Prep Baseball Report

Florida Draft Preview

Doug Freeman
Florida Director of Scouting

The 2019 MLB Draft will take place June 3-5. To get you ready, Prep Baseball Report is releasing state previews with notes on high school draft prospects in its comprehensive coverage area. For more information on the prospects included in the High School Draft 100, click on the links to the players’ profiles to view comments, news and videos.

Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS, FL (Florida)
Matt Allan, RHP, Seminole HS, FL (Florida
Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy, FL (North Carolina)
Hunter Barco, LHP, Bolles School, FL (Florida)
Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence School, FL (South Carolina)
Connor Walsh, SS, Niceville HS, FL (Mississippi)
Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy, FL (Vanderbilt)
Tyler Owens, RHP, Trinity Catholic HS, FL (Florida State)
Bryce Hubbart, LHP, Windermere HS, FL (Florida State)
Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy, FL (Louisiana State)
Brandon Walker, RHP, North Florida Christian School, FL (Florida State)
Joseph Charles, RHP, The First Academy, FL (North Carolina)
Josh Rivera, 3B, IMG Academy, FL (Florida)
Yordy Valdes, SS, McArthur HS, FL (Florida State)
Will Bartlett, 1B, IMG Academy, FL (Arizona)

OTHERS TO WATCH: Nathan Hickey (Providence School) and C Max Romero Jr. (Pembroke Pines Charter School, FL) provide some left-handed thump. SS Isaac Nunez (Lake Brantley HS, FL) may grow out of shortstop, but his hands work really well and he has advanced defensive ability. RHP Anthony Tomczak (North Broward Prep, FL) pitched mostly at 88-91 mph this spring, but touched 94 and has a high ceiling. LHPs Carson Palmquist (Riverdale HS, FL) and Paul Labriola (Cardinal Mooney HS, FL) are two projectable southpaws that could make jumps in the next few years. SS Christian Cairo (Calvary Christian HS, FL) helped lead his squad to another state title after seeing his stock rise last summer and fall. He has athletic actions at short and can handle the bat well. RHPs Kevin Martin (Westminster Christian HS, FL), Alejandro Torres (Belen Jesuit Prep, FL) and Allan Hernandez( Doral Academy Charter School, FL) all sit in the 88-92 range. MIFs Jorel Ortega (Spanish River HS, FL) and Pablo Ruiz (Forrest Hill HS, FL) have physicality and offensive upside. OF Grant McCray (Lakewood Ranch HS, FL) has seen his athleticism become more and more functional over time. LHP Ryan Pettys (Mosley HS, FL) worked at 87-89 this spring and has more in the tank. SS Vaughn Grissom (Hagerty HS, FL) came into his own on both sides of the ball this spring and got plenty of looks as Greene’s teammate. Catching Charles this spring was Doug Kirkland (TNXL Academy, FL), who has proven to be a true catch-and-throw threat with a plus arm. 3B Jeslyn Whitehead (Olympia HS, FL) is physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. He looks the part at the plate with balance and natural loft.

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