With the 13th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins have selected prep outfielder Connor Scott out of Plant High School. In recent mock drafts, Scott was projected to go 22nd by Keith Law of ESPN and 13th by Baseball America.
Connor Scott has a tantalizing set of tools that saw his stock vary widely based on when teams saw him this spring. Some saw one of the absolute best players in the draft, others saw a very athletic, but very raw player that is more of a comp round or second round pick. These varying projections continued right up until the draft as he was linked as high as the Marlins at 13 to the 20s to the comp rounds as an over slot pick.
The potential is certainly there for Scott as he has the potential to have five legitimate tools if he can add more power to his game. His carry tool is his speed which is at least plus and most have it higher than that. That speed plus good instincts and strong arm has meant that most are very bullish on him staying in center field. He also has a really good feel for hitting from the left side. His 6’4, 180 pound frame could easily add some muscle without sacrificing his overall athleticism.
Scott is far from a finished project (like basically every prep prospect) and his ability to generate power is going to be the biggest question mark. He is committed to the University of Florida which likely means that he isn’t going to come cheap, either. However, Scott is among the players with the most upside in the draft and picking him is a bet on that paying off.