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2017 MLB Draft Prospect: An Early Top 50

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Two months after the 2016 draft, let’s see who we can start following for next year’s draft!

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Who wants to see a very - very - early top 2017 draft prospect ranking?

You do? Great! Because I have one just for you! (And if you don’t, be quiet and pretend you do)

Before I get to it, I was thinking about doing a community prospect rankings project. I would run it similar to the way I ran the community prospect list a few years ago. We have a lot of knowledgeable folks here, and I think it would be a fun way to share insights and discuss draft prospects more in depth. We could do one this summer - maybe top 25 - and then re-do it in the spring. I am going to put up a poll, let me know if this is something people are interested in.

Without further ado, here are the top 50 2017 draft prospects right now:

1. Jeren Kendall OF JR Vanderbilt

2. Tanner Houck RHP JR Missouri

3. J.B. Bukauskas RHP JR North Carolina

4. Tristan Beck RHP SO Stanford

5. Alex Faedo RHP JR Florida

6. Hagen Danner RHP HS Huntington Beach, CA Commitment: UCLA

7. Alejandro Toral 1B HS Archbishop McCarthy, FL Commitment: Miami

8. J.J. Schwarz C JR Florida

9. Alex Scherff RHP HS Prestonwood Christian Academy, TX Commitment: Arizona State

10. Hunter Greene RHP HS Notre Dame, CA Commitment: UCLA

11. Brendan McKay LHP JR Louisville

12. Conner Uselton OF HS Southmoore, OK Commitment: none

13. Hans Crouse RHP HS Dana Hills, CA Commitment: Southern California

14. D.L. Hall LHP HS Houston County, GA Commitment: Florida State

15. Kyle Wright RHP JR Vanderbilt

16. Jordan Adell OF/RHP HS Ballard, KY Commitment: Louisville

17. Cole Turney OF HS Richmond, TX Commitment: Arkansas

18. Kyle Hurt RHP HS Torrey Pines, CA Commitment: Southern California

19. Pavin Smith OF JR Virginia

20. Jayson Gonzalez SS HS Bishop Amat, CA Commitment: Vanderbilt

21. David Peterson LHP JR Oregon

22. Alex Lange RHP JR Louisiana State

23. Tanner Burns RHP HS Decatur, AL Commitment: Alabama

24. Colton Hock RHP JR Stanford

25. K.J. Harrison C/3B JR Oregon State

26. Shane Baz RHP HS Concordia Lutheran, TX Commitment: TCU

27. Mitch Hart RHP JR Southern California

28. Mark Vientos SS HS Charles W. Flanagan, FL Commitment: Miami

29. Seth Romero LHP JR Houston

30. Corbin Martin RHP JR Texas A&M

31. Garrett "Hunter" Ruth RHP HS F.W. Buchholz, FL Commitment: South Carolina

32. Drew Rasmussen RHP JR Oregon State

33. MacKenzie Gore LHP HS Whiteville, NC Commitment: East Carolina

34. Royce Lewis SS HS J Serra Catholic, CA Commitment: UC Irvine

35. J.J. Matijevic 1B/3B JR Arizona

36. Peter Solomon RHP JR Notre Dame

37. Jeremiah Estrada RHP HS Palm Desert, CA Commitment: UCLA

38. Evan Skoug C JR Texas Christian

39. Evan White 1B/OF JR Kentucky

40. Dalton Guthrie SS/2B JR Florida

41. Brady McConnell SS HS Merritt Island, FL Commitment: Florida

42. Ryan Vilade SS HS Frisco, TX Commitment: Oklahoma State

43. Tyler Johnson RHP JR South Carolina

44. Kyle Jacobsen OF HS Allatoona, GA Commitment: South Carolina

45. Mike Rivera C JR Florida

46. Riley Adams C JR San Diego

47. Je'Von Carrier-Ward OF HS Gahr, CA Commitment: Southern California

48. Ryan Noda 1B/OF JR Cincinnati

49. Drew Waters OF HS Etowah, GA Commitment: Georgia

50. Nick Storz RHP HS Poly Prep Country Day, NY Commitment: LSU

I will be using this to start doing some early draft profiles in the coming weeks. Who do you think is missing? Who’s too high or too low? The best part of a list is the debate that it creates - so let’s get to the debating below!