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2018 MLB Draft Tracker



1. Casey Mize
Tigers, RHP, Auburn
6'3" 208 lb.

Standing 6’3” and 208 pounds he’s got good size to be a prototypical frontline starter at the MLB level. He works with a three-pitch mix that showcases a 92-97 mph fastball that has arm-side run and great control. The best pitch in his arsenal is a mid-80s splitter that absolutely falls off over the plate and misses a ton of bats. The slider is coming and is still graded as above-average sitting around the same speed as the splitter making it hard to pick up. An astonishing 12:1 K:BB ratio and 1.0 BB/9 are what make him arguably the best college arm in the draft.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:12 PM
2. Joey Bart
Giants, C, Georgia Tech
6'3" 225 lb.

Bart is a prototypical catcher in size but is a bit more athletic than the standard backstop and hits better too. His 50-grade Hit and 55-grade Power tool gives him enough to not be an offensive liability but rather a plus from the position. He should hit for a solid average .260-.270 with double-digit homers from behind the plate but he is a well-below-average runner speed wise so legging extra-base hits might be a struggle at times. Behind the dish he is a more than adequate receiver and blocker and should have no trouble sticking at catcher. His arm is a plus tool right now having thrown out 40% of would-be base stealers in his college years. He will have a few years to continue to develop with Buster Posey ahead of him on the depth chart. He did also call his own game in the college which helps the path to the majors.

Updated at: Tue June 5th 3:17 PM
3. Alec Bohm
Phillies, 3B, Wichita State
6'5" 240 lb.

At his size, it’s a big frame to move around at the hot corner and his defensive attributes are lacking for a guy as highly rated as he is. However the bat is the difference maker here. A quick stroke that generates good bat speed and a fair amount of raw power has him looking like a potential middle-of-the-order bat down the line no matter where on the field he plays. Bohm’s grasp of the strike zone and understanding that he doesn’t have to sellout to hit the ball hard mean he should provide a nice average along with the pop. A move to first base will likely but his ultimate destination as he just doesn’t have the arm or range to play third in the majors.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:27 PM
4. Nick Madrigal
White Sox, SS, Oregon State
5'7" 160 lb.

Madrigal should be thanking Jose Altuve for his draft stock rising the way it has in the past few years as he was a 15th rounder back in 2015. The diminutive keystone swings a nice bat with extra-base pop but relatively little over the fence pop from the right side of the plate. He does take a bit longer of a step than some would like to see but it’s necessary to get all of his weight behind the bat. In the field the second baseman flashes the leather nicely too even after coming back from a broken wrist this season. Madrigal has the chops to stay at second base long-term, where he could eventually become a gold glover, but he can switch to the other side of second in a pinch and man short. While his size gives him comps to Altuve, he will be a much more like Dustin Pedroia with the bat in terms of power but Altuve in plate discipline.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:33 PM
5. Jonathan India
Reds, 3B, Florida
6'1" 185 lb.

India was drafted in the 26th round of the 2015 draft after a middling high school career at a powerhouse program. Since then he has put in work at Florida and exploded this year for one of, if not, the best season of any college hitter. Improved plate discipline and recognition gave him better pitches to hit than in previous years and his average power developed more this year as a result. A home run off of Casey Mize (the number one pick) shows that off. India has the base running instincts to steal a base from time-to-time but he isn’t a big threat on the base paths. An athlete with a good arm and baseball IQ mean he is pretty interchangeable all around the infield but he should start out at third initially with comps of Alex Bregman being mentioned.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:42 PM
6. Jarred Kelenic
Mets, OF, Waukesha West HS (Wis.)
6'1" 196 lb.

An instinctual outfielder is what Kelenic is at this point in his development. He has good athleticism and solid speed as a centerfielder right now, though he doesn’t profile there long-term. His arm is good enough to play right and he can hit the catcher’s glove on the fly on most throws. Kelenic has a smooth swing from the left side that generates nice raw power that will develop as he adds to his frame and matures. Overall he’s a do-a-little-bit-of-everything type that can impact a game in a few ways and arguably the purist hitter in the draft.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:48 PM
7. Ryan Weathers
Padres, LHP, Loretto HS (Tenn.)
6'2" 210 lb.

The high school lefty is the son of 19-year MLB vet David Weathers but could wind up being better than him when all is said and done. As is the case with a typical lefty, the velocity isn’t off the charts with a fastball that sits 90-93 most of the time but has a high spin rate that makes it move off the barrel of hitter’s bats. Weathers also has an upper-70s curveball with great depth and control to it and an advanced changeup for a prep pitcher that is thrown with the same arm speed as his fastball. That combination has garnered him the Tennessee High School Player of the Year honors and helped him set a record for strikeouts in the Tennessee State Championship. The downside is the lack of a true out pitch but that will come in time and mixing speeds and pitches he may not need one ultimately to make it to the top half of an MLB rotation.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:53 PM
8. Carter Stewart
Braves, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (Fla.)
6'6" 200 lb.

Stewart is the top prep righty in the draft and his power curve is the reason for it. A true 12-6 pitch that works in the mid-80s, it can be devastating to opposing hitters no matter the handedness and has a spin rate that would be the highest in the bigs right now. His other plus-pitch is his 92-94 mph fastball that works up to 98 at times. It’s pretty straight right now but movement can be added as he progresses and learns to harness his big frame. Some mechanical changes might be in his future as there is deep arm action in his delivery which can effect the control of his pitches every so often and the straight over the top motion also doesn’t give much run to the ball. A changeup is developing but is lagging behind the others right now. Projectability is what scouts see in the frame and if he can harness the arsenal, a number two rotation spot or higher is in his future.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 7:59 PM
9. Kyler Murray
Athletics, OF, Oklahoma
5'11" 195 lb.

Speed is Murray’s calling card at this point with a 4.2-4.3 second 40, as is his athleticism, being that he was the top-ranked dual-threat QB coming out of high school. Splitting time between football and baseball has cost him a lot of at bats in his college career but he has shown improvement at the plate and is no longer as susceptible to the breaking ball as he was last year. He hit .296 with 10 homers, 10 steals, 47 RBI, 46 runs scored in 51 games played for the Sooners in 2018, but defense is a work in progress at this point with routes and reads needing improvement. The arm, despite being an quarterback, is below average but the tools are there if he spends the time on baseball only to become an MLB centerfielder, though football will be still be there this fall.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:08 PM
10. Travis Swaggerty
Pirates, OF, South Alabama
5'11" 180 lb.

On the young side for a Junior in college at 20 years old, the lefty swinging centerfield hasn’t let his youth take away from his upside. A prototypical centerfielder who hits atop the order is what he has shown to be in college with double digit homers and steals a year ago and the potential raw pop to hit 20 dingers in the bigs eventually. His arm is better than most OFs in this class, he threw 92 as a high school pitcher, and staying at center shouldn’t be a problem for him. The best comp for him is Brett Gardner, though he’s a bit more power orientated than Gardy was at this point of their development.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:12 PM
11. Grayson Rodriguez
Orioles, RHP, Central Heights HS (Tex.)
6'5" 230 lb.

A tall, built, righty out of the Texas High School ranks, sounds like Forrest Whitley doesn’t it? Well his running 92-94 mph fastball that gets in on hitters hands well, a low-80s slider and upper-70s curve complement the fastball though both need improvement to be reliable secondary options as does his burgeoning changeup. With a high-three-quarters arm slot and a tall frame he gets on top of hitters from the mound and creates a steep downhill plane on his pitches. A commitment to Texas A&M depends on where he gets drafted.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:19 PM
12. Jordan Groshans
Blue Jays, SS, Magnolia HS (Texas)
6'4" 190 lb.

He is one of the best all-around hitters in the high school ranks and could develop plus power at either infield position. Groshans should hit for average along with that pop and has a track record of punishing quality pitching on the high school showcase circuit in the last couple of years. He has played a lot both spots but in the long-term a move to third is clearly in the cards as his range and arm play better there than short. Extra-base hits are common with his hard line drive approach in the batter’s box and that will translate well to the pro ranks.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:27 PM
13. Connor Scott
Marlins, OF, Plant HS (Fla.)
6'4" 180 lb.

A teammate of Scott’s was Kyle Tucker, who was drafted fifth overall in the 2015 draft and is now a top prospect in baseball. Like Tucker he is a top-flight outfielder coming out of the prep ranks but Scott has more speed and less pop than did Tucker at this point. Scott does have the makings of a five-tool prospect if he can use his legs more in his swing to generate power and not just his torso to flip the bat to the ball. A 70-grade Run tool puts him in the elite category and he can run out infield singles with the best of ‘em and stretch plays on the base paths with ease. The instincts, speed, and 60-grade Arm mean his place in centerfield is pretty well locked down with a comp to Bradley Zimmer.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:29 PM
14. Logan Gilbert
Mariners, RHP, Stetson
6'5" 195 lb.

Stetson has never had a pitcher drafted in the first round before, even with Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom being notable alums. Gilbert works with a mid-90s fastball that stayed in the 97 range during the Cape Cod league last summer. The two breaking pitches he possesses can be indistinguishable at times but at their best, the slider has more bite to it than his looping slow curve. The change is the difference maker in his arsenal and gets him out of jams. He ended the season with an impressive 157 strikeouts despit the slow start to his spring season. To reach his potential his consistency on the mound needs to be refined and worked on.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:33 PM
15. Cole Winn
Rangers, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
6'2" 195 lb.

A jump to better competition in his senior year following a transfer from his Colorado high school to Orange Lutheran, only saw him get better. The 18-year-old righty has three plus pitches with his fastball, slider, and changeup. The change is the one he throws the least, and only to keep hitters off-balance when need be. The slider has been a work in progress but is now a true slider with great break and late life to it that works in on lefties and away from righties. Meanwhile the fastball carries it’s life and velocity deep into starts and is the best pitch he has at the moment. A solidly built pitcher who could be a top of the rotation starter if everything works out is what Winn amounts to.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:37 PM
16. Matthew Liberatore
Rays, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (Ariz.)
6'5" 200 lb.

A projectable prep pitcher is just the type of guy teams like to take in the first round and that’s what this southpaw is. A fastball that stays 89-94 throughout his starts and touches 96 is the main pitch, and one that he’s worked on controlling a lot this spring. Three secondary pitches play off the fastball in a slurve (slow curve) of sorts that has nice spin to it that will miss bats consistently. His slider is a new addition to the arsenal and the early returns on it show it’s been a good pitch to add and makes him really tough on left-handed hitters. The changeup is the pitch with the most projection left in it and should be a 60-65-grade pitch in a few years. Throwing 12 scoreless against international compettion in the 18U tournament also boosted his stock. He is clearly the best left-handed pitcher in the class and is also a cousin of Fantasy Alarm’s very own Dom Murtha.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:03 PM
17. Jordyn Adams
Angels, OF, Green Hope HS (NC)
6'2" 175 lb.


He is an amazing athlete and ranks as the sixth-best WR in the 2018 class and has the speed to burn on the baseball field. 75-grade speed is lightning quick but his bat plays well with a quick right-handed stroke that spreads to all fields and show average raw power. A top of the line projection for him is 15-20 a year while stealing upwards of 30 bags easily. His defense is solid for a young centerfielder though his fringy arm strength likely keeps him there long-term while he improves on the hit tool some more. This is a similar pick to last year’s Jo Addell made in the first round by the Angels.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:55 PM
18. Brady Singer
Royals, RHP, Florida
6'5 180 lb.

Singer is the next in what is becoming a yearly thing, a Florida Gator pitcher going high in the first round. The lanky righty took his turn in the rotation as the ace this season but got off to a slow start, but his three pitch mix has worked it’s dominance as the season continued. A 95-96 mph fastball with big time run is the main pitch of the repertoire and his slider plays well off it and can be manipulated to look like a curve at times. His changeup is the third offering and while it’s still an above average pitch, it does fall behind the other two. Singer is also the most pro-ready prospect in the draft, according to most, myself included, and could find himself in an MLB bullpen later this year much like Brandon Finnegan did for the Royals a few years back. He was previously drafted by Toronto in the second round in 2015.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 8:59 PM
19. Nolan Gorman
Cardinals, 3B, Sandra Day O'Connor HS (Ariz.)
6'1" 210 lb.

Pop. That’s what Gorman brings to the table in spades mind you. He won the MLB All-Star Game High School Home Run Derby and the Under Armor All-American Game Home Run Derby as well (both in MLB parks). When he’s locked in he is clearly the best power bat in the class with his Power tool grading at 65-70 on the 20-80 scale. The problem is there are holes in his swing and he can get a little aggressive at times leading to a fair bit of swing-and-miss especially on breaking pitches. Being a left-handed bat at the hot corner is unusual but if his fielding improves, there’s no reason he can’t stick long-term, though in all honesty first is the more likely spot for him.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:03 PM
20. Trevor Larnach
Twins, OF, Oregon State
6'4" 180 lb.

A key cog in the Beavers lineup usually, he became even more so when fourth overall pick Nick Madrigal went down for a chunk of the season, and his game picked up. For the first time since hitting the starting lineup in his sophomore year, he hit double-digit homers in 2018 and became the anchor for the lineup and lowered his K-rate this year compared to last. His above-average arm could keep him in center long-term, but left is more likely the spot for him with the lack of speed he shows, but the offense also profiles there too. A lefty swinging outfielder who hits to the opposite field is a nice addtion to anyone's farm system.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:12 PM
21. Brice Turang
Brewers, SS, Santiago HS (Calif.)
6'1" 165 lb.

At one point he was the top high school prospect in the draft, but too long in the limelight has begun to bump him down some. HIs speed is his best tool and he is a very good defender with quality arm at Shortstop and should stick there in the long-run. Turang hits well for average, below-average for power, but again at short that’s not a major knock. He is a steady-as-he-goes type that does a lot of little things well and plays the game the right way. No tool stands out as a plus tool and that somewhat concerns scouts coming into the draft, but shouldn’t hamper his development as he strenthens his frame. Turang says he models his game after Daniel Murphy.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:15 PM
22. Ryan Rolison
Rockies, LHP, Ole Miss
6'2" 195 lb.

Rolison has been on teams radar’s since his high school days as one of the best lefties in the draft class but he went to college instead. A command-and-control lefty is a bit of an understatement here as the fastball works up to 95 at times and paints both sides of the plate well. The power curve in the upper-80s is arguably his best pitch and the depth and bite makes it a true out pitch in any situation. There are also a slider and change that tag along in the offerings selection but those are average pitches right now that get mixed in to keep hitter off of the other two. A sturdy frame and clean delivery have him destined for a spot in the top half of a major league rotation and joins Drew Pomeranz as the only two SP to be drafted in the first round out of Ole Miss.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:21 PM
23. Austin Seigler
Yankees, C, Cartersville HS (Ga.)
5'11" 200 lb.

He is perhaps the most interesting talent in the draft as he can pitch with both hands, switch-throwing pitcher, and he is a switch-hitting catcher. His pro days will be spent behind the plate and using his defense to advance through the system as well as his arm to cut down the running game. The hit tool is actually better than his power tool, which is a bit surprising from a backstop but his approach does work to all fields well and allows for gap to gap power which should play well at nearly any park in the majors. A good comp for him and his athleticism is Austin Barnes.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:28 PM
24. Nico Hoerner
Cubs, SS, Stanford
5'11" 195 lb.

He is a three-year starter for the Cardinal who can play 2B, SS, or 3B which is what the Cubs love in their system. HIs hit tool is his calling card and there is a bit of raw power there to tap into as well. It’s a smooth right-handed stroke that benefits from his advanced approach at the plate. Playing a key defensive position for one of the best college teams in the country certainly added to his draft stock as well. Overall he comps to a Ben Zobrist type, who will sit ahead of him on the depth chart for at least a year in the Cubs system.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:36 PM
25. Matt McLain
D-backs, SS, Beckham HS (Calif.)
5'10" 175 lb.

Like the pick before him, he is a versatile piece on the diamond who can play up the middle and in the outfield as well. At 5’10” his height can be deceptive as he hits well for both power and average and his 60-grade run tool adds to his base running prowess along with adding steals in to his mix of impact on the diamond. The defense doesn’t lag behind the bat either as he could be a solid shortstop, third baseman, or left fielder at the highest level and the arm will profile at all of those spots, even a bonus in left field. Instincts, baseball IQ, work ethic, and the combo of his skills give him a nice upside with comps to a smaller Alex Bregman.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:42 PM
26. Triston Casas
Red Sox, 3B, American Heritage School (Fla.)
6'4" 238 lb.

Casas is right up there with Nolan Gorman in terms of power they can bring into the batter’s box. However the rest of his hit tool is streaky at best. When’s he locked in, he can be a force at the plate, winning the WBSC International Baseball Player of the Year for his efforts in the 18U Baseball World Cup. The biggest question is whether he can make enough contact to utilize that pop. The other question is the defense and whether he will stick at 3B and most, including me, believe first base only will be his role if his bat pans out.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:45 PM
27. Mason Denaburg
Nationals, RHP, Merritt Island HS (Fla.)
6'3" 190 lb.

Denaburg is an interesting character to study as he kicked and punted on the football field and pitched and caught on the baseball diamond making scouts question where it is he would ultimately wind up. That question has been seemingly settled this past season with his focus mainly on pitching. When he’s healthy, he suffered a biceps tendinitis issue that sidelined him a bit, his fastball sits at 94 and has good life down in the zone. A power breaking ball that is nasty at the end of it is there too, when he stays on top of the pitch, as well as a nice feel for a good changeup that’s coming along. The righty has a projectable frame and if his focus is solely on pitching, and baseball as well, the upside is there for a number-two starter in a major league rotation with a number-three starter as a floor.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:51 PM
28. Seth Beer
Astros, OF, Clemson
6'2" 195 lb.

Beer is a polarizing figure in the draft class as his production since being a freshman at Clemson has been stellar with a .333 average, 34 homers, 126 BB, and 62 Ks in the first two years, then a similar total in the third season finishing with mid-50s home run total. The problem is that his exposure to wooden bats hasn’t been great with a .208 AVG in the All-Star High School circuit and the Cape Cod League. He needs his bat to produce because he is a slow-footed first base only or DH type guy. For those that believe his bat will play, the power and production upside is juicy but if he can’t turn it around with the wooden bats, it’s a long road to the bigs for Beer.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:54 PM
29. Noah Naylor
Indians, C, St. Joan of Arc HS (Canada)
6'1" 195 lb.

Naylor is the younger brother of Josh Naylor, current San Diego farmhand, and has similar offensive traits to his brother. At catcher though, the power bat and high average potential plays up. The receiving and framing skills need work but the arm is a plus tool and controls the running game exceptionally well. A solid runner from the catcher spot improves his overall profile too as does the fact that he got a taste of third at the Area Code Games but starting out he will be behind the dish as the bat is valuable in that spot.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 9:59 PM
30. J.T. Ginn
Dodgers, RHP, Brandon HS (Miss.)
6'2" 199 lb.

Last year he finished second in the high school ranks with 16 homers, just behind Jo Adell but now his focus is on the right arm instead of the bat. His stuff is absolutely filthy. A 70-grade fastball and 60-grade slider that both miss bats at a remarkable rate. The fastball sits 95-97 and was the fastest average pitch at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and can touch 99 consistently. The slider has amazing life to it and is hard to time after seeing the fastball, which also moves. The changeup is developing but he has a feel for it and has nice action too. In high school he was used as a reliever but the Dodgers will trot him out every fifth day to give him a shot at starting, which he has done previously. A role as a closer could be his ultimate spot though as his kind of stuff in the ninth inning is what teams are looking for.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:14 PM
31. Shane McLanahan
Rays, LHP, South Florida
6'1" 173 lb.

A lanky southpaw with electric stuff is the essence of who McClanahan is. The fastball sits at 97-100 and he throws a change off of that with great arm speed and one that acts like a circle change late. There is a slider in there as well, though that’s more of an average pitch right now. With his relatively diminutive size, there is a lot of recoil in the delivery and he did have Tommy John surgery in his freshman year. In all likelihood he moves into the bullpen with a chance to work as a closer so he can really show off the electricity coming from his left arm, but there are comps to Chris Sale out there.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:20 PM
32. Nick Schnell
Rays, OF, Roncalli HS (Ind.)
6'2" 180 lb.

Schnell has the ability to be a standout centerfielder in the majors for a while to come, if that doesn’t work out, right field is a possibility with the hitting package and the plus arm he possesses. Bat speed and wiry strength will improve as his body fills out and boosts his current gap-to-gap power he displays. Plus speed is the reason he should stick in center but he could lose a step as he fills out but overall he is a projectable high school bat from the left side of the plate.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:30 PM
33. Jackson Kowar
Royals, RHP, Florida
6'5" 185 lb.

Kowar has spent his time in Gainesville pitching behind Alex Faedo and now Brady Singer in the weekend rotation but his clean, repeatable delivery has him on the cusp of being just as good as both of those guys. Kowar sits mid-90s with the fastball and touches 98 routinely with a plus changeup that is nearly equal to the quality of the fastball. His average (at times) curve is the final pitch in the repertoire. The problem for Kowar is that while his frame gives him good arm action and strength, his pitches are a bit to true (aka lack movement) at times at that has dropped his K-rate from where it should be and made him more hittable

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:24 PM
34. Daniel Lynch
Royals, LHP, Virginia
6'4" 175 lb.

The first two years of his career were rough with an ERA over five and had just over six K/9. Not sounding like a first rounder huh? Well this season the K/9 rate jumped up 10.2 and his ERA dropped dramatically after having a great run in the Cape Cod League. Being a lefty the velocity is missing as the fastball sits 88-92 and touches 93 mph with excellent command. The changeup is above-average and has nice movement and deception to it playing off of the fastball. The breaking stuff is solid but overall he needs to work on it to add a third viable pitch. The projectable frame should add a bit of strength but not enough to be a power pitcher. He is a bottom of the rotation starter.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:40 PM
35. Ethan Hankins
Indians, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Ga.)
6'6" 200 lb.

Hankins was in the discussion for the top overall pick until a shoulder issue caused a month-long layoff and ended that discussion. His 98 mph heater is electric and can move easily to both sides of the plate, and is essentially the only pitch he needed in the prep ranks. The changeup and curveball and slider are all above-average offerings with the changeup flashing plus at times. The injury issue, his commitment to Vanderbilt, and the projection of his secondary pitches all combined to make him an interesting pick in this draft though if he gets a third plus pitch, frontline starter is in his future.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:29 PM
36. Gunnar Hoglund
Pirates, RHP, Dayspring Christian Academy (Fla.)
6'4" 210 lb.

Another year, another prep arm going early to the Pirates. Hoglund had a goal to not walk a batter this season and he nearly did it with this stat line: 186 BF 2 BB and the walks didn’t come until the last appearance of the year. He is a projectable righty that has control down for all of his pitches with the fastball sitting 89-95 with good life down in the zone and ability to work a curveball and change off of it. He will need to add a bit to his frame in the pros as well as improve the average curveball to give him at least two out pitches. Hoglund has a cross-body delivery of sorts which adds some deception and the ease of it should allow him to keep his mechanics in tact as he progresses.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:55 PM
37. Cadyn Grenier
Orioles, SS, Oregon State
5'11" 180 lb.

Grenier is the reason that Madrigal was at second base and not short stop. That says something about his ability right off the bat. Defense is his top trait but the speed is also up there on the scale too which gives him the range to get to a ton of balls. He can make a throw from nearly anywhere on the left side of the infield but the bat is his biggest question mark. Bat speed is there but the balance in the swing isn’t and there is little pop to speak of. So his overall profile is a defense first shortstop who is hoping his bat progresses to an average tool at the majors.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:59 PM
38. Xavier Edwards
Padres, SS, North Broward Prep (Fla.)
5'10" 155 lb.

Edwards is a table-setter type of hitter who plays up the middle of the infield and that’s an enticing thing even with the increase in power bats these days. The 70-grade Run tool puts him in the elite category and makes him a big time base stealing threat when his line drive oriented swing gets him on base, which is frequently. The power lacks but again he’s a 5’10” short stop so it’s not really expected he’d produce in the over-the-fence marks. HIs defense is more than capable of staying on the left side of the infield as is his arm and footwork. A switch-hitting, speedy, defensive short stop? Yes please.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 10:38 PM
39. Jake McCarthy
D-backs, OF, Virginia
6'2" 195 lb.

One of the best defensive outfielders in the class and some comps are a lefty A.J. Pollock or a Jacob Ellsbury type who was one of the best players in the Cape Cod League last summer. His sophomore campaign in 2017 saw him swipe 27 bags in 29 attempts with a .338 AVG and .425 OBP. A flat bat path has kept him from hitting for power in college but a minor tweak should let his frame carry the ball over the fence much more often. Overall a starting centerfielder near the top of the order is where he profiles for the long haul.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 11:04 PM
40. Kris Bubic
Royals, LHP, Stanford
6'3" 210 lb.

Bubic stepped in nicely when Tristan Beck went down last year and then got his Saturday starter role back in 2018. He has one of the best changeups in the draft this year that works between 78-80 mph and it can keep both handedness of batter off balance even after seeing it a few times in a row. The fastball is a control type pitch that works 89-94 and hits the black on both sides of the dish very well. The key to his ultimately place on a team is the development of his third pitch, a curve that is average right now. If he can’t get batters to miss that pitch he will be a lefty bullpen member instead of a three-pitch fourth-pitcher type.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 11:09 PM
41. Lenny Torres Jr.
Indians, RHP, Beacon HS (NY)
6'2" 185 lb.

A 93-97 mph fastball is his best pitch but the slider is coming and has nice bite to it with tight spin. Torres was previously a shortstop before being converted to working off the mound thanks to his fast arm. He is young, just 17 years old and won’t turn 18 until October, but with a wiry projectable frame the potential for more velocity and control is there plus a changeup is coming that has arm side run, but that’s just a bullpen pitch at the moment. There is a lot of development ahead of him but there is still some doubt as to whether he can be a starter in the bigs rather than a reliever.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 11:15 PM
42. Grant Lavigne
Rockies, 1B, Bedford HS (NH)
6'4" 230 lb.

A big time power bat who is in the top 3-5 power bats among the high school ranks who is a surprising athlete as he’s also a hockey player. The bat will carry him to the bigs and it is quick through the zone. He also recognizes pitches well for his age and from the left side the plate which is a big plus for a guy from a state that’s never had a high school bat drafted and make the big leagues. Defensively he is a more-than-adequate first baseman with an accurate arm that lacks a bit of strength, but again arm strength isn’t needed at first. For a power bat, there’s potentially no better landing spot that with the Rockies.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 11:21 PM
43. Griffin Roberts
Cardinals, RHP, Wake Forest
6'3" 210 lb.

Was an All-ACC Closer last year and then moved to the rotation this season and didn’t skip a beat. His mid-80s slider might just be the best breaking pitch in the draft with a high spin rate and so much break it can look like a curve at times. As a starter the velocity is down a bit, 90-95 as compared to 97 as a closer, but that’s to be expected as he has to pace himself more in a longer role. The fastball also has sink and runs in on the hands to lefties for glove side run. An average change will need to get better if he wants to stick in the rotation long-term in the majors instead of being a high-leverage reliever with a filthy slider. There is also a chance that St. Louis could use him in the pen this September depending on their bullpen and standings situation at that point of the year.

Updated at: Mon June 4th 11:26 PM
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