I have chatted to one of my Twitter friends in John Calvagno in Notes From the Sally for a good amount of info about Anderson because if there's someone I can rely on regarding the prospects in the South Atlantic League and is a Red Sox fan, John's the go-to guy.
5. Bryan Reynolds (he just keeps on hitting nicely)
Brice Turang - Turang reminds me really well of Mickey Moniak, as he got one of the best pure hit tool in this year's draft with a really long track record for hitting for average. He got a really mature approach at the plate but I'm worried about how much can he add in his lean frame to hit for at best average power (slightly worried about the exit velocities off his bat). He can really run with projected plus-plus speed that gives him chance to stick at short with a solid arm to boot. He's my most favorite player in this draft and in my opinion, the best get for the Giants to develop a shortstop probably 4 years away to supplant Brandon Crawford.
Brady Singer - Possibly the first pitcher to be taken in this draft or might honestly be the first player taken, Singer has the tools to be a frontline starter. He got a 93-96 MPH sinker with bowling ball action that he throws on a low 3/4 slot, a slider and change that flashes above-average and the command projects somewhere in the same range. My issues on him is that most people see him to add more but his narrow frame limits that and that might be an issue once he plays in the rigors of pro ball.
Jarred Kelenic - Kelenic got true five-tool potential with a chance to play center field with his plus raw speed and arm strength. He got present average raw power with potential for more especially on his pull side. He got the knack to make loud contact with solid approach at the plate while hitting with a really wide base. I am not really excited on another outfield prospect in next year's draft given the plethora of outfielders in the system but if Kelenic has a monster season next year, I don't mind him getting drafted.
Ethan Hankins - My most favorite pitcher this year, Hankins has the potential to have an 80-grade fastball thanks to his projection to add muscle in his broad frame, easy mechanics and true 3/4 slot or lower. He might touch triple digits in full maturation and combine that with the crazy sink that he gets in his current fastball makes it a true plus-plus offering. Curveball's got a chance to be solid for him but feel is in the raw side as well as his changeup. I'm worried about his feel for his offspeed pitches as well as his command projection given his easy mechanics but the ceiling is too high.
Kumar Rocker - Built like a linebacker, Rocker has one of the smoothest and rhythmic mechanics in the class. He can throw his fastball up to 98 MPH with good life and a slider that already flashes plus where he used that to struck out Will Banfield I think in the UA All-American Game. The changeup is coming as well. The problem that I see in him is that he might be too built this early of his budding career and his arm action is pretty funky that he reminds me of Tyler Kolek.
Will Banfield - Banfield is the best catching prospect of the class because of his defensive ability and feel for hit and power. His defense behind the dish is projected to be at plus thanks to his agility, quickness and smooth actions that keeps on delivering plus or better pop times. Even if he doesn't hit well, there's still tremendous value for his glove. Oh, and he can hit it as well for power even though the power is more towards the pull side.
Travis Swaggerty - Swaggerty has one of the best names in the draft class and also one of the best talent available. He got one of the best power-speed combination with plus raw speed and loose and quick wrists to hit for some power. The swing is more on the line drive side but he got the skills to translate it to pro ball really well as a future leadoff man.
Nander de Sedas - One of my most favorite draft prospects next season, de Sedas has possibly more raw tools than Turang. He got plus raw power as a switch hitter with very good balance, makings of a very good eye and bat speed to match it. His arm is also plus or better, reaching up to 96 MPH when he lets it rip and even though his above-average speed will lose a step once he fills his frame, he'll likely to stay at shortstop with his smooth actions and excellent first steps. The problem about de Sedas that he's not better than Turang is his track record for hitting but what Turang lacks, de Sedas is full of.
Jeremy Eierman - Possibly my favorite college prospect next season, Eierman has the potential to become a five-tool player at the prime position that's shortstop. He can hit for average, he can hit for power, he can steal bases well, he got a strong arm that will stick at short, and he can defend short very well. He's very athletic and he knows he can play all over the dirt but shortstop is his best spot. He got above average bat speed and a very strong lower half to have power to all fields. The problem that I see from him is that the bat path is more on the uppercut side and is pretty whippy and he will strike out a little bit too much for comfort but he's drawn walks at a good rate. If he can reduce his strikeouts and become a 25-25 player as a junior while playing shortstop, I can really see little reason for the Giants to NOT draft him. He's what the Giants need for 2018.
That concludes this edition of Out In Front and Something Extra. I hope you enjoy reading in my blog!