We’re now three weeks and three days away from the draft, prompting Keith Law to update and expand his list of the top 50 draft prospects to 100 (Insider req’d). He still has UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole, Rice 3B Anthony Rendon, and HS OF Bubba Starling in the top three spots, but there’s some movement behind them. The Yankees’ first pick is 51st overall, and the 51st player on KLaw’s list is Cal RHP Erik Johnson. He’s a big dude (6-foot-2, 240 lbs.) notable for his command of three pitches more than blow away stuff. Johnson locates his low-90’s fastball, curveball, and changeup well, but there is some believe he could beef up his fastball with mechanical work.
Five college left-handers I’ve written about this spring rank very close to 51st overall: Vanderbilt LHP Grayson Garvin (47th), Kent State LHP Andrew Chafin (48th), Oregon State LHP Josh Osich (49th), TCU LHP Matt Purke (50th), and Florida LHP Nick Maronde (53rd). KLaw also posted an early projection of the top ten picks (Insider req’d), with Cole going first overall to the Pirates, Rendon second to the Mariners, and Virginia LHP Danny Hultzen third to the Diamondbacks.