The college baseball season is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes, you reach in to grab a bite of a salted chocolate cup, and instead, your mouth is unexpectedly filled with an almond truffle. The college baseball season is like that. So are prospects. Some end up being precisely what you expected them to be. Others change dramatically from one moment to the next. It’s impossible to tell which are which, unlike a box of chocolates, which should definitely have a contents list, or else I’m pretty sure that’s an FDA violation. I’ll try to make my own contests list of this year’s collegiate box of prospects the best I can with the words below. At least if I’m wrong, no one will have an allergic reaction.

Kevin ParadaParada has had an incredible season — one that has him firmly in the mix for the Golden Spikes Award. He’s slashed .356/.451/.726 on the year with 26 homers and nine steals, all the while drawing more walks (28) than strikeouts (27) across 56 games. He has some funky mechanics in his pre-swing timing mechanism, or else he would be even higher on this list. Nevertheless, he’s a top-12 pick come July and projects to stick behind the plate long term.

Brandon Sproat – The Florida righty has quite possibly passed his southpaw teammate, Hunter Barco, on a lot of organizations’ draft boards. He works in the high 90s with his fastball and can touch triple digits while mixing in a wipeout slider and average curveball and changeup that have the ability to develop into plus pitches. He finally figured it all out this year after taking over duties as the Gators’ staff ace halfway through the season, owning a 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9 across 82 2/3 innings. The primary concern is that his stuff should generate more swing and miss at the college level than it does.

Robert Moore The Razorbacks’ second baseman is one of the biggest fallers from the preseason to now, but he continues to hold one of the higher ceilings in the class. Many scouts were incredibly high on Moore coming into the year, and I was no different. But he has struggled mightily as a junior, hitting just .232/.367/.419 with six home runs. That’s a far cry from his 2021 output of .283/.384/.558, especially when you look at the slugging. Still, his 16.4 K% this season isn’t bad, and he remains a prospect that I’m highly interested in across dynasty formats — especially with the reduced price.

Gabriel Hughes Hughes wasn’t on my radar much in the preseason, but he’s vaulted himself into the late first-round/second-round conversation with a strong effort in 2022. Backed by a mid-to-upper 90s heater and a hard slider in the high 80s, Hughes has pitched to a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP this season with 131 strikeouts in 92 innings — translating to 12.8 K/9. He also wields an average change that he commands well enough and shows flashes of plus, but there’s frontline stuff here.

Jacob Melton Fresh off Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, Melton followed up a 2021 campaign in which he batted .404/.466/.697  with six homers with a nearly identical season, showing more home run potential while logging twice as many at-bats: .375/.439/.694, 15 HR, 20 SB, 15.9 K%, 9.1 BB%. His 6-3 frame should add even more power as he transitions to pro ball. Think of him as this year’s value version of Colton Cowser. He could be just as good, if not better.

Rank Player Position School Bats Throws Height Weight
1 Jacob Berry 1B/3B LSU S R 6-0 215
2 Jace Jung 2B/3B Texas Tech L R 6-0 200
3 Brooks Lee SS Cal Poly S R 6-2 195
4 Kevin Parada C Georgia Tech R R 6-1 200
5 Daniel Susac C Arizona S R 6-3 205
6 Gavin Cross OF Virginia Tech L L 6-3 215
7 Chase DeLauter OF James Madison L L 6-4 235
8 Sterlin Thompson OF Florida L L 6-4 200
9 Brock Jones OF Stanford L L 6-1 185
10 Dylan Beavers OF Cal L R 6-4 200
11 Justin Campbell RHP Oklahoma St. L R 6-7 220
12 Connor Prielipp LHP Alabama L L 6-2 175
13 Jordan Beck OF Tennessee R R 6-3 215
14 Robert Moore 2B Arkansas S R 5-9 170
15 Blade Tidwell RHP Tennessee R R 6-4 200
16 Jud Fabian OF Florida R R 6-1 180
17 Logan Tanner C Miss. St. R R 6-0 230
18 Landon Sims RHP Miss St. R R 6-2 235
19 Parker Messick LHP FSU L L 6-0 225
20 Gabriel Hughes RHP Gonzaga R R 6-4 220
21 Peyton Graham SS Oklahoma R R 6-3 185
22 Zach Neto SS Campbell R R 6-0 185
23 Drew Gilbert OF Tennessee L L 5-9 185
24 Connor Hjerpe LHP Oregon State L L 6-3 200
25 Peyton Pallette RHP Arkansas R R 6-1 180
26 Brandon Sproat RHP Florida R R 6-3 210
27 Carson Whisenhunt LHP East Carolina L L 6-3 205
28 Hunter Barco LHP Florida L L 6-4 220
29 Cade Doughty INF LSU R R 6-1 195
30 Jacob Melton OF Oregon State L L 6-3 210

Next up: Carson Palmquist, LHP, Miami; Jonathan Cannon, RHP, Georgia

That’s all for this week, Razzball fam! As always, I’m happy to take this conversation into the comments section or on Twitter, where you can find me @WorldOfHobbs.