Prep Baseball Report

2018 PBR Draft Board Updated And Expanded

Nathan Rode and David Seifert

The 2018 Major League Baseball Draft is just four Mondays away. We’re in the home stretch and the PBR Draft Board has been updated and expanded to 200. It will be updated one more time right before June 4, but this list reflects changes from the last two months, including at the top where there is a new No. 1.

RHP Casey Mize (Auburn) has seemingly separated himself as the top prospect in the country, showing four pitches that project to be at least above average. His fastball is a plus pitch, sitting in the low to mid 90s while he mixes in a future 70 split-changeup and cutter, as well as an above-average slider. Whether or not he goes first overall comes down to the Detroit Tigers and how they’ll handle their bonus pool, but Mize is clearly the best player available at this point.

Holding steady at No. 2 is RHP Brady Singer (Florida) and at No. 3 is the best high school prospect in LHP Matthew Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ). SS Nick Madrigal (Oregon State) is the best college bat and is ranked No. 4, while 3B Jonathan India (Florida) makes a big jump up the rankings to round out the top five. India has put together a monster season for the Gators, flirting with a .400 average and hitting 15 home runs through 47 games.

The same names make up the rest of the top 10, just in a slightly different order: OF Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West HS, WI), LHP Ryan Rolison (Mississippi), LHP Shane McClanahan (South Florida), RHP Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island HS, FL) and RHP Kumar Rocker (North Oconee HS, GA).

RHP Carter Stewart (Eau Gallie HS, FL) made a big jump to No. 11 from No. 38. He's long been known for his plus curveball, but the rise of his fastball velocity this spring has elevated him to a potential top 10 pick who now possesses two plus pitches. OF Connor Scott (Plant HS, FL) has made up for missing some time on the summer circuit last year. He is showing a plus run tool to go with the ability to hit for average from the left side. He landed at No. 17 in the latest update. 1B Alfonso Rivas (Arizona) got off to a slow start this spring, but has come on as of late. With one of the purest swings in college baseball, he projects to be an above-average hitter with average power. He now checks in at No. 53.

A Look At The Top 20

1 Casey Mize RHP Auburn
2 Brady Singer RHP Florida
3 Matthew Liberatore LHP Mountain Ridge (HS)
4 Nick Madrigal SS Oregon State
5 Jonathan India SS Florida
6 Jarred Kelenic OF Waukesha West (HS)
7 Ryan Rolison LHP Mississippi
8 Shane McClanahan LHP South Florida
9 Mason Denaburg RHP Merritt Island (HS)
10 Kumar Rocker RHP North Oconee (HS)
11 Carter Stewart RHP Eau Gallie (HS)
12 Travis Swaggerty OF South Alabama
13 Joey Bart C Georgia Tech
14 Alec Bohm 3B Wichita State
15 Cole Winn RHP Orange Lutheran (HS)
16 Brice Turang SS Santiago (HS)
17 Connor Scott OF Plant (HS)
18 Alek Thomas OF Mount Carmel (HS)
19 Sean Hjelle RHP Kentucky
20 Ryan Weathers LHP Loretto (HS)

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