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Top 2023 MLB Draft Prospects

2023 Draft Board Seth Mates

Baseball America’s draft rankings are an attempt to capture the industry’s consensus on the talent of the 2023 draft class. The list was compiled in consultation with MLB scouts, front office executives, scouting directors, college coaches and other professional evaluators. Ben Badler, Teddy Cahill, JJ Cooper, Geoff Pontes and Carlos Collazo contributed to writing and reporting. Chris Trenkle contributed to editing.

We’re making another tweak to our 2023 Draft rankings today, in an attempt to capture some of the movement during fall evaluation periods—including fall ball on college campuses and a few last-minute high school events before the amateur season shuts down for the winter.

Here at Baseball America we’ve attempted to create an iterative process for all of our prospect rankings—both draft and professional. This update is a continued effort in that.

Evaluating players can be like trying to hit a moving target, and more consistent updates will hopefully provide 1) a better chance to hit the mark on our final draft ranking and 2) more of a real-time picture of how players line up at any given moment.

The top five players in the class haven’t changed, with Louisiana State OF Dylan Crews and Tennessee RHP Chase Dollander ranking Nos. 1 and 2 and representing a clear top tier in the class.

The college class in 2023 is particularly strong, with 21 of the top 30 players coming from four-year universities. The class is also hitter-heavy at the very top, with 11 of the top 15 players being position players—and that’s not including LSU two-way player Paul Skenes. Of those 11 hitters, 10 seem like safe bets to start their professional careers at up-the-middle defensive positions.

All of these traits give reasons for optimism and excitement for scouting departments for next year’s draft.

See the full list below, with scouting reports for every player. We’ve also written more about 10 notable risers in today’s update here.



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    Dylan Crews

    Louisiana State OF
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    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 followed that up with an equally impressive sophomore season in 2022, slashing .349/.463/.691 with 22 home runs and 11 doubles. Crews does have some swing-and-miss in his game (he led Team USA this summer with eight strikeouts) but generally has a solid understanding of the strike zone and makes good swing decisions. He’s played center and right field with Louisiana State but looks like a power-hitting corner outfielder in pro ball. At the outset of the 2023 draft cycle, Crews looks like a potential 1-1 pick.
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    Chase Dollander

    Tennessee RHP
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    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 throughout, being named to Baseball America’s All-America second team after posting a 2.39 ERA over 14 starts and 79 innings. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound righthander struck out 108 batters and walked just 13. His combination of stuff and strikes makes him the best pitcher in the class, and he has a four-pitch mix headlined by a fastball that averaged more than 95 mph in 2022. The pitch touches 99 and he pairs it with a mid-80s slider, mid-80s changeup and mid-70s curveball.
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    Jacob Gonzalez

    Mississippi SS
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    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). The 6-foot-2, 200-pound shortstop didn’t hit for as much average in the 2022 season (.273) but continued to show power (18 home runs) and plate discipline (50 walks to 32 strikeouts). After the 2022 season, Gonzalez played shortstop for Team USA and hit in the middle of the lineup. An SEC shortstop with offensive tools of his caliber from the left side of the plate should not last long in any draft—Gonzalez is one of the top prospects in the 2023 class.
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    Max Clark

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

    Clark is a well-rounded, exciting player who combines elite athleticism, tools and polish at a premium position. 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. That power already started to show up more this spring, when Clark hit 577/.717/1.126 in 106 plate appearances with nine home runs, 31 walks and three strikeouts as a junior. Clark is also a plus-plus runner who shines in center field, where he has good instincts and a plus-plus arm. Clark would be a legitimate prospect on the mound, too—he's an athletic lefty who has been into the mid 90s—but he's ranked here for his ability as a position player. With five tools that could be average or better and several of them projecting to be 60s and 70s on the 20-80 scale, Clark should be one of the top picks in the 2023 draft and is a candidate to go first overall.
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    Walker Jenkins

    South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: North Carolina
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    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. He’s coming off a junior season in high school in which he hit an absurd .527/.628/1.032 in 121 plate appearances with more walks (23) and home runs (10) than strikeouts.
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    Jacob Wilson

    Grand Canyon SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.3

    Wilson was an All-WAC first-team member after his 2021 freshman season. While handling the hot corner for Grand Canyon over 47 games, Wilson hit .313/.376/.440 with four home runs and 11 doubles, while walking (17) almost as many times as he struck out (19). The 6-foot-3, 175-pound infielder transitioned to shortstop this spring and continued to show excellent contact ability, with a .358/.418/.585 slash line, 12 home runs, 18 doubles and just seven strikeouts—good for a miniscule 2.5% strikeout rate. Wilson showed off his barrel skills and flashed some power with Team USA over the summer and was one of the best hitters on the club, hitting .364/.462/.455 in six games.
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    Wyatt Langford

    Florida OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 225 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7

    After Sterlin Thompson was selected with the 31st pick in the 2022 draft, Florida has another outfielder who looks like one of the better hitters in the 2023 class. Langford is a 6-foot-1, 225-pound righthanded hitter with plenty of defensive versatility who started in left field for the Gators, but has played on the infield and also served as Team USA’s emergency catcher during the summer. What stands out the most is his hitting ability, however, and he is coming off a .356/.447/.719 season where he hit 26 home runs—which tied Matt LaPorta’s single-season record for the program—and was named a second team All-American.
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    Rhett Lowder

    Wake Forest RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4

    Lowder was named the ACC pitcher of the year in 2022 after he cut his ERA from 6.12 in 2021 to 3.08 during his sophomore season. That mark was even lower in conference play and over 16 starts and 99.1 innings, Lowder struck out 105 batters and walked 26. He then joined Team USA and was one of just two pitchers (along with Hunter Elliott) to make multiple starts for the Americans during the Honkbalweek Haarlem competition in the Netherlands. Lowder has a three-pitch mix with a fastball that sits 93-94 mph and touches 97, as well as a mid-80s changeup and low-80s slider.
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    Enrique Bradfield

    Vanderbilt OF
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    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. Scouting directors voted Bradfield the fastest runner and best defensive outfielder prior to the 2022 season as an underclassman. While Bradfield stands out more for his ability to control the zone, make contact and create havoc on the bases, his home run production went from one to eight as a sophomore with Vanderbilt, and he slashed .317/.415/.498 during the 2022 season with more walks (41) than strikeouts (40) and went a perfect 46-for-46 in stolen bases. After the season, Bradfield served as Team USA’s leadoff hitter and center fielder. Bradfield has an old school game in a time where power is more prized than ever, but his impact on the diamond is undeniable and he is one of the most exciting players in college baseball.
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    Brayden Taylor

    Texas Christian 3B
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    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. In 2022 he slashed .314/.454/.576 with 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 10 stolen bases in 10 tries and continued to walk (55) more frequently than he struck out (40). He has played all over the infield, but primarily handled third base duty for Texas Christian through two seasons.
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    Paul Skenes

    Louisiana State 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). His batting average fell almost 100 points during the 2022 season, but he continued to shine on both sides of the ball, hitting .314/.412/.634 with 13 home runs and posted a 3.15 ERA on the mound over 85.2 innings. He entered the transfer portal after the season and pitched with Team USA during the summer, where he struck out four batters in four innings. Skenes throws a 93-94 mph fastball that touched 99 mph this spring and works in a mid-80s slider and firm, upper-80s changeup. He is a tall and physical player with a 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame.
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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
    Commit/Drafted: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    McGonigle has a stellar offensive track record. He dominated the travel circuit from start to finish in 2021, then built upon that during his junior season this spring by hitting .457/.582/.975 in 110 plate appearances with 11 home runs, 21 walks and just two strikeouts. Off to another outstanding start this summer, McGongigle 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 tracks the ball well and looks comfortable whether he's facing righties or lefties. His raw power has ticked up as well, with a chance to develop into a 20-plus home run hitter and make the most of his power because of his barrel accuracy and ability to drive the ball in the air consistently. McGonigle is an instinctive, high-IQ player with fluid defensive actions. He's a tick below-average runner who some evaluators believe will end up at second base, but at either middle infield spot he's a savvy player who is smooth and under control with quick footwork.
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    Noble Meyer

    Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore. RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oregon
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Meyer was on an upward trend with good projection indicators heading into the summer. At the PDP League at the beginning of July, his stuff and stock took a huge leap forward. Meyer's velocity had been on a steady uptick over the past couple of years, reaching the low 90s with lots of physical projection remaining in his lanky 6-foot-5 frame. At PDP, Meyer finished his final outing by throwing fastballs at 96-98 mph for one inning. He will sit lower than that when going deeper into games, but it's now one of the best fastballs in the 2023 class. His slider is another big weapon. It flashes as a plus pitch that he can throw with power into the mid-to-upper 80s with tight rotation and late tilt to sweep across the zone and underneath barrels. For a young, long-levered pitcher, Meyer does a good job of syncing up his delivery, leading to an impressive track record of throwing strikes. With more strong outings like he showed at PDP, Meyer has the upside to be the top pitcher in the 2023 high school class.
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    Maui Ahuna

    Tennessee SS
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4

    Ahuna earned an All-Big 12 honorable mention after a 2021 freshman season where he hit .314/.413/.422 with 28 walks and 38 strikeouts, while handling the shortstop duties for Kansas. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound infielder and lefthanded hitter nearly hit .400 during the 2022 season and settled for a .396/.479/.634 slash line with eight home runs and 16 doubles. After Kansas coach Ritch Price announced his retirement, Ahuna entered the transfer portal and quickly wound up with 2022’s most impressive college baseball team: Tennessee. He should be a catalyst for the Volunteers and played the infield for Team USA during the summer, where he showed a sweet swing from the left side.
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    Matt Shaw

    Maryland SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7

    Shaw hit .332/.409/.544 with 16 doubles and seven home runs as a freshman for Maryland in 2021. Last season, he batted .290/.381/.604 with 11 doubles, 22 home runs and 67 RBIs. He might have given something up in terms of hitting for average in his second season, but he more than made up for it with his jump in power production. This summer, he’s also lighting up the Cape Cod League with a .363 average and five home runs in his first 25 games. He showed defensive versatility as a freshman by playing second base, third base and left field before moving over to shortstop full-time in 2022.
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    Aidan Miller

    Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. 3B
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 206 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Arkansas
    Age At Draft: 19.1

    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 with his raw power and outstanding bat speed, with both among the best in the class. He starts his swing with a hitch but it otherwise works well for him. He has shown the ability to barrel high-end velocity and has the potential to grow into at least 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.
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    Thomas White

    Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. LHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    White stands out as the best pitching prospect in the 2023 class with his combination of stuff, physical projection and easy operation on the mound. He has a remarkably smooth, fluid delivery for someone his age and size. With loose arm action and low-effort mechanics, White throws a fastball that explodes on hitters, sitting at 91-94 mph and reaching 96 this spring, with more in the tank as he gets stronger. White throws a curveball and introduced a slider into his mix last year, and while later on a slider might become a bigger weapon given his arm angle, he has shelved it and gone back to the curveball in 2022. He shows solid feel for spin on his breaking stuff, with his 73-77 mph curveball typically his go-to secondary pitch right now. More recently, White has mixed in his changeup more often with great results and it could be his best offspeed weapon long term. His changeup is flashing plus now, with good separation off his fastball at 80-83 mph and late diving action when he executes it down in the zone. White has a long arm stroke in the back and, like a lot of tall, lanky pitchers his age, there are 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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    Yohandy Morales

    Miami 3B
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    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. Morales took a big step forward during the 2022 season and almost doubled his walk rate, while slashing .329/.411/.650 with 18 home runs and 17 doubles. He tends to get out in front on secondary pitches and has had trouble identifying breaking balls, but after making Team USA’s roster this summer, he led the team in hitting (.400), though that average did come with an 8-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s a solid defender at third base who can make a highlight reel play, with good athleticism and running ability for his size.
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    Hurston Waldrep

    Florida RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4

    Some Georgia scouts liked Waldrep out of high school in 2020, but the 6-foot-2, 205-pound righty made it to campus at Southern Mississippi, where he’s shown an electric arm and steadily improving strikes. In his freshman 2021 season, Waldrep pitched out of the bullpen and posted a 3.31 ERA over 16.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts (8.8 K/9) and eight walks (4.4 BB/9). He transitioned to a full-time starting role in 2022 and posted a 3.20 ERA over 17 starts and 90 innings, while striking out 140 batters—No. 8 among Division I pitchers—and walking 33. Waldrep has electric arm speed and throws from a high arm slot, firing a 94-96 mph fastball that touched 98 and using a hard, mid-80s slider as his go-to secondary pitch. The slider generated whiffs at a 53% rate and he also infrequently used a mid-80s changeup.
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    Will Sanders

    South Carolina RHP
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    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). He wasn’t as crisp with his control during the 2022 season (3.1 BB/9), but he still posted a 3.43 ERA over 15 starts and 89.1 innings, with 91 strikeouts and 31 walks. Sanders pitched off a three-pitch mix, with a fastball that sat 92-94 mph and was up to 96, and mixed in a mid-80s changeup and low-to-mid-80s slider. He attacks with downhill angle from his tall frame and while he has added considerable strength, has further physical projection remaining.
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    Kyle Teel

    Virginia C
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    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, though he needs plenty of work to get there. During the 2022 season, Teel slashed .276/.402/.439 and walked more frequently (41) than he struck out (36). He was the starting catcher for Team USA during the summer but hit just .176 (3-for-17) over six games. There are plenty of moving parts in his swing and he takes aggressive hacks, but his walk and strikeout rates show someone who has a plan at the plate despite that.
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    Cade Kuehler

    Campbell RHP
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Kuehler split his time as a starter and reliever during the 2021 season and spent a few weeks as the team’s Friday night starter. Overall, he managed a 3.89 ERA over 44 innings, with 41 strikeouts (8.4 K/9) and 22 walks (4.5 BB/9). Kuehler posted a 4.07 ERA over 15 starts and 84 innings in 2022, with 111 strikeouts and 38 walks. Kuehler has a five-pitch mix with a fastball, slider, split-change, cutter and curveball—though the slider was his best swing-and-miss offering this spring. His fastball sits in the 93-95 mph range and has touched 98. The 6-foot, 205-pound righthander also pitched with Team USA during the summer after his second season with Campbell. The Camels have become a bit of a pitching factory in recent years, and Kuehler will look to follow in the footsteps of righthanders Seth Johnson and Thomas Harrington.
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    Travis Sykora

    Round Rock (Texas) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Texas
    Age At Draft: 19.2

    Sykora is on the older end of the class with a physically mature frame. He's a power pitcher with an electric fastball, regularly pitching in the mid-to-upper 90s. He has topped out at 101 mph, with his fastball exploding past even the best hitters in the country. Sykora's fastball is his best pitch, but his secondaries have taken a leap forward since last summer. His improved slider has late, short break, and while it's not an elite spin pitch, he throws it with power in the mid-to-upper 80s. Rather than throwing a traditional changeup, Sykora throws a tumbling mid-80s splitter that should be another key pitch for him to prevent hitters from gearing up early for his fastball. Sykora's lively power fastball isn't in question, so scouts will be closely watching his offspeed stuff and command as the 2023 draft approaches. 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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    Tommy Troy

    Stanford 2B
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    Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.5

    Troy didn’t blow scouts away with any individual tools out of high school, but he was a steady performer who did a lot of things well. He hit .247/.345/.487 during the 2021 spring with Stanford while playing four different positions, but mostly second base, and had a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .299/.364/.479 with four home runs. He continued mashing during the 2022 season with Stanford and hit .339/.371/.568 with seven home runs and 15 doubles and was one of the best hitters in the Cape Cod League through his first 18 games with Cotuit (.381/.451/.730, five home runs). Troy has played both middle infield positions on the Cape and has played outfield for Stanford as well, offering plenty of defensive versatility.
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    Blake Mitchell

    Sinton (Texas) HS C/RHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 207 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 19

    One of the few underclassmen who earned a spot on USA Baseball's 18U National Team in 2021, Mitchell could have a pro career 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 plus 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. As a pitcher, Mitchell operates in the low-to-mid 90s, reaching 96 mph. He has feel for a curveball that's his primary offspeed pitch, but this summer he has also shown feel for a changeup that comes in firm off his fastball but has good sink and fade.
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