The MLB Draft will feature many high school players. The trick is getting them to de-commit from their college choice and offer them plenty of money. Some of the early picks will consider the big money for a professional career. After all, these are 17 and 18 yr-old kids. A majority will go to college to enhance their opportunities to get drafted in a few years again and get more money. Let’s look at a list that have been identified as possibly get drafted early.
MLB Draft of High School Players
Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit (Texas) HS
He is a five tool player that was a shining star on the showcase tour over the summer. He is good enough to stick at his position. Likely a top 5 pick.
Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake (Calif.) HS
Another pure shortstop. He comes with a sweet left-handed swing and a good hitting approach. Also, drives the ball to all fields and does barrel up pitches. His defense is solid with decent to strong arm.
Brady House, SS/RHP, Winder-Barrow (Ga.) HS
A two-way player at 6’4″ 220 lbs. that hits from right side with power and average and a strong arm. He can throw a fastball at 9 mph also shows a credible changeup.
James Wood, OF, IMG Academy (Fla.)
Big body at 6’6″ 230 lbs. he supplies power at the plate from the left side and a strong arm right fielder.
Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest (N.C.) HS
Another strong armed shortstop that has great footwork .He is a lefty hitter with raw power and aggressive swing on a smaller body 5-foot-9, 178-pound frame. Speed is an asset for him.
Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston State
He handles the bat well with average, power along with spraying the ball to all field from the let side. Strike zone discipline is great. His speed is a plus. Will probably stick to center in the major leagues.
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Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall (Okla.) HS
Can get his slider and fastball in the mid 90’s .He has 4 pitches to chooses from his explosive arm. His spin rate is near 3,100 RPM .
Braden Montgomery, OF, Madison Central (Miss.) HS
Arm strength from the outfield is obvious. With the bat he can fill the gaps as a switch hitter. Also displays power. He is committed to Stanford.
Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land (Pa.) HS
Elite speed and strong arm with raw power sometimes not consistent at the plate. Ceiling is high for this kid.
Alex Mooney, SS, St. Mary’s (Mich.) HS
Right handed hitter at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds he has show a solid repeatable approach at the plate. Strong arm for a shortstop and a well-balanced player.
Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian (Fa.) Academy
A top arm in high school, he possesses a mid 90’s fastball and can throw a changeup, curveball and slider for strikes. At 6’6″ and 210 lbs. his delivery looks effortless.
Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield (Mass.) HS
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-handed hitter has major raw power but is often susceptible to the strike out. Misses breaking balls too often. Has above average arm strength and a solid runner.
Malakhi Knight, OF, Marysville-Getchell (Wash.) HS
Very good defender with solid at-bats. He is a line drive hitter that needs to show more power approach to hitting. Solid center fielder.
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