MLB Draft: Tool Grades Of The Top 50

California prep SS Jacob Gatewood

Kiley compiles all of the tool grades for his top 50 prospects and puts them in handy grids.

2014 MLB Draft Rankings: The Draft Board

2014 Mock Drafts: 1.0 & 2.0

2014 MLB Draft Reports & Videos: Top 50 Tools Grid, 1-3 (Free), 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 (Free), 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45 & 46-50

2014 MLB Draft Podcast: Jim Callis

2015/2016 MLB Draft Rankings (May 2014): 2015 College, 2016 College & 2015-16 High School


You can click on The Draft Board or the top 30 scouting report links for explanations about what these numbers mean, but it's draft day so I'm not going to type it again or make you scroll past a long explanation. One thing I haven't yet explained is that power future grades are now raw power grades while the current power grade is a current game power grade. With players like Gatewood that I don't think will get to all their power in games, so it will never fully play, I didn't want to make it look like his raw power was a 55 (though I think that's what it will play like), so I put 65 as the future grade (although his raw power could become a 70). The gap between the power grades tells you the likelihood of getting to all that raw power in games. The FV is future value and encompasses the overall value of the prospect if he becomes what the future tool grades suggest, so some 50's with low risk will be rated over risky 55's.

The above links, or clicking on the player's name will lead you to full report and video of all of the players below. Now to the most handy play-the-draft-from-home guide you'll find anywhere.

Here's a videos of Pentecost and Aiken because I'm too nice to you people:


Pos
Age
Ht
Wt
B
T
Hit
Power
Run
Field
Arm
FV
3. Alex Jackson
RF
18.44
6'1
220
R
R
55/60
55/60
45/45
45/50
60/60
55-60
4. Nick Gordon
SS
18.61
6'1
180
L
R
55/55
45/50
50/50+
50/55
60/60
55-60
8. Max Pentecost
C
21.24
6'1
190
R
R
60/55+
45/50
55/50+
50/55
55/55+
55-60
9. Trea Turner
SS
20.93
6'2
175
R
R
60/55
40/40
70/70
50/55
55/55
55-60
10. Brad Zimmer
RF
21.52
6'5
205
L
R
60/60
45/55
60/55
55/55
60/60
55
14. Michael Conforto
LF
21.26
6'1
220
L
R
55/55+
55/60
35/35
45/45+
50/50
50-55
16. Forrest Wall
2B
18.54
6'0
175
L
R
55/55+
45/45+
60/60+
50/50+
40/40
55-60
17. Derek Hill
CF
18.43
6'1
175
R
R
55/55
35/40+
75/75
60/70
45/45
55-60
18. Kyle Schwarber
C/1B
21.25
6'0
240
L
R
55/50
65/70
40/40
45/45
50/50
55
19. Michael Chavis
3B
18.82
5'11
205
R
R
55/50+
60/60
55/50
45/50
60/60
55-60
20. Alex Blandino
2B
21.58
6'0
190
R
R
55/55
50/55+
50/50
45/50
55/55+
55
25. Derek Fisher
LF
20.79
6'3
210
L
R
55/55
50/60
60/60
45/45+
40/40+
50-55
26. Braxton Davidson
1B
17.96
6'2
220
L
L
55/55
55/60
40/40
45/50+
55/55
50-55
28. Ti'Quan Forbes
3B
17.78
6'4
190
R
R
55/55
45/50+
60/55
45/50
55/55+
50-55
32. Casey Gillaspie
1B
21.10
6'4
240
B
L
55/55
60/60+
40/40
45/45+
45/45
50-55
35. Aramis Garcia
C
21.40
6'2
200
R
R
55/50+
45/45+
35/35
45/50
55/55
50-55
37. Brian Anderson
CF
21.04
6'3
190
R
R
55/55
50/50+
55/55+
50/55
55/55+
50-55
38. Chase Vallot
C
17.79
6'0
205
R
R
55/50
50/50+
40/40
45/45+
55/55
50-55
39. A.J. Reed
1B
21.66
6'4
240
L
L
60/50
60/65
40/40
45/50
60/60
50-55
40. Alex Verdugo (LHP)
RF
18.06
6'1
200
L
L
55/55
50/50+
55/55
45/50+
60/60
50
41. Mike Papi
LF
21.71
6'3
210
L
L
55/55+
50/50+
45/45
45/50
45/45
50
42. Milton Ramos
SS
18.61
6'2
165
R
R
50/45+
40/45
60/60+
55/60
55/55
50-55
43. Josh Morgan
SS
18.55
6'1
195
R
R
55/50
40/40+
55/55
50/55
55/55
50
44. Matt Chapman
3B
20.88
6'1
195
R
R
45/45
50/65
45/45+
45/50+
70/70
50-55
45. Marcus Wilson
CF
17.81
6'2
175
R
R
50/50
40/45+
60/60+
50/55
45/45
50-55
48. Michael Gettys
CF
18.62
6'2
205
R
R
40/40+
45/50+
65/65
55/60
70/70
50-55
49. Monte Harrison
CF
18.82
6'2
195
R
R
45/45
45/50+
60/60
50/55
55/55
50-55
50. Jacob Gatewood
3B
18.69
6'4
190
B
T
40/40+
50/65
50/45+
45/50
55/55
???

Like explained above, role means if things go well, so some risky #3's will be behind low risk #4's. CB/SL is best breaking pitch as you only really need one and as amateurs, often they throw both, drop one, they meld together, etc. There are also things not captured in this grid, notable athleticism and arm slot, though command is a proxy for athleticism. If you're reading this and see a disconnect, go read the report linked above (or click on the player's name to find the report) as there's likely something else like makeup that impacts the ranking, injury or arm slot not shown here. I didn't put anything negative guys that I might think will get injured due to mechanics but have never actually been injured, except for Kolek. Given the unprecedented nature of his velocity, it seemed it warranted mentioning. Also, CL means closer.

I added a medical column that isn't in the reports (though it's explained in the text), so I'll try to as succinctly as possible indicate past, current and projected future health as it impacts nearly every arm in some way.

Pos
Age
Ht
Wt
FB
SL/CB
CH
CMD
Medical
Role
1. Brady Aiken
LHS
17.80
6'4
215
55/60+
50/60
55/60
50/55
Clean
#2 SP
2. Carlos Rodon
LHS
21.49
6'0
235
55/55
60/70
50/55
45/50
Fine now, little shaky past & future
#3 SP
5. Aaron Nola
RHS
21.00
6'1
195
60/60
55/60
55/60
50/55
Clean
#3 SP
6. Tyler Kolek
RHS
18.47
6'5
270
70/75
50/60
40/50
40/50
Fine now but arm torque at 18 is concerning
#3 SP
7. Jeff Hoffman
RHS
21.41
6'4
185
70/70
55/65
55/60
50/50+
Rehabbing TJ
#2 SP
11. Grant Holmes
RHS
18.20
6'1
2-5
60/60+
55/60+
50/55
45/50+
Clean
#3 SP
12. Touki Toussaint
RHS
17.96
6'2
195
55/60+
55/60+
50/55+
40/50
Clean
#3 SP
13. Sean Newcomb
LHS
20.98
6'5
240
60/65
50/60
50/55
40/50+
Clean
#3 SP
15. Brandon Finnegan
LHS
21.14
5'11
185
60/60+
55/60
50/55
50/50+
Fine until recent tightness, little shaky now
#3 SP
21. Sean Reid-Foley
RHS
18.84
6'3
210
60/60+
55/60
45/50+
45/50
Clean
#3 SP
22. Tyler Beede
RHS
21.03
6'4
215
60/65
50/55
50/55+
40/50
Clean
#3/4 SP
23. Nick Howard
RHS
21.72
6'4
215
60/60+
55/60
45/50+
45/50
Clean
#3 SP
24. Luis Ortiz
RHS
18.70
6'2
220
60/60
55/60
45/50
45/50+
Fine now, shaky w/forearm/elbow issue earlier this spring
#3/4 SP
27. Jacob Bukauskas
RHS
17.65
6'1
195
70/70
55/55+
45/50
45/50
Clean
#3 SP/CL
29. Foster Griffin
LHS
18.98
6'5
210
55/55+
50/55
50/55
50/55
Clean
#3/4 SP
30. Michael Kopech
RHS
18.10
6'4
190
65/70
50/55+
45/50
45/50
Clean
#3/4 SP/CL
31. Erick Fedde
RHS
21.28
6'4
175
60/65
55/60
45/50
45/50
Rehabbing TJ
#3/4 SP
33. Kyle Freeland
LHS
21.06
6'4
190
55/60
55/60
45/50+
50/50+
Fine now, shaky past, awful looking future
#3 SP
34. Spencer Adams
RHS
18.14
6'4
180
55/60
50/55
50/55
45/50
Clean
#3/4 SP
36. Kodi Medeiros
LHS
18.03
6'0
185
55/55+
55/60+
45/50+
45/50
Clean
#3/4 SP
40. Alex Verdugo (RF)
LHS
18.06
6'1
200
55/55
50/55
45/50+
45/50+
Clean
#3/4 SP
45. Zech Lemond
RHS
21.13
6'4
200
65/65
50/50+
50/55
45/50
Elbow issue this spring & Rice's P health history is terrible
#3/4 SP
47. Justus Sheffield
LHS
18.06
5'11
195
50/55
50/55
55/55+
45/50+
Clean
#4 SP


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