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2021 MLB Draft: Profiles on 103 top prospects

2021 MLB Draft
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Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith posts breakout junior season

Dylan Smith made one start in 17 appearances between his first two years at the University of Alabama. Expectations were ...
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Bryce McGowan

Bryce McGowan has improved his skills

Bryce McGowan threw his fastball 86-89 mph as a senior at Cary (N.C.) High in 2018. The right-handed pitcher thrived ...
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Dylan Dodd

Dylan Dodd has enhanced his draft stock

Dylan Dodd topped out at 86 mph as a senior at Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) High in 2016. His lack of velocity ...
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Dylan Ross

Dylan Ross develops into a draft prospect

Dylan Ross threw 91 mph as a senior at Georgia Premier Academy in 2019. He didn’t draw professional interest as ...
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Troy Melton

Troy Melton started as a walk-on at SDSU

Troy Melton didn't suit up for the varsity baseball team at Canyon High in California until his junior year in ...
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Braden Olthoff

Braden Olthoff has a strong feel for pitching

Braden Olthoff didn't start pitching until his senior high school baseball season at El Camino High in California. Now four ...
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Seth Stephenson

Seth Stephenson has elite speed

Seth Stephenson has elite speed that has caused professional scouts to take notice. He has been clocked running the 60-yard ...
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Gavin Williams

Gavin Williams thriving as a starter

Gavin Williams was an intriguing prep pitcher in 2017 out of Cape Fear High in North Carolina. He was a ...
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Michael McGreevy

Michael McGreevy rising up draft boards

Michael McGreevy was a two-way player in high school and viewed shortstop as his primary position. His skill set intrigued ...
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Ryan Bliss

Ryan Bliss has enhanced his skills at Auburn

Ryan Bliss was a well-regarded MLB draft prospect out of the Georgia high school ranks in 2018. However, scouts wondered ...
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Robert Gasser

Robert Gasser shows improvement this spring

Robert Gasser overpowered hitters in his lone season at Delta College in 2019. The left-handed pitcher posted a 14-0 record ...
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Trey Sweeney

Trey Sweeney rising up draft boards

Trey Sweeney did not receive a ton of interest during the college recruiting process out of St. Xavier High in ...
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Matt Mikulski

Matt Mikulski driven to prove doubters wrong

Matt Mikulski felt he was one of the top left-handed pitchers available in the 2020 MLB draft. But he went ...
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Spencer Schwellenbach

Spencer Schwellenbach thriving this season

Spencer Schwellenbach has performed well as a two-way player for Nebraska this season. The junior from Saginaw, Michigan, is in ...
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Tyler Black Brewers

Tyler Black evolves into a top prospect

Tyler Black suffered an ankle injury in his junior year of high school. The injury resulted in the Toronto, Canada ...
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Luke Albright

Luke Albright focusing on consistency, winning

Luke Albright has thrived throughout his three-year collegiate career at Kent State. The right-handed pitcher primarily served as a reliever ...
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Justice Thompson

Justice Thompson has intriguing potential

Justice Thompson showed growth and intriguing potential in his two years at the junior college level in 2019 and 2020 ...
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Joe Rock

Joe Rock has made strides at Ohio

Joe Rock lacked consistency with his control and command in his first season at Ohio University in 2019. The left-handed ...
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McCade Brown

McCade Brown off to a tremendous start

McCade Brown was not a high-rated recruit coming out of Normal West High in Illinois. The right-handed pitcher didn’t commit ...
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Niko Kavadas

Niko Kavadas has high hopes this season

Niko Kavadas recalls attending Notre Dame baseball games and watching former pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Pat Connaughton when he was ...
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Austin Vernon

Austin Vernon features intriguing potential

Austin Vernon received just one college baseball offer during the recruiting process in high school. North Carolina Central University in ...
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Zack Gelof

Zack Gelof possesses a team-first mindset

Zack Gelof was an intriguing two-way prospect as an infielder and right-handed pitcher out of the Delaware high school ranks ...
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Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan focusing on a team-first mindset

Sean Sullivan spent about three weeks at Driveline Baseball in Washington during the offseason. The University of California right-handed pitcher ...
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Noah Cardenas

Noah Cardenas seeks growth, national title

Noah Cardenas garnered interest from professional scouts in the months leading up to the 2018 MLB draft. Cardenas was known ...
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Jose Torres

Jose Torres wants to improve his approach

Jose Torres was a slick-fielding shortstop at Calvert Hall High in Maryland. Professional scouts considered Torres as the top prep ...
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Mason Black

Mason Black develops into a draft prospect

Mason Black didn’t start pitching until his junior year at Valley View High in Pennsylvania. The decision to move from ...
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Sean Burke

Sean Burke eager to pitch a full season

Sean Burke was a promising pitcher out of high school and had high expectations for his first season at Maryland ...
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Jonathan Childress

Jonathan Childress hopes to show growth

Jonathan Childress was a top prospect in the 2018 MLB draft as a senior at Forney High in Texas. But ...
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Will Bednar

Will Bednar focusing on team’s success

Will Bednar increased his fastball velocity during his senior season at Mars Area High (Pa.), leading to interest from professional ...
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Christian MacLeod

Christian MacLeod eager to pitch a full season

Christian MacLeod redshirted his first season at Mississippi State with pneumonia in 2019. However, the left-handed pitcher didn’t show any ...
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Eric Cerantola

Eric Cerantola hopes to take the next step

Eric Cerantola grew up in Oakville, Ontario, with a passion for hockey. He was a skilled forward and even heard ...
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Richard Fitts

Richard Fitts transforms into a draft prospect

Richard Fitts wasn’t a sought-after recruit out of Helena High in Alabama. The right-handed pitcher didn’t receive any scholarship offers ...
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John Rhodes bursts onto the scene

John Rhodes will be in a unique position this spring. It's a situation he could have never envisioned when he ...
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Ryan Cusick

Ryan Cusick focuses on improving his skills

Ryan Cusick was an intriguing prep right-handed pitcher out of the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut in 2018. Besides ...
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Henry Davis

Henry Davis is a well-balanced catcher

Henry Davis spent the offseason mostly doing individual work at his family’s home in Bedford, New York, due to the ...
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J.P. Massey

JP Massey hopes to have breakout season

JP Massey committed to the University of Minnesota in the fall of his senior year of high school in 2017 ...
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Jordan Wicks

Jordan Wicks has best changeup in draft class

Jordan Wicks dominated high school hitters throughout his career at Conway High in Arkansas. But the left-handed pitcher’s success at ...
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Max Ferguson

Max Ferguson has refined his skills

Max Ferguson received little attention from professional scouts leading up to the 2018 MLB draft. The then-senior out of The ...
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Sam Bachman

Sam Bachman shows growth at Miami

Sam Bachman received just two Division I scholarship offers out of Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana. The right-handed pitcher ...
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Steven Hajjar

Steven Hajjar focusing on Michigan’s success

Steven Hajjar had high hopes for his redshirt freshman season last spring after missing his first year at Michigan. He ...
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Jonathan Cannon

Jonathan Cannon has refined skills at Georgia

Jonathan Cannon had the luxury of learning from Georgia right-handed pitcher Emerson Hancock last season. Cannon, a then-freshman right-hander, was ...
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Cody Morissette

Cody Morissette develops into a draft prospect

Cody Morissette had a productive prep career at Exeter High School in New Hampshire. But Morissette wasn’t a highly-regarded prospect ...
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Cade Winquest

Cade Winquest is an underrated draft prospect

Cade Winquest has made tremendous strides on the mound in his first 2½ years at the University of Texas at ...
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Adrian Del Castillo

Adrian Del Castillo instructed by Salvy Perez

Adrian Del Castillo had a unique opportunity this offseason that he never envisioned would occur when the college baseball season ...
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Ty Madden

Ty Madden shows growth at Texas

Ty Madden had the luxury of learning from former University of Texas at Austin and major-league right-hander Huston Street last ...
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Christian Franklin

Christian Franklin has five-tool potential

Christian Franklin didn’t play in the summer following his junior season at Rockhurst High School in Missouri in 2017. A ...
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Robby Martin

Robby Martin has shown growth at FSU

Robby Martin has had professional baseball aspirations for as long as he can remember. He’s always had a strong passion ...
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Jud Fabian

Jud Fabian focusing on Florida’s title hopes

Jud Fabian knew early in his Trinity Catholic (Fla.) High School career that he wanted to play baseball at the ...
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Gunnar Hoglund

Gunnar Hoglund glad he chose Ole Miss

Gunnar Hoglund was highly sought after coming out of the Florida high school ranks in 2018. The right-handed pitcher drew ...
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Colton Cowser Brewers

Colton Cowser has refined his skills at SHSU

Colton Cowser wasn’t a highly recruited baseball player out of the Texas high school ranks. He committed to Sam Houston ...
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Hunter Goodman

Hunter Goodman has excelled at Memphis

Hunter Goodman was an under-the-radar prospect as a senior at Arlington High School in Tennessee in 2018. He was lightly ...
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Matt McLain

Matt McLain living out dream playing at UCLA

Matt McLain was a sought-after prep prospect in the 2018 MLB draft class. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted the then-Arnold O ...
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Ethan Wilson

Ethan Wilson develops into MLB draft prospect

Ethan Wilson has progressed throughout his first two years at South Alabama. He has gone from receiving little MLB draft ...
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Kumar Rocker

Kumar Rocker: ‘I’ve improved a lot’ at Vandy

Kumar Rocker had high hopes for himself entering his freshman year at Vanderbilt in 2019. But he didn't get off ...
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Alex Binelas

Alex Binelas: ‘Wisconsin is a baseball hotbed’

Alex Binelas is the last highly-regarded MLB draft prospects from the state of Wisconsin. The former Oak Creek High School ...
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Jaden Hill

Jaden Hill has ace potential on the mound

Jaden Hill headlined Louisiana State’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2018. Expectations were high for the prized recruit in his freshman ...
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Jack Perkins

Jack Perkins shows promising results

Jack Perkins had high expectations for himself when he first stepped foot on Louisville’s campus as a freshman in 2018 ...
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Levi Usher

Levi Usher has thrived at the college level

Levi Usher has made tremendous strides on the baseball field over the last two years. He received just two college ...
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Sal Frelick Brewers

Sal Frelick has excelled at Boston College

Sal Frelick grew up a Boston College fan, regularly attending football, hockey and baseball games. It’s what led to him ...
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