Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/21/2019

2019 MLB Draft Reports: 51-100

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51. Tyler Callihan, 3b/2b, Providence HS
L-R, 6-1/200, Neptune Beach, Fla.
College Commitment: South Carolina

The lefthanded hitting Callihan is most often compared to 2018 Cardinals first round pick Nolan Gorman, who has emerged as one of the top power hitting prospects in minor league baseball since signing a year ago. Callihan, a 2018 PG All-American, has done nothing but hit as a high school standout, both in the spring and just as loudly and consistently on the summer and fall circuit against the highest-level pitchers. While his swing isn’t as pull- and lift-oriented as Gorman’s was as a senior, Callihan has the raw strength and bat speed to drive the ball out of the park to any field and the power potential certainly projects as he makes adjustments to professional baseball. Defensively, Callihan has played all over the infield the past few years and has even intrigued scouts with his potential as a catcher conversion. His body type and tools fit the third base profile much like Gorman.

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

52. Ethan Small, lhp, Mississippi State (R-JR)
L-L, 6-3/214, Lexington, Tenn.
Previously Drafted: Arizona ‘18 (26)

Quickly taking the reigns as the Mississippi State ace this season, Small has enjoyed a fantastic season for the Bulldogs as the Bulldogs eye a return trip to Omaha. Through the end of the regular season, Small sits at 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA across 83 innings. He’s allowed just 45 hits and 22 walks (0.81 WHIP) while racking up 139 strikeouts, good for an eye-popping 15.07 K/9. His size, athleticism and stuff all check boxes for scouts in big ways, and he’s done an excellent job pitching himself up and up draft boards this spring. It’s well within reason that he’s selected higher than this ranking come early June as college pitchers with stuff and performance usually don’t wait around long to hear their names called, especially when they throw with their left hand and dominate the SEC.

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

53. Matt Wallner, of/rhp, Southern Miss (JR)
L-R, 6-5/220, Forest Lake, Minn.
Previously Drafted: Twins ’16 (32)

Wallner has been well known as one of the top mid-major players in the country since stepping foot on Southern Miss’ campus. Wallner is a prototypical corner outfielder with massive lefthanded raw power and a hit tool that’s come along nicely. He’s performed well with USA Baseball over the summer and the combination of at least two plus tools in his arm and his power. The arm is actually more intriguing than you might think as some scouts think there’s real two-way potential as he’s been into the upper-90s along with quality secondary offerings of a slider and a splitter. Coming into his freshman year of college he was a bit of an unknown hailing from Minnesota. It became clear right away how talented Wallner was as he slashed .336/.463/.655 in his first season of college ball and drew near widespread praise for the majestic shots he was able to hit. He’s made Hattiesburg look like a launching pad but the consistent nature of his approach and statistics should be lauded as well. Wallner will have to answer some questions about the hit tool as he’s not facing the toughest competition in Conference USA but the power from the left side and good fit for right field at the next level. There have been some swing-and-miss and same-handed concerns from an offensive standpoint, and for all of Wallner’s production history he is posting single-season lows in terms of batting average and home runs. This could limit the upside of his profile, however, the tools themselves are going to be significant draws on day one of the draft.

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

54. Nick Quintana, 3b, Arizona
R-R, 5-10/187, Las Vegas, Nev.
Previously Drafted: Boston (11), 2016

Quintana was a 2015 Perfect Game All-American based strongly on his righthanded bat together with his left-side infield tools. He switched from shortstop to third base almost immediately after going to Arizona and his strong arm is a defensive plus at that position. Offensively, Quintana has improved each year in college and has hit .346-14-72 with 44 walks this spring through mid-May for a surging Arizona squad. He has consistently shown an advanced approach at the plate that enables him to wait for pitches and work counts patiently, yet explode aggressively when he gets the pitch he wants. His best big league comparison if he reaches his potential may be the Nationals Anthony Rendon, who was a relatively undersized third baseman with plus power at Rice during his college days.

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

55. John Doxakis, lhp, Texas A&M
B-L, 6-4/205, Houston, Texas
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Doxakis and sophomore lefthander Asa Lacy, a potential first round pick for the 2020 MLB Draft, have been a formidable 1-2 combination for the Aggies all spring, with Doxakis going 7-3, 2.01 in 14 starts, with 96 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 89 innings during the regular season. He doesn’t have a true plus pitch but has outstanding command of three solid offerings and profiles as a third or fourth starter at the big league level.

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

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