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2019 MLB Draft: Diamondbacks select Corbin Carroll with 16th overall pick

The Diamondbacks just got a prep bat with a great hit tool who could be the steal of the draft.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

With the 16th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Diamondbacks selected outfielder Corbin Carroll out of Lakeside High School. If you are looking for a prep bat that has an advanced hit tool, excellent strike zone awareness, and a willingness to let his legs cause havoc on the basepaths, look no further than Carroll.

Just from the lead-in above, the stand out tools for Corbin are his hit tool as well as his at least plus speed. While he doesn’t have a ton of power to speak of right now (and he is smaller at 5’10 and 170 pounds), he hits the ball with authority to all fields and he has no problems at all taking a walk and getting extra-bases the ol’ fashioned way. He is also an excellent defender in the outfield and while some question whether or not he has the arm to stick in center field, there has been improvement in his arm strength this spring and all of his other defensive attributes (routes, instincts, range) grade out very well.

Despite his track record on the high school showcase circuit, there going to be those that point to his size as a detriment. There is some room for him to add strength, but not a ton before it could impact his other tools including his speed. His arm strength isn’t elite which is somewhat of a concern if a team wants him to play center long-term, but he provides so much value defensively in other ways as well as at the plate that that may not matter.