Brady Aiken (LHP, Cathedral Catholic H.S., San Diego)
Baseball America: “Aiken’s advanced feel for pitching and lean, projectable body have made him a big-name prospect for years, but he became a no-doubt, top-of-the-draft talent when his velocity jumped this spring....He stands out most for his extraordinary ability to command his entire repertoire. The UCLA commit also draws plaudits for his intelligence and ability to make adjustments.”
Carlos Rodon (LHP, North Carolina State)
Baseball America: “The son of Cuban-Americans who moved to North Carolina when he was a 9-year-old ...Rodon’s confidence crosses over into cockiness at times, but his competitiveness gives him a No. 1 pitcher’s mentality. The worst-case scenario for Rodon is a potential closer, but he’s a potential frontline starter with some refinement.”
Alex Jackson (C/OF, Rancho Bernardo High School, Escondido, Calif.)
Baseball America: “...has cemented himself as one of the top power bats in the draft class...Jackson’s muscular 6-foot-2, 215 pound frame is packed with present strength. He has a loose swing, electric bat speed and a knack for making hard contact. If an organization wants to develop him as a catcher, most scouts think Jackson can become a solid defensive backstop in time..”
Tyler Kolek (RHP, Shepherd (Texas) HS)
Baseball America: Kolek is "the hardest thrower in a draft class full of velocity and has maintained triple-digit radar gun readings all spring, hitting 100-102 regularly. Scouts consider Kolek's consistent top-end velocity unprecedented in the draft era. The biggest worry scouts have with Kolek is his size, as he's bigger than most pitchers at his age….has a chance to be a true No. 1 starter."