Hayden Dunhurst- C Mississippi

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 220; Age: 21.8

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

The Rebs backstop scuffled at the dish this season. He started the year as a potential first-rounder and now could go anywhere between picks 50-150. Playing a premium position with above-average tools (glove) or better (plus arm) defensively will keep him high on teams boards because of the scarcity of the position.

Projection: Picks 75-125

Gavin Guidry- SS Barbe HS, LA

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 180; Age: 19

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Already 19, Guidry will be draft-eligible again as a sophomore (2024). He’s a Louisiana kid with an LSU commitment and could be a hard sign. He has above-average speed, and similar defense and arm. His offense is just behind but he should be a quality player.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Ike Irish – C Orchard Lake St. Mary’s MI

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 190; Age: 18.7

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Irish is more than just the backstop for potential first-rounder Brock Porter, he’s a legitimate prospect himself. He is a quality defender with a plus arm. His hit tool lags, but there’s room for a solid tool. The Michigan native is committed to Auburn.

Christopher Paciolla- SS Temecula Valley HS, CA

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 185; Age: 18.3

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The UCLA commit projects to have an above-average hit tool thanks to his advanced bat-to-ball skills. He could be shifted to second base sometime in the future because he lacks the typical speed and arm strength for short. It’s worth noting most of the prominent UCLA commits made it to campus last season, and his commitment to play for the Bruins could be indicative of a hard sign in July.

Projection: Picks 100-150

RJ Austin- SS Pace Academy, GA

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 185; Age: 18.6

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The Vanderbilt commit could be a hard sign this summer. Austin displays plus speed and a plus arm and should stick at short long-term. He has an average hit tool and could be a first-round selection in a few years.

Projection: Picks 100-150

Jordan Sprinkle- SS UCSB

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 180; Age: 21.3

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The right-handed-hitting shortstop lacks power and saw his K-rate climb to just a hair over 20% this spring. Sprinkle has plus speed and a good arm and glove to stick at short long-term. He projects as a light-hitting bottom-of-the-order hitter. He could get popped in the third or fourth round by a team that’s betting on a former Team USA member to regain himself at the dish.

Projection: Picks 100-150

Jake Madden- RHSP Northwest Florida State CC

Ht: 6’6; Wt: 185; Age: 20.5

Throws: Right

The Alabama commit missed time to Tommy John and has emerged this spring. His heater has been up to 98 mph and his slider looks like an above-average pitch. He rounds out his repertoire with a solid changeup. The righty pitched through a blister issue this spring undoubtedly affecting his development. As with most TJS arms, he’s had control issues this spring. Madden has a short track record and had his collegiate career altered (former South Carolina signee) from the injury. He should receive a healthy bonus to forego college but could bet on himself as a potential first-rounder in 2023.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Trystan Vrieling- RHSP Gonzaga

Ht: 6’4; Wt: 200; Age: 21.7

Throws: Right

The right-hander has a quality five-pitch mix with a low-90 heater (touching 95), curve, slider, and changeup. There’s potential to have a nasty cutter within his pitch mix. Vrieling could be a top 50 talent based on those assets alone but his control wains and holds him back. A team betting on a mechanical change or improving his control could pop him in the back half or round two or early round three.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Ivan Melendez- 1B/DH Texas

Ht: 6’3; Wt: 225; Age: 22.5

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The right/right profile might not appeal to every club, but there is massive power potential to all fields. Defensively he’s limited to first/designated hitter.  He is an older prospect and should come at a sizable discount.

Projection: Picks: 75-100

Anthony Silva- SS Clark HS, TX

Ht: 6’2; Wt: 190; Age: 19

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Silva will be 19 at the time of the draft making him a potential sophomore eligible player in a few years. He’s an excellent defender with speed and a strong arm. His bat lags behind his glove but he could become an everyday shortstop at the highest level. Silva could be compensated handsomely this spring to forego his TCU commitment.

Projection: Picks 50-75

Henry Williams- RHSP Duke

Ht: 6’5; Wt: 200; Age: 20.9

Throws: Right

The young for the draft class righty had first-round potential pre-injury. He underwent TJS in December. Before the injury, he showed potential for two above-average pitches or better. His fastball sits low-to-mid 90’s and the slider sits low-80s. The righty’s change of pace is a mid-80s pitch and has room for continued development. Williams could be an option for teams in rounds three and four, but it would not be surprising to see a team “float” him down the board.

Projection: Picks 75-125

Nicholas Morabrito- 2B Gonzaga HS, DC

Ht: 5’11; Wt: 185; Age: 19

Bats: Right; Throws: Right

The District of Columbia seldom has a notable talent of Morabito’s abilities. He is an advanced hit tool prep player that projects long-term to second base or left field (because of the lack of arm strength). Morabito is an offensive-oriented player whose hitting abilities and plus speed will carry him. He is a Virginia Tech commit and could require a healthy bonus as a player that would be sophomore eligible again in just a few years.

Projection: Picks 50-75

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