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UCLA freshman Megan Faraimo, seen here pitching for Corona Angels-Tyson, is one of many elite pitchers who's made the top spot in the top 100 rankings... will today's announcement of the 2019 #1 also be a pitcher? Photo: Patrick Takkinen.

Later today, Extra Inning Softball will announce the Top 10 ranked players in the Extra Elite 100 for the 2019 class.

Earlier this year, when the No. 1 player was revealed for the Class of 2022, we talked about the criteria it takes to be ranked as the top prospect in a class. Here’s an update of that article...

Brentt Eads of Extra Inning Softball has been compiling and ranking the top 100 high school/club players in each grad class since 2013 when he first did the Hot 100 for the Class of 2014.

Since he began publishing his lists, he’s done nine grad years and updated most of them as many as three times for nearly 20 total lists.

And whereas the rankings lists were originally just 100 prospects deep, he’s now going as deep as 500 players in each class.

After all these years and updates (nearly 20 total), here’s what he thinks are the common factors that help a player be the top-rated prospect in her class…

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As we wrap up the 2019 Extra Elite 100 (and note that it will be updated at least one more time before these standouts go off to college!), we see that the top of the class is heavily dominated by pitching and catching talent.

The author, Brentt Eads, with his first Top 100 No. 1, Jenna Lilley, seen at the 2017 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

In fact, of the Top 15 we’ll see that eight pitch in some capacity and five catch, which would make sense as the pitchers and catchers are involved in every play!

And as we look at the players who’ve been No. 1 in the past, you see a lot of similarities. More on that in a minute…

First, let’s look at the list of players who’ve been on the top of their class when they came out as I ranked them at the time (between 2013 and today), first while at Student Sports before posting for Full Count Softball, then FloSoftball and now Extra Inning Softball.

(Note that when there were different players for updated lists, the first ones listed are the more recently ranked.)

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