Prep Baseball Report

Updated 2020 Ranking Release

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

Today, Prep Baseball Report Mississippi updates its Class of 2020 rankings. Although it is still extremely early to forecast 2020 prospects, especially with some players still waiting to record varsity innings, the acceleration of recruiting process has already led to some of the top 2020 prospects pledging their commitments to schools.

It’s been several months since we last updated the Class of 2020 rankings, but as we have worked our way through the fall and winter, both on the state and national levels, more light has been shed on this talented and deep class. There has been plenty of shakeup throughout the list, which has now been expanded to 50 players.

+ Mississippi State recruits, 3B Kellum Clark (Jackson Academy) and SS Peyton Puckett (Tupelo) remain at No’s. 1 and 2, respectively, of the updated rankings.  Clark is an imposing figure for his age at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds. The left-handed power combined with his overall approach at the plate ranks him as one of the best in the nation and is why he checked in at No. 7 in the 2020 Overall Rankings update. Puckett has a projectable 6-foot, 185-pound frame with room for to continued growth and added strength and has already shown early in his career the potential to turn into a premium middle-of-the-field defender with quality arm strength.

+ Mississippi recruit, C/RHP Kemp Alderman (Newton Academy) checks in at No. 3 as the primary catcher has shown explosive bat speed with pull side power potential as well as impressive arm strength on the mound with fastball touching 88-89 mph and solid sinking action.

+ Louisiana State recruit, RHP Brooks Rice (Madison Central) checks in at No. 4, as the 6-foot-2 right-hander created significant buzz last summer running his fastball up to 89-90 mph. Rice has a very high ceiling and has continued to show improved feel to pitch.

+ SS Sam Bianco (Oxford) rounds out the top five in the updated class of 2020 rankings, as a left-handed hitting middle infielder, he has shown advanced polish and feel for the game.

+ RHP/SS Lee Burrow (Hernando) climbs all the way to No. 15 after an impressive performance during Dulin Dodger Scout Day. With a long, projectable 6-foot-5 frame Burrow displayed a long, loose arm stroke running his fastball up to 84 mph.

+ OF Darryl Walker (Brandon) SS/RHP Alan Kivett (Warren Central) and SS Blaise Breerwood (Poplarville) enter the rankings for the first time at No. 19, No. 20 and No. 21 respectively. Walker as the athletic left-handed hitting outfielder has shown intriguing tools and should be interesting to follow as he continues to develop his overall game. A two-way player for his high school, Kivett has shown smooth actions defensively as well as solid arm strength jumping on the mound pumping a low/mid 80’s fastball. Breerwood, who is still physically maturing displayed fluid actions on the infield with loose strokes at the plate at the recent Preseason Prospect ID.

Below you will find the top ten of the class of 2020 rankings, to see the entire list click HERE.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Kellum Clark MS Jackson Academy 2020 3B Mississippi State
2 Peyton Puckett MS Tupelo 2020 SS Mississippi State
3 Kemp Alderman MS Newton Academy 2020 C Mississippi
4 Brooks Rice MS Madison Central 2020 RHP Louisiana State
5 Sam Bianco MS Oxford 2020 2B
6 Cade Smith MS DeSoto Central 2020 RHP Mississippi State
7 Slade Wilks MS Columbia 2020 3B Southern Miss
8 Kyle Booker MS DeSoto Central 2020 OF Tennessee
9 Christopher Snopek MS Madison-Ridgeland Academy 2020 SS
10 Cade Crosby MS Long Beach 2020 2B

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 spring and summer 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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