Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/31/2018

2018 MLB Draft Reports: 401-450

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Top 500 Prospects (list/Insider): 1-100 | 101-200 | 201-300 | 301-400 | 401-500

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401. Ben Harris, lhp/of, Milton HS
L-L, 6-1/190, Alpharetta, Ga.
College Commitment: Virginia

Harris fits the mold of what Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor looks for in a prospect: he’s a relatively polished lefthanded pitcher, possesses significant upside and offers interesting two-way potential as a position player as well. The delivery is fairly compact, and though the back elbow creeps a bit, Harris repeats relatively well to be able to throw strikes. He has been up to 92 mph in the past but has mostly lived in the upper-80s throughout this spring with very good feel for his curveball. The pitch itself isn’t a significant swing-and-miss offering, but he manipulates the spin well and can throw it for strikes. Harris is a still projectable arm and profiles nicely to slide into a starter’s role almost immediately upon getting to campus. Should he go to professional baseball instead, he will likely be selected fairly early and offers more polish than a typical prep starting pitcher.

402. Dexter Jordan Jr., of, Hattiesburg HS
R-R, 6-0/200, Hattiesburg, Miss.
College Commitment: Louisiana

Jordan combines with Joe Gray Jr. to give No. 28-ranked Hattiesburg High School one of the most athletic outfields in the country in addition to being the team's No. 1 pitcher. Jordan is a strong and compact athlete with very good strength in his righthanded swing, with more gap power at present than home run lift, but he has the bat speed to develop more over-the-fence power in the future. He's hit .411-2-50 in 35 games this year while going 7-3, 1.46 in 62 innings on the mound, where he features a fastball that will get into the upper-80s.

403. Gabe Austin, c, Florence Darlington Tech (JC)
R-R, 6-1/196, Summerville, S.C.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted
College Commitment: College of Charleston

One of the higher-end catchers in junior college baseball this year, Austin enjoyed a very productive season at the plate for FDTC. He slashed .333/.409/.632 with eight doubles and nine home runs. He has very good power in his righthanded swing as well as above average to plus arm strength behind the plate, and while the rest of his profile is quite raw, those are two tools scouts are drawn to, especially in catchers. Austin has some athleticism as well, and the hope is that with continued reps behind the plate he can develop into a capable defender.

404. Dominic Keegan, c, Central Catholic HS
R-R, 6-0/210, Methuen, Mass.
College Commitment: Vanderbilt

Any time scouts went to see Keegan’s teammate and fellow Top 500 prospect Steve Hajjar take the mound, they were able to double up and see Keegan, who did the pitch-calling behind the plate. And make no mistake about it, if Hajjar wasn’t on Keegan’s team the Vanderbilt Commodore signee would still be garnering plenty of looks from scouts on the strength of his sound overall profile. Of all his tools, Keegan’s righthanded bat is the loudest of them all – which includes a 79 mph arm that produced a 1.95-second pop time at the PG National Showcase – and it’s one he put on full display at the WWBA 17u National Championship last summers as he went 14-for-18 with four home runs, results that culminated from a compact and quick stroke that also produces plenty of loft at the point of contact.

405. George Janca
, ss/3b, Texas A&M (JR)
R-R, 6-2/190, Georgetown, Texas
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Janca has been one of the steadiest defenders in college baseball as he moved over from shortstop to show potential to be an above average defender at the hot corner in professional baseball. Janca’s stock has taken a hit this spring with a down offensive season, as he’s hitting in the low .200s, though there is strength and power to the profile when he squares the ball up.

For more on Janca view his College Player Database report here.

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