Today's portion of the draft, which will include rounds 3 through 10, will begin at 1 p.m. CT.
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A quick recap from yesterday:
Rivera was a key contributor in Florida's College World Series run in 2023, with solid tools across the board helping him move steadily up Draft boards this spring. Rivera's college production in his first two seasons was impacted by the pandemic and injury. In 2023 he's been a able to show what he can do. Rivera has a strong, selective approach at the plate that has led to a higher walk rate 18 BB%, than strikeout rate 14 K%. He hit .348/.447/.617 in 2023 with 19 home runs. Defensively, while not the quickest, Rivera has good defensive actions that give him a good chance to stick at shortstop. Rivera does everything pretty well and should be a top 100 pick in July. - JD Cameron
Draft slot: $872,400
Sanders is a big-bodied righty whose frame, solid platform of stuff, and projectability outweigh his relatively poor 2023 production. Sanders features a four pitch mix in which all of them may be above average with no one outstanding offering, but plenty of clay to mold. His fastball sits 93-96 mph with good carry. Despite Sanders' size and good extension, he struggled to get whiffs on his fastball and this development will be key to unlocking his potential as a pro. For secondaries, he relies most on his slider but also features a changeup with good fade, both solid offerings. Sanders has some projection left, unlocking a better fastball will be a key next step. - JD Cameron
Draft slot: $591,800
Carico has one of the most intriguing bats of any catcher in the 2023 class. A broken wrist put a huge dent in his 2023 season after just 9 games, but his numbers for Davidson in 2022 were ridiculous. In 54 games, he batted .456/.559/.843 with 21 home runs, 17 K% and 23 BB%, sheesh. In limited 2023 action he's hitting .352/.551/.690 with 6 HR. Carico has an uppercut type swing from the left side that produces fly balls to all fields, and the bat speed and raw power to hit for plenty of power at the next level. The question with Carico's offensive profile is if he can translate it to tougher competition and better velocity. Defensively, he should stick at catcher. He's an above average defender with a solid arm, but his receiving skills could use refinement. The hit tool will be average but Carico could be a great pickup for an organization that can take advantage of his raw power and great approach at the plate. - JD Cameron
Draft slot: $416,900
6 (176) - Alfonsin Rosario, OF, P27 Academy (SC)
18 years old. 6-5, 210.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Rosario transferred to the P27 Academy in Lexington, S.C. for the 2023 season. That’s the same program that produced Dodgers sixth-round righthander Logan Wagner in 2022. Rosario is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthanded hitter with plenty of physicality and tools, including one of the best arms in the class. He registered an outfield throw of 101 mph at Perfect Game’s National Showcase in 2022, and also has solid running ability and big raw power. That raw power comes with an offensive approach and swing that needs to be refined and simplified, as Rosario features plenty of moving parts with both his hands and a large leg kick. He does have good bat speed and twitchy hands, but he’s often overly pull-happy and will aggressively expand the zone and swing-and-miss with enough frequency to raise questions about the overall quality of his hit tool. Rosario has exciting upside, but might be better off proving his hitting chops with Chipola (Fla.) JC next year, and he could be an interesting option for the re-implemented draft-and-follow system because of that. - Baseball America
Draft slot: $325,600
7 (206) - Yahil Melendez, SS, B You Academy (PR)
17 years old. 6-3, 165.
Draft slot: $254,500
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound outfielder, Bateman led Minnesota in average, on-base percentage and steals in 2023 and slashed .354/.450/.407 in a career year that featured 10 doubles, 17 stolen bases and strong plate discipline, with a 9% strikeout rate and 13.9% walk rate. Contact is the name of the game with Bateman, who has never hit a single home run with Minnesota and employs a simple and direct line drive swing with excellent bat-tot-ball skills. He made contact at an elite, 89% rate this spring and against pitches within the strike zone that jumped to 94%. As evidenced by his home run totals in college and his small frame, Bateman doesn’t have much in the way of power and has to rely on stretching softly hit singles into doubles in order to create any extra-base hits. He is a good defender in the outfield as a plus runner who should be able to play all three outfield positions, but does a nice job in center and should stick there at the next level. Bateman went 17-for-21 (80.1%) in stolen bases this spring and should be a consistent threat to steal in pro ball. He was also the best hitter in the early weeks of the Cape Cod League after the season, and hit .500/.519/.587 with Cotuit in his first 13 games. His contact ability, defense and speed could make him a top-10 round pick. - Baseball America
Draft slot: $203,600
A three-year starter and consistent offensive performer for Long Beach State, Long had a career-year in 2023 when he slashed .310/.402/.597 and hit 15 home runs and 17 doubles with a 17.2% strikeout rate and 11.4% walk rate. Long earned second team All-Big West honors for his season, which was significantly more powerful than his 2021 and 2022 campaigns. A 6-foot, 210-pound first baseman, Long has a slightly closed off setup with quick hands and a fairly direct path to the ball. He hits the ball hard and managed a 92 mph average exit velocity this spring, with home run power to both gaps. Long’s uptick in game power this spring is important for his profile at the next level, as he’s a below-average runner and likely limited to first base. He’s always hit for average and gotten on base at a strong clip, though Long did struggle in 40 games in the Cape Cod League in 2022, when he slashed .210/.320/.381 with 41 strikeouts and 14 walks. His performance this spring could make him a late day two draft target. - Baseball America
Draft slot: $179,400
10 (296) - Luis Martinez-Gomez, RHP, Tempe College (TX)
20 years old. 6-2, 175.
Draft slot: $168,300
In the meantime, what did you think about what happened Sunday night? What are you looking forward to on Monday?
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