Prep Baseball Report

2023 MLB Draft: JUCO Picks

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

As expected, the 2023 JUCO class did not feature the same type of Day One prospects as 2022 when  three names came off the board – Chipola (FL) 3B Cam Collier (1st round, Reds), Crowder (MO) RHP Jacob Misiorowski (2nd, Brewers) and Northwest Florida St. RHP Jake Madden (4th, Angels). That trio was also PBR JUCO’s top-three-ranked prospects heading into the season.

It was a similar result this year as we nailed the top two picks and three of the top five, but none were selected during Day One. However, Day Two saw eight JUCO prospects selected in rounds 3-10 led by our top-rated prospect Kyle Carr in the 3rd round to the Yankees. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound left-hander transferred from U San Diego to Palomar (CA) over the winter break and impressed scouts with a low-90s fastball and sharp breaking curve ball.

Power left-hander Christian Oppor (Gulf Coast, FL), our second-rated prospect was chosen second among all JUCO picks, going in the 5th round to the White Sox.

MLB Draft League standout Ryan Birchard (Niagara County, NY) was the third JUCO prospect chosen. He ranked fifth in our final rankings and was selected in the 5th round by the Brewers.

Overall on Day Two, eight JUCO prospects were chosen. Onto Day Three where 36 additional bandits were selected. The 14th, 15th and 18th rounds were a popular stop on the JUCO route as five, two-year college prospects were selected in each of those rounds.

Of all MLB clubs, the Rangers had the strongest presence, selecting five JUCO prospects while the White Sox checked in with four.


2023 Drafted JUCO Prospects

MLB Club
3 Kyle Carr LHP Palomar (CA) Yankees
5 Christian Oppor LHP Gulf Coast (FL) White Sox
5 Ryan Birchard RHP Niagara County (NY) Brewers
7 Izack Tiger RHP Butler (KS) Rangers
8 Josh Bostick RHP Grayson (TX) Giants
9 Quincy Scott OF Palomar (CA) Rangers
9 Luis Martinez-Gomez RHP Temple (TX) Cubs
10 Matt Wilkinson LHP Central Arizona Guardians
11 Gavin Adams RHP Indian River (FL)  Nationals
11 Nelly Taylor OF Polk State (FL) Red Sox
12 Mathias LaCombe RHP Cochise (AZ) White Sox
12 Chay Yeager RHP Pasco-Hernando (FL) Blue Jays
12 Noah Ruen RHP Tyler (TX) Dodgers
13 Will Verdung 3B Itawamba (MS) Braves
13 Marty Gair RHP Florida SouthWestern Phillies
14 Josh Trentadue
LHP Southern Idaho
14 Cale Lansville RHP San Jacinto (TX) Giants
14 Michael Forret RHP State College of Florida Orioles
14 Jacob Odle RHP Orange Coast (CA) Cardinals
14 Jaxon Jelkin RHP South Mountain (AZ) Dodgers
15 Brady Cerkownyk C Connors St. (OK)
15 Michael Trausch LHP Central Arizona Rangers
15 Carlton Perkins RHP Cowley County (KS) White Sox
15 Kyle Scott RHP Lackawanna (PA) Guardians
15 David Rodriguez RHP San Joaquin Delta (CA) Braves
16 Rio Foster OF Flo-Dar Tech (SC) Angels
16 Anthony Silvas RHP Riverside City (CA) Twins
16 Wooyeoul Shin 1B Miami-Dade Rays
16 Will Bush C Tyler (TX) Astros
17 JeanPierre Ortiz SS/RHP Chipola (FL) Reds
17 Barrett Riebock OF Paris (TX) Guardians
17 AJ Shaver OF Florida SouthWestern
17 Colby Langford
LHP Murray State (OK) Astros
18 Drew Pestka
RHP John A Logan (IL)
18 Brendan Morse RHP Niagara County (NY)
18 Anthony Imhoff LHP Pima (AZ) White Sox
18 Dylan Watts RHP Tacoma (WA)
18 Hunter Kublick RHP Umpqua (OR)
19 Tyler Kennedy RHP Florida SouthWestern
19 Herick Hernandez LHP Miami-Dade
20 Troy Butler RHP Herkimer County (NY)
20 Kai Peterson LHP Sierra (CA) Blue Jays
20 Will Watson RHP San Joaquin Delta (CA)
20 B.Y. Choi 1B New Mexico Military Institute


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