9. Adam Haseley OF
Nobody has risen this season in the college ranks than what Haseley has enjoyed with massive improvements statistically on all fronts.
His homers this season is almost twice the amount he hit in his first two seasons. He loads well in his swing from a crouched set-up. The bat speed's above average and the swing's more of an inside-out one with a big leg kick that doesn't make him out of balance. I'm pretty skeptical if he'll ever tap on more power in pro ball but he's a sure bet on hitting double digit homers. His eye at the plate has improved dramatically and has the potential to be solid or better hitter. He has above average raw speed but he is just starting to refine it after splitting his time between pitching and hitting and I expect him to steal at least 15 bases every season. His speed also allows him to tackle all three outfield spots and his capable of throwing high-80s to low-90s on the mound is suited more at center and left.
Haseley has all the ingredients to be an impact leadoff hitter with plenty of walks and double-double homer and steals with good average and solid defense at the outfield and he's just scratching the surface as he focuses on being a full-time hitter.
Grades: Hit 55 | Power 45 | Speed 55 | Arm 50 | Glove 55
12. Evan White 1B/OF
It's rare to see a reverse first baseman, a defensive first baseman with plus run times, a good ability to swing the bat and just average power. It's even rare to see it in the college ranks but there's one right now in White.
White is wiry but has good raw strength and is a plus athlete. His swing right now is relatively flat is more geared towards making contact and hitting towards the gaps but there's some projection in his frame to think that he will produce more power. He has improved his ability to draw more walks and has good approach. He runs fast for a first baseman and looks like he can steal 20 bases once he has refined his base stealing and overall base running. He has the defense that will win him plenty of Gold Gloves at first with excellent range, first step, soft hands, and a luxury of a strong arm.
If White stays at first base, he will be a Gold Glover there defensively with a hit-first bat and solid all around tools but his skillset if a better fit in the outfield, specifically at center, and should be given plenty of consideration to play there in pro ball.
Grades: Hit 55 | Power 50 | Speed 60 | Arm 55 | Glove 70
13. Pavin Smith 1B
15. David Peterson LHP
When you have a massive frame, strong repertoire and showed massive improvements in his command during your draft-eligible season, teams will covet you and Peterson has done that.
With his size and frame, Peterson already has the feel of a future workhorse. His fastball sits low-90s and can reach 94 to 95 with tons of running movement, making it hard for hitters to square it up well. There might be more velocity in the tank because he doesn't load up in his legs a lot. His slider is solid to above-average and tends to back foot it on righties. His curveball is fringy to average and his changeup has improved greatly from below average to above average with very good fade. He fills the strike zone with his fastball but there's still some issues in terms of spotting his pitches but I can project him having an above average command at maturity.
Peterson has everything you need for a mid-rotation starting option with good stuff, workhorse frame and promising command and has the good chance to stay at the rotation for a long time.
Grades: FB 55+ | SL 55 | CB 50 | CH 55 | CMD 55
16. Sam Carlson RHP
Carlson is another pitcher that rose as he began pitching with an uptick in velocity as well as improvement on his secondaries.
His fastball now reaches 96 MPH and was often in the 94 MPH range while having the same nasty sink as he had last year. His slider showed sharper bite this season with more two-plane break with swing and miss ability. His changeup is still above-average with same sink and arm speed as his fastball. His easy mechanics with straightforward arm action, true 3/4 release slot and good athleticism warrants an above average command projection though there's some stiffness in his mechanics at times.
Carlson has above average stuff and command across the board and has higher floor than plenty of HS pitchers in this draft as well as having a higher ceiling.
Grades: FB 60 | SL 55 | CH 55 | CMD 55
One of the top lefty prep pitchers in this class, I am a little skeptical of Hall than the others.
Hall is undersized even for a lefty with some projection remaining in his frame but he it can mature. His fastball sits in the low-90s but has reached 96 MPH last season with some running movement and some sink. His curveball is his best pitch overall with sharp, sweeping break but he can roll it at times. His changeup is still improving but looks like an average pitch. What I am skeptical against him is that his mechanics needs cleanup especially with his arm action that can get long resulting to variation of release points and he throws often throws his curveball with more crossfire, giving some edge to hitters and should be cleaned up. He's not the loosest athlete in the world so the command will be limited to average.
Hall has been compared to Scott Kazmir and for good reason with his fastball-curveball combination but his mechanics needs work and he's not the tallest pitcher in the world so there's a lot of risk involved in him.
Grades: FB 55 | CB 65 | CH 50 | CMD 50
18. Nick Pratto 1B
While Pratto has the ability to pitch and pitch well as a HS lefty, his future and his destiny is to be a hitter as he's the best pure hitter from the prep ranks this season.
Pratto has the swing and approach of a season college hitter, with a textbook swing path and above average bat speed. While he's not big like a prototypical first baseman, his swing allows him to extract every power that he has in his still maturing frame with slight projection remaining. He has plus range, quick feet, soft hands and flexibility to be a potential plus defender at first base if he focuses on being a position player and his arm there is a luxury as he can throw high-80s from the left side. He's not a bad baserunner too as he can hustle out some infield hits.
Even though he's going to be a first baseman long-term, Pratto has the upside of a potential cornerstone player at the position with plus hit and defense and he got phenomenal makeup and competitiveness that a lot of teams dream.
Grades: Hit 55 | Power 50 | Speed 45 | Arm 55 | Glove 60
19. Keston Hiura 2B/OF
Nobody has a better hit tool in this draft than Hiura. The lingering question is where he will play on the diamond in pro ball with his UCL injury.
Hiura has been praised by a lot by his ability to hit. His ability to make consistent hard contact due to his superb eye-hand coordination has been very pronounced this season. The swing may be sweepy at times but it isn't a concern because his bat speed is a tick below plus and his timing is excellent. He squeezes every bit of power in his frame and he projects to have at least average game power. His speed is fringy but he hustles well and gives him adqueate range at second base where his hands and athleticism plays well but his arm is still the biggest question whether he'll have good arm strength to fit at second or he'll go to the knife and possibly play in LF.
Hiura's stock will be fluctuating and teams that are wary of him will shy away while the teams that are optimistic will give him every chance to play at the dirt but one thing's for sure, he can hit.
Grades: Hit 65 | Power 50+ | Speed 45 | Arm 45 | Glove 50
20. Seth Romero LHP
One of the most enigmatic draft prospects this season, Romero's stuff has improved this season but off the field stuff has been his biggest deterrent this season.
In terms of stuff, Romero has some of the nastiest from the college ranks. Coming from the left side, his elite fastball and slider combination shows shades of Carlos Rodon as his fastball has plenty of movement and sits mid-90s and his slider has been as wipeout of a pitch as any this season with massive two-plane break. His changeup has improved with consistent sink and velocity separation. His command has been good until all of the off the field issues took control. The mechanics is a sight for sore eyes for me as he has high elbow and dangerous arm action but releases it in a low 3/4 slot that eases the pain to his elbow a bit.
Romero has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter or better with three above-average pitches with good feel and solid command projection but the off the field especially with his conditioning has him off the boards on plenty of teams.
Grades: FB 60 | SL 65 | CH 55 | CMD 50
21. Matt Sauer RHP
Reminiscent of Michael Kopech, Sauer's strong spring has helped him boost his stock with the draft fast approaching.
Tall and very projectable, Sauer has the ideal frame as a starting pitcher and he could add more velocity in his already very good stuff as he matures and fills his frame. Sauer's fastball has been more in the 93-96 MPH that can touch 98. His mechanics allows his fastball to have a consistent downhill plane but lacks very good movement. His best secondary pitch is his hard, mid to high-80s slider, with two-plane tilt and sharp break. He also got a curveball which has sharp vertical break as well. He doesn't have a very good changeup right now but projects as an average pitch at best. His mechanics needs plenty of cleaning especially with his leg kick and his drive that has some crossfire. Because of his present unclean mechanics and crossfire arm action, I only project him to have average command at best.
Sauer has the potential to have two plus or better pitches with his fastball and slider but his changeup and command are worrysome to project him as a future reliever in the Majors but when fully polished, his ceiling is as high as anyone's.
Grades: FB 65 | SL 60 | CB 55 | CH 40+ | CMD 45
22. Heliot Ramos OF
Expected to be the first Puerto Rican to hear his name in this year's draft, Ramos brings some solid tools to the table.
Big and strong, Ramos has plus raw power on his belt to go along with his solid athleticism. His swing has some questions to be answered. I see him as a guy with a potential average hitting tool with a plus bat speed and allows the barrel to travel in the zone for a long time. His wrists are also strong to put his raw power to good use. The issue I see for him is his raw approach at the plate which is unusual and his swing can get long at times. He got the tremendous speed to cover center field but I am not entirely sold with his defense in center but he got plenty of time to clean out his routes to pair with his plus arm.
Ramos is a bit polarizing offensively as he can show you his good side and bad side but he's athletic and strong and should be in the conversation at the end of the first round.
Grades: Hit 45 | Power 55 | Speed 65 | Arm 60 | Glove 55
23. Jake Burger 3B/1B
Burger has some of the best raw power in the draft class with some solid tools as well even though his frame is more on the stocky side.
Burger's body is pretty rounded with plenty of raw strength although his projection as he ages goes south so he need to maintain it. His swing isn't pretty but he has plenty of feel to hit for contact as well as having a natural loft in his swing to dream for north of 20 homers a year. His power comes from raw strength than his bat speed but could pull more often in pro ball. His eye at the plate also improved. His raw speed will diminish as he ages and projects more of a below average runner. His range and agility at third was questionable this season and he might transfer to first base where his soft hands fit well.
Burger is being compared to Hunter Pence because of his unorthodox play in the field but with his frame and potential plus power and above average ability to hit, he's more closer to Billy Butler more often than not.
Grades: Hit 55 | Power 55 | Speed 35 | Arm 55 | Glove 45
25. Bubba Thompson OF
A dual-sport superstar in HS, Thompson focused on being a full-time baseball player and catapulted himself to the first-round conversations.
Thompson has oozing athleticism and projection that he can bring on all fronts. His best tool is his speed which is better than plus that allows him to have outstanding coverage in the outfield and be a potential 30 steal threat. He's not that raw as a hitter where his athleticism shows, with strong wrists that generate plus bat speed. I do have some pause on how he hits because he stops after leg kick and trusts his eye-hand coordination and wrists to generate hard contact. It is fine but it doesn't allow him to maximize his above average raw power. His arm is plenty strong and his defensive instincts will improve as he moves away from football, projecting him to be at least above average in center field.
Thompson has everything to dream on as an athlete but his baseball skills needs to improve to reach his ceiling as a potential All-Star.
Grades: Hit 50 | Power 45 | Speed 65 | Arm 60 | Glove 55
26. Logan Warmoth SS/2B
While Warmoth doesn't any tool that will jump on you when you see him, he does show an all-around skillset consistently in the field.
Warmoth got a good hitting ability at the plate, mixing his good athleticism with an ability to hit baseballs consistently in all parts of the field and a sound approach at the plate. He doesn't have a lot of load in his swing but his strong wrists and solid bat speed makes for double digit homer potential. He has solid speed but clearly knows how to use it in the field as a basestealer and as a defender at short where he improved as he got older. He can be above average at short with the glove but his arm strength might not be enough if he gets pushed by a better defender there and possibly move him to second base long-term.
Warmoth brings a good and mature ability to hit, steal and defend at the pro level and should move quickly in any farm system with a good chance to have an impactful Majors career.
Grades: Hit 55 | Power 45 | Speed 55 | Arm 50 | Glove 55
29. Nick Allen SS
He's pint sized but Allen is a superb athlete and one that plays with a chip on his shoulder on the field and on the batter's box.
He may be 5'8" but he'll stay there at short long-term where he got the chance to be a Gold Glove-caliber player there where he has outstanding range, instincts and above average arm strength to do spectacular defensive plays. He's also a plus runner that allows him to be great in shortstop as well as a base stealing threat and will stretch singles to doubles. While he will never hit for more than a handful of homers per season, Allen got a line-drive swing, solid bat speed and improving approach to be solid offensively.
Allen reminds me a little bit of Ozzie Smith with the flair for the grand defensive play at the hole and be a solid or better table-setter at the top of any lineup.
Grades: Hit 50+ | Power 30 | Speed 65 | Arm 55 | Glove 70
30. Griffin Canning RHP
Canning is one of the safest bet in this draft class as he got the ability to pitch with four-pitches. Even though he's a little undersized as a pitcher, Canning has above average athleticism to bring on the mound.
Canning has all four pitches that you want from a starting pitcher headlined by his low-90s fastball that can reach 95 MPH with good sink and some cut. He command his fastball well from start to start and his mechanics that has unorthodox arm action but allows his fastball to jump a bit and has downhill plane. He loves his curveball as his best secondary pitch that flashes a tick below plus but is more solid as he loves to locate it in the upper half of the zone. His slider is more of a solid pitch for him as he uses it more as a chase pitch. His changeup is a promising pitch flashing plus but doesn't throw it that much. He's more control than command right now but his easy mechanics together with his athleticism screams above average to plus potential ceiling.
Even though he doesn't have the highest ceiling as a pitcher in this draft class, Canning is one of the safest bets around to move quickly and be a back-end pitcher with four potential above-average pitches in the future for strikes on a high level.
Grades: FB 55 | CB 55 | CH 50+ | SL 50+ | CMD 55