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    2018 MLB Draft Thread

    With this being a studdly deep draft i thought it would be a good idea to start a thread to discuss.

    Some draft info:

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/draf...mK8hvFlXjft.97

    https://jaysjournal.com/2017/10/02/b...amateur-draft/

    http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=draft

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/coll...K08bzxgzR81.97

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/draf...SCHt2AQwJkE.97

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    1. Tigers
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    Detroit's scouting department hasn't had much experience picking this high, but David Chadd--the club's vice president of amateur scouting and special assistant to GM Al Avila--has picked high before, including working with the Marlins when they picked Josh Beckett (No. 2, 1999) and Adrian Gonzalez (No. 1, 2000). Since he's been in Detroit, coming over from the Red Sox in 2005, Chadd has played a part in shaping the club's college-heavy approach to the draft overall despite a nearly 50-50 split of high school and college top picks.

    Having the Tigers at No. 1 makes Florida's Brady Singer a prohibitive favorite. They value top performers in the Southeastern Conference, and may have struck gold in 2017 when Singer's rotation mate from the spring, Alex Faedo, inexplicably fell all the way to the Tigers at No. 18 overall. The duo could help jump-start a Motor City rebuild.

    Scouts have some delivery questions, and Singer only got to college because of an issue with his physical with the Blue Jays that scuttled his deal when he was a second-round pick in 2015 out of high school. But he dominated at the end of a 126-inning sophomore season and was the top pitcher in the Cape Cod League in 2016. He has the pedigree and stuff to go No. 1 overall.

    PICK: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida |
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    2. Giants
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    Scouting director John Barr and team president Brian Sabean have been involved in high draft picks before, but it was a long time ago. The Giants haven't had the homegrown pitching success in recent years that propelled them to three World Series titles from 2010-2014, led by Madison Bumgarner, the retiring Matt Cain and long-gone Tim Lincecum.

    This draft class is pitching-heavy, especially on the high school side, with Georgia prep Ethan Hankins poised to become the third prep righthander in five drafts to go out No. 2 overall, joining the Marlins' Tyler Kolek (2014) and Reds' Hunter Greene (2017). Scouts want to see more consistency out of Hankins' breaking ball, but his fastball, size, dominant summer with USA Baseball's 18U national team and makeup all push him toward the top of the draft class.

    PICK: Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central High, Cumming, Ga. |
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    3. Phillies
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    The Phillies' rebuild gained momentum in the second half, mostly thanks to the arrival of prospects such as Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro to boost a previously moribund offense. The Phils' last three first-rounders have been outfielders in Adam Haseley, Mickey Moniak and Cornelius Randolph, but their best pick of the last decade was righthander Aaron Nola, a fast mover out of Louisiana State. So the Phillies likely will pay special attention in 2018 to the top tier of college starting pitchers, a group that includes Singer and his rotation mate Jackson Kowar, lefthanders Shane McClanahan (South Florida) and Ryan Rolison (Mississippi) and righthanders Casey Mize (Auburn) and Logan Gilbert (Stetson).

    However, if the organization liked Moniak, it should love Brice Turnag, who has a similar profile but a longer track record, big league bloodlines and the ability to play shortstop.

    PICK: Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. |
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    4. White Sox
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    Chicago's rebuilding efforts have moved into overdrive with trade acquisitions and solid early returns from bat-first college first-rounders the last two years in Zack Collins and Jake Burger. If the White Sox continue in that vein, they could pursue college bats such as top Cape Cod League performers Greyson Jenista of Wichita State or Griffin Conine of Duke.

    But Chicago won't have to limit itself to college bats, and a need for athletes could push it to pick a prep bat this high. If so, the best choice is Nander De Sedas, who attends the same Florida prep school that produced another American League Central shortstop, Francisco Lindor. De Sedas switch-hits like Lindor and has some lightning in his bat to go with middle-of-the-diamond athleticism.

    PICK: Nander De Sedas, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Academy |
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    5. Reds
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    The Reds last had three straight years of top-10 picks from 1983-85, and they've hit with the last two No. 2 overall picks with Nick Senzel (already in Double-A) and Hunter Greene (the hardest thrower in draft history). Cincinnati employs a Best Player Available philosophy, and in this draft class, that's going to mean a high school player, with more upside available. In other words, even though they have Senzel, that's not going to keep them from pursuing Nolan Gorman, who has the best power bat in the class, high school or college.

    PICK: Nolan Gorman, 3B, O'Connor HS, Phoenix |
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    6. Mets
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    The Mets have been curiously cautious in recent years, sticking to college picks, and until ownership changes, there's no reason to believe that direction will change. Injury concerns may dog McClanahan (who already has had Tommy John surgery) and Mize (limited to seven innings this summer by a forearm strain), but the Mets have had their eyes on McClanahan for a while. They drafted him in the 26th round out of Cape Coral (Fla.) High in 2015 and will have reason to take him again.

    PICK: Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida

    7. Padres
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    Yes, the Padres like toolsy players, but they haven't shied away from collegians early, such as 2016 first-rounder Cal Quantrill. Mize has a longer college track record than Quantrill and similarly commands a plus fastball well for his experience level.

    PICK: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn

    8. Braves
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    Rocker's father Tracy played in the NFL and was most recently Georgia's defensive line coach, though he's out of coaching now, watching his son's baseball career progress. He'll have plenty of time to get to know Brian Bridges, Roy Clark and the Braves' scouting department, which will be happy to grab a Georgia prep product in a banner year of Peach State prospects.

    PICK: Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga.

    9. Athletics
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    Madrigal is a NorCal kid, having played on some loaded Elk Grove High clubs south of Sacramento. If any team is willing to look past his 5-foot-7, 161-pound stature this high, it's a club like Oakland, which values kids who can play. Madrigal can play.

    PICK: Nick Madrigal, SS/2B, Oregon State |
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    10. Pirates
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    Pittsburgh would do well to land USA Baseball's gold-medal starter for the 18U national team, and that's what Liberatore became in a breakout summer. He's shown a 93-94 mph fastball with angle to go with a fine curveball with depth and a changeup with fade.

    PICK: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS, Riverdale, Ariz.

    11. Orioles
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    This is the first selection that's not protected; in other words, if the Orioles sign a free agent who's received a qualifying offer from his former club, they could forfeit this draft pick. Right now, we're just going off the raw order, but this is where the final order could start to change.

    In this scenario, the Orioles keep loading up on lefthanded pitching after taking D.L. Hall in the first round in 2017. Rolison shined in the Cape Cod League this summer and is an eligible sophomore for Mississippi next spring.

    PICK: Ryan Rolison, LHP, Mississippi

    12. Blue Jays
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    This all could line up well for the Jays to take a Canadian in the first round, which has never happened in club history. Tristan Pompey of Kentucky, whose older brother Dalton has played in the majors with Toronto, wouldn't be a big reach here at 12. But other college bats, at this juncture, make more sense, particularly those who performed better with wood in the Cape Cod League this summer. That list starts with Wichita State's emerging Greyson Jenista.

    PICK: Greyson Jenista, OF/1B, Wichita State |
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    13. Marlins
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    Miami Marlins

    With all the turnover going on with new ownership and Derek Jeter as head of baseball operations, it's anyone's guess who will make this pick. Scouting director Stan Meek has served in that post since 2002, tied with Oakland's Eric Kubota for the longest active tenure in the game. According to an industry source, Meek's contract expires at the end of this month.

    No matter who makes the pick for Jeter, with Jeff Conine one of the first advisors let go, don't look for his son, Griffin Conine, to cut the Marlins a deal. Instead, we're getting the top prep bat remaining off the board.

    PICK: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha (Wis.) West HS |
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    14. Mariners
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    A top college performer would suit Seattle well; a college hitter has been the team's top draft pick five of the previous seven years.

    PICK: Griffin Conine, OF, Duke |
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    15. Rangers
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    Texas has had success developing lefthanders from Matt Harrison (before his injuries) to Derek Holland to Martin Perez, and has high hopes for homegrown lefties Cole Ragans and Yohander Mendez. The son of ex-big leaguer David Weathers, Ryan Weathers is a lefty who grades well in modern metrics with high fastball and breaking ball spin rates.

    PICK: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto (Tenn.) HS

    16. Rays
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    Lightning Round time: Tampa Bay grabs Gilbert, another top Cape performer.

    PICK: Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson

    17. Angels
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    The Angels' new attention to data would make Stewart, with an incredibly high spin rate on his curveball, extra attractive.

    PICK: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne, Fla. |
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    18. Royals
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    Vasil has pitchability to go with present stuff (low 90s fastball, above-average curve), a projectable 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and a fresh Northeastern arm.

    PICK: Mike Vasil, RHP, Boston College HS

    19. Cardinals
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    St. Louis gets back into the first round with a college bat.

    PICK: Tristan Pompey, OF, Kentucky

    20. Twins
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    Denaburg has athleticism to spare as a football prospect and two-way baseball player.

    PICK: Mason Denaburg, RHP/C, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS |
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    21. Brewers
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    Milwaukee can take some risks with a deep farm system; nothing's riskier than a high school catcher in the first round.

    PICK: Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga. |
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    22. Rockies
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    Eierman could shoot up draft boards with a big spring, but his summer was pretty so-so.

    PICK: Jeremy Eierman, SS, Missouri State |
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    23. Yankees
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    The rising Yankees still lack a consistent first baseman, and Triston Casas--MVP of the 18U World Cup--has the power to make Yankee Stadium look small.

    PICK: Triston Casas, 1B, American Heritage School, Plantation, Fla. |
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    24. Cubs
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    Physical size and a heavy low-90s fastball put Georgia's Cole Wilcox on the radar of any team that needs homegrown pitching.

    PICK: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Heritage HS, Ringgold, Ga. |
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    25. Diamondbacks
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    Arizona's system could use a fast mover with some swag to his game, as well as his name.

    PICK: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama |
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    26. Red Sox
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    Boston has had some hits of late with college bats but needs to replenish its stash of arms, and after grabbing Tanner Houck in the first round in 2017, they could stay in a similar vein with hard-throwing Florida righthander Jackson Kowar.

    PICK: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida |
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    27. Nationals
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    It doesn't seem like a power arm like Florida's Slade Cecconi, a high schooler who has reached 97 mph and has both a slider and a curveball, should last this long. Maybe he won't.

    PICK: Slade Cecconi, RHP, Trinity Prep HS, Winter Park, Fla.

    28. Astros
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    Houston has taken some unconventional athletes who can hit both in the draft (A.J. Reed) and in trades (Colin Moran), and Oklahoma’s Steele Walker fits that bill.

    PICK: Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma |
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    29. Indians
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    Siani has a panoply of tools and has to prove his bat to some scouts. Cleveland has hit up the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast heavily in recent years.

    PICK: Mike Siani, OF, Penn Charter, Glenside, Pa. |
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    30. Dodgers
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    Well, he's not really a Southern California kid, as Winn transferred in from Colorado for his senior season to SoCal power Orange Lutheran. But his quick arm and hand speed are what the Dodgers, and other clubs, will be interested in.

    PICK: Cole Winn, RHP, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS


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    My fav prospect is Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama. He's a college bat that should stick in CF. Great PD; walks more than he strikes out and has pop in his bat. Also has a sweet sweet swing. Would love for the Jays to grab him in the first.

    Who do you like?

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    Solid stuff! I was thinking about posting this last night myself.

    Other resources I found that have some draft content:

    https://baseballdraftreport.com/2017...lb-mock-draft/

    http://www.the3rdmanin.com

    My list is pretty vast because I know nothing, but as its always fun: Nander De Seda, Brice Turang, Logan Gilbert, Carter Stewart and Jeremy Eierman (blame Hurl on this one).

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    Tristan Pompey talked a lot of shit in his draft year out of high school for being "disrespected". In fact his twitter was worse than Stroman's yet he seems to have backed up the talk and comfortably made himself a first round pick. Hes been pretty impressive at Kentucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonn View Post
    Tristan Pompey talked a lot of shit in his draft year out of high school for being "disrespected". In fact his twitter was worse than Stroman's yet he seems to have backed up the talk and comfortably made himself a first round pick. Hes been pretty impressive at Kentucky.
    Let's disrespect him some more and pass, just to give him more Twitter fodder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonn View Post
    Tristan Pompey talked a lot of shit in his draft year out of high school for being "disrespected". In fact his twitter was worse than Stroman's yet he seems to have backed up the talk and comfortably made himself a first round pick. Hes been pretty impressive at Kentucky.
    This is purely anecdotal, so make of it what you will, but my brother played on the same Terrier team as Tristan, and he said Pompey was pompous ass.
    Quote Originally Posted by LetTheBallFly View Post
    Heck no. I'm not too impressed with Garcia. Has been overly wild imo and gotten them to chase some which has helped a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBJay View Post
    This is purely anecdotal, so make of it what you will, but my brother played on the same Terrier team as Tristan, and he said Pompey was pompous ass.
    Social media shows people who you really are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krylian View Post
    Social media shows people who you really are.
    Or how young, and immature they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky99 View Post
    Or how young, and immature they are.
    If you say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krylian View Post
    If you say so
    C'mon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky99 View Post
    C'mon...
    Some people don't change. Maybe Tristan will... But I never expect them to.

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    Returner to know: Travis Swaggerty, OF: The No. 2 prospect for Team USA this summer, Swaggerty is a potential five-tool player and an offensive spark plug who offers both speed and power. He stole 19 bases in 25 attempts last season while slugging 11 homers and drew hefty praise from scouts. A gritty self-made player, Swaggerty epitomizes South Alabama's blue-collar culture. The Jags will go as far as he can take them.
    Read more at https://www.baseballamerica.com/coll...mDwWlyhcRkp.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by jays4life19 View Post
    Returner to know: Travis Swaggerty, OF: The No. 2 prospect for Team USA this summer, Swaggerty is a potential five-tool player and an offensive spark plug who offers both speed and power. He stole 19 bases in 25 attempts last season while slugging 11 homers and drew hefty praise from scouts. A gritty self-made player, Swaggerty epitomizes South Alabama's blue-collar culture. The Jags will go as far as he can take them.
    Read more at https://www.baseballamerica.com/coll...mDwWlyhcRkp.99
    Sounds like a great - and realistic target for the Jays. Everything you're reporting sounds great.

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    Some fantastic names already: Greyson Jenista / Steele Walker / Travis Swaggerty.

    Seriously, who calls their son Steele?

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    Each year, Baseball America polls scouting directors to select preseason High School All-America teams. The first team, in particular, has been an accurate predictor of both the first round of the draft and future major league success. Last year, seven members of the first team were selected in the first round, including top two picks Royce Lewis and Hunter Greene. This year's high school crop is deeper than the 2017 class, particularly at the top.

    The 2018 high school class is one of the strongest in recent years.

    Despite only one player representing the typically strong state of California on the first team (shortstop Brice Turang), scouts see potential impact talent all over the field. This class has one of the most naturally gifted defensive prep catchers in Will Banfield, powerful and polished bats at the corners in Triston Casas and Nolan Gorman as well as high-end stuff and command on the mound with righthanders Ethan Hankins and Kumar Rocker and southpaw Matthew Liberatore.

    Three players were unanimously selected to the first team: outfielder Jarred Kelenic, along with Gorman and Hankins. Casas was just one vote shy of a unanimous first team selection at first base.

    One wrinkle in this year's class is the amount of impact talent from the state of Arizona. Gorman and Liberatore give the state a legitimate shot at two drafted players among the first ten picks of the draft, depending on how the spring season unfolds. Today, Gorman is ranked the No. 6 player in the 2018 draft class and Liberatore is ranked No. 9.

    That would be a historic level of prep talent for the Grand Canyon state, which hasn't produced multiple first round high school picks this century. Gorman and Liberatore each have the talent to become the highest drafted Arizona products since at least 2000, as Arizona State righthander Mike Leake is the highest-drafted Arizona player in that time period. Leake was selected by the Reds with the eighth overall pick of the 2009 draft and has produced 15.3 WAR through an 8-year meajor league career since then according to Fangraphs.

    Righthander Mike Jones is the highest drafted prep player from Arizona in that same time period. Jones was selected by the Brewers with the 12th pick of the 2001 draft. He spent nine seasons in the minor leagues. 2008 was a notable draft year for the state, with four college players selected in the first round, including Brett Wallace (No. 13, Cardinals) and Ike Davis (No. 18, Mets).

    Here is the complete first team:

    C | Will Banfield | Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.
    1B | Triston Casas |American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
    MIF | Brice Turang | Santiago HS, Corona, Calif.
    MIF | Nander De Sedas | Montverde (Fla.) Academy
    3B | #Nolan Gorman | O'Connor HS, Phoenix
    OF | #Jarred Kelenic | Waukesha (Wis.) West HS
    OF | Mike Siani | Penn Charter HS, Glenside, Pa.
    OF | Joe Gray | Hattiesburg (Miss.) HS
    RHP | #Ethan Hankins | Forsyth Central HS, Cumming, Ga.
    LHP | Matthew Liberatore | Mountain Ridge HS, Riverdale, Ariz.
    RHP | Kumar Rocker | North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga.
    RHP | Mason Denaburg | Merritt Island (Fla.) HS
    RHP | Mike Vasil | Boston College HS

    # denotes unanimous first team selection

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    First Team Reports

    Catcher

    Will Banfield, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga. (Vanderbilt)

    The most talented defensive catcher in the class, Banfield brings a plus arm to the table that some scouts have labeled a 70, with strong forearms and wrists that allow him to frame even the most advanced high school pitchers with success. He moves extremely well laterally and has good flexibility in his lower half that allows him to block and smother balls in the dirt. Offensively, Banfield has a powerful righthanded swing that should allow him to have at least above-average power down the line at the next level.

    First Base

    Triston Casas, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. (Miami)

    Casas has one of the more impressive track records of the high school class, serving as a middle of the order bat in Team USA's 18U lineup in 2016 and 2017 and led the team in home runs last summer. Casas is one of the younger players on this team after reclassifying from the 2019 class into the 2018 class. Receiving votes as both the best pure hitter and best power hitter in the class, Casas also has a strong arm that could play at the hot corner, where he moves well for his 6-foot-4, 238-pound frame.

    Middle Infield

    Brice Turang, Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. (Louisiana State)

    Perhaps the most polished all-around player in the class, Turang has plus-plus speed out of the lefthanded batter's box, where he has an advanced understanding of the strike zone and arguably the best hit tool in the country. Defensively, Turang covers tons of ground up the middle and takes great angles to the baseball, using his athleticism to make difficult throws and turn the double play with ease, helping his average arm play up. Turang doesn't have a ton of power, but takes an all-fields, line drive approach.

    Nander De Sedas, Montverde (Fla.) Academy (Florida State)

    Where Turang stands out with polish, De Sedas gets attention thanks to loud tools across the board. The switch-hitting infielder has plus raw power from both sides of the plate though still needs to find consistency from the left side, where he tends to get long and loopy, having been hitting from that side for around two years. De Sedas also has above-average arm strength on the infield with extremely quick hands and solid footwork, allowhim him to make all the plays despite lacking plus speed.

    Third Base

    Nolan Gorman, O'Connor HS, Phoenix (Arizona)

    After winning all but one of the major home run derbies during the summer showcase season, Gorman made an easy case for having the best raw power in the 2018 class--high school or college. That power played in-game vs. some of the top high school pitchers as well, making Gorman one of the top offensive players in the class. Defensively, Gorman flashed plus glovework at third base with Team USA's 18U national team, with plus arm strength and an impressive internal clock.

    Outfield

    Jarred Kelenic, Waukesha (Wis.) West HS (Louisville)

    The sole unanimous first-team outfielder, Kelenic has a bat-first profile thanks to a hit tool that stacks up with anyone in the class despite playing high school ball in Wisconsin. Still, Kelenic is far from a hit-dependent profile, with plus arm strength that plays at any outfield position, as well as impressive athleticism, good reactions and route running ability that gives him a chance to play center, though many scouts think he will move to a corner as his body develops. With that, some scouts also project plus power.

    Mike Siani, Penn Charter HS, Glenside, Pa. (Virginia)

    The best defensive outfielder in the class, Siani is potentially a 70-grade defender in center where he has excellent range as a plus runner with great instincts and routes that allow him to make all of the routine plays and then some. Siani frequently rolled over on balls at the plate last summer, but sprays line drives across the field when he's on time. Siani has a plus arm and has been up to 94 mph on the mound.

    Joe Gray, Hattiesburg (Miss.) HS (Mississippi)

    Gray Jr. made excellent adjustments in the fall after a down summer showcase season, and started looking more like the elite 5-tool ability that wowed scouts back in 2016. One of the most athletic players in the class, Gray lacks for no physical tools as a plus runner with a plus arm and plus raw power in the tank. He needs more polish at the plate, particular against quality offspeed offerings, but has the talent and hand-eye coordination to make adjustments and the bat speed needed to catch up to premium velocity.

    Pitchers

    Ethan Hankins, Forsyth Central HS, Cumming, Ga. (Vanderbilt)

    Hankins has one of the most dominant pitches in the class in his mid-to-upper 90s fastball, but the velocity alone isn't what makes it special. The pitch has elite life and the 6-foot-6 righty can locate it seemingly at will, something rarely seen from a pitcher his age with that sort of velocity. Hankins can still add weight to his frame and has the arm speed and athleticism that scouts like to see when projecting for the future, with secondaries that have flashed plus in a changeup and curve.

    Matthew Liberatore, Mountain Ridge HS, Riverdale, Ariz. (Arizona)

    Liberatore has the best mix of pitchability and projection of any pitcher in the country, as a 6-foot-5, 200-pound lefthander with great feel for a three-pitch mix, led by a fastball that gets into the low 90s fastball and two potential plus secondaries in a changeup and a low 70s curveball with great depth. Liberatore has a clean delivery and a bulldog-like mentality when he's on the mound, but speaking with him about pitch sequencing and strategy after the fact reveals a deep understanding of the game.

    Kumar Rocker, North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga. (Vanderbilt)

    No prep pitcher has raw stuff that stacks up with Rocker. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound righthander is the most imposing pithcer on the rubber, and fires fastballs low-to-mid 90s fastballs with ease, the best of which have touched 97-98 mph. Rocker also has a low 80s slider that breaks shart and late and a firm, mid-to-upper 80s changeup that deceptive arm speed and impressive fading life. Rocker will need to improve his fastball command this spring, but has every element you'd want out of a potential frontline starter.

    Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS (Florida)

    Denaburg has premium velocity that matches up with the best pitchers in the class, and also spotted the pitch effectively to both sides of the plate over the summer. He's one of the most athletic pitchers in the class and is a talented catcher in his own right, with raw power at the plate. He could be a legit two-way player at Florida, though his pro future seems likely to come on the mound. Denaburg has flashed impressive offspeed offerings in the past but pitched off of his overpowering fastball for much of the summer.

    Mike Vasil, Boston College HS (Virginia)

    Vasil has the least track record of any first team pitcher, but what he showed last summer has every scouting director interested. The top prep prospect in the northeast, Vasil has a great body (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), a clean delivery and a four-pitch mix headlined by a fastball that gets into the mid 90s and a plus curveball. Vasil checks off the athleticism box as well as a high school basketball player and teams big on projectable arms out of the northeast should be itching to see the Virginia commit throw more this spring.

    Second Team
    C Anthony Seigler, Cartersville (Ga.) High
    1B Grant Lavigne, Bedford (N.H.) High
    MIF Xavier Edwards, North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla.
    MIF *Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High
    3B Jordan Groshans, Magnolia (Texas) High
    OF Alek Thomas, Mount Carmel (Chicago) High
    OF Elijah Cabell TNXL Academy, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
    OF Ryder Green, Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian Academy
    LHP Ryan Weathers, Loretto (Tenn.) High
    RHP Austin Becker, Big Walnut HS, Sunbury, Ohio
    RHP Cole Wilcox, Heritage HS, Ringgold, Ga.
    RHP Slade Cecconi, Trinity Prep, Winter Park, Fla.
    RHP Cole Winn, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High

    Third Team
    C Noah Naylor, St. Joan of Arc Catholic SS, Mississauga, Ont.
    1B John Malcom, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day High
    MIF Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke's Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.
    MIF Blaze Alexander, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
    3B Nick Northcut, Mason (Ohio) High
    OF Connor Scott, Plant High, Tampa
    OF Nick Schnell, Roncalli High, Indianapolis, Ind.
    OF Parker Meadows, Grayson (Ga.) High
    RHP Adam Kloffenstein, Magnolia (Texas) High
    RHP J.T. Ginn, Brandon (Miss.) High
    LHP Luke Bartnicki, Walton High (Marietta, Ga.)
    RHP Landon Marceaux, Destrehan (La.) High
    RHP Carter Stewart, Eau Gallie High, Melbourne, Fla.

    * denotes underclassman

    Best Tools:

    Best Athlete (Position Player)
    1. Alek Thomas
    2. Joe Gray
    3. Brice Turang

    Best Pure Hitter
    1. Brice Turang
    2. Triston Casas
    3. Jarred Kelenic

    Best Power
    1. Nolan Gorman
    2. Triston Casas
    3. Jordan Groshans

    Fastest Runner
    1. Max Marusak
    2. Mike Siani
    3. Xavier Edwards

    Best Defensive Infielder
    1. Brice Turang
    2. Xavier Edwards
    3. Blaze Alexander

    Best Defensive Outfielder
    1. Mike Siani
    2. Jarred Kelenic
    3. Alek Thomas

    Best Defensive Catcher
    1. Will Banfield (unanimous)
    2. Anthony Seigler
    3. Austin Wells

    Best Infield Arm
    1. Blaze Alexander
    2. Brice Turang
    3. Nander De Sedas

    Best Outfield Arm
    1. Mike Siani
    2. Elijah Cabell
    3. Joe Gray

    Best Catcher Arm
    1. Will Banfield (unanimous)
    2. Kameron Ojeda
    3. Adam Hackenberg

    Best Fastball
    1. Ethan Hankins
    2. Kumar Rocker
    3. J.T. Ginn

    Best Fastball Movement
    1. Ethan Hankins
    2. J.T. Ginn
    3. Slade Cecconi

    Best Breaking Ball
    1. Carter Stewart (CB)
    2. Ethan Hankins (CB)
    3. Kumar Rocker (SL)

    Best Changeup
    1. Matthew Liberatore
    2. Landon Marceaux
    3. Kumar Rocker

    Best Command
    1. Matthew Liberatore
    2. Landon Marceaux
    3. Ethan Hankins

    Best Athlete (Pitcher)
    1. Mason Denaburg
    2. Ethan Hankins
    3. Matthew Liberatore

    Closest To The Majors
    1.Ethan Hankins
    2. Matthew Liberatore
    3. Brice Turang


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    Sounds like a great - and realistic target for the Jays. Everything you're reporting sounds great.
    Yeah. He's had a real nice start to the college season too.

    28PA, 321/537/714 3HR, 11BB 5K 1SB. Recent reports say he's probably the most likely top bat to stick at CF, apparently he's looked really good in the field this year.

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