Inside the 2024 Rankings: Trending Up


TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

This week we delve into the weeds of some of the top risers from the recent Class of 2024 rankings update. 

Off the bat, the Class of 2024 in New Jersey already has some parity at the top of the ranks, with a solid combination of elite arms and projectable middle-of-the-order bats.

See below for five names to look into for "Trending Up" - players who have risen significantly since the last update.



Jaxon Appelman

Class of 2024 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Edison
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Baseball Warehouse Black
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.49
60-yard
(06/15/21)
76
INF Velo
(06/15/21)
85
Exit Velo
(06/15/21)
Position
60-yard
7.49
INF Velo
76
Exit Velo
85
Trackman - Hitting
85.2
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/15/21)
69.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/15/21)
177
Distance (avg)
(06/15/21)
255
Distance (max)
(06/15/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
85.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
69.6
Distance (avg)
177
Distance (max)
255
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Scouting Report

Physical: Lanky, athletic 6-foot 165-pounds - projection to add muscle

The Scoop: Appelman's fastball is primarily in the mid to upper 80s and his strike throwing ability, heavy sink, and ability to spin a breaking ball make him a guy to watch this spring.

The Comp: strong comparisons to his fellow Baseball Warehouse teammate and Rutgers commit, 2023 Zachary Konstantinovsky.





Jackson Hodges

Class of 2024 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Chatham
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: LockedIn Expos
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.74
60-yard
(06/20/21)
83
OF Velo
(03/06/22)
96
Exit Velo
(06/20/21)
Position
60-yard
7.03
OF Velo
83
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
6.74
OF Velo
81
Exit Velo
96
Trackman - Hitting
96.3
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/20/21)
89.8
Exit Velocity (avg)
(03/06/22)
180
Distance (avg)
(06/20/21)
315
Distance (max)
(06/20/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
89.8
Distance (avg)
152
Distance (max)
303
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
77.8
Distance (avg)
180
Distance (max)
315
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
23.8
Hand Speed (max)
(03/06/22)
21.3
Hand Speed (avg)
(03/06/22)
73.3
Bat Speed (max)
(03/06/22)
71.1
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/06/22)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.8
Hand Speed (avg)
21.3
Bat Speed (max)
73.3
Bat Speed (avg)
71.1
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

Physical: strong and athletic build at 6-foot, 172-pounds. runs the 60 yard dash in 6.74 seconds along with an exit velo of 96 MPH.
The Scoop: Even and balanced stance. Bigger leg kick, stays on time. Hands move directly backwards. Strong lower half, clears his hips. Explosive swing, ball jumps off the barrel.
The Comp: 2022 OF Ben Romano (Tulane commit)

 

 



Mason Christopher

Class of 2024 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Middletown South
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: PRD Ghost MAG
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
82
Max FB
(08/21/21)
80 - 82
FB
(08/21/21)
64 - 66
CB
(07/01/21)
72 - 74
CH
(08/21/21)
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 82
CB
63 - 66
CH
72 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
77 - 79
CB
64 - 66
CH
72 - 73
Position
7.56
60-yard
(07/01/21)
79
OF Velo
(07/01/21)
87
Exit Velo
(07/01/21)
Position
60-yard
7.59
OF Velo
76
Exit Velo
85
Position
60-yard
7.56
OF Velo
79
Exit Velo
87
Trackman - Fastball
82.1
Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
80.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
2106
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
2002
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82.1
Velo Range
80.3 - 81.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
80
Spin Rate (max)
2106
Spin Rate (avg)
2002
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
80.2
Velo Range
76.7 - 79.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.5
Spin Rate (max)
1972
Spin Rate (avg)
1886
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
67.1
Velocity (max)
(07/01/21)
64.2 - 66.8
Velo Range
(08/21/21)
63.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/01/21)
2546
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
2458
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
66.8
Velo Range
64.2 - 66.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.1
Spin Rate (max)
2546
Spin Rate (avg)
2458
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
67.1
Velo Range
64.4 - 66.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.1
Spin Rate (max)
2455
Spin Rate (avg)
2367
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
74.1
Velocity (max)
(07/01/21)
71.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/01/21)
1654
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
1516
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
73.8
Velo Range
72.4 - 73.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.7
Spin Rate (max)
1654
Spin Rate (avg)
1516
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
74.1
Velo Range
72.1 - 73.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.9
Spin Rate (max)
1419
Spin Rate (avg)
1300
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
86.9
Exit Velocity (max)
(07/01/21)
80.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/01/21)
187
Distance (avg)
(07/01/21)
312
Distance (max)
(07/01/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
84.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
74.5
Distance (avg)
167
Distance (max)
280
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
86.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
80.9
Distance (avg)
187
Distance (max)
312
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
22.3
Hand Speed (max)
(08/21/21)
21.4
Hand Speed (avg)
(08/21/21)
67.0
Bat Speed (max)
(07/01/21)
65.4
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/01/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22.3
Hand Speed (avg)
21.4
Bat Speed (max)
67
Bat Speed (avg)
64.8
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
22.2
Hand Speed (avg)
21.2
Bat Speed (max)
67
Bat Speed (avg)
65.4
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

Physical: Broad shouldered athletic 6-foot-1 170-pounds.

The Scoop: Christopher stood out as a top performer in last August's PRD Scout Day. Long, smooth arm action from a hight-3/4 slot. Repeatable delivery and can rip off a sharp, 1/7 breaker. Fastball sat 80-82 with some late life, breaker at 63-66. More in the tank for Christopher.

The Comp: 2022 LHP JT Kroner (Rutgers commit)

Videos

(8/21/21)





Joseph Giordano

Class of 2024 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Pascack Hills
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: CPBA/NJ Glory
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 155lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
82
Max FB
(09/15/21)
81 - 82
FB
(09/15/21)
69 - 72
CB
(09/15/21)
78 - 79
CH
(09/15/21)
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
81 - 82
CB
69 - 72
CH
78 - 79
Position
7.67
60-yard
(09/15/21)
76
OF Velo
(09/15/21)
84
Exit Velo
(09/15/21)
Position
60-yard
7.67
OF Velo
76
Exit Velo
84
Trackman - Fastball
81.5
Velocity (max)
(09/15/21)
79.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
(09/15/21)
2091
Spin Rate (max)
(09/15/21)
1941
Spin Rate (avg)
(09/15/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
81.5
Velo Range
80.7 - 81.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.7
Spin Rate (max)
2091
Spin Rate (avg)
1941
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
72.7
Velocity (max)
(09/15/21)
69.1 - 72.3
Velo Range
(09/15/21)
69.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(09/15/21)
2183
Spin Rate (max)
(09/15/21)
2071
Spin Rate (avg)
(09/15/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
72.7
Velo Range
69.1 - 72.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.6
Spin Rate (max)
2183
Spin Rate (avg)
2071
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
77.9
Velocity (max)
(09/15/21)
77.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(09/15/21)
1714
Spin Rate (max)
(09/15/21)
1512
Spin Rate (avg)
(09/15/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77.9
Velo Range
77.6 - 77.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
77
Spin Rate (max)
1714
Spin Rate (avg)
1512
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
84.0
Exit Velocity (max)
(09/15/21)
77.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
(09/15/21)
161
Distance (avg)
(09/15/21)
249
Distance (max)
(09/15/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
84
Exit Velocity (avg)
77.3
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
249
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
20.5
Hand Speed (max)
(09/15/21)
17.2
Hand Speed (avg)
(09/15/21)
63.4
Bat Speed (max)
(09/15/21)
57.8
Bat Speed (avg)
(09/15/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
20.5
Hand Speed (avg)
17.2
Bat Speed (max)
63.4
Bat Speed (avg)
57.8
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

Physical: Athletic 5-foot-9 150-pounds

The Scoop: Giordano logged some big innings in 2021 as just a freshman and competed with a fastball at 79-82 and the ability to spin a breaking ball for strikes.

The Comp: 2022 LHP Christian Aiello (Rider commit)


Videos

(9/15/21)



Chris Levonas

Class of 2024 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Christian Brothers Academy
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: PRD
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 145lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
84
Max FB
(08/21/21)
81 - 83
FB
(08/21/21)
64 - 66
CB
(08/21/21)
75 - 76
CH
(08/21/21)
69 - 73
SPL
(08/21/21)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
81 - 83
CB
64 - 66
CH
75 - 76
SPL
69 - 73
Position
7.97
60-yard
(08/21/21)
86
INF Velo
(08/21/21)
86
Exit Velo
(08/21/21)
Position
60-yard
7.97
INF Velo
86
Exit Velo
86
Trackman - Fastball
84.2
Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
81.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
2262
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
2152
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
84.2
Velo Range
80.4 - 84.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.3
Spin Rate (max)
2262
Spin Rate (avg)
2152
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
66.3
Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
64.6 - 66.0
Velo Range
(08/21/21)
63.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
2240
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
2136
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
66.3
Velo Range
64.6 - 66
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.6
Spin Rate (max)
2240
Spin Rate (avg)
2136
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
76.9
Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
75.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
2117
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
2020
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.9
Velo Range
75.2 - 76.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.5
Spin Rate (max)
2117
Spin Rate (avg)
2020
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Splitter
72.6
Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
70.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
865
Spin Rate (max)
(08/21/21)
900
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Splitter
Velocity (max)
72.6
Velo Range
68.7 - 72.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.3
Spin Rate (max)
865
Spin Rate (avg)
900
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
86.2
Exit Velocity (max)
(08/21/21)
78.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
(08/21/21)
259
Distance (avg)
(08/21/21)
310
Distance (max)
(08/21/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
86.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
78.9
Distance (avg)
259
Distance (max)
310
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Blast - Hitting
25.4
Hand Speed (max)
(08/21/21)
23.4
Hand Speed (avg)
(08/21/21)
69.4
Bat Speed (max)
(08/21/21)
67.8
Bat Speed (avg)
(08/21/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
25.4
Hand Speed (avg)
23.4
Bat Speed (max)
69.4
Bat Speed (avg)
67.8
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

Physical: Athletic 5-foot-11 145-pounds with wiry limbs and plenty of room to fill out.

The Scoop: Another top guy to come out of the PRD Scout Day in August, Levonas's fastball was consistently 81-83 (84) with some late life through the zone (2262 rpm). Flashed some feel for a slurvy curveball at 63-66 (-9 IVB, -11 HM).

The Comp: 2022 RHP Michael Gillen (Seton Hall commit)

Videos

(8/21/21)





Jackson Gallagher

Class of 2024 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Rumson Fair Haven
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: .9ers Baseball Club
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
84
Max FB
(10/24/21)
76 - 82
FB
(07/22/21)
66 - 71
CB
(07/22/21)
71 - 73
CH
(10/24/21)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
81 - 82
CB
67 - 69
CH
71 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
76 - 82
CB
66 - 71
Trackman - Fastball
83.7
Velocity (max)
(10/24/21)
82.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/22)
2064
Spin Rate (max)
(10/24/21)
2000
Spin Rate (avg)
(10/24/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.2
Velo Range
80 - 82.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
82.1
Spin Rate (max)
2032
Spin Rate (avg)
1859
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.7
Velo Range
80.8 - 82.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
80
Spin Rate (max)
2064
Spin Rate (avg)
2000
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
71.4
Velocity (max)
(03/06/22)
68.1 - 70.9
Velo Range
(03/06/22)
69.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/22)
1851
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/22)
1794
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/06/22)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
71.4
Velo Range
68.1 - 70.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.4
Spin Rate (max)
1851
Spin Rate (avg)
1794
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
68.6
Velo Range
66.6 - 68.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.1
Spin Rate (max)
1811
Spin Rate (avg)
1760
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
76.2
Velocity (max)
(03/06/22)
75.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/22)
1704
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/22)
1614
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/06/22)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.2
Velo Range
74.6 - 76
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.9
Spin Rate (max)
1704
Spin Rate (avg)
1614
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
73.2
Velo Range
71.2 - 73.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.1
Spin Rate (max)
1620
Spin Rate (avg)
1555
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Scouting Report

Physical: Strong, broad shouldered 6-foot-2 191-pounds.

The Scoop: Primarily out of the stretch, Gallagher shows a shorter arm action and high-3/4 slot at 81-82 (84). Breaker shows smaller, cutter-like break at 67-69.

The Comp: 2019 LHP Joey DiCharo (Old Dominion)


Videos

(10/24/21)



UPCOMING EVENTS

Central NJ Preseason ID - February 21st

Northern NJ Preseason ID - February 27th

Preseason All State Upperclass (Invite Only) - March 5th

Preseason All State Underclass (Invite Only) - March 6th

2022 Junior Future Games Trials (2026-2027s) - March 12th