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Top Northern California 2019 MLB Draft Prospects

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Andrew Vaughn (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

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1. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California (BA RANK: 3)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 214 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Vaughn put up one of the best offensive seasons in Cal history in 2018, hitting .402/.531/.819 with 23 home runs (tying a single-season school record previously set by Xavier Nady in 1999) to win the 2018 Golden Spikes Award. That campaign proved Vaughn had arguably the best combination of hit and power tools of any prospect in the 2019 draft class. And while Vaughn had a quiet summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team in 2018, hitting just .224/.316/.367 in 10 games, he still has an excellent wood bat track record, as evidenced by his .308/.368/.654 slash line in the Cape Cod League last summer. Vaughn has an idyllic righthanded swing with the requisite bat speed and strength needed to allow scouts to peg him as a plus hitter with 80-grade raw power. He takes a professional approach to batting practice and works the ball to all fields before games, rather than simply pulling the ball and trying to hit home runs as often as possible. In games, however, Vaughn has no issues going over the fence to the right-center field gap or turning on pitches inside with easy impact. In addition to his feel for the barrel and ability to hit with authority, Vaughn has an uncanny understanding of the strike zone. His batting eye rivals any player in the country, and as a sophomore he walked 44 times compared to just 18 strikeouts. He has continued to walk at an impressive rate in 2019, and he’s still walking more than he’s striking out, although his strikeout rate is up as well. Still, Vaughn’s advanced feel to hit, power and plate discipline should allow him to become an impact hitter in the middle of a major league lineup, while also allowing him to rise through the minors quickly. Standing at 6 feet, 214 pounds and being a righthanded hitter and thrower, Vaughn doesn’t have the typical profile of a top-five pick. In fact, only four right-right first baseman under 6 feet tall have played more than 20 games in the majors since the integration era began in 1947. In spite of that, Vaughn’s bat is special enough to give him a chance to become the highest-drafted college first baseman since 1996, when the Twins took San Diego State first baseman Pat Burrell with the No. 2 overall pick. Teams might be critical of Vaughn’s defense because he is undersized for the position, but he moves well and has solid hands. While he’s unlikely to ever be a Gold Glove defender, he should be more than capable of handling the position and making all the routine plays.

2. Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS, Oakley, Calif. (BA RANK: 70)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 167 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: California

One of the youngest players in the 2019 class, Paris will be just 17 years old on the day of the draft. A 6-foot, 167-pound shortstop, Paris will draw some comparisons to Marlins’ 2018 second-round pick Osiris Johnson, who, like Paris, was also a young shortstop from Northern California. Paris edges Johnson in both speed and defense, while Johnson was the superior bat with more power coming out of high school. Paris is a plus runner and slick defender with quick-twitch actions up the middle. He glides around the infield and ranges to both his left and right with ease, putting himself in good throwing positions with active footwork and good angles to the ball. His arm is solid-average, and he has good hand-eye coordination, all of which should help him become a defensive asset at shortstop. Offensively, Paris has shown good feel for putting the bat on the ball. He has quick hands and good timing, with the discipline and bat speed to allow the ball to travel deep into the hitting zone. While Paris shows feel for hitting, he does not have much current raw power due to a level bat path that’s more line-drive oriented. He has added some strength and gotten taller this spring, however, so his power potential should be headed in the right direction. A few minor injuries, such as a broken finger, and dealing with an illness—in addition to weather that postponed several games—have made it challenging to scout Paris this spring, but his youth and ability to play shortstop could get him drafted early this June. Committed to California, Paris is praised for his no-nonsense demeanor off the field and all-around plus makeup.

3. Carter Bins, C, Fresno State (BA RANK: 92)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 200 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Phillies '16 (35)

Drafted by the Phillies in the 35th round out of high school, Bins instead went to Fresno State, where he has put up solid numbers and turned into an impressive defensive catcher. He’s a defense-first backstop who is an above-average defender thanks to a plus throwing arm, soft hands and good blocking ability. Bins rarely has to chase balls to the backstop because he doesn’t let much get past him, and while he doesn’t call games at Fresno State, scouts believe he’ll thrive in that area thanks to a sharp baseball IQ and feel for the game. Although his power numbers have ticked down during his junior season, scouts have been impressed with how hard he has hit the ball this spring while also improving his walk rate and cutting down on his strikeouts.

4. Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford (BA RANK: 102)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 200 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Stowers emerged as one of the top power threats in Stanford’s lineup in 2018, and he further increased his draft stock last summer with a strong performance in the Cape Cod League. While there, Stowers ranked as the No. 14 prospect in the league and hit .326/.361/.565 with six home runs—although he did have 34 strikeouts (22.97 percent strikeout rate) to just seven walks (4.73 percent walk rate) in 34 games. Stowers generates good bat speed from a narrow stance, with a simple, lefthanded swing that starts with a low handset. Some scouts think Stowers gets too pull-oriented at times, which leads to more strikeouts, but he has significantly cut his strikeout rate this spring after whiffing 20.42 percent of the time in 2018. Stowers struggled early in the season, and many scouts thought he was pressing too much during his draft year. Through February and March, Stowers hit .254 (15-for-59) with just one home run. But through his first 28 games of April and May, Stowers performed much better, hitting .324 (35-for-108) with six homers. Stowers doesn’t have tremendous tools, or even one plus tool to speak of, instead using more average to solid-average tools to offer a well-rounded game. He’s an average runner who throws well, but his arm strength doesn’t overly impress scouts and he’s a better fit for a corner than center field. He can play a solid first base, but he doesn’t have the power to profile there down the line. He has pitched sparingly with Stanford in the past, but his future is as a hitter.

5. Erik Miller, LHP, Stanford (BA RANK: 105)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-5 • Wt: 240 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A notable high school prospect in 2016, Miller ranked No. 144 on the BA 500 three years ago but ultimately decided to head to Stanford. He logged 13 starts for the Cardinal in each of his first two seasons, flashing big-time potential but struggling to put everything together for long stretches at a time. Miller’s best traits are his size—he stands at an imposing 6-foot-5, 240 pounds—and his flashes of big-time stuff. His fastball has been up to 97 mph, and last fall he was consistently throwing 94-96 mph and pairing it with a plus slider. His stuff hasn’t been quite at that level this spring, however, as Miller has has thrown mostly in the 88-92 mph range and ticking up a few notches higher at his best. While Miller’s results through his first 10 starts were solid—2.60 ERA in 52 innings with a career-high 10.21 strikeouts per nine innings—scouts think there is a high likelihood that he eventually winds up in the bullpen because of his below-average control. Miller walked a career-high 4.85 batters per nine innings through his first 10 starts this spring, not to mention his stuff could improve in shorter outings. Regardless, it would not be surprising for Miller to begin his pro career as a starter, as he has the strong, durable frame that could handle a large workload if he’s able to improve his strike-throwing ability.

6. Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State (BA RANK: 109)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 180 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Jensen started his career in the bullpen for Fresno State before transitioning to a starter’s role in 2018 with mixed results. His 2019 season has been much better, as Jensen became the Bulldogs’ Friday starter and helped lead the team to a Mountain West Conference championship with a 3.09 ERA over his first 84.1 innings. While Jensen stands at just 6 feet, 180 pounds, he has big-time stuff with a fastball that’s been as high as 98 mph. The pitch has plenty of life in the form of arm-side run and natural sink, and he pairs it with an impressive slider that scouts say flashes plus at times. He has also shown a changeup that has solid arm-side movement, but he’s primarily pitched off of his fastball/slider combination. Despite Jensen’s intriguing stuff, he hasn’t struck out as many batters as evaluators would expect. His 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings through his first 15 starts in 2019 is a career high, and he struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings during his first two seasons. This likely stems from Jensen’s control, which is scattered at times. Jensen struggles to spot his fastball due to the amount of movement on the pitch, and batters tend to see the ball well as Jensen has some length in the back of his arm stroke and throws from a standard three-quarter slot. Jensen should get a chance to start at the next level thanks to a viable third-pitch changeup, but some scouts believe he’d thrive in a bullpen role, where his fastball and slider could tick up and his fringe-average control wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

7. Glenallen Hill Jr., OF, Santa Cruz (Calif.) HS (BA RANK: 148)
Source: HS • Ht: 5-9 • Wt: 169 • B-T: B-R • Commitment/Drafted: Arizona State

The son of a former 13-year big leaguer of the same name, Hill Jr. is an uber-athletic player with impressive bat speed, running ability and sneaky pop for his size. Listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Hill has added strength and size this spring and has an impressive work ethic off the field. Last summer, Hill looked like one of the most dynamic players in the class at the Area Code Games, barrelling multiple pitches off of potential first-round pick Quinn Priester for exit velocities north of 100 mph. He also showed plus speed, and his running ability allows him to routinely take the extra base or steal a base at any moment. When Hill is on it’s hard to doubt his hitting ability, but he’s inconsistent at times and needs to refine his approach at the plate. He frequently expands the zone and shows too much swing-and-miss. Hill’s swing is more fluid from the left side, but there are still holes in his swing from both sides. Currently a shortstop, most scouts think he’ll have to move off the position and play either second base or center field. There are teams who have him turned in as an outfielder only, and he has the speed to play there with good natural instincts. If he does make a full-time move to the outfield, he’ll need to refine his route running, which was poor at times last summer. Hill is committed to Arizona State.

8. Seth Tomczak, RHP, Argonaut HS, Jackson, Calif. (BA RANK: 159)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 180 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Arizona State

An uber-projectable righthander out of Northern California, Tomzcak draws some comparisons to 2018 righthander Dominic Pipkin—who the Phillies signed out of NorCal for $800,000 in the ninth round. While Tomczak shares Pipkins upside and a similar, 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, his stuff isn’t as consistently loud. He touched the mid-90s last summer at the Area Code Games, but this spring has been more in the upper 80s and low 90s. He also has good feel for a slider at times, but the pitch lacks consistency. The story is similar for his changeup. Tomczak is naturally athletic, but in order to make the most of his natural ability, he will have to add a significant amount of strength. He’s a narrow-waisted pitcher, and some scouts think it will take some time for him to fully fill out, but if he does—and if his stuff ticks up with that—he has plenty of upside. If a team drafts him out of his Arizona State commitment he would be a slow-mover given his current stuff, but many teams might prefer to let him get to school and see what he turns into in three years.

9. Korey Lee, C, California (BA RANK: 173)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 205 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A 6-foot-1, 205-pound backstop for California, Lee raised his stock this spring with a career-best offensive campaign hitting behind standout first baseman Andrew Vaughn. After spending time at catcher, first base, third base and designated hitter as a sophomore, Lee has been the team’s primary catcher his junior season, and he hit .339/.415/.613 with 13 home runs and a team-best 52 RBIs through his first 47 games. Lee brings above-average power to the table from the right side, but until this spring scouts had questioned how much his bat would play. Lee is a good receiver behind the plate who has continued to improve his defensive ability with above-average arm strength.

10. Ken Waldichuk, LHP, St. Mary's (BA RANK: 185)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 220 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A two-year starter for St. Mary’s, Waldichuk was named to the West Coast Conference all-freshman team after his first season with the Gaels, when he was used mostly as a reliever and posted a 2.00 ERA in 45 innings. The next two seasons Waldichuk was used in the starting rotation, where he has been solid. He recorded a 0.96 WHIP in 2018 and notched 96 strikeouts in his first 87.1 innings as a junior in 2019. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Waldichuk has an ideal pitcher’s frame with a fastball that sits comfortably in the 91-92 mph range and touches 95 mph at his best. He throws from a low, three-quarter slot, which allows all of his pitches to play up. He has an above-average slider that he routinely throws down and in to righthanded hitters, while his changeup shows good fade away from righties. He also gets solid shape on his curveball. Waldichuk has a nice idea of what he’s doing on the mound with solid control, although his command needs refinement as he tends to scatter strikes in the zone. Waldichuk has battled some inconsistencies this spring, and his stuff isn’t overpowering, but he has a solid repertoire of pitches to work with. He should be drafted at some point on Day 2.

11. Jared Horn, RHP, California (BA RANK: 187)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 225 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Brewers '16 (20)

A high-profile pitching prospect out of high school in 2016, Horn was ranked No. 32 on the BA 500 out of Vintage (Napa, Calif.) High. At that stage, he compared physically to Gerrit Cole—although his stuff wasn’t at quite that level—with a mid-90s fastball and feel for secondaries. After falling to the 20th round because of questions about his signability, Horn made it to California, where he immediately entered the starting rotation. He struggled with his control as a freshman and sophomore, but this spring Horn has put together a career year. He’s posted a team-best 1.82 ERA through his first 11 starts and 69.1 innings, striking out 56 batters while posting the lowest walk rate of his career. Now standing at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Horn has a fantastic pitcher’s body, with the physicality and strength to hold innings over a full professional season. Horn’s fastball normally sits in the low 90s, and he pairs that with a big, 12-to-6 curveball that has good depth but needs to be sharpened for the future. He also has an average slider and a changeup that he throws infrequently, but the latter features solid sinking life. After missing the first month of the season because of an appendectomy, he’s shown flashes of the high-end stuff that made him such a highly touted prospect in high school. The baseball community will be rooting for Horn wherever he winds up this June, as the 20-year-old went through a heart-breaking ordeal as a sophomore. A drunk driver hit the car Horn was driving and sent it across the center divide into oncoming traffic. Four of Horn’s family members were killed in the wreck.

12. Burle Dixon, OF, Cosumnes River (Calif.) JC (BA RANK: 189)
Source: JC • Ht: 6-5 • Wt: 185 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A physical, 6-foot-5, 185-pound outfielder, Dixon intrigues scouts with plus running ability, twitchy athleticism and above-average arm strength. A gym rat, Dixon’s frame has changed drastically in the last few years, although much of that can be attributed to a growth spurt of five or six inches. He’s long and lanky now, and he uses the entire field with solid power that should improve as he continues to fill out his tall frame. This spring, Dixon led Cosumnes in slugging and posted a .335/.474/.553 slash line with five home runs, five triples and 10 doubles. He struck out 34 times compared to 26 walks, and he was hit by pitches a ridiculous 19 times in just 43 games. Defensively, Dixon plays right field for Cosumnes, but scouts believe he has a chance to play center field if his size doesn’t force him into a corner down the line.

13. Colin Barber, OF, Pleasant Valley (Calif.) HS (BA RANK: 195)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 185 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Oregon

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder committed to Oregon, Barber has exciting pop in his lefthanded bat and impressed scouts with his bat speed and running ability last summer at the Area Code Games. Some scouts thought he had one of the quickest bats of the event, which is saying something considering the amount of talent there annually. Barber shows above-average raw power in batting practice, though it’s mostly to the pull-side during games. This spring, Barber has more than handled himself with the bat, including a three-homer performance in his first game of the season—though Barber does face lower-level high school competition. Defensively, while Barber is a plus runner now, some scouts believe he will wind up in a corner in the future.

14. Jack Little, RHP, Stanford (BA RANK: 220)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Little is in the midst of posting back-to-back quality seasons out of the bullpen for Stanford. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander allowed just three earned runs across 44 innings in 2018 and has allowed only 10 runs in 32.2 innings this spring. Little is very competitive and throws from a low slot with a deceptive fastball that tops out at 94 mph but plays up. While he has a long, deep arm action in the back, his delivery has good rhythm and makes the most of a drop-and-drive maneuver. His best secondary offering is an above-average changeup, and he throws a low-80s slider that shows a bit more promise than his upper-70s curveball. Neither pitch is better than fringe-average at the moment, however, leading evaluators to wonder if Little should stick in the bullpen and not take on a starting role in pro ball.

15. Gunner Mayer, RHP, San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC (BA RANK: 222)
Source: JC • Ht: 6-6 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Mayer is a former infielder who has had success on the mound. The 6-foot-6 righthander has a good frame for a starting pitcher and shows plenty of upside due to his aptitude and fresh arm. His fastball comes out of his hand with relative ease and sits in the low 90s, topping out at 94 mph. He throws a power curveball with solid shape and depth in addition to a slider that has shown recent improvements. Although he is still fairly new to pitching, Mayer’s athleticism, frame and pure stuff helps him profile as a high-upside starting pitching prospect from the JuCo ranks. Mayer is committed to Texas Tech.

16. Andrew Daschbach, 1B, Stanford (BA RANK: 252)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 225 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Rays '16 (40)

A member of the all-Pac-12 team as a sophomore after leading Stanford with 17 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .579 slugging percentage in 2018, Daschbach is a power-hitting corner infielder who has continued to mash this spring. Through his first 49 games, Daschbach posted a .314/.397/.646 slash line with 15 home runs and nine doubles, although those numbers coincided with a 20 percent strikeout rate. Daschbach’s impressive power also played with a wood bat, as he hit .306/.424/.515 with five home runs in 40 games in the Cape Cod League last summer. What limits Daschbach is his defensive profile. He’s played third base in the past, but a lack of quickness moved him to first base, where he’s serviceable. It’s a bat-only profile, and scouts think Daschbach’s swing relies more on strength than bat speed. Regardless, he’s produced against high-level competition for long stints throughout his college career.

17. Maverick Handley, C, Stanford (BA RANK: 262)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-10 • Wt: 195 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Handley is a 5-foot-11, 205-pound catcher who puts up excellent on-base percentages and knows the strike zone well. While he hits for very little power, he has maintained a walk rate in the double-digits each season in the Pac-12, with an 11.6 percent walk rate this spring through 49 games. Handley struggled with the bat last summer in the Cape Cod League, going 26-for-103 (.252), but again got on base at a respectable clip (.361). Handley is an above-average defender behind the plate and has high baseball IQ and plays with great energy. He’s a natural leader and handles the staff well, with good receiving and blocking ability. He threw out ten of the first 15 runners (66.6 percent) who attempted to steal against him this spring. Handley will have to handle himself with the bat better against pitchers who are more capable of challenging him in the zone at the next level, but his defensive skills could carry him either way.

18. Riley Ornido, RHP, San Francisco (BA RANK: 263)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 185 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Ornido has been a starter for San Francisco since moving over from the bullpen after his freshman season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound righthander has seen his walk rate increase this year and he’s allowed more hits this season, as his fastball velocity has declined. Last season Ornido threw in the low 90s frequently, but this spring has been more in the 87-91 mph range. Ornido has a plus-plus splitter in the low 80s that falls off the table and generates plenty of whiffs and he’s also started getting more feel for a slider that could be an average offering. If Ornido can re-discover his fastball velocity, each of his secondary offerings would become better by association, but Ornido struggled down the stretch with a few rough outings.

19. Austin Roberts, RHP, Sacramento State (BA RANK: 269)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 219 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Roberts is a 6-foot, 219-pound righty who has worked as both a starter and reliever over his three years at Sacramento State. He has an above-average fastball that’s been up to 94 mph this spring and pairs that with a plus slider giving him two solid pitches to work with. Roberts’ usage has been inconsistent this spring, as he’s bounced back and forth between starting and relieving throughout the season, but scouts think his stuff plays up in the bullen, with sink on his fastball and bite to his slider. While he’s undersized, Roberts has the stuff and enough strike throwing to handle a reliever role at the next level.

20. James Free, C, Pacific (BA RANK: 274)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 205 • B-T: B-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Named to the West Coast Conference all-freshman team in 2017, Free has been a three-year starter for Pacific. A switch-hitting catcher listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Free hits the ball hard and has good raw power, although he needs further refinement both offensive and defensively. At the plate, Free has a tendency to swing and miss, and he struggled last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .187/.227/.297 with a 26 percent strikeout rate. However, this spring Free has had a career year with the Tigers, hitting .335/.412/.541 with a career-low 14.6 percent strikeout rate through 49 games. Teams are split on Free’s defensive ability, with some thinking he won’t be able to stick behind the plate long term with a below-average arm. Other teams are more optimistic, giving him credit for improving this spring, citing a much-improved caught stealing percentage that approached 60 percent.

21. Cameron Eden, SS/OF, California (BA RANK: 320)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 181 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A three-year starter for Cal, Eden broke out as a freshman and quickly took over the team’s starting shortstop job and hit .315/.361/.472 in 54 games during his first stint against Pac-12 pitching. He continued to start at shortstop during his sophomore season, but his offensive numbers fell off in a big way. Eden has moved off of shortstop and played left field and center field this spring, while starting to swing the bat again. Through his first 48 games, Eden was hitting .365/.434/.563 with eight home runs, though he has always struck out at close to a 20-percent rate. Eden has a strong arm and solid range at shortstop and could probably play the infield, though scouts think he profiles best in a utility role. He’s an above-average runner whose speed plays on the bases and in the outfield.

22. Brandon McIlwain, OF, California (BA RANK: 328)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 195 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

One of the best athletes in the class, McIlwain was a four-star football recruit out of high school who signed with South Carolina and made three starts for the Gamecocks in 2016 before transferring to Cal in 2017. After sitting out a year, McIlwain returned to both the football field and the baseball field. On the diamond, McIlwain is very much a project. The rawness in his game is apparent after missing so much time and being a dual-sport athlete, but he’s a plus runner and has some upside in center field if he can improve his feel for tracking balls and running routes. At the plate, McIlwain’s swing is stiff and choppy, and his pitch recognition needs plenty of work. He struck out 22 times and walked just five times this spring in 20 games before a broken foot ended his season. If a team drafts McIlwain after limited looks this spring, it would be with the understanding that McIlwain would need plenty of time in the lower levels to catch up on at-bats and start adding polish, but his athleticism means there’s some upside to mine.

23. Kellen Strahm, OF, San Jose State (BA RANK: 342)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 215 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A member of the All Mountain West First-Team, Strahm put his name on the radar after a 2018 season with San Jose State where he hit .307/.400/.390, but elevated his draft stock this spring by taking another step forward and showing more in-game power. Through 43 games, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound outfielder hit .382/.487/.546 with a team-high six home runs and also went 14-for-16 in stolen base attempts. Strahm has a good feel to hit, using the entire field and spraying the ball around, though he does expand the zone at times and get a bit chase-happy. He’s a plus runner, but not a burner, though scouts are impressed with his instincts in center field and on the bases.

24. Joseph King, RHP/C, Woodside (Calif.) HS (BA RANK: 373)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Washington State

A two-way player in northern California, King showed an impressive arm behind the plate in workouts during the summer showcase circuit, with pop times in the 1.90-2.00 range with accuracy. However, King’s arm works on the mound as well, and that’s where most of his pro upside lies at the moment. King flashed big-time stuff over the summer and in the fall with a low 90s fastball that touched 95 multiple times in Perfect Game’s Jupiter showcase toward the end of the travel ball schedule. He also spun a 78-81 mph tweener breaking ball that has a 2,100-rpm spin rate. He also showed feel for a mid-80s changeup. Scouts haven’t seen the same stuff this spring, however. King was sick at the beginning of the season and lost some weight, which may have led to his fastball dropping into the upper 80s while he rebuilt his strength. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound Washington State commit, King might have to make it to campus and more consistently show big stuff.

25. Kevin Milam, 1B/RHP, St. Mary's (BA RANK: 390)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A two-way player for St. Mary’s for three years, Milam made his presence known from the start with the Gaels, winning the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year award after hitting .313/.397/.547 with 12 home runs and posting a 2.27 ERA out of the bullpen with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks in 39.2 innings. Milam has some raw power and has performed well offensively each season, but has more upside in pro ball as a pitcher. Standing 6-foot and 200 pounds, Milam has arm strength and can run his fastball up into the 94-95 mph range, and also throws a low-80s cutter and a slider with more depth in the same velocity range.

26. Davis Moore, RHP, Fresno State (BA RANK: 395)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 220 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Cubs '16 (37)

Drafted out of high school in the 37th round by the Cubs, Moore has steadily improved his strikeout rate and walk rate over three years with Fresno State and this spring in a full-time starting role has posted a 4.56 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 71 innings, with 28 walks. A big-bodied, 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander, Moore has a fastball that gets into the low 90s and features heavy sink. He also has a curveball that has promise and is lauded for his high baseball IQ. He has back-of-the-rotation upside, and some scouts think that his fastball could even play better at the next level against wood bats thanks to its sinking life and the fact that more likes to challenge hitters inside. He is the son of Phillies scout Bill Moore.

27. Steve Ouellette, RHP, UC Davis (BA RANK: 425)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A converted infielder, Ouellette is new to the mound, but has shown a fast arm and a heater in the mid-90s and some nascent feel to spin a hard slider. This spring the 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander posted a 2.79 ERA (tied for the best on the team) in 29 relief innings with 23 strikeouts and 10 walks. He doesn’t miss many bats now and his control is scattered, but given how new he is to the mound, could be an interesting project reliever who throws in the upper-90s down the line and gets more comfortable spinning his slider.

28. Brock Jones, OF, Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. (BA RANK: 478)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 185 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Stanford

Jones is a outfielder who has plus athleticism and a feel to put the barrel on the ball. He’s an above-average runner. He is committed to Stanford.

29. Matt Smith, OF, Sacramento State
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 210 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

30. Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Woodland (Calif.) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 175 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Oregon State

31. Peter Hansen, LHP, Oak Ridge HS, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 180 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Texas

32. Kyle Dean, OF, Cal State Monterey Bay
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 205 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

33. Nate Fleischli, RHP, Atherton (Calif.) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-5 • Wt: 210 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: -

34. Steven Zobac, OF/RHP, Valley Christian HS, San Jose
Source: HS • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 180 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: California

35. Ryan Harvey, RHP, Woodcreek HS, Roseville, Calif.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 175 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: UC Santa Barbara

36. Michael Dixon, OF, Berkeley (Calif.) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: San Diego

37. Hunter Bryan, RHP/INF, Redwood HS, Visalia, Calif.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 190 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Fresno State

38. Adam Crampton, INF, Oakland (Calif.) Tech HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 170 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Stanford

39. William Kempner, RHP, Valley Christian HS, San Jose
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 200 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Gonzaga

40. Brock Rudy, C, Northgate HS, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 190 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: -

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