Draft Countdown: College Power BatsPremium
With the 2017 MLB Draft rapidly approaching, it’s time to take a closer, more targeted look at the talent that makes up this year’s crop. We’ve ranked college players among their peers, up against high school players, and we’ll continue to have updated overall rankings as the draft approaches. But, how do these top prospects stack up in more specific tool categories? As part of our countdown to the draft, we’ll be ranking the best players in categories like “best hit tool”, or “best fastballs”, and in this latest installment, we are stacking up the best power hitters in college baseball. This list is geared toward ranking the 2017 draft eligible college hitters with the best projected power potential at the next level, graded by the MLB scouting scale.
We’ve compiled this list by polling scouts and coaches from across the country. Of course, this still remains a very subjective exercise so interpreting who the top sluggers are was no easy task. This is not a projected order of how we believe these players will be selected on draft day, but an estimation of the hitters who are receiving the best power grades from scouts headed into the big day in June.
1. Jake Burger (Missouri State)
With power that plays easily to all fields, Burger has dazzled scouts with his exit velocities and TrackMan data this spring, proving he stacks up very nicely with some of the top sluggers at the professional ranks. The righty swinging Burger has become even more selective this spring, trusts his hands and has shown time and again that he has no issues handling spin or the off-speed pitches in general. True righty sluggers are valued highly in today’s game and Burger is one of the few players in this class that has enough hit tool to fully utilize his 30 home run type of potential at the next level. He’s produced the long ball consistently and has done so against quality pitching throughout his collegiate career. His swing is perfectly geared to continuing generating plus power as a professional.
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