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Boston Red Sox 2020 Preseason Top 10

Boston Red Sox 2020 Preseason Top 10

1)

Player: Triston Casas
Position(s): 1B/3B Opening Day Age: 20 2019 Highest Level: A Adv.
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 238 lbs.
Quick Report: Hands down the class of the Red Sox system, Casas provides a legit power bat with a defensive profile that allows for some flexibility. He is painfully slow making third base a true secondary position, but he has good hands and a strong arm. The defensive profile really lends itself to be a plus defender at first. He makes plenty of contact despite striking out 118 times in 120 games a season ago, but he did put up 20 home runs in his first full season. The body and lofty swing will allow for plenty more power to show up and he can become a 25-30 HR bat in the middle of the Red Sox order, but is probably two full seasons away from debuting in Boston.

2)

Player: Bobby Dalbec
Position(s): 3B/1B Opening Day Age: 24 2019 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: Dalbec looked good in Mexico at the Premier12, but the lack of ability to hit for average will always limit his potential impact. The bat head gets down on the ball with ease, but he will chase out of the zone frequently and is pop up prone. When he does make solid contact, the ball flies, so there is definitely plenty of potential to impact a game with the bat. He is a solid defender at third with good hands and a cannon of an arm, but his range is quite limited due to his lack of foot speed. He, like the guy ahead of him, is best suited for first, but has a much better chance to earn regular time at third as he has a bit more range and an even stronger arm than Casas.

3)

Player: Jarren Duran
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 23 2019 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Easy plus speed and good enough reads to hold down center, Duran has a chance to make an impact in the field and on the bases. The bat is nothing special as the bat speed is nothing special and there is rare effort in the swing for a left-handed hitter. The shoulders are stiff and the bat feels as though it has to fight against his body. Despite that, he has hit well over .300 in his season and a half of pro ball and found his way to AA a season ago. He does not draw enough walks, something that could definitely benefit him given the wheels, but there is plenty of potential there. He showed better patience in the AFL and he looked to drive the ball a little more, but he is best suited to shorten the swing, go the other way, and make an impact by stretching singles into doubles and playing a solid center field.

4)

Player: Bryan Mata
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 20 2019 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: I have Mata listed at 175 lbs. as it is the heaviest I have seen him listed, but he is easily 200 lbs., and that is weight works for him. He has a fastball that will get up to 99 while sitting up to 97 to go with a power slider and an above average change. The curve was once a quality pitch but he has struggled with it the past couple seasons. He created plenty of depth with an upright low 3/4 slot delivery that creates some run on the fastball. There is some late effort and stiffness in the delivery that leaves some concern, but Mata is the only pitcher in the Red Sox system with a better chance than not to make it as a starter.

5)

Player: Jay Groome
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 21 2019 Highest Level: A Short
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’5” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: No player had as much hype as Groome heading into the 2016 MLB draft, but real makeup concerns contributed to him slipping to pick 12 and into the Red Sox lap. Since arriving it has been a mixed bag, as he has flashed the plus fastball and curve at times, but the change has lagged behind and command has been a real concern. Add to that there have been weight concerns, and Tommy John surgery in 2018 means he has pitched just four innings the past two seasons and just 44.1 in full season ball thus far in his career. If he can come back healthy and in shape, Groome could skyrocket back into a top 100 type prospect in baseball, but he could also tank and land outside the Red Sox top 10 a year from now.

6)

Player: Gilberto Jimenez
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 19 2019 Highest Level: A Short
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs.
Quick Report: Jimenez was signed for just $10k in 2017 but has quickly rocketed up the Red Sox prospect ranks. He has a first off the bus body that screams power, but that doesn’t really translate to the box. Instead he is a plus speed switch hitting center fielder that has homered just three times in his two pro seasons. He also lacks discipline at the plate, striking out well more than twice per walk, but he does a good job making contact from both sides of the plate. He should get the opportunity to make his full season debut out of camp this Spring, and has a future as a leadoff man patrolling center, there is just a lot of time and growth between now and reaching that potential.

7)

Player: Noah Song
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2019 Highest Level: A Short
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: If not for the Naval commitment, Song would come in fifth for me. I voted Song ahead of Adley Rutschman in the Dick Howser Award voting a season ago. He has four average to better pitches and commands the zone well. He comes out of a 3/4 slot with limited effort and plenty of extension allowing his fastball to play even harder than his mid-90s velo. His fastball runs as does his change, while his slider dives out of the zone late and a hammer curve. He doesn’t have front end upside, but landing as a number three starter is a real possibility and I would not be shocked at all to see him reach that potential.

8)

Player: Tanner Houck
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2019 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: Where Houck will ultimately end up is a real question. He has seen time as a starter and as a reliever, and it seems nobody con come to a consensus which role fits him best. I am pretty well done with him as a starter and I think he could be a high quality reliever. He has a low 3/4 cross body delivery with a slider that sprints away from righties and a fastball that will get up to 96 while bearing in on their hands. His curve is good enough but the change still has a lot of work to go. Given there is effort in the delivery, I see him as a mid-relief guy early in 2020 with a shot at becoming a quality late inning arm before too long.

9)

Player: Thad Ward
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2019 Highest Level: A Adv.
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Ward is long and lean with four pitches that flash average to better but very inconsistent. He creates some deception with multiple speeds in his leg kick that allows his fastball play faster than the 91-93 he typically sits. The change does not have enough velo gap off the fastball and the curve spins too often. His slider is easily his best secondary offering, bordering on plus potential, and will likely be the carrying pitch. My guess is he will shed the change and/or curve before too long and transition more into relief where the fastball should tick up and the slider could really play well.

10)

Player: Matthew Lugo
Position(s): SS Opening Day Age: 18 2019 Highest Level: A Short
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Lugo and Song were my favorite selections for the Red Sox in the 2019 draft. Lugo has a big load in his swing that he times quite well and keeps his hands back well even when he mistimes the kick. The hands clear well and there is some natural loft to the bat plane. There is little doubt he can stick as a shortstop long term, showing plenty of arm and quickness to go with natural instincts at the position. I am hopeful he starts the season in Greenville where I expect him to show well enough to land in the top five in next year’s Red Sox list.

Just Missed:

C.J. Chatham – SS – 25 – AAA
Cameron Cannon – INF – 22 – A Short
Nick Decker – OF – 20 – A Short
Brandon Howlett – 3B – 20 – A
Antoni Flores – SS – 19 – A Short

 

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

 

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 40-31

40)

Player: J.J. Goss Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Cypress Ranch (TX) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: A projectable body makes it easy to believe Goss will end up sitting in the mid-90s rather than just touching it like he does currently. He gets solid leg drive although the arm spends a long time behind his body before getting into his 3/4 arm slot. He has a slider that has real drop and run which could play plus and has shown the ability to spot a change as well. He should be a starter at the pro level with his upside dependent upon his ability to clean up some minor mechanical flaws and how the fastball improves as he adds size.

 

39)

Player: Nasim Nunez Position(s):  SS
School (ST): Collins Hill (GA) Grade: High School
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’9” Weight: 155 lbs.
Quick Report: Maybe the best defensive player in this draft, Nunez is a sure thing to stick at a premium defensive position. He has great fluidity around the bag, turns his hips incredibly well, and can make any throw at a variety of arm angles. The question will be how much he can hit. There will likely never be much power, and the contact is currently a question as he has a long bat path. If he can clean that up and prove he can hit for average this Spring, look for Nunez to leap into the first round. If the bat doesn’t come around, there is a good chance he ends up making it to campus at Clemson.

 

38)

Player: Brooks Lee Position(s): SS
School (ST): San Luis Obispo (CA) Grade: High School
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Committed to play for his father at Cal Poly, there is a good chance Lee doesn’t make it to campus. He really broke out at Area Codes, he plays solid defense that could have him stick at short, although he may have to move off to second. At the plate, his swing should not lead to a lot of contact but it does and has against top competition. His body drifts out over his front foot and the swing is mostly upper body. Staying more balanced and getting his hips into his swing should allow for power to develop from both sides of the plate.

 

37)

Player: Dominic Fletcher Position(s): OF
School (ST): Arkansas Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’10” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: I am higher on Fletcher than most, but I believe he can improve the bat-to-ball skill. He drifts out over his front foot leaving him off balance too often but, even when off balance, he can hit the ball a long way. He has an impressive knack for the game, often getting excellent reads on the ball in the outfield and a better base-runner than his speed would suggest. He has a strong arm and will stick in right, but he could fill in at times in center should a team be desperate.

 

36)

Player: Hunter Barco Position(s): LHP
School (ST): The Boles School (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’4” Weight: 212 lbs.
Quick Report: The showcase circuit was not kind to Barco, going from one of the premier names to one that is riddled with questions. He has a three-pitch mix with his split-change being the weakest of the three. He entered the summer with a mid-90s fastball but showed it in the low-90s instead. Add to that a slider that is sharp but inconsistent and there is plenty of upside. He pitches from a very low 3/4 slot that has led to some control issues. If he is back in the mid-90s and shows a better feel for his pitches this Spring, he can solidify himself as a first rounder, but if he continues to struggle his stock will certainly take a big hit.

 

35)

Player: Matthew Lugo Position(s): SS
School (ST): Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: The more tape I see of Lugo, the more I like him and think I may be too low on him. He has a larger leg kick at the plate than I typically like, but he demonstrates great balance and timing. He has a bat plane that allows him to hit line drives that will develop into real home run power, although he is mostly a pull hitter currently. There is a chance he outgrows short and has to move to third, but he will be given every opportunity to stick up the middle.

 

34)

Player: Alek Manoah Position(s): RHP
School (ST): West Virginia Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 260 lbs.
Quick Report: As big a body as there is in this year’s draft, Manoah has flirted with triple digits out of the bullpen but is expected to be given the opportunity to start at West Virginia this season. He led the Cape in strikeouts over the summer where his fastball didn’t show much down-tick in velocity in the rotation. He comes out of a low 3/4 slot and has some effort to his delivery, but he can get the slider to really run at the feet of lefties. His change and consistency in delivery need to improve to stay a starter, but he has a high floor or a late inning reliever at the pro level.

 

33)

Player: Greg Jones Position(s): SS
School (ST): UNC-Wilmington Grade: Sophomore
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: The toolsy Jones will stick up the middle, although there are questions as to whether that will be at short or in center. He has a big swing that does not produce as much power as the bat speed would lead you to believe, but he can run into some long balls especially from the right side. He is raw for a collegiate bat but playing in a non-power conference has allowed his pure athleticism to carry him thus far. With some polish, he can turn into a player who vastly outperforms his expected draft position, somewhere well behind where I have him ranked here.

 

32)

Player:  Tyler Dyson Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Florida Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: Opening the season as a Sunday starter last season was certainly no slight considering it was Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar ahead of him. I don’t see the upside in Dyson that I have seen in the recent run of Gator pitchers, as I am not completely sold on him as a starter. He was slowed by a shoulder issue last season, so he will have to prove he is healthy and he can keep his stuff consistent this season as it seemed to dissipate as he got deeper into outings. He has a low 3/4 slot with some inconsistent arm action and is still working on making his change a consistent third offering. All that said, he still have a big fastball and potentially plus slider, so there is plenty of upside.

 

31)

Player: Nick Lodolo Position(s): LHP
School (ST): TCU Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’6” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Lodolo has already been selected high, 41st overall by the Pirates in 2016, he is looking to improve on that this year. Despite being a high pick and starting right from the jump with TCU, his numbers haven’t been dominant and he is still a projectable player rather than one with track record. He has a fastball that regularly touches the mid-90s with a good downhill plane and some sink to it. His change does not create the velo difference you typically want, but it has good movement and flashes plus. He can also get a curve over, but it is definitely a work in progress. He is still very long and lean, with more velocity a possibility and a strong season could catapult him into the top half of the first round.