Prep Baseball Report

2023 Minnesota High School Baseball Rankings - Week 5


PBR Minnesota Staff
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

PRESEASON RANKINGS
WEEK ONE
WEEK TWO
WEEK THREE
WEEK FOUR

ON THE BUBBLE

ESKO ESKIMOS
Esko is 13-0 and has some dogs in their lineup.

BEMIDJI LUMBERJACKS
The Lumberjacks are 9-2 and proved they can run with the big boys by beating STMA earlier this year.

ST. THOMAS ACADEMY CADETS
The Cadets are 12-3 with wins over Mahtomedi, North St. Paul, and Hill Murray. The lone loss came at the hands of the no. 5 Centennial Cougars.

STILLWATER PONIES
The Ponies returned to the rankings after a 3-0 stretch last week. The reigning champs are now 10-6.

CHAMPLIN PARK REBELS
The Rebels went 4-0 on the week, including a win over no. 5 Centennial. 

FARMINGTON TIGERS
Farmington is 9-5 with three wins over Shakopee, Apple Valley, and no. 9 ranked Rogers.

ANOKA TORNADOES
The Tornadoes are on the bubble with a 3-0 week (Duluth East, no. 9 Rogers, and Andover)

ROCHESTER MAYO SPARTANS
Rochester Mayo won both contests this past week to improve to 11-3.

ELK RIVER ELKS
Elk River splits with a win over Coon Rapids and a loss to Andover. 

SARTELL SABRES 
The Sabres went 2-2 on the week. Sartell remains a tough team just outside of the top ten. 

RK // TEAM // (LAST)

10 // MINNETONKA SKIPPERS (4) 📉

The Skippers fell to Hopkins, and no. 3 ranked Wayzata at Target Field. Saturday’s game against Chaska washed out. This week, Minnetonka has a four-game set, including Friday’s matchup against the no. 8 ranked Edina Hornets at Braemar. 

9 // ROGERS ROYALS (9) 😐

A five-game week has kept the Royals busy. They had wins against Totino-Grace, Coon Rapids, and Robbinsdale Armstrong but dropped two to Anoka and Farmington – both bubble teams. St Thomas commit Riane Ritter (2024) threw six strong innings with ten punchouts against Armstrong. Rogers has a four-game week ahead with a Tuesday matchup against Champlin Park.

8 // EDINA HORNETS (NR) 🆕

The Hornets are in the top 10 after sweeping their four-game stretch last week (Wayzata, Minneapolis South, Buffalo, and Hopkins) and improving their overall record to 11-3. Moreover, Edina’s remaining five games will all be at home to potentially finish the regular season with a solid record. They’ll face no. 10 Minnetonka on Friday night. 

7 // ROSEMOUNT IRISH (2) 📉

Rosemount stumbles a bit after their meteoric rise the past few weeks. The Irish went 1-3 and dropped contests to no 6 Eastview, Burnsville, and Shakopee. They’ll see Lakeville North, Farmington, and Eagan in the week ahead.

6 // EASTVIEW LIGHTNING (3) 📉

Like Rosemount, Eastview fell slightly in the rankings after a 1-and-2 week. Lightning struck against Rosemount but lost to Prior Lake and Lakeville South. This week, they get Apple Valley, Burnsville, and Shakopee. 

5 // CENTENNIAL COUGARS (8) 🆙

Centennial’s recent performance has them making moves in the ranks. The Cougars went 3-1 with wins over St. Thomas Academy, Spring Lake Park, and Robbinsdale Armstrong. They are sitting at 10-5 with games this week against Andover, Duluth East, and Mahtomedi.

4 // CHANHASSEN STORM (7) 🆙

Chanhassen is now 9-1 in their last ten games after starting the year 1-3. They defeated Waconia twice, St. Louis Park, and Eden Prairie this past week but dropped an extra inning game to Chaska. The Storm will see Benilde-St—Margaret’s, St. Louis Park, New Prague, and Osseo this week. 

3 // WAYZATA TROJANS (5) 🆙

The Trojans went 3-1 with wins over Maple Grove (lefty Brady Lash (2024) had an 8K CG shutout), no. 10 Minnetonka, and St. Louis Park. The loss came from a team new to the rankings -- Edina Hornets (no. 8). Wayzata gets Robbinsdale Armstrong, Hopkins, and Eden Prairie this week.

2 // EAST RIDGE RAPTORS (6) 🆙

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for the Raptors. East Ridge started as the no. 1 ranked team and fell to sixth last week, but a 4-0 run (Mounds View, Irondale, St. Paul Central, and White Bear Lake) is convincing enough to say that East Ridge still has it. They finish their regular season against Woodbury, Stillwater, and Park of Cottage Grove this week.

1 // CRETIN-DERHAM HALL RAIDERS (1) 😐

Four out of the last five weeks, the CDH Raiders have been atop the rankings, and this week will be no different. They dropped one to Mounds View the previous week but are rolling at 13-2. The no. 1 ranked Raiders have four games this week: White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Stillwater, and Irondale.