Inside the 2024 Rankings - Newcomers


Phil Haig
Texas Scouting Director

TEXAS - Our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff is constantly on the road evaluating talent throughout the entire year. From the high school season, travel ball in the summer, fall league games, or PBR events, we aim to be your number one source for amateur baseball scouting news. Our multimedia platforms and events work in tandem, ultimately creating the most powerful source of high school baseball promotion in Texas. Yesterday, we released the updated Player Rankings for the 2024 TX Class. Today, we take a look at some of the Newcomers in the top 20 of the class.

 

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Wyatt Sanford SS / 2B / Independence , TX / 2024

Sanford stands 5-foot-11, 150-pounds and is still just starting to develop physically. Sanford first came on our radar at the PBR Texas Select Tournament playing shortstop for the Dallas Patriots and flashed all the tools we needed to see to get him an invite to the Future Games later in the summer. He displays natural athleticism in all of his movements, bouncing around the field at multiple infield positions while at the Future Games.  At the plate, the recent A&M commit shows a smooth left handed stroke with the ability to hit the ball hard to left field as well as catch the ball out front and hit it hard to the pull side. There is a natural buggy whip in the swing and shows a lot to like at the plate moving forward. Sanford’s offensive game doesn’t stop with the swing, he has bounce in his step as his long strides glide around the bases when given the chance to run. There is a ton to like moving forward about the young left handed hitting shortstop. 

 

Jordan Stribling LHP / Highland Park, TX / 2024

The athletic, uncommitted 6-foot-5 left handed pitcher shows one of the higher ceilings in the entire class. Recently seen up to 87 mph from a high ¾ slot creating a tough angle in to right handed hitters as well as creating some tilt when down in the zone. He paired the fastball with a curveball that showed the right shape and spin at 72 mph.  One would tend to think the velocity on that pitch will continue to climb whether it stays a true curveball or blends more into a power curve or true slider down the road. The Highland Park native doubles as a basketball player showing his natural athleticism and gives you more of a reason to think the jumps will continue to happen on the mound.

 

Drew Devillier RHP / Plano East, TX / 2024

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound TCU commit shows you a ton to love right now and even more to dream on down the road. The athletic right hander shows the ability to fill up the zone with a long arm path throwing out of a ¾ slot, repeating his delivery well. Devillier will run the fastball up to 89 but sitting comfortably just below that. The future Horned Frog also mixed in a breaking ball with depth and swing and miss ability at 72-76. Devillier seems to get off the rubber well, getting extension through his delivery, and causing his fastball to jump on hitters at times. Surprise, Surprise, He also duals as the QB1 for Plano East, giving us even more of a reason to believe he will continue to develop athletically and ultimately turn into one of the premier arms in the country.

Tristan Bristow RHP / Harlen, TX / 2024

Standing 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, Bristow is another arm in this class that has a shot to be pretty special. The uncommitted right hander shows an athletic repeatable delivery, with a clean path and a fast arm.  Currently he will run the fastball up to 90/91 mph but will sit comfortably at 86-89 mph. The thing that separates him from others is the feel and spin of his breaking ball. Bristow throws a true power CB/SL up to 81 mph showing hard late action with depth that repeatedly gets swings and misses in and out of the zone. It would not surprise me if Bristow’s name keeps climbing higher on this list over time.

Sam Erickson OF / LHP / Flower Mound, TX / 2024

Erickson recently moved to Flower Mound from Wisconsin and made a splash right away. The 6-foot, 190-pound A&M commit steps in the box ready to hit early and often. Starting from somewhat of an unconventional setup, Erickson turns the barrel with ease and can flat out hit. Right now Erickson profiles as a center fielder that can run (6.74- 60-yard dash) and hit for power.  Only time will tell if he stays there or eventually moves to one of the corners, but he will continue to hit at a high rate regardless.

 

Michael Dudolski RHP / Whitehouse, TX / 2024

The Whitehouse, TX native, Dudolski shows one of the quicker arms in the class. Standing 6-foot tall, the athletic right handed arm shows three quality pitches, all with the ability to get swings and misses in and out of the zone. Dudolski shows plenty of athleticism through the delivery allowing him to repeat quality strikes as well as hide the ball some with a semi-high front side coming down the mound. He runs the fastball up to 90 right now with some arm side run and a lot more in the tank down the road. He also mixes in a quality CH at 78-80 as well as a tight slider up to 81.  The A&M commit is a tough nosed competitor that seems to enjoy the competition of the game and understands how to get outs. 

JD Crisp OF / 1B / Cy-Fair, TX / 2024

Crisp, a recent USA trial invitee, was more than impressive all summer long from both sides of the plate. The athletic, uncommitted center fielder burst on the scene early in the summer at the PBR Texas Select Tournament racking up six hits in three games, highlighted by two triples, one to each gap. Crisp shows a natural athletic setup, a simple load, and a compact swing that at times will get slightly uphill but the hand eye coordination allows him to overcome and produce consistently. Joining a common theme of a lot of the high end prospects in the class, Crisp is also a standout wide receiver on the football field. The ceiling is quite high for the young uncommitted outfielder, and we look forward to watching his development as an all around ball player.

Sawyer Farr SS / 2B / Boswell, TX / 2024

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound switch hitting shortstop has a frame to dream on.  Smooth in the field for his size and age, showing the ability to make all the plays necessary to stick at short.  At the plate, Farr shows a simple swing with high level barrel to ball skills from both sides of the plate, using his long levers and bat speed to hit the ball hard. As the frame continues to mature, the power should continue to develop. He is also an above average runner.  Farr is the QB1 at Boswell HS, and the leadership skills show up on the diamond. As the body continues to develop, Farr will be one to keep an eye on.

 

 



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