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2019 Draft Recap – NL East

2019 Draft Recap – NL East

I will be breaking down my take on the draft for each team just as I started with Minor League Ball a season ago. Like then, this is a six article series, going East to West for the AL and NL. I will break down four picks for each team with those being:

Best Pick: Likely a Monday selection that I love as a fit and/or upside for the organization.

Reach: A selection I just don’t like, or at least as early as the player was selected.

Sleeper: Likely a Tuesday selection that the team got lower than I would have selected them, providing good value.

Deep Sleeper: This will be a pick often after the 10th round that will likely be signed (most often a college senior) and provide value in the system and potentially become a future big league player. Some will be inside the top 10 rounds depending on how the draft unfolded for that given team.

To see the other lists, use the links below (to be added as the articles post):

NL East
NL Central
NL West
AL East
AL Central
AL West

Atlanta Braves

Best Pick: Shae Langeliers – C – Baylor – Round 1 – Pick 9 – If you have ever read any of my stuff, you know I love defensive catchers. Langeliers not only might be the best defensive catcher in this draft, he has some real potential with the bat, see his 11 RBI game in the NCAA Regionals. The contact comes and goes, but the raw power is above average and would play well regardless of the position. He will enter pro ball with one of the quicker pop times and stronger arms in all the minors and, while he isn’t quick, his reactions behind the plate are fundamentally sound. Overall, he has a chance to truly be a star.

Reach: Beau Philip – SS – Oregon State – Round 2 – Pick 60 – The only way this pick works out is if he signs enough below slot to be able to sign Tyler Owens (more on him later). Philip is a good enough athlete but I am not sold he stays at short and the bat isn’t enough to play on a corner where the arm would play best. There is almost no power in the bat and he lacks the track record you typically expect from an Oregon State selection. Had they taken him in the fifth round I wouldn’t have flinched, but the second is far too early.

Sleeper: Ricky DeVito – RHP – Seton Hall – Round 8 – Pick 247 – The Big East pitcher of the year two seasons ago, DeVito struggled some this past season, otherwise he may have heard his name on day one. The delivery is, like his junior year production, inconsistent, but the fastball has plenty of life and comes in at 94 when he is on. The change is his best pitch, with varying movement that he can control and quality arm speed, it has the potential to be a plus offering. He also has a curve that is going to be at least average if not a tick above. If the Braves can iron out the delivery DeVito will come through as a great value on day two of the draft.

Deep Sleeper: Tyler Owens – RHP – Trinity Catholic HS (FL) – Round 13 – Pick 199 – The Braves did not select a single college senior until round 29, so they make for a tough “Deep Sleeper” team to recap. Owens has a commitment to Florida which is always a concern, but if the Braves can free up enough money form their earlier selections to sign Owens, this could be a great selection. Owens does not have the traditional size, just 5’10”, but there isn’t as much effort in the delivery as you typically find from a guy his height that can get into the upper-90s. His fastball sits more 93-94 and has a slider that has shown real potential. Overall, this could be a great pick if they can sign him.

Miami Marlins

Best Pick: J.J. Bleday – OF – Vanderbilt – Round 1 – Pick 4 – I had Bleday ranked fifth just behind CJ Abrams, but I have been less and less hardened on that stance in recent weeks. Bleday has a smooth swing that allows him to hit for average but also really show off his plus raw power. He is a solid fielder but the real shining tool for him on defense is his arm, which is plus. He is more athletic than he is fast but, ultimately, he will settle in as a middle of the order power bat that plays solid defense in right field, which is more than good enough to take with the number four overall pick.

Reach: Nasim Nunez – SS – Collins Hill HS (GA) – Round 2 – Pick 46 – I don’t dislike this pick, in fact I had him going only three spots later in my final mock, but it the Marlins only took four non seniors in the top ten rounds, and three spots early is the biggest “reach” to me. There are no questions about the arm, athleticism, or defense, as he may turn out to be the best defensive shortstop in this class, but the bat can be underwhelming. He is a light swinging switch hitter who is better on the short side of the platoon. That is the knock, which isn’t really much of one as he has a good swing and makes plenty of contact from both sides.

Sleeper: Kameron Misner – OF – Missouri – Competitive Balance A – Pick 30 – Misner didn’t put up the numbers scouts had hoped for in the SEC, but the tools are undeniable. He showed himself well as a guy who has a real shot to stick in center but has more than enough arm to play in right if needed. He can really move on the bases and in the field, but his best tool at the plate is the plus raw power and advanced approach at the plate. Overall, he is a guy that could hit .275 and go 20-20 in his best seasons.

Deep Sleeper: Nic Ready – 3B – Air Force – Round 23 – Pick 681 – I actually had a few options from the Marlins draft here, as I really liked Julian Infante in the 36th round as a guy who has had success in the most competitive college division, but I decided to highlight a guy I was really high on coming in. There was at least one team that gave consideration to Ready in the top 10 rounds and another that had real interest in him just from scouts I spoke to. The service commitment will be interesting to follow, but Ready has pop, has plenty of arm for third and sneaky range, and I actually think he has the athleticism to play second. I have plenty more on him here.

New York Mets

Best Pick: Matthew Allan – RHP – Seminole HS (FL) – Round 3 – Pick 89 – Allan was a guy everyone had as a day one guy, and most in the top half of the first round. After he was still on the board heading into Tuesday, most figured he would be heading to Florida, but the Mets grabbed him with their first pick on day 3 and selected only seniors from there to ensure they could save the money to sign him. Good body with a big fastball, plus curve, and a change that is better than most prep arms while commanding all three pitches, the Mets added an arm that can pitch in the front half of a rotation at some point.

Reach: Brett Baty – 3B – Lake Travis HS (TX) – Round 1 – Pick 12 – I didn’t dislike this pick, but when you go all college seniors (none of which can be considered a reach as they are almost assuredly going to save you money) you have to just pick from the pick you liked least. There were players I liked better here than Baty (Bryson Stott, Jackson Rutledge who both happened to go to NL East rivals) but I don’t dislike the pick.

Sleeper: Jake Mangum – OF – Mississippi State – Round 4 – Pick 118 – This is higher than a college senior is typically selected but, as just mentioned, the Mets needed to go to the college senior well early and often. Mangum is not your typical senior sign, as he is the SEC’s all-time hits leader and has a plus hit tool with elite speed. He uses that speed to make up for his utter lack of power (bottom of the scale) to stretch borderline doubles into sure fire doubles and covers a ton of ground in center. He has a well above average arm in center and could become a back of the lineup bat who stays in the big leagues for a decade.

Deep Sleeper: Antoine Duplantis – OF – LSU – Round 12 – Pick 358 – Duplantis is not dissimilar from Mangum as he is a senior sign with a track record of success in the SEC who has a good hit tool but lacks power. Unlike Mangum, Duplantis isn’t a good enough defender to hold down center, and his arm doesn’t play that well in right.

Philadelphia Phillies

Best Pick: Bryson Stott – SS – UNLV – Round 1 – Pick 9 – I was actually underwhelmed by Stott’s bat when I saw him in person after seeing many reports having his hit tool as a potential plus, but I loved the glove. He has great instincts, plus range, quick actions, and ridiculous leaping ability. At the plate, he adjusted his approach this season to show he has pop as the big knock was a lack of power, so he struck out more but drove the ball further this season. Regardless, his walks increased and he showed a real smart eye at the plate. I broke him down in much further detail earlier this season.

Reach: Jamari Baylor – SS – Benedictine School (VA) – Round 3 – Pick 91 – The Phillies didn’t have a second-round pick, but there was plenty more talent than Baylor at this selection as I didn’t talk to anyone that had him before round five.  He has plus speed and a strong arm, but the instincts and glove likely won’t be enough to keep him at short. His best attribute with the stick is his power, so third may be a good fit for him, as would right field. I am not sure he will ever hit enough for the power to be impactful, but the fact he is JuCo committed likely means the Phillies can get him for under slot.

Sleeper: Erik Miller – LHP – Stanford – Round 4 – Pick 120 – I had Miller firmly as a day one guy, but he slipped to the second round on day two. The knock on him is his ability to command his pitches and repeat his delivery, which may land him as a reliever, but the stuff could make him an impact reliever. He has as good a fastball/slider combo as any lefty in the draft and the change is good enough to sustain him as a starter if the command comes around. If not, he will be the type of guy who will be in the Andrew Miller type role (not saying he will be Miller, but saying the role could be similar) where he is truly used in high leverage spots and is available for multiple innings per outing.

Deep Sleeper: Spencer Van Scoyoc – LHP – University of Central Oklahoma – Round 19 – Pick 570 – First drafted in 2016 by the Blue Jays (also in the 19th round as it turns out), Van Scoyoc went to ASU where he struggled to find the strike zone (something Sun Devils fans might be all too familiar with after watching them this season). He transferred to DII Central Oklahoma ahead of this season and showed more of the same command concerns. What makes him a deep sleeper though is the fact he sits low-to-mid 90s with an easy delivery that could see more velo in time and a breaking ball can get hitters out from both sides of the plate. If the Phillies can iron out his command just enough to not be a liability he can turn into a legitimate bullpen piece.

Washington Nationals

Best Pick: Jackson Rutledge – RHP – San Jacinto College North – RHP – Round 1 – Pick 17 – Coming into the year, Rutledge was the second ranked JucCo prospect but a good year combined with Carter Stewart departing to Japan made him easily the top JuCo option. He sits into the high 90s and flirts with triple digits with the big fastball and has a slider that is a true plus offering. He adds to that a 12-6 curve and a change that is slowly coming along. The arm action and delivery may be limiting for him and there is a chance he doesn’t stick as a starter, but the stuff could make for a true ace reliever if he has to move to the pen.

Reach: Jackson Cluff – SS – BYU – Round 6 – Pick 183 – This is one of the first picks I really didn’t know anything about when his name was announced. I was not the only one, as he was not on the MLB Pipeline top 200 nor was he on Baseball America’s top 500. Here is what I have gathered in talking to scouts and some other research. Some pop in bat although the bat head is not great. Body suggests a future move off SS to third or a corner outfield. He is also still has two years of eligibility so a return to BYU isn’t out of the question. Not what I would be looking for in round 6 when guys like Pedro Pages, Michael Limoncelli, Ethan Hearn, and Matthew Barefoot were still on the board.

Sleeper: Matt Cronin – LHP – Arkansas – Round 4 – Pick 123 – A guy some thought could go on day one, the Nationals got arguably the best true reliever in the class in round four. His rising fastball gets on hitters even heavier than the mid-90s velocity would suggest, and he breaks off a big time 12-6 curve out of the same high slot as his fastball. The command has been inconsistent but not to the point it should raise any massive concern. The stuff and success in an elite college conference could see him moving quickly, potentially finding himself in AA this summer.

Deep Sleeper: Kevin Strohschein – 1B – Tennessee Tech – Round 21 – Pick 633 – I was not the only one to fall in love with Strohschein’s game a season ago when he led Tennessee Tech to the Super Regionals, but he wound up needing Tommy John but still managed to improve in all three of his slash lines from a season ago. Once thought to be a solid outfield prospect, being announced as a first baseman tells me the Nationals aren’t sold his arm has bounced back enough, but there is real pop in the bat and this is a guy that could truly make a big league roster and potentially even develop into a starting option in time.

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.

 

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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.