Prep Baseball Report

Washington Class of 2024 Rankings: Risers

Josh Schoenberg
Scouting and Operations Assistant

As the summer comes to an end and Washington's Class of 2024 heads into its senior campaign, we take a look at the 'Risers' in the class as the season changes to fall. Last week, our staff officially updated our '24 board, highlighting several of the state’s top prospects within our release.

We'll dive deeper into the rankings today, shining light on a handful of players who earned a rise up our board after showing well in front of the PBR Washington staff. Below, you'll learn more about these names that are trending upward as we enter the increasingly important fall season.


Jackson Hotchkiss OF / 1B / Battle Ground, WA / 2024

From 8/23/23: "A huge riser not just at the state level, but on the national scene. There isn’t a single position player who has done more to elevate their stock in the last six months than Hotchkiss. After lighting up the Preseason All-State event with above-average tools, he put together a huge performance at Area Codes against elite competition. The physical outfield prospect has big power potential with plus speed and will garner significant MLB Draft buzz in 2024."


Kellan Knox RHP / Tenino, WA / 2024

From 8/23/23: "Knox really came into his own this year on the mound and established himself as one of the top arms in the state with his combination of a fastball, 90-91 mph, and hard slider, 81. Athletically, he moves easily through his delivery with a clean arm path and late, controlled intent. Given his low mileage arm and easy operation, it’s easy to envision an additional jump in the pure stuff as he continues to develop."


Nick Fazio RHP / 1B / Emerald Ridge, WA / 2024

Standing at an ultra-physical 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Fazio is an imposing presence on the bump. His arm strength allows for a low-effort operation with easy velocity. The Washington State recruit uses a power fastball that has reached low-90s in the past, and mixes in a mid-70s sweeping breaking ball to keep opposing batters off-balanced. He climbs several spots and into the top-15 in our most recent Class of 2024 rankings update.

Jack Edmunds C / 3B / Eastlake, WA / 2024

Edmunds has had a big 2023, beginning with an impressive showing at our Preseason All-State event. He was near the top of the leaderboards for a variety of batted ball and swing metrics at the event, including posting the highest maximum bat speed (89 mph). He then went on to have a big junior campaign, playing a pivotal role in Eastlake's 4A State Championship run in the spring. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound backstop committed to Brown over the summer and jumps into the top-20 in our latest rankings update.


Chris Daniels 3B / Richland, WA / 2024

After a strong spring season, Daniels continued to carry that momentum into the summer. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds with a strong lower half, he produces big time bat speed with ease. Defensively, he moves well for his size and has plenty of arm strength to remain on the left side of the diamond. Daniels made a sizable jump in our most recent rankings, launching himself into the top-20 and is now the top uncommitted player in the state.

Micah Bujacich RHP / Steilacoom, WA / 2024

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Bujacich is an athletic mover down the mound with a low-effort delivery and a short arm action that hides the baseball. In a recent look, he showed a true three pitch mix. His fastball works in the mid-to-upper-80s and he pairs it with a sharp slider that has swing-and-miss characteristics. Bujacich also added in an upper-70s changeup to keep hitters guessing. He makes one of the biggest jumps in the entire class in this update, climbing 60 spots into the top-20.

Jace Rainey OF / Newport, WA / 2024

Rainey is an ultra-athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pounds with some of the loudest tools in the Pacific Northwest. His name was all over our recent Summer Opens Data Dive, ranking at the top of the 60-yard dash (6.66) and 10-yard split (1.61) while also appearing on the leaderboards for several batted ball metrics. He posted more eye-popping metrics at the recent West Coast Games, recording a peak exit velocity of 104.5 mph and an average bat speed of 79.1 mph. Rainey leaps 60 spots into the state's top-30 and is the top uncommitted outfielder in the class.

Miles Chandler RHP / West Seattle, WA / 2024

Previously one of the top uncommitted arms in the Pacific Northwest, Chandler committed to Washington State last week after an impressive outing at the West Coast Games. His long and athletic frame still offers significant projection at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. Chandler has a high spin profile, with his fastball consistently spinning at over 2,400 RPMs and a slider with swing-and-miss potential that routinely spins at over 2,500 RPMs. He jumps over 10 spots and into the top 30 in our recent update.


Jacob Freer SS / Newport, WA / 2024

The left-handed hitting middle infielder stands at an athletic 6-foot, 180-pounds with room to add mass. Freer has been another prospect that has seen his stock skyrocket since the turn of the calendar year. He came away a big winner at the Seattle Preseason ID, and after a strong spring earned an invite to our Top Prospect Games. Time and time again, Freer showed looked hitterish from the left-side of the box and displayed clean actions up the middle. He climbs over 40 spots in our latest update.


Chase Halvorson RHP / OF / Jackson, WA / 2024

Halvorson is a wiry a projectable 6-foot-1, 160-pounds with plenty of room for continued physical maturity. The Seattle commit is an impressive athlete, running a sub-7.00 60-yard dash in the past while reaching a maximum run speed north of 20 mph. His athleticism is more than apparent on the bump, as he's a smooth mover down the mound with a short and quick arm action that works from a high 3/4 window. After a strong spring and summer, Halvorson jumps 11 spots and into the top-35 in the state.

John Corbin C / Richland, WA / 2024

The 6-foot, 160-pound backstop is a toolsy and versatile athlete that is one of the most well-rounded players in the state's 2024 class. Across multiple looks, Corbin has shown an aptitude for hitting with power, both in showcase and in game. He's an above average athlete, having run a 6.8 60-yard dash with an eye-popping peak run speed of 22.5 mph. His athleticism allows for him show well at a variety of positions, posting sub-2.00 pop times and throwing 88 mph from the left-side of the infield. He leaps over 25 spots in our most recent rankings and is the top uncommitted backstop in the state.


Quinn Hubbs LHP / Cheney, WA / 2024

Hubbs is another name that has been trending in a positive direction since the turn of the calendar year. The athletic 5-foot-11, 180-pound lefty sits in the low-to-mid 80s with a quick and deceptive arm action that hides the ball well. He's displayed feel for a pair of secondary offerings that keeps opposing hitters guessing. His strong performances during the spring earned him 'Player of the Week' honors during the first week of May, and he continued to show well at multiple high-level events this summer. In our most recent update, Hubbs leaps 25 spots and becomes the state's top-ranked uncommitted southpaw. 


Karsten Hansen OF / Capital, WA / 2024

Hansen has broke out as a prospect this past year, putting together a strong spring and an impressive showing at the Portland Summer Open. He hosts a lean and athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 165-pounds with plenty of room for continued physical maturity. Despite his wiry frame, Hansen showed sneaky strength to the pull-side. The left/left outfielder is also is an above average runner, posting 60-yard dash and 10-yard split times that ranked within the top-5 amongst all Summer Open event participants. He climbs an astounding 81 spots in our most recent rankings update.


David Barnes OF / RHP / Mead, WA / 2024

Standing at an athletic 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, Barnes showed well this summer, putting intriguing two-way upside on display. He impressed in all facets on the game at the Spokane Summer Open. At the plate, he barreled baseballs consistently in the low-90s. In the field, he was up to 89 mph from the outfield. Barnes' workout was highlighted by his bullpen. Not only was his 88.5 mph max fastball velocity the firmest bullet of the event, but it was the top velocity of any fastball at any of our Summer Open events. He leaps over 50 spots and is an uncommitted name-to-know in the state's senior class.


Gavin Poffenroth OF / RHP / Skyview, WA / 2024

Poffenroth is a physical 6-foot-1, 205-pounds with compact strength throughout. He's an impressive athlete with an intriguing speed and power profile, running a 6.9 60-yard dash and barreling balls for triple digit exit velocities with ease. His tight and compact swing has plenty of juice that has played in game, too. Poffenroth also has shown the ability to hop on the mound, using a heavy mid-80s fastball and a sharp slider as his main secondary. After strong showings against talented competition at the Top Prospect Games and West Coast Games, he moves up almost 30 slots in our latest update.

Caleb Sherfey RHP / Tri-Cities Prep, WA / 2024

Sherfey possesses an upside frame, standing at a long and lean 6-foot-3, 175-pounds with plenty of room for continued physical maturity. He has been trending in a positive direction for the entirety of this year, as he was a recipient of our 'Player of the Week' award during the second week of the spring after hurling a perfect game in which he recorded 12 of his 15 outs via the strikeout. He continued to carry that helium into the summer months. After a productive summer, the uncommitted arm jumps up 40 spots in our recent update.


Tristan Buehring OF / 3B / West Seattle, WA / 2024

Buehring stands at an athletic 5-foot-11, 185-pounds with plenty of room to continue adding mass. The left-handed hitter has a strong and quick stroke with the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He's an above average athlete, having run a 6.81 60-yard dash and peaking at over 20 mph in the past. Buehring jumps over 30 spots in our recent rankings and now sits within the top-75 in the state.


Damico (DJ) Parker Jr. OF / Garfield, WA / 2024

Parker Jr. is a lean and wiry 6-foot, 160-pounds with plenty of physical projection remaining in his frame. Despite his size, he has plenty of current strength, ranking among the top of the leaderboards for max and average bat speed at our Top Prospect Games. He's an above average athlete, having posted a peak run speed of 20.6 mph at the aforementioned Top Prospect Games, tied for best at the talented event. He leaps over 30 spots and into the top-75 in our latest rankings update.


Isaac Froula OF / West Valley (Yakima), WA / 2024

The Lower Columbia College commit is an athletic 6-foot-2, 200-pounds with a strong lower half. Froula is an intriguing athlete, having posted consistent low-90s exit velocities on top of being a sub-7.00 runner in the 60-yard dash. At the Top Prospect Games, his peak run speed of 20.4 mph was among the top at the event. After an impressive spring and summer, he springs up over 35 spots in our recent rankings.


Kasey Newton OF / Nooksack Valley, WA / 2024

The recent Yakima Valley College commit stands at a lean and projectable 6-foot, 180-pounds with wiry limbs and sneaky strength. His quick hands generate easy bat speed from the left-side of the plate. His batted ball metrics at Top Prospect Games were among the best at the talented event, posting a max exit velocity of 95.6 mph, an average exit velocity of 90.5 mph, and a max distance of 355 feet. Newton climbs over 35 spots and into the top-100 in our recent rankings update.