Prep Baseball Report

A Look Inside 2020 Rankings

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

Last week, Prep Baseball Report Mississippi released its first edition of the Class of 2020 Rankings, after our scouting staff tracked down the top emerging talent at high school games, tournaments and showcases during the spring and summer months.

To see the Mississippi 2020 rankings release story, Click HERE.

To see the entire class of 2020 rankings from Mississippi, Click HERE.

Today we take a look at four underclass prospects that made the top 10 in the initial release of the 2020 Rankings.

Slade Wilks 3B / Columbia, MS / 2020

Southern Mississippi recruit.  A physical 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. The left-handed hitter that hits from an athletic, balanced setup and solid lower half use throughout swing. Raw power to the pull side with fluid rhythm, natural uphill finish and fly ball contact. Quality bat speed with consistent hard contact to the pull side.

Christopher Snopek SS / Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS / 2020

Lean, athletic 6-foot, 160-pound frame, with room for added strength. Defensively displayed fluid footwork through the ball with active footwork through the catch. Average hands and clean exchange into a long, high-¾ arm stroke. Arm works well with accuracy and carry. Right-handed hitter with fluid rhythm, simple weight shift load, short stride with loose, short path and developing strength. 

Cade Crosby 2B / 3B / Long Beach, MS / 2020

Athletic 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame, with room for continued physical development. Second baseman with smooth footwork, soft hands, clean exchanges and accuracy on throws. Left-handed hitting with line-drive power, middle of the field approach with slight uphill path and leverage throughout. 

Trace Buffkin OF / RHP / Magnolia Heights, MS / 2020

Athletic and lean 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame with room for continued growth. Right-handed hitter that hitter from a tall, stacked setup with subtle leg lift load and length in the stride. The swing is loose through the zone with natural uphill finish. On the mound, the right-hander works from a high-3/4 release and a loose, whippy arm action with fastball ranging 80-84 mph, touching 85 mph. 

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