Top Oklahoma 2019 MLB Draft Prospects
State List Talent Ranking: ⭐️⭐️
(Stars are listed on a 1 to 5 scale relative to what the state typically produces, with 1 being the weakest)
A thin, uber-athletic two-way player out of Oklahoma, Osmond could make an immediate impact at Oklahoma State in a myriad of ways if he ever made it to campus, but scouts are enamored enough with his upside and potential on the mound that he may never make it to Stillwater. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander wowed scouts with a big outing in Arizona this spring, when he was up to 96 mph with his fastball and also showcased a true plus slider. His stuff hasn’t been quite as electric throughout the rest of the spring, as his fastball settled in the 90-93 mph range and his slider flattened out at times without the consistent power that it flashed in the past. At its best, the pitch is a low- to mid-80s bender with good horizontal movement. In addition to his fastball/slider combination, Osmond has shown feel for an 82-85 mph changeup. While Osmond’s arm action and delivery aren’t ideal—he has some hooking action in the back and falls off to the first-base side of the rubber—he still manages to throw quality strikes. When Osmond isn’t on the mound, he plays shortstop. Some clubs think he has a chance to handle the position, but overall there’s skepticism about his bat. The large majority of teams prefer him as a pitcher.
After Elliott proved to be an excellent addition to Oklahoma State’s rotation as a freshman, an elbow injury wiped out most of his next two seasons with the Cowboys. Tommy John surgery and the recovery period meant he was sidelined from early in the 2017 season until late in the 2018 season. After a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, Elliott returned to the Cowboys’ rotation as a redshirt junior with firmer stuff than he had shown pre-injury, but it took him a little while to figure out how to best use his new stuff. Elliott is most comfortable sinking and running an average 90-93 mph fastball that can touch 95-96 mph. He relied more on his average slider early in the season, but he had his most success after returning to his roots, spotting his fastball and an average changeup. He doesn’t miss bats as much as he misses barrels, and he’ll nibble even when behind in counts, preferring to walk a batter than give him something to drive. His command is actually better than his fringe-average control.
If any team tries to draft and sign Fink, they know they are acquiring a pitcher who will need to spend the next year or more recovering from Tommy John surgery. Fink didn’t throw a pitch for the Sooners this year because of his elbow injury, but scouts who saw him effectively use his 91-94 mph fastball and hard, biting slider last year may still be intrigued. Fink allowed only 15 hits and nine walks while striking out 28 batters in 21 innings last year. He posted a 1.71 ERA. His performance as a sophomore may be enough to draft him at some point after the 10th round.
Beichler is one of the speedier prep players in the Midwest. He’s a plus runner who will show 70 run times as well. He is a rangy middle infielder as well with a quick first step and quality hands. He could remain at shortstop with a team willing to live with an average arm at shortstop, but the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder could be a plus defender at second base. Beichler has toyed with switch-hitting, but he switched back to hitting righthanded exclusively this spring. He could still go back to switch-hitting in the future because hitting lefthanded lets him take full advantage of his speed. At the plate, Beichler has a solid righthanded swing but he will need to keep adding strength to prove he can eventually get to average power. Beichler’s makeup and work ethic draws raves. He’s signed with Oklahoma.
An Oklahoma signee, the 6-foot-5 Bennett has a big frame and attacks hitters from a crossfire delivery. He has touched 90-91 mph in a few outings but generally sits in the upper 80s. His arm is a little slow, leading to concerns that he won’t add much velocity. His slider is below-average.
Van Scoyoc has long been a promising lefty, but there’s reason to worry whether he’s going to throw enough strikes for it to matter. Spencer was a 19th-round pick of Blue Jays out of high school. He decided to head to Arizona State, but in two years with the Sun Devils he walked more than a batter an inning as a freshman and as a sophomore. He transferred to Division II Central Oklahoma this year and walked more than a batter an inning. Van Scoyoc sits 90-92 mph with an easy delivery and his breaking ball flashes plus. While those are good starting points, his 6.18 ERA, 44 walks and 42 strikeouts in 39.1 innings this year are reminders that his bottom-of-the-scale control will have to dramatically improve.
Gragg has worked as both a starter and reliever, working with a fastball that has touched 96 mph and a breaking ball that is inconsistent but can flash plus. He has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he had in 2017.
Stone is the rare draft-eligible freshman at a Division I school. He received a medical redshirt last season thanks to a broken foot that cost him most of the season and he’s 21, so he’s available for the draft. Stone has made significant strides in figuring out his delivery and his velocity has improved to 90-93 mph. He also has a promising slider and changeup, although neither is an average pitch. A member of the Cowboys’ weekend rotation when the season began, he was bounced to limited use in the bullpen after five starts. As a long-levered lefty, Stone does not yet consistently repeat his delivery and has below-average control, but there’s plenty of promise. Now a team has to decide how willing it is willing to pay for potential to a pitcher with three further years of eligibility (and thus plenty of leverage).
A 6-foot-2, 210-pound outfielder with above-average raw power, Boone hit a career-best 18 home runs this spring through 47 games and posted a .297/.378/.674 triple slash line. In addition to Boone’s power, he is an above-average runner with a solid arm and a chance to play center field. The biggest knock on Boone’s game is his tendency to swing-and-miss. Over three years in the Big 12, Boone has consistently struck out around 28 percent of the time and he also struggled with a wood bat in the Northwoods league last summer, to the tune of a .195/.230/.323 line with 51 strikeouts (36.4 percent) and just five walks over 37 games.
An extremely physical, 6-foot-8, 221-pound outfielder with raw power, McCusker has produced solid numbers for two years for Oklahoma State after transferring from Folsom Lake (Calif.) JC after the 2017 season. This spring McCusker was second on the team in hitting and put up a .316/.398/.532 line with five home runs and 16 doubles. McCusker has struck out around 30 percent of the time in his two years in the Big 12, and his long levers could continue to cause him issues with whiffs at the next level. He will be limited to an outfield corner and needs plenty of work to stick there in pro ball, but his frame and raw power give him some impact potential.
A 6-foot-4, 228-pound righthander, Wiles has been a full-time starter for Oklahoma for the past two seasons and has walked fewer than two batters per nine innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in that span. He doesn’t have much standout stuff to speak of, but has a four-pitch mix with a fringe-average fastball in the low-90s and similarly fringe secondary offerings—but he can locate his entire arsenal for strikes consistently. There’s not a ton of upside with Wiles outside of a durable strikethrower who can hold innings and force the opposition to beat him.
12. Jason Ruffcorn, RHP, Oklahoma
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 194 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
13. Kale Davis, RHP, Westmoore HS, Oklahoma City
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 218 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Oklahoma State
14. Robert Briley, RHP, Seminole (Okla.) State JC
Source: JC • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 215 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
15. Jake Hamilton , RHP, Rose State (Okla.) JC
Source: JC • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 200 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Wichita State
16. Brylie Ware, 3B, Oklahoma
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 220 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
17. Sam Thompson, OF, Owasso (Okla.) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 187 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Texas Christian
18. Austin Sojka, SS, Oklahoma Wesleyan
Source: 4YR • Ht: - • Wt: - • B-T: --- • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
19. Blake Robertson, 3B, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 195 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Oklahoma State
20. Spencer Henson, 1B, Oral Roberts
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 235 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
21. Braylen Wimmer, SS/2B, Yukon (Okla.) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 172 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: South Carolina
22. Brandon Zaragoza, SS, Oklahoma
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-11 • Wt: 158 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
23. Andrew Navigato, SS, Oklahoma State
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-11 • Wt: 188 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted