Updated And Expanded 2019 Overall Rankings Released
December 8, 2016
Exactly how fast and furious is the recruiting scene?
Well, in our recently updated overall 2019 rankings list, 46 of the top 50 prospects are already verbally committed, 79 of the top 100, and 146 of the expanded Top 250 are off the board. At least for now.
While those statistics may raise a collective eyebrow, there’s no debating that this 2019 class is loaded with talent.
It is important to note here that the PBR overall rankings only include the states that we intimately know from our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff. The updated Top 250 Class of 2019 rankings is comprised of our current 33-state coverage area, which now includes Texas and Oklahoma.
For the first time since we unveiled our initial 2019 list, there’s a new No. 1 overall prospect: SS/RHP Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville HS, TX). Committed to Oklahoma, the 6-foot, 165-pound Witt is a polished, dynamic two-way talent who has consistently delivered in all facets of the game. Witt’s premium middle-of-the-field skills, coupled with his advanced right-handed bat, narrowly supplants 1B/RHP Triston Casas (American Heritage HS, FL) at the No. 1 spot. Casas, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound Miami recruit, features double-plus left-handed juice without much swing-and-miss. As the only 2019 prospect on the USA 18U National Team, Casas hit cleanup and batted .333 with two homers, two doubles and a team-leading 11 RBI during USA’s gold-medal run.
Casas leads an extremely deep and talented 2019 class in Florida. In fact, five of the top seven ranked prospects hail from the Sunshine State. Joining Casas in the top 10 are OF Riley Greene (Hagerty HS, FL), LHP Hunter Barco (Bolles HS, FL), C Jake Holland (Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL) and RHP Joseph Charles (First Academy HS, FL).
Rounding out the top 10 are RHP Matthew Thompson (Cypress Ranch HS, TX), RHP Brennan Malone (Porter Ridge HS, NC), RHP/SS Chris McElvain (Summit HS, TN) and SS Cade Doughty (Denham Springs HS, LA).
Miami (Casas and Holland) and North Carolina (Charles and Malone) each have two top-10 recruits. In all, Texas has landed the most prospects in the overall rankings with 10, followed by Oklahoma (nine), Arkansas (nine) and Miami (eight). Louisiana State, Louisville, Texas Christian and Vanderbilt each have seven recruits. (Note: Recruit totals only include players within the PBR coverage area).
Some of the biggest risers in the updated and expanded 2019 rankings include: SS Rece Hinds (Niceville HS, FL), RHP Mack Anglin (Sparta Highland HS, OH), RHP Stephen Restuccio (Hammonton HS, NJ), RHP Isaiah Bennett (Pine Forest HS, NC), C Hayden Travinski (Loyola College Prep HS, LA), RHP Cullen Pharris (DeQuincy HS, LA), 1B/OF/LHP Raymond LaFleur III (Tate HS, FL) and INF Liam Deegan (Godwin HS, VA), to name a few.
A look at the Top 10:
|1||Bobby Witt Jr.||TX||Colleyville Heritage||2019||SS||Oklahoma|
|2||Triston Casas||FL||American Heritage||2019||1B||Miami|
|3||Matthew Thompson||TX||Cypress Ranch||2019||RHP||Texas A&M|
|6||Jake Holland||FL||Calvary Christian Academy||2019||C||Miami|
|7||Joseph Charles||FL||First Academy||2019||RHP||North Carolina|
|8||Brennan Malone||NC||Porter Ridge HS||2019||RHP||North Carolina|
|10||Cade Doughty||LA||Denham Springs||2019||SS||Louisiana State|