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College Top 150 Chat: April 12

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  College Top 150 Chat: April 12 (04/12/2018) 
11:52
Kendall Rogers: 

Our David Seifert, Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers will be here to answer your draft and prospect questions at 2 PM ET.

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Thursday April 12, 2018 11:52 Kendall Rogers
2:07
Aaron Fitt: 

Hey guys, let’s talk some prospects.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:07 Aaron Fitt
2:07
DSeif: 

We currrently see Conine as a low 2nd round to top of the 3rd round pick. However, he’s a college bat and those types have a lot of helium once ML team’s draft meetings begin.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:07 DSeif
2:08
[Comment From BakerBaker: ] 

Although he’s had a pretty disappointing junior season, where do you think Griffin Conine will end going in the draft?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:08 Baker
 
DSeif: 

We currently see Conine as a low 2nd to top of the 3rd round pick. However, he’s a college bat and those types have a lot of helium once ML team’s draft meetings begin.

  DSeif
2:10
[Comment From RalphyRalphy: ] 

You failed 2 list 2 of the top players in the Pac12 and on the west coast- Jonah Davis of Cal and Joe DeMers of UW. Both are putting up All-American type numbers and have a skill set to succeed at the next level. Can you see either getting on this list by season’s end?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:10 Ralphy
 
DSeif: 

I have not seen Jonah, but plan to when Cal rolls into Stanford in a couple of weeks. I’ve heard that he can hit, but has a fringy arm behind the plate. In regards to DeMers, I saw him in Week 3 in Minnesota, the weekend after his perfect game and he was impressive. If we went another 25 prospects deep from the 150, he would have been considered.

  DSeif
2:11
[Comment From Pack9FanPack9Fan: ] 

Am I being too optimistic trying to convince myself (and others) that Brett Kinneman will be a first round draft pick?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:11 Pack9Fan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You know, I think there’s a real chance he could play his way into the first round if he continues to perform at such a high level in the second half. He’s got legitimate tools — really good power, solid speed, solid arm, pretty swing — and he has performed for three years. I think scouts right now view him as a 2-4 round type, but I think plenty of them are waiting to see if he can sustain this crazy-high performance. If he does, don’t be surprised if he jumps into the back of the first round.

  Aaron Fitt
2:13
[Comment From MitchMitch: ] 

Do you see any possibility of Robert Neustrom climbing higher than the 4th round where you guys have him?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:13 Mitch
 
DSeif: 

Yes, for sure. He could easily end up in the 3rd round. Hitters typically rise on draft day, especially after all the prospect medicals have been reviewed by team doctors. Usually the pitchers fall, the hitters rise.

  DSeif
2:13
[Comment From RhysRhys: ] 

Hey guys, how far was Kole Cottam off the midseason 150? Great season with the bat so far.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:13 Rhys
 
DSeif: 

If we had a Just Missed list, Cottam would have been on it. He should go within the top 10 rounds.

  DSeif
2:15
[Comment From RogerRoger: ] 

Where do you see Greyson Jenista ending up in the draft, and where do you think he ends up playing in pro ball?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:15 Roger
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think Jenista’s value is similar to Kinneman’s — probably fits in that 2-3 round range, with a chance to sneak into the back of the first. Ultimately I think Jenista will wind up on a corner, but I think he’ll hit for enough power at a corner to profile there, and his ability to play some center field gives him added value. The big question is whether Jenista’s hit tool will play; some people have doubts about his swing. I’m personally higher on Jenista than David is, for instance.

  Aaron Fitt
2:16
[Comment From Go GatorsGo Gators: ] 

If India and Liput decide to declare for the draft, where do you see them being graded at? 1st-5th round at all? If that’s the case, they be gone 100%.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:16 Go Gators
 
DSeif: 

Players do not “declare” for the baseball draft. Both India and Liput are eligible since they are college juniors. If/when they are selected, they either sign professionally or return for their senior year. For me, India is a top 10-15 overall pick. Liput should go in the top 10 rounds and was considered for our Top 150.

  DSeif
2:17
[Comment From B MandB Mand: ] 

Do you anticipate Tyler Holton being drafted high enough or being offered enough money to entice him to sign or do you think he will be back at FSU next season? Thanks!

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:17 B Mand
 
Aaron Fitt: 

My hunch is he’ll be back for another season. He can obviously really, really pitch, but it’s not like he has overwhelming stuff, so I have a hard time thinking a club is going to pay him enough to sign when he’s missed the whole season with Tommy John surgery. You never know, of course — I don’t know what Holton’s price tag is, and maybe he’d be willing to sign for less if he just wants to get his pro career started. But I’d bet on him returning.

  Aaron Fitt
2:17
[Comment From CajunsCajuns: ] 

Before the season there was draft chatter for Hogan Harris and Nick Lee. Are those guys still on radars or has lack of team success and injuries (Harris)/inconsistency (Lee) reduced their value?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:17 Cajuns
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Cajuns — We actually debated Harris and Lee quite a bit. The thing about Harris is he’s still a good looking lefty who can run it up into the mid-90s. He also has a nice breaking pitch. Now, I’d like to see the nagging injuries stop, but there’s no doubt the pieces are there, and you can bet a team will take a chance with a decently high pick on a lefty with that kind of juice. As for Lee, I am very high on him. He showed 92-95 for me in Houston earlier this year, along with a filthy changeup from a tough angle. Both should be strong picks, even with the team’s struggles.

  Kendall Rogers
2:18
[Comment From pitchersaregoodpitchersaregood: ] 

With how he’s pitched so far, do you think Michael Plassmeyer of Missouri could hear his name called in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:18 pitchersaregood
 
DSeif: 

Yes, without a doubt. He has the stuff, command and his #s are loved by analytics departments.

  DSeif
2:24
[Comment From GregGreg: ] 

You guys seem to be easily the high ones on Singer. I know you can’t speak for the way others rank, but with his stuff being down this spring, that doesn’t cause for any concern?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:24 Greg
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I don’t think I agree with the notion that Singer’s stuff is down. I mean, he’s not popping 97s like he has in the past in a relief role, but he still pitches pretty comfortably at 92-95 with explosive life, and his slider is still a quality out pitch that he manipulates well. It’s pretty much the same stuff we’ve seen from him in the past. I think people are being a little too nitpicky with Singer; it’s an electric fastball from a tough slot, a swing-and-miss slider, and he’s a mean SOB out on the mound. I get that some people are concerned about his delivery, or the fact that he failed a physical out of high school, or maybe the fact that he doesn’t really use his changeup much… but if he drops outside the top 10 picks, I think whoever takes him is getting a steal.

  Aaron Fitt
2:25
[Comment From FonzFonz: ] 

I read the intro! So, who are some of the players that you were higher on than the industry? Lower?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:25 Fonz
 
DSeif: 

Higher than the industry on India, Hannah, Mangum, Byrne and Rivas to name just a few. Lower on Conine, Kingham, Shugart. Personally, I’m lower on Jenista as well.

  DSeif
2:26
[Comment From TTU fanTTU fan: ] 

Do you think Texas tech’s Davis Martin can be a 1st round draft pick in his senior season?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:26 TTU fan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

TTU — No, because I don’t think there’s much of a chance he returns for another season. I could see it with Gingery, though, I would certainly bet that he’ll sign. But as for Martin, he’s having a huge year and is showing premium stuff. He really has nothing else to prove at the collegiate level, and he’ll get drafted the top two or three rounds.

  Kendall Rogers
2:29
[Comment From Pac 12 fanPac 12 fan: ] 

What do you think Tanner Dodson is at the next level a pitcher or an outfielder?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:29 Pac 12 fan
 
DSeif: 

I saw him last summer in the Cape, and I would have leaned hitter. I have not seen him this spring, but will in a couple weeks at Stanford. Hope to have a better answer for you at that point.

  DSeif
2:30
[Comment From HeelHeel: ] 

Outlook on Austin Bergner? Been a little inconsistent but also lights out at times this season

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:30 Heel
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Bergner’s a tricky case. Obviously he’s got stuff — last time I saw him against Florida State, it was 91-94 and up to 96, with a changeup that regularly flashed plus and a promising curveball that came and went. Problem is scouts really don’t like his arm action, which leads to inconsistent command and raises concerns about his long-term durability. And he’s an eligible sophomore, which means he has plenty of leverage… ultimately I suspect he’ll wind up getting drafted in the 3-4 round range and sign, but you never know. I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if he winds up coming back for his junior year.

  Aaron Fitt
2:30
[Comment From NY HS FANNY HS FAN: ] 

Where do you see Josiah Gray’s ceiling? Up to 97 and performed well on the cape and in school.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:30 NY HS FAN
 
Kendall Rogers: 

NY — We’ve heard good things. I talked to a crosschecker the other day who saw him at 90-94 and up to 95. He’s a reliever for most scouts right now, so there’s only so much room for guys like that. But he’s on our radar and we will circle back around in our final rankings before the draft.

  Kendall Rogers
2:32
[Comment From FonzFonz: ] 

Any skepticism on India, given his relatively ho-hum first two seasons (despite a great pedigree)? Do you think those years will be held against him on draft day, or is this what he is?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:32 Fonz
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think what you’re seeing now is the player everyone always thought he was going to be. It’s a fair question, Fonz, but my feeling is that the performance is now matching the tools and the pedigree, and those first two seasons are ancient history…

  Aaron Fitt
2:34
[Comment From BryantBryant: ] 

Eric Cole has taken a pretty big step forward this year. Where do you guys potentially seeing him drafted? Swich hitting, athletic corner outfielder seems to be decently valuable

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:34 Bryant
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Cole is one of my personal favorite prospects in college baseball right now, a guy that I probably value more than the industry as a whole. I think he probably will be drafted in the 4-5 round range, but personally I like him better than that. He’s got a really good all-around tool set, a switch-hitter with a nice, compact stroke, solid pop, good control of the strike zone, good speed, a strong arm and excellent defensive skills — he’s like a “cheap” five-tool player, I think. I bet he’ll have a nice, long big league career.

  Aaron Fitt
2:35
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

What are your thoughts on the Nebraska’s Scott Schreiber? A guy who seemed to be fairly high on draft boards after his So campaign, suffered a inconsistent Jr year, elected to return for his Sr season, and is proving his So year wasn’t a fluke.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:35 John
 
DSeif: 

As a senior, Schreiber is a likely top 10 round pick. Power potential for a team friendly signing bonus.

  DSeif
2:36
[Comment From FonzFonz: ] 

Whither Nick Sprengel?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:36 Fonz
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Sprengel is just such a wild card, given his unexpected bout of serious wildness as a junior. Obviously he has pedigree, arm strength and he’s lefthanded… but right now nobody really knows what to make of him. Maybe somebody takes a chance on him in the top five rounds and hits the lottery, or maybe he slips later than that.

  Aaron Fitt
2:37
[Comment From LarryLarry: ] 

Have any of you seen Tyler McKay play? I watched every inning he pitched at Kansas State his freshman year and I would never peg him as a top 10 round pick let alone a top 4 round. What has changed?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:37 Larry
 
DSeif: 

Sometimes a change of scenery brings out the best in people. He’s 88-92 with projection for more. Throws strikes and has breaking ball. A lot to like with his 6’6 frame.

  DSeif
2:37
[Comment From StacyStacy: ] 

How far away was Notre Dame’s Nick Podkul from cracking this list?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:37 Stacy
 
DSeif: 

Strongly considered for our Top 150. Just missed it, in fact.

  DSeif
2:39
[Comment From RandallRandall: ] 

First mock I’ve seen with players like Hannah and India so high and guys like Jenista so low. Personally, I think Jenista/India are absolutely first round guys, but not Hannah.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:39 Randall
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Just to clarify, this isn’t a mock — we’re not trying to predict where players will be drafted. This is just how we rank them based on talent. And we recognize that we’re probably higher than the industry consensus on Hannah, and perhaps lower than the industry consensus on Jenista. I addressed Jenista earlier; as for Hannah, how is he so different from Corey Ray, who was a top-five overall pick? He’s a favorite of both Seif and Rogers.

  Aaron Fitt
2:42
[Comment From Love your chats, guys! Is D2 Catcher Peyton Isaacson the most under-rated player in college? Not sure if its because hes at a D2 school (Saint Leo), but hes going off, yet not I never hear his name. Hitting .367/.443/.742 with 11 HR, 39 RBI, 15 2b. Also 1Love your chats, guys! Is D2 Catcher Peyton Isaacson the most under-rated player in college? Not sure if its because hes at a D2 school (Saint Leo), but hes going off, yet not I never hear his name. Hitting .367/.443/.742 with 11 HR, 39 RBI, 15 2b. Also 1: ] 

Love your chats, guys! Is D2 Catcher Peyton Isaacson the most under-rated player in college? Not sure if it’s because he’s at a D2 school (Saint Leo), but he’s going off, yet not I never hear his name. Hitting .367/.443/.742 with 11 HR, 39 RBI, 15 2b. Also 10/10 SV as team’s closer. I go to all of their home games and starting to see more and more scouts. Is he finally getting some love??

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:42 Love your chats, guys! Is D2 Catcher Peyton Isaacson the most under-rated player in college? Not sure if its because hes at a D2 school (Saint Leo), but hes going off, yet not I never hear his name. Hitting .367/.443/.742 with 11 HR, 39 RBI, 15 2b. Also 1
 
DSeif: 

Peyton was a highly rated HS prospect from the area in which I live. It didn’t work out for him at Coastal Carolina. One of my best coaching friends is the HC at Saint Leo. He has great things to say about Peyton, but I just haven’t seen him play since HS. Wish I had more to give you. Glad scouts are starting to take notice.

  DSeif
2:44
[Comment From RogerRoger: ] 

Why so low on Jenista? I have no real credentials, but view him as a top-25 overall pick.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:44 Roger
 
DSeif: 

I will take the blame for Jenista being so low. My partners, Aaron and KR both value him more. I do think he’s a top 3-4 round pick, I simply didn’t buy into the preseason hype of him being selected in the first round, and still don’t.

  DSeif
2:45
[Comment From RandallRandall: ] 

Also, one more guy I personally am extremely high on is Steele Walker. I know he’s ranked 22nd here in an extremely solid list, but given his recent tear could he keep trending up and land as a top-20 overall pick on draft night?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:45 Randall
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Randall,
It’s certainly possible. There’s nothing set in stone right now, and there’s room for Walker to go up. I was just talking to Skip Johnson this morning about Steele’s recent tear, and he said Walker has changed his swing angle a little bit, and that has produced better and more powerful results. If he finishes the season strong, he absolutely could go up a bit more on the board.

  Kendall Rogers
2:50
[Comment From FonzFonz: ] 

What sort of future hit/power grades would put on Larnach? And how much higher is the game power over last year?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:50 Fonz
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to project 55 hit/60 power — and that may be conservative when the dust settles. Everybody seems to like his swing, and it’s easy raw power from the left side, with a great body. He’s made some adjustments since last year that have helped him to tap into that power more, and I think he’s just scratching the surface of his potential.

  Aaron Fitt
2:51
[Comment From Rob ARob A: ] 

what are your thoughts on Mike Emodi from Creighton? Any buzz for him to get drafted this year. He has lots of power for a catcher and is gunning people down as well behind the dish.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:51 Rob A
 
DSeif: 

Yes, definite buzz. He’s big and strong with good bat strength, but not the best hitting approach. Dead pull hitter with swing/miss…his 31 Ks with only 6 BBs is concerning. Above average arm and fair receiving skills.

  DSeif
2:51
[Comment From Chatham AsChatham As: ] 

Round projection on guys like Jeremy Pena or Josh Stowers?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:51 Chatham As
 
Aaron Fitt: 

We’ve got Pena valued as a sixth-rounder, but I think he could go as high as the fourth or fifth; he’s a good player at a premium up the middle position. We’ve got Stowers as more of a 7-10 rounder, though it’s certainly possible a club out there values him higher than we do.

  Aaron Fitt
2:56
[Comment From GregGreg: ] 

Any pitching prospects from South Florida other than McClanahan for 2018? Hitters as well?

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:56 Greg
 
DSeif: 

I just saw South Florida one game this spring when McClanahan pitched at home vs Tulane. King relieved, I liked him. He was 87-91 with a solid CB. Those are the only two pitchers who threw that night. I also noticed Montes at SS, good tools and some power with swing/miss. Villar at 3B had easy power and at least an avg arm. He might not be a 3B in pro ball, but he has tools/skills to like. Zech could really run, a 70, maybe 80 on the 20-80 scale. Actually hit an inside-the-park HR, fun to watch him fly around the bases.

  DSeif
3:03
[Comment From bbbb: ] 

Projections on Zac Susi and Tim Cate

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:03 bb
 
DSeif: 

I would be comfortable taking Cate where we have him, maybe a little lower depending upon how he finishes the season and what HS prospects are around him come draft day. We may be a little low on Susi in the 6th round. I saw him the 2nd weekend of the year at SELA. He’s a catcher with a strong arm who has hit, just not for much power. For me, he’s a candidate for a swing path and approach change. Big, strong guy who mostly goes opposite field. Those days are over in the MLB. Lift and pull is in!

  DSeif
3:06
Aaron Fitt: 

OK folks, that’s gonna do it for today, thanks for the great questions, as always!

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:06 Aaron Fitt
3:06
[Comment From RogerRoger: ] 

No worries, respect your opinion Seif, you’re awesome at what you do and trust your judgement.

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:06 Roger
 
DSeif: 

Thanks Roger. For Greyson’s sake, I hope I’m wrong. It’s just my opinion.

  DSeif
3:10
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 

What are your thoughts/what have you heard from reports on Robert Neustrom out of Iowa?

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:10 Dave
 
DSeif: 

Neustrom is an overall solid player. No real weakness. Avg arm, avg runner, good raw power. Should be an avg defender in the future on the pro scale. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of his rotational swing, but others may differ, and that’s ok. Doubt he lasts past the 4th round if he continues to perform. He’s always hit at Iowa, as well as in the Cape last summer.

  DSeif
3:14
[Comment From ORUORU: ] 

ORU Grant Townsend up to 95 potential + slider and changeup. Numbers are good, what’s the draft potential?

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:14 ORU
 
DSeif: 

Thanks for the name, I had not heard it yet. I will be in the Tulsa/Sprinfield/Fayetteville area this weekend and looks like rain on Friday. ORU has the only turf infield among the three. I may run over that way.

  DSeif
3:26
Kendall Rogers: 

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Thursday April 12, 2018 3:26 Kendall Rogers
 
 

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