Victor Mederos – RHSP Oklahoma State

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 227; Age: 21.1

Throws: Right

Mederos features a four-pitch mix with a low-to-mid 90s heater (reports of 99 mph) and a slider with two-plane break. The righty started his career at Miami before transferring to OK State. There’s mid-rotation potential here if his fringey control improves.

Projection: picks 50-75.

Ryan Cermak- OF Illinois State

Ht: 6’1; Wt: 205; Age: 21.1

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The Redbirds’ center fielder has a good combination of better than average power and plus speed. He has a strong right-field capable arm, excellent defense, and solid hit tool. Cermak should intrigue clubs in mid-to-late round 2 in July. His combination of tools creates a solid floor.

Projection: picks 50-75.

Tyler Locklear- 1B Virginia Commonwealth

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 210; Age: 21.1

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Locklear improved his BB/K ratio to near 2-to-1 this spring. He mashed on the cape last summer at the expense of looking like a human windmill at times. The slugging first baseman posts 100+ exit velocities consistently. It’s this raw right-handed power that will entice a team that looks heavily at those traits. 

Projection: picks 50-75.

Marcus Johnson – RHSP Duke

Ht: 6’6; Wt: 200; Age: 21.7

Throws: Right

The right-hander is a reliever turned starter this spring. He has a long frame with room for added weight and strength. On the bump, he sits in the low-to-mid 90s as a starter and topped out at 97 mph from the pen. Johnson’s best pitch is a high spin two-plane breaking slider in the mid-80s that flashes a plus pitch with regularity. He follows that up with an average change of pace. The three-pitch combo comes from average control, (he showed above-average control as a reliever) but there’s room for growth with Johnson just getting his feet wet as a starter.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Max Martin – SS Moorestown HS, NJ

Ht: 6’0; Wt: 180; Age: 18.9

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The bat is behind the glove right now but there of plenty of tools to carry the young shortstop. Defensively, he’s a highly instinctual player with plus speed and an above-average arm. Martin should stick long-term at short.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Cameron Smith- SS/3B Palm Beach Central HS, FL

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 215; Age: 19.4

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The Florida State commit is an older prospect and will be draft-eligible again as a sophomore if he chooses to go to school. He currently plays shortstop but projects to third base long-term. The tools are all average but the pull-side power flashes above.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Dalton Rushing – C Louisville

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 225; Age: 21.4

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

The Tennessee native has an average hit tool but takes walks/strikeouts at a near 1-to-1 rate (roughly 18% to 21%). Adding to his OBP he features the Brandon Guyer-esque skill set with 17 HBP as of this writing. Defensively, his lack of mobility maybe push him to first base, but there’s an above-average throwing arm here with experience handling the Cardinals pitching staff.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Ryan Ritter- SS Kentucky

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 200; Age: 21.7

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The soon-to-be-former Wildcats shortstop has excellent defensive skills and instincts to stick at shortstop long-term. There’s potential for a plus glove and arm with above-average speed. At the dish, his bat holds the tools behind, but there’s a chance for a light-hitting (fringe-average hit tool) bottom-of-the-order type of shortstop with doubles power.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Carson Palmquist- LHSP Miami, FL

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 185; Age: 21.7

Throws: Left

The slender-framed lefty has a solid three-pitch mix with average command. He’s a reliever turned starter this spring. He utilizes a funky low-arm slot delivery that creates difficulty for hitters to pick up his stuff. His slider is a plus projecting pitch followed by an average change of pace all from average command. His heater sits from the upper 80s to the low 90s topping out at 93 this spring. As a reliever he often sat low-90s and touched the mid-90s, topping out at 96 mph. He could add strength to his frame and add enough velocity to stick as a back of the rotation arm.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Jaden Noot- RHSP Sierra Canyon HS, CA

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 225; Age: 18.7

Throws: Right

The right-hander has a mature physical frame with a four pitch-mix. He pitched all across the circuit last season from the Area Code games to Perfect Game. The righty sits in the low-to-mid 90s with his heater. He has an above-average slider paired with a curve and changeup. He is an LSU commit and will require a sizable bonus to forego his collegiate commitment.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Gavin Kilen- SS Milton HS, WI

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 184; Age: 18.4

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

The Louisville commit has excellent bat-to-ball skills giving him an advanced bat. He lacks power but will put the ball in play with doubles power. He lacks traditional speed for shortstop and doesn’t have a big arm but has good instincts for shortstop. There’s room for growth physically but could shift over to second in the future. If teams believe he can handle short he could go in the back of round two or slip toward the back of round three if he’s viewed as more of a second base prospect.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Brady Neal- C/INF IMG Academy, FL

Ht: 5’10; Wt: 180; Age: 17.7

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

One of the youngest players in the draft class, Neal displays an advanced approach at the dish. He shows doubles power and should continue to add some strength to his frame. He has worked out at third and second base giving him some versatility and clubs a look at potential outcomes if he comes off of backstop in the future. The Florida resident shows an above-average arm and glove work. He is an LSU commit and will require a healthy bonus to forego his collegiate commitment.

Projection: Picks 50-75.

Matt Wood- C Penn State

Ht: 5’10; Wt: 190; Age: 21

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

The soon-to-be-former Nittany Lions backstop shows an above-average hit tool thanks to an advanced approach at the plate. He has an above-average arm and shows the ability to stick at catcher long-term. He doesn’t come from a powerhouse baseball program and could slip down boards a little, but he’s a quality backstop prospect that could be a sneaky good pickup come July.

Projection: Picks 75-100.

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