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2019 Draft Recap – NL Central

2019 Draft Recap – NL Central

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

Chicago Cubs

Best Pick: Chase Strumpf – 2B – UCLA – Round 2 – Pick 64 – When Strumpf’s name was announced at the draft, he was about to step into the on-deck circle as UCLA looked (and succeeded) in knocking off Loyola Marymount to proceed to the Super Regionals. When he stepped to the plate, he launched a three-run bomb that helped them advance. Power isn’t really a big part of his game, although he has enough to grade out pretty close to average. The real impressive pieces of Strumpf’s game are his plus hit tool and his ability to play a very strong second base.

Reach: Ryan Jensen – RHP – Fresno State – Round 1 – Pick 27 – Jensen did sign for more than a half million under slot, which makes this less of a reach as that nearly made up enough money needed to sign their sixth round pick, and my sleeper, Ethan Hearn. Jensen will likely need to move to the bullpen as he doesn’t have the body nor the delivery to hold up to a starting workload. He also struggles with command and lacks a viable third offering, although his big fastball and quality slider could make him a solid late inning reliever, just looking for more upside or more secure floor than this in the first round.

Sleeper: Ethan Hearn – C – Mobile Christian School (AL) – Round 6 – Pick 192 – Hearn was my third ranked catcher in this draft but was the 12th selected, although he was the first prep catcher selected which is always a risky selection. He has a bigger body and lacks the lateral mobility I typically like from a catcher, but the feet are good when popping up to make a throw and the strong arm makes him a guy who can post sub-2.0 pop times. He also has plus raw power with a decent left-handed stroke that should lead to enough contact to get to that power. I would not have criticized a team had they taken Hearn late in the first round, so the sixth round and paying him “second round money” is an easy “sleeper” decision for me.

Deep Sleeper: Nelson Maldonado – OF – Florida – Round 21 – Pick 642 – I gave real consideration to Adam Laskey and Hunter Bigge for this spot, but both still have a year of eligibility left and neither have signed as of the time of this writing, so I broke the tie and went with the senior. Maldonado has an elite eye at the plate and some pop in the bat, although the power has been inconsistent. He is rather limited defensively as he is likely a LF only type guy, but has the upside to hit enough to become a decent fourth outfielder.

Cincinnati Reds

Best Pick: Nick Lodolo – LHP – TCU – Round 1 – Pick 7 – There was little surprise when Lodolo was announced to the Reds with the seventh pick as he was strongly linked to them for a while ahead of the draft. He is long and lanky but has good body control and a whippy 3/4 slot creating real run on all his pitches. The slider is a wipeout pitch while he has a borderline plus change to go with a running fastball that gets into the mid-90s. There was something in his delivery that reminded me of Chris Sale, and he could be a poor man’s version of Sale, which should make the Reds incredibly happy.

Reach: Eric Yang – C – UCSB – Round 7 – Pick 204 – I don’t like Yang as a pick in the top 10 rounds as I don’t see a true path to the big leauges for him. He is a solid receiver behind the plate, but not special. His arm is average at best, he showed flashes of some pop in the bat and has a good eye at the plate, but I doubt he ever really hits enough to carry him to the highest level. I would rather have seen the Reds go with a proven senior they can get for a lower cost and use the funds for the multiple players they got who may need over slot (Rece Hinds, Quin Cotton, Tyler Callihan, Yan Contreras).

Sleeper: Tyler Callihan – 3B – Providence School of Jacksonville (FL) – Round 3 – Pick 85 – It is hard to call a guy who signed for more than double slot a sleeper, which is why I almost went with Rece Hinds or Quin Cotton, but ultimately this was a great selection by the Reds. Callihan easily could have been selected in the first round as he has an advanced hit tool and quality raw power. The arm and bat both project well for third but the glove is his big question mark. He was announced as a second baseman, which makes even less sense for me, and he has seen time behind the plate at times. Ultimately, it will be the bat that carries him, but if he can stay off first base he can be a special selection.

Deep Sleeper: Patrick Raby – RHP – Vanderbilt – Round 17 – Pick 504 – If the Reds can sign Yan Contreras, he will be a real steal in the 12th round, but Raby is a senior and all but guaranteed to sign. He doesn’t have the raw stuff of most well-regarded draft picks, but he has a track record few can match. He has been a four-year contributor at pitching powerhouse Vanderbilt and struck out more than a batter per inning this season. His fastball tops out around 90 and has an average curve and change, but he may be able to work his way into a spot starter in time, which is a quality return in round 17.

Milwaukee Brewers

Best Pick: Thomas Dillard – C/OF – Ole Miss – Round 5 – Pick 163 – I was not big on the Brewers draft, which is represented by the fact I have their fifth-round pick as their best pick. He has plus raw power and good bat speed that allows him to hit well from both sides of the plate. What makes me like this pick most is the fact he was announced as a catcher. Dillard was a catcher in HS and saw minimal time there while at Ole Miss, but he could be a special bat for the position if he is able to improve the receiving ability and feet behind the dish. The arm is more than enough to play there and could allow him to play right, although his range is quite limited and he may end up at first if catching doesn’t work out, where I would end up ranking this as just another eh selection for the Brewers this year.

Reach: Antoine Kelly – LHP – Wabash Valley College – Round 2 – Pick 65 – Kelly is a 6’6” lefty who can touch 98 with ease and triple digits are likely in his future, there, I said nice things about him. The next time he shows a quality secondary offering just may be the first time as he has a slider but it spins more than it breaks, and he throws a change but it is incredibly inconsistent and easy to read. None of his pitches are thrown with much in terms of command and the delivery needs work. He has a special fastball, but I like Tanner Scott’s FB (reliever for the Baltimore Orioles) and Scott has shown at least one average secondary offering, and his big league ERA is over 5.5. I fear Kelly is all fastball but little else.

Sleeper: Gabe Holt – OF/2B – Texas Tech – Round 7 – Pick 223 – Holt has spent most his time in Lubbock as a second baseman but his future is most likely in center. He has plus-plus speed that allows him to steal plenty of bags and cover a ton of ground defensively. He knows his role and does not worry about creating much in term of launch angle, instead going for a line drive approach to all fields and letting his legs do the work. He is most likely a future utility guy, but he has the upside of an everyday player who gets on base and makes things happen once there and I would not be shocked if he has the best career of anyone in the Brewers draft class this year.

Deep Sleeper: David Hamilton – SS – Texas – Round 8 – Pick 253 – This is one of the few day two guys who will be highlighted as a “deep sleeper” for me, but Hamilton is a guy who missed the entire season and may miss some of next season too after blowing out his Achilles. Hamilton’s calling card is his speed, which is a real question now given the injury he sustained. If he gets back to his pre-injury form, he still wasn’t a lock to go on day one of the draft, but he should be able to hold down short and slap the ball around the ballpark enough to have an impact. He can take a medical redshirt and return to Austin to improve his draft stock, but I hope he signs, finishes his rehab, and gets on the field sometime next Spring.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Best Pick: Quinn Priester – RHP – Cary-Grove HS (IL) – Round 1 – Pick 18 – My initial reaction to this pick wasn’t glowing, but the more I look at the pick the more I like it. He has a big fastball that can get into the upper 90s with life, and a high-quality curve that has plus potential. His change is far behind the other two pitches as he simply hasn’t needed it coming from a cold weather region that his fastball is usually enough to blow away hitters. He has good command and a quality delivery to go with a body that has plenty of projection left in it. Still don’t love Priester and I don’t believe he has the greatest of upside despite the big fastball, but he could turn into a low-end number two starter or high-end number three, which is an excellent return.

Reach: J.C. Flowers – RHP – Florida State – Round 4 – Pick 124 – To be honest, if Flowers had been announced as an outfielder, I would actually like this selection, but I am not too fond of it as a pitcher. He probably had as good a chance as any in this class to be a two-way player and has elite athleticism that makes him an above-average defensive center fielder and quality base runner. He strikes out too much but there is real pop in the bat. Unfortunately, at least to me, we won’t see that as he was drafted for what he did as the Seminoles closer. His fastball gets into the mid-90s when at its best, but more often sits in the low-90s. He has a cutting slider that may develop into an above average offering, and a change that could come along enough to allow him to get some run as a starter.

Sleeper: Blake Sabol – OF/C – USC – Round 7 – Pick 214 – I don’t rule out Sabol being given a chance to catch where I think he has the athleticism and enough arm to give it a real run. If that doesn’t work, he will be just fine in the outfield where he covers enough ground to fill in at center, enough arm to fill in right, but is really a left fielder long term. He has a good eye at the plate, but doesn’t take advantage of it enough, attacking bad first pitches far too often. When he does make contact, his plus raw power allows the ball to travel, although the game power is still well behind the raw. If Sabol puts it all together, he is a first-round talent, it is just a question of whether or not he manages to do that.

Deep Sleeper: Chase Murray – OF – Georgia Tech – Round 13 – Pick 394 – I had some real doubt Murray would sign when I heard his name called, but it does appear he will. If you go off his sophomore and Cape Cod numbers, Murray looks like an easy day two guy, but he really struggled this past season and fell to day three. He has shown he can play center and hit for good average but the power is quite limited. Like many of the “deep sleepers” I will name, his most likely role at the highest level is as a bench option, where I think he could be a quality fourth outfielder.

St. Louis Cardinals

Best Pick: Zack Thompson – LHP – Kentucky – Round 1 – Pick 19 – A successful summer on the Cape and with the USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team launched Thompson into consideration as the top pitcher in the draft. He wound up being the fifth arm off the board but may be as “safe” an arm as any selected in round one. His fastball gets into the mid-90s with good tilt and some rune while mixing in two breaking balls that are above average. His change is already solid and should be a quality fourth offering to go with a repeatable and clean delivery giving him an easy mid-rotation to better future.

Reach: Trejyn Fletcher – OF – Deering HS (ME) – Round 2 – Pick 58 – Athletic, cold weather prep players are always an interesting case come draft time, and this is one I am not big on. He re-classified to be eligible for the draft this year rather than next but was still already 18 come draft day and there isn’t a track record against quality competition. He has an impressive arm and can really run, but I wonder if he will ever make enough contact to be a viable big league option. There is power but even raw may not be more than average, although the chances he is an above-average if not plus defender in center are good, so there is some floor, I am just not sold on the tools at the plate.

Sleeper: Jack Ralston – RHP – UCLA – Round 7 – Pick 215 – Ralston has a deliver I can’t make up my mind on as there is good control in the lower half but the arm whips right over the top with inconsistent release points. When at his best, it has massive downhill plane thanks to the fact he is 6’6” and his high slot, but he will whip the ball in the dirt and leave it high far more than you want, and the ball can become somewhat easy to find. He does have a hammer curve that misses barrels and a change that needs significant work. I do like the combo of that fastball and curve out of the pen when it isn’t as easy to get a read on the release point, and I could see him becoming a quality late inning option.

Deep Sleeper: Tommy Jew – OF – UC Santa Barbara – Round 13 – Pick 395 – The Gauchos flirted with a top 10 ranking at times this season, but then went two and out in the Stanford regional. One of the more upsetting moments for UCSB fans was watching Jew trip at first and flip over the bag before being carted off with his left ankle stabilized. He tapped into his power stroke this season and went from a slap hitting center fielder to a more traditional bat. There are more Ks than you want, but the added pop and impressive defense make up for it. That defense is above average D in center field where he allows his plus speed to cover a ton of ground and has more than enough arm for the position. His baseball instincts help him in the field and on the bases and, assuming a return to full health, he will outperform his draft position by a long shot.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.