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2019 MLB Draft: Top 60 JUCO Prospects

Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire

The busy fall schedule has come to an end for most of the Junior Colleges across the country. With that, we take a look ahead to the 2019 MLB Draft with our initial list of the Top 60 Junior College Prospects.

Last week, we teased the Top 10 in the Hotlist. The rankings are headlined by a strong group of right-handed pitchers. San Jac RHP Jackson Rutledge takes the top spot and for good reason. The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder has been up to 97 mph this fall and has flashed a plus-slider at 88 mph. Rutledge's physicality and stuff make him an imposing figure on the mound. Slotted in at No. 2, behind Rutledge, is Northwest Florida State's Thomas Farr (South Carolina commit). Farr was impressive at the UWF JUCO Bonanza as well as Sophomore All-Star Weekend, where he ran his fastball up to 96 and complimented it with a heavy sinking changeup and a potential plus breaking ball. Rounding out the top 3 is John A. Logan RHP Andrew Peters (South Carolina commit). Peters has experienced a significant amount of growth and development since his high school days when he topped out at 86 mph. Now more mature, his fastball sits 92-94 mph with a high spin rate and even more in the tank.

The top position player in the rankings comes in at No. 7 with Chipola SS Ivan Johnson (South Carolina commit). Johnson's bat is his calling card, a true switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate. Coming in at No. 10 is the top outfielder and freshman, Wabash Valley's Manny Gonzalez. Gonzalez possesses a ton of projection and upside in his tall, wiry athletic 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame. The top freshman arm belongs to Gulf Coast State's LHP Hunter Milam at No. 12. Milam showed a high level of pitchability and command for three pitches this fall.

*Prep Baseball Report's Top 60 JUCO Prospect list was compiled through a nationwide effort by PBR Scouting Directors and Associate Scouts, totaling more than 150 in number.

PBR Rank Player Class Position Junior College Commitment
1 Jackson Rutledge SO RHP San Jacinto (TX) Kentucky
2 Thomas Farr SO RHP NW Florida State South Carolina
3 Andrew Peters SO RHP John Logan (IL) South Carolina
4 Jason Rackers SO RHP Jefferson (MO) Tennessee
5 Hunter Perdue SO RHP State College of Florida Florida State
6 Chad Bryant SO RHP Pensacola State (FL) Alabama
7 Ivan Johnson SO SS Chipola (FL) South Carolina
8 Evan Reifert SO RHP North Iowa Area North Carolina
9 Haden Erbe r-SO RHP Seminole State (FL) West Virginia
10 Manny Gonzalez FR OF Wabash Valley (IL)  
11 Orlando Ribalta r-SO RHP Miami-Dade (FL)  
12 Hunter Milam FR LHP Gulf Coast State (FL)  
13 Adrian Chaidez SO RHP Cypress College (CA) UCLA
14 Spencer Bodanza SO LHP Hillsborough (FL) Miami (FL)
15 Donovan Benoit SO RHP Santa Fe (FL) Tulane
16 Antoine Kelly FR LHP Wabash Valley (IL)  
17 Conor Angel SO RHP NW Florida State Louisiana-Lafayette
18 Jarrod Cande SO OF/RHP Santa Fe (FL) Florida Southern
19 Johnny Ray SO RHP John Logan (IL) TCU
20 Jake Randa SO OF NW Florida State Mississippi State

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