The class of 2013 includes a wealth of catchers, but a pitcher from the state of Kentucky tops the list as the best prospect in the class.
of Woodford County (Versailles, Ky.)
, an all-state pick as a sophomore last season, is the No. 1 prospect according to the MaxPreps Top 50 Junior Rankings, presented by New Balance.
He's joined by one other pitcher in the top 10, Keegan Thompson
of Cullman (Ala.)
, who was the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Catchers take up eight spots in the top 50, topped by the No. 4 recruit Jeremy Martinez
of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
. He's joined in the top 20 by No. 16 Chris Okey
of Eustis (Fla.)
, who was a teammate of Martinez's on the Team USA 18U squad.
Rounding out the top five spots are Austin Meadows
of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
, who was the top hitter for the Team USA 16U squad last summer, slick-fielding shortstop Oscar Mercado
of Gaither (Tampa, Fla.)
and hard-hitting A.J. Balta
of Valencia (Calif.)