Top Rhode Island 2019 MLB Draft Prospects
State List Talent Ranking: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(Stars are listed on a 1 to 5 scale relative to what the state typically produces, with 1 being the weakest)
A backend member of the BA500 out of high school in 2016, Ward looked to become a regular contributor as a freshman at Bryant before a season-ending injury cut his season short at just 10 games. Ward returned to play in 2018 and produced one of the best season’s in Bryant baseball history, setting a program record with 101 hits and 157 total bases and was also the first Division I player in program history to hit over .400 for the season. He finished with a .409/.449/.636 line with eight home runs and 22 doubles. This spring he’s continued to hit well, with a .387/.454/.609 line with a career-best 11 home runs with 27 walks and 16 strikeouts. Ward has a long, wrapped bat path and scouts wonder how that will play against better competition, but he has good hand-eye coordination. A left fielder already, Bryant will probably be limited defensively, with more pressure on his bat.
After his sophomore season, most scouts would have expected that hitting would have been Wright’s path to pro ball, as a two-way player for Bryant with developing power and impressive defensive work around the bag at first base. However, Wright struck out 21 batters and walked just five in 11.2 innings in the Cape Cod League last summer, posting a 2.31 ERA in the process. He’s done more of the same this spring in his junior year, striking out 60 batters in just 31 innings (17.2 per nine) with a 2.59 ERA. Wright only throws an 87-92 mph fastball, but the pitch consistently gets swings and misses thanks to an exceptional spin rate. Wright has a fringey breaking ball and a simple delivery from the stretch that doesn’t seem to add much deception, but he’s always gotten plenty of whiffs. Wright has developing power in his lefthanded bat, but his upside now appears higher on the mound.
3. Tucker Flint, OF, Bishop Hendricken HS, Warwick, R.I.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 202 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Maryland
4. Jimmy Titus, RHP/SS, Bryant
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 195 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted