The College baseball season is short with the pandemic still out in the world. The Selection Show happens in about a week. Let’s jump into the Top College baseball draft prospect by each position.
College Baseball Draft Prospects for LHP
- Kumar Rocker- He is out of Vanderbilt and is likely the #1 overall pick in the draft.
- Jack Leiter- Also out of Vanderbilt but a few years younger than Rocker and the likely #2 overall pick, Son of Al Leiter who was a former major leaguer.
- Jordan Wicks- from Kansas State at 6’2″ and 220lbs he is 2-0 in 2021 and went 3-0 last year. Sits in the Top Ten of draft.
- Steven Hajjar- Michigan prospect sophomore that fanned 24 of 87 batters faced and 3-0 record in four game. Will draft 15-20 pick.
- Pete Hansen- Texas sophomore and California native was 2-0 in shortened 2020 season also fanned 18 in 17 innings. With another outstanding year he will likely go from # 25-30 in college baseball draft.
College Baseball Draft Prospects for RHP
- Ty Madden- In the Longhorns rotation he is 6’4″ and 210 lbs from Cypress, Texas. He fans just over 9 batters per nine innings, Also is 9-2 in three seasons of collegiate baseball. He is a likely #3 overall pick.
- Jaden Hill – He is the ace of the LSU rotation. His stock may have dropped as Wright State knocked him off the hill as he completed 1/3 of an inning. He was likely the 4th overall but now will go later and be a good pick.
- Richard Fitts- The ace of the Auburn Tigers reliever corps. At 6’3″ and 200 lbs he has an athletic build that allows him to delivery the fastball with movement. He is an occasional college starter but was a middle infielder in high school at Helena High School in Alabama. His stock keeps climbing.
- Tommy Mace- part of the Florida Gators.He was undrafted in the 2020 selection even though he finished 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 27 innings on the shortened baseball season. Look for him to get selected between 10-20 in the 2021 draft.
- Jonathan Cannon- pitches for the Georgia Bulldogs. As a freshman in 2020, he pitched 11 2/3 innings and never gave up a run. At 6’6″ and 208 lbs he has a plus slider and change along with a mid 90’s fastball. With another outstanding year, he could surprise people and be a late first round pick.
College Baseball Draft Prospects- Catchers
- Adrian Del Castillo- playing at Florida for the Gators. He has one of the top bats in the draft. In his freshman season (2019) he slashed .331/.418/.576 with 12 home runs in 61 games. He likely won’t be a catcher at the next level has played right field, third base and a DH in college. A team looking for a potent bat will take him high.
- Henry Davis- a pure catcher that calls a good game and handles top pitchers for the Louisville Cardinals. Well respected and a team needing hips position on the field will snap him up early. Near Top Ten pick
- Connor Pavolony- a decent gap in the one above. The Tennessee Vols rely on him. He hit .342 in abbreviated 2020 season but has gotten to terrible start with the bat in 2021. A 40-50 range pick,
- Noah Cardenas- UCLA – Cardenas shows quick hands at the plate and solid arm strength with good blocking and receiving skills behind it. He was impressive in the Cape Cod League playoffs. With improvement he could be in the Top 40 picks.
- Hunter Goodman- Memphis- Last season in 17 games, Hunter hit .357 with three doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI and 14 runs scored. He can play outfield spots which will aid his draft spot due to bat.
College Baseball Draft Prospects- Shortstop
- Matt McLain-UCLA- At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, he was drafted in 2018 as the 25th overall in first pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His gamble to go to college and increase his value appears to be a good one. He has played center field, third base but started 34 games in the Cape Cod League where he finished with .274/.394/.425 with 11 extra base hits.He could be about the 5th pick in the draft.
- Jose Torres from North Carolina State- He hit well in 2020 (.333) but has struggled in the 2021 start. Looking for defense up the middle? He could go before the 15th overall pick.
- Kamren James- Miss State- He hit .311 as a freshman. Has started plenty of games at third to show his versatility. Not much power. Defense gets him drafted near the 50th mark.
- Ethan Murray- Duke- named to All-Freshman ACC first team. He is average hitter and decent defender. Made 3 errors in 44 chances. He may get pickedin late rounds. Other position players ahead of him.
- Jalen Battles -LSU- He is currently playing for the #1 team in the nation. He was drafted in the 34th round by the Phillies in 2019 but went to McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas where he hit .320 as a freshman in 2019 in 57 games with hitting six home runs, driving in 42 runs, scoring 60 runs and stealing six bases. Then transferred to the Razorbacks. Not a strong pick but will go somewhere near the 90th selection.
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College Baseball Draft Prospects- Outfielders
- Jud Fabian- Florida Gators- He does everything in the outfield well. It may not be the best but he gets in done and will be a great pick at about 7th in the draft. He left high school in Ocala, Florida early to get his life started. Self motivator.
- Colton Cowser- Sam Houston State- as a freshman he had this slash line .361/.450/.602, and only fanned 13% of the time. He has been a surprise to many and has been overlooked for a long time. Probably chosen before the 20th selection.
- Ethan Wilson- out of the Sun Belt and at South Alabama. at 6’2″ and 210lbs, he is a power hitting first round pick at left field and will command a good sum for a bonus to sign. Likely just inside Top Ten pick.
- Levi Usher- Louisville- With only two college offers, he went to Junior College in native Iowa and played well enough to get a transfer to the Cardinals of Louisville. Last year, he stole 36 bases and hit .409 with three home runs. With that speed, he will be drafted in the first round.
- Christian Franklin- Arkansas- He is in a good spot as the Razorbacks get many players drafted. In his previous two seasons under head coach Dave Van Horn, he has hit .299/.387/.462 line with 9 home runs and 14 stolen bases. Late first round pick.
College Baseball Draft Prospects- Second Base
NOTE: I am using players that are in the Top 100 to be drafted. Some position don’t have five players in them as it is dominated by pitchers.
- Max Ferguson- Tennessee- nothing stands out here. Mid-second round pick and the position lacks depth in this draft.
- Cory Morrisette- Boston College- started every game for his team and hit .320 with 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 41 RBIs in 231 at-bats. Small frame but likely could be best second baseman in draft.
College Baseball Draft Prospects- Third Base
- Alex Binelas- Louisville He is on the downturn as power left him two years as he bopped 14 homers as a freshman and none in 2020 and none in ten game games in 2021. Hard to project where he goes, He must get better in 2021.
- Zack Gelof- Virginia- likely early second round pick
College Baseball Draft Prospects- First Base
- Maxwell Costes- Maryland- In his freshman year he hit .620/.750 with four home runs. at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He will be a late pick in the draft and probably needs more seasoning before going to professional baseball.
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