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2023 MLB Draft: Top 40 High School Players

With the high school season underway in all regions of the US, we decided it was high time to provide a glimpse of the top prep talent. Like last year, the high school draft class is deep and diverse, with all demographics nearly equally represented.

One interesting development in the early going has been Walker Jenkins’ ascent. Though Jenkins has always been squarely in evaluators’ sights, he has largely played second fiddle to Indiana prep—and fellow outfielder—Max Clark. However, Jenkins came out of the chute on a tear this spring and has overtaken Clark and positioned himself as a surefire top-five selection. Clark, to his credit, has held court and even improved certain facets of his game. He too may also hear his name called in the opening minutes of the July festivities.

Enjoy the rest of our list below and familiarize yourself with some of the college stars of tomorrow.

1) Walker Jenkins, LHH OF, North Carolina (commitment): He was a little banged up prior to this season, but Jenkins’ physicality, power, approach, and arm equate to a left-handed-hitting Tim Salmon.

2) Max Clark, LHH OF, Vanderbilt: Legitimate 5-tool talent whose remade swing should result in increased power in 2023 and beyond.

3) Thomas White, LHP, Vanderbilt: 6-05 frame, smooth operation, and electric stuff have prompted more than one scout to think of former phenom Steve Avery when talking about this southpaw.

4) Aidan Miller, RHH 3B, Arkansas: A hamate injury will hold him back, but the raw power and cannon arm have already left a strong impression.

5) Blake Mitchell, LHH C, LSU: A well-rounded defensive game and explosive bat make him a relatively safe bet in one of the draft’s riskiest demographics.

6) Colin Houck, RHH SS, Mississippi State: His complete skill set on both sides of the ball and strong performance at a Perfect Game event in Hoover, AL have prompted an early-season surge up draft boards as well as an Evan Longoria comparison brought forth by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.

7) Noble Meyer, RHP, Oregon: The 2022 summer showcase season was his coming out party, allowing him to demonstrate his dynamite stuff, including a 98 MPH heater and equally toxic slider.

8) Colt Emerson, LHH SS, Auburn: His cold weather roots (Ohio) and the possibility of a future shift off SS notwithstanding, he offers one of the best hit tools in the class to go along with burgeoning power.

9) Arjun Nimmala, RHH SS, Florida State: Has as much helium as anyone in the HS class due to whippy, power-generating swing, oodles of athleticism, and relative youth (will still be 17 on draft day).

10) Kevin McGonigle, LHH 2B, Auburn: Another sweet-swinging left-handed northern bat who will likely end up at 2B.

11) Charlee Soto, RHP, UCF

12) Walker Martin, LHH SS, Arkansas

13) Travis Sykora, RHP, Texas

14) Roch Cholowsky, RHH SS, UCLA

15) Eric Bitonti, LHH SS, Oregon

16) Adam Hachman, RHP, Arkansas

17) Cooper Pratt, RHH SS, Ole Miss

18) Adrian Santana, SHH SS, Miami

19) Bryce Eldridge, LHH 1B/RHP, Alabama

20) George Lombard, RHH SS, Vanderbilt

21) Liam Peterson, RHP, Florida

22) Alexander Clemmey, LHP, Vanderbilt

23) Cole Schoenwetter, RHP, UC Santa Barbara

24) Jonny Farmelo, LHH OF, Virginia

25) Gavin Grahovac, RHH 3B, Texas A&M

26) Cameron Johnson, LHP, LSU

27) Roman Martin, RHH SS, UCLA

28) Dillon Head, LHH OF, Clemson

29) Raffaele Velazquez, LHH C, Arizona State

30) Barrett Kent, RHP, Arkansas

31) Campbell Smithwick, LHH C, Ole Miss

32) Boston Baro, LHH SS, UCLA

33) Landen Maroudis, RHP, North Carolina State

34) Parker Detmers, RHP, Louisville

35) A.J. Ewing, LHH SS, Alabama

36) Hunter Dietz, LHP, Arkansas

37) Myles Naylor, RHH SS, Texas Tech

38) Dylan Cupp, RHH SS, Mississippi State

39) Caden Sorrell, LHH OF, Texas A&M

40) Trent Caraway, RHH 3B, Oregon State


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