Austin Beck | OF
Beck, 18, attends North Davidson High School in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area. Scouts did not get a chance to see him in showcase events last summer because he tore the meniscus and ACL in his left knee. Beck is committed to North Carolina.
Few players in the 2017 draft class are as tooled up as Beck. He’s a right-handed hitter and thrower with excellent bat speed and well-above-average power potential. Both his speed and arm rate near the top of the scale as well. Beck possesses three clearly above-average tools and has a chance to be a true five-tool player. The biggest knocks against him are a general lack of experience, which shows up in poor outfield routes and overanxiousness at the plate. Beck is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 lbs., and he’s definitely more of a project than a plug-and-play prospect.
In their latest draft rankings Baseball America (9th), MLB.com (9th), and Keith Law (12th) all ranked Beck as one of the dozen best prospects in the 2017 draft class. However, many recent mock drafts have Beck slipping to the back half of the first round because he missed the showcase circuit last summer, so teams didn’t get to see him perform against other elite high schoolers with a wood bat. The Yankees hold the 16th overall pick.