- Full name Madison Courtney Stokes
- Born 04/25/1996 in Columbia, SC
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School South Carolina
Drafted in the 10th round (287th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018 (signed for $10,000).
View Draft ReportDrafted by the Yankees in the 40th round out of high school for his soft hands, athleticism and arm, Stokes made it to South Carolina where he has stuck at shortstop despite below-average speed. He bounced back from a .224/.312/.319 offensive season as a junior and hit .331/.417/.587 with a career-high 10 home runs this spring, leading the Gamecocks in slugging, with the lowest strikeout rate of his SEC career and the highest walk rate. His offensive improvements could make him a solid senior sign when added to his defensive skills, though his wood-bat track record has been up and down as well.
Stokes has been a part of three consecutive South Carolina state titles at Flora High, which has never had a player drafted. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder looks the part in a uniform with a long, athletic build, broad shoulders and room to get stronger. He has smooth, athletic actions and soft hands at shortstop, offering an above-average arm. He is a below-average runner who will likely move to third base professionally, and some scouts target second as his long-term destination. Stokes has fringy bat speed and a line-drive stroke. His below-average power projects mostly to the gaps, but could push to average down the road as he gets stronger. He sustained a hamate injury last year and could continue to add power as he gets further away from the injury. Defensively, his tools project at third base, but his power might not. Most expect the Columbia native to reach campus at South Carolina.