Capsule look at some of top players eligible for MLB draft
NEW YORK (AP) Some of the top players eligible for the Major League Baseball draft (with position, school, height, weight and college class):
RHP, Shenendehowa H.S. (New York), 6-foot-3, 170 pounds.
Vanderbilt recruit missed some time on mound with strained oblique, but could still be selected in top half of first round. Has fastball that sits in 91-94 mph range, but gets into mid-90s, and mixes in solid breaking pitch with terrific control. Helped Team USA's 18-and-under team win the gold medal at World Cup in Japan last fall. Has twin brother, Ben, a catcher who is committed to play at Binghamton next year.
C, Miami, 6-3, 220, junior.
Lefty-hitting slugger could be first catcher selected in draft that is relatively weak at that position this year. Leads super regional-bound Hurricanes in several offensive categories, including HRs (13), on-base percentage (.534), slugging percentage (.631) and walks (69). Baseball America's 2014 national freshman of year is patient at plate - his walks total leads country - and projects as power hitter at next level. Only question is whether he'll stick at catcher in pros or move to first base or outfield, as Kyle Schwarber (a common comparison) has done.
RHP, Boston College, 6-2, 170, junior.
Reliever-turned-starter saw stock soar this season as he became Eagles' ace, leading them to first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Struck out career-high 11 in regionals-opening win over Tulane and is at 4-1 with 1.49 ERA, two saves, 66 Ks and 16 BBs in 60 1/3 innings. Fastball is electric, hitting upper 90s regularly, to go along with terrific curve and slider and solid change-up.
LHP, Florence H.S. (Alabama), 6-3, 190.
Lean and athletic lefty has one of best curveballs in draft, dropping in between 76-80 mph, and projects as front end of starting rotation in pros. Fastball sits in upper 80s, low 90s that is expected to improve in velocity, to go along with still-developing change-up. Vanderbilt commit who pitched for Team USA in 18U World Cup. Impressed scouts by tossing four-hit shutout at National High School Invitational in March.
LHP, Barnegat H.S. (New Jersey), 6-5, 225.
Has been mentioned in discussions to go No. 1 overall to Phillies because of low- to mid-90s fastball, nasty curve and solid change-up with terrific control of all three. Smooth delivery along with physical and mental makeup have some scouts projecting him as future big league ace. Turns 18 in August. Threw no-hitter with 19 strikeouts early in spring. Was hit around in a few starts later this season, possibly costing his spot at top of draft, but likely to go early. Spent junior season at IMG Academy in Florida before transferring back home for senior year. Was suspended by New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for not reporting transfer, and had to sit out three weeks of regular season.
OF, Mercer, 6-4, 195, junior.
Possible No. 1 overall pick is two-time Southern Conference player of year and had 48-game on-base streak and 27 multihit games this season while establishing himself as one of country's top college hitters. Was among nation's leaders in several offensive categories while hitting .395 with 20 HRs, 72 RBIs and finishing season with .535 on-base percentage, 88 hits, 66 walks and 70 runs scored. Will be first first-round pick in Mercer history. Right-handed hitter with great bat speed and power to all fields who has solid speed. Center fielder in college who projects as right fielder with pop in pros.
RHP, Sheldon H.S. (California), 6-6, 185.
Son of former NBA power forward Rich Manning is two-sport star, but expected to pursue pro career on mound instead of hardwood. Father was second-round pick (40th overall) by NBA's Atlanta Hawks in 1993, but younger Manning will have family bragging rights by going early in MLB draft. Has mid-90s fastball, power curve and developing change-up. Started baseball season late while helping basketball team in postseason, but hit stride quickly. Committed to Loyola Marymount.
OF, La Costa Canyon H.S. (California), 6-2, 190.
Among handful of candidates to be No. 1 overall pick if Phillies go for high school bat. Could become first high school outfielder to be selected first since Tampa Bay drafted Delmon Young in 2003. Tremendous athlete considered five-tools talent whose stock has risen throughout his senior season. Left-handed hitter is consistent to all fields with solid power to gaps. Outstanding defensive player who has good speed and will likely remain in center field in pros. Video of impressive over-the-shoulder catch in Area Code Games in California last summer has nearly 4,000 views.
SS, International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico), 6-3, 165.
Athletic, slick-fielding shortstop expected to become first player from Puerto Rico to go in opening round since Carlos Correa went No. 1 overall in 2012. Draft position in question, though, as MLB Network reported Wednesday that he failed performance-enhancing drug test. Terrific range and strong arm expected to keep him at short in pros. Only 17 and has room to grow physically. Still developing as hitter, but has good bat speed.
RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. (Kansas), 6-4, 210.
Fireballer has chance to become first high school righty in draft history to go No. 1 overall. Throws fastball that sits in mid-90s, but can crank it up to 100 mph, along with an exceptional change-up, power curve and tough slider that all have scouts drooling. Played second base when he wasn't on mound and hit winning two-run double in Kansas Class 5A title game. Also played basketball in high school, but future is clearly baseball. Has commitment to LSU.
LHP, Florida, 6-7, 230, junior.
Also in conversation to go first overall. Could become sixth left-handed pitcher to be selected No. 1, but second in three years, joining Brady Aiken (Houston, 2014). Only two college lefties have gone first: Arizona State's Floyd Bannister (Houston, 1976) and Vanderbilt's David Price (Tampa Bay, 2007). Struggled a bit with inconsistency (2-3, 3.21, 95 Ks, 31 BBs) and didn't go deep into many games - also had minor back issue - for Gators, but his size along with upper-90s fastball, fantastic slider and solid change-up have him projected as future ace in pros.
RHP, Stanford, 6-3, 185, junior.
Son of former major league reliever Paul Quantrill didn't pitch this season for Cardinal after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Still remains likely first-rounder, making him one of more intriguing players in draft. Has worked out for teams to show he's healthy. Before injury, had fastball that would sit in low- to mid-90s, and mixed that with curve, change-up and slider that give him impressive repertoire. Should easily get family bragging rights; father was sixth-rounder of Red Sox in 1989.
OF, Louisville, 6-0, 190, junior.
Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and All-ACC First Team selection is do-it-all talent expected to be among first players selected. Lefty-hitting slugger sprays ball to all fields with power, makes consistent contact and has outstanding speed in field and on bases. After starring last summer for Team USA collegiate team, has been offensive leader (.319, 15 HRs, 60 RBIs, 44 for 52 in SBs) for Cardinals, who are in NCAA Tournament's super regionals. Likely to be highest-drafted player in school history.
OF, Chaminade Prep (California), 6-2, 190.
Combination of power potential, consistency and speed has him projected as possible top-five pick. Was offensive star for two straight summers with Team USA's U18 squad, including leading in HRs and ranking second in SBs last year. Could stick in center field or slide over to right at next level. Quit football after sophomore season to focus on baseball. Committed to UCLA.
3B, Tennessee, 6-1, 205, junior.
Saw draft stock rise dramatically after last summer's performance in Cape Cod League, where he won MVP award and selected as top prospect. Followed up with terrific season for Volunteers, hitting .352 with eight HRs, 59 RBIs and SEC-leading 25 doubles along with 25 SBs that led team. Solid, strong-armed defensive player who could stick at third base or move to shortstop, where he played some this season. Could be top-5 pick, which would make him Vols' highest-drafted position player since Todd Helton (eighth overall) in 1995.