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.:: 2018 Draft coverage ::Name: Connor ScottPosition: OFSchool: Henry B. Plant (Fla.) High SchoolRank on Draft Top 200: 18DOB: 10/08/1999Bats: LThrows: LHeight: 6'4"Weight: 180 lbs.College
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.
:: 2018 Draft coverage ::
Name: Connor Scott
School: Henry B. Plant (Fla.) High School
Rank on Draft Top 200<http: 2017="" m.mlb.com="" prospects="">: 18
Weight: 180 lbs.
College commitment: Florida
(Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale)
Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 70 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
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Stats (2018 regular season)
17 G, 50 AB, .526/.640/.929, 5 HR, 15 RBIs, 6 SB
Scott is a five-tool prospect from a school known to produce and develop Major League-level talent. Kyle Tucker, the Astros' No. 2 prospect and a Plant High School product, was selected No. 5 in the 2015 Draft and remains one of the top prospects in baseball.
According to Plan High School baseball coach Dennis Braun, Scott has all the tools: speed, power, defense, a strong arm and bat, and a complimentary, fair comparison to Tucker. With a developing lower body, Scott, a 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter, has potential to add power to his offense, possibly soon pairing a muscled bat with surefire speed and a solid outfield arm.
Braun believes Scott, who currently weighs 180 pounds, is a true center fielder with the capability to add 50 pounds of muscle mass. Were he to bulk up that much, Scott may then have to move to the corners of the outfield. However, at 6-foot-5, he remains as a stocky center fielder able to cover plenty of ground.
A surprise to some, Scott has a fastball ranging in the low 90s and a decent curveball in his arsenal. His skillset, however, is most suited to be a two-way player as an outfielder. Scott has missed pitching outings and time recently because of a hamstring injury, but remains likely as a low-to-mid first-round selection.
MLB comp: Kyle Tucker
Fun fact: Plant (Fla.) High School is a known producer of Major League-level talent. Tucker, with Triple-A Fresno, and Preston Tucker, his brother who also attended the University of Florida where Scott is committed, were Plant products. Other than Preston, an outfielder for the Braves, Orioles reliever Mychal Givens is Plant's only other active MLB product. Hall of Fame infielder Wade Boggs also attended the high school in Tampa, Fla.
They said it: "[Scott's] a six-tool guy. What I mean by that -- it's the one tool that everyone kind of misses -- his physical and mental toughness are off the charts, just like Kyle Tucker. To me, you ain't getting to the big leagues without that tool. The other five tools, you know, are the ones everyone can see. He's the fastest player I've ever coached. And to be 6-foot-5, he'll probably have the ability to stay in center field at 6-foot-5. That player really doesn't exist up there today. That sets him apart from a lot of outfielders.
"Probably for some scouts, I know they liked to pick at Preston and Kyle's swing a little bit, which there's nothing wrong with it, but Connor's is a little smoother, picture-wise. The other thing [about] Connor, he's not pitching now because he hurt his hamstring a little bit, but he's 90-93 [mph] and has a chance to be Madison Bumgarner, too. He can really pitch." -- Dennis Braun
Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.