit for power consistently.

Two players have made a large jump, No. 7 Wade Beasley, after sitting out the spring Beasley had a strong summer playing for Southern Athletic. He has shown the ability to locate his fastball in the upper 80’s with a solid slider thrown 72-74 mph. No. 12 C Andrew Stanley has consistently showed an improvement and he has been rewarded with a jump, a strong showing at the PBR Futures Games earlier this month has led to an increase in recruiting activity.

Top 20


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Evan Hiatt AR Catholic 2018 LHP Arkansas
2 Connor Noland AR Greenwood 2018 RHP Arkansas
3 Jaden Hill AR Ashdown 2018 RHP
4 Kaleb Hill AR Watson Chapel 2018 LHP
5 Tyler Johnson AR Bentonville 2018 1B Arkansas
6 Connor McCullough AR Maumelle 2018 RHP Oklahoma
7 Wade Beasley AR Forman 2018 RHP
8 Jordan Wicks AR Conway 2018 LHP
9 Jakobi Jackson AR Watson Chapel 2018 OF
10 Kam'Ron Mays-Hunt AR Bentonville 2018 SS
11 Pate Fullerton AR Harding Academy 2018 SS
12 Andrew Stanley AR Searcy 2018 C
13 Will Richardson AR Woodlawm 2018 RHP
14 Miller Pleimann AR Fayetteville 2018 RHP
15 Jackson Stroth AR Conway 2018 C
16 Landon Brown AR Shiloh Christian 2018 RHP
17 Luke Johnson AR Shiloh Christian 2018 1B
18 Hank Hannah AR Catholic 2018 LHP
19 Nick Fakouri AR Sylvan Hills 2018 RHP
20 Bennett Shoptaw AR Little Rock Christian Academy 2018 RHP

 To see the complete rankings, click here 

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