Shortstop Jalen Battles, a junior college transfer, is a good athlete with solid defensive ability and offensive upside if he can tap into his power potential. On the mound, he has an easy arm action and a good three-pitch mix that can play right away. 1 in Baseball Americaâs 2020 recruiting class rankings. Kemp Alderman (374) has two-way ability thanks to his powerful bat and arm. In that 2020 group were such mainstays on Missouri's roster this season such as cornerbacks Ennis Rakestraw and JC Carlies, center Michael Maietti, wide receivers Keke Chism and Damon Hazelton as well as kicker Harrison Mevis. First baseman/outfielder Malakai Wickley stands out for his powerful righthanded bat that has a chance to quickly propel him into the lineup. He has an easy, smooth lefthanded swing and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. Offensively, his swing is geared toward contact and making the most of his speed, but he has surprising pop, making for a dynamic overall package. On the mound, his fastball sits around 90 mph and he works in a breaking ball and changeup. Lefthander Riley Phillips also has plenty of projection left at a listed 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. He produces good bat speed and has a chance for plus power, which he’ll need to fit the prototypical corner outfield profile. As a position player, he has good infield actions and projects to hit for solid power. On the mound, he has a fast arm and an impressive fastball-slider combination. 65). Fowler figures to be a factor as Oklahoma rebuilds its rotation after losing its top three starters to the draft. He pounds the strike zone with an upper-80s fastball and a good breaking ball. Outfielder Austin Reed has plus speed and a good feel for hitting. Strong and physical, he packs a punch in his righthanded bat and has solid speed. Outfielder Hank Thomas was an all-state basketball player in Ohio and brings that athleticism to the diamond. Grissom isn’t the only big leaguer’s son in the Yellow Jackets’ recruiting class. Lefthander Shawn Scott is another high-ceiling arm. He throws a lot of strikes and can compete for a spot in the Bulldogs’ rotation. Righthander Carson Swilling (327) also attacks batters with a good fastball-curveball combination. Birdsell, a junior college transfer, has the highest profile and was starting to heat up when the season ended. Twin righthanders Ben and Zach Joyce come to Tennessee from junior college. Pitchers: Stanford brings in the Bruno twins from South Florida—lefthander Ryan (168) is the bigger prospect, but righthander Jaden is solid in his own right. The result is the Bulldogs’ highest-ranked class since 2012. Pitchers: For the second time in four years, Florida State has the highest ranked player to make it to school, following Drew Mendoza in 2016. Overview: The Commodores last fall landed their record sixth top-ranked recruiting class thanks to a star-studded freshman class that arrived in Nashville. The Tigers' only FBS transfer addition Wednesday was offensive lineman EJ Ndoma-Ogar. Mac Horvath (246) stands out for his athleticism and ability to play up the middle. This is the highest rank for Missouri since its 2010 class that led the Tigers to back-to-back SEC East championships in 2013 and 2014. Maryland Heights, MO. His upside is significant, but there are still some rough edges to his game. Mookie. His fastball works in the upper 80s and he can work in two breaking balls and a changeup, giving him a good chance to make an impact next spring. His breaking ball shows promise, and he could quickly find a role on the Oklahoma State staff. Righthander Blake Purnell has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and a promising arsenal. Overview: This class isn’t as big as Ole Miss’ 2019 group that ranked No. Carter Graham has a strong frame and good power potential and has the look of a physical corner player. He has a gap-to-gap approach at the plate and offers good power potential. The official 2020 Baseball Roster for the University of Missouri Tigers. Pitchers: Texas Tech has a plethora of pitching coming in. Catcher Jimmy Crooks and third baseman Brett Squires were teammates at McLennan (Texas) JC and now bring big lefthanded bats to Norman. Drake Westcott is a physical lefthanded hitter who profiles well as a corner infielder. The recruiting rankings take into account all players from the high school and junior college ranks and were compiled following many conversations with coaches and scouts. His fastball gets up to 94 mph and plays well with his slider. He also has two-way ability thanks to a low-90s fastball. He’ll likely be able to quickly find a way into the Gators’ lineup. Righthander Blake Money (359) has a big, 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame but repeats his delivery better than many young pitchers his size. 23 in the class by Perfect Game.â¢ Lipscomb made strong moves in their 2017 recruiting crop, picking OF Carson Wright and 6-foot-4 projectable lefty John Nierman out of Indianapolis. Jacob Gonzalez (299) also impressed at the plate during high school, utilizing an advanced approach to work the middle of the diamond. Righthander Lebarron Johnson (319) was originally committed to Florida and didn’t join Texas’ class until after the draft. With more time on the mound, he could take off. Catcher Carlos Perez (137) stands out for his catch-and-throw ability and reminds some of former Hurricanes star Yasmani Grandal. 26 in the country and ninth in the SEC. DiMare was quick to credit pitching coach J.D. The main takeaway for the Tigers? Baseball Baseball: Facebook Baseball: Twitter Baseball: Instagram Baseball: Schedule Baseball: Roster Baseball: News Basketball Basketball: Facebook Basketball: Twitter Basketball: Instagram Basketball: Schedule Basketball: Roster Basketball: News Cross Country Cross Country: Facebook Cross Country: Twitter â¦ If he can put it all together, he’ll give the Volunteers another premium arm. Righthander Brandt Pancer fills up the strike zone with his three-pitch mix. BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox! He needs to be a bit more consistent with his pitchability but like his brother has the raw tools to work with. Righthander Blade Tidwell (No. Columbia. As of press time, Missouri's 2021 recruiting class ranked No. He has plus arm strength, is a talented receiver and has good athleticism, but he’ll need more development as a hitter. Outfielder Kyle Booker has big tools and athleticism. Cooper. While the SEC doesn’t have the top-ranked class this year, its schools continued to recruit at a high level and account for 10 of the top 25 classes in the country. They also dipped more heavily into the junior college ranks than usually, especially on the mound. The last No. Sterlin Thompson (196) wasn’t a fixture of the showcase circuit in 2019 but played his way onto draft boards in the fall and early this spring. The news isn’t all bad, however. Arteaga and players development coach Jonathan Anderson and especially recruiting coordinator Norberto Lopez for their impact putting the class together. "Really excited, I know this class has been with us," Drinkwitz said. Outfielder Nate McCollum is also playing football at Georgia Tech and is rated as a three-star wide receiver by 247 Sports. 2 in the nation, but it still provides impact potential. Righthander Gabe Starks is yet another promising arm with a fastball that reaches the mid 90s, though he’s not as polished as some of his classmates. Catcher Jack Payton, whose older brother Mark is in Triple-A, is a solid defender and a good leader behind the plate. Pitcher: Oklahoma went heavy on junior college transfers on the mound, led by lefthander Dalton Fowler (209). Hitters: Foster has solid all-around tools and has an advanced feel for the game. In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account. He’s highly versatile, and can play anywhere in the outfield, step into the infield in a pinch and get on the mound, where his fastball can reach 91 mph. Sign up at columbiatribune.com/tigerextra for stories, galleries and podcasts in your inbox every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. This class doesn’t have as much hype as some of the Tigers’ previous groups—like last year’s top-10 class—but it’s a strong group overall. He’s committed to Oklahoma State to play quarterback (he’s rated as a three-star football recruit according to 247 Sports) and can help the Cowboys as both an infielder and pitcher. Several hours later, Brazile snapped it up, committing to the Tigers and becoming the fourth member of the programâs 2020 recruiting class. His fastball velocity jumped into the low 90s early this spring and his curveball showed promise. "There's always nerves," Drinkwitz said Tuesday ahead of national signing day. Overall, he’s reminiscent of former Tar Heels ace Zac Gallen. Missouri's highest-rated signee was Lutheran North defensive end Travion Ford, a four-star prospect who is the No. As a strike-throwing righthander with a solid four-pitch arsenal, he fits in well with the pitchers Stanford has had success with in recent years, but has a little more velocity and can run his fastball up to 93 mph. He’s a solid strike-thrower and has the makings of a pair of good secondaries, a package that when combined with his 6-foot-4 frame gives him big upside. Missouri Tigers Football: Tigers football news, recruiting updates, and the latest rumors... Missouri Tigers News & Rumors. Top recruit: Cade Horton, INF/RHP (No. His velocity started to increase this spring, getting up to 93 mph, and he pairs it with a promising curveball. Pitchers: Lefthander Timmy Manning (135) has the most upside on the mound of the Gators’ commits. This year’s class also has premium talent, but unlike the last two years when a Vanderbilt righthander was the highest-ranked player to make it to campus (Kumar Rocker in 2018, Jack Leiter in 2019), this year’s group is built more on position players. Mizzou also added a junior college defensive lineman to help with their depth in the trenches, which has troubled head coach Eliah Drinkwitz during the 2020 season's stretch run. He’s an impact hitter and a solid defender at the hot corner. He got back on the mound this fall and was still throwing a lot of strikes with a fastball in the low 90s and a powerful slider. 277). He is the top-rated player in the state of Missouri in the 2021 class on the 247 composite. He consistently puts the bat on the ball but has surprising power for his size, adding to his impact potential at the plate. Righthander Alejandro Rosario (60) doesn’t match Mederos’ physicality but has a big arm. He attacks hitters with a good sinker-slider combination. Listed at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he’s not going to be a power hitter, but his speed will bring a different dimension to the Cowboys’ lineup. Shortstop Lane Forsythe is an advanced defender and has more bat speed and power than his 5-foot-11 frame suggests. He said this class stands out among the Hurricanes’ best during his long tenure in the program. Pitchers: Righthander TJ Nichols (111) came to pitching late but has shown significant promise on the mound. He’s a plus runner and a solid defender, who also has a good understanding of how to get the most out of his tools offensively. Zach has better pitchability and offspeed stuff than his brother, but his fastball is not as powerful. Outfielder JT Benson had a standout prep career in Kentucky both in football and baseball. Lefthander Javen Coleman doesn’t have the most overpowering stuff but has built a strong track record of performance. His fastball has been up to 93 mph, his slider projects as his best offering and his changeup has a chance to give him three above-average pitches. He has an athletic, projectable frame, throws his fastball in the low 90s to go with a big curveball and changeup. Ondina is a premium defensive shortstop with soft hands, a plus arm and above-average speed. 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