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MLB Draft Stock Watch: Checking In On 30 Top Prospects — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

MLB Draft Stock Watch: Checking In On 30 Top Prospects — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

With that, we’re taking a look at some of the top players in our 2024 draft rankings and examining their performance through the first seven weeks. Who’s trending up? Who’s trending down? Who looks different from a year ago? 

Below you can see check-ins with each of our top 30 prospects with their stats* through April 1, 2024.

*High school stats are pulled from team MaxPreps sites where applicable, though the accuracy of prep stats varies significantly from team to team. They should be viewed more as a curiosity than anything and will more often mislead you than tell you anything significant about a player’s prospect status.

Condon has been better across the board so far compared to his already impressive 2023 season. He leads all D-I hitters with 19 homers and is still hitting above .500 after 28 games in the season. His average quality of competition probably isn’t yet to the level it will get after a full SEC slate—the average FB he’s seen is 89.7 mph compared to a 90.6 mph average in 2023—but his contact rate is up from 78% to 87%, his chase rate is down from 28% to 22% and his fly ball rate is up from 44.3% to 56.7%. Oh and he’s been running around center field recently as well.

2. Travis Bazzana, 2B, Oregon State

Hitting line: .449/.595/.1.063, 15 HR, 3 3B, 6 2B, 8.7 K%, 22.2 BB%

Bazzana is third in average, third in homers and third in OPS among Division I hitters and has maintained the sort of elite contact rates he’s become known for (15% miss, 10% in-zone miss) while adding more in-game power. He’s already set a single-season high with 15 homers in just 25 games—less than half of the 61 games he needed to hit 11 homers in 2023—and his isolated slugging has leaped from .248 to .594 while he has also managed to lower his strikeout rate and improve his walk rate. There’s simply not much opposing pitchers can do to slow Bazzana down right now. 

3. Jac Caglianone, 1B/LHP, Florida

Hitting line: .389/.473/.752, 13 HR, 0 3B, 2 2B, 9.9 K%, 12.2 BB%

Pitching line: 2.18 ERA, 6 GS, 33 IP, 32.8 K%, 16.4 BB%, .138 AVG

Caglianone has made significant improvements with his plate discipline early in the season despite more modest improvements in his under-the-hood chase and miss rates. His walk rate is up from 5.3% in 2023 to 12.2% this season, while he has cut his strikeout rate basically in half: from 18.2% in 2023 to 9.9% in 2024. In nine conference games in the SEC he has walked five times and struck out…

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