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2017 Draft Watch List

2016 draft has come and gone, and so today we'll offer a glimpse of the 2017 draft class and introduce BA's draft coverage for the upcoming year. One strength of this year's class appears to be the depth of college pitching, particularly in power conferences. Tanner Houck, Alex Lange, Alex Faedo, Clarke SchmidtTristan Beck and J.B. Bukauskas have all shown explosive stuff, and they are just a few of the college arms with the potential to be first-round picks. There's also strength in the prep outfield class, which looks like it's going to offer both impact and depth. Jordon Adell and Quentin Holmes are two high-upside prospects. Adell has a chance to be a five-tool player. He has at least plus arm strength and speed and shows explosive bat speed in the box. He also throws in the mid-90s off the mound and has a lean, athletic body. Holmes is also an exceptionally quick-twitch athlete, with the ability to run the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds. Holmes has also shown offensive potential at some heavily-scouted events. After a down year in Southern California in 2016, the Golden State shows plenty of promise for 2017. There are several intriguing middle infield prospects. Royce Lewis, Jacob Amaya and Nick Allen have developed some track record. Lewis plays for JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), and participated in the 2015 National High School Invitational and the 2016 Boras Classic. Amaya showed well at the 2015 Tournament of Stars, and Allen performed at the 2015 WWBA Championship. There's also a deep group of prep arms in California. Hans Crouse is a righthander with a fast arm. Kyle Hurt has an physical frame and has shown flashes with three pitches. Huntington Beach teammates Nicholas Pratto and Hagen Danner both have extensive track record in front of scouts and they are both two-way prospects. Perhaps the most intriguing Californian is Hunter Greene, a shortstop/righthanded pitcher at Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). Greene has experience playing for USA Baseball's 18U National Team, and scouts saw him face Blake Rutherford this spring. Greene has a high ceiling as a shortstop and as a pitcher, showing plus arm strength and bat speed. Draft writer Hudson Belinsky will spend the summer months watching high school showcases and college summer leagues. From each of the major events that he'll cover, he will highlight one player each day and offer notes on several players that showed impressive tools. Our staff will compile top prospect lists for the top collegiate summer leagues, and we'll start to build our foundation for the 2017 BA 500. But you came here for the Watch List, so let's get to it. This list was compiled with consideration of personal evaluations and conversations with scouts and coaches. Being a full year away from the draft, we have not identified all of the top players, but this list accounts for most of the top players. Each player on this list has been discussed with at least one source. A number of things must be understood about the list. A full year away from the draft, few of these players have been scrutinized, and so they're much easier to dream on. Many of the players listed are going to be high draft picks, but some of them will not live up to the potential they've shown in the past, and that's precisely the reason why the players are listed and not ranked. Some of the players on this list are much better prospects than others; this is simply a watch list for the next 12 months. We do list 10 prospects that are among the best in the class. These players are listed in alphabetical order by state. It's also worth noting that we won't have a full understanding of the 2017 class until after the signing period. There will be juniors who end up returning to school and re-entering the draft again for 2017. There's also the pending negotiations between the Red Sox and Jason Groome, who would play at Chipola (Fla.) JC next season if he doesn't sign with Boston. Here is a list of 11 prospects who have the potential to fit at the top of this class, in no particular order:
Hunter Greeness/rhpCalif.Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Tristan BeckrhpCalif.Stanford
Alex FaedorhpFla.Florida
Jordon Adellof/rhpKy.Ballard High, Louisville
Alex LangerhpLa.Louisiana State
Tanner HouckrhpMo.Missouri
J.B. BukauskasrhpN.C.North Carolina
Quentin HolmesofN.Y.McClancy Memorial High, New York
Conner UseltonofOkla.Southmoore High, Moore, Okla.
Ricardo De La TorressP.R.Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
Kyle WrightrhpTenn.Vanderbilt
Without further ado, Baseball America's initial 2017 Draft Watch List.
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Chad BryantrhpAla.Thomasville (Ala.) HighHS
Austin Edens1bAla.SamfordCollege
MJ MelendezcAla.Saint James School, Montgomery, Ala.HS
Tanner BurnsrhpAla.Decatur (Ala.) HighHS
Jordan AndersonofAla.Clemens High, Madison, Ala.HS
Jonny HomzassAlaskaSouth Anchorage (Alaska) HighHS
Casey MartinssArk.Lonoke (Ark.) HighHS
JJ Matijevic1bAriz.ArizonaCollege
Jacob Gonzalez3bAriz.Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz.HS
Nick Brueser1b/ofAriz.Hamilton High, Chandler, Ariz.HS
Ricky ThomaslhpCalif.Fresno StateCollege
Keston HiuraofCalif.UC IrvineCollege
Hunter Greenss/rhpCalif.Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.HS
Kyle HurtrhpCalif.Torrey Pines High, San DiegoHS
Jamal O'Guinn3bCalif.Buchanan High, Clovis, Calif.HS
Tristan BeckrhpCalif.StanfordCollege
Griffin CanningrhpCalif.UCLACollege
Jay Gonzalez3bCalif.Bishop Amat, La Puente, Calif.HS
Hans CrouserhpCalif.Dana Hills High, Dana Point, Calif.HS
Hagen Danner3b/c/rhpCalif.Huntington Beach (Calif.) HighHS
Nicholas Prattolhp/1bCalif.Huntington Beach (Calif.) HighHS
Troy ClaunchcCalif.Vacaville (Calif.) HighHS
Nick AllenssCalif.Francis Parker, San DiegoHS
Je'Von WardofCalif.Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic HighHS
Ben Ramirez3bCalif.Eastlake High, Chula VistaHS
Royce LewisssCalif.JSerra High, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.HS
Matthew SauerrhpCalif.Righetti, Santa Maria, Calif.HS
Calvin MitchellofCalif.Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HighHS
Jacob AmayassCalif.South Hills High, West Covina, Calif.HS
Jorge ArellanolhpCalif.Downey (Calif.) HighHS
Blake BeersrhpCalif.Loyola High, Los AngelesHS
Carlos LomelirhpCalif.St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif.HS
Isaiah Paigeof/rhpCalif.Damien High, La Verne, Calif.HS
Connor SeaboldrhpCalif.Cal State FullertonHS
Jeremiah EstradarhpCalif.Palm Desert (Calif.) HighHS
Danny ZimmermanrhpCalif.Redondo Union High, Redondo Beach, Calif.HS
Hayden KinglhpCalif.Mitty High, San Jose, Calif.HS
Austin Bush1bCalif.UC Santa BarbaraCollege
R.J. Teijeiro3bCalif.Saint Francis High, Mountainview, Calif.HS
Kevin AbelrhpCalif.Madison High, San DiegoHS
Rhys Cratty3bB.C.Langley Secondary School, Langley City, B.C.HS
Michael Stovman1bB.C.Langley Secondary School, Langley City, B.C.HS
Adam HallssOnt.AB Lucas Secondary School, London, Ont.HS
Ben CaspariusssConn.Staples High, Westport, Conn.HS
C.J. Van EykrhpFla.Steinbrenner High, Keystone, Fla.HS
Alex FaedorhpFla.FloridaCollege
Alex HernandezcFla.Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla.HS
Alejandro Toral1bFla.McCarthy, Southwest Ranches, Fla.HS
Michael BaumannFla.JacksonvilleCollege
Reece AlbertofFla.Jupiter (Fla.) HighHS
Mason DoolittleofFla.Jupiter (Fla.) HighHS
Tyler AhearnrhpFla.Dwyer High, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.HS
David VazquezssFla.Westland Hialeah (Fla.) Senior HighHS
Bryson Hutchinsonrhp/1bFla.Spruce Creek High, Port Orange, Fla.HS
Mark VientosssFla.Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla.HS
Kyle MarshrhpFla.Central FloridaCollege
Cre FinfrockrhpFla.Central FloridaCollege
Oraj AnuofFla.Home SchoolHS
Brandon McCaberhpFla.Home SchoolHS
Robert TouronrhpFla.Gulliver Schools, Pinecrest, Fla.HS
Bubba Sangster1bFla.Umatilla (Fla.) HighHS
Cooper Swansonss/rhpFla.Canterbury High, Fort MyersHS
Brady McConnellssFla.Merritt Island (Fla.) HighHS
Christian RobinsonofFla.Viera High, Rockledge, Fla.HS
Francis VillamanssFla.Olympia High, OrlandoHS
Jordan ButlerlhpFla.Alonso High, TampaHS
Jake EderlhpFla.Atlantic High, Delray Beach, Fla.HS
Jeter DownsssFla.SLAM Charter School, MiamiHS
AJ LabasrhpFla.Trinity Christian Academy, JacksonvilleHS
Donovan BenoitofFla.Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HighHS
Sam KeatingrhpFla.Canterbury High, Fort MyersHS
Altoon ColemanrhpFla.Winter Springs (Fla.) HighHS
JJ Schwarzc/1bFla.FloridaCollege
Mike RiveracFla.FloridaCollege
Dalton GuthriessFla.FloridaCollege
J.C. Escarra1b/cFla.Florida InternationalCollege
Carl ChesterofFla.MiamiCollege
Taylor WallsssFla.Florida StateCollege
Brendon LittlelhpFla.State College of Fla.College
Dylan Busby1bFla.Florida StateCollege
Freddy ZamorassFla.Miami (Fla.) Killian Senior HighHS
Tim Elko1bFla.Hillsborough High, TampaHS
Logan AllenlhpFla.University High, Orange City, Fla.HS
Brady SmithcFla.Niceville (Fla.) Senior HighHS
Matthew GoldainfFla.Inspiration Academy, Bradenton, Fla.HS
Austin MartininfFla.Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.HS
Chris SeiseinfFla.West Orange High, Winter Garden, Fla.HS
Anthony ServideoinfFla.Jupiter (Fla.) HighHS
Shane Shifflettss/ofFla.Venice (Fla.) Senior HighHS
Justin FarmerofFla.Riverview (Fla.) HighHS
Joseph Perez3b/rhpFla.McCarthy, Southwest Ranches, Fla.HS
Zach JacksoncGa.Haines City (Fla.) HighHS
Kyle JacobsenofGa.Allatoona High, Acworth, Ga.HS
Bryce Bowenlhp/1bGa.Elbert County High, Elberton, Ga.HS
Patrick DeMarcoofGa.Winder-Barrow High, Winder, Ga.HS
Cole McNamee3b/ofGa.Blessed Trinity Catholic High, Roswell, Ga.HS
D.L. HalllhpGa.Houston County High, Warner Robins, Ga.HS
C.J. SmithlhpGa.Home SchoolHS
Beau HannaofGa.Winder-Barrow High, Winder, Ga.HS
Jason RooksofGa.Walton High, Marietta, Ga.HS
Zachary DanielsofGa.Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.HS
Bo MajkowskiofGa.Johns Creek (Ga.) HighHS
Cole BrannenofGa.The Westfield School, Perry, Ga.HS
Tony DibrellrhpGa.Kennesaw StateGA
Luis CampisanocGa.Cross Creek High, Augusta, Ga.HS
Steven WilliamscGa.Deerfield-Windsor High, Albany, Ga.HS
Markus RamosrhpHawaiiCampbell High, Ewa Beach, HawaiiHS
Brad CzerniejewskiofIll.Lake Forest (Ill.) HighHS
Ryan KuttrhpIll.Brother Rice High, ChicagoHS
Brady CorriganrhpIll.Plainfield (Ill.) North HighHS
Joe DonovancIll.Westmont (Ill.) HighHS
Erik KaiserrhpIll.Waterloo (Ill.) HighHS
Calvin GreenfieldcIll.St. Rita of Cascia High, ChicagoHS
Reid DetmerslhpIll.Nokomis (Ill.) HighHS
Isaiah Pasteur3bInd.IndianaCollege
Logan SowersofInd.IndianaCollege
Brian GurskylhpInd.St. Joseph High, South Bend, Ind.HS
Chandler FergusonrhpInd.Jefferson High, Lafayette, Ind.HS
Zebulon VermillionrhpKan.Shawnee Mission East, Prairie Village, Kan.HS
Jordon Adellof/rhpKy.Ballard High, LouisvilleHS
Devin HairstonssKy.LouisvilleCollege
Evan White1bKy.KentuckyCollege
Kade McClurerhpKy.LouisvilleCollege
Brendan McKay1b/lhpKy.LouisvilleCollege
Zach PoprhpKy.KentuckyCollege
Ben JordanrhpKy.West Carter County High, Olive Hill, Ky.HS
Kaleb DuckworthofKy.Western KentuckyCollege
Colby FitchcKy.LouisvilleCollege
Alex LangerhpLa.Louisiana StateCollege
Daniel CabreraofLa.Curtis Christian High, New OrleansHS
Michael PapierskicLa.Louisiana StateHS
Jacob PearsonofLa.West Monroe (La.) HighHS
Blayne EnlowrhpLa.St. Amat (La.) HighHS
Jeremy ArochossMd.Old Mill High, Millersville, Md.HS
Brandon Dorsey3bMd.Calvert Hall College High, BaltimoreHS
Randy BednarofMd.Landon School, BethesdaHS
Kevin SmithssMd.MarylandCollege
Chris MurphyrhpMaineMaineCollege
Steve MannofMich.Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, Mich.HS
Drew LugbauercMich.MichiganCollege
Sam WeatherlylhpMich.Howell (Mich.) HighHS
Sam Carlsonrhp/ofMinn.Burnsville (Minn.) HighHS
Jake Burger3bMo.Missouri StateCollege
Tanner HouckrhpMo.MissouriCollege
Joe BoylerhpMo.Fort Zumwalt West, O'Fallon, Mo.HS
Bryce Montes de OcarhpMo.MissouriCollege
Will StokesrhpMiss.MississippiCollege
Kier MeredithofN.C.Glenn High, Kernersville, N.C.HS
Cole MayelhpN.C.Huff High, Cornelius, N.C.HS
Stuart FairchildofN.C.Wake ForestCollege
Hunter WilliamslhpN.C.North CarolinaCollege
Logan WarmothssN.C.North CarolinaCollege
J.B. BukauskasrhpN.C.North CarolinaCollege
Austin BeckofN.C.North Davidson High, Lexington, N.C.HS
Sam HallofN.C.Topsail High, Hampstead, N.C.HS
Mackenzie GorelhpN.C.Whiteville (N.C.) HighHS
Tate Penningtonss/rhpN.C.Butler High, Matthews, N.C.HS
Justin BullockrhpN.C.South Granville High, Creedmoor, N.C.HS
Gavin Sheets1b/ofN.C.Wake ForestCollege
Justin Bellinger1bN.C.DukeCollege
Noah CampbellssN.C.Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, N.C.HS
Gavin Sheets1b/ofN.C.Wake ForestCollege
Joe DunandssN.C.N.C. StateCollege
Brock DeatherageofN.C.N.C. StateCollege
Tommy DeJuneasrhpN.C.N.C. StateCollege
Brian Miller1b/ofN.C.North CarolinaCollege
Tyler Keenan3bN.C.Cleveland High, Clayton, N.C.HS
Nick FeightcN.C.UNC WilmingtonCollege
Joe InglerhpN.C.East CarolinaCollege
Garrett BlaylockssN.C.Roberson High, Asheville, N.C.HS
Scott SchreiberinfNeb.NebraskaCollege
Keith RogallarhpNeb.CreightonCollege
David LamannacN.J.Bergen Catholic High, Oradell, N.J.HS
Shane McCarthyrhpN.J.Seton HallCollege
Buddy Kennedy3bN.J.Millville (N.J.) Senior HighHS
Tyler DeardenofN.J.Rancocas Valley High, Mount Holly, N.J.HS
Shayne ClowarrhpN.J.Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J.HS
Zack SchellengerrhpN.J.Seton HallCollege
Jonathan StromanrhpN.M.La Cueva High, AlbuquerqueHS
Quentin HolmesofN.Y.McClancy Memorial High, New YorkHS
Brian Morrellrhp/ssN.Y.Shoreham-Wading River High, Shoreham, N.Y.HS
Leugim CastilloofN.Y.Lancaster (N.Y.) HighHS
Nicholas StorzrhpN.Y.Poly Prep, New YorkHS
Connor HamiltoncN.Y.Adirondack High, Boonville, N.Y.HS
Conner UseltonofOkla.Southmoore High, Moore, Okla.HS
Mitchell StonelhpOkla.Deer Creek High, Edmond, Okla.HS
Justin CookecOkla.Norman (Okla.) HighHS
Jake TaylorcOkla.Shawnee (Okla.) HighHS
Cade CavallirhpOkla.Bixby (Okla.) HighHS
Cooper DavisofOnt.St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Mississauga, Ont.HS
KJ Harrisonc/1bOre.Oregon StateCollege
Drew RasmussenrhpOre.Oregon StateCollege
David PetersonlhpOre.OregonCollege
Elliott CaryofOre.Oregon StateCollege
Shane MuntzrhpPa.Malvern (Pa.) PrepHS
Trent VietmeierrhpPa.Montour High, McKees Rocks, Pa.HS
Joe LancelottirhpPa.Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa.HS
Brendan CelluccilhpPa.William Penn Charter, PhiladelphiaHS
Deon StaffordcPa.Saint Joseph'sCollege
Jan FigueroarhpP.R.Carlos Beltran Baseball AcademyHS
Ricardo De La TorressP.R.Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.HS
Gabriel Rodriguezof/lhpP.R.Toa Alta, P.R.HS
Wilberto RiverarhpP.R.Carlos Beltran Baseball AcademyHS
Tyler WilsonlhpR.I.Rhode IslandCollege
James KarinchakrhpR.I.BryantCollege
Clarke SchmidtrhpS.C.South CarolinaCollege
Tyler JohnsonrhpS.C.South CarolinaCollege
Bobby HolmesrhpS.C.Coastal CarolinaCollege
Alex DestinoofS.C.South CarolinaCollege
Jeren KendallofTenn.VanderbiltCollege
Kyle WrightrhpTenn.VanderbiltCollege
Brady PuckettrhpTenn.LipscombCollege
Jeffrey PassantinorhpTenn.LipscombCollege
Bryce JarvisrhpTenn.Brentwood Academy, NashvilleHS
Zach WarrenlhpTenn.TennesseeCollege
Colton HathcockrhpTenn.MemphisCollege
Hugh FisherlhpTenn.Briarcrest Christian School, MemphisHS
Adam OviedossTexasAlvarado (Texas) HighHS
Corey JulksTexasHoustonCollege
Tristan Grayss/3bTexasRiceCollege
Evan SkougcTexasTexas ChristianCollege
Ryan Viladess/rhpTexasFrisco (Texas) HighHS
Cole TurneyofTexasTravis High, Richmond, TexasHS
Jack ConlonrhpTexasClements High, Sugarland, TexasHS
John KodroslhpTexasCoppell (Texas) HighHS
Russell SmithlhpTexasMidlothian (Texas) HighHS
D'Mond LaFondrhpTexasThe Woodlands (Texas) HighHS
Alex ScherffrhpTexasPrestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TexasHS
Seth ElledgerhpTexasDallas BaptistCollege
Corbin MartinrhpTexasTexas A&MCollege
Seth RomerolhpTexasHoustonCollege
Turner LarkinsrhpTexasTexas A&MCollege
Ricardo SalinasrhpTexasRiceCollege
Joe GobiloutlhpTexasSt. John's School, HoustonHS
Trei CruzssTexasEpiscopal High, Bellaire, TexasHS
Lamar SparksofTexasSeven Lakes High, Katy, TexasHS
Glen OttorhpTexasRiceCollege
Richard GilbertlhpTexasJohnson High, San Antonio, TexasHS
Zachary DeLoachrhp/ofTexasHebron High, Carrollton, TexasHS
Shane BazrhpTexasConcordia Lutheran High, Tomball, TexasHS
Jayson RoserhpUtahUtahCollege
Tyler SolomoncVa.Battlefield High, Haymarket, Va.HS
Ernie ClementofVa.VirginiaCollege
Pavin Smith1bVa.VirginiaCollege
Adam HaseleyofVa.VirginiaCollege
Tommy DoylerhpVa.VirginiaCollege
Mike OsinskissVa.LongwoodCollege
Kyle AdamscVa.RichmondCollege
Kyle WhittenrhpVa.Osbourn Park High, Manassas, Va.HS
Nick MaserveylhpWash.SeattleCollege
Tarik SkuballhpWash.SeattleCollege

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