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This is my final ranking (not an industry consensus, though that is a factor) of the players eligible for the 2013 MLB Draft after spending the last year talking to scouts and industry insiders about the draft class. I am not predicting the order I think the players will go on draft day. For that, see the mock drafts linked above. After the rank, name, position and school for each player, I list their age on draft day (June 6th), their height/weight and bats/throws. See Draft Central or click on the players name for scouting videos and more content.
51. Travis Demeritte, SS, Winder Barrow HS (GA)
Draft Day Age: 18.68, R/R, 6'1/185, College: South Carolina
Has made adjustments this spring and tools were always good: above average bat speed, feel to hit in games and a chance to stick at shortstop. Power is still below average and will likely never be more than fringy, making second base his only real fit long-term.
52. Riley Unroe, 2B, Desert Ridge HS (AZ)
Draft Day Age: 17.84, B/R, 6'0/180, College: USC
Super athletic prep shortstop with big league father flashes plus speed, hands for the infield, average raw power and feel to hit from both sides. He likely fits at second base or center field long term, has some rawness to his game and there's rumors he won't be easy sign, but Unroe has sparked a lot of interest in the top 50 picks.
53. Tucker Neuhaus, 3B, Wharton HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 17.97, L/R, 6'3/190, College: Louisville
Has only played a handful of games this spring due to multiple injuries but is healthy now and has above average lefty power with more to come, has average or better defensive projection at the hot corner is a hot commodity for pre-draft workouts
Draft Day Age: 21.19, R/R, 6'2/195
College third baseman is good defender that may fit best at second base until he fills out his frame. You can project average raw power and he shows the elements to be an above average bat.
Draft Day Age: 21.21, R/R, 6'3/200
Had mid first round momentum entering the year but his stuff (up to 97 mph with plus slider over the summer) and command haven't been quite as good this spring due to blister issues. He works aggressively with his fastball, sitting 90-93 and hitting 95 mph this spring with an above average slider and solid changeup.
Draft Day Age: 21.78, R/R, 6'4/225
Whitson went unsigned as the 9th overall pick in the 2010 Draft out of a Florida panhandle high school, turning down over $2 million. He was a dynamic addition in the Gators' Omaha run his freshman year, then missed much of his sophomore year with various arm injuries and missed his entire 2013 season with exploratory shoulder surgery to clean up the joint. As recently as fall scout day in October, Whitson was up to 96, flashing a plus slider and changeup, though his command was still a little rusty. The upside is as a frontline starter but there's an injury history to clear with your doctors and a number of smaller adjustments to make as he gets back on the mound.
57. Dustin Peterson, 2B/LF, Gilbert HS (AZ)
Draft Day Age: 18.74, R/R, 6'2/180, College: Arizona State
Little brother of likely top 10 pick this year (New Mexico 1B D.J. Peterson). Scouts underestimated D.J. out of high school and Dustin shows some of his older brother's hitting tools with above average power projection and a chance to stick at second base long term.
58. Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East HS (KY)
Draft Day Age: 17.90, L/L, 6'3/160, College: Kentucky
Young, lanky 6'4 lefty with a loose arm had a velo spike this spring and has been up to 95 mph with curve and changeup that show promise but the delivery needs work and his elbow gets high enough in the back of his arm stroke to worry some scouts.
59. Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Tullahoma HS (TN)
Draft Day Age: 18.01, R/R, 6'1/180, College: Vanderbilt
Sheffield announced himself as a factor in the top 50 picks last October when he hit 98 mph with an above average hook in an electric relief inning in Jupiter. He repeated this showing early in the spring before a month-long layoff due to arm soreness ended in Tommy John surgery. The Vandy signee will be a tough sign but there is a precedent for paying for the TJ rehab of pitchers with early round potential.
60. Jake Brentz, LHP, Parkway South HS (MO)
Draft Day Age: 18.73, L/L, 6'2/190, College: Missouri
Very athletic lefty is new to pitching and has been up to 97 mph this spring with slider that flashes plus and changeup and curveball that are above average at times. He lacks projection and polish with command that totally deserts him at times and his velocity is more often 90-93 mph but he's just scratching the surface.
Draft Day Age: 21.11, R/R, 6'3/230
Former Sun Devil reliever has slowly improved in rotation, hitting 96 mph at times but working aggressively in the low 90's with off-speed that's often average but changeup can be above average at times.
62. Christian Arroyo, 2B, Hernando HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.02, R/R, 6'1/185, College: Florida
Arroyo was a well-known prospect that lacked big tools and appeared to be going to Florida to be a three year contributor. This spring he took a step forward, slimming up his body and increasing his arm strength and quickness. He still isn't a shortstop long-term and isn't a slam dunk to be a good second baseman but has above average hands and an average arm with good instincts, actions and short-area quickness. He projects for 10-15 homers annually with 45 raw power to all fields and has an advanced feel for making contact when he doesn't get too eager. He's a well below average runner but the rumor is the Giants would take him 25th overall (and they did), eventually moving him to catcher, where his tools would profile great if he can stick back there, where he has no experience.
Draft Day Age: 21.58, B/R, 6'1/195
Scouts aren't very enthusiastic about his defense behind the plate, so he'll likely move to a corner soon, but the bat is for real. One scout said Knapp has the handsy swing with the eye-hand coordination reminiscent of Derek Jeter.
64. Myles Smith, RHP, Lee
Draft Day Age: 21.20, R/R, 6'1/175
Smaller righty from powerhouse small college in Tennessee flashes big stuff (up to 96 with changeup that flashes plus) with athleticism and advanced feel to command it.
65. Jordan Paroubeck, CF, Serra HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 18.59, B/R, 6'2/190, College: Fresno State
Paroubeck comes from the same high school as Barry Bonds and he's another big athlete that projects for above average speed and arm strength along with above average raw power from both sides of the plate, though his game hitting performances leave a bit to be desired.
66. Stephen Wrenn, CF, Walton HS (GA)
Draft Day Age: 18.66, R/R, 6'2/185, College: Georgia
Yet another super athletic high school center fielder from the Atlanta area joins Frazier, Meadows and Hart in top 50 pick contention. The 6'2 Wrenn has average power potential, is a plus-plus runner and area scouts swear he's faster than Josh Hart, though Wrenn's speed doesn't always show up in games. His swing also can get a bit out of sorts in games and Wrenn will get out on his front foot and produce more weak contact than you'd like to see.
Draft Day Age: 21.24, L/L, 6'4/210
Has stiff arm action and delivery that has contributed to softer stuff this spring but will flash 90-93 mph fastball and above average slider at times.
68. Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 17.80, L/L, 6'3/210, College: Hawaii
Very young lefty for class was projection lefty that delivered on some of that projection this spring as he'll sis in the low 90's and hit 94 mph at times with an above average curveball and promising changeup. His command and the crispness of his stuff has wandered but he's a full year younger than many of the prep arms to which he's being compared.
69. Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 18.48, L/R, 6'3/180, College: USC
Projectable athlete show above average power potential from left side and above average arm and hands should allow him to stick at third base. He's still growing into his body and length to his frame creates some contact issues at the plate.
70. Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State JC (OK)
Draft Day Age: 19.53, R/R, 6'4/200, College: Arkansas
Unsigned 2012 2nd rounder of the Mets has looked about the same this spring as last. He's still a projectable right-hander with plus velocity that peaks at 96 mph and shows a curveball, slider and changeup with some promise that many scouts feel are just solid average pitches at best that are held back by his rough delivery that creates fringy command.
Draft Day Age: 21.01, L/L, 6'4/210
Crafty lefty has some projection left, works with 87-91 mph fastball and average curveball but relies on changeup that flashes plus and solid command.
Draft Day Age: 21.21, R/L, 6'3/200
Crafty lefty has history of performing in the SEC and good command but stuff is just okay (88-93 mph fastball, average slider, solid changeup) and his crossfire delivery has funk that limits projection.
73. Garrett Hampson, SS, Reno HS (NV)
Draft Day Age: 18.66, R/R, 6'0/170, College: Long Beach State
Hampson wasn't well known entering the season but caught scouts attention with his plus speed. He's a spark plug type with energy for days that has a chance to stick at shortstop with a backup plan of second base. He's not that big but takes healthy cut from the right side with gap power.
74. Cord Sandberg, CF, Manatee HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.43, L/L, 6'3/215, College: Mississippi State (FB)
High profile dual-threat QB recruit also plays center field but is curiously a fringy runner and thrower. The ultimate fit is left field and Sandberg doesn't have a lot of baseball experience or many at bats versus top pitching, so some scouts cut him slack for some rawness at the plate. His carrying tools are overall athleticism and above average power projection. He sounds motivated to sign in the top two rounds, where he likely finds a home.
Draft Day Age: 20.81, L/R, 6'3/215
Big righty recovered from early season back injury and stuff is all the way back, hitting 97 mph with a plus curveball in relief. The issue is that the medical is very long and his value is harmed by being long-term relief fit due to changeup/command issues.
76. Zack Collins, 1B, American Heritage HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.33, L/R, 6'2/210, College: Miami
Collins is a high profile player from the same powerhouse high school as Royals 1B Eric Hosmer and Red Sox 2012 first rounder SS Deven Marrero that has long been considered one of the top bats in the class. He peaked early physically and has never been much of a catcher, his amateur position, but his loose lefty stroke and above average all fields power plays at first base despite only ordinary size.
77. Cavan Biggio, 2B, St. Thomas HS (TX)
Draft Day Age: 18.15, L/R, 6'1/185, College: Notre Dame
Son of soon-to-be Hall Of Famer shows, as you'd expect, ability to possibly stick at second base and advanced feel for hitting and plate discipline. Could end up at third base eventually and won't come cheap as he's committed to join his older brother with the Irish. Biggio isn't close to the same amateur prospect as his father as his other tools (fringy speed, power and arm strength) are ordinary.
Draft Day Age: 21.65, B/L, 6'0/215
Steady college bat is classic tweener profile as guy that can run some and plays center now, but will fit in a corner long-term where his solid-average power is good but comes up a little short for a definite everyday corner profile. His arm is fringy so left field is the future fit, but his bat speed and feel for hitting gives him a chance to be a lower-end everyday player if everything comes together.
Draft Day Age: 20.98, R/R, 6'1/185
Nephew of Yankee great Paul O'Neill flashes some early round tools but had a tough spring. He's a plus runner who will likely lose a step and be an above average defensive right fielder down the road with a plus arm. He hit well on the Cape and has average raw power potential to possibly profile everyday in a corner, but has some trouble tapping into it in games.
80. Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (KY)
Draft Day Age: 18.45, R/R, 6'1/200, College: Kentucky
As a junior, he was thought to be one of the top players in this prep class but hasn't progressed much as a senior. Athletic righty has electric arm that can easily run it into the mid-90's but his smallish frame and effort to his delivery mutes scout excitement over his projection. Some teams aren't in love with his makeup, but Hollon will flash an above average slider and usable changeup, so he should go comfortably in the top five rounds regardless.
81. John Riley, C, Willow Glen HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 19.31, R/R, 6'1/200, College: California
Riley flew under the national radar entering the spring but looks certain to go off the board before the end of the third round now. He has an athletic swing with above average power potential but has taken quickly to his new position behind the plate where scouts think he'll be able to fit long-term. He's one of the oldest prep players in the class and would be draft eligible after his sophomore year with Cal, but seems likely to sign if he goes in the top three rounds.
82. Garrett Williams, LHP, Calvary Baptist HS (LA)
Draft Day Age: 18.73, L/L, 6'2/195, College: Oklahoma State
Williams looked like a possible first round pick entering the spring but the inconsistency of his velocity has dampened his draft stock. At times he'll sit at 90-92 mph, while in other outings he'll quickly fall off into the mid-80's. His best weapon is a curveball that flashes plus and that will get him drafted high and his changeup and command flash promise.
Draft Day Age: 21.80, L/L, 6'2/165
Overton entered the spring as the superior prospect to Sooner rotation mate Jonathan Gray, who has vaulted himself into the top two picks with a blistering spring. Overton missed some time with arm trouble this spring and his previously crisp stuff (low 90's fastball peaked at 96, above average slider) were both average to slightly below this season, possibly due in part to arm stress created by his crossfire delivery. His changeup is solid and Overton has improved his command out of necessity, but his skinny build doesn't help concerns that his stuff may not come back.
84. Cory Thompson, SS/RHP, Mauldin HS (SC)
Draft Day Age: 18.70, R/R, 6'0/185, College: South Carolina
Thompson showed some two-way ability on the showcase circuit but garnered a lot more attention this spring as he's developed further. He hit 94 mph and flashed a plus curveball early in the spring but leveled off quickly to show flat, average stuff later causing most teams have to have him turned in as a shortstop. He's an athletic kid with an above average arm and solid actions with chance to stick at the position. His solid average speed and double digit homer power potential have a few teams chasing him as high as the second round as a hitter.
Draft Day Age: 21.44, R/R, 6'2/220
In his first Division 1 season after transferring from Juco power LSU-Eunice, Turner has made the most of his ordinary offensive tools by shellacking the SEC to the tune of a .390/.462/.566 line. He's a catch-and-throw guy for scouts with good receiving skills and an above average arm while offensively, he sets up wide and has fringy bat speed and below average raw power, but has a knack for squaring up fastballs, giving him a chance to become a low end everyday catcher in the big leagues if it all comes together.
86. Nick Eicholtz, RHP, Cambridge Christian HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.82, B/R, 6'4/175, College: Alabama
Known only to area scouts entering the year, the lanky righty from a tiny high school had a velo spike from 86-88 with an average curve over the summer to 90-91 with a potential plus, hard breaking mid-70's curveball and potential average changeup early this spring. His projectable frame and arm action are ideal and while he still has some work to do with his delivery and polish, his high school coach, former big leaguer Sam Marsonek, has helped a lot.
Draft Day Age: 21.51, R/R, 6'7/230
Huge righty turned down some money out of high school and has had up-and-down college career with some injury issues. At his best, Frazier will easily get into the mid 90's with an above average slider but the delivery isn't ideal and his feel comes and goes.
88. Sean Brady, LHP, Ida S. Baker HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.99, L/L, 6'0/185, College: Florida
A Florida area scout favorite over the summer as a mid-to-upper 80's finesse lefty with four pitches and limited projection, Brady surprised everyone when his fastball jumped this spring from 86-88 to 88-91. He'll show an average fastball and a slurve and changeup that flash above average potential while keeping the solid command from the summer. He's got innings eater rotation potential and seems likely to go in the top 3 rounds.
89. Victor Caratini, 3B, Miami-Dade JC (FL)
Draft Day Age: 19.80, B/R, 6'1/195, College: None
Relative unknown has caught in the past but a deep group of backstops at Miami-Dade shifted Caratini to third base this spring, where he could stick long-term. The chance that he catches makes him a early round prospect due to his advanced feel to hit from both sides, since his below average power profiles better as a super utility type or behind the plate.
Draft Day Age: 21.03, R/R, 6'5/275
Massive righty was seen as strictly fastball-slider reliever before he showed changeup and command in longer outing on the Cape. He recently hit 96 mph in the 9th inning of a relief appearance in a 19 inning game with average or better three pitch mix.
91. Matt McPhearson, CF, Riverdale Baptist HS (MD)
Draft Day Age: 18.13, L/L, 5'10/170, College: Miami
Another part of a solid Hurricane recruiting class is a true 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, a fantastic athlete and the rare example where a lazy MLB players comparison (Michael Bourn, Ben Revere, Juan Pierre, etc.) is pretty apt. He's got some bat control at the plate and knows how to use his speed on offense and defense, but there's obvious limitations with his below average raw power and poor prep competition.
92. John Sternagel, 3B, Rockledge HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.71, R/R, 6'2/195, College: Florida
Sternagel is a steady performer hits everywhere and his fringy raw power is enough to profile at hot corner where he flashes solid average defensive ability. He isn't top notch athlete and dealt with hip injury early in spring, with some scouts complaining that he didn't look the same this spring and could end up slipping enough where signability is an issue.
93. Ivan Wilson, RF, Ruston HS (LA)
Draft Day Age: 18.03, R/R, 6'3/220, College: None
Big athlete flashes right field tools with solid average speed and above average arm strength, bat speed and power potential. He's still relatively new to baseball and has some rawness to his game, especially at the plate, but he sounds signable and has the tools a player development staff would love to get their hands on.
Draft Day Age: 21.41, R/R, 6'1/195
Smallish righty shows ability to start with above average fastball that's hit 95 mph and four pitch mix, but size, health and delivery issues have contributed to questions about durability. He's a likely relief fit long-term with power stuff that a club will give a chance to see if he can start but he fits more in the late 2nd to 3rd round now rather than the sandwich round potential he showed as a starter on the Cape.
95. Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.73, R/R, 6'0/190, College: Florida
Danish is a well-known kid that is smallish righty, has a higher effort delivery but also has shockingly good command and looks the same every time out. He throws from a low three-quarters slot with an arm-heavy delivery and a short stride. This isn't just a delivery that makes mechanics nerds cringe; it "looks" like a below average command reliever all the way. Danish's low arm slot creates heavy two-seam life on his 90-93 sinker that hits 94 mph and he varies the speed and tilt on his slurve that he spots amazingly well and is often an above average pitch. Danish has been working this spring on integrating a changeup that flashes average potential. Finesse isn't a huge part of Danish's games with power sinkers and sliders pounding the zone and an intense bulldog approach that even transfers over to an aggressive base running mentality. He has too risky of an arm action for me, but rumor is he won't get out of the second round.
96. Willie Abreu, RF, Mater Academy HS (FL)
Draft Day Age: 18.21, L/L, 6'3/200, College: Miami
Replacing 2012 #6 overall pick Albert Almora (Cubs) in center field for Miami-area powerhouse Mater Academy were some big shoes to fill for Abreu, but he's had a solid spring. Abreu is athletic and projectable, with the above average power potential and arm strength to profile everyday in right field where his fringy speed fits better. He has good defensive instincts and the tools to hit for average, but some teams are concerned his bat it too ordinary against top shelf pitching.
Draft Day Age: 21.61, R/R, 6'0/225
Suggs was a surprise discovery for me last season as he hit 98 mph in relief for the Razorbacks against a loaded Gator team as scouts waited in vain for eventual A's sandwich pick RHP Nolan Sanburn to enter the game. Suggs got famous on the Cape for showing a 93-95 mph fastball that got into the upper 90's along with an above average hard curveball in the low 80's. There was some talk on the Cape after he showed an average changeup in longer outings that the squatty righty could start, but that's a bit of a long shot with his fringy command and lack of plane. He struggled some early this season with timing and command due to a strain in his midsection, but has recently regained his previous form and setup man potential.
Draft Day Age: 21.43, L/L, 5'11/180
Moll is a bulldog of a competitor that sat in the mid 80's in high school but scouts love him now despite being backed into a corner as a smallish lefty that likely fits in relief. He'll consistently sit in the low 90's and hit 94 mph as a starter but sat 93-95 in relief on the Cape with a power slider and changeup that flashes above average potential.
99. Jan Hernandez, 3B, Carlos Beltran Academy (PR)
Draft Day Age: 18.43, R/R, 6'3/190, College: None
Some people got way ahead of themselves projecting Hernandez to follow 2012 #1 overall pick SS Carlos Correa as another Puerto Rican first rounder because they both played shortstop and flashed some tools. Now Hernandez may not be the first pick off the island and he fits long-term at third base. There's some stiffness to his swing and not a ton of plate discipline, but there's some bat speed and fringy raw power. He has the actions and solid average arm to fits at third but he projects as a low end everyday fit at best.
100. Trevor Clifton, RHP, Heritage HS (TN)
Draft Day Age: 18.07, R/R, 6'6/190, College: Kentucky
Clifton was outstanding last October in Jupiter, sitting 89-92 mph with a loose arm and super projectable 6'6 frame with a knockout plus curveball with excellent depth. He's had some trouble showing consistency in his command and delivery this spring, but his velocity has touched the mid 90's in many outings. If he can keep progressing physically and grow into his frame and delivery, there's mid rotation potential here.
101. Johneshwy Fargas, CF, Puerto Rico BB Academy
Draft Day Age: 18.48, R/R, 6'1/165, College: None
Lanky, athletic center fielder flashed big tools late in showcase season but has made some progress this spring with growing into his frame and showing some polish at the plate to where he may be the first pick off the island this year. He catches scouts' attention with plus speed, an above average to plus arm, good bat speed and gap power but needs to continuing his progress at the plate that will be helped by filling out his skinny frame so the bat doesn't get knocked out of his hands.
102. J.D. Underwood, RHP, Palm Beach CC (FL)
Draft Day Age: 20.76, L/R, 6'1/205, College: Miami
Scouts joked that Underwood would be the best hitter and pitcher on the Hurricanes this year if he went to campus as initially planned. Instead, he returned to Palm Beach JC and likely will go too high to ever make it to Coral Gables. He has a smooth lefty swing but is a better prospect as a pitcher, where's he's got an athletic delivery that allows him advanced command of three solid average pitches. The stuff isn't electric, but Underwood had a late season 17 K game and a no hitter against solid south Florida Juco lineups that helped plant him securely in top five round territory.
Draft Day Age: 21.52, R/R, 6'2/220
Evans has the tools to go higher than this but lacks the polish to get the most out of his tools. He flashes solid average raw power but has contact issues with a swing that one scout described as "sit and spin." He has a plus arm behind the plate and is a solid receiver, but needs to clean up his release to stick behind the plate. The backup plan here is power reliever, as Evans has hit 97 mph this spring, but doesn't have a lot of feel for his craft.
Draft Day Age: 21.64, L/L, 6'3/220
Gibson has been scouted since his underclassmen years at powerhouse Tampa Jesuit high school, the catholic school that produced 2012 Astros 1st rounder RHP Lance McCullers and former MLB talents like Brad Radke, Lou Piniella and Dave Magadan. At his worst, Gibson looks like a matchup lefty reliever with three fringy pitches and relying too much on a sweepy breaking ball. Earlier this spring he hit 95 and his stuff was crisper, but he's fallen back to his regular 89-92, hitting 93 mph with solid-average stuff. Solid lefties with a track record don't last past the 5th round and he could slide into the 3rd round to the right club.
Draft Day Age: 21.44, R/R, 6'0/175
Smallish reliever with some effort to delivery, lower arm slot and fringy command was mid-round prospect entering the year, but has been sitting 94-96 mph and hit 98 mph recently. He's got an above average slider and has a chance to go in the third round as potential setup guy but likely fits behind Colby Suggs due to concerns about his skinnier frame holding this velocity.
106. Jake Sweaney, C, Garces HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 18.55, R/R, 6'3/180, College: Oregon
Sweaney popped up this season as a little-known athlete that hadn't been seen much since he was busy being a standout on the football field. He still needs to grow into his frame and add some polish to his game, but he shows some feel to hit with average power potential and some athleticism with an above average arm that gives him a chance to stick behind the dish as a pro.
107. Andy McGuire, 2B, James Madison HS (VA)
Draft Day Age: 18.51, R/R, 6'1/190, College: Texas
He started the season late after recovering from a hip injury but eventually showed his usual tools as steady-hitting shortstop with below average power that lacks the pure foot speed to stick there in the big leagues but has a good chance to play second base long-term.
108. Justin Williams, RF, Terrebonne HS (LA)
Draft Day Age: 17.79, L/R, 6'3/215, College: LSU
Showcase hero flashes electric plus raw power from the left side, above average bat speed, solid average foot speed and a plus arm in right field but his uppercut bat path has contributed to problems hitting in games to where scouts prefer the raw Ivan WIlson over Williams now. He's very young for the class and some team will gamble on his tools if he's signable in the 2nd to 3rd rounds.
109. Chris Rivera, C, El Dorado HS (CA)
Draft Day Age: 18.24, R/R, 6'0/180, College: Central Arizona JC
Rivera was in the same travel team lineup as likely mid first rounders, LA-area prep SS J.P. Crawford and 1B Dominic Smith, on their loaded Yak Baseball travel team, where Rivera deferred to Crawford, mostly playing second base and hitting low in the lineup. Rivera's lateral speed and actions don't fit at short, where he plays in high school, but could fit at second or third and teams have worked him out behind the plate where his athleticism and plus arm have shown promise. He doesn't hit as well as scouts expect given his sound swing, but the chance to find a signable potential everyday catcher in the third round will be too much to pass up.
110. Mason Smith, LF, Rocky Mountain HS (ID)
Draft Day Age: 18.22, R/R, 6'1/190, College: Utah
Smith comes from the not-so-baseball-hotbed Idaho but had a solid showing in showcase season to make scouts come to see him this spring. He's a good athlete but doesn't have quite the arm or speed to play in center or right, projecting as a future left fielder. That profile makes him more of a 3rd-4th rounder as he has the looseness at the plate and above average raw power potential to project as an everyday guy for some clubs, but lacks the polish to give them a lot of conviction.
Draft Day Age: 21.07, R/R, 6'3/200
Jones was destined to be the last player I ranked this year regardless of how deep I went on my list. He's a premium athlete that flashes above average all fields power, plus speed, a loose swing with above average bat speed and the ability to be at least average at second base, third base or center field in the big leagues. The problem is that his pitch recognition, plate discipline and plan at the plate are borderline atrocious: this has undermined his performance at LSU so consistently that many scouts think he never reaches the big leagues even with his prodigious tools. Jones has made some progress and has shown his best plate discipline numbers to date this season (25 walks, 40 strikeouts) but his batting line is still less than you'd want from a top 3 rounds pick (.283/.379/.428).
Others That Just Missed The List
NR. A.J. Puk, LHP, Washington HS (IA)
Draft Day Age: 18.11, L/L, 6'6/205, College: Florida
Puk is a long lefty that flashes solid-average stuff with the frame to dream on for more. He hasn't pitched against a lot of high level hitters as he's from Iowa and didn't overexpose himself this summer on the mound. He's a solid prospect as a first baseman with power potential but has a high price tag that most scouts think will push him to class in Gainesville where he could be great.
Draft Day Age: 21.53, R/R, 6'3/195
He drew headlines a few weeks ago for a team suspension from allegedly helping out a teammate who was trying to pass a drug test but the three year UT closer is a real prospect following in the footsteps of other highly-drafted brethren like Huston Street and Chance Ruffin. Knebel is a reliever all the way with late-inning potential due to a fastball that sits 93-95 and peaks at 97 mph, an inconsistent low 80's slurve that flashes plus and fringy command.
Draft Day Age: 21.72, R/R, 6'6/225
Skulina has a great pitcher's frame and can run it easily into the mid-90's with an above average breaking ball. His length helps contribute to command issues and his changeup hasn't progressed much, so the former Virginia Cavalier projects in the bullpen, where he has setup man potential.
NR. Thomas Milone, CF, Masuk HS (CT)
Draft Day Age: 18.36, L/L, 6'0/180, College: Connecticut
There hasn't really been the late helium toolsy prep bat from the Northeast like there is most seasons, so the best example this year is Milone. He's a multi-sport athlete with some rawness to his game and some stiffness in his swing, but is a plus runner with above average bat speed that can stick in center with average power potential and arm strength. That's enough to excite scouts in this range to get him in the system and work out some of the kinks.
NR. Brandon Bixler, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
Draft Day Age: 21.43, R/L, 5'11/170
Relative unknown lefty jumped out at scouts this year for upstart Eagles baseball team, which followed in the footsteps of the basketball team, but were already known to scouts due to recent alum White Sox 1st rounder LHP Chris Sale. Bixler showed an average fastball and curveball but flashes a plus changeup that stymied hitters, although he's had command issues in the past and missed some time this spring with arm issues.
NR. Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Missouri
Draft Day Age: 21.19, R/L, 6'3/205
Zastryzny is the rare pitcher to take a step forward with his stuff in his senior year in college. He was seen by more national scouts this year as Missouri moved into the loaded SEC and Zastryzny gained a lot of momentum with a strong SEC tournament in front of a lot of high-end evaluators. He's hit 95 mph at his best and sits 90-92 most outings with some arm side life. His slider and changeup are both average to slightly above average and his command is at least average as well, giving him #4 starter upside to clubs that saw him strong down the stretch.
NR. Andrew Church, RHP, Basic HS (NV)
Draft Day Age: 18.66, R/R, 6'3/200, College: San Diego
Church has a very interesting personal story as he was caught in high school eligibility and transfer limbo, trying to move from Palo Verde HS to Basic HS. He was cleared late in the year and showed a low 90's fastball and curveball and changeup that flashed average to above average potential. There's some uncertainty, athleticism and upside here as a 3/4 starter profile but some clubs have him in the 4th-5th with concerns on command and consistency, wanting to see more present ability.
NR. Akeem Bostick, RHP, West Florence HS (SC)
Draft Day Age: 18.09, R/R, 6'4/185, College: Georgia Southern
Bostick's cousin Brandon is a tight end for the Packers and Akeem is an outstanding multi-sport athlete in his own right. He has a very projectable frame, loose arm action and solid delivery that produces 90-93 mph fastballs that peak at 95. The concern is in the rawness he has for feel to the game and his rudimentary off-speed pitches. Scouts can see potential for an average slider with possibly more in the tank as he fills out his frame and possibly adds some arm speed. The primary skills, however of frame, athleticism and arm speed are all here and top of the line.