There might not be a better 2-3-4 section of a lineup in college baseball than when Oregon State rolls out Cadyn Grenier, Nick Madrigal, and Trevor Larnach. Let’s work backwards:
Trevor Larnach: The left handed hitting outfielder has sneaky good power. He has great strength in his wrists allowing him to drive the ball out even on pitches he gets beat on. I saw him get jammed inside but muscle the ball out to the opposite field. He hit just three home runs in 2017 but already has four in his first 31 at bats of 2018. He has also walked more than he has struck out early in the year. The strikeouts are going to be something he struggles with in his career but the power will only continue to improve. He could develop 60 grade power but probably stick to 45-50 hit tool. I see him more of a left fielder than right where he has played mostly for Oregon State.
Nick Madrigal: The Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve comparisons are going to fly when Madrigal is discussed, but Madrigal is going to make a name for himself. Madrigal is looking to buck two trends, the 5’7” player playing short at the next level, and the college second baseman moving to short at the next level. He has as natural a hit tool as anyone in the draft this year with gap power that may turn into 10-15 home run power in time. The Beavers have given him some time at short this season and he looks every bit as smooth and natural there as he does when he plays a plus second base. His arm is easily enough to stick at short and he has the fluid actions to stick there as well. In the end, he is a true 55 overall prospect with a 60 hit, 45 power, 60 run, 50 arm, and 60 field that may get bumped down to a 55 in time.
Cadyn Grenier: Who is the player keeping Madrigal from being a regular at short? It is Cadyn Grenier. Arguably the best defensive shortstop in this year’s draft, he is an easy 60 fielder at short and is seeing time at third where his 55 arm is holding up just fine. His big questions are at the plate where he his hit tool is a bit of a question. He hit under .300 in 2017 and I have seen him go through some real slumps. His mild leg kick can throw his timing at times and he has a swing that is just a tick long. He will still have a 50 grade hit tool and 50 power and has a shot to become a big league starter, but higher likelihood is that of an excellent utility infielder.