Final Class of 2013 Player Rankings

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

With the high school season concluding this weekend, so ends the prep careers of the senior class. We’ve had the pleasure of tracking Illinois’ Class of 2013 since they were freshmen in high school – several of whom earlier than that. It’s been fun watching the trajectories of players’ careers over the years.

Although this crop of seniors didn’t possess the highest end draft prospects of some previous classes, the 2013 class featured impressive depth across the state. Many more prospects emerged throughout the course of the high school season, which made the final Class of 2013 Illinois prospect rankings that much more difficult.

INF/RHP Ryne Roper (Harrisburg HS) ended his decorated prep career where he began it: as the No. 1 prospect in the state. The Gatorade Player of the Year proved to be a rock-solid two-way prospect since his freshman year, and finished his senior year going 11-0 with a 0.41 ERA while batting .468 with 10 homers, 11 doubles and 39 RBI.

Switch-hitting C Ryan Lidge (Barrington HS) jumps to the No. 2 spot, followed by OF Jake Ring (Grant HS, Missouri), OF Corey Ray (Simeon HS), RHP/3B Keith Lehmann (Lyons Township HS, Michigan), RHP Zack Burdi (Downers Grove South HS) and C Brent Gibbs (Alton HS).

No player in the state saw a more meteoric rise this spring than RHP/OF Matt Brill (Moline HS), who jumped up to No. 8 in the overall rankings. Other prospects who catapulted up the rankings – or made their first appearances – include: RHP Zach Lewis (St. Laurence HS), RHP Christian Taugner (Lake Park HS), RHP Ben Hecht (Effingham St. Anthony HS), RHP/OF Jared Waldhoff (Teutopolis HS), RHP Matt Starai (St. Charles East HS), LHP Kyle Pauly (Glenbrook South HS), RHP Mitch Schulewitz (Mundelein HS), RHP Colin Nowak (Bartlett HS), RHP Jackson Bubala (Latin HS), RHP Austin McPherson (Johnston City HS), and 1B Victor Garcia (Plainfield South HS, to name a few.

Thanks for the memories, Class of 2013. It’s been fun.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Ryne Roper IL Harrisburg 2013 SS Illinois
2 Ryan Lidge IL Barrington 2013 C Notre Dame
3 Jake Ring IL Grant 2013 OF Missouri
4 Corey Ray IL Simeon 2013 OF Louisville
5 Keith Lehmann IL Lyons Township 2013 RHP Michigan
6 Zack Burdi IL Downers Grove South 2013 RHP Iowa
7 Brent Gibbs IL Alton 2013 C Indiana
8 Matt Brill IL Moline 2013 OF Appalachian State
9 Andy Honiotes IL Geneva 2013 RHP University of Miami
10 Cody Sedlock IL Rock Island Alleman 2013 RHP Illinois

Complete Top 230 Class of 2013 Player Rankings.