Top 20 High-School Prospects

1) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS (OK)

Bundy's strong senior season has boosted him to the top of the HS rankings.

Of all the high-school talent, Bundy has been the most impressive this spring. Has not only touched 100 mph, but also has three secondary pitches that have looked great. Curveball and changeup are his best pitches. Incredibly polished for a high-schooler.

2) Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner Edgerton HS (KS)

Starling has true five-tool talent. Three-sport star who has excellent speed, light-tower power, and solid defensive ability. Very strong arm. Highest offensive ceiling in this draft, regardless of class. Also has scholarship offer to Nebraska for football. Could make him a tough sign.

3) Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS (OK)

Another incredible athlete with full-ride for football. Has some of the best velocity in high-school crop. Sits 90-95, can reach back for 98 mph. Fantastic curveball, could be the best among fellow prep pitchers.

4) Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Spring Valley HS (SC)

Rocketed into top-ten consideration with high 90s velocity. Solid curveball that rivals Bradley’s as the best of all high-schoolers. Offers two other pitches, a changeup and a cutter. Both still incredibly raw.

5) Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy (FL)

Top defensive shortstop in class. Can make all the throws, including the flashy ones. Has a rocket arm and solid footwork. At the plate, he switch-hits with a decent chance for borderline average power. Gap hitter with decent speed on the base-paths.

6) Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS (TN)

Stock has slipped somewhat from end of 2010 season. Will have to settle for being the top lefty in 2011 class. Features excellent velocity (93-96 mph), has solid breaking pitch, and an improving changeup. Questions about his control.

7) Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS (NM)

Top catcher in high-school class, maybe even the entire draft. Has great receiving skills, great pop times and looks like he’ll remain at catcher long-term. At the plate he’s a switch-hitter with great pop in his bat. Excellent leadership skills.

8) Josh Bell, OF, Jesuit College Prep (TX)

Athletic, powerful outfielder. Five-tool talent right now, who will eventually settle into his role as a corner outfielder with great power. Amazingly quick bat. Great defensive abilities, and one of the strongest arms of any high-school outfielder. Decent speed that should diminish as he grows and gains more bulk.

9) Javier Baez, SS/3B, Arlington Country Day HS (FL)

Moved to SS this season to enhance his draft prospects. Has looked OK, but will likely find a home at 3B. Less defensive polish than Lindor or Lopes, but has more power than both. Great with the bat. Ball explodes off his bat. Good speed and great athleticism.

10) Jose Fernandez, RHP, Alonso HS (FL)

Former Cuban defector just coming into his prime, very rare combination. Great velocity that can reach 98 mph. Good projection on curveball, although right now he’s still a one-pitch pitcher. Needs to polish his command.

11) Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS (CA)

Second-best lefty in crop. Huge frame, already 6-foot-7 and still growing. Can stand to add some weight, only 180 pounds. Already throws in the low 90s, should be able to reach into the upper 90s as he gains more bulk. Two potential above-average pitches in curveball and changeup.

12) Brandon Nimmo, OF, East HS (WY)

Incredibly polished, especially for a player whose high-school doesn’t have a baseball team. Five-tool talent. Amazing speed. Great defense. Solid bat with a little bit of pop. Prototypical top of the order bat.

13) Dillon Howard, RHP, Searcy HS (AR)

Hard-throwing right-hander. Throws in the mid-to-high 90s. Throws a two- and four-seamer, along with a slider, and a changeup, which is his best pitch. Great command of his pitches. Front of the rotation stuff.

14) Austin Hedges, C, Juniper Serro HS (CA)

Best defensive skills of any high-school catcher. Incredibly polished behind the plate with solid pop times and great footwork. Will definitely stick at catcher. Offers decent upside at the plate. Still a bit raw but has decent power. Defense will carry him.

15) Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy (MA)

Top arm in a weak Northeast crop. Sits 93-96 mph with his fastball. Compliments it with three pitches, including a circle-change and curveball, both of which have above-average potential. Amazing competitor.

16) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS (CA)

Made a name for himself by starting off the season with back-to-back no-hitters. Great velocity, low-to-mid 90s, but his strong suit is his command, which could be the best of any high-school pitcher this year. Throws two- and four-seam fastballs, changeup, slider, splitter and cutter.

17) Travis Harrison, 3B/OF, Tustin HS (CA)

Arguably the best power of any high-schooler. Hits moonshots, and is the top bat out of California. Impressive runner, especially for his size. Question mark defensively. Could play third, but lacks the footwork and accuracy. Most likely to end up in the OF.

18) Derek Fisher, OF, Cedar Crest HS (PA)

Extremely loud bat. Incredible power. Impressive speed for a guy who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. Very physical. Solid fielder with very strong arm. Still learning the nuances of outfield after moving from infield.

19) Dillon Maples, RHP, Pinecrest HS (NC)

Top high-schooler from NC. Impressive low-to-mid 90s fastball. Above-average curveball and potential plus changeup. Impressive command. Had great mentor in his father, who played in the minors for a handful of seasons.

20) Charlie Tilson, OF, New Trier HS (IL)

Amazing all-around athlete. Sensational speed. Could be one of the top base-runners in high-school crop. Surprising pop at the plate. Above-average defensive ability in the outfield, including strong arm that has teams giving him a look off the mound. Prototypical lead-off hitter.

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