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2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects

SEE ALSO: High School Top 100 SEE ALSO: 2017 Draft Archive The calendar turning this week to 2017 is the latest sign both the start of the college baseball season and the draft are fast approaching. As players prepare for the season, scouts are also readying for the spring. The college class is rich in pitching, as both USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team and the Cape Cod League demonstrated over the summer. The CNT’s pitching staff posted a 1.81 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average in 18 games last summer, while the Cape’s Top 30 draft prospects was again dominated by pitchers. As a result, college pitching is one of the strengths of the 2017 draft class. For the second year in a row, a Florida pitcher tops the College 100 ranking entering the spring. A year after lefthander A.J. Puk ranked No. 1, righthander Alex Faedo goes into 2017 atop the list. Puk ultimately was the first college pitcher selected last year, though he slipped on draft day and went No. 6 overall to the Athletics after an up-and-down spring. Faedo, who will take over as Florida’s ace this season, will hope for a steadier draft year. Though he sat out the fall as he recovered from minor knee surgery, he has the stuff, size and track record to be the top pick in the draft. Listed at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Faedo has a plus fastball-slider combination and improved his changeup this summer while pitching with the CNT. He went 13-3, 3.18 and ranked third in the country with 133 strikeouts in 104.2 innings last season. A host of pitchers join Faedo near the top of the list. Righthanders J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina), Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt), Alex Lange (Louisiana State) and Tanner Houck (Missouri) all joined him this summer with Team USA and turned in impressive performances. Righthander Tristan Beck is a draft-eligible sophomore who has a chance to be the latest Stanford pitcher to be picked early in the first round. Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie are among the other position players who will receive first-round consideration. Louisville’s Brendan McKay, the 2015 Freshman of the Year, could fit near the top of either the position players or pitchers. He has been the best two-way player in the country the last two years, and there is still no consensus as to whether he will be developed as a lefthander or first baseman in pro ball. Florida and North Carolina lead all schools with five players each on the top 100. South Carolina and Virginia closely follow with four players. In all 61 colleges are represented.


What Went Wrong: Lessons Learned From 11 Recent Draft Busts

Eleven top draft picks of recent vintage who failed to live up to expectations—and what scouts learned from those players’ unrealized potential.

RankName, Pos., SchoolB-THt.Wt.Previously drafted
1Alex Faedo, rhp, Florida bba_video_icon_redR-R6-5220Tigers '14 (40)
2Jeren Kendall, of, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_redL-R6-0190Red Sox '14 (30)
3J.B. Bukauskas, rhp, North Carolina bba_video_icon_redR-R6-0196D-backs '14 (20)
4Brendan McKay, lhp/1b, Louisville bba_video_icon_redL-L6-2212Padres '14 (34)
5Kyle Wright, rhp, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_redR-R6-4220Never drafted
6Tristan Beck, rhp, StanfordR-R6-4190Brewers '15 (34)
7Alex Lange, rhp, Louisiana State bba_video_icon_redR-R6-3201Never drafted
8Tanner Houck, rhp, MissouriR-R6-5218Blue Jays '14 (12)
9Pavin Smith, of/1b, Virginia bba_video_icon_redL-L6-2210Rockies '14 (32)
10Seth Romero, lhp, HoustonL-L6-3240Never drafted
11Wil Crowe, rhp, South CarolinaR-R6-2250Indians '16 (21)
12Brendon Little, lhp, State JC of Florida bba_video_icon_redL-L6-2215Giants '15 (36)
13Colton Hock, rhp, StanfordR-R6-5220Never drafted
14Michael Gigliotti, of, LipscombL-L6-1176Never drafted
15J.J. Schwarz, c, Florida bba_video_icon_redR-R6-2215Brewers '14 (17)
16Griffin Canning, rhp, UCLA bba_video_icon_redR-R6-1170Rockies '14 (38)
17Clarke Schmidt, rhp, South Carolina bba_video_icon_redR-R6-1205Never drafted
18Dalton Guthrie, ss, Florida bba_video_icon_redR-R5-11175Twins '14 (40)
19Peter Solomon, rhp, Notre DameR-R6-4191Padres '14 (21)
20Keston Hiura, of/2b, UC IrvineR-R6-0188Never drafted
21Kevin Smith, ss, MarylandR-R6-0188Never drafted
22Evan Skoug, c, Texas Christian bba_video_icon_redL-R5-11200Nationals '14 (34)
23Corbin Martin, rhp, Texas A&MR-R6-2200Never drafted
24Taylor Walls, ss, Florida StateB-R5-10180Never drafted
25Dylan Busby, 3b/1b, Florida State bba_video_icon_redR-R6-3190Never drafted
26Joe Dunand, ss/3b, North Carolina StateR-R6-2205Indians '14 (35)
27Jake Burger, 3b, Misssouri StateR-R6-2210Never drafted
28Mike Rivera, c, Florida bba_video_icon_redR-R5-10205Athletics '14 (33)
29Jake Mangum, of, Mississippi StateB-L6-0185Never drafted
30David Peterson, lhp, Oregon bba_video_icon_redL-L6-6242Red Sox '14 (28)
31Zach Rutherford, ss, Old DominonR-R6-2180Never drafted
32Deon Stafford, c, St. Joseph'sR-R6-0202Never drafted
33Evan White, of/1b, KentuckyB-L6-3200Never drafted
34Drew Rasmussen, rhp, Oregon State bba_video_icon_redR-R6-1226D-backs '14 (39)
35Tyler Johnson, rhp, South CarolinaR-R6-2205Never drafted
36Carl Chester, of, Miami bba_video_icon_redR-R6-0205Brewers '14 (38)
37Riley Adams, c, San DiegoR-R6-4210Cubs '14 (37)
38Morgan Cooper, rhp, TexasR-R6-4220Nationals '16 (34)
39Will Gaddis, rhp, FurmanR-R6-1185Yankees '14 (36)
40Zac Lowther, lhp, XavierL-L6-2235Never drafted
41Nate Pearson, rhp, JC of Central FloridaR-R6-6245Never drafted
42Kade McClure, rhp, LouisvilleR-R6-7235Never drafted
43Jayson Rose, rhp, UtahR-R6-0180Never drafted
44Ricky Tyler Thomas, lhp, Fresno State bba_video_icon_redR-L6-1175Never drafted
45Keegan Thompson, rhp, AuburnR-R6-2209Tigers '16 (33)
46Devin Hairston, ss, LouisvilleR-R5-7162Never drafted
47Clay Fisher, ss, UC Santa BarbaraR-R6-1175Never drafted
48K.J. Harrison, 1b, Oregon State bba_video_icon_redR-R6-0208Indians '14 (25)
49Brock Deatherage, of, North Carolina StateL-L6-1186Never drafted
50Logan Warmoth, ss, North CarolinaR-R6-0189Never drafted
51Connor Seabold, rhp, Cal State FullertonR-R6-2185Orioles '14 (19)
52Matt Whatley, c, Oral RobertsR-R5-10190Never drafted
53J.J. Matijevic, of/1b, Arizona bba_video_icon_redL-R6-0206Red Sox '14 (22)
54Kyle Johnston, rhp, TexasR-R6-0220Never drafted
55Glenn Otto, rhp, Rice bba_video_icon_redR-R6-5240Never drafted
56Garrett Cave, rhp, TampaR-R6-4205Yankees '14 (17)
57Tarik Skubal, lhp, SeattleL-L6-3218Never drafted
58Hunter Williams, lhp, North CarolinaL-L6-3225Giants '14 (32)
59Ernie Clement, 2b/of, VirginiaR-R6-0165Never drafted
60Michael Baumann, rhp, Jacksonville bba_video_icon_redR-R6-4225Twins '14 (34)
61Josh Anthony, 3b, AuburnR-R5-10195Braves '16 (16)
62Mitch Hart, rhp, Southern CaliforniaR-R6-4195Giants '14 (35)
63Adam Haseley, of, Virginia bba_video_icon_redL-L6-1195Never drafted
64Zach Warren, lhp, TennesseeL-L6-5200Pirates '14 (23)
65Tyler Wilson, lhp, Rhode IslandL-L6-4225Never drafted
66James Karinchak, rhp, BryantR-R6-3230Never drafted
67Kyle Nelson, lhp, UC Santa BarbaraL-L6-1180Never drafted
68Jake Bird, rhp, UCLAR-R6-3205Never drafted
69Evan Steele, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JCR-L6-5210Never drafted
70Tommy Doyle, rhp, VirginiaR-R6-6235Nationals '14 (35)
71Patrick Mathis, of, TexasL-L6-1215Never drafted
72Brian Miller, of, North CarolinaL-R6-0186Never drafted
73Erich Uelmen, rhp, Cal PolyR-R6-3195Never drafted
74Zach Pop, rhp, KentuckyR-R6-4225Blue Jays '14 (23)
75Brigham Hill, rhp, Texas A&MR-R6-0185Athletics '16 (20)
76Zack Gahagan, 3b, North CarolinaR-R6-2197D-backs '14 (40)
77Jake Latz, lhp, Kent StateR-L6-2196Blue Jays '14 (11)
78Quinn Brodey, of, StanfordL-L6-1195Nationals '14 (37)
79Mike Papierski, c, Louisiana StateB-R6-3210Blue Jays '14 (16)
80Will Toffey, 3b, Vanderbilt bba_video_icon_redL-R6-2205Orioles '16 (25)
81Stuart Fairchild, of, Wake ForestR-R6-0195Nationals '14 (38)
82Charlie Barnes, lhp, ClemsonL-L6-1170Never drafted
83Greg Deichmann, of/1b, Louisiana State bba_video_icon_redL-R6-2191Twins '16 (26)
84Zach Willeman, rhp, Kent StateR-R6-3200Never drafted
85Logan Sowers, of, Indiana bba_video_icon_redR-R6-4220Padres '14 (31)
86Alex Destino, of, South Carolina bba_video_icon_redL-L6-2225Never drafted
87Evan Mendoza, 3b, North Carolina StateR-R6-2200Never drafted
88Connor Wong, c, HoustonR-R6-0181Never drafted
89Zach Schellenger, rhp, Seton HallR-R6-5210Never drafted
90Deacon Liput, 2b, FloridaR-R5-10190Yankees '16 (39)
91Luis Gonzalez, of/lhp, New MexicoL-L6-0185Never drafted
92Brandon Bielak, rhp, Notre DameL-R6-1209Never drafted
93Kyle Serrano, rhp, TennesseeR-R6-3200Brewers '16 (40)
94Gunnar Troutwine, c, Wichita StateR-R6-2222Never drafted
95Brady Puckett, rhp, LipscombR-R6-9242Mets' 14 (33)
96Ryan Noda, of/1b, CincinnatiL-L6-3216Never drafted
97Nick Feight, c, UNC WilmingtonR-R5-11200Never drafted
98Daulton Varsho, c, Wisconsin-MilwaukeeL-R5-10200Never drafted
99Tyler Buffett, rhp, Oklahoma StateR-R6-2197Astros '16 (7)
100Bryce Montes de Oca, rhp, MissouriR-R6-7261White Sox '14 (14)

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