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16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
Assuming Alex Jackson doesn't stick behind the plate, Max Pentecost is the best catching prospect in this draft. He's not loaded with elite tools across the board, but he does everything well. He has a good approach, fringe-average power, solid speed, above-average arm strength and solid athleticism.
Pentecost is going to be a high-floor player in pro ball, as he lacks the ceiling of other players but demonstrates such refinement across the board that he should at least be an average everyday catcher.
17. Kansas City Royals: Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS (Calif.)
Watching Jacob Gatewood win the home run derby at last year's Under Armour All-American Game was a treat, but it was clear in the actual game itself that he had work to do against premium velocity.
That concern hasn't gone away this spring, which is why he's still on the board at No. 17, but teams are going to see a 6'2", 210-pound 18-year-old with plus-plus raw power and believe they can maximize his potential. He generates plus bat speed with a quick stroke through the zone and fast wrists to drive the ball when he connects.
Shortstop isn't Gatewood's long-term position, because he's already big with average range and will add more bulk in the future, but his offensive tools will play at third base.
18. Washington Nationals: Cameron Varga, RHP, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Ohio)
The Washington Nationals, much like Toronto, love taking power right-handers in the first round. Cameron Varga has a strong powerful frame already at 6'3", 205 pounds with a low-90s fastball and deceptive delivery that allows the pitch to play up.
Varga's curveball lacks consistent shape, but it has the break and velocity to project as a plus pitch in the future. He's a great athlete with the simple mechanics to repeat his delivery, and he also possesses a changeup that flashes average.
19. Cincinnati Reds: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
One of the best college bats available, Michael Conforto is going to get to the big leagues on the strength of his offense. He's not much of a defensive player, as he has limited range and an average arm that is only fit for left field.
Conforto does have a long swing with a big load and leg kick, but he is able to offset it against better velocity thanks to plus bat speed and raw power. He's going to have his share of strikeouts and is aggressive at the plate, so it's going to take some refinement to project a .280 average in the big leagues.
20. Tampa Bay Rays: Braxton Davidson, OF, Roberson HS (N.C.)
Braxton Davidson has some of the best raw power in this class. He came into the national consciousness last June by hitting a home run that is reported to have traveled 500 feet.
He's got a gorgeous, powerful left-handed swing with the bat speed to hit a lot of bombs in the future, and he also has a good approach at the plate with solid pitch recognition skills. There's no defensive value with Davidson, save for a plus throwing arm, but teams don't care what you do in the field as long as you can hit.