Prep Baseball Report

2023 Overall Rankings Deep Dive

Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

A deeper look at the Top 100 of the 2023 Overall Rankings including newcomers, the strength of catching in the class, and Missouri’s arms arsenal.


Welcome to the Top 100:

JC Vanek LHP / OF / Barbe , LA / 2023

Vanek’s ascension into the upper echelon of players in the 2023 class does not appear to be slowing down as his all-around athleticism promises much more to come. The wiry-athletic, 6-foot-2, 160-pounder boasts true two-way potential with a smooth stroke from the left side at the plate, and a quick arm on the mound. While his flat path and ability to work gap-to-gap in the box would make for a highly sought position player, Vanek’s upside on the mound might ultimately have college coaches salivating for his Friday Night potential. With a short, quick arm that comfortably worked 82-84 in a January bullpen to go along with feel for spin, Vanek will likely see an uptick in velocity as the summer goes along. Combine all the athleticism and tools with the fact that he plays for a storied Barbe HS program that has produced a multitude of talented prospects, and you can count on the fact that he will be able to develop over the next few years.

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