Konnor Griffin is a decorated high school baseball player with an extremely bright future. He is the top player in the 2024 prep class and has led Jackson Prep (Miss.) to the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools 6-A championship in his eighth grade, freshman and sophomore seasons.
Griffin, who reclassified from the 2025 to 2024 class, enters his final prep season with aspirations to guide Jackson Prep to its seventh consecutive title this spring. He also must make an important decision regarding his future following graduation.
Griffin, a shortstop/center fielder and right-handed pitcher, is a Louisiana State University commit and prospect for July’s MLB draft. Scouts project Griffin as a likely top-10 pick with the potential to go first overall.
“It’s very relieving knowing I have a great opportunity at LSU if the draft doesn’t go my way,” Griffin said. “It’s a win-win either way. Going down there and developing with Jay Johnson is something probably every player wishes they could do. I’m excited either way. I’m just trusting God and letting him guide me through this process.”
Scouts rave about Griffin’s toolset and potential. He is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound outfielder known for his five-tool potential. His size and intangibles are notable, especially for him being a younger player in his class after reclassifying.
Griffin is a right-handed hitter with tons of bat speed, controls the strike zone, and makes consistent, hard contact to drive the ball to all parts of the field. He will hit for average and above-average power in pro ball. He also is athletic and has plenty of speed, making him a legitimate base stealer.
Griffin is an advanced hitter who has thrived against premium prep pitchers throughout his high school career.
“My ability to hit for average,” said Griffin on his strengths. “My defense is right there with it, and my running and arm strength are right there. I can drive the ball pretty far as well.”
Defensively, Griffin has played shortstop and center field during his prep career. He will be his high school team’s starting shortstop this spring. He projects in center field long-term due to his above-average arm strength, instincts and speed, which allows him to cover plenty of ground.
Besides his experience as a position player, Griffin also pitches for his high school team. Scouts have clocked him up to 96 mph on the mound. That arm strength is one of the reasons why he is an above-average defender in center field.
“Once I got a little taller and faster, my dad was coaching our travel team and put me in the outfield,” Griffin said. “Ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with playing center field. I love tracking down fly balls and throwing people out at the plate.”
Griffin has a bright future ahead after his prep career concludes. While most anticipate him to start a pro career straight out of high school, Griffin is an LSU commit and intrigued by the option.
His relationship with LSU coach Jay Johnson and his staff greatly influenced Griffin’s commitment. The staff’s history of developing players for the next level, including most recently outfielder Dylan Crews, played a role in his decision.
“The way he recruited me (stood out),” Griffin said. “(Jay Johnson) wrote letters to me in the mail and told me he wanted me there at LSU. He would hop on Zooms and break down my swings from the summer. It really just showed me that he would develop me if I would go there. He has a great track record, especially of getting outfielders to the big leagues.”
Want to learn more about Konnor Griffin? Listen to Dan Zielinski’s full interview with Griffin here.
Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for nine years. He has interviewed 518 of the top draft prospects in that period, including four No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today, MLB.com, The Arizona Republic and The Dallas Morning News, have quoted his work, while he has appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.