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Intro to the 2017 MLB Draft College Class

Here is a list of the names that you should start to get familiar with for the draft. The list will grow, some names will fall off but this is what I'm starting with for my high follow list.

College RHP
Alex Faedo, Florida
Alex Lange, Louisiana State
Blaine Knight, Arkansas
Brad Bass, Notre Dame
Brady Puckett, Lipscomb
Brandon Bielak, Notre Dame
Bryce Montes De Oca, Missouri
Clarke Schmidt, South Carolina
Colton Hock, Stanford
Corbin Martin, Texas A&M
Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State
Garrett Cave, Tampa
Griffin Canning, UCLA
Herbie Good, College of Southern Nevada
J.B. Bukauskas, North Carolina
Jake Thompson, Oregon State
James Karinchak, Bryant
Jordan Gubelman, North Carolina
Justin Lewis, Kentucky
Kade McClure, Louisville
Kyle Johnston, Texas
Kyle Serrano, Tennessee
Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
Liam Jenkins, Arizona State/ Wabash Valley CC
Lincoln Henzman, Louisville
Matt Ruppenthal, Vanderbilt
Michael Baumann, Jacksonville
Mitch Hart, Southern California
Nate Pearson, College of Central Florida
Noah Bremer, Washington
Peter Solomon, Notre Dame
Riley Thompson, Louisville
Tanner Houck, Missouri
Tommy Doyle, Virginia
Tristan Beck, Stanford
Troy Bacon, Florida/ Santa Fe CC
Turner Larkins, Texas A&M
Tyler Ivey, Texas A&M/Grayson CC
Tyler Johnson, South Carolina
Will Crowe, South Carolina
Will Gaddis, Furman
Zach Schellenger, Seton Hall
Zachary Pop, Kentucky
College LHP
Alex Destino, South Carolina
Brendan McKay, Louisville
Brendon Little, State College of Florida
Cameron Bishop, UC Irvine
Daniel Tillo, Iowa Western
David Peterson, Oregon
Evan Steele, Vanderbilt
Hunter Williams, North Carolina
Jared Poche, Louisiana State
Ricky Thomas, Fresno State
Seth Romero, Houston
Tarik Skubal, Seattle
Zac Lowther, Xavier
Zach Warren, Tennessee
College Catchers
Connor Wong, Houston
Daulton Varsho, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Evan Skoug, TCU
Herbert Iser, Miami
J.J. Schwarz, Florida
Matt Whatley, Oral Roberts
Mike Rivera, Florida
Riley Adams, San Diego
Wyatt Cross, North Carolina
College 1B
Evan White, Kentucky
Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest
J.J. Matijevic, Arizona
K.J. Harrison, Oregon State
Pavin Smith, Virginia
Reynaldo Rivera, Chipola College
College 2B
Keston Hiura, UC Irvine
Taylor Walls, Georgia
Tommy DeJuneas, North Carolina State
College 3B
Greg Deichmann, Louisiana State
Jake Burger, Missouri State
Joe Dunand, North Carolina State
Max Guzman, Florida International
Ryan Karstetter, Virginia
Will Toffey, Vanderbilt
College SS
Dalton Guthrie, Florida
Deacon Liput, Florida
Devin Hairston, Louisville
Dylan Busby, UCF
Ernie Clement, Virginia
Grant Bodison, South Carolina
Kevin Smith, Maryland
Logan Warmoth, North Carolina
Trey Dawson, Louisiana State
Zack Gahagan, North Carolina
College OF
Adam Haseley, Virginia
Brian Miller, North Carolina
Brodie Leftridge, Tennessee
Carl Chester, Miami
Chase Pinder, Clemson
Edmond Americaan, Auburn
Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
Jaren Shelby, Kentucky
Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
Kep Brown, Spartanburg Methodist
Michael Gigliotti, Lipscomb
Quinn Brodey, Stanford
Ryan Noda, Cincinnati
Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest
Tristan Gray, Rice
Zachary Daniels, Iowa


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7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
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9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
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11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
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15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
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