BA Top 500

Here are the Arkansas player rankings in the latest Baseball America list of the top 500 prospects. The draft begins next week.

  1. Blaine Knight
  2. Isaiah Campbell
  3. Josh Breaux
  4. Grant Koch
  5. Jax Biggers
  6. Kacey Murphy
  7. Eric Cole

Matt, who is Josh Breaux?

Breaux is a catcher from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. He signed with Arkansas in November and most publications consider him the No. 1 JUCO recruit in the country. If he comes to Arkansas, I don’t think he’ll be here more than one season. There are some who think he is the bridge between Grant Koch and Cason Tollett, a junior right now at Little Rock Christian.

His brother is Joe Breaux, who hit two home runs for Alabama during its series at Arkansas last month. They both played for Mitch Thompson at McLennan. Mitch is Nate Thompson’s older brother and McLennan is where Dave Van Horn began his playing career.

I hope Josh ends up at ark.

Wow doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Breaux on campus.#88 is high… would love to have him. Maybe he will come and Cole Turney will pan out as advertised

Cole seems very low to me. I know he isn’t huge but a switch hitting OF with decent pop who hits for average and gets on base and plays solid defense (all at the highest level of college baseball)?

That just seems very low. It seems like DVH said “he’s gone” recently, too, so he may agree.

Scouts are concerned with his swing, which is kind of slow developing and could take some time to catch up with advanced pitching. He has struggled with some of the better pitchers the Hogs have seen this year.

Sean Hjelle: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 K

Brady Singer: 0-4, 2 Ks

Jackson Kowar: 1-5, 1 K, 1 BB

Ryan Rolison: 1-4, 2 Ks

Casey Mize: 0-4, 1 K

Adam Hill: 0-3, 1 K

Konnor Pilkington: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB

Zack Hess: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB

Ma’Khail Hilliard: 0-2, HBP

Mitchell Kilkenny: 0-3

John Doxakis: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 Ks

He does have that waggle. During the LSU game in the SECt one of the analysts was marveling about his swing and loved it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I would also venture a guess that most hitters struggled against the Friday night guys. That’s why they’re Friday night guys. And, there are several first rounders in that group.

But, I guess that’s the reason for the projection. If you can’t catch up to plus fastballs these days you’re in trouble. I wouldn’t count him out. He has figured out a lot in a short period of time.

I wouldn’t count Cole out either. He needs to face Friday night pitching every day and learn to battle and hit to move up. Maybe we will get to see him on a MLB roster someday. He is the only one that can put in the work to make it happen.

I love Cole swing.too me it’s the best on the team uses the whole field very well.hopefully Shaddy gets back to doing that… Kjerdtad too

Cole has the best swing on the team imo used the field very well… hopefully Shaddy and kjerstad get back to that.

Cole went 122. I thought he would be much higher than the BA projection but maybe not that high. He gone. Good for him. He has been great.

Cole and Jax went considerably higher than those ratings.

I hate that we haven’t seen Carson Shaddy’s name called. He was terribly disappointed last year. He’s a gamer. I hope he gets a shot.

I think Carson Shaddy is a gamer! Somebody will take a shot at giving him a chance. Maybe it will happen!

Those ratings are just the opinion of one subset of people. All it takes is one team that likes you to pull the trigger.

It’s also important to remember that teams are drafting strategically to make their top 10 signing bonuses fit their bonus pool. Typically when you see players go much higher than anticipated it is because the teams feel they can sign them for under slot value, which frees up money to go over slot for the big guns or players with sign-ability concerns.