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Top 2019 High School Softball Recruits

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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.

Updated on: 2/22/2019 See Full List
  1. 1

    Kelley Lynch

    East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) P/INF
    Notes:

    Commitment: Washington
    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact

    The nation’s No. 1 recruit led East Coweta (68-2 over the past two seasons) to its second consecutive Class 7A state championship last fall, posting a 17-0 record with a 0.27 ERA. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, the righty allowed just 18 hits and 13 walks in 105.1 innings, striking out 236. Lynch mashed at the plate as well, batting .436 with a .584 on-base percentage, fueled by 20 intentional walks. The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year, she also led Georgia Impact to a PGF 18U national championship.
  2. 2

    Julia Cottrill

    Stillwater (Okla.) C
    Notes:

    Commitment: Florida
    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact

    Kelley Lynch’s batterymate on both the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team and the PGF national champion Georgia Impact, Cottrill is one of the nation’s best hitters. The rifle-armed backstop saw few pitches to hit in her senior year at Stillwater last fall—walking 37 times while striking out just once— but still hit .547 with 10 home runs, 27 RBI and an OPS of 1.978.
  3. 3

    Rylee Trlicek

    Hallettsville (Texas) P
    Notes:

    Commitment: Florida
    CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters

    Trlicek was recruited by Florida as a pitcher for good reason, but the lefty, who can hit 70 on the radar gun, is also a terror at the plate. Trlicek was the 2018 District 27-3A Offensive MVP for Hallettsville, batting .542 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI. A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, Trlicek was 20-3 with a 0.97 ERA and 226 strikeouts last year for the Brahmas.
  4. 4

    Maya Brady

    Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) INF
    Notes:

    Commitment: UCLA
    CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters

    A 2018 MaxPreps Underclass All-American, Brady was also a CalHiSports.com All-State selection. The niece of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, she was the Marmonte League MVP in 2018, hitting .519 with 10 home runs, 51 runs scored, 28 steals and a .961 slugging percentage.
  5. 5

    Lexi Kilfoyl

    Academy at the Lakes (Land O' Lakes, Fla.) P
    Notes:

    Commitment: Alabama
    CLUB TEAM: East Cobb Bullets

    Florida’s 2018 Miss Softball, Kilfoyl led the Wildcats to the Class 2A state title last spring, hurling a shutout in the state final while also knocking home the winning run in the 11th inning. The right-handed pitcher was 23-1 with a 0.32 ERA and 249 strikeouts a year ago while batting .482 with 15 extra-base hits and 35 RBI.A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, she led the EC Bullets to a TC/USA Nationals championship last July.
  6. 6

    Alyssa Garcia

    Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.) C/INF
    Notes:

    Commitment: UCLA
    CLUB TEAM: Firecrackers

    Garcia was the 2017 Metro Mesa League MVP, but her chances to repeat in 2018 were derailed when she missed the first two months of the season with an injury. Invited to the selection trials for the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, Garcia still batted .397 for the Crusaders with 17 runs scored and a .511 on-base percentage and committed just one error.
  7. 7

    Taylor Pleasants

    Dobie (Houston, Texas) INF/OF
    Notes:

    Commitment: LSU
    CLUB TEAM: Scrap Yard Internationals

    A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, Pleasants is a three-time First Team All-District 22-6A honoree for the Longhorns. As a junior, she hit .589 with 40 runs scored, 45 RBI, a .692 on-base percentage and a 1.164 slugging percentage.
  8. 8

    Joley Mitchell

    Rose Bud (Ark.) INF/C
    Notes:

    Commitment: Notre Dame
    CLUB TEAM: Jersey Intensity

    Mitchell set Arkansas softball on fire a year ago, blasting 24 home runs, 71 RBI and a .659 batting average. The switch-hitter also stole 33 bases, drew 36 walks, scored 82 runs and compiled a 1.658 slugging percentage. The MaxPreps National Junior Player of the Year, Mitchell enters her senior season tied for the state career record with 45 dingers.
  9. 9

    Kinzie Hansen

    Norco (Calif.) C
    Notes:

    Commitment: Oklahoma
    CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters

    The 2018 Press-Enterprise Player of the Year, Hansen was California’s Freshman of the Year, Sophomore of the Year and Junior of the Year. In 2018, she batted .519 with 32 RBI and posted a .844 slugging percentage despite missing the first six games of the season because of a knee injury, leading the Cougars to the Southern Section Division I tournament championship.
  10. 10

    Callie Turner

    Land O' Lakes (Fla.) P
    Notes:

    Commitment: Tennessee
    CLUB TEAM: East Cobb Bullets

    Turner was 17-6 with a 0.78 ERA in the circle as the Gators fell one game short of repeating as Class 6A state champions her junior season. A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, the left-handed Turner was Florida’s Class 6A Player of the Year after punching out 252 batters and walking just 36 in 153.1 innings.
  11. 11

    Kiki Milloy

    Redmond (Wash.) OF/P
    Notes:

    Commitment: Tennessee
    CLUB TEAM: Beverly Bandits

    One of the top athletes in the Class of 2019, Milloy batted .648 with 13 home runs, 53 runs scored and a 1.394 slugging percentage for the Mustangs in 2018. The daughter of former NFL safety Lawyer Milloy, the right-hander also was 14-1 in the circle with 147 strikeouts in 92 innings. Milloy was a 2018 MaxPreps All-American and the Seattle Times All-Area MVP.
  12. 12

    Jadelyn Allchin

    Huntington Beach (Calif.) OF
    Notes:

    Commitment: Washington
    CLUB TEAM: OC Batbusters

    A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, Allchin was an All-State selection in 2018 after hitting .406 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 32 runs scored and a .770 slugging percentage. She is a two-time All-League selection.
  13. 13

    Julia Jimenez

    Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) SS/3B
    Notes:

    Commitment: Michigan
    CLUB TEAM: Firecrackers

    One thing you can almost always count on with Jimenez is contact. Jimenez struck out once in 114 plate appearances in 2018 and has fanned just four times through her first three years of high school ball. Jimenez was a CalHiSports.com First Team All-State pick as a junior, hitting .535 with seven homers, 45 runs scored and a .888 slugging percentage for the Eagles.
  14. 14

    Ciara Briggs

    Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) OF
    Notes:

    Commitment: LSU
    CLUB TEAM: So Cal Athletics

    One of three Orange Lutheran players in the Top 100, Briggs was a 2018 MaxPreps First Team All-American and is a three-time First Team All-Trinity League honoree. Invited to the 2019 Junior Women’s National Team tryouts in January, she batted .490 as a junior with eight home runs, 45 runs scored, a .570 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage.
  15. 15

    Macy Simmons

    Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) C/UT
    Notes:

    Commitment: Arizona State
    CLUB TEAM: Oro Suncats

    In three years as the catcher for the Huskies, Simmons has won two state titles and finished as runner-up once. Her steady presence behind the plate has had a lot to do with that. A member of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Training Team, Simmons was a 2018 MaxPreps First Team All-American as she hit .547 with 16 home runs, 59 RBIs and a 1.132 slugging percentage.
  16. 16

    Brooke Nelson

    Bonney Lake (Wash.) P/INF
    Notes:

    Commitment: Washington
    CLUB TEAM: Northwest Bullets

    The 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, Nelson led the Panthers to the Class 3A state title. Nelson was 21-2 with a 0.51 ERA in the circle, striking out 289 batters in 138.1 innings pitched. That includes a stretch over three games where the right-hander fanned 30 consecutive batters. Nelson also delivered with the stick, hitting .654 with 17 home runs, 46 runs, 51 RBI and a 1.457 slugging percentage.
  17. 17

    Syd Supple

    Oshkosh North (Wisc.) P/1B
    Notes:

    Commitment: Northwestern
    CLUB TEAM: Beverly Bandits

    A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year and a two-time MaxPreps All-American, Supple led the Beverly Bandits to the 18U PGF Shootout tournament title this past fall. That followed another dominant season last spring for the Spartans as the lefty struck out 238 batters in 166.1 innings with a 25-2 record and a 0.97 ERA. At the plate, the three-time First Team All-state pick hit .460 with six homers, 32 runs scored and a .828 slugging percentage.
  18. 18

    Paige Smith

    Norco (Calif.) 3B
    Notes:

    Commitment: Ole Miss
    CLUB TEAM: Athletics Mercado

    A teammate of fellow Top 100 selection Kinzie Hansen, Smith is a three-time All-Big VIII League selection and was a 2018 CalHiSports.com First Team All-State honoree. Smith hit .457 last spring with seven home runs, 41 RBI and a .787 slugging percentage.
  19. 19

    Bella Dayton

    Wylie (Texas) CF
    Notes:

    Commitment: Arizona
    CLUB TEAM: So Cal Choppers

    A lefty slap-hitter extraordinaire, Dayton has wreaked havoc on infield defenses for three years. Dayton is a two-time District 10-6A Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-State pick. She batted .596 in 2018 with 61 runs scored, 41 steals, 17 extra-base hits and a .642 on-base percentage.
  20. 20

    Jazmine Hill

    Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.) INF/OF
    Notes:

    Commitment: Arizona State
    CLUB TEAM: So Cal Athletics

    A third baseman also capable of moving over to short or to the outfield, Hill didn’t commit an error for the Gladiators in 2018. A CalHiSports.com Second Team All-State pick, Hill also got it done at the plate, hitting .381 with five homers and a .714 slugging percentage.
  21. 21

    Jourdyn Campbell

    Kingwood (Texas) OF/UT
    Notes:

    Commitment: Texas A&M
    CLUB TEAM: Impact Gold

    A first-class masher, Campbell was a 2018 First Team All-District 22-6A pick as she helped the Mustangs reach the Class 6A Region 3 championship series. As a junior, Campbell produced a .418 batting average, 11 home runs, 47 runs, 45 RBI and a .836 slugging percentage.
  22. 22

    Gabi Deters

    Bowling Green (Mo.) C
    Notes:

    Commitment: Kentucky
    CLUB TEAM: St. Louis Chaos

    A three-time First Team All-State selection, she hit .430 this past fall with 11 home runs, 28 RBI and 50 runs scored. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, Deters led the Bobcats to back-to-back Class 2 state championships as an upperclassman.
  23. 23

    Aliyah Pritchett

    Canyon (New Braunfels, Texas) P/UT
    Notes:

    Commitment: Baylor
    CLUB TEAM: Scrap Yard Internationals

    The right-handed pitcher split time in the circle a year ago with since-graduated Brooke Vestal, one of the top pitchers in the Class of 2018. Pritchett still did enough to earn MaxPreps All-American honors as the right-hander went 9-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 75 innings. She also hit .494 with eight home runs and 46 RBI, leading the Cougars to the Class 6A state title game.
  24. 24

    Ariel Carlson

    Marist Catholic (Eugene, Ore.) INF/P
    Notes:

    Commitment: Oregon
    CLUB TEAM: Beverly Bandits

    The state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, Carlson pummelled Oregon pitching last spring with a .674 batting average, 20 home runs, 41 extra-base hits and 72 RBI. A right-handed pitcher, she also had a strong season in the circle with a 22-3 record and 208 strikeouts in 139.1 innings as the Spartans reached the Class 5A state semifinals.
  25. 25

    Emmy Blane

    Christian County (Hopkinsville, Ky.) INF/C
    Notes:

    Commitment: Kentucky
    CLUB TEAM: Louisville Lady Sluggers

    Already a five-time all-district selection, Blane has been a steady presence for the Colonels since she was in seventh grade. A four-time All-Region 2 pick and a three-time All-State honoree, Blane hit .394 last spring with 16 home runs, 54 runs scored and a .863 slugging percentage.
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