Class of 2016 Rankings: Preseason Update

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

and Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

With the conclusion of the Preseason All-State Showcase and high school baseball practices ready to kick into high gear we begin the process of updating the current player rankings in each of three classes. Today we begin by taking a look at the Pennsylvania Class of 2016. The rankings for this year's senior class will be updated one final time following the completion of the state playoffs in June.

Top Ten

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Nolan Jones PA Virginia 2016 SS
2 Alex Kirilloff PA Plum 2016 OF Liberty
3 Max Kranick PA Vallley View
2016 RHP Virginia
4 Isaiah Kearns PA Mifflin County
2016 3B West Virginia
5 Jake Jessell PA Woodland Hills
2016 C Pittsburgh
6 Jon Dignazio PA North Allegheny
2016 LHP Maryland
7 A.J. Alexy PA Twin Valley
2016 RHP Radford
8 Dante Biasi PA Hazleton Area
2016 LHP Penn State
9 Carter Cross PA Cathedral Prep
2016 RHP Nebraska
10 Kenny Bergmann PA William Penn Charter
2016 C Connecticut

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Of Note

>> Absent from the top 10 in this update is outfielder Brandon McIlwain (Council Rock North), No. 32 in the PBR Draft 100, who recently enrolled early at South Carolina to play baseball and participate in spring practice for football. He was one of the top-rated dual threat quarterbacks in the country and had been No. 3 in the Pennsylvania rankings.

>> Right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy (Twin Valley) makes the leap from No. 15 to No. 7 in this update. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has made a steady climb through the ranking over the past year and has positioned himself as a potential draft pick come June. This winter Alexy has shown an upper 80s fastball that he has run up to 91 multiple times. The Radford commit also shows a solid curveball with 11/5 action and feel for a change-up despite slowing his arm to throw it.

>> Shortstop Nate Fassnacht (Ephrata) also continues his march up the rankings. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound George Washington recruit now sits at No. 25 following an impressive showing at the Super 60 Pro Showcase earlier this month.

>> This update has just one new player added to the list of 230 prospects. RHP Jacob Kinsell (Carmichaels) enters at No. 130 following an impressive spike in velocity. Kinsell sat 85-87 during his bullpen at the Preseason All-State Showcase, up five to six mph from where he has sat comfortably for the past two years.

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