Prep Baseball Report

9 To Know: 2023 Rankings Sneak Peek

Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

The initial release of the 2023 Overall Rankings is a week away, but On the Hunt gives a sneak peek at some of the players to know, and who will be featured prominently on the list. Early indications of this young group are that the athletes and arms are numerous, and the future is very bright. Each of the nine players listed exhibit impressive upside, and are sure to be fun to watch develop.


Max Clark OF / LHP / Franklin, IN / 2023

Clark’s athleticism and high-level skills are matched only by his competitiveness, and he already shows signs of continuing as a two-way player in the future. His 6-foot, 165-pound frame exhibits some lean strength that is sure to increase over time, and he utilizes it well both at the plate and on the mound. An athletic-runner who posted a 7.22 60-yard dash time nearly a year ago, Clark’s left-handed stroke takes on the same smoothness. Confidently tracking, his hands work freely down and back as the lower-half squares with a toe-tap before striding out. Most impressive right now is his ability to create torque while staying behind the ball, and the whip that the barrel creates through the zone provides for loud contact from gap-to-gap. On the mound, the quick-armed southpaw has been up to 86mph with a short stroke that allows the ball to jump on the plate. He also demonstrates an ability to spin the ball for strikes with a breaking pitch that works across multiple tiers through the zone, and flashes depth with some potential as a swing and miss offering. Overall, there is plenty to like about the upside that Clark exhibits, and given his athleticism and intent to do damage at the plate, there are sure to be college coaches closely following him moving forward.

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