Prep Baseball Report

Fall Update: KY Class of 2024 Rankings

Jamie Tessoff/Chris Fuller
KY Director of Scouting/KY Executive Director


The time has come to release our fall update to the Class of 2024 rankings. With the previous update in late August, this is a modest update to the top 200 players in the class.

The first thing you’ll notice is some shuffling in the top 10 with RHP Zakery Spurrier (Central Hardin HS) sliding up a spot to the top. He replaces Jake Gregor who is attending school at IMG Academy in Florida for his senior year. Spurrier has run his fastball up to 93 and projects as a starter at Kentucky with his workhorse 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame. Battling a hamstring injury last spring, he was dominant against the best teams the state had to offer before shutting it down late in the season, probably never reaching 100 percent healthy status. He should be back with a vengeance in 2024.

Alex Martin also slides up a spot to No. 2. The athletic third baseman from Boyd County HS (Xavier recruit) routinely flashes triple-digit exit velocities with big power to all fields, and at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, he still has plenty of room to add to his frame, only increasing the already impressive power side of his offensive game.

Sliding up from No. 6, Cameron Owens (Boyle County HS) jumps in behind Martin at No. 3. Simply put, Owens is the most tooled up player we have seen in several years. He’s a 6.6 runner with a cannon for an arm, tremendous bat speed, and power that is rarely seen for a player his size (6-0, 178 pounds). Owens announced his presence to the state at the KHSAA-PBR Kentucky East/West Showcase and committed to Kentucky a few months after. He’s an intriguing player with a slight element of rawness still to his game, making his ceiling extremely high. He’s battled back from a significant injury, and sources tell us he is ready to get back on the mound in the spring. If true, expect the velocity to live in the low to mid 90’s.

LHP Logan Grubb (Anderson County HS) checks in at No. 4. The Kentucky recruit has an elite ability to spin the baseball as his fastball ticks 90 mph. He dominated this past summer with that high-spin fastball/slider combo that routinely produces whiffs. He features true swing-and-miss stuff that should bode well for him as he makes the jump from high school to SEC baseball in the near future.

RHP Carson Van Haaren moves up a few spots to No. 5. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Van Haaren is another high-spin guy that gets a ton of swing and miss with his fastball up to 91 and a wipeout low-80’s slider. His name has been one that has come up in conversation with pro scouts, and he’ll have no shortage of eyes on him in the spring as he looks to continue his dominance that saw him register 75 strikeouts in 43 innings in the toughest district in the state.