The following are my final seven profiles for this year’s draft. I did not project these players as first rounders, but do not be disappointed if your team selects any of these players in the late first round. Since they are my last profiles, I figured it’s fitting to place them in their own post, but the profiles are also included under the “mock draft” section.
Reggie Golden OF, Wetumpka, Alabama
Sports Weekly published an interesting feature on Golden this week discussing “five tool” players. But at 5’11 and 205 pounds, Golden does not possess the dimensions of a prototypical five tool prospect. Nevertheless, this video (while limited) is encouraging because I like how easily Golden seems to move around the outfield. The combination of Golden’s size and missing part of this season with an injury could lead to Golden being an undervalued selection. The Astros have scouted Golden, and while he is lesser known, he could be an excellent pick in the supplemental round.
Kellen Deglan C, British Columbia, Canada
This Canadian prep catcher has drawn recent interest from multiple teams based upon his apparent willingness to sign for slot money. Deglan is a true catcher whose strength is defense, but it is also encouraging he shows solid upside hitting from the left-side of the plate. He impressed scouts with his performance in the Dominican Summer League, and he could be a late mover into the first round.
Aaron Sanchez P, Los Angeles, California
Sanchez is another solid prep pitcher from Southern California. Sanchez offers a 93 mph fastball along with a solid curveball and changeup. He has been scouted extensively by California-based teams, and many project the Angels could select him with one of their three first rounders.
Drew Vettleson OF, Seattle, Washington
An OF who is drawing late first round consideration, Vettleson was recently named player of the year in Washington. I didn’t pay much attention to him until reading Keith Law’s most recent mock drafts which projects him going in the first round, but he is a 6’0 foot 175 pound switch-hitting outfielder who posted excellent numbers in high school and is willing to sign for slot money. An interesting fact is he apparently also capable of pitching both right and left-handed. This video is awesome.
Peter Tago P Laguna Niguel, California
California is the Mecca of solid potential first round pitching prospects, and Tago is another pitcher worth mentioning. Tago has been dominating late this season, establishing himself as one of the state’s best pitchers. He effectively mixes a 91-94 mph fastball with an effective curveball. Do not be surprised if Tago is a late mover into the first round.
Marcus Littlewood SS, St. George, Utah
Littlewood is a solid prep short stop from Utah who has been reasonably well known among draft watchers over the past year. For example, I believe Littlewood appeared as a first rounder in our very first mock draft. He’s one of the best prep players to come from Utah in recent memory, and shows a good combination of solid defense and offensive potential. He could easily move into the supplemental round.
Garin Cecchini INF, Lake Charles, LA
Cecchini would have been a surefire first rounder had an injury not forced him to miss a substantial portion of this season. He’s a substantial talent who shows solid ability in all areas of the game, but look for him to honor his commitment to LSU assuming he is not surprise first round selection.
Zach Lee SP, McKinney, Texas
The chances of signing Lee are next to none, but technically, he is probably the best prep pitcher in Texas behind Taillon. The future LSU quarterback has a fastball that reaches 93 mph and several decent secondary pitches. LSU has the chance to have a good freshman class next season (Checcini, Deshields, Lee, Gausman).