Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/20/2019

2019 MLB Draft Reports: 1-50

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Photo: Adley Rutschman (Scobel Wiggins)

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1. Adley Rutschman, c, Oregon State
B-R, 6-2/208, Sherwood, Ore.
Previously Drafted: Mariners ‘16 (40)

Rutschman stands out as the top talent in the 2019 draft and the only real reason he shouldn’t be the first overall pick is due to the Orioles potentially manipulating signing bonus pool money. The Oregon State star would be a first round pick based on his defense at a premium position if he was an average hitter and conversely a first round pick based on his bat if he was a first baseman or left fielder. Throw in his extremely high level performance throughout his college career and it is a pretty easy conclusion.

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

2. Bobby Witt Jr, ss, Colleyville Heritage HS
R-R, 6-1/185, Colleyville, Texas
College Commitment: Oklahoma

Witt has been the face of the 2019 class since he was a freshman and hasn’t wilted from the pressure for a game. In fact, the frequency and consistency with which he plays and performs throughout the year is one of the things that makes him almost a college level pick in terms of his maturity. Don’t forget the potential high ceiling five-tool talent if the bat fulfills its projection and his high floor due to his defensive ability at shortstop.

For more on Witt view his High School Notebook report here.

3. Andrew Vaughn, 1b, California
R-R, 6-0/214, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Vaughn has been one of the most dominant college hitters in the country since coming to Berkeley as an unheralded freshman, both in the spring and in the summer for the USA Collegiate National Team. While there will always be skepticism about a six-foot righthanded hitting first baseman, Vaughn has convinced scouts that he is different. The only thing that could impact Vaughn’s draft slot is that so many big league teams are set long-term at first base already, the only position Vaughn can realistically play.

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

4. JJ Bleday, of, Vanderbilt (JR)
L-L, 6-3/205, Panama Beach, Fla.
Previously Drafted: Padres ‘16 (39)

Bleday entered the spring as a unanimous day one talent, but a torrid spring, especially in terms of how his power has developed, has launched him up boards to where he may now be a top 5 overall pick. After a previous career high of four home runs, Bleday has 21 in 2019 (through mid-May) with an OPS of 1.203 with an even K:BB ratio. The profile is that of a pretty archetypical right fielder at the Major League level. Bleday has above average athleticism and a plus arm, which should make him a defensive asset in right field, and it’s part of the reason for his ascent up draft boards this spring. Bleday’s swing is a bit unorthodox, but he has tremendous lefthanded raw power and has kept up this pace for essentially the whole season. He has solid overall hitting tools, and while there is some amount of swing-and-miss to his game, he’s shown the ability to command the strike zone, take his walks without sacrificing aggressiveness and do enough at the plate at the next level to allow for that power to fully manifest itself in terms of production. Bleday’s upside is that of an All-Star caliber right fielder who provides defensive value while also having the potential to hit 25-30 home runs. Bleday seems likely to come off the board at some point between picks 3-7 at this stage of the process.

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

5. Bryson Stott, ss, UNLV (JR)
L-R, 6-3/195, Las Vegas, Nev.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

After a very solid summer with the USA Collegiate National Team, Stott continued his assault on opposing pitching this spring, slashing .362/.494/.638 with 17 doubles, 10 homers, and more walks (47) than strikeouts (34) to go along with 14 steals. Considered somewhat locked in as a top 10 pick at this point, we’re more bullish on Stott, viewing him as a top 5 talent. A lefthanded hitter with both feel to hit and plus raw power, Stott projects to stick at shortstop long term and should provide value in all phases of the game, giving him the upside of an All Star-caliber player.

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

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