2026 Overall Rankings Updated & Expanded

By Shooter Hunt
Vice President, Scouting



An extended period of evaluation was warranted for the 2026 class and Prep Baseball Report was got its chance to take stock of this group thoroughly along the winter's Preseason ID circuit, and eventually through the spring high school season, which is winding down nationwide now. As a result, the overall rankings for this graduating freshman group has expanded to a list of 300 players. Yes, there are sure to be more talented players discovered while others continue to make advancements, and it is PBR’s privilege to continue providing the most credible, up-to-date information in the amateur baseball space.

No change was made at the top as a pair of dynamic position players, No. 1 SS Alex Harrington (Cathedral Catholic HS, CA), a Stanford recruit, and No. 2 C/IF Rookie Shepard (Faith Lutheran HS, NV), a Miami recruit, continues to pace the class. Both enjoyed strong varsity seasons where the present excitement is only outpaced by the future projections.

A look at the Top 10:

1 Alex Harrington CA Cathedral Catholic 2026 SS Stanford
2 Rookie Shepard NV Faith Lutheran 2026 SS Miami
3 Jacob Lombard FL Gulliver Prep 2026 SS  
4 Deion Cole GA Etowah 2026 OF  
5 Quentin Young CA Oaks Christian 2026 SS  
6 Brady Harris FL Trinity Christian Academy (JAX) 2026 OF Florida
7 Grady Emerson TX Argyle 2026 SS Texas Christian
8 Wilson Andersen FL Jesuit 2026 RHP  
9 Beau Peterson KS Mill Valley 2026 3B Nebraska
10 Chandler Hart TX Allen 2026 LHP

The top 10’s biggest risers hail from the Sunshine State as position players, SS Jacob Lombard (Gulliver Prep, FL) and OF Brady Harris (Trinity Christian Academy, FL), a Florida recruit, rise to Nos. 3 and 6 respectively. Lombard’s crisp attention to detail pairs well with elite athleticism to stick at shortstop along with a quick right-handed stroke that promises exciting power upside. Harris, a fluid athlete with dynamic athleticism is already building a reputation as a game-changing type of player in the class. Both were impact varsity players, along with fellow top-10 Florida native No. 88 RHP Wilson Anderson (Jesuit HS, FL), and have the state primed to reload yet again.

While much of the Top 10 is centered around position players, the arms in the class are plentiful with numerous poised to make jumps in the near future. Making the biggest jumps into the top 20, No. 16 RHP Matthew Sharman (Etowah HS, GA) and No. 17 RHP Hudson DeVaughan (Mooresville HS, IN) look the part as potential frontline arms in the future. Sharman’s wiry-athletic, projectable frame allows him to move fluidly down the mound with a loose whip to the arm action. Pitching with intent with a full arsenal, his best days are clearly ahead of him. At 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, there is still plenty to dream on for DeVaughan, but his present arm strength and aptitude for spin already stand out as elite. Up to 92 mph with 2,500-plus rpm, the right-hander counters with advanced feel for two swing-and-miss breaking balls. His explosive stuff should see steady gains in coming years.


+ RHP/SS Reece Grodeman (Model HS, GA)
+ RHP/IF Bryce Pauly (Davenport North HS, IA)
+ RHP/SS Trey Rangel (The Colony HS, TX)
+ C Addison Rowland (Legion Collegiate HS, SC)
+ RHP Jathan Spain (Cape Central HS, MO)
+ C/IF Reiston Durham (Dacula HS, GA)
+ RHP/SS JaShaun Moten (Tuscaloosa County HS, AL)
+ 3B/P Guy Lynam (Gloucester Catholic HS, NJ)
+ RHP Ryan Christiansen (Apple Valley HS, MN)
+ LHP Spencer Evans (Calhoun HS, GA)
+ RHP Jake Brettschneider (Francis Howell HS, MO)
+ RHP Cooper Sides (Red Bluff HS, CA)
+ OF Chandler Taylor (Badin HS, OH)
+ 3B Brady Abate (Malvern Prep HS, PA)
+ SS Trenton Hertzog (Tigard HS, OR)


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