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Oklahoma Rankings Update: Class of 2021

Andy Urban
OK/MO/KS Scouting Supervisor

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Though we have not been able to scout players in this strange and difficult spring, there is still plenty to talk about, including an update to the 2021 Oklahoma Rankings. This talented group has 5  players representing the Sooner state in the recently released PBR Overall Rankings. After a couple of talented events this winter and new information gathered by our scouts with their boots on the ground, we expanded our rankings to 175 players. Along with some talented newcomers, the rankings also see some big risers throughout. 

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Top Prospects

Retaining the top spot in the rankings is Texas Christian commit RHP/3B Gray Thomas (Heritage Hall). Thomas has a physically impressive 6-foot-4, 205-pound and long-limbed frame with some strength and room to add more. On the mound at the OK Preseason All-State event, the right-hander featured a fastball that sat 90-92 mph and touched a few 93s from a low-3/4 slot, producing heavy arm-side run and sink when down in the zone. Thomas also features arguably the best slider in the state at any age with 10/4 shape and late depth in the upper 70s. Thomas also shows a solid and an advanced changeup with sink in the low 80s. Though he has not had an abundance of mound time lately the righty continues to tick up. 

Maintaining the second spot is Mississippi commit RHP/SS Jackson Jobe, who also attends Heritage Hall. The dual sport star is solid athlete with a high-end feel for his body. Reports indicate that Jobe has made another jump on the mound thanks to some added size and strength. Jobe possesses the other best slider in the state with a world class 3000-3300 spin rate that he showed off at the Future Games. The breaking ball shows slurvy shape with devastating late depth at 77-79 mph, thrown from the same slot and with the same arm speed as the fastball. The fastball has reportedly ticked up past the 87-89 we have seen from Jobe in the past. Jobe is also a capable infielder and right-handed hitter flashing some pop at times. 

The third spot in the rankings continues to be held by Oklahoma State commit C/RHP Ian Daugherty (Kingfisher), who has a durable 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame with strength throughout. With an elite and very accurate arm (1.81-1.94 showcase pop times) and advanced receiving and blocking skills, Daugherty could currently handle most college pitching staffs and control college running games without much trouble. Offensively, the right-handed hitter shows barrel control and is growing into a power threat to all fields (93 mph exit velo). Daugherty's best tool though is his all-around baseball IQ and feel for the game.

Top Risers

Evan Casey, OF/SS, Sapulpa
Speed plays and Casey has no shortage of it, running a 6.43 at the OK Fall Prospect games where he ran it twice to prove it. Along with his 60 time improving drastically, Casey also showed off his improved arm strength launching balls 88 across the infield and 90 from the outfield. Offensively, the right-handed hitter uses a short and hanging leg kick before launching his hands on a slightly long path to contact, showing a flat and middle to opposite field approach (84 mph exit velo). Defensively, while he plays short for his high school team, Casey’s elite speed probably lands him in the outfield at the next level. 

Ryan Stout, RHP/SS, Oklahoma Christian School
A 5-foot-10 165-pound frame, Stout touts a very quick arm with a very up-tempo delivery. The fastball sits 85-86 mph with heavy and consistent sink. Not only does the fastball play with sink and velo, but the right-hander has also shown that he fills up the strike zone especially to the arm side. We have also heard reports of Stout flashing even more velo. The right hander also mixes in a curveball, changeup, and slider as secondary pitches. Offensively, Sout shows his athleticism with a 90 mph exit velo and runs a 7.33 60. 

Wesley Olds, 3B/RHP, McLoud HS
With brothers playing/ having played high end baseball and his father being a coach, it is really not surprising that Olds has made a jump into the top 50 prospects in the state. On the mound, the right-hander sat 82-84 mph flashing arm side run with deception at the OK Preseason All-State Showcase. Olds also mixes in a sluvy breaking ball and changeup as secondary pitches. Offensively, Olds posed an 82 mph exit velo and ran a 7.2 60. 

Top Newcomers

Austin Place, SS, Red Oak HS
A lean 5-foot-10, 155-pound frame with lots of room to add size and strength. The right-handed hitter shows the ability to consistently barrel balls in BP showing some length and very quick hands with an exit velo of 85 mph. Runs a 7.01 60 that will continue to drop as he adds strength to his lower half. Defensively, shows easy, fluid and relaxed actions with above average hands. 

Christian McClendon, OF, Edmond Memorial HS
A physically advanced 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame with lean strength and room to add more. Offensively, the right-handed hitter shows a very simple and efficient swing, constantly barring balls to the middle and pull side gap with some pop (87 mph exit velo). Runs a 7.07. After an impressive performance at the MOKAN Preseason All-State Showcase, McClendon proved it was no fluke as he started off the season as the Bulldogs three hole. 

See the full rankings, HERE.

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