College Batter Rankings 2017 MLB Draft College Batter Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Jeren Kendall, CF, Vanderbilt: Top 5 Pick, 2. Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State: Round 1, 3. Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia: Round 1, 4. Adam Haseley, CF, Virginia: Round 1, 5. Evan White, 1B, Kentucky: Round 1, 6. Brent Rooker, RF, Mississippi State: Round 1, 7. J.J. Schwarz, C, Florida: Round 1, 8. Evan Skoug, C, TCU: Round 1, 9. Stuart Fairchild, CF, Wake Forest: Round 1, 10. Jake Adams, 1B, Iowa: Round 2, 11. K.J. Harrison, C, Oregon State: Round 2, 12. Riley Adams, C, San Diego: Round 2, 13. Keston Hiura, LF, U.C. Irvine: Round 2, 14. Michael Gigliotti, CF, Lipscomb: Round 2, 15. Dylan Busby, 1B, Florida State: Round 2, 16. Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina: Round 2, 17. Luke Bonfield, CF, Arkansas: Round 2, 18. Carl Stajduhar, 3B, New Mexico: Round 2, 19. Sean Bouchard, 1B, UCLA: Round 2, 20. Drew Lugbauer, C, Michigan: Round 3


2017 MLB Draft: College Batter Rankings





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  1. Jeren Kendall, CF, Vanderbilt Projected Round Top 5 Pick

    2017 Season Recap Jeren Kendall entered the year as the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He won't go first overall now, but should still be a top 5 pick. Kendall has a .306 batting average, 15 home runs, 52 RBI's, 18 stolen bases, and 97 total bases so far in 2017.


    Jeren Kendall SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kendall has the home run hitting, line drive, grounder, or bunt that teams covet. Kendall is also an excellent base stealer and can throw the ball with incredible velocity and timing out of the outfield. Kendall has excellent defensive skills as he played left fielder in 2015, right fielder in 2016, and will play center fielder for Vanderbilt in 2017. Jeren Kendall is a complete bat with the versatility to play all 3 outfield positions. Those skills make Kendall a top 5 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.


    Weaknesses: He isn't as big as you would like him to be a 6-0 190 lbs. He's physical though because he's an aggressive base runner which makes up for you wanting to question his physical ability. He's not afraid to slide or dive to get on base.


    Opportunities: 2. Cincinnati Reds, 4. Tampa Bay Rays, and 5. Atlanta Braves. I see a top 5 prospect that will not get past the Atlanta Braves at 5.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jeren Kendall. Kendall is the most complete College batter in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Kendall had a .353 batting average in 2015. Kendall had a .332 batting average, 9 home runs, and 59 RBI's in 2016.




  2. Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap Jake Burger has a .346 batting average, 20 home runs, 57 RBI's, and 11 doubles. Burger has ideal size for a power hitter at 6-2 210 lbs.


    Jake Burger SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Burger can hit with power. He's a natural home run hitter and line drives. Displays a very consistent batting average. Has ideal size to be a clean up bat.


    Weaknesses: Jake Burger needs to get faster. He also swings too high or too low at the plate sometimes and it results in strikeouts. This is something Burger will have to correct in the minors.


    Opportunities: 16. New York Yankees. Jake Burger entered the year a top 10 talent. I'm not sure how many teams are in the market for third baseman though so I have the New York Yankees taking Jake Burger at 16.


    Threats: I don't see a threat with Jake Burger. He's one of the best power batters in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Jake Burger batted .342 in 2015. He had a .349 batting average and 21 home runs in 2016.




  3. Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 210 lb Pavin Smith impresses me on tape. He has the bat and fielding to become an elite first baseman down the road in the MLB. Smith is batting .348 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI's in 2017.


    Pavin Smith SWOT Report

    Strengths: Pavin Smith has the home run hitting and fielding on defense to be an elite talent. Very consistent batting ,average as a batter. Is versatile enough to play anywhere in the infield or the outfield.


    Weaknesses: Pavin Smith needs to get faster. Other than that, he has no weaknesses. He doesn't have Jake Burger's upside, but you can argue he's more refined as a batter as well as a safer pick.


    Opportunities: 17. Seattle Mariners. I think Pavin Smith is a top 20 pick. Seattle needs a first baseman and Smith would be a good pick.


    Threats: I don't see a threat with Pavin Smith. He's one of the best power batters in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Pavin Smith had a .302 batting average as a freshman in 2015. Smith posted a .329 batting average in 2016.




  4. Adam Haseley, CF, Virginia Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 195 lb Adam Haseley plays batter and pitcher like Louisville's Brendan McKay. Haseley projects more as a batter though. Haseley has a .399 batting average, 14 home runs, 54 RBI's, and 10 stolen bases in 2017. Haseley is 7-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 starts on Virginia's mound. Haseley's numbers are better than teammate Pavin Smith which is the only remote reason he's being mocked in the top 10 by most.


    Adam Haseley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Adam Haseley has 5-tool potential he can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts. He has the speed to get on base and the arm to force quick outs. These traits make him appear as a top 10 prospect in the eyes of most scouts.


    Weaknesses: Plate discipline was an issue with Haseley when I watched his tape. He swings too high and too low like Jake Burger. He may be more consistent than Pavin Smith, but he's also less disciplined.


    Opportunities: Adam Haseley is a top 20 pick. He's getting the hype of a top 10 pick and its completely unnecessary at this point though.


    Threats: I don't see a threat with Adam Haseley. He's one of the best power batters in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Adam Haseley was both a pitcher and batter for Virginia in 2016. With a huge senior season he can make a splash into the first round.




  5. Evan White, 1B, Kentucky Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 205 lb Evan White leads Kentucky with a mind boggling .385 batting average in 2017. White also has a perfect fielding percentage with 1.000 percent this year.


    Evan White SWOT Report

    Strengths: Evan White is raw, but there is 5-tool potential with him there. White has the tools to develop into a 35-40 home run hitter if you are patient with him in the minors. He already has power hitting, batting average, and speed to get doubles consistently.


    Weaknesses: Not a consistent home run hitter yet. Not too concerned with this since the potential to develop into a 35-40 home run hitter is there.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Evan White ends up. He's a first round talent though.


    Threats: There are no threats with Evan White. White is a future stud in the MLB.



    Before 2017

    White has a power bat and batted .318 in 2015 and .376 in 2016. White can go in the first round if he improves on that in 2017.




  6. Brent Rooker, RF, Mississippi State Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 220 lb Brent Rooker had a .404 batting average, 21 home runs, 76 RBI's, and 18 stolen bases. What Rooker has done for Mississippi State in 2017 is simply mind boggling.


    Brent Rooker SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brent Rooker has 5-tool potential he can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts. He has the speed to get on base and the arm to force quick outs. Rooker just seems like a complete prospect on tape despite having a second round grade by most scouts.


    Weaknesses: I don't see a single weakness in Rooker's game. Brent Rooker was someone who stood out on tape when watching him blast it versus Kentucky.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Brent Rooker ends up. He's a first round talent though from the tape I saw.


    Threats: There are no threats with Brent Rooker. Rooker is a future stud in the MLB.



    Before 2017

    Brent Rooker redshirted in 2014. He did okay in 2015. He really stood out in 2016 in his second season with a .324 batting average and 11 home runs as a sophomore redshirt.




  7. J.J. Schwarz, C, Florida Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap J.J. Schwarz only batted .291 for Florida with 9 home runs in 2017. He batted .389 versus SEC teams so you have to look past those stats.


    J.J. Schwarz SWOT Report

    Strengths: J.J. Schwarz can hit any type of pitch. He's a pretty complete batter for the most part.


    Weaknesses: J.J. Schwarz is a pretty complete batter. Needs to improve his batting average. Also can struggle to make catches at times defensively.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Schwarz ends up. He could go anywhere in the first to second round though.


    Threats: Schwarz has no threats. He's pretty durable too.



    Before 2017

    J.J. Schwarz batted .308 as a true freshman in 2015. He struggled in 2016. He can be a top 10 pick with a bounce back season. Even if he struggles, Schwarz should still get picked in the first round.




  8. Evan Skoug, C, TCU Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 200 lb Evan Skoug's .288 batting average is higher than J.J. Schwarz's. Skoug's 16 home runs nearly double the 9 Schwarz hit.


    Evan Skoug SWOT Report

    Strengths: Evan Skoug makes great contact. Hits with a lot of power. He's well rounded defensively and has a quick release when firing to first base for an easy out.


    Weaknesses: Evan Skoug's decline in batting average in 2017 is the only weakness to his game. Other than that, he's still a first round prospect.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Skoug ends up. He could go anywhere in the first to second round though.


    Threats: I don't see any threats with Evan Skoug. He seems like a pretty sound prospect.



    Before 2017

    Evan Skoug only batted .285 with a pormising 7 home runs in 2015. Evan Skoug had a .301 batting average in 2016.




  9. Stuart Fairchild, CF, Wake Forest Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap Stuart Fairchild has a .350 batting average along with 13 home runs, 57 RBI's and 16 stolen bases. Fairchild has been listed as an eighth or ninth round pick, but he's a clean up batter batting third in a lineup that warrants first round consideration with his five-tool ability. I like his tape a lot better than Will Craig who the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted in the first round in the 2016 MLB Draft.


    Stuart Fairchild SWOT Report

    Strengths: The 6-0 205 lb Stuart Fairchild is a complete 5-tool batter. He can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunts. The Wake Forest center fielder prevents home runs by jumping over the wall and is a very sound outfielder. He's a natural base stealer as well.


    Weaknesses: You'd like him to be a little bigger. I don't see any weaknesses with Fairchild on tape though and really love his ability as a prospect.


    Opportunities: I have a top 40 grade on Stuart Fairchild. Fairchild is my final batter with a first round grade, but there are only 36 players that will get picked in the first round even though I have 40 prospects with first round grades.


    Threats: There are no threats with Stuart Fairchild. Fairchild looks like a first round pick.



    Before 2017

    Stuart Fairchild has yet to post a batting average of .300. That needs to change in 2017 if he wants to move up draft boards.




  10. Jake Adams, 1B, Iowa Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 250 lb Jake Adams leads Iowa with a .339 batting average, 27 home runs, and 70 RBI's in 2017. Adams is a huge reason why Iowa has had success in 2017.


    Jake Adams SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Adams has a power bat. He's a natural home run hitter.


    Weaknesses: You'd like him to be a little faster. Getting faster and getting more experience versus tougher competition are two things you would like to see with Jake Adams.


    Opportunities: I have a top 60 grade on Jake Adams. Adams is my top ranked College Batter with a second round grade.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jake Adams. Adams looks like a second round pick.



    Before 2017

    Jake Adams played at Community College for two years before enrolling into Iowa. He needs a huge year at Iowa to get noticed by MLB Scouts.




  11. K.J. Harrison, C, Oregon State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap K.J. Harrison is finally batting above .300 with a .320 batting average in 2017. He hasn't been as consistent as a home run hitter though.


    K.J. Harrison SWOT Report

    Strengths: K.J. Harrison can hit any type of pitch. The 6-0 205 lb catcher just needs to hit any type of pitch consistently. He has the versatility to play catcher, first baseman, third baseman, second baseman, or shortstop. Many MLB teams are projecting Harrison at catcher, first base, or third base.


    Weaknesses: He swings and misses at a lot of pitches. Needs to be more alert of where the ball is. Has a high baseball IQ, but has trouble putting things together consistently.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where K.J. Harrison goes. I had a first round grade on him, but now I have a second round grade on him.


    Threats: I don't see any threats with Harrison. He seems like someone that can develop into a solid infielder down the road.



    Before 2017

    K.J. Harrison was drafted in the 25th round by the Cleveland Indians out of High School, but did not sign with them. Instead he committed to Oregon State where he won 2015 PAC 12 Freshman of the year before having a team leading 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 47 RBI's and 4 triples. Harrison had back-to-back seasons of 10 home runs with Oregon State.




  12. Riley Adams, C, San Diego Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 210 lb Riley Adams is batting .310 in 2017. Adams also has 13 home runs, 47 RBI's, and a .564 slugging percentage. You can make a case that Adams is one of the top catchers in this draft when watching his tape.


    Riley Adams SWOT Report

    Strengths: Riley Adams makes excellent contact. He knows how to hit the ball with power.


    Weaknesses: Riley Adams lacks the speed to stand out on tape. I want to see Adams get faster on tape.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Riley Adams. He's a great fit for any team that needs help at catcher in the second round.


    Threats: Riley Adams has no threats. He's actually one of the safer prospects in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Riley Adams struggled as a freshman. He hit .327 in 2016 as a true sophomore. He also hit 6 home runs in 2016 after hitting only 5 home runs as a freshman in 2015.




  13. Keston Hiura, LF, U.C. Irvine Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 190 lb Keston Hiura is batting a mind boggling .419 in 2017. He still needs to develop as a home run hitter and base stealer, but he's putting together a nice season.


    Keston Hiura SWOT Report

    Strengths: Keston Hiura has good tape. He can hit with power and get a home run from time to time as well as easy line drives.


    Weaknesses: Hirua needs to produce more home runs and steal more bases. The talent to develop into a 5-tool batter down the road is there though.


    Opportunities: Keston Hirua is a second round prospect. He entered the year as a second round prospect. He hasn't done anything to boost his stock though.


    Threats: I don't see any threats with Keston Hirua. He's one of the more intriguing College Batters in the 2017 MLB Draft.



    Before 2017

    Keston Hiura batted .356 as a freshman in 2015. He struggled as a sophomore though in 2016.




  14. Michael Gigliotti, CF, Lipscomb Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap Michael Gigliotti entered the year a first round prospect. He's struggled as a batter this season, but his mind boggling 31 stolen bases give him a great shot to still get picked in the second round. Was walked 50 times in 2017 more than anyone else on Lipscomb.


    Michael Gigliotti SWOT Report

    Strengths: Michael Gigliotti played center fielder at Lipscomb. He's versatile enough to play left field, center field, or right field. Also an excellent base stealer.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve batting average. Also needs to develop more power in his swing. Gigliotti relies too much on his speed to get on base.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Michael Gigliotti. Gigliotti would be a first round prospect if his bat was more consistent.


    Threats: I dont' see any threats with Michael Gigliotti. He may be the best catcher in the 2017 MLB Draft among High School batters.



    Before 2017

    Michael Gigliotti dominated in 2015. He struggled in 2016 and needs a rebound season in 2017 in order to get picked in the first round.




  15. Dylan Busby, 1B, Florida State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap Dylan Busby has a .308 batting average with 15 doubles, 12 home runs, 51 RBI's and 7 stolen bases in 2017. Busby has the versatility to play anywhere in the infield as well as a fast arm that may translate to the outfield.


    Dylan Busby SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dylan Busby is a good power hitter. Has good speed. Can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts. Has the versatility to play first base, second base, third base, and shortstop. He also has a fantastic arm and quick release. He has the arm to convert to left field, center field, or right field.


    Weaknesses: Dylan Busby is slightly undersized, but he's a well rounded player. We also don't know what true position Busby will play on defense.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Busby. Busby could end up slipping to the early part of the third round though.


    Threats: The only concern with Busby is what position he plays on defense. There really aren't any threats with him.



    Before 2017

    Dylan Busby hit 9 home runs as a true freshman in 2015. Busby improved on that with 14 home runs in 2016.




  16. Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-0 190 lb Logan Warmoth is a good power hitter. He seems fluent with his swings at the plate. Warmoth leads North Carolina with a .346 batting average in 2017.


    Logan Warmoth SWOT Report

    Strengths: Logan Warmoth hits with a lot of power. He's sound defensively too. Has a quick arm to force easy outs.


    Weaknesses: Would like to see him plant his feet better at the plate. Warmoth could be a little bigger too. Overall a very good prospect worthy of going in the first two rounds.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Logan Warmoth. He may fall to the third or fourth round though.


    Threats: I see no threats with Logan Warmoth. This is one of the best shortstops I've seen on tape at the NCAA level.



    Before 2017

    Logan Warmoth dominated defensively as a freshman in 2015. He improved as a batter in 2016 with a .337 batting average. Warmoth needs to keep building on his success if he wants to go in the first two rounds.




  17. Luke Bonfield, CF, Arkansas Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 215 lb Luke Bonfield batted .304 in 2017. Bonfield has excellent fielding along with a consistent batting average.


    Luke Bonfield SWOT Report

    Strengths: Luke Bonfield has a consistent batting average. He also does well fielding as a defender in the outfield.


    Weaknesses: Average speed limits him. He's not a consistent home run hitter and needs to hit with more power too.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Bonfield. Bonfield could end up slipping to the early part of the third round though.


    Threats: There really aren't any threats with Bonfield. You'd like to see him improve in some areas though.



    Before 2017

    Luke Bonfield batted .304 in 2016. You'd like to see him improve on that in 2017.




  18. Carl Stajduhar, 3B, New Mexico Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 215 lb Carl Stajduhar is a good power hitter. He seems fluent with his swings at the plate. Stajduhar leads New Mexico with 17 home runs and has a .350 batting average in 2017.


    Carl Stajduhar SWOT Report

    Strengths: Carl Stajduhar hits with a lot of power and is a natural home run hitter. He's sound defensively too.


    Weaknesses: Would like to see him plant his feet better at the plate. Needs to improve his speed.


    Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Carl Stajduhar. He may fall to the third or fourth round though.


    Threats: I see no threats with Carl Stajduhar. This is one of the best third baseman I've seen on tape at the NCAA level.



    Before 2017

    Carl Stajduhar had a .331 batting average and hit 18 home runs in 2016. If he builds on that in 2017 he could be a huge riser leading up to the 2017 MLB Draft.




  19. Sean Bouchard, 1B, UCLA Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 210 lb Sean Bouchard leads UCLA with a .310 batting average. Bouchard blasted 9 home runs for UCLA in 2017.


    Sean Bouchard SWOT Report

    Strengths: Sean Bouchard hits with a lot of power. Does a great job establishing contact with his bat. He has incredible footwork.


    Weaknesses: Sean Bouchard's 5 errors are tied for second worst on UCLA. Bouchard's .989 fielding percentage is good, but he needs to do a better job cutting back on errors. He can fix that part of his game in the minors.


    Opportunities: I had a third round grade on Bouchard. Bouchard is a guy I now have a second round grade on.


    Threats: I see no threats with Bouchard. This is a top 20 College Bat.



    Before 2017

    Sean Bouchard hits with a lot of power. He needs a season where he bats .300 for UCLA.




  20. Drew Lugbauer, C, Michigan Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 220 lb Drew Lugbauer is one of the best College Catchers in the country. Lugbauer posted a .290 batting average with 11 home runs and 58 RBI's.


    Drew Lugbauer SWOT Report

    Strengths: Drew Lugbauer can hit with a lot of power. Blasted a 2 run home run off of Ohio State on tape for the Michigan Wolverines.


    Weaknesses: Lugbauer needs to improve his speed. Lugbauer can hit home runs and line drives, but will rely on his power bat and that may limit him.


    Opportunities: I have a third round grade on Drew Lugbauer. Lugbauer could be a late riser and someone that works their way into the second round.


    Threats: There are no threats with Drew Lugbauer. He has some competition though and that's why he barely rounds out the top 20.



    Before 2017

    Perfect game named Drew Lugbauer the fifth best prospect out of the Big 10 for the 2017 MLB Draft following his freshman season. Lugbauer improved as a sophomore in 2016. He needs to take the next step as a junior though in 2017.







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