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    MLB Draft 2017

    With college baseball season just around the corner, it is a good time to get the MLB draft thread started. Here is a mock draft via Chris Crawford and others of Hero Sports. Of note - the Jays drafted the brother of Hans Crouse (projected #18 - to Detroit) a few years ago, and Tanner Houck who is projected #6 to Oakland, but they didn't sign. There is more good content on HeroSports if you search around the website other than this article. The NHSI is coming up in a few weeks where a few games were streamed live on MLB.com (last year - Nick Storz on the mound vs LLWS star Hagen Danner).

    http://herosports.com/mlb-draft/mock...-hunter-greene

    1. MINNESOTA TWINS
    JEREN KENDALL, OF
    VANDERBILT


    There's a few different ways the Twins can play this, but assuming they take the best player on the board, that's Kendall, in this writer's humble estimation. There's no real weakness, and he could move quickly through the Minnesota system. -- Christopher Crawford

    2. CINCINNATI REDS
    ​BRENDAN MCKAY, LHP
    LOUISVILLE


    The Reds went with 3B Nick Senzel out of Tennessee at No. 2 overall a year ago and signed him to a below-slot deal worth $6.2 million, more than $1.5 million under the pick value. I suspect they'll take the same route this June, but instead jumping for the top college left-hander in the class.
    McKay sits 90-94 mph with a fastball he commands very well to both sides of the plate, setting up a solid-average curveball. Cincy should get a mid-rotation big-league starter -- and rather quickly. -- Jason A. Churchill


    3. SAN DIEGO PADRES
    HUNTER GREENE, RHP
    NOTRE DAME HS (CALIF.)


    By the time the season is over, Greene might usurp Kendall as the best player in the draft. He's already hitting 100 mph on the gun, and he'd give the Padres another talented right-handed arm in a rather weak farm system. -- Crawford


    4. TAMPA BAY RAYS
    ROYCE LEWIS, SS
    J SERRA HS (CALIF.)


    Tampa always is after middle-of-the-field talent and Lewis is the best of the 2017 class. The Rays drafted under-slot with their first four selections last June but the 'savings' on Lewis may be limited.
    He's committed to UC Irvine, which isn't likely to keep him from signing, but he's a California kid with a California place to play for three more years if he so chooses. Lewis could be Evan Longoria's eventual replacement but could also end up playing alongside the All-Star before long. -- Churchill

    5. ATLANTA BRAVES
    DL HALL, LHP
    VALDOSTA HS (GA.)


    Atlanta likes to use the draft to accrue as much quantity and quality as possible. A left-hander like Hall makes sense, as he's showing two plus pitches and should have quality command by the time he's ready to go. The Braves aren't likely to stop collecting high-upside pitching anytime soon. -- Crawford

    6. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
    TANNER HOUCK, RHP
    MISSOURI


    The A's have changed a lot in some ways. In others, they haven't changed at all. After selecting college players in Round 1 in each of the last three drafts, Oakland goes back to the pitching well here. Kyle Wright could very well be an option but there's probably no chance of pool savings with the Vandy right-hander, leading the A's to Houck.
    The Mizzou righty has one of the best arms in the class, touching 99 mph from a three-quarter slot and sitting 93-95. He can throw his slider and changeup for called strikes. There's a chance Houck jumps over a few of the other arms in the class and ens up a Top 5 pick. -- Churchill

    7. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
    KYLE WRIGHT, RHP
    VANDERBILT


    If the draft played out like this, Arizona should be thrilled. Wright has as much talent as any pitcher in this class. Arizona's system is a mess, so getting a potential top of the rotation guy at No. 7 would be a no-brainer. The D-Backs aren't starting with an empty cupboard but the new regime certainly wants to start out on the right foot. -- Crawford​

    8. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
    JJ SCHWARZ, C
    FLORIDA


    Catchers, even of the college variety, typically take a little while to get to the majors and settle in offensively, but Schwartz has a chance to get to the majors rather quickly, potentially arriving when the Phillies are peaking in about three years. Philly could very well go pitching here, too, with Schwartz's teammate -- the next pick -- being a very good possibility, too. -- Churchill

    9. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
    ALEX FAEDO, RHP
    FLORIDA


    Faedo isn't far behind Wright in talent, and some actually prefer him. The slider flashes plus-plus, and he commands his offerings exceptionally well. Milwaukee's system is strong, but a potential fast-track pitcher like Faedo would be hard to pass on. -- Crawford

    10. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
    JB BUKAUSKAS, RHP
    NORTH CAROLINA


    Bukauskas' profile is too good to pass on for the Angels, who have little of anything in their farm system and a lot of repeat attrition in their current starting rotation. The knock on the Tar Heels ace is size -- he's just 6 feet tall -- but the stuff -- up to 100 mph -- and his slider may be the best breaking ball in the class. -- Churchill

    11. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
    JO ADELL, OF
    BALLARD HS (KENT.)


    The White Sox were able to acquire some of the best right-handed pitchers in baseball this winter, but there's still a lack of impact bats in the system. That's why a bat like Adell makes so much sense; a right-handed hitting outfielder with plus power who can be a quality defender in the grass. -- Crawford

    12. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
    ALEX LANGE, RHP
    LSU


    Lange touches 97 mph and holds his average velocity -- 92-95 -- late in games. He has a power curveball and a chance for a useful changeup but there's some extra effort in his delivery that may contribute to his inconsistent command. The Pirates could have another big-time power arm in their organization, though Lange may be best suited as two-inning closer when all is said and done. -- Churchill


    13. MIAMI MARLINS
    TRISTAN BECK, RHP
    STANFORD


    Miami loves upside, and Beck may be the best in that realm among collegiate pitcher in the class. He's a draft-eligible sophomore with plenty of projection left, but he already shows quality stuff. Miami's system is atrocious right now, so getting a high-upside talent with a high floor here would behoove them. -- Crawford


    14. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
    BRENDON LITTLE, LHP
    MANATEE JC (FLA.)


    Little doesn't possess the projectable body of some of the other arms in the class but he's already pitching comfortably at 92-94 mph and is up to 96. His curveball is sharp and firm and his arm action free and clean. He does a good job of staying closed, creating some deception with a stiff landing leg the only legitimate concern.
    The Royals may be able to go under-slot here and still get a relatively fast mover, i.e. Brandon Finnegan, albeit perhaps not as fast. -- Churchill


    15. HOUSTON ASTROS
    CORBIN MARTIN, RHP
    TEXAS A&M


    Martin was one of the standouts of the Cape Cod this summer, and while he's projected to close for the Aggies, he has stuff that suggests he can start. The Astros could give him that opportunity, knowing they have a potential closer if the command doesn't come to pitch in a rotation. -- Crawford


    16. NEW YORK YANKEES
    MICHAEL GIGLIOTTI, OF
    LIPSCOMB


    Gigliotti played his way into Round 1 over the summer when he dazzled on the Cape with his speed and defense. He can hit, too, though the power tool is considerably below average.
    In a perfect world Giglioti turns into a Michael Brantley type player who can manage in center but fits best in left. -- Churchill


    17. SEATTLE MARINERS
    BRADY MCCONNELL, SS
    MERRITT ISLAND HS (FLA.)


    This could be a win-win situation for the Mariners. They are lacking in talent up the middle, and McConnell's speed, glove and potential to hit for average wouldn't make him a reach. They might prefer a college bat, but if McConnell is still there, they might not be able to pass. -- Crawford


    18. DETROIT TIGERS
    HANS CROUSE, RHP
    DANA HILLS HS (CALIF.)


    Crouse is a Detroit Tigers kind of draft pick. He throws hard -- up to 97 -- has physical projection left -- 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, athletic -- with deception in the delivery.
    He gets good armside run and downward plane on his fastball from a high three-quarter arm slot and can throw a high-70s curveball for strikes. His arm speed is consistent but he occasionally opens his front side early, which should be an easy adjustment before draft day. -- Churchill


    19. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
    DALTON GUTHRIE, SS
    FLORIDA


    This is not a great bat for collegiate shortstops, but Guthrie is better than a consolation prize. He has a chance to be a plus defender, and while there isn't much power, he might get on base and steal enough bases to compensate. With Christian Arroyo likely to move ot third, this is a position of need in the Giants' farm system, as well. Good fit. -- Crawford


    20. NEW YORK METS
    GARRETT MITCHELL, OF
    ORANGE LUTHERAN HS (CALIF.)


    Mitchell has a speed-power combo that may be unmatched in the class, at least among prep prospects. The left-handed hitting UCLA commit grades out average or better across the board and the only question is the medicals.
    Mitchell is a Type 1 diabetic which will certainly force an extra level of homework for clubs, but he's dealt with it for more almost 10 years and athletes have shown the ability to play through the diagnosis. Among those are NFL QB Jay Cutler and MLB pitchers Brandon Morrow, Dan Reichert. -- Churchill


    21. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
    PAVIN SMITH, 1B
    VIRGINIA


    Baltimore has gone college heavy with their early picks the last couple of years, and there's no sign of that stopping. Smith is limited to first, but the bat is good enough to play there, and he might have the most advanced hit-tool of any prospect in the class. -- Crawford


    22. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
    BLAYNE ENLOW, RHP
    ST. AMANT HS (LA.)


    Enlow is the prototypical, projectable prep arm with upside at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and sitting low-90s with a chance to add to that as he matures physically. He's a curveball-changeup right-hander and the breaking ball already is above-average-to-plus.
    Enlow is an LSU commit but if teams know he's signable could end up in the top half of the round and a chance to be a No. 2 starter with a refined delivery -- most notably how he finishes -- and a developed changeup. -- Churchill


    23. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
    TREVOR ROGERS, LHP
    CARLSBAD HS (N.M.)


    You won't find much a more projectable arm than Rogers, and with their pitching depth, the Dodgers can afford to wait. He's already touched 95 mph, and he'll show an above-average slider as well. It'll take time, but he could end up being the best southpaw in the class. -- Crawford


    24. BOSTON RED SOX
    COLTON HOCK, RHP
    STANFORD


    I actually prefer a lot about Hock over his teammate Tristan Beck. Both have size and velocity, but Hock's breaking ball is better at present. Whether or not Hock can hold enough velocity beyond 100 pitches is one of the questions surrounding the righty entering 2017, as is the development of his changeup. He may be a power reliever in the end but the velo comes relatively easy and the ball explodes out of his hand.
    I've heard Brandon Morrow comparisons here in terms of style, but Hock maxes out in the 94-96 mph range, rather than sitting there with 99 in his hip pocket, but Hock is built a lot sturdier, suggesting he has the physical requirements to start. -- Churchill


    25. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
    ALEX SCHERFF, RHP
    COLLEYVILLE HS (TEX.)


    Washington dealt away a great deal of their pitching depth over the winter, so if a talented pitcher is high on their board, you would think this would be the way they'd go. With a chance for two plus pitches, Scherff would qualify, as might the next pick by the Rangers. -- Crawford


    26. TEXAS RANGERS
    NICK STORZ, RHP
    POLY PREP COUNTRY DAY


    Storz, at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, is a beast on the mound and showed over the summer he can hit for power, too, winning the USA Baseball Home Run Derby in June. On the mound he's up to 95 mph with a promising yet inconsistent slider. He's a terrific athlete, playing tight end and defensive end on the gridiron, and repeats a compact delivery well for a prep pitcher. The Rangers like their power arms as much as any club this side of the Motor City, making Storz a profile fit for the Rangers at 26. -- Churchill


    27. CHICAGO CUBS
    QUENTIN HOLMES, OF
    MONSIGNOR MCCLANCY HS (N.Y.)


    The Cubs are in position to take the best player on the board. Holmes may or may not be that guy, but with 80-grade speed, a chance to be a plus defender in center, and just enough offensive upside, he could hit at the top of the order someday. -- Crawford


    28. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
    JACOB HEATHERLY, LHP
    CULLMAN HS (ALA.)


    Healtherly doesn't bring a lot of physical projection with him to pro ball but he's already sitting 89-92 and touching 93 on the radar gun and had three quality secondary pitches -- slider, curveball, changeup -- to go with above average command and control.
    Heatherly has a chance to go much higher than this with a good showing this spring, but in this scenario the Jays get a steal at 28. -- Churchill


    29. TEXAS RANGERS
    JEREMIAH ESTRADA, RHP
    PALM DESERT HS (CALIF.)


    Estrada was a standout of the 2016 Area Code Games, showing a plus fastball and one of the best changes of any prep this summer. There's also some projection left, and the Rangers love these kind of arms. -- Crawford


    30. CHICAGO CUBS
    RICKY TYLER THOMAS, LHP
    FRESNO STATE


    The Cubs get a quick-to-the-bigs lefty who can help out of the bullpen early and develop into a mid-rotation starter. Thomas maxes in the low-90s but at 6-foot-1 and maybe 180 pounds does not offer the starter's body team's typically covet. Working out of the bullpen could create time and immediate value for his drafting club, and could help the Cubs save a little pool cash to allocate elsewhere. -- Churchill

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    Jays will have another College heavy draft.

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    BP says it's a good college draft.

    I think we had a really good draft last season. Zeuch, Woodman, and Bichette were solid picks. Excited to see what Shatkins does with 2 first round draft picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    BP says it's a good college draft.

    I think we had a really good draft last season. Zeuch, Woodman, and Bichette were solid picks. Excited to see what Shatkins does with 2 first round draft picks.
    What do people think about Woodman? 22 and striking out over 30% of the time in A ball last year. I've never seen him, but the stats suggest he's a dud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    BP says it's a good college draft.

    I think we had a really good draft last season. Zeuch, Woodman, and Bichette were solid picks. Excited to see what Shatkins does with 2 first round draft picks.
    I really hope it is.

    I really like the Bichette pick obviously, but I'll admit I wasn't blown away by our draft overall. I guess we'll see in the next few seasons how it plays out. Just felt more like a Ricciardi draft than an AA draft.

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    https://livestream.com/sandiego/events/6923972

    For those itching for baseball Vandy @ SD is on tonight at 9 PM ET. Should be streamed above (no idea how good the quality will be - possibly really bad).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownie19 View Post
    What do people think about Woodman? 22 and striking out over 30% of the time in A ball last year. I've never seen him, but the stats suggest he's a dud.
    I don't think the stats suggest he's a dud. 126 wRC+ in Vancouver isn't bad and then he went up to Lansing and put up a 215 wRC+ in 40 PA. It's purely wait and see if he can hone in the strikeouts at the upper levels of the minors. I liked a few other picks in the draft too. Look for Bradley Jones to open some eyes as he moved up to full season ball this year. Cavan Biggio has great plate discipline/bat control, but not much power and plays a good 2B. And some like Josh Palacios over Woodman, he's more of a contact hitter than three true outcomes guy.

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    Keith Law hates Woodman. Thinks he has a 3 hit tool.

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    Nice that the Edwin comp pick so high at 28

    That's sweet

    Just how it. Goes I guess with teams losing their first rounders ahead of us

    This is the last year you'll ever get a top 30 pick for losing a free agent so let's take advantage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    Keith Law hates Woodman. Thinks he has a 3 hit tool.
    Seems like a reasonable gripe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Snarls View Post
    Nice that the Edwin comp pick so high at 28

    That's sweet

    Just how it. Goes I guess with teams losing their first rounders ahead of us

    This is the last year you'll ever get a top 30 pick for losing a free agent so let's take advantage
    Could've had another if only one team would've wanted Bautista.

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    First mock always is college heavy...then the high schoolers impress over their season. Although the Cape didn't have much for high school standouts this year (Royce Lewis being the exception, although it was with the 18U team not the Cape...he jumps to top two IMO). Everything I read about JJ Schwartz is positive and when you watch him play he looks about 5 to 10 years older than the college guys. Best highlight video guy of the first rounders is Hunter Greene. His defensive plays at short are unreal...and he won't even be drafted as a SS as he's hitting 100 on the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    https://livestream.com/sandiego/events/6923972

    For those itching for baseball Vandy @ SD is on tonight at 8 PM ET. Should be streamed above (no idea how good the quality will be - possibly really bad).
    Looked at some of the USD streams from last season and it is pretty good quality.

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    Nathan: How quickly do you expect Hunter Greene to move through the minors once drafted? As a SS/P will he need extra seasoning on the mound or could he follow a Julio Urias trajectory if everything clicks?
    Klaw: I don’t think he’s a fast mover, but I also don’t think this is about being a two-way guy – he’s athletic as hell with an 80 fastball and, if it is possible to throw an ‘easy’ 100, he does, but his secondary stuff isn’t that advanced and he’s a ways from average command. He’s better than Riley Pint at the same stage, though.


    Nick: Do you think JJ Schwarz can stick at catcher at the next level?
    Klaw: I think there’s 0% chance of that.


    Philip: Which college pitcher isn’t quite in the first tier like Wright and Faedo that you think could get 1-1 buzz with a realistic breakout?
    Klaw: Brandon McKay. In a related story, I’m seeing him tomorrow. (EDIT: It’s Brendan McKay, not Brandon.)


    Ray: Do you think Kyle Wright/Alex Faedo are advanced enough to start 2018 in AA and see a big league cameo in 2018
    Klaw: No. A college player who can go right to AA is pretty rare. I think two guys did it out of the 2015 draft (Bregman and Hader).

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    BA 2017 Preseason HS All Americans







    Each year, Baseball America polls scouting directors to select preseason High School All-Americans. The first team tends to be an accurate predictor of future Major League success. In 2007, for example, the first team included Jason Heyward, Madison Bumgarner, Rick Porcello and Matt Harvey. In 2016, 11 of the 13 first-team All-Americans were selected on the first day of the draft, with first overall pick Mickey Moniak leading the way.

    The group of players at the top of this year’s prep class is even better than last year’s. Talents like Hunter Greene and Royce Lewis are candidates to be selected with the first overall pick. Greene shows plus-plus raw power and promising infield actions, but his advanced repertoire of pitches has many evaluators liking him more as a pitcher. Lewis offers a unique package of plus tools from a premium defensive position.

    Fellow Southern California prospects Nick Pratto and Calvin Mitchell (second team) are premium, bat-first players who could come off the board early. The outfield class has a number of elite power/speed combos, including Garrett Mitchell and Jordon Adell.

    It’s a strong year for lefthanded pitching at the top, with exciting athletes leading the group. D.L. Hall was unanimously voted to the first team, and Trevor Rogers Jacob Heatherly (second team) offer starter potential and present physicality.


    C: M.J. Melendez | Westminster Christian School, Palmetto Bay, Fla. |
    Any discussion of catching in this year’s class starts with Melendez, an athletic receiver with excellent arm strength. The son of Florida International coach Mervyl Melendez, he receives outstanding reviews from scouts for his makeup and advanced game-calling ability. He’s also a lefthanded hitter with intriguing power potential. When his father got the job at FIU, MJ enrolled at Westminster Christian, a powerhouse program that also produced Alex Rodriguez, Doug Mientkiewicz and J.P. Arencibia. The historical track record of prep catchers is a testament to the risk of the demographic, but Melendez has a chance to buck that trend if he continues to improve.


    1B: Nick Pratto | Huntington Beach (Calif.) High |
    As an underclassman, Pratto starred on the mound for the 18U National Team at the 2015 WBSC World Cup, guiding the Americans to a gold medal with his upper 80s fastball and befuddling changeup. While Pratto could be a weekend weapon on the mound if he chooses to enroll at Southern California, his pro future stems from his potent lefthanded bat. Pratto has solid-average raw power and exceptional strike zone awareness. He’s a strong, balanced hitter with a knack for driving the ball to the gaps. Many evaluators regard Pratto as one of the best on-base threats in the class. While Pratto is not an elite runner, he is a smooth athlete with soft hands around the bag. It’s difficult for first base prospects to profile well enough to be taken high in the draft out of high school, but Pratto’s offensive potential could be enough for teams to take a deep look at him on the first day of the draft.


    MIF: Nick Allen | Francis Parker School, San Diego |
    Known for his highlight-reel plays on the showcase circuit, Allen is a mesmerizing defender, gifted with excellent first-step quickness, body control and uncanny infield instincts. He packs plus arm strength into his diminutive frame. While Allen’s defense will always be his calling card, several evaluators believe in his offensive ability as well. He’s naturally a righthanded hitter, and he’s shown the ability to make contact at a high rate throughout his amateur career. Allen began swinging lefthanded in the offseason, and his swing shows promise. The Southern California recruit has near-average power and is an above-average runner.


    MIF: Brady McConnell | Merritt Island (Fla.) High |

    High-waisted and quick-twitch are only a couple of the scouting terms that apply to McConnell. The Florida commit projects very well as he gains strength and inches towards physical maturity. McConnell has the tools and profile to catapult himself to the top of the class. He has a loose, fluid swing with plus bat speed, and in flashes has shown the ability to effectively employ that bat speed against some of the top pitching prospects in the nation. Scouts would like to see him fill into his wiry frame, and his lack of present physicality is one thing he’ll have to improve upon going forward. As a rising senior, he showed a tendency to lose balance both in his swings and in his throws. If he’s able to make the necessary strength gains, McConnell has the frame and bat speed to develop home run power, though he’s more of a doubles hitter at present. McConnell is an 70 runner and has the arm strength for the left side of the infield. If he performs well at the plate this spring, McConnell could appeal to teams as one of the most well-rounded talents in the prep class.


    3B Mark Vientos | American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla. |
    Multiple scouts have called Vientos a poor man’s Manny Machado. A shortstop now, Vientos projects to land at third base long term, where his plus arm strength and solid footwork could make him an above-average defender. His best attributes, however, are on offense. He has a little bit of swing and miss to his game, but makes hard contact as often as any hitter in this class, and projects as a power bat at the hot corner. Vientos transferred from Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines) to American Heritage for his senior year. He is committed to Miami.


    OF Royce Lewis | JSerra Catholic High, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. |

    Often times the phrase “five-tool talent” is thrown around loosely with prospects, but it’s rarely been more apt than in the case of Royce Lewis. He has been one of the best players in the nation for quite some time, and he was one of few underclassmen to receive votes in last year’s All-America voting. He has plus bat speed and raw power, he has plus arm strength and he’s a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale.

    Lewis played outfield, second and third base while going 9-for-18 for USA Baseball’s 18U team last fall, helping the team win gold in the Pan Am championships. He played third base for JSerra as an underclassman and has some of the elements scouts look for at shortstop, with a chance to stick at that position long term. Lewis is also an advanced outfielder right now, with the ability to track the ball well and make highlight-reel catches in center field.

    JSerra plays in the highly competitive Trinity League in California’s Southern Section. Lewis has been the league’s player of the year in each of the past two seasons, a feat that was last achieved by Austin Hedges. Lewis, a UC Irvine recruit, has a unique blend of elite pure tools, high-performance track record and makeup. He is a candidate to be taken first overall in this year’s draft.


    OF Garrett Mitchell | Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High |
    Gerrit Cole is the only Orange Lutheran alumnus to be selected in the first round, and Mitchell has the tools to go even higher than Cole went out of high school (28th overall in 2008). Mitchell is a lefthanded hitter with plus bat speed, and he consistently makes hard contact. He has an open stance with a wide base and he tends to bar his lead arm in his load and pull off as he finishes. He hit for a high ground ball rate and almost exclusively to his pull side on the showcase circuit. Mitchell is a plus-plus runner, and can reach first base in four seconds flat. He flashes above-average arm strength with a loose arm in the outfield.

    Mitchell is a Type 1 diabetic and wears an insulin pump constantly. Scouts tell Baseball America that the UCLA recruit has an advanced understanding of nutrition and takes excellent care of his body. Despite his condition and being slightly older for the class—he turns 19 in September—evaluators still see Mitchell as a likely first round pick. He receives excellent remarks for his work ethic and character.


    OF Jordon “Jo” Adell | Ballard High, Louisville |
    “Athlete” is one of the first words to come up in any conversation about Adell. His father, Scott Adell, played college football at North Carolina State and was selected in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. Jo exceeds his father’s athleticism; he’s a plus-plus runner underway and flashes some of the best outfield arm strength the draft has seen in years. Adell is a righthanded hitter with plus bat speed and raw power.

    Originally focused more on pitching, Adell remains raw as a position player prospect, though he made impressive strides in 2016. He’s still learning how to use his tools, and detractors question his pure hitting ability. On the mound, Adell has shown the potential for a plus fastball and a plus curveball. While he is more likely to be drafted as a position player, he could have a future on the mound. Adell is committed to Louisville.


    LHP D.L. Hall | Valdosta (Ga.) High |
    While the class of prep pitching includes many promising righthanders, no southpaw offers quite the package of stuff that Hall does. With a loose arm and a fastball that reaches into the mid-90s, Hall would be a top of the class type of arm even if not for his menacing offspeed stuff. Hall’s knee-buckling curveball shows exceptionally late break, and scouting directors voted it as the top offspeed pitch in the class. He’s also able to locate a changeup that has above-average potential.

    The Florida State recruit has the athleticism and arsenal of pitches to come off the draft board very quickly. In some respects, Hall is similar to Braves prospect Kolby Allard. Each possesses the best curveball in their respective classes, and they are similarly built—Hall weighed in at 6-foot, 180 pounds at the East Coast Pro showcase in August while Allard is a listed 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Of the scouting directors polled, Hall was the only pitcher who was unanimously voted to the first team.


    RHP Hans Crouse | Dana Hills High, Dana Point, Calif. |
    When the 18U National team needed a dominant pitching performance in the Gold Medal game at the COPABE Pan American championships, the Americans called on Crouse. The Southern California native, unfazed by the pressure of the moment, delivered the performance of his life, tossing seven scoreless innings to beat Cuba. That’s the kind of competitor Hans Crouse is.

    Crouse’s eccentric mechanics and imperfect command concern some evaluators that his ultimate role may be in the bullpen, but he offers some of the most explosive pure stuff in the class. His fastball gets on hitters quickly, routinely registering in the mid-90s when he’s at full strength, and he has the arm speed to pitch in the upper 90s. His curveball shows tight rotation with 11-to-5 shape, with a spin rate in the upper 2000s, and he’s shown the ability to spot it for strikes. Crouse still has room to fill in his 6-foot-5 frame, and his stuff should profile at the back of the bullpen if he isn’t a starter long-term.


    RHP Shane Baz | Concordia Lutheran High, Tomball, Texas
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    Like several other prospects on this team, Baz is a legitimate two-way prospect, though most scouts prefer his upside as a pitcher. The righthander is a promising athlete on the mound and has natural ability to spin the baseball. Baz pitches in the low-90s and can touch 95 with his fastball, but he doesn’t rely on his velocity. He throws a late-biting slider that shows fastball tilt out of the hand before taking a sharp left turn in on the hands of lefthanded batters. He also throws a more traditional top-to-bottom curveball that can sometimes morph into a more slurvy breaking ball.

    The Texas Christian recruit shows promising power potential at the plate and could contribute as a two-way player if he chooses to attend college. Scouts are enthusiastic about what Baz could become if and when he focuses exclusively on pitching.


    LHP Trevor Rogers | Carlsbad (N.M). High
    Rogers generated national buzz after a strong showing at the tryout for the Area Code Games. In Long Beach, Rogers showed off a loose and easy delivery and a lively fastball. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound lefthander struck five and walked none in three innings. Rogers followed up his strong showing at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic, where he pitched at 94-95 with plus fastball life. Rogers throws from a slightly lower three-quarters arm slot. He is well-balanced over the rubber and projects for command. His offspeed stuff is still a work in progress, but some scouts believe he will develop an above-average breaking ball as he matures. Ex-big leaguer Cody Ross, Rogers’ cousin, has been a big influence on him.


    RHP Blayne Enlow | St. Amant (La.) High |
    Enlow suffered a broken pelvis and a fractured ankle in a car accident during his sophomore season. Despite doubts that he would be able to return to baseball, Enlow committed himself to his rehabilitation and had a renewed focus. Now, Enlow is a first-team All-American.

    Enlow made a name for himself on the national scene at last June’s Tournament of Stars, where he showed a low-90s fastball and an excellent curveball, a pitch which received votes from scouting directors for the best offspeed pitch in the class. Enlow’s hammer shows late vertical dive and impressive low 80s velocity. He has a long arm action but he’s a well-coordinated athlete with a strong core and a lithe, projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. The Louisiana State recruit won a gold medal with the 18U National team, turning in two dominant performances to guide the Americans to gold. In total, he tossed 13 innings and allowed five hits, one unearned run and struck out nine.


    UTIL: Hunter Greene | Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
    A candidate to be taken with the first overall pick, Greene is the domestic version of Shohei Otani, with jaw-dropping ability on the mound and in the infield. The 17-year-old looks like an Olympic skater in the infield, with smooth hands and graceful actions at shortstop. He is a below-average runner, but he’s shown improved speed this spring and he shows the range and arm strength to remain at shortstop, though some scouts project him to move to third base as he gets stronger. His calling card is his plus-plus raw power. Greene’s pure hitting ability would need to continue improving for his power to play consistently, but he has the swing elements to develop into a productive hitter for average.

    On the mound, Greene possesses easy velocity with a mid-90s fastball, with reports of his fastball reaching into the triple digits early this season. His slider shows hard, frisbee-type break and the ability to miss bats even when thrown in the zone. His changeup is more than a show-me pitch; he flashes present feel for it and the pitch projects as a legitimate weapon given Greene’s thick fingers and big feet. He has excellent athleticism on the mound and throws all of his pitches for strikes. Greene is also an excellent student and is actively involved in his community, campaigning against bullying and organizing a sock drive to benefit the homeless this winter. He is committed to UCLA, but is likely to be one of the first picks in the draft.


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