High school hurler Hunter Greene has seemingly locked down the top spot in the 2017 MLB Draft, showing electric tools both on the mound and at the plate. Behind Greene, there’s a list of players jockeying for consideration.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our revamped top 50.
Mark Vientos, SS/3B, American Heritage High School (FL)
Vientos had a strong showing at the National High School Invitational, and he helped himself by showing good footwork and quick movements in the infield, leading some to reconsider their opinions that he has zero chance to stick at shortstop. It still seems likely that he’ll slide over to third base before long, but Vientos has a ton of momentum heading back to Florida to finish out his senior season.
Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, University of Virginia
No hitter has helped his cause more this month than Smith. He’s coming off of a 7-RBI performance against Old Dominion and slugged two grand-slams this week, including one against the No. 2 ranked Louisville Cardinals. He now leads the Cavs with a career-best 10 home runs and his 45 RBI rank second in the nation. Even more impressive is his 16:3 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 120 at-bats. According to NCAA.com’s stats page, he’s been the toughest hitter in the nation to strike out this year.
Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
Beck hasn’t pitched all season, after suffering a stress-fracture in his back, but surprisingly that hasn’t diminished interest in him. His name has been bandied about as a potential top-ten pick, and he has to be hoping teams view him as favorably as fellow Cardinal pitcher Cal Quantrill, who missed the entire 2016 season but found himself drafted eighth-overall in last year’s draft. Still, a back injury is a back injury, and recovery from them is not always a sure thing.
Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
Wright got off to an uneven start, struggling through five innings in Vandy’s season-opening loss to San Diego. He’s showed flashes of dominance since then, but he’s been one of the most inconsistent prospects on our top-50. That inconsistency is a big reason the Dores have scuffled out of the gate in SEC play, despite strong performances from the rest of the rotation (Chandler Day, Patrick Raby, Drake Fellows). For the season, Wright has allowed opposing batters to hit .296 off him, while his five wild pitches lead the team.