D1 Baseball/Prep Baseball Report Chat

Tue May 30, 2017

D1 Baseball's Frankie Piliere and Prep Baseball Report's Nathan Rode answered questions from readers about the 2017 MLB Draft and newly released D1/PBR Top 100. You can read the transcript of the chat below.
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about 5 hours ago
Frankie Piliere
Welcome to a very special draft chat, everyone. If you haven't checked out the D1Baseball/PBR overall top 100 draft prospects list yet, check it out now on the homepage. I'm joined by PBR's Nathan Rode today, who knows the high school guys better than anyone you're going to find. So, fire away at us. Yell at us about the rankings if you want. We can take it!
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about an hour ago
Nathan Rode
Hey there baseball fans! Nathan Rode here. I'm pretty excited about this combined Top 100 we've got for you, plus some other things to come before the draft. What do you say we chat about it?
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about an hour ago
Comment From Oren
Has there been any rumours of the Blue Jays taking advantage of their two first round picks to go overslot for a higher-ranked player? Would love to hear some insights into what they could do with those two picks.
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about an hour ago
Frankie Piliere: 
So far I have not heard them. They've been linked a lot more frequently to guys like Nate Pearson, Logan Warmoth, Evan White and some of those high school guys like Bubba Thompson, Jeter Downs, Heliot Ramos. But I've yet to hear them linked to those sort of over slot deals
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about an hour ago
Comment From Matt Moscona
How do GMs view Alex Lange's role in pro ball? Can he be a starter or is he an 8th or 9th inning guy?
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about an hour ago
Frankie Piliere: 
My feeling is that there's a few teams at the end of the first that will see him as a starter. I think a good chunk of teams think he's a long term reliever, but as the old cliche says...it just takes one. Teams like Washington or Baltimore seem to be on him. And any team taking him in the first should see him a starter.
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Comment From Greg
It seems like most of the questions I read about Royce Lewis are on defense, and I understand that. But what about his offensive skillset? Is there anything that concerns you? Also, any worries about him swinging and missing with that leg kick?
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Nathan Rode: 
Lewis' offensive profile is what makes him so attractive. Whether he stays at SS, moves to the OF, or wherever, his bat profiles. I can see concerns about the leg kick, but things like that can be adjusted. And he only struck out 7 times this spring against SoCal competition. High school stats aren't a great barometer for the draft, unless you see extremes. If Lewis had struck out 15-20 times, then I'd be more concerned. He has bat speed, power and makes enough contact for me to feel pretty confident in his offense playing at the next level.
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Comment From Greg
What's the word on Tristian Beck? Think he'll sign?
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about an hour ago
Frankie Piliere: 
Yes I believe he will. A lot of rumors that he'll make a deal with someone in the 30-50 range.
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Comment From VandyMan
Who are the commits #VandyBoys fans should be most concerned with getting through the draft?
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Nathan Rode: 
I honestly think Vandy should be feeling pretty good on draft day. Nothing against the class. It's a strong one as usual, but there aren't any slam dunks to sign. The highest ranked guy for me is LHP Jake Eder and he's had an inconsistent spring. There is always a chance someone gets popped and signs, because it only takes one team to like you, but if I were a Vandy coach or fan, I'm feeling pretty good about getting most, if not all, these guys to campus.
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Comment From Tony
Where do you see James Morisano from St. Louis University getting drafted?
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