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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – Big Ten

I see tiers that have developed in the Big 10 that put a fairly clear delineation between prospect groups. The big four hitters at the top — Ryan Boldt, Carmen Benedetti, Ronnie Dawson, Troy Montgomery — appear close to impenetrable in terms of holding on to their rankings through the end of the season. The order of that four may shift, but the names seem pretty safely ensconced at the top. At the very top is Boldt, still. Despite hitting well over .300 and controlling the strike zone as a college player, Boldt’s bandwagon has emptied some over the years. The biggest knock on him has always been about the utility of his average to above-average raw power; scouts saw it in him, but rarely was he able to put it use in game action. I can’t speak to that directly having not seen him in a few years now, but it certainly sounds like there have been signs of him slowly yet surely getting closer to being able to consistently tap into his natural power lately. That edge helps bump his stock up from top three round player to potential first round talent (again). We already know he’s an excellent athlete with above-average to plus speed, easy center field range, and a pretty, balanced, and efficient swing that allows for lots of hard contact. All of that and an above-average hit tool add up to a potential quality regular. If you throw in the possibility of power, he’s even more appealing; better yet is the realization of that power, something that some scouts have seen and now swear by while others remain unconvinced it’s more than a hot streak. I’m cautiously optimistic about his power gains being real, but that’s hardly going out on a ledge with a prospect that has Boldt’s type of plate coverage and aptitude to make adjustments (e.g., his newfound aggressiveness in hitter’s counts [fastball hunting early, finally] and tweaks to his swing). I stand by my older comps to him: as a prospect he reminds me of David Dahl and I can see his career path going a similar way as Randy Winn’s. Seeing a really good prospect and an underrated everyday player as comps should make clear what I think about Boldt.

Carmen Benedetti is such a favorite of mine that I didn’t even bother with dropping the FAVORITE designation in my notes on him; it’s just assumed. He’s not the best prospect in this class, but he has a case for being one of the best players. I’ve compared him to Florida’s Brian Johnson (now with the Boston Red Sox) in the past and I think he’s legitimately good enough both as a pitcher and a hitter to have a pro future no matter what his drafting team prefers. As with Johnson, I prefer Benedetti getting his shot as a position player first. I’m a sucker for smooth fielding first basemen with bat speed, above-average raw power, and the kind of disciplined approach one might expect from a part-time pitcher who can fill up the strike zone with the best of them. If he does wind up on the mound, I won’t object. He’s good enough to transition to the rotation professionally thanks to a fine fastball (90-94), above-average 77-80 change, a usable curve, and heaps of athleticism. I get that I like Benedetti and this draft class more than most, but the fact that a prospect of his caliber isn’t likely to even approach Johnson’s draft position (31st overall) says something about the quality and depth of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Interestingly enough, I found this from four years ago when looking back at what was written about Brian Johnson on this site…

I tend to err on the side of “pitch first, hit second,” but Brian Johnson is a better position player prospect for me right now so that’s where he sits. I believe in the power enough that I think his bat could be enough to hold down an everyday job at first in the big leagues someday. Check a first base minor league prospect ranking to see how rare that is these days.

My position on two-way players has done a 180 since then. Now I’d rather start a 50/50 prospect out as a hitter first because of my belief that it’s easier to get back into pitching later on. I have nothing to back that up other than anecdotal evidence, so feel free to call me out on it if it seems nuts. I’ve tried to get a few smart baseball people on the record with their thoughts on the debate, but almost every single response is some variation of “well, it depends on the circumstances since every case is different.” That’s true! But that’s also exactly what I’m getting at with the question: if we were to eliminate all other variables, which would you choose then? Still can’t get an answer. Maybe I’m asking it wrong. Whatever.

Both Ohio State outfielders are excellent prospects who haven’t received their proper due nationally. I don’t think there’s any malicious intent behind them being still below the radar – there are only so many hours in a day to write about all the wonderful amateur players across the country – but it’s still a shame that the pair are often ignored whenever conversations about top college outfielders do come up. Dawson is a man among boys with big league strength and prodigious raw power. He’s an aggressive hitter, but more selective and controlled than his reputation might have you think. Montgomery is built just a little differently – he stands in at 5-10, 180 pounds, giving the OSU faithful a fun visual contrast to Dawson’s stacked 6-2, 225 pound frame – but is an area scout favorite for his smart, relentless style of play. Every single one of his tools play up because of how he approaches the game, and said tools aren’t too shabby to begin with. Montgomery can hit, run, and field at a high level, and his lack smaller frame belies power good enough to help him profile as a regular with continued overall development. I’m bullish on both Buckeyes.

The next tier down is filled with catching prospects. This really wasn’t intentional, though the obvious observation that up-the-middle defenders tend to rank higher than corner bats (at least non-transcendent types) as a matter of fact isn’t lost on me. Stop me if you’ve heard this out of me before: I don’t know much about _____, but what I do know I like. In this case, that’s Austin Athmann. Notes on him are limited (“strong arm, promising bat”), but his performance this year has made getting to know him better a high priority.

I’m in on Nick Cieri’s bat, but his defense is clearly behind the other catchers mentioned. I think Harrison Wenson has passed him as a similarly talented offensive player who has made real strides defensively in the last year. Both players will be hurt some by the tremendous college catching class that surrounds them – teams won’t have to settle for defensive question marks who can hit this year, at least in the top five or so rounds – but pro-caliber bats like theirs won’t last long on draft day all the same. Jason Goldstein is one of those all-around catching prospects that teams should like a lot on draft day, but all indications point towards that being a minority view than a consensus around baseball. I liked Goldstein a lot last year, I still like him this year, and it’s fine that he’ll likely be drafted much later than where he’ll be ranked on my board. He’s a heady defender with enough arm strength to profile as a big league backup at worst.

The one non-catcher in the group is Jordan Zimmerman. The offseason buzz on Zimmerman was that he was a good runner with an above-average arm and a chance to hit right away. All true so far. The only issue I have with Zimmerman as a prospect is where he’ll play defensively as a professional. I had him as a second baseman in my notes throughout the offseason, but he’s played a ton of first base so far for the Spartans. If he’s athletic enough to make the switch to second as a pro, then he’s a prospect of note. If not, then all the standard disclaimers about his bat needing to play big to keep finding work as a first baseman apply. I believe in the bat and skew positive that he can handle a non-first infield spot (again, likely second), but those beliefs don’t change the fact that I need to find out more about him.

After these first two tiers, things are extremely muddled. I like Craig Dedelow as an underrated hitter with playable center field range and interesting size. Adam Walton and Joel Booker are strong enough defenders to stick in pro ball for a long time. Same could be said for Nick Sergakis, one of college ball’s biggest surprises so far this season. Nothing about Sergakis’s profile makes sense, but he deserves a load of credit for going from decent college player to actual draft prospect seemingly overnight.

It’s not a straight line comparison, but if you squint you can see some parallels between the Big 10’s top hitting prospect (Boldt) and top pitching prospect (Mike Shawaryn). Both were graced with high expectations – Boldt out of high school, Shawaryn coming into the year – and have stumbled some to quite live up to them. Boldt started as a big-time prospect, hit more good than great for the better part of two years (I’d argue that point, but it’s the narrative), and is now arguably on the precipice of a return to draft prospect glory. Shawaryn’s national breakout wasn’t fully realized until a few weeks into his sophomore season (though, for the sake of clarity and/or ego, he was a FAVORITE on this site as a HS senior coming out of Gloucester Catholic in Jersey), so the hype train on him has been more sudden and less the slow burn of Boldt’s rise and fall (and rise).

Shawaryn’s big 2015 (10.71 K/9 and 1.71 ERA in 116.0 IP) set him up as a potential first round pick coming into the year, but a slight dip in production and stuff has many cooler on him now than before. He’s always been in that ten to fifteen range for him as a 2016 college arm, so the recent downtick in stuff isn’t something I’m too worked up about. At his best, he’s got enough fastball (87-94, 95 peak), a changeup with big upside, and a breaking ball that seemingly improves every time out (even as he’s had some rocky starts this year). Breaking down his individual pitches is obviously important, but the main selling point with Shawaryn was always going to be his above-average to plus command, standout control, and deceptive motion. Assuming his decline is more fatigue – he’s approaching almost 250 college innings in his career; for context’s sake, that’s about a hundred more than AJ Puk and over twice as many as Alec Hansen – than injury (though separating the two can be tricky without proper pre-draft medical screening), Shawaryn might be the perfect candidate for a team in round two (or three if they are lucky) willing to draft a potential mid-rotation starting pitcher with the intent not to pitch him competitively the summer after signing. Draft him, sign him, get him working with your top player development staffers, and focus more about 2017 rather than getting onto the field immediately. If it turns out he’s feeling good and looking good sooner rather than later, so be it. But he’s the type of smart young pitcher that could begin his first professional season at High-A without much concern. That’s the path I’d consider taking with him, but maybe I’m making more out of a few good rather than great starts than I really ought to.

Despite all the words and attention spent on Shawaryn, I gave very serious consideration to putting Cody Sedlock in the top spot. Properly rated by many of the experts yet likely underrated by the more casual amateur draft fans, Sedlock is a four-pitch guy – there is a weirdly awesome high number of these pitchers in the Big 10 this year — with the ability to command three intriguing offspeed pitches (SL, CB, CU) well enough for mid-rotation big league potential. I try not to throw mid-rotation starter upside around lightly; Sedlock is really good. Jake Kelzer is an incredible athlete who just so happens to be 6-8, 235 pounds. Those two things alone are cool, but together are really damn exciting. Enough of a fastball (88-92, 94 peak…but could play up in shorter bursts) and a nasty hard slider (87-88) give him a chance to be a quick-moving reliever, but the overall package could be worth trying as a starter first.

A pair of fourth-year lefthanders has flown a little bit under the radar this season despite being relatively famous prospects prior to 2016. Cameron Vieaux and Dalton Sawyer are both big (6-5, 200 pounds and 6-5, 215 pounds, respectively) men with big league stuff. Vieaux throws hard, can spin two effective breaking balls, and knows when to drop in his improving low-80s change. I think he can remain in the rotation professionally. Sawyer seems destined for the bullpen, a spot where his fastball (up to 94), mid-70s breaker, and effectively wild ways could get him to the big leagues sooner rather than later. Evan Hill (6-5, 190) doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of the many long and lean lefties in the conference (for proof of that just look at the start of this paragraph: there was clearly no intent to include him at the onset, so I’m calling an audible to wedge him in without deleting or rewriting any of my exhausting two minutes of previous work), but he’s a prospect good enough to make the Vieaux/Sawyer pairing a trio. I didn’t know I had such a thing for tall lefties until now, but here we are.

Brett Adcock doesn’t have the size as Vieaux, Sawyer, or his teammate Hill, but his stuff is no less impressive. Lefties that can throw four pitches for strikes with his kind of track record of success, both peripherally (10.29 K/9 in 2014, 9.50 K/9 in 2015) and traditionally (2.87 ERA in 2014, 3.10 ERA in 2015), have a tendency to get noticed even when coming in a 6-0, 215 package. I had somebody describe him to me as “Anthony Kay without the killer change,” an odd comparison that kind of works the less you think about it. Adcock has a good fastball (88-92, 94 peak) and two average or better breaking balls (77-81 SL is fine, but his 75-78 CB could be a big league put away pitch) in addition to an upper-70s changeup that is plenty usable yet hardly on par with Kay’s dominant offering. If Kay is a borderline first round talent (he is), then surely Adcock could find his way into the draft’s top five or so rounds. That might be too aggressive to some, so I’ll agree to knocking down expectations to single-digit rounds and calling it even.

Any pre-draft list of “fastest moving” potential draftees that doesn’t include Dakota Mekkes is one I’ll look at with a suspicious eye. Mekkes may not be one of the biggest names in college relief, but he’s one of the best. I’ll go closer upside with him while acknowledging his most likely outcome could be a long career of very effective, very well-compensated middle relief. Either way, I think he’s as close to a lock to be a useful big league pitcher as any reliever in this class.

Hitters

  1. Nebraska JR OF Ryan Boldt
  2. Michigan JR 1B/LHP Carmen Benedetti
  3. Ohio State JR OF Ronnie Dawson
  4. Ohio State JR OF Troy Montgomery
  5. Illinois SR C Jason Goldstein
  6. Michigan JR C Harrison Wenson
  7. Michigan State JR 2B Jordan Zimmerman
  8. Maryland JR C/1B Nick Cieri
  9. Minnesota JR C Austin Athmann
  10. Indiana JR OF Craig Dedelow
  11. Illinois rJR SS/2B Adam Walton
  12. Iowa SR OF Joel Booker
  13. Ohio State rSR 3B Nick Sergakis
  14. Michigan JR OF Johnny Slater
  15. Michigan rSR OF Matt Ramsay
  16. Nebraska SR 2B/SS Jake Placzek
  17. Indiana SR 3B Brian Wilhite
  18. Ohio State JR C Jalen Washington
  19. Maryland JR OF Madison Nickens
  20. Purdue SR OF/RHP Kyle Johnson
  21. Maryland SR OF Anthony Papio
  22. Ohio State rJR OF/1B Jake Bosiokovic
  23. Purdue rSR 1B/LHP Kyle Wood
  24. Nebraska JR 1B/LHP Ben Miller
  25. Rutgers JR OF Mike Carter
  26. Iowa JR 2B/3B Mason McCoy
  27. Iowa SR C Daniel Aaron Moriel
  28. Penn State JR OF Nick Riotto
  29. Minnesota SR OF Dan Motl
  30. Penn State rSR OF Greg Guers
  31. Rutgers JR OF Tom Marcinczyk
  32. Ohio State SR 1B/OF Zach Ratcliff
  33. Ohio State SR OF/LHP Daulton Mosbarger
  34. Rutgers rSR 3B/1B Chris Suseck
  35. Illinois JR OF/1B Pat McInerney
  36. Indiana JR OF Alex Krupa
  37. Indiana JR 2B Tony Butler
  38. Minnesota rJR OF/C Matt Stemper
  39. Nebraska SR C Taylor Fish
  40. Northwestern SR 1B/OF Zach Jones
  41. Ohio State SR 3B/1B Troy Kuhn
  42. Iowa SR SS/RHP Nick Roscetti
  43. Minnesota SR 2B/SS Connor Schaefbauer
  44. Michigan State SR 3B/SS Justin Hovis
  45. Penn State SR OF James Coates
  46. Penn State rJR 3B Christian Helsel
  47. Nebraska JR 2B Jake Schleppenbach
  48. Michigan JR SS Michael Brdar
  49. Indiana SR SS/2B Nick Ramos

Pitchers

  1. Maryland JR RHP Mike Shawaryn
  2. Illinois JR RHP Cody Sedlock
  3. Michigan State rJR LHP Cameron Vieaux
  4. Indiana rJR RHP Jake Kelzer
  5. Michigan JR LHP Brett Adcock
  6. Minnesota SR LHP Dalton Sawyer
  7. Iowa SR RHP/1B Tyler Peyton
  8. Michigan SR LHP Evan Hill
  9. Illinois SR RHP Nick Blackburn
  10. Michigan State rSO RHP Dakota Mekkes
  11. Maryland SR RHP Jared Price
  12. Indiana JR RHP Luke Stephenson
  13. Indiana rJR RHP Thomas Belcher
  14. Maryland JR LHP Tayler Stiles
  15. Maryland rSO RHP Ryan Selmer
  16. Indiana SR RHP Evan Bell
  17. Indiana SR LHP Caleb Baragar
  18. Michigan JR RHP Mac Lozer
  19. Illinois SR LHP JD Nielsen
  20. Michigan State JR RHP Walter Borkovich
  21. Michigan State JR LHP Joe Mockbee
  22. Maryland SR LHP Robert Galligan
  23. Indiana rSR LHP Kyle Hart
  24. Michigan State rSO RHP Ethan Landon
  25. Iowa SR RHP Tyler Radtke
  26. Minnesota JR RHP Toby Anderson
  27. Michigan State rSO RHP Jake Lowery
  28. Nebraska SR RHP Colton Howell
  29. Nebraska JR RHP Derek Burkamper
  30. Ohio State rJR RHP Shea Murray
  31. Nebraska JR LHP Max Knutson
  32. Minnesota JR RHP/OF Matt Fiedler
  33. Nebraska JR RHP Jake Hohensee
  34. Purdue JR RHP Matt Frawley
  35. Ohio State JR LHP/OF Tanner Tully
  36. Iowa rJR LHP Ryan Erickson
  37. Nebraska SR RHP Jeff Chesnut
  38. Indiana rSO LHP Austin Foote
  39. Iowa SR RHP Calvin Mathews
  40. Indiana JR LHP Sullivan Stadler
  41. Iowa rSO RHP CJ Eldred
  42. Minnesota rSR LHP Jordan Jess
  43. Maryland JR RHP Mike Rescigno
  44. Indiana rJR RHP Kent Williams
  45. Indiana SR LHP Will Coursen-Carr
  46. Minnesota JR RHP Cody Campbell
  47. Michigan JR RHP Keith Lehmann
  48. Michigan JR RHP/OF Jackson Lamb
  49. Ohio State SR RHP Jake Post
  50. Penn State SR LHP Nick Hedge
  51. Purdue rSR RHP Gavin Downs
  52. Michigan JR RHP/SS Hector Gutierrez
  53. Northwestern SR LHP Jake Stolley
  54. Ohio State rSO RHP Adam Niemeyer
  55. Ohio State rSR LHP Michael Horejsei
  56. Ohio State SR LHP John Havird
  57. Purdue JR RHP Alex Lyons
  58. Northwestern JR RHP Josh Davis
  59. Northwestern SR LHP Reed Mason
  60. Purdue rSR RHP Shane Bryant

Illinois

SR RHP Nick Blackburn (2016)
JR RHP Cody Sedlock (2016)
SR LHP JD Nielsen (2016)
rSR RHP Andrew Mamlic (2016)
rSR RHP Charlie Naso (2016)
SR C Jason Goldstein (2016)
rJR SS/2B Adam Walton (2016)
JR OF/1B Pat McInerney (2016)
JR 1B/OF Matthew James (2016)
SR 2B Michael Hurwitz (2016)
FR RHP/1B Luke Shilling (2018)
FR RHP Brendan Meissner (2018)
FR 3B/OF Brenden Spillane (2018)
FR OF Doran Turchin (2018)
FR INF Jalin McMillan (2018)

High Priority Follows: Nick Blackburn, Cody Sedlock, JD Nielsen, Andrew Mamlic, Charlie Naso, Jason Goldstein, Adam Walton, Pat McInerney, Matthew James

Indiana

rJR RHP Jake Kelzer (2016)
rSR LHP Kyle Hart (2016)
rJR RHP Thomas Belcher (2016)
SR RHP Evan Bell (2016)
SR LHP Caleb Baragar (2016)
SR LHP Will Coursen-Carr (2016)
rJR RHP Kent Williams (2016)
JR LHP Sullivan Stadler (2016)
rSO LHP Austin Foote (2016)
JR RHP Luke Stephenson (2016)
JR OF Craig Dedelow (2016)
SR SS/2B Nick Ramos (2016)
JR OF Alex Krupa (2016)
JR 2B Tony Butler (2016)
JR 1B/SS Austin Cangelosi (2016)
SR 3B Brian Wilhite (2016)
SO RHP Brian Hobbie (2017)
SO OF Logan Sowers (2017)
SO 3B Isaiah Pasteur (2017)
SO OF Laren Eustace (2017)
FR RHP Jonathan Stiever (2018)
FR RHP Chandler Sedat (2018)
FR INF Luke Miller (2018)
FR C Ryan Fineman (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jake Kelzer, Kyle Hart, Thomas Belcher, Evan Bell, Caleb Baragar, Will Cousen-Carr, Kent Williams, Sullivan Stadler, Austin Foote, Luke Stephenson, Craig Dedelow, Nick Ramos, Alex Krupa, Tony Butler, Austin Cangelosi, Brian Wilhite

Iowa

SR RHP/1B Tyler Peyton (2016)
SR RHP Calvin Mathews (2016)
rJR LHP Ryan Erickson (2016)
rSO RHP CJ Eldred (2016)
SR RHP Tyler Radtke (2016)
SR RHP Luke Vandermaten (2016)
rJR RHP/SS Josh Martsching (2016)
SR OF Joel Booker (2016)
JR 2B/3B Mason McCoy (2016)
SR SS/RHP Nick Roscetti (2016)
SR C Jimmy Frankos (2016)
SR C Daniel Aaron Moriel (2016)
SO RHP Nick Gallagher (2017)
SO 1B/3B Grant Klenovich (2017)
FR RHP Cole McDonald (2018)
FR RHP Shane Ritter (2018)
FR RHP Sammy Lizarraga (2018)
FR RHP/SS Daniel Perry (2018)
FR RHP/2B Zach Daniels (2018)
FR OF Robert Neustrom (2018)
FR OF Luke Farley (2018)
FR 2B Mitch Boe (2018)

High Priority Follows: Tyler Peyton, Calvin Mathews, Ryan Erickson, CJ Eldred, Tyler Radtke, Joel Booker, Mason McCoy, Nick Roscetti, Daniel Aaron Moriel

Maryland

JR RHP Mike Shawaryn (2016)
JR LHP Tayler Stiles (2016)
SR LHP Robert Galligan (2016)
SR RHP Jared Price (2016)
JR RHP Mike Rescigno (2016)
rSO RHP Ryan Selmer (2016)
JR C/1B Nick Cieri (2016)
SR OF Anthony Papio (2016)
JR OF Madison Nickens (2016)
SO RHP Brian Shaffer (2017)
SO RHP Taylor Bloom (2017)
rFR RHP Tyler Brandon (2017)
SO SS Kevin Smith (2017)
SO C Justin Morris (2017)
SO OF Zach Jancarski (2017)
SO OF Kengo Kawahara (2017)
SO OF Jamal Wade (2017)
rFR 2B/SS Andrew Bechtold (2017)
FR RHP John Murphy (2018)
FR LHP Andrew Miller (2018)
FR RHP Hunter Parsons (2018)
FR RHP Cameron Enck (2018)
FR LHP Zach Guth (2018)
FR RHP Truman Thomas (2018)
FR OF Marty Costes (2018)
FR 2B/OF Nick Dunn (2018)
FR SS AJ Lee (2018)
FR OF/1B Nick Browne (2018)

High Priority Follows: Mike Shawaryn, Tayler Stiles, Robert Galligan, Jared Price, Mike Rescigno, Ryan Selmer, Nick Cieri, Anthony Papio, Madison Nickens

Michigan

JR LHP Brett Adcock (2016)
SR LHP Evan Hill (2016)
JR RHP Mac Lozer (2016)
JR RHP Keith Lehmann (2016)
JR RHP/SS Hector Gutierrez (2016)
JR RHP/OF Jackson Lamb (2016)
JR LHP/1B Carmen Benedetti (2016)
JR OF Johnny Slater (2016)
JR C Harrison Wenson (2016)
JR SS Michael Brdar (2016)
rSR OF Matt Ramsay (2016)
SR OF Cody Bruder (2016)
SO RHP Ryan Nutof (2017)
SO RHP Bryan Pall (2017)
SO LHP Oliver Jaskie (2017)
SO RHP Jayce Vancena (2017)
rFR LHP Grant Reuss (2017)
SO LHP Michael Hendrickson (2017)
SO C/3B Drew Lugbauer (2017)
SO SS/2B Jake Bivens (2017)
FR LHP/OF William Tribucher (2018)
FR RHP Troy Miller (2018)
FR OF Jonathan Engelmann (2018)
FR 2B Ako Thomas (2018)

High Priority Follows: Brett Adcock, Evan Hill, Mac Lozer, Keith Lehmann, Hector Gutierrez, Jackson Lamb, Carmen Benedetti, Johnny Slater, Harrison Wenson, Michael Brdar, Matt Ramsay

Michigan State

rJR LHP Cameron Vieaux (2016)
rSO RHP Dakota Mekkes (2016)
rSO RHP Ethan Landon (2016)
JR RHP Walter Borkovich (2016)
JR LHP Joe Mockbee (2016)
rSO RHP Jake Lowery (2016)
SR OF/2B Kris Simonton (2016)
JR 2B Jordan Zimmerman (2016)
SR 3B/SS Justin Hovis (2016)
rSO C Chad Roskelly (2016)
SO LHP Keegan Baar (2017)
SO RHP Andrew Gonzalez (2017)
SO LHP/1B Alex Troop (2017)
SO OF/LHP Brandon Hughes (2017)
SO 1B Zack McGuire (2017)
FR SS Royce Ando (2018)
FR 3B Marty Bechina (2018)

High Priority Follows: Cameron Vieaux, Dakota Mekkes, Ethan Landon, Walter Borkovich, Joe Mockbee, Jake Lowery, Kris Simonton, Jordan Zimmerman, Justin Hovis

Minnesota

SR LHP Dalton Sawyer (2016)
JR RHP Toby Anderson (2016)
rSR LHP Jordan Jess (2016)
rSR RHP Ty McDevitt (2016)
JR RHP Cody Campbell (2016)
JR RHP Brian Glowicki (2016)
rJR RHP Tim Shannon (2016)
JR RHP/1B Tyler Hanson (2016)
JR RHP/OF Matt Fiedler (2016)
JR C Austin Athmann (2016)
SR 2B/SS Connor Schaefbauer (2016)
SR OF Dan Motl (2016)
rJR OF/C Matt Stemper (2016)
rJR C/OF Troy Traxler (2016)
rJR OF Jordan Smith (2016)
SO LHP Lucas Gilbreath (2017)
SO RHP Reggie Meyer (2017)
SO OF Alex Boxwell (2017)
SO 1B/C Toby Hanson (2017)
SO 3B Micah Coffey (2017)
FR RHP Ben Humbert (2018)
FR INF Terrin Vavra (2018)

High Priority Follows: Dalton Sawyer, Toby Anderson, Jordan Jess, Cody Campbell, Matt Fiedler, Austin Athmann, Connor Schaefbauer, Dan Motl, Matt Stemper

Nebraska

JR LHP Max Knutson (2016)
SR RHP Colton Howell (2016)
SR RHP Jeff Chesnut (2016)
JR RHP Derek Burkamper (2016)
JR RHP Jake Hohensee (2016)
JR 1B/LHP Ben Miller (2016)
JR OF Ryan Boldt (2016)
SR 2B/SS Jake Placzek (2016)
SR C Taylor Fish (2016)
JR 2B Jake Schleppenbach (2016)
rSR SS Steven Reveles (2016)
SO RHP Zack Engelken (2017)
SO RHP Garett King (2017)
SO LHP/OF Jake Meyers (2017)
SO 1B/3B Scott Schreiber (2017)
SO OF Elijah Dilday (2017)
SO OF/3B Luis Alvarado (2017)
FR RHP Chad Luensmann (2018)
FR RHP Sean Chandler (2018)
FR RHP Matt Waldron (2018)
FR LHP Ryan Connolly (2018)
FR INF Alex Henwood (2018)
FR C Jesse Wilkening (2018)

High Priority Follows: Max Knutson, Colton Howell, Jeff Chesnut, Derek Burkamper, Jake Hohensee, Ben Miller, Ryan Boldt, Jake Placzek, Taylor Fish, Jake Schleppenbach

Northwestern

JR RHP Josh Davis (2016)
SR LHP Reed Mason (2016)
SR LHP Jake Stolley (2016)
JR RHP Joe Schindler (2016)
JR RHP Pete Hofman (2016)
JR OF/LHP Matt Hopfner (2016)
SR 1B/OF Zach Jones (2016)
SR 3B/OF Jake Schieber (2016)
JR OF/C Joe Hoscheit (2016)
rJR OF RJ Watters (2016)
SO RHP Justin Yoss (2017)
SO RHP Tommy Bordignon (2017)
FR 1B Willie Bourbon (2018)
FR SS Jack Dunn (2018)

High Priority Follows: Josh Davis, Reed Mason, Jake Stolley, Joe Schindler, Zach Jones

Ohio State

rJR RHP Shea Murray (2016)
SR RHP Jake Post (2016)
SR LHP John Havird (2016)
rSR LHP Michael Horejsei (2016)
rSO RHP Adam Niemeyer (2016)
rSO RHP Kyle Michalik (2016)
JR LHP/OF Tanner Tully (2016)
rSO RHP/1B Curtiss Irving (2016)
SR OF/LHP Daulton Mosbarger (2016)
JR OF Ronnie Dawson (2016)
JR OF Troy Montgomery (2016)
SR 1B/OF Zach Ratcliff (2016)
rJR OF/1B Jake Bosiokovic (2016)
SR 3B/1B Troy Kuhn (2016)
SR 3B Craig Nennig (2016)
rSR 3B Nick Sergakis (2016)
rSR 1B/3B Ryan Leffel (2016)
SR 2B L Grant Davis (2016)
JR C Jalen Washington (2016)
SO RHP Seth Kinker (2017)
SO C Jordan McDonough (2017)
SO OF Tre’ Gantt (2017)
FR 3B Brady Cherry (2018)
FR RHP Ryan Feltner (2018)

High Priority Follows: Shea Murray, Jake Post, John Havird, Michael Horejsei, Adam Niemeyer, Tanner Tully, Daulton Mosbarger, Ronnie Dawson, Troy Montgomery, Zach Ratcliff, Jake Bosiokovic, Troy Kuhn, Craig Nennig, Nick Sergakis, Jalen Washington

Penn State

SR RHP Jack Anderson (2016)
SR LHP Nick Hedge (2016)
JR RHP Tom Mullin (2016)
SR RHP Jared Fagnano (2016)
JR OF Nick Riotto (2016)
rSR OF Greg Guers (2016)
SR OF James Coates (2016)
rJR 3B Christian Helsel (2016)
JR SS Jim Haley (2016)
SR 1B/3B Tyler Kendall (2016)
SO RHP Nick Distasio (2017)
SO RHP Sal Biasi (2017)
SO LHP Taylor Lehman (2017)
FR RHP Justin Hagenman (2018)
FR RHP Eli Nabholz (2018)
FR LHP Blake Hodgens (2018)
FR C Ryan Sloniger (2018)
FR 3B/SS Conlin Hughes (2018)
FR 2B Connor Klemann (2018)
FR OF Austin Riggins (2018)
FR 3B Willie Burger (2018)

High Priority Follows: Nick Hedge, Tom Mullin, Nick Riotto, Greg Guers, Christian Helsel

Purdue

rSR RHP Gavin Downs (2016)
rSR RHP Shane Bryant (2016)
JR RHP Matt Frawley (2016)
JR RHP Alex Lyons (2016)
rSR 1B/LHP Kyle Wood (2016)
SR OF/RHP Kyle Johnson (2016)
JR 2B/C Cody Strong (2016)
SR C/OF Jack Picchiotti (2016)
rSR OF/2B Brett Carlson (2016)
SO RHP Tanner Andrews (2017)
SO SS/2B Harry Shipley (2017)
SO OF Alec Olund (2017)
FR LHP Kyle Ostrowski (2018)
FR 3B Jackson McGowan (2018)
FR C/OF Nick Dalesandro (2018)

High Priority Follows: Gavin Downs, Shane Bryant, Matt Frawley, Alex Lyons, Kyle Wood, Kyle Johnson, Jack Picchiotti

Rutgers

SR LHP Howie Brey (2016)
rJR LHP Max Herrmann (2016)
rJR RHP Kevin Baxter (2016)
JR LHP Ryan Fleming (2016)
rJR RHP Kyle Driscoll (2016)
JR RHP Colin Bohnert (2016)
JR RHP/2B Gaby Rosa (2016)
JR SS/RHP Christian Campbell (2016)
rSR 3B/1B Chris Suseck (2016)
SR 3B/C RJ Devish (2016)
JR C/1B Chris Folinusz (2016)
JR OF Mike Carter (2016)
JR OF Tom Marcinczyk (2016)
rSR 2B/SS John Jennings (2016)
SO RHP John O’Reilly (2017)
SO RHP Ryan Wares (2017)
SO INF Kyle Walker (2017)
SO 3B Milo Freeman (2017)
FR OF Jawuan Harris (2018)
FR 3B Serafino Brito (2018)

High Priority Follows: Max Herrmann, Chris Suseck, Mike Carter, Tom Marcinczyk, John Jennings

2015 MLB Draft – Top 100 D1 College Catching Prospects

Title explains what we’re doing here. Other college prospects and high school guys will get their moment soon enough. I cut the list off at 100, but added in some bonus prospects (in order despite being unnumbered) at the end. First base will be up later in the day.

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1. Fresno State JR C Taylor Ward (2015): plus to plus-plus arm strength; good athlete; average at best speed; average at best power upside; good defensive tools, but needs reps; arm alone is special enough to carry him up ladder professionally; 6-2, 190 pounds

2013: .195/.306/.336 – 16 BB/26 K – 2/4 SB – 113 AB
2014: .320/.395/.438 – 28 BB/29 K – 3/6 SB – 219 AB
2015: .304/.413/.486 – 35 BB/34 K – 7/7 SB – 214 AB

2. Illinois JR C Jason Goldstein (2015): really good defender; strong arm; good approach; quick bat; exceptionally smart catcher, calls own pitches like a veteran; maybe not the best bat, best glove, or best athlete of the class, but the overall package is big league caliber; FAVORITE; 6-0, 200 pounds

2013: .210/.266/.252 – 9 BB/21 K – 3/3 SB – 143 AB
2014: .316/.370/.435 – 16 BB/17 K – 2/3 SB – 193 AB
2015: .303/.384/.511 – 21 BB/22 K – 0/1 SB – 188 AB

3. Washington JR C Austin Rei (2015): plus all-around defender; outstanding reputation as a pitch framer; above-average to plus arm; above-average raw power; 5-11, 180 pounds

2013: .240/.356/.260 – 5 BB/11 K – 0/0 SB – 50 AB
2014: .314/.408/.451 – 21 BB/36 K – 1/1 SB – 153 AB
2015: .330/.445/.681 – 12 BB/28 K – 0/0 SB – 91 AB

4. Dallas Baptist rJR C/OF Daniel Salters (2015): plus to plus-plus arm; average to plus raw power, wide range of opinions on his pop but I lean to the plus side; good approach; good athlete; quick bat; above-average glove; decent speed; very divisive prospect that some think of as a fringy corner outfield prospect and others (like me) buy into as a potential first-division starting catcher if it all works; FAVORITE; 6-3, 225 pounds

2014: .251/.398/.454 – 45 BB/29 K – 3/4 SB – 227 AB
2015: .265/.377/.410 – 30 BB/41 K – 4/5 SB – 200 AB

5. Illinois State rJR C/3B Paul DeJong (2015): can also play 2B; average arm; smart hitter; above-average raw power; has made great strides defensively in short order; FAVORITE; 6-1, 200 pounds

2014: .349/.430/.596 – 22 BB/39 K – 2/5 SB – 218 AB
2015: .333/.427/.605 – 28 BB/50 K – 2/3 SB – 210 AB

6. Penn SR C Austin Bossart (2015): strong defender; good arm; physically strong; based on scouting heat, would be surprised if the Orioles don’t consider selecting him higher than many project; 6-2, 210 pounds

2012: .261/.313/.306 – 10 BB/13 K – 6/8 SB – 134 AB
2013: .257/.301/.431 – 4 BB/24 K – 9/10 SB – 144 AB
2014: .297/.397/.430 – 12 BB/29 K – 1/2 SB – 158 AB
2015: .358/.420/.540 – 13 BB/18 K – 6/9 SB – 137 AB

7. USC SR C Garrett Stubbs (2015): really good athlete; versatile defender; good behind plate; average speed; average or better arm; may or may not profile as regular catcher (I think he could), but added value as super-sub makes him intriguing fit for creative team; 5-10, 175 pounds

2012: .205/.299/.244 – 15 BB/17 K – 2/4 SB – 127 AB
2013: .265/.380/.316 – 22 BB/14 K – 2/5 SB – 136 AB
2014: .287/.382/.310 – 16 BB/22 K – 6/11 SB – 171 AB
2015: .330/.421/.415 – 25 BB/27 K – 19/26 SB – 212 AB

8. Houston JR C Ian Rice (2015): great approach; above-average to plus raw power; solid defender, but still learning on job; very impressed at his improvements behind the plate; average arm; bat hasn’t played quite as expected, but approach remains consistent and think he’ll make a quality pro; FAVORITE; 6-0, 190 pounds

2014*: .331/.500/.647 – 44 BB/23 K – 5/6 SB – 139 AB
2015: .258/.431/.371 – 43 BB/32 K – 1/2 SB – 151 AB

9. Stony Brook SR C/SS Cole Peragine (2015): good defensive tools as middle infielder, hands and feet play really well behind plate; strong enough arm, though more good than great; intriguing pop, hasn’t shown up in games quite yet; above-average speed when instincts considered, average raw foot speed; love his approach at the plate; can’t help but fall for a converted shortstop who took to catching as well as he has; FAVORITE; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .276/.362/.379 – 21 BB/21 K – 8/10 SB – 214 AB
2013: .264/.352/.323 – 23 BB/21 K – 6/9 SB – 201 AB
2014: .287/.396/.378 – 31 BB/14 K – 13/15 SB – 188 AB
2015: .296/.443/.366 – 47 BB/19 K – 3/4 SB – 186 AB

10. Arizona State JR C RJ Ybarra (2015): plus arm strength; above-average to plus power; slow; good approach; raw defensively; 6-0, 230 pounds

2013: .304/.361/.491 – 5 BB/27 K – 0/0 SB – 112 AB
2014: .273/.342/.394 – 19 BB/45 K – 1/1 SB – 198 AB
2015: .284/.383/.493 – 23 BB/30 K – 1/3 SB – 134 AB

11. Maryland JR C Kevin Martir (2015): above-average raw power; above-average arm; steady glove after lots of work; very well-coached; 5-11, 215 pounds

2014: .269/.359/.386 – 14 BB/28 K – 3/4 SB – 171 AB
2015: .330/.428/.495 – 28 BB/29 K – 3/7 SB – 218 AB

12. Miami SR C Garrett Kennedy (2015): good approach; sneaky pop; average arm; steady glove; 6-1, 200 pounds

2013: .290/.430/.395 – 29 BB/23 K – 0/2 SB – 124 AB
2014: .231/.336/.308 – 15 BB/23 K – 1/1 SB – 117 AB
2015: .347/.448/.518 – 29 BB/24 K – 1/1 SB – 193 AB

13. North Carolina JR C Korey Dunbar (2015): average power; steady glove, tools for more; good approach; plus arm; comfortable with scouting spotlight; 6-0, 215 pounds

2013: .159/.302/.205 – 7 BB/14 K – 1/1 SB – 44 AB
2014: .238/.333/.326 – 24 BB/50 K – 4/6 SB – 181 AB
2015: .288/.362/.484 – 21 BB/46 K – 0/1 SB – 184 AB

14. LSU SR C Kade Scivicque (2015): average or better arm; good defender; leadership abilities evident; 5-11, 220 pounds

2014: .304/.377/.467 – 13 BB/19 K – 0/0 SB – 184 AB
2015: .353/.393/.517 – 12 BB/20 K – 0/0 SB – 201 AB

15. Wagner SR C Nick Dini (2015): has also played 2B and 3B; experienced catching high velocity arms; will be a steal if given a chance; could be Austin Barnes 2.0; FAVORITE; 5-9, 180 pounds

2012: .278/.338/.384 – 16 BB/29 K – 6/7 SB – 198 AB
2013: .316/.369/.460 – 12 BB/15 K – 13/13 SB – 215 AB
2015: .392/.489/.625 – 30 BB/7 K – 14/15 SB – 176 AB

16. Bowling Green rSO C Trey Keegan (2015): quick bat; good athlete; above-average arm; 5-11, 190 pounds

2014: .233/.333/.315 – 10 BB/8 K – 0/0 SB – 73 AB
2015: .295/.405/.453 – 29 BB/16 K – 8/11 SB – 190 AB

17. Arizona SR C Riley Moore (2015): power upside; above-average arm; good defensive tools, but still a work in progress; great athlete; very quick behind plate; could be better pro than college player; 6-3, 190 pounds

2012: .265/.360/.338 – 34 BB/50 K – 2/5 SB – 219 AB
2013: .244/.394/.343 – 35 BB/26 K – 3/3 SB – 172 AB
2014: .247/.339/.318 – 14 BB/34 K – 1/1 SB – 154 AB
2015: .306/.397/.426 – 32 BB/36 K – 2/3 SB – 209 AB

18. Rice SR C John Clay Reeves (2015): mature defender; accurate arm, average at best arm strength; strong hit tool; even more power upside than he’s shown; has called own games; Arkansas transfer; 6-0, 190 pounds

2014: .317/.360/.439 – 17 BB/32 K – 1/2 SB – 221 AB
2015: .324/.424/.484 – 24 BB/29 K – 3/3 SB – 188 AB

19. UAB rJR C Esteban Tresgallo (2015): good glove; smart; Miami transfer; 6-1, 210 pounds

2012: .243/.335/.379 – 20 BB/46 K – 3/4 SB – 140 AB
2015: .292/.404/.571 – 26 BB/37 K – 8/8 SB – 161 AB

20. Southeastern Louisiana JR C Jameson Fisher (2015): strong hit tool; average or better power; below-average speed; raw defender; labrum surgery caused him to miss 2015 season; no idea about his recovery or signability, but still talented enough to consider using an early pick on to find out; 6-2, 200 pounds

2013: .279/.372/.384 – 21 BB/23 K – 8/16 SB – 219 AB
2014: .389/.481/.469 – 30 BB/29 K – 9/17 SB – 239 AB

21. Morehead State rSR C/OF Chris Robinson (2015): good athlete; plus speed; interesting defensive tools; 5-10

2014: .332/.417/.407 – 26 BB/20 K – 8/10 SB – 226 AB
2015: .402/.472/.654 – 29 BB/31 K – 10/12 SB – 246 AB

22. Wisconsin-Milwaukee JR C Mitch Ghelfi (2015): power upside; great athlete; above-average to plus arm; defense needs work; raw tools stack up with almost any college catching peer; 5-11, 190 pounds

2013: .315/.374/.466 – 14 BB/21 K – 6/9 SB – 146 AB
2014: .267/.352/.342 – 20 BB/31 K – 7/9 SB – 161 AB
2015: .356/.463/.514 – 27 BB/31 K – 4/8 SB – 177 AB

23. Coastal Carolina JR C Casey Schroeder (2015): interesting hit tool; defense needs work, but tools are there; good athlete; above-average arm; big power upside; strong; good approach; average speed; Kentucky transfer; 6-0, 190 pounds

2015: .230/.370/.500 – 33 BB/41 K – 2/3 SB – 174 AB

24. Stetson JR C/1B Pat Mazeika (2015): strong hit tool; above-average raw power; good approach; average at best glove, improving somewhat; wish the glove was a surer bet, but the bat could play elsewhere if need be; 6-3, 220 pounds

2013: .410/.512/.528 – 32 BB/19 K – 1/1 SB – 212 AB
2014: .354/.479/.471 – 34 BB/18 K – 1/1 SB – 206 AB
2015: .307/.439/.485 – 33 BB/16 K – 1/1 SB – 202 AB

25. Belmont SR C/3B Matt Beaty (2015): flat-out hitter; 6-0, 210 pounds

2012: .261/.335/.449 – 25 BB/24 K – 7/10 SB – 234 AB
2013: .291/.402/.449 – 26 BB/19 K – 2/2 SB – 158 AB
2014: .352/.478/.536 – 28 BB/14 K – 4/4 SB – 125 AB
2015: .382/.469/.668 – 32 BB/17 K – 12/14 SB – 238 AB

26. LSU JR C Chris Chinea (2015): good defender; good athlete; plus raw power; have heard from some who think he’s best catcher on LSU roster; 6-0, 210 pounds (2013: .277/.373/.362 – 7 BB/3 K – 0/0 SB – 47 AB) (2014: .250/.310/.395 – 7 BB/4 K – 0/0 SB – 76 AB) (2015: .369/.403/.590 – 12 BB/31 K – 1/2 SB – 222 AB)

27. Georgetown JR C Nick Collins (2015): intriguing bat; average power; quick bat; raw defender, has some trouble actually catching the ball right now; reminded me of Cameron Rupp, but with rougher hands behind plate; 6-2, 220 pounds (2013: .322/.372/.429 – 12 BB/19 K – 0/1 SB – 177 AB) (2014: .351/.418/.426 – 18 BB/27 K – 2/4 SB – 188 AB) (2015: .370/.435/.540 – 22 BB/21 K – 6/7 SB – 211 AB)

28. William & Mary JR C/1B Charley Gould (2015): has consistently produced at the plate; 6-2, 210 pounds (2014: .333/.406/.567 – 16 BB/32 K – 0/0 SB – 150 AB) (2015: .388/.473/.706 – 24 BB/28 K – 0/1 SB – 170 AB)

29. Georgia JR C Zack Bowers (2015): plus arm strength; plus raw power; defense needs work; 6-1, 200 pounds (2013: .240/.286/.462 – 6 BB/36 K – 0/0 SB – 104 AB) (2014: .189/.299/.302 – 18 BB/43 K – 2/2 SB – 159 AB) (2015: .252/.421/.503 – 37 BB/55 K – 2/3 SB – 155 AB)

30. East Carolina JR C/1B Luke Lowery (2015): above-average to plus raw power, others have it plus-plus and maybe the raw is there, but hit tool keeps it from playing to full potential in game; plus bat speed; average speed, moves well for big man; all-or-nothing approach stems from timing issues; defense needs work; some think he could handle corner OF; “Schwarber level glove” behind plate; want to like him more than I do; 6-2, 240 pounds (2013: .304/.347/.489 – 6 BB/31 K – 1/2 SB – 92 AB) (2014: .287/.321/.400 – 6 BB/47 K – 3/8 SB – 160 AB) (2015: .313/.411/.561 – 25 BB/55 K – 7/9 SB – 198 AB)

31. Oregon SR C/1B Shaun Chase (2015): plus-plus raw power; strong arm; questionable glove, but playable; one of the draft’s most intriguing underachievers who could surprise in pro ball; 6-0, 215 pounds (2013: .230/.313/.368 – 10 BB/39 K – 0/1 SB – 87 AB) (2014: .283/.352/.634 – 15 BB/49 K – 1/2 SB – 145 AB) (2015: .191/.333/.391 – 20 BB/47 K – 0/0 SB – 115 AB)

32. Harvard SR C/3B Ethan Ferreira (2015): smart; interesting bat; 6-0, 200 pounds (2012: .231/.293/.297 – 8 BB/28 K – 3/6 SB – 91 AB) (2013: .224/.384/.276 – 15 BB/13 K – 0/1 SB – 58 AB) (2014: .238/.308/.300 – 9 BB/24 K – 0/0 SB – 130 AB) (2015: .361/.425/.594 – 18 BB/22 K – 4/6 SB – 155 AB)

33. Old Dominion C/JR 3B PJ Higgins (2015): gap power; strong arm; could also play 2B or OF; 5-11, 185 pounds (2013: .336/.380/.434 – 6 BB/16 K – 1/3 SB – 113 AB) (2014: .308/.361/.368 – 22 BB/22 K – 7/9 SB – 250 AB) (2015: .335/.402/.452 – 25 BB/16 K – 3/5 SB – 239 AB)

34. South Florida JR C/3B Levi Borders (2015): average or better raw power; good glove; average arm; approach holds him back; 6-3, 185 pounds (2013: .232/.301/.312 – 10 BB/41 K – 1/3 SB – 138 AB) (2014: .243/.341/.317 – 17 BB/41 K – 1/1 SB – 189 AB) (2015: .295/.381/.498 – 17 BB/63 K – 4/4 SB – 217 AB)

35. Illinois-Chicago SR C/OF Tyler Detmer (2015): relatively new to position; good arm; good approach; power upside; 6-0, 180 pounds (2013: .285/.364/.375 – 20 BB/36 K – 3/8 SB – 200 AB) (2014: .330/.436/.470 – 28 BB/25 K – 2/2 SB – 185 AB) (2015: .351/.452/.534 – 25 BB/34 K – 1/2 SB – 208 AB)

36. UC Davis JR C Cameron Olson (2015): plus raw power; plus arm; defense improving; hasn’t gotten reps, but upside is there; 6-1, 220 pounds (2013: .286/.365/.381 – 5 BB/24 K – 0/0 SB – 84 AB) (2015: .208/.323/.453 – 6 BB/18 K – 1/1 SB – 53 AB)

37. Connecticut JR C Max McDowell (2015): good athlete; good speed; good defender; power upside; has the well-rounded skill set of a steady backup catcher; 6-2, 210 pounds (2013: .275/.379/.357 – 19 BB/23 K – 6/8 SB – 171 AB) (2014: .275/.376/.352 – 22 BB/18 K – 3/7 SB – 182 AB) (2015: .286/.392/.418 – 24 BB/27 K – 2/5 SB – 213 AB)

38. Oklahoma JR C/RHP Anthony Hermelyn (2015): average or better hit tool; good approach; good glove; 92-94 FB; has also played 1B and 3B; 6-1, 210 pounds (2013: .275/.356/.309 – 23 BB/29 K – 2/3 SB – 178 AB) (2014: .289/.339/.360 – 15 BB/29 K – 1/2 SB – 211 AB) (2015: .321/.360/.453 – 15 BB/21 K – 3/5 SB – 243 AB)

39. Cal Poly JR C Brian Mundell (2015): good frame; nice swing; quick bat; 6-3, 225 pounds (2013: .270/.349/.480 – 22 BB/44 K – 2/3 SB – 204 AB) (2014: .279/.374/.409 – 39 BB/47 K – 1/1 SB – 215 AB) (2015: .282/.377/.447 – 26 BB/27 K – 0/2 SB – 170 AB)

40. Georgia State JR C Joey Roach (2015): good glove; 5-11, 200 pounds (2013: .287/.366/.487 – 12 BB/20 K – 2/4 SB – 115 AB) (2014: .301/.379/.432 – 13 BB/27 K – 1/1 SB – 146 AB) (2015: .302/.381/.473 – 20 BB/25 K – 1/1 SB – 205 AB)

41. Georgia Southern SR C Chase Griffin (2015): big raw power; can also play 1B or OF; strong; impressive bat speed; rough behind plate, but has gotten better over years; strong arm; anticipated breakout has yet to come; 6-0, 200 pounds (2012: .310/.395/.523 – 22 BB/48 K – 2/2 SB – 197 AB) (2013: .264/.339/.360 – 27 BB/47 K – 0/0 SB – 239 AB) (2014: .258/.336/.369 – 22 BB/42 K – 2/3 SB – 217 AB) (2015: .265/.304/.404 – 13 BB/56 K – 2/2 SB – 223 AB)

42. Stetson SR C/OF Garrett Russini (2015): strong arm; power upside; steady glove; good approach; good athlete; 6-0, 200 pounds (2013: .271/.348/.350 – 25 BB/45 K – 0/0 SB – 203 AB) (2014: .297/.365/.482 – 21 BB/30 K – 3/3 SB – 222 AB) (2015: .272/.358/.401 – 24 BB/43 K – 0/0 SB – 202 AB)

43. Winthrop JR C Roger Gonzales (2015): plus defender; Miami transfer; 5-9, 190 pounds (2015: .335/.409/.425 – 21 BB/28 K – 1/1 SB – 167 AB)

44. UCLA JR C Darrell Miller (2015): strong arm; raw defender; 6-2, 220 pounds (2015: .254/.321/.353 – 14 BB/22 K – 0/0 SB – 173 AB)

45. Stanford JR C Austin Barr (2015): raw defensively; plus arm; power upside; good athlete; quick bat; 6-2, 215 pounds (2014: .146/.205/.268 – 2 BB/7 K – 0/0 SB – 41 AB) (2015: .241/.356/.348 – 18 BB/30 K – 0/0 SB – 112 AB)

46. San Diego SR C Jesse Jenner (2015): average or better power; strong arm; good athlete; slow; 6-0, 200 pounds (2014: .348/.371/.447 – 9 BB/15 K – 4/6 SB – 161 AB) (2015: .314/.407/.415 – 14 BB/17 K – 3/6 SB – 159 AB)

47. California JR C/3B Mitchell Kranson (2015): has experience calling own games; area guys rave about him; 5-8, 200 pounds (2013: .288/.333/.365 – 7 BB/13 K – 1/1 SB – 104 AB) (2014: .231/.283/.317 – 7 BB/13 K – 0/1 SB – 104 AB) (2015: .252/.285/.422 – 4 BB/10 K – 0/0 SB – 147 AB)

48. Xavier JR C Dan Rizzie (2015): quick bat; plus defender; 6-2, 180 pounds (2014: .307/.395/.459 – 28 BB/37 K – 9/12 SB – 218 AB) (2015: .275/.373/.275 – 6 BB/10 K – 2/2 SB – 51 AB)

49. Seattle SR C Brian Olson (2015): good defender; power upside; 6-0, 190 pounds (2012: .289/.393/.382 – 23 BB/16 K – 1/3 SB – 152 AB) (2013: .273/.374/.304 – 26 BB/41 K – 1/2 SB – 194 AB) (2014: .320/.393/.458 – 22 BB/26 K – 2/2 SB – 203 AB) (2015: .267/.382/.388 – 38 BB/35 K – 2/6 SB – 206 AB)

50. Maine JR C Kevin Stypulkowski (2015): accurate arm; steady glove; Florida transfer; 6-2, 220 pounds (2013: .184/.262/.211 – 2 BB/7 K – 0/0 SB – 38 AB) (2015: .254/.324/.377 – 15 BB/15 K – 2/4 SB – 130 AB)

51. Nebraska SR C Tanner Lubach (2015): average or better (underrated) hit tool; some power upside; good approach; improving behind plate, has gone from not so good to pretty impressive; very smart defender; 6-0, 190 pounds (2013: .252/.322/.337 – 15 BB/33 K – 2/3 SB – 163 AB) (2014: .282/.337/.423 – 13 BB/27 K – 1/1 SB – 149 AB) (2015: .312/.375/.441 – 14 BB/29 K – 2/3 SB – 186 AB)

52. North Florida JR C Keith Skinner (2015): power upside; good approach; 6-1, 210 pounds (2015: .325/.395/.429 – 19 BB/19 K – 0/1 SB – 154 AB)

53. Fordham JR C Charles Galiano (2015): good defender; good approach; good athlete; above-average arm; 6-0, 200 pounds (2013: .253/.363/.348 – 11 BB/38 K – 3/3 SB – 178 AB) (2014: .280/.348/.418 – 11 BB/38 K – 0/2 SB – 182 AB) (2015: .301/.370/.474 – 12 BB/33 K – 2/3 SB – 196 AB)

54. Southern Mississippi SR C Austin Roussel (2015): 6-0, 210 pounds (2014: .213/.348/.329 – 32 BB/18 K – 3/3 SB – 164 AB) (2015: .278/.418/.435 – 26 BB/8 K – 1/2 SB – 115 AB)

55. UNLV SR C/OF Erik VanMeetren (2015): 6-4, 210 pounds (2012: .264/.359/.391 – 10 BB/19 K – 1/1 SB – 87 AB) (2013: .273/.361/.326 – 25 BB/36 K – 4/7 SB – 187 AB) (2014: .291/.391/.394 – 29 BB/44 K – 7/9 SB – 213 AB) (2015: .301/.447/.475 – 38 BB/36 K – 4/9 SB – 183 AB)

56. Georgetown SR C AC Carter (2015): 6-1, 200 pounds (2014: .245/.366/.322 – 22 BB/20 K – 0/0 SB – 143 AB) (2015: .316/.410/.468 – 23 BB/23 K – 0/1 SB – 190 AB)

57. Middle Tennessee State SR C/RHP Michael Adkins (2015): plus defender; plus arm; power upside; 88-92 FB; 6-1, 200 pounds (2013: .225/.292/.324 – 15 BB/42 K – 0/0 SB – 182 AB) (2014: .282/.358/.352 – 18 BB/29 K – 1/2 SB – 142 AB) (2015: .245/.307/.328 – 15 BB/44 K – 1/1 SB – 192 AB)

58. Tennessee JR C David Houser (2015): plus defender; strong arm; 6-2, 220 pounds (2013: .183/.271/.217 – 11 BB/38 K – 0/2 SB – 115 AB) (2014: .229/.279/.266 – 6 BB/44 K – 1/1 SB – 109 AB) (2015: .277/.375/.313 – 11 BB/20 K – 0/0 SB – 83 AB)

59. Duke rSR C Mike Rosenfeld (2015): elite defensive upside; 5-10, 185 pounds (2012: .329/.403/.476 – 16 BB/48 K – 170 AB – 7/8 SB) (2013: .377/.451/.525 – 8 BB/9 K – 2/3 SB – 61 AB) (2014: .268/.396/.335 – 32 BB/42 K – 7 – 11/SB – 194 AB) (2015: .278/.411/.377 – 32 BB/32 K – 10/11 SB – 162 AB)

60. Florida State SR C Daniel De La Calle (2015): plus defender; plus arm; way too much swing and miss; 6-3, 220 pounds (2014: .224/.315/.241 – 17 BB/37 K – 1/1 SB – 174 AB) (2015: .261/.303/.457 – 10 BB/57 K – 2/3 SB – 184 AB)

61. Texas A&M SR C Mitchell Nau (2015): solid power; steady defender, I like him behind plate more than others; good footwork; quick release; good approach; decent runner; 5-10, 200 pounds (2012: .200/.261/.233 – 6 BB/12 K – 0/1 SB – 60 AB) (2013: .226/.287/.323 – 8 BB/13 K – 0/0 SB – 124 AB) (2014: .274/.319/.345 – 3 BB/10 K – 1/1 SB – 84 AB) (2015: .376/.470/.510 – 28 BB/28 K – 1/2 SB – 194 AB)

62. Indiana SR C/OF Brian Hartong (2015): good athlete; strong; good defender; 6-5, 215 pounds (2014: .313/.345/.450 – 6 BB/12 K – 7/8 SB – 160 AB) (2015: .300/.361/.382 – 14 BB/24 K – 0/1 SB – 220 AB)

63. Rice JR C Hunter Kopycinski (2015): plus arm; good athlete; 5-11, 180 pounds (2013: .300/.341/.425 – 3 BB/8 K – 0/0 SB – 40 AB) (2014: .262/.340/.262 – 5 BB/6 K – 0/0 SB – 42 AB) (2015: .312/.364/.348 – 9 BB/11 K – 0/1 SB – 138 AB)

64. Northwestern State SR C CJ Webster (2015): good defender; strong arm; leader behind dish; Fullerton transfer; 6-2, 200 pounds (2014: .255/.335/.319 – 13 BB/26 K – 0/1 SB – 141 AB) (2015: .271/.359/.392 – 22 BB/31 K – 0/1 SB – 199 AB)

65. Northwestern State JR C/OF Cort Brinson (2015): power upside; good athlete; 6-0, 205 pounds (2014: .294/.409/.418 – 16 BB/18 K – 5/6 SB – 170 AB) (2015: .350/.407/.518 – 12 BB/35 K – 3/4 SB – 220 AB)

66. Southern Illinois Edwardsville SR C Parker Guinn (2015): 5-10, 180 pounds (2015: .269/.367/.552 – 17 BB/21 K – 1/3 SB – 145 AB)

67. VMI rSR C Matt Winn (2015): strong glove; 6-0, 220 pounds (2013: .320/.439/.438 – 19 BB/37 K – 0/0 SB – 153 AB) (2014: .204/.389/.276 – 16 BB/27 K – 1/1 SB – 152 AB) (2015: .304/.391/.586 – 28 BB/49 K – 0/1 SB – 191 AB)

68. Western Carolina JR C Danny Bermudez (2015): good glove; 5-11, 215 pounds (2014: .305/.443/.381 – 16 BB/28 K – 3/5 SB – 105 AB) (2015: .324/.422/.527 – 19 BB/48 K – 3/3 SB – 182 AB)

69. San Diego State rJR C/OF Seby Zavala (2015): 6-0, 180 pounds (2012: .276/.372/.366 – 19 BB/30 K – 4/5 SB – 123 AB) (2014: .297/.387/.397 – 28 BB/44 K – 2/6 SB – 232 AB) (2015: .283/.396/.539 – 29 BB/48 K – 4/6 SB – 219 AB)

70. Oklahoma JR C Chris Shaw (2015): power upside; much improved defender; second best Chris Shaw in class; FAVORITE; 6-1, 200 pounds (2013*: .372/.479/.715 – 22 BB/40 K – 4/6 SB – 172 AB) (2014*: .384/.471/.707 – 27 BB/35 K – 0/0 SB – 198 AB) (2015: .247/.316/.406 – 7 BB/36 K – 1/2 SB – 170 AB)

71. Michigan rSR C Kendall Patrick (2015): 6-2, 220 pounds (2015: .242/.399/.439 – 22 BB/34 K – 0/0 SB – 132 AB)

72. Oklahoma State SR C Bryan Case (2015): strong arm; 6-3, 200 pounds (2014: .262/.398/.488 – 12 BB/22 K – 2/4 SB – 84 AB) (2015: .241/.328/.429 – 14 BB/21 K – 2/3 SB – 112 AB)

73. Oklahoma State SR C/OF Gage Green (2015): good speed; solid athlete; 5-10, 195 pounds (2012: .220/.343/.322 – 9 BB/11 K – 5/5 SB – 59 AB) (2013: .298./408/.416 – 23 BB/39 K – 13/17 SB – 178 AB) (2014: .310/.392/.423 – 20 BB/44 K – 20/22 SB – 239 AB) (2015: .284/.398/.408 – 26 BB/43 K – 18/21 SB – 211 AB)

74. Mississippi SR C Austin Knight (2015): power upside; strong defensive tools; 5-11, 200 pounds (2012: .267/.371/.267 – 4 BB/7 K – 0/0 SB – 30 AB) (2013: .167/.192/.208 – 1 BB/9 K – 0/0 SB – 24 AB) (2014: .303/.324/.303 – 1 BB/8 K – 0/0 SB – 33 AB) (2015: .268/.354/.362 – 14 BB/28 K – 0/1 SB – 138 AB)

75. Virginia JR C/RHP Robbie Coman (2015): good glove; 6-1, 200 pounds (2014: .283/.377/.368 – 13 BB/9 K – 106 AB) (2015: .309/.366/.364 – 13 BB/15 K – 2/6 SB – 165 AB)

76. Michigan SR C/OF Kevin White (2015): average power; strong arm; 6-0, 215 pounds (2012: .248/.328/.349 – 13 BB/45 K – 2/5 SB – 109 AB) (2013: .290/.348/.426 – 15 BB/40 K – 9/10 SB – 162 AB) (2014: .253/.293/.373 – 5 BB/26 K – 4/5 SB – 75 AB) (2015: .274/.432/.396 – 27 BB/33 K – 2/3 SB – 106 AB)

77. Central Michigan SR C Tyler Huntey (2015): great athlete; 6-3, 210 pounds (2014: .329/.393/.460 – 15 BB/34 K – 13/15 SB – 237 AB) (2015: .266/.365/.356 – 27 BB/44 K – 4/5 SB – 222 AB)

78. Texas-San Antonio SR C John Bormann (2015): steady glove; above-average arm; 6-0, 200 pounds (2014: .288/.341/.404 – 10 BB/28 K – 4/8 SB – 208 AB) (2015: .273/.384/.398 – 22 BB/28 K – 4/4 SB – 216 AB)

79. Southeast Missouri State JR C/1B Garrett Gandolfo (2015): 6-1, 200 pounds (2015: .303/.427/.528 – 40 BB/41 K – 1/2 SB – 178 AB)

80. William & Mary JR C Ryan Hissey (2015): 6-0, 200 pounds (2015: .290/.400/.525 – 23 BB/36 K – 1/2 SB – 162 AB)

81. Belmont SR C/1B Alec Diamond (2015): 5-10, 175 pounds (2013: .357/.444/.390 – 25 BB/15 K – 5/9 SB – 154 AB) (2014: .293/.375/.351 – 23 BB/17 K – 4/6 SB – 188 AB) (2015: .323/.427/.358 – 35 BB/8 K – 7/10 SB – 226 AB)

82. Houston Baptist SR C Samm Wiggins (2015): 5-8, 175 pounds (2014: .273/.392/.335 – 26 BB/22 K – 3/3 SB – 161 AB) (2015: .328/.419/.497 – 26 BB/30 K – 0/4 SB – 195 AB)

83. St. John’s rJR C Tyler Sanchez (2015): good glove; 6-3, 220 pounds (2014: .246/.350/.336 – 14 BB/24 K – 0/0 SB – 134 AB) (2015: .231/.336/.405 – 14 BB/22 K – 1/1 SB – 121 AB)

84. UC Irvine rSR C Jerry McClanahan (2015): good glove; 6-2, 200 pounds (2012: .265/.407/.378 – 20 BB/12 K – 0/2 SB – 98 AB) (2013: .252/.427/.311 – 27 BB/22 K – 0/1 SB – 135 AB) (2014: .304/.377/.343 – 29 BB/33 K – 3/5 SB – 207 AB) (2015: .276/.434/.354 – 44 BB/30 K – 1/3 SB – 181 AB)

85. Eastern Michigan rSO C/OF Michael Mioduszewski (2015): strong; great athlete; 6-4, 240 pounds (2014: .248/.329/.348 – 13 BB/32 K – 5/6 SB – 141 AB) (2015: .259/.315/.330 – 12 BB/53 K – 4/7 SB – 197 AB)

86. Alabama SO C Will Haynie (2015): plus raw power; plus arm; good defender; old Ben Davis comp; clearly not ready for the pro game, but raw power is no joke; 6-5, 230 pounds (2014: .177/.231/.274 – 7 BB/51 K – 0/0 SB – 113 AB) (2015: .195/.299/.391 – 21 BB/80 K – 1/2 SB – 169 AB)

87. Butler SR C/1B Ryan Wojciechowski (2015): power upside; 6-0, 210 pounds (2015: .316/.403/.497 – 27 BB/38 K – 2/3 SB – 187 AB)

88. Southeastern Louisiana SR C Sam Roberson (2015): out in 2015; 5-11, 190 pounds (2013: .209/.283/.264 – 20 BB/30 K – 7/11 SB – 201 AB) (2014: .296/.380/.423 – 20 BB/28 K – 8/11 SB – 189 AB)

89. Central Michigan SR C/1B Tommy Monnot (2015): strong arm; good defensive tools; 6-3, 210 pounds (2012: .324/.390/.437 – 6 BB/13 K – 0/0 SB – 71 AB) (2013: .219/.286/.290 – 10 BB/29 K – 1/1 SB – 169 AB) (2014: .186/.250/.291 – 6 BB/8 K – 0/0 SB – 86 AB) (2015: .244/.328/.452 – 11 BB/24 K – 2/2 SB – 168 AB)

90. Bucknell JR C Jon Mayer (2015): strong arm; raw defender; 6-2, 210 pounds (2013: .231/.286/.282 – 1 BB/12 K – 1/1 SB – 39 AB) (2014: .246/.340/.381 – 11 BB/30 K – 0/0 SB – 118 AB) (2015: .276/.382/.379 – 17 BB/19 K – 0/1 SB – 145 AB)

91. Western Illinois SR C JJ Reimer (2015): good glove; 5-11, 200 pounds (2014: .319/.374/.429 – 7 BB/17 K – 3/4 SB – 91 AB) (2015: .286/.402/.387 – 22 BB/22 K – 8/9 SB – 168 AB)

92. Louisiana SR C/3B Evan Powell (2015): good defender; LSU transfer; 5-10, 205 pounds (2014: .250/.370/.517 – 9 BB/17 K – 2/2 SB – 60 AB) (2015: .232/.333/.377 – 17 BB/26 K – 8/13 SB – 138 AB)

93. Nevada SR C Jordan Devencenzi (2015): good glove; good arm; 6-0, 210 pounds (2014: .265/.326/.311 – 5 BB/13 K – 1/4 SB – 196 AB) (2015: .294/.359/.382 – 9 BB/14 K – 3/9 SB – 170 AB)

94. Louisiana-Monroe JR C Dalton Todd (2015): really smart catcher; 5-11, 175 pounds (2013: .150/.227/.250 – 7 BB/29 K – 1/1 SB – 80 AB) (2014: .170/.302/.226 – 6 BB/14 K – 1/2 SB – 53 AB) (2015: .262/.402/.330 – 23 BB/27 K – 1/2 SB – 103 AB)

95. High Point SR C Josh Spano (2015): great arm; steady glove; power upside; 6-2, 215 pounds (2013: .311/.367/.387 – 19 BB/34 K – 1/1 SB – 225 AB) (2014: .279/.335/.365 – 17 BB/31 K – 0/0 SB – 208 AB) (2015: .288/.336/.418 – 9 BB/22 K – 2/4 SB – 208 AB)

96. Southeastern Louisiana JR C Chris Eades (2015): strong arm; power upside; 6-3, 240 pounds (2015: .262/.383/.384 – 21 BB/54 K – 1/1 SB – 164 AB)

97. Florida International JR C Zack Soria (2015): good glove; 5-10, 200 pounds (2015: .293/.370/.337 – 19 BB/31 K – 4/5 SB – 205 AB)

98. Central Connecticut State JR C Connor Fitzsimmons (2015): plus arm; good athlete; above-average glove; 5-9, 180 pounds (2013: .226/.293/.250 – 5 BB/22 K – 0/1 SB – 84 AB) (2014: .230/.314/.291 – 8 BB/33 K – 2/2 SB – 148 AB) (2015: .263/.356/.321 – 14 BB/37 K – 0/1 SB – 137 AB)

99. Louisiana JR C Nick Thurman (2015): good defender; 6-2, 210 pounds (2013: .294/.339/.373 – 2 BB/15 K – 1/2 SB – 51 AB) (2014: .222/.364/.315 – 5 BB/22 K – 0/0 SB – 54 AB) (2015: .272/.346/.359 – 24 BB/52 K – 4/4 SB – 206 AB)

100. Nicholls State SR C Christian Correa (2015): good glove; 5-10, 200 pounds (2015: .261/.354/.345 – 12 BB/22 K – 1/3 SB – 142 AB)

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Cal State Fullerton JR C AJ Kennedy (2015): plus defender; plus pitch-framer; strong arm; bag is a major question; 6-0, 190 pounds (2014: .178/.268/.205 – 9 BB/15 K – 1/1 SB – 73 AB) (2015: .171/.263/.217 – 17 BB/42 K – 0/2 SB – 152 AB)

Mississippi State SR C Cody Walker (2015): good defensive tools; strong arm; quick transfer; catches ball well; bat lags behind; 5-10, 200 pounds (2014: .222/.382/.296 – 6 BB/6 K – 0/0 SB – 27 AB) (2015: .259/.375/.481 – 4 BB/5 K – 0/0 SB – 27 AB)

UC Riverside JR C Matthew Ellis (2015): plus arm; good glove; 6-1, 170 pounds (2014: .249/.335/.272 – 22 BB/31 K – 2/4 SB – 169 AB) (2015: .207/.246/.259 – 4 BB/23 K – 0/0 SB – 116 AB)

Albany SR C Craig Lepre (2015): really good glove; 6-2, 200 pounds (2014: .273/.341/.338 – 10 BB/17 K – 0/0 SB – 154 AB) (2015: .214/.318/.286 – 15 BB/13 K – 0/2 SB – 126 AB)

Texas A&M JR C Michael Barash (2015): steady glove; average or better arm; LSU transfer; 6-1, 200 pounds (2015: .239/.322/.284 – 14 BB/19 K – 1/3 SB – 134 AB)

Mount St. Mary’s SR C Andrew Clow (2015): 5-10, 185 pounds (2014: .369/.415/.468 – 12 BB/17 K – 5/7 SB – 141 AB) (2015: .346/.394/.497 – 10 BB/16 K – 3/4 SB – 159 AB)

Towson rSO C Chris Henze (2015): 6-3, 215 pounds (2015: .331/.419/.503 – 22 BB/37 K – 3/5 SB – 151 AB)

UNC Wilmington rSO C Gavin Stupienski (2015): 6-2, 220 pounds (2014: .257/.364/.343 – 7 BB/10 K – 0/0 SB – 35 AB) (2015: .341/.410/.517 – 20 BB/29 K – 2/2 SB – 176 AB)

Alabama State rSO C Chris Biocic (2015): 6-3, 200 pounds (2015: .357/.428/.485 – 17 BB/27 K – 12/15 SB – 171 AB)

Texas-San Antonio JR C/OF Kevin Markham (2015): 6-0, 200 pounds (2015: .311/.393/.505 – 26 BB/44 K – 8/11 SB – 222 AB)

Butler JR C Chris Marras (2015): 5-11, 200 pounds (2015: .304/.404/.467 – 21 BB/22 K – 3/3 SB – 135 AB)

Oral Roberts rSR C/1B Audie Afenir (2015): 6-2, 220 pounds (2015: .347/.424/.472 – 29 BB/44 K – 0/0 SB – 216 AB)

South Dakota State SR C Reid Clary (2015): 6-4, 200 pounds (2014: .256/.353/.316 – 17 BB/21 K – 2/3 SB – 117 AB) (2015: .293/.398/.448 – 27 BB/28 K – 6/8 SB – 174 AB)

North Dakota State JR C/OF Taylor Sanders (2015): 5-9, 190 pounds (2015: .344/.414/.432 – 12 BB/12 K – 1/1 SB – 125 AB)

Fairleigh Dickinson rJR C Patrick McClure (2015): 6-0, 210 pounds (2014: .271/.335/.336 – 10 BB/22 K – 0/0 SB – 140 AB) (2015: .276/.405/.418 – 21 BB/18 K – 0/0 SB – 134 AB)

Army JR C Ben Smith (2015): 5-10, 180 pounds (2015: .310/.404/.439 – 17 BB/21 K – 1/4 SB – 155 AB)

Valparaiso JR C/OF Daniel Delaney (2015): 5-11, 200 pounds (2015: .325/.400/.439 – 27 BB/30 K – 2/3 SB – 212 AB)

Central Florida SR C Jordan Savinon (2015): 6-3, 215 pounds (2015: .299/.387/.470 – 17 BB/34 K – 0/0 SB – 134 AB)

UC Davis SR C Izaak Silva (2015): 5-10, 185 pounds (2015: .320/.392/.456 – 24 BB/38 K – 6/9 SB – 206 AB)

Northwestern rSR C Scott Heelan (2015): Virginia Tech transfer; 5-10, 180 pounds (2014: .317/.393/.413 – 17 BB/16 K – 1/3 SB – 189 AB) (2015: .332/.386/.428 – 17 BB/11 K – 1/1 SB – 208 AB)

Iowa JR C Daniel Aaron Moriel (2015): 6-0, 200 pounds (2015: .281/.455/.404 – 14 BB/7 K – 0/0 SB – 57 AB)

Siena JR C Dave Hoffmann (2015): 6-0, 175 pounds (2014: .255/.341/.340 – 18 BB/26 K – 0/0 SB – 141 AB) (2015: .242/.387/.409 – 27 BB/32 K – 0/0 SB – 132 AB)

Texas State JR C/1B Tanner Hill (2015): 6-1, 250 pounds (2014: .220/.302/.353 – 14 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 150 AB) (2015: .319/.379/.511 – 16 BB/35 K – 2/4 SB – 188 AB)

Saint Louis JR C Jake Henson (2015): 6-0, 215 pounds (2013: .297/.387/.453 – 9 BB/9 K – 0/0 SB – 64 AB) (2014: .244/.313/.344 – 14 BB/23 K – 0/0 SB – 131 AB) (2015: .327/.366/.531 – 11 BB/21 K – 2/3 SB – 211 AB)

High Point SR C/1B Spencer Angelis (2015): 6-2, 200 pounds (2013: .314/.388/.415 – 22 BB/27 K – 0/0 SB – 188 AB) (2014: .390/.477/.512 – 27 BB/16 K – 0/4 SB – 213 AB) (2015: .333/.439/.471 – 29 BB/37 K – 3/5 SB – 174 AB)

Columbia JR C Logan Boyher (2015): 5-10, 200 pounds (2013: .273/.293/.382 – 1 BB/9 K – 0/1 SB – 55 AB) (2014: .253/.306/.303 – 2 BB/22 K – 0/1 SB – 99 AB) (2015: .303/.422/.449 – 17 BB/23 K – 2/2 SB – 89 AB)

Liberty SR C Becker Sankey (2015): 6-0, 215 pounds (2014: .221/.335/.322 – 12 BB/32 K – 0/0 SB – 149 AB) (2015: .267/.379/.503 – 29 BB/58 K – 1/3 SB – 195 AB)

New Mexico State JR C Brent Hermanussen (2015): 6-3, 215 pounds (2015: .291/.366/.480 – 14 BB/23 K – 0/0 SB – 127 AB)

Presbyterian SR C Cam McRae (2015): 6-0, 200 pounds (2014: .267/.324/.403 – 10 BB/23 K – 4/8 SB – 191 AB) (2015: .364/.407/.525 – 11 BB/39 K – 7/10 SB – 217 AB)

Utah JR C AJ Young (2015): 6-3, 220 pounds (2013: .211/.328/.321 – 16 BB/38 K – 0/0 SB – 109 AB) (2014: .203/.372/.216 – 16 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 74 AB) (2015: .297/.407/.446 – 27 BB/49 K – 3/6 SB – 175 AB)

Xavier SR C/1B Derek Hasenbeck (2015): 6-2, 210 pounds (2012: .253/.351/.343 – 29 BB/32 K – 1/5 SB – 198 AB) (2013: .261/.390/.400 – 31 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 180 AB) (2014: .309/.387/.428 – 30 BB/33 K – 0/2 SB – 236 AB) (2015: .282/.343/.426 – 16 BB/30 K – 1/1 SB – 188 AB)

Bradley SR C Drew Carlile (2015): 6-3, 230 pounds (2015: .283/.320/.478 – 7 BB/19 K – 3/4 SB – 138 AB)

New Jersey Tech JR C Stephan Halibej (2015): 6-1, 200 pounds (2013: .281/.366/.399 – 14 BB/32 K – 2/2 SB – 178 AB) (2014: .268/.315/.366 – 5 BB/11 K – 0/0 SB – 82 AB) (2015: .301/.368/.416 – 17 BB/25 K – 0/1 SB – 173 AB)

Texas Southern rJR C Javier Valdez (2015): 5-8, 160 pounds (2015: .298/.384/.405 – 19 BB/13 K – 2/3 SB – 131 AB)

Kennesaw State JR C Brennan Morgan (2015): 6-4, 225 pounds (2014: .281/.357/.386 – 20 BB/34 K – 2/3 SB – 210 AB) (2015: .276/.383/.400 – 29 BB/31 K – 5/6 SB – 185 AB)

Saint Louis SR C/OF Colton Frabasilio (2015): 6-3, 210 pounds (2014: .253/.353/.296 – 20 BB/21 K – 2/3 SB – 162 AB) (2015: .313/.381/.460 – 19 BB/28 K – 1/2 SB – 211 AB)

Fairfield SR C Sebastian Salvo (2015): 6-2, 235 pounds (2014: .354/.426/.505 – 11 BB/14 K – 0/1 SB – 99 AB) (2015: .283/.367/.428 – 20 BB/37 K – 2/3 SB – 173 AB)

Kansas State JR C Tyler Moore (2015): 5-11, 190 pounds (2015: .302/.371/.465 – 15 BB/33 K – 2/3 SB – 172 AB)

North Florida SR C James Abbatinozzi (2015): 6-1, 220 pounds (2014: .314/.402/.353 – 13 BB/20 K – 3/3 SB – 102 AB) (2015: .315/.425/.391 – 17 BB/14 K – 2/3 SB – 92 AB)

Prairie View A&M SR C Grant Dougherty (2015): 6-1, 190 pounds (2014: .258/.350/.368 – 18 BB/27 K – 6/6 SB – 155 AB) (2015: .321/.468/.404 – 38 BB/38 K – 23/30 SB – 156 AB)

Incarnate Word SR C Colton Besett (2015): 6-0, 185 pounds (2015: .256/.369/.444 – 17 BB/32 K – 1/2 SB – 117 AB)

Ohio rJR C Cody Gaertner (2015): 5-10, 175 pounds (2012: .338/.369/.411 – 6 BB/12 K – 4/7 SB – 151 AB) (2013: .256/.325/.341 – 16 BB/21 K – 5/11 SB – 176 AB) (2015: .295/.363/.411 – 18 BB/27 K – 2/4 SB – 224 AB)

Old Dominion SR C Mike Perez (2015): 5-11, 210 pounds (2013: .275/.353/.470 – 16 BB/30 K – 1/2 SB – 149 AB) (2014: .244/.321/.382 – 15 BB/23 K – 0/0 SB – 123 AB) (2015: .276/.365/.412 – 15 BB/36 K – 1/1 SB – 170 AB)

Southeast Missouri State JR C Scott Mitchell (2015): 5-10, 160 pounds (2014: .291/.402/.333 – 25 BB/24 K – 3/4 SB – 141 AB) (2015: .316/.399/.395 – 20 BB/19 K – 0/0 SB – 152 AB)

Ohio State SR C Aaron Gretz (2015): 6-0, 200 pounds (2012: .253/.384/.286 – 19 BB/18 K – 1/2 SB – 91 AB) (2013: .259/.361/.304 – 25 BB/25 K – 0/1 SB – 158 AB) (2014: .284/.381/.367 – 17 BB/11 K – 1/1 SB – 109 AB) (2015: .279/.370/.367 – 23 BB/21 K – 0/0 SB – 147 AB)

Radford rSR C Josh Reavis (2015): 6-1, 200 pounds (2014: .264/.382/.360 – 27 BB/32 K – 11/13 SB – 178 AB) (2015: .291/.413/.398 – 30 BB/42 K – 10/12 SB – 196 AB)

NC State JR C Chance Shepard (2015): 6-1, 230 pounds (2014: .234/.379/.394 – 22 BB/34 K – 1/3 SB – 94 AB) (2015: .200/.347/.425 – 19 BB/32 K – 1/1 SB – 80 AB)

The Citadel JR C Stephen Windham (2015): 6-0, 190 pounds (2015: .305/.398/.416 – 28 BB/44 K – 0/2 SB – 190 AB)

Quinnipiac JR C/1B Lou Iannotti (2015): 6-3, 170 pounds (2015: .284/.353/.376 – 18 BB/23 K – 10/11 SB – 197 AB)

North Dakota State rSO C JT Core (2015): 6-2, 210 pounds (2015: .299/.409/.381 – 17 BB/16 K – 1/1 SB – 97 AB)

Charleston Southern SR C Andrew Widell (2015): 5-10, 190 pounds (2014: .303/.405/.360 – 30 BB/25 K – 0/3 SB – 175 AB) (2015: .269/.370/.366 – 27 BB/33 K – 6/7 SB – 189 AB)

Northern Kentucky JR C Logan Spurlin (2015): 6-4, 220 pounds (2014: .350/.416/.503 – 17 BB/39 K – 0/0 SB – 183 AB) (2015: .218/.351/.324 – 19 BB/31 K – 0/0 SB – 142 AB)

Big Ten 2015 MLB Draft All-Prospect Team

Illinois JR C Jason Goldstein
Michigan State SR 1B Ryan Krill
Maryland rSO 2B Brandon Lowe
Illinois rSO SS Adam Walton
Michigan JR 3B Travis Maezes
Michigan State JR OF Cameron Gibson
Iowa JR OF Joel Booker
Michigan SR OF Jackson Glines

Illinois JR LHP Tyler Jay
Indiana rSO RHP Jake Kelzer
Indiana JR LHP Scott Effross
Iowa JR RHP/C Blake Hickman
Maryland JR LHP Jake Drossner

I’ve noticed that I sometimes struggle when writing about players, hitters especially, that I really like. It’s almost like I don’t know what to say other than I just really, really like him. I just really, really like Maryland rSO 2B Brandon Lowe. His tools don’t jump out at you, but they aren’t half-bad, either: lots of tools in the 45 to 55 range including his glove at second, arm strength, and foot speed. It’s the bat, of course, that makes him an all-caps FAVORITE. Lowe’s hit tool is no joke

Watching Lowe hit is a joy. There’s plenty of bat speed, consistent hard contact from barrel to ball, and undeniable plus pitch recognition. His ability to make adjustments from at bat to at bat and his impressive bat control make him a potentially well above-average big league hitter. And he just flat produces at every stop. He reminds me a good deal of an old favorite, Tommy La Stella. One scout who knew I liked Lowe to an almost unhealthy degree threw a Nick Punto (bat only) comp on him. Most fans would probably take that as an insult, but we both knew it was a compliment. Punto, love him or hate him, lasted 14 years in the big leagues and made over $20 million along the way. Punto’s best full seasons (2006 and 2008) serve as interesting goal posts for what Lowe could do if/when he reaches the top of the mountain. In those years Punto hit around .285/.350/.375. In today’s game that’s a top ten big league hitter at second base. Maybe I’m not crazy enough to project a top ten at his position future for Lowe, but he’ll make an outstanding consolation prize for any team who misses/passes on Alex Bregman, the consensus top college second base prospect, this draft. I’m also not quite crazy enough to think Lowe’s draft ceiling will match that of another similar prospect (Tony Renda of Cal, who went 80th overall in 2012), but the skill sets share a lot of commonalities. Lowe is a little bit like Houston C Ian Rice for me; both players are higher (and will continue to be higher) on my rankings than I’d imagine they’ll get selected in June. Getting one or both with a pick in the middle of the single-digit rounds would be a major victory.

Slow starts have plagued the rest of the top second base prospects in the conference. Minnesota JR 2B/SS Connor Schaefbauer is the consummate heady, athletic steady fielder that you like to see manning the keystone. Like Ohio State JR 2B/3B Troy Kuhn, his cleanest path to the big leagues would be as a utility player capable of manning all the important infield spots. Indiana SR 2B/OF Casey Rodrigue was a sleeper of mine heading into last year after transferring in from LSU-Eunice, but he hasn’t made quite the impact I thought his tools would allow. But back to Lowe: I stayed up about fifteen minutes past my bedtime on a school night (!) to think about and then write about Lowe. That’s how much I like him. You might say things are getting serious between us.

Illinois JR C Jason Goldstein has scuffled to start the year, but that doesn’t dissuade me (much) of pumping him up as a quality big league contributor as he continues to develop. He’ll never be a plus offensively (though there is some bat speed to like here), but should be good enough to allow his strong defensive gifts to play. Michigan State SR C/1B Blaise Salter reminds me a little bit of Alex Bregman. I’ll pause for a second and let that ridiculous statement sink in. I’ve mentioned this before, but so many college-oriented analysts are quite vocal in their belief that Bregman will be able to stick at shortstop in the pros; pro guys, on the other hand, can’t wait to get him off the six-spot. As for Salter, most college guys you read and listen to will push the “hey, he’s improved a lot behind the plate and, sure, he’s not the most agile guy back there, but he’s a leader and pitchers like him, so maybe it’ll work” agenda. That’s cool and all, but then pro guys, literally to a man, respond with NOPE. I have him listed as a catcher for now because I think his drafting team will at least give it a shot. That’s because he might – and I can’t emphasis might enough – be playable back there, but also because it’s a bit of a stretch to imagine his bat playing anywhere else. It’s catcher or bust for Salter if he wants to climb the pro ladder. I actually like the hit tool more than most and think he’s a better athlete than given credit for, but it’ll come down to whether or not he’ll make enough contact to allow his plus power to go to use.

There are no first basemen of note in the Big 10 this year. I hate saying that and you know I’m rooting for somebody to emerge, but it doesn’t look great right now. I’ve been a fan of Michigan State SR 1B Ryan Krill in the past, but supporting that cause is getting harder and harder to justify as the years pass. Krill was a member of the 2011 MLB Draft class of high school first basemen that has flopped in a big way so far. It’s up to Travis Harrison (who I absolutely loved) to rediscover his power and Dan Vogelbach* (who I liked a lot then and still like today) to stay in reasonably good shape to carry this sad group of first basemen out of the doldrums. Krill can still bring the thunder, but contact is a problem and he too often gets himself in bad hitting counts. Here was his HS report from this very site back in the day…

Krill is another prospect I was slow to come around on, but I’m buying into his mix of strong defensive tools, super athleticism, and big upside with the bat. Like Jacob Anderson before him, he’s got the wheels and instincts to play some outfield as a pro. There is enough to like about Krill that you can dream on him being a league average hitter and above-average glove at first down the line if everything works out. That may not sound all that sexy, and there is plenty of risk involved with assuming “everything works out,” but you have to remember how much you have to hit if you want to play first base in the bigs. As much as I like Krill now, I’ll be the first to admit that each and every one of these mid-round high school first basemen will all have to make major strides in pro ball (i.e. have “everything work out”) to begin to reach their upper level projections. Life is tough when you don’t have a fallback plan, I guess.

Ohio State JR 1B/OF Zach Ratcliff is another former big-time HS prospect that hasn’t delivered in college. These are typically the guys I cling to long after they’ve shown they are overmatched. I’m trying to hang in there, honest.

The shortstop group in the conference is similar to the second baseman if you allow for the omission of a Brandon Lowe type prospect at the top. Illinois rSO SS Adam Walton comes closest to taking on that role as a fellow third-year sophomore with clear professional tools (speed, glove). I’ve neither seen nor heard much about Walton as a pro prospect just yet, but players who look like safe bets to stay up the middle with his kind of wheels and pop tend to get noticed over time.

I’ve written about Michigan JR 3B/SS Travis Maezes already, so I’ll just give the short version here: his skill set reminds me of the 25th pick of last year’s draft, Matt Chapman. The biggest noticeable difference in their games comes down to arm strength. Maezes has an outstanding arm, but it’s not in the same class as Chapman’s; that’s how crazy Chapman’s arm is. Besides that, the similarities are striking. I think Maezes has a chance to put an average hit tool with average power (maybe a half-grade above in each area) to good use as a professional ballplayer. Even if he doesn’t hit as much as I’ll think, his defensive value (good at third and playable at short, with intriguing unseen upside at 2B and C) should make him a positive player. It’s not the typical profile we think of as “high-floor,” but it works. I’ve talked to a few people who think I’m overstating Maezes’ upside as a pro. That’s fine and it’s relevant and I’m happy to hear from dissenting viewpoints. What I often hear next is what interests me the most. The majority of those who say I’m too high on Maezes have gone on to praise either Maryland JR 3B Jose Cuas or Ohio State 3B/1B Jake Bosiokovic as the better prospect. It’s not this simplistic, but I feel like if we had to boil those conversations down it would be an upside vs certainty debate. I think Maezes’ upside rivals those guys and he’s far more certain to produce positive value going forward; they think Maezes’ upside is limited when compared to Cuas and Bosiokovic, and that he’s far less likely (relative to what I’ve said) to reach that lesser ceiling anyway. Maybe. I get the appeal of Cuas (big raw power and a world of defensive tools) and Bosiokovic (athletic 6-6, 220 pound men who can reasonably stick at third are a rare breed), but, despite what I’ve heard, my loyalty to Maezes is unwavering. (For the record, I realize I’m not going out on a limb here and I’m not patting myself on the back for liking a player who is the consensus top third basemen in the conference. I’m just trying to share some opposing views I’ve personally heard. Also, I do think I like him more than most, but arguing degrees of “like” is a pretty silly exercise.)

In this class I look at Michigan State JR OF Cameron Gibson and see a slam dunk top five round draft prospect with the chance to play his way even higher (round two?). Judged solely as a hitter, however, smart people I’ve talked to liken him more to recent college players like Greg Allen, Tyler Holt, Mark Payton, and Taylor Dugas. Those guys, all favorites of mine once upon a time, were drafted in the sixth, fifth, seventh, and eighth rounds, respectively. I’m not sure what that necessarily says about Gibson’s draft stock (if anything!), so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. The “as a hitter” qualifier above is not to be missed. Gibson’s range in center isn’t nearly on the level of any of those players, with one scout simply telling me he was “fine in center, better in a corner.” That corners figures to be left field as his arm is his one clearly below-average tool. Everything else could play average or better making the strong, athletic Gibson a potential regular if he can stick in center. If not, then he could make it work as a regular left fielder in today’s new world order of reduced offense. A plus glove with upside at the plate in left is a property worth investing in these days. An unexpected but amusing comparison I’ve heard for Gibson’s ceiling is Brady Anderson (sans 50 HR season). I like it, though I’m not sure if projecting Anderson’s plate discipline (remember it being good, but shocked how good) on any young hitter is fair.

Iowa JR OF Joel Booker remains a bit of a mystery man to me, but crazy speed, premium athleticism, and considerable arm strength paint the picture of a strong overall prospect. Booker destroyed junior college ball the past two seasons (.403/.451/.699 last year) and has adjusted fairly well to big time college ball so far this year. The big question even as he was annihilating juco pitching was how his high-contact, minimal bases on ball approach would play as the competition tightened. It’s still a concern, but it might just be one of those tradeoffs we have to accept in a flawed prospect. Booker’s aggression nature defines him at the plate; pushing him into more of a leadoff approach could neuter his unusually adept bat-to-ball ability just as easily as it could take him to the next level as a prospect.

All of those names mentioned in the Cameron Gibson paragraph (Allen, Holt, Payton, Dugas) might better apply to Michigan SR OF Jackson Glines. Glines can chase balls down in center with the best of them where he is able to use his above-average foot speed and instincts to get balls others can’t. There aren’t too many senior signs in the country with his kind of future. Speed, CF range, patience, and pop = FAVORITE.

The next tier down of outfielders still has some players to watch. Maryland JR OF LaMonte Wade (arm, power, approach) has upside rivaled only by Cam Gibson among his outfield peers. Indiana rSR OF Scott Donley rolls out of bed ready to hit. Iowa SR OF/2B Eric Toole has speed, Maryland JR OF Anthony Papio has power, and Purdue JR OF Kyle Johnson has a little bit of everything, size included (6-5, 215).

I’m trying to find the right fact that shows how impressive the Big 10’s pitching this year is. Let’s see which sums it up the best…

The top ranked arm, Illinois JR LHP Tyler Jay, is an easy first round talent who could keep on striking guys out all the way into the top ten. That could be reason enough to be impressed with the Big 10’s pitching, but, wait, there’s more.

Jay is just one of literally a half-dozen lefthanded pitchers that I have at peaking with their fastballs at 94 or better. There’s Jay (97), Indiana JR LHP Scott Effross (94), Maryland JR LHP Jake Drossner (95), Maryland JR LHP Alex Robinson (96), Minnesota JR LHP Dalton Sawyer (94), and Illinois JR LHP Kevin Duchene (94).

One of my quick sorting tools when I’m looking at a class a year or more out (like I just finished up doing with the college class of 2016) is to start with any pitcher capable of throwing three average or better pitches. I had to do the same thing when figuring out how to prioritize this follow list. Jay, Indiana rSO RHP Jake Kelzer, Effross, Iowa JR RHP Blake Hickman, Drossner, Michigan JR RHP/3B Jacob Cronenworth, Duchene, Michigan State SR RHP Mick VanVossen, and Indiana JR RHP Christian Morris all fit the bill based on my notes.

The one-two-three punch of Jay, Hickman, and Cronenworth give the conference as much athleticism and theoretical two-way ability as any group of pitchers as you’d like to see. Jay is a plus athlete with legitimate plus speed, Hickman was once an honest to goodness catching prospect with big power and a plus arm (duh), and, despite a fascinating three-pitch mix (88-92, 94 peak; above-average breaking ball; above-average mid-80s split-CU) Cronenberg might currently be a better prospect as a position player (speed, arm strength, power). As somebody who values athleticism in pitchers very, very highly, this is some exciting stuff.

I’ve managed to namecheck eleven different pitchers so far without mentioning a certain SO RHP at Ohio State by the name of Travis Lakins. All Lakins is capable of is throwing darting mid-90s fastballs with above-average command, an average curve that flashes plus, and a raw but steadily improving changeup. No biggie.

To continue the “how can a guy this good be ranked so low?” theme, there’s are a pair of pitchers just outside of the top ten who have both hit as high as 97 with impressive breaking balls. That would be Maryland JR RHP Jared Price and Ohio State rSO RHP Shea Murray.

The aforementioned Duchene is next with his lively four-pitch mix and stellar track record of success. Then there’s Michigan State rSO LHP Cameron Vieaux, another southpaw who can get swings and misses both with the heat (88-92) and an above-average breaker (CB). It doesn’t hurt that he’s a 6-5, 200 pound athletic son of a gun, either.

I could go on and on and on. A few more quick notes…

I’m as shocked as anybody that I didn’t have Hickman, a massive personal favorite, behind Jay in the two spot. Those Indiana arms (Kelzer and Effross) just got too much love for the smart folks I talked to. Kelzer is the rare big pitcher (6-8, 235) with the fluidity and athleticism in his movements as a smaller man. I’ve yet to hear/see of a true offspeed pitch of note (he’s got the good hard slider and a promising slower curve), but something a touch softer (change, splitter) would be nice. Effross is a more traditionally easy to like prospect: lefthanded, damn good change, misses bats.

Maryland could stock a AA bullpen tomorrow. Jake Drossner has the stuff to start, but Alex Robinson, Kevin Mooney, Jared Price, and Zach Morris (and his comically oversized cell phone) all have at least the fastball/breaking ball combination that could get good pro hitters out right now.

(I wrote this about Jay earlier, but seeing as he’s the top guy I figure it didn’t hurt to run it again)

I guess I just find the case of Jay continuously flying just under the radar to be more bizarre than anything. I’m almost at the point where I’m starting to question what negatives I’m missing. A smart team in the mid- to late-first round is going to get a crazy value when Jay inevitably slips due to the unknown of how he’ll hold up as a starter. Between his extreme athleticism, a repertoire bursting at the seams with above-average to plus offerings (plus FB, above-average CB that flashes plus, above-average SL that flashes plus, average or better CU with plus upside), and dominant results to date at the college level (reliever or not), there’s little doubt in my mind that Jay can do big things in a big league rotation sooner rather than later. There two questions that will need to be answered as he gets stretched out as a starter will be how effective he’ll be going through lineups multiple times (with the depth of his arsenal I’m confident he’ll be fine here) and how hot his fastball will remain (and how crisp his breaking stuff stays) when pitch counts climb. That’s a tough one to answer at the present moment, but the athleticism, balance, and tempo in Jay’s delivery give me hope.

*I don’t know if this comp has ever been made – Google doesn’t seem to think so – but I see a lot of Brett Wallace, for better or worse, in Vogelbach. I say for better despite Wallace not working out professionally because I’m sure he was a well above-average first base bat in one of our world’s parallel universes. Or something like that. Anyway, Vogelbach’s minor league numbers to date: .285/.375/.481. Wallace is a career .304/.376/.480 minor league hitter. Hmm.

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Hitting 

  1. Michigan JR 3B/SS Travis Maezes
  2. Maryland rSO 2B Brandon Lowe
  3. Michigan State JR OF Cameron Gibson
  4. Maryland JR 3B Jose Cuas
  5. Iowa JR OF Joel Booker
  6. Illinois JR C Jason Goldstein
  7. Michigan SR OF Jackson Glines
  8. Maryland JR OF/LHP LaMonte Wade
  9. Illinois rSO SS Adam Walton
  10. Michigan State SR C/1B Blaise Salter
  11. Indiana rSR OF Scott Donley
  12. Michigan State SR 1B Ryan Krill
  13. Minnesota JR 2B/SS Connor Schaefbauer
  14. Ohio State JR 2B/3B Troy Kuhn
  15. Iowa SR OF/2B Eric Toole
  16. Nebraska SR C Tanner Lubach
  17. Maryland JR OF Anthony Papio
  18. Indiana SR C/OF Brian Hartong
  19. Purdue JR OF/RHP Kyle Johnson
  20. Minnesota SR OF Jake Bergren
  21. Nebraska SR OF Austin Darby
  22. Illinois SR 1B/SS David Kerian
  23. Nebraska SR 3B/1B Blake Headley
  24. Maryland JR C Kevin Martir
  25. Ohio State JR 3B/1B Jake Bosiokovic
  26. Northwestern rSR C Scott Heelan
  27. Minnesota rSR SS Michael Handel
  28. Rutgers SR OF Vinny Zarrillo
  29. Iowa JR 1B/RHP Tyler Peyton
  30. Indiana SR 2B/OF Casey Rodrigue
  31. Iowa SR OF Dan Potempa
  32. Illinois SR OF Casey Fletcher
  33. Ohio State SR C Aaron Gretz
  34. Nebraska JR 2B/SS Jake Placzek
  35. Nebraska SR SS Steven Reveles
  36. Iowa rSR 2B Jake Mangler
  37. Ohio State SR C Connor Sabanosh
  38. Penn State JR OF James Coates
  39. Ohio State JR 1B/OF Zach Ratcliff
  40. Michigan SR C/OF Kevin White
  41. Purdue JR 2B Michael Vilardo

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Pitching 

  1. Illinois JR LHP Tyler Jay
  2. Indiana rSO RHP Jake Kelzer
  3. Indiana JR LHP Scott Effross
  4. Iowa JR RHP/C Blake Hickman
  5. Maryland JR LHP Jake Drossner
  6. Ohio State SO RHP Travis Lakins
  7. Maryland JR LHP Alex Robinson
  8. Maryland JR RHP Kevin Mooney
  9. Minnesota JR LHP Dalton Sawyer
  10. Michigan JR RHP/3B Jacob Cronenworth
  11. Maryland JR RHP Jared Price
  12. Ohio State rSO RHP Shea Murray
  13. Illinois JR LHP Kevin Duchene
  14. Michigan State rSO LHP Cameron Vieaux
  15. Nebraska SR RHP Josh Roeder
  16. Michigan State SR RHP Mick VanVossen
  17. Minnesota rJR RHP Lance Thonvold
  18. Nebraska JR RHP Colton Howell
  19. Illinois rSR RHP Drasen Johnson
  20. Indiana SR RHP Luke Harrison
  21. Iowa JR RHP Calvin Mathews
  22. Michigan State JR LHP Anthony Misiewicz
  23. Indiana JR RHP Christian Morris
  24. Iowa JR RHP Tyler Radtke
  25. Maryland rJR LHP Zach Morris
  26. Ohio State SR RHP Trace Dempsey
  27. Illinois rSR RHP/2B Reid Roper
  28. Northwestern SR RHP Brandon Magallones
  29. Nebraska SR LHP Kyle Kubat
  30. Michigan JR LHP Evan Hill
  31. Ohio State SR LHP Ryan Riga
  32. Ohio State JR RHP Jake Post
  33. Rutgers JR LHP Mark McCoy
  34. Michigan State rSR LHP/OF Jeff Kinley
  35. Nebraska SR RHP Chance Sinclair
  36. Indiana JR LHP Will Coursen-Carr
  37. Iowa SR RHP Nick Hibbing
  38. Maryland SR RHP Bobby Ruse
  39. Minnesota SR RHP Ben Meyer
  40. Indiana JR LHP Sullivan Stadler
  41. Illinois JR LHP JD Nielsen
  42. Illinois rSR LHP Rob McDonnell
  43. Indiana rSO RHP Thomas Belcher
  44. Indiana JR RHP Evan Bell
  45. Indiana rJR LHP Kyle Hart
  46. Indiana rSR RHP Ryan Halstead
  47. Michigan rJR RHP Matthew Ogden
  48. Minnesota rJR LHP Jordan Jess
  49. Rutgers rSO LHP Max Herrmann
  50. Indiana rSO RHP Kent Williams
  51. Iowa JR LHP Ryan Erickson