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2019 MLB Draft Preview: Top 100 Prospects

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A closer look at the Top 100 prospects in the 2019 MLB Draft.

College World Series - Oregon State v Arkansas - Game Two
Adley Rutschman is the top player in this draft class.
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The 2019 MLB Draft is today. Here is a final list of the best prospects in the draft this year. If you recall five guys to make the Top 100 last year ended up being Braves- Carter Stewart, Tristan Beck, Greyson Jenista, Trey Riley, and Nolan Kingham.

Since each of these players was written up in more detail in the position by position lists, this is just a quick description of the guys in the Top 50, and a list of 51-100.

  1. Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

The best prospect in the draft in about a decade.

2. Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia HS

The best pitching prospect in the draft out of high school in a very long time. I’m higher than most, but that is mostly because I’m not going to knock his stock for past hits and misses of hard throwing right handed prep pitchers.

3. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Texas HS

In a lot of other years Witt would be the top prospect in the draft, a five tool shortstop with franchise potential and great bloodlines.

4. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

If it wasn’t for his defensive position, this would be the third best prospect in the draft. Vaughn is a special hitter, able to hit for average and power while getting on base at a high clip and limiting the strikeouts.

5. JJ Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

Bleday has always been very productive, but now he’s added power to his game. His bat and his ability to come up clutch in many big moments for the Commodores makes him the type of guy to build a lineup around.

6. Corbin Carroll, OF, Washington HS

Carroll doesn’t have huge power but he belongs on the top tier of players. He’s comped to Jacoby Ellsbury and it works, as he’s going to hit for a high average, rack up extra base hits, and use his speed to his advantage.

7. Riley Greene, OF, Florida HS

Greene is a guy who can really hit and has the potential for plus power. I have him below Carroll because the rest of his game isn’t quite as valuable and the power isn’t fully there yet for Greene.

8. CJ Abrams, SS, Georgia HS

Abrams will go higher than this tonight, but I don’t think he’s quite as valuable as the others above him. I’m not sure he sticks at short, and has some work to be an outfielder. The value is the speed and the bat, where he is likely a Dee Gordon with less hit tool but more power.

9. Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

Stott is a very solid shortstop that figures to stay at the position. He should do a bit of everything and has the ceiling to be an All Star.

10. Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

This big projectable 6’6” lefty was a first rounder out of high school but went to college. Until this year the results never quite matched the stuff, but he was much better this year. Still he’s more projectable than most college arms and has strong mid rotation upside.

11. Jackson Rutledge, RHP, Texas JUCO

The top JUCO player this year is a former Arkansas pitcher. Rutledge is a massive 6’8” pitcher with huge stuff, but command and size issues, along with a past labrum injury give some cause for concern.

12. Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

Bishop is a great athlete and has a very high ceiling. The issue is that he strikes out a ton and has an arm that limits him to left field. He’s the kind of player who could be a superstar, or also a bust depending on if a team can fix the holes in his swing.

13. Quinn Priester, RHP, Illinois HS

A self taught pitcher who can reach the mid to upper 90s, Priester has great aptitude for pitching and working to improve. A pro staff and full time baseball schedule could help him really take off.

14. Gunnar Henderson, SS, Alabama HS

A bigger framed shortstop in the Manny Machado mold, Henderson should be an athletic, power hitting third baseman in time.

15. Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

An elite defender who can also frame at a high level, Langeliers has some power in his stick. The question is how much he will hit.

16. Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

Jung is one of the top college hitters this year, but the power hasn’t come as one might hope and his defense gets mixed reviews.

17. Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

Hoese has come from no where to be one of the top sluggers in the nation. He hits for power, keeps the strikeouts down, and could stick at third. The only question is where was his production as a freshman and sophomore?

18. Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

Manoah is a big power pitcher, with great numbers in the Big 12. He hasn’t shown much of a third pitch, is bigger than his listed 6’6”, 260 frame, and has inconsistent command that hold him back from being higher. Still his floor is high as a two pitch reliever.

19. Tyler Callihan, 3B, Florida HS

Callihan is one of the best prep hitters in the class, a natural hitter capable of hitting for both average and power. The question here is where he belongs defensively, as he lacks a clear home.

20. Brennan Malone, RHP, Florida HS

One of the higher upside arms in the class is also a guy who needs time to really refine his game as his stuff and command haven’t always been consistent.

21. Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

Davidson is a lanky, athletic shortstop who only needs to hit a little bit to be a star because of his other tools. Based on his history with the wood bats in the Cape Cod League there is some reason for concern there.

22. Matthew Allan, RHP, Florida HS

Allan is a very high upside arm, but needs to work on the command and fill in his projection. There isn’t much separating him and Malone.

23. Maurice Hampton, OF, Tennessee HS

The LSU football signee is a premium athlete with very high upside. Hampton also has a better feel for hitting than the typical high level football commit.

24. Michael Busch, OF/1B, North Carolina

Busch is a quality hitter that can hit for both average and power. His offensive tools aren’t quite as loud as Vaughn- which is what they need to be to rank higher as a guy likely to end up at first base.

25. Brett Baty, 3B, Texas HS

Baty has some feel for hitting and big power. The huge question is how much is real and how much is because he’s a physically mature kid closer to age 20 than his 19th birthday. There are also questions about him sticking at third base.

26. Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

Thompson is a promising arm with three pitches flashing plus, but his health track record and inconsistency are among the things that keep him from ranking higher.

27. George Kirby, RHP, Elon

The small college ace with big numbers and a big fastball is more of a middle of the rotation arm than a guy with front of the rotation ability. Still the results are impressive.

28. Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Maine HS

Fletcher reclassified into this class earlier this spring and immediately added a premium athlete with legit five tool talent. Fletcher has very loud tools good enough to give him the upside equal to almost anyone in the outfield class this year.

29. Hunter Barco, LHP, Florida HS

If not for a recent injury Barco would rank a bit higher. He’s been on the radar for a while and is clearly the top prep lefty in this class. He’s also one of the pitchers more than capable of raking when given the chance.

30. Rece Hinds, 3B, Florida HS

Hinds brings true 80 grade power potential and would be the Joey Gallo of this class. He also has real swing and miss concerns as well as where he winds up defensively.

31. Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

A top prospect out of high school, McConnell struggled at Florida as a freshman before turning it around this year. He has some loud tools, but also some strikeout concern.

32. Will Wilson, SS, NC State

Wilson is a bat first shortstop likely to end up at second base. If it wasn’t for his lack of tools outside of the bat, he’d rank higher.

33. Blake Walston, LHP, North Carolina HS

A helium prospect on the rise, Walston is the highest upside prep lefty in the class with a football background.

34. Keoni Cavaco, 3B, California HS

Cavaco has very loud tools, especially the power, arm, and athleticism. He also has some hit tool question which prevent me from ranking him higher.

35. Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

A big prototypical right fielder with large upside, Misner reminds people of Jason Heyward. Unfortunately for him, Misner struggled at the plate this spring for Mizzou.

36. Jack Leiter, RHP, New Jersey HS

Al Leiter’s son has great pitchability, and has intriguing though not totally consistent stuff. However his mind almost feels made up to head to Vanderbilt.

37. Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M

Shewmake has been extremely productive for the Aggies since arriving on campus, but has mixed reviews on his power and a potential move to second base.

38. Sammy Siani, OF, Pennsylvania HS

The brother of Reds overslot fourth rounder from last year, Mike Siani. Sammy has the better bat of the two, though not quite the same for the rest of his tools.

39. Jamari Baylor, SS, Virginia HS

A fast rising prep infielder with athleticism and plenty of power, Jamari Baylor has gone from off the radar to a guy who could potentially be drafted tonight.

40. Jerrion Ealy, OF, Mississippi HS

The top recruit in the Ole Miss football class this year, Ealy is a very high upside athlete. If he didn’t struggle with his hit tool this spring and also have to overcome the Mississippi prep hitter profile concerns, he would have ranked higher.

41. Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

Small has a dominant season at MSU and a mix of pitchability, size, and stuff to profile with a high floor. He probably ends up as a backend starter, but a team that relies on analytics will really like him.

42. JJ Goss, RHP, Texas HS

After starting out as the second best starter on his high school team Goss has passed by his highly regarded teammate, Matthew Thompson. Goss has a solid mix of pitches to profile well as a middle of the rotation guy.

43. Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

Canterino is an unorthodox delivery guy with great results and should be able to keep putting up solid strikeout numbers in pro ball. He profiles as a #3/4 starter.

44. Kendall Williams, RHP, Florida HS

Williams is a huge, projectable pitcher that has a good feel for pitching. He’s got plenty of upside once he fills in his lanky 6’6” frame, but until he does you can only guess as to what his five pitch arsenal can become.

45. Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

Not the typical college first base prospect, Logan Wyatt is actually a guy who gets on base at a high clip more than a true power hitter. There is power in his bat, but he’s awfully similar to the man he replaced for the Cardinals- Brendan McKay.

46. Drew Mendoza, 3B, Florida State

A big power hitting third baseman who has been on the radar for years after choosing college out of high school, Drew Mendoza has at least 70 grade power from the left side. If not for the big strikeout totals that go with the big power as well as fringy defense at third, Mendoza would rank higher.

47. Kyren Paris, SS, California HS

Very young for the class, Kyren Paris brings plenty of tools to the table and the chance to be a well rounded shortstop.

48. Brooks Lee, SS, California HS

The son of a coach and former pro, Lee has great feel for the game with a promising bat.

49. Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

The top second baseman on the board, Strumpf is a very good hitting prospect and adequate fielder. The ceiling isn’t huge, but he should hit for average and some power with adequate defense.

50. Michael Toglia, OF, UCLA

Toglia is a switch hitting slugger with very interesting power from both sides. He was dropping on the boards after starting slow, but really heated up for the Bruins to remain a high end bat in this class.

The Next 50

51. Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

52. Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

53. Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

54. Matthew Thompson, RHP, Texas HS

55. Chris Newell, OF, Pennsylvania HS

56. Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

57. Josh Wolf, RHP, Texas HS

58. Jordan Brewer, OF, Michigan

59. Nasim Nunez, SS, Georgia HS

60.Anthony Volpe, SS, New Jersey HS

61. Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Texas HS

62. Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

63. Joshua Rivera, 3B, Florida HS

64. Bryce Osmond, RHP, Oklahoma HS

65. Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State

66. Dom Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

67. Ethan Hearn, C, Alabama HS

68. Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor

69. Riley Cornelio, RHP, Colorado HS

70. Jack Kochanowitz, RHP, Pennsylvania HS

71. Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

72. Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech

73. Brenton Doyle, OF, Shepherd

74. Ryan Zeferjahn, RHP, Kansas

75. Will Rigney, RHP, Texas HS

76. John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

77. Evan Fitterer, RHP, California HS

78. Graeme Stinson, LHP, Duke

79. Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

80. Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

81. James Beard, OF, Mississippi HS

82. Josh Smith, SS, LSU

83. Andrew Dalquist, RHP, California HS

84. Will Holland, SS, Auburn

85. Yordy Valdez, SS, Florida HS

86. Erik Miller, LHP, Stanford

87. Brett Thomas, RHP, Georgia HS

88. Antoine Harris, RHP, Louisiana HS

89. Tyler Dyson, RHP, Florida

90. Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Butler

91. Glenallen Hill Jr., OF, California HS

92. TJ Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

93. Matthew Lugo, SS, Puerto Rico HS

94. Ben Brecht, LHP, UC Santa Barbara

95. Bryant Packard, OF, East Carolina

96. Mason Feole, LHP, UConn

97. Christian Cairo, SS, Florida HS

98. Spencer Jones, LHP, California HS

99. Kyle Brnovich, RHP, Elon

100. Myles Austin, SS, Georgia HS