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June 4, 2014

Draft Ten Pack

June 4, 2014

by Nick J. Faleris and Ron Shah


Our last draft ten pack of the season contains end-of-year notes from the Midwest region (courtesy of myself) and Southern California (courtesy of Ron Shah). Make sure to check out Baseball Prospectus’s full draft content here, including in-depth scouting notes, prospect video, and links to more draft content from our partners at Perfect Game USA. We hope you enjoyed this series; see you again next February! –Nick J. Faleris

Mitch Keller (RHP, Xavier (Cedar Rapids, IA)) | Commit: North Carolina

Keller has emerged as the top prep arm in the Midwest, capping a strong spring with this three-inning outing at Perfect Game’s Top Prospect Game, which highlights the top talents from PG’s Iowa Spring League. Keller has an easy arm that produces two potential plus offerings: a low-90s fastball that touches 94, and a promising curve that flashes good bite and depth. It’s a cold weather arm with limited mileage, and should garner interest no later than the second round. The strength of Keller’s commitment to North Carolina will determine if he actually gets popped that early.

Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego, CA) | Commit: Oregon
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Jackson has had better performances than Friday’s showing, when I saw him fail to hit the ball out of the infield in three at-bats, but the Oregon commit displayed the tools that could have him off the board within the first five draft selections. Jackson is a physical presence, looking significantly bigger and stronger than ever before, but is close to filling out his frame. At the plate, Jackson displays a simple low-maintenance swing that is easily repeatable. But don’t confuse Jackson for a contact hitter, as the swing features plenty of loft and is completely geared to driving the ball out of the park. There is some fine tuning that might need be done, such as shortening the hand load, but there is nothing there to deter the long-term projection. The only question is whether Jackson can stick at catcher, or whether a move to the outfield is inevitable. The arm is a weapon, so Jackson will be fine regardless of where he makes his defensive home. But the discussion itself is burying the lede. If you don’t mind dreaming, Jackson could be a 60-grade hitter with 70-grade raw power. That is a monster of a player.

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