Hunter Carns, C/RHH - First Coast (Fla.)
Regarding the prep scene, one of the biggest risers on most draft boards this fall should be Hunter Carns. He may not skyrocket, but after his performance in Jupiter at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships, it's going to be hard not to make a case for a player of his caliber.
I've seen Carns since the 2021 PG circuit, and he was playing up in 17u and 18u, finding ways to barrel balls up, competing against high-level talent from older age groups. He was more scrawny and lanky at the time and has since filled out the 6-foot, 195-pound frame, showing more strength and plenty of athleticism for a backstop.
He's currently listed as a catcher but could very well be transitioned to outfield. Some scouts have concerns about his ability to stick behind the plate, but right now, are concerned that he can be a backstop. He has traits similar to that of Kyle Teel, who was one of the premier options behind the dish in the 2023 MLB Draft who moved up draft boards quickly.
Carns is a prep backstop, though. He's committed to Florida State, and while many teams like to let players age a bit and develop in the collegiate game, Carns might be someone who catches the eyes of a team.
At Jupiter, Carns hit a ball 115 mph and had several home runs, looking the part in the batters' box. It may be a swing that is not as attractive as some, but he's able to do some serious damage. The results speak for themselves, and it's hard not to fall in love with Carns with the success that he has.
Carns made a bit of a statement this fall and deserves some credit for his performance. While he's committed to FSU, there's a decent chance he will end up in pro ball next summer after the draft. He's someone to monitor moving forward for sure.