60. J.J. Matijevic, 1B, Arizona
Matijevic started out as a shortstop, before moving to first for Arizona this year. This is more than likely going to be his position going forward. Matijevic jumped on the scene after a strong year on the Cape. He continued that play this year for Arizona. He hit
61. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
Mitchell has a sweet swing that scouts love. The problem is that, in spite of how nice it looks, it was not super effective this spring. After a strong performance over the summer, I heard some talk about him having potential plus power and hit tools. Now, the talk is that both areas might be closer to average than plus down the road. He still has plenty of fans, though, who think this spring was more of an aberration and that, with proper coaching, he will get back to looking like a first round talent. The other issue for Mitchell is that of position; he is, best case, a left fielder and there’s a good chance he might end up at first. Mitchell seemed lost this spring; the bat is what gets him drafted, so it will take a team that feels comfortable with what they saw in 2016 rather than what he did in 2017.
62. Drew Rasmussen, RHP, Oregon State
If Rasmussen had been healthy all year, I have little doubt that he would have been a first round pick. Rasmussen had Tommy John surgery last March and made it back this year to pitch in six games, starting four. He has been extremely effective in those starts, much like he was a year ago, before
Ramos has had some signature games throughout the process, which have seen his stock look, at points, like a hyperbolic graph. He is one of the youngest players in
64. Zac Lowther, LHP, Xavier
Lowther is about as far from the next player on this list as possible. I see a very safe,
65. Hans Crouse, RHP, Dana Hills HS (CA)
Crouse is a player who has taken a tumble throughout the process. He had early first round talk when boards were first posted this year. He might have the best fastball in the entire prep class; it looks like a future
66. Kevin Smith, SS, Maryland
Smith had a very rough start to the year which, seemed to make people forget about him a bit. He went from a first round bubble guy to a player I forgot about at points. Smith has always been more about tools than production. A player with his tools in the Big Ten should dominate, there is no way around it. This year, he stepped up, hitting double digit home runs and posting an OPS over .800 for the first time in his career. He still didn’t walk and posted low averages for his ability in the Big Ten. He should be an
67. Colton Hock, RHP, Stanford
I think Hock has a chance to start. I know I want to take every reliever and make them a starter, but the value is so much greater. There is not a college reliever who I would not give at least a season and a half chance to start. I also do not place a ton of value in drafting relievers in general, as most great relievers were starters when they first entered the minors. So if a reliever makes my top 101, it is almost always because I think they can start. Hock is built like a starter, at 6’5” and 225. He had
68. Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Barbers Hills HS (TX)
Bonnin was recruited to Arkansas as a shortstop. I think he would be a
69. Alex Scherff, RHP, Colleyville HS (TX)
It has not been a great spring for Scherff who, earlier this year, was listed in some places as a top ten or twenty player in this draft. I had my concerns and a big part of that concern was due to his age. Scherff turned 19 in February. I also got nervous about a kid who almost ended up pitching at four different high schools in four years. The lack of continuity of coaching can stunt growth. The age, movement, and height (6’2”) were always going to hurt his stock. His fastball and change is a deadly combo, and part of me thinks that he is likely a very good future reliever with those potential plus pitches.
70. Tristen Lutz, OF, Martin HS (TX)
Lutz is a hit first outfielder. He is likely a right fielder, but I could also see him end up at first long term if he bulks up. This would be a waste of his strong arm, which is currently his best tool. The first comment anyone gives me on Lutz is that he can hit. When one combines his size and bat speed, there is a chance for plus
71. Steven Jennings, RHP, Dekalb County HS (TN)
Jennings is a
72. Jeter Downs, SS, Pace HS, (FL)
Yes, he is named after Derek Jeter, so it only seems right that he would be a shortstop himself. Downs has been rising on boards this spring and looks like he will be a top 50 selection on draft day. Of all the prep shortstops on this list, Downs is second to Nick Allen in terms of likelihood to stay at short. As a matter of fact, Downs and Allen are the only players I would list at 100% likelihood to stick at short. On top of a solid defensive profile, he can also swing the bat some. He has an advanced approach and uses all fields. The one knock
73. Connor Wong, C, Houston
Wong is my number one college catcher and my third ranked catcher overall. He has spent the last two years at Houston, catching multiple future draft picks. The Houston staff, in general, have always been great in terms of control numbers. This past year, they had the third best walks per nine of any team in the NCAA. I mention this because, when I see numbers this strong, it makes me wonder about Wong’s ability to frame pitches. This is completely unscientific, but something I thought about as I watched him. Wong is an average catcher, but I think he could improve
74. Daniel Cabrera, OF, Parkview Baptist HS (LA)
Cabrera makes this list mostly for his bat speed and hit tool in general. He is an advanced hitter who takes what is given and finds success. It is an approach that reminds me a bit of Mickey Moniak, from a year ago. I think there is a chance for 55/55 for his hit and power tools. This is good, as I am not sure the rest of his tools profile as even average. He is not quick and his arm is ok, but he would be best served in left field going forward. He is not the toolsy outfielder, like the majority of prep players in this class. For a team that drafts him, they are betting on his bat to carry him through the minors.
75. Michael Mercado, RHP, Westview HS (CA)
Mercado, at this point, might be an unsignable player in this draft. One can never leave out the importance of economics when it comes to players. If two players are close in terms of evaluation, then money can and will be the decider. No position sees more top level talent make it to college than
76. Brian Miller, OF, UNC
I am not as high on Miller as most are. I understand why many are high on him. He has been remarkably consistent the last two years. He has posted high averages and walked more than he struck out. In addition, he uses his speed well, which is his best tool, posting high percentage steal rates the last two years. I just feel like there is a very thin line between Miller as a fourth outfielder and Miller as a starting centerfielder. If he does not stick in center, then his arm is going to limit him to left field or first base, which means he might not even end up as a fourth outfielder then. If everything works out, then he is a league average centerfielder.
77. Christopher Seise, SS, West Orange HS (FL)
Seise is a bigger kid, at 6’3”, but, in spite of that, the industry seems rather sure that he should be able to stick at shortstop. His best trait is his speed; Seise can run with the best of them and it's a plus tool right now. While most think that Seise will stay at short, he does have the arm to handle third if he out grows short. His bat looked better in the spring, but his offensive profile looks to be more that of a league average player. I could see him ending up with above average power as he fills out his frame.
78. Matt Tabor, RHP, Milton Academy (MA)
Tabor went from a 5’4” middle infielder to a 6’2”
79. Riley Adams, C, San Diego State
Adams is a big kid, at 6’5”, which makes him almost too big to be a catcher. He is an average defender and shows great balance behind the plate, which should not be a surprise, as he is a