Seven of the highly touted prospects in this year's class will be on site when the 2023 MLB Draft presented by Nike gets underway at 7 p.m. ET Sunday at Lumen Field in Seattle.
The three-day, 20-round Draft is part of the All-Star Week festivities, with Sunday’s opening night featuring the first 70 picks to be broadcast live on ESPN and MLB Network with a simulcast on MLB.com. The Draft will continue on Monday with the start of the third round.
By then, it’s very possible all seven players scheduled to attend on Day 1 will be off the board. The group constitutes seven of the class’s top 67 Draft prospects per MLB Pipeline. Headlining the group are top prep arm Noble Meyer (No. 8 overall) and talented college bats Jacob Wilson (No. 10) and Brayden Taylor (No. 15).
They will join the group of 64 former amateur players who have attended the Draft. Many of them ascended quickly to superstardom, like three-time AL MVP Mike Trout (2011), former No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa (2012), Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (2017) and White Sox All-Star Tim Anderson (2013).
Here's a look at each of the players attending the opening night Sunday, with their MLB Pipeline Draft rankings.
Brayden Taylor, 3B, Texas Christian (No. 15): Taylor set TCU’s single-season and career home run records, setting the stage for him to become the program’s first first-round position-player pick. He’s one of the best college bats available, and is younger and more projectable than most college hitters.
Charlee Soto, RHP, Reborn Christian (Fla.) (No. 28): The hard-throwing 17-year-old’s name has been in the conversation about the best prep arm available in this class, given his electric high-90s fastball and considerable upside.
Colton Ledbetter, OF, Mississippi State (No. 49): One of the Southeastern Conference’s best hitters has solid tools across the board and walked more than he struck out the past two seasons. His advanced approach and blend of skills could make him someone who rises quickly through the system of the team that snatches him up.
Nazzan Zanetello, SS, Christian Brothers (Mo.) (No. 52): Accomplished prepster Zanetello took home MVP honors at the MLB Breakthrough Series and led Team USA in hitting at an 18-and-under World Cup qualifying tournament within the past calendar year. The 18-year-old has plus speed and 25-homer potential at the highest level.
Juaron Watts-Brown, RHP, Oklahoma State (No. 67): This 21-year-old righty led the Big 12 in strikeouts and strikeout rate on the strength of two plus breaking balls, including one of the best sliders in this class.