Welcome to my yearly Pre-season college baseball top 99 (draft eligible) players. (Part 1: 99-75|Part 2: 74-50|Part 3: 25-49) This list is not meant to be a prediction of draft position, although in some sense it wont be too far off. My list is more about who I think will have more success at the next level. This is not a science. It is purely my opinion after watching video, talking to scouts and scouting some of the players personally. This is the pre-season list which in all honesty shouldn’t really even be attempted. A chunk of these players won’t even be in the story by years end and many others will need to be included. This list is purely a vehicle to make you aware of what the college landscape and the MLB draft might look like. I will do this all over again after the college season is over. Questions and comments can be commented on below and you can also find me on Twitter @bkmhoxx.
1. Anthony Rendon Rice – 3B
2. Gerritt Cole UCLA – RHP
3. Taylor Jungmann Texas – RHP
4. Matt Purke TCU – LHP
5. George Springer UCONN – OF
6. Sonny Gray Vanderbilt – P
7. Jed Bradley Georgia Tech – LHP
8. Jackie Bradley South Carolina – OF
9. Matt Barnes UCONN – RHP
10. Trevor Bauer UCLA – RHP
That might be the best top 10 that I can remember in quite some time.
11. Peter O’Brien Bethune Cookman – C Big guy with big power. Leadership ability. I think he has a big future in store.
12. Jack Armstrong Vanderbilt – RHP
13. Jason Esposito Vanderbilt – 3B/SS Nice power & defense. A pleasure to watch. Room to improve.
14. Tony Zych Louisville – RHP Big time FB at 94-97 with killer slider. Closer all the way.
15. Alex Meyer Kentucky – RHP
16. Austin Wood USC – RHP Power FB in mid 90’s with shaky command. Future closer?
17. John Stilson Texas A&M – RHP FB at 94-97, decent SL and filthy CH. Could actually move up!
18. Ryan Carpenter Gonzaga – LHP
19, Kolten Wong Hawaii – 2B
20. Mikie Mahtook LSU – OF Hard-nosed baseball player that crushes the ball. Big arm and can blaze.
21. Alex Dickerson Indiana – OF Wow power and a nice bat.
22. Ryan Wright Louisville – OF/2b/SS Good power. A touch on the raw side. Nice potential.
23. Danny Hultzen Virginia – LHP
24. Brian Goodwin Miami Dade CC – OF