Updated Class of 2023 Player Rankings (April)

Aaron Wilson and PBR Michigan Staff
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Updated Class of 2023 Player Rankings (April)

In 2020 we have had a year unlike any other ... No Spring HS season, uncertainty all summer with tournaments and showcases and the same can still be said in the fall. But that hasn't stopped us from searching far and wide throughout the state to find the best prospects we can, to help them get to college and to help colleges find prospects that fit their culture.

Despite the tumultuous year, many names came off the board to some of the top programs around the nation, many new names came to the forefront of the recruiting scene, and many prospects improved their game.

That being said, we have had the pleasure of seeing a number of solid players this past year. Prospects are popping up left and right, making velocity jumps, improving 60-yard dash times and showing more power with the bat.

Below we will take a look at "A New Number One, "What's New at the Top", “The Risers”, "Notable Newcomers", "Don't sleep on these arms”, and some of the top uncommitted prospects by position.

Coming soon ... We will have the Class of 2023 Rankings Positional Breakdown, which you will be able to view by clicking here.

Coming Soon ... To view the Uncommitted Positional Breakdown, click below:
RHP | LHP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C

To view the entire rankings, please click here.

New Number One

2021 has ushered in the baseball season back after the pandemic cancelled the entire 2020 prior to a game being played. Several teams have started action as more will begin in the upcoming weeks. Nine of the ten prospects in the top ten are committed, which occurred prior to any of them playing a game of high school baseball. The 2023 class is shaping up to be another loaded Michigan High School recruiting class. We have expanded our rankings to 200 players. 

Jarren Purify 3B / SS / University Liggett, MI / 2023

Report: SS Jaren Purify has been on the national scene since he was 12 years old at the Little League World Series and he has the game that leaves you always wanting more. Smooth fielding middle infielder with a quick first step and instincts in the field. His bat to ball skills are highly regarded as he sprays line drives to all fields. The University of Michigan commit runs a 6.65 while throwing 90 mph across the diamond with a 96 mph exit velocity.

What’s New At The Top

Joshua Klug RHP / 3B / Traverse City Central, MI / 2023

Report: RHP/3B Joshua Klug is a 6-foot, 195 pound physically developed prospect that has a frame that would not lead you to believe he is a high school sophomore. Recently committed to Louisville showing raw pop at the plate paired with a 90 mph fastball.

The Risers

Tanner Sonntag RHP / SS / Bay City John Glenn, MI / 2023

Report: SS/RHP Tanner Sonntag is a 6-foot-2, 178 pound two way prospect. It is tough to tell if he shines better as a position player or pitcher however it is safe to say he has lots of game and loads of potential. Electric fastball up to 88 mph paired with a slider, curve and change up. At the plate the ball jumps off his bat at 95 mph.

Kyle Remington OF / RHP / Grand Rapids Christian, MI / 2023

Report: OF/RHP Kyle Remington is a 6-foot, 160 pound swiss army knife. We have seen Remington play and shine at just about every position besides catcher. On the mound last summer at the Future Games was easily the most efficient arm and was up to 86 mph as a freshman. This winter he displayed high level athleticism running a 6.85 while throwing 95 mph from the OF. 90 mph exit velocity. Also a smooth fielding middle infielder.

Carson Smith OF / RHP / Grandville, MI / 2023

Report: OF Carson Smith is a 6-foot-2, 195 pound two sport athlete that displays his physical nature and athleticism on the diamond. High level barrel finder at the plate with power, he posted a 94 mph exit velocity. Corner outfield prospect showed a strong 90 mph arm while running a 6.79 sixty time.

Notable Newcomers

Jack Bakus 3B / 1B / H. H. Dow, MI / 2023

Report: 3B Jack Bakus is a 6-foot-5, 215 pound corner infielder that swings from the left side of the plate. Imposing presence in the box and doubles down with his swing. Hard contact with lots of raw power potential in his swing. 98 mph exit velocity.

Alex Cheeseman SS / 2B / Brother Rice, MI / 2023

Report: Alex Cheeseman is a 5-foot-11, 165 pound middle infield prospect that has polished technique in the field and sure hands while fielding. Showed off an 87 mph infield arm with some carry. At the plate profiles as a top of the order guy, posted a 92 mph exit velocity.

Jonah St. Antoine SS / RHP / Forest Hills Northern, MI / 2023

Report: Jonah St. Antoine is a 5-foot-11, 170 pound left hand hitting middle infield prospect who left a lasting impression. At the plate blasted balls to the middle of the field and right center gap with authority. Posted a 96 mph exit velocity. Moved well in the middle infield throwing 85 mph across the diamond.

Don’t Sleep On These Arms

Jackson Haywood RHP / 1B / Lakeview, MI / 2023

Report: Jackson Haywood is a 6-foot-2, 195 pound RHP that has a heavy feel to his pitches. Powers his fastball down in the zone up to 87 mph with a bowling ball feel. Hides the ball well and drives off the mound with authority. Three pitch mix on the hill. 

Amare Snowden OF / LHP / Roseville, MI / 2023

Report: Amare Snowden is a two sport athlete that holds multiple offers to play defensive back in football. His athleticism spills over to the diamond where he covers ground in the OF and has easy arm action on the mound. Loose and easy arm up to 84 mph. Lots of projection from his ¾ arm angle.

Gavin Moczydlowsky RHP / 3B / New Boston Huron, MI / 2023

Report: Gavin Moczydlowsky is a 6-foot, 190 pound RHP that shows high level command over four pitches. Arm side run on his fastball up to 88 mph, while bringing a bulldog mentality to the mound. Has a feel for mixing up his pitches and keeping hitters off balance.

Top Uncommitted Prospects by Position

Below we look to name the top 5 prospects in specific categories for the 2023 class. Beyond this group, there are numerous prospects that can help a collegiate program in some capacity.

+ Top Right-Handed Arms: Jackson Haywood | Gavin Moczydlowsky | Andrew Abler | Layne Holmes | Luke Coll

+ Top Left-Handed Arms: Easton Storey | Drew Hill | Anthoni Kiafoulis | Ty Uchman | Joshua Agar

+ Top Outfield Prospects: Alfredo Velazquez | Kyle Remington | Carson Smith | Amare Snowden | Jacob Brown

+ Top First Base Prospects: Ryan Jones | Gavin Blackwood | Alex Tribul | Ryker DeCaire | Trenton Vagi

+ Top Second Base Prospects: Ryan McKay | Tait Picot | Joey Randazzo | Abel Gutierrez | Kellen Roberts

+ Top Shortstop Prospects: Owen Yount | Wells Graham | Sawyer Peterson | Jonah St. Antoine | Alex Cheeseman

+ Top Third Base Prospects: Jack Bakus | Aamir Mitchell | Hayden Winger | Brayden LaCroix | Trey Rowley

+ Top Catching Prospects: Noah Miller (Video Below) | Sebastian Jaimes | Trae Cassidy | Jay Tuttle | Gabe Clark

Michigan Class of 2023 rankings

Rank   Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Jarren Purify MI University Liggett 2023 3B Michigan
2 Drew Titsworth MI Frankenmuth 2023 RHP Michigan
3   Evan Haeger MI Detroit Catholic Central 2023 OF Alabama
4   Blake Grimmer MI Spring Lake 2023 SS Tennessee
5   Parker Picot MI Rochester Adams 2023 SS Alabama
6   Kyle Crow MI Fenton 2023 RHP Louisville
7   Ryan Mooney MI Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep 2023 OF Notre Dame
8 Jacob Brown MI Father Gabriel Richard 2023 SS West Virginia
9 Alfredo Velazquez MI Brother Rice 2023 OF
10 Joshua Klug MI Traverse City Central 2023 RHP Louisville

***** To view the entire list, please click here.

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