MLB Draft Countdown: #38, Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina

Player: Aaron Sabato Draft Day Age: 21
School: North Carolina Position(s): 1B
Height: 6’2” Weight: 230 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: This is where Sabato will make his presence known. There isn’t much wasted movement in the swing, allowing him to have a higher contact grade than most power hitters these days. The power will be the carrying tool, as he projects as a guy who can hit 30 long balls at the highest level.
Field: Limited to first. There was a time he was given some consideration to trying other spots around the diamond, but a shoulder surgery limits his already below-average arm strength. He is slow footed, meaning he does not have the range to play outfield, but the hands are good enough to be a quality first baseman.
Summary: The sample size for Sabato is quite limited as he struggled to open his freshman campaign before going on an absolute tear and setting the freshman record in home runs for a member of the North Carolina baseball team. He had surgery over the summer preventing him from showcasing his skills in the premier summer leagues so there are no real reports on him carrying a wood bat. He picked up where he left off a season ago, hitting seven home runs in the 19 games before the season was cancelled. Given he is a first base only prospect, the bat has to carry him, and he has more than enough to do just that.

MLB Draft Countdown: #39, Justin Foscue, 2B/3B, Mississippi State

Player: Justin Foscue Draft Day Age: 21
School: Mississippi State Position(s): 2B/3B
Height: 6’ Weight: 200 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: Had a breakout season as sophomore in 2019, would have liked to see a full season in 202. Big leg kick from open stance, but good balance. Massive thighs allow him to get the most of a smaller frame. Plenty of contact thanks to a direct bat path that leads to quality contact.
Field: Most likely a second baseman, the lack of range but plenty of arm may land him at third in the future. His ability around the bag to turn a quick double play will likely keep him at second. Everything in the field is average at best.
Summary: If he performs like he did his freshman year, this is far too high a ranking for Foscue and an undrafted guy in a five round draft is what we are looking at. If the bat skills he showed with Team USA and in his sophomore year at Mississippi State are the real Foscue, then we are looking at a day one pick. I think he has just enough defensive chops to be able to play both second and third, which helps his value. I would like to see him take advantage of his strong lower half and really become a power bat.

MLB Draft Countdown: #40, Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS (TX)

Player: Drew Romo Draft Day Age: 18
School: The Woodlands HS (TX) Position(s): C
Height: 6’1” Weight: 205 lbs. Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Hit: Limited power, this is the big question mark. Bat can get long; shoulder plane creates tilt leading to hitting top of ball too often. Feet are quiet, should be able to make enough contact to be an average contact hitter.
Field: Elite defender. Plus arm, plus feet, plus glove, upside of Gold Glove caliber catcher. Carrying tools at a defense first position helps limit risk. Have had the pop as low as 1.80.
Summary: High School catchers have had a rough track record at best, but the Romo’s defense helps limit his floor. The defensive skills are elite with the only question being the arm accuracy, as he can miss high too often. If he can shorten the swing, look to inside out the ball, and develop gap power, he can be an All-Star. Otherwise, the likely future is an Austin Hedges type, which I would take on my club anytime.

MLB Draft Countdown: #41, Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU

Player: Daniel Cabrera Draft Day Age: 21
School: LSU Position(s): OF
Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs. Bats: Left Throws: Left
Hit: Leg kick but good balance. Gets barrel to ball quickly. Ball can jump. More gap power but plenty of hope for more HR production. Will always be contact first, type of guy who can flirt with .300 and develop 20 HR power.
Field: Left fielder first two seasons, moved to right in 2020 but shortened season left scouts wanting to see more. Arm should be enough to hold down right. Has run well when timed in 60, but play speed is more average. Decent base runner, makes good reads in field. Average all around in field and run.
Summary: Hard to argue with the production he put forth at LSU. Three-year starter in elite conference. Watching LSU Cabrera has stood out since freshman year and been on scout’s radars since HS. Purely on tools, he can be overlooked, but the totality of his game gives him a first round track record. I would not have any issue with a team taking him in the 15-25 range, but wouldn’t be shocked to see him fall to round three either.