2023 MLB Draft: Bryce Eldridge, 1B/RHP, James Madison HS (VA)

Player: Bryce Eldridge
School:  James Madison HS (VA)                                                 Position(s): 1B/RHP
Height: 6’8″                   Weight: 220 lbs.                     Bats: Left                        Throws: Right
Hit: Long levers are to be expected for an 18-year old who stands 6’8″ tall. Despite the longer levers (which seem to be longer in game than BP), he is actually quick to the zone and has a decent feel for the barrel. I don’t expect it to ever be better than average but average is certainly in the cards and will allow him to get to his power.
Power: Legit plus potential to better. Ball really jumps to all fields, doesn’t get cheated at plate. Raw plus-plus, in game future projection more on the 55-60 range. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Run: Below average, fitting of 1B profile.
Arm: Legit fastball as pitcher and translates to field.
Glove: Above average defender at first and could be better. Absolutely can play the position and play it well.
Fastball: 92-95, mild late arm side tail. Velo comes easy. Above average.
Slider: 82-85, sharp late breaker rather than big. Can get too horizontal, but plenty of depth when at it’s best. Above average at best.
Curve: 78-82, 1-6 ready to use in all counts. Would like to see a little bigger to separate from slider. Unpolished shape. Average grade, above average potential
Change: 81, late fade, unlikely to ever be better than average.
Delivery/Mechanics: Solid command although did struggle at times. Can have some late head effort which pulls away from the zone. Very good body control with plenty of athleticism. 3/4 slot gets plenty of extension which makes all pitches play up given his length. Easy starter mechanics, type of body that can hold stuff late into outing. Minimal concerns with mechanics/command. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Other: Alabama Crimson Tide Commit https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Summary: MVP of the U18 World Cup for Team USA’s 18U squad, Eldridge has shined brightest on the biggest stages. He is a legit two way prospect who has more upside as a pitcher, but is a top 10-15 prep bat. A quality defender with massive power potential is always a good starting spot, but add the fact he is probably a top five prep arm makes him a unicorn of sorts. If he was purely a hitter, he would be a possible round two talent but with a shot to get to school and let his body fill out, if he were just a pitcher, he would likely be a late first round pick. The combination makes him pretty much a sure fire first round selection come July. Plenty of pieces to iron out, but will be a fascinating follow to see if a team truly lets him tap into his two-way potential.

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