Four of the top five right-handed pitching prospects in the draft are high school arms, but things shift heavily towards the college side after that.
The best righty on the board is 18-year-old Riley Pint from Overland Park, Kansas. At 6’4″, Pint is a flame-thrower who sits in the mid-90’s with his fastball and has reportedly been clocked at 102 mph. His curveball and slider are both rated as above average as well and he should go early in the first round.
Another high school arm that scouts are high on is 18-year-old New Yorker Ian Anderson. At 6’3″ and just 170 pounds, Anderson’s fastball that already sits in the low-to-mid-90’s could add even more velocity as he fills out.
The top college righty available is Dakota Hudson, a 21-year-old Junior out of Mississippi State. A 36th round selection by the Texas Rangers in 2013, Hudson’s fastball sits 93-95 and he pairs that with a wipeout slider that may be his best pitch.
Two other high school right-handers with similar profiles to keep an eye on are Matt Manning, a 6’6″ Californian with a plus fastball and Forrest Whitley, a 6’7″ Texan who combines a mid-90’s heater with a better than average breaking ball.
The only real option here for the Brewers at #5 would be Pint if he’s still available, but there should be plenty of arms still in play, both high school and college, for Milwaukee to select from at picks 46 and 75 as well as over the next few rounds, so you can expect to see some new pitching added to the organization on days two and three.
TOP RHP PROSPECTS
|RILEY PINT||St. Thomas Aquinas High School|
|IAN ANDERSON||Shenendehowa High School|
|DAKOTA HUDSON||Mississippi State|
|MATT MANNING||Sheldon High School|
|FORREST WHITLEY||Alamo Heights High School|