2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects

SEE ALSO: High School Top 100

SEE ALSO: 2017 Draft Archive

The calendar turning this week to 2017 is the latest sign both the start of the college baseball season and the draft are fast approaching. As players prepare for the season, scouts are also readying for the spring.

The college class is rich in pitching, as both USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team and the Cape Cod League demonstrated over the summer. The CNT's pitching staff posted a 1.81 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average in 18 games last summer, while the Cape's Top 30 draft prospects was again dominated by pitchers. As a result, college pitching is one of the strengths of the 2017 draft class.

For the second year in a row, a Florida pitcher tops the College 100 ranking entering the spring. A year after lefthander A.J. Puk ranked No. 1, righthander Alex Faedo goes into 2017 atop the list. Puk ultimately was the first college pitcher selected last year, though he slipped on draft day and went No. 6 overall to the Athletics after an up-and-down spring.

Faedo, who will take over as Florida's ace this season, will hope for a steadier draft year. Though he sat out the fall as he recovered from minor knee surgery, he has the stuff, size and track record to be the top pick in the draft. Listed at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Faedo has a plus fastball-slider combination and improved his changeup this summer while pitching with the CNT. He went 13-3, 3.18 and ranked third in the country with 133 strikeouts in 104.2 innings last season.

A host of pitchers join Faedo near the top of the list. Righthanders J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina), Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt), Alex Lange (Louisiana State) and Tanner Houck (Missouri) all joined him this summer with Team USA and turned in impressive performances. Righthander Tristan Beck is a draft-eligible sophomore who has a chance to be the latest Stanford pitcher to be picked early in the first round.

Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb's Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie are among the other position players who will receive first-round consideration.

Louisville's Brendan McKay, the 2015 Freshman of the Year, could fit near the top of either the position players or pitchers. He has been the best two-way player in the country the last two years, and there is still no consensus as to whether he will be developed as a lefthander or first baseman in pro ball.

Florida and North Carolina lead all schools with five players each on the top 100. South Carolina and Virginia closely follow with four players. In all 61 colleges are represented.

Rank Name, Pos., School B-T Ht. Wt. Previously drafted
1 Alex Faedo, rhp, Florida bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-5 220 Tigers ’14 (40)
2 Jeren Kendall, of, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_red L-R 6-0 190 Red Sox ’14 (30)
3 J.B. Bukauskas, rhp, North Carolina bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-0 196 D-backs ’14 (20)
4 Brendan McKay, lhp/1b, Louisville bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-2 212 Padres ’14 (34)
5 Kyle Wright, rhp, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-4 220 Never drafted
6 Tristan Beck, rhp, Stanford R-R 6-4 190 Brewers ’15 (34)
7 Alex Lange, rhp, Louisiana State bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-3 201 Never drafted
8 Tanner Houck, rhp, Missouri R-R 6-5 218 Blue Jays ’14 (12)
9 Pavin Smith, of/1b, Virginia bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-2 210 Rockies ’14 (32)
10 Seth Romero, lhp, Houston L-L 6-3 240 Never drafted
11 Wil Crowe, rhp, South Carolina R-R 6-2 250 Indians ’16 (21)
12 Brendon Little, lhp, State JC of Florida bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-2 215 Giants ’15 (36)
13 Colton Hock, rhp, Stanford R-R 6-5 220 Never drafted
14 Michael Gigliotti, of, Lipscomb L-L 6-1 176 Never drafted
15 J.J. Schwarz, c, Florida bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-2 215 Brewers ’14 (17)
16 Griffin Canning, rhp, UCLA bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-1 170 Rockies ’14 (38)
17 Clarke Schmidt, rhp, South Carolina bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-1 205 Never drafted
18 Dalton Guthrie, ss, Florida bba_video_icon_red R-R 5-11 175 Twins ’14 (40)
19 Peter Solomon, rhp, Notre Dame R-R 6-4 191 Padres ’14 (21)
20 Keston Hiura, of/2b, UC Irvine R-R 6-0 188 Never drafted
21 Kevin Smith, ss, Maryland R-R 6-0 188 Never drafted
22 Evan Skoug, c, Texas Christian bba_video_icon_red L-R 5-11 200 Nationals ’14 (34)
23 Corbin Martin, rhp, Texas A&M R-R 6-2 200 Never drafted
24 Taylor Walls, ss, Florida State B-R 5-10 180 Never drafted
25 Dylan Busby, 3b/1b, Florida State bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-3 190 Never drafted
26 Joe Dunand, ss/3b, North Carolina State R-R 6-2 205 Indians ’14 (35)
27 Jake Burger, 3b, Misssouri State R-R 6-2 210 Never drafted
28 Mike Rivera, c, Florida bba_video_icon_red R-R 5-10 205 Athletics ’14 (33)
29 Jake Mangum, of, Mississippi State B-L 6-0 185 Never drafted
30 David Peterson, lhp, Oregon bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-6 242 Red Sox ’14 (28)
31 Zach Rutherford, ss, Old Dominon R-R 6-2 180 Never drafted
32 Deon Stafford, c, St. Joseph’s R-R 6-0 202 Never drafted
33 Evan White, of/1b, Kentucky B-L 6-3 200 Never drafted
34 Drew Rasmussen, rhp, Oregon State bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-1 226 D-backs ’14 (39)
35 Tyler Johnson, rhp, South Carolina R-R 6-2 205 Never drafted
36 Carl Chester, of, Miami bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-0 205 Brewers ’14 (38)
37 Riley Adams, c, San Diego R-R 6-4 210 Cubs ’14 (37)
38 Morgan Cooper, rhp, Texas R-R 6-4 220 Nationals ’16 (34)
39 Will Gaddis, rhp, Furman R-R 6-1 185 Yankees ’14 (36)
40 Zac Lowther, lhp, Xavier L-L 6-2 235 Never drafted
41 Nate Pearson, rhp, JC of Central Florida R-R 6-6 245 Never drafted
42 Kade McClure, rhp, Louisville R-R 6-7 235 Never drafted
43 Jayson Rose, rhp, Utah R-R 6-0 180 Never drafted
44 Ricky Tyler Thomas, lhp, Fresno State bba_video_icon_red R-L 6-1 175 Never drafted
45 Keegan Thompson, rhp, Auburn R-R 6-2 209 Tigers ’16 (33)
46 Devin Hairston, ss, Louisville R-R 5-7 162 Never drafted
47 Clay Fisher, ss, UC Santa Barbara R-R 6-1 175 Never drafted
48 K.J. Harrison, 1b, Oregon State bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-0 208 Indians ’14 (25)
49 Brock Deatherage, of, North Carolina State L-L 6-1 186 Never drafted
50 Logan Warmoth, ss, North Carolina R-R 6-0 189 Never drafted
51 Connor Seabold, rhp, Cal State Fullerton R-R 6-2 185 Orioles ’14 (19)
52 Matt Whatley, c, Oral Roberts R-R 5-10 190 Never drafted
53 J.J. Matijevic, of/1b, Arizona bba_video_icon_red L-R 6-0 206 Red Sox ’14 (22)
54 Kyle Johnston, rhp, Texas R-R 6-0 220 Never drafted
55 Glenn Otto, rhp, Rice bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-5 240 Never drafted
56 Garrett Cave, rhp, Tampa R-R 6-4 205 Yankees ’14 (17)
57 Tarik Skubal, lhp, Seattle L-L 6-3 218 Never drafted
58 Hunter Williams, lhp, North Carolina L-L 6-3 225 Giants ’14 (32)
59 Ernie Clement, 2b/of, Virginia R-R 6-0 165 Never drafted
60 Michael Baumann, rhp, Jacksonville bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-4 225 Twins ’14 (34)
61 Josh Anthony, 3b, Auburn R-R 5-10 195 Braves ’16 (16)
62 Mitch Hart, rhp, Southern California R-R 6-4 195 Giants ’14 (35)
63 Adam Haseley, of, Virginia bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-1 195 Never drafted
64 Zach Warren, lhp, Tennessee L-L 6-5 200 Pirates ’14 (23)
65 Tyler Wilson, lhp, Rhode Island L-L 6-4 225 Never drafted
66 James Karinchak, rhp, Bryant R-R 6-3 230 Never drafted
67 Kyle Nelson, lhp, UC Santa Barbara L-L 6-1 180 Never drafted
68 Jake Bird, rhp, UCLA R-R 6-3 205 Never drafted
69 Evan Steele, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC R-L 6-5 210 Never drafted
70 Tommy Doyle, rhp, Virginia R-R 6-6 235 Nationals ’14 (35)
71 Patrick Mathis, of, Texas L-L 6-1 215 Never drafted
72 Brian Miller, of, North Carolina L-R 6-0 186 Never drafted
73 Erich Uelmen, rhp, Cal Poly R-R 6-3 195 Never drafted
74 Zach Pop, rhp, Kentucky R-R 6-4 225 Blue Jays ’14 (23)
75 Brigham Hill, rhp, Texas A&M R-R 6-0 185 Athletics ’16 (20)
76 Zack Gahagan, 3b, North Carolina R-R 6-2 197 D-backs ’14 (40)
77 Jake Latz, lhp, Kent State R-L 6-2 196 Blue Jays ’14 (11)
78 Quinn Brodey, of, Stanford L-L 6-1 195 Nationals ’14 (37)
79 Mike Papierski, c, Louisiana State B-R 6-3 210 Blue Jays ’14 (16)
80 Will Toffey, 3b, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_red L-R 6-2 205 Orioles ’16 (25)
81 Stuart Fairchild, of, Wake Forest R-R 6-0 195 Nationals ’14 (38)
82 Charlie Barnes, lhp, Clemson L-L 6-1 170 Never drafted
83 Greg Deichmann, of/1b, Louisiana State bba_video_icon_red L-R 6-2 191 Twins ’16 (26)
84 Zach Willeman, rhp, Kent State R-R 6-3 200 Never drafted
85 Logan Sowers, of, Indiana bba_video_icon_red R-R 6-4 220 Padres ’14 (31)
86 Alex Destino, of, South Carolina bba_video_icon_red L-L 6-2 225 Never drafted
87 Evan Mendoza, 3b, North Carolina State R-R 6-2 200 Never drafted
88 Connor Wong, c, Houston R-R 6-0 181 Never drafted
89 Zach Schellenger, rhp, Seton Hall R-R 6-5 210 Never drafted
90 Deacon Liput, 2b, Florida R-R 5-10 190 Yankees ’16 (39)
91 Luis Gonzalez, of/lhp, New Mexico L-L 6-0 185 Never drafted
92 Brandon Bielak, rhp, Notre Dame L-R 6-1 209 Never drafted
93 Kyle Serrano, rhp, Tennessee R-R 6-3 200 Brewers ’16 (40)
94 Gunnar Troutwine, c, Wichita State R-R 6-2 222 Never drafted
95 Brady Puckett, rhp, Lipscomb R-R 6-9 242 Mets’ 14 (33)
96 Ryan Noda, of/1b, Cincinnati L-L 6-3 216 Never drafted
97 Nick Feight, c, UNC Wilmington R-R 5-11 200 Never drafted
98 Daulton Varsho, c, Wisconsin-Milwaukee L-R 5-10 200 Never drafted
99 Tyler Buffett, rhp, Oklahoma State R-R 6-2 197 Astros ’16 (7)
100 Bryce Montes de Oca, rhp, Missouri R-R 6-7 261 White Sox ’14 (14)

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