Prep Baseball Report

Updated Florida Class of 2019 Rankings Released

Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

With the recent release of the Updated Class of 2019 Overall Rankings, it’s time to make an update to the Florida Class of 2019 Rankings.

This update highlights not only a shake-up in the top five, but a new No. 1 as LHP Hunter Barco (Bolles HS, FL) takes over the top spot after an impressive fall. The Virginia recruit features a low- to mid-90s fastball and hard, biting slider with command of the zone, which has separated him as the top arm in his class.

This class features plenty of high-end talent as five of the Top 10 players in the Overall Rankings are from Florida and seven in the top 25. Below is a full breakdown on each player in the top five with video:

Hunter Barco LHP / OF / Bolles, FL / 2019

Along with the move to the No. 1 spot in the Updated Class of 2019 Overall Rankings, the Virginia recruit moves into the top spot for the Florida Class of 2019 Rankings as well. Barco throws out of a long 3/4 slot with a slinger-like arm action and effortlessly fills up the strike zone with 91-94 mph fastballs, all with arm-side run. The fact that he can command such movement, seemingly putting it where he wants, is extremely rare at his age. Now mix in an 82-85 mph sweeping slider with sharp, late bite and a mid-80s changeup with fading action—all coming out of the same window and arm action—and hitters have little chance for success.


Riley Greene OF / LHP / Hagerty, FL / 2019

The wiry-athletic, 6-foot-3, 185-pound Florida recruit has quick hands, and his loose finish allows for the ball to scream off the bat, usually with backspin into a gap. Greene’s frame is athletic without being bulky, and his elasticity helps him to create leverage on an uphill plane while allowing his barrel to spend a long time in the zone. He has continued to produce while in the national spotlight at major events, and appears to developing even more power. He is one of the top hitters in the 2019 class.


Rece Hinds SS / 3B / Niceville, FL / 2019

A Louisiana State recruit, the high-waisted, athletic, 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hinds has one of the best all-around tool sets in the class. Defensively, he shows a quick first step with easy, rangy actions and a plus arm. The frame and athleticism appears to give him the ability to stick at short, but if he continues to fill out he could be a plus defensive third baseman. At the plate, he is balanced with a slightly open stance, quick hands, and above average bat speed. He consistently makes hard, loud contact with above average power and bat-to-ball skills. 


Judson Fabian OF / LHP / Trinity Catholic, FL / 2019

A Florida recruit, Fabian has a long, loose frame at 6 feet, 180 pounds. He is wide shouldered and a good looking athlete. He stands out on the field. He is impressive in the outfield with a long, loose arm that is very accurate.  He can play center field now, but may continue to add to the frame and become a corner guy in the future. The ball sounds different coming off his bat, as he is balanced and the bat stays in the zone for a long time. His hands are strong and they have advanced quickness.  He is very quiet in his set-up and load with a short stride. The path works level and has a high finish. Overall, he's athletic with a plus bat and big potential.


Brandon Walker RHP / SS / North Florida Christian, FL / 2019

A Florida State recruit, the 6-foot, 180-pound Walker shows big time tools, especially on the mound. He is very physical with strong legs. His arm swing is medium to long, but super easy and effortless. He repeats his motion flawlessly and his fastball sits 90-92 mph with life, and has been up to 95-96 at times. The ball jumps on hitters and he mixes in a slider that sits 74-76 mph with the potential to be a plus pitch. There is so little effort that the ball explodes out of his hand with a flick of the wrist. Walker is young and extremely athletic with a quick arm and a durable frame that should hold up even with the explosiveness in the delivery.


Here's a look at how the Top 10 stacks up:

1 Hunter Barco FL Bolles 2019 LHP Virginia
2 Riley Greene FL Hagerty 2019 OF Florida
3 Rece Hinds FL Niceville 2019 SS Louisiana State
4 Judson Fabian FL Trinity Catholic 2019 OF Florida
5 Brandon Walker FL North Florida Christian 2019 RHP Florida State
6 Joseph Charles FL First Academy 2019 RHP North Carolina
7 Tyler Callihan FL Providence 2019 SS South Carolina
8 Isaac Nunez FL Lake Brantley 2019 SS Florida
9 Jacob Herbert FL George W. Jenkins 2019 C Florida
10 Josh Rivera FL Avon Park 2019 3B Florida

For a complete look at the Updated Florida Class of 2019 Rankings, CLICK HERE