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Zach Cone, OF, Georgia
Cone has been an enigma for years now as he continues to show a ton of potential but little in the way of results. He is supremely athletic and truly could be a 5 tool player if everything worked out but he isn’t likely to be taken until late in the 2nd round or even later. The times I have seen him, he doesn’t show anything that would make him a top pick other than potential.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Florida High School
Lindor is one of the few players in this years’ draft to be a lock to stick at SS. The problem is his bat. He is a switch hitter with good bat control but not much power. He is a little stronger from the right side than the left. He could be an average SS defensively and in today’s game, that is very valuable but I don’t know it’s worthy of a top 10 pick like many are predicting.

Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt
Esposito should go by the middle of the supplemental round at the latest, if not as early as the late teens. He hasn’t improved his draft stock this year, but isn’t doing poorly hitting .344 and slugging .522. The problem is that the power isn’t showing up more and he is destined to play a corner position where the power will be needed.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
Cron is a massive guy at 6’4”, 230 and he can hit. I think Cron is an example of the lack of right handed power in baseball right now and I wouldn’t be surprised for him to go early in the draft even though he offers zero defensive value and is a future DH. I just can’t see him hitting enough to be worthy of a high pick just based on the bat but an American League team could take him if they see him as a 30 homer guy with enough average to garner a spot in their everyday order.

William “Rookie” Davis, P/1B, Dixon HS, Holly Ridge, N.C.
If you like Cron, it is likely you would like Davis. He is 6’5, 230 LBS and reportedly doesn’t shave yet, so there could be more growth on its way. That kind of scares me if it’s true, medically, and for hitters and opposing pitchers. He has huge power from the right side and sticks with the power game on the mound. He throws in the low 90’s and has a very good breaking ball. He could be a work horse on the mound or a big hitting 1B. He’s not a polished player and he has faced inferior talent in high school so he could be a bust but he could be under the radar as well.

B.A. Vollmuth, 3B, Southern Mississippi
Vollmuth has moved to the hot corner this spring off of SS. I really like the bat and he seems to have enough legit power to be a solid 3B with 12 homers this season. I see him as a sleeper right now but it only takes one team to take him early. He seems like one of the better college players available this year.

Michael Kelly, P, West Boca Raton (Boca Raton Fla.)
Kelly hasn’t had a great spring but he’s a 6’5, 195 LB pitcher who can hit 96, sits 91-94 with movement and has a nasty slurve that could be an outpitch. I just can’t see him making it out of the 1st round but he might. He’s very athletic and repeats his delivery well. I just don’t see much for flaws other than his low ¾ delivery but that adds to his movement. The frame and delivery reminds me of Rick Porcello.

Tyler Anderson, P, Oregon
He has a Pettite-esque pickoff move and the change is MLB caliber already with potential to be a plus pitch. His fastball has some movement and sits in the low 90’s and can touch 95, or so I’ve been heard. His slider is a good pitch and projects as a third average or above pitch. Whoever gets him in the middle of the 1st round may have the fastest pitcher to reach the majors out of this draft, if they want to move him that fast.

Dominic Jose, OF, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, FL
Does a 6’3”, 180 LB switch hitter with MLB bloodlines and 5 tool potential sound interesting? The son of former MLB player Felix Jose, Dominic is a tall athletic OF who has the arm for RF. He has a solid bat from the left side. He isn't as good from the right side but he has a ton of potential.

Grayson Garvin , P , Vanderbilt
Prior to the season, I posted this at MLB Bonus Baby: Garvin is a polished tall lefty who knows how to pitch and is polished considering the relief role he has had at Vanderbilt. He could end up being a bullpen arm, but I think he could take off if allowed to start.
He has improved his draft stock lately by being arguably the best pitcher in the SEC this season. He is 11-1 with a 79-19 K-BB ratio in 89.1 IP.


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