June 25, 2024

When a Draft list receives its first update since December, it typically undergoes significant changes in rankings. This year’s new Draft Top 150 reflects this volatility and uncertainty, particularly beyond the top 11 players. Many individuals have elevated their performances in pursuit of first-round selections.

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The current top 50 includes eight players who were not ranked in the Top 100 in December, marking an unprecedented level of movement. In previous years, the highest number of newcomers to the top 50 was five in 2021, with only three last year.

Two players have notably risen from the 50-100 range to the top 25, with one breaking into the top 20, a feat achieved only once in the past five years by MLB’s current No. 1 overall prospect Jackson Holliday in 2022.

Here’s a closer look at some of the standout performers and their improvements in Draft stock, as discussed on this week’s MLB Pipeline Podcast:

1. **Tibbs**: A standout hitter from a major college program, Tibbs has significantly elevated his game this year, boasting impressive statistics and demonstrating excellent plate discipline. With his improved performance, he is likely to be a mid-first-round selection.

2. **Billy Amick**: After facing limited playing time in his freshman year, Amick’s breakout performance at Tennessee and in the Cape Cod League garnered attention. Despite a setback due to appendicitis surgery, he has maintained strong numbers, making him a top prospect with an OPS over 1.200 and 16 home runs.

3. **Joshua Goss**: Goss showcased his skills at the National High School Invitational, emerging as the best player and earning recognition for his hitting abilities. He possesses the potential to play shortstop and has drawn comparisons to Corey Seager and Colson Montgomery.

4. **Randy Santana**: Santana has overcome injuries and displayed remarkable improvement this season, emerging as one of the top high school players in Texas. He is praised for his hitting ability and could potentially transition to positions like second base or center field.

5. **Blaine Harris**: Harris took a break from baseball after an intense high school playoff run but returned with a strong showing at the Super 60 Pro Showcase. With impressive pitching abilities, including a mid-90s fastball and advanced changeup, he has garnered attention from scouts.

6. **Jaden Carter**: Carter, a premium athlete known for his exceptional speed, has the versatility to play multiple positions, including shortstop, second base, or center field. Scouts are impressed by his all-around skills and anticipate his draft stock to rise further.

7. **Austin Johnson**: Johnson stands out as a legitimate switch-pitching prospect, demonstrating proficiency from both sides of the mound. While some scouts prefer his right-handed pitching, he exhibits promising abilities with his left-handed delivery as well.

These players’ remarkable performances and improvements have significantly influenced their Draft stock, positioning them as top prospects in the upcoming selections.

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