Up next on our 2018 MLB Draft profile series is a player that many analysts have projected to the Dodgers in the first round, outfielder Jameson Hannah.
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5’9, 184 pounds
DOB: Aug. 10, 1997
Slot recommended bonus (No. 30): $2,275,800
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The Dodgers have mainly been attached to outfielders in many scouts’ eyes, and Hannah is a name that has been attached heavily to the Dodgers. MLB dot com’s Jonathan Mayo mocked Hannah to the Dodgers in the first version of his mock draft. His colleague, Jim Callis, had the Dodgers taking Hannah in his first mock draft. They each published second versions of their mocks, and both Mayo and Callis still had the Dodgers taking Hannah. Last Thursday, Perfect Game had the Dodgers taking Hannah. Considering all this, Dustin decided it’s probably worth writing about him.
Hannah has put together three extremely strong years at Dallas Baptist, but has saved his best for last. As a freshman, Hannah posted a .332/.407/.456 triple slash line and stole 11 bases. In his sophomore year, Hannah posted similar numbers in the average (.328) and on-base percentage categories (.411), but upped his slugging percentage to .530. He hit more doubles (19) in his sophomore season than he had extra-base hits of any kind (14) in his freshman year. He improved even more as a junior, with a .360/.444/.555 triple slash line and the same numbers of walks and strikeouts (35).
Clearly, hitting shouldn’t be an issue for Hannah at the next level. He also showed promise at the Cape Cod League in 2017, as he overcame a very slow start to finish with a 20-game hitting streak, during which he hit .392. The year before, Hannah played in the Coastal Plains League and posted a .374/.455/.551 triple slash, proving he won’t be completely lost with wood bats. Hannah wiggles a bit at the plate and has a small leg kick, but has very quick hands. There’s nothing that looks like it needs complete reworking.
Hannah is also regarded well as a defender. He has the speed and skills to play center field and did so for much of his college career. As a freshman and sophomore, he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Defensive Teams. He has good speed and stole 28 bases in 30 attempts in his three years in college.
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— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) May 7, 2016
— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) March 19, 2017
HOME RUN! Jameson Hannah's third hit of the game is a two-run blast! He's a double away from the cycle!
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— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) March 17, 2018
All mocks and pre-draft rankings seem to point towards Hannah being available when the Dodgers pick at 30. It doesn’t seem like too much of a reach. It’s been widely rumored that the Dodgers would go with an outfielder, with a lot of chit-chat being centered around prep outfielders. Assuming Hannah fills out in size, he could be a legit starting centerfielder with above-average speed and enough power to make him a threat at the plate. He seems to be one of the more well-rounded players that could be available at the end of the first round for the Dodgers.