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Indiana’s top 10 baseball players in the Class of 2022
Vanderbilt commit Andrew Dutkanych continues to shine for Brebeuf Jesuit this spring and could be a potential first-round MLB Draft pick this summer. (Credit: Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Indiana’s top 10 baseball players in the Class of 2022

INDIANAPOLIS (BVM) – The spring baseball season has begun in Indiana, and fans in the Hoosier state can expect to see plenty of talent take the field this year. The Class of 2022 in particular features some tremendous players which includes many that will play high-level Division I college baseball next year, and a few who may even hear their names called in July’s MLB Draft. Let’s take a look at the top 10 seniors playing in Indiana this spring.

1. Andrew Dutkanych IV, pitcher (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis)  

Dutkanych is not only the top Class of 2022 prospect in Indiana, but also one of the best in the country. Not only is he on the radar at the high school level, but Dutkanych is also the 22nd rated prospect in July’s MLB Draft by mlb.com. Dutkanych has a fastball that reaches the mid 90s and also some solid off-speed pitches highlighted by his curveball. The Vanderbilt commit made national waves last year as he pitched in the Perfect Game National Showcase as well as with USA Baseball. Over his first two seasons, the 6-foot-3 righty threw over 200 strikeouts with a 1.29 ERA at Brebeuf Jesuit, and he is continuing to impress on the mound this year. After wrapping up his final season with the Braves this spring, it could very well be off to the pros for the future star.

2. Tucker Biven, shortstop (New Albany High School, New Albany)

Biven is another top-50 prospect nationally that looks to have a bright future ahead. He also spent time with USA Baseball last year competing with the MLB/USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline, and showcased his talent further with Canes Baseball over the summer. Also a terrific basketball player who was a 1,000-point scorer at New Albany, the Louisville baseball commit is flexible within his main sport as well, playing both shortstop and pitcher. Last season, Biven put up impressive numbers, batting .462 with six home runs, 32 RBIs and 42 runs for New Albany. He’s another guy who is starring in Indiana this spring but could very well hear his name called at the MLB Draft in July.

3. Gage Stanifer, pitcher (Westfield High School, Westfield) 

Another 6-foot-3 pitcher with a strong fastball, Stanifer has shined throughout his high school career at Westfield. In his junior season, Stanifer produced a staggering 0.94 ERA with 100 strikeouts as he went 7-1. Committed to Cincinnati since early in his sophomore year, Stanifer has continued to produce this year, allowing just one hit and striking out 11 across five innings in his first outing of the season. With Keaton Mahan among many other talented players on this team, Stanifer’s performance on the mound will be crucial for one of the IHSAA’s top squads this spring.

4. Brayden Risedorph, pitcher (East Noble High School, Kendallville) 

Risedorph has emerged as one of the top prospects in Indiana over the past few years, combining a low-90s fastball with a commanding slider and splitter. Last season, he struck out 80 batters to go along with a 2.00 ERA for East Noble. Initially, Risedorph was not committed to a big-name school, planning to play at Parkland College. However, he was offered and officially committed to play for Indiana last fall, and the 6-foot-3 pitcher continues to display Division I talent. At this rate, there’s also a possibility Risedorph doesn’t even attend college as he has been pitching in front of MLB scouts this spring for East Noble. His early-season performances continue to show that potential, striking out nine batters across four no-hit innings in an early April contest.

5. Keaton Mahan, outfielder (Westfield High School, Westfield)

Mahan has long been one of the top players in Indiana, and he is currently rated as the top outfielder in the state by Prep Baseball Report. Last season, Mahan dazzled, batting .411 with 29 runs and 22 RBIs. He continued to showcase his talents over the summer with the Indiana Bulls, stepping up time and again for his team when they played in the GEICO City Series among other tournaments. Also competing with Team Indiana in the fall, the Ohio State commit is back on the diamond at Westfield this spring as he looks to keep the Shamrocks at the top of the state rankings.

Keaton Mahan has a bright future ahead at Ohio State. (Photo: Mike Cianciolo/BVM Sports)

6. Aydan Decker-Petty, pitcher (New Castle High School, New Castle) 

Another Indiana commit, Decker-Petty stands at 6-foot-5 and has a fastball that touches the low 90s with developing off-speed pitches. The New Castle product also shined for Team Indiana in the fall, and is hoping to lead the Trojans toward the top of the Class 3A rankings this spring. Last year, Decker-Petty went 4-2 with an impressive 1.42 ERA in over 44 innings of work. If he continues to build on those numbers this spring, he and teammate Cobrin Malott may have New Castle holding a gold trophy by year’s end.

7. Cameron Decker, third baseman (Evansville North High School, Evansville)

Decker is another emerging talent who could even rise up this list as the year goes on. With a grandfather who was once part of the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system as well as a dad and brother who have also shown talent in the sport, Decker has the right bloodlines to become a star. The Evansville North standout batted .303 as a freshman, and improved that average to .384 last season, also carrying a .538 on-base percentage with four home runs, 26 RBIs and 32 runs scored, striking out just 14 times. The shortstop will go on to play at the University of Central Florida, but first, last year’s Courier & Press All-Metro Player of the Year is looking for one more tremendous season with Evansville North. As of early April, he was off to a good start, batting .667 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in his first three games of the season. 

8. Tyler Cerny, shortstop (Center Grove High School, Greenwood) 

Cerny is not only one of the top prospects in the state, but he continues to write an inspirational comeback story with his play on the diamond. Coming off a missed high school season in 2020 due to Covid, Cerny was barely able to play in 2021 due to a mysterious illness that had him hospitalized at one point. While still not at full strength, Cerny was able to get back on the field as Center Grove made a postseason run last year. By the summer playing with the Indiana Bulls, and the fall with Team Indiana, he began regaining his form, and was back on the basketball court for the Trojans this winter. The Indiana commit has continued to shine in his triumphant return this spring, racking up a handful of hits and RBIs in his first two games back for Center Grove.

9. Connor Foley, third baseman (Jasper High School, Jasper)  

Last season, Foley helped lead Jasper to the IHSAA Class 4A state championship. The 6-foot-5 standout hit .370 for the Wildcats, adding eight home runs and 37 RBIs. He also went 5-1 on the mound with a 2.02 ERA. In the fall, Foley committed to join Jeff Mercer’s Indiana Hoosiers squad, joining several members of this list as future teammates. Also a talented football and basketball player, Foley concludes his high school sports career on the diamond this spring looking to lead the team back to state.

10. Connor Misch, pitcher (Lake Central High School, St. John)

Like Foley, Misch can also be described as a true winner. There are many more adjectives you could use for the talented pitcher, but being part of a 36-1 state championship team at Andrean in his freshman season was highly impressive. Also a first baseman, last year, Misch played his first season at Lake Central, helping his team to a 22-8 record. Pitching to talented catcher in Tennessee commit Matt Santana, Misch has started his senior campaign strong, tossing a two-strikeout no-hitter in his first start of the season and following that up with another no-hitter in his second start. He has also looked very strong at the plate early on.

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