Cole Winn Is The Top MLB Draft Prospect In Southern California
1. Cole Winn, RHP, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS (BA Rank: 10)
HS • 6-2 • 195 • -R • Texas Christian
In a down year in Southern California from a draft perspective, Winn made the decision to transfer from Colorado to Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High and play in the Trinity League—one of the nation’s best high school baseball conferences. The move has paid off, as Winn has separated himself from other Southern California arms and been one of the most consistent prep righthanders in the country, while also giving himself the opportunity to play at densely scouted events like the National High School Invitational and the Boras Classic South. Winn was on scouting directors’ radars long before his time with Orange Lutheran, however, after impressing at numerous events on the summer showcase circuit with three pitches, including a fastball reaching the 93-94 mph range and one of the more consistent curveballs in the class. This spring, Winn has been up to 96 mph with his fastball, which he can spot effectively to both sides of the plate. His best breaking ball is a plus, 12-to-6 curveball in the mid-70s that has powerful downward action, which he can spot in the zone or use to expand and create swings and misses. Winn also added a low-80s slider, seemingly out of nowhere, and while it’s behind the curveball, it has the makings of another average pitch. Winn is competing with a deep high school class, but he’s one of the few prep arms who has gotten better each time out and has had very few looks that raised questions.
2. Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. (BA Rank: 14)
HS • 6-1 • 165 • R-R • Louisiana State
Turang is one of the most famous prep players in the 2018 class and entered the draft cycle as the top high school player in the nation. A four-year varsity starter at Santiago (Corona, Calif.) High, Turang also played for USA Baseball’s 18U National Team in 2016 and 2017, more than holding his own playing on the 2016 club that featured 2017 No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks Royce Lewis and Hunter Greene, respectively. In fact, you wouldn’t have to search far to find a scout who said Turang was the best player on the team, despite the fact that Turang never played in the international tournament in Mexico after getting hit in the face by a pitch. Because of his exposure and history as a talented player at such a young age, teams have been somewhat disappointed with Turang since last summer. He’s never struggled, but he’s also never wowed scouts in the same way that he did as an underclassman. Even with that said, Turang was still voted a first-team Preseason All-American, the best pure hitter in the class, the best defensive infielder in the class with the second-best arm, and the No. 3 athlete in Baseball America’s preseason survey to major league scouting directors. Turang is among the more polished prep players with an advanced left-handed hit tool and rarely swings and misses with a patient approach that allows him to hit the ball where it’s pitched. Turang’s loudest tool is his speed, which is at least plus and likely plus-plus, allowing him to wreak havoc on the bases and also cover a large swath of ground defensively. He can make throws from multiple angles, on the run, up the middle and in the hole, and also has the sure hands and footwork that should allow him to stay at the position at the next level. At just 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, the biggest knock on Turang is his size. Some teams are worried about the impact he’ll make at the next level and don’t anticipate him having much more than fringe-average raw power. While Turang might not be filling up a scout card with 6- and 7-grade tools, he does everything well, has a long track record of succeeding against elite competition and plays a premium position as a lefthanded hitter.
3. Matt McLain, SS/2B, Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif. (BA Rank: 61)
HS • 5-10 • 175 • L-R • UCLA
McLain has taken advantage of a down year in Southern California this spring, hitting in seemingly every game he’s played. His performance was so strong, in fact, that area scouts began putting his name in the same conversation as fellow California shortstop Brice Turang—which would have seemed absurd just a year ago. A 5-foot-10, righthanded hitter without a ton of power, McLain doesn’t seem to profile as a top-50 pick, but he’s given himself a chance to be selected that high because he simply does everything well. He makes all the plays at shortstop as a soft-gloved infielder with agility, body control, impressive footwork and a solid arm, and he’s regularly given scouts plus running times down the line. While McLain is a shorter prospect, he’s not built slightly. He’s put on as much strength as he can for now, to the point where he’s showing some surprising power in games, although he’ll never project as a plus power hitter. He regularly hits the ball hard and with authority, frequently going to right-center with impact. McLain has shown enough bat-to-ball skills that scouts are putting a 50 or even 60 grade on his future hit tool. While some evaluators believe he might move off shortstop at the next level—he’s not a Nick Allen sort of defender—he’s hit enough this spring to rise up draft boards. Seemingly all of his tools have improved this spring, and with good makeup to top things off, it’s unlikely he ever sets foot on campus at UCLA, where he is committed.
4. Colton Eastman, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: 75)
4YR • 6-3 • 185 • R-R • Twins '15 (20)
A 20th-round pick of the Twins out of high school, Eastman pitched three years in Fullerton’s rotation and followed Thomas Eshelman and Connor Seabold in the line of Titans’ control-oriented aces. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander, Eastman pitches with a fringe-average fastball but excels with his secondaries and above-average control. Eastman sits 88-91 mph and touches 93 with his fastball, which is mostly just a setup for his offspeed pitches. His curveball is an above-average to plus pitch with a spin rate well above the major league average at 2,800-3,000 rpms. His changeup is his best pitch, a plus offering with cut and fade. Eastman throws all his pitches for strikes and pitches with a competitive edge. Eastman’s three-pitch mix and pedigree has him projected to go in the second or third round, like Eshelman and Seabold before him.
5. Chandler Champlain, RHP, Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (BA Rank: 92)
HS • 6-5 • 205 • R-R • Southern California
A strong, 6-foot-5 righthander out of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Champlain is the top prep pitcher in Southern California outside of Cole Winn. The Southern California commit pitches off of a heavy, sinking, low-90s fastball that’s been up to 94 mph this spring and he has feel to spin a top-to-bottom curveball that has sharp biting action at times. The shape of the pitch is currently inconsistent for scouts, but he lands the pitch regularly and it comes out of his hand well. There are some concerns with a pronounced head whack in Champlain’s delivery and evaluators are mixed on Champlain’s athleticism and frame, which he’ll need to maintain as he develops, but has trended in the right direction this spring. He hasn’t shown a changeup often, but with his fastball and breaking ball he has a chance for a pair of plus pitches in the future.
6. Alex McKenna, OF, Cal Poly (BA Rank: 105)
4YR • Jr. • 6-2 • 200 • R-R • Twins '15 (38)
McKenna has been one of the leading hitters in the Big West Conference in each of the last two years. He also put together a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, establishing himself as one of the premier college hitters on the West Coast. He has a short, quick swing and makes consistent contact. An unconventional setup at the plate with his hands close to his chest helps his contact-based approach and swing path, but may limit his power. Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, the righthanded hitter has above-average power to unlock, but more typically hits doubles to the gap. McKenna has played center field throughout his college career and is a solid runner with an average arm. Though he covers ground well in the outfield and has solid speed, he is unlikely to stick in center field in pro ball. He offers value as someone who can play all three outfield positions thanks to his strong arm and outfield instincts. He earns praise for his approach to the game.
7. Kameron Ojeda Guangorena, C, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif. (BA Rank: 114)
HS • 6-1 • 185 • R-R • Cal State Fullerton
Formerly known as Kameron Ojeda, Guangorena took the name of his stepfather, David, who helped raise him during his senior year. Guangorena is a shortstop-turned-catcher who has some exciting tools behind the plate with plus arm strength, athleticism and strong hands. He has a lot of rawness to iron out of his defensive game to actualize his potential, however, as he gets stiff and is inconsistent receiving higher-end velocity. He often sets up too deep on his heels, which can lock him up and prevent him from adjusting to poorly-spotted pitches. He has enough arm strength for the position, but needs to clean up his throwing mechanics and get a shorter release to play against better competition, as nearly no one runs on him presently. If a team is patient with him, he has above-average potential defensively. As a hitter Guangorena has feel for the barrel and has changed his swing from last summer. Previously, he would drift on his front side and spray balls around the field without much power. This spring, he’s shortened his stride and is sitting back in his load, with a longer path and a flyball approach that’s allowed him to tap into more power. That’s come with more swing and miss, but scouts still like his bat path and think he has enough ability to become an everyday hitter. The tools are there for a team to buy him out of a strong Cal State Fullerton commitment. It’s just a matter of developing polish on both sides of the ball and finding more consistency.
8. Isaiah Carranza, RHP, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (BA Rank: 116)
4YR • Jr. • 6-5 • 180 • L-R • Rangers '15 (35)
A 35th-round pick of the Rangers out of Damien (La Verne, Calif.) High in 2015, Carranza spent two years at Oregon before transferring closer to home to Division II Azusa Pacific. He emerged as the top Division II prospect on the West Coast, touching 97 mph and going 9-1, 3.89. Carranza has a prototypical pitcher’s build at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and a strong right arm. He sits 93-94 mph, touches 97 and has room to grow into more velocity. His secondaries are much further behind. His slider is below-average, and his curveball and changeup are get-me-over pitches. He also has trouble keeping the ball down in the zone. Carranza starts now but projects as a reliever long-term due to his lack of secondaries and poor fastball command. His arm strength has teams interested around the fourth round.
9. Andrew Quezada, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: 132)
4YR • Jr. • 6-1 • 180 • R-R • Rays '17 (20)
The Rays drafted Quezada in the 20th round out of Cypress (Calif.) JC a year ago, but he opted to attend Fullerton and became the Titans’ Sunday starter. After an up-and-down start, Quezada finished the year strong, throwing two complete-game shutouts in his final four starts. Quezada has more arm strength but less control than the stereotypical Fullerton righthander. He pitches at 92-93 mph, but can reach back for 95-96 and holds his velocity deep into outings. His slider and changeup flash average but aren’t consistent. Quezada struggles with his control and his fastball gets squared up more than evaluators would like. He doesn’t generate much downhill plane from his 6-foot-1 frame, so when his stuff flattens out, it gets hit. Even so, Quezada has a long track record of success. A solid year at the Division I level, combined with his arm strength, has Quezada in consideration in the first five rounds.
10. Cole Roederer, OF, Hart HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. (BA Rank: 161)
HS • 6-0 • 175 • L-L • UCLA
Roederer is a small, athletic, lefthanded-hitting center fielder who began showing big power this year, drawing comparisons to Andrew Benintendi. He catapulted into third-round consideration before he separated his right (non-throwing) shoulder horsing around with teammates after practice and missed the final month of the season. Roederer is a toolsy player with bat speed who got stronger and reworked his swing to add power this season. He began launching long home runs on par with anyone in the region, enough for optimistic scouts to project him as a 20-25 home run hitter. The power rounded out Roederer’s well-rounded toolset. He is an above-average runner whose speed plays up in center field due to his advanced instincts and reads, and his arm is suitably average. With hints of all five tools and growing power, Roederer has the upside of an above-average everyday center fielder, but other scouts are skeptical of his size and injury history, which also includes a pulled hamstring this year. He is strongly committed to UCLA and will be an expensive sign.
11. Owen Sharts, RHP, Simi Valley (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 162)
HS • 6-1 • 185 • L-R • Nevada
Sharts had evaluators’ interest at the beginning of the year and boosted his stock with a star turn in front of scouting directors at the Boras Classic, pitching a one-hit shutout in Simi Valley’s opener. Sharts stands out as one of the most polished prep pitchers in the class with three pitches, control and durability. Sharts pitches at 89-91 mph and touches 93-94. Unlike most high schoolers, who hit their top velocity early before fading, he holds his stuff and still reaches 90 mph in the late innings. His 81-83 mph changeup is ahead of his 74-76 mph curveball, but both project to average. Sharts throws all his pitches for strikes and has room to add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. He draws strong reviews for his makeup and mental toughness, embracing jokes about his last name. Sharts also has baseball bloodlines. His uncle, Scott Sharts, holds Cal State Northridge’s single-season home run record and played three seasons in the minors. Sharts’ complete package and pedigree has him in third- to fifth-round consideration. He comes from an affluent area and will be an expensive sign. He is committed to Nevada.
12. Paul Richan, RHP, San Diego (BA Rank: 164)
4YR • Jr. • 6-3 • 200 • R-R • Never drafted
Richan supplanted Nick Sprengel as San Diego’s top starter and most-desired draft prospect this spring, launched in part by a dominant outing against Michigan at the Tony Gwynn Classic. Richan is a polished righthander with a four-pitch mix, headlined by a plus slider. At his best, Richan’s fastball sits 91-92 mph and touches 94, and he can mix in an average changeup as well. He uses his fastball and changeup to get ahead and then finishes batters with his slider. Richan tired as the season went on and sat more 88-91 mph toward the end, cooling some of the early interest. His fastball command also slipped at the end of the season and resulted in a lot of contact, although he still threw strikes. A poor finish made his season numbers look pedestrian, but Richan showed evaluators enough early in the year that they still consider him a talent worthy of a pick in the top five rounds.
13. Jarren Duran, 2B, Long Beach State (BA Rank: 170)
4YR • Jr. • 6-2 • 200 • R-R • Never Drafted
Duran does two things. He gets on base, and he flies. A three-year starter at Long Beach State, Duran stole 49 bases in his career and drove opponents crazy beating out routine ground balls for infield singles. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter explodes out of the batter’s box, posting 70-grade run times on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, and turns singles into doubles and doubles into triples. He lacks over-the-fence power and swings and misses a little much for his profile, but his patient approach gets him on base enough to utilize his speed. Duran never played shortstop at Long Beach State and is an average second baseman with a fringy arm. Some evaluators think he is a candidate to move to center field, but he’s very raw there due to lack of experience. Duran’s speed gives him a survivable skill he can ride to the big leagues and evaluators see enough bat for him to be a bottom-of-the-order hitter. He projects to go early on the draft’s second day.
14. Kingston Liniak, OF, Mission Hills HS, San Marcos, Calif. (BA Rank: 172)
HS • 6-3 • 170 • L-R • San Diego
Liniak is the nephew of former Cubs infielder Cole Liniak and the son of 1993 Rockies draft pick Justin Liniak. After a hand injury hampered him on the showcase circuit, Liniak returned fully healthy in the spring and elevated himself into consideration in the top five rounds with a big season. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Liniak has a well-rounded package of tools to complement his bloodlines. He’s an above-average runner and defender in the outfield with an above-average arm. Offensively, he has cleaned up his swing to take a more balanced, direct approach to the ball, which has allowed him to use the whole field and stay back on the ball. He’s a tough, fierce competitor who evaluators are confident will get the most out of his abilities. Whether Liniak has enough to power to project as an everyday outfielder is up for debate, but his upside and projection are among the best in Southern California. He is committed to San Diego.
15. Brett Finnel, RHP, Woodcrest Christian HS, Riverside, Calif. (BA Rank: 179)
HS • 6-3 • 205 • R-R • UC Santa Barbara
Finnel grew into his body later than most others in the draft class, but by the end of the high school season he had half of the MLB teams running into see him at the last minute. After sitting 86-89 mph at the Area Code tryouts last summer and showing just average athleticism, the lanky, 6-foot-4 righthander added strength and coordination and began pitching at 90-94 mph in the spring with one of the fastest arms on the West Coast. He complements his fastball with an above-average curveball and has the arm action conducive to learning a changeup. Not every team is on Finnel because he popped up so late, but those interested see him as a third- to fourth-round talent. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara but seems open to signing.
16. Niko Decolati, 3B/OF, Loyola Marymount (BA Rank: 181)
4YR • Jr. • 6-1 • 215 • R-R • Never Drafted
Decolati is a physical, tooled-up player scouts have long been excited about, but he never conquered his swing-and-miss issues and often left evaluators frustrated. Decolati had decent success in the Cape Cod League last summer but also a 27 percent strikeout rate. He then regressed in the spring with a .271 average and 29 percent strikeout rate while playing second-tier competition in the West Coast Conference. Decolati is a physical athlete as a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder who played shortstop in college. He shows plus raw power, projects as an above-average third baseman with an above-average arm and is an above-average runner capable of double-digit steals. He drives the ball with authority when he makes contact, but he has major holes in his swing and can’t get to fastballs on the outer half because he stands too far off the plate. Decolati’s swing-and-miss problems dropped him out of the top five rounds for most evaluators, but his tools are worth a shot in rounds five to nine.
17. Nick Meyer, C, Cal Poly (BA Rank: 186)
4YR • • 6-0 • 195 • R-R • Never Drafted
Meyer served as the backup catcher for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer and emerged as one of the top defensive catchers in the draft class this spring. The 6-foot, 175-pound Meyer calls his own game behind the plate and is an advanced receiver. He excels at stealing strikes at the bottom of the zone in particular, and guides his pitchers expertly through jams. His arm strength is consistently above-average and flashes plus, and he excels at back-picking runners off first base. Meyer offers little offensively, although he doesn’t strike out. He makes respectable contact, but projects as no more than a bottom-of-the-order hitter. Meyer’s upside is that of an A.J. Ellis-type, who makes a long career out of his defense and intangibles.
18. Noah Davis, RHP, UC Santa Barbara (BA Rank: 227)
4YR • • 6-2 • 195 • R-R • Never Drafted
Davis established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the draft class with a stellar stint in the Cape Cod League last summer, but injuries limited him to just two starts this spring and he had Tommy John surgery in March. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Davis was in second-round consideration prior to surgery. He’s an athletic righthander who sits 92-95 mph, reaches 97 and commands his fastball to both sides of the plate. Davis backs up his heater with a plus slider in the low 80s that has the sharpness and depth to be a swing-and-miss pitch in pro ball, and his changeup is a projectable third pitch that flashes average. While Davis’ injury hurts his draft stock, he still projects to be picked in the top 10 rounds, with some teams interested in the top five. He won’t be ready to pitch again until summer 2019, but his upside as a mid-rotation starter has teams believing he’s worth the wait.
19. Kyle Molnar, RHP, UCLA (BA Rank: 232)
4YR • • 6-3 • 205 • R-R • Cardinals '15 (25)
Molnar was a potential second-round pick out of high school who dropped because of his strong commitment to UCLA, and he delivered on the hype by leading all Bruins starters in wins and ERA as a freshman. But Molnar has thrown only one inning in the two years since, halting his expected rise to the top of his class. He had Tommy John surgery after his freshman year and missed all of 2017, and a setback with his elbow delayed his return to mid-April of this year, 22 months after surgery. Molnar pitched one inning in his return, left the game and didn’t pitch the rest of the season. Despite his alarming health record, Molnar’s promise as a physical righthander who can hold mid-90s velocity has teams interested in the top 10 rounds. How comfortable team doctors feel with Molnar’s medicals will have as much impact on his draft placement as anything. He has the option to return to school as a redshirt junior.
20. Jacen Roberson, OF, Garces Memorial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. (BA Rank: 237)
HS • - • 6-1 • 176 • R-L • Cal State Bakersfield
Roberson is a throwback as the rare modern three-sport athlete. He was a wide receiver on his high school football team, a guard on the basketball team and the star center fielder of the baseball team. Roberson skipped the showcase circuit because of his other sports commitments, but evaluators found him and were immediately drawn to his lefthanded bat and supreme athleticism. Roberson is a twitchy, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds with some of the best hand speed in the region. That hand speed leads to exceptional bat speed and he makes consistent contact with superb hand-eye coordination. Some scouts project him as an average hitter with average power, but others see a raw bat path that takes his swing in and out of the zone quickly and worry he’ll struggle against higher-level pitching. Roberson is an above-average to plus runner who has a chance to be a plus defender in center field and he has a plus arm. Those who believe in Roberson’s bat are interested as high as the third round, but others don’t believe he’ll hit enough to project as more than a backup outfielder. He is committed to Cal State Bakersfield.
21. Victor Vodnik, RHP, Rialto (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 238)
HS • - • 5-11 • 175 • L-R • Cal State Northridge
No pitcher has been drafted out of Rialto (Calif.) High since Ricky Nolasco in 2001. Vodnik is about to change that. The quick-armed, 5-foot-11 righthander popped up at the WWBA World Championships last fall throwing 95 mph and scouts stayed on him all year. Vodnik is raw and undersized, but his arm strength is undeniable. He sits at 92-93 mph and holds it well, and he touched 96 mph in the spring. His slider is self-taught and a little crude, but he flashes some above-average offerings at 84-87 mph. Vodnik received little development or coaching in Rialto, a poverty-stricken area with little baseball infrastructure, so he doesn’t repeat his arm slot or release point and he needs a lot of coaching to smooth out his delivery. Vodnik is committed to Cal State Northridge but expected to sign. He projects as a two-pitch power reliever and is expected to be drafted in the middle of the top 10 rounds.
22. Kyle Luckham, RHP, El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. (BA Rank: 239)
HS • • 6-4 • 195 • R-R • Cal State Fullerton
Luckham’s coming-out party came in his junior year, when he pitched a complete game in the section quarterfinals to beat a Huntington Beach (Calif.) team led by Nick Pratto and Hagen Danner. He followed that performance with a strong senior season, putting himself in consideration for the top 10 rounds. Luckham is a strong, quick-armed righthander who pitches at 90-91 mph and touches 93-94. His fastball sinks with hard action in on righthanders, and as such he likes to pitch inside. Luckham’s best secondary offering is a firm changeup with late fade that projects as a plus pitch. Luckham’s arm action and high-effort delivery aren’t conducive to spinning the ball, so his curveball is below-average and evaluators have a tough time projecting it for more. He’s also physically maxed out in his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. Luckham projects as a reliever with his delivery and lack of a breaking ball, but his arm strength will get him drafted. He is committed to Cal State Fullerton and comes from an academic background, so he could be a tough sign.
23. Jon Olsen, RHP, UCLA (BA Rank: 242)
4YR • • 6-2 • 185 • L-R • Never Drafted
Olsen pitched well when he was on the mound this year, but staying on the mound was a problem. After showing well for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer, Olsen had an emergency appendectomy in January, took a horrific line drive off his face in March that required orbital bone surgery, and in May had season-ending elbow surgery. In between it all, Olsen pitched to a 2.20 ERA in six starts, earning wide admiration for his toughness. The 6-foot-3 Olson relies on pitchability and craftiness to succeed. His fastball sits 88-89 mph and touches 91, but it plays up with command and running life. Olsen particularly excels at pitching inside with his fastball and elevating it. Olsen’s best secondaries are his potential above-average slider and average curveball, and he also has a firm changeup that is fringe-average but usable. Olsen lacks big stuff, but he pitches off guts and command and hasn’t failed yet. His latest elbow injury may cause him to return to school for his senior year.
24. Eric De La Rosa, OF, Grossmont (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: 252)
JC • So. • 6-4 • 175 • R-R • Never Drafted
De La Rosa is a late-blooming outfielder who transferred from San Jose State and laid waste to the California JC circuit this spring, batting .434 with 14 home runs, 60 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. De La Rosa has a long, lean, athletic physique at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and shows hints of all five tools. He is an above-average runner with long strides who glides to balls in center field, where he should stick in pro ball. He shows plus raw power, runs the bases well and has an average arm. The concern about De La Rosa is he feasted on poor pitching and he showed a propensity to expand the strike zone when faced with better velocity. Scouts who like De La Rosa see a player whose tools keep getting better and think he could grow into an everyday regular with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. Others are skeptical of his age and competition level and think he’ll run into trouble hitting in the low minors.
25. Brett Conine, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: 255)
4YR • • 6-3 • 205 • R-R • Never Drafted
Conine saved 25 games the last two seasons as Cal State Fullerton’s closer, including the clinching victories in the Stanford Regional and Long Beach Super Regional in 2017. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Conine is dependent on his velocity for success because his fastball is straight and lacks life. He gets swings and misses when he’s at his best, regularly reaching 95 mph. At other times, his velocity drops to 90-91 mph and he gets hit around. He gave up more than one hit per inning as a junior because he spent more time at his lower velocity. Conine’s best secondary offering is an above-average, power curveball in the 79-80 mph range and he can throw his changeup for a strike as well. Conine has a chance to move fairly quickly as a reliever in pro ball, but only if he can find a way to maintain the upper end of his velocity range. He projects to be picked toward the back of the top 10 rounds.
26. Brandon Dieter, SS/RHP, South Hills HS, West Covina, Calif. (BA Rank: 257)
HS • - • 6-0 • 175 • R-R • Stanford
Dieter might be one of the best high school baseball players in the class, but the Stanford commit has no carrying tool and because of that he is somewhat of a polarizing figure. There are teams who don’t have him on their board and want to see him go to Stanford, where he would be able to prove he can succeed against Pac-12 competition. Other teams are already intrigued by his hitting ability, defensive actions and the overall polish surrounding his game. A two-way player for South Hills (West Covina, Calif.) High and a utility player on Team USA’s 18U club, Dieter has advanced strike-throwing ability but is without a plus pitch on the mound. At shortstop, he is solid defensively but doesn’t have great range and is a below-average runner. As a pitcher, Dieter throws a fastball that’s usually in the 87-90 mph range and has been up to 92 mph at times, though not regularly. He also has good feel to spin and locate a mid-70s curveball, although his most useful swing-and-miss offering is a low-80s changeup with excellent fading life. It’s hard to project much more to come on the mound, however, as Dieter is just 6-foot, 175 pounds and without more than average arm speed. Most teams see his professional future as a hitter. He’s shown excellent hands and glovework at shortstop and has enough arm for the position, but many scouts believe he’ll have to move to second or third because of his lack of quickness. That puts more pressure on Dieter’s bat. He’s shown great feel for the barrel throughout the summer and spring, but it might not be enough for a team to buy him out of his Stanford commitment. He’s a player who could shoot up draft boards after proving he can hit in college. Dieter is also an extremely smart player with off-the-charts makeup and work ethic.
27. Ethan Reed, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. (BA Rank: 261)
HS • - • 6-4 • 195 • R-R • Southern California
Reed is a projectable righthander who had a loud Area Code Games performance in 2017 and left scouts excited about what he would do in the spring. At the summer showcase event, Reed sat 90-93 mph with his fastball and occasionally reached the mid-90s with present physicality and a quick arm. Scouts came away slightly disappointed this spring, however, as Reed never took the step forward many evaluators expected to see. He pitched mostly in the 87-89 mph range and touched 91-92 on only a few occasions. A basketball player in the winter, scouts felt like Reed never really got his legs under him for baseball season. And while he did show improved feel to spin an average curveball, the pitch remains inconsistent and is below-average at times. With a 6-foot-4 frame and impressive arm speed, there’s still a lot to like with Reed, but teams might have to project more than they expected at this point. He is committed to Southern California.
28. Trevor Casanova, C, Cal State Northridge (BA Rank: 263)
4YR • RS-Jr. • 6-0 • 205 • L-R • Mariners '17 (14)
A 14th-round pick of the Mariners out of El Camino (Calif.) JC last year, Casanova transferred to Cal State Northridge and tied for the Big West Conference batting title with a .345 average as the Matadors’ starting catcher. Casanova rarely jumps out to observers, but they often look up and see Casanova had the best game of anyone on the field. A 6-foot, 205-pound lefthanded hitter, Casanova takes good swings that produce a lot of contact and average power. His bat path is sound, but his bat speed is below-average, which concerns evaluators when he faces better velocity. Defensively, Casanova is a decent athlete who is a potential average receiver with fringe-average arm strength. Scouts have reservations because Casanova lacks a plus tool and he put up his big numbers against second-tier competition, but he still projects to go in the top 10 rounds as an athletic, lefthanded-hitting catcher with a loud track record.
29. Vinny Tosti, OF, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. (BA Rank: 265)
HS • - • 6-0 • 190 • L-R • Oregon
Tosti had high hopes after playing in the Perfect Game All-America Classic and Area Code Games last summer, but nothing went right for him on or off the field during his senior year. His home burned down in the Northern California wildfires in the fall, so he transferred from Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa, Calif.) High to Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. A strained hamstring caused him to miss the start of the season, and upon his return he pulled his other hamstring, keeping him out more than half the year. At his best, Tosti is a physical outfielder who flashes plus speed and extra-base power. But this year he struggled badly with breaking balls and had a lot of swing and miss to his game, while his speed played down because he was slow to accelerate. That lack of hitability and speed caused many evaluators to drop him down their board, even taking into account his injuries and off-the-field circumstances. Tosti’s past success in Northern California is what drives his draft stock and could still get him picked in the top 10 rounds. He is committed to Oregon.
30. Jake Bird, RHP, UCLA (BA Rank: 286)
4YR • Sr. • 6-4 • 210 • R-R • Never Drafted
A shoulder injury sank Bird’s draft hopes last year, but he returned to UCLA as a senior and became the Bruins’ top starter. He went 7-4, 1.99 in a team-high 15 starts during the regular season, carrying the load as expected top starters Kyle Molnar, Justin Hooper and Jon Olsen all went down with elbow injuries. Bird is physically well put together at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but he doesn’t have blow-away stuff. He pitches to contact with a sinking, 89-93 mph fastball and an above-average, mid-80s slider, inducing a lot of ground balls and letting his defense work. His max-effort, high three-quarters delivery creates some deception but also limits his command. Bird projects as a two-pitch reliever at the next level, with a groundball specialist becoming his most likely outcome. His talent is that of a seventh- to 10th-round pick and he is expected to go in that range as a senior sign.
31. Justin Montgomery, RHP, California Baptist (BA Rank: 291)
4YR • • 6-5 • 200 • R-R • Never Drafted
Montgomery is the latest righthander out of Division II pitching factory California Baptist. He earned all-star honors in the Cape Cod League last summer and had the helium to go in the top five rounds this spring before poor fastball command hampered him in a middling junior season. Montgomery has an appealing pitcher’s body at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and his best offering is a Lance McCullers-esque power curveball that reaches 87 mph. It’s an easy plus pitch with two-plane life, depth and the ability to draw swings and misses from even the best hitters. Montgomery can’t always showcase his curveball as often as he would like because he has trouble getting ahead in the count with his 90-93 mph fastball, giving him a high walk rate and running up his pitch counts. Montgomery projects as a reliever with his two-pitch mix and lack of control. His power curveball is a weapon that will carry him.
32. Nick Sprengel, LHP, San Diego (BA Rank: 310)
4YR • • 6-0 • 185 • R-L • Nationals '15 (31)
Sprengel entered the year as a potential first-rounder after touching 95 mph for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer, but he developed a horrendous case of the yips this spring and posted an 11.33 ERA while being dropped from San Diego’s weekend rotation. He walked 30 in 37.1 innings, hit seven batters and threw five wild pitches. Sprengel previously excited scouts with a lively 91-93 mph fastball, feel for an above-average, low-80s slider and a reliable changeup. While his stuff remained intact, he couldn’t get his fastball over the plate at any point this season, to the point observers could see him suffering mentally on the mound. He was able to throw his breaking ball for strikes, giving evaluators hope he can reinvent himself as a slider-heavy, lefty reliever. Sprengel draws high marks for his makeup, but his confidence is completely shot at this point. Any team drafting him will have to spend considerable time building him back up.
33. Sean Mullen, RHP, Stockdale HS, Bakersfield, Calif. (BA Rank: 315)
HS • • 6-1 • 185 • L-R • UCLA
Mullen was one of Southern California’s biggest risers in the spring and had scouts scampering up the I-5 from Los Angeles to Bakersfield to get a look. After sitting 89-91 mph in the fall, Mullen began working 90-94 and touching 95 mph during the high school season to elevate himself into consideration for the top 10 rounds. Mullen is one of the most athletic pitchers in the class, with a twitchy athleticism more usually seen in position players. That twitchiness is both a gift and a curse because he hasn’t yet harnessed it. Mullen’s control is inconsistent and his secondary stuff needs work. His slurvy, 78-80 mph breaking ball lacks depth or finish and he rarely uses his undefended changeup. He’ll throw scattered strikes at times, and at other times he’ll lose the zone entirely. Mullen’s upside is considerable with his arm strength and athleticism, but the shortcomings in his control and secondaries have teams wary of committing big dollars to him. Mullen is committed to UCLA and will be an expensive sign.
34. Bryce Collins, RHP, Hart HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. (BA Rank: 316)
HS • • 6-1 • 175 • R-R • Arizona
Collins attends the same high school as Trevor Bauer did and mimics his forebear, emulating Bauer’s herky-jerky delivery, using the same weighted-ball training regimen and studying the analytics of pitching as Bauer does. Collins delivered Bauer-esque results as well, going 6-2, 0.98 and throwing a 14-strikeout no-hitter as a senior. Collins is smaller framed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. He has a quick arm and a fastball that sits 89-91 mph and touches 93, but his velocity drops off after about two innings. He has two different-shaped breaking balls in the low 80s that project average to above-average. Collins’ three-pitch mix intrigues, but his control and pitchability are behind some of his draft peers. Combined with his lack of durability, most evaluators are content to let Collins go to college rather than meet his expensive bonus demands. He is committed to Arizona.
35. Ruben Cardenas, OF, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: 318)
4YR • • 6-2 • 190 • R-R • Marlins '15 (37)
A high school teammate of Alex McKenna and a 37th-round pick of the Marlins in 2015, Cardenas missed most of last year with a back injury and received mixed reviews in his return in 2018. Cardenas is a physical righthanded hitter who shows flashes of offensive impact but struggles to put it together consistently. He plays with a slow motor and lacks explosiveness, and in the spring he never appeared comfortable in the batter’s box, frequently changing his swing and timing mechanisms. He often sold out for power unsuccessfully and hit just three home runs while posting a .787 OPS. Cardenas fits best in right field with an above-average arm, but he'll need to hit to profile there. Those interested in Cardenas are banking on him regaining his power and explosiveness the further he moves away from his back injury. Others are more skeptical.
36. Jeremy Ydens, OF, UCLA (BA Rank: 319)
4YR • DE-So. • 6-2 • 193 • R-R • Cardinals '16 (40)
The Cardinals made Ydens the 1,216th and final pick of the 2016 draft out of St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) High. He stands to go significantly higher now as a draft-eligible sophomore out of UCLA. Ydens hit a team-best .362 with 16 doubles as the Bruins leadoff hitter during the regular season, and he intrigues evaluators with his athleticism, looseness and feel to hit. Ydens’ swing is a little long, but he is consistently on time, drives the ball on a line and has an athletic bounce in the box. Ydens has projectable power but hasn’t fully tapped into it yet. He’s a fringe-average defender in the corner outfield—ideally left field—so his ability to get to his power will be key for the future. Ydens will be expensive to sign because he has the option of returning to school, but teams view him a talent worthy of a pick in the top 10 rounds and are considering paying him.
37. Aaron Eden, RHP, Norco (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 327)
HS • - • 6-2 • 210 • R-R • San Diego State
Eden transferred from Westchester High in Los Angeles to Norco as a junior and took advantage of playing in the same league as top draft prospects Brice Turang and Trevor Cadd, becoming one of Southern California’s biggest risers. Eden is a projectable, 6-foot-2 righthander with long arms and room to get stronger. His fastball sits 88-89 mph and touches 93, with scouts projecting it to become a power sinker in the future because of its downward action. Eden has good feel for a changeup and his slider tightened up, increasing its velocity and taking a jump forward. He also has a usable curveball. Eden remains raw and has strides to make in his fitness, velocity and secondary consistency. He would be a long-term upside play for any team that drafts him. Eden is very signable, which may elevate him into the back of the top 10 rounds. He is committed to San Diego State.
38. Daniel Amaral, OF, UCLA (BA Rank: 329)
4YR • Jr. • 6-0 • 175 • R-R • Never Drafted
Amaral’s father, Rich, played 10 seasons in the majors as a utilityman and his brother, Beau, is an outfielder in the Mariners’ system. All three went to UCLA and Daniel continued the family legacy by posting an .857 OPS with 12 steals as the Bruins’ starting center fielder this spring. Amaral is an instinctive player who isn’t flashy but is effective. He is a patient hitter who drew as many walks as strikeouts this season, and he wears pitchers down until he gets the pitch he wants or draws a walk. His swing isn’t pretty, but he picks out the pitch he can drive and keeps the barrel in the zone long enough to make line-drive contact. Amaral is a plus runner and plus defender in center field and projects to stay there. He lacks the power to project as more than an extra outfielder, but he has the instincts and work ethic to get the most out of his ability.
39. Trevor Cadd, OF, King HS, Riverside, Calif. (BA Rank: 338)
HS • - • 6-2 • 180 • R-R • Cal State Fullerton
Long one of the most dangerous hitters in Southern California, Cadd posted the second-highest exit velocity at the WWBA Championships last fall and was primed for a big senior year, but he broke his tibia before the season and never quite got his timing back. He hit .261 with 28 strikeouts in 28 games. When right, Cadd is a physical, athletic hitter who brings the barrel to the ball with authority. He has the bat speed to turn around elite velocity and shows above-average power potential, but his amount of swings and misses this year concerned evaluators. Cadd is an average runner who plays a solid center field but projects to move to a corner, where he has the power to profile. He is a mature, mentally strong individual who played through the death of his brother in a car accident last year. Even with his down senior season, Cadd’s athleticism and power potential have teams interested in the back of the top 10 rounds. He is committed to Cal State Fullerton.
40. Clay Fisher, SS, UC Santa Barbara (BA Rank: 339)
4YR • Sr. • 6-1 • 165 • R-R • Reds '17 (27)
Fisher had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm last March and opted to return to UCSB for his senior year rather than sign with the Reds as a 27th-round pick. Fisher spent most of the season as the designated hitter before taking the field again in mid-April, initially at second base before returning to shortstop. Fisher’s value is tied to his defense. He is an above-average to plus defensive shortstop with silky-smooth actions, excellent range and superb instincts. He makes difficult plays look easy and projects to stay at shortstop long-term. His arm, however, did not look back to full strength when he returned, earning 30 grades on the 20-to-80 scouting scale from evaluators. Offensively, Fisher has improved but still has a long swing and lacks strength, projecting as a bottom-of-the-order hitter, at best. Whether his arm comes all the way back and allows him to stay at shortstop will determine his future.
41. Grant Holman, RHP, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif. (BA Rank: 345)
HS • 6-6 • 210 • R-R • California
Holman was the star of the 2013 Little League World Series as a 6-foot-4 13-year-old. He pitched a no-hitter in his team’s opener in Williamsport, Pa., then hit a grand slam the next day and followed with the game-winning, three-run homer in extra innings to lift the West to the U.S. title game, which it won. Holman continued to star in high school, going 29-1 on the mound in his career and winning San Diego County’s player of the year award as a junior. Now 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Holman is a bit of a project despite his maxed-out frame. He usually sits 89-91 mph and touches 94 at his best, but at other times he sits 86-87 and barely touches 90 mph. His 78-80 mph changeup flashes above-average but isn’t consistent and his mid-70s curveball needs a lot of work. A few teams like Holman better as a hitter, seeing plus raw power and excellent timing, although his bat speed is average and he is limited to first base. Scouts fear Holman doesn’t have much projection left, but his long run of success has them interested. He is strongly committed to California and will require a sizable bonus to sign.
42. Trenton Toplikar, RHP, UC Riverside (BA Rank: 351)
4YR • RS-So. • 6-3 • 210 • R-R • Never Drafted
Toplikar missed the 2015 season trying to rehab an elbow injury, but ultimately had Tommy John surgery and missed the 2016 season as well. He eased back in as a reliever in 2017 and returned to starting in 2018, going 6-3, 4.07 as a redshirt sophomore. Toplikar has an appealing pitcher’s body at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and a fluid delivery out his high three-quarters arm slot. He throws strikes and pitches deep into games, but he lacks a plus pitch. Toplikar’s fastball sits in the lows 90s and touches 94 mph. It can be too straight at times, so at midseason he added a two-seamer that dives under righties’ hands to help generate more swings and misses. He throws an 11-to-5 curveball he can land for strikes as his main secondary pitch. Toplikar has his suitors, but his injury history, lack of an out-pitch and middling performance have teams wary of his upside.
43. Lars Nootbaar, OF, Southern California (BA Rank: 353)
4YR • Jr. • 6-3 • 215 • L-R • Never Drafted
Nootbaar began the year in consideration to be drafted in the top five rounds, but he has since slid after hitting .254 in a down year for the entire Southern California program. The younger brother of former Trojans pitcher and Orioles draft pick Nigel Nootbaar, Lars intrigues analytically-inclined teams as a lefthanded power hitter with as many walks as strikeouts (70) the last two seasons. Nootbaar is physical at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and has a polished, patient approach at the plate. He hit 13 home runs in the last two years combined for USC and has the strength to hit more, but he hits the ball on the ground too often. Some see him as a launch-angle candidate. Nootbaar is a below-average defender with a poor arm in left field and will have to move to first base or become a designated hitter in pro ball. How much a team can make tweaks to unlock Nootbaar’s power will determine his ceiling.
44. Emilio Rosas, SS, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. (BA Rank: 356)
HS • 6-1 • 175 • R-R • Southern California
Rosas is well-known to evaluators after playing in three National High School Invitationals and three Boras Classics as Mater Dei’s starting shortstop, as well as competing in the Area Code Games. Rosas’ main attraction is his defense at shortstop. He is the top defensive shortstop in the region, with smooth actions, soft hands, a quick release and an above-average arm. Not all evaluators are sold on his range and athleticism, however, and the other parts of Rosas’ game are much further behind his defense. He is a below-average runner, doesn’t hit for power and is a very raw hitter with a long swing that lacks bat speed. A team in love with Rosas’ defense could draft him, but most feel he is best served going to college to improve the rest of his game. He is committed to Southern California.
45. Jake Moberg, SS, Vista Murrieta (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 363)
HS • 6-2 • 184 • R-R • UCLA
Moberg comes from a baseball family. His oldest brother, Jeff, is an infielder in the Rockies’ system and his other brother, Jack, pitched last year at Palomar (Calif.) JC. Scouts considered Jake the best of the family and watched for him to take a step forward as a senior, but instead Moberg regressed as both a pitcher and position player. On the mound, he dropped from 88-91 mph to 84-86 and at the plate he hit .267 against suspect competition. Scouts are split whether Moberg projects better as a pitcher or position player. As a pitcher, he shows the ability to throw three offerings for strikes from a simple, repeatable delivery. In the field, he projects at third base with soft hands, a strong arm and a clean, compact swing, although his bat speed and power projection are lacking. Moberg is strongly committed to UCLA and expected to end up there after his poor senior season.
46. Nick Nastrini, RHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego (BA Rank: 370)
HS • 6-3 • 195 • R-R • UCLA
Nastrini emerged as one of the top prep pitchers in San Diego County as a senior, starring at the Boras Classic and going 8-2, 2.42 while playing in San Diego’s top division. Nastrini has always performed well against good competition and progressively got more physical as he got older. He now boasts a promising pitcher’s body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. Nastrini is athletic, projectable and repeats his simple, polished delivery, but he lacks present stuff. His fastball sits 86-89 mph and will scrape an occasional 91-92. His build, delivery and clean arm action portend to more velocity, but it hasn’t yet come. Nastrini throws his changeup with confidence and he spins a solid curveball, showing the ability to land both for strikes. Nastrini’s lack of velocity has evaluators wary of sending him out to pro ball at this point, even if they like his long-term potential. He is committed to UCLA and will be an expensive sign.
47. Erik Tolman, LHP, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. (BA Rank: 373)
HS • 6-2 • 180 • L-L • Cal Poly
Tolman had helium after he helped pitch El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) to a section title as a junior and touched 92 mph at the Area Code Games the following summer. But he didn’t maintain it, pitching at 85-88 mph with shaky control as a senior and losing most evaluators’ interest. Tolman is physical and athletic with room to grow into his 6-foot-2, 186-pound frame, so there is hope his velocity will increase with time. He shows feel to spin a hard, 75-79 mph breaking ball and has a 71-73 mph changeup he throws for strikes. He moonlighted as a power-hitting outfielder with a strong swing on days he didn’t pitch. Tolman has promise, but his lack of velocity and questionable strike-throwing ability have most teams willing to let him go to college. He signed with Cal Poly, but it was announced late in the spring he would not be attending there. He has not yet committed to another school.
48. Mason Pelio, RHP/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego (BA Rank: 374)
HS • 6-4 • 212 • R-R • Boston College
Pelio is Rancho Bernardo High’s latest attractive draft prospect—a 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander with a solid track record against good competition. Pelio is more of a project than his former high school teammates Calvin Mitchell and Drew Finley, who were both top-100 picks. Pelio sits 89-90 mph with his fastball and can reach 92-93, although he tends to drop to 86-88 mph by the middle innings. His curveball is extremely inconsistent and he shows a promising changeup with late fade but rarely uses it. Pelio throws strikes but doesn’t have a great handle on his command yet. He will also need to be stringent about his conditioning as a big-bodied teen. Scouts like Pelio’s long-term promise, but they largely don’t see enough present stuff to give him the big bonus he’s likely to command. He is strongly committed to Boston College.
49. Reese Berberet, 3B, Long Beach (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: 376)
JC • So. • 6-3 • 215 • R-R • Never Drafted
Berberet finished second in the state with 18 home runs this spring and broke Long Beach (Calif.) JC’s single-season and career home run records held by Vincent Byrd II, a 14th-round pick of the Rays last year. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Berberet is a physical righthanded hitter who takes aggressive swings. When he sees a pitch he likes, Berberet attacks in full force, producing big power. His swing is powerful but stiff and gets out of control at times, leading evaluators to worry how much he’ll strike out against better pitching. Berberet is a good athlete for his size who posts average run times and shows solid range both laterally and charging in at third base, although his overall balance making plays on the move is in question. He has an average arm. Berberet is committed to Sacramento State and projects to be one of the first California JC players drafted.
50. Preston Hartsell, OF, Corona Del Mar HS, Newport Beach, Calif. (BA Rank: 382)
HS • 6-0 • 195 • L-L • Southern California
Hartsell hit nine home runs at Petco Park last summer to win the home run derby at the Perfect Game All-America Classic, and followed that up by winning MVP of the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Fla. last fall. While decorated with hardware, Hartsell is widely considered a showcase star and scouts have little interest. An older player who dwarfs his peers with a physique likened to a powerlifter, Hartsell shows plus power in batting practice, runs plus 60-yard dash times and flashes an above-average arm. In actual games, however, he struggles. He has a massive, uppercut swing where he strides towards first base, producing an alarming amount of swings and misses. He can’t get to anything on the outer half, shows little feel to hit and doesn’t make adjustments. He is a below-average defender in the outfield due to poor instincts and he is a poor baserunner as well. Most teams aren’t interested, but a few are intrigued by Hartsell’s physicality and raw tools. He is committed to Southern California.
51. Blake Burzell, RHP, Laguna Beach (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 397)
HS • 6-6 • 205 • R-R • Arizona State
Burzell finished his decorated basketball career as Laguna Beach (Calif.) High’s all-time leading scorer, but baseball is the 6-foot-6, 210-pound athlete’s best sport. Burzell competed in both the Area Code Games and the Perfect Game All-American Classic last summer and touched 94 mph from the mound. In the spring, Burzell worked mostly 91-93 but touched 96 mph. Burzell has a power arm out of his strong, athletic frame and he gets to his velocity without much effort. His arm is fresh because he is a multi-sport athlete, but that also means he is less polished. His breaking ball is hit-or-miss and he shows questionable feel for spin. He doesn’t have much of a changeup. Burzell’s arm strength and athleticism intrigue, but teams are wary of his poor decision-making and off-the-field actions, to the point many have removed Burzell from their draft board entirely. He is committed to Arizona State.
52. Blake Workman, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: 438)
4YR • Jr. • 6-3 • 195 • R-R • Never Drafted
Workman served as Cal State Fullerton’s swingman in 2018, making the occasional start and often working 3-4 inning relief stints. Nothing stands out about Workman, but he’s been effective his whole career. He pitches at 89-91 mph, commands his fastball to both sides of the plate and mixes in his slurvy breaking ball and developing changeup effectively. He pounds the strike zone and sets up hitters well enough to generate strikeouts, despite the fact that none of his pitches grade better than average. Workman has primarily relieved in his college career, so he may want to return to school as a senior and prove he can start. His pedigree as an accomplished Fullerton righthander gives him a chance to be picked above where his raw stuff would indicate.
53. Justin Hooper, LHP, UCLA (BA Rank: 444)
4YR • 6-7 • 225 • R-L • Brewers '15 (25)
A 25th-round pick of the Brewers out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High in 2015, Hooper was an all-star in the Cape Cod League last summer and projected top-five rounds pick before succumbing to Tommy John surgery in January. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Hooper flashed mid-90s velocity in past years but dropped to 88-91 mph over the summer in order to improve his below-average control. At his new velocity, he was able to throw his fastball for strikes to both sides of the plate and his changeup was still effective against both righties and lefties. His slider remains inconsistent. Hooper’s tradeoff of velocity for better control was a good one in the Cape, but it remains to be seen how he looks post-surgery. Hooper will be out until at least spring 2019. Any team drafting him will have to guide him through his rehab.
54. Chase Calabuig, OF, San Diego State (BA Rank: 445)
4YR • Sr. • 5-11 • 175 • L-L • Never Drafted
Calabuig does everything well, even if he lacks a plus tool. A 5-foot-11, 185-pound lefthanded-hitting outfielder, Calabuig is an above-average runner, above-average defender and a solid offensive player. He hit .359 with 21 doubles and a .987 OPS as a senior, leading the Aztecs to the Mountain West Conference tournament championship. Calabuig possesses excellent balance and timing in the batter’s box. He hits the ball where it’s pitched, uses the whole field and consistently turns in quality at-bats. His slight uppercut produces a lot of doubles, but he can turn on inside pitches for the occasional pull-side home run as well. Calabuig played right field in college, but he projects to play left field in pro ball because of his average arm. He can also handle center field, when needed. Calabuig is a well-spoken, energetic leader with strong makeup. His performance and well-rounded game makes him a candidate to be one of the first seniors signs drafted.
55. Clay Owens, C, Norco (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 447)
HS • 6-2 • 190 • L-R • Southern California
Owens took advantage of playing in the Big VIII League with Brice Turang for four years and mashed in front of evaluators, becoming a sought-after prospect in his own right. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Owens hit .415 with a 1.159 OPS this spring playing in the highest division of Southern California baseball, which followed solid showings on the summer showcase circuit. Owens’ bat is his main asset. He handles velocity, shows advanced hitting instincts and consistently impacts the ball to grade as a potential above-average hitter with average power. Owens’ lack of defensive position complicates things. He is too stiff to catch, his below-average arm doesn’t work at third base and he is a poor runner too slow to play the outfield. Owens is limited to first base at higher levels, which puts extra pressure on his bat. He is committed to Southern California but is considered signable.
56. Tommy Jew , OF, UC Santa Barbara (BA Rank: 448)
4YR • Jr. • 6-0 • 175 • R-R • Never Drafted
Jew put himself on draft radars with a monster summer in 2017, when he won MVP of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He followed that up with a solid redshirt sophomore campaign at UCSB, hitting .312/.386/.454 as the Gauchos’ starting center fielder. Jew mainly attracts evaluators as an above-average runner who can stick in center field. He has a solid-average arm, good instincts and projects as a steady but unspectacular defender. Offensively, Jew has an unorthodox setup where he sticks his bat out and twirls it over the plate, and the result is an extended slap swing that stays in the zone awhile. He has some lean muscle to project a little bit of power on, but power is not his game. Jew has to stay in center field to project as a big leaguer. If he can, he has a shot to rise as an extra outfielder.
57. J.T. Schwartz, SS/3B, Corona Del Mar HS, Newport Beach, Calif. (BA Rank: 456)
HS • 6-4 • 200 • L-R • UCLA
Scouts flocked to Corona del Mar High to watch Preston Hartsell, but over the course of the season many began to prefer his teammate Schwartz. A lefthanded-hitting infielder with the knack of putting the barrel on the ball, Schwartz has an enticing 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame that portends more power as he fills out. Schwartz presently employs a high-contact slap approach and evaluators would like him to make an adjustment to stay behind the ball and start driving it more. That’s important for Schwartz because he will have to slide from shortstop to third base, where his smooth hands, average arm and solid glove project best in pro ball. He will still need to improve his footwork, however. Schwartz has the upside of a lefthanded-hitting third baseman with power, but he has significant approach and swing changes to make to get there. He is committed to UCLA and will be an expensive sign.
58. Andrew Nardi, LHP, Moorpark (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: 482)
JC • So. • 6-3 • 200 • L-L • Arizona
The Yankees drafted Nardi in the 39th round out of Ventura (Calif.) JC as a reliever in 2017. He then transferred 26 miles east to Moorpark (Calif.) JC for his sophomore year in order to start and raise his draft stock. At Moorpark, Nardi went 6-4, 2.48 with 91 strikeouts in 80 innings. Nardi is an athletic, 6-foot-3 lefthander with some physical projection and a three-pitch mix, although his pitch quality varies wildly. He sat 88-90 mph and touched 92 in the fall but dropped to 84-88 mph in the spring, scraping the occasional 90 mph fastball. He lands his mid-70s curveball for strikes as his primary secondary offering, with some evaluators projecting it to become an average pitch in the future. His changeup is below-average. Nardi’s crossfire delivery and high leg kick adds deception, but it hampers his control and command. Nardi shows ingredients to start, but his overall inconsistency has most evaluators projecting him to the bullpen. He is committed to Arizona.
59. Jake Miller, RHP, Newbury Park (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 484)
HS • 6-2 • 190 • R-R • San Diego
Miller teamed with Carson Lambert to give Newbury Park one of the top rotations in Southern California this spring. He went 5-3, 2.43 as the Panthers’ top starter with 62 strikeouts in 54.2 innings, including a solid showing opposite Nick Nastrini at the Boras Classic. Miller sits 88-90 mph and touches 92 out of his sturdy 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame and holds his velocity late in games. He shows feel to spin both a 77-80 mph slider and 70-72 mph curveball, and his 78-80 mph changeup generates swings and misses. Miller’s control can be scattered but is slowly improving. He’s a good athlete who played shortstop and hit .384 when he wasn’t pitching. Miller’s not-quite-ready velocity and unrefined control means he likely ends up honoring his commitment to San Diego, but a few teams are interested.
60. Jonny Cuevas, 3B/RHP, Palm Desert (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: 485)
HS • 6-3 • 190 • R-R • Southern California
Cuevas served as the No. 2 starter behind Jeremiah Estrada on the Palm Desert (Calif.) High team that made the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title game in 2017. With Estrada gone after being drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round, Cuevas stepped into the spotlight and went 5-3, 2.11 on the mound and hit .452 to lead the Aztecs to their 10th straight league title. Cuevas is more experienced at third base, but on the mound is where pro teams want him. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthander, Cuevas brings premium arm strength with a fastball up to 93 mph and evaluators think there is more velocity to come as he gains experience and cleans up his raw mechanics. He also shows feel to spin a promising slider. Cuevas began moving up draft boards late, with most teams viewing him as a day-three selection. He is committed to Southern California.
61. Tony Bullard, RHP/3B/SS, North HS, Riverside, Calif. (BA Rank: 498)
HS • 6-5 • 195 • R-R • Arizona
Bullard has long been one of Southern California’s top prep power hitters, bashing 32 doubles and 19 home runs in his career while playing elite completion in the CIF-Southern Section’s top division. Bullard is a physically intimidating presence in the batter’s box at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. He uses his long arms and natural strength to create tremendous leverage and plus power, particularly to his pull-side. Even with his long limbs, Bullard shows the bat speed and timing to get to upper-level velocity, although his swing is rigid at times. Bullard primarily plays third base but is poor defensively with a thick lower half, slow feet and suspect coordination, making him a long-term first baseman. He also pitches with an 86-90 mph fastball and a decent curveball, but his future is as a middle-of-the-order power hitter. Bullard is committed to Arizona, where he is slated to play both ways as a corner infielder and reliever.
62. Garrett Hill, RHP, San Diego State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • 6-0 • 175 • R-R • Never Drafted
Hill had Tommy John surgery at Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC in 2016 and re-emerged in 2018 as San Diego State’s top starter, going 7-2, 3.58 for the Aztecs in the regular season. Hill pitches at 87-90 mph and touches 92 out of a casual, low-effort delivery with the ability to ramp up to 94 mph. His 75-76 mph changeup is his best secondary pitch. The offering has a bit of a hump, but it drops out at the bottom enough to get swings and misses over the top. He also has a get-me-over, 74-76 mph slider he uses to occasionally expand the zone. Hill throws all his pitches for strikes, works quickly and pitches deep into games because he keeps his pitch count low. His performance track record and ability to eat innings have evaluators interested in him as a day three selection.
63. Mitch Hickey, RHP, UC San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Sr. • 6-0 • 184 • R-R • Never Drafted
Hickey pitched three years in relief at Oregon State before transferring to Division II UC San Diego for his senior year. He started for the first time in his college career with the Tritons in 2018 and went 7-3, 3.54 with 83 strikeouts and 42 walks in 76.1 innings. Hickey confidently attacks hitters with a solid four-pitch mix. His fastball sits 90-92 mph and touches 94, while his slider and curveball both draw strong reviews and alternate as his best secondary offering depending on the day. The knock of Hickey is his medical history. He had Tommy John surgery in high school and a back injury at Oregon State hampered him enough to scare some teams off of him entirely. Hickey could be used as a senior sign money-saver in the top 10 rounds, but largely projects to be picked on the third day of the draft.
64. Emanuel Andrews Jr., OF, Long Beach Poly HS, Long Beach, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Fresno State
Andrews rose late in the draft process as evaluators became drawn to his raw athleticism in a down year for Los Angeles County. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Andrews is only 17 years old and one of the youngest players in the class, with big tools that have plenty of time to grow further. Andrews is an above-average runner, has an average arm, has the athleticism to be at least an average defender in center field and has the body to project average power. He’s just very raw at the plate, with little feel for timing in the batter’s box and a poor approach. Andrews’ crudeness at the plate has most scouts leaning toward letting him honor his commitment to Fresno State, but a few feel like he’s worth gambling on now. He is expected to be a tough sign.
65. Jay Schuyler, C/OF, San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Schuyler moved from the outfield to catcher to fill a need for San Diego after the departure of Riley Adams and held his own. Once touted freshman catcher Adam Kerner began to assimilate to college baseball, Schuyler started spending more time in left field. Whatever position he played, Schuyler hit. He led USD with both a .347 average and .493 slugging percentage. Schuyler has an average arm and receives well behind the plate, and he is a good enough athlete that he can play all three outfield positions, with left field his best spot. Offensively Schuyler is balanced at the plate, manages his at-bats and has some usable pullside power. Schuyler lacks a plus tool, but his versatility, athleticism and a makeup defined by toughness have evaluators intrigued. Some, but not all, think he has a chance to reach the majors as a bench player.
66. Chase Hanson, OF, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • UNLV
Hanson made a late charge during the spring to elevate himself into top 10 rounds consideration. Scouts mostly dream on Hanson's projectable 6-foot-4, 175-pound frame and lefthanded bat with above-average power. Hanson is a good athlete for his size, but he is still very raw. He swings and misses a lot, doesn’t have the best pitch recognition and needs to make significant strength gains. Hanson is a fringe-average runner limited to right field and his arm is inconsistent, showing above-average at times and fringe-average at others. Hanson’s appeal is all about his bat, and any team taking him would have to be patient in his development. He is committed to UNLV.
67. Jose Macias, 3B, Montebello (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Uncommitted
Macias moved from Mexico to east Los Angeles and established himself as one of the region’s best power hitters, bashing 30 doubles and 14 home runs in his career. His loud performance drew scouts into unfamiliar territory at Montebello (Calif.) High, which hasn’t had a player drafted since 1972. Macias owns a chiseled 6-foot-3, 200-pound physique and possesses what one scout described as “crazy” power. He can hit it out to all fields and gets to his power in games. Macias hasn’t had the opportunity to prove he can hit elite pitching, so his hit tool is an open question. That’s a concern because he is a below-average defender at third base and projects to move to first base or left field, where extra pressure will be on his bat. Macias has yet to commit to a college and he is expected to be picked shortly after the 10th round, where he is likely signable.
68. Stevie Ledesma, RHP, UC Santa Barbara (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Ledesma is a 6-foot-5 righthander who is one of the more appealing senior sign options in the region. After transferring in from Santa Barbara (Calif.) JC, Ledesma pitched out of the bullpen before moving to the rotation as a senior and becoming UCSB’s top starter, going 7-3, 2.87. Ledesma commands his 88-91 mph fastball to both sides of the plate, holds his velocity and uses it effectively to get ahead in the count. His slider is his best secondary and projects as an average pitch, and at midseason he introduced a splitter he showed the ability to bury with two strikes. Nothing Ledesma throws is better than average, but his command and secondaries have teams interested after the 10th round, and possibly higher as a senior sign money-saver.
69. Clayton Andrews, OF/LHP, Long Beach State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • Dodgers '17 (40)
People look at Andrews’ 5-foot-6 frame and chuckle. Then he gets on the field, and the laughing stops. A 40th-round pick by the Dodgers out of Cabrillo (Calif.) JC last year, Andrews transferred to Long Beach State and became the Dirtbags No. 1 starter, going 7-7, 1.99 with 118 strikeouts and 17 walks in 99.2 innings. Not only did he bat for himself when he pitched, but he was Beach’s leadoff hitter. On the days he didn’t pitch, he was their starting center fielder. Andrews batted in every game and hit .302 with 13 stolen bases. Most pro teams prefer Andrews as a pitchability lefty. His fastball sits 86-88 mph and touches 90 but plays up with his elite command, his slurvy mid-70s breaking ball projects average and his slightly above average changeup neutralizes righties. His lack of pure stuff has other teams more in him as position player, where his above-average contact ability and plus speed help him profile in center. Andrews’ size—his 5-6 listing may even be a little generous—has some teams uninterested, but others are on him.
70. David Hensley, SS, San Diego State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Hensley is famous among San Diego-area scouts as the only player who barreled up Brady Aiken in high school during the 2014 season, the year Aiken went No. 1 overall in the draft. Hensley went on to a decorated four-year career at San Diego State that concluded with a .316 average this year as the Aztecs’ starting shortstop. Hensley is the rare college senior who has some projectability left. He’s 6-foot-6 with a low waist, long torso and long arms, resulting in plenty of room to still add strength. Hensley has a good feel for the barrel and shows hints of power, although nothing projects plus. Defensively he held his own at shortstop despite his size but projects to move to third base, where his average arm and reliable hands work. Hensley is one of the better senior signs available, with some upside still remaining.
71. Justin Toerner, OF, Cal State Northridge (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Toerner’s late father Sean was an All-American infielder at Cal State Northridge and a three-year minor leaguer in the Giants system. Justin carried on his father’s legacy as a four-year starter at CSUN, primarily as its starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. Toerner is undersized at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds but profiles as a lefthanded-hitting center fielder. He is an above-average runner, has an average arm and began showing power as a senior, setting career-highs in doubles (11), triples (six) and home runs (six) while posting nearly as many walks (28) as strikeouts (29). In addition to his abilities, Toerner draws strong reviews for his makeup as a leader in his clubhouse. He is an attractive senior sign most teams have interest in.
72. Tanner Brubaker, RHP, Saddleback (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
JC • UC Irvine
Brubaker emerged as the top righthander among southern California JC arms this spring after bouncing back from California Baptist. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander pitches at 88-90 mph and touches 92 with his fastball and uses his height effectively to generate downhill angle on the pitch. He flashes an occasional average slider and has a below-average changeup he rarely uses. Brubaker shows a good feel for pitching and throws strikes, more than the usual JC arm. He is committed to UC Irvine.
73. Ryan Fitzpatrick, INF, UC Irvine (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Fitzpatrick laid waste to the Big West Conference this spring, finishing second in the conference in slugging (.526) and tied for third in home runs (eight) despite playing at cavernous Anteater Ballpark. Fitzpatrick is a patient, physical hitter who waits for the pitch he wants and crushes it with his above-average raw power. He is in shape and a decent athlete, but is limited to first base and doesn’t have other tools to lean on. Fitzpatick’s power makes him an appealing option as a day three senior sign.
74. Tommy Wilson, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Wilson spent his freshman year at St. Mary’s, his sophomore year at Pierce (Calif.) JC and his junior year this spring at Fullerton. He began the year in the Titans bullpen before taking over as their Saturday starter just prior to conference play and went 6-0, 2.93. Wilson pitches at 88-91 mph but throws strikes with above-average control. He’s already physically filled out at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and doesn’t offer much projection, but stands to be drafted as another accomplished Fullerton strikethrower.
75. Preston White, RHP/OF, The Master's (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Dodgers '17 (38)
The Dodgers drafted White as an outfielder from Division III Birmingham-Southern in the 38th round last year. He transferred to NAIA The Master’s and played both ways this spring, primarily drawing interest as a reliever. White is a 6-foot-6 righthander with a fastball that reaches 94-96 mph with massive sink. He throws out of a low slot, pounds the lower half of the strike zone and gets ground balls by the bunch. White’s max effort delivery and well-below average breaking ball limit him to the bullpen. He’s also a physical hitter with some power and bat to ball skills, but his mid-90s power sinker is what attracts teams the most.
76. Easton McMurray, LHP, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Louisiana State
McMurray drew some interest at the Area Code Games last summer but made only three starts this spring due to biceps tendinitis. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound lefty has an appealing pitcher’s body but hasn’t grown into his stuff yet. McMurray sits 87-88 mph and scrapes 90 mph with his fastball, and his breaking ball shows promising shape but is light on velocity at 76-78 mph. He also has some effort to his delivery that makes him a reliever risk. McMurray has upside, but his injury and lack of present stuff make him most likely to honor his commitment to Louisiana State.
77. Michael McGreevy, RHP, San Clemente (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • UC Santa Barbara
McGreevy is a two-way player whose future is more on the mound than at shortstop. He has plenty of room to fill out his 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame, and with improved strength should come more velocity. He currently sits 88-90 mph, touches 93, and has good life to his fastball. His best secondary is a sharp slider and he throws strikes. McGreevy may get drafted late as a projectable upside play. He is strongly committed to UC Santa Barbara.
78. Jordan Qsar, OF/RHP, Pepperdine (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • R-Jr. • Never Drafted
Qsar led Pepperdine to its surprising West Coast Conference regular season title as both the Waves’ top power hitter and closer. Qsar finished second in the conference in home runs (13) and fifth in saves (seven). Qsar’s looseness and above-average power in his lefthanded swing has most teams wanting at least send him out as a right fielder at first, but his below-average contact ability has most believing he’ll eventually to convert to pitching. Qsar sits 91-93 mph and touches 95-96, with the possibility of more velocity once he focuses solely on pitching. He has a fringy 82-85 mph slider as his main secondary, and inconsistent control makes him strictly a reliever. Qsar is a redshirt sophomore who missed a year after having lower back surgery, which scares some teams. Others like him on the draft’s third day.
79. Austin Colvin, OF, St. Katherine's (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Sr. • 6-0 • 195 • L-L • Never Drafted
Colvin transferred from UC Riverside to NCCAA St. Katherine’s and looked like a Division-I player caliber should against low-level competition, batting .417 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs to lead the Firebirds to the NCCAA World Series. Colvin has real high end bat speed and power to all fields from the left side. If not for a month missed with a strained quad, his numbers would have been even better. Colvin is a left fielder but is plenty athletic, including making a diving catch in the spring that briefly made him a social media star and even earned a retweet from Astros reliever Chris Devenski. Colvin’s athleticism and bat speed from the left side have teams interested in the late rounds, although he faces a steep jump up in the level of competition.
80. Michael Perez, SS, Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • 6-1 • 180 • R-R • UCLA
Perez is the son of two decorated coaches. His mother Kelly Inouye-Perez is the head softball coach at UCLA and has guided the Bruins to four Women’s College World Series, including the 2010 national title. His father Gerardo Perez is a former Loyola Marymount baseball standout now is in his 12th year as the head baseball coach at Gahr HS, where he’s coached Michael for four years. Perez is an athletic middle infielder whose best tool is his plus arm. He handles shortstop but has already started to thicken up and slow down to an average runner, projecting better at second or third base in the long run. At the plate Perez has some sneaky pop but isn’t very refined in his swing or approach. With no big tool and a strong UCLA commitment, evaluators expect him to go to college.
81. Randy Abshier, LHP, Otay Ranch HS, Chula Vista, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Arizona
Abshier is the son of the longtime Grossmont (Calif.) JC baseball coach, also named Randy, and has an advanced feel for pitching and the game because of it. The younger Abshier possesses intriguing upside as a 6-foot-5 lefty, but is rail-thin at 175 pounds and is short on stuff because of that lack of physical development. Abshier’s fastball sits 85-88 mph and touches 90, and he struggles to throw strikes because he’s so long-limbed. He requires some effort in his delivery just to get to his middling velocity, and his slurvy breaking ball isn’t ready. Abshier’s bloodlines and body make him attractive, but he’d be at least a two-year Rookie ball player for any team that drafts him. He is committed to Arizona.
82. Jordan Verdon, 1B, San Diego State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Mets '15 (24)
A 24th-round pick of the Mets out of high school, Verdon is a physical lefthanded masher who hit 26 doubles and 12 home runs this year and likely lost some more to the deep alleys and high walls of Tony Gwynn Stadium. The 6-foot-3 Verdon is just now learning to tap into his power. He used to get out in front and hit balls the other way, but has made strides letting the ball get deep and using his strength and leverage to lift balls in the air. Verdon’s power is real, but he has holes in his swing and doesn’t always find the barrel. He is limited defensively to first base, so he’ll have to mash to rise in pro ball.
83. Pablo O'Connor, OF, Azusa Pacific (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
There was no hitter Division II coaches hated to see at the plate more than O’Connor in recent years. The chiseled righthanded masher hit 50 home runs over the last three seasons as Azusa Pacific, many of them long shots that would go out of any ballpark in the country. O’Connor has true plus raw power. While there is some swing-and-miss to his game, he gets to both fastballs and breaking balls, sending them out to all fields. That power drives O’Connor’s value. He is an average left fielder with shoulder surgery in his past so he doesn’t throw well. He’s also a bit thick at 6-feet, 215 pounds, although it’s all muscle. He doesn’t run well and will be limited to left field. O’Connor has the power to make it work, but has to show he can adjust to a wood bat and higher-level pitching.
84. Christian Cosby, RHP, Chapman (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Cosby is in his first year as a full-time pitcher and already touches 95-96 mph with a split-changeup that flashes average. He is physically imposing at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, with some scouts believing he could one day touch 100 mph. Cosby’s control is inconsistent and he doesn’t really have command yet because he is so new to pitching. His size, arm strength and room for development make him an appealing high-upside pick for the draft’s third day.
85. Jared Platero, RHP, Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Long Beach State
Platero took advantage of all the eyes on teammate Matt McLain this spring and drew some interest of his own. Platero is one of the youngest players in the draft class and shows some of the best pure arm strength in the region with a 90-95 mph fastball. His arm strength and youth give him a considerable ceiling, but the rest of his game is raw. His power slurve and changeup aren’t ready for pro ball, and his control of all of his pitches is scattered. Platero is committed to Long Beach State and expected to end up there, but his youth and arm strength have a few teams interested.
86. Sean Watkins, OF, Cal State Los Angeles (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Giants '17 (30)
The Giants drafted Watkins in the 30th round last year and he surprised many by returning to school rather than signing. A Freshman All-American for Loyola Marymount as a two-way player, Watkins transferred to Division II Cal State Los Angeles and his 25 home runs in two seasons while focusing on being a position player. Watkins draws positive reviews for his lightning-quick bat speed and ability to hit it out to all fields. He has average raw power and gets to it, but his ability to hit higher level pitching is in question. Defensively Watkins has a plus arm from right field, which also shows up on the mound. Watkins has had run-ins with coaches and does not get high marks for his makeup, enough to turn off multiple teams. He still figures to get a shot as a senior sign.
87. Elijah Greene, OF, Mount San Antonio (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
JC • Cal Poly
Greene bounced back from San Diego State and tore up the junior college circuit, hitting .438 with 16 doubles, five triples, eight homers and 46 RBIs in 47 games with more walks (23) than strikeouts (20). Greene intrigues as a projectable lefthanded outfielder who has performed. He is a plus runner out of the batter’s box, but he’s a fringe-average defender in the outfield who already plays a corner. Evaluators note some stiffness to Greene despite his wiry build and aren’t sold he’ll hit better pitching, but his performance and projectability has created interest. He is committed to Cal Poly.
88. Dillon Paulson, 1B, Southern California (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • Never Drafted
Paulson was a part-time starter at first base his first two years at USC before taking over the starting job full-time as a junior. He emerged as the Trojans top power threat, leading the team in doubles (14) and home runs (10) while posting more walks (35) than strikeouts (32). Paulson is a physical lefthanded hitter at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He shows plus raw power in batting practice and has a sound swing, but hit only .261 this spring and shows questionable feel to hit overall. Defensively Paulson is fine at first base physically, but he has moments where he’ll lose focus and make mistakes. Paulson has his flaws, but his size, power and patience have him in day three consideration.
89. Chazz Martinez, LHP/1B, Corona del Mar HS, Newport Beach, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • 6-3 • 200 • L-L • UC Santa Barbara
On a Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif. ) High team that included Preston Hartsell and J.T. Schwartz, it was Martinez who led the Sea Kings in hitting with a .385 average. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is muscular, has good hitting instincts and is a decent athlete. Martinez also throws 85-91 mph from the left side on the mound, but pro teams are more interested in his bat. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
90. Codie Paiva, RHP, Loyola Marymount (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • Never Drafted
Paiva is a 6-foot-5 righthanded strike-thrower getting some day three draft buzz. The Hawaii native sits just 86-88 mph with a fringy breaking ball, but he still managed to go 6-6, 4.17 because he comes after hitters and pounds the strike zone.
91. Carson Lambert, RHP, Newbury Park HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Southern California
Lambert is one of many projectable righthanders in southern California with upside but whose present stuff is a little short. Lambert possesses an appealing pitcher’s body at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and a polished delivery. His fastball sits 88-90 mph and touches 91 early, but drops to 84-86 in the middle innings. Lambert’s changeup is ahead of his curveball, with a progress to be made on both. He is committed to Southern California and should come into more velocity with three years of development there.
92. Kyle Marinconz, SS, Cal Poly (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Marinconz is a three-year starter in the middle infield for Cal Poly and is coming off his best season, batting .305 as the Mustangs No. 2 hitter and starting shortstop. Marinconz is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound lefthanded infielder who can stand at both second base and shortstop. He isn’t much of a runner, but he gets on base and shows more power than his frame would suggest. Marinconz profiles as an organizational utilityman and has a chance to be drafted on day three.
93. Hazahel Quijada, LHP, UC Riverside (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Quijada began the spring in UC Riverside’s rotation but shifted to the bullpen, where he was much more successful. The 6-foot Quijada pitches in the low 90s with his fastball and flashes an average curveball, but he struggles to throw strikes. When he’s on he cruises, but other times he needs 30 or more pitches just to get out of an inning. Evaluators believe a limited role such as a lefty specialist could suit Quijada, with the chance his stuff ticks up in short bursts.
94. Riley Ohl, RHP, Cypress (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
JC • Never Drafted
Ohl started nine games in Nevada’s weekend rotation as a freshman before transferring to Cypress JC. The 6-foot-6 righthander boasts a projectable body and a fastball with heavy sink and armside life, although his heater presently sits just 87-89 mph. Ohl’s best secondary is a slider that plays up off his fastball. Like many tall pitchers, Ohl battles his control and walked 27 in 45.2 innings this year. His projectability has a few teams interested on the draft’s third day.
95. Albee Weiss, OF/1B, Cal State Northridge (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Weiss hit 42 home runs in his four years at Cal State Northridge, including 20 this spring as a senior. Power is Weiss’ only asset, but he gets to it. He crushes fastballs for long pull-side home runs and his bat-to-ball skills have slowly improved each year. Weiss struggles to hit anything with spin and has considerable swing-and-miss to his game, limiting his overall potential impact. Previously a catcher, Weiss is limited to left field defensively and is below-average there. Weiss’ power is all he has, but it’s enough to get him drafted as a senior sign.
96. Mitchell Berryhill, OF, Cal State Fullerton (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Berryhill served a two-year Mormon mission in New Mexico before playing two years at Salt Lake (Utah) JC and transferring to Cal State Fullerton. He replaced Scott Hurst as the Titans center fielder and hit .308. Berryhill is a plus-plus runner who employs a slash-and-dash approach to make the most of his speed. He’s not a prolific basestealer but has the speed to become one. Berryhill covers plenty of ground in center field and is an average defender there. He lacks power and profiles strictly as a contact and speed center fielder. Berryhill is an older player because of his mission and is expected to sign.
97. Grant Newton, RHP, Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • UC Santa Barbara
Newton took advantage of pitching opposite Cole Winn and Chandler Champlain in southern California’s famed Trinity League and became a prospect in his own right. Newton stands an imposing 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and possesses big arm strength. His fastball sits 91-94 mph with sink and he hides the ball well behind his big frame with a slight turn in his delivery. Newton can get overly rotational in that delivery at times and his breaking ball needs work, but he has a solid foundation with his size and arm strength. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
98. Elijah Skipps, OF, Cal Poly (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Never Drafted
Skipps was a multi-year captain on some loaded Cypress (Calif.) High teams this decade that included current Angels prospect David Fletcher, Cubs prospect Tyler Alamo and top collegians Jarren Duran and Dominic Fletcher. Skipps began his college career at Arizona, transferred to Cypress (Calif.) JC and landed at Cal Poly, where he was a two-year starter. The 6-foot-2, 235 pound Skipps is a switch-hitting first baseman with productive power. He was limited by an elbow injury this spring but still hit 10 doubles and four home runs in 27 games for a .537 slugging percentage. Skipps is a suitable first baseman with experience playing the corner outfield. He projects to be taken as a senior sign.
99. Corbin Williams, OF, College of the Canyons (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
Williams would beat just about every prospect in the country in a footrace. An 80 runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, Williams has run the 60-yard dash in 6.25 seconds, and even when he pulls up he clocks 4.25 seconds down the line out of the righthanded batter’s box. Williams is more raw athlete than baseball player, and the rest of his game is lacking. Williams has an above-average arm and plays center field because of his speed, but he doesn’t have the instincts for the position. He is a raw hitter with little bat speed and no power, and he doesn’t project to grow into any. Any team drafting Williams is taking him based on his speed, and hoping they can teach him to hit enough. He projects to go on the third day of the draft.
24 Breakout MLB Prospects For 2019
Young players outside the Top 100 Prospects list whose stock could rise quickly.
100. Solomon Bates, RHP, Southern California (BA Rank: N/A)
101. Eli Villalobos, RHP, Long Beach State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr.
102. Cole Kreuter, 2B, UC Irvine (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • • • • - •
Kreuter is the youngest son of former major league catcher Chad Kreuter and the grandson of UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie. Kreuter led the Anteaters with 15 doubles and finished second with seven home runs this spring, but that came with an enormous amount of swings and misses and more than a strikeout per game. Kreuter has a balanced swing and real pull-side power, but his swing and miss issues hamper his hitting ability. He is serviceable defensively at second base and catches what is hit to him. Kreuter will be drafted as a senior sign.
103. Jake Pries, OF, UCLA (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Orioles '15 (37)
104. Jesse Gonzalez, RHP, St. Katherine's (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Sr. • 6-0 • 195 • -R • Never Drafted
Gonzalez bounced from UC Riverside to San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) JC and finally to NCCAA St. Katherine’s. Gonzalez sits 91-94 mph and touches 95 on his fastball and pairs it with an average slider. His max-effort delivery and two-pitch mix make him strictly a reliever. He projects to be drafted as a senior sign.
105. Michael Knorr, RHP, Carlsbad (Calif.) HS (BA Rank: N/A)
Knorr is a projectable 6-foot-6 righthander with a fastball up to 93 mph. He has a serviceable changeup but struggles badly to spin a breaking ball. It’s a loose, loopy breaking pitch that scouts call a zero. Knorr has solid-average arm speed and a clean delivery that should lead to more velocity as he fills out. He is committed to Cal State Fullerton and has a chance to start there as long as he learns to spin the ball.
106. Harrison Pyatt, RHP, San Diego State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • 6-5 • 220 • -R • Never Drafted
107. Daniel Martinez, INF/RHP, Riverside (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
Martinez bounced back from UC Riverside and became Riverside (Calif.) JC’s do-everything standout. He led the Tigers in on-base percentage (.469), home runs (three), innings pitched (89.1), wins (seven) and strikeouts (77). Martinez is undersized at 5-foot-11 but is a durable, exceptional athlete who teams mostly prefer on the mound. Martinez’s fastball sits 88-91 mph and touches 93. He complements his fastball with a high spin rate breaking ball and a changeup he shows natural feel for. He has no trouble taking the ball consecutive days, sometimes relieving a day after he starts, reminding coaches of former Riverside JC pitcher and 11-year major leaguer Jesse Chavez. Martinez primarily played third base when he didn’t pitch and has a quick lefthanded swing, but he doesn’t have the power to profile for the position. Martinez may see a velocity boost once he focuses solely on pitching and is a candidate to go on the draft’s third day.
108. Noah Owen, RHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
109. Naithen Dewsnap, RHP, Cal State Bakersfield (BA Rank: N/A)
Dewsnap was Bakersfield’s relief ace and occasional starter the last two seasons after transferring from Chaffey (Calif. ) JC, posting a team-best 3.84 ERA this spring. Dewsnap sits just 83-87 mph but is incredibly deceptive as a 6-foot-4 sidearmer. The sidewinding action on his fastball and 71-75 mph Frisbee breaking ball make him a nightmare matchup for righthanded hitters, although lefties crush him. Dewsnap has value as a right-on-right matchup specialist who can take the ball two or three days in a row out of the bullpen. He projects to be picked on day three as a senior sign.
110. Cam Jabara, RHP, Orange Coast (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
JC • Braves '16 (31)
Jabara received a platelet-rich plasma injection at the start of the season and recovered in time to go 8-0 for Orange Coast JC. A 31st-round pick of the Braves out of high school in 2016, Jabara sits 88-92 on his fastball with an average curveball and feel for a changeup. He isn’t overly physical but he has an advanced feel to pitch and has had success everywhere he’s been.
111. Colby Schultz, SS, UC Riverside (BA Rank: N/A)
112. Brhet Bewley, 3B, San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Jr. • Never Drafted
Bewley nearly died his senior year of high school after contracting pneumonia with MRSA. He needed three surgeries to clear fluid from his lungs and lost 17 pounds in a 15-day hospital stay, but ultimately pulled through. Bewley made a storybook return to the diamond for his high school team a month later, and went on to become a three-year contributor at San Diego. Bewley is just 5-foot-11, 182 pounds but led the Toreros this spring with eight home runs and 44 RBIs as their starting third baseman and cleanup hitter. He is an agile enough athlete to play second base, but produced enough at third despite profile questions. Some pro teams prefer to wait on Bewley until next year when he’ll be a senior sign, but others like his toughness and productivity enough to take him now.
113. Tyler Flores, OF, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
114. Dean Nevarez, C, San Diego State (BA Rank: N/A)
115. Laine Huffman, SS, Long Beach State (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Mets '17 (20)
Huffman returned to school after being drafted by the Mets in the 20th round last year but shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm ended his season after just 16 games. Huffman is a light-hitting shortstop who projects to second base in pro ball. He has a chance to be taken at the end of day three as a senior sign.
116. Julian Tristan, RHP/OF, Northwood HS, Irvine, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Santa Clara
Tristan drew some attention at the Area Code Games and touched 93-94 mph out of his low three-quarters arm slot early in the spring, but his velocity dropped to 86-88 mph by the end of the season. He struggles to get to a breaking ball with his arm slot, which is comparable to Carlos Marmol’s. Some scouts think Tristan may have more upside as a hitter with 70-grade raw power, but he swings and misses too much at present. Tristan is committed to Santa Clara, where he has a chance to play both ways.
117. Michael Stefanic, 2B, Westmont (Calif.) (BA Rank: )
118. Rigo Fernandez, LHP, Cal State Dominguez Hills (BA Rank: N/A)
119. Kevin Collard, OF, San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
120. Billy Wilson, OF, Loyola Marymount (BA Rank: N/A)
121. Tyler Pittmon, SS, Antelope Valley (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
122. Joe Magrisi, RHP, Torrey Pines HS, San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
HS • Cal State Fullerton
Magrisi set a San Diego high school record with 54.2 consecutive scoreless innings this spring, breaking the county record formerly held by David Wells. A Rancho Bernardo High transfer, Magrisi sits 88-90 mph with his fastball and flashes an average breaking ball that waffles between a curveball and a slider. His stuff plays up with an advanced feel to pitch and a competitive edge on the mound. Magrisi is a possible day three pick. He is committed to Cal State Fullerton.
123. Alex Camacho, RHP, Vanguard (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
124. Jonah Dipoto, RHP, UC San Diego (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Angels '15 (38)
Dipoto is the son of Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. His dad already drafted him in the 38th round out of high school when he was the Angels GM, and the expectation is he’ll take his son again out of college. The younger Dipoto is a sinker-slider righthander who projects as a reliever in pro ball. He sits 86-90 mph and throws the ball over the plate enough to get a respectable amount of groundouts.
125. Brett Vansant, RHP, Santa Barbara City (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
Vansant’s mother played basketball at Loyola Marymount and his older sister Krista was a two-time volleyball National Player of the Year at Washington. A 6-foot-9 righthander who bounced back from Western Kentucky, Vansant is raw, deep projection type with upside. His is very athletic for his size, like his entire family, and shows a fastball up to 91 mph. But he more frequently operates in the mid-to-low 80s, and he doesn’t have mature secondaries yet. Vansant has room to add weight and strength to his frame but would need multiple years in Rookie ball to get grow into his body and get his stuff up to par. He is in late day three consideration for teams high on his physical projection and willing to be patient in his development.
126. Cody Martin, C, Cal Poly Pomona (BA Rank: N/A)
127. Dallas Litscher, RHP, St. Katherine's (Calif.) (BA Rank: N/A)
4YR • Sr. • 6-8 • 250 • -R • Never Drafted
128. Brian Gadsby, RHP, UCLA (BA Rank: N/A)
129. Anthony Walters, SS, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) JC (BA Rank: N/A)
130. Tyler Baca, OF, Linfield Christian HS, Temecula, Calif. (BA Rank: N/A)
Baca is the son of Nationals scouting supervisor Mark Baca. The younger Baca isn’t prospect for most scouts but stands to be drafted as a late-round family pick.