PBR Future Games: Top 25 Impact '23s
August 8, 2021
Who will be next? This question is circulated each year at the PBR Future Games with regards to which players will “make a name for themselves” throughout the week, and ride that wave towards even greater future success. The event, which is filled with the country’s best uncommitted underclassmen, is the premier proving grounds for future program-changers, and serves as a pseudo convention for hundreds of college coaches looking to fortify their recruiting classes.
As recent as the 2019 PBR Future Games, unassuming and relatively unknown players such as RHP Jackson Jobe (3rd overall, Tigers), C Harry Ford (12th overall, Mariners), RHP Chase Petty (26th overall, Twins), and SS Jackson Merrill (27th overall, Padres) “made names for themselves” before continuing to excel and progress, and ultimately becoming first round draft picks.
So who will be next? This year’s event was jam-packed with elite talent, once again, and the more than 300 college coaches (and a collection of MLB scouts) in attendance were greeted to a buffet of big bats, athletes, and arms. While there are sure to be many more who make an impact at the collegiate level and beyond, below are 25 position players in the 2023 class who made an impact on MY look at this year’s PBR Future Games:
WILL GASPARINO / HARVARD-WESTLAKE, CA / 2023
Rankings StateRank: 65 / POS: 11
Gasparino very well might have been the top overall prospect at the event. Long-limbed at 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, the athletic outfielder moves well (6.7-runner) both defensively and at the plate. Impressively in control of his wiry frame, Gasparino gets on plane early thanks to quick hands and utilizes a flat path through the zone to produce consistent firm contact. There is some whip to the barrel and he exhibits an ability to change planes and drive the ball to all fields. The big outfielder provided a glimpse at substantial future power in batting practice, and some hard hit balls to the opposite field in-game showed off an already high hit tool. Beyond the right now ability, Gasparino’s upside might give even more to like, and as he continues filling out, there is a chance he has an even bigger jump in the near future.
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