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2019 MLB Draft Tracker

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ROUND 1

1. Adley Rutschman
Orioles, Catcher, Oregon State
6'2" 216 lbs., 21 yrs

Rutschman has been the consensus top pick for this year’s draft since the gavel dropped to start last year’s draft and why shouldn’t he be? The only tool that doesn’t grade as a plus skill is his speed, but even for a catcher his 40-grade speed is better than most, giving him four 60-grade tools plus he’s a switch-hitter too. At 6’2” and 216 lbs. he has a great frame to remain behind the plate and the big frame allows him to be a better blocker of balls as there is simply more of him to use to stop the balls with. He is a great receiver and has a surprisingly quick pop time that combined with his plus-arm strength allows him to throw out would-be base stealers at a good clip. Offensively, his bat has improved every year at Oregon State going from a .234/.322/.306 line as a freshman to a .419/.580/.765 line as a junior in 2019 with 57 RBI, 56 runs, and 17 home runs in 55 games this year. His plate discipline is what’s remarkable as he has 153 walks in 183 games in his college career while striking out 116 times. As an overall package, Rutschman has more total tools than any catching prospect in the minors currently and if he doesn’t go first overall, he won’t fall past second.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:14 PM
2. Bobby Witt Jr.
Royals, SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)
6'0" 180 lbs., 19 yrs

The only other prospect sneaking up the prospect board into the top overall pick conversation is Witt. He is a rare five-tool, projectable, shortstop coming out of the high school ranks of Texas who also has an MLB pedigree with a father, Bobby Witt, who played 16 years in the majors. Clearly, high school stats can’t be taken too seriously but they do show his talent as he put up a .506/.569/1.054 slash line in his 51-game career with 17 home runs, 19 doubles, 10 triples, 81 runs, 70 RBI, and 24 steals. The raw skills are there for him to a be a feature 20-20 shortstop at the highest level while playing a stellar brand of defense at the most important defensive position. His quick hands and speed give him great range and the fact that he can pump in mid-90s fastballs on the pitching rubber indicates he has a very strong arm. At 6’0” and 180 lbs. he has the frame to stick at short but can also move elsewhere given his athletic ability. Witt has committed to Oklahoma already but given his draft stock and the likely slot value of the pick, it’s expected he will turn pro.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:23 PM
3. Andrew Vaughn
White Sox, 1B, California
6'0" 214 lbs., 21 yrs

Vaughn is another rare prospect in that he’s a right-handed fielding, right-handed hitting first baseman who also happens to be a bit undersized at 6’0” and 214 pounds. That would be a problem and ordinarily would drop his draft stock a bit, but it’s his bat that keeps him this high as he could very well be the best bat in the entire draft class, college or prep. In the last two seasons at Cal, Vaughn has played 104 games, had 372 at-bats, slashed .395/.540/.777 with 38 homers, 112 RBI, 108 runs, and five steals in that span. That line explains the 60-grade Hit and Power tools he possesses but it belies the 30-grade Speed tool he has. The defense is solid enough to not be a hindrance at first base as he moves forward but it’s clearly the bat that will carry his profile going from level to level. Vaughn is a college bat that will move quickly once drafted given his 102 BB to 50 Ks in the last two years at college showing his advanced approach at the plate.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:32 PM
4. JJ Bleday
Marlins, OF, Vanderbilt
6'3" 205 lbs., 21 yrs

Bleday has been on the radar for a while know as he became an immediate starter at Vanderbilt, you know the college baseball powerhouse that routinely turns out multiple picks a year. In 2018 he became the Commodores best hitter as a sophomore and then won the best prospect honors in the Cape Cod League last summer. In 2019 he paced D-I baseball in home runs with 25 in the regular season while playing a very good defensive right field and showcasing his plus Arm tool. Bleday has started to tap into the big-time power within his 6’3”, 205 lbs. frame and in the Cape Cod League showed he can hit well with a wood bat which only boosts his projectability in scout’s eyes. The left-handed hitting outfielder is the second-best college bat in the draft and the top position player outside of Rutschman likely making it a short wait on Monday night for the Vandy Junior.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:36 PM
5. Riley Greene
Tigers, OF, Hagerty HS (Florida)
6'1" 191 lbs., 19 yrs

Greene is another high school kid out of Florida who is described as a pure hitter after his high school days and his showcase circuit showings. Greene also played on the Under-18 Team USA Pan-American Games team that won Gold and he led that squad in RBI. In the 235 high school at-bats Greene had, he slashed .391/.538/.740 with 13 home runs, 94 runs, 61 RBI, and 30 steals. While he might be a pure hitter and a high school bat with some projectability left in the power side of his game, the defense needs work as he is a slightly below average runner and has a fringy arm. If there is no improvement in the defense, a left field spot is likely awaiting him in the majors where his bat is a perfect fit if the power develops as the swing plane and raw bat speed indicate it should.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:42 PM
6. C.J. Abrams
Padres, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (GA)
6'1" 191 lbs., 19 yrs

If there is a prospect at the top of the first round that has a definitive tool that just jumps off the page, it’s Abrams and his speed. At a 75-grade tool, it’s about as close to the top of the chart as you get and puts him in a league all his own in that tool. He comes out of the Georgia prep ranks and a school that has produced major leaguers before. Abrams played 142 games of high school ball over four years with a .418/.482/.606 slash line with eight home runs, 158 runs, 100 RBI, and 100 steals. The 18-year-old shortstop has a quick stroke from the left side of the plate which helps with his ability to get down the line even faster and don’t be surprised if drag bunting becomes a big part of his game at points. That being said though, he does have the strength and pop in his stroke to develop into a 10-15 home run hitter along with 30-plus steals. Defensively he more than likely moves to second or center field rather than staying at short since his fielding actions are a bit blocky and aren’t that fluid.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:51 PM
7. Nick Lodolo
Reds, LHP, TCU
6'6" 185 lbs., 21 yrs

Lodolo was drafted back in 2016 as the 41st overall pick of the Pirates but turned them down to go to Texas Christian instead and after three years, he may just have improved his draft stock into the top-10. The southpaw sits 90-94 with his fastball and touches 96 while using his tall, lanky, frame to get a steep downhill plane on the pitch. Lodolo backups the fastball with a tight slider and a nice late-fading changeup. All of the pitches grade as above average offerings and have each improved since his freshman and sophomore campaigns when he was mostly a dependable starter rather than dominant. In 2019, over 15 starts and 98 innings, Lodolo posted a 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .202 BAA, and 125:21 K:BB ratio. He is not the typical ace-caliber pitcher that fits in the top of the first round but as the best pitcher in the draft, he will be taken this high and still projects as a number two starter.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 7:57 PM
8. Josh Jung
Rangers, 3B, Texas Tech
6'2" 215 lbs., 21 yrs

Jung has been one of the most consistent bats in the college ranks from the first time he stepped foot on campus at Texas Tech in 2017. He won the Big-12 Conference Freshman of the year that year and then topped the league in average, on-base percentage, and RBI in his sophomore year and brought the Red Raiders to the College World Series. Jung did take a step back this spring with a slash line of .333/.471/.597, nine home runs, 49 RBI and runs each, and a steal. That being said, his only tool that is below-average is his run tool, which isn’t surprising for the third baseman, while the rest are all above-average to plus. His advanced approach at the plate (14.35-percent career walk rate, 13.1-percent career strikeout rate) and his quick, short swing should translate to a 25-home run hitter at the upper levels of the game once he starts turning on more pitches.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:03 PM
9. Shea Langeliers
Braves, C, Baylor
6'0" 190 lbs., 21 yrs

He split time behind the plate with Adley Rutschman on the U.S. Collegiate National team in 2018 but don’t let the billing as the second-best catcher in this draft class fool you. Langeliers won a Gold Glove as the best defensive catcher in college in 2018, he has a 1.7-1.8 second pop time that threw out 70-percent of would-be base stealers in his sophomore year and he is a very good receiver and frame already. It’s not all about defense with him though as he combined for a .289/.371/.508 slash in 151 regular season games at Baylor with 27 homers, 120 runs, 110 RBI, and nine steals. His power and counting stats dropped a bit in Junior year, but he missed three weeks with a Hamate bone injury. On Saturday, in the NCAA tournament, Langeliers set a record for most RBI in a single game in the tournament’s history with 11. Overall, Langeliers has no real holes in his approach and his defense alone makes him a first-round pick, there’s just not much projection left in his game which also means he could be a faster riser through the system than most backstops.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:07 PM
10. Hunter Bishop
Giants, OF, Arizona State
6'5" 210 lbs., 21 yrs

The brother of Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop and a previous 24th round pick of the Padres out of High School, Bishop has started to realize his potential with his performance this year. He came back from the Cape Cod league with a new swing rhythm and knowing how to game plan at-bats and it’s really paid off in his Junior year. In 51 games for the Sun Devils, Bishop slashed .356/.482/.792 with 22 home runs, 63 runs, 61 RBI, and 11 steals with a remarkable .436 ISO since 40 of his 63 hits were XBH. Bishop started in center field full-time all year this year for the first time and he should be able to stay there given his 60-grade speed and average arm. Overall, Bishop’s new found consistency has propelled him to the first half of the first round and his ability to hit to all fields but have 60-grade power makes him a potential middle-of-the-order bat at the highest level.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:13 PM
11. Alek Manoah
Blue Jays, RHP, West Virginia
6'6" 260 lbs., 21 yrs

The first thing that will stick out about Manoah, when watching the clip, is his size. Manoah is 6’6” or 6’7” depending on where you look and 260 pounds. The other thing that stands out are his stats from his Junior year at West Virginia during which he pitched 102.1 innings over 15 starts posting a 1.85 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, .186 BAA, and 135:23 K:BB ratio. The big right-hander leads his arsenal with a 94-97 mph sinking fastball, a plus slider, and a solid changeup. There aren’t many innings on his arm despite him being a college starter for three years meaning he has projectability left and development in his pitches while already showing number two starter stuff with the possibility of being an ace if he adds a fourth pitch.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:12 PM
12. Brett Baty
Mets, 3B, Lake Travis HS (TX)
6'3" 210 lbs., 19 yrs

Baty is perhaps the fastest rising prospect on the boards before the draft thanks to a great spring and private workouts he’s been eager to put on for teams and scouts. The big, left-handed hitting third baseman also has perhaps the most raw power of anyone in the draft class, prep or college, and is drawing comps to Nolan Gorman from last year’s draft. Baty is quick to the ball with a slight uppercut swing plane that produces the raw power, he hit 19 homers his Senior year of high school, but at times it appears to be a max effort approach that isn’t sustainable as he advances through the minors. His feet can get a bit jumpy sometimes that takes away some of the power but that can be worked on with dedicated hitting coach work. Defensively, he has the arm to stay at third but his footwork, range, and agility all need improvement and could force a move across the diamond to first base or out to left field where the arm plays. Overall, there are questions about a 19.5-year-old High School Senior and his development path but there’s no ignoring his power and his approach at the plate (44 walks to nine strikeouts Senior year).

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:24 PM
13. Keoni Cavaco
Twins, SS, Eastlake HS (CA)
6'0" 185 lbs., 18 yrs

Cavaco didn’t even make the Area Code Games last year but rose like helium this spring and stayed that high in the rise. He’s very athletic and amazingly fluid on defense with a plus-plus arm and sub-four second speed to first base from home. The risk is that he hasn’t seen a ton of elite arms or velocity due to not being on a lot of showcase teams and not being in the toughest region in California. His bat plays though as his quick, short, stroke gets in the zone quickly and stays there. There is a ton of projectability in his frame and game as he is still just 18 years old and a ton of improvements to be made. If all pans out, he’s a phenomenal defensive option at any position on the field and the bat could tap into enough power to produce 20-25 homers a year in the majors.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:40 PM
14. Bryson Stott
Phillies, SS, UNLV
6'3" 195 lbs., 22 yrs

Stott is a polished college bat at short which is hard to come by and most of his tools grade out as above-average at the highest level. A three-year starter at UNLV, Stott improved his numbers every year and went for 10 homers and 16 steals in 58 games in 2019. A slash line of .356/.486/.599 shows his advanced approach at the plate from the left side. His hands do a good job of following the power his lower builds up with the leg kick and keep the barrel in the zone for a long time to maximize the contact he can get. His instincts at plus arm at times gives him a chance to stick at short long-term but moving him to second could also be in his feature where his offensive profile of a 15-15 guy also fits very nicely.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:13 PM
15. Will Wilson
Angels, SS, NC State
5'11" 175 lbs., 21 yrs

Wilson is a solid shortstop in every way except with his Run tool as he runs a bit slower than most shortstops do. In 2018, Wilson was one of four players to have 10 homers in ACC conference play with the other three being selected in the top two rounds of last year’s draft. He has quick hands and actions which play well at shortstop but if the speed doesn’t tick up, second base could be his long-term home in the pros as his bat will fit there well offensively. Wilson does have deceptive raw power that could produce 15-20 homers in the majors while hitting for average and playing good defense, that’s the type of player teams love to take mid-to-late in the first round.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 8:44 PM
16. Corbin Carroll
D-backs, OF, Lakeside HS (WA)
5'11" 160 lbs., 19 yrs

Carroll’s height and size, or lack thereof, belies his playing abilities and promise as a true center fielder. He has a 60-grade hit tool and a 70-grade speed tool with everything else being average or below at this point, though there is still more filling out to do framewise that might add to his 40-grade power and bring it up to average when all is said and done. The swing utilizes a pretty big leg kick and a big first step right now that can make his swing long and have a bent front leg as opposed to a straight one but if he shortens it up more consistent contact can be made against better pitching. The speed is his tool that’s his calling card as he stole nine bags in eight games while playing for the USA 18U National team. Overall, Carroll is a projectable high school outfielder who is a leadoff type hitter while playing stellar centerfield much in the comps of Jacoby Ellsbury or Adam Eaton.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:13 PM
17. Jackson Rutledge
Nationals, RHP, San Jacinto JC (TX)
6'8" 240 lbs., 20 yrs

Rutledge has the best all-around stuff of any arm in this draft class with velocity in the upper 90s on the fastball that stays well into his starts. The slider (60-grade) and the curveball (55-grade) are both plus-caliber breaking pitches that have depth and big-time break, however, they are often not at their best. He does offer a changeup as well but it is a distant fourth and often gets flat and stiff, not what you want from an off-speed pitch. The short arm motion, even from a guy of his height, keeps the delivery repeatable and his height allows him to get on top of hitters before release. If he can gain better control and command of his pitches and improve the changeup he can be a number-two starter in a rotation.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:14 PM
18. Quinn Priester
Pirates, RHP, Cary-Grove HS (IL)
6'3" 198 lbs., 19 yrs

Priester is the top prep arm in the draft and the highest sought-after high school pitcher from Illinois since Mike Foltynewicz in 2010. The righty has the frame to be a number two, innings-eating, type pitcher who has four pitches in his mix right now anchored by a four-seam fastball that can touch 97 with riding life. His two-seam fastball is more of a sinker-type pitch that sits low-90s with exceptional movement making it a highly effective pitch. Priester also possesses a 60-grade curveball which is perhaps the best in the prep class this year as it sits low-80s and has tight spin and sneaky depth. The changeup is behind the other three as he didn’t have to use it much in the high school ranks and it needs more velocity separation from the fastball to be more effective. There is projection left in his arm but he tops out as a number two starter ultimately and will be in the minors likely for 4-5 seasons while he refines his offerings.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:15 PM
19. Zack Thompson
Cardinals, LHP, Kentucky
6'3" 225 lbs., 21 yrs

He was previously drafted by the Rays in the 11th round of the 2016 draft after health concerns and signability questions arose, and dropped him down draft boards. At Kentucky, aside from missing two months with an elbow issue, that didn’t require surgery, he’s been a high-quality starter from the left side of the pitching rubber and put together a masterful Junior campaign. In 14 starts in 2019, Thompson posted a 2.40 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .184 BAA, 130:34 K:BB ratio over 90 innings. His high-three-quarter delivery is clean and offers nice deception to hitters as he keeps the ball hidden until release. A four-pitch arsenal of a 91-94 mph fastball, low-80s slider, a 1-to-7 curveball, and a fading changeup gives him all he needs to keep hitters off balance while the fastball, with run and angle, and the slider are the two best of that group. If the health questions stay at bay, he profiles as a mid-rotation starter who could make for a low-tier number-two arm as well.

 

 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:15 PM
20. George Kirby
Mariners, RHP, Elon
6'3" 205 lbs., 21 yrs

Kirby led all D-I NCAA pitchers in K:BB ratio (17.8) and BB-rate (.6/9 IP) in 2019 while pitching 88 innings in 14 starts for Elon and leading them to the NCAA tournament. Kirby has a four-pitch mix that revolves around his running mid-90s fastball and two breaking pitches that flash plus at times with good spin rates and depth on both the slider and curveball. His changeup has arm-side run to it which is effective against righties but will have to stay off the plate against LHH to be effective. A smooth repeatable delivery helps him stay in the strike zone as much as he is (107:6 K:BB ratio in 2019) and it helps his stuff play up. Kirby immediately profiles as a number-three starter but with improved command and making his breaking pitches plus pitches consistently, he slides up the rotation depth chart.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:18 PM
21. Braden Shewmake
Braves, SS, Texas A&M
6'4" 190 lbs., 21 yrs

Shewmake has great barrel-to-baseball swing that is level with a bit of uppercut to it. The hand-eye coordination is elite with this middle infielder from the left side of the batter’s box and his plate discipline led to a low K-rate in college. He did have 11 homers in his freshman year and then hit for more contact in subsequent seasons, but it should return as he gets more filled out and adds another 20 or so pounds to his 6’4” frame. Ultimately, he may move to center field as he’s a touch big to play short in the majors and the arm strength is a bit lacking for the longer throws across the diamond at short as well. Shewmake should be a .290 hitter with 20-homer pop that will play multiple positions in pro ball. 

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:28 PM
22. Greg Jones
Rays, SS, UNC Wilmington
6'2" 175 lbs., 21 yrs

Jones is the fastest player in the draft class with 80-grade speed that plays up, if that’s possible, since he’s a switch-hitter. He does have sneaky pop and a solid bat to go along with the speed. Jones does have some issues on the defensive side as he’s not quite as quick to react at short and the hands aren’t as natural as you’d like. With his speed and his switch-hitting ability he will find a defensive spot quickly and if the pop develops into 10-15 homers a year, that along with 40+ steals is big upside.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:37 PM
23. Mike Toglia
Rockies, 1B, UCLA
6'5" 201 lbs., 21 yrs

Toglia is a switch-hitting first baseman that was originally drafted by the Rockies out of high school in the 35th round before heading to UCLA. The power is his calling card as it sits at a 65-grade on the 20-80 scale. He is also a plus defender at first base but is athletic enough to man left field as well. There is some concern that he might not be able to make enough contact routinely to tap into his raw power. Even though he’s a college Junior, he’s just 20 years old and still has some room to grow and improve, plus hitting in Coors eventually has to scare opposing pitchers when he makes contact with the ball.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:37 PM
24. Daniel Espino
Indians, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
6'2" 200 lbs., 18 yrs

Espino has gotten the Twitter love from the PitchingNinja, Rob Friedman, saying how it’s unfair that high schoolers have to face a guy of his caliber, that’s how good Espino’s stuff has been this spring. Since arriving in the US ahead of his sophomore year, he’s added nearly 15 miles per hour to his fastball to where it sits in the upper 90s consistently and hits triple digits as well with remarkable riding action on the four-seamer and sink on the two-seamer. The two breaking pitches can’t be taken lightly either as his sharp, tight, slider sits in the low-80s right now and the curveball with great depth sits in the upper-70s. The downside is his long arm action which might keep him more on a reliever track than starter long term but if he can control his stuff, there’s a projectable prep arm sitting there for the taking that just might possess the best stuff in the draft. Comp: Jose Fernandez

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:45 PM
25. Kody Hoese
Dodgers, 3B, Tulane
6'4" 200 lbs., 22 yrs

Hoese had a breakout Junio campaign in 2019, belting 23 home runs to rank fourth in D-I ball after hitting six combined in his first two seasons at Tulane. The right-handed hitting hot cornerman has had a good swing the whole time, but he just recently tapped into the leverage and power he can get with his 6’4” frame and hence the power surge. The power translated to wood bats too as he hit seven homers in the Cape Cod league in 2018. Hoese plays a good brand of defense at third with above-average arm strength and will stay there long-term in the pros. The only reason he is as far down draft boards as he is is the lack of projectability left and the one-year of big-time production. The plate discipline will appeal to teams though and may make him rise through the minors faster than thought.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 9:47 PM
26. Blake Walston
D-backs, LHP, New Hanover HS (NC)
6'4" 174 lbs., 18 yrs

Walston is the definition of a projectable southpaw out of the North Carolina high school ranks. He needs to add about 40-50 pounds to his frame and with that will come increased velocity though he already sits low-90s right now. The curveball is his best pitch right now and is a plus-offering followed by his fastball and changeup. The velocity isn’t great right now but the stuff is there as the slider and curve and changeup are all thrown with good feel and knowledge of how to get hitters out. If a team can sign him for enough money, they can steal him away from a commitment to NC State.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:02 PM
27. Ryan Jensen
Cubs, RHP, Fresno State
6'0" 180 lbs., 21 yrs

The first reach of the draft is Jensen going 27th to the Cubs as he hovered around 100 in most rankings, including mine. He possesses a great fastball that explodes towards home and holds the 97-98 mph velocity into the seventh inning of his starts this year. However, aside from the above-average slider, there isn’t much else to his profile. Jensen’s frame isn’t the biggest around and that might limit him to more of a relief role in the long-term, especially if his third pitch, a changeup, doesn’t develop. The fastball is hard to miss and might be the best of that pitch in the draft, but one pitch doesn’t get you to the majors alone.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:12 PM
28. Ethan Small
Brewers, LHP, Mississippi State
6'3" 214 lbs., 22 yrs

Small is an interesting case study in college pitchers as his velocity isn’t great but his strikeout rates are elite. His fastball sits 86-92 mph with great deception and shape and the changeup is his best pitch right now. Not to get outpaced, the curveball is his outpitch right now but again it’s based off the spin rate and shape more than the power behind it. Small has already has Tommy John surgery, hence why he redshirted in his freshman year. The crossfire delivery is repeatable and gives him the deceptive two-plane break that allows his stuff to play up but to get out tougher hitters in the pros, he’ll need more velocity in all of the offerings.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:23 PM
29. Logan Davidson
Athletics, SS, Clemson
6'3" 185 lbs., 21 yrs

Davidson is a switch-hitting college shortstop with great defensive skills as they grade above-average across the board. He has had great success in his college career in two years with a .939 OPS and 42 homers for Tigers while playing great defense and stealing some bags along the way. The problem in evaluation comes when you see him with a wood bat. In two summers in the Cape Cod League, the premier college summer league, he posted a combined .570 OPS with three total homers. Davidson, much like his teammate Seth Beer, will need to prove that he can produce with a wood bat in his hands and not let his swing get too long in the pros. He is prone to striking out right now which will also need to reduce to improve his production.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:11 PM
30. Anthony Volpe
Yankees, SS, Delbarton School (NJ)
5'11" 180 lbs., 0 yrs

Volpe has great defensive ability with quick transfer times between his glove and hand and instinctually knows how to play shortstop. The Hit, Power, and Run tools all show promise to be above-average as he matures and gains more experience in upper levels of pro ball but defense is his calling card right now. Volpe does have a commitment to Vanderbilt in place so it may take a big signing bonus to get him to ink with a team and forgo the college scholarship. The shortstop in the majors should be a 10-homer, 20 steal middle infielder while hitting about .280.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:31 PM
31. Michael Busch
Dodgers, 2B, UNC
6'0" 207 lbs., 21 yrs

Busch has been a mainstay in the UNC lineup the last few seasons in Chapel Hill as his power-average combo is a top-of-the-order type guy. Busch hammers the ball to all fields and has nice gap-to-gap power that will play up because of his plate discipline as he’s drawn a ton of walks. The biggest downside to Busch is his lack of projectability and his lack of true defensive home as he’s undersized for first base but not quite speedy enough for the outfield and has a fringy arm. The bat will have to carry him and if he goes to an AL team, DH could ultimately be his home unless a team wants to move him to second, where he played as a freshman and in the Cape Cod League.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:22 PM
32. Korey Lee
Astros, C, California
6'1" 205 lbs., 21 yrs

Lee may have gotten a benefit from hitting behind Andrew Vaughn the last two years, but he turned that into a way to improve his game. Coming into his Junior year, Lee had been known for a plus-arm and plus-power behind the dish which fits the mold of a backup backstop in the majors, but working behind Vaughn this year helped his Hit tool round out and he had his best year at Cal in 2019. Defensively, there’s no doubt that he has the chops to be a big leaguer but the question is will the hit tool be more than just a one-year wonder or will it stick and be part of his new profile going forward making him an everyday-caliber catcher prospect?

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:37 PM
33. Brennan Malone
D-backs, RHP, IMG Academy HS (FL)
6'3" 203 lbs., 19 yrs

Malone has really become a pitcher in the last year rather than a thrower of the ball as he’s shown better command and control and ability to maintain his stuff deeper into starts. The 18-year-old already possesses a great four-pitch mix that’s anchored by one of the best fastballs in the class and uses his two breaking pitches as true out pitches including in big 11-to-5 curveball and a slider with some of the tightest break of any slider in the class. The changeup does need work as he tends to slow his arm speed down at times to throw it rather than using the grip and hand contact to slow the pitch down naturally. There is some projection left but as he stands, Malone fits as a number-two pitcher in a rotation with room to become an ace if the spin on the breaking pitches come up and the changeup develops into the plus-pitch it could become.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:49 PM
34. Drey Jameson
D-backs, RHP, Ball State
6'0" 165 lbs., 22 yrs

Jameson might be a small-framed draftable sophomore but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have bite in his stuff. He pumps the fastball in there at 98 mph with little effort in the delivery and backs up that heat with two hard breaking balls in a curveball and slider that have two-plane break on them. Changeup is change of pace pitch right now without much else to it. Ordinarily the size would make him a better relief candidate than a starter but he put those fears to rest this year as he consistently went deep into starts and maintained velocity and break on his pitches. In the first start of the year he also shutdown a Stanford lineup that is packed with future pro bats. Expect the team that takes him to let him develop as a starter but could move him to the pen to hasten his ascent through the system and perhaps turn the fastball into a 100 mph pitch.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 11:02 PM
35. Kameron Misner
Marlins, OF, Missouri
6'4" 219 lbs., 21 yrs

Misner was a 33rd round pick just three short years ago but at Missouri has blossomed into one of the best outfielder prospects in this class. He’s got big-time raw power built up in that big frame of his but he also hits for average as well from the left side of the plate. Misner was leading D-I in walks in 2018 before he got hurt with a foot injury and missed the final two months of the season. Defensively, he’s near Gold Glove caliber and can play anywhere in the outfield with the speed and angles taken on balls. When all is said and done, Misner profiles as a 20-20 bat that should hit for average.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:55 PM
36. JJ Goss
Rays, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (TX)
6'3" 185 lbs., 18 yrs

Goss is a lanky 6’3” righty who right now sits low-90s with the fastball but can touch 95 from time-to-time. His slider right now is his best offering with late bite and two-plane break while sitting in the mid-80s. The changeup has the same velocity as the slider and he shows good feel for it with nice fade. Goss will need to add some strength and fill out the 6’3” frame in order to add velocity and durability as he progresses. The three-pitch mix is enough to make him a mid-rotation ceiling guy but again it’s all predicated on him adding strength to his frame.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 10:57 PM
37. Sammy Siani
Pirates, OF, William Penn Charter School (PA)
5'11" 175 lbs., 0 yrs

He is the younger brother of the Reds fourth round pick from a year ago and now the younger Siani brother has gone in the top-40. While he is a small stature outfielder, all of the tools are there including some pop. Defensively he fits at left field best with a solid arm and above-average speed that will also lead to him stealing 15 or so bags a year. A smooth swing from the left side of the dish projects to add more tools to it as he fills out the frame in the next few years. Siani ultimately looks like a 10-15 homer bat with 15 steals and good defense.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 11:14 PM
38. TJ Sikkema
Yankees, LHP, Missouri
6'0" 221 lbs., 0 yrs

He has been used in just about every role at college at Missouri but ultimately he will be given the chance to start for the team that drafts him simply based on his 2019 season at Missouri. Sikkema might not bring the big velocity teams love these days but the 89-91 mph heavy sinking fastball misses bats and generates ground ball contact at a high right and he can reach back for 95 when needed. The slider is a plus pitch with high spin rates and operates in the low-80s and is currently his best pitch. The changeup rounds out the arsenal and that too has heavy sink and is effective in any count. He can be effective with his repertoire in the pros because of the movement he gets and the fact that he’s hard to barrel up with everything down in the zone.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 11:25 PM
39. Matt Wallner
Twins, OF, Southern Mississippi
6'5" 220 lbs., 0 yrs

He was originally a pitcher for the Golden Eagles in his freshman and was pretty good, but then a down sophomore campaign moved him to the outfield and showed off his light tower power. The left-handed stroke has the best raw power of the draft but that is by far his best tool aside from the arm, clearly, however the issue is he is too much of a free swinger right now and doesn’t make great contact when he does connect, aside from the power. Wallner could be used on the mound too if a team wants as he sits 97 with a fastball and has an above-average slider among others. For the foreseeable future though, the Power tool will be his calling card while he tries to improve the tools including plate discipline.

Updated at: Mon June 3rd 11:49 PM
40. Seth Johnson
Rays, RHP, Campbell
6'1" 200 lbs., 0 yrs

Johnson transferred to Campbell and in the two years there he has really showcased his stuff well. He sits 91-94 mph with the fastball but touches 97 mph. He backs it up with a mid-80s slider that is his best secondary pitch with the changeup and curveball coming in behind it. There isn’t much of a track record for Johnson as he was a shortstop before transferring and only really has the two years at a relatively small school experience before being drafted, however, that also means that he is a projectable college arm without a lot of wear and tear on the elbow or shoulder. If he can work on his control and bit more and up the curveball and changeup to at least MLB average pitches, he can be a mid-rotation starter long-term.

Updated at: Tue June 4th 12:00 AM
41. Davis Wendzel
Rangers, 3B, Baylor
6'1" 200 lbs., 0 yrs

If the looks don’t stick out, which they do with his mullet and free flowing attitude, his game should. Wendzel isn’t your typical third baseman in that his power isn’t the biggest tool he has, rather it’s his patience and fearlessness at the plate. He works deep counts and drives the ball well to all fields with gap-to-gap power while he stays inside the ball well with his swing. Wendzel has increased his speed since getting to Baylor to where he’s now an average runner and his defense has also improved as he’s now an above-average defender at the hot corner with a burgeoning plus arm. The other intriguing part of the package is that he’s played everywhere on the diamond for the Bears and some think he might be able to catch in a pinch as well, though he will get first crack at sticking at third base long-term first. Overall, he’s a baseball player who should have a high OBP and solid average as he advances and could develop into a 20-22 homer a year bat.

Updated at: Tue June 4th 12:13 AM

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