MLB Draft Rankings 60-51

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Player: Nick Quintana Position(s):  3B
School (ST): Arizona Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Drafted in the 11th round out of high school, Quintana chose to head to Tucson where he has become the offensive leader of the Wildcat’s since. Detractors will point to his high swing and miss rate the past two summers in the Cape, but there is plenty to like about the bat. He is typically very good to the ball and has demonstrated legit pop, although the bat can get a little long at times. He is not the biggest player, but has the quick twitch reactions and arm to stick at third.

 

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Player: Jack Kochanowicz Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Harriton (PA) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: Kochanowicz shows good body control for a long-bodied pitcher, although there is a bit of a short arm in his delivery. He has a controlled delivery that allows him to repeat his high 3/4 release point with good extension to go along with a fastball into the low-90s. There isn’t much velo gap with his change, although it does have some dip. His curve is a little loopy, but it has flashed as a potential plus pitch at times.

 

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Player: Kenyon Yovan Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Oregon Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: Yovan has seen time in the bullpen and starting rotation, but his four-pitch mix certainly projects well to stick in the rotation. None of the three off-speed pitches are anything more than average, but he can spot them all. The fastball sits low-90s, but he gets a great downhill plane on it that allows it to play above average. The delivery is very smooth with very little effort, suggesting he can hold up to the long term riggers of a starter’s workload.

 

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Player: Riley Cornelio Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Pine Creek (CO) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: Long and skinny, Cornelio has some effort in his delivery, although the actions suggest he should stick as a starter. His fastball sits in the low-90s with mild run, although he can overthrow it at times. Hid breaking ball has a sharp downward break that is the epitome of slurvy as it has the velo and sharpness of a slider, but the break of a curve. He occasionally shows a change that is very raw, but given he comes from a cold weather state, that will likely improve dramatically once he gets with pro coaches.

 

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Player: Quinn Priester Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Cary-Grove (IL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 198 lbs.
Quick Report: Long and lanky, Priester has a fastball that has shown the ability to reach the mid-90s with some arm-side run. He has a smooth and controlled delivery that allows him to repeat his high 3/4 arm slot well, and mixes in a spinning curve that shows flashes but needs to be improved to be a real threat. If he can add a third pitch, he could develop into a nice starter, but the fastball/curve combo could play well in a bullpen too.

 

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Player: Sammy Siani Position(s): OF
School (ST): Penn Charter (PA) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: Younger brother of the Reds’ fourth round pick from a year ago, Mike Siani, Sammy has a real shot to be selected higher. He projects more like a right fielder than center, but he has an advanced approach at the plate rarely seen form a Northeastern prep hitter. The left-handed swing is smooth and quick to the zone with natural lift. Although the power hasn’t yet shown itself, I do believe he will develop average power in the future. He can really run, allowing him to be effective on the bases and could turn into a prototype two-hole hitter.

 

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Player: Will Robertson Position(s): OF
School (ST): Creighton Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’2” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: One of the better all-around hitters in college baseball, I suspect the power will be the carrying tool at the next level as there is definitely more to tap into there. He currently plays right for Creighton, and should be given the opportunity to stick there, but ultimately will likely end up in left or first base.

 

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Player: Ryan Zeferjahn Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Kansas Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 216 lbs.
Quick Report: Zeferjahn has a strong lower half and uses his drive leg well which helps project him as a work horse starter. His fastball sits in the mid-90s with some run to go with a dropping curve and developing change. He will never be an ace, but a back of the rotation arm that can eat innings is valuable.

 

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Player: Gunnar Henderson Position(s): SS
School (ST): Morgan Academy (AL) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 194 lbs.
Quick Report: Currently a shortstop, chances are Henderson ends up at third base. The bat path is long and swing is busy, but the ball jumps off the bat when he makes contact. Despite the long swing and landing far out on his front foot, he can get down the line quickly and can stretch out extra bases once he gets going.

 

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Player: Kendall Williams Position(s): RHP
School (ST): IMG Academy (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: At 6’6” and just 190 lbs., saying Williams is a projectable right hander is a massive understatement. He has minimal leg drive, more of a tall-and-fall delivery, but he consistently gets his arm into the same 3/4 slot pitch after pitch. He currently sits in the low-90s, but it is not a stretch to think that will improve. His curve falls off the table from the high release, but he can add cut to it at times too. The change isn’t much currently, but it has shown the potential to at least be an average pitch.

 

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