Prep Baseball Report

College Draft Risers

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Several MLB Draft prospects took large steps forward with their draft stock towards then end of the regular season and into the postseason, and no single prospect elevated his value more than Cade Horton (Oklahoma). The draft-eligible redshirt freshman elevated himself from a likely Day Three flier type who had not performed well enough to take the money he would have been offered, and turned it into a present value that likely surpassed his best-case thoughts for 2022.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athletic right-hander dominated at the CWS, striking out 24 against just one walk in 13.1 innings. He did so with a swing/miss slider and curveball and mid-90s high-spin heat. The two breakers are distinct and both flash plus-to-better on the pro scale. His 86-88 mph slider and 81-84 mph curve were devastating weapons, and his fastball was overpowering, bumping 97 and sitting at 94-95 deep into the game. Remarkably, the slider...

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