With the 16th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins selected shortstop Kahlil Watson out of Wake Forest High School in North Carolina.
Kahlil Watson was long thought of as a highly-rated draft prospect, but a stellar showing in some high level high school showcase events elevated him from a first round talent to a guy who was considered a lock to be picked in the top 10 and got quite a bit of top 5 speculation before he was drafted.
If you are looking for the guy who might have the best all-around toolset in this year’s draft, it is very likely to be Watson. He possesses plus bat speed to go along with a good feel for the barrel and the strike zone. He’ll occasionally look silly when he sells out for power on a given swing, but most scouts see a plus hitter with more power than you would like from a kid that is just 5’9. Watson is also a plus runner which not only helps him out the base paths, but also with his range at shortstop although with his toolset, he could probably play most positions on the field. For the moment, there is no reason to believe he wouldn’t be a fine shortstop and could easily end up as the best player to come from this draft class.