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2017 Draft Watch List

2016 draft has come and gone, and so today we'll offer a glimpse of the 2017 draft class and introduce BA's draft coverage for the upcoming year. One strength of this year's class appears to be the depth of college pitching, particularly in power conferences. Tanner Houck, Alex Lange, Alex Faedo, Clarke SchmidtTristan Beck and J.B. Bukauskas have all shown explosive stuff, and they are just a few of the college arms with the potential to be first-round picks. There's also strength in the prep outfield class, which looks like it's going to offer both impact and depth. Jordon Adell and Quentin Holmes are two high-upside prospects. Adell has a chance to be a five-tool player. He has at least plus arm strength and speed and shows explosive bat speed in the box. He also throws in the mid-90s off the mound and has a lean, athletic body. Holmes is also an exceptionally quick-twitch athlete, with the ability to run the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds. Holmes has also shown offensive potential at some heavily-scouted events. After a down year in Southern California in 2016, the Golden State shows plenty of promise for 2017. There are several intriguing middle infield prospects. Royce Lewis, Jacob Amaya and Nick Allen have developed some track record. Lewis plays for JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), and participated in the 2015 National High School Invitational and the 2016 Boras Classic. Amaya showed well at the 2015 Tournament of Stars, and Allen performed at the 2015 WWBA Championship. There's also a deep group of prep arms in California. Hans Crouse is a righthander with a fast arm. Kyle Hurt has an physical frame and has shown flashes with three pitches. Huntington Beach teammates Nicholas Pratto and Hagen Danner both have extensive track record in front of scouts and they are both two-way prospects. Perhaps the most intriguing Californian is Hunter Greene, a shortstop/righthanded pitcher at Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). Greene has experience playing for USA Baseball's 18U National Team, and scouts saw him face Blake Rutherford this spring. Greene has a high ceiling as a shortstop and as a pitcher, showing plus arm strength and bat speed. Draft writer Hudson Belinsky will spend the summer months watching high school showcases and college summer leagues. From each of the major events that he'll cover, he will highlight one player each day and offer notes on several players that showed impressive tools. Our staff will compile top prospect lists for the top collegiate summer leagues, and we'll start to build our foundation for the 2017 BA 500. But you came here for the Watch List, so let's get to it. This list was compiled with consideration of personal evaluations and conversations with scouts and coaches. Being a full year away from the draft, we have not identified all of the top players, but this list accounts for most of the top players. Each player on this list has been discussed with at least one source. A number of things must be understood about the list. A full year away from the draft, few of these players have been scrutinized, and so they're much easier to dream on. Many of the players listed are going to be high draft picks, but some of them will not live up to the potential they've shown in the past, and that's precisely the reason why the players are listed and not ranked. Some of the players on this list are much better prospects than others; this is simply a watch list for the next 12 months. We do list 10 prospects that are among the best in the class. These players are listed in alphabetical order by state. It's also worth noting that we won't have a full understanding of the 2017 class until after the signing period. There will be juniors who end up returning to school and re-entering the draft again for 2017. There's also the pending negotiations between the Red Sox and Jason Groome, who would play at Chipola (Fla.) JC next season if he doesn't sign with Boston. Here is a list of 11 prospects who have the potential to fit at the top of this class, in no particular order:
Name Position State School
Hunter Greene ss/rhp Calif. Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Tristan Beck rhp Calif. Stanford
Alex Faedo rhp Fla. Florida
Jordon Adell of/rhp Ky. Ballard High, Louisville
Alex Lange rhp La. Louisiana State
Tanner Houck rhp Mo. Missouri
J.B. Bukauskas rhp N.C. North Carolina
Quentin Holmes of N.Y. McClancy Memorial High, New York
Conner Uselton of Okla. Southmoore High, Moore, Okla.
Ricardo De La Torre ss P.R. Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
Kyle Wright rhp Tenn. Vanderbilt
Without further ado, Baseball America's initial 2017 Draft Watch List.
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Name Position State School College/HS
Chad Bryant rhp Ala. Thomasville (Ala.) High HS
Austin Edens 1b Ala. Samford College
MJ Melendez c Ala. Saint James School, Montgomery, Ala. HS
Tanner Burns rhp Ala. Decatur (Ala.) High HS
Jordan Anderson of Ala. Clemens High, Madison, Ala. HS
Jonny Homza ss Alaska South Anchorage (Alaska) High HS
Casey Martin ss Ark. Lonoke (Ark.) High HS
JJ Matijevic 1b Ariz. Arizona College
Jacob Gonzalez 3b Ariz. Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz. HS
Nick Brueser 1b/of Ariz. Hamilton High, Chandler, Ariz. HS
Ricky Thomas lhp Calif. Fresno State College
Keston Hiura of Calif. UC Irvine College
Hunter Green ss/rhp Calif. Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif. HS
Kyle Hurt rhp Calif. Torrey Pines High, San Diego HS
Jamal O'Guinn 3b Calif. Buchanan High, Clovis, Calif. HS
Tristan Beck rhp Calif. Stanford College
Griffin Canning rhp Calif. UCLA College
Jay Gonzalez 3b Calif. Bishop Amat, La Puente, Calif. HS
Hans Crouse rhp Calif. Dana Hills High, Dana Point, Calif. HS
Hagen Danner 3b/c/rhp Calif. Huntington Beach (Calif.) High HS
Nicholas Pratto lhp/1b Calif. Huntington Beach (Calif.) High HS
Troy Claunch c Calif. Vacaville (Calif.) High HS
Nick Allen ss Calif. Francis Parker, San Diego HS
Je'Von Ward of Calif. Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High HS
Ben Ramirez 3b Calif. Eastlake High, Chula Vista HS
Royce Lewis ss Calif. JSerra High, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. HS
Matthew Sauer rhp Calif. Righetti, Santa Maria, Calif. HS
Calvin Mitchell of Calif. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High HS
Jacob Amaya ss Calif. South Hills High, West Covina, Calif. HS
Jorge Arellano lhp Calif. Downey (Calif.) High HS
Blake Beers rhp Calif. Loyola High, Los Angeles HS
Carlos Lomeli rhp Calif. St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif. HS
Isaiah Paige of/rhp Calif. Damien High, La Verne, Calif. HS
Connor Seabold rhp Calif. Cal State Fullerton HS
Jeremiah Estrada rhp Calif. Palm Desert (Calif.) High HS
Danny Zimmerman rhp Calif. Redondo Union High, Redondo Beach, Calif. HS
Hayden King lhp Calif. Mitty High, San Jose, Calif. HS
Austin Bush 1b Calif. UC Santa Barbara College
R.J. Teijeiro 3b Calif. Saint Francis High, Mountainview, Calif. HS
Kevin Abel rhp Calif. Madison High, San Diego HS
Rhys Cratty 3b B.C. Langley Secondary School, Langley City, B.C. HS
Michael Stovman 1b B.C. Langley Secondary School, Langley City, B.C. HS
Adam Hall ss Ont. AB Lucas Secondary School, London, Ont. HS
Ben Casparius ss Conn. Staples High, Westport, Conn. HS
C.J. Van Eyk rhp Fla. Steinbrenner High, Keystone, Fla. HS
Alex Faedo rhp Fla. Florida College
Alex Hernandez c Fla. Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla. HS
Alejandro Toral 1b Fla. McCarthy, Southwest Ranches, Fla. HS
Michael Baumann Fla. Jacksonville College
Reece Albert of Fla. Jupiter (Fla.) High HS
Mason Doolittle of Fla. Jupiter (Fla.) High HS
Tyler Ahearn rhp Fla. Dwyer High, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. HS
David Vazquez ss Fla. Westland Hialeah (Fla.) Senior High HS
Bryson Hutchinson rhp/1b Fla. Spruce Creek High, Port Orange, Fla. HS
Mark Vientos ss Fla. Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla. HS
Kyle Marsh rhp Fla. Central Florida College
Cre Finfrock rhp Fla. Central Florida College
Oraj Anu of Fla. Home School HS
Brandon McCabe rhp Fla. Home School HS
Robert Touron rhp Fla. Gulliver Schools, Pinecrest, Fla. HS
Bubba Sangster 1b Fla. Umatilla (Fla.) High HS
Cooper Swanson ss/rhp Fla. Canterbury High, Fort Myers HS
Brady McConnell ss Fla. Merritt Island (Fla.) High HS
Christian Robinson of Fla. Viera High, Rockledge, Fla. HS
Francis Villaman ss Fla. Olympia High, Orlando HS
Jordan Butler lhp Fla. Alonso High, Tampa HS
Jake Eder lhp Fla. Atlantic High, Delray Beach, Fla. HS
Jeter Downs ss Fla. SLAM Charter School, Miami HS
AJ Labas rhp Fla. Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville HS
Donovan Benoit of Fla. Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic High HS
Sam Keating rhp Fla. Canterbury High, Fort Myers HS
Altoon Coleman rhp Fla. Winter Springs (Fla.) High HS
JJ Schwarz c/1b Fla. Florida College
Mike Rivera c Fla. Florida College
Dalton Guthrie ss Fla. Florida College
J.C. Escarra 1b/c Fla. Florida International College
Carl Chester of Fla. Miami College
Taylor Walls ss Fla. Florida State College
Brendon Little lhp Fla. State College of Fla. College
Dylan Busby 1b Fla. Florida State College
Freddy Zamora ss Fla. Miami (Fla.) Killian Senior High HS
Tim Elko 1b Fla. Hillsborough High, Tampa HS
Logan Allen lhp Fla. University High, Orange City, Fla. HS
Brady Smith c Fla. Niceville (Fla.) Senior High HS
Matthew Golda inf Fla. Inspiration Academy, Bradenton, Fla. HS
Austin Martin inf Fla. Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla. HS
Chris Seise inf Fla. West Orange High, Winter Garden, Fla. HS
Anthony Servideo inf Fla. Jupiter (Fla.) High HS
Shane Shifflett ss/of Fla. Venice (Fla.) Senior High HS
Justin Farmer of Fla. Riverview (Fla.) High HS
Joseph Perez 3b/rhp Fla. McCarthy, Southwest Ranches, Fla. HS
Zach Jackson c Ga. Haines City (Fla.) High HS
Kyle Jacobsen of Ga. Allatoona High, Acworth, Ga. HS
Bryce Bowen lhp/1b Ga. Elbert County High, Elberton, Ga. HS
Patrick DeMarco of Ga. Winder-Barrow High, Winder, Ga. HS
Cole McNamee 3b/of Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic High, Roswell, Ga. HS
D.L. Hall lhp Ga. Houston County High, Warner Robins, Ga. HS
C.J. Smith lhp Ga. Home School HS
Beau Hanna of Ga. Winder-Barrow High, Winder, Ga. HS
Jason Rooks of Ga. Walton High, Marietta, Ga. HS
Zachary Daniels of Ga. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga. HS
Bo Majkowski of Ga. Johns Creek (Ga.) High HS
Cole Brannen of Ga. The Westfield School, Perry, Ga. HS
Tony Dibrell rhp Ga. Kennesaw State GA
Luis Campisano c Ga. Cross Creek High, Augusta, Ga. HS
Steven Williams c Ga. Deerfield-Windsor High, Albany, Ga. HS
Markus Ramos rhp Hawaii Campbell High, Ewa Beach, Hawaii HS
Brad Czerniejewski of Ill. Lake Forest (Ill.) High HS
Ryan Kutt rhp Ill. Brother Rice High, Chicago HS
Brady Corrigan rhp Ill. Plainfield (Ill.) North High HS
Joe Donovan c Ill. Westmont (Ill.) High HS
Erik Kaiser rhp Ill. Waterloo (Ill.) High HS
Calvin Greenfield c Ill. St. Rita of Cascia High, Chicago HS
Reid Detmers lhp Ill. Nokomis (Ill.) High HS
Isaiah Pasteur 3b Ind. Indiana College
Logan Sowers of Ind. Indiana College
Brian Gursky lhp Ind. St. Joseph High, South Bend, Ind. HS
Chandler Ferguson rhp Ind. Jefferson High, Lafayette, Ind. HS
Zebulon Vermillion rhp Kan. Shawnee Mission East, Prairie Village, Kan. HS
Jordon Adell of/rhp Ky. Ballard High, Louisville HS
Devin Hairston ss Ky. Louisville College
Evan White 1b Ky. Kentucky College
Kade McClure rhp Ky. Louisville College
Brendan McKay 1b/lhp Ky. Louisville College
Zach Pop rhp Ky. Kentucky College
Ben Jordan rhp Ky. West Carter County High, Olive Hill, Ky. HS
Kaleb Duckworth of Ky. Western Kentucky College
Colby Fitch c Ky. Louisville College
Alex Lange rhp La. Louisiana State College
Daniel Cabrera of La. Curtis Christian High, New Orleans HS
Michael Papierski c La. Louisiana State HS
Jacob Pearson of La. West Monroe (La.) High HS
Blayne Enlow rhp La. St. Amat (La.) High HS
Jeremy Arocho ss Md. Old Mill High, Millersville, Md. HS
Brandon Dorsey 3b Md. Calvert Hall College High, Baltimore HS
Randy Bednar of Md. Landon School, Bethesda HS
Kevin Smith ss Md. Maryland College
Chris Murphy rhp Maine Maine College
Steve Mann of Mich. Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, Mich. HS
Drew Lugbauer c Mich. Michigan College
Sam Weatherly lhp Mich. Howell (Mich.) High HS
Sam Carlson rhp/of Minn. Burnsville (Minn.) High HS
Jake Burger 3b Mo. Missouri State College
Tanner Houck rhp Mo. Missouri College
Joe Boyle rhp Mo. Fort Zumwalt West, O'Fallon, Mo. HS
Bryce Montes de Oca rhp Mo. Missouri College
Will Stokes rhp Miss. Mississippi College
Kier Meredith of N.C. Glenn High, Kernersville, N.C. HS
Cole Maye lhp N.C. Huff High, Cornelius, N.C. HS
Stuart Fairchild of N.C. Wake Forest College
Hunter Williams lhp N.C. North Carolina College
Logan Warmoth ss N.C. North Carolina College
J.B. Bukauskas rhp N.C. North Carolina College
Austin Beck of N.C. North Davidson High, Lexington, N.C. HS
Sam Hall of N.C. Topsail High, Hampstead, N.C. HS
Mackenzie Gore lhp N.C. Whiteville (N.C.) High HS
Tate Pennington ss/rhp N.C. Butler High, Matthews, N.C. HS
Justin Bullock rhp N.C. South Granville High, Creedmoor, N.C. HS
Gavin Sheets 1b/of N.C. Wake Forest College
Justin Bellinger 1b N.C. Duke College
Noah Campbell ss N.C. Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, N.C. HS
Gavin Sheets 1b/of N.C. Wake Forest College
Joe Dunand ss N.C. N.C. State College
Brock Deatherage of N.C. N.C. State College
Tommy DeJuneas rhp N.C. N.C. State College
Brian Miller 1b/of N.C. North Carolina College
Tyler Keenan 3b N.C. Cleveland High, Clayton, N.C. HS
Nick Feight c N.C. UNC Wilmington College
Joe Ingle rhp N.C. East Carolina College
Garrett Blaylock ss N.C. Roberson High, Asheville, N.C. HS
Scott Schreiber inf Neb. Nebraska College
Keith Rogalla rhp Neb. Creighton College
David Lamanna c N.J. Bergen Catholic High, Oradell, N.J. HS
Shane McCarthy rhp N.J. Seton Hall College
Buddy Kennedy 3b N.J. Millville (N.J.) Senior High HS
Tyler Dearden of N.J. Rancocas Valley High, Mount Holly, N.J. HS
Shayne Clowar rhp N.J. Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J. HS
Zack Schellenger rhp N.J. Seton Hall College
Jonathan Stroman rhp N.M. La Cueva High, Albuquerque HS
Quentin Holmes of N.Y. McClancy Memorial High, New York HS
Brian Morrell rhp/ss N.Y. Shoreham-Wading River High, Shoreham, N.Y. HS
Leugim Castillo of N.Y. Lancaster (N.Y.) High HS
Nicholas Storz rhp N.Y. Poly Prep, New York HS
Connor Hamilton c N.Y. Adirondack High, Boonville, N.Y. HS
Conner Uselton of Okla. Southmoore High, Moore, Okla. HS
Mitchell Stone lhp Okla. Deer Creek High, Edmond, Okla. HS
Justin Cooke c Okla. Norman (Okla.) High HS
Jake Taylor c Okla. Shawnee (Okla.) High HS
Cade Cavalli rhp Okla. Bixby (Okla.) High HS
Cooper Davis of Ont. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Mississauga, Ont. HS
KJ Harrison c/1b Ore. Oregon State College
Drew Rasmussen rhp Ore. Oregon State College
David Peterson lhp Ore. Oregon College
Elliott Cary of Ore. Oregon State College
Shane Muntz rhp Pa. Malvern (Pa.) Prep HS
Trent Vietmeier rhp Pa. Montour High, McKees Rocks, Pa. HS
Joe Lancelotti rhp Pa. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. HS
Brendan Cellucci lhp Pa. William Penn Charter, Philadelphia HS
Deon Stafford c Pa. Saint Joseph's College
Jan Figueroa rhp P.R. Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy HS
Ricardo De La Torre ss P.R. Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. HS
Gabriel Rodriguez of/lhp P.R. Toa Alta, P.R. HS
Wilberto Rivera rhp P.R. Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy HS
Tyler Wilson lhp R.I. Rhode Island College
James Karinchak rhp R.I. Bryant College
Clarke Schmidt rhp S.C. South Carolina College
Tyler Johnson rhp S.C. South Carolina College
Bobby Holmes rhp S.C. Coastal Carolina College
Alex Destino of S.C. South Carolina College
Jeren Kendall of Tenn. Vanderbilt College
Kyle Wright rhp Tenn. Vanderbilt College
Brady Puckett rhp Tenn. Lipscomb College
Jeffrey Passantino rhp Tenn. Lipscomb College
Bryce Jarvis rhp Tenn. Brentwood Academy, Nashville HS
Zach Warren lhp Tenn. Tennessee College
Colton Hathcock rhp Tenn. Memphis College
Hugh Fisher lhp Tenn. Briarcrest Christian School, Memphis HS
Adam Oviedo ss Texas Alvarado (Texas) High HS
Corey Julks Texas Houston College
Tristan Gray ss/3b Texas Rice College
Evan Skoug c Texas Texas Christian College
Ryan Vilade ss/rhp Texas Frisco (Texas) High HS
Cole Turney of Texas Travis High, Richmond, Texas HS
Jack Conlon rhp Texas Clements High, Sugarland, Texas HS
John Kodros lhp Texas Coppell (Texas) High HS
Russell Smith lhp Texas Midlothian (Texas) High HS
D'Mond LaFond rhp Texas The Woodlands (Texas) High HS
Alex Scherff rhp Texas Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas HS
Seth Elledge rhp Texas Dallas Baptist College
Corbin Martin rhp Texas Texas A&M College
Seth Romero lhp Texas Houston College
Turner Larkins rhp Texas Texas A&M College
Ricardo Salinas rhp Texas Rice College
Joe Gobilout lhp Texas St. John's School, Houston HS
Trei Cruz ss Texas Episcopal High, Bellaire, Texas HS
Lamar Sparks of Texas Seven Lakes High, Katy, Texas HS
Glen Otto rhp Texas Rice College
Richard Gilbert lhp Texas Johnson High, San Antonio, Texas HS
Zachary DeLoach rhp/of Texas Hebron High, Carrollton, Texas HS
Shane Baz rhp Texas Concordia Lutheran High, Tomball, Texas HS
Jayson Rose rhp Utah Utah College
Tyler Solomon c Va. Battlefield High, Haymarket, Va. HS
Ernie Clement of Va. Virginia College
Pavin Smith 1b Va. Virginia College
Adam Haseley of Va. Virginia College
Tommy Doyle rhp Va. Virginia College
Mike Osinski ss Va. Longwood College
Kyle Adams c Va. Richmond College
Kyle Whitten rhp Va. Osbourn Park High, Manassas, Va. HS
Nick Maservey lhp Wash. Seattle College
Tarik Skubal lhp Wash. Seattle College

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