The Major League Baseball Draft is one month and one day away. To really kick things into gear we’re going to take a look at the Top 30 players in the draft as things sit right now. We will update this a few times between today and the draft. And the individual player reports will start up, too.

There are four places that have draft boards available right now that I used in order to create this cumulative draft board. They are Fangraphs (free), ESPN ($), and Baseball America ($). I took their Top 30 prospects in the draft and used an AP points format to create an overall Top 30. The MLB Pipeline list may be added later if they update their rankings for the first time since the spring began. Since they haven’t, though, I chose not to include it as it doesn’t reflect opinions based on how things sit today.

Rank Player POS School
1 Adley Rutschman C Oregon State
2 Andrew Vaughn 1B California
3 Bobby Witt Jr SS Coleyville Heritage HS (TX)
4 CJ Abrams SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA)
5 Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside HS (WA)
6 Riley Greene OF Hagerty HS (FL)
7 JJ Bleday OF Vanderbilt
8 Nick Lodolo LHP TCU
9 Hunter Bishop OF Arizona State
10 Bryson Stott SS UNLV
11 Matt Allan RHP Seminole HS (FL)
12 Alek Manoah RHP West Virginia
13 Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech
14 Zack Thompson LHP Kentucky
15 Michael Busch 1B North Carolina
16 Will Wilson 2B North Carolina State
17 Shea Langeliers C Baylor
18 Brett Baty 3B Lake Travis HS (TX)
19 Jackson Rutledge RHP San Jacinto JC
20 George Kirby RHP Elon
21 Kameron Misner OF Missouri
22 Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy HS (FL)
23 Logan Davidson SS Clemson
24 Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove HS (IL)
25 JJ Goss RHP Cypress Ranch HS (TX)
26 Daniel Espino RHP Premier Academy HS (GA)
27 Braden Shewmake 2B Texas A&M
28 Maurice Hampton OF Memphis University HS
29 Jack Leiter RHP Delbarton HS (NJ)
30 Nasim Nunez SS Collins Hill HS (GA)

There’s only one pitcher in the top 10, TCU’s left-handed starter Nick Lodolo. There are seven guys listed as outfielders or shortstops – where there’s some real depth. It seems that the top two players, Adley Rutschman and Andrew Vaughn have separated themselves from the group.

It’s unlikely that either of those two players would be available for the Reds. It seems that Bobby Witt Jr. is also very likely to be off of the board. Beyond those players, though, it seems that things are wide open. The Reds have been linked to several players throughout the spring, including third baseman Josh Jung, left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo, and right-handed pitcher Matt Allen at different points this spring.

9 Responses

  1. MK

    What year would be the last time we have not seen a University of Florida player on this list?

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Davidson from Clemson is very interesting—switch hitter, still has room for muscle on his frame, plays a premium position.

  3. The Duke

    As a college performer in the SEC I think the Reds would take a hard look at JJ Bleday if he’s still available. Only a RF long term but he’s got real power and has a track record of success, although this is his real break out year.

    Bryson Stott as a college SS that most think can stick there with solid average power and excellent plate discipline I think will be a real option.

    Riley Greene fits the Jesse Winker profile, but Greene has significantly more projected and present power than Winker did as a HS senior.

    Lodolo and Manoah as college SP are attractive, although Lodolo has been rough his last 3-4 starts.

    Jackson Rutledge is a JC guy with a ton of helium right now, won’t be shocked if he ends up in the top 10, possibly the first college SP taken.

    Abrams is one of the fastest guys in the draft and is a plus SS. Limited power projection though makes me wary of taking him top 10. Would you spend a top 10 pick on a guy who may comp to Jose Peraza?

    Hunter Bishop had a ton of helium in the first half of the college season but he’s slowed down. Some think he can stick in CF though and has plus power.

    • Tom

      Seems entirely likely they will end up with a player they can’t help but love.

  4. ClayMC

    Started down the top 30 list and thought it was in alphabetical order!

  5. Richard Zelinsky

    I have reached my limit. Reds must promote not only Senzel but another 1-2 bats. Designate Puig and Schebler today.

    • The Rage

      Down boy. Puig can be very very streaky. He started off slow last year as well.

      I think Ward’s approach is causing some issues along the way. I like it, but it is a 180 from where the Reds were a year ago. I think for many of these guys, it is effecting them. Give time for adjustment.

  6. The Duke

    My personal top 12 rankings of guys I’ve looked at as a preference for pick 7 for the Reds is:

    1. Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State
    2. Bobby Witt Jr, SS, High School
    3. JJ Bleday, RF, Vanderbilt
    4. Matt Allen, RHP, High School
    5. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal
    6. Riley Greene, LF, High School
    7. Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV
    8. Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia
    9. Hunter Bishop, CF, Arizona State
    10. CJ Abrams, SS/CF, High School
    11. Jackson Rutledge, RHP, JC
    12. Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

  7. AirborneJayJay

    Tonight has Lodolo and TCU vs. Alek Manoah and WVU. This is one to keep an eye on. It is a rare event that the top 2 pitchers ranked in the draft face each other just 1 month from the draft. Manoah can make a huge leap tonight if he pitches well. Lodolo could make a leap too. Manoah is the one I like at #7 if they cannot get Rutschman, Bleday or Witt.