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Top 2023 College MLB Draft Prospects

Crews, Dylan (Courtesy Of LSU)

By Carlos Collazo

Baseball America’s 2023 college rankings are compiled in consultation with major league scouts. The list is an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the talent of the draft-eligible four-year players in the country, though plenty will change between now and the 2023 draft.

With the 2022 season underway, we are updating our top 50 college prospects for the 2023 class, folding in information and performance from the first five weeks of the season.

Louisiana State outfielder Dylan Crews continues to lead the group in the No. 1 spot, and given the impressive combination of hitting ability and power he has shown in college baseball’s toughest conference he’s likely to be an early favorite as a potential 1-1 pick in the 2023 draft.

Updated reports for all 50 players can be found below.


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    Dylan Crews

    Louisiana State OF
    Notes:

    HT: 6-0 | Wt: 203 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4
    Crews opted out of the 2020 draft just before it kicked off, but he was ranked as the No. 54 player in the class out of high school thanks to a powerful righthanded bat with a clean path and plenty of bat speed. While Crews struggled with whiffs over the summer showcase circuit, he proved his offensive upside was real as a freshman in the SEC, where he hit .362/.453/.663 while manning mostly right field for the Tigers. Crews’ .460 wOBA was one of the best marks of any freshman in the country and of the 10 players to match that total or surpass it, Crews’ 287 plate appearances were the most. He’s continued that production into his sophomore season and through the first five weeks of the season (20 games) has hit .383/.463/.667 with five home runs, three triples and two doubles while playing center field. While Crews could easily move to a corner outfield position in pro ball, he has the toolset and is establishing the track record to be a potential 1-1 pick in the 2023 draft.

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    Jacob Gonzalez

    Mississippi SS
    Notes:

    HT: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Gonzalez led Mississippi in most major offensive categories in 2021—OPS, AVG, H, R, 2B, TB—while also handling the team’s shortstop duties over 67 games. Gonzalez was a prominent prospect out of high school who was also a standout quarterback, but scouts saw an impressive lefthanded hitter who they expected could turn into a high pick with three seasons of production. Year one was certainly impressive, as Gonzalez hit .355/.443/.561 with 12 home runs and more walks (38) than strikeouts (34). Through five weeks in the 2022 season, Gonzalez has continued to produce at the top of the lineup, hitting .281/.506/.667 with one of the best walk rates (27.7 BB%) in the country, drawing 23 walks compared to just eight strikeouts. Lefthanded-hitting SEC shortstops with this sort of offensive production don’t last long in the draft—and Gonzalez currently looks like one of the best prospects in the class.

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    Brock Wilken

    Wake Forest 3B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-4 | Wt: 225 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Wilken was a power-oriented hitter as a high school player and some scouts put 70-grade future power projections on his bat at the time. Those evaluations were prescient, as Wilken was one of the most impressive power bats in the country during the 2021 season, leading all true freshmen with 17 home runs and setting a Wake Forest program record for a freshman hitter. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound third baseman hit .279/.365/.617 in the hitter-friendly confines at Wake and produced in a much less hitter-friendly environment in the Cape Cod League, where he posted a .302/.430/.519 line with six home runs and ten doubles in 36 games. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, Wilken has hit .282/.363/.577 with five home runs, eight doubles and a 29.7% strikeout rate. He looks the part of a slugging big league hitter with a large, 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame.

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    Enrique Bradfield

    Vanderbilt OF
    Notes:

    HT: 6-1 | Wt: 160 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.6
    There was no faster runner in the 2020 high school class than Bradfield, who wasted no time showing his blazing speed at the collegiate level. His 47 steals were the most among any Division I hitter in 2021 and a .336/.451/.414 batting line coupled with outstanding center field defense was enough for him to earn SEC freshman of the year honors. Bradfield might not bring much power to the table, but he controls the zone, creates chaos on the bases and locks down a premium defensive position. Scouting directors voted Bradfield the fastest runner and best defensive outfielder prior to the 2022 season as an underclassman. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, he hit .338/.424/.535 with two home runs, two triples and four doubles, while walking more frequently (12) than he struck out (11) and going 12-for-12 in stolen bases. Bradfield has an old school game in a time where power is more prized than ever, but his impact on the diamond is undeniable.

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    Kyle Teel

    Virginia C
    Notes:

    HT: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4
    Teel was one of the most athletic catchers in the 2020 draft class and showed an ability to play all over the diamond in high school. He played half his games in right field and half at catcher for Virginia in 2021, while bringing an impressive lefthanded bat to the lineup. Teel managed a .335/.416/.526 line with nine home runs and 11 doubles and has the defensive upside to become a standout receiver behind the plate. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, Teel continued to hit for average, get on base and hit for power with a .316/.448/.618 slash line, along with five home runs, two triples and four doubles. He had three times as many walks (15) as strikeouts (five) in that 20-game period, showing a keen batting eye that also came with low whiff and chase rates.

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    Will Sanders

    South Carolina RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-6 | Wt: 215 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.3
    Sanders was a projection righthander in high school with a lanky, 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame. He began adding weight to that frame immediately and turned in a strong debut season in 2021, when he posted a 3.54 ERA over 53.1 innings of work as a starter and reliever with strong strikeout (9.1 K/9) and walk rates (1.9 BB/9). Through his first five starts in 2022, Sanders struck out 32 in 29.2 innings (9.7 K/9) and walked 11 (3.3 BB/9). He throws a three-pitch mix with a fastball around 93-94 mph that has been up to 96-97, as well as a low-to-mid-80s slider and a mid-80s changeup that he has good feel to land. Now listed at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Sanders has more strength throughout his frame and attacks with impressive downhill angle.

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    Patrick Reilly

    Vanderbilt RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-3 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    Reilly ranked as the No. 103 prospect in the 2020 draft class after a massive showing during the fall in Jupiter, where his fastball velocity ticked up significantly. Despite shooting up draft boards, Reilly made it to campus at Vanderbilt, where he split time as a starter and reliever during his 2021 freshman season. Reilly posted a 4.98 ERA over 43.1 innings of work, with 53 strikeouts (11.0 K/9) and 28 walks (5.8 BB/9). Most of his time has come out of the bullpen through the first five weeks of the 2022 season—but as a multi-inning reliever getting significant work in a piggy-backing role. In that time, Reilly posted a 0.95 ERA over 19 innings, with 27 strikeouts (12.8 K/9) and 10 walks (4.7 BB/9). He throws a fastball in the 93-95 mph range that has been up to 98, with above-average induced vertical break. His go-to secondary is a low-80s slider, and he will also infrequently use an upper-80s cutter and mid-80s changeup.

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    Jaxon Wiggins

    Arkansas RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-6 | Wt: 225 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    A projectable prep pitcher with a big frame, solid fastball and advanced feel for a changeup, Wiggins has taken a few steps forward in his brief collegiate career. After sitting in the low 90s in high school, Wiggins sat in the 94-96 mph range in 2021 and touched triple-digits. Wiggins posted a 5.09 ERA over 23 innings (mostly out of the bullpen) with 28 strikeouts (11.0 K/9) and 14 walks (5.5 BB/9) during his freshman campaign. Moving into a full-time starting role in 2022, Wiggins has continued to show loud stuff and slightly erratic control. He posted a 3.38 ERA through his first five starts and 26.2 innings, with 29 strikeouts (9.8 K/9) and 16 walks (5.4 BB/9). His fastball has sat 94-95 mph and touched 97 in a starting role, with impressive vertical break and extension to go with it thanks to a 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame. While he has mostly pitched off that fastball, he also mixes in a mid-80s slider that is still developing and a changeup in the upper 80s with solid tumble.

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    Chase Dollander

    Tennessee RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-3 | Wt: 192 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7
    A Georgia high school product, Dollander originally attended Georgia Southern, where he started 11 games and threw 49 innings with a 4.04 ERA during the 2021 season. He then transferred to Tennessee for his sophomore season in 2022 and was electric through his first five weeks of the season. Dollander posted a 3.38 ERA over 24 innings and five starts through that stretch, with 44 strikeouts (16.5 K/9) and six walks (2.3 BB/9). The 6-foot-3, 192-pound righty throws a mid-90s fastball that has touched 99, with exploding life out of his hand that jumps on hitters. He also throws a mid-80s slider that flattens out at times but is his most-used secondary pitch. Dollander also throws a mid-80s changeup and a slower, 12-to-6 curveball in the mid 70s but used both sparingly through the first five weeks of the 2022 season.

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    Tre' Morgan

    Louisiana State 1B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-1 | Wt: 191 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.0
    Morgan’s .412 wOBA was good for third among freshman hitters in the SEC in 2021, behind only teammate Dylan Crews and Mississippi shortstop Jacob Gonzalez. He hit .357/.441/.526 with six home runs, 16 doubles, four triples and 15 stolen bases. Morgan is a unique profile for first base and looks like he belongs further up the defensive spectrum thanks to his athleticism and running ability, but those traits allow him to play a terrific first base with good hands, arm strength and instincts around the bag. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, Morgan hit .325/.434/.438 with almost as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (10), but a lack of over-the-fence power makes him a bit of an oddity for scouts to figure out. It would be unsurprising for a team to try him at another position at the next level, but regardless of the position, Morgan appears to be one of the better pure hitters in the 2022 class, with impressive bat-to-ball skills.

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    Brayden Taylor

    Texas Christian 3B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-1 | Wt: 165 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2
    Taylor was a second team Freshman All-American after posting a .324/.445/.572 line with Texas Christian in 2021. He hit 12 home runs, 11 doubles and walked (49) more frequently than he struck out (46). Taylor stands out for his keen batting eye at the plate. He appears to have advanced pitch recognition and rarely expands out of the strike zone, with solid contact rates as well. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, Taylor continued to walk (21) more than he struck out (13) and hit .353/.511/.559 with three home runs and five doubles. Taylor has primarily handled third base for TCU but has also played a bit of second base and shortstop. He isn’t overly physical at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds.

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    Paul Skenes

    Air Force RHP/DH
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    HT: 6-6 | Wt: 235 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Skenes had a breakout season for Air Force and as a two-way player managed one of the most impressive freshmen seasons the program has ever seen in 2021. He hit .410/486/.697 with 21 doubles and 11 home runs and threw 26.2 innings out of the bullpen with a 2.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts (10.1 K/9) to nine walks (3.0 BB/9). Skenes’ bat was off to a slow start through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, but he still sat in the 93-94 mph range with a fastball that touched 97, while working in a low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup. Through four starts and 20.1 innings, Skenes posted a 4.43 ERA with 27 strikeouts (12.0 K/9) and seven walks (3.1 BB/9).

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    Tanner Witt

    Texas RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-5 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.0
    Witt was a two-way player out of high school, where he ranked as the No. 92 prospect in the 2020 draft class, but scouts preferred his upside on the mound—where most of his playing time occurred during 2021 with Texas. Witt’s 28 appearances were tied for sixth among Division I freshmen arms, and he posted a 3.16 ERA over 57 innings while striking out 73 batters (11.5 K/9) and walking 25 (3.9 BB/9). Witt made just two starts during the 2022 season before being scratched with elbow tenderness, which eventually led to Tommy John surgery that ended his sophomore campaign. When healthy, Witt has shown a solid four-pitch mix with a fastball in the 92-93 mph range that touches 97, a mid-70s curve with top-down shape, a low-80s changeup and a mid-80s slider. His health status adds more uncertainty to his draft position, but Witt had shown solid command and was looking like the top college arm in the 2023 class prior to his surgery.

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    Jake Gelof

    Virginia 3B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-1 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4
    The younger brother of former Virginia third baseman and current Athletics prospect Zack Gelof, Jake is following in his footsteps as a powerful, righthanded-hitting corner infielder. After a modest 2021 season where he hit .252/.336/.469 with four home runs and eight doubles, Gelof has exploded on the college scene during 2022. He has plenty of raw power and is showing it early and often, as he's the Division I leader in homers through his first 20 games, with 12 home runs and nine more doubles tacked on. Gelof has hit .464/.539/1.174 in that stretch and while it’ll be impossible to sustain that sort of pace, he’s establishing himself as one of the more impressive power hitters in the 2023 class.

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    Corey Collins

    Georgia C
    Notes:

    HT: 6-3 | Wt: 223 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    SEC coaches named Collins to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2021 after he hit .283/.382/.487 with eight home runs and a team-best 13 doubles. Collins spent most of his time as a designated hitter and caught just eight games, so figuring out a true defensive home will be important for him over the next two seasons, though his calling card is an advanced lefthanded bat with power that was mostly to right field as a freshman. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season, Collins was on fire with the bat, hitting .359/.500/.781 with seven home runs and almost as many walks (17) as strikeouts (18).

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    Caden Grice

    Clemson 1B/LHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-6 | Wt: 240 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Grice showed impressive two-way ability as an amateur and got 80-grade raw power evaluations from scouts as a lefthanded hitter. Skepticism over how much contact he would make helped allow him to reach campus at Clemson, where he pitched 10 innings in 2021, but stood out as a hitter and posted a .317/.427/.618 slash line with 15 home runs—earning an invitation to the Collegiate National Team. Grice has a massive, 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame and through the first five weeks of the 2022 season hit .253/.394/.427 with four home runs. He also moved from first base to right field. He should be one of the bigger power threats in the 2023 class, but that power comes with some real swing-and-miss questions.

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    Teddy McGraw

    Wake Forest RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-2 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7
    A 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthander, McGraw led all Wake Forest true freshmen with a 4.42 ERA during the 2021 season in the hitter friendly confines of David F. Couch Ballpark despite erratic control. Early in the 2022 season, McGraw has reigned in his command a bit more and posted a 3.63 ERA over his first 17.1 innings, with 13 strikeouts (6.8 K/9) and eight walks (4.2 BB/9). McGraw has a big fastball that sits around 94 mph and has been up to 98—he also throws a low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup. His fastball is a sinking pitch that translates to plenty of ground balls, which will be a strong asset considering his home ballpark.

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    TJ Nichols

    Arizona RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-4 | Wt: 188 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Nichols converted from shortstop to pitching in high school and had a solid 2021 season on the mound for Arizona, posting a 4.77 ERA over 60.1 innings and splitting time as a starter and reliever. He is a tall and still projectable righthander listed at 6-foot-4, 188 pounds. Through the first five weeks of the 2022 season as a full-time starter, Nichols posted a 2.40 ERA over 30 innings, with 35 strikeouts (10.5 K/9) and nine walks (2.7 BB/9). He’s got a big fastball that is regularly in the 95-96 mph range and gets up to 98, along with a mid-80s slider and mid-80s changeup he has started using more frequently early in 2022.

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    Blake Money

    Louisiana State RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-7 | Wt: 245 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7
    Money pitched mostly out of the bullpen for Louisiana State in his 2021 freshman season and struggled to an 8.68 ERA over 28 innings of work. He was pushed into the team’s Friday night role for the 2022 season and his performance through his first five starts was night and day compared to 2021. He posted a 2.86 ERA over 28.1 innings, with 33 strikeouts (10.5 K/9) and just eight walks (2.5 BB/9). Scouts were prescient when they dubbed him a solid strike thrower out of high school, when he ranked as the No. 359 prospect in the 2020 class. Money has pitched with a fastball around 93 mph that gets up to 96, as well as three secondaries: an upper-70s curveball, a slider in the low 80s and a less frequently used low-80s changeup. He’s a tall pitcher with an extra-large frame—6-foot-7, 240 pounds—who attacks hitters with solid downhill plane.

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    Christian Little

    Vanderbilt RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-4 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.0
    Little enrolled early at Vanderbilt and will be one of the younger college players in the 2023 draft class, not turning 20 until July 5, 2023. That makes his collegiate debut in 2021 even more impressive, as Little started 11 games for one of the best programs in the country and posted a 5.48 ERA as a 17-year-old. Little has come out of the bullpen exclusively during the first five weeks of the 2022 season, posting a 2.89 ERA over 9.1 innings with 14 strikeouts (13.5 K/9) and four walks (3.9 BB/9). Little has a solid mix of four pitches he goes to frequently, including a 93-94 mph fastball that’s been up to 97, a cutter around 90 mph, a big downer curve in the upper 70s and a mid-80s changeup.

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    Carson Montgomery

    Florida State RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-2 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.9
    Montgomery was the highest-ranked prep player to make it to campus following the 2020 draft (No. 40 on the BA 500) and began the season in the weekend rotation for Florida State as a freshman in 2021. He struggled to keep his walks in check and eventually moved to a midweek role for the Seminoles, posting a 4.50 ERA over 28 innings and eight starts, with 39 strikeouts (12.5 K/9) and 23 walks (7.4 BB/9). Montgomery started the 2022 season in a midweek starting role as well and posted a 2.89 ERA over his first four starts and 18.2 innings, with 14 strikeouts (6.8 K/9) and nine walks (4.3 BB/9). Montgomery throws a 92-93 mph fastball that touches 97-98 and has gotten solid swing-and-miss on a mid-80s slider, upper-80s cutter and upper-80s changeup.

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    Christian Knapczyk

    Louisville MIF
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    HT: 5-9 | Wt: 165 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.6
    Knapczyk took over the shortstop role for Louisville in his freshman season with the club and on top of his impressive defensive ability at the position, held his own with the bat. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound lefthanded hitter posted a .297/.374/.385 slash line with solid strikeout and walk rates and was also a standout hitter in the Cape Cod League, where he slashed .321/.400/.413 with 14 walks and 17 strikeouts. While power will always be a big question for the slick-fielding infielder, he was off to a strong start in 2022 with more extra-base hits and a gaudy .427/.566/.680 slash line through his first 20 games. That line came with two home runs (his first ever in college baseball), three triples, seven doubles, 11 stolen bases in 12 tries and twice as many walks (16) as strikeouts (eight).

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    Jackson Baumeister

    Florida State RHP
    Notes:

    HT: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.0
    Baumeister was a talented two-way player in high school as a catcher and pitcher who ranked as a top-100 player in the 2021 draft class. A draft-eligible sophomore who’ll be eligible for the 2023 class, Baumeister has pitched out of the FSU bullpen early in the 2022 season. Over his first eight games and 6.2 innings, he posted a 4.05 ERA with 11 strikeouts (14.9 K/9) and six walks (8.1 BB/9). Baumeister’s arsenal is led by an excellent fastball that sits around 93 mph and has touched 96 mph early in 2022. What makes the pitch special, though, is the outstanding induced vertical break that also comes with tremendous extension and a flat approach angle that helps the pitch play above its velocity. Baumeister has also thrown an upper-70s top-down curveball and a low-80s changeup, but he needs to sharpen his control.

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    Yohandy Morales

    Miami 3B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-4 | Wt: 208 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    Morales made it to campus at Miami despite ranking as the No. 77 prospect in the 2020 draft class, thanks to plus power potential and a big arm from the left side. He split time at shortstop and third base for Miami during his 2021 freshman season, where he hit .284/.343/.531 with 11 home runs and 13 doubles. Morales showed all-fields power as a freshman and has shown increased physicality entering his sophomore year in 2022, with a frame now listed at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds. Through the first five weeks of the season, Morales slashed .268/.393/.521 with three home runs, seven doubles and more walks (15) than strikeouts (14) while handling the everyday third base role.

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    Drew Bowser

    Stanford 3B
    Notes:

    HT: 6-4 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    Like most Stanford commits, scouts viewed Bowser as a tough sign who might make it to campus, where the power-oriented prep shortstop was expected to slide over to the hot corner. While mostly playing third base in his 2021 freshman season, Bowser hit .302/.361/.487 with seven home runs and 16 doubles. That year he showed impressive production against fastballs despite prep reports that indicated he was a better offspeed hitter than fastball hitter. Through 15 games in the 2022 season, Bowser has slashed .296/.377/.537 with three home runs and four doubles.

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