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JUCO Wire: Top 100 Draft Prospects


Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire



The spring season has reached its halfway point and we are just under two months until the 2019 MLB Draft. Which means it is time to revisit our initial Top 60 Junior College Prospects list.

There has been quite a lot of movement over the last six months, and our list certainly reflects that. The top 10 alone features five new prospects. With more time having passed, it has also allowed our network of 150+ scouts to get out and get eyes on more and more prospects. This has resulted in our original Top 60 being expanded to a Top 100.

The rankings are once again headlined by the 6-foot-8, 255-pound RHP Jackson Rutledge (San Jac JC; Kentucky recruit). Rutledge has been nothing short of lights out this spring with reports of his fastball reaching triple digits at-times. He currently leads the NJCAA in strikeouts with a whopping 106 in 64.0 innings pitched. Rutledge will be on-hand in New York City, NY in the MLB Green Room for the 2019 MLB Draft on June 3rd. The former No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 MLB Draft, RHP Carter Stewart (Eastern Florida State) was not on our initial list of 60 due to the fact that he had not yet enrolled in junior college. Now, he comes in at No. 2 in the Top 100.

SS Ivan Johnson (Chipola; South Carolina recruit) rises from No. 7 to No. 3 on our list. Johnson’s combination of overall athleticism and his hit/power tools make him the top ranked position player in the country. It should come to no surprise that Johnson is currently batting .404 with six home runs on the year. Another prospect rising into the top 5 is LHP Antoine Kelly (Wabash Valley). The long, lanky Kelly was on our radar in the fall at No. 16, but has made significant gains over the past six months. Reports have come back that his fastball is touching 97 mph. Couple that with his hard, sweeping breaking ball and one can see why he is a coveted arm.

*Prep Baseball Report's Top 60 JUCO Prospect list was compiled through a nationwide effort by PBR Scouting Directors and Associate Scouts, totaling more than 150 in number.

Top 100 JUCO Prospects

PBR JC Rank Name State High School HS Class Position Junior College Commitment
1 Jackson Rutledge MO Rockwood Summit 2017 RHP San Jacinto JC (TX) Kentucky
2 Carter Stewart FL Eau Gallie 2018 RHP Eastern Florida State  
3 Ivan Johnson GA Kennesaw Mountain 2017 SS Chipola (FL) South Carolina
4 Antoine Kelly IL Maine East 2018 LHP Wabash Valley JC (IL)  
5 Thomas Farr GA Sandy Creek 2017 RHP NW Florida State JC South Carolina
6 Jake Randa KS Shawnee Mission East 2017 OF NW Florida State JC Mississippi State
7 Andrew Peters IL Morris 2017 RHP John Logan (IL) South Carolina
8 Lucas Knowles WA South Kitsap 2016 LHP Central Arizona Kentucky
9 Jason Rackers MO Blair Oaks 2017 RHP Jefferson (MO) Tennessee
10 Dane Acker TX Brenham 2017 RHP San Jacinto JC (TX) Oklahoma
11 Hunter Perdue VA Grassfield 2017 RHP State College of Florida Florida State
12 Justin Fall NJ Toms River South 2017 LHP Brookdale (NJ) Arizona State
13 Jonathan Beymer KY Hopkinsville 2017 RHP Wabash Valley JC (IL) Campbell
14 Donovan Benoit FL Pensacola Catholic 2017 RHP Santa Fe JC (FL) Tulane
15 Adrian Chaidez CA Warren 2017 RHP Cypress College (CA) UCLA
16 Oraj Anu FL TNXL 2017 OF Wallace-Dothan (AL) Kentucky
17 Jakob Brustoski OH Green 2017 LHP Sinclair (OH) Texas Tech
18 Orlando Ribalta FL Miami Christian 2016 RHP Miami-Dade CC (FL)  
19 Hunter Milam AL Russell County 2018 LHP Gulf Coast State (FL)  
20 Haden Erbe LA Crowley 2016 RHP Seminole State (FL) West Virginia

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