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Blue Jays MOD #5

I put together a ranking of the top 50 prep players in the class. I'd like to do the same for the college class or maybe an overall ranking, time permitting, but I figured that for the Jays, the prep class was the place to focus on.

It's a bit offense heavy, which makes sense for our strategy. I included quick scouting reports for each player, just based on what I could find researching. It seems unlikely that we get a shot at the top 6, so don't criticize my choices too much there!

This is pretty raw, so I want to hear your thoughts on who's too high and who's too low.

I hope the formating works!

Rank Player Position Level Quick Scouting Report
1 Lucas Giolito RHP HS Excellent fastball and changeup, sharp curveball, good command, fast mover
2 Carlos Correa SS HS Likely 3B, but potential to be perennial all-star
3 Byron Buxton OF HS Upton Bros./Matt Kemp comp, high risk, mega-high reward
4 Albert Almora OF HS Terrific makeup, terrific defense, great hit-tool, power potential
5 Max Fried LHP HS Projectable, good fastball movement, very good curve, above average changeup, good command
6 Courtney Hawkins OF HS Huge offensive upside, likely corner OF
7 Gavin Cecchini SS HS Chance to be an excellent .300+ hitter with some power and good SS defense
8 Matt Smoral LHP HS Above average fastball, great changeup, developing slider, high upside - comps to Madison Bumgarner
9 David Dahl OF HS Colby Rasmus-comparison, sweet swing, power potential, could stay in CF
10 Lance McCullers Jr. RHP HS Bloodlines, power pitcher, big fastball, good slider, needs to improve changeup - reliever?
11 DJ Davis OF HS Elite speed, good hit tool and plate approach, slight power potential
12 Zach Eflin RHP HS Low-90s FB with good movement, plus changeup, chance for good curveball, pitchability/projectability
13 Stryker Trahan C HS Good hit and power potential, likely corner OF
14 Addison Russell SS HS Chance to be a great hitter, likely 3B
15 Lewis Brinson OF HS 5-tool potential, great makeup, raw skills but showing improvement
16 Joey Gallo 3B HS Stanton-esque power potential, great arm, lacking hit tool
17 Lucas Sims RHP HS Athletic, mid-90s FB, good curveball, potential for very good changeup, needs to be more consistent
18 Corey Seager 3B HS Well-rounded, relatively lower risk, could be a good defender with strong bat
19 Tanner Rahier SS HS May move to 2B or 3B, but can be a good all-around player w/ power at either
20 Carson Kelly 3B HS Simple swing, power potential, great arm, little speed
21 J.O. Berrios RHP HS Undersized, mid-90s FB, great curveball, feel for changeup, throws strikes, not tons of projection, signable
22 Walker Weickel RHP HS Very projectable, low-90s FB can cut and sink, plus changeup, needs to improve curve and mechanics
23 Rio Ruiz 3B HS Blood clot ruined season, but big time potential offensively and defensively
24 Jesmuel Valentin-Diaz SS HS Switch-hitter, bloodlines, line drive swing
25 Daniel Robertson 3B HS Solid hitter, power potential, strong arm, little speed
26 Nick Travieso RHP HS 92-93 fastball, good slider, needs to improve changeup, clean/repeatable delivery
27 Hunter Virant LHP HS Projectable, will need increased FB velo, clean delivery and throws strikes but pitches need work
28 Ty Hensley RHP HS Big bodied, very good curveball, #2/3 potential
29 Chase DeJong RHP HS Projectable, current low-90s FB, possible good curveball and changeup, simple delivery
30 Clint Coulter C HS Big power potential, defensive potential
31 Steve Bean C HS Excellent defensive upside, power potential, baseball IQ
32 Rock Rucker OF HS Smooth swing, power potential, strong arm, likely corner OF
33 Duane Underwood RHP HS Very athletic with a good fastball and a chance for two more good pitches
34 Trey Williams 3B HS Bloodlines, sweet swing, good arm, inconsistent, big potential
35 Avery Romero 3B HS Strong arm, good bat speed, power potential
36 Mitch Nay OF HS Corner OF or 1B, big-time power but needs to work on hit-tool
37 Teddy Stankiewicz RHP HS Projectability and pitchability, good fastball, good instincts, throws strike, but needs work
38 Ty Buttrey RHP HS Big arm strength, good fastball and curveball, okay changeup, struggles with command
39 Kieran Lovegrove RHP HS Good, simple mechanics, needs better velocity, projects as a back-of-rotation, ground-ball pitcher
40 Jesse Winker OF HS Strong hit tool, corner OF, will need power
41 Keon Barnum 1B HS Big time offensive potential but raw, and will need to hit to have any value
42 Tomas Nido C HS Good bat speed, power, pitch recognition, strong arm
43 Mitchell Brown RHP HS Good fastball, cutter and curveball, feel for change, durable body, control can improve - no. 3/4 potential
44 Brett Phillips OF HS Likely CF with well-rounded defense great arm, good hit tool, light power
45 Edwin Diaz RHP HS 92-95 fastball, incosistent curveball, possible reliever, signable
46 Clate Schmidt RHP HS Plus fastball, potential plus curveball, good athlete but effort in delivery - sounds like a closer
47 Wyatt Mathieson C HS Good bat speed, line drives but likely little power - not a plus bat outside of C
48 Timmy Lopes 2B HS Likely 2B in future, line drive swing, strong makeup, good speed
49 Cody Poteet LHP HS Undersized, 91-92 FB with good two-seam, great curveball, good changeup potential, not highest potential
50 D'Vone McClure OF HS High upside in 3rd round, needs pitch recognition but potential elsewhere
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