Jaden Hill- RHSP
LSU

Age: 21.6
Height: 6’4 Weight: 234
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Notes: Multiple minor injuries and recent Tommy John surgery drop the talented right-hander’s draft status. Look for a team to take the gamble somewhere in the 25-50 pick range. When healthy, he sits in the mid-90’s and can reportedly touch 98, 99. His best secondary is a mid-80’s change followed by a slider with similar velocity. The righties slider is still a work and progress and, with refinement, could become an above-average to plus pitch. Once a likely top-five selection, Hill will require 12 to 18 months to show that talent on the mound for whatever club chooses him.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

James Wood- OF
IMG Academy

Age: 18.8
Height: 6’6 Weight: 230
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Notes: Possibly the most powerful bat in the class, Wood swung for the fences dropping his stock this spring. He’s a former basketball player and shows more athleticism than his size would indicate. He’s played centerfield as an amateur and should move to right field as a pro where his arm will play and speed if he slows as he ages. Wood is a Mississippi State commit and should require a healthy signing bonus to forego his commitment.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Braden Montgomery- OF/RHP
Madison Central HS, MS

Age: 18.2
Height: 6’1 Weight: 201
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Notes: Montgomery is a talented two-way with a chance to develop as both a hitter a pitcher. He’s viewed primarily as a hitter but has the chance to pitch too, thanks to a solid three-pitch mix. The Mississippi natives fastball touches 96, and he shows a quality curve and changeup. The switch-hitter displays an advanced hit tool with average power. Montgomery is an average runner with an arm suitable to handle right-field. Signability could be an issue for whatever team that ends up drafting him.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Gage Jump- LHSP
JSerra Catholic HS, CA

Age: 18.2
Height: 5’10 Weight: 175
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Notes: An athletic smaller framed left-hander with big potential Jump’s high release point gives him added deception. The UCLA commit has a fastball that sits in the low-90’s and runs up to 94, 95 on occasion. The California native displays above-average control from a repeatable over-the-top type delivery that shows his athleticism on the mound. Jump has a four-pitch repertoire, including a better-than-average curveball and slider. The lefty’s changeup is the least of his four pitches. 

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Alex Mooney- SS
St. Mary’s Prep, MI

Age: 18.9
Height: 6’1 Weight: 180
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Notes: Committed to play baseball for the Duke Blue Devils, Mooney should continue to stick at shortstop. The right-handed-hitting Mooney shows an advanced approach with the ability to put the bat on the ball. He won’t be a power hitter, but his quick bat should produce average power outcomes. Armed with an above-average throwing arm and above-average speed, he should develop as an everyday player at shortstop if his game transitions to the pros as expected.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Thatcher Hurd- RHSP
Mira Costa HS, CA

Age: 18.6
Height: 6’4 Weight: 205
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Notes: Flashing a solid four-pitch mix, the prep right-hander has a chance to be drafted in Comp A or round two thanks to his physical projection and relative rawness as a pitcher. He’s a UCLA commit and should get paid to forego college. The righty displays a low-90’s fastball that could see velocity gains as he fills out his frame. Presently, his best secondary is a slider that flashes plus potential; not far behind is his curveball, followed by his changeup.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Alex Binelas- 3b/1b
Louisville

Age: 21.1
Height: 6’3 Weight: 225
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Notes: The Cardinals corner infielder could handle third base but could push over to first base. He started this season off to a slow start tanking his value, and he’s a strong framed bat with plus power potential. Common for similar sluggers, Binelas displays swing and miss concerns that further hurt his value. If teams see him as a future first baseman with a fringe hit tool and plus power. He could slip deep into the second round or possibly into the third round.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Christian Franklin- OF
Arkansas

Age: 21.6
Height: 5’11 Weight: 195
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Notes: The Razorbacks outfielder has performed at a high level in the SEC. Franklin displays a variety of tools that should help him transition quickly in pro ball. The right-handed-hitter displays an average hit tool that’s weighed down by strikeouts but boosted above-average raw power. Defensively, Franklin shows a strong arm appropriate for right field paired with above-average speed; he should be able to handle center field.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Josh Hartle- LHSP
Reagan HS, NC

Age: 18.3
Height: 6’5 Weight: 195
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Notes: The Wake Forest Forest commit sits upper-80’s into the lower-90’s and touches 94 mph. Featuring above-average control and a projectable frame, the talented lefty could be a back of the first-round selection or slip into the Comp A to round two range. Hartle has an easy delivery and a projectable frame with a solid three-pitch mix. He often receives comparisons to similar arms, MacKenzie Gore and Blake Walston. The left-hander’s best secondary pitch is his changeup, with his slider lagging.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

Cody Schrier- SS/3b
JSerra Catholic HS, CA

Age: 18.4
Height: 6’1 Weight: 195
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Notes: The California native is a hit-over power profile and an above-average hit tool with above-average raw power potential. Think offensive-oriented bat. Schrier plays shortstop, third base and can handle second base, and has enough arm for the left side of the infield but lacks premium arm strength. He’s an above-average runner with a medium athletic frame and a strong lower half. The young middle infielder is a UCLA commit.

Projection: Comp A to mid-round two

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