Prep Baseball Report

KS Rankings Update: 2022s

Andy Urban
OK/MO/KS Scouting Supervisor

The PBR Kansas 2022 Class Rankings have been updated after a baseball packed winter and early spring. We have expended out rankings with the from 100 to 125 with nearly 40 new players entering the rankings. Check out the top prospects, risers, newcomers, and fully expanded rankings, below. 

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The Top- The top of the KS 2022 rankings features a couple of top arms in the top 50 that are already garnering draft attention along with a college ready and physical left-handed bat. 

Caden Marcum RHP / OF / Paola, KS / 2022

The picture of projections, Marcum's 6-foot-5, 155-pound frame with a high waist and long arms foreshadow much more velo to come. Though he searches for command at times, Marcum has shown the ability to jump in with a five pitch mix, with each pitch showing elite spin rates. The four seam ranges 88-92 with ride and the two seam sits 86-88. The curveball is the go to off speed offering in the mid 70 with 12/6 break. The Tennessee commit also mixes in a changeup and slider as well. Though it appears his future will be on the mound, Marcum is a more than capable two-way prospect in the outfield where his athleticism shines. 


Ben Bybee RHP / 1B / Blue Valley Southwest, KS / 2022

The Arkansas commit is is physically impressive on the mound at 6-foot-6, 220-pounds. The right-hander shows excellent feel for his body, repeating his clean delivery at a high rate and consequently commanding a three pitch mix. Bybee features an upper 80s to low 90s fastball paired with an overhand curveball and changeup as secondary offerings. Bybee showed poise and confidence beyond his years this summer matching up against older and elite talent and throwing up zeros. Currently not not pitching, Bybee is hitting in the four hole for one of the top high schools in the state and can be expected to be better than ever when he returns to the mound. 

Dylan Dreiling OF / LHP / Hays, KS / 2022

Physical and polished left-handed high school hitters are rare find, but that's exactly what Dreiling is. The Hays, Kansas product and Tennessee commit shows an easy and efficient swing from the left-side producing big power to the middle and pull side. A 6.9 runner and 85 from the outfield, Dreiling has a chance to develop into a truly complete five tool player. 



Top Newcomers- The off season saw a flood of new talent make a name for themselves. These three below led the way with some impressive performances, jumping into the top 35.

Pierce Wright SS / RHP / Olathe East, KS / 2022

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound projectable and athletic Wright put up very strong all around numbers at the Between The Lines Scout Day with a 86 exit velo, 87 infield velo, and 4.19 home-to-first.  

Ryker Curry RHP / SS / Iola, KS / 2022

Sitting 84-85 mph with ride on the fastball, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound arm pounded the zone once he dialed in at the MOKAN Preseason All-State Showcase. Curry also mixed in a short and tight slider at 75 and changeup at 80-82. 

Edwin White RHP / 1B / Bishop Miege , KS / 2022

The very lean and projectable 6-foot-1, 153-pound right-hander, White showed he was an elite strike throwed with three pitches, including a mid 80s fastball, curveball and changeup. 


Top RisersAs with every season that goes by, many players take major leaps physically and developmentally. Below are some of the biggest risers since our last rankings.

Drew Norris RHP / Blue Valley, KS / 2022

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander shoots up the KS rankings after putting on six mph in less than a year. Norris commanded the zone with the fastball at 87-88 mph and near 2400 spin at the MOKAN Preseason All-State Showcase. He also mixed a fading CH and tight SL for strikes. The uncommitted junior works only out of the stretch and uses a full arm circle coming through a high-3/4 slot.

Maddox Burkitt 1B / RHP / Lawrence Free State, KS / 2022

A two-way prospect, the right-hander future may lay on the mound. Burkitt was up to 86 with tilt at the recent Next-level Scout Day that pairs nicely with a near 12/6 curveball in the low 70s. Burkitt's 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame and loose arm are sure to produce more velo in the near future. 

Gehrig Goldbeck 2B / SS / Tonganoxie, KS / 2022

Always a high level defender, Goldbeck has added speed and strength to his game which he showed off at the MOKAN Preseason All-State Showcase. The left-handed hitter barreled nearly every ball to the middle and opposite field in BP and showed an 88 mph exit velo off the tee. 

Top 10

1 Caden Marcum KS Paola 2022 RHP Tennessee
2 Ben Bybee KS Blue Valley Southwest 2022 RHP Arkansas
3 Dylan Dreiling KS Hays 2022 OF Tennessee
4 Cooper Kelly KS Blue Valley Southwest 2022 SS Kansas
5 Jackson Lovich KS Blue Valley West 2022 SS Cincinnati
6 Andrew Evans KS Olathe West 2022 RHP Kansas State
7 Ike Cobb KS Lawrence 2022 RHP Kansas
8 Cody Moore KS Mill Valley 2022 C Missouri State
9 Corbin Bassham KS Olathe South 2022 3B Missouri State
10 Blake Reeder KS Shawnee Mission Northwest 2022 3B Iowa Western CC


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