Prep Baseball Report

2021 MS Ranking Release

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

Today, Prep Baseball Report Mississippi announces its initial Class of 2021 rankings. Although it is still extremely early to forecast 2021 prospects, especially with some players still waiting to record varsity innings, the acceleration of recruiting process has already led to some of the top 2021 prospects pledging their commitments to schools.

In all, 50 players are listed in the initial release, although many more received consideration. The rankings process for PBR Mississippi is detailed and vested in our ability to see as many players as possible, across the state.

The list will undoubtedly see major shifts and additions in the coming months and years, but for now, the initial rendition features 50 young prospects.

Topping the list is Mississippi State recruit Blaze Jordan (DeSoto Central HS). Jordan is strong and physical with a 6-foot, 215-pound frame. He has an advanced approach at the plate, staying balanced throughout and has displayed strength and bat speed, which produces tremendous raw power and suggest a big power ceiling. His athleticism suggest the potential to play third at the next level, combined with the arm strength are all reasons Jordan has already created significant buzz in the recruiting world.

Coming in at No. 2 is Mississippi recruit Kelly Crumpton (Jackson Prep). Crumpton works from a high-3/4 right-handed slot with a loose, clean arm stroke. His fastball ranges from 83-88 mph and this pitch gets a lot of swings and misses as it rides through the zone, while his breaking ball has good rotation and depth at 73-75. With a long-limb 6-foot-3, 175 pounds frame, Crumpton should continue to see velocity gains as he continues to add strength to the already projectable frame. 

Claiming the No. 3 spot is the 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-hander and Mississippi recruit Hunter Elliot (Tupelo HS). Elliot works from a high-3/4 slot pitching with his fastball at 86-88 mph that produces a natural tailing action. The ball really jumps out of hand with easy actions throughout delivery. Elliot has also flashed solid secondary pitches including a breaking ball with depth as well as a changeup with fading action.

The Mississippi State recruit, Jackson Conn (Jackson Academy) takes the No. 4 spot and has a long, projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 186-pounds. Conn has displayed solid arm strength running his fastball up to 88 mph with an arm action that is long through the back, releasing from a high-3/4 arm slot creating good plane when low in the zone.

Rounding out the top five is uncommitted right-hander Jaylon Buckley (Union HS). Buckley has a smaller durable frame at 5-foot-8, 190-pounds and works with a mid to upper 80’s fastball. The delivery is inconsistent at times but the quickness in the arm suggests there is more velocity to come. 

Moving forward, PBR’s boots-on-the-ground philosophy will keep PBR staff on the road watching fall games, practices and workouts. PBR events will run in the late fall and winter as well. The rankings are an ever-shifting practice as players continue to get better and as PBR continues to find more players across the great state of Mississippi.

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