Aside from catcher, third base may very well be the weakest position grouping of the 2017 draft class.
One can make the argument that after Jake Burger, there is no sure thing. At least he’s plenty talented. Armed with the best present power in this class, Burger also has an above-average hit tool. He earned All-Conference MVP honors after another strong campaign that saw him bash 22 home runs and lead Missouri State to the NCAA regionals. He finishes his career with a .341/.421/.624 line.
Slotting in behind Burger is rising star Drew Ellis. Ellis got just 94 at-bats last year and played mostly in the shadow of projected top-three pick Brendan McKay this year, but he still established himself as one of the elite hitters in college baseball, finishing with a .362/.453/.695 line and 17 home runs. An incredible athlete who played basketball in high school and a little bit of outfield last year, Ellis has the footwork and enough arm strength to be an average defender at third.
Leading the high school crop are two impressive hitters, Mark Vientos (Florida) and Nick Egnatuk (New Jersey). Vientos will likely be drafted as a shortstop, but his bat and projectable size (he’s already 6’4” and 200 lbs) should force a slide over to the hot corner. Egnatuk may be the inferior hitter, but he’s without a doubt the better defender, showing plus arm strength. Not that he’s a slouch at the plate.
These rankings are current as of 6/7/17, and will be updated throughout the draft season.
|1||Jake Burger||3B||Missouri State University||6-2||220||R-R||Power (60/70)|
|2||Drew Ellis||3B||University of Louisville||6-3||210||R-R||Average (50/60)|
|3||Mark Vientos||3B/SS||American Heritage High School (FL)||6-4||200||R-R||Power (40/65)|
|4||Nick Egnatuk||3B||Immaculata High School (NJ)||6-2||187||R-R||Fielding (40/60)|
|5||Andrew Bechtold||3B||Chipola Junior College||6-1||195||R-R||Speed (55/60)|
|6||Ryan Vilade||3B||Stillwater High School (OK)||6-2||190||R-R||Power (50/70)|
|7||Raymond Gil||3B||Gulliver Schools (FL)||6-2||180||R-R||Fielding (45/60)|
|8||Dylan Busby||3B/1B||Florida State University||6-3||190||R-R||Power (50/60)|
|9||Will Toffey||3B||Vanderbilt University||6-2||205||L-R||Fielding (50/55)|
|10||Buddy Kennedy||3B||Millville High School (NJ)||5-11||215||R-R||Power (45/70)|
|11||Sean Bouchard||3B/1B||University of California, Los Angeles||6-3||215||R-R||Fielding (50/55)|
|12||Joe Dunand||3B/SS||North Carolina State University||6-2||205||R-R||Power (50/60)|
|13||Jason Willow||3B/SS/OF||Lambrick Park Secondary School (Canada)||6-2||175||R-R||Power (40/65)|
|14||Jacob Gonzalez||3B/1B||Chaparral High School (AZ)||6-4||210||R-R||Fielding (45/55)|
|15||Evan Mendoza||3B||North Carolina State University||6-2||200||R-R||Fielding (55/60)|
|16||Tim Elko||3B/1B||Hillsborough High School (FL)||6-4||225||R-R||Fielding (45/65)|
|17||Kyle Datres||3B||University of North Carolina||6-0||192||R-R||Fielding (50/55)|
|18||Gage Workman||3B/SS||Basha High School (AZ)||6-3||180||S-R||Fielding (40/55)|
|19||Spencer Torkelson||3B/2B||Casa Grande High School (CA)||6-1||205||R-R||Fielding (40/55)|
|20||Jamal O’Guinn||3B/SS||Buchanan High School (CA)||6-2||200||R-R||Power (35/65)|