Alternate Universe Top 200 Draft Prospects

The NFL is filled with seniors, juniors who opt out of college to go pro as well as redshirt sophomores. Essentially if a player is 3 years or more removed from high school they are draft eligible. What if the players that graduated high school in 2009 all went to college instead of signing and going to the minors.

Minor league baseball doesn't get close to approaching mainstream consideration while college football is everywhere. Talent is part of that, gambling is another but that is entirely a different conversation. Baseball is watered down because there are so many different routes to the majors and it is really hard to track talent across all these places without good coverage. Finding video on some is harder than finding video on bigfoot.

The NFL basically has a freeway. Go to a D1 college, go to the NFL. That's about it. There are some other ways but they are less frequent. They aren't spread across 18 leagues and 100's of colleges on their way to the majors. Their draft is 7 rounds. The rest become free agents. About 210 players without supplemental picks, so I listed 200.

In this scenario, East Carolina star Mike Trout could be in an Astros uniform after the All-Star break and the Twins would be debating if whether Texas A & M stud Shelby Miller is better than N.C.'s ace Jacob Turner or if they should look at offense and take either Arizona State's 3B Nolan Arenado or their SS, Deven Marrero. Now THAT is a marketable draft. The College World Series would end June 26th. The MLB combine could be July 4th-6th. The Draft could be July 7th and 8th at Kaufmann Stadium. The deadline could be July 11th and teams could decide whether to rest their young stars after a long CWS or throw them into the playoff push. It would alter strategy that is for sure.

Overall I don't see a large change in talent in each draft, just the time of impact from draft to the majors and I think that is what most people don't like. Implementing this would be hard. Some players would miss out on MLB time but not too many. What are your thoughts?

Here are the top 200 prospects ranked approximately, passed 120 gets sketchy:

Name POS Bats Throws Height Weight AGE 7-21-12 Commit - history
1 Mike Trout OF Right Right 6'1" 200 20.97 East Carolina
2 Jacob Turner P Right Right 6'5" 210 21.18 North Carolina
3 Shelby Miller P Right Right 6'3" 205 21.79 Texas A&M
4 Nolan Arenado 3B Right Right 6'2" 205 21.28 Arizona State
5 Deven Marrero SS Right Right 6'1" 185 21.92 Arizona State
6 Trevor Bauer P Right Right 6'1" 175 21.52 UCLA
7 Tyler Skaggs P Left Left 6'4" 180 21.04 Cal State Fullerton
8 Wil Myers C Right Right 6'3" 190 21.63 South Carolina
9 Jake Marisnick OF Right Right 6'4" 200 21.33 Oregon
10 Michael Zunino C Right Right 6'2" 220 21.34 Florida
11 Zack Wheeler P Right Right 6'3" 180 22.16 Chipola College
12 Jonathan Singleton 1B Left Left 6'2" 215 20.85 Long Beach State
13 Nick Franklin SS Both Right 6'1" 175 21.40 Auburn
14 Mark Appel P Right Right 6'5" 190 21.03 Stanford
15 Victor Roache OF Right Right 6'1" 225 20.86 Georgia Southern
16 Matt Purke P Left Left 6'4" 180 22.03 Texas Christian
17 Drew Hutchison P Left Right 6'2" 165 21.93 Stetson
18 Adam Brett Walker OF Right Right 6'5" 225 20.77 Jacksonville
19 Cory Spangenberg 2B Left Right 6'1" 190 21.36 Indian River State College
20 Andrew Susac C Right Right 6'1" 200 22.35 Oregon State
21 Jake Barrett P Right Right 6'4" 235 21.01 Arizona State
22 Billy Hamilton SS Both Right 6'1" 160 21.88 Jones County Junior College
23 Chris Owings SS Right Right 5'10" 170 20.96 South Carolina
24 Brian Johnson P Left Left 6'3" 225 21.64 Florida
25 Christian Walker 1B Right Right 6'1" 215 21.33 South Carolina
26 Tyler Matzek P Left Left 6'3" 210 21.77 Oregon
27 Max Stassi C Right Right 5'10" 205 21.37 UCLA
28 Tommy Joseph C Right Right 6'1" 210 21.03 Arizona
29 David Holmberg P Right Left 6'4" 220 21.10 Florida
30 Matt Adams 3B Right Right 6' 165 23.90 North Georgia College & State
31 Chris Beck P Right Right 6'3" 210 21.31 Georgia Southern
32 Michael Wacha P Right Right 6'6" 210 21.07 Texas A&M
33 Brady Rodgers P Right Right 6'2" 175 21.86 Arizona State
34 Brian Goodwin OF Left Left 6' 190 21.73 Miami-Dade College
35 Levi Michael SS Both Right 5'10" 175 21.46 North Carolina
36 Matthew Davidson 3B Right Right 6'3" 210 21.34 Southern California
37 Reymond Fuentes OF Left Left 6' 160 21.45
38 Scooter Gennett 2B Left Right 5'9" 164 22.24 Florida State
39 Bobby Borchering 3B Both Right 6'4" 195 21.75 Florida
40 David Nick SS Right Right 6'2" 175 22.48 UCLA
41 Stephen Piscotty 3B Right Right 6'3" 185 21.53 Stanford
42 Marcus Stroman P Both Right 5'9" 180 21.22 Duke
43 Tyler Naquin OF Left Right 6'1" 185 21.26 Texas A&M
44 Nolan Fontana SS Left Right 5'10" 185 21.14 Florida
45 Dane Phillips C Left Right 6'1" 195 21.61 Arkansas
46 Brody Colvin P Right Right 6'4" 190 21.95 Louisiana State
47 Donavan Tate OF Right Right 6'3" 200 21.83 North Carolina
48 Ian Krol P Left Left 6'1" 180 21.22 Arizona
49 Richie Shaffer 1B Right Right 6'2" 190 21.37 Clemson
50 Lex Rutledge P Left Left 6'2" 205 21.08 Samford
51 Chad James P Left Left 6'3" 190 21.51 Oklahoma State
52 Slade Heathcott OF Left Left 6'1" 190 21.83 Louisiana State
53 J.R. Murphy C Right Right 6' 190 21.21 Miami (Fla.)
54 Garrett Gould P Right Right 6'4" 190 21.02 Wichita State
55 Branden Kline P Right Right 6'3" 190 20.82 Virginia
56 D.J. Baxendale P Right Right 6'2" 190 21.63 Arkansas
57 Austin Maddox P Right Right 6'3" 230 21.21 Florida
58 LeVon Washington OF Left Right 5'11" 170 21.00 Florida
59 Brandon Jacobs OF Right Right 5'11" 240 21.63 Auburn
60 Sean Dwyer 1B Left Left 6' 190 20.64 Florida Gulf Coast
61 Jiovanni Mier SS Right Right 6'2" 175 21.92 Southern California
62 Mychal Givens 2B Right Right 6'1" 190 22.21 Oklahoma State
63 Aaron Altherr OF Right Right 6'5" 190 21.53 Arizona
64 Jonathan Garcia OF Right Right 5'11" 175 20.71
65 Matt Helm 1B Right Right 6'2" 190 21.90 Arizona
66 Miles Head 3B Right Right 6'2" 215 21.24 Georgia
67 Kenny Diekroeger SS Right Right 6'2" 200 21.72 Stanford
68 Travis Jankowski OF Left Right 6'2" 190 21.12 Stony Brook
69 Jake Stewart OF Right Right 6'3" 210 21.68 Stanford
70 Jacob Williams 1B Both Left 6'2" 190 21.56 San Diego
71 Trayce Thompson OF Right Right 6'4" 200 21.37 UCLA
72 Randal Grichuk OF Right Right 6'1" 195 20.95 Arizona
73 Tyler Townsend 1B Left Right 6'3" 215 24.20 Kentucky
74 Keyvius Sampson P Right Right 6' 185 21.55 Florida State
75 Todd Glaesmann OF Right Right 6'4" 205 21.76 Texas A&M
76 Everett Williams OF Left Right 5'10" 205 21.82 Texas
77 Jonathan Meyer 3B Right Right 6'1" 195 21.73 Clemson
78 Zach Dotson P Left Left 6'3" 200 21.79 Georgia
79 Jeff Malm 1B Left Left 6'3" 225 21.74 Southern California
80 James Robbins 1B Left Left 6'1" 232 21.83 Washington State
81 Marquise Cooper OF Both Right 5'9" 170 20.78
82 Kyle Zimmer P Right Right 6'3" 210 San Francisco
83 Andrew Heaney P Left Left 6'2" 180 21.14 Oklahoma State
84 Hoby Milner P Left Left 6'2" 165 21.53 Texas
85 Sam Selman P Right Left 6'2" 168 21.70 Vanderbilt
86 Buck Farmer P Left Right 6'4" 220 21.43 Georgia Tech
87 Jeremy Baltz OF Right Right 6'3" 195 21.86 St. Johns
88 Hudson Randall P Right Right 6'3" 180 21.84 Florida
89 Derek Dennis SS Right Right 6'3" 185 22.05 Michigan
90 Jake Elander C Right Right 6' 205 21.36 TCU
91 Telvin Nash OF Right Right 6'1" 230 21.43 Kennesaw State
92 Colton Cain P Left Left 6'3" 225 21.47 Texas
93 Bryan Berglund P Right Right 6'4" 180 21.73 Loyola Marymount
94 Tyler Collins OF Right Right 5'11" 200 22.14 Baylor
95 Daniel Fields OF Left Right 6'2" 200 21.51 Michigan
96 Royce Consigli OF 20.88 Pittsburgh
97 Dylan Floro P Left Right 6'3" 190 21.58 Cal State Fullerton
98 Brian Adams OF Right Right 6'4" 210 21.41 Kentucky
99 Andrew Aplin OF Left Left 6' 190 21.35 Arizona State
100 Tyler Gaffney OF Right Right 6' 210 21.57 Stanford
101 Kenneth Giles P Right Right 6'2" 188 21.85 New Mexico Junior College
102 Andrew Bellatti P Right Right 6'1" 170 20.98 Cal State Fullerton
103 Eduardo Encinosa P Right Right 6'4" 230 20.98 Miami
104 Stephen Perez SS Both Right 5'11" 172 21.61 Miami
105 Damien Magnifico P Both Right 6'1" 190 21.18 Oklahoma
106 Justin Gonzalez SS Right Right 6'2" 180 21.12 Florida State
107 Blake Hauser P Right Right 6'2" 175 21.28 Virginia Commonwealth
108 J.T. Chargois P Both Right 6'2" 200 21.65 Rice
109 Aaron Northcraft P 22.16 Southern California
110 Kyle Smith 2B Right Right 6' 180 19.87 Florida
111 Matthew Roberts C Right Right 6'1" 185 20.85 North Carolina
112 Kyle Hansen P Right Right 6'8" 215 21.27 St. John's
113 Mac Williamson OF Right Right 6'4" 240 22.03 Wake Forest
114 Cody Martin P Right Left 6'3" 210 22.89 Chipola College
115 Cameron Garfield C Right Right 6'1" 195 21.18 San Diego
116 Daniel Tuttle P Right Right 6'1" 175 21.93 North Carolina State
117 Nate Roberts OF Left Right 6'1" 200 23.42 Seattle
118 Justin Jones P Left Left 6'3" 175 21.54 California
119 Matt Koch P Left Right 6'3" 190 21.82 Louisville
120 Max Muncy 1B Left Right 6'1" 195 21.92 Baylor
121 Steve Nyisztor 2B Right Right 6'4" 200 21.24 Rutgers
122 Ian Gardeck P Right Right 6'2" 215 21.68 Alabama
123 Jeff Ames P Right Right 6'5" 225 21.48 Oregon State
124 Zack Von Rosenberg P Right Right 6'5" 205 21.84 Louisiana State
125 Max Walla OF Left Left 5'11" 200 21.29 Oklahoma State
126 Brandon Thomas OF Both Right 6'3" 205 21.47 Georgia Tech
127 Evan Marzilli OF Left Left 5'11" 21.37 South Carolina
128 Michael Ohlman C Right Right 6'4" 200 21.62 Miami
129 Brooks Pounders P Right Right 6'4" 225 21.83 Southern California
130 Stephen Bruno SS Right Right 5'10" 168 21.69 Virginia
131 Michael Yastrzemski OF Left Left 5'11" 185 21.93 Vanderbilt
132 John Alexander 1B Left Left 6'6" 200 19.25 Panola College
133 Zack Dodson P Left Left 6'2" 22.01 Baylor
134 Steve Matz P Left Left 6'4" 195 20.58 Coastal Carolina
135 Wes Hatton 2B Right Right 5'10" 165 21.58 Cal State Fullerton
136 Josh Conway P Right Right 6'1" 175 21.29 Coastal Carolina
137 Mason Melotaikis P Right Left 6'3" 190 21.08 Northwestern State
138 Jayce Boyd 1B Right Right 6'3" 185 21.57 Florida State
139 Tony Renda SS Right Right 5'10" 170 21.50 California
140 L.J. Mazzilli 2B Right Right 6' 185 21.89 Connecticut
141 Jabari Henry OF Right Right 6' 198 21.79 Florida International
142 Taylor Sandefur P Right Right 6'2" 245 21.33 Western Carolina
143 Joey Schoenfeld C Right Right 6'2" 187 21.13 San Diego State
144 Cameron Coffey P Left Left 6'5" 215 21.85 Duke
145 Patrick Schuster P Right Left 6'2" 165 21.74 Florida
146 Tom Murphy C Right Right 6'1" 210 21.32 Buffalo
147 Blake Forslund P Right Right 6'4" 215 22.44 Liberty
148 Brando Tessar P Right Right 6'1" 190 21.21 Oregon
149 Madison Younginer P Right Right 6'4" 195 21.73 Clemson
150 Steven Baron C Right Right 6' 195 21.64 Duke
151 Tucker Barnhart C Both Right 5'8" 175 21.55 Georgia Tech
152 Brett Gerritse P Right Right 6'4" 220 21.40 Long Beach State
153 Kyrell Hudson OF Right Right 6'1" 190 21.64 Oregon State
154 Alex Wood P Left Left 6'4" 205 21.54 Georgia
155 Parker Markel P Right Right 6'4" 220 21.86 Yavapai College
156 Keenyn Walker OF Both Right 6'2" 185 21.96 Central Arizona CC
157 Beau Amaral SS Left Left 5'11" 170 21.45 UCLA
158 K.C. Hobson OF Left Left 6'2" 210 21.93 Texas A&M
159 RJ Alvarez P Right Right 6'1" 200 21.13 Florida Atlantic
160 Chris Taylor SS Right Right 6'1" 170 21.57 Virginia
161 Joshua Turley P Left Left 5'11" 190 21.92 Baylor
162 Geoff Baldwin 1B Left Left 6'4" 195 21.72 Nebraska
163 Benjamin Crumpton SS Right Right 5'11" 180 21.79 Arkansas
164 Dane Williams P Right Right 6'6" 218 21.33 N.C. State
165 Trent Stevenson P Left Right 6'6" 175 22.15 Arizona
166 Kevin James P Left Left 6'4" 190 21.82 Boston College
167 Crawford Simmons P Right Left 6'2" 185 21.13 Georgia Tech
168 David Renfroe SS Right Right 6'3" 200 21.69 Mississippi
169 Pat Light P Right Right 6'5" 190 21.33 Monmouth
170 Matt Boyd P Left Left 6'3" 225 21.48 Oregon State
171 Eddie Butler P Both Right 6'1" 175 21.37 Radford
172 Ronnie Richardson OF Both Right 5'7" 175 22.23 UCF
173 Barrett Barnes 1B Right Right 5'11" 195 20.99 Texas Tech
174 Cole Frenzel 1B Left Right 6'2" 208 22.37 Arizona
175 Tanner Bushue P Right Right 6'4" 180 21.10 John A. Logan College
176 Eric Smith P Right Right 6'3" 215 23.78 Stanford
177 Tyler Roberts C 21.75 Meridian CC
178 Bryan Mitchell P Left Right 6'2" 175 21.27 North Carolina
179 Scott Schebler OF Left Right 6'1" 208 21.81 DMACC
180 Kelly Dugan OF Both Right 6'3" 195 21.85 Pepperdine
181 Justin Trapp 2B 21.80 College of Charleston
182 Aaron Wirsch P 21.70 San Diego
183 Matthew Graham P Right Right 6'4" 225 22.24 North Carolina
184 Robert Refsnyder OF Right Right 6'1" 205 21.34 Arizona
185 Dan Langfield P Right Right 6'2" 190 21.51 Memphis
186 Christian Jones P Left Left 6'2" 205 21.50 Oregon
187 Joe Mantiply P Right Left 6'5" 205 21.41 Virginia Tech
188 Stephen Johnson P Right Right 6'4" 205 21.43 St. Edward's (Texas)
189 Anthony Bazzani P Right Right 6'5" 210 21.80 Eastern Kentucky
190 Pierce Johnson P Right Right 6'1" 170 21.21 Missouri State
191 Joey Rickard OF Right Left 6'2" 180 21.18 Arizona
192 Jake Lamb 3B Left Right 6'3" 210 21.80 Washington
193 Tim Cooney P Left Left 6'3" 195 21.60 Wake Forest
194 Kurt Heyer P Left Right 6'2" 200 21.51 Arizona
195 Ronnie Freeman C Right Right 6'1" 195 21.55 Kennesaw State
196 Cameron Perkins OF Right Right 6'5" 195 21.83 Purdue
197 Brandon Kuter P Right Right 6'7" 220 21.79 George Mason
198 Kyle Haynes P Right Right 6'2" 190 21.45 Virginia Commonwealth
199 Logan Vick OF Left Right 5'11" 185 21.76 Baylor
200 Brad Schreiber P Right Right 6'4" 225 21.70 Purdue

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