Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/22/2019

2019 MLB Draft Reports: 101-150

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101. Karl Kauffmann, rhp, Michigan (JR)
R-R, 6-2/200, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

A Perfect Game All-American during the summer of 2015, Kauffmann prepped at Brother Rice, a perennial baseball powerhouse in the Catholic High School League of the metro Detroit area. After somewhat limited innings as a freshman, Kauffmann jumped right into the rotation as a sophomore and has been a mainstay there ever since. He’s having a very good year in 2019 and is peaking at the right time in regards to the draft, as his stuff has been ticking up all season long. He sits at 8-4 with a 2.92 ERA across 83 innings, limiting his walks the best he ever has (2.16/9) while striking out nearly a batter per inning. The fastball works into the mid-90s and has touched as high as 96 mph this spring with excellent life on the pitch, and the slider has come along quite well also, now flashing plus with excellent bite. He’s shown the ability to command three pitches this spring, something he’s never done, a testament to the mechanical rebuild he went through with pitching coach Chris Fetter over the offseason. As the stuff and strikes have ticked up, so to has his draft stock, and it feels like he’ll come off the board somewhere in the fourth round right now.

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

102. Dilan Rosario, ss, Leadership Christian Academy
R-R, 6-2/178, Morovis, Puerto Rico
College Commitment: Southern California

Rosario is similar to the more highly-ranked Matthew Lugo in many ways as a player, especially with his 6-foot-2, 178-pound build that is both projectable and has plenty of present strength to compete professionally as an 18-year old. Rosario has run down to 6.40-seconds in the 60-yard dash and has middle-of-the-infield athleticism, although his arm strength may move him quickly to second base as a professional. Rosario’s best present tool might be his bat, however. He’s performed consistently well offensively at major events over the past year against high velocity pitching and has a well controlled line drive swing and enough bat speed to drive balls to the gaps. Also much like Lugo, Rosario is a very good student who could easily academically compete at Southern California for three years and continue to mature physically before re-entering the draft in 2022.

103. Austin Bergner, rhp, North Carolina (JR)
R-R, 6-4/200, Windemere, Fla.
Previously Drafted: Diamondbacks ’18 (32)

One of the more well-known amateur pitchers in the country dating back to his high school underclassman days, Bergner has seen his share of ups and downs of prospect stock over the course of the last several years. A draft-eligible sophomore last year, he opted to return to UNC for his junior season and looks to have re-upped his stock, despite some iffy numbers. He’ll flash three well above average offerings at times and has done a very good job of continually lowering his walk numbers in his time at UNC, and should be an early to mid day two target.

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

104. Joseph Charles, rhp, TNXL Academy
R-R, 6-3/190, Celebration, Fla.
College Commitment: North Carolina

A 2018 PG All-American, Charles has been on the prep circuit since his younger high school days, but the physical righthander posits one of the better two-pitch mixes in the prep class this spring. He’ll struggle with strikes at times but the stuff is very, very good, highlighted by a fastball that can run up to 96 mph with a hammer breaking ball that will show out as plus presently. If Charles can’t start at the next level his fastball-curveball combination will make him a very high-leverage reliever with an out-pitch breaking ball ready to go.

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

105. Brandon Sproat, rhp, Pace HS
R-R, 6-2/165, Pace, Fla.
College Commitment: Fla.

Sproat fits the mold of a very projectable righthander that would turn into a first rounder in Gainesville, but the stuff is peaking during the spring and he could command a bonus high enough to forego Florida. Sproat was a name on the summer showcase circuit, turning in a stellar outing at East Coast Pro where the operation, projection and arm speed were all enticing to scouts in attendance. The righthander has undergone a profile change this summer as he’s gone from pocket follow projection arm in favor of working in the low- to mid 90s consistently this spring with three presently usable, and projectable, pitches. The frame is ripe for physical projection and the ease of his operation combined with the build suggest that he’s not done adding in terms of pure stuff. There have been some inconsistencies with strikes but that’s not unusual for pitchers who have seen changes to the profile and scouts are still confident that Sproat will be able to start at the next level. Sproat is not so much of a pop up arm as much as he is an projection arm that has now popped in the spring and to the point teams will be willing to take him early on day two in the hopes that Sproat will forego his college commitment to the Gators.

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