Updated 2018 Rankings

Tim Kay
PBR Tennessee Director of Scouting

With 2018 players eligible to sign their National Letters of Intent tomorrow, this seems an appropriate time for updated class rankings!

This has been a long process in developing these rankings, including being out a lot in the fall, reaching out to a number of coaches and watching video on every single player in these rankings while compiling internal evaluations.

These rankings have been expanded to a top 200 and includes 61 players entering their first state ranking, including # 8 overall OF Christian Scott from Rossview.  

Stay tuned for more ranking specific news stories featuring uncommitted players into this week!

For a look at the full rankings, click HERE.  Below, find quick blurbs on the top 5 players in the class:

Ryan Weathers LHP / Loretto, TN / 2018

Commit: Vanderbilt

Fresh off of winning a gold medal with USA Baseball's 18U team, Weathers continues to hold the top spot in the rankings.  He touched 95 at the Tournament of Stars, mixing in a 75-79 CB and 79-82 CH.  A high ceiling lefty, he will look to build on his performance last spring, where he went 9-0 w/ a .11 ERA over 63 innings, compiling 5 walks and 139 strikeouts.

Ryder Green OF / Karns , TN / 2018

Commit: Vanderbilt

A true 5-tool player, Green shows a very exciting skill-set within a physical frame.  Experimenting with switch hitting this fall, Green shows elite bat speed from the right side w/ above average bat speed from the left side.  He has huge power that is usable in game with a strong approach.  Plus runner, plus arm strength w/ feel for defending.  He also is up to 90 on the mound.

Andrew Benefield SS / Siegel, TN / 2018

Commit: Louisville

Benefield brings everything you want to the table for a SS prospect, bringing plus defensive ability w/ a plus hit tool and a projectable frame.  Coming off of a spring where he hit .506 w/ 18 doubles and 7 home runs, he features plus bat speed w/ a disciplined approach.  Defensively, shows true SS actions w/ soft hands, good feet, plus arm strength and first step quickness.  

Ethan Smith RHP / Mount Juliet, TN / 2018


Commit: Vanderbilt

A bit of a throwback, Smith excels at keeping hitters off balance while pounding the strike zone w/ big stuff in a prototypical pitcher's frame.  Coming off of a perfect game in Jupiter where he struck out 14, Smith attacks w/ a FB up to 93.  He also mixes in a 80-84 SL and 84 CH that both project.  Mixing the timing of his leg kick, he features advanced command of his entire repertoire .

Camden Sewell RHP / Cleveland, TN / 2018


Commit: Tennessee

Sewell features some of the best pure stuff in the state.  Coming off of a 11 strikeout game in Jupiter, Sewell attacks hitters w/ a deceptive delivery and a super quick arm.  Pitching 90-92 w/ a FB that has run and sink, he is very difficult to square up.  He also mixes in a plus 75-77 CB that is a true swing and miss pitch.