Prep Baseball Report

Missouri Class of 2026 Rankings: Risers & Newcomers

By: Diego Solares
Central Region Media Director, Scouting

Last week, the Prep Baseball Missouri staff updated our Missouri 2026 Class Rankings after our expansive winter as well as the start of the MSHSAA season. You can find that by clicking HERE.

Below we have highlighted a few names that rose up our most recent rankings update, as well as a handful of players that make their debut for the first time.


Brody Crane RHP / Neosho, MO / 2026

From 2/19/24: "...was a winner on both sides of the ball. Built with plenty of strength at 6-foot, 205-pounds, Crane found the barrel to consistantly produce loud contact throughout his BP round. He squared his firmest ball up at 98 mph. Crane's strength carried over to the oufield where his peak velocity was 86 mph. Afterwards, Crane hopped on the mound where he was up to 91 mph with his fastball with the aptitude to spin a 76-78 mph slider and 81 mph changeup for strikes."

Cameron Taylor 3B / Kearney , MO / 2026

From 2/19/24: "...had a standout showing on the mound this weekend. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete, Taylor gets downhill with intent for an easy repeatable delivery. He threw his fastball for strikes in the upper-80’s, topping out at 92 mph for the day. Additionally, the sophomore showed feel for the zone with both of his offspeed pitches, spinning a curveball at 71-73 mph and tossing a changeup at 75-76 mph."

Eli Kemna RHP / St Elizabeth R-IV, MO / 2026

2/9/24: "...looks more physical, now standing at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds with strength throughout his frame. Kemna’s ability to spin the baseball is an outlier, in a positive way, and it starts with his 84-86 mph fastball that averaged 2600+ RPM. Kemna’s curveball averaged 2744 RPM, peaking at 2844 RPM, and he landed it for strikes at 75-76 mph. He rounded out his three-pitch arsenal with a straight changeup at 81-82 mph that was thrown from a similar release height to his fastball."

Brady Tanner 2B / Francis Howell , MO / 2026

From 2/9/24: "...continues to leave a positive impression on our staff each time we see him. Tanner started his day by running one of the event’s fastest 60 times (6.92) and he posted a near event-high RSI jumping score (2.70) with a 28.1” vertical jump as well. A 5-foot-9, 165-pound left-handed hitter, Tanner profiles as a middle-of-the-order type bat, staying short and direct to contact. He’s comfortable spraying line drives to all fields and started to show more bat strength than we’d seen from him previously. Five of his batted balls came off his barrel at 90+ mph, including a 94.1 mph max mark that’s three mph harder than what we saw from him last fall. Tanner’s plenty athletic on the infield with sure-handed actions, a quick glove-to-hand transfer, and an athletic arm that’s accurate from multiple angles."


Craig Ringe SS / Eureka, MO / 2026

From 2/26/24: " a physically built 6-foot-1, 208-pound athlete with above-average bat strength for his age. Ringe has strong quick hands and keeps a flat barrel through the zone that creates leverage out front at the point of contact. He worked mostly to the pull-side in his round with seven 90+ mph batted balls, including a peak mark at 95.4 mph."

Jaxson Joggerst RHP / EUREKA SR. HIGH, MO / 2026

From 4/2/24: "...long, lean-limbed 6-foot-6, 195-pound athlete that’s also a basketball player for the Wildcats’ varsity squad. Currently unranked but will certainly debut come our next update to the state’s sophomore class. Was excellent on the mound in a win for Eureka against ranked Parkway South, limiting the Patriots to two hits over five scoreless innings, walking none and striking out two. Threw 35 of 52 pitches (67%) for strikes. Easy, low-effort and controlled mover down the mound that repeated his direction at an above-average rate given his age/size. Mature presence on the mound, polished and in control of the game. Clean, easy, and continuous arm path with some length on the backside, finishes out of a loose over-the-top slot. Consistently attacked hitters, got ahead often with a fastball that played in the low-to-mid-80s, touching 86 mph, and flashing late run up in the zone. Feel to spin a mid-to-high-70s slider for strikes and whiffs, tight spin, confident in it. Highly impressive look at a name-to-know sophomore that has all the makings of a potential high-end arm in the state."

Kaden Dinges OF / Rockwood Summit , MO / 2026

From 2/8/24: " a 6-foot-1, 155-pound sophomore that showed one of the event’s strongest outfield arms, topping at 88 mph on his hardest throw. Dinges also ran a 6.97 60 and posted a 2.77 RSI jump score, which was one of the day’s highest marks."

Casen Willenborg RHP / STALEY HIGH, MO / 2026

From 2/23/24: "...the sophomore is as physical as they come at 6-foot-3, 235-pounds. His fastball played with natural carry, averaging 14 inches of vertical break at 88-89 mph. Additionally, Willenborg pounded the zone with both of his offspeed pitches: a curveball at 71-72 mph and a horizontal moving slider at 77-79 mph. At the plate, he was constantly on the barrel through the middle of the field where his physicality showed with a 92.2 mph exit velocity. Additionally, Willenborg was up to an event leading 90 mph from the outfield."

Cale Schaumburg LHP / Crystal City, MO / 2026

From 3/4/24: "...may have been the biggest winner on the day, coming away from this event as a must-follow sophomore in the state. A fluid mover downhill at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Schaumburg’s fastball touched 85 mph on his hardest bullet, sitting at 83-84 mph with plenty more in the tank. His slider played from the same arm window as his fastball at 74-76 mph with above-average raw spin (T2509 RPM, 2409 RPM avg). Schaumburg’s changeup also came out of the same slot as his fastball, throwing it at 76-78 mph with feel and fade on occasion. Far away from what his future self will look like on the mound, Schaumburg checks several boxes on the mound and looks to be a major riser in our upcoming rankings update."

Wesley Brown LHP / Holden, MO / 2026

From 2/28/24: " a strong 5-foot-10, 180-pound arm to know from Saturday’s event, showing advanced feel in commanding the zone with a five-pitch mix. Brown moves down the mound with intent, throwing his fastball at 84-86 mph. Additionally, he mixed in a vertical moving curveball at 70-71 mph, a sweeping slider at 73-75 mph, a low spin changeup at 79-80 mph, and a cutter at 83 mph."

Cooper Callahan SS / BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH HIGH, MO / 2026

From 2/28/24: "...6-foot-1, 170-pound loose, athletic right-handed bat that impressed at the US Nationals Scout Day this winter. Clean actions on the infield, arm peaked at 86 mph across, comfortable on the move. Has been producing for Blue Springs South this spring as well."

Mason Jones C / Smithville, MO / 2026

From 2/11/24: "...5-foot-9, 163-pound athlete with lean strength and room for more. Intentful right-handed swing that looks to elevate the baseball out front and favored the pull-side in BP at the MOKAN Preseason All-State. Arm played true from the chute, peaked at 76 mph."

Jackson Smith LHP / Festus, MO / 2026

From 3/4/24: " a physical 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore that threw three pitches around the zone in this look. Smith’s fastball played at an easy 81-83 mph from a short, clean arm action. His curveball showed tight spin at 71-73 mph (T2321 RPM) and he rounded out his arsenal with a changeup at 76-77 mph that flashed subtle arm-side action."