The Hotlist: Big Risers In Updated 2014 Rankings

By Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

The 2014 Overall Rankings have been updated, reflecting recent performances by the senior class, which is shaping up to be an interesting one with catching depth and plenty of arms to go around. This week’s Hotlist will look at some risers in those rankings with a focus on the top 100 prospects. Below is a list of the biggest risers that were previously in the top 100 or landed in it in the latest update. They are listed in order of biggest climbs.

Mick Layton, RHP, Saint Louis University HS, MO
A little more than a year ago, Layton was a 6-foot-4, 175-pound string bean topping out at 83 mph. Last summer, he touched 87 and reportedly bumped 91 by the fall. He now stands a strong, projectable 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and with his quick arm action, should continue to add velocity down the road. At the Super 60, he sat 86-88 and the fall seemingly jumped out of his hand. He showed feel for a changeup at 80-81 and his curveball sat at 68-70. His curveball is slow now, but it flashed occasional bite and should gain power as well. A Saint Louis recruit, he made the biggest jump in the updated rankings, debuting at No. 84.

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