After taking a week and a half off from looking at the draft it is time to look at what high school pitchers might be available in the 1st and 2nd round this year.
Off the Board:
Kohl Stewart – RHP – Texas
Stewart might have the best raw stuff of any pitcher in the draft and has been climbing quickly up draft boards. Stewart won’t fall out of the Top 10 but what the Astros do at #1 could affect where he will end up. At that high a pick all of his signability concerns are irrelevent
Trey Ball – LHP – Indiana
A month ago there was a realistic chance that Ball could fall to 16 but he has shown a fastball that is 91-94 even in the cold wet whether and is now firmly in the Top 10 discussion. He has some promise in the field do but at 6′ 6″ with great athleticism his future is on the mound.
Ian Clarkin – LHP – California
Clarkin has a plus fastball that sits 90-92 but can touch 94, he matches that with a curveball that already flashes plus. The changeup shows at least average potential, but lacks consistency. Clarkin is a bit small at 6′ 2″ which gives some scouts pause.
Rob Kaminsky – LHP – New Jersey
Kaminisky’s fastball sits 89-92 touching 94+ and he is the makings of an average changeup. His curveball is a plus pitch now and could be the best in the draft. The problem is Kaminisky is a filled out 5′ 11″, leaving little room for potential, scouts are also worried that he won’t be able to keep the ball down.
Hunter Harvey – RHP – North Carolina
Hunter’s fastball sits mostly in the low 90s but he has reportedly gotten it up to 97 this spring. The changeup and curveball have potential but they are mainly flashes. At 6′ 3″ 175lbs there is some room for projection that he could hold plus plus velocity as starter.
Phil Bickford – RHP – California
At this point Bickford is all fastball, but it might be a 70 grade pitch that consistently is up to 95-96, with room for enough projection that it could be an elite pitch. The secondary pitches are lacking but the clean arm action and fastball give him plenty of potential.
Hunter Green – LHP – Kentucky
Green has been inconsistent this spring but when he is on he shows you a fastball that can touch 95 to go with a changeup and curveball that show plus potential. There are some mechanical things to work on, but at 6′ 4″ 180lbs there is big potential here.
Matt Krook – LHP – California
Krook has been rising quickly up draft boards this spring. He can bring a fastball that sits 90-92 touching 95 with good downward movement. The curveball has at least plus potential and the changeup shows promise. Krook is 6′ 4″ so there is plenty of potential there as well.
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia
Given where he will go in the draft and his strong commitment to UVA, Jones may be the toughest sign of the first round. His fastball has plus velocity but also really heavy downward movment. The changeup and slider have potential but are works in progress.
Devin Williams – RHP – Missouri
Williams velocity jump this spring has some scouts higher on him then others. The fastball can touch 95 and the changeup has good movement. The breaking ball is inconsistent, as are his mechanics. The big draw is that there is lot of filling out he can do which gives scouts plenty to dream on.
Kyle Serrano – RHP – Tennessee
Serrano offers less projection then other HS pitchers in the draft as the velocity is average sitting more 90-92 touching 94. The changeup and curveball will flash plus, he will move quick because of his good feel for pitching. He is committed to Tennessee where is father is the head coach, so it could be a tough sign.
Dustin Driver – RHP – Washington
An athletic pitcher out of the Pacific Northwest, Driver will bring a fastball that touches 93-94 and a solid power breaking ball. The changeup is well behind the other pitches. He has already maxed out is projection and will be 19 at the time of the draft. Some scouts think he will be better off in a bullpen role long term.
Blake Tayler – LHP – California
Taylor has a low-90s fastball and will flash a plus curveball. The changeup has good life but is very inconsistent. He is big, projectable, and left handed which should make him go at least in the 2nd.
Robert Tyler – RHP – Georgia
Tyler offers a fastball topping out at 94 but there is room for more velocity. He shows good potential for a changeup and curveball but they will need work.
Jacob Brentz – LHP – California
Brentz has the best left handed fastball in the class with reports of him touching 100 this spring. The delivery has some problems but he does have an average changeup to go with the fastball. The curveball is a work in progress. He might go as early as the late first round if a team thinks they can fix the mechanics while keeping the electric fastball.
With Ball and Stewart off the board there is not a whole lot of difference in the next tier of pitchers. If the Phillies go that route, Krook and Green may be slight reaches but they offer a package that has worked for the Phillies before. Overall when it comes the HS pitchers in this class they all have their problems and the board can be very fluid depending on a scouts opinion of how secondary arsenals and mechanics look.