When you have the No. 3 overall pick, it’s never too soon to take a quick peek into this year’s MLB draft. This year’s draft class is loaded with excellent hitting prospects, but is relatively weak on the pitching side.
Draft Prospects You Should Know is a new series that features prospects who the White Sox could pursue in this year’s draft. As the June draft nears, we’ll return to many of these athletes and provide updates on whether their stocks are rising (or falling).
Age listed as of Day One of the Draft (June 3).
Servite (Calif.) H.S.
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A chiseled, 6´5´´, 209-pound outfielder, Dean is one of the top prospects out of Southern California and has lots of raw power with a strong, right-handed swing. Dean has a high offensive ceiling, as he continues to refine his bat-to-ball skills and learns to tap into his power more consistently in-game. He’s athletic in the outfield, and has above-average arm strength as well. Committed to UCLA, Dean has gotten on the mound in the past, but his future at the next level is certainly with the bat.
Dean runs the 60-yard-dash at 6.68 per PerfectGame, has very good arm strength, and shows his athleticism well in the right field. His bat speed is off the charts, and is a solid line-drive hitter presently but has massive power potential due to his sturdy build. Dean is a very interesting athlete, to say the least, with a high physical ceiling. He’s verbally committed to UCLA, so the Sox may have to pay over-slot cash to win his services. I’m doubtful that the White Sox would consider him in the first five rounds right now, but if he falls to the sixth round, he should be strongly considered — especially if they don’t choose an outfielder in either of the earlier rounds. His upside reminds me a lot of Micker Adolfo.
Below is a video of Emanuel Dean at last year’s Perfect Game National Showcase in Tampa last year, courtesy of 2080 Baseball:
Previously, on Draft Prospects You Should Know
C.J. Abrams, Blessed Trinity (Ga.) H.S. SS
Hunter Bishop, Arizona State OF
Cameron Cannon, Arizona 2B/3B
Matt Canterino, Rice RHSP
Matt Cronin, Arkansas LHRP
Tyler Dyson, Florida RHSP
Daniel Espino, Georgia Premier Academy RHSP
Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas OF
Jonathan French, Parkview (Ga.) H.S. C
Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian (Ala.) H.S. C
Zack Hess, Louisiana State RHSP
Rece Hinds, IMG Baseball Academy (Fla.) 3B
Jason Hodges, Marist (Ill.) H.S. OF-1B
Will Holland, Auburn SS
Seth Johnson, Oregon RHSP
Jack Leiter, Delbarton (N.J.) H.S. RHSP
Nick Lodolo, TCU, LHSP
Alek Manoah, West Virginia RHSP
Erik Miller, Stanford LHSP
Chris Newell, Malvern (Pa.) Prep H.S. OF
Kyren Paris, Freedom (Calif.) H.S. SS
Quinn Priester, Cary-Grove (Ill.) H.S. RHSP
Adley Rutschman, Oregon State C
Landon Sims, South Forsyth (Ga.) H.S., RHSP
Josh Smith, Louisiana State SS
Andrew Vaughn, California, 1B
Matt Wallner, Southern Miss OF
Kenyon Yovan, Oregon RHSP
Ryan Zeferjahn, Kansas RHSP