Hey everyone, I wanted to continue the in-depth look at the top ranked players at each position. But it's two days until the draft, and I still need to finish my final draft rankings and my list of statistical sleeper seniors (some have even called it super). So I will share my top 20 shortstops, followed by top 20 outfielders, top 20 right-handed pitchers and top 20 left-handed pitchers. There will not be as much in-depth discussion, rather some brief snippets on a few of the players. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.
|Delvin Perez||SS||HS||R-R||6-1||150||Internationall BB Academy||Loiza||PR|
|Nolan Jones||SS||HS||L-R||6-3||175||Holy Ghost Prep||Langhorne||PA||Virginia|
|Gavin Lux||SS||HS||L-R||6-2||175||Indian Trail Academy||Kenosha||WI||Arizona State|
|Luis Curbelo||SS/2B||HS||R-R||6-3||185||Puerto Rico BB Academy||Carolina||PR|
|Hudson Sanchez||SS||HS||R-R||6-2||175||Southlake Carroll||Grapevine||TX||Texas A&M|
|C.J. Chatham||SS/3B||JR||R-R||6-4||170||Florida Atlantic||Fort Lauderdale||FL|
|Sheldon Neuse||SS/RHP||JR||R-R||6-0||195||Oklahoma||Fort Worth||TX|
|Cole Stobbe||SS||HS||R-R||6-2||180||Millard West||Omaha||NE||Arkansas|
|Nolan "Nonie" Williams||SS||HS||B-R||6-1||190||Home School||Kansas City||KS||Louisiana State|
|Colby Woodmansee||SS||JR||R-R||6-3||195||Arizona State||Phoenix||AZ|
|Connor Justus||SS||JR||R-R||6-0||193||Georgia Tech||Cartersville||GA|
|Alexis Torres||SS||HS||R-R||6-0||170||Puerto Rico BB Academy||Caguas||PR|
|Grae Kessinger||SS||HS||R-R||6-2||175||Center Hill||Olive Branch||MS||Mississippi|
|Francisco Thomas||SS/3B||HS||B-R||6-2||195||Osceola||Carolina||PR||San Diego State|
|Donnie Walton||SS||SR||B-R||5-9||Oklahoma State||Tulsa||OK|
|Daniel Bakst||SS||HS||R-R||6-2||185||Poly Prep Country Day||New York||NY||Stanford|
Delvin Perez is the consensus top shortstop in this year's draft. I still have some concerns about his bat, and a swing that needs quite a bit of work. But he's one of the younger players in this year's draft, and probably the top defensive shortstop (definitely among prep shortstops).
Nolan Jones is my favorite prep bat in this year's class. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, but the bat will play at third base.
Lux has flown up draft boards this spring. He is very good defensively, with his arm being the only weak point (but it's gotten stronger this year).
Keiboom is getting compared to Seager by some, which is a bit rich. But his bat isn't far behind Jones, and his defense isn't far behind Lux.
All four of these guys should be picked before the second round starts.
Curbelo looked like a first round guy after last summer's showcase season. He moved to Florida for high school, and didn't play up to expectations. There are still some nice tools here, but the risk is higher, and it will probably push him far enough down the draft that he goes to Miami for college.
Sanchez is one of the younger prospects in this draft class. He has solid tools across the board, but nothing that sticks out as excellent. His power potential is his best attribute other than his age, but he won't likely stick at shortstop. This may cause him to drop far enough that he goes to Texas A&M.
Chatham is pretty much the best college SS in this draft. He will stick at shortstop, and has the ability to be above-average offensively. He's a guy that a team could grab in the first round, given the lack of college shortstop talent, and should be gone by the end of the second.
Neuse is Chatham's only competition at the top for college shortstops. Not as good of a player defensively, he could definitely grind out a career there, or be an above-average second basemen. His bat is more advanced than Chatham's, however.
Stobbe is a prep shortstop that I feel I could be underrating. If I felt he could stick at shortstop, I'd have him higher. I love the quiet swing he has.
Nonie is a athletic prep player who originally wasn't eligible until 2017. He sped up his home schooling to graduate this year, making him age-appropriate. He's raw, but has the ability to make a lot of people look silly for passing on him. I think he will likely end up at Louisiana State, and be a first round target in 2019.