VA/DC Updated Class of 2017 Rankings

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By Jerry Shank

Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

Today we update the class of 2017 rankings in our second to last installment before our final update coming up before June's MLB Amateur draft. The rankings expand to 225 in this installment with plenty of movement across the board from top to bottom.

The shuffling began in the top ten with Michael Ludowig (Briar Woods) and Erik Stock (Greenbrier Christian). Ludowig moved up two spots to No. 2 in the rankings and Stock moves up to No. 8 in the rankings.

One of the biggest movers in the rankings is RHP/INF Brad Hanner of Orange County HS (Patrick Henry CC). Hanner has made the biggest jump on the mound pitching up to 89 in front of us and has reportedly been up to 91 this spring season. Currently moved up to No. 16, Hanner is continuing to trend upward and could move even higher before our final update.

Also gaining helium is catcher Nathan Perry of Bassett (High Point). The power hitting catching prospect moved up to No. 11 in this installment of the rankings and is gaining momentum heading into the draft just over a month away.

Two of the biggest newcomers to the rankings come from the Virginia Beach area in Western Branch OF Rufus Hurdle (ODU) and Cape Henry SS Hunter Ramirez (Liberty).

The top uncommitted player in the rankings is OF Khie Simms of Clover Hill HS who recently decommitted and is sitting at the No. 25 spot.

Here is a sneak peek into the top ten.

1 Tanner Morris VA Miller School 2017 SS Virginia
2 Michael Ludowig VA Briar Woods 2017 OF Wake Forest
3 Hunter Perdue VA Grassfield 2017 RHP Virginia
4 Matt Cooper VA Norfolk Academy 2017 C Clemson
5 Kyle Whitten VA Osbourn Park 2017 RHP Virginia
6 Andrew Abbott VA Halifax County 2017 LHP Virginia
7 Tyler Solomon VA Battlefield 2017 C Vanderbilt
8 Erik Stock VA Greenbrier Christian 2017 SS Old Dominion
9 Anthony Simonelli VA Millbrook 2017 RHP Coastal Carolina
10 Evan Justice VA Collegiate School 2017 LHP North Carolina State