2023 MLB Draft: Brock Wilken, 3B, Wake Forest

Player: Brock Wilken
School: Wake Forest                                                 Position(s): 3B
Height: 6’4″                   Weight: 225 lbs.                    Bats: Right                       Throws: Right
Hit: Plenty of questions. Very upright stance, shoulders start slightly closed but clear just fine. As much plate coverage as any in draft both vertically and horizontally. Bat can get long and plenty of swing and miss. 24% K rate in 2022 up to 26% on Cape, slight improvement to 22% thus far in 2023. Bat still on shoulder when pitcher releases ball while foot stays off ground a long time. Considering size and power, there is impressive balance at the plate. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Power: Possibly biggest in class, 70 grade raw. Uses closed stance and big body to generate incredible power. Some of the longest home runs of any college player. 13 HR in first 101 plate appearances in 2023 after hitting 17 and 23 in 2021 and 2022. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Run: Runs like a catcher but plays in the field. Maybe as low a run grade as you will see on a potential 3B.
Arm: Plus to better. In terms of pure arm strength, there are no doubts about Wilken’s ability to stay at third.
Glove: Some genuine questions here. Too many errors early in season. Putting average grade on the glove would be a stretch, 45 grade probably more accurate. Given lack of speed right field an unlikely fit, future fit may be 1B but arm would be wasted there. Really important to see improvement here.
Other: Was top 400 prospect by Baseball America in 2020 out of HS. Shown great improvement statistically early in 2023 hitting .329 through 79 ABs.
Summary: There is plenty to like with Wilken, but plenty to be concerned with too. Genuine questions in his ability to stick at third as the glove is inconsistent. Probably a 1B long term but that will hurt his value. If a team thinks he can stick at 3B it will make it much easier to draft in first round. Plenty of questions with contact rate and the long bat that leads to too many strikeouts. Two plus-plus tools in power and arm strength, but glove and contact below average and speed near bottom of scale. Likely to go in first round, but more of a second round guy until/unless contact and/or glove show real improvements.

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