Inside the Rankings: Top 10 Class of 2021 Middle Infielders


Jared Carrier
Scouting Director

With our latest rankings release for the 2021 class we decided to dive in deeper with a breakdown of the top 10 in each position. Today we continue on with middle infielders. 


Disclaimer: Players listed below are ranked in order of their PRIMARY listed position on the website that they have chosen. A dual player that is also strong at their secondary position may carry more weight in their overall ranking.

Class of 2021 Rankings Release

Top 10 MIF / Class of 2021

Casey Saucke II SS / Greece Athena, NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
Impressive athlete with an ease to his game. Athleticism could carry him over to the 3B or perhaps a corner OF position if he doesn't stick to SS. At the prep level he can also get it done on the mound working in the mid 80's with some polish to his secondary stuff.

First Glimpse: Preseason - West (February 2018). Announced himself with a presence working 83-85 MPH on the mound with some middle of the field juice at the plate.

Breakout Performance: 2018 NYS Games.

The Future: The Virginia commit coupled his 2018 NYS Games efforts with an outstanding offensive effort at the 2018 Future Games in Indiana. Coming off a strong campaign in 2019 we are still hoping to see him again during 2020.

 

Marcus Smith SS / All Hallows , NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
Versatile athlete who can handle both sides of the bag and has dabbled with some OF play as well. Above average hands with accurate arm. May push to 2B of CF/LF at the collegiate level. His bat and athleticism will find a way to stay on the field.

First Glimpse: Preseason - Downstate (February 2018). Ran a 7.00 60 and recorded an 87 MPH exit velocity that played well during BP. Actions and ranged pointed to a next level MIF immediately.

Breakout Performance: Preseason - Downstate (February 2019)

The Future: The Liberty commit had a strong effort at the 2019 Future Games in Georgia, including a 3-run opposite field HR vs. a tough New Jersey arm. Hands showed well all week. Premium athlete.

 

Reynaldo Angeles SS / Benjamin Cardozo , NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
Fast twitch, dynamic athlete who can make the play on the move and also offer up some projection on the mound.

First Glimpse: Big Apple Preview (October 2017). One of the youngest players in attendance at the time. Showed easy efforts in the box and gliding actions up the middle.

Breakout Performance: Preseason - Downstate (February 2019)

The Future: Uncommitted NYC resident who was ready to have a monster year ahead of him. Features all the tools that one would want to see up the middle plus a developing offensive game.

 

Brian Fry SS / Medina, NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
The LHH Fry can be a treat to watch within game play. Athletic actions up the middle with lateral range in both directions.

First Glimpse: Preseason - West (February 2018). Sweeping swing that stays in the zone. Quick first step with an accurate arm.

Breakout Performance: Preseason - West (February 2019)

The Future: The Toledo commit had a solid all around effort at our Preseason All-State - WNY event back in February, lowering his 60 time to 7.03. Continues to show fluid actions on both sides of the ball.

 

Antonio Pena SS / Bishop Loughlin, NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
Smooth, controlled actions exhibited by Pena at 5-foot-11 160 pounds. Easy arm across the diamond with a repeatable, business like approach to his BP rounds.

First Glimpse: Brooklyn Bonnies Workout (June 2019)

Breakout Performance: 2019 NYS Games

The Future: Uncommitted MIF plays the game at a controlled pace with limited flash. The athleticism and skill set is there. As he physically matures and gets more games under his belt be on the lookout for a rise in the rankings.

 

Ty Acker SS / Sachem East, NY / 2021


Quick Hit:
Athletic 5-foot-11 170 pound LHH with some quick twitch actions at the plate and defensively. Plays the game in 5th gear. 86 MPH arm across the diamond and registered a 92 MPH raw exit velocity.

First Glimpse: East Coast Lumberjacks Workout (February 2020). One of the top performers on the afternoon.

Breakout Performance: East Coast Lumberjacks Workout (February 2020). 

The Future: Uncommitted left side defender is poised to have a big summer once back out on the diamond. Look for developing power to be part of his game as he's shown the bat speed to cover the inner half of the plate. 

 

Trenton Rumley SS / St Mary's, NY / 2021


Quick Hit:
It's been a treat to watch his game develop from the early stages. A steady increase across the board in the numbers department along with becoming a more aggressive player defensively.

First GlimpseCampus Series - Canisius (July 2017). Flat path into the zone with sound fundamentals up the middle.

Breakout Performance: Campus Series - St. Bonaventure (July 2018)

The Future: Uncommitted Rumley gets packs plenty of punch into his 5-foot-7 frame. Could stick at SS at the next level or possible move to 2B. Swings the bat with authority and we hope to see him again soon.

 

Christopher Ubner 2B / Cooperstown, NY / 2021


Quick Hit: 
The only player with his primary position listed as second base. The physical RHH will most likely slide to 3B over time or a possible corner OF spot. If he stays at 2B you'll have an above average arm and some power projection at this position.

First Glimpse: Northeast Pride Workout (February 2018). Quick bat with some upward lift through the zone.

Breakout Performance: 2019 NYS Games.

The Future: Uncommitted RHH is really starting to separate himself from the pack with not only his offensive capabilities but was recently up to 85 MPH on the bump as well. Part of an extremely talented infield at Cooperstown HS.

 

Andrew Stillinger SS / Niagara Wheatfield, NY / 2021


Quick Hit:
Athletic LHH who can pack some punch; clean swing path with the ball jumping off the barrel. Accurate arm that holds it's carry. Could handle both sides of the bag at the next level.

First Glimpse: Rising Stars (February 2018). Short stroke, uses the whole field. Plenty of range with a quick release. 

Breakout Performance: Preseason - West (February 2019)

The Future: Uncommitted WNY resident has an old school feel to him with the over-the-top release and table setter approach that uses the whole field. This gamer will be circled on a few clipboards this summer. 

 

Gialdri Gomez SS / Pearl River, NY / 2021


Quick Hit:
Recent addition to the rankings, Gomez had a strong effort this past February working the ball around during his BP and showing some flare up the middle.

First Glimpse: Preseason - Downstate I (February 2020)

Breakout Performance: Preseason - Downstate I (February 2020)

The Future: Uncommitted LHH will only get stronger. Also posses a clean arm on the mound working in the 80-82 MPH range. Excited to have him at the NYS Games this summer.


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