With the high school season nearly complete and the MLB draft only a couple days away, we thought it was the perfect time to update the ESPN 100 for the top high school baseball players in the Class of 2012.
There have been plenty of changes since the first ESPN 100 was unveiled in the early spring. Here's a closer look at what went into the latest update.
There's a new No. 1
The injury bug hit a number of players in the ESPN 100, including previous No. 1 Lucas Giolito, a right-handed pitcher from Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.).
Giolito sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. While he's reportedly doing better and starting to throw again, Appling County (Baxley, Ga.) outfielder Byron Buxton took advantage of Giolito being out to take over the top spot.
The five-tool-talent was named Gatorade State Player of the Year this season and is in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's draft.
Giolito fell to the No. 4 spot, while his teammate Max Fried, a left-handed pitcher, moved up to No. 2.
New faces emerge
A few standouts have earned their way into the ESPN 100.
Leading the way is Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) left-hander Cole Irvin, who went 4-2 this year with a 1.92 ERA. He enters the rankings at No. 44.
While right-hander Alec Rash of ADM (Adel, Iowa) is just getting started this year -- the Iowa high school baseball is late May through late July -- he still impressed in preseason workouts, showcasing a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s. Rash signed with Missouri, but he could also be an early-round selection next week. He checks in at No. 40 in the ESPN 100.
Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas) outfielder/right-handed pitcher Courtney Hawkins entered the season ranked No. 26 in the ESPN 100. But after a season in which he earned Gatorade State Player of the Year honors and had Carroll among the nation's top teams, Hawkins finds himself in the top 10 at No. 5. Hawkins is a Texas recruit but is also a potential top 10 pick on Monday.
Another big mover and potential first-round pick is Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.) right-hander Ty Hensley. The Ole Miss recruit struck out 111 batters in 55.1 innings this spring and like Hawkins was named Gatorade State Player of the Year. He finds himself at No. 10 in the ESPN 100.