2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects

SEE ALSO: High School Top 100

SEE ALSO: 2017 Draft Archive

The calendar turning this week to 2017 is the latest sign both the start of the college baseball season and the draft are fast approaching. As players prepare for the season, scouts are also readying for the spring.

The college class is rich in pitching, as both USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team and the Cape Cod League demonstrated over the summer. The CNT’s pitching staff posted a 1.81 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average in 18 games last summer, while the Cape’s Top 30 draft prospects was again dominated by pitchers. As a result, college pitching is one of the strengths of the 2017 draft class.

For the second year in a row, a Florida pitcher tops the College 100 ranking entering the spring. A year after lefthander A.J. Puk ranked No. 1, righthander Alex Faedo goes into 2017 atop the list. Puk ultimately was the first college pitcher selected last year, though he slipped on draft day and went No. 6 overall to the Athletics after an up-and-down spring.

Faedo, who will take over as Florida’s ace this season, will hope for a steadier draft year. Though he sat out the fall as he recovered from minor knee surgery, he has the stuff, size and track record to be the top pick in the draft. Listed at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Faedo has a plus fastball-slider combination and improved his changeup this summer while pitching with the CNT. He went 13-3, 3.18 and ranked third in the country with 133 strikeouts in 104.2 innings last season.

A host of pitchers join Faedo near the top of the list. Righthanders J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina), Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt), Alex Lange (Louisiana State) and Tanner Houck (Missouri) all joined him this summer with Team USA and turned in impressive performances. Righthander Tristan Beck is a draft-eligible sophomore who has a chance to be the latest Stanford pitcher to be picked early in the first round.

Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie are among the other position players who will receive first-round consideration.

Louisville’s Brendan McKay, the 2015 Freshman of the Year, could fit near the top of either the position players or pitchers. He has been the best two-way player in the country the last two years, and there is still no consensus as to whether he will be developed as a lefthander or first baseman in pro ball.

Florida and North Carolina lead all schools with five players each on the top 100. South Carolina and Virginia closely follow with four players. In all 61 colleges are represented.

Rank
Name, Pos., School
B-T
Ht.
Wt.
Previously drafted
1
Alex Faedo, rhp, Florida 
R-R
6-5
220
Tigers ’14 (40)
2
Jeren Kendall, of, Vanderbilt 
L-R
6-0
190
Red Sox ’14 (30)
3
J.B. Bukauskas, rhp, North Carolina 
R-R
6-0
196
D-backs ’14 (20)
4
Brendan McKay, lhp/1b, Louisville 
L-L
6-2
212
Padres ’14 (34)
5
Kyle Wright, rhp, Vanderbilt
R-R
6-4
220
Never drafted
6
Tristan Beck, rhp, Stanford
R-R
6-4
190
Brewers ’15 (34)
7
Alex Lange, rhp, Louisiana State 
R-R
6-3
201
Never drafted
8
Tanner Houck, rhp, Missouri
R-R
6-5
218
Blue Jays ’14 (12)
9
Pavin Smith, of/1b, Virginia
L-L
6-2
210
Rockies ’14 (32)
10
Seth Romero, lhp, Houston
L-L
6-3
240
Never drafted
11
Wil Crowe, rhp, South Carolina
R-R
6-2
250
Indians ’16 (21)
12
Brendon Little, lhp, State JC of Florida
L-L
6-2
215
Giants ’15 (36)
13
Colton Hock, rhp, Stanford
R-R
6-5
220
Never drafted
14
Michael Gigliotti, of, Lipscomb
L-L
6-1
176
Never drafted
15
J.J. Schwarz, c, Florida 
R-R
6-2
215
Brewers ’14 (17)
16
Griffin Canning, rhp, UCLA 
R-R
6-1
170
Rockies ’14 (38)
17
Clarke Schmidt, rhp, South Carolina 
R-R
6-1
205
Never drafted
18
Dalton Guthrie, ss, Florida
R-R
5-11
175
Twins ’14 (40)
19
Peter Solomon, rhp, Notre Dame
R-R
6-4
191
Padres ’14 (21)
20
Keston Hiura, of/2b, UC Irvine
R-R
6-0
188
Never drafted
21
Kevin Smith, ss, Maryland
R-R
6-0
188
Never drafted
22
Evan Skoug, c, Texas Christian 
L-R
5-11
200
Nationals ’14 (34)
23
Corbin Martin, rhp, Texas AM
R-R
6-2
200
Never drafted
24
Taylor Walls, ss, Florida State
B-R
5-10
180
Never drafted
25
Dylan Busby, 3b/1b, Florida State
R-R
6-3
190
Never drafted
26
Joe Dunand, ss/3b, North Carolina State
R-R
6-2
205
Indians ’14 (35)
27
Jake Burger, 3b, Misssouri State
R-R
6-2
210
Never drafted
28
Mike Rivera, c, Florida
R-R
5-10
205
Athletics ’14 (33)
29
Jake Mangum, of, Mississippi State
B-L
6-0
185
Never drafted
30
David Peterson, lhp, Oregon 
L-L
6-6
242
Red Sox ’14 (28)
31
Zach Rutherford, ss, Old Dominon
R-R
6-2
180
Never drafted
32
Deon Stafford, c, St. Joseph’s
R-R
6-0
202
Never drafted
33
Evan White, of/1b, Kentucky
B-L
6-3
200
Never drafted
34
Drew Rasmussen, rhp, Oregon State
R-R
6-1
226
D-backs ’14 (39)
35
Tyler Johnson, rhp, South Carolina
R-R
6-2
205
Never drafted
36
Carl Chester, of, Miami
R-R
6-0
205
Brewers ’14 (38)
37
Riley Adams, c, San Diego
R-R
6-4
210
Cubs ’14 (37)
38
Morgan Cooper, rhp, Texas
R-R
6-4
220
Nationals ’16 (34)
39
Will Gaddis, rhp, Furman
R-R
6-1
185
Yankees ’14 (36)
40
Zac Lowther, lhp, Xavier
L-L
6-2
235
Never drafted
41
Nate Pearson, rhp, JC of Central Florida
R-R
6-6
245
Never drafted
42
Kade McClure, rhp, Louisville
R-R
6-7
235
Never drafted
43
Jayson Rose, rhp, Utah
R-R
6-0
180
Never drafted
44
Ricky Tyler Thomas, lhp, Fresno State 
R-L
6-1
175
Never drafted
45
Keegan Thompson, rhp, Auburn
R-R
6-2
209
Tigers ’16 (33)
46
Devin Hairston, ss, Louisville
R-R
5-7
162
Never drafted
47
Clay Fisher, ss, UC Santa Barbara
R-R
6-1
175
Never drafted
48
K.J. Harrison, 1b, Oregon State 
R-R
6-0
208
Indians ’14 (25)
49
Brock Deatherage, of, North Carolina State
L-L
6-1
186
Never drafted
50
Logan Warmoth, ss, North Carolina
R-R
6-0
189
Never drafted
51
Connor Seabold, rhp, Cal State Fullerton
R-R
6-2
185
Orioles ’14 (19)
52
Matt Whatley, c, Oral Roberts
R-R
5-10
190
Never drafted
53
J.J. Matijevic, of/1b, Arizona
L-R
6-0
206
Red Sox ’14 (22)
54
Kyle Johnston, rhp, Texas
R-R
6-0
220
Never drafted
55
Glenn Otto, rhp, Rice 
R-R
6-5
240
Never drafted
56
Garrett Cave, rhp, Tampa
R-R
6-4
205
Yankees ’14 (17)
57
Tarik Skubal, lhp, Seattle
L-L
6-3
218
Never drafted
58
Hunter Williams, lhp, North Carolina
L-L
6-3
225
Giants ’14 (32)
59
Ernie Clement, 2b/of, Virginia
R-R
6-0
165
Never drafted
60
Michael Baumann, rhp, Jacksonville
R-R
6-4
225
Twins ’14 (34)
61
Josh Anthony, 3b, Auburn
R-R
5-10
195
Braves ’16 (16)
62
Mitch Hart, rhp, Southern California
R-R
6-4
195
Giants ’14 (35)
63
Adam Haseley, of, Virginia 
L-L
6-1
195
Never drafted
64
Zach Warren, lhp, Tennessee
L-L
6-5
200
Pirates ’14 (23)
65
Tyler Wilson, lhp, Rhode Island
L-L
6-4
225
Never drafted
66
James Karinchak, rhp, Bryant
R-R
6-3
230
Never drafted
67
Kyle Nelson, lhp, UC Santa Barbara
L-L
6-1
180
Never drafted
68
Jake Bird, rhp, UCLA
R-R
6-3
205
Never drafted
69
Evan Steele, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC
R-L
6-5
210
Never drafted
70
Tommy Doyle, rhp, Virginia
R-R
6-6
235
Nationals ’14 (35)
71
Patrick Mathis, of, Texas
L-L
6-1
215
Never drafted
72
Brian Miller, of, North Carolina
L-R
6-0
186
Never drafted
73
Erich Uelmen, rhp, Cal Poly
R-R
6-3
195
Never drafted
74
Zach Pop, rhp, Kentucky
R-R
6-4
225
Blue Jays ’14 (23)
75
Brigham Hill, rhp, Texas AM
R-R
6-0
185
Athletics ’16 (20)
76
Zack Gahagan, 3b, North Carolina
R-R
6-2
197
D-backs ’14 (40)
77
Jake Latz, lhp, Kent State
R-L
6-2
196
Blue Jays ’14 (11)
78
Quinn Brodey, of, Stanford
L-L
6-1
195
Nationals ’14 (37)
79
Mike Papierski, c, Louisiana State
B-R
6-3
210
Blue Jays ’14 (16)
80
Will Toffey, 3b, Vanderbilt
L-R
6-2
205
Orioles ’16 (25)
81
Stuart Fairchild, of, Wake Forest
R-R
6-0
195
Nationals ’14 (38)
82
Charlie Barnes, lhp, Clemson
L-L
6-1
170
Never drafted
83
Greg Deichmann, of/1b, Louisiana State
L-R
6-2
191
Twins ’16 (26)
84
Zach Willeman, rhp, Kent State
R-R
6-3
200
Never drafted
85
Logan Sowers, of, Indiana
R-R
6-4
220
Padres ’14 (31)
86
Alex Destino, of, South Carolina
L-L
6-2
225
Never drafted
87
Evan Mendoza, 3b, North Carolina State
R-R
6-2
200
Never drafted
88
Connor Wong, c, Houston
R-R
6-0
181
Never drafted
89
Zach Schellenger, rhp, Seton Hall
R-R
6-5
210
Never drafted
90
Deacon Liput, 2b, Florida
R-R
5-10
190
Yankees ’16 (39)
91
Luis Gonzalez, of/lhp, New Mexico
L-L
6-0
185
Never drafted
92
Brandon Bielak, rhp, Notre Dame
L-R
6-1
209
Never drafted
93
Kyle Serrano, rhp, Tennessee
R-R
6-3
200
Brewers ’16 (40)
94
Gunnar Troutwine, c, Wichita State
R-R
6-2
222
Never drafted
95
Brady Puckett, rhp, Lipscomb
R-R
6-9
242
Mets’ 14 (33)
96
Ryan Noda, of/1b, Cincinnati
L-L
6-3
216
Never drafted
97
Nick Feight, c, UNC Wilmington
R-R
5-11
200
Never drafted
98
Daulton Varsho, c, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
L-R
5-10
200
Never drafted
99
Tyler Buffett, rhp, Oklahoma State
R-R
6-2
197
Astros ’16 (7)
100
Bryce Montes de Oca, rhp, Missouri
R-R
6-7
261
White Sox ’14 (14)