Baseball America on Tech’s Georgia Draft Prospects

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9. Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech (BA RANK:135)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 217 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

After producing the No. 2 pick (Joey Bart) in the 2018 draft a season ago, Georgia Tech again has a talented junior catcher in the form of McCann. McCann played mostly first base and was used as a DH during his sophomore season while Bart handled the catching duties, but he hit an impressive .300/.423/.600 with 15 home runs. This spring, McCann has taken over as the starting catcher for the Yellow Jackets and continued to post big power numbers, hitting 22 home runs through his first 54 games of the season—ranking fifth in the country among Division I hitters. He also has a walk rate hovering 21 percent, which ranks among the top 10 in the country. McCann has easy plus raw power from the left side, with a strong 6-foot-2, 217-pound frame, a low handset in his load and a swing that’s geared toward fly balls. McCann has a chance to be a fringe-average hitter, and his production in the ACC is impressive, but scouts wonder how well his approach will translate with a wood bat due to his high strikeout numbers and overall middling summer last year in the Cape Cod League. There, McCann hit .219/.309/.344 and struck out 36 times (32.7 percent) compared to 13 walks (11.8 percent) in 34 games. Defensively, McCann has above-average arm strength, but he needs to improve across the board to stick behind the plate at the next level. He’s slow behind the dish and doesn’t move well from side to side, while his release comes with plenty of length and his footwork needs refinement as well. McCann could go early on Day 2 if a team believes he has a chance to catch and his power is legitimate, but if he is forced to move off the position and slide over to first base his overall profile will take a significant hit.

10. Zachary Maxwell, RHP, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga. (BA RANK: 138)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-6 • Wt: 245 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Georgia Tech

A physical righthander with a big, 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame, Maxwell showed arm strength over the summer and got into the low 90s with questionable control. This spring, that velocity has ticked up in a big way, and he’s been as high as 98 mph out of a low, three-quarter arm slot. Something of a split-camp prospect, some teams are in heavily on Maxwell and like him as high as the second or third round thanks to his arm strength and improved secondaries that include a curveball, slider and changeup. Others are more worried about his below-average athleticism and high-maintenance body, as well as the scattered and inconsistent strike-throwing ability he has shown this spring. He has 30-grade control at this point and will need to improve the consistency of his release point moving forward to take advantage of his natural arm strength. If a team believes they can make a few mechanical tweaks and refine his control, they are looking at a righthander who could easily touch triple digits in the future, while those more skeptical will be content to let him get to Georgia Tech and prove it in college.

16. Tres Gonzalez, OF, Mount Vernon Presbyterian HS, Atlanta (BA RANK: 245)
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 165 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Georgia Tech

A 6-foot, 165-pound outfielder committed to Georgia Tech, Gonzalez is a plus runner who’s other tools are closer to average. He’s a sound player with good makeup, a line drive swing and good route-running in center field. With solid athleticism and impressive makeup, many area scouts are fond of Gonzalez, though some wonder if he has enough tools to buy out of high school with his current physicality and lack of impact. He does have good contact ability and you could dream on his power potential in the future with increased muscle gains, but he’s a player who could make it to campus, play well and improve his stock in three years.

22. Chase Murray, OF, Georgia Tech (BA RANK: 308)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 188 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A talented hitter dating back to his days in high school, Murray had a strong sophomore season that featured a .343/.410/.510 slash line before he impressed last summer in the Cape Cod League. There, Murray played center field and hit .317/.363/.446 with a pair of home runs. At that point, Murray was starting to look like an early day two pick, thanks to his hitting ability and plus speed. This spring has been tougher for Murray, who’s hit just .238/.297/.357 through 26 games. He missed time in the middle of the season with an injury. With well below-average power in a 6-foot, 188-pound frame, scouts wonder if Murray has the impact ability to be an everyday player. His spring season will cast even more doubt onto that, but he has history of good performance against solid competition.

23. Tristin English, RHP/OF, Georgia Tech (BA RANK: 330)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 6-3 • Wt: 208 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Indians ’15 (39)

English is a 6-foot-3, 208-pound two-way player that shows impact on both sides of the ball. While he hasn’t collected many strikeouts this spring, English has good stuff on the mound. He shows good control with his fastball that sits in the low-90s and tops out at 96 mph out of the bullpen. He also has a slider with a short break and curveball that has good downward tilt. He isn’t deceptive, but generates soft contact. English shows the ability to play an average outfield in addition to pitching. He shows plus power but has some swing and miss tendencies as well, though he significantly cut his strikeout rate from the 2018 season and had a career-best year with the bat, hitting .324/.414/.688 with 15 home runs. English pitched and hit in the Cape Cod League last summer and did well on both sides of the ball. He’s done enough with the bat that scouts think he can be an average hitter with plus raw power. English clearly makes the most of his athleticism, yet scouts are divided as to whether he’s a hitter or a pitcher at the next level. Scouts have seen enough progress with English in the outfield to think he has a chance to play a corner spot or first, defensively.

25. Connor Thomas, RHP, Georgia Tech (BA RANK: 360)
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-11 • Wt: 173 • B-T: L-L • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

A 2018 member of the All-ACC first team after a 2018 season in which he struck out 106 batters while walking just 10, Thomas has exceptional command of a solid repertoire of pitches. While his fastball is a below-average offering that sits in the 86-89 mph range, Thomas has a plus slider and an above-average changeup that he uses to get plenty of swings and misses. There’s reason to wonder what his stuff will play like against better competition, and he did allow almost ten hits per nine innings this spring, but his 60-grade command could make him an exciting pick late on day two or on day three. There’s not much to project on with Thomas, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 173-pounds.

32. Xzavion Curry, RHP, Georgia Tech
Source: 4YR • Ht: 5-10 • Wt: 185 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

Curry has worked as a starter for Georgia Tech his entire college career, tossing 57 innings with a 10.36 strikeouts per nine. His fastball sits in the lower 90s and tops out at 94 mph while also throwing two breaking pitches. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound righthander has a strong body and profiles more as a bullpen arm in pro ball.

37. Andrew Jenkins, 3B/C, Pace Academy, Atlanta
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 205 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Georgia Tech

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