2023 Top 50 Recruiting Rankings
Here are the best 50 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. SA’s methodology includes consultation with club, scholastic, collegiate and Team USA sources nationwide.
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Keagan RothrockRoncalli (Indianapolis, Ind.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Lady DukesRothrock was named to Team USA's roster for the U18 WBSC World Cup and the Junior Pan American Games, both of which will take place later in 2021. She led Roncalli to a state championship as a sophomore, posting an ERA of 0.13 with 364 strikeouts in 160.1 innings.
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Ella ParkerNotre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: OC BatbustersParker, the niece of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, batted .594 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI in just 19 games as a high school sophomore, and she also boasts elite speed. Before the recruiting rules changed in 2018, Parker had offers from the likes of UCLA, Oklahoma and Florida.
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Mia WilliamsWindermere Prep (Windermere, Fla.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Georgia ImpactWilliams hit .558 in her 2021 high school season with a slugging percentage north of 1.000, striking out just twice in 28 games. In travel ball, she teamed with Rothrock to help the Tennessee Mojo win the PGF 14U national championship in 2019. Her father, Jason Williams, had a 12-year career in the NBA.
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Tallen EdwardsSouthmoore (Moore, Okla.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham ThunderboltsEdwards helped lead the Thunderbolts to the USA Softball Gold Nationals 18U championship. As a freshman for Southmoore, she hit .515 and led her team in doubles and triples. She was previously committed to Missouri and then to Ole Miss, but reopened her recruitment after both programs made coaching changes.
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Ryan MaddoxClovis North (Fresno, Calif.) P/OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: OC BatbustersA lefty, Maddox is one of the country's top pitching prospects. She turned in an 18-1 record and 0.64 ERA as a sophomore, striking out 192 batters in 131 innings, helping Clovis North to a Central Section championship.
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Ava BrownLake Creek (Montgomery, Texas) P/1BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Diamond Sports HotshotsFew prospects can match Brown's two-way prowess. The Houston Chronicle named her the Metro Area Hitter of the Year, and with her .591 batting average, 17 home runs and 65 RBI as a sophomore, it's easy to see why. But Brown also delivered in the circle, compiling an ERA of 0.92 and a 16-0 record with 167 strikeouts in 84 innings.
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Kayden HenryDickerson (Dickerson, Texas) OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Texas BombersHenry, from the talent-rich Houston area, has game-changing speed. She hit .500 for Dickinson in 2021 with eight triples and 23 stolen bases in 25 games. A natural righty, Henry switched to the left side to give her the ability to slap at age 9, when she began playing travel ball.
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Addie MettlerJohn H. Pitman (Turlock, Calif.) C/3BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: FirecrackersMettler raked at the 14U level, batting .485 with 103 runs scored and 50 steals in 261 at-bats in 2018. She's only played 19 high school games in two years, but she's hit .704 in them with 41 RBI. Mettler also excels academically, with a 4.4 GPA while taking three honors classes as a sophomore.
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Olivia DuncanBuford (Buford, Ga.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Lady DukesDuncan, a tall, hard-throwing left-hander, is already a complete pitcher. Her curveball and changeup complement her riseball, and that combination helped Duncan to a 12-0 record with the Lady Dukes in the fall of 2020.
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Katie KutzBishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Georgia ImpactKutz throws hard, having already hit 70 miles per hour. After her freshman high school season was canceled by the pandemic, she put together a sophomore year in which she did not allow a single earned run in 46 innings. She struck out 94 batters and walked just six.
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Ashtyn DanleyHuntland (Huntland, Tenn.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Tennessee MojoDanley is another true two-way star. She batted .693 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 28 games for Huntland in 2021, but she was arguably even better in the circle, with an ERA of 0.97 and 168 strikeouts in 108.2 innings pitched.
COLLEGE: Florida State
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Jenissa ConwayMarysville (Marysville, Calif.) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: SorcererConway was primarily an offensive player during her sophomore season, hitting .493 with 10 home runs and 35 runs scored in just 20 games. Twenty-two of her 34 hits went for extra bases.
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McKaela WalkerMarietta (Marietta, Ga.) SS/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: East Cobb BulletsWalker's Marietta team went just 10-16-1 last fall, but there wasn't much more the sophomore could have done. She hit .521 with 28 RBI in 27 games, striking out just once.
Kenleigh CahalanHewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham ThunderboltsCahalan has been playing at the high school varsity level since seventh grade, and she's gotten better every year. In 2021—her fourth high school season, even though she's just a sophomore—Cahalan hit .517 with 17 home runs and 85 RBI.
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Alexa RosalesChino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.) UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Athletics MercadoRosales is one of the brightest stars in the softball hotbed that is southern California. She's a .392 hitter in her first two years at Chino Hills and is a reliable option in the circle as well.
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Katie FlannerySpain Park (Hoover, Ala.) C/INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Birmingham ThunderboltsIn her first full high school season, Flannery hit .307 for Spain Park, driving in 36 runs in 42 games. She's also an excellent basketball player.
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Kasidi PickeringAtascocita (Humble, Texas) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Hotshots PremierAnother top prospect from the Houston area, Pickering was named district MVP by the Houston Chronicle in 2021. She earned that honor after hitting .500 with 10 home runs and 45 runs scored in 28 games, striking out just five times.
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Kaitlyn TerryGreenway (Phoenix, Ariz.) PNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Arizona StormThe 2021 Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, Terry posted an ERA of 0.29 for Greenway, striking out 237 batters and walking just 10 in 97.1 innings. She also batted an incredible .639 with nine home runs and 46 runs scored.
Nellian McEnroe-MarinasMaryknoll (Honolulu, Hawaii) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: FirecrackersMcEnroe-Marinas's high school coach compares her to another superstar from Hawaii—2021 NCAA Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo. In just 12 games in 2021 for Maryknoll, she hit .583 with eight home runs and 24 RBI.
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Bella FawNorth Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Atlanta VipersFaw's biggest asset is her defense, with great range and footwork and a strong throwing arm. But she can hold her own with the bat, too. Last fall for North Gwinnett, Faw hit .394 with just five strikeouts in 26 games.
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Moriah PolarShadow Creek (Pearland, Texas) OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Impact GoldPolar has all three tools as a slapper, with the ability to bunt, slap and hit. She hit .419 in limited playing time for Shadow Creek in 2021.
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Teagan KavanDowling Catholic (Des Moines, Iowa) P/UTLNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Iowa PremierA power pitcher who stands six feet tall, Kavan helped her club team win the USA Elite Select Top Gun Heritage Tournament in 2020, which was the first club tournament in the nation held during the pandemic.
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Sierra DanielSeton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.) INFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Arizona StormDaniel was unstoppable in limited at-bats for Seton Catholic in 2021, hitting .795 with 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases in just 14 games. She was walked 15 times and struck out only once.
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Aissa SilvaElk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) P/OFNotes:
CLUB TEAM: So Cal AthleticsSilva was nearly unbeatable in the circle this season for Elk Grove. She compiled a 14-2 record and 0.50 ERA in 123.1 innings, striking out 198 batters.
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Mya PerezNorco (Norco, Calif.) P/1BNotes:
CLUB TEAM: Athletics MercadoNamed the Inland Softball Player of the Year in 2021 by the Riverside Press Enterprise, Perez batted .543 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI, striking out just four times in 112 plate appearances.