Updated Class of 2023 Player Rankings (September)
September 8, 2022
Updated Class of 2023 Player Rankings (September)The state of Michigan has become a hotbed of talent throughout the country placing numerous players at various levels into colleges as well as multiple draft picks. As we close out the summer and move into fall baseball as well as other fall sports we had the opportunity to see hundreds of prospects throughout the spring/summer and have updated our class rankings.
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.
Below we will take a look at "What's New at the Top", “The Risers”, "The Newcomers", "The Sleepers" and some of the top uncommitted prospects by position.
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New at the Top
Jasen Oliver SS / RHP / Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 6 / POS: 4
Report: Jasen moves into the Top 10 at number 6 after a dominant year as a two way player. Primary SS with a strong arm the ability to stick there defensively. At the plate was a key piece of the OLSM lineup showing some pop. Showed off big strides on the mound and didn’t allow a run all year as the closer. Up to 92 with a sharp breaking ball and has all the makings of a high level two way player.
Jaxon Huffman RHP / 3B / Mona Shores, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 10 / POS: 3
Report: Power arm moves up to 10 after making a big velo jump in 2022. Physical 6-foot-2, 205 pound frame burst onto the scene this winter and was dominant in both the spring and summer. Works low 90’s with the fastball getting up to 94 with a four pitch mix that includes a curveball and slider. Intriguing arm that with a lot to like as he continues to refine his arsenal on the mound.
Gannon Grundman LHP / Hartland, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 12 / POS: 1
Report: A long, lean left handed arm, Gannon is one of the biggest risers in the 2023 Michigan rankings. Michigan State recruit works mid to upper 80’s on the mound with movement. Established himself as a high level arm this spring with a strong high school season that included multiple pitching duels with high school national champion Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Has an ideal frame for projection on the mound and is one of the highest upside guys in the class.
Brayden Dowd CF / LHP / Brother Rice, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 29 / POS: 2
Report: Athletic outfielder with a strong lower half climbs up the rankings after a breakout 2022 season. Emerged as one of the top players on a young and talented Brother Rice team. Runs well and showed some pop at the plate from the left side. Capped off a strong summer with a commitment to USC.
Garrett Brewer LHP / OF / Berrien Springs, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 39 / POS: 5
Report: Another lefthander committed to Michigan State enters the rankings for the first time bursting onto the scene this summer. Into the upper 80’s on the mound with a projectable 6-foot-2, 170 pound frame. Showed a two pitch mix at TPG Trials with a spin rate over 2300 on his fastball and will be an arm to follow next spring.
Aaron Jasiak SS / RHP / Parchment, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 54 / POS: 8
Report: Legit two-way player and another new entrant to the rankings. Stole the show at the Western Michigan Prospect Games. Primary imfielder with an ability to stick at short and a big time arm that was up to 90 across the infield. Athletic and projectable at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds witha line drive approach at the plate. Intriguing on the mound where he worked mid 80’s with a tight breaking ball.
Adrian Epps CF / 2B / West Bloomfield, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 36 / POS: 3
Report: Adrian is one of the premier defensive center fielders in the state of Michigan. Former Future Games player who made a number of highlight reel defensive plays showing tremendous range. Made strides at the plate this spring putting together a solid high school season and is one of the top uncommitted players in the state.
Samuel Schafer RHP / SS / Hudsonville, MI / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 38 / POS: 15
Report: Right-handed arm that has flashed a big time arm on the mound over the last two years. Throws out of a low slot on the mound working upper 80’s topping out at 91. Has shown a four pitch mix that includes a CB, SL and CH. Definite follow as the combination of low slot and velocity makes Schafer one of the top uncommitted arms in the class.
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: Luke Coll (Video Below) | Will DeMasse | Samuel Schafer | Connor Dessellier | Chase Mazey
- Top Left-Handed Arms: Joshua Agar | Nate Hanna | Max Haveman | Jesse Saldana | Andrew Pohlmann
- Top Outfield Prospects: Drew Hill | Luke Holbrook | Gabe Zeldes | Conner Bailey | Presley Fortino
- Top First Base Prospects: Parker Tippery | Khamari Anderson | Cooper Villereal | Blake Lutzky | Alex Tribul
- Top Second Base Prospects: Brady Blakita | Joey Randazzo | Daniel Shipman | Rafael Garza | Chase Curry
- Top Shortstop Prospects: Aaron Jasiak | Wells Graham | Owen Yount | Nate Crossman | JJ Manion
- Top Third Base Prospects: Tait Picot | Jackson Muir | Trey Rowley | Brayden LaCroix | Killian Bies
- Top Catching Prospects: Adam Broski | Sebastian Jaimes | JR Morrow | Gage Robertson | Gabe Clark
Michigan Class of 2023 rankings
|1||Jarren Purify||MI||University Liggett||2023||SS||Clemson|
|2||Parker Picot||MI||Rochester Adams||2023||SS||Alabama|
|4||Blake Grimmer||MI||Orchard Lake St. Mary's||2023||SS||Tennessee|
|5||Evan Haeger||MI||Detroit Catholic Central||2023||OF||Alabama|
|6||Jasen Oliver||MI||Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep||2023||SS||Indiana|
|7||Alfredo Velazquez||MI||Brother Rice||2023||OF||Michigan|
|8||Kyle Remington||MI||Grand Rapids Christian||2023||CF||Minnesota|
|9||Joshua Klug||MI||Traverse City Central||2023||RHP||Louisville|
|10||Jaxon Huffman||MI||Mona Shores||2023||RHP||Michigan State|
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