Updated 2018 Overall Rankings Released
November 23, 2016
By Sean Duncan
Over the three-plus months since the last overall Class of 2018 rankings update, much has changed. Many new names have emerged as high-level prospects and scores of players have taken significant leaps forward - or back, in some cases - all of which is to be expected at this time of year.
Through the jam-packed fall season, which has become increasingly more relevant in recruiting and evaluating prospects, our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff has seen a dizzying amount of baseball since the last update.
While there have been seismic changes in the updated overall Top 400 Class of 2018 rankings, the top two prospects remain intact: Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West HS, WI) and Michael Siani (William Penn Charter HS, PA). Both Kelenic and Siani are left-handed hitting outfielders with high-end tools across the board who helped the USA 18U National Team win a gold medal.
It is important to note that the PBR overall rankings only include the states that we intimately know from our scouting staff. The updated Top 400 Class of 2018 rankings is comprised of our current 33-state coverage area, which now includes recently added Texas and Oklahoma. As expected, Texas prospects made a big splash in the overall rankings.
After Kelenic and Siani, the top 10 is completely reshuffled. C/RHP Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island HS, FL) jumps to No. 3, as the 6-foot-3 Florida recruit has proven to be a high-end right-handed arm and an offensive force behind the plate. Florida’s 2018 class is especially strong, with OF Elijah Cabell (Winter Park HS, FL), RHP Slade Cecconi (Trinity Prep HS, FL) and 3B Brandon Howlett (George W. Jenkins HS, FL) all in the top 10, and SS Nander De Sedas (Montverde Academy HS, FL), LHP Jonathan Gates (Nature Coast Technical HS, FL), RHP Kristofer Armstrong (The Benjamin School HS, FL) and RHP Lyon Richardson (Jensen Beach HS, FL) trailing closely behind.
Four new players catapulted into the top 10, led by RHP Owen White (Jesse C. Carson HS), who jumps eight spots to No. 4. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound White, who has been up to 94 with a sharp breaking ball, is the only uncommitted prospect in the top 10. RHP Cole Winn (Silver Creek HS, CO) is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country after enjoying a big fall campaign, and RHP Austin Becker (Big Walnut HS, OH), an athletic 6-foot-6 Vanderbilt recruit, has showed improved command to go along with premium velocity. RHP/1B Grayson Rodriguez (Nacogdoches Central HS, TX), a 6-foot-5, 210-pound Texas A&M recruit, rounds out the top 10.
There were many big risers outside the top 10. Some of the most significant risers include: RHP Carter Stewart (Eau Gallie HS, FL), RHP/SS Colby Gomes (Millard West HS, NE), 3B/OF Alex Binelas (Oak Creek HS, WI), RHP Chance Huff (Niceville HS, FL), 3B Bryce Reagan (Souhegan HS, MA), RHP Cole Ayers (Loveland HS, OH), RHP Wade Beasley (Forman HS, AR), INF/OF Gavin Dugas (Houma Christian HS, LA), and Ian Bedell (Davenport Central HS, IA), to name a few.
A look at the Top 20:
|1||Jarred Kelenic||WI||Waukesha West||2018||OF||Louisville|
|2||Mike Siani||PA||William Penn Charter||2018||OF||Virginia|
|3||Mason Denaburg||FL||Merritt Island||2018||C||Florida|
|4||Owen White||NC||Jesse C Carson||2018||RHP|
|5||Slade Cecconi||FL||Trinity Prep||2018||RHP||Miami|
|6||Elijah Cabell||FL||Winter Park||2018||OF||Louisiana State|
|7||Austin Becker||OH||Big Walnut High School||2018||RHP||Vanderbilt|
|8||Cole Winn||CO||Silver Creek||2018||RHP||Notre Dame|
|9||Grayson Rodriguez||TX||Central Heights||2018||RHP||Texas A&M|
|10||Brandon Howlett||FL||George W. Jenkins||2018||3B||Florida State|
|11||Nander De Sedas||FL||Montverde Academy||2018||SS||Florida State|
|12||Noah Naylor||ON||St.Joan of Arc||2018||C||Texas A&M|
|13||Jonathan Gates||FL||Nature Coast Technical||2018||LHP||Miami|
|14||Mason Englert||TX||Forney||2018||RHP||Texas A&M|
|15||Kristofer Armstrong||FL||The Benjamin School||2018||RHP||Florida|
|16||Lyon Richardson||FL||Jensen Beach||2018||RHP||Florida|
|18||Landon Marceaux||LA||Destrehan||2018||RHP||Louisiana State|
|19||Alek Thomas||IL||Mount Carmel||2018||OF|
|20||Spencer Schwellenbach||MI||Saginaw Heritage||2018||SS||Nebraska|