Top 50 Overall Prospects

# Player Pos School/University Height Weight B-T
1 Bobby Witt Jr. SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) 6-1 185 R-R
It’s been a busy summer for the projected No. 1 overall pick, who has bounced around from North Carolina (Tournament of Stars) to Washington D.C. (High School Home Run Derby) to Chicago (Under Armour All-America) to San Diego (Perfect Game All-American), racking up honors along the way. He recently returned home to Texas, where he won MVP honors in the inaugural “States Play” tournament, pitting the best players from Texas against their counterparts from California. With that in the can, he should get some well-deserved rest before rejoining the 18U National Team for the Pan American Championships in Panama City in late-November. 
2 Adley Rutschman C Oregon State University 6-2 216 S-R
The Beavers had three 2018 first round picks on their College World Series roster, yet it was Rutschman that was the best player on the field every night. He racked up eight hits in 13 at-bats in the three-game championship set with Arkansas—en route to a CWS-record 17 hits—and took home Most Outstanding Player honors in a landslide. His strong finish pushed his average up over .400 for the season, and saw him break school records for both runs batted in (83) and hits (102). He made a cameo appearance for the collegiate national team, and, surprise surprise, led the squad with a .355 average and five doubles. 
3 C.J. Abrams SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA) 6-2 182 L-R
Abrams was already highly regarded heading into the showcase circuit, but his performance this summer has convinced us to move him ahead of Rece Hinds. He put together a strong showing at the TOS, posting the second-lowest strikeout rate of any hitter in attendance, and continued to show the ability to handle elite velocity, turning around a 95 mph fastball from Brennan Malone for a single at the UA All-America game. He looked sharp defensively at the PG Classic and East Coast Pro, and seems poised to be a top-five pick next June. 
4 Rece Hinds 3B IMG Academy (FL) 6-4 210 R-R
Hinds was the star of the TOS, cracking two homers in the gold medal game, and was, as expected, a must-watch in the HS HR Derby over the All-Star break. He finished second to Witt, showing a smooth, easy stroke that should produce 25-30 home runs regularly at the pro level, if not more. He went hitless in his next 13 plate appearances, spanning the PG Classic and East Coast Pro, and while that took some of the shine off his summer as a whole, he’s still the best pure power hitter in the 2019 class. He made some pretty big waves recently, announcing his intention to transfer from Niceville to IMG Academy in Bradenton.
5 Riley Greene OF Hagerty HS (FL) 6-2 190 L-L
Greene has had a tremendous summer, putting himself in position to make a run at Abrams and Hinds for the honor of “best high school player not named Bobby Witt Jr.” He’s been consistent throughout, showing good patience and speed at the TOS, incredible pure power at the HS HR Derby and the Area Code Games derby, and his first-inning, two-run homer off Brennan Malone at the UA All-American game was one of the highlights of the showcase circuit. He did scuffle a bit at East Coast Pro, but rebounded with an impressive showing at the PG Classic. He returns to Florida looking to become the first first-round pick from Hagerty since Ryan Mountcastle in 2015.
6 Logan Davidson SS Clemson University 6-3 185 S-R
Clemson’s season may have ended prematurely, but Davidson’s did not. Just a few weeks after finishing off a stellar sophomore campaign—.292 with 15 HR and 10 SB—the shortstop headed north to play in the Cape Cod League. He took a few days off to compete in the College Home Run Derby, and turned it into his personal batting practice session, slugging an event-record 58 longballs en route to a second-place finish, before returning to the Cape. We’re going to chalk his bottom-of-the-league .196 average and circuit-leading 45 strikeouts up to a derby hangover. His combination of offense and defense will make him a top-ten pick at worst come June.
7 Jerrion Ealy OF Jackson Prep HS (MS) 5-10 192 R-R
One of the top-ranked running backs (No. 3 at 24/7 Sports) in the country, and one of just three athletes ever to earn Under Armour All-American status in both football and baseball, Ealy took time out of his busy gridiron schedule to make appearances at most of the showcase events. He was one of just three players to go deep at the TOS, and he utilized his 75-grade speed to swipe five bases over the course of the summer. He’s committed to play both sports at Ole Miss, but as we saw with Kyler Murray this past season, the lure of pro baseball is very powerful. 
8 Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA) 6-3 200 R-R
The newest addition to the list, Espino is riding high on a wave of momentum generated by a trifecta of performances that left scouts drooling. After sitting in the low-90s most of last year, the right-hander touched 99 mph at both the UA All-American game and East Coast Pro, and was clocked at 98 mph at the PG Classic. He’s pitched comfortably at 95 and above all summer, and has also flashed a power slider that has plus potential. Despite the best velocity in the 2019 class, Espino has been hit pretty hard in the showcases. The Panamanian native is committed to LSU
9 Zack Thompson LHP University of Kentucky 6-2 225 L-L
Thompson didn’t get much work in this summer, logging just 14.1 innings between stints with the collegiate national team and Brewster of the Cape Cod League, but we’re not too concerned. After all, he missed nearly two months during the Wildcats’ season with an elbow injury, and will head into his junior season as the top college arm available. There’s no need to rush things. While he didn’t give up many runs this summer, it is worth mentioning that he walked a combined eight batters in those 14.1 innings, a number that’s on par with his career mark of 4.9 BB/9. 
10 Hunter Barco LHP Bolles HS (FL) 6-4 208 L-L
It’s a testament to how good Barco is that he gritted through the summer without his best stuff, and still managed to put together some of the most impressive performances of any high school pitcher, racking up 11 strikeouts in nine innings of work. If his most recent appearance at East Coast Pro was any indication, however, his stuff is back. His fastball, which had sat in the 90-92 range most of the summer, was back up to 94 mph and showed impressive movement. His changeup and slider both flashed above-average, making him arguably the safest bet among high school arms.
11 Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy (FL) 6-5 210 R-R
After pitching lights out at the Tournament of Stars, Malone got another boost when his fastball jumped a few ticks at East Coast Pro. Hitting 97 mph gives him arguably the second-best fastball among high school arms, and his curveball and changeup give him two more deadly weapons. If he continues to show that kind of velocity throughout his senior year, he will likely be a top-ten prospect for us. Like Rece Hinds (No. 4 on this list), Malone also recently announced that he’ll be transferring from Porter Ridge down to IMG Academy.
12 Tyler Callihan 3B Providence HS (FL) 6-1 200 L-R
No hitter helped his stock this summer more than Callihan. After a strong junior campaign—he hit .441 with six homers—he opened some eyes with a solid performance at the Tournament of Stars, where he went 5-for-14 with a double. He earned an invitation to the HS HR Derby, and placed fourth, showing an impressive power stroke. He’s played mostly shortstop for Providence, but should slide over to third base at the pro level, where he has above-average potential defensively. His bat is still his best tool, however.
13 Cade Doughty SS Denham Springs HS (LA) 6-1 195 R-R
The top player in the state of Louisiana, Doughty had a relatively quiet summer, despite appearing at several showcase events. One of the most versatile prospects in the 2019 class, he saw time at third base, second base, shortstop and left field, and while he could probably handle all of those spots defensively as a pro, we’re excited to see him get back to his natural position for Denham next spring. He’ll be hard-pressed to top his 2018 performance that saw him hit .327, drive in 32 runs, steal 15 bases and rack up eight saves on the mound, en route to winning All-Parish MVP honors.
14 Andrew Vaughn 1B University of California 6-0 214 R-R
It’s hard to imagine the year going any better for Vaughn, who won nearly every award possible during a stellar sophomore campaign that saw him post a .402/.531/.819 line and a 44-to-18 BB-to-K ratio. The Golden Spikes recipient, Cal’s first, logged another 50 at-bats on the Cape—.308 with five homers and 14 RBI—before joining up with Team USA’s college squad, where the accumulation of more than 300 at-bats began to take its toll. He managed just one home run and struck out in nearly a quarter of his plate appearances. Defensively, he continued to shine, following up his Pac-12 All-Defensive Team inclusion with 27 games of error-free ball.
15 Myles Austin SS Westlake HS (GA) 6-3 177 R-R
The sky appears to be the limit for Austin, arguably the toolsiest prospect in the 2019 class. You name it, he has it. Great speed? He’s been clocked as low as 6.53 in the 60-yard dash. Great arm? He’s been clocked as high as 90 mph off the mound and has registered throws higher than that from shortstop to first. At 6-foot-3 and 177 pounds, he has great size and plenty of room to add strength, and while he has yet to really blossom as a hitter, he has above-average raw power and enough bat speed to hit for a respectable average as well.
16 Matt Wallner OF University of Southern Mississippi 6-5 220 L-R
In two years at USM, Wallner has proven himself one of the best hitters in college baseball. He’s hit for average—.343 through 463 at-bats—as well as power—27 doubles and 35 homers—and has shown great discipline at the plate, drawing nearly as many walks (93) as strikeouts (103). This summer, however, he dealt with his first bit of adversity. After slugging four homers in his first 11 games on the Cape, he hit none the rest of the way, racking up 24 strikeouts, compared to eight walks. He fared even worse with the collegiate national team, notching just two hits in 13 at-bats. Another strong campaign for the Golden Eagles, however, should cement his status as a sure-fire first-rounder.
17 Cooper Benson LHP San Luis Obispo HS (CA) 6-0 200 L-L
First things first. Benson doesn’t have elite velocity. He tops 90 mph with regularity but rarely pitches above 92, instead relying on above-average command of the offering and the utilization of two other pitches, a curveball and changeup, both of which grade out above-average and have flashed plus in the past. After an eye-opening junior campaign, in which he allowed just 18 hits and struck out 114 batters in 60.2 innings, Benson earned an invite to try out for the 18U national team at TOS. He shook off a shaky first inning and got strikeouts of Logan Britt (No. 20) and Nasim Nunez (No. 22), en route to three scoreless innings of work. 
18 Matthew Thompson RHP Cypress Ranch HS (TX) 6-3 184 R-R
Thompson hit 96 mph last fall, announcing himself as one of the top pitching prospects from the high school ranks. He then went out and had a dominant junior year, striking out 87 batters in 47 innings and leading Cy-Ranch to the state semis for the first time in three years. He was a regular on the showcase circuit this summer and he didn’t disappoint, consistently pitching in the 90-94 mph range and showing a tight-spinning curveball that grades out above-average. Our one concern about him continues to be his high-effort delivery, which can often lead to bouts of wildness.
19 Nick Lodolo LHP Texas Christian University 6-6 180 L-L
Lodolo is one of just a handful of prospects that didn’t play summer ball this year. That’s a shame because his first two years at TCU, while scattered with highlights, were pretty inconsistent. He enters his draft year with a career walk-rate over 3.0, a strikeout-rate under 10.0, and a 4.34 ERA in more than 150 innings. An area of increasing concern is his performance in Big 12 play, where he got shelled to the tune of a 5.23 ERA last year. Still, 6-foot-6 left-handers that can throw 95 mph don’t grow on trees, so if he has even an average season, Lodolo is probably once again ticketed for the first round.
20 Logan Britt OF Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) 6-5 210 R-R
Britt checked in at No. 9 on our first iteration of the top 25 prospects in the 2019 class, and his drop to No. 20 has less to do with his performance at three showcase events this summer—0-for-13, 3 BB, 9 K—than the performance of the players now ranked ahead of him, although it certainly didn’t help his cause. He’s still a veritable tool-shed, with plus arm strength and power and an above-average hit tool. The Texas A&M commit has good speed and plays an adequate centerfield, but as he fills out his massive frame, he’ll likely slide over into a corner spot.
21 Shea Langeliers C Baylor University 6-0 190 R-R
After a breakout freshman campaign that saw him post a .313/.388/.540 line, Langeliers went through a bit of a sophomore slump, although we can think of several catchers who would kill for 11 homers, a .994 fielding percentage and a caught-stealing mark that almost hit 70%. Based on defensive value alone, Langeliers is a first-rounder, but to hit for both average and power will make him an even more appealing target next June. He looked very impressive during a brief cameo with the collegiate national team, hitting .364 with four doubles. He’ll head into next season as the unquestioned No. 2 catcher in 2019 class.
22 Joseph Charles RHP The First Academy (FL) 6-3 190 R-R
Charles was much higher on our first list (#10), but didn’t look as sharp during a couple of showcase appearances, resulting in a drop. His fastball, which sits 92-96 mph and has plenty of sink to it, has never looked better, but his breaking balls—he throws both a curve and slider—have seemingly regressed from where they were earlier this year, limiting his effectiveness. His mechanics aren’t the smoothest but if he can work out the kinks, and find the feel for a breaking ball, he’ll be back inside the top-15 before too long.
23 Nasim Nunez SS Collins Hill HS (GA) 5-9 160 S-R
Nunez was reunited with his former double-play partner, Collins Hill alum Will Holland, when the 18U national team took on the collegiate national squad during the TOS. And while Holland, a shortstop at Auburn, is a potential first-round talent, it’s Nunez who should hear his name called first. All his tools were on display this summer, including his double-plus speed as he attempted to build on the momentum from a strong junior campaign that saw him score 27 runs and steal 23 bases. He earned plenty of attention, especially at the PG Classic, where he singled and stole two bases, but he’ll need more development at the plate to reach his ceiling.
24 Wesley Scott RHP Woodcrest Christian HS (CA) 6-1 185 R-R
Above-average command has always been the one trait that has set Scott apart from his peers, but that command appeared to desert him this summer as he struggled to find the strike zone in appearances at the TOS (five BB and two wild pitches in 3.2 innings) and PG Classic (one BB in one inning). He also wasn’t able to replicate his 94-95 mph velocity that he showed late in 2017, instead sitting in the 90-92 range. As a result, he’s dropped eight spots from our earlier top 25. Summer showcase performances aren’t everything, and with a strong senior year, Scott could boost his stock back to spring-2018 levels.
25 Tyler Baum RHP University of North Carolina 6-2 180 R-R
Baum exploded onto the scene in the CCBL last summer, winning the pitcher’s triple crown and establishing himself as one of 2019’s top college arms. So, it was somewhat disappointing to see him only make three appearances in the circuit this summer, especially after an up-and-down sophomore campaign that saw him shuttle from the Saturday starter’s role to the Friday night position, and then finally to the bullpen. Fortunately, the 12 innings that Baum did pitch this summer were exceptional. He allowed just one run, two walks and struck out 12. With Gianluca Dalatri returning and Austin Bergner coming off his own sensational performance on the Cape, Baum might once again be forced into a lesser role, despite having the highest ceiling of the three. 
26 Brett Baty 3B/1B Lake Travis HS (TX) 6-3 205 L-R
The state of Texas produced 25 players selected in the first ten rounds of the 2018 draft, including two of the top 13 picks, yet it was Baty that won Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state, becoming the first underclassman to do so since Josh Beckett twenty years ago. While he did damage on the mound, it was his performance at the plate—.435 with 12 homers and 27 RBI—that has scouts excited. Not bad for a player that was focusing on just one sport for the first time in his life. While he does have a cannon-arm, Baty doesn’t offer too much defensive value, leaving many to think he’ll end up at first. His bat will play anywhere though.
27 Henry Gargus 1B Davis HS (WA) 6-0 205 L-L
Like many high school sluggers that came before him, Gargus is learning that being the most intimidating presence in the lineup can often lead to disappointment at the plate. During his junior campaign, the Stanford commit rarely saw pitches in the zone, and when he wasn’t being pitched around, he often chased those pitches, resulting in a lackluster .264/.327/.472 line. Still, he has some of the best raw power in the 2019 class, to go along with better-than-expected speed, plus arm strength and above-average defensive prowess at first base.
28 Jack Leiter RHP Delbarton HS (NJ) 6-1 195 R-R
A breakout star of the summer, Leiter is well on his way to earning a spot in the first round. Fresh off a no-hitter in the state semifinals, the diminutive right-hander opened plenty of eyes at the PG National Showcase and the TOS, touching 94 mph with his fastball and mowing down hitters with both a curve and slider that flashed above-average. A Vanderbilt signee, he held his ground the rest of the summer and should head into his senior season as the top player to watch from the Garden State.
29 Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside HS (WA) 5-10 165 L-L
Carroll was enjoying a breakout of his own this summer and the when his MVP performance at the PG Classic took him to another level. His leadoff triple against Daniel Espino and his 98 mph fastball was just the beginning of a too-good-to-be-true afternoon that also included two runs scored, two walks, a RBI and a stolen base. This, on the heels of a strong showing at the TOS, where he hit .385, drove in three runs and stole two bases. The UCLA commit grades out average or better across the board, with plus speed his greatest asset.
30 Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech University 6-2 215 R-R
After an breakout sophomore campaign that saw him hit .392 with 12 homers and 80 RBI, yet somehow wasn’t good enough to win conference player of the year honors, Jung bypassed the chance to take some cuts in the CCBL, instead choosing to try out for the collegiate national team. He logged 53 at-bats during the trials, and hit a respectable .283, although he didn’t homer and only drove in three runs. He also got caught stealing twice and committed three errors, bringing to mind concerns about how effective a defender he’ll be at third base. He’ll go as far as his bat takes him.
31 Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove Community HS (IL) 6-3 190 R-R
There are legitimate concerns when a baseball draft prospect plays another sport in his draft year. The level of concern is significantly increased when that other sport happens to be football. But Priester is taking that concern to a whole other level by assuming the role of option quarterback for Cary-Grove’s team this fall. Some may question his motives, especially after his showcase performances this summer put him on the map as a potential top-two rounds pick. With three pitches that grade out above-average, including a four-seam fastball that has hit 95 mph, Priester is going to have eyes on him, and his health, from now until draft day.
 32 Greg Jones SS University of North Carolina, Wilmington 6-2 175 S-R
There’s plenty to like about Jones, a draft-eligible sophomore. His speed is arguably the best in the college crop, and despite his error-prone ways, he should evolve into an above-average defender at shortstop. There’s also plenty to dislike, namely his ridiculously high strikeout numbers. After logging 70 in 220 at-bats last season, Jones picked up another 41 in 116 at-bats in the CCBL. As such, it won’t come as a shock if he doesn’t hit for much average, but he also won’t hit for much power, limiting him to a Billy Hamilton-type of player at the pro level.
33 Raymond Torres C IMG Academy (FL) 5-11 192 S-R
Torres looked great at the PDP event in Cary, North Carolina in early June, but didn’t take part in any summer showcase events, limiting his exposure to not only scouts, but draft fans. In our eyes, he has the best defensive potential of any high school catcher in the 2019 class, offering plus arm strength that has produced some of the best pop times, and quick actions behind the plate. His bat is more of a question mark, but he offers above-average power potential. We’ll be excited to see him next spring.
34 Zack Hess RHP Louisiana State University 6-6 216 R-R
An unintended victim of the Braves failure to sign first-round pick Carter Stewart, Hess will return to LSU as one of the top college arms to watch, especially after a summer campaign that saw him pitch with confidence we rarely saw in his up-and-down sophomore campaign. Pitching first for Harwich in the CCBL, the right-hander struck out eight in seven innings of one-hit ball, before joining up with his college coach, Paul Mainieri and the collegiate national team. He made three starts for Team USA, and allowed just three hits in nine scoreless innings, punching out six. In a combined 16 innings, he allowed just one extra-base hit. He has all the talent in the world, but just needs to prove he has the consistency to be more than a late-inning reliever at the next level.
35 Mason Feole LHP University of Connecticut 6-1 194 L-L
It was a tale of two summers for Feole. He looked sharp in two performances in the CCBL, striking out 10 and walking just a single batter in seven innings of work, but when he headed south to play for the collegiate national team, his command all but deserted him. In 11 innings, he walked six batters, hit three more and issued two wild pitches. Such concerns about his command may lead a team to move him to the bullpen to get the most out of his mid-90s fastball and a changeup that is one of the better in his draft class.
36 Thomas Dillard OF/1B University of Mississippi 6-0 235 S-R
Dillard returned to the CCBL for the second straight summer and the progress was noticeable. He boosted all of his offensive numbers, showed good speed and improved plate discipline, and helped boost his stock just enough to put him on the fringes of the first round. When next spring rolls around, he might also have a new position to call home. Dillard figures to see some time behind the plate for the first time since high school. If he looks competent enough back there, and keeps hitting like he did in 2018—.310 with 13 HR, 59 RBI and 49/50 BB/K—he’ll have no problem finding a home in the first round.
37 Yordani Carmona LHP Monsignor Edward Pace HS (FL) 6-2 195 L-L
Fresh off a state championship in 2018 and a 75-17 record the past three years, Pace is on a path to being considered one of the top teams in the country. Carmona is on a similar trajectory, establishing himself as one of the top southpaws to watch, after a tremendous junior campaign that saw him post a 1.26 ERA and earn a slew of honors. A Miami signee, he didn’t participate in any summer showcase events, depriving us of the opportunity to get another look at his low-90s fastball, above-average curve and advanced feel for both offerings.
38 Nick Quintana 2B/SS University of Arizona 5-10 187 R-R
The 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year from Nevada, Quintana was thrown into the fire during his freshman year, starting 58 games, but he held his own at the plate (.293/.394/.471) and in the field. He improved in every area in 2018, hitting for more power, driving in more runs and striking out less. He returned to the CCBL this summer, where he hit .200 with 50 strikeouts in 105 at-bats as a freshman, and looked much more competitive, boosting his average more than 50 points and driving in 24 runs, while reducing his strikeouts. Defensively versatile, Quintana can play all over the infield, although his plus arm might work best at third base at the next level.
39 T.J. McKenzie SS The Benjamin School (FL) 6-1 160 R-R
Much like his older brother—Cleveland Indians’ prospect Triston McKenzie—was coming out of high school, T.J. is both incredibly raw and supremely talented. He helped guide Benjamin to the state semifinals for the first time in school history and leads a returning group determined to make it even further in 2019. He has all the raw tools, including above-average arm strength, to play shortstop at the pro level and while he’ll never hit for much power, he could develop into a .270-.280 hitter with enough speed to steal 30-40 bases.
40 Josh Smith + SS Louisiana State University 5-10 174 L-R
Smith was highly recruited coming out of Greenwell Springs, LA, but chose to forgo a late-round offer from Detroit to sign with hometown LSU. His freshman campaign was a smashing success—.281 with 48 RBI and 39/33 BB/K—and he further whetted scouts’ appetite with a strong performance in the CCBL, posting a .382/.478/.513 line in 22 games. Unfortunately, during the Tigers’ season-opening series with Notre Dame, Smith suffered a stress fracture in his back that limited him to just 16 at-bats in 2018. He should be full-go for 2019, and will be an integral part of a squad looking to advance to the CWS.
41 Will Frisch RHP Stillwater HS (MN) 6-1 215 R-R
Frisch was an integral part of Stillwater’s run to a Minnesota 4A state title, and the season-ending 20-game win streak that accompanied it. Utilizing a fastball that hit 94 mph and an unusually developed changeup, Frisch carved up batters, getting 56 strikeouts in just 30 innings. Together with Drew Gilbert, Stillwater’s #1 starter, and an Oregon State signee, Stillwater should be a favorite to repeat in 2019. Worth monitoring is an UCL injury that sidelined Frisch for a good chunk of the season. It didn’t require Tommy John surgery, but it did keep him off the summer showcase circuit.
42 Sean Mooney RHP St. John’s University 6-1 200 R-R
Undrafted out of high school, Mooney has been money for the Red Storm since setting foot on campus. In two seasons, the right-hander has gone 19-5, posted a 2.12 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00. In 2017, he became the first freshman in nearly a decade to win Big East Pitcher of the Year honors, and this past season, he helped clinch the school’s first conference title in six years. Mooney pitches in the 87-91 mph range and has two other offerings that grade out average-or-better, but it’s his command that makes him so dangerous. He’s walked just 44 batters in 195 career innings.
43 Emanuel Dean OF Servite HS (CA) 6-3 210 R-R
A two-sport star that was regularly labeled an “athlete,” Dean quit football after his sophomore year to focus on baseball and the results speak for themselves. After verbally committing to UCLA, he attended a couple of showcase events and showed off some impressive raw power at the HS HR Derby. While power is his standout tool, there isn’t anything he doesn’t do well, with all of his tools grading out average-or-better. He’ll likely man a corner outfield spot at the next level.
44 Jaden Brown SS St. Marcellinus SS (Canada) 6-1 180 R-R
Each draft class has one standout Canadian, and while there’s no Josh (No. 12 in 2015) or Noah Naylor (No. 29 in 2018) in this year’s, the top player from the Great White North is Brown. A lightning-quick runner with all the tools to be an above-average defender at shortstop despite below-average arm strength, Brown also offers intriguing potential at the plate. He looked comfortable enough during the PG National Showcase this summer, notching two singles and driving in a run. He’ll follow the path laid by fellow Canadian Tristan Pompey (No. 89 in 2018) by attending Kentucky.
45 Tyler Dyson RHP University of Florida 6-3 225 R-R
Dyson is a polarizing prospect. As he showed in the 2017 College World Series when he utilized a mid-90s fastball and slider combination to carve up LSU and give the Gators their first national championship, he has sky-high potential. Yet, less than a year later, there he was, being replaced in the rotation by an up-and-coming freshman after giving up 17 earned runs in his first 23 SEC innings. He never regained his form pitching out of the bullpen and he heads into 2019 with an uncertain future. He did do himself a favor by pitching well in the CCBL, allowing just seven runs and striking out 26 in 23.1 innings.
46 Jacob Meador RHP Centennial HS (TX) 5-11 170 R-R
Meador exploded onto the scene earlier this year with an 18-strikeout performance, which he followed with a 19-strikeout gem. Unfortunately, he missed the next month due to a contusion he sustained colliding with a teammate. By the time he returned, Centennial’s season was nearing the end, leaving Meador with some light work on the mound. He did, however, run his scoreless innings streak to 31 before giving up five runs in his finale. Undersized at 5-foot-11, Meador has an average fastball, but compliments it with one of the best curveballs in the high school class.
47 Drew Mendoza 3B Florida State University 6-5 225 L-R
Mendoza is as pure a hitter as there is in the 2019 class, with a track record dating back to his earliest showcase appearances in 2014. Four years later, he’s packed on 40 pounds and if he can translate that into more home runs, he could be a top-15 pick come June. That’s not to say he doesn’t have some warts. In addition to being one of the best hitters, he’s also one of the slowest runners in the 2019 class. He has plenty of arm for third base, but his limited mobility has us wondering if he can be anything more than a first baseman at the pro level. Also concerning is his lack of production in the wood-bat CCBL, where he’s hit a combined .199 in two seasons.
48 Mykanthony Valdez 3B Calvary Christian Academy (FL) 6-2 205 R-R
Valdez showed off a slimmer, more athletic form during June’s PG National Showcase, upgrading himself from a below-average runner to average. Baserunning will never be a big part of his game, but it’s nice to see him putting in the work required to make himself an appealing target next June. What he does best, is hit. More specifically, hit for power. He has some of the best raw power in the 2019 class, and if he can make consistent contact, he’s a star in the making. Whether he can do that is a big question, as evidenced by his .277 average and 6/25 BB/K mark last season.
49 Isaac Nunez SS Lake Brantley HS (FL) 6-0 190 R-R
Nunez appears destined to become the next great middle infielder to wear the orange and blue of UF, assuming he’s not drafted high next summer. He’s arguably the top defensive shortstop in the 2019 class, showing above-average arm strength and the quickness to get to balls that most others can’t, or won’t even attempt. At the plate, he’s got some holes in his swing, but if he makes consistent contact, he’s got above-average-to-plus raw power. Despite an athletic frame, he’s a below-average runner.
50 Dominic Fletcher OF University of Arkansas 5-9 188 L-L
Fletcher is your classic overachiever. Aside from plus arm strength—he’s pitched in the past during summer ball—he doesn’t have a standout tool, yet that hasn’t stopped him from developing into one of the best all-around players in the best all-around conference in college baseball. Assuming he continues to improve, he could carve out a nice career as a .270 hitter who hits 15-20 homers a season, while providing above-average defense.
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