NEW YORK (AP) Casey Mize has dazzled scouts for months with his impressive arsenal of pitches.
The agonizingly talented Auburn right-hander could head up the Major League Baseball draft on Monday night with the Detroit Tigers ready to go with the # 1 pick on the clock.
While Mize has long been the favorite to be the top pick, he is not necessarily the kind of undoubted, sure thing prospect Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Bryce Harper (2010) were considered in their draft years. Florida right-wing extremists Brady Singer and Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart are also finding ways to get their names first named by Commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.
It's the first time for the Tiger to have been number 1
"I do not know if it can not be missed," Tigers general manager Al Avila told reporters recently. "From design to design, you're trying to say, 'Who can not miss this?' There were many can't-misses that, as you all know, were missing in the history of the design, but there are good ones Players in this design
"And there will be players in this design coming into the big leagues, and there will be players in this design who may end up being All-Stars or maybe even franchisees. And they come from all places in the design.
Here are some of the best players to consider for design (with position, school, age, height, weight, and college grade):
C, Georgia Tech, 21, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, junior
The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year led the conference with an average of .359 and finished the Yellow Jackets with a .632 slugging percentage, 79 hits , 16 home runs, 55 runs and a .471 on-base percentage, Bart has had a series of 16 games this season and incredible power potential at the next level, and is one of the country's best defensive catchers. 992 fielding percentage on the season, while 12 out of 33 would-be base stealers are thrown out.
3B, Wichita State, 21, 6-5, 240, junior.
Bohm is one of the top offensive players in the draft and strikes with 16 home players .339 – the most of a player from Wichita since 2004 – and 55 RBIs with 14 doubles and 39 walks. He also showed a knack for setting a school record with three grand slams this year and led the team with 10 go-ahead RBIs. Bohm will probably play either the third or the first base at the next level.
3B, O & # 39; Connor H.S. (Arizona), 18, 6-1, 210.
Gorman has drooled scouts with his raw power on display when he won high school home derbies across the country. MLB.com rated him the # 1 Power Hitters player among Draft, Prep, or College players, and his fast-paced racquets and hands are expected to pass professionally.
RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Georgia), 18, 6-6, 200.
Hankins has a blazing fastball that temporarily reaches up to 98 mph and holds some him for the best in the design. He missed a month with a muscle in his shoulder that interfered with his overall effectiveness, putting him out of the discussion for the No. 1 overall selection. But the big righty is still in high demand and some believe that his fastball has the potential to get even more zipper to make a solid change.
3B, Florida, 21, 6-0, 200, junior.
India was an offensive force for the defending College World Series champions, batting .364 with 18 homers and 45 RBIs through Saturday's NCAA Tournament regional games. He is the 12th player in school history to have released 20 or more Homer's, 100 or more RBIs, and 30 or more stolen bases in his career. The SEC Player of the Year also had a 24-goal series this season. He is considered athletic enough to play multiple spots around the infield.
LHP, Mountain Ridge H.S. (Arizona), 18, 6-5, 200.
Liberatore is considered by many to be the best left-hander in this year's design class because it is a three-repertoire that offers a special opportunity. He hits the low- to mid-90s with his fastball, and although it's not the best in the crop, the big lefty has a great deal of mastery, mingling with a knee-breaking curveball and a solid change-up – along with one another developing slider.
2B, State of Oregon, 21, 5-7, 160, junior
His light physique makes him look anything but one of the best players in college baseball, but he is very much in the shape of similarly vertically challenged big league All-Stars Jose Altuve and Dustin Pedroia. Madrigal is considered by many to be the best hitter in the design. He recovered well for the beavers after missing half a season with a broken left wrist. He scored .406 with three homers and 32 RBIs and only five strikeouts in 133 at-bats as he helped lead Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament super regionals.
RHP, Auburn, 21, 6-3, 220, junior
Probably the first No. 1 of the entire pick went from high school three years ago and was educated during college to a potential ace in the big league. Mize has the hill combination that makes scouts drool – and consistently miss battles. He dominates four games, including a fastball hovering in the mid-'90s. But it is his superior command and sinful splinter / change-up – possibly the best in the design – that puts him at the top of the wishlist of most teams. He was 10-5 with a 2.95 ERA and 151 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 109 2/3 innings while helping the tigers to the NCAA tournament.
RHP, Florida, 21, 6 -5, 210, junior
The Gators ace and SEC pitcher of the year is under discussion since last year to be the No. 1 in the country This year's design with its mid-90s fastball and solid slider. A slow start and recent thigh injury, along with a great year for Auburn's Casey Mize, probably put the Florida spell-checker in the top five. Singer showed he was well again by going seven strong innings in an NCAA tournament win over Jacksonville on Saturday. He is 11-1 with a 2.27 ERA and 98 strikeouts and 19 walks in 95 innings.
RHP, Eau Gaille HS (Florida), 18, 6-6, 200.
Stewart has a ridiculously deceptive curveball that MLB.com rates as the best in the overall design and he combines it with a mid-90s fastball he put on mph on some excursions. If not for Auburn's Casey Mize and Florida's Brady Singer, Stewart could have been a strong candidate to become the # 1 prep nominee in design history.
OF, South Alabama, 20, 5-11, 180, junior
The left-hander, who meets Swaggerty, has a potential of five tools with a terrific mix of speed, athleticism , Power and Defensive. He could be the first outfielder. Swaggerty is a leadoff center fielder in the pros. He hit .296 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs with a whopping 54 walks for the Jaguars this season.
OTHER POTENTIAL-PREVIOUS-FIRSTROUNDER: Stetson RHP Logan Gilbert; Wisconsin High School by Jarred Kelenic; State of Oregon Trevor Larnach; South Florida LHP Shane McClanahan; Tennessee High School left Ryan Weathers, son of former major league leader David Weathers; and California High School RHP Cole Winn.
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