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D1Baseball.com and Prep Baseball Report are teaming up on some preview coverage of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, which takes place June 12-14. First up is a Top 100 ranking, combining the respective college and high school lists put together by Frankie Piliere and Nathan Rode. Both will also participate in a chat with readers. 

It’s a busy time of the year, with regionals drawing closer and draft boards taking shape, which means the rumor mill is now in high gear as the 2017 MLB Draft approaches. On the heels of our newly released Top 100 prospects list, National Prospect Writer Frankie Piliere, as well as Prep Baseball Report National Supervisor Nathan Rode, will be taking all your burning draft questions starting at 2 P.M. ET. The chat will open an hour early for you to begin submitting questions.

 

 

Frankie Piliere
Check out our newly released 2017 MLB Draft Top 100 list: D1Baseball/Prep Baseball Report Top 100  
D1Baseball/PBR Draft Experts Chat (05/30/2017)
10:35
Frankie Piliere:

Hey everyone. Nathan and I will be kicking things off at 2 PM ET and taking your questions. We’ll be opening this up at 11 AM ET so you can get those questions in early if you so choose.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 10:35 Frankie Piliere
10:42

Who would you select with #1 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft?
Kyle Wright

 ( 40% )

Hunter Greene

 ( 26% )

Brendan McKay

 ( 14% )

MacKenzie Gore

 ( 6% )

Someone Else

 ( 14% )

 

Tuesday May 30, 2017 10:42 
1:59
Frankie Piliere:

Welcome to a very special draft chat, everyone. If you haven’t checked out the D1Baseball/PBR overall top 100 draft prospects list yet, check it out now on the homepage. I’m joined by PBR’s Nathan Rode today, who knows the high school guys better than anyone you’re going to find. So, fire away at us. Yell at us about the rankings if you want. We can take it!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 1:59 Frankie Piliere
2:01
Nathan Rode:

Hey there baseball fans! Nathan Rode here. I’m pretty excited about this combined Top 100 we’ve got for you, plus some other things to come before the draft. What do you say we chat about it?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:01 Nathan Rode
2:02
[Comment From OrenOren: ]

Has there been any rumours of the Blue Jays taking advantage of their two first round picks to go overslot for a higher-ranked player? Would love to hear some insights into what they could do with those two picks.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:02 Oren
Frankie Piliere:

So far I have not heard them. They’ve been linked a lot more frequently to guys like Nate Pearson, Logan Warmoth, Evan White and some of those high school guys like Bubba Thompson, Jeter Downs, Heliot Ramos. But I’ve yet to hear them linked to those sort of over slot deals

  Frankie Piliere
2:04
[Comment From Matt MosconaMatt Moscona: ]

How do GMs view Alex Lange’s role in pro ball? Can he be a starter or is he an 8th or 9th inning guy?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:04 Matt Moscona
Frankie Piliere:

My feeling is that there’s a few teams at the end of the first that will see him as a starter. I think a good chunk of teams think he’s a long term reliever, but as the old cliche says…it just takes one. Teams like Washington or Baltimore seem to be on him. And any team taking him in the first should see him a starter.

  Frankie Piliere
2:04
[Comment From GregGreg: ]

It seems like most of the questions I read about Royce Lewis are on defense, and I understand that. But what about his offensive skillset? Is there anything that concerns you? Also, any worries about him swinging and missing with that leg kick?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:04 Greg
Nathan Rode:

Lewis’ offensive profile is what makes him so attractive. Whether he stays at SS, moves to the OF, or wherever, his bat profiles. I can see concerns about the leg kick, but things like that can be adjusted. And he only struck out 7 times this spring against SoCal competition. High school stats aren’t a great barometer for the draft, unless you see extremes. If Lewis had struck out 15-20 times, then I’d be more concerned. He has bat speed, power and makes enough contact for me to feel pretty confident in his offense playing at the next level.

  Nathan Rode
2:05
[Comment From GregGreg: ]

What’s the word on Tristian Beck? Think he’ll sign?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:05 Greg
Frankie Piliere:

Yes I believe he will. A lot of rumors that he’ll make a deal with someone in the 30-50 range.

  Frankie Piliere
2:05
[Comment From VandyManVandyMan: ]

Who are the commits #VandyBoys fans should be most concerned with getting through the draft?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:05 VandyMan
Nathan Rode:

I honestly think Vandy should be feeling pretty good on draft day. Nothing against the class. It’s a strong one as usual, but there aren’t any slam dunks to sign. The highest ranked guy for me is LHP Jake Eder and he’s had an inconsistent spring. There is always a chance someone gets popped and signs, because it only takes one team to like you, but if I were a Vandy coach or fan, I’m feeling pretty good about getting most, if not all, these guys to campus.

  Nathan Rode
2:07
[Comment From TonyTony: ]

Where do you see James Morisano from St. Louis University getting drafted?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:07 Tony
Frankie Piliere:

Very underrated player and a good question. Morisano is a very nice catch and throw, solid bat combo guy. I think he probably goes 6-9th round range and someone is going to get a really nice value, solid floor type of player.

  Frankie Piliere
2:07
[Comment From PatrickPatrick: ]

Will LSU be able to get any of their top 100 HS commits to campus?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:07 Patrick
Nathan Rode:

I think there’s a very strong chance Cabrera and Pearson get to school. Enlow is a tougher call. His velo hasn’t been at what we saw last summer, but I get the sense scouts are looking past that and see his body of work as a whole, the plus breaking ball and command. If I had to bet, I’d say Enlow signs and the other two go to school, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all if I’m wrong on any of that.

  Nathan Rode
2:09
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

The only 80 tools in this year’s draft is probably Hunter Greene’s infield arm and Quentin Holmes’s speed unless I’m missing somebody. Are there any 70-75 tool guys in this year’s draft?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:09 Andrew
Nathan Rode:

There’s a kid in Kentucky, Jack Schneider, who has 80 raw speed, but he’s better fit for going to college right now. I’ve heard 70 grades for Pratto’s defense at first base. Enlow’s breaking ball is a 60, though I heard a whisper a while back about it being a future 70.

  Nathan Rode
2:10
[Comment From BretBret: ]

The more I read about the college arms in the draft, the more I find red flags. Outside of Wright, McKay and Bukauskas, it seems like there’s reasons to worry about most of them: Faedo’s knees, Canning’s innings, Houck’s velocity/delivery. Is that a common thought about this draft class, or am I off-base?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:10 Bret
Frankie Piliere:

You’re not wrong, but there’s a couple guys that you shouldn’t discount. As Faedo and Houck have slipped slightly. we’ve seen David Peterson flourish. He could go in the top 15 now and it’s more than warranted. And on the JC side, there’s Nate Pearson hitting 101 and looking superb at just the right moment. That second tier is a bit flimsy, I agree, but I like the depth of the third tier. Wil Crowe is down there, Spencer Howard, Corbin Martin. There are a lot of guys I know I’d like to have.

  Frankie Piliere
2:13
[Comment From Goldenbear231Goldenbear231: ]

Best infielders from WCC prospects?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:13 Goldenbear231
Frankie Piliere:

For this year’s draft, the guy to watch would be Zach Kirtley from Saint Mary’s. Defensive question marks but that bat will work.

  Frankie Piliere
2:13
[Comment From BillyBilly: ]

Why is Adell so low on your top 100? He leads the nation in HR’s with 25. Scouts I have spoken with says he is a top 10 pick.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:13 Billy
Nathan Rode:

I don’t know that I would call 21 low. That’s still regarding someone pretty highly! Here is my take on Adell…he very well could be a top 10 pick. It only takes one team to like you and I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes that high. For me, a ranking is a combination of a player’s upside and their probability of reaching it, or being a useful big leaguer. Adell is incredibly athletic and has a huge ceiling. But he’s also risky. The swing needs work and he has swing-and-miss tendencies. Also, be careful citing HS stats as evidence for a high schooler’s draft status. The competition he is facing isn’t very good and his home ballpark has small dimensions. If you look at the national record book for HRs, there aren’t very many big names on it, from a major league perspective.

  Nathan Rode
2:13
[Comment From EricEric: ]

Will Alex Lange be a 1st round pick? He has thrown 3 complete games in his last 4 starts!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:13 Eric
Frankie Piliere:

Probably. Anywhere from 25-35 is where I think he ends up.

  Frankie Piliere
2:15
[Comment From EdEd: ]

What round would you think a kid like Charlie Neuwiler will go? Seems like a complete wild card given how many decision makers have been in there to see him/Holmes.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:15 Ed
Nathan Rode:

He definitely has a little bit of that wild card status to him. Depending on his signability, I think he could go anywhere from the fourth round on. Could be a perfect guy to take after the 10th so you have that free 100K to play with.

  Nathan Rode
2:15
[Comment From ihatemeihateme: ]

Who are the Phillies most likely to pick at 1-8 ???

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:15 ihateme
Frankie Piliere:

Pavin Smith, Shane Baz, Austin Beck. I’ve heard Haseley a lot with them lately. That would make a lot of sense to me. I’ve heard Faedo but that would be very surprising to me. Bukauskas would not get by them.

  Frankie Piliere
2:17
[Comment From MonroeMonroe: ]

Who should FSU fans be fearful of not making it to campus?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:17 Monroe
Nathan Rode:

I doubt D.L. Hall gets there. I would be a little worried on Shane Drohan. Outside of that, I wouldn’t be overly concerned. I would’ve said C.J. Van Eyk a couple months ago, but he’s a bit murkier now.

  Nathan Rode
2:18
[Comment From SteveSteve: ]

Do you think any of Jeremiah estrada, Garrett Mitchell, or Hagen danner go to college?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:18 Steve
Nathan Rode:

I would bet Estrada and Mitchell get to campus. Gut says no on Danner.

  Nathan Rode
2:19
[Comment From WillWill: ]

Riley Adams first catcher to be selected?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:19 Will
Frankie Piliere:

The catching crop is by far the college position I got the widest variations of opinions on. Some said we had Adams much too low, while others said much too high. The same can be said for Whatley and guys who missed the list like Connor Wong and Joey Morgan. I’m assuming you mean college catcher, but otherwise I think Melendez and Campusano have an excellent chance to go higher than Adams. The short answer is yes I feel Adams will be the first college catcher to go, but Whatley or Wong or Morgan wouldn’t shock me.

  Frankie Piliere
2:20
[Comment From PatrickPatrick: ]

Will the Cardinals set a record for drafting college seniors this year? They have almost no money to spend, and I doubt they spend enough to forfeit future picks.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:20 Patrick
Frankie Piliere:

I’d also expect them to take a lot of high school guys earlier than we have them slotted and try to roll the dice on some upside as well. They’ve had their eyes on a lot of high schoolers down the stretch.

  Frankie Piliere
2:22
[Comment From MattMatt: ]

What are your thoughts on Drew Rasmussen and where he might go in the draft? Will teams be cautious with him since he returned from TJ surgery so fast? Being a redshirt SO he has some leverage to come back to OSU next year even though it’s highly unlikely he does.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:22 Matt
Frankie Piliere:

With guys like him it always comes down to the number they ask for. Rasmussen has serious juice right now, but I’m not sure anyone knows quite where to slot him yet. I think the third round is a safe spot to put him right now, but I could definitely see him jumping higher.

  Frankie Piliere
2:24
[Comment From Eric RobertsEric Roberts: ]

Where do you anticipate Tanner Burns and Steven Williams landing?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:24 Eric Roberts
Nathan Rode:

I think Burns could land in the second round. Anything lower than that and I think it’d be a tough sign. Williams sounds like a guy that will go later and end up at school. I’ve been a big fan of his since I saw him with Team USA 15U, but I didn’t get great reports on him this spring and he hasn’t been catching much. That makes him a corner outfielder, putting more pressure on his bat.

  Nathan Rode
2:25
[Comment From StevenSteven: ]

Where do you see Cory Abbott (LMU, JR) winding up in this years draft? Stats point towards a Day 1 Pick, but does lack of resume past 2 years move him to the 4th-5th rd area? Love your work, Thanks!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:25 Steven
Frankie Piliere:

Excellent question. Abbott was one of the last minute guys we were mulling over for this. I think he falls right in that 3-5 range. The teams who love him might think about him in the third and those are the ones that made cases for him to make our list. The stuff I think is solid enough to warrant it. When you get down in that range, a lot of guys have resume warts.

  Frankie Piliere
2:26
[Comment From EricEric: ]

What will Seth Romero’s dismissal from the team do to his draft stock? I think that might damage it! He has talent but he just doesn’t have a good attitude!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:26 Eric
Frankie Piliere:

Major damage. He’d be in the top 20 on this list if his makeup wasn’t such a concern. Someone is still going to step up and grab him fairly early. I think it’ll happen within the first 60 picks…but it’s just tough to say when or who will pull the trigger.

  Frankie Piliere
2:28
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

With the hot month of May for Dylan Busby where do you see his draft stock now?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:28 Andrew
Frankie Piliere:

I don’t think he gets out of 4th. There’s some swing and miss concern, but with the hot streak and his athleticism and tools, guys like him just don’t last too long.

  Frankie Piliere
2:29
[Comment From MattMatt: ]

How does UCLA & USC recruiting classes look after draft. Who likely shows up on campus?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:29 Matt
Nathan Rode:

UCLA won’t get Greene. Doubtful on Danner. But I bet Mitchell and Estrada get there, which would be pretty good for the Bruins. I bet Coach Savage turns them into dudes. As for Southern Cal, Pratto signs. Gut says Nick Allen signs. Crouse is tough. Could see him being a supplemental to second round guy and signing, or could see him just plummeting when it comes to draft day. I’m a big Kyle Hurt fan, but his spring has been inconsistent and he’s had some injury issues. I could see him getting to school and also becoming a big-time guy out of college. Je’Von Ward is also likely to get to campus. Still good hauls for both schools.

  Nathan Rode
2:30
[Comment From JimJim: ]

Any Michigan HS kids that may get drafted high enough to sign and forgo College?? Criswell/Mann/Weatherly?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:30 Jim
Nathan Rode:

There’s a chance Weatherly could go high enough to sign. Gut says the rest of the crew from the Mitten get to campus.

  Nathan Rode
2:30
[Comment From DeacFanDeacFan: ]

Wake Forest has never had more than 6 guys drafted in a year. How much are they gonna break that record by?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:30 DeacFan
Frankie Piliere:

By my count there are at least 8 definite draftable guys. It’s an outstanding crop. A half that group led by Fairchild and Sheets have a chance to pretty early.

  Frankie Piliere
2:32
[Comment From MarkMark: ]

Where do you see Gridley and Mangum going?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:32 Mark
Frankie Piliere:

I don’t believe Mangum is signable right now and has all the motivation in the world to come back next year as a junior. He’s played banged up this year. He can go have another good summer on the Cape and up his stock next year. If I’m wrong about the signability, the 4th would probably be around where he could go. Gridley I think is in the 7-10 range now.

  Frankie Piliere
2:32
[Comment From JamesJames: ]

The Canes need a lot of help for 2018…who gets drafted and won’t make it to Coral Gables in the fall?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:32 James
Nathan Rode:

I bet the Canes get Joe Perez. There’s a chance they can get Toral. Depending on how teams see Chris McMahon’s secondary stuff, he could get to school. I’d sweat on the rest. Vientos should go high enough. Sounds like Jeter Downs will go pretty good too. Marinan is a coin flip. Even if they get half that class, help is on the way.

  Nathan Rode
2:33
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

Do you think Tyler Holton gets taken before round 3? And who is the first college SS of the board

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:33 Andrew
Frankie Piliere:

No I do not. As far as shortstops….I think Logan Warmoth will absolutely be the first one to come off the board in the college ranks.

  Frankie Piliere
2:35
[Comment From JamesJames: ]

Which of Clemson’s current commits you see as the most likely to not step foot on campus in the Fall?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:35 James
Nathan Rode:

The only ones I’d even worry a little bit about are Spencer Strider and Sam Weatherly. But even so, I’m not fully convinced they’ll go high enough to sign.

  Nathan Rode
2:35
[Comment From BradBrad: ]

Who are the Braves looking at with the 5th pick?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:35 Brad
Frankie Piliere:

Gore, Beck, Lewis, Haseley all high on their list. Floor for Kyle Wright. Shane Baz in the mix.

  Frankie Piliere
2:35
[Comment From HeelHeel: ]

UNC’s draft class going to make it to campus besides Beck?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:35 Heel
Nathan Rode:

You nailed it.

  Nathan Rode
2:36
[Comment From OrenOren: ]

What rounds can you see intriguing Canadian preps Landon Leach and Adam Hall landing?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:36 Oren
Nathan Rode:

I could see anywhere from second round on for Leach. Probably third or later for Hall.

  Nathan Rode
2:37
[Comment From JpaulJpaul: ]

Why has Alex Lange’s stock fallen over the past few months? After a couple of rocky starts earlier in the year he’s been absolutely lights out. Hes shown great command of the fastball and a his knockout curveball.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:37 Jpaul
Frankie Piliere:

This is semantics but I don’t think it’s truly fallen. I think we just know more now about how these guys stack up. Lange just has a few more question marks about his long term ability to start compared to a guy like David Peterson, so as the spring unfolds the picture just becomes a little more clear. His stock is still very strong and he has a chance to go in the back of the first.

  Frankie Piliere
2:38
[Comment From Trace JansenTrace Jansen: ]

Where do you see the beaver pitching staff going? More explicitly, where do you see Heimlich, Rasmussen, and Thompson going? And does Rasmussen leave?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:38 Trace Jansen
Frankie Piliere:

Heimlich has gotten some quiet whispers at the tail end of the first, but I think that’s unlikely. I think he goes in the 40-60 range. Rasmussen in the 3rd. Thompson in the 4th or 5th.

  Frankie Piliere
2:40
[Comment From ChrisChris: ]

Thoughts on Vanderbilt 3B Will Toffey? I know the analytics guys really like him, what is is range? Does he stay at 3B at the next level?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:40 Chris
Frankie Piliere:

He’s definitely an analytics favorite and for good reason. I think he can stick at third for now. The body is athletic and he’s worked hard there. I think 4th-5th is a solid slot for him.

  Frankie Piliere
2:41
[Comment From JBJB: ]

Has JJ Schwarz played himself out of the first few rounds?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:41 JB
Frankie Piliere:

Probably. We talked about this the other day and I still think there’s a chance someone rolls the dice and takes him inside the top 3, but I think he’s probably a bit lower on most teams’ boards.

  Frankie Piliere
2:43
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

How optimistic are you on the hit tools of Mason House, Connor Uselton and Heliot Ramos?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:43 Andrew
Nathan Rode:

That’s the million dollar question! I never got a chance to see House in person so he’s a tough one for me. I’m most confident in Uselton of that group. All three are certainly gambles, but worthwhile in that supplemental to second round range for me. Especially if I have extra picks.

  Nathan Rode
2:43
[Comment From JohnJohn: ]

Wondering about the draft stock of a few Husker players, namely Meyers, Alvarado, and Schreiber. Do you expect any to land in the top 5 rounds? if not, top 10 rounds? Seems like Alvarado may have turned a few heads this year as a pitcher. I saw Schreiber’s name floated last year as a top few rounds guy, but his power numbers are down (with no homeruns to his pull field!)

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:43 John
Frankie Piliere:

Schreiber and Alvarado could go 7-11 range I think. Alvarado’s tools still really intrigue me. Meyers it’s hard to say with…but probably outside the top ten.

  Frankie Piliere
2:44
[Comment From ihatemeihateme: ]

Are the Phillies more likely to draft Pavin Smith or Shane Baz ?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:44 ihateme
Frankie Piliere:

Smith is a bit more likely, but not by much. Neither one would be a surprise to me at all.

  Frankie Piliere
2:44
[Comment From DonnyDonny: ]

How many of the Louisville draft class get drafted high enough to consider going other than Adell?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:44 Donny
Nathan Rode:

There’s a chance Reid Detmers could go high enough, but I bet he and everyone else outside of Adell get to campus.

  Nathan Rode
2:45
[Comment From CjCj: ]

Thoughts on Keston Hiura and where he might end up ?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:45 Cj
Frankie Piliere:

Anywhere from 10-24 I think. I really think Houston is on him hard, as well as Burger. I’m a believer he’ll go in the higher end of that range. Angels really like him at 10.

  Frankie Piliere
2:47
[Comment From TAnnerTAnner: ]

Thoughts on schmidt, still have seen a lot of first round buzz on him even after the injury.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:47 TAnner
Frankie Piliere:

I’d still have him rated pretty highly on the college pitcher board. And personally I would take him in the first. I think there’s a few teams who might for the right number, but a little more likely he goes in the 30s or 40s. I hope someone does take him in the first though. Injury or not, he still stacks up there for me.

  Frankie Piliere
2:48
[Comment From JohnJohn: ]

Any future potential first round draft picks in the coming years on Clemson’s roster as well as current commits?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:48 John
Frankie Piliere:

I’ll let Nathan jump in if he wants on the commits, but Beer and Davidson will both be first rounders in my opinion.

  Frankie Piliere
2:48
[Comment From Nick WiersmaNick Wiersma: ]

How does the Gators recruiting class shake out after the draft?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:48 Nick Wiersma
Nathan Rode:

Carlson, McConnell sign. Could seen Leftwich, McMillan and Mace signing, but wouldn’t be surprised if any of them make it to campus. Outside of that, I bet they get their recruits. Would be a fine crop even if those five sign. Still would get Jordan Butler, Zach Jackson, Hunter Ruth, etc.

  Nathan Rode
2:49
[Comment From Eric RobertsEric Roberts: ]

Do you think Tanner Burns and Steven Williams will step foot on campus at Auburn?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:49 Eric Roberts
Frankie Piliere:

Based on what I’ve heard particularly on Burns, no I do not. Not as sure on Williams.

  Frankie Piliere
2:49
[Comment From JeffJeff: ]

What are your thoughts on senior catchers Aaron Barnett (Pepp.) and Tyler Lawrence (Murray St.) in this years draft. Senior savers late Day 2?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:49 Jeff
Frankie Piliere:

Possibly. Lawrence can hit so he’s intriguing to me. There’s some juice in there. Someone might get a value pick on him.

  Frankie Piliere
2:51
[Comment From BretBret: ]

Where can you see Nick Allen and Drew Waters going? Those are two preps that really intrigue me.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:51 Bret
Nathan Rode:

Both could sneak into the back of the first round. I talked to one scout that said he thought Drew Waters could be a super star one day. I’m 5-7 myself, so naturally Nick Allen is one of my favorite players in this entire class.

  Nathan Rode
2:52
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]

I compared Keston Hiura to Jason Kipnis when Jason was in college and didn’t really have a position. How does Keston compare to guys like Kipnis and most recently Kolten Wong as draft prospects?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:52 Andrew
Frankie Piliere:

I think he’s a bit behind Kipnis defensively, but there’s a ton of power potential that balances that out. Kipnis has ended up having good power, but Hiura could be a perennial 25-30 homer guy so he has more wiggle room defensively.

  Frankie Piliere
2:54
[Comment From BillBill: ]

Any players on this year’s Clemson team being intriguing draft options for teams?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:54 Bill
Frankie Piliere:

Barnes, Campbell, Williams and Pinder are all very interesting. Barnes and Pinder should go in the top 7 rounds.

  Frankie Piliere
2:55
[Comment From Aggie FanAggie Fan: ]

Do you see any of Corbin Martin, Brigham Hill, Turner Larkins, Kaylor Chafin, or Cason Sherrod coming back to A&M for a senior season?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:55 Aggie Fan
Frankie Piliere:

I think it’s possible with all of them with the big exception of Corbin Martin. I think he goes in the first 60 picks and will be on his way to pro ball.

  Frankie Piliere
2:56
[Comment From PopsPops: ]

Any chance Alex Scherff or Adam Hall make it to A&M? Is there anyone else in their class that is a risk to sign as well?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:56 Pops
Nathan Rode:

I really don’t know what to think on Scherff right now. I’d say 50-50. It could go either way. In the fall, I would’ve said Hall wouldn’t make it, but now I’m not so sure. I’d lean toward him going high enough to sign, but I’m not convicted about it. Jack Conlon had some improvements from last summer/fall and has a chance to go. I think DeLoach gets to campus. Some guys like Asa Lacy, but I think he still makes it. Aggies will get Tylor Fischer. If that staff can find a way to get him to throw more strikes…Look. Out.

  Nathan Rode
2:58
[Comment From Terrapin TeacherTerrapin Teacher: ]

What and/or how many UMD players do you expect to go to the draft? Can we expect another 2016-like rebuilding season next year?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:58 Terrapin Teacher
Frankie Piliere:

Kevin Smith, Brian Shaffer, Ryan Selmer should go in that order. Smith I expect to go inside the top 3 rounds. Other guys that are draftable. Marty Costes is eligible but is probably coming back to school. He has top 5 round talent but probably won’t go there. Price, Cieri, Jancarkski, Bloom are draftable talent as well.

  Frankie Piliere
2:59
[Comment From DaveDave: ]

Besides the top line OSU guys (Heimlich, Rasmussen, etc) do you see guys like Gretler, Cary, Donahue, or Andersen getting drafted?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:59 Dave
Frankie Piliere:

Cary has intriguing tools and can really go get it in the outfield. He’d be the guy to watch in the top ten rounds if you were watching that group.

  Frankie Piliere
2:59
[Comment From WakefanWakefan: ]

Is Gavin Sheets sneaking up draft boards with his play this spring? What is his ceiling in the draft?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:59 Wakefan
Frankie Piliere:

Absolutely, he’s made major strides. He was a candidate for this list and probably won’t make it out of the 4th or 5th. Easy power and very disciplined.

  Frankie Piliere
3:01
[Comment From MartinMartin: ]

Thoughts on Lutz? A lot of other mocks have him going late 1st, but you have him in the 60’s which portends to a late 2nd. Hit tool is good, defense and speed holding him back?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:01 Martin
Nathan Rode:

Ultimately, I think he fits better in the 2nd round. You said it. There is a lot to like with the bat, but he projects as a corner outfielder and those are tough guys out of high school. You have to be pretty convinced about the bat, especially with it being right-handed.

  Nathan Rode
3:02
[Comment From Eric RobertsEric Roberts: ]

I am assuming Keegan Thompson is gone, but aside from him do you think anyone else on Auburn’s roster will be drafted high enough to not come back to school? Maybe Todd?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:02 Eric Roberts
Frankie Piliere:

Yeah, Keegan should go inside the top 4 round easily. Jonah Todd I think has a good chance of signing too. A lot of scouts raving about him when I saw them last month. Their senior righty Klobosits didn’t have good numbers but he has a big arm. He could go top ten rounds. I’m not sure Anthony will go high enough to sign.

  Frankie Piliere
3:04
[Comment From HeelHeel: ]

How many UNC players you think get drafted early enough to sign? I know Warmoth and Miller are virtually locks to sign, but how about someone like Kyle Datres or Cody Roberts?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:04 Heel
Frankie Piliere:

I think yeah obviously JB, Miller and Warmoth are history, but otherwise there’s a good chance the others have the motivation to come back. Gahagan and Morgan could return and improve their stock. I think possible the same for the others as well.

  Frankie Piliere
3:05
[Comment From FonzFonz: ]

What does the future hold for Tarik Skubal? Will he come back next year to reestablish draft value?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:05 Fonz
Frankie Piliere:

It’s looking like it, but still some teams kicking the tires and trying to figure where he is. There’s a high price tag that could allow him to come back.

  Frankie Piliere
3:08
[Comment From JamesJames: ]

What college player would help an already deep Milwaukee system? There are many to choose from, correct?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:08 James
Frankie Piliere:

I think they’re leaning toward a high school player. But a good value in their spot would be Haseley or Smith.

  Frankie Piliere
3:09
[Comment From BenBen: ]

It seems like the UVA duo of Smith and Haseley is pretty locked in somewhere in the top10 – what are your thoughts on their ability to rise through the minors/projections for the big leagues? Anyone else for the Hoos look like a top 10ish round pick?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:09 Ben
Frankie Piliere:

I love both these guys. They were a blast to watch on the Cape and the hit tools are just superb. Smith, in my opinion, as the most pro ready bat in the draft and will ascend quickly. Haseley won’t move quite as fast, but has the dynamic hand speed to adapt quickly to pro velocity. Ernie (Big Ern) Clement should go fairly high as well.

  Frankie Piliere
3:10
[Comment From MikeMike: ]

I’ve read Pavin Smith has about average athleticism and a good arm as a former pitcher. Could he be passable in the OF, or is he stuck at 1B?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:10 Mike
Frankie Piliere:

Very good question. To me, he’s definitely a viable outfield option if a team wants to try that.

  Frankie Piliere
3:11
Frankie Piliere:

Alrighty everyone, that’s a wrap for today. Big thanks to Nathan and PBR for joining us today and for teaming up with us on our list. We’ll have more goodies to come next week so stay tuned!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:11 Frankie Piliere
3:12
Nathan Rode:

Ok, folks, that’s all we’ve got time for today. Thank you for all the questions. I hope you enjoyed it. I’m pretty pumped about putting this list together with Frankie and the D1 crew. We’ve got more on the way!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 3:12 Nathan Rode

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