Top 10 Junior College Prospects
November 7, 2018
Next week, Prep Baseball Report will release its initial ranking of the junior college class for the 2019 MLB Draft. The Hotlist gives a sneak peek of that list, with a look at the top 10.
1. Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto JC (Soph.)
Previously at Arkansas, Rutledge stands at an imposing 6-foot-8, 255 pounds. In a fall scrimmage against Texas, he was sharp in his first inning of work, showing glove-side command with a fastball that sat 94-96 mph. For a player his size, his mechanics work well with a short, clean arm action and little effort. He didn’t have the same stuff during a lengthy second inning, losing feel for his release and timing, but he also didn’t get much help from his defense. At one point, Rutledge flashed a plus slider at 88, but his breaking stuff can blend together to resemble a low-80s slurve. He also shows feel for a changeup with fade.