Prep Baseball Report

2024 Rankings Update

California Staff

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.  After a full spring that saw our team scour the state for players, we were able to see well over 300 games providing us an opportunity to get a real feel for the Class of 2024 in California. After seeing all those game and players comes a new update to the state Class of 2024 player rankings.

Though there's not much shakeup on this new board, we have expanded the rankings from 350 to 400, rising and adding a few names as a result. Some players are on a meteoric rise up the rankings after putting together outstanding spring seasons and look to carry that into the summer. There was some shakeup in the Top 10 as a few players swapped spots based on the strength of their spring seasons. 

While this class is over a year away from any MLB Draft consideration, several players are already firmly entrenched in that discussion for scouts. 

Below you can find our top 10, our top uncommitted players, a link to the full list of the updated rankings, and some scouting notes on a few rankings risers/newcomers. 

TOP 10

1 Bryce Rainer CA Harvard Westlake 2024 INF Texas
2 Derek Curiel CA Orange Lutheran 2024 OF LSU
3 Ethan Schiefelbein CA Corona 2024 LHP UCLA
4 Charlie Bates CA Palo Alto 2024 LHP Stanford
5 TP Wentworth CA Central Catholic 2024 SS Uncommitted
6 Boston Bateman CA Camarillo 2024 LHP  ASU
7 Justin Cuellar CA Tulare Western 2024 RHP UCLA
8 Kasen Khansarinia CA San Dimas 2024 LHP UCLA
9 Mason Brassfield CA Bakersfield Christian 2024 LHP TCU
10 Austin Nye CA Woodcreek 2024 OF Vanderbilt


5 TP Wentworth CA Central Catholic 2024 OF/LHP
11 Duncan Marsten CA Harvard Westlake 2024 RHP
15 Nic Abraham CA Franklin 2024 RHP
39 Elijah Clayton CA Oaks Christian 2024 SS
46 Erik Puodziunas CA Notre Dame 2024 RHP
50 Jaylen White CA Corona 2024 OF
61 Adrian Beltre Jr. CA Maranatha 2024 UTL
64 Justin Heffler CA Saint Augustine 2024 UTL
76 Talin Gardini CA Patrick Henry 2024 LHP
81 John Handy CA Woodcreek 2024 C



RHP Wylan Moss - Mater Dei (UCLA)

  • Moss jumps all the way to the #22 spot in this release with the dominant numbers he put up in the Trinity League this spring where he ended up leading one of the toughest leagues in the country in ERA with a minuscule 0.78 ERA. Moss’s stuff saw considerable improvement since the summer where his FB velo has ticked up about 3-4 mph on average where he’s comfortably in the upper 80s and into the low 90s. His SL also showed improved sharpness and depth in the low 80s.  He currently stands a lean and long-limbed 6-3/175 which moves well in his clean/athletic operation with an arm that's loose and whippy to release. We are expecting him to continue to build on the success he had this spring and take into the summer.

RHP Erik Puodzinas - Notre Dame HS

  • Puodzinas was one of the best pop-up arms of this spring. He’s played a huge role as ND’s closer as he’s been lock-down the entire season. Through 23 innings this spring he has a 0.30 ERA and has K’d 30. It’s some of the easiest upper-80s gas our scouting staff has seen that he’s able to locate consistently in/out. He’s a simple/easy mover with his lower half and the arm has a lower effort whip to the action. He also has a legit sweeper that flashes + potential at times, especially vs. RHHs where he induces a ton of chase/whiff. Look for Puodzinas to be taken off the uncommitted market sooner rather than later. 

LHP Dylan Volantis - Westlake HS (USC)

  • Volantis has seen significant improvements to his stuff this spring. The 6’6 LHP is into the upper 80s consistently with the FB and pairs with a hammer CB that generates a ton of swing and miss. It’s an operation continuing to work with better body control and athleticism. The arrow continues to point up with him where our staff wouldn’t be surprised if he was into the 90s by the end of the year with some draft interest heading into 2024 spring.

SS Nate Castellon - Calabasas (UOP)

  • Castellon was one the best performers on a Marmonte League-winning Calabasas squad. His defense is standout where he has an advanced glove at SS where he has a knack for making difficult plays look easy. The bat also took a big step forward. He has a smooth RH stroke that has started to tap into some more power with a couple of HRs this spring. 

1B/LHP Levi Ham - Maranatha Christian 

  • Ham was a standout from our Preseason All-State back in January and has had a solid two-way spring for Maranatha Christian. He has a strong present hit tool. It’s a smooth/balanced LH swing that makes consistent hard contact. He is currently slashing .392/.494/.756 with 5 HRs this spring. Then you add what he has done on the mound this spring which is a 2.04 ERA through 24 innings where he can run his FB up into the mid-80s. Ham’s 1B/LHP profile should bring considerable college interest headed into the summer.

RHP Jagger Beck - Sutter Union HS (Hawaii)

  • Came across Beck in a spring game, specifically to see him and we were not disappointed. Long body at 6-foot-6, 190-lbs. Clean delivery, easy arm, feel for both the fastball and slider. Given the body and arm action, along with present stuff (FB 87-89 that day, SL 77-78, CB 73-74), it feels like the term 'projection right-hander' was MADE for Beck. There have been some sightings of him nudging over 90 mph as the spring goes along. Will look forward to seeing him at the Northern CA ProCase.

LHP Austin Steeves - Casa Grande HS

  • One of the most impressive stat lines (118 K, 12 BB, 25 H, 63.1 IP) among all pitchers in Northern CA, the stuff backs up the numbers. Quick arm, 6-foot-1, 180-lbs, ultra-aggressive with the FB that gets up to 89 mph (last saw on 5/9/23) and has sat in the 86-87 range all spring, gets a lot of chases from RHH up and away while also having the ability and willingness to shove it inside. Doesn't throw many CB (70-72 mph) but in the games when he does and gives it a chance, it flashes as a legitimatly usable breaking ball with tight spin and big shape, effective vs both LHH and RHH, but particularly good left on left.

RHP Tyler LaChance - Burlingame HS

  • Yet another pitcher to list here, he enters the ranking for the first time and is a strong best to continue to rise throughout the summer. Standing 6-foot-5, 178-lbs, he's also in the category listed as projectable right-hander. Outstanding finish to the delivery, loose arm, has a ceiling that very well could see him comfortably over 90s by this time next spring. In a closing role in an April game he came in to shut the door with a FB up to 89 mph (hot and lengthy through the zone) and a quick biting big CB (70-72 mph) and for good measure, showed change-up that is going to be a usable third pitch. Will see more of him at the Northern California ProCase.

RHP Miles Tenscher - Vintage HS

  • Continuing the theme of Northern CA pitchers rising and appearing in the rankings, there is a twist with Tenscher. He's a sidearm/sub slot right-hander and not only does he get the sinking movement and comeback action on the FB, he's also got velocity not often seen from down low with a HS pitcher. He's been up to 86 (late April) this spring, which is up from last summer (at least 5-6 mph), sits in 83-85 mph range, and pairs the FB with a big sweeping breaking ball, call it what you like, sweeper or slider. He's an attacker, fields his position well, and is as effective in a starting role as he is as a reliever.

MIF Rolen Reyes - St. Mary's HS (Stockton)

  • Talented left-handed hitters, especially middle infielders, are always desired in the game, as are younger brothers of professional players. Reyes checks both boxes. The smooth swinging junior can spray the ball around the field, displays consistent bat control and timing, with comfortability in box and relative to the bloodlines, his older brother is in AA in the Padres organization (2B Ripken Reyes). When we came across him this spring he was playing 2nd base for the St. Mary's Rams, a program that regularly develops college baseball players.


SoCal Rising Stars Game CA 05/21 Cerritos College 
CA FUTURE GAMES TRYOUT CA 06/03 Fullerton College
NorCal ProCase CA 06/04 Chabot College - Hayward
SoCal-NV-AZ-ProCase CA 06/04 University of Southern California - Dedeaux Field
NorCal Rising Stars Game CA 06/06 Islanders Field (morning)
Team CA Future Games ID CA 06/06 Islanders Field (afternoon/early evening)
Bay Area State Gamess Open ID CA 06/14 College of San Mateo
OC State Games Open ID CA 07/11 Hart Park