2023 MLB Draft: Updated Top 100 Prospects List

College baseball is entering the last month of regular season play as conference tournaments will begin on May 23 and then Regionals on June 2. The number of reports, mock drafts, and updated prospect lists will be coming rapidly. That also includes us at Sox Machine / FutureSox as we attempt to untangle who the Chicago White Sox are leaning toward taking 15th overall.

As of now, there isn’t a clear direction. In the latest MLB.com mock draft from good friend Jim Callis, Vanderbilt outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. would be his first-round pick for the White Sox. I’ve stated previously that I thought Bradfield Jr.’s poor start to 2023 would drop him out of the Top 10. Since then, Bradfield Jr. has excelled in hitting during SEC conference play with an impressive slash line of .333/.500/.590. His season numbers are now at .294/.451/.454 with a 19.2% BB rate and 30/35 in stolen base attempts.

There will be more about Bradfield Jr. in the upcoming weeks, but he’s still a Top 10 prospect in the Sox Machine / FutureSox 2023 MLB Draft Top 100 Average Rankings. For those new to these rankings, the purpose is to build a consensus among multiple publications: MLB.com, Baseball America, Prospects Live, and ESPN. Today, Keith Law released his Top 50 prospect list on The Athletic, but those are not included in this Top 100 list.

2023 MLB Draft Top 100 Average Rankings

1Dylan CrewsOFLSU
2Paul SkenesRHPLSU
3Wyatt LangfordOFFlorida
4Walker JenkinsOFSouth Brunswick HS (NC)
5Max ClarkOFFranklin HS (IN)
6Chase DollanderRHPTennessee
7Jacob GonzalezSSOle Miss
8Jacob WilsonSSGrand Canyon
9Enrique BradfieldOFVanderbilt
10Rhett LowderRHPWake Forest
11Arjun NimmalaSSStrawberry Crest HS (FL)
12Noble MeyerRHPJesuit HS (OR)
13Hurston WaldrepRHPFlorida
14Aidan Miller3BMitchell HS (FL)
15Brayden Taylor3BTCU
16Kyle TeelCVirginia
17Blake MitchellCSinton HS (TX)
18Tommy TroySSStanford
19Kevin McGonigleSSMonsignor Bonner HS (PA)
20Bryce EldridgeRHPMadison HS (VA)
21Matt ShawSSMaryland
22Colin HouckSSParkview HS (GA)
23Charlee SotoRHPReborn Christian HS (FL)
24Brock Wilken3BWake Forest
25Yohandy Morales3BMiami
26Thomas WhiteLHPPhillips Academy (MA)
27Colt EmersonSSGlenn HS (OH)
28Dillon HeadOFHomewood-Flossmoor HS (IL)
29Juaron Watts-BrownRHPOklahoma State
30Jack HurleyOFVirginia Tech
31Walker MartinSSEaton HS (CO)
32Roch CholowskySSHamilton HS (AZ)
33Nolan SchanuelOFFlorida Atlantic
34Ralphy VelazquezCHuntington Beach HS (CA)
35Tanner WittRHPTexas
36Jake Gelof3BVirginia
37Colton LedbetterOFMississippi State
38Cade KuehlerRHPCampbell
39George Lombard Jr.SSGulliver Prep (FL)
40Travis HoneymanOFBoston College
41Cooper PrattSSMagnolia Heights HS (MS)
42Jonny FarmeloOFWestfield HS (VA)
43Travis SykoraRHPRound Rock HS (TX)
44Cameron JohnsonLHPIMG Academy (FL)
45Chase DavisOFArizona
46Adrian SantanaSSDoral Academy (FL)
47Cole CarriggCSan Diego State
48Alexander ClemmeyLHPBishop Hendricken HS (RI)
49Will SandersRHPSouth Carolina
50Maui AhunaSSTennessee
51Mitch JebbSSMichigan State
52Brandon SproatRHPFlorida
53Hunter OwenLHPVanderbilt
54Alonzo TredwellRHPUCLA
55LuJames Groover III3BNorth Carolina State
56Eric BitontiSSAquinas HS (CA)
57Cole SchoenwetterRHPSan Marcos HS (CA)
58Brice Matthews2BNebraska
59Grayson HittLHPAlabama
60Liam PetersonRHPCalvary Christian HS (FL)
61Adam HachmanLHPTimberland HS (MO)
62Kyle Karros3BUCLA
63Antonio AndersonSSNorth Atlanta HS (GA)
64Kiefer LordRHPWashington
65Joey VolchkoRHPRedwood HS (CA)
66Ryan LaskoOFRutgers
67Mike Boeve3BNebraska-Omaha
68Trent Caraway3BJSerra Catholic HS (CA)
69Jackson BaumeisterRHPFlorida State
70Zander MuethRHPBelleville East HS (IL)
71Landen MaroudisRHPCalvary Christian (FL)
72Sammy StafuraSSWalter Panas HS (NY)
73Nazzan ZanetelloSSChristian Brothers HS (MO)
74Ty FloydRHPLSU
75Kemp AldermanOFOle Miss
76Michael CaricoCDavidson
77Luke Keaschall2BArizona State
78Myles Naylor3BSt. Joan of Arc HS (ON)
79Grant TaylorRHPLSU
80Will GasparinoOFHarvard-Westlake HS (CA)
81Tre’ Morgan1BLSU
82Roman MartinSSServite HS (CA)
83Max Anderson3BNebraska
84Josh KnothRHPPatchogue-Medford HS (NY)
85Kendall GeorgeOFAtascocita HS (TX)
86Blake WoltersRHPMahomet-Seymour HS (IL)
87Nathan DettmerRHPTexas A&M
88Dylan CuppSSCedartown HS (GA)
89Drew BurressOFHouston County HS (GA)
90Teddy McGrawRHPWake Forest
91Christian KnapczykSSLouisville
92Paul WilsonLHPLakeridge HS (OR)
93Levi WellsRHPTexas State
94Alex MooneySSDuke
95Ethan McElvainLHPNolensville HS (TN)
96Jace BohrofenOFArkansas
97Sean SullivanLHPWake Forest
98Caden SorrellOFMarcus HS (TX)
99Tanner HallRHPSouthern Mississippi
100Jared DickeyOFTennessee

Top 10 College Position Players

1Dylan CrewsOFLSU
2Wyatt LangfordOFFlorida
3Jacob GonzalezSSOle Miss
4Jacob WilsonSSGrand Canyon
5Enrique BradfieldOFVanderbilt
6Brayden Taylor3BTCU
7Kyle TeelCVirginia
8Tommy TroySSStanford
9Matt ShawSSMaryland
10Brock Wilken3BWake Forest

Top 10 College Pitchers

1Paul SkenesRHPLSU
2Chase DollanderRHPTennessee
3Rhett LowderRHPWake Forest
4Hurston WaldrepRHPFlorida
5Juaron Watts-BrownRHPOklahoma State
6Tanner WittRHPTexas
7Cade KuehlerRHPCampbell
8Will SandersRHPSouth Carolina
9Brandon SproatRHPFlorida
10Hunter OwenLHPVanderbilt

Top 10 Prep Position Players

1Walker JenkinsOFSouth Brunswick HS (NC)
2Max ClarkOFFranklin HS (IN)
3Arjun NimmalaSSStrawberry Crest HS (FL)
4Aidan Miller3BMitchell HS (FL)
5Blake MitchellCSinton HS (TX)
6Kevin McGonigleSSMonsignor Bonner HS (PA)
7Colin HouckSSParkview HS (GA)
8Colt EmersonSSGlenn HS (OH)
9Dillon HeadOFHomewood-Flossmoor HS (IL)
10Walker MartinSSEaton HS (CO)

Top 10 Prep Pitchers

1Noble MeyerRHPJesuit HS (OR)
2Bryce EldridgeRHPMadison HS (VA)
3Charlee SotoRHPReborn Christian HS (FL)
4Thomas WhiteLHPPhillips Academy (MA)
5Travis SykoraRHPRound Rock HS (TX)
6Cameron JohnsonLHPIMG Academy (FL)
7Alexander ClemmeyLHPBishop Hendricken HS (RI)
8Cole SchoenwetterRHPSan Marcos HS (CA)
9Liam PetersonRHPCalvary Christian HS (FL)
10Adam HachmanLHPTimberland HS (MO)

Observations from Top 100 Rankings:

  • LSU outfielder Dylan Crews is the unanimous #1 prospect, and he should be. Entering weekend play, Crews is hitting .486/.633/.851 with 23.7% BB and 10.6% K rates. Crews are putting together one of the best college-hitting seasons ever. 
  • Tennessee RHP Chase Dollander was considered the best pitching prospect before the season, but now that honor belongs to LSU RHP Paul Skenes. In 11 starts, Skenes has a 1.93 ERA in 65.1 innings with an eye-opening 124 K to 12 BB. Skenes is striking out 50% of the batters he’s faced in 2023. 
  • Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford is the other contender to be taken first overall. Despite suffering a groin injury, Langford is hitting .403/.543/.784 with more extra-base hits than Crews. 
  • I’m still expecting a run on college players early in this draft, with ten college players ranked in the Top 15. 
  • The draft class weakness is prep pitching. While there are impressive data points from some of the top young arms, they all come with significant red flags, either with delivery or injury history. 
  • Local kid Dillon Head from Homewood-Flossmoor has positioned him solidly in the first-round territory. It’s been discussed within circles for a few weeks, and Callis wrote about it in his latest mock, that teams are debating between Bradfield Jr. and Head. It’ll come down to preference between selecting a college player or taking the chance to develop a prep talent. 
  • Texas RHP Tanner Witt has returned to pitching after having Tommy John surgery in 2022. Against TCU on May 1, Witt didn’t have a good outing as he allowed 3 ER in 0.2 innings. He’s a name to monitor as the rust breaks off during the stretch run. 
  • For those looking ahead – here are three college pitchers to monitor as possible second-round targets for the White Sox: South Carolina RHP Will Sanders, Florida RHP Brandon Sproat, and Vanderbilt LHP Hunter Owen
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I went to see Bryce Eldridge play the other night, as his team was playing their cross-town rivals right down the street from me. Not until after I arrived did I learn that Eldridge wasn’t going to play. Apparently he reaggravated an ankle injury from earlier this year. I guess my prep scouting debut will have to wait for another day.


I saw a mock today that had the Sox taking Bradfield. MLB.com, I think.


Just looking through these lists has me really excited about our next competitive window.


Josh, W Sox are in need of a generational catcher. What’s your opinion on Kyle Teel (or any other catcher)? Is Teel the real deal or will he be Zach Collins II ?


Different Dennis here. I would love the College Catcher, but I think he’ll be of the board by the time the Sox pick. If he’s gone, why don’t they take Matt Shaw out of Maryland. I’m not giving up on Montgomery, but this will get another player in the 2025 wave when the team might be moving on from Tim Anderson. No more first round High School pitchers please