Walter Ford – RHSP Pace HS, FL

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 195; Age: 17.5

Throws: Right

“The Vanilla Missile” (a play on Vanilla Ice-like appearance and Cuban Missile-like pitching) as he has been dubbed, is a young for the draft class right-hander. He is likely one of the youngest players available in July. Ford has mid-90s heat touching 97 and reports of 98 mph. He has a sharp nasty slider and rounds out his pitch mix with a fringey change of pace. The righty has good control. Committed to Alabama this fall, Ford should receive a sizable bonus to forego his collegiate commitment with the Crimson Tide.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40.

Noah Schultz – LHSP Oswego HS, IL

Ht: 6’9; Wt: 220; Age: 18.9

Throws: Left

The lanky lefty only pitched a few innings this spring after dealing with a non-COVID-related illness. He sits low-90s and touches the mid-90s with room for more as he gets stronger. Schultz has a nasty back-foot slider to righties and rounds out his repertoire with a changeup. He’s a Vanderbilt commit expected to draw a sizable bonus this summer.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40.

Jackson Ferris- LHSP IMG Academy, FL

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 190; Age: 18.5

Throws: Left

The Mississippi commit sits low-90s and touches the mid-to-upper 90s. Ferris has a nasty high spin curve and a quality change giving him potentially three above-average (or better) pitches. His control can be inconsistent but the lefty projects as a starting pitcher long-term.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40

Dylan Lesko- RHSP Buford HS, GA

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 195; Age: 18.8

Throws: Right

Once a top 5 prospect recent Tommy John Surgery ended the righty’s season prematurely. When healthy he sits low-to-mid 90s, touching 97 with his heater. He possesses potentially the best change-up in the draft (prep or college) with rpm’s nearing 3,000 and an above-average curve. Lesko had excellent command pre-injury. The Vanderbilt commit should command a sizable bonus to forego his collegiate commitment.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40

Conner Prielipp- LHSP Alabama

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 205; Age: 21.5

Throws: Left

May 2021 Tommy John surgery derailed his junior season. He is set to return to action with a 50-pitch bullpen session scheduled in late May 2022. Pre-injury he was considered a top 5 selection with number one overall potential. Prielipp has a swing-inducing slider and changeup with excellent control. His heater sits low-90s and touches 95 mph. The cold weather lefty could potentially be the first college arm off the board in July.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40

Landon Sims- RHP Mississippi State

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 227; Age 21.5

Throws: Right

The former Bulldogs’ reliever turned starter went down with an elbow injury that required Tommy John. He throws a mid-90s heater running it up to 98 mph out of the pen and 97 as a starter. He has a lights-out soul-taking slider and a fringe developing changeup. With little miles on his arm, and an excellent track record a team that likes his combination of low approach angle and untapped development could snag him in late round one.

Projection: Round 1, Picks 15-40

Logan Tanner- C Mississippi State

Ht: 6’0; Wt: 215; Age: 21.6

Throws: Right

Tanner is a defense-first backstop that is a former RHP/C in the prep ranks. The arm strength (95 mph) from the mound carries over to a 70-grade arm behind the dish. He has a reputation for working hard and continuing to improve defensively. The Mississippi native has an average hit tool with similar power potential. He takes plenty of walks and has decreased his K-rate this spring.

Projection: Round 1, Pick 15-40

Cooper Hjerpe- LHSP Oregon State

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 190; Age: 21.3

Throws: Left

The soon-to-be-former Beavers ace has a unique pitching profile with a low approach angle and a fastball-heavy approach (80%+). Hjerpe’s heater sits low-90s running up to 94 mph with room for more (more consistently). He has an above-average slider with more projection and an average or better (though little used) change of pace. His control has continued to improve from last year to this season and he’s blossomed as one of the nation’s best lefties.

Projection: Round 1, Pick 15-40

Cade Doughty- INF LSU

Ht: 6’1; Wt: 201; Age: 21.3

Throws: Right; Bats: Right

Doughty has an above-average hit tool with nearly 50% of his hits going for extra bases this spring. His K-rate (18%) is the highest of his career as is his BB rate (12%). The right-handed-hitting Doughty plays both second and third base with the arm strength to handle both positions. He’s an average runner but not a threat on the base paths.

Projection: Round 1, Pick 15-40

Roman Anthony- OF Stoneman Douglas HS, FL

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 195; Age: 18.1

Throws: Right; Bats: Left

The left-handed-hitting outfielder displays massive power potential at the plate. He’s shown less swing and miss and huge power this spring. Anthony has a strong above-average arm and should be a suitable right fielder. Physically, he’s lean and athletic and should continue to add more strength and power potential to his frame. The Ole Miss commit should receive a sizable bonus to forego his college commitment.

Projection: CBA to Round 2

Dylan Beavers- OF Cal

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 209; Age: 20.9

Throws: Right; Bats: Left

The soon-to-be-former Bears outfielder has experience in center field and right field. His future is likely in right, but he has enough speed to handle some action in center field. He has plenty of tools but hit tool lags behind his others. Beavers has a near 1-to-1 walk and strikeout rate and the majority of his hits have been the extra-base variety. He could go off the board in late round one to early round two.

Projection: Picks 20-40

Mikey Romero- SS Orange Lutheran HS, CA

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 175; Age: 18.6

Throws: Right

The Cali native is one of the best prep shortstops in the draft class. While his arm strength is just average right now he makes all the plays necessary to stick at shortstop because he’s an advanced instincts player. At the dish, he’s added some strength this spring with it the ability to hit for more power. Romeo has excellent contact skills and could develop his hit tool into a plus piece.

Projection: Picks 20-40

Justin Crawford- OF Bishop Gorman HS, NV

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 175; Age: 18.5

Throws: Right; Bats: Left

Crawford is the son of former big leaguer Carl Crawford. He is one of the fastest players in the class. Crawford the younger has a good hit tool but can expand the zone at times. The Nevada native lacks power but displays a projectable frame with room to add strength as he physically matures and fills out his frame. Crawford has table-setter potential at the dish and could become a plus defender with range and a strong arm. He is an LSU recruit and should command a sizable bonus to forego college.

Projection: Picks 15-40

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