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With college catchers always in high demand, Grandal's numbers this spring could very well result in him being the first catcher off the board in the first round. Sometimes good things come out of smaller schools. Sale took a strong Cape Cod League performance and carried it over into his junior season. With the chance to have three outstanding pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes, to go along with outstanding mound presence, Sale has developed into one of the better lefties in the Draft class.
Teams will have to look past a less than prototypical arm slot for a starting pitcher, but with the way he's pitched, it seems likely a team will do that at some point in the first round. Covey entered the Draft season as one of the top prep arms in the class and his first showing at the UYA showcase did nothing to hurt his standing. He'd shown more fastball in the past, but no one doubted that would be there once the spring got going.
His plus curve was working well, and he even showed the changeup a bit. It was a good start for Covey, who could very well be one of the top high school pitchers taken on Draft Day.
No one had more helium as the Draft approached than Skole, even though the Georgia high school product missed most of the season with an ankle injury. He has five-tool potential and has drawn some comparisons to Grady Sizemore and Johnny Damon, though he's more of a front-foot slap hitter right now.
The two-sport star has a commitment to Georgia Tech to play football and baseball, where he'd get to play with his brother, Matt, for a year, so signability could be an issue. It wasn't however, keeping his name from entering first-round conversations. After performing well on the national showcase scene, Sale had positioned himself to be one of the better high school bats in this Draft class.
He's done nothing this spring to hurt his stock. He has as much power as anyone in the class, though there is mild concern about his ability to make enough contact to tap into that power. Sale is a tireless worker who has improved his arm to the point where he now looks like he could fit the mold of the prototypical, power-hitting right fielder.
His offensive potential looks like it could get him off the board in the opeing round. There are two-way players in every Draft class. Typically, it's fairly obvious which way they'll go as professionals. With Cowart, however, there will be some debate. He prefers to be a hitter right now. More scouts are showing up to see him pitch, which might be an indication that teams are leaning in that direction, though there are sure to be scouts who like him both as power-hitting third baseman and a power-throwing right-hander.
How this unfolds and who wins the debate could be one of the more interesting developments of the Draft season. Two years ago, fellow Illinois prep product Jake Odorizzi raced up Draft boards late and ended up going in the supplemental first round.
Foltynewicz is more of a known quantity and could do quite well when the Draft comes around. That's because of his plus fastball with plus movement, a good changeup and clean mechanics. The breaking ball needs some work but should be fine with more instruction. While it's typically been the prep arms from the warm-weather areas who go first, Foltynewicz is positioning himself to be one of the first from the Midwest to go off the board. Wherever Vitek has gone, he's hit. He plays at a smaller program, but in a year with a lack of premium bats at big programs, his production is getting noticed.
His bat speed and mechanics should make him an excellent hitter at the next level. He has power, though there's some debate how much there will be at the next level. He also runs pretty well. The main question with Vitek is where he'll play defensively, as his current home at second doesn't appear to be a great fit. He's athletic enough to play the outfield, and that might be the best bet. Wherever he plays, it's his bat that has people interested, and that's what will get him drafted in the first couple of rounds.
Wimmers is setting himself up to be one of the safer college arm picks in the Draft. He has three pitches he can throw for strikes and he shows tremendous poise on the mound as Ohio State's Friday starter. While his raw stuff won't jump out at you and he might profile as a middle- to back-of-the-rotation pitcher, he's also the type whose sum is greater than each of his parts.
Wimmers should shoot through the Minors and could be big league-ready by , meaning he probably will not last very long on the first day of the Draft. Every year, there tends to be at least a couple of intriguing players to come out of Canada. Deglan's got the chance to be at or near the top. He has a good idea at the plate and behind it, with good overall hitting skills and future power projection.
He has a good arm and is surprisingly athletic and agile. He'll need to make sure he doesn't get too thick or soft with his big frame.
Left-handed-hitting catchers who actually can stay behind the plate tend to be a hot commodity, so expect Deglin's name to come up in early-round consideration.
Yelich is the type of high school bat that could rise very quickly on draft boards as the spring unfolds. He has a sweet left-handed stroke and as he fills into his tall, athletic frame, he should hit for more power. He runs well and could even handle an outfield spot, though his below-average arm might limit him somewhat.
Kind of an under-the-radar guy when the season began, strong performances and physical maturity will make many teams take a closer look at his bat and his ceiling. There may not have been another hitter in the Draft class who got off to a hotter start than Brown.
Speed is his best tool, and he can wreak havoc on the basepaths. The Sooners have had 24 players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft since , while the powerful softball team, which has captured three national titles in the past six seasons, has had 12 players taken in the NPF draft. Only Florida and Oregon have more. Seeing Ohio State in the top 10 of these rankings shouldn't come as a surprise.
But what might open eyes is how the Buckeyes landed here. The football program has cranked out 60 NFL draft picks since -- only Alabama and LSU have more -- but Ohio State has had only one other sport produce double-figure draft picks in that span.
And kudos if you guessed men's lacrosse. The Tigers didn't have any first-rounders this year but produced three in , including two in the first six picks. LSU's last national title in football came in The baseball program has made it to the College World Series four times in the past 10 years and finished as the runner-up in while continuing to supply quality prospects for MLB.
Women's basketball, men's basketball, men's soccer. Connecticut has not produced as many NBA prospects in the past 10 years as one might expect 9 , but things are different on the women's side, where 17 players have been selected from the legendary program in the WNBA draft. Connecticut has won six national championships in women's hoops in the past 10 years, including four straight from They have had 11 players taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft over the past decade, including first-rounders Anthony Kay and George Springer.
Florida State has won three national titles in football, most recently in , the final year of the BCS. Florida State also has three appearances in the College World Series over the past 10 years and has had 25 players drafted in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft during that span.
Washington, which won the WCWS in and has made four return trips since, is tied for the sixth-most softball players selected in the NPF draft during the past 10 years with nine.
The Huskies are also tied for ninth in the most players chosen in the NBA draft, with nine. Virginia has produced 36 picks in the first 10 rounds of the baseball draft over the past decade, trailing only Florida and Vanderbilt. After finishing as the runner-up at the College World Series, the Cavaliers returned to Omaha again in , this time winning the championship. Virginia has also had success in lacrosse, tying Johns Hopkins for the fifth-most players drafted in the past 10 years.
Virginia has five NCAA lacrosse championships, its most recent coming in Tennessee has produced a good number of draftees in a variety of sports, from football 26 to women's basketball 16 to baseball 13 in the first 10 rounds to softball 7. The football program is in the midst of a dry spell but has still produced NFL talent. After making the College World Series in and , the baseball team has also fallen on hard times.
The same can't be said for women's basketball, which is one of the best programs in the country. The Lady Vols have made the NCAA tournament every year since and have won eight championships, including titles in and Georgia had the fifth-most players drafted for softball over the past decade and also has had 14 players picked in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft, but the Bulldogs make their appearance in the rankings mostly due to their success in football. Georgia has had 51 players drafted in the past 10 years, good for a tie for sixth among all schools.
Although Georgia hasn't won a national championship in football, the Bulldogs made the title game in and continue to produce NFL products. The Cardinals have made trips to the College World Series three times since , , and had 29 players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft, tied for eighth-most overall. The Cardinals have had 27 players taken in the NFL draft, including Heisman winner Lamar Jackson , who was drafted at the end of the first round in And now he has a record-setting bonus to go with it.
The Tournament of Stars has now come to a close, with the Pride team winning the gold medal game, Here's Jonathan Mayo's list of the top 15 Draft prospects based largely on performance during the week at the National Training Complex in Cary, N. While the first two days of the Tournament of Stars featured a ton of quality pitching, the bats came out for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.
If the first day of the Tournament of Stars was any indication, both the international competition the US Baseball 18 and under national team will face this fall, and scouts evaluating the Draft class will see plenty of quality pitching.
Here's our way-way-too-early projection for the first 10 picks next June, basing the Draft order on the big league standings through Thursday's games. It also gives Major League scouts an early look at top Draft prospects.
Brady Singer is the top college prospect and a leading candidate to go No. He showed exactly why in the biggest game of his life Monday night. Although he might be a nationally touted wide receiver on the football field, Jordyn Adams showed himself to be an elite player on the baseball diamond Sunday during the Prospect Development Pipeline event at USA Baseball's National Training Complex. But for the soon-to-be senior at Encinal High School and second cousin of former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, getting the chance to step on a big league field, just like his cousin, was a dream realized at the Coliseum Sunday morning.
Nate Clow was the youngest player to participate in the Prospect Development Pipeline event in Seattle, but he also may have been one of the toughest. Participating in the Prospect Development Pipeline Premier offers high school prospects more than just any typical showcase.