Top 50 Sophomore Prospects

Baseball America this week is presenting its annual ranking of the top 50 players in each class, continuing today with sophomores.

South Florida lefthander Shane McClanahan, ranked No. 3 in the 2018 draft class, tops this list and is in contention to be drafted first overall in June as a redshirt sophomore. Kentucky lefthander Zack Thompson, a true sophomore and a very early favorite to be the top pick in the 2019 draft, closely follows McClanahan.

Lefthanders hold the top four spots of the list, with Texas Christian's Nick Lodolo and Mississippi's Ryan Rolison following McClanahan and Thompson. Like McClanahan, Rolison is draft eligible this year, while Lodolo and Thompson could find themselves at the start of a 16-month debate about who is better leading up to the 2019 draft.

Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers, who was voted a Preseason All-American by MLB scouting directors, is the top-ranked position player. He leads what is shaping up to be a strong group of catchers, including Mississippi's Cooper Johnson, Oregon State's Adley Rutschman, Pacific's James Free and Florida Atlantic's Pedro Pages. It could be one of the best college catching classes in the last decade, rivaling 2016 when seven college catchers were drafted in the top 100 picks.

Louisiana State and North Carolina both have three players on the list, the most of any school. In all, 37 teams are represented on the list.

The rankings are primarily a reflection of draft status, with some consideration given for how players are expected to perform this spring. Players who are draft eligible in 2018 are noted with an asterisk.

1. Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida*

2. Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

3. Nick Lodolo, LHP, Texas Christian

4. Ryan Rolison, LHP, Mississippi*

5. Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

6. Tyler Dyson, RHP, Florida

7. Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M

8. Drew Mendoza, 3B, Florida State

9. Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

10. Matt Wallner, OF/RHP, Southern Mississippi

11. Zach Watson, OF, Louisiana State*

12. Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford*

13. Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas*

14. Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

15. Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

16. Jared Horn, RHP, California

17. Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

18. Kyle Molnar, RHP, UCLA*

19. Mason Feole, LHP, Connecticut

20. Cooper Johnson, C, Mississippi

21. Cam Shepherd, SS, Georgia

22. Josh Smith, SS, Louisiana State

23. Austin Bergner, RHP, North Carolina*

24. John McMillon, RHP/OF, Texas Tech

25. Will Wilson, SS, North Carolina State

26. Carlos Cortes, OF, South Carolina*

27. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

28. Christian Koss, SS, UC Irvine

29. Kenyon Yovan, RHP, Oregon

30. Ryan Zeferjahn, RHP, Kansas

31. Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

32. Erik Miller, LHP, Stanford

33. Graeme Stinson, LHP, Duke

34. Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

35. Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

37. Zach Hess, RHP, Louisiana State*

38. Jackson Gillis, LHP, Vanderbilt

39. Kevin Milam, RHP/1B, St. Mary’s

40. James Free, C, Pacific

41. Sean Mooney, RHP, St. John’s

42. Tony Locey, RHP, Georgia

43. Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

44. John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

45. Jonathan Heasley, RHP, Oklahoma State*

46. Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

47. Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

48. Tyler Blohm, LHP, Maryland

49. Gianluca Dalatri, RHP, North Carolina

50. Pedro Pages, C, Florida Atlantic

 

 

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