16 Baseball Factory Players Named By MaxPreps As Top Players From Each State
With the start of baseball season fast approaching, MaxPreps, a publication covering high school sports, has named the best baseball player from each state and 16 Baseball Factory standouts, including eight past or present Under Armour All-Americans are part of the list.
MaxPreps created the list based on players who are generally considered a top prospect, having earned statewide or national acclaim for their play so far in their high school careers.
Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming did not have a player selected for this list as they are states who do not have the sport of baseball as a sanctioned sport in high school by their governing bodies.
Baseball Factory Standouts
California – Hunter Greene (Notre Dame)
Hunter participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and will be considered one of the top players to be selected near the top of the 2017 Draft this June.
During the All-America event, Greene displayed his two-way skills, participating in and hitting moonshots during the Home Run Derby event before the game. During the game, Greene started on the mound for the American team, touching 98 mph with excellent life on his fastball. He worked the first inning, allowing just one hit.
The UCLA commit put together a nice season at Notre Dame Prep in 2016, hitting .419 with nine doubles and five homers. On the mound, he went 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA.
Florida – Alex Toral (Archbishop McCarthy)
Toral is a two-time All-American, participating in the 2015 and ’16 games. Toral again showed why he is one of the premier hitters in the ’17 class, featuring an outstanding hit/power combination and on defense, the ability to handle the bag at first.
In leading his high school to Florida’s 6A title last season, Toral hit .310 with four homers. The University of Miami commit will likely be a first round potential-pick in this year’s draft. Baseball Factory coaches first saw Alex at an Under Armour Baseball Factory
Georgia – DL Hall (Valdosta)
Hall is quite the athlete, with the ability to run a sub-6.8 60 to his natural, repeatable delivery on the mound, he is clearly on the short list as one of the best left-handed pitchers in the class. Another performer in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, DL turned in an inning of work in last year’s game, flashing power and velocity on the mound, striking out three. He’s aggressive with his fastball, attacking hitters in the zone with a fastball that can jump to the mid-90’s at times.
He helped lead Houston County to Georgia’s 6A title last season, going 6-1 with 89 strikeouts in 58 innings. He also hit .348 with 22 runs batted in. He has transferred back to Valdosta where he started as a freshman.
Illinois – Brendan Murphy (Mundelein)
Murphy attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Monticello, Iowa in February of 2016 and helped his school reach the section finals last season, going 10-2 with 102 strikeouts in 63 innings.
Indiana – Chandler Ferguson (Lafayette Jefferson)
Ferguson came to an Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP event in Indianapolis in September of 2014 as a player with plenty of upside as a two-way athlete. Scouts noted that with time to develop, he would be a player with tremendous upside with the makings of a special type of an arm.
Last season, Ferguson flashed that special type of arm with 73 strikeouts and a 1.13 ERA in 55 2/3 innings pitched.
Kansas – Jake Randa (Shawnee Mission East)
Jake is the son of former big league infielder, Joe Randa who played eight of his 12 seasons with the Kansas City Royals and could be in line to be another top player from the state of Kansas to come from East, following 2016 first-round pick, Joey Wentz who also attended East.
Jake attended the 2016 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, performing well as a solid OF with tremendous defensive abilities and quick feet. Committed to Western Kentucky, Randa earned all-state honors in the outfield in 2016.
Kentucky – Jordon Adell (Ballard)
Joining Alex Toral as two-time All-Americans, Adell played in the 2015 and ’16 games and is one of the premier outfielders in the 2017 class. His plus tools were on full display last July as his power, speed and arm strength are nearly at the top of the grading scale. He performed well in the Home Run Derby, banging one shot off his own picture on the scoreboard and scorching two missiles during the game.
He’s a complete player with the ability to impact the game in every way imaginable, as evidenced by his All-State selection in 2016 where he hit .449 with 11 homers and 44 RBI.
Maine – Cam Guarino (Falmouth)
Guarino has attended numerous Baseball Factory events since 2014, including two College PREP events in Maine and New Hampshire and is a two-time Pre-Season All-American.
In the 2016 All-America Pre-Season Tournament, he struck out five batters in three innings of work. He continued to show further upside on the bump at Baseball Factory’s National South event in Georgia last June.
The University of New Haven commit dominated for Falmouth in 2016, helping to lead the team to a 19-1 record, earning All-State honors with a 10-0 record, 0.33 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 64 innings.
Mississippi – Joseph Gray (Hattiesburg)
The Hattiesburg native was one of two underclassmen who participated in last year’s All-America Game and will return again for the 10th annual Under Armour All-America Game this July.
Gray gave everyone a glimpse of the bright talent Gray is on a national stage as he took away extra bases from Garrett Mitchell with a catch deep in center field and later, making a leaping catch on a deep line drive. The versatile and athletic outfielder is an Ole Miss commit.
In 2016, he hit .474 with seven homers and 45 RBI while pitching to a 5-0 record on the mound.
Missouri – Mark Vierling (Christian Brothers)
Vierling is an infield prospect to watch and is a University of Missouri commit after hitting .313 with six doubles, two homers and 21 RBI.
At 6’0″ and 185 pounds, Vierling showed well in last June’s National South Showcase where he showed off impressive tools at the plate and in the field.
North Dakota – Cameron Jorda (Dickinson)
Jorda attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP event in his hometown of Dickinson, ND back in August of 2015, showing quick and active footwork at shortstop and a balanced setup with quick hands at the dish.
He helped lead Dickinson to the Division I State Championship in 2016 as the team went 29-9.
Oklahoma – Conner Uselton (Moore)
Uselton is another Under Armour All-American, playing in last year’s game and has some of the most upside in the 2017 class.
Baseball Factory scouts first saw the Oklahoma State University commit at the November 2015 Futures Texas showcase, performing well at the plate and in the field. That punched his ticket to All-America and Conner looked like he belonged at Wrigley Field as his bat played to a higher level with his easy swing, producing some thunderous shots. In the outfield, he also showed well with a strong and accurate throwing arm.
Conner is looking to have a huge spring and repeat what he did as a junior for his team where he hit .514 with nine home runs and 39 RBI, earning All-State honors.
Pennsylvania – Shane Muntz (Malvern Prep)
Muntz is a Wake Forest commit, turning in an All-State honors season in 2016 where he hit .364 with six homers and 29 RBI for one of the best teams in the state of Pennsylvania.
Muntz is yet another top athlete to have played in the June 2016 National South Showcase and was one of the more exciting prospects to step on the field down in Peachtree City, GA, throwing well on the mound and behind the plate as catcher.
Tennessee – Weston Bizzle (Christian Brothers)
Bizzle was downright dominant for Christian Brothers out of Memphis in 2016, going 8-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 92 strikeouts in the team’s Division II-AA State Championship.
Bizzle has committed to top Junior College, Chipola Community College and attended Baseball Factory’s Futures East Showcase in July, 2015 with a nice showing on the mound, hitting the low-90s with his fastball and a breaking ball that was tremendous and considered an out pitch by scouts.
Texas – Cole Turney (Fort Bend Travis)
Turney is a two-time Under Armour Pre-Season All-American and participated in last year’s Under Armour All-America Game.
A tireless worker, Turney once again stood out on the short list of pure hitters in the 2017 class while in Chicago, with natural rhythm and feel for the barrel that we have grown accustomed to in both workouts and in games. During the game, Turney had an RBI double and walked once in his two plate appearances.
Last season, Turney hit .344 with six homers and 28 RBI.
Wisconsin – Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West)
Kelenic has been named as one of the first nine players for this year’s Under Armour All-America Game and the left-handed hitting outfielder is certainly a great selection as one of the top hitters in the country and 2018 class.
The strong and athletic outfielder already has big time exposure and experience under his belt, having played for Team USA’s U18 National Team last fall, helping them win the Gold Medal at the Pan America Games.
Kelenic attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Glendale, WI last September and has committed to play at the University of Louisville.