Arizona 2021 Rankings Updated

Brett Thorney
State Scouting Director

As of today, The PBR Arizona- Class of 2021 Player Rankings has had its end of the summer update. Ever since the AIA season shut down early, PBR put its focus on the players, highlighting & covering as many prospects as possible in some instances in whatever ways possible. There were many question marks out there as to how this sketchy situation would affect the 2021 grads in reference to  recruiting as there were many unknowns out there. Many schools weren't able to get out on the recruiting trail for quite some time. Presently, DI schools are still shutdown from going out to recruit uncommitted players. One of PBR's areas of focus has been to highlight as many uncommitted 2021 prospects as possible through our online platform so college coaches could still recruit this class over the last several months. Over the summer, PBR Arizona finally had a chance to hold a couple of events including our 2021 Top Prospect Games as well as our Summer Review where we could identify potential prospects. Our scouting staff also spent many hours covering outside game & tournament action. From this coverage, our scouting staff was able to see many prospects who were able reap the benefits from some extra time off this spring and summer. The summer did look and feel a bit different, but some players found clever ways not just to stay in shape, but also to get stronger and hone their skills for when they eventually got back on the field. 

As we transition into the fall season, PBR will once again be out in full force to see the progress players have made. We recently came out with its 2021 National Rankings with some big prospects from the state that made the list. There will be plenty of updates to this list in the future. 

Not on the list or feel that you got overlooked? Look out for our Uncommitted Upperclass & Fall Underclass events that will be held in October. In addition to covering games & tournaments, these events are huge identifiers for prospects around the state of Arizona.

Kath starting to gain momentum nationally

2021 3B/SS Wes Kath (Desert Mountain)- 6-foot 200-pounds, strong projectable body with athleticism. Regarded as arguably the top hitter in the state of Arizona. Left-handed hitter with a short repeatable swing, above average bat speed with consistent feel for the barrel. Stays in side the ball routinely giving him the ability to use the whole field. We are were able to see Kath barrel the baseball all summer, playing for Sandlot baseball. Our staff also able to see Kath at the Area Code games  at LakePointe where he went 3-for-3 with a triple and showed good defense on Saturday. Kath played some shortstop this summer where he has been a more than capable defensive HS shortstop with good mobility. Likely to move over to 3B in the future where he shows athleticism and arm to be an above average defender at the position. Move up to No. 87 in our recent national rankings update and is only gaining momentum. 

Schiefer improves to No. 3 in the state with a strong spring & summer. 

2021 RHP Ryan Schiefer (Campo Verde)- 6-foot-3 170-pounds, long lengthy frame, projectable body, above average athleticism. We have been able to see Schiefer on several occasions since the HS season started. After starting the spring working mostly 85-88mph with his FB, hes improved those numbers after the shutdown with some added strength. Schiefer shows a quick easy arm from 3/4 slot. Worked his FB up to 93mph at 2550rpm at the Area Code Tryout in AZ. As of late, he's also been starting to throw his off-speed with more intent and added consistency, showing a 11/5 CV with late break & SL. Should continue to be one of the top arms in the state of Arizona to follow going into next years MLB draft. 

LHP Matthew Fike is still on the board

2021 LHP Matthew Fike (Casteel)- 6-foot-1 195-pounds, large frame, strong body. Fike is one of the top uncommitted arms left on the board in the Arizona 2021 class. Fike has made some strong improvements on the mound over the last year. We were able to see Fike earlier this summer in a workout while being monitored by our portable Trackman unit. He sat 85-87mph, topping out at 88mph with his FB from a power delivery. His average FB pitch speed was 85.9mph on the day with some natural arms side movement. His average spin rate was 1904rpm. He mixed in two breaking ball's in the low 70's with around 2000 rpm. His ability to throw strikes gave him an invitation to the Area Code Games this summer at LakePointe Sports in GA. Fike shouldnt stay uncommitted too much longer.


1 Brock Selvidge AZ Hamilton 2021 LHP Louisiana State
2 Wes Kath AZ Desert Mountain 2021 3B Arizona State
3 Ryan Schiefer AZ Campo Verde 2021 RHP Grand Canyon
4 Tanner Smith AZ Basha 2021 C Oregon State
5 Ryan Campos AZ Red Mountain 2021 C Arizona
6 Chase Valentine AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2021 SS Texas A&M
7 Daniel Avitia AZ Alhambra 2021 RHP Grand Canyon
8 Cade McGee AZ Salpointe Catholic 2021 3B Gonzaga
9 Justin Still AZ Perry 2021 LHP New Mexico
10 Cayden Collins AZ Mountain Ridge 2021 RHP Yavapai JC