Inside the Florida 2022 Rankings: Risers

Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire

Prior to the holidays, we released our updated and expanded Florida Class of 2022 Rankings. We began the analysis of our rankings with an inside look at the top-10 prospects. Today, we continue to breakdown the rankings by examining some of the biggest risers among the top-100 ranked prospects.

The biggest riser towards the top of the rankings is SS Colby Shelton (Bloomingdale; uncommitted). The 5-foot-11, 150-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder climbed 15 spots and now sits at No. 11 in state. Shelton has been on our radar for some time now, most notably for his left-handed bat. That same bat has led to his climb in the rankings. The swing works slightly uphill while still maintaining the ability to pull. With continued physical development, his offensive ceiling will only rise.

Colby Shleton (6.23.18)
Another riser is OF/RHP Sullivan Brackin (Bolles; Florida commit). Brackin, who climbed seven spots from No. 20 to No. 13, is physically advanced for his age at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. The frame moves athletically and is highly projectable. Reports had Brackin up to 86 mph on the mound this fall.

The title of biggest riser in this update belongs to MIF/RHP Logan Smith (Ida Baker; uncommitted) who jumped from No. 65 all the way up to No. 27. A member of Team Florida at the 2018 Junior Future Games, Smith was one of the top all-around performers. Defensively, he showed athletic actions up the middle and tied for the team lead in infield velocity at 82 mph. On the mound, Smith works with a clean, effortless delivery from a natural ¾ slot while running his fastball up to 81 mph. The tools are intriguing, and with continued reps his ceiling will keep rising.

Logan Smith (8.2.18)
Just outside the top-35, sitting at No. 36, is MIF Angel Alvarado (Freedom; uncommitted). Alvarado rose from No. 52 to No. 36 in our recent update. He was a standout performer at the Joe Skinner Fall Championship, showing promise on the offensive and defensive side. A switch-hitter, Alvarado’s swing works from both sides of the plate. Up the middle he is a twitchy athlete with range.

Two more risers, who made minor moves, are MIF Stewart Puckett (DeLand; uncommitted) and OF/3B Nelson Ramos (Northeast; uncommitted). Puckett is a stocky, athletic left-handed hitter who continues to swing the bat well. Ramos has a strong frame and quick, athletic hands at the plate.

Stewart Puckett (10.22.18)
Stay tuned for yet another inside look at the Florida 2022 rankings, when we dive into some of the top newcomers to find their names in the top 100.

CLICK HERE for a look at the entire 2022 Florida rankings.

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