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Get to know the top 20 MLB Draft prospects

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With the 2018 Draft fast approaching (June 4-6 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. Below you'll find profiles on each of the top 20 players on our Top 200 Draft Prospects list.

With the 2018 Draft fast approaching (June 4-6 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. Below you'll find profiles on each of the top 20 players on our Top 200 Draft Prospects list.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

1. Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
Mize is a lock to join Gregg Olson (1988) and Frank Thomas (1989) as Auburn players to be drafted among the top 10 selections. Not only has the right-hander proven he can stay healthy, but he has the best combination of stuff and control among all collegiate hurlers in this year's Draft. Profile »

2. Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
Singer has the prototypical pitcher's body and can throw his heater at 95-96 mph consistently, which should have him following in the footsteps of recent Gators draftees A.J. Puk (No. 6 overall in 2016) and Alex Faedo (No. 18 overall in '17). He set a school record with 12 strikeouts in Game 1 of the College World Series Final last year. Profile »

3. Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
Despite standing just 5-foot-7, Madrigal is a force with the bat, as he hit .333 his freshman year, .380 his sophomore year and .435 his junior season. He has drawn 53 walks compared to 34 strikeouts over 135 college games and is a plus defender at second base or shortstop. Profile »

4. Matt Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) HS
Liberatore's fastball sits its in the low-to-mid 90s, but has reached as high as 96-97 mph this season. His 12 scoreless innings for the 18U U.S. National Team at the 2018 NHSI only helped his Draft stock. Profile »

5. Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie (Fla.) HS
With a projectable 6-foot-6 frame, Stewart has increased his velocity in 2018, topping out at 98 mph and sitting at 92-94 mph. His breaking ball is one of the best in the Draft and he has the potential to develop a solid changeup in the future. Profile »

6. Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
Bart, the top catcher available in this year's Draft, won Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and defensive player of the year. He's a lock to join Jason Varitek and Matt Wieters on the list of Yellow Jackets backstops to be taken in the first round. Profile »

7. Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
Bohm offers considerable power potential from the right side of the plate, managing the strike zone well and making consistent hard contact. He has worked hard to improve at the hot corner, but is probably best suited for first base at the next level. Profile »

8. Jonathan India, 3B, Florida
Thanks to a huge junior season that saw him hit .365/.506/.730 with 16 homers and 40 RBIs, India has vaulted up Draft board this spring. His improved plate discipline has turned him into one of the best all-around collegiate hitters in the country. Profile »

9. Cole Winn, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) HS
Winn was named the Colorado State High School Pitcher of the year for the 2016-17 season before transferring to Orange Lutheran in California. He has a trio of three plus pitches and a clean, consistent delivery that could help him improve his command down the road. Profile »

10. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West (Wis.) HS
Kelenic, committed to Louisville, never participated in high school baseball, instead opting for club ball and national play. The premier producer at the plate for Team USA's U18 squad and the Most Valuable Player in the 2016 Pan American Games, Kelenic could be the first Wisconsin native to be selected in the Top 10. Profile »

11. Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama
Swaggerty is expected to become the first South Alabama player since 1991 to be taken in the first round. He gets on base at a high mark, possessing above-average speed and patience at the plate. The outfielder's power numbers have increased each year in college. Profile »

12. Nolan Gorman, 3B, O'Connor (Ariz.) HS
Gorman has about as much raw power as any hitter in the Draft class, as he took home the crown at both the MLB All-Star Game High School Home Run Derby in Miami and the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He has lightning quick hands and impressive bat speed. Profile »

13. Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto (Tenn.) HS
Weathers, a Vanderbilt commit, possesses power potential at the plate and could continue to hit for the Commodores if he doesn't go pro. On the mound he mixes three pitches well and has a fastball that sits around 90-93 mph. His upper-70s curveball and advanced changeup helped him strike out 139 batters and walk just five in 63 innings this season. Profile »

14. Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida
McClanahan missed his freshman season at South Florida after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but returned as the Bulls' Saturday starter in 2016. He led all Division I hurlers with 15.06 strikeouts per nine innings this year and was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List. The southpaw's fastball can reach 100 mph consistently and he also features a plus changeup and average slider. Profile »

15. Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
At 6-foot-5, Kowar has the size and live arm to stand out. He has a clean, repeatable delivery and easy arm action to pair with a fastball that can touch 98 mph. The right-hander's changeup is his premier secondary offering and his breaking ball has shown to be above-average in spurts. He has plenty of room for growth on the mound, which is very intriguing for whatever team selects him. Profile »

16. Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson
Gilbert was named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year during his sophomore season at Stetson, a school that produced both the Indians' Corey Kluber and the Mets' Jacob deGrom. The lanky right-hander's fastball can reach 97 mph, but sits in the low-to-mid 90s. He has a good slider, a slow curve and a great changeup scouts would like to see him use more. Profile »

17. Ryan Rolison, LHP, Mississippi
Rolison is looking to join the Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz as the only players in Ole Miss history to be selected in the first round. The southpaw has one of the best curveballs in the Draft and works in the low 90s with his fastball, topping out around 95 mph with the pitch. Rolison is athletic on the mound with a strong build and easy delivery, giving him everything he needs to be a starter at the next level. Profile »

18. Connor Scott, OF, Henry B. Plan (Fla.) HS
Scott attended Plant High School in Florida, the same school that produced Astros' No. 2 prospect Kyle Tucker. The outfielder is a five-tool prospect with an ability to pitch, too. He has the potential to add some power to his bat and has a fastball that ranges in the low 90s to pair with a solid curveball on the mound. Profile »

19. Cole Wilcox, RHP, Heritage (Ga.) HS
Wilcox is drawing comparisons to Astros' starter Gerrit Cole because of his funky delivery despite having great stuff. His fastball sits around 91-94 mph and is expected to increase in velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-5 frame. He helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 18-and-under World Cup last September. Profile »

20. Triston Casas, 1B, American Heritage (Fla.) HS
One of the streakier hitters in the class, Casas crushed the ball while playing for Team USA's 18-and-under National Team in international competition. He has about as much power as any hitter in this year's Draft and it helped him propel Team USA to a gold medal by leading the tournament in home runs and RBIs. He was named the WBSC International Baseball Player of the Year. Profile »

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.