Prep Baseball Report

PBR Week in Review

A look back at what happened at the Prep Baseball Report the week of October 23-30. Shooter Hunt travels to California to cover the NCTB Fall Classic. A new PBR Podcast highlights standout performers from Jupiter. Recruiting Essentials provides advice for uncommitted seniors. Updated JUCO Wire, recruiting news across the country and much more..

On the Hunt: NCTB Fall Classic

After fantastic experiences in the Golden State at the Boras Classic and Area Code Games PBR will be headed back to California for NCTB’s Fall Classic.

The elite tournament featured 15 of the top teams on the west coast, and was hosted on the campus of the University of Pacific as well as the Billy Hebert Complex. A jam-packed schedule with plenty of talented players in attendance made for an excellent experience for the players and all of the college coaches in attendance who are hoping to see their future program changers.

Day 1 Notebook
Day 2 Notebook

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

After a weekend in Jupiter, FL, for the World Wood Bat Championship, Nathan Rode, Sean Duncan and Shooter Hunt discuss what they saw.

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Matt Huck
Midwest Area Scout/JUCO Wire Editor

The JUCO Wire is a new weekly feature that will continue to build on the Prep Baseball Report’s unparalleled coverage of amateur baseball across the country. The JUCO Wire will provide updated information on junior college transfers, players moving on, who’s hot, and any other relevant news from around the country.

This week’s JUCO Wire features news and notes from the New York Downstate JUCO Sophomore showcase along with commitments news from across the country


Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

As we near the end of October and the fall season, many players in the Senior class are working to firm up their college plans.  This can be a stressful time as teammates may have made their commitments, the early signing period is approaching, and Division I coaches will not be on the road until March 1st as their Dead Period approaches.  Seniors that are still working their recruiting process should know and understand that there are still a lot of college baseball players around them that have yet to commit.  College coaches are still working to finalize their rosters for the next fall.

In late-August, Recruiting Essentials looked at some commitment trends, comparing the current high school players to their peers in the 2017 class.  The commitment trends article will run again around the early signing period.  The plan behind the articles is to give players, and their families, a clear look at the real timeline facing baseball recruits.  In the state of North Carolina, in the 2017 class, PBR tracked 337 players that committed to play college baseball.  To date, in the 2017 class, in North Carolina, 173 players have committed to the school of their choice.  This means that based on those numbers, approximately 50% of the players in the 2018 class, that will receive an opportunity to commit, have yet to commit.  The question is, what should these players be doing now…


Nathan Rode and PBR Staff

The Hotlist is examining the top uncommitted 2019 prospects by position. While the speed of recruiting seems to be redlining, there is a ton of talent still available for college programs, not to mention that there is no reason for any players to be wringing their hands over committing just yet. So far, we’ve highlighted pitchers and catchers. Now, we take a look at the available infielders.

Vincent Bianchi, SS/RHP, Red Bank Catholic HS, NJ
Bianchi has a long, wiry-athletic build at 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. He runs a 7.12 60 and hits from a wide, neutral stance. He creates gap-to-gap power with extension through the zone. His hands are whippy and loose and he finishes with some lift in his swing. Defensively, he throws 88 mph across the infield. He’s rangy and athletic in the field with smooth glove work and a quick, easy exchange. He also gets on the mound and is up to 85 with his fastball.

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CO Updated 2020 Rankings
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MS Class Of 2020 Rankings Released
Clark and Puckett top the list; Bianco, Alderman, and Rice round out the top five.

Chris Burke Tip of the Week
The Impact Position is the third part of the swing and it is also where all of your hard work pays off. Within this position, a hitter will put the exclamation point on a great swing or a bad swing.

Hunter Pence Scout Day: Top Five 2020 Grads w/Video
Arkansas recruit, Hunter Cramer headlines a talented 2020 group

PBR Draft 100 Spotlight: No. 9 1B Triston Casas
Highlighting the standout 1B from American Heritage HS

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