Prep Baseball Report

2018 PBR Simul-Draft

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting


How did the crew at Prep Baseball Report do ranking and selecting prospects during the 2018 draft?

We assigned ourselves the average bonus pool (15th at $8.46M) and selected immediately following the Marlins, who had the 14th ($8.66M) overall bonus pool.

Without much knowledge of prospect signability, medical issues, personality/pysch testing and several other sources of information that MLB clubs rely on to make their selections, we were at a distinct disadvantage when it came to off-the-field information. However, with our extensive prospect coverage from boots-on-the-ground scouting, we selected a team of prospects for ourselves. Here’s what we came up with in 2018.

Each pick was made in real time as the draft was taking place.

Pick   Player   School  Bonus
1/13b     Matt Liberatore   Mountain Ridge HS, AZ  $3,497,500
2/53b   Alek Thomas   Mount Carmel HS, IL  $1,200,000
2/69b   Jeremy Eierman   Missouri State  $1,232,000
3/89b   Tristan Beck   Stanford     $900,000
4/117b   Michael Byrne   Florida     $257,500
5/147b   Devlin Granberg   Dallas Baptist       $40,000
6/177b   Isaiah Carranza   Azusa Pacific     $175,000
7/207b   Riley Thompson   Louisville     $200,000
8/237b   Tarik Skubal   Seattle     $350,000
9/267b   Sam Bordner   Louisville     $125,000
10/297b   Deacon Liput   Florida     $134,300
    Pool $ spent:   $8,121,300
11/327b   Kyle Datres   North Carolina     $125,000
12/357b   Davis Martin   Texas Tech     $130,000
13/387b   Jonah Davis   California     $125,000
14/417b   Josh Green   Southeast Louisiana         $5,000
15/447b   Eddy Demurias   South Carolina     $125,000
16/477b   Brett Daniels   North Carolina         $1,000
17/507b   Nick Lackney   Minnesota             DNS
18/537b   Luke Miller   Indiana     $100,000
19/567b   Cody Scroggins   Arkansas             DNS
20/597b   Connor Coward   Virginia Tech         $1,000

Update: DNS indicates the prospect Did Not Sign and returned to college.

There is obvious risk in the number of pitchers we selected who have past medical issues like Beck, Carranza, Thompson, Skubal and Martin. However, our picks also include potential all-stars in Liberatore and Thomas, low risk performers like Byrne, Granberg and Demurias, as well as tooled position players in Eierman, Liput, Davis and Miller. Although we may have occasionally disagreed with the MLB scouting industry on the value of certain prospects, we kept it simple and selected the next most talented player on our draft board.

Matt Liberatore

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Alek Thomas

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Jeremy Eierman

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