PBR Week in Review

Chris Jelinek

A look back at what happened at the Prep Baseball Report the week of November 6-12th. Nathan Rode highlights ten players whose draft stock is rising after a strong fall. On the Hunt takes a look at standout 2020 infielders. An updated JUCO Wire loaded with commitment news. Player rankings updated in multiple states, new Recruiting Essentials, Tip of the Week and much more..

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

The 2018 PBR Draft 100 has been updated with a few small tweaks following the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, FL. The top 10 held true for the most part, with the top eight remaining in tact, RHP Cole Wilcox (Heritage HS, GA) bumping up to No. 9 and OF Mike Siani (William Penn Charter HS, PA) to No. 10. In The Hotlist, we’re taking a look at 10 players whose stock is rising, whether they moved up one spot or several from the initial rankings last month.

Addison Barger, SS, King HS, FL
Barger has made a name for himself, standing out at the Florida Diamond Club Showcase and again in Jupiter. He’s a quick-twitch athlete with range and a strong arm on defense. At the plate, he takes a short, level swing with above-average bat speed that creates hard contact.

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Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

After a busy and productive fall season with travel all across the country to see some of the best amateur/underclass talent, On the Hunt begins, this week, to look back at some of the standouts. This week, six 2020 infielders take centerstage as projectable, future college standouts. Two of the players on the list made commitments in the last few days, while the other four show all the skills necessary to become contributors at the next level. States represented are Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

If there is an offseason in baseball, it’s right about now. To fill the void, we’re taking a look back at the showcase season—the summer and fall—and highlighting some favorite prospects. These aren’t necessarily the top prospects in order, rather the players I most enjoyed watching as a crisscrossed the country. We’ll start with the standout hitters.


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.

The JUCO Wire is a compilation of boots-and-the-ground scouting, information collected from our state-specific scouting staff, outside submissions, and any other news and nuggets gleaned throughout the year.

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Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

With signing week officially upon us, In the Weeds, takes a look at some of the top uncommitted pitchers across the country. Some are late-bloomers while others are looking for the right situation and level to play at in college. Overall, the group of six has a chance to contribute at some level for some program, and will each be a welcomed addition. States represented include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas.


Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

For 2017, the early signing period runs from November 8 – November 15.  The late signing period runs from April 11 – August 1.  The signing period is referencing a prospective student-athlete’s time frame to sign their National Letter of Intent to the 4-year college or university of their choosing.  The signing of an NLI has become a rite of passage for athletes across the country.  High schools, club teams, and families throw parties to celebrate the next step in their athlete’s process.

There are some things about the NLI all student-athletes should know as it is voluntary and it does carry a penalty if the agreement reached in the signed document is not fulfilled.  We are going to work to go through the NLI, what it does, and some of the rules surrounding the signing of the NLI.


More Headlines..

Arizona Class of 2019 Rankings
PBR's first ranking of the top prospects in Arizona for the class of 2019

TN: Updated 2018 Rankings
Fresh off of his gold medal, Ryan Weathers remains the top ranked player in the state.

PA: Fall 2017 Rankings Update: Class of 2019
Following a busy fall of PBR events and the WWBA fall champinonships in Florida it is time to roll out our final update of the 2017 calendar year to our Class of 2019 rankings.

Wisconsin Class of 2018 Rankings Updated
Campbell and Kohlhepp show well this fall, shake up the top five.

2018 Illinois Rankings Updated
Alek Thomas stays at No. 1, Cam McDonald enters the Top 10, list expanded to 225

Chris Burke Tip of the Week
Chris Burke talks about getting the foot down on timing in this week's Chris Burke Tip of the Week.

PA: Fall 2017 Rankings Update: Class of 2020
Following a busy fall of PBR events and the WWBA fall championships in Florida it is time to roll out our final update of the 2017 calendar year to our Class of 2020 rankings.

Hub City Showcase: JUCO Scout Notes
A unique showcase featuring HS and JC players at Spartanburg Methodist where several JC players shined. Caleb Watkins flashed true middle of the order potential. Nick Borek worked a live fastball up to 88.

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