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Top 2023 High School MLB Draft Prospects

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Baseball America’s 2023 high school rankings line up the top draft-eligible players in the 2023 class from around the country.

Baseball America has updated its 2023 high school rankings.

Below are the top 50 players in the country with their scouting reports, videos and college commitments. Our November update includes new names committed to Florida, NC State, Arkansas and LSU.

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    Max Clark

    Franklin (Ind.) Community HS OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Clark is a well-rounded player with a chance for five tools to grade out average or better. He's one of the best pure hitters in the 2023 class, with a smooth, balanced swing that's quick, compact and comes through the hitting zone with good bat path. He has good strike-zone discipline and hand-eye coordination with the ability to adjust his swing based on the situation and where the ball is pitched, so he seldom swings and misses. In games he takes a line-drive, hit-first approach, but he has good bat speed and the strength projection in his athletic, well-proportioned frame to project above-average power in the future, with the ability to go deep to his pull side now. Clark is also a well above-average runner who should stick in center field, where he has good instincts and a strong arm, with the ability to reach the low 90s when he's on the mound. Clark would be a legitimate prospect on the mound too—during his 2021 high school season he posted an ERA of 0.84 and struck out 60% of the batters he faced with 120 strikeouts in 50 innings—but he's ranked here for his ability as a position player. Like 2020 first-round outfielders Robert Hassell and Pete Crow-Armstrong, Clark is a Vanderbilt commit, and Clark has some of the best elements from both of their games in his own. A strong mix of athleticism, tools, skills and consistent performance at a premium position should put Clark in line to be one of the top picks in the 2023 draft.

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    Walker Jenkins

    South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: North Carolina
    Age At Draft: 18.4
    RapScore: 40

    Jenkins is one of the most exciting players in the nation, earning a spot on USA Baseball's 18U national team as an underclassman in 2021. Jenkins is strong, physical and athletic with a great combination of hitting ability, strike-zone judgment and lefthanded power. He whips the barrel through the zone well with good bat speed and power, with 30-plus home run potential and a knack for barreling the ball with impact the opposite way. He has shown a patient approach when he has faced more advanced pitchers as well, with good bat-to-ball skills and strong performances seemingly everywhere he goes. Jenkins is a slightly above-average runner who moves well enough to handle center field for now, showing good instincts and route running. As he gets bigger he might move over to right field, where he could be an above-average defender with a plus arm.

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    Dylan Cupp

    Cedartown (Ga.) HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Mississippi St
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    Cupp has advanced game skills for his age, good present tools and the mix of fluid actions and physical projection for his ability to continue trending up. An average runner, Cupp projects as one of the best defensive shortstops in the 2023 class. He moves his feet well with soft hands, reading the ball well off the bat with a good internal clock. Cupp is also one of the best hitters in the class, consistently performing at a high level while often playing against older competition. Cupp has good bat speed, strike-zone judgment and contact skills. He's consistently on time and barreling balls in games, with good hand-eye coordination and the ability to use the whole field. He has the power to go deep now, with the bat speed and space on his lean, athletic frame to project more juice coming once he fills out.

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    Thomas White

    Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. LHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Uncommitted
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    White isn't just the best pitching prospect in the 2023 class, he's one of the best lefties his age to come around in years. He has remarkable body control and a smooth, easy delivery for someone his age and size. With loose arm action and low-effort mechanics, White throws a fastball that explodes on hitters, sitting in the low 90s with the ability to reach 96 mph. White throws a curveball and has introduced a slider into his mix, showing feel to spin his breaking stuff as he learns to refine the shape of each pitch, with his slider freezing lefties when it's at its best. He has also thrown a promising changeup that he doesn't use too much but has plus potential with good separation off his fastball and late diving action when he executes it down in the zone. Like a lot of tall, lanky pitchers his age, White has times where his control comes and goes, but his mechanics bode well for his future control. When he's throwing strikes he has the look of a potential high first-round pick.

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    Kevin McGonigle

    Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Penn. SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 185 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    McGonigle started his 2021 summer strong as the MVP of the 16U Ultimate Baseball Championship in June, continued to perform at a high level all summer and finished it by getting on base in every at-bat he took at Fenway Park in the Kelly Rodman Memorial Summer Rivalry Classic, an August game of mostly 2022 high schoolers and college players. When the fall came around, it was more of the same, as McGonigle was the MVP of Perfect Game's WWBA Underclass World Championship in October as he led his Canes National 17U team to the title. McGonigle consistently takes quality at-bats with hard contact and good strike-zone discipline. He has quick hands and a tight, efficient swing from the left side, with the maturity in his approach and adjustability in his stroke to square up pitches in different parts of the zone for well-struck balls to all fields. He's an instinctive, high baseball IQ player with fluid defensive actions. Some evaluators believe he will end up at second base, but at either middle infield spot he's a savvy player who is quick, smooth and under control with good footwork.

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    Aidan Miller

    Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. 3B/RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Arkanasas
    Age At Draft: 19.1
    RapScore: 59

    Miller is one of the more accomplished players in the 2023 class, going back to representing his country for USA Baseball's 12U national team in 2016 and winning a gold medal for USA's 15U national team in 2019. Miller has a strong offensive track record, excellent bat speed and makes some of the hardest contact in the class. His swing works well, he has shown the ability to barrel high-end velocity and has the potential to grow into plus power. Miller has a strong arm with the defensive skill set and offensive upside to project at third base, where he's a fundamentally sound defender with good footwork, ranging well to both sides and coming in on the slow roller. His arm strength translates on the mound as well, with a fastball that parks at 89-92 mph and has touched 94, but it's his ability as a position player that makes him one of the elite players in the 2023 class.

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    Braden Holcomb

    Foundation Academy, Winter Garden, Fla. SS
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Much like Nationals shortstop Brady House was at this age, Holcomb physically looks like he belongs in a major league uniform today. He's 6-foot-4, strong and athletic with a mature tool set for his age, with a combination of strength and bat speed to produce plus raw power. Holcomb taps into that power against live pitching too, taking consistent quality at-bats with one of the better offensive track records among 2023 hitters. His power and plus arm both rank among the best in the class. Holcomb has the arm strength for the left side of the infield, though at his size, he likely outgrows shortstop and shifts to third base, where he has also spent time. He is athletic for his size, with slightly above-average speed, although that tool might back up as he gets into pro ball.

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    Dean West

    Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. OF
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    Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 165 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    West is one of the most exciting players to watch in the 2023 class. He isn't that big, but he blends quick-burst athleticism with a good balance of tools and in-game skills. He's a plus-plus runner who should stick in center field. At the plate, West has a short, quick stroke from the left side with good swing path and feel for the barrel to drive the ball well to all fields. His pitch recognition skills and plate discipline are among the best in the class too. He tracks the ball well, consistently squaring up offspeed stuff and laying off breaking pitches outside the strike zone. His patience and contact skills give him a chance to be a high on-base threat.

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    Campbell Smithwick

    Oxford (Miss.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 175 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18
    RapScore: 42

    Smithwick is one of the younger players in the 2023 class, but he has polished hitting actions for his age. He has a smooth, calm stroke from the left side with good balance and bat path to make frequent contact. Smithwick has an approach that is mature beyond his years. He can recognize and square up breaking stuff consistently, seldom chases outside the zone and stays through the ball well to hit to all fields. Smithwick has the power to drive the ball out of the park to his pull side, but it's his hitting ability and strike-zone discipline that stand out most with the potential to be a high on-base threat as a catcher. Behind the plate, Smithwick is loose and agile with advanced catch-and-throw skills for his age. He records pop times under 2.0 seconds in games, blocks and receives well, and has the baseball acumen that managers love to have in a catcher. After spending his first two years at Conway (S.C.) High, Smithwick moved to Mississippi for his junior year to attend Oxford High.

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    Antonio Anderson

    Tri-Cities HS, East Point, Ga. SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: Georgia Tech
    Age At Draft: 18

    Anderson is one of the younger players in the 2023 class, but he has good size and feel in the batter's box beyond his years. He has an advanced, mature offensive approach for his age, recognizing pitches well and staying disciplined within the strike zone. Anderson has the patience to draw walks and is a high-contact hitter from both sides of the plate. He has a smooth stroke with good rhythm and balance. It's a hit-over-power profile right now, with the physicality and bat speed to project average or more power to come later. A fringe-average runner, Anderson should be able to play somewhere in the infield. There's a chance he could outgrow shortstop, though his defense looked improved during the fall in 2021, enhancing his chances to stay there. His arm is strong, reaching 90 mph on the mound, but his future is brightest as a hitter.

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    Steven Milam

    Centennial HS, Las Cruces, N.M. SS
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    Ht: 5-8 | Wt: 155 | B-T: B-R
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    Milam is smaller in stature, but he's one of the most skillful players in the class with an outstanding track record of hitting and an outstanding baseball IQ. A gold medal winner for USA Baseball's 15U national team in 2019, Milam was the MVP of Perfect Game's Sophomore World Wood Bat Association in September 2020, then won MVP at the WWBA Underclass the next month. He's a disciplined hitter with outstanding contact skills from both sides of the plate. He has a small strike zone that he doesn't expand much, with a line-drive, straightaway approach and gap power, with the skill set to be a high-OBP hitter. Milam isn't a burner, but he's a fundamentally sound defender at shortstop with soft hands and quick feet. He's an instinctive defender with a good internal clock who reads hops well and is smooth on both ends of the double play turn. He has similarities to Arkansas second baseman Robert Moore and Indians shortstop prospect Brayan Rocchio, two other smaller, switch-hitting shortstops with excellent contact skills and all-around baseball savvy.

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    Arjun Nimmala

    Strawberry Crest HS, Dover, Fla. SS
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 165 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Florida State
    Age At Draft: 17.7
    RapScore: 45

    One of the youngest players in the 2023 class, Nimmala could easily be a 2024 player based on his age. The ball doesn't come off his bat like he's one of the youngest players in the class though, with surprising power coming from his wiry frame. Nimmala has a lot of space to fill out and add strength to his lean, high-waist build and already shows home run power to the middle of the field with quick hands that help him generate good bat speed. He hit well throughout 2021 with a knack for driving the ball to right-center field, showing the potential to be an infielder who can hit and hit for power. He also came through with the walkoff single to win the 2021 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter for his Ostingers Baseball Academy team in October.

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    Eric Bitonti

    Aquinas HS, San Bernardino, Calif. SS/1B
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Oregon
    Age At Draft: 17.6
    RapScore: 45

    Born in November 2005, Bitonti is younger than many 2024 players, yet he's one of the most physical players in the 2023 class. He has a long, rangy frame with high upside. He has impressive raw power that ranks among the best in the class, with the strength projection still in his frame to grow into plus-plus power in his prime. Bitonti has shown some swing-and-miss tendencies especially against fastballs up or away, but he has shown he can square up good velocity with what might end up a power-over-hit profile. Bitonti has unusually good body control for his size, moving around surprisingly well at shortstop with good hands and a strong arm that should tick up as he continues filling out. Long term, he could fit at third base, but he has also played first base and could end up a plus defender if he does end up there.

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    Bryce Eldridge

    Madison (Va.) HS RHP/1B
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    Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 218 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Alabama
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    Eldridge was an early standout in the 2023 class due to his size. Now 6-foot-8, Eldridge has a gigantic frame, throwing a power fastball for his age that's already in the low 90s and has touched 95 mph from his three-quarters slot with steep downhill angle. He has gotten his lower half into his delivery more, and as he continues to get stronger, he could throw in the upper 90s or better one day. His best secondary pitch is a low-80 slider that's inconsistent but has good depth at times. Eldridge doesn't use his changeup much yet, but it has promising fade to project for a three-pitch starter's mix. Given his size, Eldridge will probably always have to work to keep his delivery in sync to throw strikes consistently, but he has the makings of a power-armed starter who could miss a lot of bats. While Eldridge is ranked here based on his pitching potential, he has also hit well with big power in high school too.

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    Roch Cholowsky

    Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 18.3

    Cholowsky has good hand-eye coordination and bat control, with the ability to make frequent contact against quality fastballs or adjust to square up breaking stuff. He flashes occasional power now, with the barrel skills and strength projection for more power to come as he fills out. Cholowsky had a strong showing at the Area Code Underclass games in August, both offensively and defensively. He's a good athlete and an average runner who fields his position well with good body control and the ability to throw from different angles.

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    Blake Mitchell

    Sinton (Texas) HS C/RHP
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 180 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: LSU
    Age At Draft: 18.9
    It's not clear whether Mitchell's future is on the mound or behind the plate, though scouts are generally most excited about him as a catcher. He's a talented defender who receives well, is agile and flexible with a strong arm to produce pop times in the low 1.9 seconds in games. At the plate, he has some swing-and-miss tendencies, but he does have good power especially for a catcher his age. Mitchell can also reach 95 mph as a pitcher with feel for a low-70s curveball. He was one of the few underclassmen who earned a spot on USA Baseball's 18U national team in 2021.

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    Colt Emerson

    John Glenn HS, New Concord, Ohio SS
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Committed: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18
    RapScore: 46

    Emerson is one of the more advanced pure hitters in the class, winning the MVP award at Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association 16U National Championship in July. He's young for a 2023 prospect—he will still be 17 at the likely 2023 draft date—with a sweet lefthanded swing. It's a simple, direct cut that allows him to stay inside the ball well, handle pitches on the inner third and make frequent contact, showing the ability to square up both fastballs and offspeed stuff. It's a hit-over-power profile with Emerson, who could grow into more home run impact later on as he gets stronger and learns which pitches to turn on and drive in the air, but right now hits line drives to all fields with gap power. Emerson has a chance to stick at shortstop, though second or third base could also be options down the road, with a skill set that has similarities to Marlins 2021 second-round pick Cody Morissette.

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    Travis Sykora

    Round Rock (Texas) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 211 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Texas
    Age At Draft: 19.2
    RapScore: 49

    Sykora is on the older end of the class with a physically mature frame. He's a power pitcher with one of the best fastballs in the class, already sitting at 91-95 mph with the ability to reach 97 mph. It's an explosive fastball that overmatches even some of the best 2023 hitters, with a chance he could throw triple digits one day. Sykora's fastball is his best pitch, with a low-to-mid-80s slider and a hard mid-80s splitter also in his repertoire. Sykora also plays the infield and has good raw power, but it's his potential on the mound that puts him here.

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    TayShaun Walton

    IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.5
    RapScore: 60

    Walton is a strong, physically mature player for his age with a strong lower half and a track record of hitting in games that is among the best in the 2023 class. Walton has some of the better raw power in the class, though in games it's more of a hit-over-power profile, so there should be more game power to unlock as he develops. He moves surprisingly well for his size with slightly above-average speed, though he will probably slow down as he ages, fitting best in an outfield corner with good defensive instincts for his age. He will have plenty of scouts watching him in the spring, as he's transferred from his high school in Virginia to IMG Academy in Florida, a stacked team led by 2022 outfielder Elijah Green.

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    Gavin Grahovac

    Villa Park (Calif.) HS OF/C/IF
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Texas A&M
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Grahovac is one of the better hitters on the West Coast, which he showed in July by winning the MVP at the Perfect Game 16U World Wood Bat Association National Championship. He’s a good fastball hitter with a fluid swing when he’s on time with good rhythm and balance. He has had trouble at times with breaking pitches, but he has generally performed well and shown a knack for driving the ball with loft from gap to gap. Grahovac has played all around the infield and outfield and spent time at catcher, where he has a strong arm. His value would be highest behind the plate, but third base, second base and the outfield corners are all potential defensive homes.

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    Adam Hachman

    Timberland HS, Wentzville, Mo. LHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-L
    Committed: Arkansas
    Age At Draft: 18.3
    RapScore 48

    Hachman has one of the best fastballs in the 2023 class, both in terms of present stuff and future potential. He's 16 and has already reached 95 mph, generally parking in the 90-95 mph range. It's a high-spin fastball from a high three-quarters slot that rides up in the strike zone. Throwing more strikes will be crucial for Hachman's development, but between his arm speed and ample strength projection in his tall, slender frame, it wouldn't be shocking to see him throwing 100 mph one day to go with those excellent spin properties. Hachman shows some feel to spin a curveball that he's added more power to, with a changeup also in his repertoire, but his fastball is his predominant pitch to miss bats.

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    Zander Mueth

    Belleville Township East HS, Illinois RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Mississippi
    Age At Draft: 18

    Mueth already has a strong fastball for his age and a frame that screams projection for him to keep adding velocity. He sits in the low 90s now and has reached 95 mph, especially impressive for one of the younger players in the 2023 class. He has a tall, extremely projectable frame, so he could get into the upper 90s or better once he packs on more size and strength. Mueth is 6-foot-5 but drops down to sling the ball from a low three-quarters slot with a 75-80 mph slider that has solid horizontal break, along with an occasional low-80s changeup. He wrapped up his 2021 with a strong outing at the WWBA Championship in Jupiter, where he retired all nine batters he faced with three strikes in three innings.

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    Jarren Purify

    University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mi. SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 160 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: Michigan
    Age At Draft: 17.7

    As a sophomore in 2021, Purify helped lead University Liggett School to a Division 3 state championship in Michigan, though he missed much of the summer with a hand injury. Purify is extremely young for his class—he could easily fit as a 2024 based on his age—but he already stands out for his tools, athleticism and skills. He has hit well in games with good bat speed and the ability to hit hard line drives all over the field. He has above-average speed with quick-twitch actions at shortstop, where he reacts well off the bat with quick footwork and good body control.

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    Chance Mako

    East Rowan (N.C) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: NC State
    Age At Draft: 18.9
    RapScore 37

    Mako has a tall, gangly, ultra-projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, with long limbs and fast arm speed that produces a fastball that sits at 87-92 mph and has reached 94. It's a lively fastball with good armside run from his three-quarters arm slot, and given how much space he has left to add weight to his frame, he could eventually be reaching the upper 90s. Mako shows feel for a slider at times with lateral break across the zone around 77-82 mph, with an occasional changeup mixed in as well. There's still some rawness to Mako's game, as like a lot of young, long-levered pitchers, he's still learning to sync everything up to repeat his delivery consistently and throw strikes, but his athleticism should help him get there and his physical upside could help his stuff take off as he gets stronger. He was at his best as his 2021 came to a close in October in a playoff game at the WWBA Underclass World Championship, where in six scoreless innings he struck out 16 batters without allowing a hit or a walk to win the most valuable pitcher award at the tournament.

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    Roman Martin

    Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif. SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 170 | B-T: R-R
    Committed: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 19

    Martin is a disciplined hitter with good bat control. He seldom expands the strike zone, takes close pitches and makes frequent contact when he does swing, squaring up both fastballs and soft stuff while spreading line drives around the field. It’s a hit-over-power profile, but he is flashing bigger power in BP now and should grow into more juice as he adds strength to his lean, projectable frame. He’s an athletic player who should play in the middle infield with a strong arm that has been up to the low 90s on the mound.

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