IBI 2021 MLB Draft Board Part 1

Brady House- 3B/SS
Winder-Barrow HS, GA

Age: 18.1
Height: 6’3; Weight: 215
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Notes: House displays the athleticism to stick at short despite lacking the typical speed of a shortstop. The Georgia native would profile better to third base, where he would potentially flash All-Star capable talent. Armed with a strong, accurate plus throwing arm and a good glove at short, he could develop as a quality third-bagger. The Tennessee commit displays an average hit tool that should continue to grow with plus raw power.

Projection: Picks 1-10, unlikely to get outside the top 7 picks.

Gunnar Hoglund- RHSP
Ole Miss

Age: 21.7
Height: 6’4; Weight: 220
Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Notes: Impacted by injury, Hoglund, once a former Competitive Balance A selection, could fall there once again after his recent injury, but that’s unlikely. Hoglund when healthy, displayed plus control; that’s usually the last thing to return to arms recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander’s fastball sits 92-95 and touches 97 on occasion. He utilizes a plus slider paired with both an average curveball and changeup. The arm injury will likely cause the righty to slip down some draft boards, but his advanced pitchability and probable quick rise once healthy could make him worth the risk.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, potentially drops out of the top 10 after TJS.

Ty Madden- RHSP
Texas

Age: 21.4
Height: 6’3; Weight: 215
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Notes: Throws over the top, giving the right-hander downhill plane. The Longhorns right-hander throws low-to-mid 90’s and can run his fastball up to 99. Featuring a quality four-pitch mix Madden’s best secondary is his plus slider followed by his above-average changeup with his curveball the least of his pitches. Featuring above-average control, the Texas product should move quickly through the minors. At full development, Madden could become a number two starter.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, seems unlikely to slip outside the top 10 selections.

Khalil Watson- SS/2B
Wake Forest HS, SC

Age: 18.2
Height: 5’9; Weight: 182
Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Notes: Speed and athleticism give the North Carolina State commit the potential to stick at shortstop long term. Watson features plus speed on the basepaths and in the field. There have been some concerns if a position change will be in order. The left-handed-hitting South Carolina native shows off an advanced hit tool with above-average raw power potential. Watson could go in the back half of the top 10 selections.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, could slip because of size and 2b concerns.

Sal Frelick- CF
Boston College

Age: 21.2
Height: 5’9; Weight: 175
Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Notes: Frelick should be a quick-moving top-of-the-order bat with plus or better speed. The Eagles outfielder displays advanced abilities to get on-base and a propensity to put the bat on the ball. The athletic Frelick should be an exciting addition to whatever club adds the fleet-footed centerfielder. Defensively he utilizes his speed, effectively displaying range and a solid arm more than adequate for the position.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, unlikely to slip outside of the top 10 selections.

Jackson Jobe- RHSP
Heritage HS, OK

Age: 18.9
Height: 6’2; Weight:190
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Notes: Elite spin rates and overall impressive stuff on the mound should equate to a high first-round selection. Jobe’s fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90’s and touches 96-97 with ride. The right-hander’s slider boasts spin rates in the 3,000+ range, and it could be the best slider in the class. His changeup is his third-best pitch but could still be a plus pitch, and his curveball, the least of his four-pitch repertoire, is an above-average pitch. He has average control, and with a sole focus (plays shortstop as well) on pitching, he could show continued improvement. An Ole Miss commit as a two-way player, there’s little chance the righty makes it to campus, but stranger things have happened.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, likely the first prep arm off the board.

Matt McLain- SS/OF
UCLA

Age: 21.9
Height: 5’10; Weight: 175
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Notes: McLain is a versatile defender with experience at shortstop, second, third, and centerfield. McLain has a plus bat with advanced feel to hit, displaying average pop. The California native is a plus runner underway but isn’t a base stealer. Defensively, McLain’s plus throwing arm would work at a variety of positions. He’s the older brother of prep outfielder Nick McCain. The elder McLain should move quickly through the minors giving him the potential to provide his drafting team a quick return on their investment.

Projection: Round 1, picks 5-15, seems unlikely to slip outside the top 15.

Ryan Cusick- RHSP
Wake Forest

Age: 21.7
Height: 6’6; Weight: 235
Bats: Right; Throws: RIght

Notes: Armed with a mid-90’s fastball that touches 97-99, the Deacs ace has considerable upside. Physically, he has a strong frame and should log innings with middle of the rotation stuff. Cusick’s curveball is his best secondary, with his slider flashing plus potential, but it remains inconsistent. The least of his four-pitch mix is an average changeup that features sinking action. Cusick displays untapped potential and fringe-average control.

Projection: Round 1, picks 10-25, could slip into the back of the top 10 / slip to the end of round 1.

Adrian Del Castillo- C
Miami, FL

Age: 21.8
Height: 5’11; Weight: 210
Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Notes: The Hurricanes backstop is likely to move away from the tools of ignorance as he progresses through the minors. He displays a plus hit tool with a good eye at the plate, walking at a similar rate as striking out. Defensively, he’s a fringey defender as a catcher, but he has experience at third base (2 games) and right field (where he’s adequate). Overall, he’s an advanced bat with the capacity to hit for average and put the barrel on the ball. However, his value is weighed down with concerns his future leads him to first base or left field, where he lacks the traditional power. 

Projection: Round 1, picks 10-25

Sam Bachman- RHSP
Miami, OH

Age: 21.8
Height: 6’1; Weight: 235
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Notes: A power pitcher in the truest sense, Bachman’s fastball sits mid-to-upper 90’s and touches 101 mph. The right-hander’s slider is arguably just as good as his fastball. His changeup is an above-average mid-80’s pitch that sinks, giving him three above-average pitches.  Bachman has improved his control since his freshman season, netting strong average grades. If a team falls in love with the right-hander, he could go in the back half of the 10’s but seems more likely to go somewhere between 10-20.

Projection: Round 1, picks 10-25, unlikely slip into the 20’s.

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