2023 Top 100 Recruiting Rankings
Here are the best 100 players in the class of 2023.
In formulating rankings for the sophomore through senior classes, Softball America places an emphasis on real-time developmental growth in conducting player-profile analysis. Prospect potential, projected upside, overall and position-specific athleticism, as well as other quantifiable metrics, are key components of evaluation. At the same time, current skill set, production and impact at the club and/or high school level are fundamental analytical data points.
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Keagan RothrockRoncalli (Indianapolis, Ind.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Lady Dukes Lamar 18UKeagan Rothrock is a name collegiate opponents will know very soon. She went 28-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 382 strikeouts in 170.1 innings pitched. Rothrock led her high school to its second straight straight 4A state title after a shutout performance. The Florida commit was just as strong at the plate as she was in the circle, batting .523 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs. She was also named the 2022 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
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Mia WilliamsWindermere Prep (Windermere, Fla.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact Premier LewisDespite not playing high school ball and sustaining a broken ankle, fibula and tibula less than a year ago, Williams still ranks No. 2 in her class, as she's a proven five-tool athlete. Williams' Georgia Impact coach, Lincoln Martin, describes her as the "female version of Alex Rodriguez.”
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Ashtyn DanleyHuntland (Huntland, Tenn.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Tennessee MojoDanley, the 2022 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year, is a two-way player who hits for power and production with 15 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .659 average. She also held a 0.41 ERA with 217 strikeouts in 154.2 innings pitched.
COLLEGE: Florida State
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Kaitlyn TerryGreenway (Phoenix, Ariz.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Arizona StormTerry looks to be the next Rachel Garcia–like talent for UCLA. The future Bruin had a 0.33 ERA in the circle with 427 strikeouts and carried a .595 average at the plate with 60 RBIs.
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Ryan MaddoxClovis North (Fresno, Calif.) P/OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters 18U StithMaddox was nearly unbeatable in her junior campaign, going 20-2 with a 0.36 ERA and 264 strikeouts. The Arizona commit also posted a .506 batting average with 42 hits. She was named to the California All-State Team.
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Katie KutzBishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Bombers Gold 18U LewisKutz shows a killer instinct when she toes the pitching plate, as she held the opposition to a .105 batting average and posted a 0.39 ERA with 235 strikeouts. The future Cowgirl also proved to be tough at the plate, hitting for a .487 average with 44 RBIs.
COLLEGE: Oklahoma State
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Ava BrownLake Creek (Montgomery, Texas) P/1BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Hotshots National 18U NelsonRuns were hard to come by when Brown was in the circle, and it was hard to get her out when she stepped into the batter's box. The Florida commit held a 0.50 ERA with 335 strikeouts in 183.1 innings pitched and hit for a .405 average with 10 home runs. She led Lake Creek to a Conference 5A State Championship and was named the most valuable player after tossing a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. Brown was also named the 2022 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year.
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Kenleigh CahalanHewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts 18U PremierThe opposition didn't want to face Cahalan once she stepped in the box, walking her 52 times. When Cahalan did get the opportunity to hit, she displayed her power with 13 home runs, 66 RBIs, 71 runs scored and a .549 average. Cahalan was named the Class 7A Player of the Year and Miss Softball by the Alabama Sports Writers' Association.
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Karlie GodwinEast Columbus (Lake Waccamaw, N.C.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Wichita Mustangs 18UGodwin looked to be the most consistent hitter across the nation after posting a .733 batting average and .811 on-base percentage. The Oklahoma State commit finished the season with 53 RBIs and 57 runs scored.
COLLEGE: Oklahoma State
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Kayden HenryDickinson (Dickerson, Texas) OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Texas Bombers 18UHenry racked up 72 hits this past high school season. She hit for a .462 average and came around to score on 55 occasions. The future Longhorn's efforts at the plate allowed her to be named the District 21-6A MVP.
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Olivia DuncanBuford (Buford, Ga.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Lady Dukes 18U GoldThe southpaw was named the All-Region 8-AAAAAA Pitcher of the Year and helped her high school team clinch its 17th trip to Columbus for an Elite Eight appearance.
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Mya PerezNorco (Norco, Calif.) P/1BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Athletics Mercado Smith 18UThe Sun Devils are known for their home run power, and Perez will only continue to make this ring true. Perez belted 17 home runs in her junior campaign and finished the year with 51 hits and a .676 batting average. This allowed her to be named First-Team All-State in California.
COLLEGE: Arizona State
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Jocelyn BriskiDesert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) P/1BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Arizona StormAlabama has produced a plethora of All-American pitchers, and Briski looks to be the next. Briski had a 0.54 ERA with 349 strikeouts, and also hit for a .511 average with 38 RBIs and 13 home runs.
Reganne BennettNovi (Novi, Mich.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts 18U PremierAfter not being ranked in the top 50 of her class in 2021, Bennett finds herself within the top 20. This is due to her 0.55 ERA and .543 batting average. She finished with 36 RBIs and helped lead her high school to a MHSAA District championship.
COLLEGE: South Carolina
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Ella ParkerNotre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) P/OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters 18U StithThe Batbusters Stith to Oklahoma pipeline continues, as Parker is another student-athlete who will find herself in Norman to play her collegiate career. Parker carried a .651 batting average, a .768 on-base percentage and 31 RBIs. The left-handed hurler also posted a 2.04 ERA in the circle.
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Kasidi PickeringAtascocita (Humble, Texas) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Hotshots Nelson 18UPickering was named the District 21-6A MVP due to her .608 batting average, 59 hits, 49 RBIs and 52 runs scored. The Oklahoma commit also showed power with 14 home runs on the season.
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Sierra DanielSeton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Arizona StormDaniel was solid on all facets offensively. She hit for a .610 average, carried a .680 on-base percentage, came around to score on 53 occasions and drove in 28 runs.
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Moriah PolarShadow Creek (Pearland, Texas) OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Impact GoldIn Polar's limited playing time for Shadow Creek, she shined. The triple-threat player hit for a .778 average and .857 on-base percentage.
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Nelly McEnroe-MarinasMaryknoll (Honolulu, Hawaii) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Firecrackers Brashear 18UThe Oklahoma commit propelled Maryknoll to its first state championship. McEnroe-Marinas was named to the HHSAA Division 1 Softball State Championship All-Tournament team.
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Teagan KavanDowling Catholic (Des Moines, Iowa) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Iowa Premier 18U NationalKavan proved herself to be one of the best strikeout pitchers in the country with 438 in 250 innings pitched. The Iowa native had a 0.49 ERA and .368 batting average.
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Jenissa ConwayMarysville (Marysville, Calif.) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Sorcerer Gabales 18U GoldDespite not pitching for her high school team this past season, Conway had immense success at the plate, allowing her to be ranked in our top 25. Conway had a .567 batting average with a .649 on-base percentage and 22 RBIs.
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Sage MardjetkoLemont (Lemont, Ill.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Beverly BanditsMardjetko was strong in the circle her junior year with a 0.31 ERA and a .058 opponents' batting average. The future Gamecock also hit for a .343 average and was named the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.
COLLEGE: South Carolina
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Aissa SilvaElk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) P/OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: So Cal Athletics Richardson 18USilva is one of the best two-way players in the country. She recorded a 0.54 ERA in the circle, while also posting a .357 batting average. As a result, The Sacramento Bee named Silva the All-Metro Softball MVP.
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Katie FlannerySpain Park (Hoover, Ala.) IF/CNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts 18U PremierThe Oregon commit was named to the Alabama All-State team after posting a .451 batting average and 10 home runs. Flannery finished her junior year with 65 hits and 50 RBIs.
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Addie MettlerJohn H. Pitman (Turlock, Calif.) C/3BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Firecrackers Rico 18UMettler backs up her 4.0 GPA with a .492 batting average. The future Bruin carried a .603 on-base percentage and tallied 30 hits.