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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – Atlantic Sun

I can’t get enough of Mitchell Jordan. His command, control, pitchability, and willingness to throw any pitch in any count make him a lot of fun to watch at this level. There will be understandable questions about how his slightly below-average fastball velocity (upper-80s, though it can sit low-90s and hit 93 on his best days) will translate to the pro game, but put me down as a believer that his command of the pitch coupled with the unpredictability of his pitch selection (happy to go CB, SL, or CU in plus or minus counts) will make him a viable long-term big league starting pitcher with continued development. He reminds me some of Kyle Hendricks, an eighth round pick out of Dartmouth in 2011. Feedback on Jordan has returned a wide range of potential draft outcomes with some saying as high as the third and others insisting his ceiling as fifth starter/swingman puts him closer to the bottom of the single-digit rounds than the top. Hendricks lasting until the eighth round has turned out to be a great value, so we’ll see if teams learned their lesson and pop Jordan sooner in 2016.

Corbin Olmstead deserves to be on any shortlist of top two-way college players. When it comes to his pro potential, however, it’s his above-average fastball (88-92) and plus slider that make the slugging first baseman a better bet on the mound. Last year’s numbers (12.34 K/9 and 0.26 ERA in 35.1 IP) and his start to this season (9.86 K/9 and 0.00 ERA in 7.1 IP) back up the high praise he’s received from scouts along the way. As a consistently productive, athletic, potentially quick-moving relief arm (with a chance to improve even more once he devotes his focus to pitching full-time), Olmstead is one of my favorite round six to ten money-saving senior-signs.

The lists below are based on information put together before the season began, but that doesn’t stop me from at least taking a cursory glance at how these guys have done so far in 2016. The results of the majority of the hitters at the top are…not great so far. Thankfully, Austin Hays, a pre-season FAVORITE due to his patient approach (easiest way to become a FAVORITE as a hitter), plus arm, strong glove, and above-average speed, has done his part in the early going. Hays may get stuck with the tweener label for some – not quite enough pop for a corner, not quite enough glove for center – but a more open-minded team might view perceived negative as a strength: Hays isn’t a tweener, he’s versatile! I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but I still like Hays a whole lot. Interestingly enough (to me), Hays’s teammate at Jacksonville, JJ Gould, also received the coveted FAVORITE tag in my notes. The Florida State transfer still has some of that old Seminole approach at the plate that I like. He’s one of the better under-the-radar late-round middle infield senior-signs in this class.

One of the better on-the-radar mid-round (or better) middle infield juniors is Jake Noll. Noll is a good hitter with above-average bat speed, above-average foot speed, and enough defensive versatility (2B, 3B, OF) to be a really interesting pro prospect. He’s hit well so far in 2016 despite some uncommon plate discipline struggles (small sample alert!), so his opportunity to rise up boards in a college class in need of more up-the-middle talent remains present. I like Noll more than I love him right now, but he’s earned his spot atop an average at best all-around class of hitting talent.

Hitters

  1. Florida Gulf Coast rJR 2B/OF Jake Noll
  2. Jacksonville JR OF Austin Hays
  3. Florida Gulf Coast SR 1B Nick Rivera
  4. Stetson rJR OF/1B Vance Vizcaino
  5. Kennesaw State SR OF Alex Liquori
  6. South Carolina Upstate JR SS Daniel Fickas
  7. North Florida SR C Keith Skinner
  8. Jacksonville SR 2B/SS JJ Gould
  9. Lipscomb rSR 1B Adam Lee
  10. New Jersey Tech JR C Cody Kramer
  11. Stetson SR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan
  12. South Carolina Upstate SR OF James Fowlkes
  13. Jacksonville SR OF Parker Perez
  14. Jacksonville rJR OF Nathan Koslowski
  15. Kennesaw State SR C Brennan Morgan
  16. South Carolina Upstate JR 1B Zach Krider
  17. Florida Gulf Coast SR OF Tyler Selesky
  18. Lipscomb rSO OF Allan Hooker
  19. Kennesaw State JR 3B Jeremy Howell
  20. North Florida SR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks
  21. New Jersey Tech SR C Stephan Halibej
  22. North Florida rSR OF/1B Nick Karmeris
  23. Kennesaw State JR OF Jordan Getzelman

Pitchers

  1. Stetson JR RHP Mitchell Jordan
  2. North Florida SR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead
  3. Lipscomb rJR RHP Dalton Curtis
  4. Kennesaw State JR LHP/OF Chris Erwin
  5. Florida Gulf Coast rSR RHP Brady Anderson
  6. North Florida JR RHP Bryan Baker
  7. Kennesaw State JR LHP Richard Lovelady
  8. Jacksonville JR RHP Nathan Disch
  9. Kennesaw State JR RHP Gabe Friese
  10. Florida Gulf Coast JR RHP Sterling Koerner
  11. North Florida JR LHP Kyle Kalbaugh
  12. New Jersey Tech SR LHP Ian Bentley
  13. Kennesaw State JR RHP Erich Stahl
  14. New Jersey Tech JR RHP/SS Bryan Haberstroh
  15. Stetson JR RHP Walker Sheller
  16. Lipscomb rSR RHP Jaesung Hwang
  17. Stetson rJR RHP Frankie Romano
  18. Stetson SR RHP Josh Thorne
  19. South Carolina Upstate SR RHP Cody Brittain
  20. Stetson JR LHP Tyler Keller
  21. Jacksonville rSO RHP Shane Wise
  22. Lipscomb rSR LHP Cody Glenn

Florida Gulf Coast

JR RHP Sterling Koerner (2016)
JR RHP Garrett Anderson (2016)
rSO RHP Mario Leon (2016)
rSR RHP Brady Anderson (2016)
rJR 2B/OF Jake Noll (2016)
SR 1B Nick Rivera (2016)
SR OF Colton Bottomley (2016)
SR OF Tyler Selesky (2016)
rSO OF Gage Morey (2016)
SO LHP Josh Dye (2017)
SO 2B Matt Reardon (2017)
SO OF Zach Spivey (2017)

High Priority Follows: Sterling Koerner, Garrett Anderson, Brady Anderson, Jake Noll, Nick Rivera, Tyler Selesky

Jacksonville

SR RHP Ryan Quintero (2016)
rSR LHP Casey Kulina (2016)
JR RHP Nathan Disch (2016)
rSO RHP Shane Wise (2016)
rSR RHP Jeff Tanner (2016)
rJR LHP/OF Josh Baker (2016)
SR OF Parker Perez (2016)
JR OF Austin Hays (2016)
JR C Franco Guardascione (2016)
SR OF Nate Ricci (2016)
rJR OF Nathan Koslowski (2016)
SR OF Michael Babb (2016)
SR 2B/SS JJ Gould (2016)
JR INF Alex Seifert (2016)
SO RHP Michael Baumann (2017)
SO RHP Spencer Stockton (2017)
SO RHP Greg Shannahan (2017)
SO 3B Sam Armstrong (2017)
FR RHP/C Mike Cassala (2018)
FR RHP/OF Chris Gau (2018)
FR 2B/SS Dakota Julylia (2018)
FR 3B Angel Camacho (2018)
FR OF Connor Stephens (2018)

High Priority Follows: Nathan Disch, Shane Wise, Parker Perez, Austin Hays, Nathan Koslowski, JJ Gould

Kennesaw State

JR LHP Richard Lovelady (2016)
JR RHP Erich Stahl (2016)
JR RHP Gabe Friese (2016)
rSO RHP Jordan Versteeg (2016)
JR LHP Mason Ward (2016)
SR RHP Brock Turner (2016)
JR LHP/OF Chris Erwin (2016)
SR OF Alex Liquori (2016)
SR C Brennan Morgan (2016)
JR 3B Jeremy Howell (2016)
JR OF Jordan Getzelman (2016)
rSO OF Taylor Allum (2016)
JR 1B Corey Greeson (2016)
SO RHP AJ Moore (2017)
SO RHP Tony Dibrell (2017)
SO RHP Logan Hutchinson (2017)
rFR RHP Logan Hicks (2017)
SO C Griffin Helms (2017)
SO 2B Grant Williams (2017)
SO 1B Austin Upshaw (2017)
FR SS Trevor Brown (2018)
FR SS David Chabut (2018)

High Priority Follows: Richard Lovelady, Erich Stahl, Gabe Friese, Chris Erwin, Alex Liquori, Brennan Morgan, Jeremy Howell, Jordan Getzelman, Taylor Allum

Lipscomb

rSR RHP Jaesung Hwang (2016)
rJR RHP Dalton Curtis (2016)
SR RHP Denton Norman (2016)
rSR LHP Cody Glenn (2016)
JR LHP John Pryor (2016)
rSR 1B Adam Lee (2016)
rSO OF Allan Hooker (2016)
SR C Chucky Vazquez (2016)
rJR C Tyler Bethune (2016)
JR 2B Hunter Hanks (2016)
rFR RHP Kyle Kemp (2017)
SO RHP Brady Puckett (2017)
SO RHP Jeffrey Passantino (2017)
SO OF Michael Gigliotti (2017)
SO C Jeffrey Crisan (2017)
FR OF Von Watson (2017)
FR RHP Cole White (2018)
FR INF Andrew Knell (2018)
FR INF Zeke Dodson (2018)
FR INF Cade Sorrells (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jaesung Hwang, Dalton Curtis, Cody Glenn, Adam Lee, Allan Hooker, Tyler Bethune

New Jersey Tech

SR LHP Ian Bentley (2016)
JR RHP/SS Bryan Haberstroh (2016)
SR C Stephan Halibej (2016)
JR C Cody Kramer (2016)
rSO OF Jesse Uttendorfer (2016)
SO RHP Sean Lubreski (2017)
SO RHP Tommy Derer (2017)
SO LHP Justin Chin (2017)
SO RHP Brent Jones (2017)
SO RHP/2B Johnny Malatesta (2017)
SO OF Evan Pietronico (2017)
FR SS Justin Etts (2018)

High Priority Follows: Ian Bentley, Bryan Haberstroh, Stephan Halibej, Cody Kramer, Jesse Uttendorfer

North Florida

JR RHP Anthony Delaney (2016)
JR LHP Kyle Kalbaugh (2016)
rJR RHP Alex Smith (2016)
JR RHP Bryan Baker (2016)
rJR RHP Matthew Naylor (2016)
SR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead (2016)
rSR OF/1B Nick Karmeris (2016)
SR C Keith Skinner (2016)
SR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks (2016)
rJR 2B/SS Patrick Ervin (2016)
JR OF/1B Chris Thibideau (2016)
JR C Alex Merritt (2016)
SO RHP Brad Deppermann (2017)
SO RHP Connor Andrews (2017)
FR RHP Franklin German (2018)
FR LHP Austin Drury (2018)
FR RHP Anthony Delaney (2018)
FR OF Dalton Board (2018)
FR C Jarrett O’Leary (2018)
FR 3B Chris Berry (2018)

High Priority Follows: Kyle Kalbaugh, Bryan Baker, Corbin Olmstead, Nick Karmeris, Keith Skinner, Kyle Brooks, Chris Thibideau

South Carolina Upstate

SR RHP Cody Brittain (2016)
rJR RHP Tyler Jackson (2016)
JR RHP Jordan Miller (2016)
JR RHP Bryan Hathaway (2016)
JR RHP Brian Boocock (2016)
JR RHP Zach Mitchell (2016)
JR RHP Eric Birklund (2016)
JR RHP Richie Lacell (2016)
SR OF James Fowlkes (2016)
SR 3B Jake Beaver (2016)
JR 1B Zach Krider (2016)
JR SS Daniel Fickas (2016)
SO RHP Blake Whitney (2017)
SO RHP Kevin Hickey (2017)
SO OF JJ Shimko (2017)
SO 1B Charlie Carpenter (2017)

High Priority Follows: Cody Brittain, Brian Boocock, James Fowlkes, Jake Beaver, Zach Krider, Daniel Fickas

Stetson

JR RHP Mitchell Jordan (2016)
JR RHP Walker Sheller (2016)
rJR RHP Frankie Romano (2016)
SR RHP Josh Thorne (2016)
SR LHP Adam Schaly (2016)
JR LHP Tyler Keller (2016)
rJR RHP Evin Lynch (2016)
SR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan (2016)
rJR OF/1B Vance Vizcaino (2016)
rSR OF/3B Cory Reid (2016)
SR 1B Will Mackenzie (2016)
SR OF John Fussell (2016)
SR 2B Jack Machonis (2016)
SO LHP Ben Onyshko (2017)
SO RHP Brooks Wilson (2017)
FR RHP Jack Perkins (2018)
FR RHP Logan Gilbert (2018)
FR RHP Joey Gonzalez (2018)
FR SS Matt Morales (2018)
FR OF Kirk Sidwell (2018)
FR C Benito Varela (2018)
FR OF Jacob Koos (2018)

High Priority Follows: Mitchell Jordan, Walker Sheller, Frankie Romano, Josh Thorne, Adam Schaly, Tyler Keller, Kevin Fagan, Vance Vizcaino, Cory Reid, Will Mackenzie

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