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2023 Draft: A Look Ahead at the College Top 40

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

With the 2022 draft and summer ball in the rearview mirror, College Baseball Nation looks ahead to next year. Unlike this year’s draft, 2023 should provide a rich bounty of big-time arms to go along with a plethora of thunderous bats (provided, of course, everyone stays healthy!).

We’ve produced the following list from last month’s Stars vs Stripes scouting trip in Cary, NC as well as extensive conversations with scouts. Later this month, we’ll compile a similar list of the top ’23 high school talent. Simply put, we can’t wait for next February to get here!

1. Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Ole Miss: Silky smooth shortstop who can hit for average and power from the left side of the plate.

2. Chase Dollander, RHP, Tennessee: Premium arm strength, command, and dominant secondaries make him the best college right-hander in over a decade.

3. Wyatt Langford, OF, Florida: Almost a surefire top-5 pick if the whispers that he can handle CF are true. Short, crisp swing could produce 30 home runs annually.

4. Jacob Wilson, SS/3B, Grand Canyon: Jack’s son struck out only SEVEN times all spring and showcased burgeoning power in Cary.

5. Dylan Crews, OF, LSU: The ability to do tremendous damage with an ultra-quick bat mitigates swing-and-miss tendencies against breaking stuff.

6. Hurston Waldrep, RHP, Florida: His high-spin 95-97 MPH heater, vicious slider and workable cambio allowed him to strike out 140 in just 90 IP in ’22.

7. Travis Honeyman, OF, Boston College: Live-bodied outfielder who tore up the Cape Cod League projects as a cross between Ryan Braun and George Springer.

8. Brayden Taylor, 3B, TCU: Good power from such a lithe frame; excellent swing decisions.

9. Enrique Bradfield, OF, Vanderbilt: Despite a lackluster performance on the Cape, 80 speed and improvements at the plate have evoked Kenny Lofton comps.

10. Rhett Lowder, RHP, Wake Forest: Mike Clevinger look-alike used an effective 3-pitch mis to impress scouts with Team USA this summer.

11. Will Sanders, RHP, South Carolina

12. Tanner Witt, RHP, Texas

13. Colton Ledbetter, OF, Mississippi State

14. Cade Kuehler, RHP, Campbell

15. Paul Skenes, RHP, LSU

16. Jared Dickey, OF, Tennessee

17. Matt Shaw, 2B, Maryland

18. Kyle Teel, C, Virginia

19. Tommy Troy, 2B, Stanford

20. Yohandy Morales, 3B, Miami

21. Ross Dunn, LHP, Arizona State

22. Teddy McGraw, RHP, Wake Forest

23. Maui Ahuna, SS, Tennessee

24. Jack Hurley, OF, Virginia Tech

25. Jaxon Wiggins, RHP, Arkansas

26. Nathan Dettmer, RHP, Texas A&M

27. Brock Wilken, 3B, Wake Forest

28. Joseph Gonzalez, RHP, Auburn

29. Wyatt Crowell, LHP, FSU

30. Nolan Schanuel, 1B/OF, Florida Atlantic

31. Ryan Lasko, OF, Rutgers

32. Alex Mooney, SS, Duke

33. Jason Savacool, RHP, Maryland

34. Jackson Baumeister, RHP, FSU

35. Jake Gelof, 3B, Virginia

36. Carson Montgomery, RHP, FSU

37. Patrick Reilly, RHP, Vanderbilt

38. Luke Keaschall, 2B/OF, Arizona State

39. Hunter Owen, LHP, Vanderbilt

40. Cole Carrigg, SS/OF, San Diego State


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Todd Jacobson
Todd Jacobson
Aug 21, 2022

I don’t get why my BC Eagles always have a top notch prospect yet we finish 14th in the ACC every year!

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