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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 20-11

20)

Player: Braden Shewmake Position(s): SS
School (ST): Texas A&M Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: Shewmake is a really interesting prospect as he does not look the part of a first rounder, but he produces like one. His bat path is long and he finds himself out on his front foot too often, but with enough balance to still spray the ball all over the field. He is long and lean, so some think power will come and a move to third will come with it, while others feel he can stick at short and still develop average power. I tend to lean more toward the latter, thinking he can be an average to better shortstop, hit for a solid average and develop into a 15 HR type guy.

 

19)

Player: Will Holland Position(s): SS
School (ST): Auburn Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 181 lbs.
Quick Report: Another in a very deep college shortstop class, Holland might be the best defender in the bunch. He has true plus speed in the field and on the bases as well as enough arm to make the throw from anywhere. When you see his frame and his speed, you expect him to be a gap-to-gap guy, but he is actually more of a power hitter than a contact hitter. He has a very deep stance and some stiffness in his hips, but he manages to stay on top of the ball and generates his power from some weight shift in his swing.

 

18)

Player: Matthew Allan Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Seminole (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: Allan possesses one of the better fastballs of any high schooler in this year’s class, but his command has shown better on his off-speed stuff than the fastball. He has a breaking ball that many consider to be plus and has shown signs of a change that could develop into at least average. He has the body and arm slot to stick as a workhorse starter but could benefit from some cleaned up mechanics.

 

17)

Player: Spencer Jones Position(s): 1B/LHP
School (ST): La Costa Canyon (CA) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height:  6’7” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: The lone true two-way prospect in this year’s class, Jones has scouts split on which way to play him. He hasn’t been pitching all that long, but the 6’7” lefty with a fastball up to 93 and a solid curve has scouts drooling over his upside. In the meantime, his long frame helps make him one of the better defensive first basemen in the class and has plenty of power. He also has the athleticism to play either corner outfield spot and would be one of the best base runners of any first base prospect in the class. Ultimately, I see him settling in as a pitcher, but don’t be surprised if he gets to do both in the complex leagues and beyond.

 

16)

Player: Jerrion Ealy Position(s): OF
School (ST): Jackson Prep (MS) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 192 lbs.
Quick Report: A true rarity, Ealy was an All-American running back in football but is a rather polished baseball player as well. He is a no doubt future center fielder with as much speed as anyone in this draft class to go with an arm that could be graded plus. He is compact but strong, leading many to believe 20-25 home runs are in his future, especially since he has elite bat speed and does not swing and miss often.

 

15)

Player: Zack Thompson Position(s): LHP
School (ST): Kentucky Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: A lefty with a four-pitch mix and command makes Thompson easy to project as a mid-rotation starter in the future. He was shut down last season with an elbow injury, but didn’t have surgery, so there will be questions about his durability coming into the Spring. His fastball sits in the low-90s, while he has both a slider and curve that show solid shape and spin. His change is his fourth best pitch as he tips it some with his drive leg dragging just a bit longer than on his other pitches, but it has good late movement. Thompson is one of the few with real potential to go 1-1, but the health remains the biggest question.

 

14)

Player: Daniel Espino Position(s): RHP
School (ST): George Premier Academy (GA) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: With a fastball that sits in the high 90s and has touched triple digits, there is little doubt Espino has the best fastball of any prep pitcher this year. Add to that a curve that is already a plus offering and a slider that some feel will be better than the curve and you have the makings of a really impressive pitcher. The arm action is long and can be picked up pretty early, so the fastball won’t play like you expect from a triple digit heater as it is rather flat. Based on the arm action, I also have some concern over his shoulder long term, which is really the only reason he falls outside my top 10.

 

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Player: Brennan Malone Position(s): RHP
School (ST): IMG Academy (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 203 lbs.
Quick Report: Another pitcher scouts think may reach triple digits in the future, Malone is more a mid-90s guy currently. He has a very athletic and repeatable delivery with a 3/4 slot allows some run and downward plane. He has flashed a breaking ball that has the makings of a plus offering, although it can be inconsistent. His change is well behind his other pitches, but he has shown the ability to spot it, which is more than you can say about most prep arms.

 

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Player: Michael Busch Position(s): 1B
School (ST): North Carolina Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 207 lbs.
Quick Report: I may be higher than most on Busch, but he is a rare combination of power and hit. He has a very good eye at the plate that allows him to flirt with a 1.000 OPS last season. He has the power to be a quality first baseman, but I am not sure he will be stuck there. He is not the most athletic player, nor does he have the best arm, but he has soft enough hands and good enough feet he may be able to move around the diamond a little bit, not unlike a Travis Shaw.

 

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Player: Bryson Stott Position(s): SS
School (ST): UNLV Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Stott does not come into the season with a ton of fanfare as it is tough to find UNLV games, but he could be a Darkhorse to go 1-1. He has walked more than he has struck out through two collegiate seasons, but he has not shown much power, which is his one below average tool. He can cover a ton of ground at short thanks to a combination of athleticism and instincts. His arm is more than enough to make the throws from deep in the hole. He will never be a superstar, but he is the type of player a franchise can truly build around.