This list could go much longer, although I guess that's true of all of my lists. When you're looking at college freshmen, you have a group of 10-20 before the spring that you have to rank, as they only went to school because of their bonus demands out of high school and are already elite-level pro prospects. There's a huge group of player with polished now skills or projectable future skills, but if they spent their freshman year at a powerhouse college, they may not have played enough to improve or prove it to scouts even if they did improve. For that reason, I'll limit this list to 41 players now, but another 20-30 more could emerge this summer on the Cape or the smaller summer leagues with more consistent playing time.
At the top of the list are some of those players that were coveted in the first few rounds of the 2013 draft, but their price tags were too high or they weren't healthy coming out of high school. Keegan Thompson has taken a step forward this year, now sitting 91-93 and hitting 95 mph with the same above-average stuff and command he showed in high school. Ryan Boldt couldn't find a team to meet his price tag out of high school due to a knee injury in the spring, but he was a legit 1st round talent and has flashed that ability again this spring: plus-plus speed and an advanced bat with some pop.
A.J. Puk was a top pitcher on the showcase circuit, then regressed a bit just before the draft, sitting in the high 80's, so clubs weren't ready to meet his seven figure price tag out of high school. He's a two-way player that's had some trouble at the plate this year, but has plus raw power from the left side, while pitching emerged as Puk's meal ticket, running his heater up to 96 mph with an above average breaking ball in limited innings.
Click on a player's name for previous content, video and reports; as an example, here's a look at Puk from a few games earlier this spring:
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