Top college prospects in 2019 MLB Draft class
Top college prospects in 2019 MLB Draft
The 2019 MLB Draft is getting closer and closer. With less than a month to go before June 3, it's time to check in on the top college performers in the country.
MLB comparisons from Sports Info Solutions.
C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
By all accounts Rutschman is currently the favorite to be selected by the Orioles comes June 3. The catcher can truly do it all, and he looks like the best prospect to enter baseball in years.
There are plenty of reasons why the Orioles should strongly consider the future star with the top pick in this year's draft, and his performance in college this year is at the top of the list.
Best-case MLB comp: Buster Posey
1B Andrew Vaughn, California
Vaughn coming off a sophomore season in which he won the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
If Adley Rutschman didn't exist, he may be eyeing a repeat in his junior season, a stellar year in which he's established himself as the best pure bat in the class.
Best-case MLB comp: Paul Goldschmidt
OF JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
Bleday entered the draft process with one of the best hit tools in the class, and has cemented himself as plus in that area during his junior season.
The real surprise has been his power, as he's been near the Division I lead in home runs all season long, despite playing in the always-tough SEC. He profiles as a sweet-swinging, strong-armed right fielder in the big leagues.
Best-case MLB comp: Carlos Gonzalez
OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
The talent has always been there for Bishop, a do-it-all outfielder who grades out as 50 or better in all five categories according to MLP Pipeline.
The question has always been consistency, and he's found it in spades during his breakout junior season. Rumors are he could go as high as no. 1 if the Orioles look to strike a below-slot deal, and at worst he looks like a top 10 pick.
Best-case MLB comp: Cody Bellinger
LHP Nick Lodolo, TCU
Lodolo has a chance to be the first pitcher off the board in the 2019 class, which isn't saying much considering it's a historically weak class. That said, he should still go in the 7-12 range, which is impressive.
Lodolo is a tall, lanky southpaw who pitches downhill to maximize his velocity and play up his offspeed offerings.
Best-case MLB comp: Andrew Miller
C Shea Langeliers, Baylor
Langeliers would be more highly-touted if he didn't happen to share a position with the best prospect in years.
As it is, the Baylor catcher is, pretty easily, the best defensive backstop in college, giving him a high floor as an Austin Hedges-type.
If he hits at all (currently projects for 50 hitting and power) he'll be an above average Major Leaguer.
Best-case MLB comp: Mike Lieberthal
SS Bryson Stott, UNLV
Stott has enjoyed a surprisingly strong junior season, and looks like a well-rounded shortstop at the next level.
He does everything at least somewhat well, and comparisons have been drawn to San Francisco's Brandon Crawford, which is why he's been mocked to the Giants on more than one occasion.
Best-case MLB comp: Corey Seager
3B Josh Jung, Texas Tech
A well-rounded hitter, Jung isn't blessed with exceptional athleticism, but his arm and instincts are strong enough to stick at third base long term.
At the plate, his bat looks strong enough for the hot corner, and if he reaches his ceiling he'll have no problem hitting for decent average and power.
Best-case MLB comp: Ryan Zimmerman
LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
In a weak college pitching class, Thompson could find himself selected in the mid-teens in the first round.
He is a well-rounded pitcher with at least four workable pitches, and his command has improved in 2019. MLB Pipeline projects his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter, which any team would be happy to add.
Best-case MLB comp: Jose Quintana
OF Kameron Misner, Missouri
Yet another well-rounded outfielder (noticing a pattern in this year's class) who has both the tools and the performance to back it up.
There's a chance Misner sticks in center at the professional level, though he'll be a capable outfielder wherever he ends up. The bat has impressed this season, and it looks like he's figured out how to tap into his natural raw power.
Best-case MLB comp: Josh Hamilton