Prep Baseball Report

The Five: An Early Look at the 2019 Draft in NC

Matt Payne
Associate Scout, PBR North Carolina

The 2018 season was full of highlights and players taking big steps forward.  Eleven players heard their name called during the MLB Draft.  With 2018 Major League Baseball Draft complete, “The Five” will take a look at five players in North Carolinas 2019 Class who could possibly be drafted next year. It is still very early in the process as players will continue to develop.  The 2019 class in the state features some talented players who will draw attention over the next year. Today we will feature five of those guys who may hear their name called next June.

The Five



Chris Villaman LHP / OF / Ledford, NC / 2019


The 6 feet 2, 185-pound North Carolina State commit and No. 1 ranked player in the 2019 Class helped lead Ledford to the State Finals this year. The athletic left hander has a loose, quick arm and deceptive delivery that he repeats well. His fastball has been up to 93 mph with life and he has shown the ability to pound the zone with it. He features a sweeping curveball with depth that he throws with ease at 74-76 mph. He also throws a changeup at 73-77 mph with sink. He shows good feel for both is secondary pitches and the ability to throw them for strikes. With his athleticism and easy arm action he projects to throw even harder in the future. Look for him to be followed closely over the next year.


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