Updated 2018 Ranking: Top 5
November 30, 2017
It has been a busy fall since the initial release of the Mississippi class of 2018 rankings. The list has now been extended to 140 prospects, as the fall season allowed the Prep Baseball Report scouting staff to track down emerging talent at our events, fall tournaments and scout days.
Here is a look at the top five prospects from the updated class of 2018 rankings.
+ RHP/SS JT Ginn (Brandon), Mississippi State recruit, maintains his status atop the Mississippi class of 2018 rankings, as the 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander had a wildly successful summer, assisting the USA 18U National Team in winning the gold medal. Over the course of the summer Ginn showed his present elite-level, premium stuff on the mound, pitching 93-96 mph with his fastball, and touching 97 mph with heavy, late life. Additionally, Ginn showed premium secondary pitching this summer, spinning a sharp, hard slider at 85-87 mph with late break and depth, allowing him to dominate some of the country’s best hitters. The strong, athletic frame and power arm, added to the ability to play shortstop at the next level makes Ginn a highly coveted commodity heading into the 2018 draft.
+ A Mississippi recruit, OF Joe Gray (Hattiesburg) checks in at No. 2 as the top position player in Mississippi’s 2018 class. Gray is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed hitting outfielder and has shown high-level athleticism and a prototypical frame. Gray continues to show bat speed and raw power on the national stage, and will undoubtedly be heavily scouted by major league teams throughout the next remaining months of his high school career.
+ IF Drew Bianco (Oxford), a Louisiana State recruit, checks in at No. 3. The right-handed hitting middle infielder, projects more as a second baseman or outfielder and has shown quality bat speed, consistently hitting against some of the best arms the country has to offer.
+ Coming in at No. 4 is Mississippi State recruit RHP Brandon Smith (Richland). Smith has a projectable frame and room for added strength. He pitches at 86-91 mph with easy effort and command to both sides of the plate. He also shows a 72-75 mph breaking ball with solid depth.
+ Rounding out the top five is RHP Regi Grace (Madison Central), a Mississippi State recruit. Grace has shown arm strength before, running his fastball up to 90 mph. Over the course of the fall, the physical 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has made his presence known at the plate, as well. A left-handed hitter with a slightly open and relaxed setup, he stands in the box with confidence and minimal movement in his swing. The profile of his left-handed bat, combined with athleticism and arm strength is a big reason for Grace’s ascent in the updated list.Click HERE to see the entire class of 2018 rankings.
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Below is a look at the top updated top 20 of the updated Mississippi 2018 rankings:
|1||JT Ginn||MS||Brandon||2018||RHP||Mississippi State|
|3||Drew Bianco||MS||Oxford||2018||SS||Louisiana State|
|4||Brandon Smith||MS||Richland||2018||RHP||Mississippi State|
|5||Regi Grace||MS||Madison Central||2018||RHP||Mississippi State|
|6||Landon Jordan||MS||Hancock||2018||SS||Mississippi State|
|7||Aaron Greene||MS||Warren Central||2018||RHP||Mississippi|
|9||Chance Denson||MS||West Lauderdale||2018||RHP||East Mississippi CC|
|10||Luke Hancock||MS||Houston||2018||C||Mississippi State|
|11||Hunter Eldridge||MS||West Lauderdale||2018||RHP||Mississippi State|
|12||Knox Loposer||MS||Jackson Preparatory||2018||C||Mississippi|
|13||Logan Savell||MS||Madison Central||2018||RHP||Mississippi|
|14||Aubrey Gillentine||MS||Amory||2018||RHP||Southern Miss|
|15||Bryce Brock||MS||Lewisburg||2018||OF||Mississippi State|
|17||Willie Joe Garry Jr.||MS||Pascagoula||2018||OF||Pearl River CC|
|18||Hunter Blalock||MS||Madison Central||2018||OF||Mississippi State|
|19||Cade Hodges||MS||Lloyd Star||2018||RHP||Pearl River CC|
|20||Bailee Hendon||MS||Vancleave||2018||LHP||Jones County JC|