Cole Young – SS North Allegheny HS, PA

Ht: 6’0; Wt: 180; Age: 18.9

Bats: L; Throws: R

The Duke commit has excellent bat-to-ball skills with little power. He has a strong above-average throwing arm and quality glove. The Pennsylvania native should stick long-term at shortstop thanks to his speed, arm, glove work, and instincts. Young likely requires a sizable bonus to forego his collegiate commitment.

Projection: Picks 20-40

Hunter Barco- LHSP Florida

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 220; Age: 21.6

Throws: Left

An elbow injury ended his season abruptly ended in Tommy John surgery. Barco had been sharp this spring before the injury. When he is healthy he has a low-90s heater that touches 95 mph. His low-80s sweeping slider is his best pitch followed by his above-average change of pace. Barco showed improved command this spring before the injury and could develop into a middle of the rotation type arm when healthy.

Projection: Picks 30-60

Kumar Rocker- RHSP No School

Ht: 6’5; Wt: 245; Age: 22.7

Throws: Right

The former Vanderbilt righty has yet to throw this spring after failing to finalize his deal with the Mets in the 2021 draft. He enters the 2022 MLB Draft as an enigma for teams unless he submits to more medical testing and takes the mound somewhere soon. The right-hander’s best pitch is his mid-80s slider followed by his curveball and changeup. His fastball velocity was erratic last year sitting in the low-90s at times and the mid-to-upper 90s at others. Rocker is the son of former NFL D-lineman Trace Rocker. The uncertainty with his medical situation makes the righty hard to project going into the draft.

Projection: Picks 25-75

Gabriel Hughes- RHSP Gonzaga

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 227; Age: 20.9

Throws: Right

The Bulldogs right-hander features a low-90s heater that he can run into the mid-upper 90’s. He has both a mid-80s slider and changeup. Hughes is a young for the class pre-med student with an over-the-top delivery. The righty has played some first base in college (athleticism) and has continued to improve his control this spring. 

Projection:  Picks 20-40

Carson Whisenhunt- LHSP East Carolina

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 205; Age: 21.7

Throws: Left

The soon-to-be-former Pirates lefty was suspended for the season for PEDs before his season got started. He sits in the low-90s touching 95 mph with his fastball. Whisenhunt rounds out his repertoire with a curve and perhaps the best changeup in the draft class. He has average control and projects as a solid middle of the rotation lefty.

Projection: Picks 25-50

Justin Campbell- RHSP Oklahoma State

Ht: 6’7; Wt: 220; Age: 21.4

Throws: Right

Campbell pitches downhill with an over-the-top delivery from his 6’7 frame. The righty’s fastball sits low-90s and touches 96. There is room for more as he continues to strengthen his long, lean frame. He has a four-pitch mix, including an above-average curve and change and a rarely used slider. The right-hander served as the Cowboys DH until this season. Campbell has above-average control and repeats well for someone his size.

Projection: Picks 20-40

Jonathan Cannon- RHSP Georgia

Ht: 6’6; Wt: 213; Age: 22

Throws: Right

After missing a couple of weeks this season with elbow soreness, Cannon returned to the mound with the same stuff he showed before the setback. On the bump, he sits low-90s and can touch the mid-90s at times. His best pitch is his upper-80s cutter which can be hard to square up. Cannon rounds out his four pitch-mix with a slider and change of pace. The former Bulldogs reliever turned starter has plus control from a deceptive crossfire delivery.

Projection: Picks 30-60

Peyton Pallette- RHSP Arkansas

Ht: 6’1; Wt: 180; Age: 21.1

Throws: Right

The Razorbacks right-hander underwent TJS earlier this spring ending his collegiate season prematurely. His best pitch is a high spin curveball sitting in the high-70s to low-80s. The righties’ heater sits in the low-to-mid 90s and tops out at 99 mph when he’s healthy. He rounds out his three-pitch mix with a firm changeup in the 87-89 mph range (1,600 rpm). 

Projection: Picks 30-60

Cole Phillips- RHSP Boerne HS, TX

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 200; Age: 19.1

Throws: Right

Phillips exploded on the scene this spring popping 99 mph early and often raising his draft stock into the first round before ultimately suffering a torn UCL requiring TJS repair. The righty added strength in the offseason and still could continue to add more strength to his frame. He flashes a plus slider in the low-mid 80s and a fading mid-80s change of pace. Phillips is an Arkansas commit and could command a sizeable payday in July.

Projection: Picks 30-60

Ian “J.R.” Ritchie- RHSP Bainbridge HS, WA

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 185; Age: 19

Throws: Right

The UCLA commit sits low-to-mid 90s touching 97 mph. He rounds out his four-pitch mix with a curveball, changeup, and an above-average low-80s slider the best of his three secondaries. The athletic righty has a repeatable delivery and displays the ability to consistently throw strikes. He will require a sizeable monetary commitment to forego a future collegiate career with the Bruins.

Projection: Picks 30-60

Tucker Toman- SS/3b Hammond HS, SC

Ht: 6’1; Wt: 190; Age: 18.6

Bats: S; Throws: R

An LSU commit, Toman has an above-average offensive profile that should help carry his profile into the back of round one or mid-round two. It is an above-average bat with some pop. Defensively, he can play shortstop but projects to third baseman with average arm strength. Toman will require a sizeable bonus to forego his college commitment in July.

Projection: Picks 25-50

Henry Bolte- OF Palo Alto HS, CA

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 195; Age: 18.9

Bats: R; Throws: R

Bolte is a plus runner with big plus pull-side power potential. His hit tool lags but he is athletic and could develop into the prototypical power-hitting outfielder with some swing and miss concerns. He is a Texas commitment and will require a healthy bonus to walk away from his commit to ball for the Longhorns. There is CBA to round two chatter here for teams that like athletic young power-hitting outfielders.

Projection: Picks 30-50

Jett Williams- SS/CF

Ht: 5’8; Wt: 178; Age: 18.7

Bats: R; Throws: R

The Texas native displays excellent bat-to-ball skills projecting a plus hit tool with uncanny abilities to barrel balls. He could be undervalued by some teams because of his size, but he has the strength to display at least fringe-average to average power outcomes. Williams has good reactions at short and average arm but could push to center field with ease in the future. The right-handed-hitting Mississippi State commit has had some mid-first round chatter in recent weeks and should require a sizable bonus this summer.

Projection: Picks 20-40

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