2017 MLB Draft: High School Pitcher Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: May 31, 2017.
- Hunter Greene, P, Notre Dame HS (CA) Projected Round Top 5 Pick
- 2017 Season Recap Hunter Greene has added more variety to his pitches with a much improved slider and curveball. Greene is currently 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 2017. The 6-3 185 lb pitcher bulked up to 6-4 210 lbs also plays shortstop on his High School team. Greene will most likely work to become a starting pitcher once drafted in the MLB. I've never seen a High School pitcher more MLB ready than Hunter Greene. Greene hasn't started since April, but that was a coaching decision, he's still kept in shape and warmed up in the bullpen. Greene was the only MLB Draft Prospect to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated plus he was Mission League MVP for the second time in three years.
Hunter Greene SWOT Report
- Strengths: Has an incredible variety of pitches. He already has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 94-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Greene has added more variety to his pitches with a much improved slider and curveball. His changeup has more control too. With 5-plus pitches and an incredible work ethic, Hunter Greene is the most complete MLB Pitcher straight out of High School in years.
- Weaknesses: There are literally no weaknesses with Hunter Greene. That is one of the things that makes Greene a special prospect on tape.
- Opportunities: 1. Minnesota Twins, 2. Cincinnati Reds, 3. San Diego Padres. I think Greene is the top prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft. He will not fall out of the top 3 overall.
- Threats: The only threat is that Greene hasn't pitched as much. He's been used more as a batter in 2017. I think his coach is trying to play it safe, but MLB teams should look past that.
- Hunter Greene went 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in 2014. Greene improved on that with a 3-2 record and a 1.77 ERA in 2015 winning the 2015 Mission League MVP Award as a true sophomore. Greene went 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA in 2016. Greene gets better each year.
- MacKenzie Gore, P, Whiteville HS (NC) Projected Round Top 5 Pick
- 2017 Season Recap MacKenzie Gore is having another dominant season. Some MLB teams have him ahead of the top High School pitcher Hunter Greene on their boards. I feel as if the hype is a little excessive, but Gore has an excellent kicking motion on tape and you can argue that the hype is justified with Gore's consistency on the mound the last three seasons. Gore has over 100 innings pitched as well as over 100 strikeouts in 2017 with 113 K's at the moment. Gore ended the year 9-0 with a 0.22 ERA. As a result Gore won the North Carolina High School Gatorade Player of the year Award. Gore boasts a 4.0 GPA as well.
MacKenzie Gore SWOT Report
- Strengths: MacKenzie Gore has a really good kicking motion for a pitcher. MacKenzie Gore has great motion and delivery as well. Gore is a strikeout king on tape and can anchor a starting rotation. Gore has the velocity and pitching accuracy that you look for on tape with his command. Gore has a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup that are plus pitches. Gore has reached the 105 pitcher limit for High School Pitchers and still wants to keep going so like Hunter Greene he has mental toughness you can't teach.
- Weaknesses: MacKenzie Gore is 6-1 160 lbs. That is the huge knock on him, but many consider Gore a top 10 prospect with many mocking Gore to the Atlanta Braves at 5 after he impressed against MLB Scouts on all 30 MLB teams. This is one of the deepest High School Pitcher drafts in years and even though I wouldn't take this guy until the mid to late first round, the consensus is he will go top 5.
- Opportunities: 3. San Diego Padres, 4. Tampa Bay Rays, 5. Atlanta Braves, 6. Oakland Athletics, 7. Arizona Diamondbacks. Gore is a top 5 talent, but may drop into the top 10.
- Threats: I'm worried that Gore's lack of size may work against him in the MLB. I've never seen someone that is only 6-1 160 lbs succeed. I can understand being 180 or 190, but being 160 lbs concerns me a lot.
- MacKenzie Gore was awesome in 2016. He did not give up a run until the State Championship. Gore had a 1.50 ERA in 2015. Gore had a 0.08 ERA in 84.1 innings pitched as well as 174 strikeouts.
- Trevor Rogers, P, Carlsbad HS (NM) Projected Round Top 10 Pick
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-5 190 lb Trevor Rogers is 11-0 with a 0.33 ERA in 2017. He had a 7-0 record and a 0.52 ERA when we updated our MLB Mock Draft, back in April, but has won four more starts and lowered his ERA since. Rogers ended the season with 134 strikeouts and won the New Mexico Gatorade Player Of The Year Award. Rogers dominated to the point where he may be a wild card to get picked in the top 10.
Trevor Rogers SWOT Report
- Strengths: Trevor Rogers has the ability to be a big-time MLB starter. 3-plus pitches with his fastball, curveball, and slider. Excellent kicking motion when firing pitches on the mound. Rogers makes it look so effortless when he's on the mound.
- Weaknesses: I'd like to see Rogers develop a fourth plus pitch and add some muscle like 10 lbs to get to 200 lbs. He doesn't have a specific weakness though.
- Opportunities: 7. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9. Milwaukee Brewers, and 10 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This guy is a top 10 talent though after re-examining his tape.
- Threats: There are no threats with Rogers. Trevor Rogers is a future stud in the MLB. He just needs to get stronger and develop another plus pitch.
- Rogers went 6-3 with a 1.29 ERA in 2015. Rogers went 9-2 with a 0.70 ERA in 2016.
- Alex Scherff, P, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-5 225 lb Alex Scherff went 8-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 89 strikeouts. Scherff also finished with a 3.29 GPA and won the Texas Gatorade High School Player Of The Year. Scherff committed to Texas A&M, but he could end up signing a rookie deal if he gets picked high enough.
Alex Scherff SWOT Report
- Strengths: Alex Scherff has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and his 2-seamer can touch 93. Scherff possesses an 85-mile per hour changeup, a 79-mile per hour slider along with a 75-mile per hour curve ball. Has incredible size at 6-4 215 lbs.
- Weaknesses: I don't see any weaknesses with Scherff. He's one of the more complete pitchers in baseball.
- Opportunities: Alex Scherff could go as early at 12 to Pittsburgh. He could also end up falling to a team like the Houston Astros at 15. This guy is a top 15 talent though.
- Threats: Scouts may be concerned about him switching schools. I think that would be a huge mistake and knee jerk reaction by scouts that felt this way though.
- Alex Scherff pitched for Prestonwood Christian High School the last three seasons. Scherff will pitch for Colleyville Heritage High School in 2017. Alex Scherff went 11-2 with a 0.65 ERA in 2015 as a sophomore. Scherff dominated as a junior as well having the ideal fastball along with excellent size at 6-5 225 lbs heading into his senior season finishing his junior year with 100 strikeouts.
- Hans Crouse, P, Dana Hills HS (CA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-5 190 lb Crouse has a 7-3 record in 11 starts with a 0.88 ERA in 2017. Crouse defeated Jacob Heatherly in a heads up pitching duel.
Hans Crouse SWOT Report
- Strengths: Crouse has a deadly fastball that can go up 95-miles per hour. His 4-seam can touch 95-miles per hour and his 2-seamer can touch 93. Crouse possesses an 89-mile per hour cutter fastball, an 87-mile per hour sinker along with a 79-mile per hour power curve ball along with a quality slider and changeup. Crouse seems like the most complete pitcher after Hunter Greene and MacKenzie Gore. Crouse defeated Heatherly in the 2017 National High School Invitational and Dana Hills made it to the Championship Game of that tournament in large part to Crouse which is why he's a top 10 pick now. Crouse has improved his ERA in all four seasons at Dana Hills High School.
- Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. This is a minor weakness in Crouse's game which is pretty complete. Not having as much muscle may limit his upside.
- Opportunities: 13. Miami Marlins, 14, Kansas City Royals, 15. Houston Astros. Hans Crouse entered the year a top 15 pick. He was a top 10 pick, but is now a top 15 pick after finishing the year on a bad note. Some have him falling to the late first round, but I really like him.
- Threats: Hans Crouse kept getting pulled after 2 innings. It felt like the win over Heatherly was the peak of his season.
- Hans Crouse had an ERA of 3.00 as a freshman in 2014. In 2015, Crouse went 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Crouse went 5-4 with a 1.15 ERA as a junior in 2016.
- Jacob Heatherly, P, Cullman HS (AL) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-1 214 lb Jacob Heaterly is my second best High School Pitcher. Heatherly is 10-1 has a 1.11 ERA in 2017 and has continued to improve his game with 5-plus pitches. His only loss came to Hans Crouse and he lost out the Alabama High School Gatorade Player Of The Year Award to Tanner Burns.
Jacob Heatherly SWOT Report
- Strengths: Heatherly has a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 89-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 75-mile per hour curveball, a 73-mile per hour slider, and a 71-mile per hour changeup. Improved his ERA in each season of High School. Has great command and pitching accuracy on tape.
- Weaknesses: Jacob Heatherly does not put enough velocity on his pitches. This showed versus Dana Hills High School in the 2017 National High School Invitational. Got beat out by Tanner Burns to win the High School Gatorade Player Of The Year in Alabama.
- Opportunities: Jacob Heatherly entered the year a top 10 prospect. He could go anywhere in the top 15 to top 20 now. I think the Detroit Tigers at 18 and New York Mets at 20 are both realistic possibilities.
- Threats: Losing a heads up start to Hans Crouse really hurt his stock. Heatherly was a top 10 pick before that and now may fall to the mid first round as a result.
- Heatherly had a 2.22 ERA as a sophomore in 2015 and a 1.96 ERA as a junior in 2016. Heatherly has improved his ERA in each of his first three seasons at Cullman High School in Alabama. Right now, Heatherly is a top 15 pick, but could develop into a top 10 pick.
- D.L. Hall, P, Houston County HS (GA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap D.L. Hall played for two different High School teams in Georgia. One of those teams is Valdosta High School and the other is Houston County High School.
D.L. Hall SWOT Report
- Strengths: D.L. Hall has a fastball that can get up to 95-miles per hour. Hall also boasts a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 90-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Hall also has a curveball and changeup that can be plus pitches too. Hall has excellent command on his pitches.
- Weaknesses: D.L. Hall needs to get stronger and add strength. Not only does he need to add muscle, but he needs to develop his slider as well.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Hall ends up. He could go anywhere in the top 20 though.
- Threats: D.L. Hall has no threats. Hall is one of the safest players at pitcher in the 2017 MLB Draft.
- D.L. Hall played for Valdosta High School in 2016. He will pitch for Houston County High School in 2017.
- Hagen Danner, P, Huntington Beach HS (CA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap Hagen Danner has been utilized as both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher in 2017. That versatility and variety to use him in multiple roles makes Danner an intriguing pitcher.
Hagen Danner SWOT Report
- Strengths: Has fairly good balance. Also has a great variety of pitches. Paid attention to pitches that the catcher failed to make. Extremely high baseball IQ.
- Weaknesses: Hagen Danner is undersized at 6-1 190 lbs. He also needs to add more muscle and get stronger as a pitcher.
- Opportunities: Hagen Danner has too much talent to fall out of the first round. He's could go anywhere between the top 15 and the top 25 in that 15-25 range.
- Threats: I don't see any threats with Hagen Danner. He seems like a pretty sound prospect.
- Hagen Danner has experience pitching in the 2011 Little League World Series. He was a hero in that series before going 1-0 with a 2.28 ERA during his freshman season.
- Blayne Enlow, P, St. Amant HS (LA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap Blayne Enlow is putting things together in 2017. He had 13 strikeouts in one game versus Central and also had 17 strikeouts in another game this season.
Blayne Enlow SWOT Report
- Strengths: He has a fastball, slider, and curveball that are MLB ready. Also is a strikeout machine. His career low for strikeouts in a High School game is 9 strikeouts. Has experience on both the mound and in the bullpen.
- Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger. He is only 6-4 180 lbs and needs till out his frame. Also needs to develop his change up.
- Opportunities: Blayne Enlow has too much talent to fall out of the first round. He's could go anywhere between the top 15 and the top 25 in that 15-25 range.
- Threats: I don't see any threats with Blayne Enlow. He seems like a pretty sound prospect.
- Blayne Enlow broke his pelvis in a car crash back in 2015. He bounced back from that though in 2016 so he has the mental toughness to play in the MLB. Durability is not an issue for him.
- Kyle Hurt, P, Torrey Pines HS (CA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-3 205 lb Kyle Hurt is 5-1 with a career worst 1.66 ERA in 2017. He's still a first round prospect despite having a worse ERA than usual.
Kyle Hurt SWOT Report
- Strengths: Kyle Hurt has excellent size and a consistent ERA. Hurt has excellent command and velocity with his pitches. Hurt has a 94-mile per hour 4-seam fast ball along with a deadly sinker. Hurt may be high school baseball's version of Jon Lester since he has impressed me on tape with his 4-seamer and sinker with almost the same miles per hour as Lester. Hurt does not have Lester's size at 6-4 240 lbs, but he is big for a high school pitcher at 6-3 205 lbs heading into his senior year of high school so he does have time fill out his frame and add enough muscle where he is like Lester size.
- Weaknesses: Kyle Hurt needs to develop some secondary pitches. HE cannot rely solely on his 4-seam fast ball and sinker despite having fantastic tape.
- Opportunities: Kyle Hurt has too much talent to fall out of the first round. He's could go anywhere between the top 20 and the top 30 in that 20-30 range.
- Threats: Kyle Hurt has no threats. He's a pretty consistent pitcher overall.
- Kyle Hurt had 2 relief appearances with 1 save and an ERA of 0.00 as a freshman in 2014. Hurt got his first start in 2015 with a 1.66 ERA. Hurt started 11 games as a junior going 8-2 with a 1.46 ERA.
- Matthew Sauer, P, Ernest Righetti HS (CA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-4 192 lb Matthew Sauer is 7-1 with a 1.03 ERA in 2017. Sauer threw 114 strikeouts in 2017 as well.
Matthew Sauer SWOT Report
- Strengths: Matthew Sauer has a 94-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 89-mile per hour slider, an 88-mile per hour slurveball, and a 79-mile per hour changeup.
- Weaknesses: Needs to develop his curveball. If he relies on his fastball and slider he will only be a reliever, but if he pitches out of the bullpen his slider can get above 90 miles per hour with his fastball going up to 97-miles per hour, his slurveball reaching 89, and his changeup at 82.
- Opportunities: Matthew Sauer is a first to second round prospect. He's a first round talent, but may end up falling to the second round.
- Threats: I don't see any threats with Matthew Sauer. He seems like a pretty sound prospect.
- Matthew Sauer did okay in 2015. He stood out as a junior though with a 10-3 record and a 0.83 ERA during his junior season.
- Caden Lemons, P, Vestavia Hills HS (CA) Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-6 205 lb Caden Lemons got bigger this year. As a result his velocity increased.
Caden Lemons SWOT Report
- Strengths: Caden Lemons has a 97-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 90-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Lemons also has a slider that can go up to 85-milers per hour.
- Weaknesses: Caden Lemons is raw, but incredible first round potential is there. He didn't come into his own until this season and only has two plus pitches with his fastball and slider. Needs to add more velocity on his 2-seamer.
- Opportunities: Caden Lemons is a first to second round prospect. He's a first round talent, but may end up falling to the second round.
- Threats: Caden Lemons has no threats. He's a pretty consistent pitcher overall.
- Caden Lemons has been okay, but not terrific. He needs a huge 2017 season to get on scouts radar.
- Jeremiah Estrada, P, Palm Desert HS (CA) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Jeremiah Estrada is putting together his worst season. Estrada has a 1.28 ERA which is a worst, but he went 5-2 in 2017. Estrada also has a career low 64 strikeouts this season, but got hot at then end of the year with 21 strikeouts in his last three starts to end the year with 85 strikeouts.
Jeremiah Estrada SWOT Report
- Strengths: Jeremiah Estrada has 4 plus pitches with his 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, his 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 80-mile per hour changeup, and a 77-mile per hour slider.
- Weaknesses: The 6-1 180 lb pitcher needs to add more muscle. He's shown less velocity on his pitches in 2017. He went away from his changeup which he used quite frequently. With less velocity on his fastball and with him going away from what works, that is why you see a decline in his play.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Jeremiah Estrada. Whether he goes early or late second remains to be seen.
- Threats: I don't see any threats with Jeremiah Estrada. Estrada is the best High School pitcher outside of the ten projected pitchers currently in High School.
- Jeremiah Estrada dominated with a 0.69 ERA as a sophomore and 79 strikeouts. Estrada had an ERA of 1.00 in 2016 as a junior with 112 strikeouts as a result.
- Jake Eder, P, Atlantic HS (FL) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Jake Eder is one of the top left handed pitchers in this class. Even though he's had issues with command this season, he has fantastic tape and will get drafted in the first two rounds.
Jake Eder SWOT Report
- Strengths: Jake Eder has a deadly fastball. The 6-3 190 lb pitcher has a fastball that goes up to 95-miles per hour.
- Weaknesses: Jake Eder reallies too much on his fastball. Eder needs to develop his secondary pitches. Eder also needs to improve his command even though the pitching accuracy is there at times.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Jake Eder. He could go in the early or late second round depending on where teams see them.
- Threats: I don't see a threat with Eder. He's one of the better High School Pitchers in Florida.
- Jake Eder had some bright moments in 2016. He could be a riser if he puts everything together in 2017.
- Mitchell Stone, P, Deer Creek HS (OK) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-9 240 lb Mitchell Stone has not lost in 2017. The 7 no decisions along with him giving up 2 more runs per game may scare off some MLB teams. He's 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA though.
Mitchell Stone SWOT Report
- Strengths: Mitchell Stone is a big target. Stone has a nasty fastball and slider when you watch his tape.
- Weaknesses: Would like to see him plant his feet better at the mound. I'd like to see him develop his curveball as well.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Mitchell Stone. Stone is a mid second round talent.
- Threats: I see no threats with Mitchell Stone. Stone may be a first rounder in any other draft, but this is such a deep pitching class.
- Mitchell Stone went 9-1 with a 0.78 ERA in 2016. He can improve his stock if he shows he can improve on that in 2017.
- Sam Carlson, P, Burnsville HS (MN) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Sam Carlson has done better this season. Some have him going in the first round, and Carlson is arguably the best High School pitching prospect from Minnesota in years.
Sam Carlson SWOT Report
- Strengths: Sam Carlson is big at 6-4 208 lbs. He entered 2016 at 195 lbs, and added 13 lbs of muscle. He has great command and pitching accuracy on tape. He has a fastball, sinker, slider, and changeup that can be utilized as plus pitches.
- Weaknesses: Carlson needs to develop his curveball. Some of his fastballs are only 89 miles per hour while others are up to 97. Sam Carlson's velocity on tape is very inconsistent.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Sam Carlson. Sam Carlson is a guy you can argue for him going earlier than this.
- Threats: I see no threats with Sam Carlson. The big issue with Carlsson is can he get his velocity up to 97 consistently. If he can he will be a huge steal and if he can't he's more of a #4 or #5 starter rather than a #1 guy once he reaches the MLB.
- Sam Carlson dominated in 2016. Some scouts have a first round grade on him, but he needs to dominate in 2017 to validate that first round status.
- Tanner Burns, P, Decatur HS (AL) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-0 205 lb pitcher has a fastball that goes up to 97 miles per hour. He needs to develop other pitches to compliment his fastball. He won Alabama Gatorade High School Player Of The Year honors though.
Tanner Burns SWOT Report
- Strengths: Tanner Burns has incredible velocity and a deadly fastball. Burns may be able to get his pitches up to 99-miles per hour on his fastball. His mechanics are fairly smooth.
- Weaknesses: Needs to develop other pitches to compliment his fastball and deadly velocity on tape. Burns has better tape than Shane Baz and better maturity which is why Burns got bumped up despite having some issues on tape.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Tanner Burns. Burns should be a late second round pick.
- Threats: Burns de-committed from Alabama. That may rub some teams the wrong way.
- Tanner Burns dominated in 2016. If he can build off his 2016 season, then he could be a first round pick in 2017.
- Steven Jennings, P, DeKalb County HS (TN) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Steven Jennings is a strikeout machine. The 6-2 175 lb pitcher had 99 strikeouts in 2017. He also won 8 AA State Player of the Year despite a shaky ERA.
Steven Jennings SWOT Report
- Strengths: Steven Jennings has a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 90-mile per hour sinker, and a slider that can be anywhere from 77-84 miles per hour. Has a quick arm and can deliver a quick release with a 3/4 arm slot. Despite having a subpar ERA in 2017, he fixed his mechanics so that won't be an issue going forward. He won the AA State Player of the Year in Tennessee and even got voted Homecoming King at his High School. His teachers consider him a remarkable student with a 4.0 GPA and his classmates gravitate towards him and the leadership he brings to his team.
- Weaknesses: His ERA was 5.43 in 2017 which was abysmal, but to his defense he was recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during football season and was 11-1 as a starter despite the ERA. Also needs to develop his secondary pitches outside of his fastball and sinker.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Steven Jennings. Jennings is a mid second round talent.
- Threats: Can Jennings recover from his torn ACL, keep improving his velocity, and get back to where he was ERA wise before his injury. That's going to be the big question with Jennings once he gets to the MLB and starts refining his game in the minors. There is some good and bad, but the good outweighs the bad which is why Jennings has a second round grade. Best case scenario you are looking at a reliable #3 starter and worst case you get a #7 relief pitcher that would likely be placed in a long reliever role.
- Steven Jennings dominated during his first three seasons in terms of having a sound ERA. As long as he improves his velocity he can make a huge splash and jump up draft boards.
- Shane Drohan, P, Cardinal Newman HS (FL) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-2 175 lb Shane Drohan stepped up as a senior. He had 100 innings pitched, a 1.23 ERA, and 123 strikeouts in 2017.
Shane Drohan SWOT Report
- Strengths: Shane Drohan has an 90-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 90-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 88-mile per hour power curveball, a 77-mile per hour curveball, and a 75-mile per hour changeup.
- Weaknesses: Shane Drohan struggled with consistency with secondary stuff. Is going to need to do a better job recognizing the strike zone. Also needs to improve velocity on his fastball.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Shane Drohan. Shane Drohan is a guy you can argue for him going earlier than this.
- Threats: Tweeted something that rubbed teams the wrong way back in 2014 during his freshman year when he said to be cool and confident along with that sensitivity is gay by using the word gay in all caps even though he was quoting his dad. Personally I don't care about this since we all make mistakes during our freshman year in High School, but if teams look up that tweet it could rub them the wrong way that's all. Build a bridge and get over it.
- Shane Drohan has come a long way with two spectacular seasons since his freshman year. With a breakout senior season he could move into the first two rounds.
- Shane Baz, P, Concordia Lutheran HS (TX) Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Most have a first round grade on Shane Baz. I don't see it and I think Baz is barely a second rounder at this point.
Shane Baz SWOT Report
- Strengths: Shane Baz is a workhorse on the mound. Can pitch 7-9 innings consistently.
- Weaknesses: Needs to develop other pitches to compliment his fastball and deadly velocity on tape. I see a pitcher who may have maturity issues which is why I have him graded lower than most.
- Opportunities: I have a second round grade on Shane Baz. Some have Baz in the top 10 and one report says a team picking in the sandwich portion of the first round has a deal in place with Baz if he slips that far. I'll probably give someone an F grade if they take this guy in the top 30 since I think he's a future bust.
- Threats: Shane Baz can go to TCU if a team doesn't pay him what he wants. There is a concern that he may walk out on the team that drafts him if he doesn't get the offer he wants.
- Shane Baz dominated as a junior. He can go in the first round if he builds on that as a senior.