With the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft just a few days away, the top prospects are being looked at to see who will go those first few rounds on Monday.
On MLB Network earlier this week, they broke down the Top 50 prospects heading into this year's draft. Among them were Cowboy baseball commits Conner Uselton and Ryan Vilade. Uselton came in at #46 on this list, and Vilade came in at #43.
Let's look at the scouting report on these guys and see what MLB scouts are saying about their draft stock. Courtesy of perfectgame.org I was able to see what scouts have said about both players.
Conner Uselton (6'3 185, OF, Southmoore HS)
All indications from MLB Scouts is Uselton is a potential five tool player at the pro level. For his build he has incredible bat speed which will only get better as he adds muscle. At the Perfect Game showcase he averaged a 96 mph exit velocity on hits, which was among the best of all players who attended. He has excellent speed and good baserunning awareness. He is also a great outfielder, runs crisp routes on fly balls, with an excellent throwing arm from the outfield.
Uselton is a potential first round pick, so the money he could get for that slot has six zeros in it, that could be tough to pass up. He is a high-ceiling player, and MLB teams love drafting guys like that in the first few rounds. If he goes in the mid-late first round, or even in the first five rounds if he slips that far, expect him to go pro.
Ryan Vilade (6'2 190, 3B/SS/RHP, Stillwater HS)
Vilade is a raw talent out of Stillwater, he shows the potential and tools to go in the first couple rounds on Monday. He has an easy right handed swing with good bat speed and power. However, the flaw his swing can get long at times. He's a sure handed fielder on the left side of the infield, although he projects more as a third baseman at the pro level. He has quick hands to get the ball out fast with good arm strength.
Vilade is projected in the first round just like Uselton, and his likelihood to go pro is just as high. He may take longer than Uselton to move along in the minors, but his ceiling is just as high. However, with Vilade's father James as an assistant coach on Oklahoma State's staff, that could persuade him to come to school.
I would love to see both players come to Oklahoma State and help lead the team to Omaha. But, as someone who wants to become a baseball scout in the future, I could see both going pro given their skills they have already along with a very high ceiling for both players. I wish both Conner Uselton and Ryan Vilade good luck on Monday with the Draft, and wish them both nothing but success no matter what their decision is!