Updated and Expanded 2019 Rankings


TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

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The 2018 MLB Draft saw 9 New Jersey High School Players picked up by professional teams, 6 of which being pitchers and three position players. Now that players have mostly chosen whether or not they will sign, and with the emergence of other national events in the last month and in the near future, it is time for us to refresh the 2019 Rankings both in New Jersey and on a National level.

Within the last year, The Prep Baseball Report has added multiple new states to the union, including California, Georgia, and South Carolina, among others. With the addition of these states, most of which in warm-weather climates and known for their baseball talent as a whole, there have certainly been some movements within the national level.

With that being said, the top percentage of New Jersey players in this class is still a well represented bunch.

This update features a new No. 1 player in the class and three overall new members to the Top 10.

Vanderbilt recruit RHP Jack Leiter (Delbarton HS, NJ) separated himself from the bunch this spring with a magnificent high school season and early summer circuit. The right hander was consistently 90-92 touching 93-94 often in every start I was able to see him in. Featuring a curveball with sharp 11/5 depth in the high 70s and a slider with smaller, later break as well. Leiter put on a show at the recent USA Baseball Trials in Cary, North Carolina in front of numerous MLB Scouts and executives. Leiter’s performance in 2018 as a whole has skyrocketed him to the top of the charts for New Jersey’s rising senior class.

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