Prep Baseball Report

New Jersey Class of 2026 Player Rankings: First Edition

TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

The first fall of the class of 2026 has come to an end with several high end players making a statements at various events around the country. This is the first edition of the 2026 rankings and will only 25 total players in the class. Over the next year, we expect the number to get to 150 by this time next year.

The time between now and when these players set foot on campus at their college seems like an eternity from now, however, make no mistake, there is some serious talent with this group already.

To see the full list of the top 25 CLICK HERE.

The Top 10

1 Ethan Lee NJ Don Bosco Prep 2026 RHP  
2 Garrett Shapiro NJ Millville 2026 RHP Rutgers
3 Jason Amalbert NJ DePaul Catholic 2026 SS Indiana
4 Alex Famolari NJ North Hunterdon 2026 SS Duke
5 Guy Lynam NJ Gloucester Catholic 2026 3B  
6 Kerrick Shannon NJ The Hun School 2026 LHP North Carolina
7 DJ Lloyd NJ St. Augustine Prep 2026 C  
8 Gage Petrutz NJ Bishop Eustace 2026 C Maryland
9 Chase Bagley NJ Don Bosco Prep 2026 C  
10 Michael Hanna NJ Don Bosco Prep 2026 OF Virginia


+ No. 1 RHP Ethan Lee (Don Bosco Prep) made a big splash in the fall at the PBR Cup.  The lanky right hander was 86-89 and featured a late breaking downer breaker in the mid-70s.


+ No. 2 Rutgers commit Garrett Shapiro (Millville) made a huge statement at the Junior Future Games in July with a fastball that was consistently 82-85 touching 86 with a long, loose arm action. Long, wiry athlete at 6'0" 150-pounds.


+ Indiana recruit RHP/SS Jason Amalbert (DePaul Catholic) jumped off the board at last year's Rising Stars ID, garnering the Top Prospect at the event. Another top performer at the PBR Cup, Amalbert excels on both the mound and at the plate/in the field. Twitchy athlete at shortstop, arm plays up across the INF. 

+ Recent Duke recruit RHP/INF Alex Famolari (North Hunterdon) has the tools to be a mainstay at the top of the rankings. Mid-80s fastball with feel for spin and wiry-athletic strength with the bat.



+ Rounding out the top 5 is 3B Guy Lynam (Gloucester Catholic). Lynam has the hitterish attributes you look for in a high end bat already as just a freshman. Elite mover, gap to gap pop. 6'0" 155-pounds.