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2019 Vanderbilt baseball commitments

Tim Corbin's 2019 signing class promises to be another outstanding group.
Tim Corbin's 2019 signing class promises to be another outstanding group.
Vanderbilt baseball commitments for 2019
Player PG/BA Description

Michael Doolin, RHP

6-3, 200

L/R

Andrean HS

Schererville, Ind.

90/NR

Has one of the cleaner and easier deliveries in the draft class, and already has outstanding fastball command (rated by some as top of draft class). Should be a pitcher, but he's also a good defensive middle infielder with a quality bat.

Ranked No. 410 for the draft by Baseball America and 417th by Pefect Game.

Not drafted.

Will Duff, MIF

5-11, 180

R/R

Springfield Catholic

Springfield, Mo.


451/NR

Intriguing middle infield prospect. Good speed and solid all-around player, despite not being very high on HS showcase radars. Not drafted.

Sam Hliboki, RHP

6-3, 185

L/R

Harvard-Westlake

Valley Village, Calif.


172/NR

Consistent arm slot. Goes deep into games with high-80s/low 90s fastball, but still has projection. Secondary pitches need work but could wind up hitting mid-90s with potential high-round potential down the road.

Ranked No. 455 as a draft prospect by PG.

Not drafted.

Spencer Jones, LHP

6-7, 205

L/L

La Costa Canyon

Encinitas, Calif.

23/14

Perfect Game Classic All-American (he threw a scoreless inning, singled and stole a base in the game) and is the best two-way prospect in the overall 2019 class. He throws mid-90s on the mound, with MLB Pipeline.com grading him as follows: fastball (55), curve (55), change-up (40), control (45) and overall (50). As a hitter, he's got big-time power and gets the following grades: hit (50), power (55), run (55), arm (55), field (50) and overall (50). Scouts seem to be leaning towards Jones as a pitcher, but it's not clear and he needs to work on repeating mechanics. Ranks No. 19 overall by MLB Pipeline as of Dec. 2018. Draft risk: very high

Ranked No. 78 by BA among draft prospects, and 91st by PG.

Drafted by Angels, Round 31.

Ryan Keenan, OF

5-10, 165

L/L

Calvary Christian Academy

South Florida Elite Squad Prime

Lighthouse Point, Fla.

500/NR

Earned offer as a sophomore after playing well at a showcase event. Average arm, slightly above-average speed with some athleticism. Good footwork at plate and in outfield.

Not drafted.

Troy LaNeve, CI/OF

6-0, 190

L/R

Pine-Richland HS

US Elite

Gibsonia, Penn.

185/NR

One of the first commitments in the class, and likely a corner outfielder at VU. Average speed, good arm, good power. Plays with physicality, similar to some of the current crop of freshmen.

Ranked No. 545 by PG for the draft.

Not drafted.

Jack Leiter, RHP

6-1, 195

R/R

Delbarton HS

Summit, N.J.

15/18

Played on Team USA and picked as an PG Classic All-American. A very polished pitcher with three plus pitches: low-90s fastball, change-up and slider. Son of former MLB star pitcher Al Leiter. MLB Pipeline grades him as follows: fastball (60), curve (55), slider (50), change-up (50), control (55) and overall (50). Ranked No. 20 overall for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline as of Dec. 2018.

Draft risk: high

Ranked No. 27 overall by BA and PG for the 2019 draft.

Drafted 20th round by Yankees.

Nick Maldonado, MIF

6-1, 180

R/R

Seton Hall Prep

Short Hills, N.J.

110/NR

Big arm, big bat, can play short or corner infield/outfield. Of the New Jersey Three in this class (Volpe, Leiter), he’s the most likely to make it to campus, though all three are impact players. May be a two-way guy. Ranked No. 586 for the draft by PG.

Not drafted.

Chris McElvain, 3B-C-SS

6-0, 160

R/R

Summit HS

Knights Baseball National

Thompson's Station, Tenn.

124/NR

Former Little League World Series star. Will probably play on the left side of the infield, though he featured as a catcher early in his HS career. He’s a “winner” with a big arm. Draft risk: low to moderate

Ranked No. 329 overall by BA for the 2019 draft.

Not drafted.

Blaine McIntosh, OF

6-4, 170

L/L

Sycamore HS

Pleasant View, Tenn.

500/NR

Last player offered in the class, which indicates a level of belief that he can contribute. Didn't play much on summer circuit, much like local stars Tony Kemp and Bryan Reynolds, who eschewed a lack of fanfare to become immediate stars (We’re not making a comp to those two, just that circuit anonymity doesn't equate to lack of talent). Great speed.

Ranked No. 494 by BA for the draft.

Drafted by Mets, Round 13.

SIGNED WITH METS.

Tyler McKenzie, MIF

6-1, 160

R/R

The Benjamin School

Loxahatchee, Fla.

57/NR

Likely a shortstop, and runs a 6.4 in the 60. Brother of former VU commit Triston McKenzie, who went pro out of high school and is the top prospect in the Indians organization. Quite projectable with fluid motions in the field, a quick bat with some trampoline action, and a stellar arm like his brother.

Draft risk: very high

Ranked No. 331 by BA for the 2019 draft and 367th by PG.

Drafted Round 39 by Cardinals.

Parker Noland, 3B

6-1, 195

L/R

Farragut HS

Knoxville, Tenn.

500/NR

Sleeper prospect who was once committed to both MTSU and Tennessee. Class AAA Mr. Baseball in Tennessee who hit .520 with double-digit home runs. Didn't perform as well in summer circuits, which accounts for lower ranking, but there's good potential here.

Ranked No. 458 for the draft by BA.

Drafted Round 31 by Brewers.

C.J. Rodriguez, C

5-10, 185

R/R

Mater Dei

Newport Beach, Calif.

192/NR

Defense-first catcher but has a reasonably polished bat. Could also play corner infielder or corner outfield if blocked at catcher, but the offensive polish plays best from the premium catcher slot.

Ranked No. 478 for the draft by PG.

Not drafted.

Maxwell Romero Jr., C

6-0, 185

L/R

Pembroke Pines Charter

Miramar, Fla.

113/NR

Defense-first catcher with skill set comparable to the Molina brothers. One of the quicker, stronger arms in the class. As with former VU commit Will Banfield, who skipped college to sign with Miami, being a top defensive catcher can carry a draft card.

Draft risk: moderate to high

Ranked No. 275 by BA for the 2019 draft.

Drafted Round 38 by Reds.

Thomas Schultz, RHP

6-6, 205

R/R

Our Lady of Lourdes

Mt. Carmel, Penn.

352/NR

Big righty with a whippy, loose arm action. Likely to be a draft riser from his December 2018 ranking of 352, but would take a big senior year jump to keep him off campus. Projects to be a low- to mid-90s arm at VU. Not drafted.

Wesley Scott, RHP-3B

6-1, 185

R/R

Woodcrest Christian HS

GBG IE

Riverside, Calif.

71/NR

Potential two-way player who has touched 95. Has great change-up with lots of sink and high spin rates. Although the size is not ideal, the arm is clean and can hold velocity. Scott has removed his name from the 2019 draft.

Ranked No. 269 by BA for the 2019 draft and 364th by PG.

Not drafted.

Now committed to the University of Arizona.

Anthony Volpe, SS

5-11, 180

R/R

Delbarton HS

Watchung, N.J.

32/37

Pronounced "vole-PAY." Quick release, good speed, athleticism and defense, and highly competitive. Consistently puts the barrel on the ball. Baseball America's Nov. 16 issue quoted a scout as saying this: "I love Anthony Volpe. Nothing plus, but he's a solid baseball player. Makes all the plays defensively, arm is average. Clean swing, uses the field well." Batted third for the Team USA U18 squad that featured stalwarts like Bobby Witt (who hit fifth in the lineup).

Ranked No. 52 by BA for the 2019 draft and 33rd by PG.

Drafted: Yankees, Round 1, pick 30

SIGNED WITH YANKEES

Kendall Williams, RHP

6-6, 190

R/R

IMG Academy

Olive Branch, Miss.

22/17

AFLAC All-American who touches 95, complimented by a change-up and a curve ball. Body should fill out. Exceptionally high ceiling.

Ranked No. 58 by BA for the 2019 draft and 32nd by PG.

Drafted: Blue Jays, Round 2, No. 52

SIGNED WITH BLUE JAYS.

Carter Young, SS

6-0, 177

S/R

Selah HS

Selah, Wash.

87/30

Elite defender, good athlete, plus runner. Played short for Team USA but may project at second. Doubles bat would play early and he'd be an impact player.

Draft risk: moderate

Ranked No. 178 by BA for the 2019 draft and 198th by PG.

Not drafted.

Tre Fletcher, OF

6-2, 190

Deering HS

Portland, Me.

One of the top prospects for the 2020 draft, Fletcher re-classified to 2019.

Ranked the No. 64 prospect for the draft by BA and 28th by PG. .

Drafted: Cardinals, Rd. 2, pick 58

SIGNED WITH CARDINALS.

Notes

Baseball America's has only ranked the top 50 high school players as of this list. BA ranks players as draft prospects.

Both services rank just 500 players overall in their final lists.

Rankings are as of December 2018.

A special thanks to New York Dore for extensive help with this list.