Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/21/2018

2018 MLB Draft Reports: 1-50

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1. Casey Mize, rhp, Auburn (JR)
R-R, 6-3/220, Springville, Ala.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Mize has established himself as the presumptive No. 1 overall selection in June’s draft thanks to his combination of at least three projected plus pitches and outstanding command. The Auburn righthander has an unbelievable strikeout-to-walk ratio of 124-to-8 on the season, and the arsenal is highlighted by his fastball that can touch the upper-90s. He also throws both a cutter and a slider, and his splitter is arguably the best pitch in college baseball.

For more on Mize view his detailed College Player Database report with video here.

2. Nick Madrigal, 2b/ss, Oregon State (JR)
R-R, 5-8/160, Elk Grove, Calif.
Previously Drafted: Indians '15 (17)

Although injured for a pretty significant portion of 2018, Oregon State's Nick Madrigal retained his high draft stock throughout the entirety of that injury, and in fact, as a result of some other movement, actually seemed to gain draft momentum while he sat out. He's long been considered one of the safer players in the class given his incredible baseball IQ, feel to hit, athleticism and defensive ability. However, some point to his size as a potential detraction from his profile, as well as the fact that he might not be able to play shortstop at the next level. Regardless, he's viewed as a potentially plus defensive second baseman who can hit at a high level, get on base at a very high clip and contribute a non-insignificant amount of power at the plate. 

For more on Madrigal view his detailed College Player Database scouting report here

3. Matthew Liberatore, lhp, Mountain Ridge HS
L-L, 6-5/200, Peoria, Ariz.
College Commitment: Arizona

Liberatore seems to be a lock to go among the top 10 picks in the draft, most likely in the top seven, and has been talked about frequently this spring for either of the top two picks. The highly projectable southpaw features a fastball that can touch 97 mph, a strong curveball/changeup combination and a newly developed slider and has gone 8-1, 0.93 with 104 strikeouts in 60 innings this spring.

For more on Liberatore read his detailed report and watch video from his performance at the 2018 NHSI event here.

4. Alec Bohm, 3b, Wichita State (JR)
R-R, 6-5/220, Omaha, Neb.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

College bats always rise during draft season, and Bohm is no exception. The Wichita State third baseman has arguably the best combination of power and hitting ability in the class with plus-plus raw power and a very good feel for the barrel. One would think a big slugger would strike out a lot but that’s not true of Bohm, and it’s evidenced by his future hit tool grade and the fact that his current strikeout-to-walk ratio is 22-to-36.

For more on Bohm view his detailed College Player Database report with video here.

5. Jarred Kelenic, of, Waukesha West HS
L-L, 6-1/195, Waukesha, Wisc.
College Commitment: Louisville

Few high school position players have risen up draft boards much this spring but Kelenic's stock has stayed steady based on his solid five-tool athleticism and a strong summer last year. He doesn't play for his Wisconsin high school team in the spring but did play regularly for Hitters Baseball against PG Iowa Select and will undoubtedly work out frequently with clubs before the draft. There is superstar upside here. 

For more on Kelenic read his detailed report and watch video from his performance as part of the PG Iowa Spring League here.

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