5 Under-Valued MLB Draft Prospects

5 MLB DRAFT PROSPECTS THAT YOUR TEAM SHOULD DRAFT THIS YEAR IN 2016

This year the MLB Draft features the deepest talent pool in several years. Most mock drafts (ours included) feature the top 50 guys in a different order. I wanted to share five guys that are outside of the top 50 but are under-valued that your team should draft.

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5 Under-Valued MLB Draft Prospects

1

Danny Mayer - University of the Pacific

Outfield - Junior

Outfielder Danny Mayer has asserted himself as one of the most prolific power bats in this years draft class. Mayer (on the right) and fellow big-bopper Gio Brusa (left) are one of only two teammates in the nation to have double-digit homers. Mayer routinely hits rocket shots during batting practice that land in the parking lot just beyond the left-field wall.

Entering the final weekend of the season, Mayer has increased his average by 50+ points courtesy of a 15-game hit streak that includes 7 doubles, 5 homers, 17 runs and 12 RBI. He is 22/60 during the stretch good for a .366 clip. Talk about getting hot at the right time. 

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Aside from his power upside, Mayer has swing and miss potential. He is second on the Tigers with 45K and scouts have talked about his inability to handle above-average curve balls. His ability to adjust as the season has gone on shows the maturity and knowledge that most teams would appreciate. In the summer of 2015 Mayer played in the West Coast Wooden Bat League and would be penciled in every day in the lineup. Having not to worry about if a bad day would send him to the bench, he absolutely thrived by leading the league in average (.325), hits (55), doubles (13), homers (11), and RBI (36). He won't be a first-round pick, but will be a sought after selection as power like his is a hot commodity in this years MLB Draft. Mayer finished the regular season with a 22-game hit streak, 15 homers (2nd most in school history), 16 doubles, 40 RBI and a .314 average. He led the WCC in total bases in 2016 with 135 and was one of just two players to have 10 doubles and 15 homers. Curious what power hitters will be a first-round pick? Be sure to check out our Top 50 Mock Draft.  One interesting tidbit about Danny and how he got to Pacific. Danny's sister worked for the Stockton Ports (Single A of the Oakland A's) several years ago and when Danny was recruited he knew about the Stockton area from his sister. Most A's scouts are aware of this and former Pacific Baseball Coach Ed Sprague is a cross-checker for the A's so there are several connections so don't be surprised if they select him.

2

Chad Donato - West Virginia

Right-Handed Pitcher - Junior

Right-handed pitcher Chad Donato is the ace of WVU. Donato is a hard-throwing righty from Texas but was over looked by the Longhorns as well as other Texas colleges in high-school.

Donato has shown this season an increased ability to command his 90-92 fastball and changeup. Having posted 94K vs just 17 walks in 82.1 innings. His 94 strikeouts rank him #14 in the country. Physically he is 6'0", 180 pounds and has been a stalwart in the Mountaineers rotation making 14 starts last year and 12 already this year. Donato captured the Nations attention after a 2-hit, 9K complete game shutout of Texas. He was rewarded with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national pitcher of the week. He finished the regular season with a 3.52 ERA with 110K in 95 innings and allowed just 20 walks. His 110K rank him 13th in the nation. His 5/20 outing at Texas Tech he piled up 10K in 6 innings.

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Chad Donato might not have the projectability of AJ Puk or Jason Groome butput together a solid season and he will soon achieve his life-long goal of becoming a professional ballplayer. More than likely he will be a 8-11th round pick.

3

Chris DeVito - New Mexico

Catcher/First Base - Junior

Chris DeVito can flat out hit. He has consistently ranked in the top 20 in the country with a batting average over .400. And this year, the power potential is starting to break through as he swatted 14 homers. Offensively DeVito is the top hitting catcher in the Nation finishing the year with a .373 average.

DeVito has managed a veteran pitching staff in the thin air of Albuquerque. His caught stealing percentage is a bit low but that is an area that a professional team can help him dramatically improve.  He actually didn't fully commit to becoming a catcher until this year so the raw talent he posses has yet to be fully developed.

Chris DeVito New Mexico

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DeVito fills up the stat sheet every night, has the passion and carries a high level of competition every game. EVERY team would love to draft a catcher that is a great backstop, hit for a high average, and blast double-digit homers.

4

Alex Call - Ball State

Outfielder - Junior

Outfielder Alex Call is a doubles hitting machine. He currently is tied for first in the nation with 23 doubles (entering play this weekend). He offers a smooth stroke, grind it out at bats and hustle that every scout loves.

Call was the top offensive hitter for Ball State in 2015 as a sophomore posting a .339 average with 78 hits, 10 doubles and 45 runs scored. This year he has improved his game increasing his output; 23 doubles, .365 average, 8 homers and 57 runs scored. He consistently puts the ball in play and grinds out at-bats. His at-bats are very similar to how Jeff Keppinger was when he was at Georgia prior to being drafted by the Pirates. Very hard to strikeout, great strike zone judgement and the ability to hit the ball to all fields. As he grows the doubles will start to fly over the wall. Scouts love his effort, baseball iq and his mature at-bat approach. He finished the season as the MAC player of year posting a .366 average, 13HR, 44 RBI, 24 doubles and 17 stolen bases. His 24 doubles rank him 4th overall in the nation.

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5

Matt Thaiss - Virginia

Catcher - Junior

Catcher Matt Thaiss leads a loaded Virginia squad that has their sights set on a return trip to Omaha. From handling a polished pitching rotation anchored by eventual first round pick Conner Jones, to being a driving force offensively, Thaiss can do it all.

Matt Thaiss led Virginia as a Sophomore in 2015 with a .323 clip with 10 homers, 18 doubles and 64 RBI. Impressive numbers for anyone especially a catcher. His plate discipline is what truly makes him special. This year he ranks as the fifth toughest batter to strikeout in the nation. He finished the regular season having struck out just 11 times in 209 at-bats this year while continuing his consistent hitting with team bests in average (.378), total bases (122), walks (34), on-base percentage (.474) and homers (9) and 54 RBI.

Matt Thaiss Virginia

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Thaiss has a short- stroke from the left side and truly owns the strike zone. The pop he has from the left-side should translate to double-digit totals in the minors. . Scouts are a little hesitant about his arm and defensive skills especially throwing out hitters. His bat should make him an early round pick in this years MLB draft.  As expected, Thaiss was selected 16th overall by the Angels in the 2016 draft.

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