Prospect Watch: Here are eight MLB candidates worth watching during the College World Series

The 2022 NCAA Men’s College World Series will begin on Friday after eight teams punched tickets to Omahara, Nebraska in recent weeks. These groups include Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss. The national champion will be named before June 27th.

With that in mind, this week’s Prospect Watch aims to highlight one player from each team who could call his name next month in the Major League Baseball fan draft. Note that the groups are presented in alphabetical order and most of the groups have multiple candidates to choose from.

Arkansas: Cayden Wallace, 3B / OF

Wallace played a full roster at third base in 2022, having split time before, both in the first season with the Razorbacks and then in the Cape Cod League, between the hot corner and the outside corner. He hit .299 / .393 / .554 with 15 home runs and 17 doubles as a 20-year-old in the SEC game, and did so while improving his strikeout and walk rates. Wallace is a sophomore, but his performance and chances of staying in third base should get him off the board in the first two rounds. Right-hander Peyton Pallette and inside player Robert Moore, the son of Royals manager Dayton Moore, should also go quite high in the draft.

Auburn: Sonny DiChiara, 1B

DiChiara, a transfer from Samford, scored 22 home runs and 17 more walks in the SEC with a .320 / .460 / .665 strike. As good as his season has been, he has to face the uphill battle to be relayed in the first two rounds. He is a senior right-hander who is older (he will turn 23 before the end of July) and is a right-winger who offers limited defensive value.

Our Lady: Jack Brannigan, 3B / RHP

Brannigan is a two-man player who has appeared as a third baseman in more than 50 games and has stepped on the mound 11 times during the season. It remains to be seen what role the professional team will prefer, as there are pros and cons on each side. He is a very talented defender who has hit .296 / .361 / .557 this season with 12 home runs, although he did so while posting a 2.55 strikeout-a-walk ratio. In the mound, Brannigan has good arm strength and knocked out 28 of the 68 batters he faced, even giving the other eight a walk.

Oklahoma: Peyton Graham, SS

Graham bounced around the diamond in his season in the Cape Cod League last summer. He played almost exclusively at shortstop this season, hitting .336 / .416 / .660 with 20 home runs and 32 stolen bases (34 tries) on the way. Graham threw more than 2.5 times as much as he walked, and it’s reasonable to question how this will affect professional pitchers. However, some teams are likely with their 6-foot-4 and 171-pound projectable frame, a collection of physical gifts and believing that the best is yet to come. Graham could be off the table among the top 50 teams.

Ole Miss: Hayden Dunhurst, C

Dunhurst has a bit of juice in it, but he won’t be selected by the force of his offensive gifts. (His .802 OPS ranked eighth out of 11 rebels with at least 100 plate appearances.) On the other hand, his catch-and-throw skills – emphasizing in the shot put – should have earned him a selection in the first several times. shifts.

Texas A&M: Trevor Werner, 3B

Werner made 11 pitching appearances in his first two seasons at Texas A&M, but this season he focused only on playing third base. Perhaps the most predictable, he had the best offense so far, hitting .252 / .362 / .487 with six home runs. Werner has a great box (6-3, 220) and has remarkable strength. The drafter will have to work on his approach, as he hit more than 21 percent of the appearances on his plates.

Texas: Ivan Melendez, 1B

Melendez was selected by the Marlins in the 16th round last summer, but was selected to return to Texas. The big 12 pitchers wouldn’t want to. He hit .396 / .516 / .888 on 32 home runs (the most since the one-ball coefficient was recovered in 2011) and four more balls (52) with strikeouts (48) in 65 games. Melendez has a great deal of raw strength to the extent that he has to overcome the tendencies against the first right-wing basemen and be selected at some point in the first 100 selections. The Longhorns also have others who can go on that stretch, including the Silas Wine Catch, the Parachute Trey Faltine, and the leftist Pete Hansen.

Stanford: Brock Jones, OF

Jones is a former footballer who offers power and speed in the woods. He did .327 / .455 / .665 this season with 20 home runs and 15 steals (20 attempts). The catch is that Jones has a tendency to attack, running a K rate north of 24 percent. A team that believes players ’development staff can help maximize Jones’ abundant athleticism can come out as early as the first return late.

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