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The Minnesota Twins have been on the clock for a few months now determining who will be the next top selection in the Major League Baseball first year player draft. June 12th will be the day we see a whole new crop of players get spread throughout minor league systems a like.

Below I’ve listed my top 20 prospects from the state of Missouri that I believe have a chance to hear their name called between June 12th – 14th.

Each report includes a small blurb about each player with scouting grades that is based upon a 20-80 grade scale. Our friends at Fangraphs have explained in fine detail the overall grading scale which can be found clicking here.

Each prospect I have put into this list I feel has a great shot to make a case for himself to sign a pro contract. I definitely would love to discuss with anyone the order of ranking with which I listed each player.

1. Tanner Houck  RHP  Missouri Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’5 – 218 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Sinker Command
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Houck represents the top selection from the state out of the University of Missouri. He will throw a mid 90’s FB, with a power CB. The CH is a work in progress, but I do expect Houck to be the first name called out of the state of Missouri
2 Jake Burger  3B  Missouri State Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’2 – 210 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
40/50 50/60 35/40 40/40 45/50
Burger has shown Major League type power during his time at Missouri State. However, multiple questions have been raised as to where he ends up on the defensive side. 3rd base may not be the long term option, but the bat will play. 60 future raw power is hard to pass up now a days.
3 Bryce Montes De Oca  RHP  Missouri Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’7 – 261 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Slider ChangeUp Command
60/65 50/60 40/55 40/55
At 6’7, 261 lbs Montes De Oca isn’t a small match for anyone in the game. Montes De Oca will bring a FB in the mid 90’s, a SL with good break and a CH that is developing. If Montes De Oca can learn to repeat his delivery more often and limit his walks he has a very high ceiling.
4 Jackson Rutledge  RHP  Rockwood Summit H.S. Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 6’8 – 255 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Slider ChangeUp Command
55/65 45/60 40/50 45/60
At 6 foot 8 inches and 255 lbs, Rutledge brings quite a bit of size to the mound for a young high school arm. Rutledge will sit 91-93 on his fastball with good arm side run. The slider I think could end up being his best pitch. I, also, think there is more velo in the tank to come.
5 Josh Fleming  LHP  Webster Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’1 – 185 B/T: L/L
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
55/60 45/50 45/55 50/60
Fleming has been shooting up draft boards with a FB sitting 91-94 that can be thrown well on both sides of the plate. CH is his second best pitch with a CB that is developing into a good 3rd pitch. Fleming is a guy who I think could go high based upon his limited innings and high upside.
6 Anthony Herron Jr.  RHP Missouri State  Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’1 – 210 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Slider Command
55/60 50/55 40/45 50/55 45/60
Herron Jr. has the stuff for the next level. His FB is heavy and hard. CB and SL at times are both break out pitches that make Herron jr. unhittable at times. Sitting out this spring could hurt Herron as far as on field expierience at higher level baseball, but the stuff on the mound plays.
7 Kyle Wilson  RHP Crowder CC  Video
Class RS Freshman Height/Weight 6’1 – 180 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
50/55 45/55 40/45 45/55
Wilson was red shirted last year at Crowder CC, which has turned out to be a nice refresher for the Freshman. Wilson can sit 90-94 on his FB with a decent feel for his offspeed. Wilson’s biggest need is consistency on the mound.
8 Doug Still  LHP  Missouri State Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’2 – 205 B/T: L/L
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
50/55 55/60 45/50 45/55
Still has the draft experience already to go along with a group of pitches he can use to get out of any situation. Still has good arm side run on his FB. Draft in the 2014 and 2015 MLB draft I expect this Missouri State Bear to be picked once again.
9 Miller Hogan  RHP St. Louis U  Video
Class Sophomore Height/Weight 6’2 – 200 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
45/60 45/50 40/45 50/55
Hogan is a draft eligible sophomore at St. Louis U. that will sit consistently 87-92 with an occasional 93 mixed in. He’s pitched his way into draft conversations. Supporting the bilikens with an ERA below 2, Hogan should another name taken from St. Louis U.
10 Shane Benes  SS/3B Drury  Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’2 – 222 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
50/55 55/60 40/45 50/55 50/55
Benes, a transfer from the University of Missouri, has tapped into his power source this season for the Drury Panthers. I believe Benes will move to 3B in the near future as he draws a Troy Glaus type comparison for me. Raw power and an arm to play at the next level.
11 Robbie Glendinning  2B/SS Missouri  Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’2 – 196 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
45/55 45/50 40/50 45/50 50/55
Glendinning, the Australian, came over the pond and lit up the junior college last year at Iowa Western. Transferring into Missouri to sub-plant the middle of the infield. Glendinning will bring solid contact at the plate and will support good enough glove to stay up the middle.
12 Max Hogan  3B  Missouri Southern Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 5’10 – 195 B/T: L/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
50/60 45/50 40/40 45/50 35/40
Hogan is ranked so high for me because of the bat. Lightening quick hands, a balanced stance at the plate, and a hitter’s mindset give Hogan a level above most college hitter’s tools. I see him more than likely moving across the diamond to 2B in the near future. Jason Kipnis anyone?
13 Wes Degener  CF Lindenwood Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’3 – 210 B/T: L/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
50/55 40/45 45/55 40/50 40/50
Degener is a ball player. He will be the scrappy type that will go out and get the job done. He has enough speed to stay in CF long term. His bat is his best tool among the five main ones. Quick hands and sweet stroke helped Degener become a starter right as he stepped on campus as a freshman.
14 Trey Turner  RHP Missouri State Video
Class Junior Height/Weight 6’1 – 195 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Slider ChangeUp Command
50/60 50/55 40/45 45/60
Turner came to Missouri State with the thought of being an OF. Since moving over the mound the RHP has lit up the radar and filled up the zone with strikes. 13 IP on the season to go along with an era of 2, 22 K’s and 4 BB’s. I think Turner could be a solid late pick for a great bullpen arm.
15 Ryan Colombo  RHP Drury  Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 6’1 – 172 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
45/55 45/55 40/45 50/60
Colombo is both an impressive arm and impressive bat. I like him more on the mound long term. Colombo will be crafted on the mound and will eat innings. I do think he’ll play pro next year, but it will take time for him to develop the proper arm slot to be effective at the upper levels
16 Justin Paulsen  1B Missouri State  Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 6’0 – 215 B/T: L/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
55/55 45/50 40/45 45/50 50/55
Paulsen is a scrappy ball player. He’s one that will go out and battle for each team he’s playing on. Hit tool is probably his best overall tool. He will add in some power occasionally, but long term I believe he ends up in the OF full time with some part time help at 1B.
17 Aaron Ashby  LHP Crowder CC  Video
Class Freshman Height/Weight 6’2 – 165 B/T: R/L
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
45/55 50/55 40/50 45/55
Ashby is a new face on the top prospects list for Missouri. Ashby will sit 87-89, touching 90 on the FB. He has a decent CB and some feel for his CH. 50 K’s so far on the season for the young left in 32 IP. If he continues to miss barrells I think his name could be called.
18 Justin Mitchell  C Platte County HS Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 5’11 – 200 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Run Fielding Throw
45/50 50/60 40/45 45/50 45/50
Mitchell with a strong swing. Exit velocity will sit around 97 mph off the bat. Behind the plate, the Oklahoma signee has soft hands a quick release. Foot work will need some developing, but I think this small HS catcher could be another Tanner Murphy who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 MLB Draft.
19 Matt Russell  RHP Staley HS  Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 6’2 -190 B/T: R/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Slider Command
45/55 40/45 45/55 40/50 40/55
Russell is my 3rd HS pick in this top 20. I think he ends up in college, but does possess upside. The FB and CH are his best pitches, but with decent arm side run. CB and SL are still developing with spots of good late break. Russell has some raw characteristics to him which a team could find attractive long term.
20 Bryan Young  RHP Missouri State  Video
Class Senior Height/Weight 6’1 – 215 B/T: L/R
                    Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Fastball Curveball ChangeUp Command
40/45 45/50 45/50 50/55
Young has been the closer for Missouri state for a few seasons now. Consistently shutting games down with his ability to move the ball in and out. He will not light up the radar, but he will miss bats with good off-speed usage. Young will be picked up this summer.

Thanks for reading!

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