The class will be defined by the top of the draft with three players that are top-half of the first round talents, though Jeff Hoffman’s injury clouds that status. The college crop has star power and depth. Although the high school side is considered light, it has a headlining prospect in Braxton Davidson who is a first-day talent.
The University of North Carolina, historically the most talent-rich program in the state, is down significantly from both a winning and prospect standpoint.
The sheer volume of college programs in the state gives the college class depth beyond the top 500.
Catawba College righthander Joe Watson came onto the scene last in the process and could go in the top 10 rounds to a team buying his arm strength and athleticism. He offers upside as a former collegiate wide receiver who has drawn physical comparisons to Latroy Hawkins and has touched 97 with his fastball. But he is raw and has only thrown 31 innings in college.
North Carolina righthander Luis Paula has been tough to see because of infrequent use but has the body and arm strength for pro ball with fastball that has touched 95 while sitting 88-91 at times this season.
His teammate Taylor Cherry is a draft-eligible sophomore with a hulking build (6-foot-9, 270 pounds) and an easy delivery that produces low 90s heat. Infielder Landon Lassiter, who is another draft-eligible North Carolina sophomore, has a history of hitting and on-base ability (.333/.457/.406) but faces questions about his defensive profile at the next level.
Louisburg outfielder Cedric Mullins is a switch-hitter who is a plus run with an above-average arm and is considered signable.
|BA 500 PROSPECTS|
|Name||Pos.||National Rk||State Rk||School||Source|
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|Carlos Rodon||LHP||3||1||North Carolina State||4YR|
|Trea Turner||SS||9||2||North Carolina State||4YR|
|Jeff Hoffman||RHP||13||3||East Carolina||4YR|
|Braxton Davidson||1B/OF||35||4||Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.||HS|
|Brett Austin||C||133||5||North Carolina State||4YR|
|Michael Russell||SS||134||6||North Carolina||4YR|
|Max Povse||RHP||142||8||UNC Greensboro||4YR|
|Ryder Ryan||RHP||169||9||North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, N.C.||HS|
|Storm Edwards||OF||207||10||West Henderson HS, Mountain Home, N.C.||HS|
|Alex Destino||OF||246||11||North Buncombe HS, Weaverville, N.C.||HS|
|Jordan Ramsey||RHP||288||12||UNC Wilmington||4YR|
|Logan Jernigan||RHP||343||13||North Carolina State||4YR|
|Benton Moss||RHP||365||14||North Carolina||4YR|
|Andrew Van Orden||RHP||395||15||Duke||4YR|
|Jordan Edgerton||3B||437||16||UNC Pembroke||4YR|
|Jeremy Null||RHP||441||17||Western Carolina||4YR|
|D.J. Burt||OF/2B||478||18||Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) HS||HS|
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
|Name||POS||National Rank||State Rank||School||Source|
|Luis Paula||RHP||21||North Carolina||COL|
|Taylor Cherry||RHP||22||North Carolina||COL|
|Tyler Bolton||RHP||23||East Carolina||COL|
|Landon Lassiter||3B||24||North Carolina||COL|
|David Lucroy||RHP||25||East Carolina||COL|
|Doug Norman||RHP||27||Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte||HS|
|Adam Martin||C||29||Western Carolina||COL|
|Logan Ratledge||2B||31||North Carolina State||COL|
|Reid Love||LHP||32||East Carolina||COL|
|Alex Durham||RHP||33||Southern Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C.||HS|
|Sean Collins||RHP||34||Weddington HS, Matthews, N.C.||HS|
|Jake Fincher||OF||35||North Carolina State||COL|
|Andrew Woeck||RHP||37||North Carolina State||COL|
|Patrick Peterson||LHP||38||North Carolina State||COL|
|Derek Justice||RHP||39||Mount Olive||COL|
|Drew Reynolds||INF/RHP||40||East Carolina||COL|
|Bubby Riley||OF||42||North Carolina State||COL|
|Zach Houhins||3B||43||East Carolina||COL|
|T.J. Fussell||RHP||46||Western Carolina||COL|
|Kelly Secrest||RHP||47||UNC Wilmington||COL|
|Zach Gahagan||INF||49||North Henderson HS, Fletcher, N.C.||HS|
|Bobby Deatherage||OF||50||Western Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C.||HS|
|Brooks Kennedy||MIF||51||South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte||HS|
|Brett Daniels||RHP||52||Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) HS||HS|
|Mat Batts||LHP||53||UNC Wilmington||COL|
|Coan McAlpine||LHP||54||Hickory (N.C.) HS||HS|
|Dominick Cammarata||C||55||Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.||HS|
|Logan Beehler||RHP||56||Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte||HS|
|Hansen Butler||RHP||57||High Point (N.C.) Central||HS|