Prep Baseball Report

Updated Tennessee 2020 Players Rankings (September)

Colton Provey
Tennessee Director of Scouting

The spring/summer have proved valuable for many 2020 prospects, with many names coming off the board to some of the top programs around the nation. Throughout the year we have traveled across the region to showcases and games.

That being said, we have had the pleasure of seeing a number of solid players this past year. Prospects are popping up left and right, making velocity jumps, improving 60-yard dash times and showing more power with the bat.

Below we will take a look at "The Newcomers”, “The Risers”, "The Sleepers" and some of the top uncommitted prospects by position.

To view the entire list of prospects please click here.

Newcomers in Top 100

With 63 total newcomers added to the 2020 rankings, we highlight the nine who broke the top 100 in the 2020 TN rankings.

Jack O'Dowd SS / 3B / Lipscomb Academy, TN / 2020

6-foot, 185-pound left-handed hitting shortstop w/ smooth stroke and elite barrel control. An athletic, projectable prospect w/ advanced approach and good offensive upside. Committed to Vanderbilt.    

Grayson Hitt OF / LHP / Houston , TN / 2020

Hitt enters the rankings after a strong summer with Arkansas Rawlings Prospects. Left-handed pitcher was 86-90 w/ sharp 73-75 curveball at PBR NPI at Lakepoint.  Committed to Alabama in July. 

Hollis Fanning RHP / Tullahoma, TN / 2020

Hard to miss Hollis Fanning on the mound at 6-foot-7, 200-pounds.  The very projectable right hander was 82-87 this spring supplemented w/ a 69-73 mph breaking ball and 79-80 mph changeup. Committed to Tennessee in July.  

Landon Lewis RHP / OF / McCallie , TN / 2020

The top uncommitted newcomer to the 2020 rankings.  Similar to Fanning, Lewis is towering on the mound at 6-foot-6, 195-pounds.  Showcased fastball at 82-86 w/ nice 12/6 breaking ball at 67-69.  This long lever right hander is one to follow heading into the 2020 season.   

Grif Hughes LHP / Karns, TN / 2020

Hughes bust onto the scene at TBCA showcase at Lipscomb University this summer. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound southpaw worked 81-83, topping at 85, complimented by 73-75 mph breaking ball and 76-78 mph changeup.  Hughes struck out two in two innings of work. A projectable left hander to follow in 2020.  

Ben Zyburt RHP / Farragut, TN / 2020

A 6-foot-4 big bodied right hander out of power-house Farragut HS showed out at Unsigned Senior Games in August.  Showcasing a fastball at 84-86 and curveball at 73-75 w/ plenty left in the tank. Committed to Roane State CC at the end of August. 

Guy Lipscomb OF / Franklin, TN / 2020

6-foot-2, 175-pound outfielder had a great showing at North MS Prospect Identification Showcase in late June (60: 6.77| OF Velo: 88 | Exit Velo: 86).  His tools plus a simple, smooth left-handed swing lead to him committing to Belmont in early August.  

Caleb Jones LHP / 1B / Cheatham County , TN / 2020

Jones, another Unsigned Senior Games standout, is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound southpaw, who worked at 81-84 w/ 72-74 mph curveball.  Clean, loose arm w/ great extension to the plate.  An uncommitted lefty to follow heading into the spring.  


Yosuany Herrera OF / John Overton, TN / 2020

Sneaking into the Top 100 after a strong summer, Yosuany Herrera is a physical corner outfielder w/ good pop from the right side.  Had good week at TBCA showcase going 2 for 4 with 3 quality at bats. Committed to Cleveland State CC in late August.  

The Risers (Committed)

Eriq Swan SS / RHP / Oakland , TN / 2020

 Made the largest jump in the class moving from 162 to 21stoverall (+141). The very projectable, two-way prospect shined on the mound sitting 89-92 w/ heavy sink and late life at Top Prospect Games in June.  Committed to MTSU in June.  

Jacob Balsley SS / 2B / Bearden, TN / 2020

The speedy shortstop posted the top 60 time on day 2 of Top Prospect Games in June.  Showcased short, compact swing and good pop for size (88 Exit Velo). Rose from 93 to 40thoverall (+53).  Committed to San Diego State in July.  

Adam Birkholz LHP / Farragut, TN / 2020

The 5-foot-11 southpaw pitched crucial innings in relief at the TSSAA state tournament to help Farragut secure the AAA state title.  The lefty was 81-83 while mixing sweeping slurve at 73-74 causing him to rise from 155 to 53rdin the 2020 class (+102).  Committed to ETSU in late June.  

Kameron Johnson OF / OF / Heritage, TN / 2020

Potentially the fastest player in the Tennessee class, showcased at Top Prospect Games with a 6.41 60 Time.  Showed good arm from OF (84 OF Velo) and developing offensive game (88 Exit Velo). The CF prospect busted into the Top 100, rising from 105 to the 55thspot (+50).  Committed to MTSU in early July.   

Carter Edge C / 3B / McCallie, TN / 2020

A TN/KY Border Battle participant last Fall showed solid all-around game.  Had strong summer offensively, showing good production and gap-to-gap power. Rose from 148 to 63 (+85).  Committed to MTSU in early July.  

Sam Kirkpatrick SS / 2B / Montgomery Bell Academy, TN / 2020

An exciting player to follow this summer circuit at Top Prospect Games and TBCA showcase.  Kirkpatrick is a field general w/ versatility to play all-three infield positions. Advanced rangy defender w/ strong arm and developing offensive game.  Rose from 118 to 64th(+54). Committed to Holy Cross in mid-August.   

Carter Vrabel SS / RHP / Father Ryan, TN / 2020

Another middle Tennessee field general to close out the committed risers. Continued to be an advanced defender up the middle w/ good movement patterns.  Strong showing for TBCA Team Tennessee in Oklahoma.  Rose from 142 to 78 (+64).  Committed to Wabash Valley CC in early September.   


The Risers (Uncommitted)

Alec Beaman SS / RHP / Centennial, TN / 2020

The two-way utility man helped lead Gametime Elite to the championship round of the Kentucky Limited Series in July.  Showed advanced approach at the plate w/ knack for offensive production in many ways.  Was 81-84 on the mound while playing both middle infield positions.  The uncommitted Beaman rose from 132 to 77 (+55) in the 2020 rankings.   

Caleb Hawkins C / SS / Stewarts Creek, TN / 2020

A toolbox backstop who can impact the game on both sides of the ball.  Had strong outing at Top Prospect Games in June (60: 6.92 | C Velo: 83 | Exit Velo: 86) and productive TBCA showcase (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBIs).  Rose from 89 to 60 (+29).  The #2 uncommitted catcher in the TN 2020 class.  

Blake Cooper OF / Heritage, TN / 2020

Made a significant jump on the mound this summer at PBR National in July. Working at 85-88 w/ 71-73 mph power slurve.  Rose from 117 to 95 (+22).  A left-handed pitcher who may continue to rise as Spring season rolls around.  

Uncommitted Sleepers (Rank 100-200)

Dane Sykes RHP / Columbia Central, TN / 2020

Worked 2 scoreless innings and striking out 4 at TBCA showcase in June. Fastball worked at 82-85 complimented w/ sharp 12/6 curveball at 71-73.  Also showed changeup at 74-75. Prospect to follow w/ increased workload in 2020.  

Braden Caldwell SS / 2B / Bearden, TN / 2020

Caldwell only got better as the summer progressed.  After good Top Prospect Games showing in June, Caldwell showed out at Unsigned Senior Games in August.  The two-way prospect logged a sub-7 60 time and was 77-80 on the bump w/ knee buckling slurve.  Prospect to follow as he continues to develop. 

Cobey Allison RHP / OF / Davidson Academy, TN / 2020

A quick arm right hander, who had good outing at Unsigned Senior Games in August. Worked 83-85 w/ loose active arm. Curveball at 66-68 and changeup at 73-75.  Intriguing senior prospect if he makes one more jump this spring.   

Landon Slemp SS / 2B / Science Hill, TN / 2020

 Two-way prospect had solid TBCA showcase (1-4, 1 BB, 1 R | 1 IP, 2 K).  Was 80-83 on the mound w/ 68-70 mph breaking ball.  One to follow in 2020.  

Gabe Corley C / 1B / Goodpasture Christian, TN / 2020

Thick-wristed offensive backstop with good showings at Top Prospect Games and Unsigned Senior Games. Very physical offensively w/ good pop and moves well for size.   

Under the Radar/Gamers (200+)

Jacob Garner RHP / Lawrence County, TN / 2020

Very Projectable right hander at 6-foot-5, 195-pound. Simple, repeatable motion. 

Fastball: 78-82 Curveball: 61-64 Changeup: 74-75 

Reece Milam RHP / Nolensvlle, TN / 2020

Right hander showed good pitchability and command w/ 4-pitch mix at Top Prospect Games in June. 

Fastball: 79-81 Curveball: 67-69 Slider: 73-78 Changeup: 72-74 

Jack Douglas C / Bartlett, TN / 2020

Undersized gritty backstop showed good blocking and offensive production from left side (2 for 2, 2B, 1B, BB, 2 RBIs) at TBCA showcase in June.   

Dain Hardwick RHP / 3B / South Gibson County , TN / 2020

The right-hander threw two scoreless innings, while striking out 3 at TBCA showcase in June. Filled up zone and leaned on 77-80 mph FB and 63-67 mph breaking ball. 


Top Uncommitted Prospects By Position

RHP: Dylan Dickert | Mason Patel | Landon Lewis | Ross Pendergrass | Blake Wexler | Nate Watson | Jack Keele | Dane Sykes | Caid Sanders 

LHP: Sam Poindexter | Grif Hughes | Caleb Jones | Blake Cooper | Joey Mitchell

OF: Luke Bradshaw | Conner Murphy | Elijah Williams | Lawrence Sutton | Slayde Simmons

MINF: Tanner Shiver | Alec Beaman | Tyler Boyd | Ben Willcoxon | Ryan Wells |

CINF: Christian Martin | Gabe Sibert | Cade Walker | Morgan Willis | Tyler Byrd

Catchers: Chase Birdwell | Caleb Hawkins | Matthew Levi | Jack Smith | Dru Yopp

Sleepers: Dane Sykes (Rising RHP) | Miles McKay (Power Bat) | Braden Caldwell (Two-Way) | Nick Vaccaro (Two-Way) | Camden Suhoza (Power 1B) | Cobey Allison (RHP) | Brett Bell (Speedy SS) | Cole Hendrix (Projectable RHP) | Jacob Wright (LHP/OF) | Ryan Tressler (Two-Way Athlete)


Tennessee 2020 Top 10 Rankings

1 Robert Hassell III TN Independence 2020 OF Vanderbilt
2 Gage Bradley TN Rossview  2020 RHP Vanderbilt
3 Blake Money TN Summit 2020 RHP Louisiana State
4 Lukas Cook TN Hardin Valley 2020 SS South Carolina
5 Blade Tidwell TN Loretto 2020 RHP Tennessee
6 Reuben Church TN Maryville 2020 3B Kentucky
7 Hunter Ensley TN Huntingdon 2020 OF Tennessee
8 Shawn Scott TN Clarksville Academy  2020 LHP Tennessee
9 Cade Elliott TN Daniel Boone 2020 LHP Tennessee
10 Ryan Hagenow TN Farragut 2020 RHP Kentucky

To view the entire list of prospects please click here.