2019 MLB Draft Prospects With Best Tools
Baseball America polled MLB scouts about the best high school and college prospects in the 2019 MLB Draft class. To see our BA 500 draft rankings, click here.
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Scout's take on Andrew Vaughn: "He has a preternatural feel for the strike zone, tremendous power, looseness and a complete offensive profile overall."
Scout's take on Rece Hinds: "Biggest raw juice in the draft. Nobody can hit a ball as far as this kid."
1. James Beard
2. Dasan Brown
3. CJ Abrams
Scout's take on Greg Jones: "80 run tool. The best run tool I've ever seen live. He ran like a 3.9 from the righthanded batter's box. It's legit."
Best Strike Zone Judgment
Scout's take on Logan Wyatt: "As good as it gets at tracking the baseball. Incredible batting eye."
Best Defensive Catcher
Scout's take on Adley Rutschman: "He makes the toughest position look the easiest ... He's a better catcher than Austin Hedges."
Best Defensive Infielder
Scout's take on Bobby Witt Jr.: "One of the most talented high school shortstops I have seen in a long time. And great intangibles. Makeup is off the chart. He has poise and tools."
Best Defensive Outfielder
Scout's take on Corbin Carroll: "Great routes. Really good instincts to the ball. He stays in center field. He shows you a 55-60 (grade) arm with good carry."
Scout's take on Daniel Espino: "90-grade fastball because of not just the velo -- it's the movement ... He has a low release point with a high-spin fastball ... His fastball swing-and-miss rate is really, really good."
Best Breaking Ball
Scout's take on Matthew Allan: "Guys who can throw a good curveball, they have feel and wrist flexibility ... He might have two 70-grade pitches with the fastball and curveball."
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Scout's take on Hunter Barco: "It's in there -- I guarantee it ... His change-up is going to be plus, I promise you."
1. Jack Leiter
2. Blake Walston
3. JJ Goss
Scout's take on George Kirby: "Kirby is pretty simple ... He fills the zone and can throw strikes with every pitch."
Scout's take on Jerrion Ealy: "He's a freak. Multi-sport guy ... but his athleticism, arm strength, power and bat speed stand out. Dynamite athlete."