Prep Baseball Report

High School Draft 100 Update

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

The spring season has started and the 2018 MLB Draft is less than four months away. With some preseason events and games under our belts, we have an update to the High School Draft 100. As always, there is plenty of time for things to change and they surely will.

Reflecting their respective early performances, OF Jarred Kelenic (Wuakesha West HS, WI) and RHP/C Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island HS, FL) each bumped up a couple spots to Nos. 2 and 3 respectively. Kelenic put on a show at the Super 60 with his physicality while maintaining his speed and explosiveness. Denaburg’s scale has taken a noteworthy tip toward the mound where he was up to 96 at the PBR Florida Preseason Classic and showed a plus breaking ball.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ) holds onto the top spot and SS Brice Turang (Santiago HS, CA) and RHP Ethan Hankins (Forsyth Central HS, GA) round out the top five. Hankins recently left a start with an injury, but it doesn’t sound serious and he should be back in a couple weeks.

Other preseason risers include OF/IF Dillon Lifrieri (Wilton HS, CT), SS/RHP Mateo Gil (Timber Creek HS, TX), RHP Ryan Cusick (Lincoln Sudbury HS, CT) and LHP Drew Rom (Highlands HS, KY). All four were among the biggest standouts at the Super 60.

Several players joined the top 100 for the first time, including OF Jack Herman (Eastern Regional HS, NJ)—another Super 60 standout—as well as RHP Franco Aleman (Alonso HS, FL). Aleman participated in the Florida Preseason All-State Showcase and sat 90-92, touching 93, while showing a curveball with depth and tight spin.

Here is a look at the top 10:

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Matthew Liberatore AZ Mountain Ridge 2018 LHP Arizona
2 Jarred Kelenic WI Waukesha West 2018 OF Louisville
3 Mason Denaburg FL Merritt Island 2018 RHP Florida
4 Brice Turang CA Santiago 2018 SS Louisiana State
5 Ethan Hankins GA Forsyth Central 2018 RHP Vanderbilt
6 Nander De Sedas FL Montverde Academy 2018 SS Florida State
7 Slade Cecconi FL Trinity Prep 2018 RHP Miami
8 Alek Thomas IL Mount Carmel 2018 OF Texas Christian
9 Nolan Gorman AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2018 3B Arizona
10 Triston Casas FL American Heritage 2018 1B Miami

Click here to view the High School Draft 100.

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