Logan Warmoth — SS — University of North Carolina
Warmoth fits into most rankings right around where the Dodgers are slated to draft; he’s the 21st ranked prospect on mlbpipeline.com board right now. He’s got a lot to like too, a near three-year starting shortstop for a high-end D1 program isn’t something that comes around ever day. Playing in the ACC, the Cape Cod league for summer, and now the biggest offensive piece to the number three team in the nation, he is thoroughly tested against the top competition in the country.
So far this year, he is slashing a cool .344/.418/.578 with nine home runs and 39 RBI over 51 games played. Over his nearly three years in college, he hadn’t hit too much for power until this season, and that will be something to keep an eye on once a team does draft him. Odds are he is more of a line drive hitter going forward with his frame and gap to gap approach.
With the glove, he is a solid college shortstop who has certainly done the job asked of him and will likely get a chance to play the same spot at the next level. His arm and fielding ability leave a bit to be desired and more than likely he will end up moving positions, but he earned the chance to at least start out at short.
The Florida native comes from a, pretty prestigious baseball high school and if he does end up going in the first round, he would be the sixth alumni drafted in that round. Those before him, such as Jason Varitek and Rickie Weeks, went on to blossom into major leaguers. Not only is that a fun fact but is evidence that Warmoth’s background is technically robust and not much will need to be adjusted gong forward.