Updated Colorado 2017 Rankings

John Cackowski
State Director 

In the fall of 2014 PBR Colorado released their first 2015, 2016, and 2017 rankings. When making the 2017 rankings PBR Colorado had to take into consideration the majority of these players have not played in a spring varsity game yet. We had a great opportunity to see more 2017 grads at the Underclass Invitational on 1/25/15. After this event we expanded our 2017 rankings out to 55 spots.

Staying at No. 1 is RHP Caleb Sloan of Regis Jesuit. 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. Sloan attacks the zone with 89 mph fastballs that has a heavy feel to it. 2-seam fastball has good late run. Good athlete. Ran a 4.19 home to first time and had 87 mph exit velo. On pace to be very elite pitcher and quarterback for the Jesuits. Between No. 4 2015 Brent Schwarz, No 1. 2016 Bo Weiss, and No. 1 2017 Caleb Sloan, Regis should have a pretty dominate force on the mound in 2015.

Moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 in our rankings is Jacob Arellano of Mountain Range HS. 5-foot-8, 140-pounds, right-handed hitting MIF/RHP impressed us with very good skills showcasing good hands and range with good accuracy throwing the ball 84 mph across the diamond from shortstop. Hits from an athletic stance with minimal load, producing short uphill bat path with good bat speed and extension. On the mound Arellano showed same promise with a loose, 3/4 arm slot with level shoulders and squared, in-line delivery toward plate. Fastball topped out at 82 mph sitting at 80 and curveball was 68 mph with late breaking 11/5 action. Ran a 7.13 60. and had a 4.53 home to first time.

Moving up from No. 8 to No 3. in our Rankings is Austin Chouinard of Regis Jesuit. 5-foot-11, 180-pound right handed projectable shortstop.  Both hands and feet are very developed for this 2017. Gets behind the ball very well and takes natural angels to balls both left and right.  He also threw well, gets the ball out of his glove quickly using a ¾ arm slot to make accurate throws with a top velocity of 72 mph.  At the plate he starts with a tall set-up and balanced stance.  He has a simple stride, inline with the pitcher and simple, smooth hand load.  Bat path long through the hitting zone with good pop and a quick lower half fires through the swing.  Demonstrated good power gap to gap.  Registered the 4th highest exit velocity of the event at 86 mph.  Ran a 4.38 home to first. 

There was some other movement in our top ten 2017 rankings. Moving up from No. 7 to No. 5 was RHP James Notary of Broomfield. OF/RHP Luke Kuberski of Green Mountain moved up from No. 10 to No.  6, and catcher Jonah Jenkins cracked the top 10 moving up from No. 12. OF/LHP Toby Scoles of Pine Creek was highest newcomer on the board coming in at No. 12.

Enough Reading about them to see the list click here.

Here is a sneak peak at the top 10

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Caleb Sloan CO Regis Jesuit 2017 RHP
2 Jacob Arellano CO Mountain Range 2017 SS
3 Austin Chouinard CO Regis Jesuit 2017 SS
4 Casey Opitz CO Heritage 2017 C
5 James Notary CO Broomfield 2017 RHP
6 Luke Kuberski CO Green Mountain 2017 OF
7 Jacob Hilton CO Arapahoe 2017 RHP
8 Paul Degracia CO Highlands Ranch 2017 3B
9 Carter Akerfeldt CO Mullen 2017 RHP
10 Jonah Jenkins CO Chaparral 2017 C

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