Prep Baseball Report

Florida Class Of 2015 Rankings Released

By Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

With the beginning of the season just a few weeks away, Prep Baseball Report has released the initial rankings for Florida’s Class of 2015. The Sunshine State is known for producing an abundance of baseball prospects and this year’s class certainly isn’t short on it.

The rankings were compiled by Rob Sidwell, Florida’s scouting director. Sidwell has a wealth of scouting experience, having spent the last 18 years with four different major league teams. He was most recently (2010-2014) with the Dodgers, covering the state of Florida, and worked in the same capacity with the San Diego Padres (2007-2010), New York Mets (2005-2007) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1996-2005). Sidwell is the signing scout for Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 MVP of the National League. In addition to scouting the state of Florida, Sidwell has made coaching stops as well. He coached at Flagler College in 1987, Florida International from 1990-1992 and Central Florida from 1992-1996.

SS Brendan Rodgers (Lake Mary HS, FL) is the head of the class and in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He has an explosive bat that produces plus power and shows the potential to hit for average. He is also a good defender with excellent actions and a strong arm. He is committed to Florida State, but unlikely to make it campus because of his status as a professional prospect. LHP Juan Hillman (Olympia HS, FL) is the top pitcher in the state and thrives on throwing strikes. He also receives excellent instruction as he has former major leaguer Tom Gordon as a guardian.

Rounding out the top 10 are RHP Austin Smith (Park Vista HS, FL), RHP Triston McKenzie (Royal Palm Beach HS, FL), RHP Cole Sands (North Florida Christian HS, FL), 3B Julian Infante (Westminster Christian Academy, FL), OF Kyle Tucker (Plant HS, FL), OF Desmond Lindsay (Out-of-Door Academy, FL), MIF Ryan Mountcastle (Hagerty HS, FL) and SS Jonathan India (American Heritage, FL).

Florida’s 2015 class also has players with good bloodlines. Sands’ older brother Carson was a third-round pick of the Cubs in 2014. Tucker’s older brother Preston starred at Florida for four years before being selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and finished the 2014 season in Triple-A. C Elih Marrero (Coral Gables HS, FL) is the son of Eli Marrero, the former major leaguer of 10 seasons.

A look at the Top 10:

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Brendan Rodgers FL Lake Mary 2015 SS Florida State
2 Juan Hillman FL Olympia 2015 LHP Central Florida
3 Austin Smith FL Park Vista 2015 RHP Florida Atlantic
4 Tristan McKenzie FL Royal Palm Beach 2015 RHP Vanderbilt
5 Cole Sands FL North Florida Christian 2015 RHP Florida State
6 Julian Infante FL Westminster Christian 2015 3B Vanderbilt
7 Kyle Tucker FL Plant 2015 OF Florida
8 Desmond Lindsay FL Out of Door Academy 2015 1B North Carolina
9 Ryan Mountcastle FL Hagerty 2015 SS Central Florida
10 Jonathan India FL American Heritage 2015 SS Florida

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