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College Top 50 MLB Draft Prospects 2018

Fall ball has begun around the country and preparations for the 2018 draft are underway as well.

As the 2018 draft class takes shape, Baseball America this week is unveiling the top 50 prospects in the high school and college ranks. The college class’ strength is once again pitching, but there are also some intriguing hitters who distinguished themselves over the summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team and in the Cape Cod League.

For the third year in a row, a Florida pitcher tops Baseball America’s initial college draft prospects ranking. Righthander Brady Singer follows in the footsteps of former teammates A.J. Puk and Alex Faedo as the top-ranked player in the class.

Singer, who will take over as the Gators’ ace this spring, will hope to parlay his early ranking into being the first college player drafted, something neither Puk nor Faedo was able to do. Singer sat out this summer after going 9-5, 3.21 with 129 strikeouts in 126 innings and helping Florida win the first national championship in program history this spring. Listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, he throws his fastball in the low to mid 90s with plenty of run and sink, and he adds in a sharp slider with a changeup in reserve. Singer was the 56th overall pick in the 2015 draft and was expected to sign, but negotiations fell apart and he ended up at Florida, where he has continued to develop.

In addition to Singer, the state of Florida has several premium pitchers in the college class. Righthander Jackson Kowar could give the Gators two first round picks for the second time in three years. South Florida’s Shane McClanahan is regarded as the top lefthander in the class, and Stetson righthander Logan Gilbert broke out with a strong sophomore season and an excellent showing this summer on the Cape.

The class’ position players present scouts with more of a puzzle, as many of the top players come with question marks. Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal may be the class’ best hitter, but he is also listed at just 5-foot-7. Sluggers such as Luken Baker, Seth Beer and Alec Bohm provide plus power, but profile best as first basemen, typically not one of the most desirable demographics in the draft. Even outfielders Travis Swaggerty and Steele Walker, two of the top hitters this summer on the Collegiate National Team, are not viewed as safe picks.

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With so many unanswered questions, the top of the college class figures to be fluid at least for the next six months as scouts work to bear down on the top players. Baseball America will continue to update its draft lists-compiled by the BA staff in consultation with major league scouts and other evaluators-regularly leading up to the beginning of the 2018 draft on June 4.

RankName, Pos., SchoolB/THt.Wt.Previously Drafted
1Brady Singer, RHP, Florida 📹R/R6-5180Blue Jays '15 (2)
2Nick Madrigal, SS/2B, Oregon State 📹R/R5-7160Indians '15 (17)
3Shane McClanahan, LHP, South FloridaL/L6-1173Mets '15 (26)
4Casey Mize, RHP, AuburnR/R6-3208Never Drafted
5Greyson Jenista, OF/1B, Wichita State 📹L/R6-4240Never Drafted
6Griffin Conine, OF, Duke 📹L/R6-1195Marlins '15 (31)
7Ryan Rolison, LHP, MississippiR/L6-2195Padres '16 (37)
8Logan Gilbert, RHP, StetsonR/R6-5195Never Drafted
9Tristan Pompey, OF, KentuckyB/R6-4200Twins '15 (31)
10Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama 📹L/L5-11180Never Drafted
11Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida 📹R/R6-4170Tigers '15 (40)
12Jeremy Eierman, SS, Missouri State 📹R/R6-0195Never Drafted
13Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State 📹R/R6-5240Never Drafted
14Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma 📹L/L5-11190Never Drafted
15Zach Watson, OF, Louisiana StateB/R6-0166Never Drafted
16Luken Baker, 1B/DH, Texas Christian 📹R/R6-4240Astros '15 (37)
17Konnor Pilkington, LHP, Mississippi StateL/L6-3225Never Drafted
18Sean Hjelle, RHP, KentuckyR/R6-11215Never Drafted
19Blaine Knight, RHP, ArkansasR/R6-3165Rangers '17 (29)
20Seth Beer, OF/1B, Clemson 📹L/R6-2195Never Drafted
21Austin Bergner, RHP, North CarolinaR/R6-4195Red Sox '16 (38)
22Tristan Beck, RHP, StanfordR/R6-4165Yankees '17 (29)
23Tanner Dodson, OF/RHP, California 📹B/R6-2180Mets '15 (31)
24Tim Cate, LHP, Connecticut 📹L/L6-0167Never Drafted
25Cadyn Grenier, SS/2B, Oregon State 📹R/R5-11180Cardinals '15 (21)
26Steven Gingery, LHP, Texas Tech 📹R/L6-1210Never Drafted
27Matt Mercer, RHP, OregonR/R6-2180Never Drafted
28Jonathan India, 3B, Florida 📹R/R6-0185Brewers '15 (26)
29Colton Eastman, RHP, Cal State FullertonR/R6-3185Twins '15 (20)
30Davis Martin, RHP, Texas TechL/R6-2220Never Drafted
31Sean Wymer, RHP, Texas ChristianR/R6-1190Never Drafted
32Nick Sprengel, LHP, San DiegoL/L6-0185Nationals '15 (31)
33Adam Hill, RHP, South CarolinaR/R6-6215Padres '15 (39)
34Zach Linginfelter, RHP, Tennessee 📹L/R6-5215Yankees '16 (16)
35Carlos Cortes, OF, South Carolina 📹L/B5-8185Mets '16 (20)
36Zack Hess, RHP, Louisiana State 📹R/R6-6200Yankees '16 (35)
37Kris Bubic, LHP, StanfordL/L6-3210Never Drafted
38Jake McCarthy, OF, Virginia 📹L/L6-2195Pirates '15 (23)
39Tyler Holton, LHP, Florida StateL/L6-2200Marlins '17 (35)
40Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS, Stanford 📹R/R5-11195Never Drafted
41Jimmy Herron, OF, Duke 📹R/L6-1185Yankees '17 (31)
42Alex McKenna, OF, Cal Poly 📹R/R6-2200Twins '2015 (38)
43Tyler Frank, SS/2B, Florida Atlantic 📹R/R6-0185Never Drafted
44Jake Mangum, OF, Mississippi State 📹B/L6-0185Yankees '17 (30)
45Griffin Roberts, RHP, Wake Forest 📹R/R6-3210Twins '17 (29)
46Cole Sands, RHP, Florida State 📹R/R6-3215Astros '15 (22)
47Daniel Lynch, LHP, VirginiaL/L6-4175Never Drafted
48Cody Deason, RHP, ArizonaR/R6-4205Never Drafted
49Zack Haake, RHP, KentuckyR/R6-4185Never Drafted
50Jason Bilous, RHP, Coastal CarolinaR/R6-2180Dodgers '15 (29)

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