Tag: Jack Leiter

2019 MLB Mock Draft

2019 MLB Mock Draft

This is my official mock draft, but this isn’t a list nor is it a prediction, but rather if I were in the given team’s front office, it is who I would pick. The MLB Draft is not one where you draft for need, although I like Andrew Vaughn as the number two player in this draft, he doesn’t go to the Royals as they just selected Nick Pratto, a first baseman, a couple years ago. There is some buzz the Orioles may go for somebody easier to get under slot but, this is the only time and place I will mention this as I hate breaking news, it isn’t my thing and there is too much that goes with it, it is my understanding Adley Rutschman will need shoulder surgery, likely immediately after signing, so he should be an easy sign. For me Rutschman, healthy or not, is in a tier all his own, followed by Bobby Witt Jr., Vaughn, and C.J. Abrams in a second tier. J.J. Bleday starts a third tier for me that ends after Nick Lodolo, my only pitcher in tier three, with Bryson Stott heading a massive fourth tier that extends somewhere into the second round for me as I don’t think there is a ton of difference between Stott at 11 and Brooks Lee at 38 or Nasim Nunez at 49. I think this draft is incredibly top heavy but lacks in its depth of star talent. I do think day two will be very interesting as there will likely be a lot more high school talent available than in typical years as the college class near the top is stronger than the HS class.

Pick Team Player Position School
First Round
1
Baltimore Orioles
Adley Rutschman C Oregon State
2 Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr. SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX)
3 Chicago White Sox Andrew Vaughn 1B California
4 Miami Marlins C.J. Abrams SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA)
5
Detroit Tigers
J.J. Bleday OF Vanderbilt
6 San Diego Padres Riley Greene OF Hagerty HS (FL)
7 Cincinnati Reds Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside HS (WA)
8 Texas Rangers Hunter Bishop OF Arizona State
9 Atlanta Braves Shea Langeliers C Baylor
10 San Francisco Giants Nick Lodolo LHP TCU
11 Toronto Blue Jays Bryson Stott SS UNLV
12 New York Mets Alek Manoah RHP West Virginia
13 Minnesota Twins Jackson Rutledge RHP San Jacinto JC (TX)
14 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech
15 Los Angeles Angels Zack Thompson LHP Kentucky
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Baty 3B Lake Travis HS (TX)
17 Washington Nationals Matthew Allan RHP Seminole HS (FL)
18 Pittsburgh Pirates Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy (FL)
19 St. Louis Cardinals George Kirby RHP Elon
20 Seattle Mariners Will Wilson SS NC State
21 Atlanta Braves Michael Busch 1B/OF North Carolina
22 Tampa Bay Rays Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove HS (IL)
23 Colorado Rockies Logan Davidson SS Clemson
24 Cleveland Indians Kody Hoese 3B Tulane
25 Los Angeles Dodgers Kameron Misner OF Missouri
26 Arizona Diamondbacks JJ Goss RHP Cypress Ranch (TX)
27 Chicago Cubs Anthony Volpe SS Delbarton HS (NJ)
28 Milwaukee Brewers Keoni Cavaco 3B Eastlake HS (CA)
29 Oakland Athletics Jack Leiter RHP Delbarton HS (NJ)
30 New York Yankees Tyler Callihan 3B Providence HS (FL)
31 Los Angeles Dodgers Gunnar Henderson SS Morgan Academy (AL)
32 Houston Astros Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
Compensation Picks
33
Arizona Diamondbacks
Seth Johnson RHP Campbell
34 Arizona Diamondbacks Braden Shewmake SS Texas A&M
Competitive Balance Round A
35
Miami Marlins
Maurice Hampton OF Memphis University HS (TN)
36 Tampa Bay Rays Matthew Lugo SS Betran Academy HS (PR)
37 Pittsburgh Pirates Hunter Barco LHP Bolles HS (FL)
38 New York Yankees Brooks Lee SS San Luis Obispo HS (CA)
39 Minnesota Twins Josh Wolf RHP St. Thomas HS (TX)
40 Tampa Bay Rays Brady McConnell SS Florida
41 Texas Rangers Isaiah Campbell RHP Arkansas
Second Round
42
Baltimore Orioles
Matt Canterino RHP Rice
43 Boston Red Sox Greg Jones SS UNC Wilmington
44 Kansas City Royals Rece Hinds 3B IMG Academy (FL)
45 Chicago White Sox Davis Wendzel 3B Baylor
46 Miami Marlins Michael Toglia 1B UCLA
47 Detroit Tigers Kyren Paris SS Freedom HS (CA)
48 San Diego Padres Drew Jameson RHP Ball State
49 Cincinnati Reds Nasim Nunez SS Collins Hill HS (GA)
50 Texas Rangers Blake Walston LHP New Hanover HS (NC)
51 San Francisco Giants Josh Smith SS LSU
52 Toronto Blue Jays John Doxakis LHP Texas A&M
53 New York Mets Sammy Siani OF William Penn Charter HS (PA)
54 Minnesota Twins Kendall Williams RHP IMG Academy (FL)
55 Los Angeles Angels Ethan Small LHP Mississippi State
56 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Strumpf 2B UCLA
57 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryce Osmond RHP Jenks HS (OK)
58 St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Henry LHP Michigan
59 Seattle Mariners Drew Mendoza 3B Florida State
60 Atlanta Braves Matt Wallner OF Southern Miss
61 Tampa Bay Rays Spencer Jones 1B/LHP La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
62 Colorado Rockies Matthew Thompson RHP Cypress Ranch (TX)
63 Cleveland Indians Jimmy Lewis RHP Lake Travis HS (TX)
64 Chicago Cubs Josh Stowers OF Stanford
65 Milwaukee Brewers Jerrion Ealy OF Jackson Preparatory (MS)
66 Oakland Athletics Erik Miller LHP Stanford
67 New York Yankees Will Holland SS Auburn
68 Houston Astros Ethan Hearn C Mobile Christian (AL)
69 Boston Red Sox Graeme Stinson LHP Duke
Competitive Balance Round B
70
Kansas City Royals
Jack Kochanowicz RHP Harriton HS (PA)
71 Baltimore Orioles Aaron Schunk 3B Georgia
72 Pittsburgh Pirates TJ Sikkema LHP Missouri
73 San Diego Padres Matt Cronin LHP Arkansas
74 Arizona Diamondbacks Cameron Cannon 3B Arizona
75 Arizona Diamondbacks Dominic Fletcher OF Arkansas
76 Seattle Mariners Riley Cornelio RHP Pine Creek HS (CO)
77 Colorado Rockies Will Robertson OF Creighton
Compensation Picks
78 Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Fitzgerald SS Louisville

 

Jack Leiter – RHP – Delbarton HS (NJ)

Player: Jack Leiter Scout Date: 4/4/19
Organization: Delbarton HS (NJ) Position(s): RHP
Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Fastball: 88-95, sit 89-92. Heavy downhill plane. Flashes good, late arm side run but inconsistent. Flattens out up in the zone. Can overthrow and spike fastball at times. Spots well when staying within himself. 50 future, 45 current.
Change: Saw one, 84 mild dip, mild arm slow but maintained good slot.
Slider: 83-84, More cutting action than sharp break. Flashes two plane at best. Dip comes late allowing pitch to play up. 55 future potential, 45 current.
Curve: 73-76, Not fair vs. HS hitters. 12-6 break. Mild bump making it hard to read. Absolutely falls off table. Can drop into top of zone for strike or bounce it for a chase pitch. Not afraid to double/triple up. 55 current, real chance at 65 future offering.
Other Pitch: N/A
Delivery/Mechanics: 3/4 slot with some arm bend and whip. Late effort with stiff front leg forces body to fight against leg. Repeats delivery well and consistent arm slot. Not afraid to attack hitters but can rush and overthrow at times. Mature body that uses legs well. Drop and drive making most of powerful core and legs. 1.45 delivery on CB, 1.15 on FB.
Summary: The mature body and the fact he already uses his legs well limits upside some, although the body fighting against his land leg helps bring some back. I don’t expect the fastball to improve much but may become more of a regular to hit 95 than occasionally touching it. Curveball as good as it gets at high school level and can play in big leagues today. Need to see more from the change to have good feel for it, slider has real potential. Leiter carries an upside of a potential number three arm, but the current delivery could lead to health/innings concerns. Higher floor than most out of the Northeast thanks to bloodlines and advanced approach along with genuine carry pitch. Small chance of a future move to the infield, but most likely outcome a number four starter with upside of number three arm.

MLB Draft Rankings 1-100

Adley Rutschman
Adley Rutschman, Courtesy: Aaron Whelan
Rank Player Position Height Weight Bats Throws School (ST)
1 Adley Rutschman C 6-2 216 S R Oregon State
2 Bobby Witt Jr. SS 6-0 180 R R Colleyville Heritage (TX)
3 CJ Abrams SS 6-1 178 L R Blessed Trinity Catholic (GA)
4 Shea Langeliers C 6-0 190 R R Baylor
5 Andrew Vaughn 1B 6-0 214 R R California
6 Josh Jung 3B 6-2 215 R R Texas Tech
7 Riley Greene OF 6-1 191 L L Hagerty (FL)
8 Corbin Carroll OF 5-11 161 L L Lakeside (WA)
9 Graeme Stinson LHP 6-5 260 L L Duke
10 Carter Stewart RHP 6-6 200 R R Eastern Florida State JC
11 Bryson Stott SS 6-3 195 L R UNLV
12 Michael Busch 1B 6-0 207 L R North Carolina
13 Brennan Malone RHP 6-3 203 R R IMG Academy (FL)
14 Daniel Espino RHP 6-2 200 R R Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
15 Zack Thompson LHP 6-3 225 L L Kentucky
16 Jerrion Ealy OF 5-10 192 R R Jackson Prep (MS)
17 Spencer Jones 1B/LHP 6-7 205 L L La Costa Canyon (CA)
18 Matthew Allan RHP 6-3 210 R R Seminole (FL)
19 Will Holland SS 5-10 181 R R Auburn
20 Braden Shewmake SS 6-4 190 L R Texas A&M
21 Rece Hinds 3B 6-4 210 R R IMG Academy (FL)
22 Matthew Thompson RHP 6-2 184 R R Cypress Ranch (TX)
23 Mike Toglia 1B/OF 6-5 201 S R UCLA
24 Logan Davidson SS 6-3 185 S R Clemson
25 J.J. Bleday OF 6-3 205 L L Vanderbilt
26 Will Wilson SS 5-11 175 R R NC State
27 Kyle Stowers OF 6-3 200 L L Stanford
28 Jack Leiter RHP 6-1 195 R R Delbarton (NJ)
29 Maurice Hampton OF 6-0 195 R R Memphis University HS (TN)
30 Matt Wallner OF 6-5 220 L R Southern Miss
31 Nick Lodolo LHP 6-6 185 L L TCU
32 Tyler Dyson RHP 6-3 225 R R Florida
33 Greg Jones SS 5-11 170 S R UNC-Wilmington
34 Alek Manoah RHP 6-6 260 R R West Virginia
35 Matthew Lugo SS 6-1 185 R R Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR)
36 Hunter Barco LHP 6-4 212 L L The Bolles School (FL)
37 Dominic Fletcher OF 5-10 185 L L Arkansas
38 Brooks Lee SS 6-1 180 S R San Luis Obispo (CA)
39 Nasim Nunez SS 5-9 155 S R Collins Hill (GA)
40 J.J. Goss RHP 6-3 185 R R Cypress Ranch (TX)
41 Drew Mendoza 3B 6-5 225 L R Florida State
42 Chase Strumpf 2B 6-1 195 R R UCLA
43 Erik Miller LHP 6-5 240 L L Stanford
44 Kameron Misner OF 6-4 219 L L Missouri
45 Brett Baty 3B 6-3 210 L R Lake Travis (TX)
46 Tyler Callihan 3B 5-11 211 L R Providence (FL)
47 Ryne Nelson RHP 6-3 175 R R Oregon
48 Myles Austin SS 6-3 184 R R Westlake (GA)
49 George Kirby RHP 6-3 205 R R Elon
50 Logan Wyatt 1B 6-4 230 L R Louisville
51 Kendall Williams RHP 6-6 190 R R IMG Academy (FL)
52 Gunnar Henderson SS 6-3 194 L R Morgan Academy (AL)
53 Ryan Zeferjahn RHP 6-4 216 R R Kansas
54 Will Robertson OF 6-2 215 L L Creighton
55 Sammy Siani OF 5-11 175 L L Penn Charter (PA)
56 Quinn Priester RHP 6-3 198 R R Cary-Grove (IL)
57 Riley Cornelio RHP 6-2 184 R R Pine Creek (CO)
58 Kenyon Yovan RHP 6-3 215 R R Oregon
59 Jack Kochanowicz RHP 6-6 210 L R Harriton (PA)
60 Nick Quintana 3B 5-11 185 R R Arizona
61 Anthony Volpe SS 5-10 182 R R Delbarton (NJ)
62 Adam Laskey LHP 6-3 190 R L Duke
63 Will Rigney RHP 6-5 191 R R Midway (TX)
64 Matt Canterino RHP 6-3 205 R R Rice
65 Jonathan French C 5-11 213 R R Parkview (GA)
66 Kyren Paris SS 5-11 163 R R Freedom (CA)
67 Quin Cotton OF 5-11 190 R R Grand Canyon
68 Jonny Deluca OF 5-11 180 S R Oregon
69 Wil Dalton OF 6-0 180 R R Florida
70 Zack Hess RHP 6-6 216 R R LSU
71 Mason Feole LHP 6-1 194 L L Connecticut
72 Isaiah Campbell RHP 6-4 225 R R Arkansas
73 Jaden Brown SS 6-1 186 R R St Marcellinus (CAN)
74 Dilan Rosario SS 6-2 170 R R Leadership Christian (PR)
75 Austin Shenton 3B 6-0 200 L R Florida International
76 Austin Langworthy OF 5-11 200 L L Florida
77 Michael Massey 2B 6-1 185 L R Illinois
78 Matt Cronin LHP 6-2 190 L L Arkansas
79 Matt McCormick C 6-0 195 L R St Laurence (IL)
80 Hayden Mullins LHP 6-1 180 L L Hendersonville (TN)
81 Ricky DeVito RHP 6-3 175 S R Seton Hall
82 Bryant Packard OF 6-3 210 L R East Carolina
83 Landon Sims RHP 6-1 205 R R South Forsyth (GA)
84 Michael Limoncelli RHP 6-2 180 S R Horseheads (NY)
85 Hylan Hall OF 6-1 178 R R TNXL Academy (FL)
86 Levi Stoudt RHP 6-1 175 L R Lehigh
87 Jake Agnos LHP 5-11 206 L L East Carolina
88 Joseph Charles RHP 6-2 193 R R The First Academy (FL)
89 Spencer Brickhouse 1B 6-4 220 L R East Carolina
90 Emanuel Dean OF 6-5 209 R R Sevite (CA)
91 Blake Sabol C/OF 6-4 205 L R USC
92 Glenallen Hill Jr. OF 5-9 169 S R Santa Cruz (CA)
93 Tyler Nesbitt RHP 6-2 183 L L LaBelle (FL)
94 Josh Smith SS 5-10 175 L R LSU
95 Cameron Cannon 3B/2B 5-11 175 R R Arizona
96 Brady McConnell SS 6-3 185 R R Florida
97 Trey Faltine UT/RHP 6-1 185 R R Fort Bent Travis (TX)
98 Christian Cairo SS 5-9 176 R R Calvary Christian (FL)
99 Cam Shepherd SS 6-1 180 R R Georgia
100 Jackson Rutledge RHP 6-4 180 R R San Jacinto JC

MLB Draft Rankings 30-21

30)

Player: Matt Wallner Position(s):  OF
School (ST): Southern Miss Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: Wallner has a mid-90s fastball and solid slider, but his future is as a position player. He was the 2017 Freshman of the Year, plays center field for Southern Miss, but is a right fielder at the next level. He has plenty of arm and a ton of power from the left side. He strikes out far too often and his hands are a little busy, but mild adjustments and he may turn out to be the guy with the most game power in this draft class.

 

29)

Player: Maurice Hampton Position(s): OF
School (ST): Memphis University HS (TN) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: A five-star recruit in both baseball and football, an All-American corner, Hampton is committed to LSU and has a ton of upside. He is still raw but has all the tools and ability to stick in center and potentially become a solid defender. He possesses great strength allowing him to really drive the ball. The bat is smooth, but the leg kick leaves some inconsistencies in his hand placement, seeing him get under the ball a bit too often.

 

28)

Player: Jack Leiter Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Delbarton (NJ) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Both his dad and uncle pitched for double digit seasons in the big leagues, Jack is committed to Vanderbilt and could be a tough sign. He does not have prototypical size for a right-handed starter, but he has all the other attributes. He has a fastball that sits in the upper 80s to low-90s with some run and has shown feel for a slider and change. His best pitch though is his curve that is just a ridiculous 12-6 that might be the best breaking ball in the class.

 

27)

Player: Kyle Stowers Position(s): OF
School (ST): Stanford Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Stanford hitters have long come with a stigma they are more contact bats and don’t really hit much for power, that is not the case for Stowers. He strikes out more than you would like and has real power both raw and game. He hit 10 home runs in 2018 but really broke out on the Cape where he hit six in just 138 ABs. He is athletic enough to play both corner outfield spots although there has been some talk of a future move to first base.

 

26)

Player: Will Wilson Position(s): SS
School (ST): NC State Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: Currently a shortstop, Wilson will likely be a second baseman at the next level due to his lack of range. He is good bat-to-ball and has as much power as any middle infielder in the class. He was one of four players to hit 10 home runs in ACC play last year, the other three were all drafted in the top three rounds last season. Wilson is aggressive at the plate and can be baited into swinging at pitches out of the zone but more than makes up for it with the power.

 

25)

Player: J.J. Bleday Position(s): OF
School (ST): Vanderbilt Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height:  6’3” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: Bleday might be the best pure hitter in college this season, showing an excellent ability to hit hard line drives to all fields. His power is still in progress as he is more of a gap hitter than home run hitter, but there is pop in the bat. He won’t win many foot races, but he shows good instincts in the outfield to be at least an average defender with enough arm strength to play well in right.

 

24)

Player: Logan Davidson Position(s): SS
School (ST): Clemson Grade: Junior
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height:  6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: A player with real question marks, Davidson could be an early first rounder or slip significantly depending on his approach this Spring. So far, through two seasons at Clemson, he has been a fantastic offensive player. That said, the long swing leads to more strikeouts than you want and back-to-back rough seasons on the Cape have left plenty of questions about how he will transition to wood bats full time. He has all the defensive skills to be a solid shortstop, but he will never be a plus defender at the position.

 

23)

Player: Michael Toglia Position(s): 1B/OF
School (ST): UCLA Grade: Junior
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: A switch hitter with raw power, Toglia has a nice stroke that should see his contact numbers improve in time. There is plenty of question as to where he will play defensively, but in a good way. He is a truly elite defender at first base showing good hands and can really pick it to go along with length, but he is also athletic and has enough arm to play either corner outfield spot. He is still somewhat raw as he came from the Northwest and is a young college junior, so there is plenty of upside to Toglia’s game.

 

22)

Player: Matthew Thompson Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Cypress Ranch (TX) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height:  6’2” Weight: 184 lbs.
Quick Report: Coming out of a high 3/4 arm slot, Thompson gets a good, heavy downhill plane on his fastball that regularly gets into the mid-90s. He repeats his delivery well, although he does fall of to the first base side a bit much causing him to fly open some. He has shown a breaking ball that has flashed plus and some feel for a change. He has somewhat of a slight frame, but I don’t see a lot of projection in it. That said, the athleticism in his delivery should allow him to stick as a starter long term.

 

21)

Player: Rece Hinds Position(s): 3B
School (ST): IMG Academy (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6-4” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: The highest power grade in this year’s class just might belong to Rece Hinds, who can absolutely crush the ball. As with most power guys, there is a lot of swing and miss, but when he makes contact it is hard contact. He plays some short currently but is a pure third baseman in the future. His arm is one of the better ones among the prep 3B class.