SS, Griffin HS
doubt the toolsiest player in the draft, Beckham is also the best pure
talent even if he doesn't go first overall.
injury and some inconsistent results, there's little doubt of how prolific a
hitter Alvarez can be at the next level.
C, Florida State
||Posey has gone
from first round hopeful to near top five lock with a monstrous spring. As
far as catchers go, there's nothing not to like about his total package.
LHP, San Diego
||He's been so
good over his college career, he almost seems to fly under the radar.
Matusz will give his lucky new team a power armed, dynamic lefty that can
rocket through any system.
1B, South Carolina
||In a class
that has Pedro Alvarez in it, it's hard to challenge for the title of best
hitter, but Smoak comes close. With another huge spring campaign, Smoak is
sitting pretty as a top ten pick.
1B, American Heritage HS
||Hosmer has yet
to even hit a bump in the road as a prospect and his destructive bat figures
to be among the absolute elite.
||Crow will fit
the bill of any team looking for a power arm with a good college track
C, Patriot HS
catchers are and always will be a commodity, and Kyle Skipworth really
brings the total package to the table.
||One of the
best pure arms in the class, the only thing that holds back Hunt is his
sometimes spotty command. Otherwise, he has frontline potential.
3B, Arizona State
||The only way
to define Wallace is as a masher. He won't impress too many on the other
side of the ball but whoever lands him is sure to get a big-time bat.
SS, Sarasota HS
||A shortstop or
a pitcher? That is the question with Kelly. Odds are he plays
professionally as a shortstop given his skillset and instincts that have
drawn comparisons to Derek Jeter, but his arm is very intriguing.
RHP, Texas Christian
emerged late in the game, but his power arm, projectable frame, and
sparkling spring performance make him the top college reliever in the class.
Beckham, SS, Georgia
shortstop has done nothing but perform and perform big on the biggest
stages, and even as doubts loom about his swing, he continues to answer his
done nothing but put up gaudy numbers throughout his collegiate career and
his sure-bet bat will be enticing too many teams.
Friedrich, LHP, E. Kentucky
come out of a big program but the curveball artist has dominated as he
should and put himself firmly in position to go in the top half of the first
OF, Chino Hills HS
||The hit tool
is what comes to a scout's mind when asked about Zach Collier. He's a new
face on the prospect scene but is already drawing some comparisons to Jay Bruce.
RHP, Orange Lutheran HS
attitude issues have knocked Cole down the draft board but his upper-90's
fastball will be too much too ignore for him to fall out of the first round.
RHP/OF, Wilson HS
question about Hicks is whether he profiles better on the mound or as a
||After a rough
junior campaign, Fields has bounced back nicely and continues to dominate
college opposition with his devastating two-pitch mix.
Gillaspie, 3B, Wichita State
polarizing prospect, Gillaspie has many scouts convinced that his pure bat
will translate into a consistent .300 hitter at the big league level.
RHP, Holt HS
hasn't ascended to the elite levels that most expected, but he's still been
impressive enough in a weak class to be a first rounder.
RHP/3B, Stephens County HS
on the mound has been gaining momentum as of late but many teams still like
him as a position player.
C, Brookswood HS
catcher has more helium than anyone in the draft, but make no mistake,
despite his great raw ability, he is a high risk selection.
||Mike Montgomery, LHP, Hart HS
||In a year that
seems wide open, guys like Mike Montgomery can really step up, and step up
he has this spring. Lefties who can run up a 94 MPH fastball don't come
SS, South Carolina
||It took Havens
a couple seasons in college to find his groove, but coming off a nice Cape
Cod campaign and now a big junior season, the South Carolina standout is
projected as a plus-hitting future second baseman.
LHP, Niceville HS
the profile of the plus pitchability high school left-hander and could
thrive in such a shallow draft class.
||He may not
have the power that his brother has, but his speed and defense could
Scheppers, RHP, Fresno State
a lock to go in the first ten picks earlier this spring, but a somewhat
unique shoulder injury will certainly make teams hesitate to pick him early.
||Ike Davis, OF,
waiting for Davis to finally have a big breakout season he's finally done so
at the right time.
RHP, Highland HS
projectable righty, Odorizzi is taking advantage of the lack of high school
pitching depth and impressing scouts more and more as the draft approaches.
||Brad Holt, RHP,
to fly under the radar because he doesn't pitch for a big program, but his
big arm likely will fit nicely as a supplemental round pick.
to get overvalued, especially when there are very few good ones in a class.
Castro still has some proving to do with his bat despite a solid spring.
continues to be the same for Perry; if he could harness his electric stuff
he could be near unhittable.
another in the seemingly endless line of big college bats, but likely only
profiles as a first baseman or a DH.
RHP, Second Baptist HS
long, lean projectable prep righty, Seaton has a fastball that already bumps
95 MPH to go along with a plus slider.
Hewitt, SS Salisbury Prep
||Hewitt will be
a very high-risk pick given that he's a northeast shortstop who has emerged
late and has questions looming about his bat. But, many scouts have fallen
in love with his tools.
recently, Lynn had had a disappointing spring, but he is now coming on at
the right time. His velocity has returned to him in recent outings,
touching 95 MPH.
INF, Wake Forest
plate discipline and big time power make Dykstra an intriguing prospect, but
his inconsistency at the plate continues to frustrate scouts.
slowed Raben this spring and have hurt his status of a near first round
lock. Considering he'll still likely be available in supplemental round, he
could be a great value pick.
like a likely first rounder entering the spring, and still may be, but some
early season struggles have pushed his stock down.
RHP, Greensburg, HS
||His agent and
his inconsistent pitching schedule this spring leaves a lot of questions in
the minds of scouts. With that in mind, it's unlikely he'll go in the first
LHP, Lexington Christian Acad.
||Ross is a
smallish lefty with a high effort delivery so that is always a bit
worrisome. What's not worrisome though is his power fastball.
Rice reliever continues to move up the charts, flashing his power fastball
and putting up big results against top competition.
OF, St. Paul's Episcopal HS
||Hood is a
truly gifted athlete and could have succeeded in football as well. His
massive raw power makes him all the more fascinating.
Grossman, OF, Cypress-Fairbanks HS
||In a weak prep
class, Grossman brings to the table one of the best all around sets of
||Tyler Ladendorf, SS, Howard JC
physically impressive shortstop, Ladendorf has average or plus tools across
the board and could do much better than this ranking indicates if teams
believe he can remain at shortstop.
C, American Heritage HS
||A fast rising
prep catcher, Nieto has drawn great interest as early as the top half of the
supplemental first round.
Galloway, OF, Los Osos HS
tools galore but definitely a high risk type of pick. If he reaches his
ceiling there is star potential.
Chisenhall, 3B, Pitt CC
field issues from his past aside, there's no denying what a pure and
impressive line drive hitting machine Chisenhall continues to be.
RHP, Heath HS
||Webb is the
definition of raw high school pitcher at this point in his career. He has a
big mid-90's fastball but the rest of his game lags behind.
||A righty with
helium out of an unlikely program at Adelphi, Lanigan's plus fastball and
breaking ball have him rocketing up the charts.
||Aaron Weatherford, RHP, Mississippi State
looking for college relievers with power arms, Weatherford fits neatly in
that second tier following guys like Cashner.
Dicharry, RHP, Klein Collins HS
drawn comparisons to Clay Buchholz and that in itself explains why he is
RHP, Texas Tech
college reliever that fits in that next tier, Stewart's less than dazzling
numbers are not a true indication of how well he's pitched after a rough
LHP, Coconino HS
not blow anyone away with power stuff but his pitchability and command make
him a safe bet as far as high school hurlers go.
LHP, Southeastern Louisiana
||Miley is among
the nation's leaders in strikeouts and despite not having a true power
fastball, his plus breaking ball figures to make him a swing and miss arm at
way potential have always made him interesting but his performance on the
mound this spring and heavy low-90s heat will probably keep him on the hill
Kieschnick, OF, Texas Tech
hasn't performed as well as his raw skill would indicate, Kieschnick's
potential at the plate is too great to last too long in the draft.
slowed this once sure fire first rounder, and that, along with his max
effort delivery, has scared teams off. It's still unlikely that he'll make
it out of the second round.
||Despite a late
season injury, Thames is still sitting pretty in a year severely lacking in
||Brett Jacobson, RHP, Vanderbilt
results haven't been up to his potential, the power fastball and ideal frame
is enough to overshadow his inconsistency.
RHP, UC Irvine
continues to just pile up the gaudy numbers, but doesn't get much attention
because his stuff doesn't stack up with the elite.
RHP, Kell HS
give someone an outstanding projection pick, and that team will have a lot
to work with given his current low to mid-90's heat.
LHP, Hokes Bluff HS
his lefty arm have been on the rise of late as he continues to dominate his
Schlereth, LHP, Arizona
||He's had some
possible first round buzz of late, and given that he has a power lefty arm
with a college track record, it certainly isn't surprising.
been the most prolific strikeout pitcher in the nation this spring, and has
done so without a plus fastball. What he does have is a filthy, plus
||Chris Carpenter, RHP, Kent State
continues to show off an explosive fastball but the results have once again
been up and down. He'll get his big money this year, however, and his new
team will try to mold him.
SS, Durango HS
with tools to spare figures to do well in draft lacking many impact high
school bats, and Vasquez brings and impressive total package to the table.
RHP, Smyrna HS
to be a first rounder, Gray is believed to be near un-signable and headed to
college, following an injury shortened senior season.
Mooneyham, LHP, Buhach Colony HS
||A prep lefty
with a power fastball and big time projection, Mooneyham may be getting a
bit underrated here but he's a somewhat new face on the prospect scene.
||Green hit a
very rough patch near the middle of his spring season, but his power sinking
fastball seems to be back on target as of late.
OF, Cedar Grove HS
||One of the
fastest, if not the fastest, players in the draft, Avery has some work to do
at the plate but has a box full of tools.
RHP, Wichita State
is the name of the game for Shafer, but scouts have been pleased that his
stuff seems to be returning to him.
LHP/OF, Bellflower HS
concerns and injuries seem to be the only thing that can hold Gose and his
electric lefty arm back.
Scruggs, 1B, UNLV
slugged his way into top three round contention as the UNLV standout
continues to post huge offensive numbers.
SS/RHP, Oklahoma State
another two way standout that seems to be pulling away now as a hitter, but
his powerful right arm could intrigue a couple teams as well.
3B, South Carolina
||The rest of
Darnell's game may not be on par with his plus power but the power is game
usable enough to make him a strong third base prospect.
C, Arizona State
been a consistently solid performer in college and most likely will continue
that trend as pro. Perhaps not a star in the making, but a very solid
||Zack Cox, 3B,
Pleasure Ridge Park HS
||A high school
third baseman with a very advanced approach at the plate, the only real
holes in Cox' game is his defense.
college player who has yet to truly bust out as scouts expected but could be
a major value pick if he reaches his maximum potential.
Peterson, OF, Long Beach
||He may not
have the biggest upside of players in this class, but what he brings an
organization is a very solid bet that he'll continue to perform.
RHP, UC Irvine
continues to fly under the radar even though he compiles solid results.
Many scouts will remember his strong Cape campaign.
1b, Etiwanda HS
physical specimen with big time raw power, this prep slugger has piqued the
interest of many teams around the second round.
||Chris Dominguez, 3B, Louisville
gargantuan raw power, some of the best you'll ever see, but the question
looms of how well it will translate into professional success, especially
after a poor showing in the Cape.
||Mark Sobolewski, INF, Miami
pure hitter in the making, Sobolewski is a bit of wildcard. Being a
sophomore, he will hold all the leverage but his bat and skillset to match
could make a team go over slot.
1B, Sunrise Mountain HS
||Decker has an
interesting and diverse set of tools. Armed with a fastball that reaches 93
MPH and a powerful lefty stroke, it will be intriguing to see where Decker
RHP, Notre Dame
power arm out of the pen continues to be intriguing but at some point the
results to match will have to show up.
||Kyle Long, LHP/1B,
St. Anne's-Belfield HS
||He's huge, he
throws gas from the left side, and can hit titanic home runs. The only
catch is that he's very raw.
||Sawyer Carroll, 1B, Kentucky
to get overlooked but it is hard to look past this slugger's monstrous
spring at the plate.
Tim Murphy, LHP, UCLA
Murphy is gifted with a vicious breaking ball and an average fastball from
the left side, but an up and down spring keeps him out of first round
shortstop with a long track record of high level of success, Flaherty is
likely not an impact player in the making but a very safe bet.
RHP, Mullen HS
||Sample is raw
and from an atypical baseball area but his 6' 7" frame and huge upside make
him quite a fascinating commodity.
||Cody Satterwhite, RHP, Mississippi
projectable, with a power arm, Satterwhite's lack of results this spring has
scouts scratching their heads.
LHP, Lexington Catholic
||Maronde has a
power lefty arm, and despite some high effort in his arm action, his bulldog
mentality is very attractive.
||He's a new
face on the prospect scene and still fairly raw for a college product, but
whoever lands him could end up with a steal given his upside.
continues to hit, yet flies under the radar. This tall, unorthodox Duke
standout could land in the second or third round.
RHP, Long Beach
closer with a track record, Shaw cemented himself among the elite in Cape
Cod but tends to be overlooked as a result of this year's closer depth.
RHP, Louisiana Tech
power armed righty, Burnett has suffered through a nightmare spring as a
starter, but could thrive again in the bullpen.