Prospect Update: Post-Fall RisersProspects
The intense preparation for the 2019 MLB draft has already begun.
Back in September, we gave fans a glimpse of things to come with our initial College Top 150 Prospects list. That list was headlined by Oregon State hard-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman and California’s Andrew Vaughn, while Baylor’s Shea Langeliers, Duke’s Graeme Stinson and Texas Tech’s Josh Jung rounded out the top five.
Fall workouts have come and gone, and with that, there are a certain group of prospects who saw their MLB draft stock surge with strong showings this fall.
Perhaps no single prospect helped his stock and outlook more than Louisville’s Tyler Fitzgerald. The talented shortstop has always had some impressive tools, but he finished last season with average numbers and entered the summer and fall with something to prove.
Fitzgerald accomplished that goal and more for the Cardinals this fall. In addition to showing smooth and consistent actions in the field, he was an absolute terror to deal with at the plate. He showed big-time power and was Louisville’s most consistent hitter throughout fall workouts.
The rising shortstop isn’t alone in the elevated stock department. Baylor’s Cody Bradford continues to make strides, while we also feature a pair of junior college arms who made some serious noise the past few months. We break down those players below, while also updating our College Top 50, here.
TYLER FITZGERALD, SS — Louisville
UL skipper Dan McDonnell said a while back it was only a matter of time before Fitzgerald blew up on the national stage. That time has come, folks. Fitzgerald, an impressive-looking 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, hit .264 with limited power production last season, but the potential was certainly there to have a breakout 2019 campaign. We’ll see what happens in a couple of months, but Fitzgerald was terrific this fall. He showed consistent and good actions at the shortstop position, while also having a monstrous fall at the plate. He smacked three home runs in two days at one point during fall workouts and was the team’s toughest out. The Cards will be a national title contender with Fitzgerald leading the charge. He moves from 68 to 43 in our mini updated rankings.
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