Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/24/2019

2019 MLB Draft Reports: 201-250

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Photo: Zach Linginfelter (Tennessee Athletics)

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201. Cam Shepherd, ss, Georgia (JR)
R-R, 6-1/196, Duluth, Ga.
Previously Drafted: Red Sox ’16 (29)

After a Freshman All-SEC season in 2017, Shepherd appeared to be well on his way as one of the top shortstops in the country for the 2019 class. He saw his sophomore and junior seasons result in less contact and his strikeouts are up as well making decision makers have to err on the side of caution with regards to his ultimate upside. The defensive actions are certainly there and are going to play at shortstop at the professional level. He has plenty of power in his swing and has shown it during his time at UGA but the consistency of his contact is going to be what ultimately leads teams into drafting him sooner rather than later in the draft.

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

202. Erik Rivera, of/lhp, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
L-L, 6-2/195, Caguas, Puerto Rico
College Commitment: Florida International

One of the top two-way prep prospects, 2018 PG All-American Erik Rivera has shown great promise both as an athletic, lefthanded hitting outfielder as well as a power-armed lefthanded pitcher. Scouts seem relatively split on what they prefer Rivera as long-term, as some see a potentially impactful outfielder with athleticism and raw power, but on the other side of the coin he’s been up to 96-97 mph this spring from the left side and could be more impactful that way. He would surely get the opportunity to do both should get make it to campus at Florida International, who already has a high-end two way player on campus in Logan Allen.

203. Michael Carpentier, c, Yucaipa HS
L-R, 6-0/200, Highland, Calif.
College Commitment: Arizona State

Carpentier is a physical, albeit athletic, prep backstop who has performed well over the summer and really took off this spring for local power Yucaipa. He has a smooth lefthanded swing with a true all-fields approach and excellent plate discipline which allows him to work deep into counts and get pitches to square up. He’s an advanced defender with the mindset and receiving abilities to stick behind the plate at the next level.

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

204. Zach Linginfelter, rhp, Tennessee (JR)
L-R, 6-5/220, Sevierville, Tenn.
Previously Drafted: Nationals ’18 (19)

A power-armed, physical righthander who got to campus three years ago amidst a fair bit of draft hype, Linginfelter has done a very good job missing bats in his time at Tennessee, and has started for the majority of 2019, a good step in the right direction in terms of his draft stock. He’s been a little homer prone as a starter, but he’s still missing bats with a fastball that powers into the mid-90s at times along with a slider that flashes above average. The increase in strikes this year is also something that is helping his draft stock, and while most scouts still see a reliever long term, he’s made a lot of progress this season and his increase in draft stock reflects that.

205. Adam Lukas, rhp, Evansville (JR)
R-R, 6-4/230, Grafton, Wis.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Another power-armed righthander who made the transition to the rotation as a junior after primarily serving as a reliever in his time on campus, Lukas is one of college baseball’s hardest throwers. He can ramp his fastball up to 100 mph at times and is capable of dominating college hitters with that pitch in short stints, but as evidenced by his numbers, and supported by conversations with scouts, the rest of the profile lags a bit. The breaking ball and changeup are both mostly below average as is the command, and it seems likely he winds up in the bullpen, but he’s still a solid day two target on the shoulders of that arm strength.

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