The 2021 MLB Draft is five days away. Here’s my latest Big Board. While the top two haven’t changed, there are some new names in the Top 10.
As I alluded to in the previous version, I have removed prep outfielder Benny Montgomery from my board because it doesn’t seem like he’ll get out of the teens. If I ranked him, he’d be in the Top 5. He joins Sam Bachman (profile) and Gunnar Hoglund as prospects who have been removed since they probably won’t make it to pick No. 29.
Big Board v 4.0
- OF Jud Fabian, Florida [Profile]
- RHP Chase Petty, Mainland Regional HS (N.J.) [Profile]
- 2B/SS Peyton Stovall, Haughton HS (La.) [Profile]
- RHP Jaden Hill, LSU [Profile]
- RHP Gavin Williams, East Carolina [Profile]
- RHP Ryan Cusick, Wake Forest [Profile]
- SS Carson Williams, Torrey Pines HS (Calif.)
- SS Maxwell Muncy, Thousand Oaks HS (Calif.)
- SS/3B Trey Sweeney, Eastern Illinois
- OF Lonnie White, Malvern Prep HS (Penn.)
- RHP Michael McGreevy, UC Santa Barbara
- OF Joshua Baez, Dexter Southfield HS (Mass.)
- C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (FL) [Profile]
- RHP/SS Spencer Schwellenbach, Nebraska
- RHP/SS Bubba Chandler, North Oconee HS (Ga.)
- OF Christian Franklin, Arkansas
- RHP Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian HS (Fla.)
- LHP Frank Mozzicato, East Catholic HS (Conn.)
- RHP Ben Kudrna, Blue Valley Southwest HS (Kan.)
- RHP Thatcher Hurd, Mira Costa HS (Calif.)
The Top 2 remain the same from version 3.0, and it’s hard to see that changing in the next five days.
Stovall jumps into the Top 3. Ever since writing the profile on him, I’ve kinda fallen in love with the overall profile, even if he doesn’t have a true or premium defensive home.
Hill is still in my Top 5 and would still be one of the higher ceiling prospects available at No. 29 for the Dodgers.
Williams jumps over Cusick into the Top 5. I think the fact he has a better chance to stick as a starter gives him the edge for me.
Williams makes his Top 10 debut and there has been a decent amount of smoke with him and the Dodgers (as well as other prep bats). He also has some potential as a pitcher.
Not that Max Muncy, but the connection between him and the Dodgers is legit (FanGraphs mocked him to LA just this morning).
Sweeney gets the benefit of the college hitting class being a bit weak this year, but he gives off big time Corey Seager vibes (no, it’s not a comp).
White is a super athletic center fielder with legitimate 5-tool potential. He also has a commitment to play wide receiver at Penn State, so that could make signability a concern.
McGreevy is a command-over-stuff guy, but the Dodgers have done well with those guys and have actually gotten more out of them (see Ryan Pepiot).
Baez still has some of the best power among the prep hitting class, but the Dodgers haven’t been connected to him too often.
Del Castillo can swing it and if he can stick behind the dish, he could be a steal at the end of the first round.
Schwellenbach is one of the more interesting prospects on this list because of the legit 2-way potential. He probably profiles better in the field.
Chandler would be a tough sign this low, but he’s quite talented and is probably the high school version of Schwellenbach.
Franklin still seems like a sleeper to me to go in the first round, and he’d be a worthwhile gamble for a team late in the first.
Painter will probably go higher than No. 29, but he’s super projectable with a lot of upside.
The next three are all projectable prep pitchers, with Mozzicato leading the way with a potentially plus-curveball. Kudrna has the most projectabiltiy, while Hurd might be the safest of the three.
Because of some events last week, there was no draft coverage here. Get ready for a glut of profiles this week before the draft on Sunday afternoon.