Top Utah 2019 MLB Draft Prospects
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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)
1. Oliver Dunn, 2B, Utah (BA RANK: 291)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-10 • Wt: 185 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
Dunn’s outstanding makeup and grinder mentality makes the Utah second baseman a favorite of many local area scouts. While small in stature at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Dunn was leading all Utah hitters with a .350/.455/.554 slash line through early May. He is an at least average hitter with solid bat-to-ball skills and a short swing that helps him line
doubles from gap to gap. Dunn possesses below-average power, but he understands his game and doesn’t try to change his swing to sell out for power. He’s a plus runner but not especially quick at the jump, so he doesn’t steal as many bases as expected. His below-average arm limits him to second base, but his speed could allow him to try center field in the future. Dunn is expected to be drafted later on Day 2.
2. Paxton Schultz, RHP, Utah Valley
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 205 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
3. Jackson Cluff, MIF, Brigham Young
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 185 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
Cluff’s father, Paul, also played at Brigham Young and was a 1989 fourth round draft choice of the Boise Hawks during a period in which independent teams could participate in the draft. The younger Cluff returned to the BYU program for his sophomore season after two years away serving a church mission. Moving between second base, third base and shortstop for the Cougars, Cluff was among the team’s leading hitters with a .327/.458/.518 slash line along with a team-leading 12 stolen bases in as many attempts. A gap-to-gap hitter with primarily doubles power, Cluff is athletic and a tick above-average runner. His value goes up if he can play shortstop at the next level, although scouts question whether his slightly below-average arm will allow him to handle the position in a regular role. While still a sophomore eligibility-wise Cluff is already well past his 22nd birthday and his age will likely affect where he goes in the draft.
4. Kayler Yates, SS, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 155 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Utah
5. Jordan Wood, RHP, Brigham Young
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-4 • Wt: 199 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
6. Breck Eichelberger, RHP, Salt Lake (Utah) JC
Source: JC • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 180 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted
7. Cy Nielson, LHP, Spanish Fork (Utah) HS
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 200 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Brigham Young