Prep Baseball Report

Georgia 2024 Rankings Update - The Top-10

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

As the spring high school season comes to a close, we bring our focus to the class of 2024 before a busy summer circuit. Like it is with every class in Georgia, the top is loaded with future high end draft prospects. Through only two years in their prep careers, these prospects are already becoming household names across the state. Let’s start our look at the 2024 class with the top-10.

OF Michael Mullinax (North Cobb Christian; Georgia) rises back to the No. 1 spot in the class after LHP Drew Sofield’s reclassification to the 2023 class. One of the top prospects in the entire country, Mullinax has it all. Broad shoulder and carrying strength throughout his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, the left-handed hitter is violent at the plate. His swing works naturally uphill, allowing for him to easily lift and drive with little swing and miss. His ability to barrel pitches truly stands out. Once on the basepaths, Mullinax becomes one of the most dangerous runners in the state. His speed equally translates into center field, where he can cover ground with the bet of them. Top top it all off, he has one of the strongest arms in the state, capable of making throws few can.

Up to No. 2 is the dynamic dual sport athlete SS/OF Bryce Clavon (Kell; Uncommitted). You might not find a better combination of athleticism and explosiveness in a prospect across the country than what Clavon brings to the table. Clavon has the look of a track athlete at 6-foot, 182-pounds and runs like one too. With a clean gait and quick, easy strides he flat out flies around a diamond. From taking the extra base to making highlight plays look easy up the middle, Clavon knows how to utilize his speed to its fullest. That’s not the only thing that stands out though. At the plate, the right-handed hitter has a simple swing that he uses to pepper the gaps with hard hit balls. He lets the game come to him and doesn’t try to force things. Defensively, he has some of the softest hands in the state and can get rid of the ball in a hurry with a big time arm.

At No. 3 is SS Erik Parker (North Gwinnett; South Carolina). Parker has one of the most projectable frames in the country at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. The body, swing and projection are usually found in players much older. Parker stays tall and impressively creates leverage in all parts of the zone, and has even shown the ability to barrel balls outside the zone. He has natural loft in the swing, and combined with his present strength, Parker will be one of the top power bats in the class.

The top two-way prospect in the class slides in at No. 4, 3B/RHP Jax Phillips (East Cobb Academy; Georgia). Phillips brings the power in everything he does. Standing 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, he has the frame to do it as well. Phillips swings a heavy barrel while keeping it simple throughout. He uses his long levers and powerful lower half to get extended and drive the ball with big power. On the mound, he is just as impressive with a fastball that can reach 90 mph. His arm works short and clean on the back-side, allowing for him to repeat. The velocity continues to tick upwards with no signs of slowing down.

A breakout star at the 2021 PBR Future Games and now two time state champion, SS Rustan Rigdon (Metter; Vanderbilt) completes our top-5. The wiry switch-hitting shortstop is long and lean with plenty of growth left to go, but already produces consistent loud contact from both sides of the plate with more power likely on the way. His bat-to-ball skills are extraordinary, with the ability to barrel up high level pitching. Silky on the infield with soft hands and a strong arm that serves him well on the mound as well. Rigdon approaches the game with a quiet confidence, letting his actions speak for him.

Our highest newcomer to the top-10 comes in at No. 6, RHP Duke Stone (Jeff Davis; Georgia). Stone rises seven spots from No. 13. At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Stone is physically one of the most imposing arms in the country. It isn’t just the frame that has the big right-hander shooting up the ranking either. Stone has a whip-like arm, using his long arms to get good extension. This allows for his present 90 mph fastball to play even harder. Stone has all the makings to be the next big power arm out of the Peach State as he continues to fill out his extra large frame.

Coming in at No. 7 is another elite dual sport athlete in OF/WR BJ Gibson (Wilcox County; Tennessee). Gibson, a right-handed hitter, has one of the smoothest swings in the class. He generates a huge amount of power from his physical lower half and lets his quick hands get extended to drive the ball with serious force. Not to mention, Gibson can speed around the diamond and in center.

Moving up over 20 spots to No. 8 is RHP Connor Shouse (East Cobb Academy; Georgia Tech). The right-hander is an athlete on the mound with quick twitch actions and lightning quick arm. While there is some length on the back-side, Shouse has so much arm speed that he is able to stay in sync and get out front on-time regularly. Operating from a 3/4 slot, the ball simply jumps out of the hand of Shouse. He works mostly 88-91, but can touch 92 and 93 mph. The fastball has running life to it and is overpowering. He complements it with a curveball and changeup. The offspeed pitches played up as opposing hitters try to focus on catching up to the fastball. The 11/5 curveball flashed bite when Shouse was on top of it, sitting 75-77.

In a class filled with dual sport athletes, OF/RB Kameron Davis (Dougherty; Florida State) makes it a third in our top-10 as he slots in at No. 9. Davis is built how you would imagine an elite running back to be, 5-foot-11, 195-pounds of quick twitch muscle. Quite possibly the strongest prospect in the class, Davis punishes the ball with lightning quick hands.

Closing out the top-10 at No. 10 is C Ariston Veasey (Starr’s Mill; Georgia). The state’s top ranked backstop has always been known for his advanced catch and throw skill set. Veasey has a big arm, capable of throwing in the low 80s out of the crouch, that further aids him. Veasey is ultra quick in everything he does behind the plate, from the transfer, to his footwork, to release, and he does it all while completing an accurate throw. He is aggressive behind the plate, not afraid to throw.

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