1. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (Fla.) — Rodgers has been a “household name” for those who follow the draft for a couple of years now, and while there’s an awful long way until June, the hype appears to be justified. The right-handed hitting infielder has a chance to have both a plus hit and power tool, and he should stick at shortstop as well. I’m not sure if he’s a legit “1.1” candidate, but that’s the type of player that doesn’t make it out of the top five very often.
2. Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS (Mich.) –I will readily admit that if I had published this list four months ago Plummer would not have been included, because, well, I’d never heard of him. That obviously changed after this summer’s Area Code Games, where Plummer showed tremendous feel for hitting with plus bat speed. There are some defensive questions here, but this is one of the best pure bats in the entire class.
3. Alonzo Jones, IF/OF, Columbus HS (Ga.) – Jones can absolutely fly, and is one of the few true members of this class that has legit 80 speed. He’s much more than just a runner though, as he has a chance to hit for average from both sides of the plate with more pop than you might anticipate. The only real question about Jones is whether or not he’ll end up at second base or centerfield, and the bat should play at either position.
4. Daz Cameron, OF, Eagles Landing HS (Ga.) – Outside of Brady Aiken, Cameron is likely the most famous prospect in this draft, for a variety of reasons. Some of it is deserved, some of it isn’t. We’ll focus on the positive here though, as Cameron has loud tools at the plate and a chance to be a pretty good centerfielder as well.
5. Chris Betts, C, Wilson HS (Calif.) — We’ll talk about this Ad nauseam over the next few months, but this is not a strong catcher class. Again. Betts starts the year as the best backstop prospect with plus power from the left side and a legit chance to stay behind the plate thanks to his strong arm and improving receiving skills, though there are some who do believe that first base is his long term position