2017 Draft: Top 50 High School Prospects

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With the summer circuit concluded and the fall barreling toward us, now is as good a time as any to take a step back and examine the state of the crop of high school talent in the 2017 draft pool. Some of these players will compete on a big stage in Jupiter in late October, but many of them also will not perform in front of scouts until next spring, making this end of summer sneak peek at the class all the more interesting.

The consensus among most scouts in the industry is that this class is full of intrigue, but also one that is yet to be fully formed. There is upside, and there’s no denying that, but there are questions to be answered at the top and plenty of room for players from lower on this list and beyond to make a play for a very high perch. Particularly on the pitching side, there is a lack of clarity in the upper tier of the high school class. The position player crop is loaded with pure athleticism and explosive bat speed, but there is also a raw nature to many of these players.

Particularly of note is the crop out of Puerto Rico this year. There are three extremely high upside, quick twitch bats from the island on our initial top 50 and they are players who could easily find themselves moving higher on the list. Also notable is the emergence of Florida International on the recruiting scene, as they stake a claim to four players from our top 50. Only Southern California’s monster recruiting class is more represented with five players placed on the list. Miami and TCU are the only other programs with four players ranked.

With that in mind, here is our first look at the top 50 high school players in the 2017 draft class. This list will surely change significantly in the months ahead, but for now is based on a collaborations of industry scouts’ opinions from summer events as well as first-hand scouting observations from National Prospect Writer, Frankie Piliere.


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