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PBR Minnesota 2021 Rankings Updated

Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

Through a full fall of competition, winter and early spring events; the PBR Minnesota Class of 2021 Rankings has been updated and expanded with 50 additional players added from the previous installment. Overall, the Minnesota 2021 class is extremely deep with a combination of present committed players, high-end uncommitted prospects, and late-bloomers who have made significant jumps over the last six months. It will be interesting in the near future which prospects make the first jumps in development; allowing them potentially to sky rocket up the board.

The top prospect in the state is Alex Ritzer (Stillwater), a North Carolina recruit, who has continued to shine in the national spotlight. Ritzer performed exceptionally well at the 2019 PBR Future Games and projects extremely well with his ability to stay in the middle infield at the next level; along with consistent offensive performance from the left side of the plate.

The combination of present strength and athleticism of Will Rogers (Mounds View), Arizona State commit, gave him the boost to move up to the two spot in the updated rankings. The physical, 6-foot-1, 210-pound right-handed hitting catcher features a 6.96 60-yard dash, 98 mph exit velocity, 80 mph arm strength and consistently shows sub 2.0 pop times with accuracy to the bag.

One of three South Dakota preps who have leaped into the Top 10 in this class is Utah commit; Branson Kuehl (Rapid City Stevens, SD). Checking in at #3; Kuehl is extremely athletic at 6-foot-2, 165-pounds showing quick twitch actions across the field. His two-pitch mix is dynamic with a 88-91 mph fastball with late life; backed up by an above avg. breaking ball thrown with higher velocity and upper level spin rates.

LHP Tucker Novotny (Park) is #4 in our updated rankings. Currently uncommitted, Novotny has shown steady development on the mound since August. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder oozes potential from the left-side showing upper 80’s velocity with above avg. feel for his secondary; which is typically uncommon for a pitcher of his age and size.

Rounding out the top five is uncommitted OF/RHP Chase Mason (Viborg-Huxley, SD), whose pure athleticism and projected physical growth is commanding. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound left-handed hitters’ athleticism is evident; along with his ability on the diamond, Mason is one of the most heavily recruited football prospects in the state as a quarterback. Mason runs a 6.89 60-yard dash, was 89 mph from the outfield, and recorded a 96 mph exit velocity; seemingly with ease coming straight out of basketball season with only a couple weeks of baseball specific training to prepare.




1 Alex Ritzer MN Stillwater 2021 SS North Carolina
2 Will Rogers MN Mounds View 2021 C Arizona State
3 Branson Kuehl MN Rapid City Stevens (SD) 2021 RHP Utah
4 Tucker Novotny MN Park 2021 LHP  
5 Chase Mason MN Viborg-Hurley (SD) 2021 OF  
6 Joe Longo MN Holy Angels 2021 C  
7 Jake Goble MN Rapid City St. Thomas More (SD) 2021 RHP South Dakota State
8 Joshua Kingery MN Atwater Cosmos Grove City 2021 LHP  
9 Justin Loer MN Lakeville South 2021 LHP Xavier
10 Jake Perry MN Hopkins 2021 SS Minnesota


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