Draft Weekly: MLB Top 100, Jonathan India, Beast Mode

By Teddy Klein

May 1, 2018 No comments

Last week MLB.com extended their top draft prospect list from 50 to 100, while reshuffling the draft board with new rankings.

Top Risers

Oregon State 2B Nick Madrigal, who has only returned a couple weeks ago has risen to third from the teens after being one of the safest bat in the class.

Wichita State 3B Alec Bohm moves up from the top twenties to the top tens, with multiple mocks having him in the top ten.

Third baseman Jonathan India jumps from the top 50 to number 10 overall. A deeper analysis of India is included below.

Top Fallers

Shortstop Nander de Sedas falls from the top 10 to 52 due to poor performance against competition.  He should be mashing in his senior year.

Outifielder Greyson Jenista isn’t doing anything wrong.  It’s simply a case of other talent having passed him.

Outfielder Joe Gray, Jr. has been exploited with his swing and miss, but he’s still a top high school athlete.

Players Mocked to Mets Performance:

In 11 starts, Ole Miss LHP Ryan Rolison is 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.357 WHIP, 26 walks, and 82 strikeouts over 66.1 innings pitched.

In 11 starts, USF LHP Shane McClanahan is 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA, 1.090 WHIP, 34 walks, and 107 strikeouts over 63.1 innings pitched.

With the difficulty tracking high school stats, the stats of LHP Matthew Liberatore and 3B Nolan Gorman are unknown at the moment.

Jonathan India, UF Monster

University of Florida Website

In 2015, Shortstop Jonathan India was ranked #82 out of #500 on Baseball America’s top 500 prospects. India was a shortstop at American Heritage High School with average tools across the board but a nice gut feel among scouts. After being drafted by the Brewers in the 26th round, he passed on the pros and attended University of Florida, where he moved to third base. His first two years were so-so, and he was looking like an average guy across the board.

However, this year, it’s India’s world, and we’re just living in it. India has set the world on fire homering off nearly consensus 2018 1-1 pick Casey Mize last weekend adding to his total 14 home runs this season.. India is the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with a .401 batting average through 42 games. With the dominant campaign, India holds a 39/32 BB/K, more than doubling his walk rate while holding a 16% strikeout rate, which has been steady since he started college. India has finally shown his potential is more than average and has skyrocketed up the board to become a top pick.

With above-average athleticism, including average run, field, and arm which works just fine at second and third base, having a plus contact and power, he could be a possibly be a great piece moving forward, and he could move forward fast. India is going to start popping up in top ten mocks soon, and he will be in the mix to be the top third baseman off the board with these gaudy numbers.